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Podcast: From Bowser to GLADOS – video game villains

If there’s a hero, then there’s a villain. Join Mat and Dana as they discuss one of the greatest driving forces in any gamer’s quest: taking down the big bad final boss, from Bowser and Ganon to Andrew Ryan and GLADOS. This episode was produced by Franziska Monahan.

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Gaming Week In Review: Original ‘Starcraft’ and “Brood War” now free, NES Classic production to cease

Gaming Week In Review is a semi-regular column by Mathew Brock devoted to recapping recent news from the video game world each week. Read the previous installment here. In celebration of the upcoming “Starcraft” remastered release,  you can download the original version for free, right now The original “Starcraft” and its …

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Podcast: Crowd funded video games

Mat Brock and Eric Schucht discuss the growing trend of crowd funded video games, as well as the hit-or-miss titles that have come out of the emerging business model. From “Undertale” to “The Mighty No. 9,” here’s how indie developers make it big and how industry veterans find a way …

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Podcast: How the smartphone stole flash games’ thunder

In this episode of the Emerald Podcast Network, Mat Brock and Eric Schucht discuss how flash game culture contributed to the development of mobile phone gaming. This episode was produced by Franziska Monahan.

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Gaming Week in Review: ‘Civilization 6’ demo, ‘Warhammer: Eternal Crusade’ goes free-to-play

Firaxis has released a free demo version of “Sid Meier’s Civilization 6” that allows players to play up to 60 turns Civilization is the great-grandaddy of strategy video games that’s had players gritting their teeth and muttering “One. More. Turn.” for over 25 years. Whether you’re still stuck on “Civilization …

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Gaming Week in Review: New ‘Overwatch’ hero Orisa and comic, ‘No Man’s Sky’ major update

Blizzard reveals the robotic Orisa as the newest ‘Overwatch’ character, as well as release Bastion and Torbjorn in their own comic Heroes certainly never die, even less so when they can be rebuilt. Blizzard recently revealed its newest “Overwatch” hero, the reconstructed  Numbani security robot Orisa, who has since been made …

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Will ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ change video game storytelling?

When Nintendo announced the latest entry in its renowned “Legend of Zelda” series in 2013, expectations quickly skyrocketed. The anticipation was unavoidable. Collectively, the series has been consistently stellar — even middling entries like “Spirit Tracks” garnered decent acclaim. It is among Nintendo’s flagship franchises, second only to “Super Mario.” …

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Podcast: Mat and Dana discuss ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, arts and culture reporters Mathew Brock and Dana Alston discuss the newest installment from the Zelda series: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” This episode was produced by Emerson Malone.

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‘For Honor’ smashes expectations like a viking with an axe

Imagine yourself wading through a sea of warriors, clad in plate armor and sweeping away lesser men with a massive sword. As your line pushes forward you notice you’re not the only titan on this battlefield. A warrior made of muscle wearing leather rags and wielding a giant axe crashes …

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Review: ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ captures the basic charm of the series in an accessible new form

Dramatic storylines and turn-based-combat are what the “Fire Emblem” universe is all about. With over 15 games released over the last three decades, there are certainly plenty of tales to tell within the expansive saga. The latest installment might be the perfect place to start for newbies to the series, since …

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Gaming Week in Review: ‘Pokemon Go’ Johto update is here, Valve to replace Steam Greenlight

“Pokemon Go” rolls out a new update featuring more than 80 new Pokemon from the Johto region We all remember “Pokemon Go,” Niantic’s phone-based game about catching Pokemon in the real world that exploded in popularity last summer. Whether you only hopped on the worldwide bandwagon for a month or still …

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Podcast: Goodbye Club Penguin and how MMO games die

This time on the Emerald Podcast Network, Mathew Brock and Eric Schucht discuss the shutdown of the popular social MMO Club Penguin and the lifecycle of MMO games in general, particularly how they die out and why it hits so hard. You can read more about Club Penguin’s shutdown here. …

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Welcome to the MultiVRse: Virtual reality gaming in Eugene

VR gaming is finally here with MultiVRse, Eugene’s first virtual reality arcade. A passion project of Andy McClure and Mike Gray that launched Halloween 2016, the duo has several computers and VR systems set up for people to try. Anyone, whether they be age six, 60, or wheel chair bound, …

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Gaming Week In Review: ‘Club Penguin’ shutting down, ‘Conan Exiles’ goes Early Access

Disney has announced it will be shutting down the popular social MMO ‘Club Penguin’ after nearly 11 years of operation Here’s something ‘90s kids will certainly remember. There’s a good chance that if you’re a gamer who grew up sometime in the last 20 years that you’ve spent your fair share …

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Gaming Week In Review: ‘Overwatch’ Year of the Rooster, ‘Crypt of the Necrodancer’ DLC on Greenlight

Overwatch unveils its Year of the Rooster special event along with a new Capture the Rooster game mode in celebration of the Chinese New Year  Overwatch seems to be nailing all of its holiday events so far, bringing new cosmetic skins, voice lines, comics and even new game modes with …

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Review: ‘Steep’ brings ambition and an open world to mountain sports gaming

Snowboarding has always had a place in the digital world. Beginning as early as 1990 with Heavy Shreddin’ and popularized with the SSX series in the 2000s, the genre entertained audiences mountain after mountain. For the most part, none of these games (even the thoroughly average Shawn White Snowboarding) lost the thrill …

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Podcast: What should we make of the Nintendo Switch (part 2)

This time on the Emerald Podcast Network, Mathew Brock and Eric Schucht return to discuss the latest information on the Nintendo Switch gaming console straight from this year’s Nintendo Direct virtual conference Check out their initial discussion on the switch here. This episode was produced by Franziska Monahan.

