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Remote access offers pandemic-ready solution for gaming work and play

October 13, 2020

Before graduating from Columbia, Cole Bonnema, a 2020 game design alum, and their design team spent countless hours working on their own local multiplayer racing video game, "Scra...

In phase four of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's five phase reopening Illinois plan, America's largest arcade, Galloping Ghost in Brookfield, Illinois, opens its door to gamers.

One of America’s largest gaming arcades in Chicago reopens in Phase 4

July 2, 2020

Rows of vintage '80s arcade games sat silently with glowing screens that read "continue?" at the once packed Galloping Ghost Arcade. As one of the largest arcades in the U.S., Galloping Ghost Arcade, 94...

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Bully Hunters: a 12-year-old’s idea of a solution

April 22, 2018

The online Counter Strike: Global Offensive gaming group, Bully Hunters, claimed to have the perfect solution to harassment of female gamers. Women who felt cornered could contact Bully Hunters during the...

MassVR opens virtual reality experience a gamer could love

MassVR’s proprietary technology will allow players to move untethered in the virtual battlegrounds of “VR Champions,” a competitive first-person shooter.

By Mayan Darbyshire

February 5, 2018

Video game enthusiasts rejoice: The new wave of interactive gaming is here, pulling players and their virtual reality headsets from cramped living rooms into a fully interactive arena.This one-of-a-kind un...

Video game “We Are Chicago” takes on social issues prevalent in Chicago’s South Side.

New video game depicts South Side stories

September 19, 2016

A new video game titled “We Are Chicago” will put South Side violence and poverty on the screens of gamers worldwide.The game, developed by Culture Shock Games, puts players into the shoes of Aaron, a...

Lead singer Leah Wellbaum, bassist Kyle Bann and drummer Will Gorin form the Brooklyn-based rock trio Slothrust, who draws its influence from bands like Nirvana.

Slothrust brings ‘Juice’ to grunge sound

February 16, 2015

Slothrust, a Brooklyn-based trio consisting of lead singer and guitarist Leah Wellbaum, bassist Kyle Bann and drummer Will Gorin, infuses Nirvana-like raw emotion while putting its own original spin on the g...

Head over heels: Alexander Wang pushes the seams with new denim line campaign

By Managing Editor

December 8, 2014

Fashion designer Alexander Wang debuted his new denim line, Denim X Alexander Wang, on Dec. 3 with naked and oiled-up German model Anna Ewers pictured lounging on a chair, wearing the jeans around her ankles and nothing else.There must be a better way to advertise that a $295 pair of jeans is better than $50 American Eagle jeans that I already own. If  Wang’s first attempt at advertising the jeans does not convince me, w...

Can Columbia keep gaming’s sexism out of the classroom?

By Features Editor

December 1, 2014

Amanda Hamrick addressed the panel at the Nov. 12 Columbia College Assembly matter-of-factly. As student senator from the Interactive Arts & Media Department, she wanted to know what the college was doing to prepare female students in gaming for the gender discrimination they are likely to experience in the historically male-dominated industry.The panel, which included Vice President of Student Success, Mark Kelly, and dis...

‘Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’ about as good as a formula gets

By Colin McInerney

October 24, 2014

There is a formula that budding game designers are told to stick with in regards to pitching a new game. The game should be 70 percent tried-and-true mechanics, 20 percent old mechanics used in a new way and 10 percent original elements. No game in recent history has neglected to deviate from this formula more than “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.”“Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” presents itself as a modern action-adve...

Animation program recognized

By Contributing Writer

November 5, 2012

by Tyler Eagle, Contributing WriterColumbia’s animation program has alumni who have gone on to work for Nickelodeon and Warner Bros. Now the program has received recognition and added anew degree.The program was recently ranked 18th on the Animation Career Review’s list of the top 20 animation schools in the Midwest. The title follows the first time the Film & Video Department has offered an animation concentration.“I’m very proud,” said Ron Flei...

Thanks for spoiling ‘Batman’

By Luke Wilusz

October 10, 2011

I was minding my own business, scrolling down the front page of Gawker Media’s gaming blog,, on the afternoon of Sept. 30 when I noticed something that demonstrated, at least to me, a blatant disregard and disrespect for the site’s readers. Kotaku ran a preview for the upcoming and highly-anticipated game “Batman: Arkham City,” which wouldn’t ordinarily be an issue, except it included a massive plot spoil...

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