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Activision Blizzard Employees Are Being Severely Underpaid

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By Colter Hendrickson

August 18, 2020

  Employees at Blizzard, a long-standing game developing giant, are less than happy with their pay. Recently, an internal survey among Blizzard revealed that a lot of their employees are unhappy with their pay and feel unfairly compensated. This survey prompted Blizzard to say that they’d complete...

New Nintendo Leaks Both Good and Bad for Gaming Industry

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By Colter Hendrickson

August 10, 2020

  A massive amount of Nintendo data has been anonymously leaked onto the web of late. Over the past two weeks, thousands of confidential developer files of varied types have been dumped anonymously onto the internet, including — but not limited to — concept art, unused assets, message chains, source code and oth...

Lootboxes May Be Here to Stay Awhile

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By Colter Hendrickson

July 26, 2020

  Anyone even mildly familiar with popular topics in gaming might have stumbled across lootboxes once or twice in the news. The topic seems to resurface once every few months, but there’s a reason for that. For the uninformed or non-gaming-savvy, lootboxes are a form of microtransactions...

The $70 Video Game is Becoming a Frightening Possibility

Video games at the library on April 3, 2010 in Salt Lake City, UT.
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By Colter Hendrickson

July 18, 2020

  It is no secret that there is a hard-set limit to how expensive video games can go. Ask any avid gamer — or even people who aren’t very familiar with games — how much a top-tier video game costs and they’ll all give you the same answer: $60. But what most people don’t know is tha...

Electronic Arts Moves Games to Steam in New Partnership

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By Colter Hendrickson

July 12, 2020

  It is fairly well-known amongst gamers, and even non-gamers, that game titles are frequently released exclusively for one launcher, platform or even console. However, following the influx of expiring contracts between developers and video game company Epic Games, cross-platform inclusivity has ...

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

Sami, from Lamae Cosplay, crafted her favorite video game character Lilith from

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 ...