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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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Three video game sequels to look forward to this term

If there’s anything better than a good game, it’s a good sequel to a game. Whether you like building an empire, being a superhero or just mowing through hordes of demons, here are three games coming out this term that you can look forward to. Sid Meier’s Civilization XI The …

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Gaming Week in Review: Blizzard retires Battle.net name, Poland releases ‘Witcher’ stamp, ‘Death Star’ DLC

Blizzard decides to retire Battle.net brand in favor of a more Blizzard-centric name Blizzard’s Battle.net service, its longtime online gaming platform, has served gamers since the release of Diablo in 1996 and has been featured in nearly every Blizzard game since. In an effort to tie its properties closer to …

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Gaming Week in Review: Chris Metzen Retires, Steam Review system Update, Hearthstone Bundle

Chris Metzen retires from his position at Blizzard Entertainment. If you’ve ever played a Blizzard game, you might recognize the handiwork of Chris Metzen, Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard Entertainment. If you don’t know what he looks like, you will most certainly recognize his voice. …

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Review: World of Warcraft: Legion is a great time to start or return to the game

The world of Azeroth has faced many threats over the last dozen years. Armies of undead threatening to devour all life, ancient evils awakening to break the world apart and even an invasion of orcs from another timeline trying to repeat a brutal history. All those threats pale in comparison …

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PAX West 2016 brings thousands of gamers to Seattle for cosplay, VR, and competition

Since 2004, Labor Day weekend has been a special time in Seattle. From all across the nation gamers, geeks and nerds of all persuasions travel — united for the Pacific Northwest’s biggest video game convention. PAX West (formerly known as PAX Prime, until it was eclipsed by the Boston-set PAX …

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Gaming Week In Review: PlayStation Now live on PC, Blizzard unveils new built-in streaming feature

PC gamers can now play PlayStation games by streaming them with PlayStation Now. Last week Sony unveiled its plans to bring PlayStation titles to PC with Playstation Now streaming. Sony made good on its promise sooner than expected by launching the new platform on PC last Tuesday, Aug. 30. To celebrate …

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Gaming Week In Review: PlayStation titles come to PC, No Man Sky loses nearly 85% of players

Playstation Now streaming service to expand to PC soon. Sony has announced that its premium cloud gaming service  PlayStation Now will soon be expanded to the PC platform. This will allow PC gamers running Windows 7 or higher access to a catalog of more than 400 PlayStation 3 and PlayStation …

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12 games coming out this fall to look forward to: Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Mafia III, CoD Infinite Warfare.

Titanfall 2 Back at the dawn of the new console generation, Respawn Entertainment (a studio born from ex-Infinity Ward developers, the team responsible for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare) wowed the world with Titanfall. A new shooter for a new generation, Titanfall’s parkour theatrics and unique asymmetrical take on …

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Gaming Week In Review: New Overwatch short features Bastion, Facebook creating new gaming platform

New Overwatch short for the robotic hero Bastion. Yet another of Blizzard’s beautifully animated Overwatch shorts has debuted this week, this time starring everyone’s favorite unstoppable killing machine: Bastion. After he awakens from a long deactivated slumber, he advances towards his last known target but gets sidetracked along the way …

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