Exciting new Netflix shows and movies!!!!

By: Daniela Fernandez, and Maddie Baggenstoss

Every month, Netflix releases tons of new shows and movies. That includes both Netflix originals and lots of other shows for your on-demand viewing pleasure. This month, Netflix has an awesome new lineup of shows and movies.

The Outlaw King is coming out on November 9th. This TV show is about Robert the Bruce, who was the King of Scotland. House of Cards season 6 came out on November 2nd. Brainchild also came out on November 2nd, and is a science show directed to kids. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj started on November 4, and has new episodes every week. This show is a comedy about current events. Westside is a reality TV show about aspiring musicians, and it comes out on November 9th. She-Ra, Princess of Power comes out on November 16th, and is a reboot of the original from the 1980’s.

All you holiday lovers get ready for some holiday movies! One of the movies is The Christmas Chronicles on November 22nd. The movie tells the story of 2 kids trying to capture Santa, but who end up having to accompany him and his elves as they try to save Christmas. Another holiday movie is The Holiday Calendar, which was released on November 2nd. It is about a magical calendar that grants wishes. The next holiday movie is The Princess Switch, and it comes out on November 16th. This movie is about two identical girls trading places. Another holiday movie is A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding which will come out on November 30th, and is the sequel to A Christmas Prince. The final Christmas movie of this month is the Netflix original Angela’s Christmas which was released on the 1st. And for those of you who are not quite ready to say goodbye to the spooky season, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is bringing a twist on the original story to Netflix. It was also released on November 1st.

The classic Sixteen Candles is also making its debut on Netflix and came out on November 1st. It follows a day in the life of Samantha, whose parents forgot her 16th birthday. The second season of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet is coming out on November 22nd. A good pick for Marvel fans this month is Doctor Strange, released on November 1st. On November 4th, Netflix is adding Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, the third installment in the series. If you’re into documentaries, Jiro Dreams Of Sushi tells the story of a sushi restaurant that aims for perfection. It comes out on November 22nd.

History of home video game consoles

Video games started to slowly get more popular in the mid, and end of, the 1900’s. But originally they were played on computers, until 1972, when the world was introduced to the Odyssey, by Magnavox, the first home console video game system. Slowly though, the hype for the system died because of how basic it was.

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The next big video game console to be released was the Atari 2600, from Atari, which began the second generation of video game consoles.

But then, in 1983, due to the competition against computers, and low quality over hyped games, the video game console market crashed in America leading to the bankruptcy of many video game companies.

The video game market in America recovered with the release of the Nintendo entertainment system (NES), and the robotic operating buddy (R.O.B). To get consumers to buy the original NES, it was marketed as a toy with the inclusion of R.O.B.

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With the release of the NES, they also released many important video game franchises such as Super Mario (originally from the Donkey Kong arcade game), and Legend of Zelda just to name a few.

Then, in 1989, Sega released the Genesis to compete with Nintendo after their last console, the Sega Master System, couldn’t compete with the NES. With the Genesis being a stronger system (being 16 bit over the NES being 8 bit), having good marketing, and releasing the game Sonic the Hedgehog, Nintendo and Sega began the first console war.

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With the release of violent video game series such as Street Fighter, and Mortal Kombat Sega created the entertainment software rating board (ESRB) rating system which is still used today. Nintendo then released the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). But the Genesis, having been released before, and for other reasons, had jump started ahead of the SNES.

With further advancements with technology the video game market was hit with the first true 3D games with the 5th generation of consoles. It began with Sega releasing its 32 bit console the Sega Saturn. It was the first video game console to use CDs instead of cartridges.

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Then there was the PlayStation which was the first console that Sony had made. It was created after a failed attempt of an add on to a Nintendo console for discs. It was cheaper than the Saturn and was the most popular console for the fifth generation.

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The last console for the 5th generation was the Nintendo 64, which hinted in its name that it was a 64 bit console. It still used cartridges, which were technologically inferior to CDs, but even so, it still had many critically acclaimed games. It wasn’t good enough to beat the PlayStation though.

During the sixth generation there were 4 big major consoles released. The PlayStation 2, the Xbox, the Nintendo Gamecube, and the Sega Dreamcast. The PlayStation 2, which was the first video game console to use dvds for games, still was on top. It was so popular it still is the best selling video game console of all time.

