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Gaming Review: The Crew

Gaming Review: The Crew

January 5, 2015

Racing games seem to fall into two categories these days: the dedicate realism of your Gran Turismos’ and the over the top nature of Need for Speed with...

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Graduating staffers say farewell: Max Saucedo

Graduating staffers say farewell: Max Saucedo

December 11, 2014

It has been three and a half great years for myself at San Diego State. During that time, I’ve had many things change. In all that time, the only constant...

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Phoenix Rising: Part 4

December 8, 2014

Editor's Note: Phoenix Rising is an ongoing series for The Back Page. Click here to read the first three parts in the series. “Six months.  That’s...

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Politics, polls and people

November 17, 2014

Ring, ring. “Issacs. No, the governor does not have a stance on the salmonella outbreak. That’s health; go pester them. And while you’re at it,...

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Phoenix Rising: Part 2

October 20, 2014

Editor's Note: Phoenix Rising is the second series in the Source Point saga. Click here to read the first part in the Phoenix Rising series.  Police...

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Phoenix Rising: Part 1

September 16, 2014

Editor's Note: Phoenix Rising is the second series in the Source Point Saga. Click here to read the second part in this series. The world we know has...

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Gobbling governor games

April 3, 2014

“Ronald, look at me. Do you know why they pay me what they pay me?” “Davey, I swear it was just a harmless radio interview. It’s not like I...

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Source Point sequence 15

March 27, 2014

“What does this solve, Faust?” Damon Wade asked. “In the short term? You dead, at the bottom of the Source’s main generator. Long term: Progress...

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Government hot air, on the air

March 24, 2014

“Welcome back to 98.3 CRK Radio. I’m your host, ‘Mayday’ Jane Cornett. Today I’m joined by the deputy governor, Mr. Ronald Avery. How are you,...

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Going down to South Park for an epic quest

Going down to ‘South Park’ for an epic quest

March 13, 2014

It began, with a quest: a brave undertaking by the young boys of South Park to find and take back the Stick of Truth. It would end with-oops I can’t...

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Source Point Sequence 14

February 26, 2014

Kenji’s eyes darted from the woman to the Asian man.  If his instincts were true, this man must be Source Point’s top dog, Agent Zhou.  For the first...

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Source Point Sequence 13

February 19, 2014

Alarms were blaring.  Someone had entered the building.  As Damon Wade and Kenji made their way down to the lower levels, they found themselves at a...

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Source Point Sequence 12

February 11, 2014

Trepidation filled Karen Forrester as she stepped off the private jet that had flown from Dulles International to Singapore. Her partner, Yu Long Zhou,...

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Indie video games provide great adventures for little money

Indie video games provide great adventures for little money

February 2, 2014

Every now and then, I find myself overwhelmed by the enormity of the AAA releases, especially this past winter season. Considering that my pores may be...

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How do I find my Voice?

January 30, 2014

  "Is this my Voice?" A small whisper in the dark, "Is this my Voice?" A spider has a louder bark; "Is this my Pass?" To slip in with...

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WWE 2K14 is a knockout gaming win

‘WWE 2K14’ is a knockout gaming win

December 9, 2013

For many hard-core wrestling fans who feel World Wrestling Entertainment regularly ignores their wishes in favor of appealing to the broader audience of...

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Source Point Sequence 11

November 25, 2013

Kenji Da Silva was not from Singapore, but his parents were.  After spending two years in the Israeli Defense Force, he was lucky to settle in a city...

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Source Point Sequence 10

November 19, 2013

“Forrester?” “I’ll be right out.” Karen Forrester applied her makeup.  She flipped through the news on her holoprojector. She saw a quick...

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Missteps keep Batman game from being great

Missteps keep Batman game from being great

November 16, 2013

Nostalgia is a tricky thing. We can relive the glory days of “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and its sequel “Arkham City,” both of which were games of...

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Source Point Sequence 9

November 12, 2013

“What is the purpose of your visit, Mr. Sullivan?” Damon Wade smiled as he heard the name of the false identity Santos had given him. “Business....

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Mature enough? Video games need to grow up

Mature enough? Video games need to grow up

November 5, 2013

The violence of video games has consistently been at the forefront of the political battleground ever since “Mortal Kombat” first began showing blood....

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Source Point Sequence 8

November 5, 2013

Agent Zhou was supposed to be conducting the physical portion of the investigation; however, Forrester decided to give him an introduction to software...

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Source Point Sequence 7

October 22, 2013

Two weeks had gone by since Forrester had discovered Damon’s identity as the hacker. He hadn’t left a trail for her to follow.  He grew more paranoid...

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Source Point Sequence 6

October 14, 2013

The chairman pored feverishly over Forrester’s field report.  Looking up nervously he asked, “You’re sure it’s him?” Forrester nodded heavily....

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Source Point Sequence 5

September 30, 2013

Behind his facade of smugness, Damon was worried.  The surprise run-in with Forrester had complicated things.  He now had to deal with her whereas before...

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Source Point Sequence 4

September 16, 2013

"Miss Forrester, are you able to tell this board any useful information regarding the January hacking attempt?" the chairman probed. Forrester silently...

