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Texas Theater marquee announces 2018 Oak Cliff Film Festival
Texas Theater marquee announces 2018 Oak Cliff Film Festival

The Texas Theatre

 

The Media Library is always looking to provide you with the latest and best in documentary and narrative film as well as new restorations and repertory screenings. Last weekend, we were excited to serve as your representative at the 7th annual Oak Cliff Film Festival .  Bigger and better than ever, this film fest has been offering up innovative programming and workshops since 2011. This festival showcases established and award-winning independent filmmakers as well as emerging talents from Texas and around the world. Take a look at some of the highlights from our 2018 Oak Cliff Film Festival experience.

Friday June 15

Repertory Feature

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1926), France,  4k Restoration

This haunting and immersive 1926 French expressionist film is always a pleasure to view and the new 4K restoration did not disappoint. But if you’ve never seen this or other silent films accompanied by a live score, you’re really missing out! The festival screening was accompanied by a score from electronic music composer George Sarah, a local string quartet, and vocals from the Verdigris Ensemble.

Spotlight Feature – Documentary

Meow Wolf: Origin Story (2018), USA

You’ve probably already heard of Meow Wolf, the influential Santa Fe, New Mexico based art collective/entertainment group that creates large-scale immersive and interactive art installations such as The House of Eternal Return. If you haven’t heard of them, or you aren’t familiar with their “origin story,” you might want to check out this energetic and earnest documentary. What starts off as a fairly straightforward and self-congratulatory story about an art collective becomes a more complex examination of the intersection of commerce and art. Through stories from Meow Wolf artists, the viewer is asked how a “radically inclusive” and anarchic group can be profitable and ambitious and still retain its core values. Oh, and Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin is around to explain how he helped them buy a bowling alley.

 

Saturday June 16

Documentary Feature

Gospel of Eureka ( 2018), USA

In “Gospel of Eureka,” narrator MX Justin Vivian Bond guides us through a refreshingly non-judgemental story of the townspeople of Eureka Springs, Arkansas where religion both brings people together and tears them apart. An anti-transgender bathroom bill is the backdrop for the interactions between the Eureka Springs LGBTQ community, performers at a drag karaoke bar, religious leaders, and performers in an enormous and elaborate outdoor passion play. Although there are some extremely funny moments in the film, the directors don’t take cheap shots at opposing viewpoints, allowing viewers to create their own interpretation of acceptance and tolerance and what it means to disagree and still get along.

 

Documentary Feature

Ingrid (2018), USA

Morrisa Maltz’s first feature documentary is a beautifully photographed and loving portrait of Ingrid Gipson, a German immigrant and successful Dallas fashion designer who left her family and a profitable career behind to live a remote existence in rural Oklahoma. Without judging its subject, the film reveals both the artistic rewards and emotional costs of living a nearly fully independent and self-sufficient lifestyle. If you like Ingrid, you’ll be pleased to know that Maltz is currently working on another project, a hybrid narrative and documentary feature, “The Unknown Country.”  

Sunday June 17

Texas Premiere

Pity (2018), Greece

Viewers won’t be surprised to learn that “Pity” was co-written by Efthimis Filippou, who collaborated with Greek director, Yorgos Lanthimos on films such as “Dogtooth” (2009), “The Lobster” (20115), and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” Although this film might be slightly less provocative or transgressive after viewing the aforementioned films, it is still a riveting black comedy about a miserable man whose primary goal is to bask in the pity and sorry of others around him.

Texas Premiere

Hal (2018), USA

The director of numerous brilliant films from the 1970s that have achieved cult status, Hal Ashby is not nearly as well-known or recognized as many of his New Hollywood peers. This film provides insight into the artistic process and philosophies of a man who found himself at odds with the Hollywood studio system. Although fans of Ashby might not learn much new about his films, charming interviews with friends, family, and colleagues as well as sparse archival footage will be entertaining. If you aren’t already familiar with Ashby, this is a great place to start learning more about the director behind such classic 70s cinema as “Harold and Maude” (1971), “The Last Detail” (1973), “Shampoo” (1975), and “Coming Home” (1978).

