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“I Love You” album keeps it cool

Whilst we Northerners are still in a bit of confusion whether or not to grab a jacket in the morning, indie-rock group The Neighbourhood can feel free to sing to me about “Sweater Weather” even on the hottest of days.

The Los-Angeles based band released their 13-track newest album “I Love You” in April 2013 following up their album “I’m Sorry…” released in August 2012, “I Love You” features radio hit “Sweater Weather” which has over 6 million views and is on iTunes top 100 for featured songs. Continue reading “I Love You” album keeps it cool

Heroes, or maybe zeroes, of cosplay

 

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Reality shows usually never call the geek culture to the stage. One has to ask what the geeks are doing with their time anymore. Reading, playing video games and watching anime are some of the few hobbies that geeks enjoy. Oh, they like cosplaying too, but that won’t ever get popular, right? Continue reading Heroes, or maybe zeroes, of cosplay

Rockstar’s open world epic pushes the envelope, again.

Rockstar Games takes a newfangled approach on the familiar third-person, crime-driven, action game Grand Theft Auto, with the newest installment, Grand Theft Auto V.

Photo used under a Creative Commons license. Photo credit: Andrew Willard.
Photo used under a Creative Commons license. Photo credit: Andrew Willard.

 

After playing the game I found that it was truly not like anything I had played before, I couldn’t just sit down for a few minutes and play a mission or two, I had to play for hours on end, play every side mission and activity I could find, I even played a round of golf. Sure G.T.A. has bugs, but the next update will surly mend most of these, and it’s extremely graphic and offensive but when you buy a game named after a felony I think that should be expected. Continue reading Rockstar’s open world epic pushes the envelope, again.

RIPD: An enjoyable and easy watch

RIPD” stars Ryan Reynolds as Nick Walker, Jeff Bridges as Roy Pulsipher and Kevin Bacon as Bobby Hayes. “RIPD” is a movie about a detective Nick Walker who was murdered by his partner Bobby Hayes. Ryan Reynolds character ends up going through a portal where he is given the choice between working for the RIPD or face judgment for his crimes in during his lifetime. He chooses the RIPD. RIPD stands for the Rest In Peace Department. “The RIPD are detectives who catch those who are dead known as the Deados and who have escaped judgment, have returned to earth and bring them in for justice,” exclaimed by, Mildred Proctor played by Mary Louise Parker.

When Nick Walker meets his new partner Roy Pulsipher tensions start to rise. “RIPD” provides both a science fiction twist with a bold sense of humor. One of the interesting concepts of “RIPD” is that the identities and physical appearances of Nick Walker and Roy Pulsipher change when living people see them. Even when the dead see them they take on another appearance. For example when a living person sees Nick Walker in the movie while he is a part of the RIPD he takes the appearance of an older, Asian man. In Roy Pulsipher’s case he takes the appearance of a young and attractive woman. Nick Walker, Roy Pulsipher and everyone else at the RIPD are the only ones that can see them in their past life appearance.

RIPD” does a good job with visual effects. One of Nick Walker and Roy Pulsipher’s cases bring out a major event in the plot slowly revealing what the major story is about. The ending was somewhat bitter-sweet. “RIPD” shows what happens when one is given a second choice. Hints are given in the beginning of the movie how the movie is going to go, and how the movie is going to end. The characters have a lot of depth and have reasons for the way that they are. Everything ends up coming together and every character is connected in one way or another. The plot is extremely easy to follow without insulting the viewer’s intelligence.

Mairead Warner

Staff Writer

Which is it? Third Reich or tentacle monsters and sideshow acts?

All of us have had that grandpa who told fantastical stories about their childhood. On the usual, your grandfather didn’t tell stories about glowing eyed, coal black monsters with tentacles spilling from their mouths. Nor the troupe of invisible boys and levitating girls, or a set of grotesque twins that ate ribbons, all presided over by a headmistress who was just as strange as the lot.

Jacob Portman’s grandpa did.

After the death of Jacob’s grandfather, the teen is desperate to break the hold those outlandish stories had on him for his whole life. He traveled to Wales in search of an orphanage that his grandfather sought refuge in during WWII German air raids, yanked back and forth from believing the logical explanation for his grandpa’s life or stranger set of events. Meanwhile searching to vindicate his grandfather from those who claimed the stories were a way of hiding what a cold, distant man he really was.

