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    The Loss of Local Multiplayer Part 1: The Myth of Progress

    When did Deathmatch, the king of multiplayer modes, retreat into online servers? When did playing a game cooperatively shift to speaking through a microphone and sitting in two different houses? Gone are the days of the intimate split screen competition, replaced by the large-scale online battleground. The gaming landscape has changed and it seems as […] More

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    Player and Character as One: Why uncensored games are the most impactful storytelling medium

    Classifying a piece of media as “uncensored” colors a more sexual and profane nature to it. It sets an audience up for a cheapened and gaudy experience instead of a subtle and sophisticated one, which is not always true if we rethink what “uncensoring” something means. Using video games as an example, I want to […] More

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    It’s a Quagmire: The Future of Campaign Mode

    As you’re probably aware (And you more than likely are if you’re skimming a website dedicated to video games and gaming news.) the multiplayer beta for Battlefield 1 recently dropped, allowing players to experience the action-packed melee of trench warfare at a time before penicillin was even a thing. I’ve yet to play it myself, […] More

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    Overwatch fans offended that Symmetra character skins are offensive

    Religious statesman Rajan Zed expressed concerns about two of Overwatch’s alternate character skins for Symmetra which draw inspiration from Hindu goddesses, requesting the removal of the skins from the game. An excerpt from the official statement said the following: “Rajan Zed indicated that reimagining Hindu scriptures, symbols, concepts and deities for commercial or other agenda […] More

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    Smash Community “bans” together after sexual assault during Evo 2016

    Professional Super Smash Bros. player Cristian “Hyuga” Medina molested 19 year-old commentator and streamer VikkiKitty in her sleep after Day 2 of the 2016 Evolution Championship Series in Las Vegas. VikkiKitty posted her account of the situation on Twitter. The assault happened after her boyfriend DJ Jack agreed to let a drunk Hyuga stay in their hotel […] More

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    Difficulty vs Playability: How Perfect Games Strike the Balance

    Look. We’re gamers. We’ve all been there. We’ve all whispered bad words quietly enough that our parents couldn’t hear them. We’ve all done that weird thing where we squeeze a controller as if we were the Hulk trying to compress an anvil into a diamond. We’ve all screamed, cried, kicked things, bitten our siblings, burned […] More

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    The Orlando Nightclub Shooting and E3 do not exist in different worlds

    The Electronics Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles is the Mecca for gaming. The trade show kicked off this afternoon with a press conference about the upcoming games and programs from publisher Electronic Arts. This is the one time every year where traditional mainstream media outlets are paying attention to what is happening in the world of […] More

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    Why Overwatch Won’t Die

    Blizzard recently released their highly anticipated team-oriented “first person shooter” Overwatch just a few days ago – and I am absolutely loving it. Every time a new game comes out, I always wonder if this will be the game to steal me away from Destiny. For those of you who don’t know me, I am […] More

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    What Can We Expect from Stories in Virtual Reality?

    Last week, the world got its first taste of virtual reality with the release of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The reviews so far are generally mixed to positive, but given that it seems universally agreed upon that this is just the beginning of virtual reality technology, many have taken to eager speculation on […] More

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