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March/April 2018


By Nikki Blanchard

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Fortnite is an XBox One game that has recently boomed out in the young generation society. It is considered the new “craze” to take over any youth’s spare time. The object of the game is to be the last one alive. Easy, you may think, but you have to steer clear of the deadly storm that is slowly enclosing, and defend yourself from the other 100 players who are all against each other.

So, why is this game so addicting? Many people and parents ask the same question. BeYourself article writers say that it is because of two reasons: “If a player loses the game by a little, they can examine the state of the game and note that they were just one or two moves away from winning! I’ll win next time for sure! Or if a player wins the game by a lot, they can examine the state of the game and note that they are amazing at the game. I’m just going to knock out a few more levels while I’m on this hot streak.”

I have recently started to get involved with the game to “try it out” but after I got third in my first battle I couldn’t get my hands off the game. When I play I tell myself that I will only play one game I end up saying to myself “one more” “one more game.” This game is also luring, in my opinion, because if you purchase a headset, you have access to play with your friends on a team of four or a team of two, while talking to them.


Fortnite is a free game to download, however one cannot play the game without purchasing a live membership. The company tricks people in this way and also by offering packages to buy new outfits, dance moves, or new weapons. Overall, Fortnite is a time consuming but successful game that lures kids and teens in.

Microtransactions in Battlefront II

By Nathan Peters

In the age of modern first person shooter games (FPS), the game that surprised the gaming industry was Battlefront II. It did a lot worse than expected. The game costs $60 to download, but it had content that requires purchasing special editions to access the full content. This game embodies what is wrong with the gaming industry today.


Based on microtransactions (payment that furthers a player in the game), it first hooks the player then tempts them with packs of credits or early access downloadable content (DLC).


The decision to include microtransactions in an already expensive game sparked backlash from the gamer community. They felt that since they already spent the money, they shouldn’t have to spend more just to enjoy the game. Eventually, after increasing pressure from gamers, Battlefront II removed the microtransactions and the issue was resolved.

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Black Panther Movie Review

By Olivia Borland


Marvel's newest movie is set to live up to some of the greatest superhero movies ever. Black Panther, which has been in theaters since February 16, has made almost 500 million dollars in the U.S. box office alone after less than two weeks in theaters. This PG-13 film has done so well for a number of reasons. First, the depth of the characters involved is amazing. Supervillains don’t usually get this sort of reasonable backstory, but Killmonger’s motives and actions definitely put him above other villains like the Red Skull. He has a storyline that makes you question which side is the “bad” one rather than being monotonous source of evil for the hero to defeat. Also, in accordance with almost every action movie, he gets a final fight scene with the hero that is pretty spectacular (and heart-wrenching)!

Speaking of the hero of the movie, T’Challa, a.k.a. the Black Panther, really shone, especially in the character development department. His introduction in Civil War set a basis for the character, so it was awesome to see him settle into his role as king and protector of Wakanda that you only got a glimpse of in Civil War. And, as cool as the Black Panther was, (there's a reason he's the star of the movie), the supporting characters really stole the show. Shuri, T’Challa’s sister and unarguably the coolest princess in the Marvel universe, had a spotlight on her character, especially. As one of the smartest people in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Shuri manages to be an inspiration to literally everyone that sees her while simultaneously being the comic relief of the movie. Okoye, the general of the coolest warriors ever, was another highlight. In the short time when you aren’t marvelling at her fight scenes, her amazingness and loyalty commands a whole other level of “wow.”

Besides the characters, the quality of the movie was stunning. After the first few minutes which feels like you are continuously on the first few seconds of a giant roller coaster, the movie’s quality makes you want to just pause for a couple minutes and take it all in. Wakanda, the home of the Black Panther, is pretty amazing in terms of having to say “wow” every time the camera pans across the insanely advanced jungle nation. One way this movie breaks the Hollywood mold is having an almost entirely black cast. This movie marks an important step in representation in media. After all, shouldn’t everyone get to look up to a superhero that looks like them? This movie has basically every requirement for being awesome. There are explosions, sacrifice, epic battles, a non-plot-consuming romance, and even attack rhinos. Seriously, I would see this movie just for the attack rhinos. So, if you are a hardcore Marvel fan, or just want an awesome movie idea, check out Black Panther!


(By the way, there are two end credits scenes if anyone is willing to sit through a very long list of names for 20 seconds of extra movie).


By Keira McPhie and Hannah Egan


The Olympics are a time in which the world connects over raw talent in sports. In spite of this assumed natural talent, many succumb to the pressure of winning and therefore consume drugs to enhance their performance. In the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, athletes from the countries Russia, Slovenia, Japan, etc. have taken various drugs.


For example, Russia’s bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva fell victim to trimetazidine, a drug banned from usage. Moreover, Aleksandr Krushelnicki lost his Olympic medal due to his use of meldonium, also a drug banned from intake by athletes.


Secondly, the Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic was suspended after being tested positive for the use of fenoterol.  Lastly, Japanese speed skater, Kei Saito, was banned from Pyeongchang after testing positive for taking acetazolamide.


There has been a tragic amount of drug usage in the history of the Olympics. In the 1960 Rome Olympics, Danish cyclist, Knud Enemark Jensen, fell off of his bike and died due to a loss of consciousness from the drug amphetamine. Furthermore, East German female athletes in 1990 were found out to have been administered drugs by their coaches and trainers, some of them as young as eleven years old. When the truth was uncovered, they were therefore stripped of their medals.


The use of drugs to enhance performance eats away at the assumed pure talent that makes the Olympics unique. People get so extremely excited to see the Olympics because they are watching people achieve the impossible. These skills give the normal person hope, and the use of drugs erodes the idea that an individual can succeed on their own.



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