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The Xbox, which came from Microsoft, had some good success starting a fan base that would widely expand itself to very large numbers today. However, originally the first Xbox couldn’t compete with the PlayStation 2.

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The Dreamcast was Sega’s last attempt at a console before becoming a third party video game creator. Sega attempted things ahead of its time, such as online gaming, which did very poorly when first introduced.

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The Nintendo Gamecube was released in 2001. Though it released games loved by fans today, it couldn’t catch as much hype as its predecessors. So, the Gamecube couldn’t compete with the PlayStation 2 either.

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The seventh generation of consoles brought with it the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3. The PlayStation 3, which was able to read Blu-Ray discs, had finally found competition with the other consoles.

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The Xbox 360, had similar technical capabilities compared to the PlayStation 3. The Xbox 360 also had good internet capability, which was a score for Microsoft because they were finally catching up with Sony.

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The Nintendo Wii, being the most successful console of this generation, outsold the PlayStation and the Xbox by a pretty good amount. With its innovation with the motion controlled controllers, it appealed to a non hardcore, and family friendly, demographic. It also had video games more active then ever before

The current generation of consoles, the eighth, began with the Wii U, a successor to the Wii. From bad marketing and many other reasons the Wii U was a commercial failure.

It was followed by the PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One. Both have been very successful in their own rights, and have been re-released as the Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4 Pro to support 4K resolution gameplay.

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Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch, has been one of the most innovative thus far. Being a handheld and home console hybrid it also features a controller similar to the Wii controllers, and has been very successful due to its innovativeness. Its first party support, with multiple critically acclaimed games has also helped make it popular.

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Things to do in the Big Apple

Are you traveling to New York anytime soon and don’t know what to do there? Here are some ideas of things to do around the city of New York to make your trip the best!

Tour Bus

Taking the Times Square double decker tour bus is so cool because you get to sit in the top of this high bus and see the city from a cool view, while learning about what’s around you. I recommended the company Top View for the tour bus.

Shop in Times Square

If there’s a rainy, or bad weather, day when you are on your trip I suggest going shopping in Time Square. They have the best stores and so many you can find anything and everything. Also, it’s fun to explore the different stores they have there.

Visit Chinatown

It’s fun to explore different cultures, so why not visit Chinatown. They have really cool shops to explore and good authentic Chinese food. If you’re looking for a good gift shop, I suggest going to Chinatown where they have really cute stuff there and for not too much. In the stores around the area, things will either be super expensive or super cheap, so it fits what you want to get.

Here’s a tip: look out for scams in Chinatown. So many people will try to scam you on the street for your money. If someone on the street offers you something for a really high price, offer them a lower number and if they say no, start to walk away, and most the time they will give in.

Go out to Eat

Don’t stay in your hotel’s restaurant, go travel around the area for some good places to eat. Time Square has some of the world’s best bakeries. Also, walking around helps you see the city and explore.

See a Broadway Show

The one and only Broadway is located in New York. Go out one night and see a Broadway show. They are truly amazing. I recommend my favorite show The Phantom of the Opera.

The Met

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is so pretty. I would highly recommend going to this museum to see so much history from the world. It also gives you access to the roof, where some art is, and it’s the prettiest view of the Upper East Side.

Central Park

Central Park is gorgeous. If you’ve been in the city your whole trip, I recommend going for a nice walk in the park. You can do a lot in the park. You can go on a rowboat in a small lake, or even go on a horse carriage ride. Also, if your looking for somewhere pretty to take pictures this is the place.

Statue of Liberty

While you’re in New York, why not visit and see the thing that makes it so special up close? Going on a ferry ride on the Hudson River to get to the Statue is a really cool experience. The ferry tour is very cool, but super windy if you go on the front deck, so I’d be careful of things flying away. The tour guides explain so much about New York, and actually explain other good places to visit and good places to eat.

‘Aladdin’ 2019

Disney has released the first movie trailer for their live-action Aladdin movie, and we get to see the first look of the Cave of Wonder. The director is Guy Ritchie, who is known for his crime films such as: Sherlock Holmes, Snatch, and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. It was an unusual director choice for Disney, and caused some Twitter feeds to express their unhappiness, but Ritchie responded, “With five kids, I know as much or more about kid’s movies than any other type of movies.”

It is reported that Aladdin will be including music in the film like Beauty and the Beast did, and it was one of the things that the producers had to deal with when they were casting actors and actresses. It required that the actors or actresses had to have the ability to sing.