World Premiere

Dudes (1987), New DCP, USA

When it comes to director Penelope Spheeris, many people know her primarily for her work on the the blockbuster comedy “Wayne’s World.” Others know her as the groundbreaking filmmaker who created such punk rock classics as the 3-volume series, “The Decline of Western Civilization” and “Suburbia” (1983). However you’re familiar with her, she’s long been a pioneer in the movie industry and unique voice in the filmmaking world. Spheeris was in Oak Cliff to promote the new release of her 1987 punk rock western, “Dudes” (previously available only on VHS) and the new documentary, “Half the Picture,” in which she is interviewed alongside other top directors about issues unique to female filmmakers in Hollywood. If you’re interested in learning more about Spheeris and her career, check out the recent D Magazine article.

What did you see at the Oak Cliff  Film Festival?

Unfortunately, there are always more films than there is time to see them. Did you see anything noteworthy at the Oak Cliff Film Festival? Let us know what works are inspiring you and that we should be adding to the Media Library!

Are you attending any film festivals this summer?

If you’re attending any film festivals this summer, consider sending an email to the UNT Media Library with festival reviews and recommendations. We’d love to hear from you!

 

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For many children and young adults in the early 2000’s Japanese Animation, or Anime for short, is not a well-known concept.  However, when examined under a metaphorical microscope, it becomes obvious that many of the “cartoons” that were watched as kids were actually anime, including shows such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Duel Monsters, Pokemon (Pokemon the first Movie – DVD 17738), InuYasha, and Digimon being prime examples.

Enter the year 2002 and many fondly remembered shows were released such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Panic, Samurai Champloo, Hellsing (DVD 10687 v. 1-4), Elfen Lied, and Bleach.

Upon seeing that there was a market for anime in the west, Japan capitalized on this new audience combined with new technologies and advancements in computer animation. A torrential flood of anime was release post 2005 with many of the great modern series such as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Code Geass, Eureka Seven, Clannad, Clannad After-stories, Guren Lagann, Afro Samurai (DVD 7294), the Mongatari Series, and the beginning of Ufotables Fate/Stay franchise. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here at the media library we have a few great anime series in stock such as:

Dragonball DVD 16582-6586

Cowboy Bebop – DVD 12520 v. 1-6, DVD 3234

Neon Genesis Evangelion – DVD 12564 v. 1-7

Ghost in the Shell – DVD 507

The Gokusen – DVD 10758 v. 1-3

Wolf’s Rain – DVD 12497 v. 1-7

For a full list of Anime in the Media Library Collection, check our catalog here.

 

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Earlier this month we asked you your opinions of your top Disney/Pixar movies, and the results are in. In our single elimination bracket, style tournament the Patrons picked some very interesting choices. I am proud to give you your top four, as well as the top picks from the library staff. Be sure to check these excellent choices out today!

 

Disney Pixar’s Media Library: A-sides

 


#1: Treasure Planet (2002) DVD 3736

Based off the 1982 film and novel “Treasure Planet”. This was Disney’s 43rd animated feature film. Ron Clements and John Musker, who had been responsible for “The Little Mermaid”, directed this animated science-fiction action adventure. Treasure Planet follows young Jim Hawkins who comes into possession of a mysterious sphere that outlines the map to the location of Treasure Planet, after a spaceship crashes into his mother’s inn. Jim joins a ship called the RLS Legacy, on a mission to locate Treasure Planet, commanded by the feline Captain Amelia and a half-robot cook John Silver.

 

#2: Aladdin (1992) DVD 3402

Another work of John Musker and Ron Clements, Aladdin was Disney’s 31s animated feature film, in the middle of the “Disney Renaissance” Aladdin was a critical success of Musker and Clements career. Based on Arab-style folktale of the same name from “One Thousand and One Nights” and starring big names of the time such as the late Robin Williams. Aladdin takes place in the city of Agrabah, as Jafar, the Grand Vizier seeks out the magical lamp deep within the Cave of Wonders.

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Mulan (1998) DVD 3825

Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Mulan released in 1998 to critical acclaim as Disney’s 36th animated feature film. Directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook the film follows Fa Mulan as she enlists in the Chinese army to defeat the Huns with the help of dragon Mushu. During her adventure disguised as a man, she learns to be swift as the coursing river under the direction of Captain Li Shang. Mulan unleashes the force of a great typhoon against the ruthless Hun leader Shan Yu, and uses the strength of a raging fire to protect her emperor and her home. Jerry Goldsmith and Matthew Wilder directed the music with contributions by Danny Osmond.

