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Intel supports UO computer class through $100,000 donation

You are an agent for the office of strategic national alien planning. Your task is to complete projects focusing on code incription, computer optimization and pin collecting. Failure means obliteration of your grade because this is an assignment for one of the University of Oregon’s most innovative classes. This is …

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Nintendo Direct brings news of new Nintendo 3DS, more amiibo

This morning brought another edition of Nintendo’s semi-regular Nintendo Direct news segments, introducing a handful of new details on upcoming games, plus information on the United States release of the New Nintendo 3DS system. Opening the show was a trailer for a new Fire Emblem game from Intelligent Systems, creators of …

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2014 in review: 'Serial,' 'You Made It Weird,' were some of the best podcasts of the year

There is far too much creative content out in the world today, and podcasting is certainly no exception. From comedy to educational, talk about real crime to real talk about culture, it’s been a thorough year for podcasts. Keep an ear out for some of our favorite programs of 2014. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/180831187″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” …

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Keep an eye out for these video games in early 2015

The holidays have at last passed. With the November rush of new AAA video games, and the rush of Game of the Year lists that follow in our rearview it’s time to look forward to 2015. The first quarter of the year is traditionally a fairly light time for games, …

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Snapchat Rolls New "Campus Story" Feature Out To Eugene

Snapchat has long been America’s go-to app for the immediate sharing of drunk selfies, candid pictures of one’s lunch and emoji-covered cat pictures. This week Snapchat rolled out its latest feature  — dubbed “Our Campus Story” — to the University of Oregon area. Now it’s easier than ever to share …

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Year In Review: Here are 2014's top ten video games

10. Wolfenstein (PC, XBox ONE, PS4, XBox 360, PS3) In a year where plenty of games prided themselves on open-ended storytelling, Wolfenstein: The New Order stood out for a strong, linear campaign with top-notch gunplay and an outstanding alternate history sci-fi universe. Gunplay feels fantastically varied, with both stealth & …

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New game 'Hatred' draws controversy for depicting school shooting

In sharp black-and-white, a dark figure in a trenchcoat looks over a table full of assault rifles, hand grenades and hunting knifes. As he packs the weapons into his coat, he spouts a monologue cursing “this stupid world, and all these human worms feasting on its carcass,” and how he …

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Gaming recommendations that'll get you in the holiday mood

Saints Row IV – How The Saints Save Christmas (PC, PS3, 360) Saints Row has always been a franchise that pushes the limits. Crude, over-the-top and consistently hilarious – it’s safe to say the last thing one would expect out of this franchise is a new holiday classic. But this …

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Recap: The 2014 Game Awards boast a genuine spirit and love for the industry

Last night was the inaugural presentation of The Game Awards, a new awards show coming from Geoff Keighley (the gaming industry’s Ryan Seacrest or Chris Hardwick equivalent, a sort of host-for-hire) and a team of backers that includes industry leaders from Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, EA, Activision and others. It’s a …

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Stop yourself from procrastinating this finals week with these Chrome apps

With finals week upon us, it’s time for one thing and one thing only: desperate, panicked study sessions fueled by can after can of sugar-packed energy drinks that last for dozens of hours on end. The clock is ticking. Every minute counts. You’re going to need every second if you …

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Cuff or Tough? A new jewelry designed to keep you safe

Emerging in a world full of dazzling diamonds, Alex and Ani bangles and fuel bands is a new form of jewelry hitting the market in March 2015: Cuff jewelry is a multitasking piece of jewelry originally designed with women’s safety in mind. If you ever find yourself in a scary predicament, you …

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Review: Pokémon remakes Ruby and Sapphire, and it's delightful

Stop what you’re doing and go buy Pokémon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire right now. Think you’re just going to eat turkey and lay around with the family this Thanksgiving? Well, guess what? You can’t. You’re too busy playing Pokémon to stuff your face. Your family will obviously understand. Released …

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Review: Pokémon remakes Ruby and Sapphire, and it’s delightful

Stop what you’re doing and go buy Pokémon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire right now. Think you’re just going to eat turkey and lay around with the family this Thanksgiving? Well, guess what? You can’t. You’re too busy playing Pokémon to stuff your face. Your family will obviously understand. Released …

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UO to drop Blackboard in favor of Canvas

The University of Oregon is switching its learning management system from Blackboard to Canvas after unanimously positive reviews were received from nearly 2000 students, 24 faculty, 38 GTFs and library and IT staff through different tests and surveys over the past months, according to blogs.oregon.edu. Approximately 1400 schools and organizations …

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Five classic games that celebrate a 10-year anniversary this month

November of 2004. For most people, it’s not a particularly exciting month. The Incredibles was bolstering Pixar’s legacy in movie theaters across the nation. “Drop It Like Its Hot” was a fresh track from Snoop. Most people reading this were likely in grade school. But for gaming enthusiasts, it was …

