Insert Coin: 'Ivory Tower Defenders' makes me feel bad to be a college student

Will Podlewski, Columnist
March 7, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

Video gaming isn’t cheap. With a torrent of online passes, downloadable content and system peripherals taking a huge bite out of gamers’ wallets, it’s harder than ever to get a decent value when you plunk down your hard-earned cash for the next big thing. But in an industry that seems to care... Read More »

Insert Coin: Why the worst are the best when it comes to video game movies

Will Podlewski, Columnist
February 27, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

Video gaming isn’t cheap. With a torrent of online passes, downloadable content and system peripherals taking a huge bite out of gamers’ wallets, it’s harder than ever to get a decent value when you plunk down your hard-earned cash for the next big thing. But in an industry that seems to care... Read More »

Backwards Compatible: These smartphone accessories will drain your faith in humanity

Backwards Compatible: These smartphone accessories will drain your faith in humanity

Will Podlewski, Columnist
February 21, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

When you really think about it, smartphones shouldn’t exist. Forget AAA-level games and professional cameras and screens you can use just by touching, and think about the fact that they can call, text, email, Snapchat or Skype anyone anywhere in the world at any time. Mind-boggling doesn’t even begin... Read More »

Insert Coin: Free-to-play is the way to play

Will Podlewski, Columnist
February 13, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m a cheapskate. While this column sings the praises of games that are playable for $20 or less, I really try to avoid commitments even that pricey. I’m a college student — sue me. That’s why, for the most part, I’m a pretty big fan of the latest... Read More »

Backwards Compatible: Pebble makes Rolex look like a geriatric dinosaur

Backwards Compatible: Pebble makes Rolex look like a geriatric dinosaur

Will Podlewski, Columnist
February 6, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

I’m really not a big watch guy. I’ve got a couple, my favorite being a nice open-movement job I got just recently, but I really only wear it when fancy dress is required. To me, a watch is a fashion statement, not a tool — why bog down your wrist when checking the time is just one smartphone unlock... Read More »

Insert Coin: 'No Stopping, No Warping, No Dying' made the gamer inside me tear up

Will Podlewski, Columnist
February 5, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current, Theater

Video gaming isn’t cheap. With a torrent of online passes, downloadable content and system peripherals taking a huge bite out of gamers’ wallets, it’s harder than ever to get a decent value when you plunk down your hard-earned cash for the next big thing. But in an industry that seems to care... Read More »

Insert Coin: Beam me to my happy place

Will Podlewski, Columnist
January 30, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Technology (Current), The Current

Video gaming isn’t cheap. With a torrent of online passes, downloadable content and system peripherals taking a huge bite out of gamers’ wallets, it’s harder than ever to get a decent value when you plunk down your hard-earned cash for the next big thing. But in an industry that seems to care only... Read More »

Backwards Compatible: Obsolescence is obsolete

Backwards Compatible: Obsolescence is obsolete

Will Podlewski, Columnist
January 23, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

Cheesy movies are a dying art form. Every once in a while, though, one of these hidden gems comes along — this year, it was “Iron Sky.” I’ll spare you the plot details, but suffice it to say, Sarah Palin is president, and Nazis hidden on the dark side of the moon steal an iPhone analog from Earth... Read More »

This week we're obsessed with: 'Doomsday Preppers'

This week we're obsessed with: 'Doomsday Preppers'

Will Podlewski, Columnist
January 16, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Lifestyle, The Current, TV

A father and son sit silhouetted against a fire, tending the flame to stave off the encroaching darkness of the woods around them. The father looms over his son, congratulating him on a job well done surviving his first night in the forest. He goes on to say this is a coming of age, and that ever since... Read More »

Insert Coin: This year's bundle has no right to be humble

Insert Coin: This year's bundle has no right to be humble

Will Podlewski, Columnist
January 16, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

