Gamers and tech enthusiasts alike are gearing up for the consumer release of the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality gaming experience. The head-mounted display was demonstrated at E3 2012, followed shortly thereafter by one of the most obscenely successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time, in which the team reached $1 million in just 36 hours.
Rachel Simone Weil knows video games aren’t just for boys. Weil is a visual artist and second-year Master of Fine Arts design candidate. She creates 8-bit glitchable art under the name Party Time! Hexcellent!, based on graphics from the Nintendo Entertainment System. She also runs FEMICOM, an online museum dedicated to preserving feminine design games and gaming systems.
Political assassinations, provincial strife and pivotal battles in “Total War: Rome II” bring back the familiar empire-building game play that drew critical acclaim to the series more than 10 years ago. But “Rome II” falls prey to its own ambition, with too many disjointed elements ruining an otherwise polished game.