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Michael S. Darnell

The 'Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' is overly familiar, great on handheld Switch

Where do you even begin to review a re-re-release of a six-year-old video game? Most of the time, the answer is simple. You don’t. You skip that release and move on to the next one, much like gamers will not normally flock to a port of such an old game.

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The success of 'Super Mario Odyssey' explained

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re well aware of “Super Mario Odyssey's” stellar critical reception. Game reviewers far and wide have proclaimed “Odyssey” to be one of the best games of the year - with good reason. We break down some of those reasons in this look at the game's success.


Steelers' Villanueva thankful for SHAPE's role in his career

Pittsburgh Steeler Alejandro Villanueva spent his formative playing years as a defensive end at SHAPE in Belgium, just one of many athletes playing under the relatively small DODEA Europe umbrella.


Former Ranger, current NFL star appears in new ‘Call of Duty’

Barracks rooms across the world soon will be filled once more with the sounds of explosions, gunfire and cries of foul play, all indicating that another “Call of Duty” has been released into the wild. A former Army Ranger and current Pittsburgh Steeler will make an appearance in this year's "Call of Duty: WWII."


You decided: Vietnam and Hollywood, what went right and what went wrong

We asked you which movies made about the Vietnam War got the most right and which got the most wrong. And boy, did you respond. Here is what you told us.


'Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus' features riveting action, too many cutscenes

It’s a strange world that we live in when a first-person shooter that features robot dogs and military bases on Venus can be relevant to today’s political landscape. Yet, the marketing for “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus,” which featured heavily riffs on modern-day political slogans, managed to make a 35-year old game series a political touchstone among the gaming community in 2017.


Team effort led to long-overdue Purple Heart for Vietnam vet Mike Sanzaro

The VA doctors told Vietnam veteran Mike Sanzaro that he rated a Purple Heart. The problem was, with four decades having gone by and no medical records of the event, he would have to find a witness. Sanzaro decided not to pursue the medal he deserved. Family members and fellow Marines had other ideas.


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For 102-year-old female WWII veteran, Honor Flight was 'a dream come true'

The Flag City Honor Flight group visiting Washington, D.C. from Ohio on Wednesday included 102-year-old Betty Casselman, a Marine who taught pilots the difference between friend and foe during the war.


86-year-old Marine Corps legend John Fasulo, 'Dr. Demo,' is set to retire

John Fasulo's boyhood curiosity about fireworks formed the backbone of a decades-long Marine Corps career that took him to the frozen forests of Korea and the sweltering jungles of Vietnam. Now, "Dr. Demo" is retiring ... again.


Tekken 7: fighting bears while wearing silly hats has never been better

It has been a banner year for fighting game enthusiasts. The recently released “Injustice 2,” the mobile version of “Skullgirls” and the final form of “Street Fighter II” are all currently vying for fighting fans’ attentions. So where does Namco’s “Tekken 7” sit among this pile of fighters? Right near the very top.


GALLERY

At Arlington's Flags In, remembering and honoring the fallen

More than 284,000 flags were placed in front of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday by hundreds of soldiers with The Old Guard during the annual pre-Memorial Day Flags In ceremony.


Marines: Sharing nude photos can lead to involuntary separation

In the wake of the nude photo sharing scandal that rocked the military earlier this year, Marines with substantiated cases of improper photo sharing will face mandatory separation proceedings.


GALLERY

Curtain call: the closing of an American institution

After more than 145 years of wowing audiences, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus will be pulling down its big top once and for all in May.


GALLERY

On Medal of Honor Day, a nation's military heroes honor courageous civilians

After Saturday's Medal of Honor Day wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery featuring recipients of the nation's highest military honor, the focus turned to honoring men, women and one unique teenager who have served their communities in different ways.


Servicemembers get chance to watch golf's elite at 2017 Senior PGA Championship

Military servicemembers will get a rare opportunity this Memorial Day weekend to visit a golf course that could be described as presidential.


REVIEW

'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' captures spirit of the best in series history

The Nintendo Switch, which launches worldwide this week, will get a tremendous boost thanks to “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” a game that will, without a doubt, be regarded as an instant classic.