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“It’s about time” Crash Bandicoot came back

On Oct. 2, 2020, “Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time” was released on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Crash returns in his first original game in 10 years with silly but challenging platforming gameplay for old and new fans of the series to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Activision)

Brandon Zamora, Opinion Editor

October 7, 2020

It’s been 10 years since a new addition to the Crash Bandicoot series has been released. However, on Oct. 2, 2020, that changed as Activision published the newest entry of the series, “Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time.”  Is this the game that helps return Crash to his old glory from the late 9...

Video games to play while under quarantine

Video games are a good way to explore far away lands while staying at home. (Courtesy of Bagogames)

Bram Martinez

April 1, 2020

Some people still want social time, but COVID-19 is still a thing, so maybe isolation is a better route. Now that everyone is in quarantine, there are a limited amount of activities that can be done. Most people can waste their time watching TV or catch up on the book that people lie to themselves a...

Violence in media doesn’t perpetuate real life violence

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Josh Ghiorso

December 12, 2019

Violence in the media has been a recent topic of discussion with the October release of the “Joker” movie. The worry was specifically if “Joker” will perpetuate mass shootings at theaters, like in the 2012 theater shooting during a screening of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises”.  However t...

ARC student finds community in gaming

After a life-changing accident, when he was 17, Nick Rouse found gaming as a way to connect with and encourage other gamers with disabilities. Now, Rouse's YouTube channel, Quadnick, has over 11 thousand subscribers. (Photo by Jack Harris)

Jack Harris

December 12, 2019

“Without video games I definitely would’ve been a lot worse off. It helped me live another life.” When Nick Rouse was 17 years old he fractured his C1 vertebrae, shattered his C5, and lost movement as well as most feeling from the chest down. Despite this life-changing event, Rouse has devel...

ESRB’s lazy rating system turns a blind eye to simulated gambling

The Entertainment Software Rating Board or ESRB have been misrating games such as “NBA 2K20” that has an all ages rating but have game mechanics such as simulated gambling. (Photo Illustration by Brandon Zamora)

Brandon Zamora

October 18, 2019

In 1994, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) was created to help parents decide what video games would be safe for their kids to play. Twenty-five years later, they’ve completely thrown that idea out the window and don’t even bother to thoroughly play the games they’re supposed to be ...

“Kingdom Hearts III” brings back the magic

“Kingdom Hearts III” is the first game of the series released for the Xbox One console. (Photo illustration by Thomas Cathey)

Thomas Cathey

March 4, 2019

“Kingdom Hearts” fans have been waiting nearly 14 years for the next main installment of the video game series. The time to rejoice has finally arrived. Amid high expectations, Square Enix released “Kingdom Hearts III” worldwide on Jan. 29 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Was the wait worth it? L...

Professors weigh in on the impact of video games

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Christian Sutton

September 26, 2018

Many college students use video games as an escape from reality. But, sometimes that escape can turn tragic. When David Katz shot and killed two people, wounded 10 others and killed himself at a "Madden NFL" tournament on Aug. 26, 2018, that escape ended in a violent extreme. With every mass shoo...

Opinion: Videogames are building relationships at ARC

ARC Student Ash Pal plays  a multiplayer fighting game called

Mychael Jones

November 29, 2016

The phrase “teamwork makes the dream work” is commonly used when talking about a group of people working on a specific goal. A video game that has a multi-player aspect is no different than many people working at a job. Video games are an acceptable escape tool for college students to feel less ...

Students resurrect the smash on campus

Students Justin Kinney, left, and Christian Villegas play Super Smash Bros Melee on Gamecube during a club meeting on Friday 25 at ARC.
(Photo by Jordan Schauberger)

Jordan Schauberger

September 29, 2015

The Smash Bros. Club seemed to have had its last meeting with the original leadership group leaving American River College last semester, however, a new group of students decided to resurrect the club so that the fun could continue. Super Smash Bros., the popular Nintendo video game, had its first ins...

Violent behavior is no fault of gamers: I play violent games, and I’m no criminal

Violent behavior is no fault of gamers: I play violent games, and I’m no criminal

Brandon Nelson and Brandon Nelson

September 26, 2014

Last night, I went on a rampage. I killed several people with my bare hands, and was thoroughly entertained. No, not in real life, but on Xbox live. Gaming does not make people violent. When will this absurd notion cease to exist? Groups who are against violent gaming pose the argument that...

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