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“GTFO” film screening to tackle gender issues in gamer culture

November 2, 2016

Video games can be a form of escapism for many, allowing anyone to pick up a controller and go on an adventure. But for some women in the gaming community, it can be a rough place to be.The University...

“Costume Quest” brings humor to Halloween night

October 31, 2016

As a college kid, going trick-or-treating is a little out of the norm, but for twins Wren and Reynold, it’s about to get even weirder.“Costume Quest” is a game designed by Double Fine, the team behind...

How to decorate your Halloween pumpkin

How to decorate your Halloween pumpkin

October 31, 2016

Halloween is quickly approaching, bringing with it fall weather and pumpkin spiced food. If you’re feeling festive, here are a few ways to give a pumpkin pulled from the patch a brand new look.Carve...

UA offers 3D printing options to students

UA offers 3D printing options to students

October 20, 2016

The clicks of a mouse, the taps of a keyboard and the heat of a printing bed are helping students bring their ideas to life in a whole new way. With a variety of 3D printing options on campus, students...

Splat Zone Paintball lets Tuscaloosa fight a colorful war

Splat Zone Paintball lets Tuscaloosa fight a colorful war

October 19, 2016

Pop, pop, splat. Though gunshots ring through the facility, the wars being waged at Splat Zone Paintball are waged with paint rather than bullets.James Mixon, the owner of Splat Zone Paintball, has been...

Law school students discuss coursework and application process

Law school students discuss coursework and application process

October 17, 2016

There’s no denying that college can be a challenge, but when it comes to law school, the pressure is on in a whole new way. Undergraduate students have different ways of preparing for law school entry...

Game Column: “Silent Hill” takes players through the horrors of the mind

Game Column: “Silent Hill” takes players through the horrors of the mind

October 17, 2016

There’s a certain stillness in the air and things don’t feel quite right. As a siren plays overhead and metal rusts, it’s clear you’ve found your way into Silent Hill.Released in 1999, “Silent...

Deaf is the sound: UA Deaf community strives for accessibility, education

Deaf is the sound: UA Deaf community strives for accessibility, education

October 13, 2016

Voices swirl around him, impossible to identify. Though Kent Schafer sees lips moving and the commonplace 
gestures, they mean nothing to him.He reaches up to cover their mouths and get them to understand...

Students take the stage for a night of dance at ARDT

Students take the stage for a night of dance at ARDT

October 12, 2016

One moment, a spin and a twist of the body captures the crowd, while the next brings a flurry of student dancers to the stage. With the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, you never know what’s coming next....

Game Column: “Dead Rising” brings goofy charm to new consoles

Game Column: “Dead Rising” brings goofy charm to new consoles

October 10, 2016

Bone ripped from flesh and families torn apart amidst a zombie apocalypse may be the backdrop of the latest episode of “The Walking Dead,” but “Dead Rising” encourages players to have a little...

Haunted Tuscaloosa takes students on a historical tour

Haunted Tuscaloosa takes students on a historical tour

October 3, 2016

A bump in the night and voices may cause alarm for many, but for David Higdon and Laura Lineberry, these are the signs of a thrilling new adventure and a guided tour through haunted locations on campus.Since...

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Game Column: “Zombies Ate my Neighbors” is a classic horror game perfect for October

October 3, 2016

As a kid growing up in the early 2000s, video games were in a state of transition. The medium was going from 2D pixel art to a crude 3D art style with a ton of experimentation to see what would work.While...

The Marvelous Wonderettes comes to Bean-Brown Theatre

The Marvelous Wonderettes comes to Bean-Brown Theatre

September 28, 2016

High school can be full of drama, but for “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” it’s their time to shine.Taking place in both 1958 and 1968, the play follows the lives of four girls that are asked at the...

Game Column: “Dragon Quest VII” takes players back in time

Game Column: “Dragon Quest VII” takes players back in time

September 27, 2016

Time travel may seem like a far-off concept reserved only for science-fiction movies like “Back to the Future,” but for the cast of characters in “Dragon Quest VII,” it’s their only hope to save...

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Game column: “Picross 3D: Round 2” is a satisfying puzzler

September 21, 2016

When thinking of puzzles, you might think of well-known games like crossword and Sudoku. But Nintendo has brought the grid-based challenge of “picross” to 3DS with “Picross 3D: Round 2.”Released...

Podcast

Podcast “Married to the Games” deals with life and gamer culture

September 14, 2016

Though it may be 5 a.m, the early morning grind isn’t stopping the hosts of the "Married to the Games" podcast from shouting “Oh, yes, yes y’all!” each Wednesday morning."Married to the Games"...