Video gaming isn’t cheap. With a torrent of online passes, downloadable content and system peripherals taking a huge bite out of gamers’ wallets, it’s harder than ever to get a decent value when you plunk down your hard-earned cash for the next big thing. But in an industry that seems to care... Read More »

Backwards Compatible: The big winners of CES 2013 are novel but obvious

Will Podlewski, Columnist
January 10, 2013
Filed under Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

Football has the Super Bowl, geeks have San Diego Comic Con and the technology market has the Consumer Electronics Show. This annual event, running until Jan. 11, is the single biggest venue for electronic giants and startups alike to preview their wares for the upcoming year. Each one touts the next... Read More »

Insert Coin: Surprisingly, two evil empires can make good game

Will Podlewski, Columnist
November 29, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

Video gaming isn’t cheap. With a torrent of online passes, downloadable content and system peripherals taking a huge bite out of gamers’ wallets, it’s harder than ever to get a decent value when you plunk down your hard-earned cash for the next big thing. But in an industry that seems to care... Read More »

Backwards Compatible: Ultrabooks vs. Laptops vs. Tablets Smackdown 2012

Will Podlewski, Columnist
November 15, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

As a college student and journalist, my laptop is my life. From pulling up dry art history readings to booting up the latest bargain-bin games for “Insert Coin,” almost everything I do in some way relates to my trusty, if chunky, Hewlett-Packard – or so I used to think. Although... Read More »

Insert Coin: 'Chrono Trigger' on Android will make you skip class

Will Podlewski, Columnist
November 8, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

Video gaming isn’t cheap. With a torrent of online passes, downloadable content and system peripherals taking a huge bite out of gamers’ wallets, it’s harder than ever to get a decent value when you plunk down your hard-earned cash for the next big thing. But in an industry that seems to care... Read More »

Backwards Compatible: Windows 8 fails to answer Apple’s simplicity challenge

Will Podlewski, Columnist
October 31, 2012
Filed under Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

If you’ve read Backwards Compatible before, you’re probably familiar with my opinion of Apple — its substandard technology, lousy business practices, questionable ethics and borderline-cultish following. But there is one thing Apple does better than any hardware or software company... Read More »

Insert Coin: Taking a trip to the thrift shop of PC gaming

Will Podlewski, Columnist
October 24, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

Video gaming isn’t cheap. With a torrent of online passes, downloadable content and system peripherals taking a huge bite out of gamers’ wallets, it’s harder than ever to get a decent value when you plunk down your hard-earned cash for the next big thing. But in an industry that seems to care... Read More »

This Week We're Obsessed With: The Chicago Lyric Opera

Will Podlewski, Columnist
October 24, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, The Current

I like to think of myself as a pretty classy guy. I enjoy the (very) rare trip to a nice restaurant, I love a good Frank Sinatra album and my mommy says I even clean up well. But despite all of that, there is one thing I had never done — gone to the opera. I had always come up with excuses to not... Read More »

Backwards Compatible: The good, the bad and the ugly of 3-D

Will Podlewski, Columnist
October 17, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

It's hard to love 3-D. Halfway through the 2000s, it was a fresh development, building off a technology that had been previously reserved for the campiest of the campy movies from the 1950s and incorporating it into entertainment in exciting ways. However, as with any new and explosive trend, it was... Read More »

Insert Coin: Reviving '90s gaming on your laptop

Insert Coin: Reviving '90s gaming on your laptop

Will Podlewski, Columnist
October 5, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

Video gaming isn’t cheap. With a torrent of online passes, downloadable content and system peripherals taking a huge bite out of gamers’ wallets, it’s harder than ever to get a decent value when you plunk down your hard-earned cash for the next big thing. But in an industry that seems to care only... Read More »

Backwards Compatible: Turning the tables on tablets

Will Podlewski, Columnist
October 3, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

If someone had asked me 10 years ago what a tablet was, I probably would have looked away from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers long enough to tell them it had something to do with the Ten Commandments.  If someone had asked me two years ago, I probably would have ranted about how utterly silly... Read More »