George Hyde

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Stories By George Hyde

This smoking debate is insane

Okay, so let’s talk about the smoking thing. On one end, the “Smoke-Free UAA” campaign wants to end smoking on campus, leading to a healthier atmosphere for UAA. On the other, we have smokers who claim that being unable to smoke on campus is an infringement on their rights. Before I begin, let me just […]

‘Captain America’ tackles the modern world

Film: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Release Date: April 4, 2014 Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson Rating: 5/5 The world that saw Steve Rogers (Chris Evans, reprising his role as the Captain) crash into the ocean in “Captain America: The First Avenger” is a very different one […]

3 great free-to-play titles to check out

Over the years, the free-to-play model has grown and grown, especially on Steam. Although it’s gained a bad rap as either “pay-to-win” or “free-to-wait” (“Farmville” being an infamously egregious example), there are games that use the model to give players fascinating experiences on the cheap. If huge releases like “Titanfall” or “inFamous: Second Son” have […]

‘Medora’ is a satisfying sports documentary

The story of a sports team rising from below the ranks to victory is a cliché audiences have seen time and time again, even in documentaries. So what makes “Medora” so special in a sea of other films just like it? It’s the community. Medora is a small town in Indiana that has severely fallen […]

‘Half-Life 3′ is sublime perfection

After almost seven years since the last “Half-Life” game, “Half-Life 3” is finally here, and it has blown away every single expectation ever made about it. This game is the pinnacle of everything that is video gaming. Everything from the story, to the gameplay, to the controls, to the characters, to … just everything, really. […]

Seawolf Slug: Why is cyberpunk interesting?

Over spring break (the incredibly boring and dull spring break, as outlined in last issue’s column), George indulged himself in two of his favorite games and one of his favorite movies: “Deus Ex,” “System Shock 2” and “Blade Runner,” respectively. It took me a while to figure out what these three works have in common, […]

‘Thief’ can’t keep up

Title: “Thief” Developer: Eidos Montreal Platform: PS3, PS4, 360, XBO, PC Genre: Stealth Rating: 2 The original “Thief” was a landmark in stealth titles when it was released in 1998. First-person games tended to focus on brutal, direct combat, and to see a game focus on non-violent stealth was unheard of in those days. Even […]

Stand by for ‘Titanfall’

Title: “Titanfall” Developer: Respawn Entertainment Platform: XBO, 360, PC Genre: First-person shooter Rating: 4 Almost four years ago, the two lead developers at Infinity Ward, the studio behind the gargantuan “Call of Duty” franchise, left the studio along with more than half of their employees to form their own studio: Respawn Entertainment. “Titanfall” is their […]

‘Rise of an Empire’ fails and falls

Film: “300: Rise of an Empire” Release Date: March 7, 2014 Director: NoamMurro Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green Rating: 2 The original “300” film was a very stylish adaptation of Frank Miller’s very stylish graphic novel, which in turn was based (loosely) on the true tale of the 300 Spartans who fought at the Battle […]

The stupid, mesmerizing beauty of ‘Twitch Plays Pokemon’

An infinite number of monkeys hitting keys at random on an infinite number of typewriters will, given infinite time, produce the works of Shakespeare.

‘Non-Stop’ is an entertaining, yet clichéd, thrill ride

Title: “Non-Stop” Release Date: Feb. 28, 2014 Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore Rating: 3   “Non-Stop” takes on a genre that audiences haven’t seen in a long time: the whodunit thriller. It’s a refreshing premise that wouldn’t feel out of place in an Alfred Hitchcock film. It does a fantastic job of […]

‘Final Fantasy VI’ is a classic, but not on smartphones

Title: “Final Fantasy VI” Platform: SNES, PS1, GBA, Android, iOS Developer: Square Enix Release Date: Oct. 20, 1994 (Jan. 25, 2014 for Android) Rating: 5   Make no mistake: “Final Fantasy VI” is a landmark of the gaming medium. Its characters had unprecedented depth for the time, the soundtrack blows the minds of all who […]

‘The Monuments Men’ squanders monumental talent

Film: “The Monuments Men” Release Date: Feb. 7, 2014 Director: George Clooney Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon Rating: 2 / 5 This film, based on a true story, tells the story of a group of artists who put their lives on the line to protect art and culture in the midst of the largest and […]

Easy on the Lower 48, Alaska!

By Klax Zlubzecon Translated by George Hyde   Now that I think about it, Anchorage is the only place that I’ve ever been on Earth. It’s the only experience I’ve had on this planet and with humanity. Aside from the Internet, Anchorage is the only place I’ve ever been, and your people are the only […]

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