Category: Gaming & Technology

Indie game suprises

Starting the year off with gaming’s best foot forward, the Indy title Detective Grimoire came out to a great deal of expectation and a little bit of surprise.
Developed by SFB Games, Grimoire is their first big gaming venture funded by Kickstarter, a crowd funding campaign that helped raise more than $29,000 towards a $25,000 goal.
Detective Grimoire is a mystery game featuring point and click adventure gameplay in the same vein as old Lucas Arts titles such as Monkey Island or Day of the Tentacle.
You play as the titular detective who is investigating a murder in a tourist trap located at the heart of Boggy’s Swamp. The interesting part is prime suspect who is a mythical swamp creature that no one’s seen before.

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Hobbit sequel exceeds expectations with fans

Like the awkward middle child in an oversized family, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug seems to be going through puberty, finding all sorts of new things about itself while not being sure of what it’s supposed to do.
The movie takes place directly after the first Hobbit film and continues the unexpected journey towards the Lonely Mountain, original kingdom of the dwarves. The protagonists, including the 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellan) and the titular hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), must traverse the remaining land as they find their way back to the dwarf’s homeland. Along the way they evade orcs, consult with the high elves and prepare to come face to face with the larger than life fire-breathing dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

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Top ten video games to remember from 2013

10. Rayman: Legends

There’s no surprise, this game is a testament to staying true to your-self. Michel Ancel keeps the colorful, cartoony spirit that was present in the first Rayman game from 1995 alive. A current example of how the 2D Platformer genre is alive and is able to thrive and innovate in new ways. The main game is enough to warrant a purchase but the game is packed to the brim with musical levels that are some kind of magic and it even features a pseudo HD re-release of the first game. Here’s to more Rayman in the future.

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Students test game-making skills

It looked like something out of the show Big Bang Theory last week as Eastern’s Association for Computing Machinery hosted their third session of Game Jam. Game Jam allows students to create a game whether it is a board, card, computer, or video game. Students are challenged to complete the making of their game in only 72 hours.

The event started at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, on the 4th floor of the Wallace building. Students had five hours that night to begin thinking about the makings of their games. Saturday students could work on their games from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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New Rayman game doesn’t outshine its predecessor

Video games as a medium, and as a vehicle for stories, have advanced beyond the point of just being toys for children. They can tell stories that intrigue people as much as Shakespeare, and have graphics that look as gorgeous as a new Pixar movie. It’s pretty surprising, however, to see simplistic games such as the Rayman titles not only survive in the current market, but also thrive.

Rayman Legends, released Sept. 3, was developed by the Montpellier branch of Ubisoft and directed by series creator Michel Ancel who uses the same, beautiful cartoony atmosphere and presentation as in the other games in the series.

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Grand Theft Auto V breaks skulls and records

The Grand Theft Auto games, since the first release in 1997, have been the poster child for the dark side of video game culture. The promiscuous artwork, and the fact that the main action of the game and its identity is associated with criminal offenses.

When a game franchise is around as long as the GTA series, it has the ability to grow into a pop culture phenomenon not only rival but obliterate blockbuster movies in terms of sales.

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