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Gaming and Tech

Review: Netflix’s High Score is a docuseries overflowing with gaming nostalgia

Creating a docuseries about the history of video games and the industry is a daunting task. Multiple seasons of the history of Nintendo or Sega alone would seem to barely cover all the stories around these companies, but a total history of video games seems insurmountable. Netflix’s new docuseries, High Score, attempts to tackle that feat but in a unique and very curated way. The six-episode series lands on Netflix on August 19 and covers the beginning of consumer interaction with gaming and th

Never Alone offers an authentic Native American tale

Nuna is a little Iñupiaq girl who lives in an Alaskan village with her family and a pet arctic fox. One winter, her village was battered by an unending blizzard. Her family was starving. They were unable to hunt, fish, or gather food for months. In an effort to save her village, Nuna and her fox set off on an adventure to find the source of the blizzard and end it once and for all. This is the premise of Never Alone (Kisima Inŋitchuŋa), a game from the first indigenous-owned game company Upper O

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X: Buying Guide

The Xbox Series X and S will be released on 11/10/20 at 12:01am ET The PlayStation 5 will be released on 11/12/20 at 12:01am ET What games will be available? Xbox Series X will have 30 playable games available on the day it launches, though most of them are multi-platform games that are already playable on existing systems. Highlights include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Gears 5, and Watch Dogs: Legion. Check out the full list of Xbox Series X launch games here, or browse Xbox games on Newegg.

The Rise of Corporate Games

Last month, the SimCity box set went on sale. It included five different versions of the popular city-building simulation game, which was first published for PCs in 1989. The Sims games were not only one of the best-selling franchises of the past two decades — they pioneered an entire category of simulation games that require quicker problem-solving skills than trigger fingers. “What SimCity showed was that you can have a game built for entertainment and have people look at that and say, ‘You k

Review: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-packed adventure worthy of the Star Wars license

Although Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was officially announced during E3 2018, it was a well-known secret that Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment, under the EA Games umbrella, was working on a single player Star Wars game for awhile before then. Coming off the positive reaction to the gameplay of Titanfall 2’s solo campaign, expectations were high, especially after the microtransaction drama surrounding EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 and EA’s cancellation of a story-driven Star Wars game ea

The Red Bull Air Race: Real life vs. The VR game

This past weekend Red Bull hosted the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championships in San Diego. For those unfamiliar with the air race sport, pilots fly through an obstacle course of pylons (called “Air Gates”), usually over water or air fields, competing for the fastest time. The pilots fly in light weight, high performance, aerobatic airplanes with a wingspan less than 25 feet that can reach speeds of up to 265 mph. Now what does the air race have to do with gaming and virtual reality? The Re

Hands-on: TurboGrafx-16 Mini is made for the retro gaming enthusiast

By 1989, Nintendo was dominating the home console video game market. Games like Super Mario Bros, Tecmo Bowl, and Legend of Zelda had a stranglehold on the market and kids were loving it. While the NES was the go-to system for video games, in 1989, a couple of other companies were attempting to get some of that video game cash too. Sega introduced Sega Genesis to the masses, which saw some success with Sonic the Hedgehog leading the way. At the same time, TurboGrafx-16 was introduced in North

Review: Red Dead Redemption 2 delivers a riveting story in a cruel but stunning world

The other day I stopped by a gun shop in Rhodes to beef up my weapons arsenal. Rhodes is a small town in Le Moyne, just a handful of buildings including a post office, general store, saloon, and Sheriff’s office. There aren’t very many trees around and kind of looks like a town that wouldn’t be out of place in North Texas. Anyway, I’d been having problems with some bounty hunters catching up to me out in the wilderness, trying to take me out. Yes, there’s a bounty on my head in a couple of stat

