Author Archives: Travis Loose

Growing Up and Moving On: A Ceremony of Sorts

BY Travis Loose SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The students have taken their places on the rostrum. Seventy-six in total, most are twitching and swaying nervously, anxiously awaiting instruction for what to do with themselves. As a teacher begins strumming her guitar, … Continue reading

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Q&A With Dennis Scimeca

By Travis Loose This is an edited email interview with Dennis Scimeca, a video game journalism freelance writer from Boston, Mass. He has been published by Kotaku, G4, The Escapist and Ars Technica. His compiled works can be found on his blog, punchingsnakes.com. What is the most important thing an … Continue reading

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Amplitude and frequency modulation still hip in Trainsong

BY Travis Loose EUGENE, Ore. — This just in: News radio still exists — and people are still listening to it. Though technological advances have superseded the widespread usage of good ol’ AM and FM radio, some residents of Trainsong still believe … Continue reading

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Gaming Culture, +Plus Blog: Why’s This So Good?

By Travis Loose The best Gaming Culture, +Plus news organizations don’t subsist solely on reviews and previews to maintain their business model. Skimming the surface of a topic doesn’t do the thing being reported any more justice than it does the reader who is … Continue reading

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The Curtained Doorway

By Travis Loose The air smells sweet and slightly perfumed. Red lights illuminate the areas that aren’t already glowing from the black lights. The music vibrates the floor, the walls, the chairs, the stage — spotlights of varying colors swirl … Continue reading

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Tweets from Gaming Culture’s best and brightest

By Travis Loose Though my love for comics and the Marvel universe is deep and unapologetic, it is not where my professional interest resides. Gaming culture, +plus feels more in-line with where I’d like to end up in my journalistic career. … Continue reading

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The people of Trainsong sing of community and idiots

By Travis Loose EUGENE, Ore. — They’re connected, they watch each other’s backs and they’re tired of having a bad reputation. Stretching only 1.4 miles North to South and 1 mile East to West, Northwest Eugene’s Trainsong neighborhood is Eugene’s … Continue reading

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Beat: Marvel — The Superhero Entertainment Powerhouse

By Travis Loose I still remember my first comic book, Amazing Spiderman #344. After refueling at a truck stop during a road trip through Oregon’s Columbia River gorge, my dad returned to the car with a bag of Cheetohs and … Continue reading

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Trainsong: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

BY Travis Loose EUGENE, Ore. — Northwest Eugene’s Trainsong neighborhood isn’t spoken of with much kindness. After reading about the area, and reviewing some of its residents’ comments about how the city could improve its livability, I was somewhat anxious … Continue reading

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EMU undergoes renovations, students respond

BY Travis Loose EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union (EMU) is being renovated in order to accommodate the ever-expanding university population. The EMU, UO’s main hub for students, contains the food court, meeting rooms, and various offices … Continue reading

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