First off, BIG clarification, I, Bryant Francis, am Jewish. My mother’s Jewish, I’m descended from a long line of Jews who fled Russia in the early part of the 20th century after the cossacks kicked my great-great grandparents out of town. I grew up celebrating Hanukkah and Passover, and while I’ve identified as agnostic elsewhere, that comes informed from my Jewish Grandfather’s musings on the relationship between his mindset as an engineer and our family’s cultural history. So while I’m not exactly Orthodox by a long shot, the recent revelation that Wolfenstein protagonist BJ Blazkowicz is actually Jewish definitely raised my eyebrows.
For the unfamiliar, Wolfenstein is almost a pinnacle embodiment of gaming’s relationship with World War II. 1. It’s depicted down the barrel of a magical rainbow collection of guns, and 2. its sole cathartic purpose is to take pleasure in killing Nazis. Continue reading “What Does It Mean That Wolfenstein’s Protagonist is Jewish?” »
One would hope that we could use today to remind us all of what we have and what really matters; to send our positive thoughts to those who undoubtedly can’t comprehend what has happened. From our President to law enforcement officials to small communities, many of us have done just that.
But unfortunately there are some who still can’t keep their eye on the ball. Violence and evil are a very tricky thing – if we could explain why they exist and how we can reduce their occurrence we undoubtedly would.
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The thought of yet another interview/poll/whatever researching the addictive qualities of gaming may send one running for the hills, but author Rachael Grant Dixon’s interview with this particular gaming addict on Patch.com makes him sound Betty Ford Center-worthy.
Though the addict was a ‘close family member,’ and perhaps not the best candidate for a completely unbiased interview, it’s still an insightful look inside how damaging and scary addiction can be. Continue reading “Is the World’s Gaming Addiction More Out of Control Than We Thought?” »
No matter what anyone tells you, or what you might think, our parents ALWAYS want what’s best for us. Even when it comes to video games…
Most parents are simply not familiar with video games–in a way, they’re afraid of them. Even to this day, the fact that I write about video games is something of an oddity to my parents. It’s something that wasn’t part of their childhood, and thus, they don’t know how to react to something they don’t have any personal experience with. They think it doesn’t have a great deal of importance, maybe compared to the grand scheme of things, video games don’t. But that isn’t to say that they’re worthless or they don’t have tremendous value. Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Parents Don’t Understand Video Games (How You Can Change Their Minds)” »
Pop Musicians are a dime a dozen and for the most part are cranking out hits like factories crank out car parts or fast food chains crank out burgers. Wouldn’t it be nice to give ourselves some variety, Continue reading “6 Pop Musicians Who Should Be Replaced by NERDCORE Artists” »
The only thing more famous than celebrities in Hollywood are rumors, particularly in regards to what life in Hollywood is really like. For those of you thinking about starting a career on the west coast, or if you just have a general curiosity about the entertainment capital of the Western World, here’s a list of 10 Baseless Hollywood facts that are completely untrue.
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A college degree used to mean a ticket into the middle class, now it’s more or less a bill that you have to find a way to pay off. Colleges aren’t perfect, but for how much they charge, they probably should be. College is still the ticket towards most opportunities in this country, and that will probably never change. Still, curriculums, from the Ivy Leagues to the Online Portals, could certainly use some additions that more accurately prepare young adults for life in the real world.
A comprehensive overview of what your landlord can and can’t do. From letting a leaky pipe go unchecked for three months, to holding your deposit for 7 weeks, this course keeps you one step ahead of the competition making sure you don’t end up on your friend’s couch. Final examination includes a take-home quiz where the student must attend a open house from a craigslist post and visit at least one place that sells money orders/cashiers checks (for less than 7 dollars) and describe the experience. Course Pre-requisites: Business Ethics 101, Russian and Czech-Slovakian Studies 102 Continue reading “5 Courses They Don’t Teach in College But Probably Should” »