Why I’m Burned Out on Mortal Kombat Fatalities

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on April 20, 2015
Why I’m Burned Out on Mortal Kombat Fatalities

Video game kids of the 1990s are reviving their memories of late-night gore such as spine ripping, spontaneous combustion, and giant overhead bats decapitating their unassuming victim. No, this isn’t a reference to the latest ridiculous installment in the SAW horror flick franchise. It’s the latest ridiculous installment in the MORTAL KOMBAT fighting game franchise. …Read more

Garden Games, Gardening, and Mom-Shaped Wisdom

Posted by Faith Price on April 9, 2015
Garden Games, Gardening, and Mom-Shaped Wisdom

Now that winter is (mostly) over, the Puget Sound region is blooming with daffodils, azaleas and of course, tulips. With spring in the air and flowers all around, my thoughts naturally turned to gardening games. Lucky for gamers, garden-themed games come in all genres. Here are some of the top-rated ones as reviewed by you, …Read more

Movies that feel like video games

Posted by Carlos Rodela on February 4, 2015
Movies that feel like video games

Are you ever watching a movie and think to yourself ‘this could totally be a video game’? With technology and game development catching up with Hollywood this thought seems to be popping up more and more often. We see a movie that has special effects, feels fantastical, and we start thinking about what the game version might …Read more

How the Microsoft HoloLens Will Become the Future of Personal Computing

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on January 29, 2015
How the Microsoft HoloLens Will Become the Future of Personal Computing

Microsoft announced its heavyweight contender in the wearable technology market: the HoloLens. And despite the proof of concept, it’s creating a lot of skepticism in its wake. The Rise (and fall) of Wearable Technology Wearable technology has been getting a considerable amount of press in the last few years after the announcement, availability, and demise …Read more

2015 New Video Games that will Blow Your Mind

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on January 13, 2015
2015 New Video Games that will Blow Your Mind

Tracy Fullerton of USC Interactive Media & Games said it well: “The next step in the evolution of games is not newness and it’s not surprise, it’s depth.” 2015 is going to be full of new surprises in the gaming industry, but what will characterize it is the richness of external worlds and the depth …Read more

Dreaming of the Perfect Role Playing Game

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on January 3, 2015
Dreaming of the Perfect Role Playing Game

After spending a bit of time playing World of Warcraft together a few years back, colleague Gordon Calleja and I had a discussion by phone about how we felt about it. We were impressed with the technological achievement and visual style, certainly, but we were perplexed as to why we weren’t getting that spark, that …Read more

Love in the Virtual Worlds

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on December 13, 2014
Love in the Virtual Worlds

If you’ve ever read the Everquest or World of Warcraft Widows mailing lists (a bit of a guilty pleasure), you’d think that the road to nowhere good (really fast) has an online role-playing game at every bend:  players leaving otherwise satisfying real life relationships to selfishly seek their romantic pleasure online.  It all starts innocently …Read more

Exploring the Depths of Minecraft

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on October 6, 2014
Exploring the Depths of Minecraft

A friend of mine has a 10 year old boy who is a MAJOR Minecraft fan, so I interviewed her about his obsession and how she feels about it.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this clever building game, it utilizes simple graphics and a complex formula for maximum creativity.  The thing I …Read more

The Future of Gaming is on Your Wrist:
Why Smartwatches Will Be the Next Big Gaming Platform

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on October 1, 2014
The Future of Gaming is on Your Wrist: <br />Why Smartwatches Will Be the Next Big Gaming Platform

Wearable technology is on every tech enthusiast’s lips. Computers in our glasses. Computers in our contacts. Virtual reality over our eyes and connected to our social networking. It feels like a step closer to becoming a cyborg. Our imaginations are running wild with the big announcement of the smartwatch Android Wear earlier this year. Its …Read more

The Summer of Strong Women: Unwind with These 5 Must-Read Comics

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on July 31, 2014
The Summer of Strong Women: Unwind with These 5 Must-Read Comics

Summer’s in full swing. Whether you are on a three-month vacation or a three-day getaway, you’re going to need some entertaining reading. Now is the perfect time to get absorbed in a new comic book. More likely to read a fiction novel than a graphic novel? You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the narratives that are …Read more

From Total Recall to Oculus Rift: A Brief History of Virtual Reality

Posted by Taylor Stein on July 28, 2014
From Total Recall to Oculus Rift: A Brief History of Virtual Reality

When thinking about the term virtual reality, your mind might jump straight to images of flying cars, your favorite science fiction book, or movies like Total Recall. But the truth is, VR technology has been a part of our lives for decades, tracing its conceptual roots back even further. Sony’s Project Morpheus and the Oculus …Read more

The 5 Best Features of a Social Slots Game

Posted by Nadjawa McCoy on July 9, 2014
The 5 Best Features of a Social Slots Game

Do you enjoy spending your free time spinning the slots on your mobile device, anticipating a big win? How can you ensure that you’re getting the best bang for your virtual buck? Throw out the bar and seven slots from yesteryear, and check out these top five features to look for when choosing your social …Read more