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The Walking Dead: Award-winning and Gut-wrenching

The Walking Dead: Award-winning and Gut-wrenching

Owen Bell, Games and Tech Reporter

December 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games, This Week

I'll say right now that The Walking Dead is not a game for everyone. Based on the comic books of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Telltale Studio's The Walking Dead is one of the most striking video games of this year. Its story is unapologetically adult and harrowing beyond belief. The game comes at you li...

IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Coming to Lerner College of Medicine

Owen Bell, Games and Tech Reporter

November 16, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Games, Local Events, This Week

IBM’s Watson, the computer that won Jeopardy in 2011, will be going to school at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Unlike its time on national television, though, this time, Watson will be working with a purpose. In three years, the programmers, IB...

Naked Mole Rats May Hold the Secret to Fighting Cancer

Owen Bell, Games and Tech Reporter

November 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games, This Week

The naked mole rat is a strange creature. Hairless, cold-blooded, and totally blind, mole rats live in the deserts of East Africa in colonies similar to those of ants. They have long puzzled biologists. Mole rats do not feel much pain and are very long lived. On average, they live 20 years as opposed...

Link-State and ACM: a conference and an organization with big plans for CWRU Computer Science

Link-State and ACM: a conference and an organization with big plans for CWRU Computer Science

Owen Bell, Games and Tech Reporter

November 2, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games, Local Events, Top Stories

It’s cold and raining at 9 a.m. on Oct. 27. Despite the weather, people are gathering at Nord Hall. They are here for the first Link-State, an annual conference held by the Case Western Reserve University chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a computer science society. All of...

Digital vs. Physical: The Changing Face of Technology

Owen Bell, Games and Tech Reporter

October 19, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Over the last few years, we have been digitizing everything we consume. Our books are eBooks, our music is saved as mp3s, and our movies and TV shows are streamed straight from Netflix. We have made this change because it makes everything so easy and convenient. We can access almost anything online near i...

Tech Op-Ed: Remember Where Your Technology Comes From

Owen Bell, Games and Tech Reporter

October 13, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

America loves technology. Just a few weeks ago, the iPhone 5 sold a record breaking 5 million units within three days of being released. Now that is over, everyone is starting to wonder about Windows 8, due out later this month, as well as the possibility of the new iPad mini. Tech news outlets, and ...

Facebook Hits 1 Billion Users

Owen Bell, Games and Tech Reporter

October 13, 2012


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, 2012


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, 2012


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, 2012


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...

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