From Porn To Speech: Censorship For Your Own Good

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It’s for our own good, right? Recently, UK prime minister David Cameron announced a political crusade that would require broadband Internet subscribers to “opt-in” to being able to view web-based pornography. ISPs would be required to use web-filtering system called HomeSafe that would, by default, restrict users from being able to access pornographic content. The whole campaign is being marketed under the “for the children” mantra that so many politicians have used over time to try and, as best they could, eradicate things they dislike. Just like Tennessee banning the discussion of homosexuality in public schools or multiple states banning atheists from holding public office, Cameron’s plan is nothing more than spite for an innocuous cultural staple manifesting into an abuse… Read More →

New Super Luigi U Game Review

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At the beginning of the year, Nintendo announced that 2013 was to be named The Year of Luigi, in which they’d give the guy in green the limelight he deserves by sending gamers multiple titles that either feature or star Luigi. Keeping good on their promise Nintendo has released New Super Luigi U, an expansion title available as downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U and, in late August, as a stand-alone game. And, at first glance, it seems like your standard Mario hop-n-bop platformer. All is not as it seems, however, as this time Mario is nowhere to be found and it’s up to Luigi, Blue Toad, Yellow Toad, and newcomer Nabbit to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser…. Read More →

Despicable Me 2 Movie Review

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After suffering two critical flops in a row with 2011′s Hop and 2012′s The Lorax, Illumination Entertainment has returned to the property that made them a force to be reckoned with back in 2010. Despicable Me 2, a sequel to the original animated hit about a supervillain whose life is forever changed when he adopts three young girls for one of his evil plans, brings back all the beloved characters from the first movie from the ever-popular minions to the despicable star of the show himself, Gru. But can this sequel live up to the original? In similar fashion to a James Bond movie, Despicable Me 2 feels less like a singular film or saga and more like a serial; The… Read More →

Monsters University Movie Review

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Monsters, Inc. had a lot to prove back in 2001. Aside from simply making back its budget, it had to show that computer generated hair could be convincing, that audiences could connect with a CGI child as much as they could with a traditionally animated one, and that Pixar’s previous critical successes could be duplicated even without John Lasseter in the director’s chair. And, thanks to its strong story, likeable characters, and great sense of humor, Monsters, Inc. did all that and more. The now-classic tale of Mike and Sulley’s encounter with a “deadly” human child was a major success and helped set the stage for Pixar’s domination of the animated landscape for the next decade. 2013, however, is a… Read More →

BSA Lifts Ban on Gay Scouts…with Conditions

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At least it’s a step in the right direction? After much discussion and rallying from both sides of the issue, the Boy Scouts of America have finally voted to lift the organization’s ban on admitting gay scouts. Finally, boys who are gay will no longer be under threat of being kicked out of the organization or having their achievements stripped away. Sadly, this announcement comes with a number of conditions that still marginalizes the gay and bisexual scouting community. Most prominently while the ban on gay scouts has been lifted the ban on gay scout leaders hasn’t, meaning that there’s a timer on a person’s acceptance in the organization. The BSA is, quite literally, punishing the kids who love scouting… Read More →

Random Access Memories Album Review

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The world seems to go through Daft Punk phases. While their songs are always popular amongst electronica fans, the general population seems to enjoy their work for few-year stretches at a time, indulging in their hits for a while before removing them from their playlists. And that’s not a bad thing necessarily. It’s just…a thing. While some acts can release an album every few years and keep their fans happy, with their hits lasting for many, many years after their initial release, Daft Punk just can’t. I mean, how many times have you gone to put Technologic or Around the World back on your iPod? In spite of this, however, the duo has enjoyed continued success, releasing albums in spurts… Read More →

Nintendo Doesn’t Own Gaming Videos

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In a move that has shaken the ever-growing Internet gameplay community, Nintendo has recently started flagging YouTube videos containing gameplay content from their vast library of interactive titles, a group of games ranging from classics like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda to more modern titles like…well, New Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. After becoming a YouTube partner and registering their copyrights on the website’s database, Nintendo began flagging content containing certain amounts of recognizable footage from Nintendo properties. But instead of forcing the video creators to take their work down, a move Sega pulled previously regarding some of their classic titles, Nintendo opted to place ads on the videos in question, meaning that Nintendo… Read More →

Cut the Rope: Time Travel Game Review

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It’s always a treat to see a new ZeptoLab game available on the App Store. Amongst the cheap knock-offs and micro-transaction hounds, the Cut the Rope series and its new brother Pudding Monsters have always felt classier and more polished than most other iOS titles, thanks in no small part to how well-crafted the games are. Their work is designed to a high standard and it shows, especially in the older titles in the series that still hold up fantastically well. And as such, unlike most of the disposable hash constantly cluttering up the Top Downloaded section of the App Store, the work of ZeptoLabs have always been a digital breath of fresh air. And now, after nearly two years… Read More →

Sonic Dash Game Review

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Ever since Canabalt pioneered it, the modern endless runner has been a huge staple of the iOS App Store and Android Marketplace. The easy-to-grasp concept, short-session gameplay, and simple controls lend the genre perfectly to mobile devices and, with the massive success of titles like Temple Run, it’s easy to see why so many runners have made their way to the pocket devices of people everywhere. The latest game hoping to capitalize on the runner phenomenon is Sonic Dash, a title from Sega that, while initially released at a premium, recently went free-to-play in a move directly mimicking Temple Run. And, like Temple Run, it’s a head-on 3D runner, this time swapping out temples for Green Hill Zones and explorers… Read More →