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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: 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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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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Your February gaming bargain guide

If your wallet is getting tight after a busy Valentines Day, or maybe just too many celebratory pints at Max’s, it might be time to start crunching the numbers and setting a budget. But that doesn’t mean you need to give up the gaming pleasures that keep you procrastinating long …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Microsoft unveils Xbox One, the successor to the Xbox 360

Nextbox. Durango. Infinity. Throughout the last year, these names have all been tied to Microsoft’s next gaming console, whether it was by fans or developers. On Tuesday morning, the Xbox One was unveiled at an event in Redmond, Wash., and although no release date was set for the machine, Microsoft …

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Tech: Notable news for Dec. 3 – Dec. 7

The man responsible for founding McAfee, Inc. has been apprehended by Guatemalan authorities for entering the country illegally. John McAfee, who has been on the run since becoming a person of interest in a murder case in Belize, founded the firm that would go on to create McAfee, the popular security, anti-virus …

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Technology: The trickiness of genre in video games

Discussion: Video games and genre Video games have a strange system of classification. Not strange as in hard-to-understand (once you realize what makes up a first person shooter, a role playing, or a real-time strategy game, it’s pretty easy to spot another), but strange in that it is unique to …

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Eugene electronic shops for repairs, parts and games

If you’re new to town or electronics and find yourself missing a few cords or in need of a new game, here’s a list of electronics stores to help you with your troubles: Thompson’s Electronics: If you’re looking for stereo equipment, patch cables or video devices of any kind, Thompson’s …

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Technology: Horror games for Halloween

A movie or a book can be scary, sure, but video games have the unique power to really get inside your head. Somehow the combination of player agency and immersion give way to some of the most terrifying experiences one can have. Here’s a list of games that will be …

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Tech: News week of Oct. 22-26

Big news from Apple this week: the iPad mini was announced. The new tablet PC is smaller, faster and features a longer battery life than the iPad 3. Revealed alongside the new hardware was an update for existing iOS devices and the iPad 4, the next iteration of the classic …

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Text adventure gaming is alive and well

In the early days of computer gaming, when text-only interfaces were the norm, one of the most common means of rendering games was with words, and words alone. Some of the earliest games in existence utilize this method of interactivity; lines of text describe the world you inhabit and you …

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'Black Mesa' successfully updates the award-winning game 'Half-Life'

First released in 1998, Valve Software’s “Half-Life” @@http://www.valvesoftware.com/games/@@represents something of a watershed moment in video game history. Praised for tight design, storytelling that didn’t condescend to its audience and a rich atmosphere, it won Game of the [email protected]@[email protected]@ from more than 50 publications and still holds as one of the …

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Four pieces of technology news you may have missed

With the pace of our news cycle, it’s easy to miss the latest in technology news. Not to mention many of us have better things to do than stare at their RSS feeds while everyone else is enjoying their summer. So here are some things you may have missed from the last few months.

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"Faster Than Light" nails the balance between fun and frenzy

Billed as a “spaceship simulation real-time roguelike-like,”@@the roguelike-like is in fact how they said [email protected]@ “Faster Than Light” is fundamentally a game about panic. As the player you are tasked with firing weapons, managing your crew, putting out fires, repairing broken sectors and fighting off boarders — all at the …

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Five video games for people who think they don’t like video games

It’s often hard to find games that cater to someone who wants to do more than click on crops but doesn’t want to invest the time it requires to reach the highest levels of “World of Warcraft” or “Call of Duty.” But not every game is shallow or a time suck. Here I’ve collected five games that fit that mid-range exceptionally.

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Playing video games not a waste of time, according to recent studies

Whether it’s “Angry Birds”, “World of Warcraft” or “SimCity”, research has found that playing video games can improve the way people think.

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Saldana: Trash talk isn't just fun and games

Yelling and screaming over such trivial matters as a basketball or football game is beyond idiotic. It’s silly.

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Big City Gamin’ offers cheaper gaming options for students

For the college student who is looking to game on the cheap, there is Big City Gamin’ near campus in downtown Eugene.

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Pop culture preview for winter

With this year potentially our last on Earth, it’s time for us to sit back and try and enjoy what pop culture brings to the table for the start of 2012. With a sure-to-be-groundbreaking film conclusion to “The Dark Knight” trilogy as well as the mesmerizing finale to television’s “Breaking Bad” returns this summer, here is a list of upcoming titles to try and make the wait a little more bearable.

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The Emerald's comprehensive fall pop culture preview

With the school year just beginning, it’s almost hard to imagine there is a thriving pop culture industry continuously producing new forms of entertainment. For the students who use this entertainment as a way to escape the seemingly constant pressure of college, here is a preview of the three biggest …

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