 

#4: Tarzan (1999) DVD 7462

Last but not least, is the 1999 animated comedy-drama adventure film Tarzan. Tarzan was Disney’s 37th animated feature film, and ended the Disney Renaissance. Based on “Tarzan of the Apes” by Edgar Rice Burroughs this adaptation is based in the mid-1860s as an English couple and their infant end up in an uncharted rainforest following a shipwreck, but are killed by Sabor, a leopardess. Leaving the infant in the care of the local gorilla population.  The story follows his reintroduction to the human world as a team of explorers arrives in the jungle. Headed by Professor Porter, his daughter Jane, and their hunter-enthusiast Clayton.

 

 

Disney Pixar’s Media Library: B-sides (Staff Picks)

Alice in Wonderland (1951) DVD 5399

Suggested by: Erin Miller, Media Library Head

 

Coco (2017) DVD 17937

Suggested by: John Pankonien, Student Assistant Supervisor

                        Estela Molina Pena, Student Assistant Supervisor

                        Joshua Dorsey, Student Assistant Supervisor

 

Mulan (1998) DVD 3825

Suggested by: Kelsey Scott, Cataloging Student Assistant

                        Jeremy Kincaid, Programming and Outreach Assistant

 

Ratatouille (2007) DVD 8044

Suggested by: Eric Nguyen, Gamer Tech

 

Tangled (2010) DVD 14687

Suggested by: Benjamin Lyda, Student Assistant

                        Bennet Whalen, Student Assistant

The Fox and the Hound (1981) DVD 3919

Suggested by: Maya Charles, Student Assistant Supervisor

 

The Great Mouse Detective (1986) DVD 3898

Suggested by: Steven Guererro, Media Circulation Manager

 

The Incredibles (2004) DVD 4516

Suggested by: Caleb Underwood, Student Assistant

 

The Little Mermaid (1989) DVD 6091

Suggested by: Laura Treat, Moving Imagine Preservation Librarian

 

Zootopia (2016) DVD 17109

Suggested by: Sarah Bryant, Assistant Media Circulation Manager

 

Post by Student Supervisor Caleb Underwood

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Looking for crime movies that can either make you laugh or mess with your mind? Then here is a selection of movies from the Media Library that you can check out!

 

Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón – DVD 8425 Two professional thieves that are planning to rob multimillionaire, Moctesuma, who has become rich by selling false hope to immigrants in America, are making an intricate plan to steal and help to those Moctesuma has stolen from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spy – DVD 16931 In this comedic movie, Susan witnesses the assassination of her platonic love, Bradley, Susan decides to go undercover to find the killer and put them behind bars and finds herself confused to who Bradley really was and worked for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Taxi – DVD 15470 When Andy, a police officer, gets his badge removed and fired for failing to complete his mission in capturing bank robbers he then decides to prove his coworkers wrong deciding to capture the robbers with the help of Belle, a new taxi driver in New York City. But making things difficult along the way in trying to work together with their opposite and funny personalities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inception – DVD 12260 The ability to enter people’s dreams is a skill that Dom has and uses to his advantage to steal secrets from people’s subconscious while sleeping, but has cost him to lose his family. However, Dom is now faced with a difficult task to implant an idea in someone’s dream to achieve the perfect crime, but if he fails then Dom and his accompanies will remain asleep forever.

 

 

 

 

Post by Student Supervisor Estela Molina

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Looking for something new to watch? Check out what we have just added to our collection, here at the UNT Media Library!

 

