Technology

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 […]


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 […]