Category Archives: Issue 68.5

“The People V. OJ”

Series based on famous ‘90s murder case
Jamie Koebke
Business Editor
“The People V. O.J.: American Crime Story” on the FX network, enlightens viewers on one of the most famous murder cases in American history. The murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1994. The television series takes viewers on a trip from when the bodies were found, how LAPD handled evidence, the cut throat fights of O.J.’s “Dream Team” of defense attorneys’, and the struggles of prosecution.
I was born in 1993, I grew up reading about O.J. Simpson and the trail, but this show makes me feel like I lived during this time. Although at first I thought that Cuba was just being very over acting, after looking up videos on Youtube, I realized that he is actually pretty spot on with playing O.J.. David Schwimmer both looks exactly like Robert Kardashian as well as reads O.J. suicide letter identically to the press conference that Kardashian gave in 1994.
It’s miraculous to me that I can watch the past press conferences and pieces of the trail on the internet while I’m watching a show, and compare what actually happened to what the show is portraying. Even the Bronco chase was accurate to the videos I found online.
Overall I love this show. I think that it’s been educational to me in the way that I never would have researched the O.J. Trial before watching the show. I like that it gives the audience a chance to see what happened between the “Dream Team” along with what happened behind the scenes with the prosecution. It was also mind blowing to see what was happening during the Bronco Chase, I never knew that O.J. wasn’t the driver of the Bronco when that was happening.
The drama in the show keeps viewers on edge, especially if anyone watching it does the same thing I do while watching and are constantly googling to see if what’s happening in the show lines up with what happened in real life.
Overall, it’s binge worthy in my opinion.
“The People V. O.J.” airs Tuesdays at 10pm on FX.

Late to the Game

Glory to Arstotzka!
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

Congratulations! You have been chosen for the honor to protect your great country at the border. Your task: to control who enter the great country of Arstotka!
What if they needed help running from war, though? Maybe their papers weren’t up-to-date but they haven’t seen their child in years?
What if they were a terrorist group bent on taking down your oppressive government, but your family would suffer because of it?
Exploring themes of government control and balancing the needs of people, “Papers, Please” starts simple but grows more and more complex. Broken families, human traffickers, and terrorists all bribe, lie, and cheat to get your sympathy.
“Papers, Please’s” themes create an interesting atmosphere for the game, but is it worth $9.99?
Gameplay/Story:
“Papers, Please” doesn’t really have gameplay.
The game stand along the lines of a point and click adventure. Given a new task and set of rules each day, the player must decide who will enter, who’s turned away, and who faces larger consequences.
The player, timed, with a quota over their head, is given a choice with each new person. Meaning if the player doesn’t meet standards or gets caught doing illegal things, the player can’t feed their family that night.
As long as the player can last through the month, no one will starve.
Depending on if the player’s kindness will get themselves in trouble.
Graphics/Sound:
While not impressive looking, “Papers, Please” uses the dark graphics and depressing sound effects to pull together an atmosphere of hopelessness.
Even if the player gets paid enough to feed the family, the game’s music doesn’t reflect any feeling of accomplishment. The player needs to find the feeling of doing well on their own, through little victories such as a small thank you from a dying women who wants to see her children.
Overall:
“Papers, Please,” while a worthwhile experience, uses guilt to control what the player should do, compared to what they are told to do.
While “Papers, Please” is not for everyone, anyone who is interested in history or a good story would enjoy their time at the border crossing.
Happy gaming.