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The best shows to binge with new dorm buddies

It’s the start of the school year, which means that a perilous time has befallen incoming Ducks. Freshman year means dorm living, and all the social pitfalls therein. You’ve just moved into a crowded hall full of bizarre strangers, and over nine months they’ll either grow to be lifelong friends …

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Review: ‘Blair Witch’ is a decent revival for horror fans, but nothing special overall

Back in 1999, word of an unbelievable horror movie hit the early sectors of the web. A film compiled from real-life footage of a few young adults who ventured out into the woods of Maryland in search of the local folk legend known as the Blair Witch. The Blair Witch Project …

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PAX West 2016 brings thousands of gamers to Seattle for cosplay, VR, and competition

Since 2004, Labor Day weekend has been a special time in Seattle. From all across the nation gamers, geeks and nerds of all persuasions travel — united for the Pacific Northwest’s biggest video game convention. PAX West (formerly known as PAX Prime, until it was eclipsed by the Boston-set PAX …

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12 games coming out this fall to look forward to: Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Mafia III, CoD Infinite Warfare.

Titanfall 2 Back at the dawn of the new console generation, Respawn Entertainment (a studio born from ex-Infinity Ward developers, the team responsible for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare) wowed the world with Titanfall. A new shooter for a new generation, Titanfall’s parkour theatrics and unique asymmetrical take on …

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Review: Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Get Down’ never slows down

A certain cocktail had to come together to result in a show like The Get Down — a one-of-a-kind blend where a production house that is lenient with talent and liberal with cash (Netflix), meets a director known for vibrant extravagance (Baz Luhrmann, of Moulin Rogue and The Great Gatsby) and the pair …

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Review: ‘No Man’s Sky’ offers a beautiful, but bare-bones space odyssey.

It’s been humankind’s longest dream to look out into the sky, and wonder just what else may be awaiting us in the heavens. As our knowledge of space and the great cosmic darkness has expanded, we’ve caught glimpses of other worlds. Countless artists have crafted their take on what the …

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Review: Sausage Party proves that modern comedy knows no boundaries

There are no longer any limits to what can be shown in a major studio feature film. The perception that America is beholden to moral self-censoring is dead. Seth Rogen has killed it, or at least proven that it can be toppled with enough industry clout. Sausage Party is a …

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Gaming Week In Review: THQ Comes Back From The Dead, Quantum Break stabs Windows 10 in the back

THQ Rises From The Grave As THQNordic Back in 2013, legacy publisher THQ filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a series of costly retail failures. While its most notable franchises (Saints Row, WWE, Total War, Homefront) eventually found homes at other publishing houses – the bulk of their IP (including …

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Five of the most memorable Olympic anthems

The Summer Olympic Games are underway once again, bringing the excitement of sport to the forefront of the world’s attention. For as long as there have been Olympics, there have been songs that defined them. Be they fitting of the sacrifice and prestige required of the event or not, these …

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Review: ‘Suicide Squad’ is cynical, superficial and meaningless

In many ways, it’s all of our fault that Suicide Squad played out the way it did. We packed the cinemas for Guardians of the Galaxy, showing demand for superhero films that broke the mold. We pushed Harley Quinn to the forefront of nerd culture, despite never having made an …

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Gaming Week In Review – No Man’s Sky comes crashing to Earth, QuakeCon brings the action

The endless dream of No Man’s Sky gets a harsh reality check. No Man’s Sky blew gamers away back in late 2013 with the promise of a staggering procedurally generated universe. More than 18 quintillion planets are available to explore, chart and claim for yourself. This staggering scale has created …

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Review: Telltale Games begins new Batman saga with ‘Realm Of Shadows’

This year has been a challenging one for Batman fanatics. After the wildly disappointing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the middling Suicide Squad and a downright awful adaptation of The Killing Joke – it’s hard to imagine getting excited about a new story featuring the caped crusader. The story of Bruce Wayne has …

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Review: ‘Lights Out’ is simple horror that packs a brilliant punch

Horror is a genre that is obsessed with rules, both spoken and unspoken. The ghost on the mysterious VHS tape will only kill after seven days. The vampire must always avoid sunlight, garlic and crosses. The black couple will split from the group first, drawing the ire of the masked slasher. …

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Review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is a spacey summer treat

In 2009’s Star Trek, J.J Abrams reinvented a sci-fi classic for a new generation with a phenomenal ensemble cast and a smart excuse for revisiting classic Trek lore. It felt like a perfect reintroduction, one that Abrams struggled to build upon with Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. Bagging the hopeful sci-fi series …

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Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is a nostalgic, thrilling summer binge

’80s nostalgia is a genre of pop culture that’s so saturated, it seems impossible to escape. All around us are remakes, reboots and revivals of life from a bygone era. One of cold war paranoia, bold neon pop music — screens dense with Steven Spielberg, Stephen King and John Carpenter. …

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Review: ‘Ghostbusters’ doesn’t live up to the original, and is all the better for it

One of 2016’s most fiercely debated films, Ghostbusters has been a lightning rod for online controversy and earnest think pieces for everyone. Now with the full film out for the world to judge, the time has come to step away from conversations of ‘ruined childhoods’ and perceived misogyny. When separated …

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Double Takes: Mr. Robot season 2 begins cryptically, beautifully

Double Takes is a series in which two Emerald writers compare notes on a recent piece of media. In this installment, Emerald writers Chris Berg and Emerson Malone share their thoughts on Mr. Robot’s two-part season two premiere. “I tell you, the human condition is a straight-up tragedy, cuz.” – Leon …

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Double Takes: Pokémon Go is a great revival, but how long is its shelf life?

