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Retro Games: What’s the Appeal?

Though retro games are a thing of the past for many, fans continue to reach for them when a craving for nostalgia hits

Video games developers are constantly taking advantage of improving technology, resulting in today’s multitude of technologically impressive games. However, many gaming enthusiasts look to the past for their entertainment, enjoying the games of decades gone by just as much as (if not more than) present day gaming. The question is, what gives these games their appeal when so many of them are unpolished compared to today’s software?



Nintendo President Passes Away

Nintendo President Satori Iwata left behind a storied legacy before passing away at the age of 55

President of Nintendo Co., Ltd., Satoru Iwata, died Saturday from a bile duct tumor. Iwata had been battling the illness for several years. Nintendo issued a statement mourning the loss of Iwata and the temporary appointment of co-Representative Directors Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda, both long-time developers at Nintendo. He succeeded the late Hiroshi Yamauchi after his retirement, and was the first executive to come from outside the Yamauchi family. Iwata was 55.



Collect-A-Con Coming Soon

A collector’s paradise is coming to the Regional Market

Enthusiasts and collectors of comics, figures, video games, trading cards and much more will descend upon the Regional Market on Sunday, July 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., for Salt City Collect-A-Con. The event will feature vendors and guests from across the upstate area, as well as an array of video game tournaments.



Zero Escape 3: Zero Time Dilemma to Launch Summer 2016

New game Zero Escape 3: Zero Time Dilemma will make its debut next summer

After a months-long tease from localization studio Aksys Games, a third installment in Kotaro Uchikoshi’s Zero Escape visual novel series will see a release on the Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita consoles next summer.



5 Must-Have Smartphone Apps

Ben Ingber introduces smartphone users to five sleek and user-friendly apps that are under the radar

In today's day and age of smartphones and tablets, it is all about the apps. There are apps for everything. From photo sharing, to shopping and even parking meters. Consumers today no longer want to log onto a mobile website, they want to download a company's app.



Video Games that Will Break the Bank

These are some of the games that have garnered attention for their rarity; hiking up their prices in the process

Collecting has become a prominent aspect of video gaming. Whether it’s newcomers looking to find the games of yesteryear that they might have missed, or old timers trying to re-acquire their childhood favorites, demand for retro and nostalgic games has taken off. While you can find a stack of common Nintendo and Atari fare at just about any flea market or garage sale, some are more elusive. Here’s a few rare and valuable games and the stories behind them.



Weird and Wacky Games

A rundown of some of the the most bizarre video and arcade games available

In the 40 some-odd years that video games have been around, some have been good, some have been bad and some have been just downright strange. Here’s a brief look at a few strange games that are worth checking out, despite their weirdness (or because of it!):



What to Expect in Windows 10

Ben Ingber discusses Microsoft’s newest innovations in Windows 10.

On July 29, 2015, Microsoft will release Windows 10. For free. Well, there is a catch. You must currently be running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and have to upgrade within the next year. However, this alone is a huge change of course for Microsoft, who typically charges around $120 for their latest operating system. Announced in January, Windows 10 will bring the features everyone loved in Windows 7 with the power and performance of Windows 8.1.



E3: Highlights from the Big Three

New game releases and new features were discussed at this year’s E3 gaming conference

Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short, is the annual video game industry trade show where companies make announcements about upcoming products and games. Here’s a look at the best of what Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo had to offer.



E3: Bethesda Recap

New games were announced by gaming company Bethesda at the E3 conference in Los Angeles, CA on June 14.

Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is currently taking place in Los Angeles, CA. For those not able to attend, videos of the conference, as well as streaming, will be available.