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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gaming Week In Review: Nintendo Pokemon Direct announces new games and returning classics, Steam Greenlight says goodbye

Nintendo announces “Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon,” “Pokken Tournament DX” and re-releases of the classic “Pokemon Gold and Silver” games for later this year As a treat tailored specifically to Pokemon fans, Nintendo released a special edition of its Nintendo Direct news broadcast that outlines its plans for the franchise over …



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Podcast: Music in video games

Whether you’re exploring the endless expanse of an open world or facing down a fire-breathing dragon, musical cues can shape your gaming experience, even if you don’t realize it. On this episode of the Emerald Podcast Network, join Mat and Dana as they discuss the subtle role that music plays …



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Gaming Week In Review: ‘Far Cry 5’ unveiling, ‘Overwatch’ lunar colony map teaser

Ubisoft has delivered its first big information drop for “Far Cry 5,” which will take place in Montana “Far Cry” is a series known for taking players far afield from what most would consider the civilized world. From the plains of Africa, the islands of the Pacific ocean, the Himalayan …



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Gaming Week in Review: ‘Overwatch’ anniversary event, ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ delayed

Blizzard is celebrating one year of ‘Overwatch’ with a special anniversary event featuring new maps, skins, emotes and more May 24 marked the official one year anniversary of Blizzard Entertainment’s hit game “Overwatch” — and what a year it’s been. Since the game was first released last spring, three new …



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Gaming Week In Review: Blizzard hosts ‘Destiny 2’ on Blizzard App, ‘The Witcher’ Netlix series in production

Blizzard has announced that Bungie’s “Destiny 2” is coming to PC on the Blizzard App PC gamers rejoiced when Bungie announced that the sequel to their sci-fi first-person-shooter MMO “Destiny” would no longer be a console exclusive. While many fans were glad to hear that the game would be available …



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Gaming Week in Review: two new ‘For Honor’ classes, Steam limits game gifting, ‘Stellaris’ Adam’s Update

The Gaming Week In Review is a semi-regular column by Mathew Brock devoted to recapping recent news from the video game world each week. Ubisoft will soon release two new “For Honor” classes, the Shinobi and Centurion, next week on May 16 for Season Pass owners The hype for Ubisoft’s medieval …



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Gaming Week In Review: ‘Heroes 2.0’ update revamps game, new World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees

The “Heroes of the Storm” 2.0 update has been released, completely revamping the game’s progression and reward system and adding new content Blizzard’s multi-franchise-spanning MOBA “Heroes of the Storm” just got a lot more interesting for casual and hardcore players alike with a fully revamped progression system, as well as …



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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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