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Video Game DLC Review – Battlefield 1: In The Name of the Tsar

This summer has offered many different games for teenagers and kids to dive into and enjoy. Today I am going to talk about a game that has swept the world. Battlefield 1 was released last October in a spectacular way pulling hundreds of thousands of gamers across the globe. With gamers eager to get new content, Battlefield entered the French into the battle however players were hungry again, so EA and Dice’s response was Soviet Russia. No, no, I mean Russia. On September 19 (September 5th if you had Premium) they released the Russians to fight for the Tsar in the new DLC (Downloadable content) “IN THE NAME OF THE TSAR!” I took it on myself to purchase and play the DLC and I have spent the last couple weeks playing the game so I can make a fair review of it. The new Russian expansion has brought the most…

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2017 Summer eSports Recap (Part 1)

     Over the summer, multiple competitive gaming events have occurred. Today, Riley, Jackson, and I will report on these. While we will be mostly focusing on Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events, DOTA 2, Street Fighter V, League of Legends, and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds will also be mentioned. This is only Part 1, featuring Overwatch, CS:GO, and PUBG.   CS:GO Rostermania- Over the summer, almost every tier one and a large amount of tier two CS:GO teams made roster changes. In this segment, I will be showcasing the most interesting roster moves of the 2017 rostermania. Fnatic: Fnatic decided it was time for a change, so the dropped 2 of their players, Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer and Dennis “dennis” Edman and brought in Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson from Godsent and Maikil “Golden” Selim from Fnatic Academy. Fnatic could have dropped Dennis and not Olof and could have been fine but overall…


War Games: How Are Video Games Affecting Us?

In the 21st century, FPS (first person shooter) games ranging from gritty entertainment like Call of Duty to colorful, fantasy battles like Overwatch. These shooter games, no matter how harmless they seem, all have one thing in common: war. Keep reading to find out how this affects our youth and the logic behind it. Marcus and Alex: Look at the Nintendo go-kart franchise Mario Kart. The happy, racing game has no violence, right? Wrong. Under the cute outer surface, this morbid game has you throwing reptile shells and fireballs at your opponents just to win. And the blue shell? A homing explosive that will devastate you and your cart (and friendships. Look it up). Also promoting seatbelt less driving. And regular Mario, even worse. Squishing and stomping cute, mostly harmless, creatures to death. Or take the fun, loving RTS MMO Clash Royale. Seems harmless, but… no. See some Skeletons? Smite…


You Decide: PC or Console Gaming?

Hello everyone, this is my second addition to my debate series. Today, Riley, Calvin, and Marcus will join me in a new topic: should traditional gaming be played on a console, or should we switch to computer gaming? Riley and I will argue for PC against Calvin and Marcus, who side with console gaming. First Topic: Price Luke: At first glance, console seems cheaper, but that’s not exactly true. An Xbox One can cost around to $350, and while PCs are best at around $1,000, you can run eSports games like Overwatch, CS:GO and League of Legends on a $400 computer. Riley: I completely agree with Luke. When one part of a console stops working or breaks, you have to buy a completely new console. On the other hand, when a PC part breaks or stops working, you can replace it and some parts can cost less than $30. Let…


7 Tips on How to Begin to Make a Video Game

So you want to make a video game? Well of course you do if you clicked this article! Well, here are a couple quick tips to get you started. 1. Have a Bit of Background Knowledge Though some programs don’t need it, it is always best to learn how to code. For video games, probably the best coding language to learn is C Sharp, but you can be fine with JavaScript. Codecademy is a great place to start. Also, play your favorite video games! Most people get inspired by playing other people’s games. You’re way more likely to have an idea for a video game if you play one. 2. Think of the Mechanics of the Game Before you think about story, characters, level design, power-ups, and more, try to think about the main mechanic you want to convey and base the other things around that. The Portal series is…


The Future Is Here

Uber has said that it plans to have cars that can vertically take off of the street. It is similar to the helicarriers you see in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, though downsized a couple billion square feet. They take off vertically and their propellers change directions to make it move forward/ backwards. (Don’t ask us how it turns, because we don’t have the slightest idea.) Last week, a Slovakian company named AeroMobil propelled its Flying Car at the super car show in Monaco. “The first vehicle is intended to create a buzz,” Stefan Vadocz, AeroMobil’s chief communications officer said to Newsweek. The car can fly up to 1,000 km at the top speed of 300 km/h. There is one question everyone is still wondering: What if something goes wrong??? AeroMobil’s car comes with the latest technology in vehicle recovery ballistic parachutes. It is designed to bring an airborne vehicle back…


Review: Titan XP Graphics Card

The Titan X Pascal, considered the best graphics card you can buy… just got better. On April 6, 2017, Nvidia announced a new addition to their enthusiasts grade GPU family, the Titan XP. The Titan XP is incredibly fast and runs cool while doing so but that comes at a very, very, high cost. The Titan XP runs faster and a little cooler than its older counterpart, the Titan X Pascal, but besides the faster performance and slightly better cooling there isn’t that much different between the two. Today we will be looking at the specs, benchmarks, price and performance of the new Titan XP. The Titan XP is the best GPU on the market, and its spec are, as Elijah would say, BLAZINGLY FAST. Titan XP runs on the same GP102 die as the Titan X Pascal, but sports a fully unlocked version of the processor. The GP102 is…


TechTips: Keyboard Shortcuts

Hi everyone! From our knowledge, everyone at this school uses computers or iPads, to some degree. On Mac computers, there are some shortcuts that you can learn that make navigating a computer a lot easier. You can also edit, disable, or even create your own shortcuts in System Preferences. The four main shortcut keys used are Shift (to the left of the Z key), Control (to the right of the FN key), Option (also called Alt, below the Z key), and Command (to the left of the space bar) Here are some commonly used command codes: (The Command button is usually replaced by the Control button on PCs and Chromebooks for some commands) *What is the difference between Quitting and App than Force Quitting an App? Well, quitting an app is when you get rid of it when you’re done with it. If that app freezes, crashes, or loads really…


Simple Photo Manipulation with Apps

If you aren’t already familiar with the term “photoshop” and you are living under a rock, it is basically editing photos to make them look surreal or just flat-out unrealistic. In this tutorial, I would like to show how to do a simple photo manipulation! All you need is an app that can mask out layers and maybe a photo editor to make your photo look better. Picsart is free and works fine, but I like Superimpose because it is more precise. It is up to you if you want the photo to be of yourself or a friend. The steps will be for people who are using a friend. I would also like to add that this requires a puddle… Steps: Ask your friend to stand behind a puddle. Make sure their reflection looks like a human outline. Be sure to keep a portion of their legs in the…


SpaceX SES-10 Launch

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on March 30 successfully carrying the SES-10 satellite to space. It was a typical launch, using the Falcon 9 FT booster. The only difference, and it’s a big one, is that this particular Falcon 9 was already used. That’s right. As you may know, SpaceX has been landing and saving their Falcon 9 boosters for a while now, but this is the first time one has been reused. Not only did the payload get to GTO successfully, but the booster landed again on SpaceX’s barge drone ship, Of Course I Still Love You. This marks a huge step in rocket reusability. Typical launches cost around $62 million. Musk estimated that around 70% of that cost was in the booster, and about 1% of the booster’s cost is the fuel. Eventually, the customer would only need to pay of the upper stage and the fuel,…


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