The second screen

Console to hand-held connectivity taking strides in modern gaming For me it all started with the Dreamcast, that beautiful white brick, accompanied by the console’s VMU (visual memory unit) I could play mini-games on a small second screen that would affect things in the console version of the game, most notably the Sonic Adventure Chao…

Video games not to blame

Video games always seem to be the butt of controversy when a new, violent game is released, but is the game really to blame, I say no. The heavily anticipated video game “Grand Theft Auto V” is set to be released on Sept 17, and already has a huge amount of controversy surrounding it. The…

Waitressing woes

Servant, the help, the waiter, bringer of food and beverage; that is, your typical server working hard to make ends meet. Workers in the restaurant industry work long hours, deal with complaints all day, work most holidays, and live in a nightmare world where weekends off don’t actually exist. According to the U.S. Department of…

The SC4 squiggle

A closer look at the new logo of SC4 SC4’s new logo is certainly drawing a lot of attention. Proclaimed by the college’s website to be a “symbol of success,” the site explains that the logo represents qualities like knowledge and support, as well as showing tribute to the Blue Water Area as the design…

DRM, the uncertain future of gaming

In lieu of recent events, myself, being an avid gamer is troubled by the seemingly endless dispute over “always-on” video games. DRM or Digital Rights Management, is an access control technology used by video game and software developers to limit the use of content after an initial sell; “always-online” is a DRM used to inhibit…

Marriage equality paints Facebook red

Facebook has lit up red with supporters of marriage equality showing their support with a single image of the traditional “Human Rights Campaign’s” logo depicted in red being used as profile pictures. The image originally shared by the HRC has caught on recently, as droves of activist protest during the beginning of two major same-sex…

Better safe than sorry?

As the possibility of fracking in Michigan becomes increasingly more likely, citizens are banning together to prevent what they believe to be a catastrophic degradation of the environment. But are they just buying into politicized hype? Fracking is a method of obtaining natural gasses, such as methane, and oil using hydraulic pressure. Unlike vertical drilling,…