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‘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

‘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

“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

‘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

“Paladins” Game Review: Slick Fun with Rough Edges

September 28, 2016 |

Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

A colorful cast of cartoonish characters face-off against one another in a hero-based first person shooter with MOBA-like elements. No, I’m not talking about Blizzard’s “Overwatch.” I’m talking about “Paladins” by Hi-Rez Studios, a game that is … Read More

Deterring Campus Violence with the ROBOCOPP Sound Grenade

April 19, 2016 |

Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

The widespread problem of campus sexual assaults and campus violence is one with no single solution and requires a change in the foundational perception of campus violence. In the meantime, a myriad of personal safety devices have … Read More

“Breaking in” to Escape Room Virginia Beach

April 11, 2016 |

Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

When ODU senior Shannon Moore met David Blackstock, she had no idea the friendship would lead to becoming a game master at Escape Room Virginia Beach. As it turned out, designing devious puzzles for teams to solve … Read More

Review: The Witness, So Many Puzzles

January 30, 2016 |

Ross Reelachart Staff Writer

“The Witness” is the newest game developed by Jonathan Blow, creator of the critically-acclaimed, independent game, “Braid.” The player awakes alone on a mysterious and beautiful island with no information or memory to speak of. The only … Read More

Video Game Review: Undertale

January 15, 2016 |

By Audra Reigle Contributing Writer

As a human in a world of monsters who want your soul, the “Undertale” player has two choices: befriend the monsters or fight them. That’s about all that can be said about the game as saying … Read More

Freedom Electric Solutions: A Student Startup Story

October 29, 2015 |

Ross Reelachart Tech Editor

he unassuming building at 111 Granby St. serves as the starting point for many young entrepreneurs and budding businesses, including Erin Desmond Marshall and his student startup company that builds … Read More

“The Beginner’s Guide” Review: Getting to Know Someone

October 1, 2015 |

Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

When “The Stanley Parable” was released in July of 2011, it was met with critical acclaim. The game’s excellent use of narration and subversion of players’ expectations turned a mere … Read More

A Rough Ride into Familiar Territory: Mad Max

September 4, 2015 |

By David Thornton Copy Editor

Widespread vehicular mayhem and carnage. Scavenging through a sprawling wasteland populated by violent tribal lunatics. Brutal fist-to-fist combat. Shotguns. Successful video game franchises have been built around each of … Read More

Steve Jobs, Satoru Iwata, and You

September 4, 2015 |

By Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

On October 5 of 2011, a life among many others passed from this world. Yet when this particular flame went out, there was a flood of mourning and sentiment, … Read More

Snapsolve Eases Homework Woes

April 17, 2015 |

By Rashad McDowell

Technology Editor

Difficult homework assignments, meet your match. On April 14, the creators of StudyRoom, the world’s largest social network of college students collaborating on assignments and tutoring, released a new app called Snapsolve. … Read More