The charming first episodes make me nostalgic for the television shows of yesteryear.

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I remember back in 2012. The first Avengers movie came out, rounding out the multiple solo movies that had come before it to bring the original team together. Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye showed off their skills as a team against Loki and the aliens appearing out of the wormhole.

Fanfiction, in my opinion, is a wonderful way for people to show their love for a franchise. It allows people to exercise their creative muscles, to continue the adventures, to answer what ifs, to further develop characters, to fix any plot holes or even…

And why some gamers weren’t satisfied with it.

This article contains spoilers for the game Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the second love child between Nintendo and Omega Force, was released on November 20, 2020, giving Nintendo Switch owners a hack-and-slash spin-off to the beloved The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game. Honed as a prequel, Age of Calamity gives players the ability to control and experience the stories of characters that were little more than spiritual guides to Link in the Breath of the Wild adventure.

Considering the popularity of Breath of the Wild and said spiritual guides, Age of…

And what humans could learn from them.

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Hair up, face over the toilet bowl, I hadn’t been sick in such a way in a few years. Although I couldn’t see her, I could hear our little dog — a mostly chihuahua and mini-schnauzer mix — whining from the bathroom’s threshold before darting in to paw at my leg while I was ill.

She was content to cuddle with me while I lied pathetically on the couch after that bout in the bathroom.

While it’s been a few years since then, and our little dog is a bit older, the amount of empathy that she exhibits hasn’t changed…

In my humble opinion — spoilers for the movie ahead.

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Wonder Woman 1984 is the sequel to 2017’s big Wonder Woman hit. Both star Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, and were directed by Patty Jenkins. With how acclaimed the original movie was, the sequel was highly anticipated by many.

The year 2020 happened with a pandemic that ravaged the theater industry and WW84 was released last week both in theaters and on the streaming service HBO Max. My family and I took a chance on the streaming service and were excited to finally watch the sequel the day after Christmas.

Not great, not in the same category as the original…

Because achieving “perfection” implies that there is an endpoint to growth.

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The new year is right around the corner, and with that comes the mentality of starting over, of setting and achieving new goals, of a beginning. Considering 2020 was a bit of a lost year with the pandemic, many folks are hopeful for 2021 with the approval of multiple vaccines against Covid-19.

This time last year, I had grand plans for 2020. I was going to write more. I was going to read more. My big goal, though, was to further improve my visual art skills, whether that be by traditional drawing, painting, or digital art.

Unfortunately, my perfectionism got in the way.

When creating art, I’ve…

But I respect the game’s hustle and impact.

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I remember when PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — or PUBG — was released in the summer of 2016. This game seemed to usher in an era of the battle royale genre where players duke it out to be the last one standing. Notable stand-outs in this genre are Fall Guys, the limited-time Super Mario Bros. 35, and of course Fortnite.

Epic Games’s Fortnite was initially released in 2017 and is still going strong. With three different modes — one a traditional battle royale, another a creative mode, and a third a cooperative survival mode — spread out amid today’s current consoles, with…

Need a push for your word count? Try completing a word crawl.

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This past NaNoWriMo, I finished my challenge of writing 50k words in the month about a week early. Generally, I’m typing away one word at a time until the very end of the month to reach my goal as I sometimes hit a wall in between weeks two and three.

Recently, however, I discovered word crawls in the forums.

What is a word crawl?

A word crawl is a narrative-style challenge designed to give you small goals to make your word count soar. …

Family vacations include the entire family, dogs included.

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There’s snow on the ground, and yet my family is in contact with the organization that handles rental properties by our preferred lake a few states away.

Hey, 2020 has been crazy. We’re allowed to be optimistic about going on vacation next summer.

With that said, our usual cabin that we rent will be unavailable in 2021. As such, we’ve been working with the rental company to find another cottage that will have enough room for the family. The company has been wonderful, sending over potential matches, but in a recent email acknowledged that most of the available cottages that…

The next Super Smash Brothers fighter will be revealed at tonight’s Game Awards. Considering I have not turned on the game since before the global pandemic, I am more curious…

An ode to familiar games and connectivity in these times.

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Nintendo has conditioned me to expect some sort of Pokemon game every November. Every once in a while, there are years that are skipped in favor of other games for the holiday season, but November still remains the month of Pokemon in my mind.

Considering the heightened sense of anxiety around these times due to the stark contrast of wishing to stay away from people due to the pandemic and wanting to see loved ones due to the holidays, the Pokemon games are a welcomed staple in my life at this time. …

Kristen Poli

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