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North Dakota Senate fails to override Burgum's veto on bonus bill
Man interviewed numerous times in Jacob Wetterling's disappearance sues sheriff
North Carolina Senate passes repeal of transgender bathroom law
McDonald's Quarter Pounders to be made with fresh beef
Bedbugs, peacocks add to uptick in U.S. animal insurance claims
crime and courts
nation and world
MDU enters power purchase agreement for Thunder Spirit Wind project near Hettinger
U.S. oil rig count recovers to end 2016 near year-ago levels
New state regulations will affect repairs of pipeline
ND oil production up 7 percent, returns above 1 million barrels a day
Oil pipeline spill near Belfield estimated at 176,000 gallons
Enjoy pizza, meet storybook characters; proceeds going toward Imagination Library
Daughters often get first tanning salon experience with mom
Who do you think you are?
Remembering what Lent is for
'Wentz Bros Outdoors' provides fascinating insight into Eagles QB's hunting passion
Few changes for Midgets as they prepare to defend state baseball title
Dickinson's ballpark gets a once-over before hosting Legion Regional tournament this summer
Former Blue Hawk Brown optimistic about pro day performance
UND commit flies into Grand Forks from Boston, finds out hockey program is getting cut
McFeely: 'It's a sad day for everybody': UND athletic director Brian Faison says during WDAY radio interview
Port: The UND’s women’s hockey program lost $1.9 million in 2016
Port: 'This will ultimately enhance your privacy' Congressman Cramer says of controversial internet bill
Port: Planned Parenthood's fake news and Burgum's first veto
McFeely: Do Democrats have buyer's remorse with Burgum?
Paul E. Paulson
Frances Ann Roll
Heidt and Horner plan wedding
Kristianson and Kilwein
Olson and Steffan
Engagement: Pottorff and Schank
Staff at Bully Pulpit Golf Course are ready for the season to begin
Recipe for good: Elks' eatery, events help fund scholarships, youth activities
Hidden gem: Medora officials work all year in preparation for the busy summer season
Boots Bar & Grill ready for another exciting season
Perfecting 'Players': Restaurant manager on delicious mission
Worlds Greatest City Wide Garage Sale
Honoring our Firefighters
April 27, 2015
Hope: It's a secret to everybody
It should come as little surprise that one of the more common techniques I use in writing Welcome to Bonus Stage is to draw inspiration from a previous column. In the almost two years I've been doing this, I've managed to string together a few really long combos where one column...
April 27, 2015 - 8:54pm
April 20, 2015
Hope: Flawless victory
I was playing “Mortal Kombat X” (which is quite good, by the way) the other night when a thought came to me. “Mortal Kombat” has managed to stay largely relevant for more than 20 years at this point while walking a thin line of innovation and staying true to what made...
April 20, 2015 - 11:39pm
April 14, 2015
Hope: Becky's Big Adventure
This was another one of those weeks when I didn't know exactly what to write about, so I randomly chose a game from my big game spreadsheet. And the wheel of fortune has chosen a game that, in retrospect, is way more interesting than it initially appeared: “Resident Evil 0.” “Resident...
April 14, 2015 - 1:01am
April 6, 2015
Patrick Hope: Targeting the right demo
It’s a fact of gaming that some aspects of the hobby are going to end up as weird, outmoded relics. Whether it’s experimental stuff like the Virtual Boy, which became a disaster as it turns out that no one outside of (or I guess in as well) 1995 bought into the whole virtual...
April 6, 2015 - 11:04pm
March 30, 2015
Patrick Hope: Jurassic snark
We’ve all had a lot of fun at the expense of the “Assassin’s Creed” series lately, what with the games becoming largely copy-and-paste yearly releases that don’t even work correctly and the nonsensical stories. It’s all quite fun. Or maybe we make fun of them because the...
March 30, 2015 - 10:37pm
March 23, 2015
Patrick Hope: Covering the basics
Back before the Internet, there were very few ways to find out about games, especially if you weren’t one of the cool kids who subscribed to Nintendo Power or some like magazine. In fact, when you showed up at Walmart or KMart (RIP), you more or less had two pieces of info on a...
March 23, 2015 - 6:27pm
March 16, 2015
Patrick Hope: Rock the Dragon
There’s this apocryphal story among English teachers that a student once complained that Shakespeare was boring because he wrote entirely in cliches. “Dragon Ball Z” is one of the anime equivalents of that. It is one of the pioneers of insanely long fights, energy blasts as...
March 16, 2015 - 6:55pm
March 9, 2015
Patrick Hope: The game dreams are made of
From the first time she walked into my office, I knew that “L.A. Noire” was trouble. A lot of those open-world Rockstar broads had passed through over the years, but she was different. She wasn’t just interested in fun and games, if you know what I mean. Oh, she promised me...
March 9, 2015 - 11:00pm
March 2, 2015
Ars longa, game brevis: ‘The Order: 1886’ begs question 'How long should a game really be?'
One of the first real gaming kerfuffles of 2015 involved one of its first big releases, “The Order: 1886,” and its purported short length....
March 2, 2015 - 6:14pm
February 23, 2015
Hope: Let's just cheat!
No one expects video games to be fair. After all, the oldest games were arcade machines designed to suck as much of your money as possible. There's a weird social contract going on where we all know the game is giving itself some sort of advantage while you play, but as long as said...
February 23, 2015 - 8:17pm
February 2, 2015
Patrick Hope: Love in the Time of Apocalypse
We’re at the end of what passes for my retrospective on the Nintendo 64 “Zelda” games with a specific series of events from “Majora’s...
February 2, 2015 - 6:46pm
January 27, 2015
Patrick Hope: A Link to the Past: The Hub
We’re moving onward and upward to “Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask” this week. The pseudo-sequel to “Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” was pretty radical for its time, dealing with some pretty heavy concepts that were hitherto unseen in the “Zelda” series. You’ve...
January 27, 2015 - 3:39pm
January 19, 2015
Welcome to Bonus Stage: Boss rush
It’s no secret that the “Zelda” series has some of the best boss fights in gaming history. Whether it’s the amazing simplicity of “Dodongo...
January 19, 2015 - 9:52pm
January 14, 2015
Welcome to Bonus Stage: A ‘Link’ to the past
It’s January, and that means no games are coming out. That can make things more difficult from my perspective, so that means it’s time for...
January 14, 2015 - 2:52pm
December 29, 2014
Patrick Hope: Nobody expects this game of the year
It’s already the end of December? This year went by quickly. And because it’s the end of December, as someone who writes about video games, I’m required by law to choose a Game of the Year. 2014 was an odd year, as there was more or less a complete dead zone for gaming for...
December 29, 2014 - 7:03pm