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  • 'Tacoma' shows more signs of brilliant storytelling it falls short in some key aspects

    Shacknews.com There's a sense of loneliness and isolation in the endless vacuum of space. Living among the stars is an idea that's been romanticized across fiction, but at the end of the day, it's a closed-off existence and one fraught with peril. Even aboard a seemingly-safe space station, it...

  • 'Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice' isn't for the faint of heart

    Shacknews.com "Hellblade: Sensua's Sacrifice" drops players into the role of a Celtic warrior suffering from mental illness who must go on an excruciating journey into hell to save the soul of her dead lover. The game is developer Ninja Theory's first attempt at reviving the mid-tier video game,...

  • 'Mega Man Legacy Collection 2' is mostly for diehard fans

    'Mega Man Legacy Collection 2' is mostly for diehard fans

    Shacknews.com "Mega Man Legacy Collection 2" is a collection of some old games and some newer games modeled after older ones. One is exceptional. The other three are fine. That about sums up the quality of classic "Mega Man" titles post-December 1993, when the "X" series burst onto the scene boasting...

  • 'Dream Daddy' adds a new spin to the dating sim genre

    Shacknews.com Despite some initial delays, I was finally able to get my hands on "Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator," and boy was it worth the wait. As you can probably surmise by the name, "Dream Daddy" is a colorful dating sim about a widowed dad hooking up with other dads. While the game contains...

  • 'Black the Fall' delivers puzzles, but not necessarily the narrative punch

    Shacknews.com At first glance, "Black the Fall" comes off as the estranged cousin of "Inside." Both are moody puzzle platformers that share a similar tone and minimalist aesthetic. What sets "Black the Fall" apart is its historical inspiration based on the implications of real-world politics. Whether...

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  • Video: Identical Twins Retire from Shipyard

    Video: Identical Twins Retire from Shipyard

    Dave and Danny Brookman moved to the Peninsula from Narrows, VA to start working at the Newport News Shipyard. After 43-1/2 years, they will retire together at the end of 2016.

  • Hampton Planning Commission backs Fort Monroe zoning plan

    Hampton Planning Commission backs Fort Monroe zoning plan

    HAMPTON — Hampton's Planning Commission has given the thumbs up to a series of new zoning types and rezoning measures to dictate how land can be used at Fort Monroe — but not without dissent over uses for the controversial Wherry Quarter. The provisions would create four special zoning districts...

  • Resurrecting the USS Monitor's famous pump

    Resurrecting the USS Monitor's famous pump

    For more than 150 years after the celebrated Civil War ironclad USS Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C., the landmark engines and pumps that drove history's first mechanized warship have been silent. Recovered from the Atlantic in 2001, the Victorian-era machines weighing more than 20 tons have...

  • Commonwealth's attorney: Newport News police officer justified in fatal shooting

    Commonwealth's attorney: Newport News police officer justified in fatal shooting

    NEWPORT NEWS — Two different scenes played out in the city Friday on the same street corner. A mother wept on the sidewalk after hearing that the Newport News commonwealth's attorney's office had ruled that the police officer who killed her son was legally justified in the shooting. An hour later,...

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