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Podcast: Alternate Ending: The guys are back to talk cheat codes

    On this episode of the Emerald Podcast Network, Arts and Culture writer Mathew Brock and Videographer Eric Schucht come back for one last hurrah. The topic of discussion: cheat codes. Have they been replaced by microtransactions? This nostalgic conversation goes into the history of our favorite cheat codes …

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Emerald Recommends: Project Pabst 2017

Musicfest NW presents Project Pabst is taking over the Tom McCall Waterfront in Portland this weekend from Aug. 26 to 27. With a robust lineup, plenty of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a warm weather forecast, the festival is sure to be the a great late summer event. Check out the Emerald’s …

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Frankie Cosmos’s Greta Kline talks poetry, house shows and Project Pabst

Greta Kline, also known by her stage name Frankie Cosmos, started releasing music online at the age of 15. In an eerily similar way to Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo, Kline went from posting bedroom recordings on Bandcamp.com to touring with an acclaimed band signed to a major indie label. …

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Young the Giant, Cold War Kids and Joywave bring the heat to Eugene

On Aug. 20, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids and Joywave joined forces at the Cuthbert Amphitheater for a show full of anthemic indie pop and mentions of the eclipse. Joywave brought its indie and electronic sounds to Eugene, hot off the release of its latest album, “Content.” Daniel Armbruster’s vocals …

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Where to watch the solar eclipse in Eugene

One of the most anticipated events of the summer is just around the corner. On Monday, Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse to cross the United States since 1979 will be visible to Eugene residents. The eclipse’s totality will be most visible north of Eugene in cities like Albany, …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends: Songs for the eclipse

In this edition of Emerald Recommends, arts and culture writer Nic Castillon joins senior arts and culture editor Sararosa Davies and podcast editor Alec Cowan to discuss songs for the upcoming eclipse on Aug. 21. From Bon Iver to The B-52’s, here’s the music to accompany those few minutes of …

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Gaming Week In Review: Battle.net returns, Skaven confirmed for “TW:WH II,” “XCOM 2” expansion demo

Blizzard ditches the Blizzard App name and returns to its classic Battle.net. Battle.net is a household name among modern gamers. The online gaming service hosted many popular multiplayer games over the years including “Diablo II,” “Starcraft” and “Warcraft 3.” The name stuck when Blizzard created its own digital client to …

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Podcast: Remakes, remasters and ports — reimagining video games

    On this episode of the Emerald Podcast Network, Mathew Brock and Eric Schucht discuss the differences between video game remakes, remasters and ports. Their discussion covers such classics as Starcraft to Crash Bandicoot and includes their favorite and least liked modern adaptations of nostalgic, classic games.n this episode …

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Review: ‘How Do You Spell Heaven’ adds to Guided By Voices’ prolific discography

Robert Pollard, the principal songwriter and core member of Ohio’s Guided By Voices, is known for his prolific musical output. “How Do You Spell Heaven” is not only the band’s 25th studio album, but also its second album released this year. Since the band’s formation in the mid-’80s, GBV has …

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Gaming Week In Review: ‘Hearthstone’ expansion live, ‘For Honor’ free weekend, ‘Monster Hunter Stories’ demo

The latest “Hearthstone” expansion, “Knights of the Frozen Throne,” is live. “Hearthstone” has always been a light-hearted take on the Warcraft franchise, but sometimes this digital card game puts a darker spin on the world of Azeroth than the popular MMORPG that spawned it. First, we peeked into an alternate …

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The Washburne Cafe represents a mix of the historic and modern Springfield community

Driving down Springfield’s Main Street, visitors pass historic buildings that were once the heart of the town. Although the city spread out, the street maintains a nostalgic feel. Among its modern restaurants, fabric stores and coffee shops sits the Washburne Cafe. The Washburne’s yellow brickwork stands out among the rest …

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Review: Arcade Fire loses its streak with the underwhelming ‘Everything Now’

Arcade Fire is essentially classic rock. Only 13 years have passed since the release of the band’s first full-length album “Funeral,” but most of the band’s discography since has been canonized as essential listening. Arcade Fire has managed to create a style of art-rock that does not feel out of …

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Gaming Week in Review: ‘Ark’ release and DLC delayed, Doomfist live in ‘Overwatch’ and Competative Lucioball mode

Studio Wildcard pushes “Ark: Survival Evolved” full release to Aug. 29 and unveils more details on how a retail launch will affect the game. The impending release of “Ark: Survival Evolved” is enough to turn a few heads, whether it’s a beta-testing veteran or a wary skeptic waiting for the …

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Sifting through Eugene’s thrift scene

Walking along 13th Avenue past campus toward Downtown Eugene, a bored student can encounter various locally owned shops including House of Records and Smith Family Bookstore. But tucked into storefronts across town are one of Eugene’s most valuable resources for the ‘broke’ college student looking to accessorize or even de-accessorize …

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Emerald Blind Test: Campus Area Ice Cream

It’s the hottest time of the year, so the Emerald staff decided to blind taste test cold ice cream on a warm day. Six people tasted six ice creams readily available in the UO campus area: Talenti, Tilamook, Umpqua, Prince Puckler’s, Red Wagon and Safeway Signature Select. Find out where …

