John J. Gallagher

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]

Tufts alumnus and best-selling author Christopher Golden talks writing with the Daily

Author Christopher Golden is nothing short of prolific. Since graduating from Tufts in 1989 and releasing his first novel “Of Saints and Shadows” in 1994, he has published dozens of novels and graphic novels. He also leads River City Writers, which according to its website is “a company offering book-and-writing-related events, workshops in all areas of […]

Anatomy of a YouTube gaming channel: How ‘Your Overwatch’ stood out in a crowded space

“Overwatch,” Blizzard Entertainment’s first attempt at a multiplayer first-person shooter, was warmly received by fans and critics alike upon its release in May 2016. As of Jan. 26, the game has over 25 million players, been recommended by CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk and even resulted in Overwatch-themed pornography — in fact, the game rocketed […]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of 2017’s Super Bowl advertisements

This year’s Super Bowl was an emotional rollercoaster, but, by virtue of some excellent last minute football-ery, the Patriots carried the day. Then someone stole Tom Brady’s jersey, presumably to breathe in the musk of victory. But in addition to the football, Lady Gaga’s halftime performance and the garment theft, there were, of course, advertisements. At a cost […]

Anatomy of a Kickstarter: How one game designer raised $46,000 to make his game

You could be forgiven for thinking that Kickstarter, the online platform that allows people to pledge cash to support causes they deem worthy, is easy money. A quick Google search for “weird Kickstarters” returns delights such as crystal bacon strips and a sword-handled frying pan on which to cook them. Real people pledged real money, to […]

‘The Man in the High Castle’ impresses with second season despite overcomplexity

Amazon’s TV series “The Man in the High Castle,” based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, premiered a new season on the video platform on Dec. 16, 2016. The show imagines an alternate history where the Axis powers won the Second World War, after the Germans – who were the first and only nuclear […]

Top video game picks for winter break

The end of the year is dense with new video game releases, as publishers rush to release their big-budget titles when consumers are most likely to pick them up. The holiday season deluge of overhyped flagship games can be a little overwhelming, however, so here are some picks of glitzy, big-budget blowouts to be your […]

‘Killing Floor 2’ is gloriously excessive but quickly grows monotonous 

If a little salt makes food taste good, a lot of salt must make food taste great, or so the flawed thinking goes. If the glorious excess of “Killing Floor 2,” which was released on Nov. 18, is any indication, the developers at Tripwire Interactive bury their lunches in salt. “Killing Floor 2” is a […]

‘True Memoirs of an International Assassin’ squanders interesting premise

Truth is stranger than fiction, or so the saying goes, and this cliché proverb is the foundation of Netflix’s latest original feature film, “True Memories of an International Assassin,” which was released on Nov. 11.  “Beasts of No Nation” (2015) proved that Netflix’s films can compete for critical acclaim, and “True Memoirs of an International Assassin” […]

Do it this weekend: Oct. 28-30

The gods of time are cruel, for they have seen it fit to allow Halloween 2016 to fall on a Monday. While we lament this tragedy, there is still much to see and do on campus this Halloweekend (and even after). Behold! The Daily’s picks:   FRIDAY Spookapella 2016 Details: Join Spirit of Color, BlackOut […]

An Internship like no other: Tufts student Fury Sheron makes a game

An empty cardboard box sits atop a tiny cartoonish hill, which emerges from the inky blackness of a forest floor in purple twilight. Silver stars glitter above the box, bobbing seductively as streams of shining stardust fall from them. These stars must be reached. They must be touched. But how? The answer: fling colored cats […]