In July of 2017, the cast for Jasmine, Aladdin, and Jafar was announced. There was a backlash from many people when they found out that Naomi Scott was cast as Jasmine. Some people claimed that Naomi Scott looked too pale or that she was not Middle Eastern. Naomi is of mixed British and Gujarati Indian descent. People argued that Disney is reinforcing the idea that South Asian and Middle Eastern are interchangeable.

The role of Aladdin went to Mena Massoud, which many people approved of. Massoud has primarily been a TV actor and has a significant amount of experience in acting. He appears on Amazon’s Jack Ryan series. From what we know, Massoud does not have any significant singing experience, but everyone is quite excited to see Massoud as Aladdin.

Robin Williams voicing the Genie was an iconic performance, and so Ritchie decided to go a different route and casted Will Smith. It was reported that Will Smith was very excited to accept the role and hopes to do well.

For the role of Jafar, Disney has cast Marwan Kenzari. Kenzari has been in The Mummy and The Promise but there is not much about him yet that we know of.

Jasmine’s dad, Sultan, has not been cast yet, and there hasn’t been news about it.

For the animal characters, there hasn’t been anything about Abu, but it does appear that Rajah does play a part in the movie. There is a chance there could be CGI animals in the movie but Disney has not released a statement about it yet.

There is a new character, named Prince Anders, which Disney has cast Billy Magnussen for, and the chief of the guard will be played by Numan Acar. Another new character added in the movie is a friend of Jasmine’s named Mara who will be played by Nasim Pedrad.

The trailer of Aladdin just released, and seems that the production has already finished shooting most of the movie. Aladdin will be in theaters in May of 2019.

BTS concert

BTS is a K-pop boy band with the members being RM (Kin Namjoon), Jin (Kim Seokjin), Suga (Min Yoongi), J-Hope (Jung Hoseok), Jimin (Park Jimin), V (Kim Taehyung), and Jungkook (Jean Jungguk). During 2018 they released two albums; Love Yourself: tear and Love Yourself: Answer. The latter of which concluded their Love Yourself Album series.

BTS announced their upcoming world tour on April 26, 2018. The initial number of shows were 7 in Asia, 15 in North America, 7 in Europe and 29 in total, but BigHit revealed on July 30, 2018, that they’ve added 4 more shows to the Japanese leg of the tour, making it 33 total shows. So far, all their shows have sold out.

when I was getting tickets, the room was in a frenzy. Me and my mom calling my friends family, whom I went with to the concert, and my dad. But when we finally got to ticket master the tickets ad sold out! We didn’t give up and we earthed until we found three seats next to eachother. Now the next challenge, booking a hotel. Whenwe finally found a hotel that had space, it had been an hour. Since many fans had also been looking for rooms, it was impossible to find a hotel.

On the drive to Chicago me and my friend had lots of fun hyping ourselves up for the concert, and when we finally got to the hotel everyone took a few quick showers to refresh from the long car ride and changed.

At the United Center where the concert was taking place, people were buzzing about. And when we finally got in to concert and the show stared, it was very amazing. I absolutely loved the concert! My friend and I and had such a good time together. During the performance they performed may hits and their official setlist for the songs in the order they were performed was:

  • IDOL
  • Save Me
  • I’m Fine
  • Magic Shop
  • Trivia: Just Dance
  • Euphoria
  • I Need U
  • RUN, Serendipity
  • Trivia: Love
  • DNA
  • Boyz With Fun/Attack on Bagtan/Fire/Silver spoon/Dope
  • Airplane pt.2
  • Singularity
  • FAKE LOVE
  • Trivia: Seesaw
  • Epiphany
  • The Truth Untold
  • Outro: Tear
  • MIC Drop
  • So What
  • Anpanman
  • Answer: Love Myself.

It was also my first concert, so the constant screaming took a little getting used to. I really liked being able to go to this concert and i derrifnetly wont forget the experience.  I know everyone cant attend concerts like this so I was extrmely ahoy my parents obliged t send me. The entire experience, in the end, I would defiantly say it was worth it.

 

Lil Wayne “Tha Carter V”

Recently, the new Carter 5 album by Lil Wayne was realsed on September 28th, 2018. Fans have been patiently waiting 7 years for Tha Carter 5 album to be released, after the Carter 4 was realsed August 29th, 2011. For all who don’t know, Lil Wayne is rapper, writer, and American producer from Holly Grove, Louisiana, who has been nominated and won multiple awards including: artist of the year, favorite rap/hiphop-album, Grammys, American Music Awards, and BET awards. He is a powerful artist in the HipHop community, and is thought of highly all across the globe.

