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Basement Medicine

The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

Basement Medicine

The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

Basement Medicine

“Firewatch” a must play

“Firewatch” a must play

Kyle Gagnon February 21, 2022

The year is 1989. You assume the role of a man named Henry, who has joined the National Park Service in Wyoming. Your job is to sit atop a massive watchtower and keep a lookout for smoke. It has been an...

Get your Viking on: “Valheim”

Get your Viking on: “Valheim”

Opal Savoy, Web Editor March 18, 2021

Now, I’m quite sure I’m not the only nerd out there that noticed the trend in popular media that has gripped the gaming, TV and literary scenes for quite some. I am, of course, speaking of the myriad...

“Spider-Man: Miles Morales”:  a modern, community-minded hero

“Spider-Man: Miles Morales”: a modern, community-minded hero

Jimmy Mello, Contributor March 3, 2021

“A hero is just a guy who doesn’t give up.” I’ve loved Spider-Man for as long as I can remember, both the amazing powers and the incredible responsibility brought with them. Truly, he is one of...

The Idiot Gamer: Death Coming

The Idiot Gamer: “Death Coming”

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief November 28, 2020

I won’t lie; I love a good puzzle game. So when I saw that “Death Coming” by NExT Interactive was only $7 on the Epic Games store, I couldn’t resist. “Death Coming” isn’t just your run of...

The idiot gamer: Skyrim

The idiot gamer: Skyrim

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief November 13, 2020

I am and have always been an idiot when it comes to gaming. Sure, I’m nerdy, but the games I’m usually drawn to make “proper” gamers turn up their noses: “Minecraft” and “Animal Crossing”...


So scary, but SOMA-ch fun

Opal Savoy, Web Editor October 26, 2020

I’ve always been a masochist at heart, especially when it comes to consuming horror themed media. In the spirit of the Halloween season, I decided to submit myself to something scary to entertain myself. I...

The game includes a clothing editor, which allows players to recreate their favorite clothing in-game.

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is a virtual vacation

Lindsay Andersen, Contributor April 15, 2020

Released on March 20, 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” has become more than just a simple game for players of the series seeking nostalgia. With the current state of the...

Pokémon Sword and Shield: Nintendo ups their game

Lindsay Andersen March 15, 2020

Pokémon Sword and Shield mark the 8th generation of Pokémon, a game series that has captured the hearts of most long-time Nintendo fans since their childhood. However, long gone are the days of the Gameboy...

It’s a-me, Mario Kart Mobile!

It’s a-me, Mario Kart Mobile!

Allison Irons, Staff Reporter October 24, 2019

“It’s a-Mario time!” This time, it’s on your phone! The new Mario Kart Tour game has finally hit the App Store & Google Play as the number one racing game. The application was available...

Cue me-as-goose acting like a defiant, feathered jerkbag while the exasperated shopkeeper searches for her broom to remove me from her shopfront. Joke’s on you, lady, because I already dropped half of it into the lake.

Awesome avian assholery

Rebecca Flieder, Editor-in-Chief October 24, 2019

I wasted about 10 hours pretending to be a goose, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m not normally a big ‘gamer,’ but after seeing the memes, I spent $15 on House House’s “Untitled Goose Game”...

Coming back to Minecraft

Coming back to Minecraft

Ciarra Annis May 9, 2019

I never thought I would be playing this game again, not in 2019 and not when I have a game library that is collecting cobwebs. Its graphics aren’t that appealing to me, there’s no story and no end...

This is a game to “Return.” to

This is a game to “Return.” to

Ciarra Annis April 24, 2019

There’s an adorable unsung hero in the messy aisles of free games that can be found in the Steam game marketplace. “Return.” published on Steam in August of 2018, is a platformer game that feels...

The Apex of Battle Royales

Ciarra Annis April 4, 2019

The enemy team didn’t see me, and I could barely believe it. My teammates had just been wiped out after we assumed the Pathfinder we saw enter the building had been alone. I ran onto the roof of the...

Left 4 Dead 2 still great after 10 years

Left 4 Dead 2 still great after 10 years

Ciarra Annis March 21, 2019

It will be 10 years this November since “Left 4 Dead 2” released online and there’s no better time to look back at the fond memories it has given its players and see how the game holds up. “Left...

