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Gaming Week In Review: THQ Comes Back From The Dead, Quantum Break stabs Windows 10 in the back

THQ Rises From The Grave As THQNordic Back in 2013, legacy publisher THQ filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a series of costly retail failures. While its most notable franchises (Saints Row, WWE, Total War, Homefront) eventually found homes at other publishing houses – the bulk of their IP (including …

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Gaming Week In Review – No Man’s Sky comes crashing to Earth, QuakeCon brings the action

The endless dream of No Man’s Sky gets a harsh reality check. No Man’s Sky blew gamers away back in late 2013 with the promise of a staggering procedurally generated universe. More than 18 quintillion planets are available to explore, chart and claim for yourself. This staggering scale has created …

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Review: Telltale Games begins new Batman saga with ‘Realm Of Shadows’

This year has been a challenging one for Batman fanatics. After the wildly disappointing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the middling Suicide Squad and a downright awful adaptation of The Killing Joke – it’s hard to imagine getting excited about a new story featuring the caped crusader. The story of Bruce Wayne has …

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Gaming Week In Review: System Shock 2 remake and Lady Layton game revealed.

System Shock 2 is getting a remake. Nightdrive Studios started a Kickstarter earlier this month to remake the classic PC game System Shock 2, which concluded on July 28. System Shock is the granddaddy of all RPG shooters and serves as the inspiration for many classics like the Bioshock and …

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Gaming Week In Review: Pokemon Go catapults Nintendo stock, Valve snuffs out CS:GO gambling.

Nintendo stock has almost doubled thanks to Pokémon Go. Nintendo’s stock price has almost doubled since the release Pokémon Go earlier this month and the game has become the company’s greatest killer app since the release of Wii Sports back in 2008. This marks Nintendo’s highest stock price since 2010 …

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Double Takes: Pokémon Go is a great revival, but how long is its shelf life?

Double Takes is a series in which two Emerald writers compare notes on a recent piece of media. In this installment, Emerald writers Chris Berg and Mathew Brock share their thoughts on the new app Pokémon Go. Watch the Pokémon Go Super Bowl spot below. Chris’s take: It’s hard to …

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Podcast: Gaming Week in Review – Electronic Entertainment Expo preview

Chris and Matthew stall from their Dead Week responsibilities to gaze into the future. Peek at their previews for the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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Double Take: ‘Overwatch’ is the ultimate video game superhero fantasy

Mathew Brock: Whether you’re tossing folks around as a jetpacking gorilla, shifting through the shadows as a shotgun-toting vampire or projecting weaponized tranquility as a robotic zen master, Overwatch fulfills the fantasy of being a zany superhero better than any other game to date. Yes, that includes all actual superhero …

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Gaming Week In Review: Xbox One Slim Leaked and eSports Recognized by Pac-12

Information about Microsoft’s new console leaks The internet has been abuzz with the news that a new Xbox One variant, currently known as the Xbox One Slim, will be coming sometime within the next year or two. Few details have been released so far except that it’s more compact and roughly …

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Podcast: Gaming Week in Review – Console leaks and PAC 12 recognizing eSports

In this week’s Gaming Week in Review Podcast, Christopher Berg and Mathew Brock discuss recent leaks concerning Microsoft’s plans for the new Xbox One model. They also share their thoughts on the possibility of PAC 12 including eSports in the future.

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Gaming Week In Review: The ‘Tetris’ movie is coming

Chinese And US Studios Join Forces In Adaptation Of Iconic Russian Pop Art Piece – Or In Other Words, A Tetris Movie Is Coming. With The Angry Birds Movie hitting domestic cinemas this weekend, the bar for video game adaptations has been simultaneously raised and lowered. Despite lacking any sort of a …

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Podcast: Gaming Week in Review – Disney Infinity and Pokemon

In this week’s Gaming Week In Review, Christopher Berg and Matthew Brock cover the untimely ends for Disney Infinity and Project Spark. Before long, they break down the new generation of YouTube celebrities, and the many complexities of Pokemon starters.

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Review: Uncharted 4 is this Summer’s most impressive thrill ride

What makes an action movie work? What is it about a great car chase or fist fight that gets our blood pumping? It’s the meeting of the possible and the impossible. Seeing human beings defy the laws of physics, or survive insurmountable obstacles fills us with inspiration. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End …

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Gaming Week in Review: New Pokemon Starters, HOTS Ranked Revamp

Nintendo reveals Pokemon: Sun and Moon’s new starters and legendaries One thing fans always look forward to with the announcement of each new Pokemon game is the debut of the newest trio of starter Pokemon. This time around, we’ve been treated to an owl Grass-type called Rowlet, a catlike Fire-type …

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In defense of Popplio, Pokémon Sun & Moon’s much-maligned water starter

Since the starters for the unfortunately titled Pokémon Sun & Moon games (abbreviate ‘em) were first revealed last Tuesday, the internet’s been quick to praise the Grass-type owl Pokémon, Rowlet, and quick to heap vitriol on the Water-type seal Popplio. Most of the hatred seems to pivot around its clown-like …