Double Takes is a series in which two Emerald writers compare notes on a recent piece of media. In this installment, Emerald writers Chris Berg and Mathew Brock share their thoughts on the new app Pokémon Go. Watch the Pokémon Go Super Bowl spot below. Chris’s take: It’s hard to …

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Berg: The latest Purge is every bit as hypocritical as America itself.

It’s hard to paint The Purge: Election Year as anything but a hit. Having grossed over $45 million in just five days on a $10 million budget, it stands to be one of 2016’s most profitable investments for Universal studios. The action-horror sequel outgrossed a new Steven Spielberg project, The …

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This week in Eugene: Olympic Trials, Whiskey Shivers and a giant peach

Tuesday, July 5th – 2016 Olympic Team Trials – Single day tickets range from $43-$88 – Every day until July 11th at Hayward Field If you’ve managed to avoid the entire campus beyond the EMU, you may not have noticed the colossal installation around Hayward Field and the REC Center …

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Berg: Yes, Fall Out Boy’s Ghostbusters theme is bad. But there’s more to it.

It seems like everyone has an axe to grind with Paul Feig’s reboot of Ghostbusters. Whether you find the notion of an all-female cast pandering, or considering the use of African-American stereotype to be uncouth, negative emotions have prematurely surrounded the film. This week, the cycle of outrage extended to …

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Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ a lame follow-up to the 1996 epic

I don’t think many people would think twice if you referred to Roland Emmerich’s 1996 disaster epic Independence Day as a “classic.” The film was a box office smash, and left cultural shockwaves that resonated throughout the ’90s. It’s an ideal summer B-movie that blends impressive practical effects with a …

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Double Takes: ‘Finding Dory’ dives into the backstory of a beloved side character

Double Takes is a series in which two Emerald writers compare notes on a recent film, album or television show. In this installment, Emerald writers Chris Berg and Emerson Malone share their thoughts on the new film Finding Dory. Thirteen years after Finding Nemo, Finding Dory returns to a familiar ensemble of …

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Review: ‘Popstar’ a predictable charmer

The music industry is absurd. It’s been that way for ages, only intensified by the dawn of social media, autotune and autobiographical documentaries about 21-year old pop stars. Thus, it’s an easy target for parody. With Popstar: Don’t Stop Never Stopping, The Lonely Island (the comedic trio of Andy Samberg, …

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Review: Saint Motel starts summer off right with new tunes and retro flair

Memorial Day weekend kicked off with a burst of fresh summer heat courtesy of Saint Motel. The California-based pop-rockers have been hanging around the Pacific Northwest for a few weeks, finishing up their long-awaited second album. Their visit to the Hi-Fi Music Hall last Friday marked their first stop in …

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What will be 2016’s Song of the Summer?

Each year has its definitive Song of the Summer. It’s chiefly defined by two things: (a) its earwormy nature and (b) its ubiquity. 2014 was the summer of that “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo (feat. Snoop Dogg) was ubiquitous and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj was …

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Emerald Recommends the dining spots to have your parents take you

It’s nearly graduation season, which means that (a) time to start pretending you’re an adult, except for (b) those times when your folks come to town and you don’t have to foot the bill for dinner. Today, the Emerald recommends some of the best spots around town to have your …

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Gaming Week In Review: The ‘Tetris’ movie is coming

Chinese And US Studios Join Forces In Adaptation Of Iconic Russian Pop Art Piece – Or In Other Words, A Tetris Movie Is Coming. With The Angry Birds Movie hitting domestic cinemas this weekend, the bar for video game adaptations has been simultaneously raised and lowered. Despite lacking any sort of a …

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Review: Uncharted 4 is this Summer’s most impressive thrill ride

What makes an action movie work? What is it about a great car chase or fist fight that gets our blood pumping? It’s the meeting of the possible and the impossible. Seeing human beings defy the laws of physics, or survive insurmountable obstacles fills us with inspiration. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End …

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Podcast: Gaming Week in Review – The Future of Shooters

In the first podcast edition of the Gaming Week in Review, Daily Emerald A&C writers Matthew Brock and Chris Berg come together to discuss the beta of Blizzard’s new first-person shooter, Overwatch. They also touch on two other upcoming gun fiestas, from opposite ends of history – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare …

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