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Google and Microsoft compete via video game streaming services

For consumers, being able to open their phone, bring out a controller and play the newest Call of Duty game on the go was just a pipe dream, but now Google and Microsoft are promising major advancements to gaming-on-the-go with new game streaming services. PCs and consoles are expensive. Google’s newest gaming project, called Stadia, […]

Camille Grochowski | Banner | A collection of iconic Mario games from Nintendo are showcased on display as the well-known character celebrates 35 years.

Mario celebrates 35th anniversary

Everyone’s favorite plumber wearing overalls and a signature red hat turned 35 this Sept. 13. Super Mario Brothers, Nintendo Entertainment’s flagship video game character, celebrates a long life with a trip through Mario’s most classic moments. In a recent CNN interview, Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario’s Japanese creator, said he chose to create a character that might […]

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Apple’s app store raises controversy

The makers of the popular video game “Fortnite” accused Apple of monopolistic actions Aug. 13 after the game broke terms of service to bypass Apple’s 30% cut of all in-app profits.  Epic Games, “Fortnite’s” publisher, said 30% is unreasonable. While previously players could buy “v-bucks,” “Fortnite’s” in-game currency, through the App Store, Epic added a […]

Luc Stringer | Banner | Aaron Kooistra, freshman engineering major, throws out and ability in " League of Legends" on his computer

eSports viewership surpasses the Super Bowl

“League of Legends,” a massive electronic sports (eSports) competition in video gaming, surpassed the Super Bowl’s viewership numbers in 2019, ushering in a new generation of competition. According to numbers released by Riot Games, the company behind the game, the 2019 “League of Legends” World Championship Finals clocked in at more than 100 million unique […]

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Coronavirus impact on tech and game industries

The technology industry has experienced a famine over the last few weeks as the effects of the novel coronavirus devastate production and sales. Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and other companies reliant on Chinese production are experiencing massive disruption to their businesses. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported an outbreak of COVID-19 to the public on Dec. […]

Kengkue Her | Banner | Caleb Lee, junior business marketing major and real estate minor, focus on his game of Super Smash Brothers on his 2017 Nintendo Switch.

New Nintendo Switch Lite provides mobile gaming option

After much anticipation, Nintendo finally released the plans for the newest addition to its brand of well-known gaming systems: the Nintendo Switch Lite. This new form of a handheld Nintendo Switch is designed to give users an extremely portable option for the games they know and love.  According to Nintendo’s website, “The Nintendo Switch Lite […]

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New Google Chrome extension helps users learn new languages

There are no shortcuts to learning a new language, which is why it can be a tough feat, but a new Google Chrome plug-in is looking to simplify the language-learning experience using Netflix. Language Learning with Netflix is a Google Chrome extension that allows users to watch Netflix with dual subtitles. To begin, users select […]

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Memes change marketing tactics

Memes may be great for laughs but they can also be great for marketing, too.  A meme is “a unit of cultural information … that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action…”, according to the Free Dictionary by Farlex. As it applies today, memes typically come in the form of videos or images shared on […]

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Learn to balance tech quality and price

Looking for quality customer service, positive reviews and a reputable company are just a few ways to stay within budget and find high quality devices. When buying computers, it is important to balance cost with quality, especially for college students. One can buy something inexpensive that may not work best, but buying the most expensive […]

Sage Zbinden | Banner | Jason Englert, relaxes after finishing his shift working at Walmart by playing one of his favorite games, Rocket League, at Play Live Nation in the Tyler Mall in Riverside, Calif.

Play Live Nation offers gaming haven

Play Live Nation, a premium social gaming lounge, opened March 2018 on the second floor of the Galleria at Tyler Mall in Riverside, and o ers the latest games for video game consoles such as the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. PLN also caters to many players of other games, such as “Magic the Gathering”, […]