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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is fun and redeeming

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...

Dante (left), Nero (middle) and V (right), all walking towards a hoard of demons. Image courtesy of etsy.com

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

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...

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SMH: The fiasco that is Fallout 76

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...

‘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...

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The everyday struggles of a casual gamer

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...

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Online games: A toxic toll on my soul

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...

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Podcast: What makes our favorite horror video games work

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...

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...

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

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."...

Cover art for the game showing the villains on the left and minions on the right.
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‘Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga’ is better than ever

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...

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‘Rust’: The second job you never wanted

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"...

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

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

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...

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