John J. Gallagher is a former executive arts editor at the Tufts Daily. He is a senior majoring in history and English and can be reached at [email protected]

‘Westworld’ season 2 makes bloody start

HBO’s stylish sci-fi western “Westworld” (2016–) returned this past Sunday, premiering its second season with an extended 75-minute episode entitled “Journey into Night.” Set in an immersive Old-West theme park staffed by sentient robots, or “hosts,” the first season of “Westworld” managed to deftly present profound philosophical questions about the nature of existence, juxtaposed with sex and […]

‘Silicon Valley’ season five is off to a toothless start

HBO’s tech satire “Silicon Valley” (2014–) premiered its fifth season on March 25. The series has always drawn praise for its sharp satire of the tech industry’s absurd culture and for drawing attention to some of tech’s uglier facets. At a time when Facebook is under intense public scrutiny for enabling Russian interference in the […]

Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ collapses under brilliance of its premise

“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel,” begins William Gibson’s seminal dystopic science-fiction novel “Neuromancer” (1984). Set around 2035, the novel imagines a grimy, “cyber-punk” future where hyper-advanced technology has done nothing to rectify social ills and where protagonists lead lives filled with drugs, cybercrime and all-too-real violence. […]

The Boston Shaker brings cocktail tools, ingredients, education to Davis

In one of the more iconic scenes in “Mad Men” (2007–2015), Don Draper encounters Conrad Hilton (yes, from the hotels) behind an unstaffed bar, searching in vain for a drink. Don vaults over the bar in dramatic-yet-awkward fashion and begins deftly crafting an Old Fashioned as a clearly impressed Hilton looks on. Don wields a muddler and a […]

Tufts University Gamedev Guild aims to provide community for student developers

On Saturday, Sept. 16, the Tufts University Gamedev Guild held its first general interest meeting in Eaton 206. At the meeting, attendees discussed their favorite games and game development, while some demoed their projects for the group. The Gamedev Guild was founded this semester by senior computer science and Japanese major Fury Sheron, whose work […]

‘Narcos’ reaches for new ideas, but falls back on old formula

Netflix’s crime drama “Narcos” (2015–) returned to the streaming service on Sept. 1 for a third season. Set in the 1990s, this season follows the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Colombian government’s efforts to bring the Cali Cartel to justice, and the godfathers of the cartel’s attempts to retire from the drug business as billionaires. […]

With ‘RoVR,’ Tufts computer science alums bring man’s best friend to virtual reality

Dogs, and dog memes, are having a bit of a moment on the web. The Twitter account WeRateDogs, which offers endlessly positive evaluations of dogs and their adorable shenanigans, has 3.38 million followers as of this writing. The Facebook page Doggos, which delivers a nonstop stream of dog memes, also boasts 430,000 likes. Offline, one […]

Tinytouchtales’ second game ‘Card Thief’ is a success with niche appeal  

German independent game developer Tinytouchtales had quite a hit with its first game “Card Crawl,” which released on mobile devices in 2015. “Card Crawl” received critical acclaim and managed to carve out a niche audience — no mean feat in a mobile game market almost totally dominated by titanic incumbents with bottomless marketing budgets. In a 2015 interview […]

‘Silicon Valley’ season four predictions  

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” (2014–present) had to play second fiddle to “Game of Thrones” (2011–present) in 2016 when it aired at 10 p.m., immediately following “Game of Thrones.” Fortunately, the upcoming season of Silicon Valley, which premieres on April 23, will not have to follow HBO’s fantasy behemoth as its seventh season has been delayed to July. “Silicon […]

Two games to play before “Mass Effect: Andromeda”

Bioware’s “Mass Effect: Andromeda” is due to come out on March 21 (just in time for Spring Break!) and the game is one of the year’s most anticipated releases. The latest installment of the “Mass Effect” video game series, “Mass Effect: Andromeda,” as the name suggests, moves the action from our own Milky Way Galaxy to our […]