Game Column: Grasshopper's classic “Contact” keeps things weird

September 1, 2016

As a kid, I’d often flip through the pages of game magazines to find new games to beg my mom for when we went shopping. One particular game in Nintendo Power caught my eye with its fourth-wall breaking...

Local music guide: September 1-4

Local music guide: September 1-4

September 1, 2016

Though football season kicks off this weekend, it won't stop the music scene in Tuscaloosa.Performing at Green Bar on Thursday night is Birmingham band The Dirty Lungs, who play a psychedelic pop and are...

GAME COLUMN: “Hitman” makes players experts in creative destruction

August 26, 2016

As a corrupt military leader takes the stage, Agent 47 has only one shot to take them out without being spotted. In the world of “Hitman,” it’s kill or be killed.“Hitman” is an action-adventure...

Weekend Band Scene

Weekend Band Scene

August 26, 2016

As the first full week of classes comes to an end, Tuscaloosa will welcome a variety of bands for performances this weekend.Ben Rector, a pop rock singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee, will...

Earphunk and Little Raine Band to perform at Druid City Music Hall

Earphunk and Little Raine Band to perform at Druid City Music Hall

August 26, 2016

This Friday, progressive funk band Earphunk will go live alongside Little Raine Band at Druid City Music Hall.Earphunk has been together since 2009 and is based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. Their live...

Game column: No Man's Sky

Game column: No Man's Sky

August 22, 2016

Rain falls on the planet Aeos, but this isn’t a normal storm. The acidic downpour burns into an explorer’s exosuit as it pings to warn its host about the imminent danger and threat posed to the life...

Bama Theatre Fall 2016 Film Series

Bama Theatre Fall 2016 Film Series

August 18, 2016

Since 1937, the Bama Theatre has been one of Tuscaloosa’s prime spots for entertainment through both classic film and various other acts. Over the years, the theatre has evolved, bringing with it a weekly...

Celebrity trivia and variety show comes to BJCC

Celebrity trivia and variety show comes to BJCC

July 27, 2016

For Will and Reed Lochamy, it's lights, camera, trivia.Will Lochamy is a co-host of Oh Brother Radio with his brother Reed and also does commentary for the Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network. Together...

“Ameritocracy” puts power of politics into hands of players

July 27, 2016

With the 2016 presidential election coming in November, many have taken to television or video games to parody current events. For two creators based in San Francisco, the election is now, literally,...

Breakout gives Tuscaloosa tense team-building experience

July 20, 2016

The door slams shut and the locks close down. Though this may sound like a scene from a horror movie, this is the draw of Tuscaloosa’s one and only room escape game, known as Breakout.In town since May...

“Monster Hunter Generations” gives players a greatest hits of series' history

July 20, 2016

The jungle is filled with a thick brush and howls come from all around when suddenly a 30-foot tall dragon comes rushing towards you. Simply dodge, recover and strike back even harder in the world of “Monster...

“Pokemon Go” brings monster catching to the real world

July 13, 2016

Throughout the years, “Pokemon” has been a massive worldwide hit, inspiring players to “catch ‘em all” while exploring the lands of Johto, Kanto and others. Now, the game’s core exploration...

Secret Stages Music Discovery Festival brings new talent to Birmingham

Secret Stages Music Discovery Festival brings new talent to Birmingham

July 13, 2016

Birmingham is filled with entertainment around every corner, from record shops to antique stores. At Secret Stages Music Discovery Festival, the next new act is just a few steps away.Secret Stages Music...

Voice actors talk projects and process

Voice actors talk projects and process

July 13, 2016

The microphones are adjusted into place, papers shuffle and a calming hush fills the air. For four online voice actors, these three actions mean a recording session is beginning and a new role is being...

UA alumnus to perform as Hamilton alternate in Broadway play

July 6, 2016

UA graduate Michael Luwoye has been cast as an alternate for Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway play, Hamilton.The play is a musical which covers the life of former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander...

UA alumnus discusses dangerous climb to top of Indonesia's Cartensz Pyramid

UA alumnus discusses dangerous climb to top of Indonesia's Cartensz Pyramid

July 6, 2016

Facing below freezing temperatures, days without sleep and a lack of water would be enough to scare many away from ever trying to climb some of the world’s highest summits. For UA alumnus, Drew Hillery,...

“Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE” blends role-playing gameplay and Japanese culture

July 6, 2016

A haunting growl comes from the stage and the crowd murmurs in wonder. In “Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE,” when the lights and cameras turn on, it’s time to take some serious action.The game was first...

City celebrates Fourth of July at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

City celebrates Fourth of July at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

July 6, 2016

On July 4, Tuscaloosa residents gathered at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater for the Celebration on the Riverwalk. The event consisted of a concert, a performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and various...

UA alumnus and student discuss military experiences

UA alumnus and student discuss military experiences

June 29, 2016

Growing up in Luverne, AL, James Mills never thought he’d be working thousands of miles away from home. Little did he know his experience post-graduation would be taking him all the way to Africa.Mills...

Barnes and Noble hosts Harry Potter event

Barnes and Noble hosts Harry Potter event

June 29, 2016

On Friday, June 24th, Barnes and Noble hosted an activity-filled event as part of their book series to get Harry Potter fans excited about the new book, The Cursed Child (Parts One and Two).Barnes and...

E3 2016 brings new games and hardware to players

June 29, 2016

The Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 has come and gone once again, leaving with it a long list of announcements involving new video game hardware and games.One of the first games shown off was "Battlefield...

Sally Barris & The Birmingham Boys come to Bama Theatre for Acoustic Night

June 22, 2016

The lights at the bar dim and the strumming of an acoustic guitar rings out. While it may not be the biggest stage, the Greensboro Room at the Bama Theatre offers musicians a chance to show Tuscaloosa...

“Now I Sit Brokenhearted” turns restroom graffiti into comic sketches

June 15, 2016

Art is everywhere, from the sculptures on Woods Quad to the plays put on by UA Theatre and Dance. One of these, “Here I Sit Brokenhearted: A Bathroom Odyssey” is making a case for a new form of art--bathroom...

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Game Blog: “Homefront: The Revolution” depicts a North Korean occupation of America

June 15, 2016

In 1984, the Cold War classic “Red Dawn” was released in theaters, telling moviegoers the tale of American teenagers under siege from Communist forces. The movie was a success, but unfortunately, “Homefront:...

Miss Alabama 2016 winner crowned

June 14, 2016

On Saturday night, University of Alabama at Birmingham student Hayley Barber was crowned Miss Alabama 2016.Barber has competed in the pageant for five consecutive years. She is a senior majoring in marketing...

Game Column: In frenetic first-person shooter “Overwatch,” no two battles are the same

June 8, 2016

In multiplayer shooters, the main focus is always working as a team. But this can be boring if players are all forced to choose between identical or very similar characters.So one of the main draws of...

Game Column: Swim with whales, make virtual art with the HTC Vive

June 1, 2016

In virtual space, anything can happen. Artists can paint an intricate landscape out of lasers while whales glide by.The HTC Vive is a headset designed to fully immerse players in the game by tracking head...

“Passage” MA Exhibit explores landscape, memory

April 20, 2016

Photographs are moments of shared connection and history are frozen in place and hung up on the walls as a memory of a time long since past.Celestia Morgan’s exhibit, “Passage” is seeking to capture...

Teachers learn valuable skills in TEFL Iberia program

April 14, 2016

In Barcelona, Spain, a group of aspiring teachers is having the experience of a lifetime. TEFL Iberia is a one-month long program designed to assist those interested in teaching English as a foreign language...

Serving up tradition: Sassafras Food Festival celebrates local, personal food cultures

Serving up tradition: Sassafras Food Festival celebrates local, personal food cultures

April 11, 2016

The pages of a cookbook turn, the oven clicks on, a pleasant aroma fills the room and things start to feel just like home. For Lauren Cardon’s class, these experiences will be on display this weekend...

Taste Tuscaloosa with the Great Tailgate BBQ Cookoff

April 9, 2016

This weekend, the volunteer organization Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa will be giving back to the community in a new way – a barbecue cook-off.Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa is a non-profit...

UA Theatre to present

UA Theatre to present “Arcadia”

April 7, 2016

The theater is a place of escapism – one where attendees can view a world untouched by the editing process of film, where emotion is raw and pieces can bring the audience together to reach an understanding...

Volksfest brings German food and brews to Tuscaloosa

Volksfest brings German food and brews to Tuscaloosa

March 30, 2016

There's been no Oktoberfest or other German-focused festival in Tuscaloosa in nearly ten years. So members of the community are coming together to bring Germany’s Volkfest to the city.The event is a...

