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What made this console so special goes well beyond gimmicks

I was a freshman in high school when the Nintendo 3DS was released. Beginning a new stage in my upbringing, I was both excited and nervous, because who isn’t? Those same words described my emotions when I found out that Nintendo would be incorporating stereoscopic 3D into their newest handheld model. What does that even mean? Would I need those weird blue and red-tinted glasses from the movie theaters to see Mario and Link on the screen?


The silver screen has caught the attention spans of the masses in a unique way.

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Photo by Diego González on Unsplash

There was once a time in which most people viewed television as the lesser alternative to movies and big pictures.

The Hollywood stars left TV for the up and coming actors and for washed-up has-beens who didn’t know anywhere else to turn for work.

If you wanted to watch something that had credence and substance, you always knew that movies and big productions would be the avenue to enjoy this type of entertainment.

Boy, have things changed during the last couple of decades.

TV is now littered with enormous stars and performances, and many programs create the type of attention…


White people seem to have a problem with how King James interacts with the civil rights movement. Should they?

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Photo by Chichi Onyekanne on Unsplash

A couple of weeks ago, during a game between the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers, there was a fan kicked out of the event for heckling LeBron James in an inappropriate manner.

The man was holding up several signs about James, and the one that caught my attention the most was one that read “LeBron is racist”.

This opens up an enormous can of worms in the discussion about civil rights and who can be racist and who can’t.

I’ve already written before about whether black people can be racist, and you can view that article below.

Racial…


When trying to overthrow the government isn’t enough for impeachment

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People were celebrating Saturday all across social media.

They were celebrating that seven Republican senators decided to have the decency to vote to impeach Donald Trump for his incitement of the terrorist attack on our Capital Building last month.

No impeachment trial has ever seen such a bipartisan result in the amount of Congressman who have voted to convict a member of their own party. The fact that there were 43 who buried their heads in the sand and chose to ignore violence and unforgivable indiscretions again is the real storyline.

Because you need a two-thirds majority vote to find…


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The creator of Gunman Clive, Mechstermination Force, and Super Punch Patrol talks about the industry at large

Bertil Hörberg has become one of the most well-known indie developers for Nintendo-oriented gaming fans. His Gunman Clive series has a cult following, allowing retro-gaming fans to indulge in the joys of a modern reimagining of the NES Mega Man titles.


Girl power in gaming is much needed. Here are some of the best examples.

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For much of its history, the gaming industry has followed most entertainment outlets when it comes to neglecting female main characters.

Women are usually the ones who need saving. They are the helpless damsels in distress, the whining side shows whom players bemoan for their annoyance.

But one company has always been a trailblazer in an otherwise sexist field. Nintendo has made a truly admirable effort from the very beginning to feature their female protagonists in deserving ways.

Sure, there’s still the typical princess caricatures. There’s outdated storytelling and not many games where women have a larger role than men…


If only a kid’s view of the world could prevail forever.

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Photo by Chayene Rafaela on Unsplash

When I was in third grade, my extended family came to an open house or something at my elementary school. Like most kids, I was always excited to show off my inconsequential daily activities in class to the grown-ups in my life.

I especially anticipatory because the previous day a kid in my class had tossed a mini white board slate across the room, leading to my teacher chasing him down the hall and to the principal’s office.

I was always the kid who prided myself on never acting out, therefore seeing a fellow student misbehave piqued my interest and…


Weighing the pros and cons of marathon-viewing a television show.

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One of the only good parts about the pandemic and subsequent quarantines has been the ability to watch some older shows and movies that I’ve always intended to see but never got around to.

I love watching an episode of a TV program nightly with my brother, and we are able to finish the show in a couple of months time, depending on how many seasons and episodes it contains.

I like to call it a “mini-binge” watch. It’s watching the show at a much quicker pace than if it was airing once a week in its original slate, and…


Dissecting how these two authors create a bond between bodily and metaphysical blackness

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Octavia Butler traces the history and culture of black life through her many works, whether that be through a discussion on slavery or the power of control through reproduction. One of her strongest discussions is on the symbolism of the literal body of black women, and this is manifested through the character Anyanwu in “Wild Seed”.

Seemingly drawing much inspiration from this novel, Tara Betts uses her short story Runway Blackout to continue the work of Butler, creating a world in which black women must literally change their physical beings to gain an edge in a modern capitalist society, shown…


Learning from your peers is the best way to improve your own work!

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The best way to become a better writer is to read other people’s work.

Learning from others to see what works and what doesn’t is one of the best ways you can help yourself find a pulse on the community you are trying to communicate with.

I have so many preferred writers on Medium that it’s difficult to pick all of my favorites out, but I am going to try my best here.

This will hopefully be a very interactive experience for everyone involved. I want to ask each of these writers a question about what makes them successful, and…

Shawn Laib

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

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