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Facebook Hits 1 Billion Users

Owen Bell, Games and Tech Reporter
October 13
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

So, here we are. Facebook has one billion active users. Not 800 million people and 200 million accounts just to boost Farmville scores, but one billion actual people now using Facebook. What does that number actually mean? It means that because of Facebook, the Internet is now the way that we commun...

NBA 2K13 Review

Michael DiMauro, Chief Copy Editor
October 5
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

So if you had a basketball game that is consistently one of the biggest sports games every year, would you take your foot off the gas? Well NBA 2K13, executively produced by Jay-Z, certainly hasn’t. Jay-Z definitely was looking to keep improving on the already fantastic elements of NBA 2K13. No...

The 99 superheroes come to Cleveland

The 99 superheroes come to Cleveland

Adam Luhta, Assistant A&E Editor
April 27
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

On Wednesday, May 2, the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies (NOCMES) will host two events featuring Doctor Naif Al-Mutawa, creator of Islamic superheroes, The 99, as part of their New Perspectives on Muslim and Middle Eastern Societies series. Al-Mutawa, a clinical psychologist, is CEO...

It’s almost time for…Free comic book day

It’s almost time for…Free comic book day

Adam Luhta, Assistant A&E Editor
April 27
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

You’ve seen the movie. Now read the book. This summer is positioned to be the biggest one yet for Hollywood superhero blockbusters. Audiences around the world can’t seem to get enough of these modern mythologies, and it just so happens that they don’t have to. There is an unending wealth of stories...

Gaming Extra: Games to skip your internship for

Gaming Extra: Games to skip your internship for

Sheehan Hannan, A&E Editor
April 27
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

With a series of particularly excruciating and equally useless tests and papers, the finals season has finally descended. After building up all that stress, any self-respecting Case Western Reserve University student, myself included, would love to escape. Thankfully, this year’s summer release season...

Gaming Extra: Masterpieces of mediocrity: I Am Alive

Gaming Extra: Masterpieces of mediocrity: I Am Alive

Sheehan Hannan, A&E Editor
April 20
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Earlier this year, Microsoft attempted to replicate the success of their Xbox Live Summer of Arcade through their Block Party promotion. It ran with their embarrassingly horrible Consumer Electronics Show keynote, and proved to be equally idiotic. It did, however, bring “I Am Alive” to the forefront,...

Gaming Extra: The boredom solution: Blacklight: Retribution

Sheehan Hannan, Assistant A&E Editor
April 13
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

When any self-respecting gamer hears the words “free to play” from a development studio they’ve never heard of, there is a distinct tendency to run the other way as fast as possible. In the gaming world, if it’s free, it should be approached with caution and a spam-catcher email address. But...

Gaming Extra: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 57 & other fallacies

Gaming Extra: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 57 & other fallacies

Sheehan Hannan, Assistant A&E Editor
April 6
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Long-running series are an unavoidable byproduct of the gaming world. Companies stumble upon a successful franchise, and inevitably flesh it out until it’s both wildly popular and rather overdone. Series like “Halo,” “Call of Duty,” “Soul Caliber,” “Final Fantasy,” and the “Mario...

Gaming Extra: Mass Effect 3 revisited

Gaming Extra: Mass Effect 3 revisited

Sheehan Hannan, Assistant A&E Editor
March 30
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Mass Effect 3 is simply an amazing game. That said, it has its shortcomings, some of which jeopardize the game’s otherwise prevalent super-fun-time-awesome factor. Warning: if you haven’t played the game, there are spoilers below. If you have played the game, there is anger below. Firstly, the game...

Gaming Extra: A love story: Eve Online

Gaming Extra: A love story: Eve Online

Sheehan Hannan, Assistant A&E Editor
March 23
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

This is a love story. As with any good relationship, it has lots of conflict, a difficult learning curve, and endless hours of enjoyment. This love story is about a video game. In particular, “Eve Online,” the MMORPG to rule them all. “Eve Online,” in a word (two words), is internet spaceships....

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