Fight Night: ABXY offers fighting game league

Fight Night: ABXY offers fighting game league

March 29, 2016

In the world of video games, many view the fighting game genre as a highly competitive and difficult genre to get into, but for Duce Thomas, Dylan Burbey and Jonathan Everly, it's what makes up their Thursday...

UA students present Kami-Con, a convention focused on Japanese pop culture

UA students present Kami-Con, a convention focused on Japanese pop culture

March 10, 2016

For the eighth consecutive year, the Bama SOS Brigade, an on-campus organization of students who meet weekly to share their love of Japanese culture, will be putting on the Kami-Con festival.Kami-Con is...

Daily Grind: Skateboarding around Tuscaloosa

Daily Grind: Skateboarding around Tuscaloosa

March 3, 2016

In the parking lot of his church, Byron Williams spent his days trying to master tricks and learn how to skate, falling on occasion. Though he wouldget bruises and cuts on his body, he pushed past the...

Local Q and A: Rhonda Mock Tew runs downtown consignment shop Twice As Nice

February 26, 2016

Shopping is a common hobby among students, especially at the variety of shops in the downtown district. Often, the treasures Tuscaloosans once purchased end up in front of Rhonda Mock Tew, the current...

Creativity came to life: student artwork showcased in Joint Art Exhibit

Creativity came to life: student artwork showcased in Joint Art Exhibit

February 18, 2016

By Aaron Bonner | Staff ReporterFor students, creating artwork is a form of expression, be it drawings doodled in the corners of a notebook to the stroke of a brush on a canvas in an art class. But for...

Tuscaloosans compete in 10th annual Great Tuscaloosa Chili Cookoff

Tuscaloosans compete in 10th annual Great Tuscaloosa Chili Cookoff

February 12, 2016

For the tenth consecutive year, Tuscaloosa Exchange Club will host a fundraising event known as the Annual Great Chili Cookoff.Founded in 1923, the Tuscaloosa Exchange Club meets weekly to exchange ideas...

Bottle and Bone booms in Birmingham

Bottle and Bone booms in Birmingham

February 4, 2016

When going to a café, it’s expected to see a variety of sandwiches, salads and maybe even a glass of wine. But add a butcher shop and a wall of local brews into the mix, and you’ve just entered Birmingham’s...

Review: The New Girlfriend explores gender identity

January 28, 2016

Bama Art House consistently brings independent films that tackle some of the world’s current events, be they political or social, while providing entertainment. This Tuesday’s showing of François...

App Game Review: Little Broken Robots makes problem solving fun

App Game Review: Little Broken Robots makes problem solving fun

January 28, 2016

We all live in a fast-paced technological age, filled with machines of all kinds, but what happens when the machines break down? Little Broken Robots wants to put that into perspective as you fix the everyday...

Top Ten: Games to play with friends

Top Ten: Games to play with friends

January 25, 2016

Weekends are the prime time to get away from the stress of school, be it at a party or just hanging out in your dorm room with friends. Whatever the occasion, keeping yourself entertained should never...

Bama Dining presents a new cooking project

Bama Dining presents a new cooking project

January 25, 2016

Bama Dining has unveiled a new project – a cooking school designed to bring the community, be it students, faculty or others, together to learn the fundamentals of chef techniques that can be used in...

Tech Blog: Zip lets users ask and answer questions

January 21, 2016

Star Wars or Harry Potter? Pepsi or Coke? Knowledge or Wisdom? These are the types of questions you’ll see in Zip – The Question/Answer App, a new app that allows anyone to ask questions and survey...

Table Top Gaming: Crafting characters at Crimson Castle

Table Top Gaming: Crafting characters at Crimson Castle

December 3, 2015

At Crimson Castle, Tuscaloosa’s local board game shop, players band together every Thursday night to destroy evil, save the world or even just talk to the patrons of a goblin-filled tavern. “Dungeons...

Christmas in Tuscaloosa: International students put their own spin on the holiday

Christmas in Tuscaloosa: International students put their own spin on the holiday

December 3, 2015

By Aaron Bonner | Staff ReporterThere may be no place like home for the holidays, but for some students studying abroad, the famous holiday saying isn’t an option. Under the study abroad program, students...

Bless this mess: UA students learn to cook

Bless this mess: UA students learn to cook

November 12, 2015

The University of Alabama is filled with different concentrations for students to work toward, be it engineering, nursing or even business, but the lack of a culinary program is disheartening to some....

New App links college students together

November 11, 2015

Social networks are huge, linking hundreds of thousands of people together every day from around the world, but few focus on building a stronger community among its users. A new app called MXO Interests...

