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Gill’s Favorite Games of 2019

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By Ray Gill, Arts Writer

December 8, 2019

Warning: There may be mild spoilers for the following games. This year was a limited yet spectacular year for games. I had a hard time putting some of my favorites down. I couldn't rank these titles in any particular order, but I can give you my top ten favorite releases from 2019:   "Untit...

Gaming Corner: Pushing the Boundaries of Game Design with Twine

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By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

November 11, 2019

No attached price tags. No prior knowledge of a programming language required. Simple enough to learn in under an hour. Many gamers are less familiar with Twine than game creation programs big-budget studios use, like Unity or the Unreal Engine, but this landmark freeware is special in that it makes...

The Importance of Fading Video Game Fads

By Ray Gill, Arts Writer

November 6, 2019

The video game industry has had its ups and downs, but game developers continue to find ways to push creativity and innovation to make the next big hit. These innovations lead to fads — trends in genre or method in the gameplay industry. They come in strong and either fade gracefully or fight to stay ...

Local Cosplayers Connect to Their Favorite Characters

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By Ray Gill, Arts Writer

October 26, 2019

There’s a symbiotic relationship between video games and cosplay. Each builds off of the strengths of the other and ties together fans on either side. Those who enjoy cosplaying often have fallen in love with a character from a game and want to bring that character to life. Cosplay provides a fun wa...

Fishing Through ‘The Legend of Zelda’ Franchise

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By Ray Gill, Arts Writer

October 25, 2019

Fishing is a boring, repetitive task for most. Some like it for this reason — it provides a relaxation period with no real responsibility behind it — but others enjoy it for the catch. That being said, it’s not a task loved by all. So why would The Legend of Zelda series implement it into their ...

The U’s Esports Teams Gear up for Another Groundbreaking Year

The U's Esports Teams Gear up for Another Groundbreaking Year

By Ethan Pearce, Sports Writer

October 23, 2019

  Competitive gaming, known as esports, is the brand-new thing in intercollegiate athletics. Esports is a fast-growing market and the U was among the first to recognize that. In 2017, the University of Utah founded the first varsity-level college esports program in the country. The U has four...

Gaymer Night: Representation, Support and Inclusivity

Gaymer Night: Representation, Support and Inclusivity

By Christopher Payne, Assistant Arts Editor

October 1, 2019

  October is LGBT History Month, and we are heading into Pride Week here at the University of Utah. To kick everything off, the LGBT Resource Center will be hosting “Gaymer Night” in the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Building on Sept. 30. Now, I’m particularly excited for the ev...

Gaming Corner: Our Most Anticipated Games

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By Christopher Payne, Assistant Arts Editor

September 7, 2019

  The gaming industry has never been kind to studious, broke college students. It seems that every autumn — especially come November, as we hit that peak time between midterms and finals — we're hit with an onslaught of incredible video games, back-to-back. It's overwhelming and there's never...

University of Utah’s Varsity Esports Tryouts are Underway

University of Utah Varsity Esports team

By Ray Gill, Arts Writer

August 29, 2019

  Beyond the realm of buying, selling and playing games, there’s a world out there that’s growing massively: competitions for titles and prizes in televised and live-streamed competitive gaming tournaments. This is the world of esports. Millions of viewers tune in across platforms like Y...

Video Games: A New Yet Traditional Art Form

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By Ray Gill, Arts Writer

August 26, 2019

  Although they’re often overlooked, video games are more important than ever. These days video games are finally gaining the respect they’ve always deserved as an art form. Defining what art is can be dependent on several factors, and they are often subjective. Video games may best be defined...

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