Tag: video games
May. 19, 2017
For the times, they are a-changin’
You start to age the moment you are born.
Mar. 14, 2017
Nintendo Switch beats out Wii in opening weekend sales
Gamers have been patiently anticipating the release of Nintendo’s newest gaming console, the Nintendo Switch, and the wait is now over — the Switch was released March 3.
Jan. 13, 2017
‘Assassin’s Creed’ falls flat, video game fans disappointed
Video games, aside from a few exceptions, do not usually translate well onto the big screen.
May. 27, 2016
Drexel team designs first video game for visually impaired
The ability to see is something that many people inadvertently take for granted. Activities such as video games, which often require the player to rely heavily on their sense of sight, are nearly impossible to participate in for those with significant visual impairments. However, a group of Drexel students from the College of Computing and Informatics aims to change that with a self-designed video game known as Project Goalball, a video game created specifically for the visually impaired.
Apr. 14, 2016
Featured this week: HIGH SCORE! Student-designed game crushes competition
A team of Drexel University students took home first prize at the University Games Showcase competition of the Intel Game Developers Conference (GDC) for their self-designed video game on March 17. The game, called Mirrors of Grimaldi, also earned the team $10,000.
Feb. 25, 2016
Featured this week: Playing the feminist game – Anita Sarkeesian talks on gender in video game culture at ExCITe Center
In the world of video game journalism and review, there is one name that everyone knows: Anita Sarkeesian. She became famous in 2012, when she initiated a Kickstarter campaign to raise $6,000 towards her Tropes v. Women in Video Games YouTube series. She collected almost $160,000, exceeding her original goal by nearly 2500 percent. However, there was a price to pay. With all the attention Sarkeesian’s campaign gathered, she soon became the most aggressively harassed woman on the internet, a title she still bears — with pride.
Jan. 16, 2015
Polygon names Frank Lee one of 2014’s Most Admirable Gaming People
Video game news website Polygon recognized Drexel University professor Frank Lee on its list of the “50 Most Admirable Gaming People of 2014” Dec. 30. The category covers those who made revolutionary strides or positive changes in the gaming field. Lee was recognized for his innovative game of “Tetris” in April 2014 that was played using the lights on the well-known Cira Centre building. The award places him amongst many other influential figures in the video game industry and helps call attention to Lee’s many contributions to Drexel and its game design program, one of the top-ranked in the country, which he co-founded.
Jul. 25, 2014
Study explores brain injury recovery
Joshua Jacobs, an assistant professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, will join a $22.5 million, four-year research project titled “Restoring Active Memory,” in which he will explore the use of brain stimulation to help recover memories and cognitive abilities of people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
May. 16, 2014
Lana Del Rey plays the Mann Center’s Skyline Stage
Ajon Brodie The TriangleLana Del Rey performed hits like “West Coast” off her latest album “Ultraviolence” at The Mann Center’s Skyline Stage May 11. Lana Del Rey came to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts’ Skyline Stage and delivered a knock-out performance May 11. Del Rey, known for her hit songs “Summertime Sadness” and “Video Games,” has received some poor reviews due to her performance on Saturday Night Live in 2012. This performance was what I believe many fans were expecting from her concert: awkward body movements and poor vocals. However, what the audience received was the ultimate Lana Del Rey experience as she sang under “the pale moon light.” After a short set by Jimmy Gnecco, which received mixed feelings from the crowd, the stage slowly began to fill with smoke and the crowd became restless. Finally, music began and Del Rey walked out wearing a floral print long sleeve dress with a leather belt around her waist that I believe she stole from a ‘70s housewife. She opened up with “Cola,” which was a nice unexpected twist for an opener. It benefitted many fans, as it was a good opportunity to hear her voice without 14,000 people, mostly teenage girls, singing along as the majority of the audience was unfamiliar with the tune. Her next two songs were “Body Electric” and “Blue Jeans.” These songs were much more well-known and they allowed a lot more of the audience to sing along. The only issue with this was that about 90 percent of the audience proceeded to bring out their iPhones to snapchat the event to their BFFs. After three songs she paused to ask if she could “grab a cigarette,” which she proceeded to smoke during the next few songs. Del Rey is probably seen as a stage act with that distinct, sexy smooth voice, which almost sounds falsified. However, seeing her on stage it was easy to see that’s really who she is as she talked with the crowd. She told the audience, “I wanted to play a song called ‘West Coast,’” (her new single) which caused an instant confusion in the audience as to why she could no longer sing it. The answer was obvious, “Although I wouldn’t feel right. I should sing a song called East Coast.” She then proceeded to sing “West Coast” as reformatted for the East Coast. There were multiple points during the performance when she would come down into the audience, one thing I feel many performers no longer do. Her continued interactions with the audience along with the small outdoor venue size made the concert feel intimate. By now, the sun had set on the hill and we stood on a warm spring night under the moon overlooking the beautiful city skyline. The band would play random intrudes before each song, which really kept the audience on their toes. Del Rey asked as the music played on, “Are you sure you guys can see me? It’s pretty smoky up here.” This comment was met with a roar of cheers. As the roar died, the beat dropped and the iconic strings of the song that titled her second studio album began to play. “Born to Die” was probably one of the best-performed songs of the night. She belted every word, danced along with the audience, and seemed to enjoy watching us have a good time. Del Rey played her most recent hit, “Summertime Sadness,” followed by another vocally stunning performance of “Million Dollar Man.” Before the next song began, the stage went dark and Del Rey began conversing with a man sitting at a piano off in the darkness as more smoke rolled out. The pieces of the conversation from Del Rey’s side were “You want to play what?” The audience pushed forward in anticipation, “I think we can do that for them.” The piano cords were struck and the audience erupted as a Harley Davidson filled the video screen behind her and the band. Everyone harmonized along as “Ride” began playing. Although she had played some fan favorites, nothing made people take pictures and record video quite like “Video Games,” Del Rey’s first hit single. After “Video Games,” the band had a real chance to bring a song alive with the next song, “Gods & Monsters,” and they really delivered. Finally, Del Ray wrapped up by telling the audience that we were her “favorite sexy audience” and thanked us for singing along before a long pause. The band began playing another long intro before the familiar violins of “National Anthem” began to play. The song closed with a 10 plus-minute outro in which Del Rey came down into the audience signing the baseball cards that were given out when we entered the venue and taking pictures. Never before have I seen an artist who cared so much about her audience. Very rarely do you see a concert with a performer with such stage presence. While the lack of any encore was upsetting, especially considering the set was only around an hour and 15 minutes, no fan could leave disappointed. Everyone there got to experience Del Rey in her element: a concert with touches of nature, held under the stars and city lights.
Feb. 22, 2013
Student to present ‘Journey’ thesis
A Drexel graduate student in the digital media program discovered Feb. 11 that he has been accepted to present his narrative review at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March.