Titles Call Number
The power of nightmares. DVD 17914R
Gate of hell  DVD 17915
Wu ya yu ma que = Crow and sparrow  DVD 17916R
The reflecting skin  DVD 17917
VHS massacre  DVD 17918 Blu-ray
Addiction. Disc one  DVD 17919 v.1
Addiction. Disc two  DVD 17919 v.2
Addiction. Disc three  DVD 17919 v.3
Addiction. Disc four  DVD 17919 v.4
Whiskey  DVD 17920R
Distilleries  DVD 17921R
George Washington Carver tech  DVD 17922
Brewing  DVD 17923R
Brewed in America  DVD 17924
Wine  DVD 17925R
A brief history of wine  DVD 17926R
Rumrunners, moonshiners and bootleggers  DVD 17927R
Distilleries 2  DVD 17928R
Alcoholism in America  DVD 17929R
Save our history. George Washington’s workshop  DVD 17930R
Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri  DVD 17931
The Florida project  DVD 17932
Roman J. Israel, Esq.  DVD 17934
Darkest hour  DVD 17935
Lady Bird  DVD 17936
Coco  DVD 17937
Wonder  DVD 17938
I, Tonya  DVD 17939
Loving Vincent  DVD 17941
Abacus : small enough to jail  DVD 17942
Call me by your name  DVD 17943
The square  DVD 17945
Marshall  DVD 17946
Victoria & Abdul  DVD 17947
The breadwinner  DVD 17948
Guardians of the galaxy. Vol. 2  DVD 17949 Blu-ray
Guardians of the galaxy. Vol. 2  DVD 17950
Ferdinand  DVD 17951
Ferdinand  DVD 17951
The shape of water  DVD 17952
Terre sans pain  DVD 17953
Life in a day  DVD 17954
Chronicle of a Summer (Paris 1960)  DVD 17955
Bending the arc  DVD 17956
Revolting rhymes  DVD 17957
UnSlut : a documentary film  DVD 17958R
Dragon Ball FighterZ. Game 838 PS4
Dragon Ball FighterZ. Game 838 Xbox One
Monster Hunter. World. Game 839 PS4
The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter MER 34592
The Beer hunter. Volume 1. California pilgrimage   The Best of Britain  MV 15135 v.1
The Beer hunter. Volume 2. The Bohemian connection   Germany, the fifth element  MV 15135 v.2
The Beer hunter. Volume 3. Holland, our daily beer   The Burgundies of Belgium  MV 15135 v.3
Dewar’s training & tasting video. MV 15136
CHRIE’s HOSTEUR network-Alexus ProRegistry. MV 15137
Let us run the fun! : RR & TM, Resort Recreation & Tennis Management. MV 15138
Introduction to entrepreneurship : building the dream. Lesson 12, The business plan and beyond  MV 15139
Enjoying wine with Paul Gillette  MV 15140
A journey of discovery : tasting the classic malts with Michael Jackson. MV 15141
Tequila tasting seminar : video   MV 15142
Mexican Baja : fishing Los Cabos & Baja California Sur  MV 15143
The Budweiser brewing process  MV 15144
Hospitality introduced : a video to accompany Introduction to hospitality by John Walker. MV 15145
Maker’s mark : whiskey in the breeze MV 15146
To your health  MV 15147
The secret of Ketel One vodka  MV 15148
You haven’t lived until you’ve cruised  MV 15149
Vintage : a history of wine. Volume I, programs 1, 2, 3, 4  MV 15150 v.1
Vintage : a history of wine. Volume II, programs 5, 6, 7  MV 15150 v.2
Vintage : a history of wine. Volume III, programs 8, 9, 10  MV 15150 v.3
Vintage : a history of wine. Volume IV, programs 11, 12, 13  MV 15150 v.4
Sip, smoke and swirl : Hennessy’s guide to cigar events  MV 15151
Bartending – the course. MV 15152
Australia : discover it. MV 15153
Effective small business management : Entrepreneurship and new venture creation  MV 15154

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The world has fallen into chaos. Constant wars and the political machinations of many corrupt powers has pulled the world into a perpetual competition. Ultimately, power still lays in the hands of the community, but who can hold the ever-changing support of the masses? None can escape the push and pull from the Factions, vying for power, not the eSports Hero, Fundraising Socialite, nor Judicial Examiner.

This week we played Master of Wills by Stormcrest Games.

Stormcrest Games’s first title, Master of Wills takes place in a distant future, where power is controlled by a collection of Factions, who are in constant war with one another for dominance.

Master of Wills is a 2 or 4 player game that functions off of a tug-of-war system. Each player or team of two takes on the role of one of the Factions vying for power. Each round, players recruit unaligned members of the community, and use their influence to effect the community around them. Each faction constructs a deck of action cards, from which they play additional faction powers to further effect the board state. The game lasts for eight rounds. At the end of the eighth round, the faction who possess the most influence wins the game.

The game is simple, yet intense. The tug-of-war mechanic establishes easy gameplay and restricted decisions, but offers enough tactical decision making to bring out some interesting moments. Our 4-player game was very close. Early on, the Alphaguard was able to force a negative influence community member into the allies of Razorcorp.

As play progressed, Razorcorp answered by pulling a number of high influence community members, while Alphaguard established a strong engine for pulling activists to their allies. The push and pull continued leaving both sides very well matched. On the last round, Razorcorp took a risk by bringing the Energy Dancer into their ranks, pulling three high influence cards closer to their side, but accepting four negative influence into their allies. In the end, Alphaguard could not respond and Razorcorp won.

