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By Ray Milburn, Mei Dennison, and Giancarlo Messina February 15, 2024

The Washington Post called it “2024’s first viral hit.” It set records on popular gaming platform Steam. Then, it lost 1.3 million players: the largest two-week drop in Steam’s history. Today we’re...

From left to right: Bonnie, Freddy Fazbear and Chica, the horrifying animatronics haunting the pizzeria, in the game-turned-movie Five Nights at Freddys.

‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ brings frights and fun to life

By Lucretius Rutkowski, Head Proofreader November 1, 2023
Ever since the success of the first Five Nights at Freddy’s game, created in 2014, the idea of a movie adaptation has been a running gag in the gaming community for almost a decade. Rumors of its production and it being stuck in “development hell” were spread until Blumhouse Productions and the games’ creator Scott Cawthon started posting teasers online about its gradual development. Released in theaters Oct. 27 almost nine years later, there is finally a “Five Nights at Freddy’s” movie. 
Senior Christopher Ogden discusses the benefits of gaming. He believes the negativity surrounding video games is premature and his peers should try gaming as an outlet.

Commentary: Video games help increase motivation

By Christopher Ogden April 21, 2022
Video games can act as a safe space for individuals with social anxiety disorders.
Column: The sexist culture of gaming

Column: The sexist culture of gaming

By Avery Alexander, Senior Writer September 1, 2021
There is a very thin line between actual constructive criticism and just being a jerk.
“Mortal Kombat” betrays its source material popular and secures a spot in the expansive halls of terrible video game movies.

Review: “Mortal Kombat” is another terrible video game movie

By Jackson Noel, Staff Writer May 3, 2021
“Mortal Kombat” betrays its source material popular and secures a spot in the expansive halls of terrible video game movies.
“Boss Level” is a video game-inspired action sci-fi film on Hulu. Creative stunts and an interesting concept make the film a fun watch.

Review: Video game inspired action film is full of fun

By Anthony De Lapi, Contributing Writer March 21, 2021
“Boss Level” is a video game-inspired action sci-fi film on Hulu. Creative stunts and an interesting concept make the film a fun watch.
Will Walberg, an Ithaca College cinema and photography major, used photo mode in video games to take photographs with a real-life quality. Photo mode is an aspect of video games that allows players to capture a picture of their adventure. This picture was taken inside “Red Dead Redemption 2,” a single-player western video game.

Student uses video games as medium for virtual photography

By Antonio Ferme, Senior Writer October 9, 2020
Walberg, a cinema and photography major, used photo mode in video games to take photographs with a real-life quality.
From left to right, finalists senior Aidan Lentz and sophomore Julian Gorring. The winner of the tournament, Gorring, walked away with the coveted prize, a Nintendo Switch. The event also offered noncompetitive gaming options.

Gamers race to win new Nintendo Switch

By Cora Payne, Contributing Writer September 25, 2019

For one afternoon, the Emerson Suites was converted into an arcade, complete with dim lighting and energetic music. Students flooded into the room to watch their peers race through Rainbow Road, battling...

Tom Clancys Division 2 features a deeply detailed environment yet fails at immersing the player. The game feels like a copy of the other game in the series and does little in the way of offering a new, interesting gameplay.

Review: Video game is a carbon copy of predecessor

By James Baratta March 25, 2019

Ubisoft’s “Tom Clancy’s The Division 2” regurgitates the cliche, fictional story of a crumbling society as the same crippling epidemic from the previous game in the series brings the United States...

The apocalyptic first-person shooter is incredibly immersive and uses sounds, environments and suspense to draw the player into the virtual world. New game mechanics also enhance the experience.

Review: “Metro Exodus” provides a perfectly apocalyptic playthrough

By James Baratta March 5, 2019

“Metro Exodus,” a first-person shooter by 4A Games, is a deep, intoxicating inhale of contaminated air that has players fastening their gas masks and jumping straight into a world where survival is...

Rainswept is full of breathtaking art and music, but the game lacks character building and plot. The game also suffers from a plethora of glitches and errors that interrupt the immersive experience.

Review: “Rainswept” is a deluge of visceral visuals

By Avery Alexander February 20, 2019

A rich landscape of beautiful, rolling hills is quickly followed by the silhouette of a man in his window — then a heart-stopping bang leads to peaceful silence. This is the beginning of “Rainswept,”...

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