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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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Gaming Week In Review – Playstation braces retail for VR, Microsoft wants to play ball.

Sony, Oculus drops first launch details on Virtual Reality headsets With years of excessive hype in the rearview, it’s finally time for Virtual Reality to become reality. At the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco this past week, both Sony and Oculus released firm details on their VR projects hitting consumer …

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Gaming Week In Review: XBox gets an upgrade, Kirby gets a mech

Nintendo Direct Brings News of Kirby, Star Fox, and Amiibos Aplenty Early Thursday Afternoon, Nintendo took to the web for another Nintendo Direct, their annual spontaneous news dump that brought us news aplenty about Nintendo games both new and old. The whole 43-minute presentation is embedded below if you’d like, …

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Gaming Week in Review: EA shuts down Darkspore, gamers protest

Electronic Arts to shut down Darkspore servers, but some gamers fight the decision. Video game publisher Electronic Arts will be officially shutting down its 2011 action RPG Darkspore next Monday, March 1. At some point since its release, the game was removed from all digital sales platforms, though owners of …

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Gaming Week In Review: Street Fighter V busted, Fallout 4 bursting

Street Fighter V Is Making Players Fighting Mad After a prolonged beta period fraught with server issues, Capcom’s latest entry in the iconic Street Fighter franchise launched on Tuesday. Critics gave the game generally high scores for its visually stunning action and deep combat mechanics. However, the homecoming has been …

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Review: ‘XCOM 2’ keeps to the franchise’s roots while introducing new challenges

XCOM 2 is the latest installment of the classic turn-based tactics series that started with XCOM: UFO Defense. It’s a sequel to the 2012 reboot XCOM: Enemy Unknown and is set 20 years after you lost the first game. That’s right: so many players lost their first playthrough of the game that the canon …

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Gaming Week in Review: Goodbye GameTrailers, League Of Legends Dominion mode

GameTrailers has shut down after 13 years in business Video game magazine and website GameTrailers has shut down after more than 13 years. The website posted the announcement on its Twitter account and Facebook page on Monday, Feb. 8. The majority site’s staff members later hosted a Twitch stream of Grand Theft …

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Review – ‘Firewatch’ is a polished, yet flawed journey through the forest.

In 1988, Yellowstone National Park nearly burned to ash. A series of “controlled” wildfires across the park combined into a massive blaze, staying alight for an entire summer. Despite the efforts of thousands of fire personnel, only cool weather of the Fall sufficed to control the blaze. The national park …

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Recap: Oregon Game Studies Conference 2016

UO Think.Play hosted the second annual Oregon Games Studies conference on Saturday, Feb. 6, where the group spent the day having serious discussions about video games and the complex culture that has grown around the medium. The conference ran from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and was hosted in Education …

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Review: ‘The Witness’ is beautifully simple, yet intoxicatingly complex.

Often when we think of a game as being “simple,” it comes off as a damnation through faint praise. We associate the notion of being uncomplicated with being undesirable, “casual.” Yet as we see in The Witness, the latest puzzle game from Braid designer Jonathan Blow, simple can be beautiful. It …

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Preview: Oregon Games Studies Conference 2016

UO Think.Play (whom we’ve profiled before) will host the second annual Oregon Games Studies Conference this Saturday, Feb. 6. on the University of Oregon campus. The conference will take place in Education 176 and will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event will consist of several panels, discussions, and activities …

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Gaming Week in Review: Mighty No. 9 Delayed Again

Mighty No. 9 delayed until spring 2016 Mighty No. 9, the highly-anticipated spiritual successor to the classic Megaman series, has been delayed for the third time due to difficulties porting the game to various gaming platforms and with in-game bugs. The release date has been moved from Feb. 9th to sometime in spring …

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What is UO Think.Play?

Video games have made tremendous strides by becoming a serious medium for storytelling and artistic expression in recent years. But striking up a conversation about how Undertale or The Last of Us is a masterpiece of storytelling with your literature professor might still make for an awkward situation. Luckily, if …

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Gaming Week In Review – Mortal Kombat deals a Fatality to the PC, Nintendo’s NX Rumor Roundup

Mortal Kombat Touts XL Package, Ignores PC Neverready’s hit Mortal Kombat franchise is about to enter its second wind. Last year’s Mortal Kombat X brought more skull-crunching, ball-busting insanity to gamers than ever before. Since then, MKX saw an outstanding first season of downloadable content. For round two, WB Games announced Mortal …

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Hacking All Night: UO students compete to create a game in one weekend

Typically, the Lillis Business Complex is a dull place to spend a Friday night, but on Jan. 15, it was brimming with digital energy. Programmers, designers and artists flocked to the complex for QuackHack, a 40-hour “hackathon” in which teams took a simple game idea and turned it into a …

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Gaming Week in Review: ESPN starts official eSports division

ESPN Opens eSports Division On Wednesday, Jan. 14, ESPN launched its new eSports division known as ESPN eSports. The division includes several notable writers such as ESPN business writer Darren Rovell and former GameSpot editor Rod Breslau. The division’s web page, which can be reached from ESPN’s main website, has …

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What’s in store for gaming in 2016?

2016 is shaping up to be a huge year for the gaming industry, and may even overshadow 2015 despite impactful releases from last year like The Witcher 3 and Undertale. Next year’s game catalog boasts many long-awaited sequels as well as exciting new properties that could shape the climate of …

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Gaming Week in Review: Psychonauts 2 Is Looking For Funding

Kick off December with a bang with Psychonauts 2, The 2015 Game Awards and a whole lot of great deals on video games.

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Berg: The Game Awards honor the industry’s best, shine a light on its worst

The second annual ceremony was a mixed bag of genuine love, hollow sales pitches, and all-too-real moments.

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Review: ‘Fallout 4’ is endless, if buggy, fun

Bethesda’s latest creation has the potential to entertain for hours and hours–if the whole game doesn’t break along the way.

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Review: Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void

The king of the real time strategy genre receives a satisfying conclusion with the release of its final expansion.

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Photos: Eugene Comic Con

The first Eugene Comic Con in ten years was held this past weekend at the Lane Events Center to a resounding success. Thousands of comic fans flooded the conventional hall for genre celeb meet & greets, artist signings, panels, and more. But the ultimate highlight of the show was the …

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Review: ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ satisfies on all fronts

An improvement over 2013’s underwhelming reboot, Rise is a stunning sequel worthy of its legacy.

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Berg: ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ is a pure Halo experience

Master Chief’s latest adventure brings new thrills, though it loses some magic in the process.

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Berg: $5.9B payday for ‘Candy Crush’ may be doomed

Activision just paid nearly six billion dollars for a social gaming startup with uncontrollable revenue. Haven’t we been here before?

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Berg: ‘Guitar Hero Live’ feels like the world’s most exploitative jukebox

Activision’s rock revival introduces many new features, but few of them are worth it.

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Review: ‘Rock Band 4’ is an imperfect return to form

Rock Band is as fun as ever, but hardcore fans may be in for a surprise.

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Review: ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’ fuses action with an open-world setting

Japanese video game developer Konami gained a transcendent reputation for creating the Metal Gear Solid series through the game’s wild storytelling, unique military game-play and use of cinematic cutscenes. For 16 years, MGS has been defined by its independence and challenging of its medium. The latest entry, The Phantom Pain, which …

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Gaming Week in Review – Apple tiptoes its way into console gaming

Apple brings mobile gaming to the living room with the fourth-generation Apple TV With a dominant market position in the world of laptops, desktop computers, television streaming, phones, tablets and even watches, many have wondered why Apple has yet to make a video game console. The App Store on iOS …

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