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Last week, Facebook announced it’s purchase of virtual reality startup Oculus VR for $2 billion, and as is the usual, much of the Internet erupted in panic. While I may not be the biggest fan of Facebook, I do feel that this acquisition will ultimately be a good thing for Oculus, VR as a mainstream product, and gaming as a whole. I won’t front, when I first read that Oculus was bought by Facebook, my first reaction was a very loud, very angry “bullshit!” that scared the shit out of my girlfriend and cat. After thinking about it more and more in the days following however, it’s probably not nearly as bad a scenario as the Internet thinks it is. The outrage was to be expected though. People don’t take very kindly to Facebook, and many go to great lengths to avoid it altogether. As with all massive companies, they…

Having commenced this season by dropping six consecutive games away from Long Island, the Stony Brook Seawolves’ baseball team shined in their 2014 home debut at Joe Nathan Field on Saturday, March 8. Stony Brook blanked the Fordham University Rams by 6-0 in the first game of a doubleheader before earning another shutout victory, this time by 10-0, in the second game. As scheduled, the second game was only a seven-inning affair. The Seawolves’ starting pitchers baffled the Rams in both games. RHP Frankie Vanderka fired a complete game three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in the opener. RHP Brandon McNitt tossed five scoreless frames with two strikeouts in the second game. Vanderka had a knack for getting strikeouts at key moments. The hurler recorded two strikeouts apiece in both the fourth and fifth innings to escape trouble, which was mainly self-inflicted. Vanderka was charged with a pair of errors over…

Tucked away in the Union basement between Club Alley and the bi-level is a place that can only be accurately described as a sin against man and nature. As far as the facilities are concerned, this bathroom is nothing special in the least. One handicapped stall, one standard urinal and one child-sized urinal are all you got for your excretions. There are also three sinks, in the rare event that all three people utilizing the bathroom need to simultaneously wash up. When you’re done washing up, you are given the option to either dry off with some paper towels like a fucking human being, or use the arcane hand blower on the wall that, if I had to guess, was a package deal and came with the building when it was first erected back all those years ago. I’ve had to utilize this restroom several times out of necessity over…

“The first practice was difficult, physically and mentally… I had never been challenged at such a high level” recalls 27-year-old Lesego Goba, former captain of the Stony Brook University Seawolves Men’s Basketball team. Standing tall at 6-feet, 7-inches and weighing in at 245 pounds, Goba isn’t far off from what someone would imagine when picturing a star basketball player, and one may think that it came naturally. However, that was far from the case for him. Goba comes from a small village on the outskirts of Durban, South Africa that goes by the name of Inanda. The village lacks running water, modern plumbing, telephone service, and other amenities that Americans see as the norm for everyday life. Early in life, Goba developed a deep passion for the game of basketball. With no facilities to play the game in his own village, he and his friends would regularly make the hour-long…

I’m going to start by saying that I’ve been a lifelong PC gamer, and as such SimCity and I have a long and storied past together. In a sense, it’s the Yoko to my John. I have a deep, shameful love for it that has the potential to ruin many other important aspects of my life. The year was 1995, and a six-year-old Tom Johnson had come down the staircase on Christmas morning to find a brand new eggshell-colored Packard-Bell tower with a 12-inch monitor, running a copy of Microsoft’s fresh new Windows 95 operating system. Alongside the computer came a massive box with Maxis’ hottest jam at the time, SimCity 2000. I immediately ripped the two floppy disks out of the packaging and dove into the rich world of urban planning and development, and regularly did so for several years following. To this day, it remains very near and…

I’m not going to bury the lede, I absolutely love reality television. For me, the trashier and dumber the players involved, the happier I am. You can only begin to imagine how excited I was when I noticed the emerging trend of reality TV’s guido population packing up their spray tans and shake weights and returning to the pits from whence they came in their IROC-Zs, free to once again terrorize, roofie and spread a new breed of venereal disease to the population of their original domiciles, in favor of a new hillbilly paradigm. In my eyes, guidos fall into the same category as juggalos and bronies: people that both horrify and disgust me and that the world would be a much, much better place if we were to load them all up in a rocket and shoot it into the sun. While some remnants of that bygone age still…

Every now and then a game will come around that is so utterly fantastic that it makes you reset the bar at which you judge games, and sometimes even reevaluate games as a whole. I’m gonna come right out the gate and say that Crysis 3 is not one of those games. That’s not to say that it is an overtly bad game. My main issue with Crysis 3 is that it is a direct sequel to a game that, when I played it back in March of 2011, I didn’t really feel the want or need to see anything more from in the form of future installments. However, the same could have been said about my experience with Crysis Warhead in 2008 as well as the original Crysis all the way back in ‘07. Like its predecessors, Crysis 3 throws you into the role of a Nanosuit-clad soldier, this…

At approximately 10:45 PM on Thursday, February 7, an as-of-yet unidentified female student was struck while on the sidewalk of Circle Road near Tabler Quad. The victim is reported to be alive after having been rushed to the nearby Stony Brook University Medical Center. The officer was driving alone and in the process of responding to an emergency call about a large gathering of people on the north side of the Stony Brook Union when, for an as-of-yet undetermined reason, the vehicle veered off the road, striking and trapping the victim under the rear of the vehicle. Assistant Chief of Police Lawrence Zacarese stated in a media briefing that there is no reason to suspect that the officer driving the vehicle was under the influence. Much of the information surrounding the accident has still yet to be released, as the incident is still under investigation. However, Zacarese assured those present that…