UA League of Legends teams vie for victory

UA League of Legends teams vie for victory

November 2, 2015

Five champions are running through the jungle with a simple objective: destroy the enemy’s base. While fighting their way through hordes of foot soldiers, they come face-to-face with their true enemy,...

Spirit Halloween brings thrills and chills to Tuscaloosa

Spirit Halloween brings thrills and chills to Tuscaloosa

October 27, 2015

As you enter the door, a cheerful “Welcome to Spirit!” rings out, only to have you face off against displays of skeleton hordes wielding machetes, zombie children and even spooky ghosts to pick up...

Apple vs. PC: The Most Deep-Seated Collegiate Rivalry

Apple vs. PC: The Most Deep-Seated Collegiate Rivalry

October 15, 2015

Anywhere on campus, it’s typical to see multiple white cords plugged into outlets, with bright, white apples from devices glowing nearby. Even though thousands of students with Apple hardware, be it...

An action packed duo: UA students create comic book company

October 9, 2015

Heroes line the wall, striking poses, fighting off bad guys. Bright colors, vibrant storefronts and a pleasant atmosphere all provide a comforting space for comic book fans in Tuscaloosa. The town offers...

“Rick and Morty” parodies time and space

September 25, 2015

Cartoons are an incredible source of creativity, creating landscapes and situations that just aren’t possible with actors behind a camera. Though many consider cartoons to be just for kids, Justin Roiland...

Gaming culture alive and well in Tuscaloosa

Gaming culture alive and well in Tuscaloosa

September 22, 2015

It's not uncommon to find Matthew Davis sitting among a throng of 50 something students at Riverside with a board game among them or decks of cards or gaming consoles. As president of the University of...

Super Mario Maker lets users make their own gaming experiences

Super Mario Maker lets users make their own gaming experiences

September 18, 2015

Mario, a video game character players grew up with, has just turned 30 years old. Throughout the years, Mario has traveled through the Mushroom Kingdom, fought ghosts and baddies and even went to space....

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain offers freedom and choice

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain offers freedom and choice

September 9, 2015

“Kept ya waiting, huh?” This phrase has become synonymous with “Metal Gear Solid,” a series started in 1998 on the original PlayStation and that has had a great deal of time between releases. “Metal...

Are smart watches a smart decision?

Are smart watches a smart decision?

September 3, 2015

Watches once held appeal, with various ways to personalize and make them your own. While not feature-heavy, the watches served a simple purpose: to tell time. Then, came the rise of the smart phone, which...

Japanese student seeks to learn more about America's past

Japanese student seeks to learn more about America's past

August 31, 2015

By Aaron Bonner | Contributing Writer
Ryotaro Fushitani is an international student from Japan. He is a junior and seeks to learn more about America’s past while adjusting to a wildly different culture.Q....

Mobile Games offer twist on classic  formula

Mobile Games offer twist on classic formula

August 31, 2015

Many students spend their time before class: studying, reading ahead or just browsing social media. Gaming before class, however, feels like a treat, as it’s a smaller format than a console game with...

UA freshmen and seniors share perspectives

UA freshmen and seniors share perspectives

August 24, 2015

Each year, thousands of students leave the comfort of their family homes and strike out on their own for the first time. For the first 12 years of school, college holds an almost mythical reputation to...

Brazilian student finds home at the University of Alabama

Brazilian student finds home at the University of Alabama

August 24, 2015

Isabelle Moreira, an international student from Brazil, is a junior majoring in chemical engineering. To Isabelle, America is a place where she can further her education through new opportunities and learn...

Game Column

August 20, 2015

How do you determine when a game is worth your money?  Many use reviews or Let’s Players on YouTube to determine if the game is worth their time and hard earned cash today, but a few console generations...

Rare Replay includes classic games

Rare Replay includes classic games

July 29, 2015

The announcement trailer for Rare Replay, a collection of 30 classic games from developer Rare, invokes nostalgia for many video game players. “You never forget your first game. The more of them you...

“Her Story” puts players in role of detective

“Her Story” puts players in role of detective

July 22, 2015

When thinking of a video game, guns, swords and non-stop action usually come to mind. But, “Her Story” is a video game that fits a different set of themes. The independent game, created by Sam Barlow,...

Virtual Reality is Coming Soon

Virtual Reality is Coming Soon

July 1, 2015

In the mid-90s, Nintendo and many other console manufacturers looked for new ways to innovate on their current systems. With the Super Nintendo, a special chip was installed, named Mode 7, which attempted...

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