David Sobel

Stories from David Sobel

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Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Just when I’d thought that Nintendo couldn’t do anything new with 3D Mario games (what a wrong assumption to make with them), I found myself pleasantly hyped up for a new one, and boy oh boy was it worth it. Having finally come out for the Nintendo Switch on October 27, 2017, Super Mario Odyssey takes the best parts of Mario Sunshine, Galaxy, 64, and the more recent Mario 3D Land and World games and creates a refreshing experience that is sure to please all fans of the series. Let’s get to the details.

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Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Despite having spent over three years at Illinois Tech, whether due to commuting or whatever else, seldom have I ever actually taken the time to explore the various restaurants and other dining locations available in the immediate or near-immediate area around campus. Keeping in mind that it is a 21 and older location, my October 13, 2017 visit to Baderbrau, a brewery, bar, and kitchen located at 2515 S Wabash Ave, proved a fun way to spend a Friday night, and was a somewhat unexpectedly positive experience.

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Sunday, October 1st, 2017

After almost a year's wait, U.S. fans finally saw the release of the latest game in the cult classic Ys series on September 12, 2017. Although a rather niche series, Ys (pronounced “ease”) has managed to capture the hearts of its fans in almost every one of its games. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, created by Nihon Falcom and published by NIS America for PS4 and PS Vita, is no exception, being one of the most beautiful and expansive games produced by the developer yet. But, without further ado, on with the overview.

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Friday, September 8th, 2017
After a somewhat agonizing wait, Sonic Mania, the latest entry in the 2D Sonic the Hedgehog game series, arrived on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on August 15, 2017, with the PC version released August 29 through Steam. Due to being very hit or miss over the course of the last ten plus years as a series, Sonic has been somewhat of a controversial franchise, regarded with strong opinions in defense of and in criticism of.
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Friday, September 8th, 2017

Some strangely timed or poorly placed mobile hardware releases have found themselves brought to market recently, and I’ve found myself questioning what was going on in the “board room” to create such a situation to begin with. Two releases in specific, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (releases September 15, 2017 in the US) and the New Nintendo 2DS XL (released July 28, 2017 in the US), have left me confused as to who the market is and what the point of their release was.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Magic, multiple universes, items with special abilities, all a few common aspects of many fantasy stories we have come to know, utilized in one way or the other, with variations in every story they appear in. "A Darker Shade of Magic" by V. E. Schwab presents a story that employs typical fantasy fare with some interesting variations, alongside a compelling cast of characters with strong personalities. In an unexpected turn of events, I will be reviewing a book in this issue.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Beginning as a Kickstarter campaign on May 1, 2015, "Yooka-Laylee", a game created by a group of ex-Rareware employees in the form of Playtonic Games, finally saw its release on April 11, 2017, following a couple of delays. With the aim of providing an experience nostalgically reminiscent of the 1998 "Banjo-Kazooie" and other Rareware games from the Nintendo 64 era, the game is directed at both old and young players. Without further ado, here’s an overview of Playtonic's first game, "Yooka-Laylee":
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Saturday, April 1st, 2017

After some notable delays, Nintendo’s latest game in the The Legend of Zelda series finally made it to the Wii U and the Nintendo Switch on March 3, 2017. Boasting a wide-open world alongside elements that typically make up The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild has a lot going for it. That said, does it hold up to the hype it has elicited since its launch? Has this one-man audience been blown away? Read on, a review awaits you.

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Friday, March 24th, 2017

Explorative, deep, strategic. In the context of games, did those words make you think of a video game? If so, you have been living a lie, perhaps full of pretty screens, but what is real life besides a large, metaphorical television screen anyway?  To the gamer in you, I say take out a napkin and a pen so that you can play a real game: Tic Tac Toe. You may be about to tell me to go fish for a new mentality on what constitutes a real game, but hear me out on this. As such, here is a review you never asked for but assuredly will change your mind on gaming.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

To pick back up on a series consisting of, so far, a single article, here's an overview of the 2000 Dreamcast game "Lack of Love," created by Love-de-lic and published by ASCII Entertainment. Of course, despite the game self-abbreviating to L.O.L, it is no laughing matter, and neither is the terrible pun I just employed. That said, without further ado, a game overview: