Why do you Game?

 

 If you aren’t enjoying what you are playing, if it’s no longer fun, why are you still gaming when you could just as well be working the midnight shift or hugging a cactus? I play games for the fun of it, to relax and immerse myself in a fictional realm that could never be, make-believe. It’s called a game after all; you play it, the term used for when kids enjoy themselves with recreational activities using toys and/or imagination. I thought this was a given for all controller-holding geeks until recently. While I respect anyone whose opinion differs from mine, I feel you play for all the wrong reasons if the following is your motivation: E-sports: You sit in front […]

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rAge Cosplay 2014

 

 This past weekend (10-12 October) was one of the most anticipated nerd/geek events of the year, and while the main focus of the expo is gaming and technology a new scene is starting to emerge. A few years back one would be lucky to see 10 to 15 cosplayers at rAge yet now it has become one of the most anticipated events on the cosplay calendar. With cosplayers from all across the country working for months to create elaborate outfits, often going to the extent to create one cosplay for each day, leaving the most elaborate and spectacular for the competition, which is organised by Legion Ink. However, this year, in many ways, seemed almost like a mile stone for […]

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rAge – As experienced by Sasuke

 

 “SASUKE! Can we take a photo? Where’s your sword? Are those shoes uncomfortable?” That sums up the majority of my day at rAge on Saturday -my first time cosplaying and how I picture poor Jin Kazama would be addressed by the oblivious anime fan mistaking him for someone else. rAge 2014 was exciting and it had an entirely different aspect added through participation in the cosplay culture. While exploring the exhibits and stalls that covered the giant dome’s floor I saw many things and met many people, but what was worth my memory space? Cosplay: I myself was dressed as a rather cheap looking version of Sasuke Uchiha and yet I was treated the same as all the others around […]

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The Switch: A sitcom about a minority, for the majority

 

 Picture this: one day you are a software manager for a large corporate company in Vancouver, you have a decent apartment and the respect of everyone around you. The only thing missing is honestly, you have been hiding yourself from everyone up until today. With your new name officially approved you start making the rounds and step out of the closet, say goodbye to Erwin. Almost immediately the company has layoffs that affect only you, you lose your apartment the same day and you end up sleeping on a couch at your onetime ex’s excuse of a back alley pad. Meet Sü Phan (Played by Julie Vu), a transsexual (or trans-woman), whose life is rapidly changing after coming out, and […]

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Top 5 Woody Allen Films

 

 Guest post by Melissa Kay den Dunnen I often associate Woody Allen with breakups and doughnuts. In essence then, he makes me depressed and cellulite-endowed. Perhaps not the greatest introduction to one of my favourite film-makers of all time, thus I will take another shot at it (take 2!). Woody Allen: pioneer of modern day romantic comedies, master of the ‘passion defies logicality’ concept and sculptor of all that encompasses a great film. I have a confession to make – I hadn’t seen a Woody Allen film until I watched Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona – thus I was a tad late on the uptake. However, I made up for it and arranged a plethora of his films for myself straight after. […]

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Survival Horror and the Female Protagonist

 

 Survival horror – a beloved and frightening genre of gaming – has been breaking down gender discrimination for years when it comes to female protagonists, who play a crucial part in any gamer’s experience. In an age where men are idealized in video games (Kratos from God of War for example) and women are objectified (take any scantily clad fighter from Dead or Alive or Mortal Kombat), this genre provides us with a refreshing look at what has been labelled as ‘effeminate’. Whether snapping photographs of ghosts with the Camera Obscura in Fatal Frame, or hiding from manic enemies in Haunting Ground, the protagonist of any survival horror game acts as an extension of the gamer – submersed in a […]

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Eat, Explode and GET TO THE CHOPPA!!! – Eating while watching action movies makes you fat! (Maybe)

 

 You’ve all seen the movie: The good guy is trying to save the day, the bad guy smugly tells him his master plan for world domination. The baddie then says “blah blah your family too!” The hero gets angry and defeats the baddie before walking away while explosions go off behind him. You may think that this sort of movie only hurts your braincells but recent research seems to indicate that it may be detrimental to your health by making you eat more than you should. In a recent paper titled “Watch what you eat: Action-related television content increases food intake”, researchers from Cornell University conducted a study in which they recruited 94 undergraduate students. The students were then split […]

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Ripping the Jack

 

 “Mary Ann Nichols” – Jack the Ripper’s Canonical Five Some of you may have heard the news that the most notorious serial-killer, and father of modern nightmares, Jack the Ripper has finally been caught after 126 years. Using the latest in scientific techniques and DNA analysis, British businessman and armchair detective Russell Edwards and a team of scientists have spent the last three years running tests on the shawl of Catherine Eddowes – the fourth of his canonical victims, and have identified the most famous killer of all time as Polish immigrant, Aaron Kosminski (born Aron Mordke Kozminski; 11 September 1865 – 24 March 1919). (I always felt it was him.) In response to this amazing (and hopefully definitive) chapter […]

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Meet the Guardians

 

 First and foremost, have you seen “Guardians of the Galaxy”? Yes [ ] No [ ] Indicate your answer by ticking the relevant box. (You can always tipex it off the screen if you get it wrong. -Ed) If you answered “Yes”, then you have probably purchased your own Rocket Raccoon plush toy or perhaps started pruning that tree in your front yard so that it resembles Groot (remember you got that idea from a pangolin). Maybe you’ve tattooed your body to resemble Drax the destroyer or covered yourself in green food colouring to look like Gamora. Most likely, however, you’re jamming to those classic songs from the soundtrack like Peter quill A.K.A Starlord (WHO???). If, however you answered “No” […]

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A female Thor?! A black Captain America?! – Has Marvel lost the plot?

 

 When it was announced that Thor would be losing his powers and that a woman would not only wield the mighty hammer Mjolnir, but also assume the name of Thor, many fans were outraged. The thing is that Thor hasn’t been turned into a woman, he has just been deemed to be unworthy and cannot thus wield the powers that he would have had if he was still in possession of Mjolnir. The other controversial change that was announced was that Sam Wilson (The Falcon) would assume the title of Captain America from Steve Rodgers.  This occurs due to the recent story arc in the Captain America Comic in which Steve’s super soldier serum (which slowed down his aging process […]

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