Overwatch

Quite recently, I’ve been getting into the game Overwatch. Released in 2016, I only started playing around February, however, I seem to be doing quite fine in the rankings. Losing around 6 to 7 games, it came to my surprise that I was able to be placedCompetitive_Gold_Icon.png in low gold. Consistently getting lots of gold medals, the system recognized my skill and decided to place me higher even though I lost the majority of my placements. As a low gold, this would put me below the average skill rating in the game. During these placements, I would mostly play Soldier 76 or Tracer. overwatch-offensive-featured-wide.jpgHowever, a huge drop SR caused me to reconsider my mains and so I started to play Reinhardt as he seemingly required much less skill than the previous heroes that I’ve been playing. This resulted in a little increase in SR, but, overall, made me lose more SR than when I was playing offense heroes, or DPS. With inspiration from my friend that was Master, I decided to play Lucio. Ultimately, this boosted me back half way to my original SR. In the end, I was getting tired of playing the support heroes so I switched back to playing DPS. Coming back to this role with much better game sense, I climbed beyond my original SR giving me my season and career high. Still, my SR continues to fluctuate and I mostly play casually with my friends now.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

With the latest installment of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, many believe for this current version of the game to be the best out of series. Due to the increase of storage capacity from one to two items, the game has become much more competitive as the dependence on item is decreased. Since the supply of items is high, players can no longer rely on the chance of the item boxes in order to win the races.  Despite these new changes, Mario Kart Wii still

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Photo John DiMauro 2012 © (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

is the winner in my book simply due to the fact that I have much more experience playing it. The nostalgia from playing the game outweighs the new one. Plus, the Wii remote comes more naturally to me than the Nintendo Switch. The memories and familiarity of the Wii game vastly overtakes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Even though I favor the Wii version of the game, the overwhelming support of the players for the new release stays at the back of my mind when I consider the experience both provide me.

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Photo yoppy  2008© (CC BY 2.0)

The fact of the matter is that the love for the new installment does not waver my love for the Wii game. It really only comes down to me growing up with this game. My allegiance to the Wii version remains. I remain loyal to this version. Mario Kart Wii is my favorite out of the series.

 

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Photo Leigh Marriner 2014 © (CC BY 2.0)

Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig is a children’s television show. As it is currently airing, I have never actually seen an episode at all. However, lots of parodies have popped up all around Youtube mocking the television show. Already, the character in the picture above looks outrageous and the songs I’ve heard online from the show are really bad. Maybe it’s because of my age, but the show seems really bad. Of course, I realize that the show appeals to lots of children as the target audience of the show is children and not teenagers. Being a simple cartoon, the design of the show isn’t too bad, but it’s the nose the pig that gets me. I just don’t understand how eyes can be on a nose. Maybe it’s the angle, but it looks really funny. Considering its genre, the show has a pretty decent rating. Well, I still have yet to see an episode of the show. I probably won’t though seeing as I don’t like the songs and characters. Who knows? The internet may have skewed the image of the show. Still, I won’t even consider giving the show a chance.

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Mario Kart

Truly a wonderful game, Mario Kart offers a fun way to drive in little vehicles while using power ups in order to get a lead. Of course, some think of the power ups as unfair, but it provides a whole dynamic to the game which may or may not be the most entertaining aspect of the game. Although these power ups are generally nuisances, the ones that are often criticized are the red shell and the blue shell. With no skill needed, all the player has to do is launch the item for it to automatically aim towards the opponent ahead of you. Therefore, these low skill high reward items cause massive problems with the games balance and induces lots of rage. Purely by chance, the mystery boxes roll out a power up that could make or break a game for a player. So, the game not only relies on skill, but also on chance. And that is the huge issue. No matter your practice with drifts or learning shortcuts, there may always be a chance of a red or blue shell coming your way that totally resets your speed and sets you back to last place. Even with these aggravating aspects of the game, Mario Kart still is an enjoyable game for all ages which provides an amazing experience full of fun. 4965224-mario-kart-wallpapers

Toy Story

This is the movie that I have watched multiple times as a kid. Toy story is a Disney classic about toys that come to life. From spacemen to cowboys, this movie shows a diverse range of toys. Starting off, we are introduced to a toy named Woody who is basically the leader of the toys. But then…a new toy shows up and its a spaceman. This spaceman not only wins over the toys’ owner Andy, but all the toys as well. Jealous, Woody gives the toy a hard time and accidentally pushed him out of  the window. Losing faith in their leader, the toys gang up and push Woody out the window in retaliation for Buzz. Outside the house, these two hitch a ride to an arcade where they become trapped in a claw machine. Buzz and Woody, then, get won by Sid. Brought home, they witness the horrors that this kid puts his toys through such as being torn apart, blown up, and have their parts mixed and matched. Of course, being the spaceman that he is, Buzz tries to use his laser and flight ability to escape, but comes to the realization that he’s just a toy from an ad on television. However, through Woody’s plan, the pair escape and are able to fly back into Andy’s car.

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Jebaited

You know that feeling when you’ve been deceived into a trap. Well, Alex Jebailey has. As a CEO, Mr. Jebailey has probably faced a “bait” before. Probably. That is why he is an emote on the game streaming site, Twitch. As a replacement, this emote has overthrown the Kappa and Pogchamp.

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Popularized through chat spamming, this emote has gained notoriety. Not only are there those who oppose of the emote, but also those who accept this new emote. Of course, the CEO takes notice of this new emote and made it his twitter profile picture which shows how much he embraces the emote. This shows the face of a man with sheer surprise. That is the emote jebaited.

How to be Normal for Beginners

Hey, how are ya? Feeling normal I assume. That was how Spongebob felt at first. He was confident about himself. He did the routine things around his house. Except for one fateful day that forever changed his perception about himself. Due to his screaming outside Squidward’s house, Squidward’s deep anger and hatred for Spongebob was triggered. So what happens next is a story about one individual finding himself once more.

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Photo 30003019 2006 © (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Until Spongebob was convinced otherwise by Squidward.  This scolding caused him to reexamine key aspects in his life. So in order to fit into society, Spongebob watches the “How to be Normal” tape. This tape teaches him about the normal body, house, work, and etc. He fixes these problems within his life by following the instructions given by the tape which slowly turns him normal. He follows this by buying a normal house demonstrated in the tape and printing burgers instead of flipping them while maintaining his wild side. But what he didn’t know was that these actions were ruining his life.

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Photo Jeroen 2006 © (CC BY 2.0)

You see the tape destroyed what made him Spongebob, but he finally was able to realize this after Squidward’s confrontation. After criticizing Squidward for being abnormal, Squidward kicks Spongebob out of his house which causes Spongebob to start reflecting. Realizing what he has done, he asks for the aid of Patrick, his best friend, to make him himself again. Patrick, then, instructs him to perform extremely daring tasks that, in the end, do nothing to help his condition. But, just at the right moment, Squidward shows up looking normal which shocks Spongebob back to who he was before.

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Photo 索索尼 2011 ©(CC BY-SA 2.0)

 

 

So now he, now, is himself again. The normal Squidward was his savior. And Spongebob can now appreciate everything in his life due to this saving. So he shows the gratitude by hugging Squidward. That is how Spongebob learned to not be normal and accepting of himself.

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Photo Thomas Hawk 2009 ©(CC BY-NC 2.0)