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A character from the video game Elden Ring looks out over a chasm. Elden Ring is one of the many games receiving DLC this year. (Business Wire)

Video games to look out for this year

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | January 29, 2024

There is nothing more exciting for a gamer than finding out a game they’re hyped for is releasing soon or one they’re absolutely infatuated with is getting DLC in the near future.  Feeling your heart skip a beat as you read the news blowing up...

A screenshot from the trailer of the game Stray Gods: A Roleplaying Musical. The interactive game will take players on a mission in a world where Greek gods walk among humans. (YouTube)

Become captivated in ‘Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical’

By Elizabeth Nowak, Lifestyle Writer | September 7, 2023

Editor's note: This piece contains minor spoilers If you love Greek Mythology, television shows with random musical numbers, musical theater or choose-your-own-adventure stories, listen up. This video game is a must play.  OVERVIEW Stray Gods...

A screenshot of the title screen of Stardew Valley in 8-bit style. Stardew Valley is one of the five games that will help you relax after spring break.

Video games to escape reality with

By Daniel Massa, Lifestyle Writer | March 29, 2023

Spring break is the perfect time to wind back and forget about your studies for a week. Some go home to spend the week with their families, others may embark on a road trip out camping or stay somewhere nice like a hotel resort. As for me, I found...

Actors Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, Melanie Laurent, Dany Boon and Kuhoo Verma from Murder Mystery 2 at the films premiere is Paris. The film is one of many films releasing next week.

Films, comics coming out next week

By Daniel Massa, Lifestyle Writer | March 23, 2023

There are a number of films, TV shows, books and video games that are releasing the week of March 27. Here’s some media to look out for next week that may pique your interest. “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” “Dungeons & Dragons:...

The cover image of Hogwarts Legacy with Hogwarts castle in the background. The game has some pretty big flaws, and its real-world harm detracts even more from the game.

‘Hogwarts Legacy’ is shallow, harmful

By Daniel Massa, Lifestyle Writer | March 23, 2023

“Hogwarts Legacy” is a fairly decent “Harry Potter” game buried beneath very real dark arts. Developed by Avalanche Software and published by WB Games under its label Portkey Games, “Hogwarts Legacy” is a brand new action role-playing game...

A man sitting on the floor playing video games with the blue light from the tv on his face.

New horror game leaves zombies in the dirt, focuses on karaoke

By Anika Haley, Lifestyle writer | February 23, 2023

While most horror video games are about zombie attacks, surviving encounters with vengeful ghosts or escaping cursed mansions, some developers are trying new ways to scare players.  Distinguishable by the pixelated, somewhat low quality graphics,...

Atari plans to open video game-themed resorts in 8 US cities

January 31, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Atari, the arcade game company that ushered in the gaming revolution in the 1980s, is opening eight video game-themed hotels across the United States, including ones in Las Vegas and Phoenix.The company said this week it will break...

“Captain Spirit” a short, free adventure

By Michael Urbanec | July 2, 2018

“The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit” is a free teaser episode of Dontnod’s “Life is Strange 2,” the sequel to the 2015 narrative based adventure game.The game puts players into the shoes of Chris, an imaginative, superhero-obsessed ten-year-old...

Alumna uses video game skills in charity marathon

By Ryan Chodora | October 29, 2013

Alumna Suzanne Jackiw is taking her video gaming to the next level by raising money for children hospitals.Jackiw and thousands of others will spend 25 straight hours playing video games for charity on Saturday. The gaming marathon is an international...

‘Grand Theft Auto V’ more than worth the hype

By Josh Alfrey | September 18, 2013

Rockstar Games is not stealing anyone’s money when it comes to “Grand Theft Auto V.”“Grand Theft Auto V,” released Tuesday, is an open-world, crime-based action adventure game. Similar to the Grand Theft Auto series, players follow a criminal...

Imagination flows in two throwbacks

By Josh Alfrey | September 18, 2013

Don’t forget to say happy birthday to one of the most famous Italian plumbers around — or at least to the man who speaks for him.Mario voice actor Charles Martinet turned 58 Tuesday and has been voicing the plumber for 23 years. His voice has defined...