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Video Games and Sexual Violence: How Pervasive is Sexual Assault in Video Games?

Video Games and Sexual Violence: How Pervasive is Sexual Assault in Video Games?

By Christopher Payne and Ray Gill

April 15, 2019

  We’ve come to expect a degree of controversy surrounding video games. As a newer, popular form of art and entertainment, they continue to provoke heavy analysis and even attacks over social media. The interactive element inherent in gaming brings up questions about what content is acceptabl...

U’s EAE Program Draws Game Design Students from Around the World

U’s EAE Program Draws Game Design Students from Around the World

By Ray Gill, Arts Writer

April 15, 2019

  From Brazil to China, the University of Utah is attracting students from all over the world. What attracts some students to the U is the Entertainment Arts and Engineering (EAE) program. The university is ranked No. 6 by The Princeton Review for the “Top 50 Undergraduate Schools for Game Design” and No. 5 for the “Top 25 G...

Gaming Corner: ‘Jump Force’

Gaming Corner: ‘Jump Force’

By Ray Gill, Arts Writer

April 14, 2019

  In this massive Shonen Jump manga and anime crossover, “Jump Force” takes the fighting out of their respectful animes and mangas and throws it into its own game. It’s a three-on-three arena-style fighting game from Bandai Namco featuring 40 playable characters from the "Shonen Jump" m...

Gaming Corner: “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice”

Gaming Corner: “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice”

By Yixin Song and Ray Gill

April 11, 2019

  死, probably the most recognizable Chinese word right now thanks to “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice,” a game that truly reflects the meaning both narratively and mechanically: "that is death." If you’ve ever wanted to play as a ninja in a "Souls" game wielding a katana and a grappling arm, thi...

Gaming Corner: “Devil May Cry 5”

Gaming Corner: “Devil May Cry 5”

By Ray Gill, Arts Writer

April 4, 2019

The “Devil May Cry” (DMC) series has never been about mindlessly killing every enemy, but rather how they’re all decimated. Action-adventure games spark a thrill while players get tasks done in an action-packed manner, whether that's in killing enemies, overcoming obstacles or solving mini-puzzle...

Gaming Corner: ‘WarGroove’

Gaming Corner: ‘WarGroove’

By Marshall Falkner

March 30, 2019

  In the world of gaming, there is a niche market that has a dedicated fanbase — tactics games. These games, including “Fire Emblem,” “Final Fantasy Tactics” or “Valkyria Chronicles” are strategy games, similar to chess or Go Fish, where decision-making is the determining factor of whethe...

Gaming Corner: ‘Division 2’

Gaming Corner: ‘Division 2’

By Ray Gill, Arts Writer

March 23, 2019

  In the world of looter-shooter games, there really hasn’t been any that give players what they want — or at least expect. From launching games unfinished and mediocre sequels to the controversies regarding pay-to-win strategies, the shooter genre reputation seems to be fading. “Tom Clancy...

Gaming Corner: “Ape Out”

Gaming Corner: “Ape Out”

By Christopher Payne, Assistant Arts Editor

March 18, 2019

  Maybe you’ve heard of “Ape Out” before. Maybe you’re always on the lookout for up-and-coming indie games to pick up. Maybe you were a fan of the “Hotline Miami” games and couldn’t wait for Devolver Digital’s newest production. Or maybe you are entirely innocent — as I was — an...

Gaming Corner: Anthem

Gaming Corner: Anthem

By Christopher Payne and Ray Gill

March 12, 2019

Opening Week Chris: Roughly two weeks have passed since Bioware’s “Anthem” released on Feb. 22, and so far it’s been a comedy of errors. The game has faced one debacle after another since its first bug-ridden debut, most recently including game-breaking console crashes and a weapon system ...

Gaming Corner: ‘Metro Exodus’

Gaming Corner: ‘Metro Exodus’

By Yixin Song and Ray Gill

March 7, 2019

  Synopsis: “There is no justice among men,” said Nicholas II returning from the front line to his palace near Petrograd, after abdicating as the emperor of Russia. The “Metro” series, both as books and video games, indeed capture the very essence of their postmodern Slavic roots origina...

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