Despite some early misgivings concerning what appears to be a complex game, all of our players thoroughly enjoyed the game. The general simplicity to the decision-making within the game overcomes what appears to be a complex card game, allowing for non-gamers entry into the fan base. At the end of the game, two of our players were excited to take it home and play with friends and family.

We would like to thank Stormcrest Games for this great donation.

If you would like to play Master of Wills, it is available for check out here, at the UNT Media Library.

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Making its debut in 2016, Valve (partnered with HTC) Vive VR headset has taken the way people game and interact up a notch. In addition to the success that the Vive has brought Valve, other companies such as Samsung, Sony’s PlayStation, Oculus, and independent makers have developed their own competitive systems and VR platforms. Here at the Media Library, we offer the chance to experience the world of virtual reality. In support of our Learning Technologies, New Media, Computer Science, and Gaming programs and events, we have had the opportunity to buy some of these amazing VR systems. Check out the list of systems we have available for in-house check out!

 

Valve: HTC Vive

The Vive is a virtual reality for room scale virtual reality gaming. Partnered with Valve, you can use this headset with Vive compatible games on Steam. Not all Vive activities have to be game related, explore the World using Google Earth or let your finger be the brush when using Tilt Brush, an illustrating software.

 

Sony: PlayStation VR

Sony’s VR headset for the PlayStation 4 allows the player to immerse themselves into their favorite games on PlayStation. Lightweight and maneuverable, this device can be used alone or when playing others; the device does not inhibit the playing ability of the other players. Fun games that are compatible with the VR set include Resident Evil: Biohazard (Game 737 PS4), Farpoint (Game 767 PS4), Rigs (Game 766 PS4), and many others.

 

Oculus: Oculus Rift

Created with the help of Kickstarter, the Oculus Rift is a multi-platform virtual reality headset that enables individuals to interact with the virtual world. While the Oculus rift has its own site where you can buy and download games, the Rift is also compatible with SteamVR. Some of the VR games for Oculus Rift are Oculus exclusive Lone Echo, Superhot VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew, and many more.

 

Come by the Media Library and immerse yourself in the world of virtual reality. No experience is required to have fun here; if you need help with anything our staff are more than happy to get you started. Hope to see you all soon.

 

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Looking for something new to watch? Check out what we have just added to our collection, here at the UNT Media Library!

 

Movies Call Number
3 hommes et un couffin  DVD 17892
A regular black : the hidden Wuthering Heights  DVD 17901
Age of consent  DVD 17902
Awake, my soul : the story of the Sacred harp  DVD 17893
Bajrangi Bhaijaan  DVD 17857
Battle of the sexes  DVD 17887
Blade runner 2049  DVD 17873 Blu-ray
Blade runner 2049  DVD 17874
Brawl in cell block 99  DVD 17870
Class of ’27  DVD 17900R
Closer to truth. Meaning DVD 17911
Coach  DVD 17907R
Defiant lives  DVD 17864R
Desert hearts  DVD 17908 Blu-ray
Dunkirk  DVD 17877 Blu-ray
Dunkirk  DVD 17878
E-[d]entity : female perspectives on identity in digital environments DVD 17885R
Early women filmmakers (1902-1943) : an international anthology  DVD 17862 Blu-ray
Early women filmmakers (1902-1943) : an international anthology  DVD 17863
Embrace of the serpent  DVD 17884
Food chains  DVD 17890
Good time  DVD 17872
It  DVD 17875
It  DVD 17876 Blu-ray
Karz  DVD 17853
La signora di tutti  DVD 17868 PAL
Ladri di biciclette = Bicycle thieves  DVD 17861 Blu-ray
Les quatre cents coups  DVD 17860 Blu-ray
Logan  DVD 17889
Logan lucky  DVD 17888
Major!  DVD 17883
Married with children : the complete series DVD 17401 v.1-21
Mother!  DVD 17869
My love affair with the brain : the life and science of Dr. Marian Diamond DVD 17865R
No ideas but in things : the composer Alvin Lucier  DVD 17867
Process group counseling : a live demonstration DVD 17891R
Raga : a film journey into the soul of India  DVD 17856
Raga revelry : a journey through North Indian classical music  DVD 17866R
Songs of the adventurers  DVD 17910R
Stranger things. Season 1 DVD 17895 v.1-2
Stranger things. Season 1 DVD 17896 v.1-2 Blu-ray
Strawberries need rain  DVD 17909
The basement  DVD 17880
The big bang theory. The complete first season DVD 17897 v.1-2 Blu-ray
The big bang theory. The complete fourth season DVD 17903 v.1-2 Blu-ray
The big bang theory. The complete second season DVD 17898 v.1-2 Blu-ray
The big bang theory. The complete seventh season DVD 17906 v.1-2 Blu-ray
The big bang theory. The complete sixth season DVD 17905 v.1-2 Blu-ray
The big bang theory. The complete third season DVD 17899 v.1-2 Blu-ray
The killing of a sacred deer  DVD 17871
The lost arcade  DVD 17882
The Perez family  DVD 17858
The reincarnation of Peter Proud  DVD 17886
The searchers  DVD 17859 Blu-ray
The tallest tree in our forest : biography of Paul Robeson. DVD 17881R
These three  DVD 17854R
What is philanthropy?  DVD 17855
Wings of desire DVD 17879 Blu-ray