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Sam Fisher returns in “Splinter Cell: Blacklist”

September 11, 2013

Tom Clancy’s “Splinter Cell: Blacklist” represents an interesting note in the history of the “Splinter Cell” series. After the revamping of Sam...

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Source Point Sequence 3

September 3, 2013

The van stopped at a row of abandoned apartments.  Damon parked a few blocks south just to be safe.  His backpack was filled with important schematics...

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Need for Speed Rivals. Courtesy of Electronic Arts.

Future for Electronic Arts looks grim with a glimmer of hope

August 29, 2013

It must be nice work for Electronic Arts these days. Many developers want to be at the forefront of gaming, and right now EA has the money and the experience...

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Source Point Sequence 2

August 22, 2013

“We’ve lost him, Forrester.” “Damn! All these weeks of security protocols and he hacks us in less than five minutes.  What did he get?” “Schematics...

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How to read between the lions

August 12, 2013

As a hard-hitting journalist, sometimes I feel the need to insert myself into the field for some good old investigative reporting.  So I cinched up my...

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Source Point Sequence 1

June 26, 2013

“V.I.C., do we have access?” “Yes sir. Generating an encrypted channel for you to work in. Will you be requiring my assistance or should I power...

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Microsoft pulls an Xbox One-Eighty, reverses controversial DRM policies

June 20, 2013

This is what backlash looks like.  This is what happens when companies attempt to put restrictions on projects and make them basically unmarketable. ...

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Sony unplugs Microsoft with stunner conference

June 11, 2013

Microsoft had had their day in the sun. A lead in console sales, a superior online experience, and a slew of exclusives titles and content all in their...

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Microsoft shows promise but leaves unanswered questions with XBOX One reveal

June 5, 2013

On May 21, Microsoft threw its cape aside and revealed the much-anticipated next-gen console, otherwise known as the worst kept secret on the Internet,...

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They found heaven in hell

April 21, 2013

They had been picked up by the Coast Guard a while ago.  After background checks, Maggie and John, fresh from the earthquake-ravaged Haiti, were free...

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Salvation lies on the road ahead

April 16, 2013

From the air, he thought Haiti looked like a jungle paradise.  But as he wandered the streets of Port-au-Prince, Craig Orsini realized this was paradise...

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Making a deal with the devil

March 11, 2013

The guards approached cell B-48 and surrounded the door.  Its occupant, a sleeping mass under a blanket, did not stir.  The lead guard rapped his club...

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Long gone spark in his eyes

February 18, 2013

She was counting on her fingers, smiling and laughing.  Then a flash of bright light appeared, followed by the sound of screeching metal.  Father Craig...

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The keeper of the flames

February 3, 2013

Maggie St. Claire’s computer beeped.  She glanced at the chat icon blinking in anticipation.  She clicked it and saw the username that haunted her:...

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Life is about responsibility

January 27, 2013

Folks still talk about Esperanza around these parts and I know I’m one of them.  She meant a lot to me and to this town.  Most don’t know why she...

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Tears in the Rain

January 21, 2013

Deputy Jasper Collins was waiting with the sheriff and other deputies outside a house. “Who’re we waiting for,” he asked them.  A young African-American...

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Redemption of a legacy

November 27, 2012

The time was 4 p.m., but for those gathered at Los Angeles Memorial Cemetery, it was time to bury Kevin Murdoch. A folded American flag rested on a portrait...

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Revenge comes at a cost

November 13, 2012

Living on the reservation meant the nearest fire station was a mile away, more than enough time for a fire to consume the small house he called home....

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Escaping the prison of my father

November 6, 2012

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” — George Eliot The faded sign in front of the property read, “By order of the...

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The fallen Angel of Death

October 25, 2012

“Pack o' smokes, Willy." The barkeep obliged the customer’s request and slid the pack across the bar toward him. “Howdy,...

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The punch drunk champion

October 11, 2012

“Well hey there Mr. Murdoch, how are we doing today? You’re looking very good, actually.” “Much better now that you’re here to save the day,”...

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In life, our choices make us

October 1, 2012

I finished typing the last line to the story I had just spent the last six months of my life researching. In it described a one Victor Lopez. As I leaned...

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When Angels are Demons

September 25, 2012

“What are we doing here, Grigori?” “You’re here, Cato because you owe your God a favor and I’m here to make sure you follow through. If you...

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Shades of Grey

September 11, 2012

“The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.”-Ayn Rand In the summer of 1998, I received a large manila folder in the mail. ...

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Hunters will be hunted

May 7, 2012

"The Wendigo, The Wendigo! / Its eyes are ice and indigo! / Its blood is rank and yellowish! / Its voice is hoarse and bellowish! / Its tentacles are slithery,...

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Fires during the flood

May 2, 2012

On October 1998, the Central Texas Flood swept through, claiming more than $750 million in damages, as well as 31 lives. Thousands were uprooted. Everyone...

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A blood-dimmed jungle

April 18, 2012

This jungle is a living creature. The cicadas buzzing. The birds chirping. It’s near impossible to sleep at night. The air is so humid you could swear...

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A lesson before living

April 11, 2012

Meet Bobo the Clown. He makes children laugh. His real name is not important because he is not important. What you should take from Bobo is, behind his...

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