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Helping harvest: Local farmers help after death of farmer Terry Laufer
Biden tops Clinton list for secretary of state, reports say
FBI to review more emails related to Clinton's private email use
State Avenue bridge project very close to completion
Clash near Cannon Ball subsides as protesters, law enforcement report Thursday's toll
crime and courts
nation and world
Obama administration sends $28 million to aid coal regions
Spill reported at well site without berm
ND health department tightens up on radioactive waste monitoring
Treater leak spills oil, brine in Mountrail County
Legal challenges buy time to develop clean coal
Ark Encounter brings biblical story to life: Faith Expressions to showcase Noah’s Ark collection
Veeder: Rainy horse ride triggers memory of couple's beginnings
Dullum climbs Mount Rainier with his Scout troop
Revitalizing Ukrainian churches: Priest and family from Ukraine arrive in western ND
Gabbert specializes in unlocking puzzles of the mind
Cutler's back in time to face his fave foe
Thief River Falls' Bergland off to blazing start for Bemidji State
Bailey or Dunne? Bison expecting both to play against them on Saturday
Bismarck volleyball sweeps Midgets
Sickler’s playmaking on both sides an asset as Titans begin playoffs
ERICKSON: False hope and lies from the Trump campaign
MURDOCK: Hillary's new hires would go FAR beyond the Supreme Court
HEDGER: Time to finish the job, for jobs
OMDAHL: Lack of research endangers Marsy's Law
JACOBS: Election could gauge party loyalty in North Dakota
Martin R. Harnisch
James "Jim" Danks
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
July 6, 2015
Patrick Hope: You can go home again
Over the almost two years that Welcome to Bonus Stage has been around, I’ve covered quite a few of the games, characters and moments that really shaped the hobby for me. We’ve covered “Earthbound,” “Corpse Party,” “Skies of Arcadia,” Anju & Kafei, the opera scene,...
July 6, 2015 - 6:42pm
June 29, 2015
Patrick Hope: Red, white and Duke
For the Fourth of July, I wanted to determine, once and for all, what the most American game out there is. And then I started looking and realized there are a lot of games that are very, very patriotic. Honestly, the entire genre of military shooters is based around patriotism. I...
June 29, 2015 - 8:34pm
June 8, 2015
Patrick Hope: Clever girl
“Jurassic World” comes out this week, so it only seems fair to write about something dinosaur-themed. Let’s see what we’ve got. There’s “Dino Park Tycoon” that I played in seventh grade. But there’s not really much to say there. Or maybe “Radical Rex,” which falls...
June 8, 2015 - 11:24pm
June 1, 2015
Hope: A Night in the “Tropics”
With the release of “Splatoon” this past week, we have yet another potential Nintendo franchise upon us. And if there's one thing Nintendo...
June 1, 2015 - 6:07pm
May 25, 2015
Patrick Hope: U Canton touch this
With the possible exception of the first “Modern Warfare,” no game has produced more clones than “Grand Theft Auto III.” After its 2001 release, open-world action games became the hot new killer app and more linear action games were forced to adapt. But do you know what’s...
May 25, 2015 - 10:08pm
May 21, 2015
Patrick Hope: Cruis’n control
I’ve often alluded to arcade games here, but never actually did a full column devoted to them. Yeah, there was the whole “Mortal Kombat” thing, but I talked mostly about the console versions there. But that changes here. While fighting games may have dominated the last real...
May 21, 2015 - 1:39am
May 11, 2015
Patrick Hope: Welcome to Preorder Bonus Stage!
Over my years of playing video games, one aspect that has progressively become a bigger and bigger deal has been preordering stuff. Before I got my video game news online, goodness knows I knew almost nothing about upcoming releases and certainly wouldn’t have gone to plunk down...
May 11, 2015 - 6:09pm
May 4, 2015
Patrick Hope: The biggest sleep
Satire is arguably one of the hardest sub-genres of comedy to pull off well. Sure, you can hit on something good, but more often than not, you’re going to get some disaster like WWE’s “Obama vs. Hillary” segment or the entirety of the “Scary Movie” franchise. This is no...
May 4, 2015 - 10:46pm
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
'Not just a video game': Block by block, Minecraft helps build human connections
FARGO - You might think of Minecraft as just another video game, but don't tell that to the legions of parents, teachers and other fans in this...
April 14, 2015 - 1:00am
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