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As the storm rages inward and your team forges ahead, there are few greater feelings than performing as a single unit in order to achieve victory. Fortnite, the highly popular third-person shooter videogame, has revitalized friendly competition and fraternal cooperation in a world otherwise defined by differences and confrontation. At first glance the objective is simple: Fight other players to remain the last individual or team alive, and achieve that coveted ‘Victory Royale.’ To bring the...

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Seafoam green. So much seafoam green. Beverly Morabito, junior art student, sat on her stool in her Alternative Studio Practices class next to her fellow students, who were also painting. The object she brought into class that day was her roommate’s old tax textbook. The studio grew louder as the 12 students in this class talked and joked while painting their objects with their own unique color. Morabito covered the whole textbook with her specific...

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OpinionAesthetics of video games

February 7, 20182292 min

Last week I wrote about the role of choice in videogames as a storytelling medium. This week I’m going to address videogames as a visual art. For the last two decades, a large focus for major games has been photorealism — making games look as indistinguishable from reality as possible. Game developers have had great success in this endeavor, particularly as technology has improved. Human models that once had six triangles for a head now sit...

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In another opinion piece in this week’s Trinitonian, Tiffany Nguyen, William Ballengee and Rachel Lopez claim that online competitive “Esport” games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and Super Smash Brothers can be classified as sports because of their of their competitive nature and the amount of time that players spend training. While many games can be classified as sports from this set of criteria, others — even some MMOs — should also be...

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PulseMaking art and making money

January 31, 2018262 min

Alexandra Parris began crocheting in November of 2016. Her great-uncle had recently passed away, and she was wandering the bright aisles of Walmart late at night, looking for groceries and perhaps something to do on the plane ride to her great-uncle’s funeral. Parris, now a sophomore, packed her cart full of snacks. Then, a crochet hook and a ball of yarn caught her eye. She figured, why not? She’d never been much of an art...