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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Riordan Zentler

Riordan Zentler

Current Position: correspondent

Riordan Zentler joined The Spokesman-Review in 2018 as an Editorial Assistant. He became a correspondent with the Game On column in mid-2020 writing video game reviews for the newspaper's 7 entertainment guide that appears in print on Fridays.

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A&E >  Entertainment

Game On: Comprehensive tutorials are crucial for enjoyment

Few video games are entirely self-explanatory. In the early glory days of arcades, instructions were printed on the cabinet around the edges of the screen. When video games came home, many titles were released in a box with several pages of printed instructions. Developers typically try their best to make games intuitive.
A&E >  Entertainment

Game On: What’s a ‘roguelike’ game, and why are they everywhere?

One genre description seems to be popping up everywhere lately: “roguelike.” Over the past few years, I’ve found the term to be increasingly ubiquitous, so I did some research. Like most genres, it’s a convoluted category now but had a clear beginning: the early dungeon-crawling game “Rogue,” developed in 1980.

A&E >  Seven

Game On: Xbox Game Pass invites comparisons to Netflix, Spotify

After a series of leaks in the past week, Microsoft on Wednesday confirmed its next video game consoles will be released on Nov. 10. I say consoles because the company has revealed it will offer two options this time around: the beefy Xbox Series X for $500 and the less-powerful, disc drive-less Xbox Series S for $300.

Things to do in Spokane: Aug. 28-Sept. 3

Heather Cabot – Sept. 3. Discussion with award-winning journalist, keynote speaker and former ABC News correspondent and anchor Heather Cabot, author of "The New Chardonnay - The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream." Visit to watch live. 4 p.m. Free.
A&E >  Seven

Game On: Netflix docuseries ‘High Score’ is a disjointed mess

“High Score” is a Netflix docuseries featuring interviews with early video game developers, pros and other figures. The concept excited me – I love documentaries, I love video games, and I love history – but much to my surprise, the series left me oddly flustered due to its poor focus, confusing pacing and clunky transitions.

Things to do in Spokane: Aug. 21-27

Inland Northwest Rail Museum Anniversary Celebration – Through Sunday. Ride the 2-foot gauge train, view exhibits and learn the history of railroads in the Inland Northwest. Hot dog and beverage included in price of admission.
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Game On: ‘Fall Guys’ and the special power of replay value

“Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout” was released on Aug. 4 to much greater success than developer Mediatonic anticipated. In a market already saturated by online, multiplayer, “battle royale”-style games where only the last surviving player wins, “Fall Guys” turns the genre on its head.

Things to do in Spokane: Aug. 7-13

Media columnist for the Washington Post, Margaret Sullivan discusses her book, "Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy," in a livestream forum with The Spokesman-Review Editor Rob Curley. Go to 4 p.m.

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