Berg: Altered states transform ordinary games into memorable highs

By on Thursday, Apr. 17 at 6:41 pm.

Gaming and marijuana have been partners in crime ever since an N64 with Goldeneye graced a college dorm room. There’s just something about an the altered state that can transform the stupid into the hysterical, the mundane into the tranquil, the heady and unintelligible into the deep and soul-affirming. But not every game is the […]

Bazzaz: Use your electronic courage for good, not for evil

By on Wednesday, Apr. 16 at 5:33 pm.

The first time I witnessed a cyber-brawl was in eighth grade, during MySpace’s demise. A girl at my school posted a “bulletin” (which were essentially discussion boards) saying that true love isn’t found in junior high. Upon viewing it, I realized online discussions were held to completely different standards. I refreshed the page until I […]

Epic Oregon Game Jam looks for the next big game idea

By on Thursday, Apr. 3 at 4:13 pm.

Creative minds can prosper under pressure and have the freedom to try new ideas, which often results in pure magic at a moment’s notice. Could such spontaneity exist in video game development? Especially since creating a video game usually takes months of testing, polishing and bug-hunting. This weekend, aspiring game developers with any level of experience […]

‘Yoshi’s New Island’ Review — It’s all fun and games until you lose Baby Mario

By on Wednesday, Apr. 2 at 6:41 pm.

There’s nothing quite as terrifying as watching Baby Mario float away in a bubble as a big red 0 materializes in the top right corner of your game screen. That’s as true in “Yoshi’s New Island” now as it was back in 1995 when “Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island” first introduced Nintendo’s signature plumber […]

Tilt, rattle and roll: Eugene’s bringing pinball back in a big way.

By on Wednesday, Apr. 2 at 6:54 pm.

Everyone’s wasted at least a handful of quarters on a pinball machine before. The flashing lights, ringing bells and constant sound create an irresistible sensory overload. The thrill of dominating a playfield, feeling the metal ball rebound through the playfield at your touch just can’t be properly emulated. You’ve got to venture into the real […]

Facebook’s Oculus purchase fires the starting gun of the VR arms race

By on Wednesday, Mar. 26 at 12:14 am.

Oculus VR, the startup company responsible for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, was purchased this afternoon by Facebook for $2 billion. Oculus rose to online fame in the summer of 2012, after its Kickstarter campaign raised $2.1 million for the creation of Rift developer kits. Since then, Oculus has been the leading force in modern […]

Video games you should not play during finals week

By on Tuesday, Mar. 18 at 1:09 pm.

Procrastination is a devastating temptress. One moment, you’re focused at the task at hand — nose deep in a textbook, soaking up information like a parched starfish. Then a rogue thought enters: “You should take a break,” “You’ve been at this for long enough,” “You deserve a reward.” As procrastination whispers into your ear, you […]

Board games are no longer in the past with local stores holding weekly gaming events

By on Tuesday, Mar. 4 at 3:00 pm.

While it’s easy for gamers to get swept up in the gloss and glamour of video games, and all of their multi-million dollar spectacle, there’s still a lot to value in the old-school roots. When most people think of board games, they’re whisked back to drawn-out games of Monopoly and checkers participated in against their […]

Why few women major in STEM fields, and what the UO is doing to change that

By on Friday, Feb. 21 at 3:20 pm.

Prejudice comes in many forms. Sometimes, it shows itself through personal conflicts — through bullying, taunting or hate crimes. Other times, it comes in the form of legal matters — through withholding the right to vote or the right to marry. Often, though, prejudice comes in shapes a bit more subtle. University of Oregon student […]

Skip the dinner: Here are the best games to play with your valentine this holiday

By on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 12:27 pm.

Going out for Valentine’s Day is remarkably overrated. Overpriced candlelit dinners at restaurants full of a thousand couples having the same “special moment” aren’t romantic. The best memories are sometimes made on a couch over a heart-shaped meat-lover’s pizza, a few glasses of Safeway’s finest box wine and a few game controllers. If you’re inclined […]