Technology

Recap: The 2014 Game Awards boast a genuine spirit and love for the industry

By on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 2:39 am.

Last night was the inaugural presentation of The Game Awards, a new awards show coming from Geoff Keighley (the gaming industry’s Ryan Seacrest or Chris Hardwick equivalent, a sort of host-for-hire) and a team of backers that includes industry leaders from Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, EA, Activision and others. It’s a spinoff from Spike TV’s VGAs, […]


Cuff or Tough? A new jewelry designed to keep you safe

By on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 12:20 pm.

Emerging in a world full of dazzling diamonds, Alex and Ani bangles and fuel bands is a new form of jewelry hitting the market in March 2015: Cuff jewelry is a multitasking piece of jewelry originally designed with women’s safety in mind. If you ever find yourself in a scary predicament, you simply press the discrete button […]


Review: Pokémon remakes Ruby and Sapphire, and it’s delightful

By on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 10:34 am.

Stop what you’re doing and go buy Pokémon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire right now. Think you’re just going to eat turkey and lay around with the family this Thanksgiving? Well, guess what? You can’t. You’re too busy playing Pokémon to stuff your face. Your family will obviously understand. Released just last Friday, Pokémon Omega […]


UO to drop Blackboard in favor of Canvas

By on Monday, Nov. 24 at 4:23 pm.

The University of Oregon is switching its learning management system from Blackboard to Canvas after unanimously positive reviews were received from nearly 2000 students, 24 faculty, 38 GTFs and library and IT staff through different tests and surveys over the past months, according to blogs.oregon.edu. Approximately 1400 schools and organizations are using Blackboard worldwide, whereas […]


Five classic games that celebrate a 10-year anniversary this month

By on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 6:20 pm.

November of 2004. For most people, it’s not a particularly exciting month. The Incredibles was bolstering Pixar’s legacy in movie theaters across the nation. “Drop It Like Its Hot” was a fresh track from Snoop. Most people reading this were likely in grade school. But for gaming enthusiasts, it was something altogether different. While every […]


Review: ‘Sunset Overdrive’ is a flashy, fun game that makes the next-gen an exciting place to be

By on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 5:21 pm.

Owning a next-gen console in 2014 has been a bit of a sore experience. The launch lineups for both systems were jarringly lackluster, and the coming spring and summer didn’t do much to justify early adopters’ big purchases. The annual slew of game announcements at E3 almost universally came with tags that said “coming 2015.” […]


Obama gives public support to Net Neutrality

By on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 1:02 pm.

On Monday, President Obama released a statement asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt stronger rules on the enforcement of Net Neutrality among Internet service providers in the U.S. Net Neutrality is the concept that all content distributed through the Internet is treated equally – the principle that a single carrier can’t prioritize one […]


Berg: Call of Duty’s Slowing Sales, and the Danger of Annualization

By on Friday, Nov. 7 at 11:03 am.

This past Sunday evening, Activision released the latest edition of the global smash franchise, Call of Duty. Titled Advanced Warfare, the 2014 model is as bombastic as any of the games’ predecessors – now boasting cybernetically enhanced exosuits, and an equally robotic Kevin Spacey (who lends his digital likeness to the game’s single player campaign). […]


Review: Bayonetta 2, the cult classic’s sequel has exceptional gameplay, but lacks story

By on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 12:28 pm.

Bayonetta 2 is a game that shouldn’t exist. It’s the hyper-violent sequel to a cult classic that met infamously dismal sales, exclusively delivered on a console most notable for candy-colored kart racers and platformers. Plus, the leading lady defies every established stereotype about video game protagonists. In a gaming industry that is seemingly plagued by […]


Berg: Fox Sports’ ‘Super Mariota’ tribute is a great gesture, but something’s off

By on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 3:32 pm.

It sounded like an obvious nickname. Kids love video games and one of the most prominent Oregon quarterbacks in recent history just so happens to have “Mario” in his name. Thus, it’s only logical — even though No. 8 isn’t known for his jumping prowess — that the Ducks’ quarterback has earned the moniker Marcus “Super” […]


Video Gameday — League of Legends fights to become a recognized sport

By on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 3:49 pm.

Every Duck can remember where they were in January 2012 when the University of Oregon football team charged onto the field in Pasadena, California and performed for the national spotlight in the annual Rose Bowl. More than 90,000 fans stood and roared, and millions more watched on TV. For many, it seemed like the highest […]


Ello: A New Beginning for Social Media, or just Hipster Hype?

By on Friday, Oct. 10 at 2:33 pm.

Upon entering ello.co, the web address of the latest social network to start making the rounds, one of the first things you’re greeted with is the following quote: “Your social network is owned by advertisers… We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a […]


This fall’s new video games are sure to be (left, down) right up your alley

By on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 11:39 pm.

As the leaves begin to turn shades of burnt sienna and roasted maroon, and the scents of roasted pumpkin waft from every foodstuff, the heart of any true technophile starts to double beat. With the looming holiday shopping season and the national riot/holiday known as Black Friday approaching, enterprising publishers push new video games out […]