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Your Black Friday Tech Guide: TVs, video games and more

With the brisk cold winter air scarring faces every morning and the smell of candy cane mochas oozing out of red cups across campus, it’s impossible to doubt that the most magical, generous time of year has come upon us. Black Friday: the merciless halfway point between capitalism and suburban …

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Review: ‘Sunset Overdrive’ is a flashy, fun game that makes the next-gen an exciting place to be

Owning a next-gen console in 2014 has been a bit of a sore experience. The launch lineups for both systems were jarringly lackluster, and the coming spring and summer didn’t do much to justify early adopters’ big purchases. The annual slew of game announcements at E3 almost universally came with …

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Review: 'Sunset Overdrive' is a flashy, fun game that makes the next-gen an exciting place to be

Owning a next-gen console in 2014 has been a bit of a sore experience. The launch lineups for both systems were jarringly lackluster, and the coming spring and summer didn’t do much to justify early adopters’ big purchases. The annual slew of game announcements at E3 almost universally came with …

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Berg: Call of Duty’s Slowing Sales, and the Danger of Annualization

This past Sunday evening, Activision released the latest edition of the global smash franchise, Call of Duty. Titled Advanced Warfare, the 2014 model is as bombastic as any of the games’ predecessors – now boasting cybernetically enhanced exosuits, and an equally robotic Kevin Spacey (who lends his digital likeness to …

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Review: Bayonetta 2, the cult classic’s sequel has exceptional gameplay, but lacks story

Bayonetta 2 is a game that shouldn’t exist. It’s the hyper-violent sequel to a cult classic that met infamously dismal sales, exclusively delivered on a console most notable for candy-colored kart racers and platformers. Plus, the leading lady defies every established stereotype about video game protagonists. In a gaming industry …

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Berg: Fox Sports’ ‘Super Mariota’ tribute is a great gesture, but something’s off

It sounded like an obvious nickname. Kids love video games and one of the most prominent Oregon quarterbacks in recent history just so happens to have “Mario” in his name. Thus, it’s only logical — even though No. 8 isn’t known for his jumping prowess — that the Ducks’ quarterback has …

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This fall’s new video games are sure to be (left, down) right up your alley

As the leaves begin to turn shades of burnt sienna and roasted maroon, and the scents of roasted pumpkin waft from every foodstuff, the heart of any true technophile starts to double beat. With the looming holiday shopping season and the national riot/holiday known as Black Friday approaching, enterprising publishers …

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Keurig brings the digital rights management debate into the kitchen

The smell of ground beans in the air, the feeling of hot steam from the cup, the sound of the last few drops of caffeinated glory filling the cup — it’s all part of the timeless morning ritual. For millions of Americans who want to speed up the process, Keurig …

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Board games are no longer in the past with local stores holding weekly gaming events

While it’s easy for gamers to get swept up in the gloss and glamour of video games, and all of their multi-million dollar spectacle, there’s still a lot to value in the old-school roots. When most people think of board games, they’re whisked back to drawn-out games of Monopoly and …

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Humble Bundle gives away great games for a good cause

PC gaming on a budget can be tough. In a world where $60 AAA releases always seem to coincide with the day that bills are due, you can’t always find the funds to play the games you want when you want. But living in entertainment poverty doesn’t have to be …

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A reflection on the state of Facebook today: Will it ever die?

A recent UK study has come to a startling conclusion about the world’s number one social networking site. “Facebook is not just on the slide. It is basically dead and buried,” proclaims Daniel Miller, the professor of material culture at the University College in London. Miller’s argument boils down to …

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These are the top 10 digital games of 2013

10. “Brothers – A Tale Of Two Sons” (360, PS3, PC) “Brothers – A Tale Of Two Sons” is a co-op puzzle game for one player, and it tasks you with finding medicine for your father. You control two brothers — one with each analog stick — as you traverse a …

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Seven reasons why The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is the best in the series

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is getting a total HD makeover next month, and with good reason. The 10th installment in the Zelda series is among the most beautifully directed games to ever grace a console and it features some of the best music of any Nintendo title. Heck, …

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New Super Luigi U Review: Second fiddle no more

I have a confession to make: When I was young, I’d start two-player “Mario Bros.” games by myself so that I could play as Luigi. In “Super Mario Bros.,” I’d kill off Mario immediately so that I could control Player 2 and fly through the game’s eight worlds as his …

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Campuzano: Gaming needs a Steve Jobs

At long last, we know the name of every one of the big three, next-generation video game consoles — WiiU, Playstation 4 and, after an event in Redmond, Wash., one week ago, Xbox One. What will follow for the next five or six months is speculation after speculation regarding what …

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