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Life hack: Webkinz is free and nothing is stopping you from signing up right now

Ann Karneus, ringlord

May 15, 2020

Quarantine undisputedly sucks, but fortunately there is a silver lining. With all the free time it has afforded me – as well as the encouragement I’ve received to revert back to an unhealthy, childlike state – I’ve discovered that Webkinz accounts are now free.  While this opportunity may seem inconsequent...

Games Journalism Needs Better Audience

Blair Hanley Frank

February 14, 2013

A few weeks ago, a good chunk of the game journalism world was fooled into believing a fake rumor about the future of the Xbox. An anonymous source, claiming to have inside information, sent an email out to a bunch of gaming news outlets about the X-Surface, which the source claimed was the name for...

Quality games must avoid difficulty for difficulty’s sake

Blair Hanley Frank

March 11, 2012

I'm sick and tired of hearing people complain about the lack of difficulty in modern video games. While the current crop of major releases is certainly easier than specimens of yesteryear like "Battletoads," I don't see that as a significant issue affecting the medium. Historically, arcade games had to be fai...

5 fun ways to keep gaming at Whitman ‘on the cheap’

Illustration: Binta Loos-Diallo

Blair Hanley Frank

January 26, 2012

If you're anything like me, break is a fantastic time to unwind and enjoy the latest that the video game industry has to offer. But let's face it: being a Whitman student is a lot of work. I know I won't have a couple hundred hours this semester to devote to a "Skyrim" marathon. This break, I sa...

Modern shooters should focus on story

Illustration: MaryAnne Bowen

Blair Hanley Frank

December 8, 2011

Fair warning: this column contains  graphic  spoilers for the "Modern Warfare" series and "Battlefield 3." It's the holiday season, and that means there's a bumper crop of video games pouring out of development houses and vying for our screen time. Two of the biggest releases this year are ...

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