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The UNT media library proudly offers computer gaming access to the student population through the nest computer lab at Chilton Hall. Students must provide their own games but here is a list of free games available through steam!

Warframe

“WF is a cooperative free-to-play third person online action game set in a sci-fi world.”

Do you like graceful, hack-and-slash laser action? Exploring across ghost-like lost worlds? Warframe is a game that makes you the combination of a ninja, a ballerina, and the terminator. Apply with grace.

 

Team Fortress 2

“Nine distinct classes provide a broad range of tactical abilities & Personalities. Constantly updated with new game modes, maps, equipment &, most importantly, hats!”

A Classic game packed with as much action as comical life. Whether you’re a new player or a returning player, TF2 provides tons of entertaining game play.

 

War Thunder

“War Thunder is the most comprehensive free-to-play, cross-platform, MMO military game for Windows, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 dedicated to aviation, armored vehicles, and naval craft from World War II and the Cold War.”

War Thunder puts you right in the cockpit and lets you put all that hard-earned history knowledge right to the test! Perform bombing runs, strafe attacks, or defend your bomber with machine guns as the Luftwaffe try and knock you down!

 

SMITE

“Rally here! Join millions of players in Smite, the online battleground of the gods. Whether this is your first Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game or you’re a seasoned veteran, the competitive action and irreverent mythology of SMITE will make you a believer.”

This is an action man’s Dota. A wonderful game that puts you up close to the fighting; Smite doesn’t have a pay to win mechanic and the community behind the game is active with plenty of player-oriented give aways. This is a great game to make a home of, with the potential for hundreds of accrued hours.

 

Path of Exile

“You are an Exile, struggling to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast, as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by hardcore gamers, Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world.”

Path of Exile is fantastic. EVERY steam owner should at one point or another try this game. However, it might take a bit to get to liking the game because it takes around 7 hours to get there (for me at least). This game is basically the Paladins to Diablo. Personally, I think these games are about equal with diablo, scoring a bit higher in my book because of just nostalgia and a couple of minor points.

                -Gunter

 

Tree of Savior

“Tree of Savior (abbreviated as TOS thereafter) is an MMORPG in which you embark on a journey to search for the goddesses in the world of chaos. Fairy-tale like colors accompanied with beautiful graphics in TOS will have you reminiscing about precious moments all throughout the game.”

I got immediately sucked into this game, and keep going back to it in random spurts. It’s a very cute game, very beautiful, & the level grinding is easy. not too much of a challenge, great game to chill with. For me this game is very enjoyable! I really like it so far.

                -☆Diamond Destiny☆

 

World of Warships

“Experience epic, free-to-play naval combat when you helm one of over 200 historic vessels in an exciting balance of strategy and real-time combat in World of Warships. Outfit your fleet with flags, camouflage, modifications, talented commanders, and more!”

World of Warships is a favorite of mine, personally. I love how it combines 10 players in different ship classes and seems to balance them all. Either as the fast destroyer, hiding behind rocks and dashing out for a powerful torpedo run, or as a lumbering battleship, angling my giant slow-firing guns at just the right angle to pierce the enemy deck, there’s a lot of balanced variety involved. While players can pay to unlock ships rather than earn them, you’re always put in a match with ships of your same tier level, leading to an even match. Matches only take 10-15 mins making it a great game for short breaks or extended periods of play.