Hands-on: Razer’s Kishi controller is a favorite for mobile cloud gaming

For almost a year now I’ve been enjoying the growth of cloud gaming through Google Stadia, Xbox’s Project xCloud, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now. Amazon recently announced Luna, its new cloud gaming service that’ll be launching in the near future, and I’m looking forward to checking it out too. One of my favorite aspects of cloud gaming through these services is the ability to play AAA games on my phone. Not mobile games, mind you, but big-budget games that you play on console and PC like Red Dead Re

I’ve been playing DOOM Eternal on Stadia, and it’s not bad

Over the weekend, gamers have been enjoying DOOM Eternal across all platforms – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For me, however, I’ve been playing it on Google’s Stadia, and it’s not as bad as you think. Sure, Google’s Stadia has been getting a bad rap since its launch last November, and a lot of is warranted. On the tech side, there continues to be lag, freezing, visual hiccups like framerate drops and pixelation, and even game disconnections, regardless of internet speed. On the content side

Microsoft Bets Big On Halo 3

In its first 24 hours on store shelves, Microsoft’s epic video game, Halo 3, earned a record-breaking $170 million in sales. Halo 3‘s sales broke records set not just by other video games but by theatrical releases like Spider-Man 3 and the novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Of course, the sales were no accident. Microsoft tied a huge marketing campaign to the game, and if the sales had come in less than $100 million, it would have been very tough for the company to swallow. Why is Halo

Review: Astro A20 Wireless Gen 2 Headset

One of the things you can always expect from Astro headsets is consistency and familiarity. While Astro may not veer too much from the design and look you know them for, the quality and sound is always top tier. And this is the case for their latest gaming headset, Astro A20 Wireless Gen 2. If you’re at all familiar with Astro’s previous A20 wireless headsets or the high-end A50 wireless headsets, they came with a wireless transmitter that was usually wired to your console or PC in some way. Fo

Entertainment

DJ Muggs Does Dubstep. Prepare For Your Head to Explode

DJ Muggs at 44 still rocks his skull cap and looks not unlike the 20-something hip-hop head who first appeared in Cypress Hill's video for “How I Could Just Kill a Man.” He sits at a laptop in his Burbank studio, playing a track he recently produced featuring a pair of hit Queens rappers, Action Bronson and Meyhem Lauren. It features one of the famed producer's trademark dark, gritty, neck-snapping beats. “I made that in, like, 10 minutes,” he says, adding that his critically acclaimed 2010 albu

Los Rakas: Rappers From Panama Who Are Proudly Hood

Oakland hip-hop duo Los Rakas spent the early years of their lives in Panama City, Panama before settling in the Bay Area and immersing themselves in hip-hop culture. Joining forces in 2006, Raka Rich and Raka Dun coined the term “PanaBay” to describe their music, a mix of the Latin rhythms of Panama and the heavy boom-bap sound of Bay Area hip-hop. They rap mainly in Spanish, but there's some English in there, and they're starting to take off. Songs like “Soy Raka,” “Ta Lista,” and “Bien Ribet

Biff 2012 | Foxy lady

In her memoir, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, Pam Grier shares a life of love and tragedy and success and heartbreak. She describes her life living in Denver, London and California. She writes about her entry into the world of Hollywood and the experience of working on classic films from the ’70s like Coffy and Foxy Brown and on her career-defining roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown and the Showtime series The L Word. She peels back the curtain on the intimate relationships she’s had with w

Wu-Tang style

After almost a year of bumping “Protect Ya Neck,” “Tearz,” and “Method Man,” The Wu-Tang Clan took the hip-hop world by the throat when they released their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) on Nov. 9, 1993. Eight members deep on their debut, The RZA, The GZA, Ol Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah and Method Man, The Wu-Tang Clan consisted of a cast of characters who all had a signature voice, style and personality that fused together

Scratching as an art

The DJ is the foundation and backbone of hip-hop music and culture. During hip-hop’s infancy in the mid-1970s, the DJ was the star attraction of the show. And the DJ did more than just “play records,” like the disc jockeys of broadcast radio. They mixed songs seamlessly into each other using two turntables and a mixer to keep a consistent flow of music and dancing. But one of the most influential techniques that set the hip-hop DJ apart from everyone else came at the hands of DJ Kool Herc. Duri