Since the release of the Carter 5 album many people have been inspired all around the country. He shares his story, personal life, goals, faluires, and future goals. The Carter 5 album, I feel, has brought fans closer to him and have helped them became more connected to his life. In Lil Wayne’s new album, he has a theme which is: his mom. After every song, his mom talks on the album and discuss Lil Wane’s life, her love for him, interviews, and phone calls. By having his mom as a relevant part of the album I feel he is expressing his love and appreciation for his mom and how much she has done for him.

Lastly, if you want to listen to his album you can find it on iCloud, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, and more. Songs I suggest anyone to listen to include: “Mona Lisa,” “Took His Time,” “Famous,” “Used 2,” and “What About Me.” This album causes you to be open minded and creative because he uses many metaphors, smilies, and word play. I recommend anybody over 14 to listen to this album, it is an inspiration that I feel everyone will connect with.

Inktober 2018

No, I did not misspell October.

Inktober is a month long drawing challenge that takes place during October. The challenge is to fully complete one ink drawing every day from October 1st through the 31st. The challenge was created by Jake Parker back in 2009 to help artists develop their skills and get in the habit of drawing every day. There aren’t many rules, just draw and complete a full piece every day, and upload it onto Instagram or any social media platform.

Some people wonder why Inktober is a challenge. Why not just draw every day? What makes Inktober more challenging than “drawing every day” is that you must fully complete the drawing. Personally I draw every day, but most commonly the drawings are just sketches, and not inked and completed pieces.

How do you come up with an idea every day? On the official Inktober website there is a prompt list. The first prompt list was created in 2016. Each year the prompts change, although I have noticed many of the prompts tend to be fall/Halloween themed. There is a different prompt for every day, and although most people follow these prompts it is never required. Some groups also make alternative prompt lists. Feel free to come up with your own ideas, or only follow your favorite prompts!

Now, you’re probably thinking I’m crazy right now. Thirty one days of drawing? If a whole month is too much for you, people also do a “half-marathon” (One drawing every other day) or a “5k” (One drawing a week). There is also some confusion about which art supplies to use. Originally, the challenge was to do just black and white ink. Now, people do color as well, but the official rules suggest limiting the amount of color that you use to one or a few colors. People have also done calligraphy, lettering, watercolors, and more. If you do decide to participate this year (It’s not to late!) or in the future, just remember that you are the artist – do this challenge to help yourself and have fun!

For more information on Inktober, or to see what other people are drawing, check out Inktober.com, @inktober, #inktober, and #inktober2018.

What happened with TellTale Games

The gaming company TellTale started up in October of 2004, and nearly 14 years later, they shut down. But why? Were they not making good sales? Were they in the middle of a huge controversy? Did the employees stop caring? Well, here’s where you find out.

TellTale started off small, and it wasn’t until a crisp April day in 2012 that TellTale truly got its start with their game, The Walking Dead. The first season of their game boasted five episodes, and by November it was all complete. It received huge praise, winning over eighty awards. It topped the sales chart for Xbox, and when I say pretty much everyone played it, I mean it.

The Walking Dead started an era. An era of choice-driven games. In TellTale’s series, you, the player, can choose what to say and how to act. You are in charge of your relationships with others, who dies, who lives, and how well your group survives.

But is that true? TellTale tells the player in the beginning “Your choices matter,” but is that a lie? Sadly, pretty much. Sure, you have choices, you can make someone hate you, and you can even sacrifice someone to save another. But it doesn’t matter.

In the game you have to choose between two people to save. Doug and Carly. You would think that whoever you save would change the game. That these two characters will start a new storyline, and the game will change depending on who lives, and who dies. But no matter you save, they die soon later anyway, leaving the game unchanged. It creates an illusion of choice.

Sure, if TellTale’s games were only one of a few choice-based games then maybe nobody would have minded. The problem is that The Walking Dead became so popular that game companies realized they could make massive profit from those types of games. And why play a game that tricks you into believing that your choices matter when you can play a game where they actually do matter?