Pocket Camp: almost perfect

Pocket Camp: almost perfect

Rebecca Flieder February 8, 2019

Animal Crossing was my first love. Wild World was released in 2005, but I first picked up a Nintendo DS somewhere around 2008. I was nine years old. After almost four years of playing and over 500 hours...

Bounce, roll, and wobble around to your heart’s content with “Pikuniku”

Bounce, roll, and wobble around to your heart’s content with “Pikuniku”

by Ciarra Annis February 8, 2019

A new indie platformer game entered the scene on Jan. 24 entitled “Pikuniku.” It is the first game developed by the indie collective Sectordub. “Pikuniku” was published by Digital Devolver, a publisher...

“Deltarune”: journey to the dark world

“Deltarune”: journey to the dark world

Ciarra Annis December 6, 2018

Fans of indie video games got a surprise on Halloween as developer Toby Fox released the first chapter of "Deltarune," a successor to his first game "Undertale." The release came only with a series of...

Look out! It’s Spider-Man!

Tom O'Leary November 9, 2018

Over the course of the past decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has become a cultural phenomenon across the globe. Since "Iron Man" premiered in 2008, Marvel Studios has dominated the movie industry,...

Far Cry 5 exceeds expectations

“Far Cry 5” exceeds expectations

Tom O'Leary April 26, 2018

On March 27, 2018, videogame developers Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto released the latest installment in their “Far Cry” series for Playstation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. Similar to the previous...

This game’s got ballz

This game’s got ballz

Richard Ahlgrim February 8, 2018

Many anime fans of college age get a sentimental feeling when they reminisce over staying up late whenever possible to catch the Dragon Ball Z rerun or a new Dragon Ball Kai episode. After every episode...

FPS, team play, character: This game has it all

Cayla Fronhofer September 22, 2016

“Overwatch: soldiers, scientists, adventurers, oddities . . . guardians who secured global peace for a generation.” Blizzard Entertainment, creator of World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft, released...

PoGo is sticking around

PoGo is sticking around

Cayla Fronhofer September 8, 2016

The beginning of a new semester always brings changes to the campus. Sometimes they come in the form of renovated sidewalks, sometimes in changes of staff or faculty, and sometimes when hordes of Pokèmon...

“To the Moon”: indie game with big heart

“To the Moon”: indie game with big heart

Alteira Greene March 25, 2016

What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says the words “video game”? Probably a popular game like “Call of Duty” or maybe a controversial one like “Grand Theft Auto”? The last...

A fistful of tokens

A fistful of tokens

Sam Hartley April 23, 2015

Your palms are sweating. Your eyes are focused with unnatural intensity on the little silver ball pinging back and forth across the board. You can feel that last India pale ale working its magic on your...

A moment from Dark Souls II

“Dark Souls II” is enchanted by death

Josh Lemay April 24, 2014

I have checked my equipment three times now in preparation for what lies behind the fog. I know my chances of surviving are slim at best, but I do not have a choice in the matter; the only way forward...

“Castlevania,” Lords of the Button Masher

Louis Bizarro March 15, 2014

If you have played any action titles in the last couple of years then the game play for Castlevania Lords of Shadow (LOS) will seem very familiar. For those who haven’t branched out from the nostalgic...

Student Playing Flappy Bird

Students flip over the bird

Ben Simone February 19, 2014

"F#$&! Sh*&! Motherf*&%$#!!" my suite-mate shouted as he threw down his iPad. He had been playing "Flappy Bird," the newest and hottest mobile game, for nearly two hours. For a couple weeks...

A skeevier world awaits

“GTA V” best route to suicide

Tom Benton September 25, 2013

So "Grand Theft Auto V" comes in the mail and I know the time has come to dump my girlfriend, only I don’t have a girlfriend because I’ve been saving my freedom for "GTA V." I whistle the "Andy Griffith"...

“Bioshock: Infinite” same bland FPS, now in Sky flavor!

Dylan Archbold May 3, 2013

As a work-study college student who isn’t allowed to live on campus because I am a super x8 senior, I am exceedingly poor, and often have to subsist on a light meal plan of freshly emerged voles, and...

“Fire Emblem” medieval goodness

“Fire Emblem” medieval goodness

Dylan Archbold April 18, 2013

"Fire Emblem: Awakening" is the latest in a long series of Japanese tactical combat games, and a game I recommend so highly that I think you should throw money at the game like doing so would give every...

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