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How, then, do you decide which one to play?

It is that time of year again. Black Friday. The time when bargain hunters wake up at five in the morning just so they can get a peek at a television that is on sale for a small fraction of the original price. The time when Fred Meyer puts socks and underwear at the forefront of their store, enticing innocent grandparents to get the stereotypical clothing gift for their little ones.

It’s also the time when digital game shops start putting half of their entire catalogue on sale, leading game hoarders like me to fight against the urge to splurge. Buying several game releases you’ve been waiting on for months is an exhilarating feeling, and it can happen all from the comfort of pajamas and warm blankets. …


And why you should use them in your own classroom!

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The best educator I’ve ever had was my 10th grade English teacher. There are too many reasons to name here for why I felt this way about him nearly a decade ago, and still feel impacted by him all this time later. All you need to know is that he is a very gifted instructor, someone who thought outside of the box, if you will.

What I want to share with you here is three of his most clever and ingenious projects that he had students complete throughout the school year. …


Why do we always remember the emotions and feelings behind an injury or condition?

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If you have had the misfortune of enduring a physical setback at some point in your life, which most of us have, then what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you remember it? Take a second and really think.

Is the actual physical pain you experienced when you broke your arm falling off your bicycle in the third grade? Or is it the frustration of not being able to ride on that bike again during the healing process, leaving you out of the loop with your friends?

Is it the aching in your arthritic fingers that bothers you the most about your chronic condition? Perhaps it’s actually the frustration and helplessness of not being able to play the guitar or write for long periods of time because of the illness. …


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Celebrating the legendary game designer’s birthday with a wealth of fascinating trivia

Shigeru Miyamoto turned 68 years old earlier this week. And what a life he’s lived! Without him, modern gaming as we know it probably wouldn’t exist, and characters like Mario, Link, Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Kirby would not have been given life. That’s a horrible alternate reality to consider, actually, so let’s not.

Instead, let’s celebrate the man’s birthday with a fun tidbit for every year he’s been on the planet. Let’s a-go!

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  1. The Legend of Zelda franchise was inspired by experiences Miyamoto had as a child exploring a cave with a lantern near his home. The tension he felt adventuring in these types of areas was critical in his creativity that brought about arguably Nintendo’s most acclaimed series.


They aided me, and now they can help you, too!

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We all know that the majority of articles on Medium, at least that ones that get in front of an audience, are ones that try to help a reader with a problem of some sort. Maybe you want career advice, or perhaps tips on a modern fitness routine while quarantining during these trying times.

And while I wish that some of the writing on this site was more creative sometimes, I also have come across plenty of ingenious pieces that both help the reader and engage them in a fun way that separates them from the other articles you see on your feed. …


A case for liberals as being truly patriotic, as told through analogies!

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There has been an enormous amount of political discourse on the internet the past several months, culminating in last week’s election. There’s a lot of emotions, and a lot of disrespect thrown around by people of all backgrounds. Of all of the topics discussed online though , pride in being an American is something that really intrigued me. I was inspired to write about what it means to love your country by tweets like these back in the summer by Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren.

Lahren does not speak for every conservative. I don’t want to stereotype or generalize an entire group of people based off of one person’s opinion. With that being said, it does seem that the consensus from multiple sectors of the United States is that conservative people love America, they will fight for America, and liberal people who don’t like the state of the nation should just find a different one. …


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The Big N’s marketing has always been full of fun

The holidays are fast approaching. That means you’re about to get a whole bunch of ads on the TV for the brand new 2021 (insert car name here) — as if we all have enough money to buy a motor vehicle during Christmas time.

It also means we might get some good Nintendo commercials. The Big N has always been an enormous hit during the holiday season, leaning into their kid-friendly approach and encouraging fun for the entire family.

I thought it would be a lot of fun to compile some of the best commercials they’ve made through the years to get in the mood for gift giving. I will warn that many of these were not holiday commercials at the time of release, but I still think advertisements of any kind fit the mood of the commercialism that ensues this time of the year. …


Reviewing the president’s most iconic tweets in which he completely told on himself

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Of everything we will (unfortunately) remember about Donald Trump’s presidency, I think we can agree that the tweets are going to stick around for a long while. This is aided by two things. The first item is that I doubt 45 is going to stop spreading his personal agenda and propaganda on the social media site anytime soon. We’ll be seeing his all-caps exclamations and ignorant rantings far after he’s finally left the White House. The second memorable signifier is that Trump’s tweets are the absolutely PERFECT goldmine of hypocrisy. …


Why, after a decade and more, Seattle’s basketball team will always be important to the NBA

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Most NBA fans think of either the Boston Celtics or the Miami Heat when they first see or hear sharpshooter Ray Allen’s name. Fair enough. Jesus Shuttlesworth is the owner of the iconic shot of the last decade (the 2013 Finals lifesaver against the Spurs in Game 6) and he was donning C’s green the night he became the league’s all-time leader in made three-pointers. He won rings with both franchises, and that winning stuff is what people remember the most about a successful basketball player, as they should. But to me, Ray’s name will always invoke personal memories of him dragging my favorite basketball team to semi-relevance in their final years before they were stolen from me and sent to the midwest. Allen possessed scoring averages of 24.5, 23, 23.9, 25.1, and 26.4 in his four-plus seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, highlighted by the 2004–2005 season, in which he and Rashard Lewis spearheaded the team to the second round of the playoffs, eventually succumbing in six games to the eventual champions, the San Antonio Spurs. …


Translating that magic on the page to a casual conversation is unnecessary for success

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I want to talk about something I get a little embarrassed about. Since I started writing here on Medium, I’ve had a couple instances where my mom or brother read a piece I wrote and they tell me a specific line that they enjoyed from my writing. I’ll smile along, say thank you, and then frantically try to recall what part of my article I wrote this specified line.

The reason this becomes an interesting point of contention with myself is because I have no idea how many lines a writer can cite from their own work verbatim. I’m fairly new to online content creation, and when I wrote essays in high school and college I usually spit all of my ideas down on the page as quickly as possible in a mad dash to move on to the next class’s assignments. …

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Shawn Laib

University of Washington Class of 2020 in English Literature and fan of video games and basketball. Twitter: @LaibShawn

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