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Summer Drinks

Mark Gibson

August 30, 2011

Lying on the beach sipping a tall ice cold drink sounds like an awesome day of summer. Whether you like going out to beach side bars or mixing drinks yourself, picking the right drink to fit the mood is key. To help you decide, we've broken down this list into two categories: Mixed drinks and beers. And to give you some reassurance, we've had all...

Awesome bars

Mark Gibson

August 30, 2011

If you're coming from the beach or just looking to get out of the house and hang out, an awesome bar can set the right summer mood. There are hundreds of bars to choose from out there, but only a handful are actually worth your money. Sometimes the place you least expect could be the coolest bar ever. On the other hand, sometimes the coolest-looking...

Presenting Sir Veza

Allison Neilson

August 30, 2011

If you aren't familiar with this local ska band, get acquainted. Sir Veza is signed with FAU's record label, Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, and brings an interesting and energetic style to each performance. Infusing a rock sound with trombones and trumpets, Sir Veza made sure to involve attendees at the Funky Buddha, and no feet were still on Friday night....

Geeks, assemble!

Mark Gibson

August 30, 2011

The Entertainment Electronics Expo, a.k.a. E3, is the world's largest technology and video game convention that takes place every year in Los Angeles, Calif. From June 6 to 9, not only does the UP plan to bring you full coverage, but we'll actually be there. Every year hundreds of video game developers and technology hardware companies from around...

Adventure, Sharing, and Life

Mark Gibson

August 30, 2011

Ubisoft presented three themes for their E3 presentation: Games are adventure, games are sharing, and games are life. If Ubisoft came out and showcased Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood for two hours, that would have been enough to please the E3 crowd. But this French based company showed up with a plethora of sequels, first person shooters, and acti...

Get Kinected

Paul Cohen

August 30, 2011

Microsoft needed to deliver not just to the casual social base it has amassed, but also to the hardcore element who made the Xbox 360 the largest selling console in North America. Microsoft covered the spectrum of its base through a series of impressive titles and features attempting to make the Xbox more than just a game console. Last year, the...

From your fingertips to the silver screen

Mark Gibson

August 30, 2011

It's no secret that the majority of movies based on video games really suck. There are some that weren't so bad, like Mortal Kombat or Prince of Persia. But then there are the ones that were just flat-out horrendous, like Super Mario Brothers. However, video games based on movies are usually pretty lame as well. After years of suffering through...

Introducing the Vita

Mark Gibson

August 30, 2011

Over 6,000 people were in attendance to experience Sony's E3 conference. And after two hours of presentations, it came to one conclusion: Sony has a ton of exclusive deals. Sony of America CEO Jack Tretton hosted the conference and got things started by briefly addressing the recent PS3 hacks. But instead of going into detail or directly mentioning...

E3 2011 Show Floor Part One: Let the madness begin

Mark Gibson

August 30, 2011

Day one of the world premiere video game expo started on Tuesday June 7th, after the big Nintendo conference, at the Los Angeles convention center in California. Three companies were the highlight of the UP's day: Paramount, Paradox Interactive and Bethesda. Paramount After fighting my way through an extremely packed crowd full of journalists, ...

Game changers

Paul Cohen

August 30, 2011

Electronic Arts is known as one of the largest distributors of 3rd party software. When EA goes to E3 they bring the best of the best. This year was no different. The first and possibly most impressive title (judging by the crowds reaction) was the display of the flag-ship title for next year, Mass Effect 3. The demo showed off new abilities, story sh...

U demanded, Wii delivered

Mark Gibson

August 30, 2011

Nintendo had a lot of pressure to reveal a new console that matches third-generation graphics and appeals to hardcore gamers. What they revealed was not only a new HD console, but a stack of new and classic games for the new platform. Nintendo started by celebrating Zelda's 25th anniversary. Nintendo had a live orchestra playing the music from the...

E3 2011 Show Floor Part 2: 3D gaming at its finest

Mark Gibson

August 30, 2011

Nintendo 3DS games Aside from the Wii U, Nintendo announced a ton of new games that will be coming out for the 3DS. I got my hands on six of them and am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised at how good they were. Some played better than others, but overall, not too shabby, Nintendo. The 3D remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Ti...