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Thursday, December 30,2010

A million pictures worth countless words

Photographer Peggy Dyer’s portraits capture the spontaneity of strangers

By Marisa Aragón Ware
"I'd heard this song a thousand times, but when I heard him sing, 'I've seen a million faces and I rocked them all,' this magnificent idea just sort of downloaded into my brain," Dyer says. "I saw these giant collages up on the walls of the Getty and I could just hear my shoes clicking down the marble floors of the museum."
Tuesday, December 28,2010

Fable III is a classic hero story with a twist

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
The Fable series is a fun one. Created by Peter Molyneaux and the folks at his Lionhead Studios, the stories of the game are the classic hero-type. You start off as an impoverished character just trying to survive until you’re called upon to save the world (or village or town or kingdom, etc.). The Fable games were always backed with a great story and a bunch of ways to customize and mold your character, affecting the environment around you.
Thursday, December 23,2010

Music on canvas

Live-painter Jason García makes art in the moment

By Marisa Aragón Ware
While these days it's a common sight to see an artist onstage with a band, back when Garcia started, the concept was virgin and unexplored. When he was first approached by a San Francisco band in 1998 to paint onstage, he had never heard of anyone doing such a thing.
Thursday, December 9,2010

Performance soul in black and white

Lisa Siciliano’s rock photography on display at annual extravaganza

By Marisa Aragón Ware
"I always felt like this completely creative person that had no outlet," Siciliano says. "I had never even thought of taking photos before. It definitely wasn't my childhood dream; I had never taken a class. It just happened and it changed everything."
Monday, November 22,2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops rivals any Hollywood blockbuster

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
When the drama between Activision and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward began to unfold this summer, hardcore fans worried about the future of the Call of Duty franchise. Despite the fact that developer Treyarch has been creating Call of Duty games in Infinity Ward’s off years (they developed Call of Duty 3 and Call of Duty: World At War), the ousting of Infinity Ward’s leaders and a possible dissolution of the game studio had fans concerned that the Call of Duty franchise’s quality would decrease. Treyarch’s Call of Duty games were above average but still not as slick and polished as Infinity Ward’s games. But that changes now.
Monday, November 22,2010

DJ Hero 2 is a sequel as good as the original

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
DJ Hero may not have been the sales phenomenon that Activision was hoping it would be last year, you know, like how Guitar Hero grew to be. But the publisher is sticking by the franchise with DJ Hero 2.
Monday, November 22,2010

Rock Band 3 continues to rock on

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
Rock Band 2 came out way back in 2008, and we’ve had Rock Band Beatles and Rock Band Green Day to hold us over until Rock Band 3. While the band specific music games are great if you’re a fan of the band (who isn’t a fan of The Beatles though?), most players want a variety of music to choose from and play with.
Thursday, November 11,2010

Fresh perspectives

New art exhibition pairs the surreal with the nostalgic

By Marisa Aragón Ware
"I'm learning who I am as a painter and what exactly my style is," Widom says. "For the show, I focused on the feeling I would get if I were to walk outside and look up above the line of traffic to the tree tops and the sky."
Thursday, October 14,2010

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West could be the sleeper hit of the fall

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
It’s tough for any new game franchise to get the attention it needs during the crowded fall/holiday season. Among games like Halo, Call of Duty, Rock Band and other top-tier video game franchises, it’s easy for a game like Enslaved: Odyssey to the West to be ignored. But the game, a third-person action-adventure, takes place 150 years from now in a post-apocalyptic America, what’s a better recipe for a game than that?
Thursday, October 14,2010

Although familiar, Halo: Reach doesn’t disappoint

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
The original Halo game, Halo: Combat Evolved, hit stores shelves back in 2001 to much praise and critical delight. Developed by game studio Bungie and distributed by Microsoft, the game was a bona fide hit and put the newly released Microsoft Xbox on the map. Fast-forward nine years later with a handful of Halo games, novels and a movie in the works, Bungie has made its final Halo game, Halo: Reach.
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