 

Dota 2

“Every day, millions of players worldwide enter battle as one of over a hundred Dota heroes. And no matter if it’s their 10th hour of play or 1,000th, there’s always something new to discover. With regular updates that ensure a constant evolution of gameplay, features, and heroes, Dota 2 has truly taken on a life of its”. 

Dota is a fusion of RPG & RTS with state of the art graphics. Compete with your team to stem the flow of enemy minions while leading your minions to crush the other side’s base. With dozens of heroes to choose from find your best style to crush the enemy!

 

Eve Online

“EVE Online is a community-driven spaceship MMO where players can play for free, choosing their own path from countless options. Experience space exploration, immense PvP and PvE battles, mining, industry and a thriving player economy in an ever-expanding sandbox.”

Since they’ve added The Agency PVE finder, EVE has become exactly what I’ve wanted in an MMO: A massive open world with a big to-do list of fun things.

 

Planet Side 2

“Join an all-out planetary war, where thousands of players battle as one in strategic, targeted missions against opposing empires. Utilize infantry, air and ground vehicles to destroy your enemies in this revolutionary, massive scale, first-person shooter.”

Planet Side 2 is the shooter I’ve wanted for a long time. I tire of multiplayer shooter games that were small 8 v 8 affairs that lasted only minutes. I wanted a large world war, and that’s what planet side 2 is. Join your friends, or even strangers you don’t know, as hundreds of you, in planes, tanks, and on foot, lay siege to an enemy fort. When you succeed, check the map. Your forces rush to lay siege to the next fortress, only to see your defenses crumbling…on the other side of the planet! With multiple continents to fight across and a large skill ceiling to master, Planet Side 2 is a phenomenal journey to be undertaken.

 

Post by Student Supervisor John Pankonien

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Old Casey Jones steps up to bat. It’s been years since he first retired, but his new cybernetic arm is doing great, and his cybernetic eye has increased his reaction speed seven-fold. Once again the bases are loaded, and he was better now than he ever was in his early years. Hitting a grand slam would be easy enough if it wasn’t for that darned robot pitcher the other team had drafted just last season. His knuckleball is brutal, especially since he doesn’t even have knuckles. Casey grits his teeth and squares his shoulders as he winds back, ready for the pitch. Maybe coming back to the Major Leagues wasn’t the best idea after all.

This week we played Baseball Highlights 2045 from Eagle-Gryphon Games.

Taking place in the year 2045, baseball has evolved. Now allowing cyborg enhancements and robots to play, pitching has become an act of science, and batting requires fast computing or intuition than skill and a good eye. Fans still love it though, and the technical skill of fielding is still a “natural’s” game.

Choose your starting team, and play ball! In between each individual game of 6 innings, each player has the option to draft new players for their roster, sending older players to the minor leagues to make room on the bench. Each player’s team evolves from game to game, allowing for new and interesting plays late in the series.

This game is a favorite for a number of our staff and students alike. Combining the worlds of tabletop gaming and sports, Baseball Highlights 2045, or “Robot Baseball” as it is colloquially called here, creates an experience that encompasses the theme fully, while also creating a unique and engaging competitive experience as the same time.

Our latest game was a short series between New York and Los Angeles. The first game was a easy pick up by the Los Angeles player. In the draft, New York quickly grabbed a new robot player “See Ya” to add a solid home run ability to their strong ability to hit base runs. Los Angeles saw that draft coming, and picked up Daisuke Darvish, the cyborg pitcher from Texas to counter act the new batting talent. The second game was a low scorer for both sides. The fielding game was a strong one, between glove cards and pick offs, few runners were brought in. Los Angeles pulled the “W” again. Trying to extend his hitting ability, Los Angeles picked up the Robot hitter “Wiffle” from Seattle, while New York countered with cyborg pitcher Hideo Tanaka from Cleveland.

In the end, New York only pulled one game win in the series before Los Angeles pulled their fourth win to clinch the series.

In all, Baseball Highlights 2045 is a solid 2 or 4 player head-to-head game that brings sports fans to the tabletop gaming world, and vise-versa.

We would like to thank Eagle-Gryphon Games for this great donation.

If you would like to give Baseball highlights 2045 a try, or another selection from Eagle-Gryphon Games, they are available for check out here, at the UNT Media Library.