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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

Video Games. (Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

SaltCON Goes Back to the Basics

Players laugh at an interaction between two role-players as they all engage in a Role-Play Game (RPG).

By Ray Gill, Arts Writer

June 2, 2019

  Stepping into a typical fandom convention usually yields congestive crowds that are so noisy that you can barely speak to friends, and breaks for fresh air are much needed due to the stuffiness. Yet this not the case at SaltCON — a Utah-based board game convention held at the Davis Convention Ce...

Game Corner: ‘Unheard’

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By Yixin Song

April 27, 2019

  It is always hard to review games that are built solely on narrative without revealing any spoilers. You can talk about the intense fights, art styles and why characters are in their current situation, but it is almost impossible to analyze elements such as the map design in "Gone Home" separ...

In the ‘E-Co-System’ Exhibition, Arts and Technology Students Deserved a Bigger Platform

By Ray Gill, Arts Writer

April 26, 2019

  Coincidentally related to Earth Day this month, the students of the University of Utah’s Arts and Technology Interdisciplinary Capstone course, taught by Martin Novak, held their final semester projects at the E-Co-System exhibition on April 17 at the Marriott Library. These projects consi...

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