Category Archives: GAMING

Nintendo Switching It Up

Ben Vizy | Society Staff Writer | bv531614@ohio.edu

On March 3, 2017, Nintendo released the Switch, its first home console since the Wii U in 2012. Like the Wii and 3DS, the Nintendo Switch is yet another attempt at pushing the limits of what a console can be. In this case, the Switch can operate as a console, tablet and portable handheld, depending on the orientation of the JoyCon controllers and accompanying screen. The console is somewhat similar to a PSP, with buttons on either side and a large screen in the center. This setup can be customized and changed as well.

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The Emerging World of Virtual Reality

Society Staff Writer | Ben Vizy | bv531614@ohio.edu

Major technology companies are developing virtual reality headsets, like this one from Samsung. Source: Nan Palmero via Flickr
Major technology companies are developing virtual reality headsets, like this one from Samsung. Source: Nan Palmero via Flickr

Welcome, once again, to the future. Humans have built virtually invincible monuments, infiltrated outer spac, and combined dozens of recreational hobbies into an object that fits in the palm of a hand. On March 28, 2016, the Oculus Rift became commercially available, adding to this list of human achievements that, 20 years ago, were only seen in science fiction. The Rift is the first affordable, consumer-targeted virtual reality headset to hit the market, followed nearly a week later by the HTC Vive.

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Why threats against feminists strengthen movement

Culture Staff Writer| Raichel Jenkins| rj790813@ohio.edu| @rj790813

David Trumble of the Huffington Post brings up a valid point in his piece, Where Are My Rape Threats. In light of recent shooting scares and rape threats to video game critic and feminist speaker Anita Sarkeesian, who was set to speak at Utah State University about female portrayal in video games, a new monster has been brought to the public’s attention.

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Cosplay: Another world, another culture

Xinying Wang | Society Staff | xw156713@ohio.edu

As the biggest bash in town, the 30-year-old Athens block party attracted tens of thousands of festivalgoers in variety of mind-blowing costumes. A peek of the new costumes every year could reveal the hottest characters in the current pop culture. This year, except for American classic comic characters — an array of superheroes, “Monkey D. Luffy” and “the Survey Corps,” Japanese anime characters (from One Piece and Attack on Titan) were seen shuffling their way through the crowd.

Cosplay is a performance art to bring the fictional characters to the real life, from the world of manga, anime and gaming.

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Feminist Threats in GamerGate Campaign

Leslie Termuhlen | Society Section | lt342713@ohio.edu

Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist and media critic, received death and rape threats in early October from a Utah State University student. Sarkeesian is not new to receiving threats, as bomb threats to her lectures are usually made. The newest threat was made the day before her lecture about female representation in the video game industry, in an email demanding the university to cancel her speech or there will be a massacre shooting.

The email read, “This will be the deadliest school shooting in American history and I’m giving you the chance to stop it.” The anonymous email then said, “Feminists have ruined my life and I will have my revenge.”

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FANGLE Culture: Binge Gaming

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Madison Lantelme-Capitano | ml540312@ohio.edu

Last week, I decided that reality absolutely sucked and I needed to be as far away from it as possible. I bought popcorn, candy and some energy drinks. I locked my door, put on my fluffy pink bathrobe and proceeded to relieve stress the best way I know how — binge gaming.

I alternated between “Majora’s Mask,” “Grand Theft Auto V” and “Skyrim.” By the time I woke from my caffeine-and-sugar-induced haze, I realized I had spent the last three days cooped up in my room with no substantial food and zero contact with the real world.

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