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The Blue & Gray Press | April 24, 2018

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Violent video games do not cause people to be violent in real life

April 12, 2018 |


Staff Writer

Video games are a great means to escape the real world and reality. Delving into a game’s world, visiting different worlds to explore, and following through stories in games that requires either saving the world from a meteor that’s capable of destroying life or taking down monsters to ensure the safety for people to live in harmony can be a fun getaway from real life.Read More

Geek Alliance hosts MaryWashiCon for the ultimate geek experience

April 12, 2017 |


On Saturday, April 8, the University of Mary Washington’s Geek Alliance held their annual convention, MaryWashiCon, in the Hurley Convergence Center. This year’s convention was the result of a combined effort of Geek Alliance club members and leaders over the course of several months in order to deliver the ultimate “geek” experience. MaryWashiCon strives to offer something for everyone—whether you’re interested in anime, video games, Korean boy bands or whatever fandom strikes your fancy.Read More

Violence and video games

October 2, 2013 |

When an act of public violence gains publicity in America, there is usually a wave of finger-pointing, trying to determine the “cause.”Read More

‘Sticker Star’ for 3DS Needs More Story, Less Puzzles

November 28, 2012 |

The Paper Mario series has served as an outlet for developer Intelligent Systems’ wacky take on the Mario series since the first game was released on the Nintendo 64 a decade ago.Read More

‘Most Wanted’ Lacks Personalization

November 14, 2012 |

The reboot of the “Need for Speed: Most Wanted,” developed by Criterion Games, delivers high-octane, fast and furious arcade style racing in a beautifully rendered environment, but, unfortunately, is missing some features and game modes.Read More

The ‘Angry Birds’ Ditch the Pigs for ‘Rio’ But are as Addicting as Ever

April 6, 2011 |

The birds are back and angrier than ever, thanks to the recent launch of “Angry Birds: Rio,” the third game in the “Angry Birds” series.

“Angry Birds: Rio” is based upon the upcoming movie, “Rio,” about a macaw that finds … Read More

'LEGO Star Wars III' Wins 'The Clone Wars'

March 31, 2011 |

Is there a bigger franchise than “Star Wars”? Is there a more adorable building toy than LEGOs? No, and no.

For over a decade now, these two juggernauts have combined like an interstellar Reese’s Cup to the delight of fans … Read More

Dancing, Smashing, Shooting: Video Game Olympics

March 24, 2011 |

“Five minutes, people! Five minutes to keep killing and harvesting the souls of the weak!” shouted senior Chris Donaher as students competing in the Video Game Olympics fought in “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.”

The tension was palpable as sundry … Read More

Get Back Into ‘Pokémon’ With ‘Black’ and ‘White’

March 24, 2011 |

You may have tossed your Furby, but “Pokémon” will never die.

“Pokémon” has always been about little evolutionary changes here and there rather than anything remotely revolutionary. The two newest entries in the series, “Black” and “White,” are no different.

Players … Read More

‘Marvel vs. Capcom 3′ a Knockout

March 16, 2011 |

Over a decade has passed since the cult hit “Marvel Vs. Capcom 2” took the world by storm.

In the constantly evolving world of video games, that’s almost a lifetime.

It’s difficult to imagine that the series’ trademark mix of … Read More

Video Game Olympics Return Saturday

March 16, 2011 |

Listen. I know you think you’re good at video games.

Yeah, you talk a big game in “Call of Duty” and used to embarrass your old high school buddies, Stokes and Treebeard, at “Super Smash Bros.” back in the day, … Read More

'Dead Space 2' Will Give You Nightmares

February 16, 2011 |

Don’t play “Dead Space 2.” Don’t buy it, don’t rent it; don’t even walk past it in the store.

That is, of course, unless you enjoy sleepless nights of insomnia plagued with paranoia and fear, because every sight and sound … Read More

'LittleBigPlanet 2' is Pure Fun

February 10, 2011 |

“LittleBigPlanet 2” may be the closest thing to pure, distilled joy that you will ever experience in your sad, boring, little life.

In short, if you had a good time playing the original, you’ll have a better time playing this … Read More

‘Vanquish’ is All About Explosions, Robots, and More Explosions

December 22, 2010 |


If you haven’t played Vanquish yet, you’re really cheating yourself out of an awesome experience. It’s got tons of robots, gunplay, explosions, and, oh yeah, even more explosions. Although it’s slightly conventional in some ways, though not … Read More

Bond is Back: 'GoldenEye' Remake is a Blast

December 1, 2010 |


It’s hard to imagine, but it’s been a solid 13 years since “GoldenEye 007” for the Nintendo 64 strafed its way into our hearts and minds.

