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Game On: Adventure games are stale, and ‘Indiana Jones’ can save them

Once a bastion of inspiration and imagination, the action/adventure genre in video games has become complacent over the years. I won’t lie and tell you the annual “Assassin’s Creed” releases are bad or that the dramatic set pieces of the “Uncharted” series aren’t impressive. But even avid fans of the genre will admit the games have become formulaic. 

Game On: Scalpers still have stranglehold on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S

The most consumerist time of the year is behind us, but that doesn’t mean anyone’s lost interest in picking up a fancy, new PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S. The hype is a bit of a mystery to me – over the years, I’ve watched the launch lineups of new game consoles grow consistently weaker.

The most anticipated video games of 2021

For its many miseries, 2020 delivered some extremely memorable video games. And now, with the arrival of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, there’s more reason than usual to get excited for the offerings of the year ahead.

Game On: The best video games of 2020

The beginning of a new year is often the perfect time to reflect. In general, 2020 has been a year of highs and lows for me and countless others, but lockdowns, fewer and shorter commutes and remote work gave me extra time to play a greater variety of video games than any previous year.

From Zoom to Quibi, the tech winners and losers of 2020

We streamed, we Zoomed, we ordered groceries and houseplants online, we created virtual villages while navigating laptop shortages to work and learn from home. When it comes to technology, 2020 was a year like no other.

Dad Daze: This New Year’s Eve – bring on 2021

I was so excited about the arrival of 2020 that I almost purchased a pair of those goofy New Year's Eve glasses with the upcoming digits that celebrants sport in Times Square when the ball drops during "Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve." I was looking forward to 2020 ever since my son Eddie, who graduated from high school in June, entered kindergarten.

Game On: ‘Back 4 Blood’ might not be the ‘Left 4 Dead 3’ gamers want

I pay little mind to award shows regardless of the medium, but the Gaming Awards livestreamed Dec. 10 also served as a platform for developers to announce upcoming video games. It was a breath of fresh air after a veritable drought of information on new games caused by the industrywide shift in workflow amid COVID-19 lockdowns.

Game On: ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is everything I like in a role-playing video game

After three delays dating back to April, the long-awaited “Cyberpunk 2077” was unleashed upon the gaming world on Dec. 10. It’s the latest effort by CD Projekt Red, the Polish development team best-known for “The Witcher” series that catapulted a little-known book series into stardom. This time, the team exercised its open-world, role-playing game muscles.

Game On: ‘Destiny 2: Beyond Light’ is style over substance

After being postponed from a September release, the “Beyond Light” expansion to “Destiny 2” was launched on Nov. 10. The 2017 game has seen many updates, but this one brought it over to the new Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 and added a slew of new content.

MSU Student Mops up Barstool Tournament

Trevor Funseth, "The Mop," and his teammates, Brayden Ginnaty, and Kyler Lawhon, are dominating Barstool Sports' first-ever collegiate Call of Duty Tournament. They beat the University of Arizona on Wednesday evening to advance to the Fatal Four, which will be played next week.

Game On: Classic co-op game ‘Pandemic’ is more relevant than ever

With the second wave of COVID-19 upon us, my morbid mind realized now was perhaps a better time than ever to try out the video game adaptation of “Pandemic,” a highly successful board game where players assume the role of scientists managing a global virus outbreak. Life imitates art and all that.