A good comparison is between TellTale’s The Walking Dead, and Quantic Dream‘s Detroit: Become Human. In the latter game, you can see a map at the end of every episode or section you play. You can see what choices you made, and the different branches of choices that you didn’t. There are tons of endings and small details that differ depending on what you, the player, chose.

So really, TellTale started an era in the gaming world, but it was their eventual downfall. The games being created to capitalize on the popularity of that genre were better than the one that started it all.

But I’m sure you’re thinking “That can’t be the only reason! Just because their games didn’t have real choices!” And you’re right. So let’s look at the next reason why TellTale couldn’t keep afloat.

Employees were generally unhappy. Many worked long hours, and the management was toxic. There was barely any organization. Nobody really kept track of what was going on. The management stopped interacting with their staff, and that meant less morale.

As TellTale got more popular, the more they made games. Soon they started working on multiple games at once. Instead of choosing developers to stick to one game, they rotated developers. This made the creation process to be more sloppy, and many workers didn’t understand this decision.

There wasn’t even any proper schedule. Rewrites and improvoments of the game were asked very last minute. Employees say that it was a constant barrage of work with no break, six day work weeks, with about 18 hours for each of those days. New developers couldn’t handle it, and the older ones were not putting in all their effort.

Eventually, TellTale couldn’t handle the stress. It collapsed under its own foundation.

Over 200 workers were laid off without severance, many took to Twitter to say not to work extreme overtime for a company that, in the end, will not care about you.

Many other game companies told these employees that they could always come and work them. At least there’s a silver lining to the storm clouds.

It is unknown if TellTale will continue the final season of The Walking Dead. The episodes are set to release in November and December, and their MineCraft Netflix series will be finished.

 

Why is social media addictive?

By: Mateo Barrera

In recent years, social media has become increasingly more popular, with almost everyone having access to an electronic device. Because of almost everyone having an electronic, it’s really easy to get social media apps such as Instagram and Facebook because they are free.

Social media is an access point for people to get recognition from people that they know and people that they haven’t even met. But not only that, it also gives people opportunities to share their opinions to other people. Due to this, people have created a sort of addictive habit to go onto social media constantly to check others’ posts and their own.

 According to an article on The Huffington Post, the psychological reasoning behind the addiction is because  “Social media engagement has been found to trigger three key networks in the brain – the ‘mentalizing network’, the ‘the self-referential cognition network’ and the ‘reward network.’”

The use of the mentalizing network is important because one of the sections of your brain that is being used in the mentalizing network, the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex, is used to basically help us judge how people are, through looking at them, and “has been the reason we exist today.” So, the use of this section of your brain is super important.

The self referencing section of your brain is used because on social media a lot of the time you are talking about yourself, so it is clear to see why it is used.

The reward network of your brain is triggered during the use of social media because the people who post on the platforms get a sense of reward from their friends and other people liking the things that they have posted. This feeling is a lot stronger when you are a teenager because one of the sections of your brain connected with the reward system, the nucleus accumbens area, is connected to “exaggerated” feelings of pain and pleasure. And this is why it is a lot more common for teenagers to use social media than adults, or at least feel more feelings towards the things that they post.

 

BTS ‘Love Yourself’ tour

The time has come again for BTS to gear up for another successful world tour. BigHit, BTS’s label, announced their upcoming world tour on April 26, 2018. The initial number of shows were 7 in Asia, 15 in North America, 7 in Europe and 29 in total, but BigHit revealed on July 30, 2018 that they’ve added 4 more shows to the Japanese leg of the tour, making it 33 total shows.

So far, they’ve had 12 shows in Seoul, Los Angeles, Oakland, Fort Worth, and Hamilton. All of their shows have been sold out. They performed at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, with 90,000 people in attendance. In their North America locations, they’ve performed at the Staples Center, Oracle Arena, Fort Worth Convention Center, and the First Ontario Centre, and had 164,000 attended in total.

BigHit has announced that BTS will be performing at Citi Field Stadium in New York. Tickets sold out in 20 minutes making them the first Korean artists to have a concert in a U.S. stadium.

For the European Leg of the tour, BTS will be visiting London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris. The London dates sold out in two minutes, and the Berlin shows sold out in nine minutes. BigHit has revealed that all 100,000 tickets for their European leg have been sold out.

With almost every show sold out, new locations and concerts are in high demand. BTS will most likely be adding more events to their tour, so the ARMY (BTS’s fan base) should be on the lookout for additional tickets and concerts.