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Review: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ uses war to find grace in us all

“War is hell” is an adage that’s driven generations of war films. But few capture the  existential dread felt by soldiers like Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” A re-telling of a legendary evacuation from the beaches of France – where Britain suffered its largest WWII defeat – the film is steeped in …

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Blazing Paddles unites local table tennis enthusiasts

The air is filled with sounds of basketball shoes screeching across hardwood floors and table tennis balls clacking against paddles. “Make sure you get this down: ‘Movement is life,’” said Herb Chereck. For Chereck, a retired registrar at the University of Oregon, movement became a big part of his life …

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Review: Barre3 studio offers ballet, yoga and pilates fusion

Located in Oakway Center’s newest shopping and dining structure, Eugene’s second Barre3 studio opened its doors June 23. Its windows greet customers with the slogan “Ballet barre meets yoga and Pilates.” Barre workouts have a reputation for being difficult because they’re aimed at toning and lengthening muscles that most people …

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Gaming Week in Review: Pixelmon ‘Minecraft’ mod shut down, ‘Starcraft II’ implements cosmetic skins

The “Minecraft” Pokemon mod, Pixelmon, has been shut down by the Pokemon Company. “Minecraft” and “Pokemon” are two of the most popular game franchises of the last generation, so it’s no surprise that a group of committed fans decided to combine the two. The Pixelmon Mod team used its skills …

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Gaming Week In Review: Indie game streaming service Jump in beta, Capcom’s Rising Humble Bundle

Jump is an indie video game streaming service that will debut later this year with a current catalog of over 60 games. When it comes to distributing media, streaming has become one of the most popular modern methods for getting music, TV shows, movies and even video games. GameFly entered …

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Review: Matisyahu returns to Eugene with packed show at WOW Hall

On July 11, Jewish-American reggae musician and beatboxing star Matisyahu returned to Eugene for the first time since 2009. The singer gained popularity over his 15-year career for his unique blend of reggae and hip-hop with underlying Jewish themes. His return to Oregon was a homecoming. Matisyahu, born Matthew Paul …

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The Old Pad serves new memories to customers in South Eugene

To the community at the University of Oregon, Steve Prefontaine will always be a great runner. But only a few remember him as a bartender. During his time at UO, Prefontaine spent many nights behind the bar of The Paddock, a South Eugene bar and grill that thrived as a …

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Gaming Week In Review: Doomfist announced for ‘Overwatch,’ ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s 6’ cancelled

Blizzard unveils the new Offense hero Doomfist as the latest addition to the “Overwatch” roster. “Overwatch” fans have been anticipating the arrival of Doomfist as a playable character since the game was initially announced at Blizzcon 2014. The game’s first cinematic short features several of the game’s characters fighting over …

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Review: ‘Darkest Dungeon: Crimson Court’ adds a whole extra layer to the challenging RPG

If guiding a party of disease-ridden neurotic adventurers on a hopeless quest isn’t enough, imagine managing their vampiric addictions, keeping them from flogging themselves to death and dodging zealous hammer-wielding madmen along the way. Red Hook Studios found a way to make its turn-based dungeon crawling RPG “Darkest Dungeon” even more …

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Things to do in Eugene for the Fourth of July: Art and the Vineyard, Firecracker Bullride and Butte to Butte race

If you’re in Eugene for the Fourth of July, you might be wracking your brain on how to spend the holiday. Here are a few Eugene events you can attend to celebrate Independence Day. 34th Annual Art and the Vineyard & Freedom Festival Fireworks at Alton Baker Park (200 Day …

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Review: Music controls the action in Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’

Early in Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver,’ getaway driver and automobile savant Baby (Ansel Elgort), wearing earbuds, pulls up to a bank. Before his passengers (Jon Bernthal, Eiza González and Jon Hamm) launch their robbery, he scrolls through his iPod for the perfect beat —”Bellbottoms” by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. …

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Gaming Week In Review: Steam Summer Sale, ‘Diablo 3’ Necromancer class, ‘Ark’ release date

The Steam Summer Sale is in full swing and will remain up until July 5. It’s here, that time of the year where PC gamers both quiver in excitement and lament the fate of their poor wallets: the Steam Summer Sale. Most of Steam’s tremendous catalog is currently marked down …

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Emerald Recommends: The best albums of 2017 (so far)

June is coming to an end and the longest day of the year is in the past. 2016 was a devastating year for music with the loss of many greats, but 2017 has been a little easier on the ears (and hearts). In the last six months, Prince’s estate released …

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Review: Lorde looks back on her youth with ‘Melodrama’

Pronunciation is underappreciated in pop music. For Lorde, it’s an endearing strength. The New Zealand vocalist, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, never wastes a word, using her soft whispers to hang on to every lyric she writes. The result is endlessly listenable, and it makes “Melodrama,” O’Connor’s sophomore effort, a sin to …

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Photos: Alice Cooper rocks the Cuthbert Amphitheater

As Alice Cooper told the Emerald in a recent interview, it may be impossible to shock audiences today, but that hasn’t prevented the godfather of shock rock from touring with a plethora of deadly props, gimmicks and hit songs. During the show, Cooper was decapitated by guillotine, put to death …

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