Developer Rare’s iconic original game is easily considered to be one … Read More

Answering the ‘Call of Duty’ Still Awesome in ‘Black Ops’

November 17, 2010 |


In the last three years, the “Call of Duty” franchise has exploded in popularity thanks to a bold decision to move from the overcrowded World War II shooter genre to present day conflict with “Call of Duty … Read More

It's So Nice to 'Meat' You: 'Super Meat Boy' Rocks

November 17, 2010 |

“Super Meat Boy” hurt my feelings and my hands, but just like any abusive relationship, I kept going right back to it.

Addictive is a simpler way to put it, but that really doesn’t adequately describe the sheer difficulty at … Read More

The Force is Weak With 'Force Unleashed 2'

November 3, 2010 |


Really, who doesn’t dream about wielding a lightsaber and using Force powers?

Well, in “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II,” you totally can, stepping into the shoes of Darth Vader’s hyper-charged secret apprentice, Starkiller.

Starkiller’s return, … Read More

'Killzone 3' is Looking Awesome, but Not in 3D

October 20, 2010 |

“I don’t think you’re ready for how awesome this is going to be,” I was told by a Sony representative as he handed me a pair of bulky, battery-powered 3D glasses.

Last Friday, at a Major League Gaming tournament … Read More

Reaching for Perfection: Latest 'Halo' is a Stunning Achievement

September 29, 2010 |


“Halo: Reach” is the most fun I’ve had playing a video game in a very long time.

That said, in the interest of full-disclosure, I’ve been playing the “Halo” games for approximately six years. To say that … Read More

"LIMBO": Entering A Hostile World, Alone

September 1, 2010 |


The video game industry is beginning to show signs of growing pains. In the midst of a recession, developers are lining up to show gamers, more than ever, why their game stands out from the rest … Read More

Best of the Decade: Games That Mattered

November 11, 2009 |

Every so often, a game comes along that is so revolutionary that it makes other games look amateurish by comparison and changes how all future games are designed. After much deliberation, these are the 10 games we voted as the … Read More

Video Games That Mattered: Personal Favorites

November 11, 2009 |


“Super Mario Galaxy”

“Super Mario Galaxy” has a special power. It’s a game that balances old and new with confidence and expertise the way Nintendo only knows how. In one moment, the nostalgic musical score bring … Read More

'Uncharted 2' An Instant Classic

October 28, 2009 |

(5/5 stars)

Featuring one of the most exciting single-player adventures I’ve ever experienced, as well as extremely addictive cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes, “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” is a game that all PlayStation 3 owners need to have.

One of … Read More

Resident Evil 5 Even More Terrifying

March 26, 2009 |


Resident Evil has come a long way from the Survival Horror genre the series created for console gaming. As Resident Evil 4 dramatically changed the series, Resident Evil 5 is a true sequel to the previous.

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Video Game In Poor Taste in Time of War

November 20, 2008 |


When beginning my holiday shopping, I came across a peculiar advertisement promising a “saga of cinematic intensity.” Always interested in intensive cinema, I clicked to view an ad of what I realized is actually a video game: … Read More

Mega Man 9 Separates the Men from the Boys

November 6, 2008 |


“Mega Man” is one of the franchises that fizzled before 2000 and has since been represented by a series of substandard to terrible titles.

The general consensus among gamers is that the games started getting stale after … Read More

Fallout 3 Lives Up to Immense Hype

November 6, 2008 |


It’s been a little over a decade since we first popped “Fallout 2,” one of the greatest role-playing games of all time, into our CD drives and once again enjoyed several hundred hours in post-apocalyptic USA, so … Read More

A Look at American Presidency In Video Games

November 6, 2008 |


Now that the long drawn-out Presidential campaign has come to a close, Americans everywhere should be happy that they live in a thriving democratic society where we’re allowed to choose those who chart the path our nation … Read More

Females in Gaming Aren’t Always Portrayed Negatively

October 23, 2008 |


Gaming has always bore the brunt of parental criticism, with titles like those in the “Grand Theft Auto” series and many others being accused of polluting the minds and souls of our youth.  One group in particular—women—targets … Read More