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

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

Upon entering, 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 […]

Cell phone use causes disengagement in the classroom

By on Monday, Jul. 14 at 3:15 pm.

It is not unusual for lecture classes to be filled with students checking their text messages, playing games, responding to emails and updating their Facebook statuses all with the touch of their fingertips. Lynn Fujiwara, an ethnic studies and women and gender studies professor at University of Oregon, is all too familiar with this phenomenon. […]

In case you missed it, here’s what happened at the E3 Press Conference

By on Wednesday, Jun. 11 at 10:13 am.

E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is the industry’s largest event for news and new game reveals. Every June, the biggest names in video games descend upon the Los Angeles convention center and unleash a torrential downpour of new games, hardware and experiences to keep fans’ mouths watering and wallets empty. The press conferences are […]

University Film Organization hosts Spring Film Festival

By on Saturday, May. 31 at 10:59 pm.

The University Film Organization is a club that prides itself on inspiring creativity from all walks of student life. “We really want to reach out, and let people know that the club isn’t just for film studies majors,” said Kate Rohrich, who handles the club’s public relations. “It’s important that we showcase work from students, […]

Battle of the Rock Bands rocked the the Global Scholars Hall

By on Tuesday, May. 27 at 12:05 am.

The plastic rock ‘n’ roll dream was alive and well in Global Scholars Hall this past weekend, as campus gaming group Think.Play held the first annual Battle of the Rock Bands, a creative twist on the traditional rhythm game competition. Think.Play steering committee member Jon Paull said the event was inspired from past successes. “Our Rock […]

Has 2048 lost its luster? Try these mobile games instead

By on Wednesday, May. 21 at 4:19 pm.

If you’re like most students on campus, your phone has probably been glowing with “2s”, “4s,” “8s” and every other permutation thereof – as you slide tiles together for victory in the hit mobile game 2048. A devilishly addictive puzzler, 2048 can suck away hours of your life before you even know it. But eventually, […]

Forget the smartphone: UO students take SnapChat to your desktop

By on Sunday, May. 11 at 10:58 pm.

SnapChat has become a global sensation on mobile devices, with young adults flocking to the service as a new, innovative method of communication. But with all of this rampant success, no method yet exists to use SnapChat in a desktop environment, only a smartphone one. So when University of Oregon students Casey Rondinella and Sahil […]

Q&A: UO grad student, Amy Billingsley on her creation of Rabbit Games

By on Sunday, Apr. 27 at 8:03 pm.

Amy Billingsley is the co-creator of Rabbit Games and a PhD student in the University of Oregon’s philosophy department. Rabbit Games’ new game, Cafeteria Clash (available for free on iOS, Android and Facebook) is a clever twist on traditional tower defense games. I spoke to her about game development and the challenges of working in the […]

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 […]