Ransom Riggs has a beautiful grip on the english language, with arousing descriptors such as “…would turn out to have been home to some ancient recluse who’d been surviving on ramen and toenail clippings since time immemorial…” and “The kitchen was a science experiment gone terribly wrong – entire shelves of jarred food had exploded from sixty seasons of freezing and thawing, splattering the wall with evil-looking stains…” Paired with jarring photographs, this book made my veins course with anxiety. It was thrilling.

A fine read for a Young Adult literature fan who is tired of always having an undead romance sponge up all the glory. The characters and settings are believable and an all-around intriguing story.

For the record, my grandpa was a Polish farmer who magically made his teeth appear in a lunch box, ate a plate full of tomato slices daily, and while in the Army drove over an anaconda.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” 2011

Ransom Rigs

Rebecca Kelly

Webmistress

The future of comics in your hand

Digital comics are a growing industry, and an amazing way to keep up with comics new and old. It is as easy as downloading an app to iPhone, iPad, android, kindle fire, windows 8 or viewing it on their website.

How digital comics work is when you open the app you log into your account and it pulls up two tabs: downloads and store.

The store is where you buy your comics, buying comics is exactly like buying music on iTunes. When purchased, the comics download to your device. The store also keeps a record of your purchases so you can download them again later.

The download menu is where the comics downloaded to your device live. It is where you can view your purchased comics.

The price point for each digital comic is at parody with print comics. Price drops start about 6 months after publishing to $1.99 with frequent 99 cent sales.

Comixology is by far the biggest option; they have comics from marvel, DC Image and other independent publishers. Marvel, DC and Dark Horse all have their own app where you can buy their comics directly from them.

When you buy digital comics they are locked to the app they are bought on so if you don’t have the app you don’t have access to the comics.

With the Avengers and Batman making all the money last year, more people than in a long time are aware and interested in comic books. In the Fort Gratiot area it is hard to get your comics at a brick and mortar store but this is the future, comics have your back.

 

Zack penzien

Production Editor

Certainly isn’t the first

The latest zombie-action adventure video game titled “The Last of Us” is fun, but is beating a dead horse on a post-apocalyptic trope whose glory days have long since passed.

The game follows Joel and Elli, two survivors of a cataclysmic apocalypse in which the majority of the human population has been infected by a mysterious fungi that turns everyone into walking mushroom monsters with a craving for human flesh.

Joel and Elli’s adventures take you across a ravaged America in the year 2033, and are filled with the typical post-apocalyptic layout: looted buildings and toppled sky scrapers, an oppressive government subjugating survivors with force, a mysterious organization of freedom fighters, cannibals, and Mad-Max style raiders who drive around in armored vehicles shooting everything that moves.

Let’s not forget the mushroom men, whose inspiration comes from an actual species of fungi known to infect and control ants and other arthropods.

Despite and possibly because of all of those elements, the game was a tough sell for me.

The gameplay was not the issue. Beyond some of the more generic linear gameplay issues that included obvious combat zones and watered down crafting and looting features, I was actually quite satisfied with the challenges the game presented.

The weakness of this game lies in the plot, which is the most recycled zombie apocalypse storyline I have ever seen. If you’ve read Cormac MacArthur’s “The Road” or participate in “The Walking Dead” fandom, can easily predict everything that will happen in this game.

The Last of Us” won critical acclaim by the majority of reviewers. IGN rated the game 10/10 and Game Informer gave the game a 9.5/10. Many major reviewers followed suit. I stand relatively alone with my analysis.

I suppose the critic’s response makes sense when taken into account that the game does what it intended to do: provide a quality post-apocalyptic third person shooter with decent combat and gameplay. It just doesn’t really contain much original plot.

For the casual gamer who is not a regular to the zombie fandom, I would happily recommend the game. Veterans may walk away disappointed.

But when we get to the nuts of the matter, my verdict is this: save yourself money and just rent it.

 

Erick Fredendall

Editor-in-Chief

The Host review

This Sci-Fi drama can best be described as a sensory saturated, ambiguously existential depiction of what it means to be human in the midst of mass extinction.

The center conflict is an inner personal and confounding one between the two main characters; Melanie Stryder, a rebel survivalist, and her equally dominant counterpart, Wanderer, a wise and elite member of the parasitic alien invasion. Continue reading The Host review