Book of rhymes

For the first decade of its existence, rap music was deemed a fad, another pop culture trend to soon fade like disco and pet rocks. After rap music defied the prediction of its demise, its musicality came into question. Was it real music? After selling billions of albums, topping radio play and dance club charts, getting Grammy recognition and having rap artists inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, there’s no question that it is music. Now comes into question the literary validity of a

Ghost stories

According to the new documentary, Chasing the Shadows (chasingtheshadows.com), one-third of Americans believe in ghosts and more people in the United Kingdom believe in ghosts than believe in God. With many ghost-hunting reality shows, like Ghost Hunters on Syfy, Paranormal State on A&E, Ghost Lab on Discovery and Most Haunted on the Travel Channel, it’s no secret that we’re fascinated with all things ghostly. That’s why Chasing the Shadows director Tim Schultz decided to dedicate four years of

Hip-hop, exported and imported

What bothers Canadian rapper-singer k-os the most is artist fraud. The artist who projects one image in the music but lives an entirely different one. “If there was a position in the CIA for artist fraud I’d be that guy,” says k-os, 38, whose real name is Kevin Brereton. “I’d be out there every day trying to show and expose the fraudulent artists. Why? Because it’s my biggest fear — to be fraudulent.” It’s a prevalent issue in the world of hip-hop today, one that strikes a chord with k-os. Gr

Carrie Rodriguez finds space to fit in the roots music world

Singer, songwriter and fiddle player extraordinaire Carrie Rodriguez is kind of lonely. She’s currently on the Acoustic Brotherhood Tour with Los Lonely Boys and Alejandro Escovedo and is the only female among the 30 or so men traveling with the tour. The folk/roots side of the music industry is mostly dominated by white men, and that’s the kind of environment Rodriguez has been playing for the past nine years. There are very few women, and even fewer Latinas, on that side of the industry, but

Snoop Dogg takes his pimp strut to the executive office

Believe it or not, it’s been 18 years since Snoop Dogg stepped into the world of music. The launch of his career began with a little ditty called “Deep Cover” with producer extraordinaire Dr. Dre, but Snoop has been far from deep cover since then. Anyone who has followed Snoop’s career is familiar with the success and subsequent collapse of Death Row Records and Snoop’s role within it. He escaped with some virtual bruises and scratches and continued his career with No Limit Records, releasing t

Breakdance crew breaking out

Ray Maestas, 26, and Eppie Deleon, 28, have been breakdancing — or b-boying, for the purists — for as long as they can remember. They’ve known each other for close to 15 years, dancing side by side as part of the lauded break- dance crew GWT (Get Wit This). For years they’ve honed their style and technique with the help of mentors and teachers, as well as taken on all challengers when it came to dance battles. As they got older, they began to pass on their knowledge, teaching classes at Motion

Colorado hip-hop group Deux Process soars in L.A.

Mike Landers and Alan Johnson have been in Los Angeles only a couple of years, but their hip-hop careers have skyrocketed since relocating from Colorado. Their group, Deux Process, was signed to independent label Avatar Records, they’re booked for shows on a weekly basis, and they are endlessly networking. None of which would be happening had they stayed home. “Basically we exhausted all the outlets in Colorado,” said Johnson, also known as Chief Nek. “There’s a lot of talent in Colorado, but

Doom's Day

Daniel Dumile is bored with hip-hop. He's gotta be. What else could explain the rapper's many personas? On any given day, he'll transform into Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah, maybe Madvillain, King Ghidra or, if he's up to it, the rarely seen Zevlove X. On most days, however, he's MF Doom. "I always look for a way to come up with the most different style," Dumile says when explaining his multiple personalities. "I really just strip it down to the bare essentials -- the beats and the rhymes. If th

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