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10 sports video games to keep you sane in self-quarantine

There are a wide variety of different sports games that can be played.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 6, 2020

With nothing but time on your hands and zero motivation for anything school-related, now is the time to unearth that ancient, dust-covered collection of sports video games buried somewhere in your basement. Left behind since you upgraded to that last new console or replaced them with slightly newer but also slightly worse versions, these are some of the best from both today and yesteryear.

Running a town in quarantine: ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

Last Friday, Nintendo released “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” for the Nintendo Switch.

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Ashley Martin is spending the next few weeks fishing, collecting bugs and doing chores for her neighbors. But Martin’s not even stepping outside.

Screen Time: Curse of the video game adaptation

“Detective Pikachu” production still.

By Thomas Wick, Staff Writer

June 5, 2019

Once upon a time in the year 1993, an abomination crawled out from the darkest depths of the underworld and into the light of our Earth: the first film adaptation of a video game. The movie, “Super Mario Bros.,” turned the villain of the video game series it was based on, Bowser, from a vicious fire-...

Do puzzles and games help you de-stress?

According to Pitt psychology professor Melinda Ciccocioppo playing games can relieve stress by distracting from stress-inducing factors.

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

April 21, 2019

“Video games are a part of me, and being able to play them, it takes away the pressure from work,” Ferdy Huang, a junior emergency medicine major, said. “The stress management, that’s the side effect that comes from having fun playing video games.”

Opinion | Pa. is misguidedly trying to make video games a taxable sin

Opinion | Pa. is misguidedly trying to make video games a taxable sin

By Thomas Wick, Staff Columnist

February 19, 2019

Politicians have been trying to pin the blame for school shootings on violent video games for years, even though it’s a dated concept.

Opinion | Battle Royale: attack of the Fortnite clones

“Battle Royale” is a mode used in online games including “Fortnite” and “Player Unknown Battlegrounds.” r

By Thomas Wick, Staff Columnist

January 17, 2019

While battle royale may be fun to watch, it needs a massive community to support it, lest it fall out of popularity. This spells a troubling future for the genre, if current gaming trends continue.

Don’t pin blame on violent games

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

February 28, 2018

Imagine being able to punch a ninja through the chest, rip out their heart and then squeeze it to drink the remaining blood left for nourishment. All it takes is two fatal words — “finish him” — to violently kill an opponent this way while playing “Mortal Kombat.” In fact, the violence in t...

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...

Good gaming journalism needs know-how

(Illustration by Garrett Aguilar | Staff Illustrator)

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

September 25, 2017

As I watched the video game character move back and forth on the screen, struggling and failing to make a simple jump, I couldn’t help but cringe. I was shocked to discover the identity of the player grappling with a game tutorial with so much difficulty was an “experienced” gaming journalist. Video gam...

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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