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Senior quarterback Kenny Pickett chose to forgo the NFL Draft and return for a fifth year- Staff Writer Carson Zaremski would grant him a 96 for throw power in EA Sports’ College Football.

Pitt football’s fictional video game ratings

By Carson Zaremski, Staff Writer February 17, 2021
The players will be rated out of 100, based on the more specific attribute ratings they would get in the game.
There are a wide variety of different sports games that can be played.

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

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

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

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.
“Detective Pikachu” production still.

Screen Time: Curse of the video game adaptation

Screen Time is a bi-weekly blog featuring TPN staff member’s takes on all things film and television.
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...

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

Do puzzles and games help you de-stress?

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

Opinion | Battle Royale: attack of the Fortnite clones

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.
(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

Don’t pin blame on violent games

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”...

(Illustration by Raka Sarkar | Senior Staff Illustrator)

Microtransactions mar gaming experience

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...

(Illustration by Garrett Aguilar | Staff Illustrator)

Good gaming journalism needs know-how

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...

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