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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is fun and redeeming

Sonic the Hedgehog

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Director Jeff Fowler’s feature directorial debut, “Sonic the Hedgehog,” takes the classic video game character into a fun, carefree movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously.  It’s been an entire year since we got a first glimpse at the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie, and we can ...

Best games of 2019: Feature remakes, new games and anticipated sequels

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Ricardo Tovar

December 9, 2019

2019 was an outstanding year for gaming. The remake trend, new independent projects and some long-awaited sequels reigned supreme. After a great year of games, it's only right that we look back at some of the year's best.With games like "Final Fantasy 7 Remake," "The Last of Us II," "Halo Infinite" and "Cybe...

SMH: The fiasco that is Fallout 76

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Alex Coba and Mitchell Kret

November 25, 2019

SMH is The Orion’s new opinion podcast hosted by Alex Coba and Mitchell Kret.This episode discussed the shady practices of video game companies. Specifically Bethesda Softworks and the Fallout 76 Fiasco, but other companies are mentioned too. The podcast was recorded at KZFR 90.1 FM.Alex Coba and Mitchell Kret can be reached at [email protected]

‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’ a good time but not worth the price tag

Ricardo Tovar

November 23, 2019

Game Freak’s latest installment in the mainline Pokémon franchise makes its debut on a console for the Nintendo Switch. Drawing inspiration from the United Kingdom, the ‘Galar’ region is a gorgeous new environment to explore. The ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go’ influence...

The everyday struggles of a casual gamer

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Christina Cahill

April 7, 2019

I know I'm awful, but at least I have fun.I see the guard at Suramar City and he sees me. I know if I make too big of a scene, if I’m not quick on my feet, I’ll be caught and swarmed by him and his buddies. I go to steal the item I’m questing for, and my disguise is dropped. A guar...

Online games: A toxic toll on my soul

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Reed Mccoy

March 26, 2019

Online games, from my own experience, are among the most rewarding types of games to play. Being able to immerse yourself in a fictional world full of real players is a truly awesome experience, especially if you have friends to play with. However, there is a dark side to the fun that comes with online ga...

Podcast: What makes our favorite horror video games work

The game

Alex Coba, Ulises Duenas, Natalie Hanson, and Grant Schmieding

October 28, 2018

Halloween is almost here and we're ready for new games of the season, with another podcast this week as we discuss our favorite scary video games. As video games progress rapidly through improving technology and increasing possibilities, horror games have been some of the most lucrative offerings in the me...

Podcast: We can’t wait for the return of “Red Dead Redemption”

Alex Coba, Ulises Duenas, and Grant Schmieding

October 22, 2018

"Red Dead Redemption II" is on the horizon with a release date set for Oct. 26. What better time to reminisce about the quality and legacy of the first game? This week we got together to talk about what made "RDR" so memorable and enduring. We also go over the various reasons why we're so excited ab...

Arts in Review Podcast: Fans of “Assassin’s Creed” series prepare for release of “Odyssey”


Ulises Duenas, Grant Schmieding, Alex Coba, and Natalie Hanson

October 1, 2018

This week, we are talking about the history of the "Assassin's Creed" video games and our personal perspectives on the franchise. In anticipation of the new game, now released, "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey." We sat down to discuss the game franchise's impact on video gaming overall. Combat and gameplay...

‘Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga’ is better than ever

Cover art for the game showing the villains on the left and minions on the right.
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April 9, 2018

 Mario and Luigi are the most iconic duo in gaming. They've had games across a wide variety of genres, but some of their best games are RPG's. "Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga" originally came out in 2003, but it's recently been remade for the 3DS. This new version updates the vi...

‘Rust’: The second job you never wanted

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Ulises Duenas

February 27, 2018

After being in early access for over four years, "Rust" still has a lot of issues that keep it from achieving its potential. While the idea of a survival game is interesting, the execution of it in "Rust" makes for a game that is too annoying to like. When you begin "Rust," you're dropped into ...

‘Rainbow Six Siege’ is fresh air in a cramped market

Coastline, one of the game's better looking maps. Attackers begin on the outside of a building while defenders are always inside. Photo credit: Ulises Duenas

Ulises Duenas

September 24, 2017

Finding a multiplayer shooter that's worth sticking with is hard to come by these days. It's not enough to just offer good game-play anymore. With so many games coming out, developers need to to do more and more to keep their player base alive. "Rainbow Six: Siege" is the case of a game that appeals to...

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