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Angels and Anarchy by Amy

Angels and Anarchy by Amy

When I first encountered Embrace, by Jessica Shirvington, in the YA section at Chapters I was attracted to the luminous cover of a girl with feathers falling around her and a hazy view of smoky wings on her back.

Hierarchy, Heroines and Hags By Amy

Hierarchy, Heroines and Hags By Amy

Marked, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, is the first book in the ‘House of night’ series. The book starts off with the very normal and realistically funny perspective of a teenager in high school but soon turns into a whirlwind of vampirism and romance, with a fair bit of girl-drama as well. Marked was … Continue reading

Lightning Bolt Action By Sam

Lightning Bolt Action By Sam

The Metal Gear franchise has always been known for its stealth-based gameplay. Against better armed enemies, it’s been routine to hide in a vent or cardboard box instead of facing the threat directly. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance takes a departure from that tried and true gameplay, and wants you to not only face the threat … Continue reading

DMC Redesign is Dramatic

DMC Redesign is Dramatic

This year in gaming has been a marvelous display of franchise redesign. The number of HD remakes released in 2012 is a large one, with things like the Zone of Enders HD collection, the Ratchet and Clank Collection, and the Jak & Daxter collection. Now, in the first month if 2013, the newest edition of … Continue reading

Classics Revisited: Sega’s CD Experiment

Classics Revisited: Sega’s CD Experiment

If you ask anyone who grew up in the 16-bit era what the best video game company was, chances are they’ll say Nintendo or Sega. The companies were rivals during the early and mid-90s, each with their distinct mascot. Nintendo had Mario, and Sega had Sonic the Hedgehog. Sega released the first Sonic game on … Continue reading

Top Ten Surprisingly Good Movies of 2012

Top Ten Surprisingly Good Movies of 2012

2012 was a great year for movies.  A lot of blockbusters came out and many of them would be obvious to put on this list, such as the Dark Knight Rises or The Avengers, but I wanted to showcase some great movies that people might have missed. 10. This is 40. This is a movie … Continue reading

Starting 2013 with a Musical Bang

Starting 2013 with a Musical Bang

Les Miserables is a musical from the Academy Award-winning director, Tom Hooper, well known for his work on the 2010 film, “The King’s Speech”. Hooper is back again and is stepping out of his comfort zone a bit with a musical, not just any musical, but the very popular, Les Miserables. Not only did he … Continue reading

A Lot Has Changed Since We Were Seven

A Lot Has Changed Since We Were Seven

I think when we were younger, playing video games and watching movies, we didn’t really have any standards. Everybody has that one movie or video game they adored when they were younger, but after playing or watching it again years later, they realize what was awesome when they were seven is not necessarily awesome now. … Continue reading

Not Quite a Smoke Monster and Not Quite Hawaii

Not Quite a Smoke Monster and Not Quite Hawaii

Most people that indulge in a lifestyle similar to mine do whatever they can to avoid the outdoors. We’d all prefer to curl up with a good game, as opposed to going out for a walk in the woods. The problem is, that’s exactly what Miasmata is. Not only that, it’s also an educational tool … Continue reading

Taken By Storm

Taken By Storm

Struck by Lightning, by Chris Colfer, is the story of Carson Phillips, a dedicated and ambitious young writer. His dream since he was a child was to become the editor of the New Yorker. To do that, he plans to get into Northwestern University, and escape his small hometown of Clover. Carson isn’t afraid to … Continue reading

The Wisdom of Grand-mothers

The Wisdom of Grand-mothers

It’s funny how I chose Grandmothers Counsel the World by Carol Schaefer. You know the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, that’s how I chose it. I chose it because on the cover, Grandmother Margaret Behan (Arapaho and Cheyenne from Montana) is wearing a particular scarf on her head that as far … Continue reading

Wake up Chief!

Wake up Chief!

It’s been 5 years since we’ve seen the starring character of the Halo franchise. He’s been in cryosleep through the “Firefight” survival gamemode, a foray into health-packs, a multiplayer unlock system based on credits, and a studio change. The original Halo developer, Bungie, left the Halo franchise and Microsoft behind after the development of Halo: … Continue reading

The End of the Star Wars Universe: A Reckoning

The End of the Star Wars Universe: A Reckoning

Years ago, when the Mayans designed their calendar they made the decision to end at 2012 as opposed to continuing forever. Now, for us normal people, this simply means recycling our outdated Mayan calendars, but for the crazies, this is a sure sign of Armageddon. But are they really crazy? All the signs in recent … Continue reading

Top 10 Christmas Movies to Watch Again

Top 10 Christmas Movies to Watch Again

10. Gremlins Gremlins is overlooked as a Christmas movie because of the little monsters running around everywhere but the entire film is centered around Christmas and even though it’s kind of dark, it still brings me a little bit of Christmas spirit when I watch it. 9. Fred Claus Fred Claus is a fairly new … Continue reading

Stickin’ it to Ya

Stickin’ it to Ya

Mother Mother is back, and they’re hitting hard with a darker, raucous sound on their fourth studio album The Sticks, due out this September 18th. I had mixed feelings listening to this album, but I believe the word that best sums up the overall experience is: epic. The band has delivered a powerful pack of … Continue reading

Art Director RPG

Art Director RPG

A lot of games these days throw around the term “endless customization options” pretty liberally. Cladun X2 also makes that promise, and it’s one of the few games that can actually deliver on it. Cladun X2 is a retro-inspired hack-n-slash RPG. Players are cast into a series of dungeons, which must be fought through and … Continue reading

Azumanga Daioh = Awesome

Azumanga Daioh = Awesome

As yet another seemingly short summer has passed, schools and universities all across Canada are calling students back to crammed classrooms. What better opportunity to talk about a manga revolving around that very subject? School, tests, social life – it’s all there in Azumanga Daioh. There are five main female students in this manga: Sakaki … Continue reading

Fez: A Game Review

Fez: A Game Review

Allow me, as a professional, unbiased, reviewer, to express my true sentiment towards Fez. *Ahem* …TURNOFFTHECOMPUTERANDBUYTHISGAMERIGHTNOW! Ah, there we are. Fez is a puzzle game, a platformer and an adventure game all put in one concentrated little package. You control Gomez, a little man, who lives in in a two dimensional village. One day, a giant … Continue reading