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Podcast: Gaming Week in Review – The Future of Shooters

In the first podcast edition of the Gaming Week in Review, Daily Emerald A&C writers Matthew Brock and Chris Berg come together to discuss the beta of Blizzard’s new first-person shooter, Overwatch. They also touch on two other upcoming gun fiestas, from opposite ends of history – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare …

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Review: The ‘Ratchet & Clank’ game is nostalgia perfected

Ratchet & Clank for the PlayStation 4 exists primarily to promote and piggyback on the recently released Ratchet & Clank film, which hit cinemas this weekend to a deafening thud of indifference. Original developer Insomniac has reunited with the iconic Lombax/Robot duo, which propelled it to elite status when the first …

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Gaming Week In Review: ‘Call of Duty’ jumps forward, ‘Battlefield’ leaps backward, Respawn gets Forceful

The minds behind Titanfall and God of War 3 have found The Force. Respawn Entertainment emerged in 2013, a collaboration between many of the ex-Infinity Ward developers responsible for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Their first game, Titanfall, arrived to a thunderous welcome as one of the first must-play …

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First impression: Overwatch is the first in a new genre of “hero shooters”

Blizzard has a track record of creating and defining entire game genres, but their newest game, Overwatch, might be the first that does both at once. Overwatch might seem to be just a colorful and zany first-person shooter at first but it shakes things up with a variety of abilities …

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Gaming Week in Review: Nintendo NX coming 2017, ESL and Team YP split

Nintendo has announced the Nintendo NX will launch with a new Legend of Zelda game in March of 2017. Nintendo has been very secretive about its upcoming gaming platform, currently codenamed the Nintendo NX. But they’ve recently given their fans a treat by announcing some crucial information about the new …

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Review: Don’t Starve Together makes dying in the wilderness fun

Wake up in the wilderness, wander around stuffing anything remotely useful in your pockets, subsist on berries for a week, then get eaten by wolves. Welcome to the world of Don’t Starve. Dying horribly in the wilderness has never been so much fun, and now you can do it with …

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Gaming Week in Review: Steam to accept Bitcoin, Xbox 360s are no more

Steam may soon accept Bitcoin as payment for games and other services According to reports from various Steam developers and the unaffiliated data analysis website Steam Database, game developers Valve – the game developers behind games like Half-Life, Portal, Counter Strike and Team Fortress – will soon accept Bitcoin as …

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Podcast: Spoiler culture

Emerald writers Christopher Berg and Mathew Brock tackle the issue of spoiler culture in cinema and video games.  

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Gaming Week In Review: Pokémon crashes Hollywood, Dark Souls just crashes

The Greatest Challenge of Dark Souls III is Running The Game Dark Souls fans pride themselves on tackling their franchise of choice head-on. FromSoftware’s series of notoriously difficult action games are dense with mysteries, often requiring group critical thinking to be overcome. But a different sort of foe is bringing …

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Review: Nova Covert Ops breathes new life into the Starcraft franchise

If you finished Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void, you might have assumed that the six-year-old game had finally run out of things to offer. But if there’s one thing developer Blizzard is good at, it’s dragging you back in just when you think you’re out for good. If you’re looking …

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Gaming Week in Review: Nostalrius no more, God of War 4 art leaked

Blizzard orders popular WoW private server Nostalrius to shut down. World of Warcraft is one of the most influential games in history, with a large and loyal fanbase across the world. Unfortunately, not all fans agree with the way Blizzard Entertainment chose to evolve the game over its ten-year lifespan. …

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Review: ‘Trackmania Turbo’ brings childhood car fantasies to life

As a kid, I adored Hot Wheels. The little, toy cars came in every style imaginable, could be sped through impossible tracks at insane speeds and cost next to nothing. In my imagination, I would be the driver of a car that could make mile-long jumps, conquer loops as high …

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Gaming Week In Review: Final Fantasy XV confirmed, Nintendo under fire

Final Fantasy XV is absolutely, for sure, actually coming out. Few games have had as rocky a path as Final Fantasy XV. Originally announced in 2006 as a spin-off to Final Fantasy XIII, the game underwent multiple delays and re-structurings before re-emerging as XV in 2013. It’s only fitting that Square-Enix is aiming …

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Gaming Week In Review: the first Overwatch short debuts as 5th Cell struggles

Blizzard releases the first of the Overwatch animated shorts. Ever since the unveiling of Overwatch’s first animated trailer, Blizzard fans have been craving more of Pixar-esque animations to help flesh out the game’s already colorful backstory. Recall, the first episode of the new Overwatch animated shorts series features one of …

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Review: Stardew Valley a spiritual successor to Harvest Moon, just waaaay better

The modern world can be a stressful place. Sometimes you just need to step back, take a break from it all, move to the country and start farming pumpkins on your grandfather’s old farm. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of a secluded family estate to retire to when things …

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