Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Pokemon is back in ‘Black’

By Nick O'Malley

March 31, 2011

Filed under Video Games

Under all of its layers of Pikachu mascots, card games and television shows of a boy that hasn’t aged at all in 14 years, the Pokemon franchise has consistently remained a well-designed, finely-balanced role-playing game. With...

DK makes monkey business on the Wii

By Andrew Sheridan

March 2, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Video Games

Lately, Nintendo has gone back to its roots. Reaching into the company’s deep reservoir of classic franchises, the video game giant has slowly but surely been breathing new life into franchises that in recent years has been featured only in ...

The worst video game box art of yesteryear

By Chris Gross

March 2, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Video Games

In the 80’s and 90’s the video console market was flooded with Japanese-developed games. When these games were released in other regions, budding video game publishers would have the opportunity to market their games with...

Games to get in your head

By Tim Jones

February 8, 2011

Filed under Video Games

An all too common trend among video games in today’s culture is the stereotype of the renegade soldier/space marine/war veteran whose primary desire is to destroy every single thing in sight, which is generally Nazis or al...

The best SNES games for Wii Virtual Console

By Nick O'Malley

January 30, 2011

Filed under Video Games

Since its release in 1991, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System is the first video game console that many college students have encountered in their lives, unless you’re the poor soul whose parents bought a Sega Genesis. Until recent years, SNES g...

Kirby Spins a New Yarn

By Andrew Sheridan

November 3, 2010

Filed under Video Games

It has been a long time since Kirby has had his day on the console venue. While he has starred in several handheld titles over the years and enjoyed popularity as a Super Smash Bros. character, it has been a full decade since Nintendo’s favorit...

The other, “Other M”

By Nick O'Malley

October 31, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Video Games

Metroid: “Other M” is a vast departure from the Metroid franchise in that it’s a game that’s constantly telling you what to do - both in the story and the gameplay. In itself, “Other M” is a great game that’s...

Games you can afford: Katamari Damacy

By Nick O'Malley

October 13, 2010

Filed under Video Games

Katamari Damacy is a masterful fusion of two of the most important things that make video games fun to play: the mechanic and the personality. The ‘mechanic’ encompasses the empirical actions that occur during the process...

NES Virtual Console rundown

By Nick O'Malley

September 29, 2010

Filed under Video Games

If there is one thing that will almost always have a market in the video game industry, it is nostalgia. There is a reason that Mario and the Final Fantasy games have been remade dozens of times with positive sales. So wit...

Games you can afford: Shadow of the Colossus

By Nick O'Malley

September 28, 2010

Filed under Video Games

Team ICO‘s “Shadow of the Colossus” is the Magic Hat No. 9 of video games.            Most people spend a lot of their youth playing the Budweisers and Coors’ of the world with a Sam Adams every now and then. They’re not bad; they’re good, popular games. ...

Some things are better off dead

By Andrew Sheridan

September 22, 2010

Filed under Video Games

When “Resident Evil” first came out in 2002, it enjoyed a unique position in the world of video game-to-movie adaptations. Virtually every such film to date had struggled to cram half-baked and unwieldy game concepts into genres such as kung-fu and action-ad...

Madden 11 makes solid tweaks for hardcore fans

By Nick O'Malley

September 14, 2010

Filed under Video Games

Year after year, EA Sports puts out its version of Madden NFL, which is immediately gobbled up by its core audience. But when it comes to the franchise’s more casual audience, one question usually comes up: “Am I just paying $60 for a...