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Gaming Week in Review: Diablo 20th Anniversary, Mass Effect: Andromeda in March 21, Steam Awards winners announced

Blizzard celebrates the Diablo 20th anniversary with special events and rewards in each of its Battle.net games Though the Diablo franchise might have fallen out of the spotlight in recent years, Blizzard hasn’t forgotten about the powerhouse franchise’s 20th anniversary. To commemorate two decades of dungeon-crawling, loot-hoarding fun, Blizzard has …

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The ultimate winter gaming buyer’s guide

The winter season is known for many things: spending time with family, the holiday spirit and most recently, really cheap video games. Yes, it’s that time of year again, where the big companies and distributors throw out their greatest deals, and gamers struggle to decide what’s more important — a …

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Review: ‘Watch Dogs 2’ is a wild ride of memes, gadgets and rebellious youth

Who says that a hacker needs to be some basement dwelling neckbeard or insufferable know-it-all wizkid who speaks in incomprehensible technobabble? Today’s hackers dress in punk-style, do parkour, drive fast cars and have deep conversations about the latest memes and why Predator could defeat Alien. More so, they’re not just trying …

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Review: ‘Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’ can’t escape its infinite familiarity

When video game mega-publisher Activision announced its intention to release a Call of Duty game every year (between a rotation of three development studios), it was easy to be apprehensive. While some installments made decent attempts to shake up the series’ formula, it was still hard to see how Infinity Ward, …

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Gaming Week In Review: ASA finds ‘No Man’s Sky’ did nothing wrong, ‘CS:GO’ glove skins

Gaming Week In Review is a column in which Emerald writer Mathew Brock covers recent gaming news and releases. Read the last column here.  After a thorough investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority, No Man’s Sky will not be pursued for the use of deceptive advertising practices by the media regulator. If you’ve heard …

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Review: ‘Pokemon Moon’ is a step in the right direction for the classic franchise

Alola isn’t your everyday walk in the Pokepark. This new region is nothing a trainer like you has ever seen before. With brand new Pokemon and reimagined classics, island trials instead of gyms and destructive new Z-Moves, Pokemon Moon is sure to take its place as a unique entry in …

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Gaming Week In Review: ‘Minecraft’ update, ‘Overwatch’ Sombra patch is live, reddit creates ‘Battleborn’ day

Minecraft’s new Exploration update adds a host of new features to the esteemed crafting game, including llamas, woodland mansions and maps to special locations. Minecraft built its legacy by taking a relatively simple premise and perpetually adding new and sometimes unexpected features. From ocelots and horses to NPC villages and abandoned …

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Review: ‘Titanfall 2’ surprises with a robust campaign and deep multiplayer

In 2014, Respawn Entertainment’s sci-fi shooter Titanfall made waves for its unique blend of quality action and robot-dependent game mechanics. By giving players the ability to fight with gigantic weaponized mechs, the developer successfully created a new breed of multiplayer gaming; however, the game was inherently limited as a multiplayer-only …

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Gaming Week In Review: ‘Mass Effect’ trailer, Steam storefront revamp, ‘Rust’ xp system replaced

Mass Effect: Andromeda has released a new trailer for fans to start gleaning information about the game. Since the climatic (or anti-climatic depending on who you ask) ending of the Mass Effect trilogy, fans have been wondering what’s in store for the popular sci-fi action-RPG. Over the last few years, …

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Gaming week in review: ‘Overwatch’ Sombra and Esports reveal, Valve tightens store page image rules

Overwatch’s next hero, Sombra, makes her debut at Blizzcon 2016 alongside the announcement of an Overwatch competitive Esports league Sombra is a name that has been whispered among Overwatch fans for the past few months. Blizzard has teased her upcoming appearance with an augmented reality game, with clues appearing as …

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Podcast: Pokémon Sun and Moon

  Emerald arts and culture associate editor Mat Brock and videographer Eric Schucht share their thoughts on the upcoming Pokémon game, “Pokémon Sun and Moon.”

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Gaming Week In Review: First Cuban indie game, ‘Evolve’ development ceases, ‘Ark’ update

A two-man team from Havana has started a crowdfunding project to create the first Cuban indie game, Savior. Cuba’s steadily improving relationship with the U.S. and the rest of the world has started opening up many new possibilities for the inhabitants of the island nation. Earlier this week, two men from …

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Gaming Week in Review: HoTS Brawl Mode, Wasteland 3 Crowdfunded, Stardew Valley Update

Heroes of the Storm Weekly Brawl Mode comes out on Oct. 17, and a new hero, Samuro the Blademaster, has been announced During Blizzcon 2015, Blizzard revealed it was working on an arena mode for its popular MOBA Heroes of the Storm. At the time, it showed heroes fighting in …

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