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‘Far Cry 5’ explores dangers of extremism

‘Far Cry 5’ explores dangers of extremism

Justin Mutch,
Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On March 27, video game giant Ubisoft released its long-awaited open-world first-person shooter game “Far Cry 5.” Amidst a cacophony of mixed reviews from critics and gamers alike, one thing everyone seems to agree on is that the game’s story is controversial - and quite a few people are angry...

Speedrunning comes to the Bay Area

Speedrunning comes to the Bay Area

Michael Souza,
Contributor

April 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

Some of the fastest runners will come together in San Francisco to showcase their skills. These are not runners or athletes in the typical sense. These are video game speedrunners meeting up for Calithon which is a four-day Twitch.tv live stream marathon from April 12 to 15 that showcases video speedrunners...

Golden State Warriors look to dominate video gaming

Golden State Warriors look to dominate video gaming

Austin Teegarden,
Contributor

February 14, 2018


Filed under Features

Esports — professional online video game competition between multiple players — has been growing into a worldwide phenomenon in the past decade or more. Fans like to watch professional gamers compete, which they can do for free. Viewership has grown incrementally as the sport has grown in pop...

Does the gaming community have to pay to win?

Does the gaming community have to pay to win?

Cody Davis,
Contributor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

With its official release, many people in the gaming community are already complaining about Electronic Arts (EA) pay-to-win tactics established in the game “Star Wars Battlefront II”. “Star Wars Battlefront II” is a multiplayer, first-person shooter that takes you further into the Star Wars...

Local arcades give gamers taste of nostalgia

Local arcades give gamers taste of nostalgia

Degen Gleason-Hyman,
Contributor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion, Showcase

I started playing video games when I was around nine years old. My first gaming system was the grey, rectangular Gameboy by Nintendo. As I got older I played with more portable systems, specifically the Gameboy Advance SP, the Nintendo DS Lite and lastly the Nintendo DSi. Those kept me busy until one day in my mid-t...

Extra video game content not worth extra cash

Extra video game content not worth extra cash

Degen Gleason-Hyman,
Contributor

March 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I couldn’t wait to open my copy of "Assassin’s Creed Syndicate" and start playing the open world video game when it was released on Oct. 23, 2015. I’m a huge fan of the series, so I was eager to play the eighth installment. But my excitement dwindled quickly: soon after the release, gam...

Game Con now free for East Bay students

Game Con now free for East Bay students

Tishauna Carrell,
Staff Writer

October 27, 2016


Filed under Arts & Life, Campus

Gamers from all over the Bay Area can finally meet in one place — East Bay Game Con. The two-day convention will take place on Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Old Union, and Oct. 29 from noon to 2 a.m. The Old Union and New Union will offer a variety of games, such as Dance Dance Revolution,...

Classic gaming comes to Hayward

Classic gaming comes to Hayward

Tishauna Carrell,
Staff Writer

October 8, 2016


Filed under Features

It's an early Friday night in downtown Hayward and families and college students wander up and down B Street. A beer brewery, frozen yogurt shop and movie theater line the block, but it seems everyone is headed to the High Scores Arcade. Outside the 1980s-themed interactive arcade museum, the bright...

Oakland levels up with an eSports arena

Oakland levels up with an eSports arena

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

August 31, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

When new arenas and Oakland are mentioned, usually the Oakland Raiders come to mind. Even the Golden State Warriors or the Oakland Athletics would be more deserving of a new arena, but it was the egaming community that got one instead. The collaboration between ESports Arena, based in...

eSports players should be labeled as athletes

eSports players should be labeled as athletes

Thomas Schelstraete,
Contributor

May 18, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Sports

The League of Legends 2016 Midseason Invitational is underway in China, and for the first time in the past few years, a team from the United States looks poised to compete on the international stage. The team in question, Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) is preaching a familiar tone heard all around the sp...

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