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Gaming Extra: Games to skip your internship for

Gaming Extra: Games to skip your internship for

Sheehan Hannan, A&E Editor

April 27, 2012


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, 2012


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, 2012


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, 2012


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, 2012


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, 2012


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....

Gaming Extra: Game of Thrones RPG

Sheehan Hannan, Assistant A&E Editor

March 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

With a flash, a bang, and a faulty character import, “Mass Effect 3” is on store shelves and hard drives everywhere. Having played through the demo, I found the opening sequence a tad repetitive, but nonetheless, my long-awaited intergalactic adventure was finally underway. As usual, I was instantly...

Gaming Extra: Mass Effect 3 preview

Sheehan Hannan, Assistant A&E Editor

February 24, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

With an inspirational speech, a flashy explosion, and squid-esque Reaper spaceships descending to the earth’s surface, the “Mass Effect 3” demo is finally upon us. The demo, exhibited at last year’s E3, is now available to the public on all three major platforms. “Mass Effect 3,” developed...

Comics, Horror, and Creating New Worlds

Sheehan Hannan, Assistant A&E Editor

February 17, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

English Dept. hosts panel to discuss “alternate” worlds The novel as an art form has experienced countless changes over time. One constant factor, however, has been the creation of alternate worlds envisioned by an author who relates them to the reader. An upcoming forum, organized by the Case West...

Gaming Extra: Things that (don’t) matter: No MW3 on this year’s pro circuit

Sheehan Hannan, Assistant A&E Editor

February 17, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

As a young person in Middle America, I’m obviously super into sports. Things like football, baseball, and hockey consume every spare second of my free time. Those last two sentences are a blatant lie. Just because I play video games, rather than doing things that involve movement, doesn’t mean...

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