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Part 1 of this comprehensive review of every Devil May Cry game covers DMC 1, 2, and 3, and as such will contain spoilers for each game.

Platform played: PC (with controllers)

Playtime: approx. 50 hours combined with all games

Copy: Steam digital purchases

Price/Availability:

Devil May Cry 1–3: PlayStation 2 (original release), Playstation 3, 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (Devil May Cry HD Collection) ($29.99 for HD Collection, original release prices may vary).

Devil May Cry 4: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, NVIDIA Shield, PC (original release), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (Special Edition) ($24.99 …


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Platforms played: Windows, Android

Playtime: approx. 8 hours

Copy: Steam digital gift (from a friend)

Price/Availability: $4.99 USD (PC), free with ads (iOS, Android) with optional $1.99 purchase to remove ads

Spoilers: none (N/A)

What’s All the Hubbub About?

If you’ve spent any time on the internet recently, you’ve more than likely seen these weird looking colored beans as the subject of memes and general online discussions (not Fall Guys, the other one). If you were as confused as I initially was, these discussions have come from the exploding popularity of a game from 2018: Among Us.

At its core, Among Us is a rather simplistic game in concept. Up to 10 players assemble together on a map and are set to do menial tasks around a work station until they’re all complete. There’s one wicked twist, though: 1 to 3 of the players are imposters, hellbent on killing innocent crew members. …


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Platform played: PC (mid-range system w/ Daulshock 4 controller)

Playtime: approx. 19 hours

Copy: Steam digital purchase (on sale)

Price/Availability: $29.99 USD. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC

Spoilers: none

Defying Expectations

Outside of The Simpsons, no cartoon has rocked the cultural zeitgeist quite like SpongeBob SquarePants. On the air since 1999, SpongeBob as a series has appealed to any possible demographic of people for a variety of different reasons. With the immense popularity of SpongeBob throughout the years, it’s a given that it would break out into other branches of media. …


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Out of any popular internet memes that have taken our culture by swarm, none have been so versatile and long-lasting as Pepe the Frog. Created by Matt Furie for his comic Boys Club — Pepe was a wholesome, funny, and cute anthropomorphic frog that was caught up in real-world hijinks in a “post-college” era of life. Pepe was a small piece in what was an otherwise larger cast of characters, yet the overall simplicity and cuter nature of Pepe made him the poster boy for Boys Club, and swiftly took the internet by storm.

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Behold: the comic page that started it all…

Whether you’re involved in internet “meme culture” or not, you’ve most certainly heard of Pepe the Frog; even more likely, is that you haven’t heard much of anything good about Pepe, either. In 2016, during election season, what was otherwise a seemingly innocent and funny meme was co-opted by the alt-right*, becoming a symbol of hate. I won’t show you any of the disgusting, hurtful, and extremely hateful images I (and probably you) have seen throughout the last few years, but it’s important to know that Pepe was never intended to spiral out of control like this. Feels Good Man attempts to dig into the history of Pepe the Frog — to learn about his creation and creator, dig into how Pepe was co-opted, and the efforts made throughout the years to take Pepe back from those who wished to destroy him. …


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Through Disney’s continuous conquest to — seemingly — remake their entire animated catalog, the next film that was on the docket after Lady and the Tramp was Mulan. Originally set to release back in March, Mulan went under extensive delays due to COVID-19 until Disney decided to release it straight to Disney+ (but with a catch). I won’t go into great detail about this controversial Premier Access release program, but if you want more information, read Nathaneal Molnár’s piece about the release program (underlined).

Anyway, controversial release details aside, is Mulan worth the (approximately) $37 to access it? The answer depends on how dedicated you are to Disney’s recent catalog of movies, as well as how many people there are in your household (comparing the cost-per-person for a ticket for a family movie night vs the charge to access the movie at home). My answer to Mulan’s asking price is a flat-out no, because while Mulan has some great moments of spectacle, it’s largely bogged down with severe tonal inconsistencies and a litany of other issues. …


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Have you ever wondered what The Purge would be like, but with drugs instead of murder?

No? Yeah, me neither.

In the near future, a nation-wide prohibition is placed on all drugs and alcohol, but with one exception: every year, on one night, confiscated substances are redistributed, and anyone over the age of eighteen is allowed to consume as many drugs and alcoholic drinks as they desire (AKA: The Binge). …


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While being successful, yet never truly breaking past cult hit status, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey were staples in the Gen X and early Millennial generations. The mixture of signature crude humor with a lot of heart and a love for music has resonated with many people throughout the years. For the longest time, we expected Bill & Ted to just be a duo of movies that were essential cultural touchstones of the 80s and 90s, yet with news of a third and possibly final film from last year, both hopes and speculations were high.

As a big fan of the first two Bill & Ted films (more-so Excellent Adventure than Bogus Journey), I was skeptical of how a third Bill & Ted would land in 2020. Dopey comedies such as Bill & Ted haven’t been the zeitgeist for a while, and I was a little worried if the large passage of time between the first two films and this new one would retain the chemistry and charm that made those initial films the classics they are today. Thankfully, my worries were quickly stripped away, and we received a fun return to form with some added new spins to keep things fresh. …


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Content Warning: mentions of mental/sexual abuse.

Even though it was “before my time,” The Ren and Stimpy Show had a major impact on my childhood. Never before had I seen a show as boundary-breaking and zany as Ren and Stimpy. As a child, I was primarily into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other cartoons of that ilk, but stashed in the living room were three VHS tapes my father would watch over and over again: official episode compilations of Ren and Stimpy. …


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Years ago, the prowess of a director meant something to the casual moviegoing audience. Names such as Spielberg, Carpenter, Romero, and many more would drive butts into seats, with or without extensive marketing or attempting to adapt popular source material. You didn’t need to really know what the plot of the newest Kubrick film was, only that it had the name of a well-trusted director behind it, so you knew at the very least, it would be interesting to watch. Nowadays, the title of the director doesn’t seem to hold the same merits as it did before. …


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As someone who grew up in a home filled with three siblings, I saw plenty of movies growing up that I never had any interest in. While I was attempting to sneak R-rated movies past my parents (they don’t read my articles so no tattling on me), my siblings were still picking through the more kid-appropriate movies we owned. One such kid's movie my siblings loved, yet I never held any interest in was Hotel for Dogs: a Nickelodeon produced movie about a small batch of teenagers banding together to shelter stray dogs in a big city. …

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Ethan Parker

A big-old nerd for all things movies and games. Former editor for Incluvie.

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