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Inside UCR’s Super Smash Bros. Scene

It must have been a breezy, Wednesday evening in the spring quarter of 2016  when Christopher Iverson hooked up his sleek, compact white projector to his Wii U and took it right outside Surge...

Swift Musings: Unfinished Games, Finished Business

2014 was called many different things, but for entertainment, it may as well be called the year of the unfinished game. “Minecraft” popularized the idea of adding content to a game well after its release....

Swift Musings: Why talk of feminism in videogames is ok

So the whole “Gamergate” controversy has been going on for a while now. (Or it’s fizzled out, I’m not sure. I’m not friends with the entire Internet.) Either way, I definitely learned something out...

Swift Musings: And justice for all

“ … But the ramifications of Atticus Finch’s speech are, unfortunately, lost upon his courtroom audience for the remainder of the novel. The issue of defining equality and justice — ” Heavy footsteps to my...

“Trumpeting Ecstasy” is a blistering shock wave of nihilistic rage

Before disregarding Full of Hell as a by-the-numbers grindcore, black metal, powerviolence or whatever extreme metal hybrid label you prefer (harsh grinding death is still my favorite), consider the versatility in their abrasive sonic...

Swift Musings: “Revenge of the Nerds, or saving Geek Culture from itself”

Nerd culture has seen a rise in popularity in the last few years. Thanks to a combination of things such as the availability and knowledge of the Internet and changing social attitudes about personal...

Swift Musings: Why you should emotionally detach yourself from the sale of Minecraft

Imagine waking up one morning, reading the latests posts on the Internet, and seeing this as a major headline: “Microsoft buys Minecraft for two and a half billion dollars.” Assuming that you’re a Minecraft...

“Spring Splash”: Cold weather, colder performances

This year’s Spring Splash had the misfortune of occurring during California’s uglier days. Sixty-degree weather cooled many a concertgoer hoping for a rager under the sun, with the wind doubling down on the less-than-fortunate...

Why “Earl” was needed, and why it should never come back

Filled with violence, misogyny and homophobia amongst other vitriolic references, Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, known now as Earl Sweatshirt, shocked and adored critics and audiences with his debut mixtape “Earl.” The lyrics were eerily reminiscent...

“Everything, Everything” is everything you wouldn’t expect

On the surface, “Everything, Everything” appears to be just another emotional love story that deals with a girl falling for a mysterious guy, but that’s not the case at all. The film doesn’t just...