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PixelFest 2017 Expectations From a 2016 Attendee

February 23, 2017 |

Daija Marrow Contributing Writer

PixelFest made its debut last year in the City of Norfolk with over 4,000 attendees. The convention is a free, three-day, family-friendly event held in the Slover Library. There are six floors of video game inspired activities … Read More

‘Rainbow Six: Siege’ Serves up Major Changes Following Year 2

February 22, 2017 |

Deck: How continued support can make-up for a rough start

Brooke Nicholson Contributing Writer

“Rainbow Six”, the highly tactical, modern video game franchise following the fictional international counter-terrorist unit, Rainbow, has successfully pumped out 18 games after the initial release of Tom … Read More

Valve to Replace ‘Steam Greenlight’ with ‘Steam Direct’

February 16, 2017 |

Nathan Laplante Contributing Writer

Valve Corporation, the company behind the popular online game marketplace “Steam,” has recently revealed that they fully intend to replace their controversial Greenlight program with a new service called “Steam Direct.” The Steam Greenlight Program was launched … Read More

‘Nioh’ Review: A New Take on the Souls Games

February 16, 2017 |

Daija Marrow Contributing Writer

Team Ninja, the creators of the “Ninja Gaiden” series, have developed their own take on the “Souls-like” RPG with “Nioh.” Set in the warring states period of Japan, the story revolves around a stone called the Amrita … Read More

‘For Honor’ For Sure

February 9, 2017 | 1

Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

The world of Ubisoft’s upcoming medieval multiplayer hack-and-slash-em-up “For Honor” is one where knights, Vikings and samurai wage war forever in a clash swords, shields and axes. The beta for “For Honor” was opened to the public … Read More

Should You Make the ‘Switch?’

February 3, 2017 |

Daija Marrow Contributing Writer

Nintendo seems to be attempting to keep pace with competitors Sony and Microsoft as they promote their upcoming console, Nintendo Switch. While this platform is more like a modern console than its predecessor, Nintendo is taking risks … Read More

PixelFest 2017 Preview

February 2, 2017 |

Audra Reigle Assistant Technology Editor

Norfolk’s first gaming festival is returning for its second year, and if you’re a gamer, interested in gaming or interested in local game development,  PixelFest may be the place for you.

PixelFest is a three day event … Read More

‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’ Review: Back to Basics

January 27, 2017 |

Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

The Resident Evil video game series is one with a storied and troubled history. It began as one of the greats of the survival horror genre in 1996, then peaked with “Resident Evil 4” in 2005. After … Read More

Nintendo: Next Console Detailed at Presentation

January 19, 2017 |

Audra Reigle Assistant Technology Editor

Staying up late on Jan. 12 made the wait worthwhile as Nintendo held its presentation on the Nintendo Switch. The presentation detailed the latest console, which was revealed in October. The 11 p.m. EST presentation provided … Read More

The Game Awards 2016: Premiers and Announcements

December 2, 2016 |

Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

Produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards are the answer to more corporate-centric video game award shows and presentations like its predecessor the Spike Video Game Awards. Beginning in 2014, The Game Awards have annually … Read More

“Pokémon Sun and Moon:” An Actual Evolution of the Franchise

November 30, 2016 |

Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

Seven generations and 20 years later, the Pokémon franchise continues to show no sign of slowing down. While previous generation of Pokémon have gradually added to and iterated on the tried and true “gotta catch’em all” formula, “Pokémon … Read More

Experience Nintendo Nostalgia with the New NES

November 28, 2016 |

Audra Reigle Staff Writer

Nintendo is throwing us back to the past with the recent re-release of one of their earliest systems. The original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was released in 1985. Back then, you needed a cartridge to play their … Read More

‘Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare:’ Great Campaign, Failing Multiplayer

November 11, 2016 |

Morgan Engelhardt News Editor

On Nov. 4, Activision released its newest installment in the “Call of Duty” series: Infinite Warfare. The game was released in three different versions: Standard Edition, Legacy and Legacy Pro. Standard contained just Infinite Warfare, while Legacy and … Read More

“Paper Mario: Color Splash” Is A Step in the Right Direction

October 28, 2016 |

Robert Younger Contributing Writer

Mario is widely considered by many to be the quintessential video game character. Whether it’s in his traditional platformers or the myriad of spin-offs under his belt, Mario’s games have been played and loved by … Read More

“Civilization VI” Review: Standing the Test of Time

October 21, 2016 |

Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

The Civilization franchise is widely considered to the benchmark against which all over 4X (explore, expand, exploit and exterminate) strategy games have been measured against. The series continues to hold that lofty position with the release of … Read More

The Rise of E-Sports

October 14, 2016 |

<h5>Audra Reigle

Staff Writer</h5>

There has been a recent rise in popularity in e-sports in the United States. E-sports are defined as competitive video games that are being treated as a sport. Many modern games have competitive aspects to them to allow … Read More