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‘Disenchantment’ can’t enchant its viewers

‘Disenchantment’ can’t enchant its viewers

Ulises Duenas

August 27, 2018


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Matt Groening is back with a new show called "Disenchantment," an animated comedy set in a fantasy world. Although it has the distinct style that Groening's shows are known for, it lacks the charm and humor that "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" had. The show's main trio is made up of Bean, a princess that...

‘Destiny 2: Warmind’ almost gives players what they want

‘Destiny 2: Warmind’ almost gives players what they want

Ulises Duenas

May 14, 2018


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"Destiny 2" has had trouble keeping its players happy. When a new expansion comes out it's a great chance for players to get back into the game, but the content offered has to be good if people are going to stick around. The "Warmind" expansion is, unfortunately, a very "Destiny" affair. It's good bu...

Joaquin Phoenix delivers his best performance yet in ‘You Were Never Really Here’

Joaquin Phoenix delivers his best performance yet in ‘You Were Never Really Here’

Angel Ortega

May 3, 2018


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With outstanding writing and brilliant performances, “You Never Were Really Here” is one of the best mystery-thrillers this year. The film, directed by Lynne Ramsay, follows Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) who is a veteran turned contract killer and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Joe makes...

‘God of War’ lives up to the hype and more

‘God of War’ lives up to the hype and more

Ulises Duenas

May 2, 2018


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"God of War" has a surprising amount of different gaming elements in it. What's even more surprising is that it does each one of those extremely well. The story, gameplay, writing and level design are all expertly crafted. This is the kind of the game that comes around once a generation.I was skeptical ...

HBO’s ‘André the Giant’ documentary shows the man behind the legend

HBO’s ‘André the Giant’ documentary shows the man behind the legend

Ulises Duenas

April 19, 2018


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Before The Rock and John Cena, even before Hulk Hogan, there was one man who transcended the world of professional wrestling and became larger than life. André Roussimoff "André the Giant" was a walking, living myth. HBO's documentary does a great job of showing what André's persona as...

‘Ready Player One’ delivers on nostalgia but lacks character

‘Ready Player One’ delivers on nostalgia but lacks character

Ulises Duenas

April 16, 2018


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"Ready Player One" feels like a celebration of pop culture as whole. It has some really cool visuals and most of the references to movies and games are fun, but it also lacks a good core. The story and characters should have carried this movie through all the flashy scenes and references. In execution, th...

‘Extinction’ wastes your time

‘Extinction’ wastes your time

Ulises Duenas

April 15, 2018


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Sometimes when I buy something, I feel like a prisoner to my own bad decision. I have to get my money's worth out of something even if it's a waste of time. "Extinction" is a game that costs $60 and the best thing that can come from playing it is being able to tell people not to buy it.There's no point...

‘The Dope Game’ made me do it

‘The Dope Game’ made me do it

Ulises Duenas

March 26, 2018


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We all know that the best way to learn how to do something is by playing a video game version of it. "Street Fighter" turned me into a stone-cold fighting machine and "Fortnite" has given me lightning-fast carpentry skills. That stuff is great and all, but I need to learn more practical skills for tod...

‘Trimps’ is all you need

‘Trimps’ is all you need

Ulises Duenas

March 18, 2018


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Incremental games are extremely simple and after a while they basically play themselves. A ton of these games have been released in the past five years, but the one that get its right the most is "Trimps."When a game of "Trimps" begins the player will gather food and wood and then start using Trimps to do al...

Local coffee serves up caffeine kick and unique flavors without the guilt

Local coffee serves up caffeine kick and unique flavors without the guilt

Natalie Hanson

March 17, 2018


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It's a competitive land out here in Chico when your caffeine withdrawal sets in. If you have time between classes and need something hot in your hand fast before your face hits the desk, the first thought is likely where to get a nearby jolt of joe, fast. Sure, when I'm super rushed, I go to Creekside...

‘Prey’ will draw you in and not let you go

‘Prey’ will draw you in and not let you go

Ulises Duenas

March 13, 2018


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"Prey" feels like the combination of ideas from a lot of different games. Blending elements from "Bioshock", "Deus Ex", "Dishonered" and others make for a game that was sorely overlooked at the time of its release.The most notable thing about “Prey” is the creative freedom it gives the p...

‘Battlefield 1’ ends with an ‘Apocalypse’

‘Battlefield 1’ ends with an ‘Apocalypse’

Ulises Duenas

March 5, 2018


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"Battlefield 1's" expansions and updates have done a great job of improving a game that felt lacking before. The final DLC called "Apocalypse" adds some good stuff, but it doesn't feel like the big sendoff that the game needed.The main draw of these expansions are always the new maps. "Apocalypse" a...

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