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Our Favorite Things: Pokemon

Our Favorite Things: Pokemon

I held my Gameboy Color tight that Christmas, flipping the switch to that yellow cartridge that led me into the world of Pokemon. Hours passed and I finally saved my game. PLAY TIME: 3:47. That couldn’t be three hours and [...]

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Don’t Just Pull The Trigger

Don’t Just Pull The Trigger

Before bubbling, swelling, and exploding into blood-vapor, potential criminals in the Psycho-Pass universe are evaluated by the Sibyl System, a networked intelligence that evaluates an individual’s level of psychosis and how likely that person is to commit a crime. Law [...]

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Vengeance In Wonderland

Vengeance In Wonderland

This article discusses plots in the opening episodes in season one of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Revenge runs deep through fantasy plot lines, giving motivation to villains as well as heroes. I tend to overlook the motives of villains, [...]

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Hurley

Hurley

Warning: this article contains mild spoilers! Before Lost, I never watched a TV series all the way through. Of course I had my share of childhood cartoon binges (see Pokemon and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) but that was much less of [...]

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Pirate or Princess? Tetra in Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Pirate or Princess? Tetra in Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

*This article contains spoilers* I’ve always been fascinated by the motivations of pirates. Historically, pirates ransack for selfish reasons, or simply for the thrill of it, their goals, more or less, one sided, and their motivations thinly veiled. Modern fictional pirates [...]

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I Don’t Like Bullies: Captain America and World War II

I Don’t Like Bullies: Captain America and World War II

American heroes throughout the late twentieth century deploy imaginary forces against imaginary evils. The heroes encounter superhuman threats and were only able to deal with them because they themselves were superhuman. This is not so much the case during the mid-point [...]

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Fringe’s Father

Fringe’s Father

Walter Bishop sits behind a small folding table at St. Claire’s mental institution. His beard is as frayed at his mind and his eyes are hollow and piercing. Walter is both a genius and a snack-craving fool. I’m often unsure [...]

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Cast Into Flames

Cast Into Flames

Walt Disney’s films are built upon a moral center. That sometimes means seeking adventure at the cost of danger, or leaving something behind when it only serves to hold you back. Ultimately, the success of the hero parallels the proper [...]

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Our Favorite Things: Samus Aran

Our Favorite Things: Samus Aran

I’d crash landed among mutated purple flowers, stemmed from vines rushing up the rock faces surrounding me. My spaceship lifted me from the pressurized airlock. I saw the flowers looking at me, opening wide to release some sort of toxic [...]

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Kara’s Malfunction

Kara’s Malfunction

So many video games ask little from the player in terms of emotional engagement, and that’s great if I just want to use plants to defend my house from zombies. But there are games that require added attention and these games [...]

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