Author Archives: Vernon Gibbs

“Tropico 6” burns bright, but dies young

“Tropico 6” burns bright, but dies young

“Tropico 6” was the fastest selling game in the franchise to date. (Photo courtesy of Kalypso Media) Vernon Gibbs Connector Staff The fun, laughter and managerial horrors of being a dictator is open for anyone in “Tropico 6.” First released on March 29, 2019 for PCs and Sept. 28 for console, “Tropico 6” is a

“Fire Emblem: Three Houses”: Flawed but fun

“Three Houses” is the first “Fire Emblem” game for a home console since 2007. (Photo courtesy of Nintendo) Vernon Gibbs Connector Staff Turn-based strategy games are hard to come by these days. Whether they are falling into obscurity because of other genres, or because its games are just bad, the genre has failed to gain

A totally accurate look at ‘TABS’

“Totally Accurate Battle Simulator” had an open alpha phase released in November 2016. (Photo courtesy of ABGames) Vernon Gibbs Connector Staff “Total War?” No, thanks. “Hearts of Iron?” Absolutely not. “Arma?” Not even close. No, none of those compare to the realism and strategy involved in “Totally Accurate Battle Simulator.” Released for early access on April

Hit the ground running with UMass Lowell’s career fairs

Vernon Gibbs  Connector Staff The process of looking for and getting a job after college is a subject that can be left neglected in the back of one’s mind until reality catches up to them. UMass Lowell hosts career fairs on an annual basis, giving students a head start in tackling the dread of finally

‘Gathering Storm’ expansion is far from destructive

Vernon Gibbs Connector Staff “Sid Meier’s Civilization 6” has been out for over two years, and throughout that time it has been updated, rebalanced and tweaked to suit its ambitious development team. Now comes the game’s second major expansion, “Gathering Storm.” Released on Feb. 14, this expansion adds major features to how the game is

MassPIRG aims to create a better world for everyone starting with students

Vernon Gibbs Connector Staff When students first get up on their feet and face the world, it can be a daunting task. When success or failure as a student hinges on the ability to trust a higher authority, it can be easy to lie down and accept the decisions of those in power, and trust

‘Civilization 6:’ From sticks and stones to nuclear apocalypse

The first major expansion for “Civilization 6” was released in Feb. 2018. (Photo courtesy of 2K Games) Vernon Gibbs Connector Staff There are countless genres of video games in today’s market, yet one of the least represented is the 4X strategy game: explore, expand, exploit and exterminate. “Sid Meier’s Civilization” series has a long running

Macbeth: Killing it as usual

UMass Lowell Theatre Arts students performing “Macbeth.” (Photo courtesy of the UMass Lowell Theatre Arts department)  Vernon Gibbs Conector Staff When one first thinks of Shakespeare, their first memories with his works often come in the form of a confusing read and a paper due on Monday. The UMass Lowell Theatre Arts program disproves this

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