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Last Sunday night, Parasite shocked the world by becoming the first international film to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Many film fans were stunned and ecstatic at the news, myself included. But after the announcement, amid the virtual cheers of joy, there was a contingent of people questioning whether Parasite deserved the Academy’s highest honor or not. Was its win simply a result of its status as an international feature? Should Best Picture have gone to something like 1917 instead?


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On October 8th, after winning a Hearthstone Grandmasters match, professional player Chung Ng Wai (known as “Blitzchung”) put on a gas mask similar to that of the Hong Kong protestors and proclaimed “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” Immediately, the cameras cut to commercial.


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Subscription services are all the rage these days, at least on the business side of things. And while it seems that consumers are beginning to hit a sort of “subscription fatigue,” especially when it comes to film and tv, the gaming subscription market is just starting to get off the ground. Xbox, PlayStation, Ubisoft, EA, and many more companies have thrown their hat into this new business model in hopes of building future success much the same way Netflix has. Of all the companies giving gaming subscriptions a shot, the most surprising, and arguably most unique thus far, is Apple…


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Rocket League: Esports for the Masses

Esports has been around for quite a long time. Up until recently, it was most popular in countries like Korea, where sold-out stadiums would hold massive tournaments for games such as Starcraft and Dota 2. Today, we’re in the midst of a huge undertaking to grow the esports scene here in North America. While it’s definitely the center of conversation within the gaming community, esports is still far from the center of mainstream consciousness. Most people didn’t even realize the kind of money some competitors made until hearing of professional Fortnite player Bugha’s three million dollar World Cup win. Aside…


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Game stores are quickly becoming a thing of the past. And we need to look no further than the behemoth of gaming retail, GameStop. Whether you look at their stock prices fall (down over 90% from where it was in 2015) or simply walk into one of their many stores and witness the mess of lanyards and Funko Pops it’s become, it’s clear to see that retail game stores are not in a great place right now. GameStop also seems to have spread themselves too far, with many locations within just a couple of miles of each other. With online…


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Ah, the Epic Games Store. At the time of this writing, it’s the current “let’s dogpile on this for some reason” thing, and it looks like it’s going to stay in that position for quite some time. But why exactly is the Epic Games Store getting people so riled up? And why are so many people villainizing Epic after initially praising many of their business practices? Are people justified in being upset, or is this whole fiasco yet another example of internet “hive mind” culture? …

John Paul Kilcrease

Increase. Decrease. Kilcrease. I write about games! You can hit me up at twitter.com/jpkilcrease

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