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MontanaGrow turns rocks into fertilizer
South Dakota Sen. Rounds concerned Republicans could lose Senate majority
Fire chief to train dog, himself in search and rescue tactics
Investigation continues into pipeline death of Minnesota man
Police Blotter: Referee punched in the face during soccer game
crime and courts
nation and world
255 barrels of produced water spills in Billings County
Worker dies on Dakota Access Pipeline
Energy leaders partner with UND division for carbon-capture efforts
Minnesota will not appeal North Dakota coal power suit
Standing Rock tribal leaders represented by former U.S. attorney
Veeder: At the ranch, circle of life can be tough to witness
Texting changes all punctuation rules. Period.
Celebrating the first 100 years: Sacred Heart Monastery observes anniversary of becoming an independent Benedictine commuity
DSU welcomes global exchange students from Pakistan, Tunisia
Field day: Organic matter is ingredient for healthy soil
Dickinson State cross country looks to carry momentum after last season's success
Quarterback Siemian to start for Broncos
Titans QB Jones comfortable in new role
Twins lose 11th straight, fall to Cleveland in 10th
DeLuca iffy for Eastern Washington game in two weeks with shoulder injury
It's a good thing Kaepernick can choose to sit during national anthem
Other Views: TR National Park get OK today?
Port: DHS audit revealed shameful conduct which put children at risk
Omdahl: National interests taking over state initiatives
Monke: Things are turning around at Dickinson State
good bad and ugly
Mathew A. "Snow Shoe" Peterson
Anton "Tony" Leo Meeks
Clive Mathias Kuppler
Medora gears up for visitors
New tellings of old museum stories
Beach vibe in the Bakken
Sax remodels downtown building into custom and detailing center
Business steady as Platinum Motorsports becomes certified
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