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The Book Nook: Join the OASIS in ‘Ready Player One’

The book: “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline Suggested for: Anyone who loves video games and would love to know what it’s like to basically live within one. Or anyone who appreciates 1980s pop culture references. Clog rating: While books are our virtual reality of choice, video games provide a
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3 things that make ‘The Last of Us’ amazing!

After what has felt like forever since it was announced back in 2011, the much anticipated PlayStation3 game by developer “Naughty Dog” known as “The Last of Us” has finally dropped. Some of us at the Clog are pretty avid gamers and were pretty hyped to finally get our hands
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Flashback Friday: early days of being a gamer

With the big trade show known as E3 finally wrapped up, gamers have a whole lot to be excited about in the upcoming year. With more news about Sony’s and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles and announcements about a variety of new games, there can be no better time than now to
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Flashback Friday: summer break!

Summer is in full swing, and last semester’s classes feel like a distant memory. For those of us not partaking in another round of classes, we’ve got nothing but free time and a whole lot of it. Most of the time, summer recess is spent traveling, relaxing at home or
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5 games to start playing this summer!

With summer already rolling, we gamers at the Clog can finally play those spring-released video games that we couldn’t get our hands on during the busy semester.  Of course, if you’re one of those who had a game setup here in Berkeley, then please disregard this. Regardless, here is a
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‘Blood Dragon’ throws back to ’80s

“Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon” is a product of the ’80s, but it was not made in the ’80s. It is the awkward yet bombastic product of a generation that grew up watching “Robocop” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” listening to synthpop and arguing about the quality of VHS versus
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‘Papers, Please’ now in beta

Video game offers odd gaming experience with a Cold War vibe

“Papers, Please” is a strange game in the absolute best sense of the word. It’s Soviet Union meets Berlin Wall, distinctly Slavic and decidedly communist. It’s tense and addictive. In the words of its creator, Lucas Pope, it’s a “dystopian document thriller.” “Papers, Please,” named for your character’s “catchphrase” of
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Berkeley student engineers success

Software developer and EECS student Michael Bao makes a name for himself in video games

Michael Bao’s friends call him Mikey, and on the weekends, they all play Mario games on the Wii. Bao, a second-year EECS major at Cal, is known for not being particularly good at Super Mario Bros. — but when it comes to making games, Bao’s friends turn to him for
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Sex, Lies and Video Games

Sexism may be the most challenging threat to gaming industry to date

Lara Croft wears a gray tank top, khakis and combat boots. She is known for her outrageously generous bust, but since her debut in 1996’s “Tomb Raider,” her proportions have become increasingly more reasonable and her figure more conducive to exploring tombs. She’s also extremely easy to cosplay, so when
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