• Ruminations on the Console Wars

    Jack Hamilton
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    Nov 23, 2020
    2020 was a year ravaged by a global pandemic, a divisive election, wildfires, riots and looting, and all out war. But not the lame kind of war with guns, ideological conflicts, and crimes against humanity. No, the real kind of war. The console wars. A name that brings to my mind the fierce battle between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, back when it was actually a competition. The generation before the PlayStation 2 was just the obvious choice, and this past gen was clearly ruled by the PlayStation 4 (PS4). Microsoft really isn’t helping themselves with the naming scheme either. Xbox, a bit on the nose but whatever. Xbox 360, ok fine. Xbox One, why? And now Xbox Series X? At least Sony keeps it straightforward, if boring. It seems only fitting that 2020, the year that has taken so much from us, has the game industry seeking to take yet more, because neither of the next gen consoles are worth your time.
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  • Diwali – More than just Festival of Lights

    Akash Tanwani
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    Nov 23, 2020
    Triumph of good over evil is what humankind has always celebrated, and that’s what Diwali is all about. The word derives its root from the Sanskrit word Deepawali where deepa means “light” and avail means “series.” Before we get into the historical significance of this festival, we should know that the lamp lighting during Diwali is also a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness. The reference is to drive awake the endurance within you.
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  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Retro Review ; All My Homies Hate Leandros

    Jack Hamilton
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    Nov 23, 2020
    I’m feeling in a Warhammer mood this week. That’s all. I’ve been playing through Obsidian’s “The Outer Worlds” recently, which I have been loving but are far from completion. I needed a game to review this week, and my initial plan was to purchase and get as far through “Hades” as possible, until my friend asked if I wanted to go to Dice Dojo with him this weekend. Dice Dojo is a great local games store for all things tabletop, be it Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) or tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs), Magic: The Gathering, or Warhammer 40k. And I haven’t bought new minis in a while, so I decided this would be a good time to reward myself for getting this far in the semester. And while I was deciding that, I said to myself “Hey, you know what’s a surprisingly good game that not a lot people know about? Space Marine” So this week I’m going to be reviewing a game not a whole lot of people outside of entrenched Warhammer fans have heard of, because it’s surprisingly good.
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  • We're almost done!

    Kevin Barrera
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    Nov 23, 2020
    Well TechNews readers, the end of the semester fast approaches. As the pandemic continues to grow, the future seems uncertain. For now, distract yourself with another playlist. We’ll get through this together.
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  • iPhone 12- Apple is Back With a Bang

    Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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    Nov 23, 2020
    Every year, Apple's new phone release is one of the most anticipated things all around the world. No matter if you are going to buy it or not, you will still want to look up what Apple has done new.  This curiosity was developed by one of the greatest minds of the last century, Steve Jobs. A few weeks ago, Apple announced its new phone series, the iPhone-12, which is their primary product. This year, Apple has taken a tremendous hit in its manufacturing due to COVID-19, but Apple has arrived with the plan to conquer most of the market segments. They have four variants this year with the price ranging from $600 to $1099 drawing a wide range of customers.
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  • The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth Of UFarmIIT

    Sameer Sheikh
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    Nov 23, 2020
    On the outskirts of the Illinois Tech quad, sandwiched between the Alpha Sigma Alpha and the Triangle houses, lies a large patch of haunted land surrounded by broken wooden fences and piles of rocks and dirt. Inside you will find an abandoned but locked workshed filled with tools, chairs, signs, and a body pillow, plus debris, pipes and leftover containers and supplies, and many, many weeds and dead plants. Among the tipped-over wheelbarrows and the compost bins filled with water, waste, and leaves stands tall the skeleton of the greenhouse that used to be there. And on a faded and chipped glass sign with white printed letters inside the farm, you’ll find that this place was once called UFarmIIT: one of Illinois Tech’s landmarks and once the face of the IPRO program.
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  • The Great Ace Attorney - Review

    Kevin Barrera
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    Nov 23, 2020
    It has been a hot minute since my last “Ace Attorney” review has come out. I wanted to get this article out as soon as possible, but because of school, I couldn’t find the time to play this game. In case you missed the article where I mentioned why “Dai Gyakuten Saiban,” (“The Great Ace Attorney”) or simply “DGS,” won’t be localized any time soon, the answer is that there is no clear answer. Capcom has simply neglected to mention why this game failed to release outside of Japan, though many speculate that it is because of the copyright issues surrounding the Sherlock Holmes franchise. Thankfully “Scarlet Study,” a team of dedicated translators, took it upon themselves to not only translate the game’s text into English, but also the ingame graphics. “Scarlet Study” released two totally free patches for "DGS," one for Android devices, and the other for the Nintendo 3DS. Of course to legally use this patch, one must obtain a copy of "DGS" from either the Japanese Google Play Store or import a copy of the game from Japan. Because of this, most fans of “Ace Attorney” have neglected to play this game, outside of hardcore fans such as myself.
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