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‘PlayStation All-Stars’ is fun free-for-all fighter fueled by nostalgia

‘PlayStation All-Stars’ is fun free-for-all fighter fueled by nostalgia

Garrit Rocha and Garrit Rocha December 5, 2012

“PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale” is Sony's attempt at making a mascot-beat-‘em-up in the same vein as Nintendo's “Super Smash Bros.” series. With an interesting roster and polished game-play,...

Not all fun in video games with sexism

Not all fun in video games with sexism

Jeff Gonzales and Garrit Rocha November 25, 2012

Issues of harassment towards female gamers arise after rumors of lifetime bans in ‘Halo 4’ Death threats, crude remarks and thinking best reserved for the 50s. Women have been in the middle of some...

Not too long ago, in or very own galaxy, a $4 billion dollar deal is causing discord among fans. (Photo illustration by Daniel Romandia)

Head to Head: Disney Purchase of LucasFilms

Jeff Gonzales, Josh Baumbach, and Garrit Rocha November 25, 2012

CON When Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion, the news hit me like a rushing Rancor. I shouldn't have been surprised. After all, George Lucas has had a presence within Disney for many...

For a cause: young man runs video game tournaments to battle cancer

For a cause: young man runs video game tournaments to battle cancer

Garitt Rocha and Garrit Rocha November 7, 2012

Retinoblastoma and rhabdomyosarcoma: two rare forms of cancer, one of the eyes and the other of the salivary glands. By the time he was 17, Austin Young had been diag-nosed with both. At six months...

‘007 Legends’ not so legendary

Garitt Rocha and Garrit Rocha October 25, 2012

“007 Legends” attempts to pay homage to 50 years of Bond movies, but flat, repetitive gameplay and shallow storytelling will leave players neither shaken, nor stirred. “Legends” puts players in...

Halo’ and ‘Call of Duty’ highlights gaming history with upcoming releases

‘Halo’ and ‘Call of Duty’ highlights gaming history with upcoming releases

Garitt Rocha and Garrit Rocha October 23, 2012

One hundred and eighty-two million. That is the combined number of “Call of Duty” and “Halo” game sales. Calling these two franchises successful is an understatement at best; calling them industry...

Maine Democratic candidate draws aggro from Republicans for online World of Warcraft persona

Maine Democratic candidate draws aggro from Republicans for online ‘World of Warcraft’ persona

Garitt Rocha and Garrit Rocha October 22, 2012

The Maine Republican Party are on the attack against democratic State Senate Candidate Colleen Lachowicz, not because of her stances on how to better serve the fine state of Maine, but because of her love...

Resident Evil 6’ disappoints with zombified gameplay, ridiculous story

Garitt Rocha and Garrit Rocha October 9, 2012

"Resident Evil 6" has arrived to a crowd of hungry gamers after promising to be a banquet of action and horror, but this game will leave those who play feeling unsatisfied shortly after starting, like...

Dr. Christian Kiefer, ARC professor and author of The Infinite Tides, his debut novel. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Egger)

ARC professor unswayed by success of ‘Infinite Tides’

Garitt Rocha and Garrit Rocha September 19, 2012

Dr. Christian Kiefer is a busy man. He is an English professor at American River College, a husband, a father of six – with his sixth having arrived on Sept. 7 – a Ph.D. in poetry and a musician...

Cast members of the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The production, directed by Nancy Silva, begins Oct. 12 at the ARC Theater. (Photo courtesy of ARC Archives)

The musical mayhem of ‘Sweeney Todd’

Garitt Rocha and Garrit Rocha September 18, 2012

The Current speaks with director Nancy Silva about her take on the popular production and her interpretation for the ARC play opening Oct. 12 The story of a man who was unjustly sent into exile for...

Lack of cohesion zombifies quality of ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’

Lack of cohesion zombifies quality of ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’

Garitt Rocha and Garrit Rocha September 17, 2012

Everything old is new again. No, that's not right. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, except when they're your friends, but also your enemies? Trying to find a motto that properly sums up...

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