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The Tech Deck archive for Jan. 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014

MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brings more of the same 

Title: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 Developer: Sledgehammer Games Publisher: Activision Release Date: Nov. 4, 2014 It would be difficult to overstate the influence the first-person shooter genre has had on gaming. While competitive gamers traditionally flock to fighters, the...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 14, 2014

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014

Is 'Advanced Warfare' really advanced?

Title: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 Developer: Sledgehammer Games Publisher: Activision Release Date: Nov. 4, 2014 Perhaps the most divisive franchise in gaming today is the Call of Duty franchise, which went from a trailblazing squad-based shooting experience in World...

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MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2014

Back when sports and arcade collided

With photorealistic graphics, sports video games in the current generation have sought to simulate, hyper-realistically, the action on the field. Gamers are asked to ooh and aah over the sweat dripping from Kevin Durant's nose in NBA2K, the weekly tweaks to stats and abilities for...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 2014


Will 'GTAV' be worth the extra cash on next-gen?

Editor's note: This post focuses on games that have been rated "M" for Mature by the Electronic Software Ratings Board (ESRB). The links and videos contained below include violence and some graphic language. In September, a fleeting post to Rockstar Games' official website left fans...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

'Bad Blood' excites, but can't correct 'Watch Dog' ills

Title: 'Watch Dogs: Bad Blood' (downloadable content) Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Release Date: Sept. 30, 2014 My review of 'Watch Dogs,' the digitally neurotic current-generation answer to the progression of the open-world genre, criticized the UbiSoft title for two...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

'Iron Banner' largely disappoints

One of the most widespread complaints about the multiplayer in Destiny, Bungie's latest blockbuster title, was that it stripped players of the sought-after loot that made your character feel like a bad-ass. That legendary sniper rifle it took you fifteen bouts with a Vex boss...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014

What is Destiny's destiny? A review of Bungie's latest

Title: Destiny Genre: First-person “persistent online shooter” Platform Reviewed On: Playstation 4 Developer: Bungie Publisher: Activision Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014 Researchers have established a link between visual cues and chemical responses in certain areas of a gamer's brain. It's these reactions that make us...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 8, 2014

Tabs for the week

Last week was low on tabs, high on action. Check them out. http://www.nwprepsnow.com/almanac/ Most of last week was spent working on NWPrepsNow.com, the collaborative Spokane-area high-school sports site that combine's the SR's text and photos with KHQ/SWX's video coverage. It's a pretty cool site, if...

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'The Last of Us' is art, don't call it a game

Title: The Last of Us: Remastered Genre: Cover-based stealth shooter Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Release Date: July 29, 2014 Acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert once (in)famously said, “Video games will never be art.” He clarified those...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

Tabs for the week

Last week's tabs development heavy, since it's been crunch time here for a few projects. I'm also posting them late, for the same reasons. Anyway, check 'em out: http://celery.readthedocs.org/en/2.1-archived/configuration.html http://chase-seibert.github.io/blog/2010/07/09/djangocelery-quickstart-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-using-cron-and-love-celery.html http://sebastiandahlgren.se/2012/11/13/using-celery-for-asynchronous-messages-in-django/ Celery is a Python script we use here at the Spokesman to perform various...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

iPhone 6 LEAKED 

This is amazing. The new iPhone 6 was leaked and disassembled to see what was inside. This guy is sure to be blacklisted, similar to what happened to the Gawker dude.

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MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014

'FEZ' takes players on perspective-altering journey

Title: FEZ Genre: Puzzle/platformer Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 Developer: Polytron Corporation Publisher: Polytron Corporation/Trapdoor Release date (original): April 13, 2012 ​A little taste of the superb level design in 'FEZ.' The resurgence of the platform genre can be attributed to the rise of the...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 22, 2014

Tabs for the week

Welcome to the new feature I'm adding to the Tech Deck called "Dan Gayle's Tabs for the Week," where I'll share the best of all the Firefox tabs I have open by the end of the week. A lot of the links shamelessly come from...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014

Fallon frags Bond in 'Goldeneye' 

Do you remember those long nights in grade/secondary/high school spent gripping a sweat-drenched Nintendo 64 controller, peppering your buddies with paintballs of death while screaming at their selection of 'Oddjob'? If so, this video of Jimmy Fallon from 'The Tonight Show' schooling Pierce Brosnan, AKA...

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MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014


War is pretty and conventional in 'Battlefield 4'

Title: Battlefield 4 Genre: First-person shooter Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 Developer: EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) Publisher: Electronic Arts Release Date: October 29, 2013 Watch Kip play (miserably) a portion of 'Battlefield 4.' If the “Fallout” series teaches us that war never changes, the...

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MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2014

Charlie Murder is a hell-raising good time

Title: Charlie Murder Genre: Beat ‘em up Platform reviewed on: Xbox 360 Developer: Ska Studios Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Release Date: August 14, 2013 My education in the side-scrolling beat ‘em up began, as most children of the ‘90s, with the spritely “Final Fight” for...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

Why are we surprised by 'Guardians' success? 

An unlikely hero, robbed of his parents and an identity, rises from obscurity to lead an intergalactic band of misfits to save the universe. Wise-cracking sidekicks, inspired by money, fame and revenge, join our reluctant hero against seemingly insurmountable odds. All of this occurs to...

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