Category Archives: Games

Broken Thumbs: Track and Field

By Mike Swenson 

With the Olympics starting July 27 in London, I thought we’d take a look back at one of of greatest games in the genre: Track and Field.

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Urban Harvest Continues to Grow

Every Thursday from July 12 to August 16, Bismarck’s down­town comes to life with our only all-local, open-air market. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. people of all ages can enjoy local arts, live music, crafts, farm fresh produce, food vendors and more.

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Broken Thumbs

By Mike Swenson 

Lollipop Chainsaw, read that again, Lollipop Chainsaw. What may sound like a kid’s candy gone horribly wrong, it’s actually going to be one of this summer’s runaway hits.

Developed by Japanese phenom, Suda51, this game is shaping up to bring gamers one of the most bizarre zombie killer titles to date. The game centers around highschool cheerleader, Juliet, on her quest to rid San Romero High of evil ala Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Expect a twisted, gore infused, button masher of ridiculous proportions. It drops June 12th for 360 and PS3.

Other releases this month include:

June 12 
Dirt:Showdown (360/PS3)

June 19
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (all systems)

June 26 
Darksiders 2 (360/PS3)
The Amazing Spider-Man (all systems)

Get a Good Ribbing at the Civic Center

Photo by Sue Erickson

Info by Kate Herzog
Bismarck Downtowners

Ribfest is back! The annual Rip-Roarin’ Ribfest will be back in Bismarck June 14 – 16 in Lot D of the Civic Center parking lot. Ribfest is a Downtowners event created to stimulate interest and excitement in the downtown area and bring the Bismarck community together.

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Broken Thumbs

As summer nears, the thought of packing up the consoles is a tough deci­sion many will have to make. May brings some block­buster titles that are sure to keep your thumbs in motion.

For console gamers, we see the release of Minecraft for Xbox 360 on May 8th as well as the long overdue, Max Payne 3 for ps3. And with the hugely anticipated release of Diablo 3 on May 15th for PC, gamers worldwide will be over­hauling their machines in hopes of getting an edge. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (ps3/360) makes it’s debut on May 22. And lastly, May 29 will bring us much awaited DLC for Batman:Arkham City (ps3/360) with Harley Quinn’s Revenge.

Some other notable releases:

• Starhawk (ps3) May 8

• Dargon’s Dogma (360) May 22

• Resistance: Burning  Skies (Vita) May 29

Poker Bowling strikes Bismarck

URL Radio is hosting it’s 2nd Annual Poker Bowling, otherwise known as Boker, Tournament on Saturday, April 21 at Midway Lanes in Mandan. Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m. Bowling starts at noon. Proceeds will benefits Bismarck Dollars for Scholars. Adults are $25 and students are $15.

Last year Bismarck Dollars for Scholars awarded $8,500 in scholarships. This meant 17 students were able to receive $500 scholarships. Register online at or call 751-0838.

ArtsQuest Coming Up at Bismarck State College

The BSC Arts and Communi­cations Department sponsors ArtsQuest each school year. It is an annual celebration of music, art, theater, film and literature. ArtsQuest highlights the talents of BSC students and brings performances and presentations by renowned guest artists to campus and venues throughout the community

All ArtsQuest events are open to the public, and most are presented at no charge. Below is a schedule of Arts­Quest 2012 events as well as the head­line performances. For more informa­tion go to

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Broken Thumbs: Twisted Metal

By Mike Swenson

Twisted Metal (PS3)- A quick review. If you liked Twisted Metal Black for PS2, then you’ll probably like this one.

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Celebrate Youth Art Month

Celebrate Youth Art Month at Bismarck Dowtown Art­ists Cooperative.

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Broken Thumbs: Great year for gamers

By Mike Swenson

2011 is officially behind us and with it, the close of one of the greatest years in gaming his­tory. With epic titles such as Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, Mod­ern Warfare 3, and Uncharted 3, it’s easy to see that video games are truly a retail force to be reckoned with. Whether you’re a gamer or not, odds are someone you know is.

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