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Vibrant Media Lab offers glimpse into first game system

The inside of the Vibrant Media Lab in the Cathedral of Learning.

By Vaibhav Gupta, For The Pitt News

March 18, 2019

The group, the Vibrant Media Lab, will present one of the earliest-created game consoles in history — the Magnavox Odyssey — to Pitt students on April 5 in order to promote a wider understanding of the history and culture behind video games along with the VML’s work for the past two years.

esports make natural addition to Olympics

(Illustration by Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor)

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

February 11, 2018

It’s the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. Two combatants pick up pieces of plastic laced with electrical current and various input chambers. They do not face each other directly, but they fight on a screen — as Pikachu and Mario, respectively. This fight will decide who wins the 2026 Olympic Winter Ga...

Microtransactions mar gaming experience

(Illustration by Raka Sarkar | Senior Staff Illustrator)

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

December 4, 2017

A short time ago in an industry not so far away, the gaming empire Electronic Arts released a video game called “Star Wars Battlefront II” — but gamers should keep their wallets handy if they want the full game experience. This sequel to the 2015 “Star Wars Battlefront” promised to add improve...

Hold out on video game hype culture, wait for results

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

March 24, 2017

When two gamers took their players on a virtual journey to a far-off video game planet, they expected to be able to see and interact with each other’s player in the game. To their surprise, they saw only empty planet, despite what the makers of the game previously promised. Sean Murray — head of the...

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