Minecraft is Reclaiming its Crown from Fortnite By: Ronan Quenery September 13, 2019 Over the past year, Fortnite has been the biggest game, but one of the biggest games of all time that was forgotten by the gaming community was Minecraft. The interest of Fortnite is waning. Not disastrously, but enough that Google Trends show that it's at its lowest peak at August 4. But what’s surprising is not just that Fortnite is starting to taper off a bit, but that Minecraft is starting to surge. In recent months, Fortnite’s popularity has decreased overtime whenever a new update comes out due to pro players claiming that they’re not having fun. Fans everywhere remain divided over the BRUTE’s place in Battle Royale. Since the Mech, a robot character, was introduced at the start of August, there’s been a vocal contingent of fans begging to remove it or nerf it. The developers listened and the Mech got nerfed, but people still are not having fun because it is still in the game. As a result, the BRUTE’s introduction has caused most of the community to leave and switch to other games to play, mainly Minecraft. On YouTube, whether you caught up with Pewdiepie’s new Minecraft Let’s Play series or not, Minecraft has reclaimed its popularity crown from Fortnite. It’s officially been 10 years since its first-ever game debut. With the help of innovating updates to the gamecan help Minecraft expand and grow. Additionally, many other gaming YouTubers did bring Minecraft back to its spotlight,especially Pewdiepie, featuring the game in his Minecraft Epic playlist. Overall, fans from Fortnite have not been satisfied over Fortnite’s recent updates which lead to Minecraft’s rise in popularity.
Billie Eilish Calls Out Nylon Germany For Non-Consensual Photo-Shopped Magazine Cover By Emma Gore September 13, 2019 Last Friday, Nylon Germany Magazine released a new cover with the face of the 17-year-old music sensation, Billie Eilish. After the surprise release of the edited cover, Eilish and her fans were not happy, to say the least. The magazine photo shopped her picture by depicting the artist shirtless and hairless as well as giving her a robotic look. Not only did the magazine not have Eilish’s consent to edit the photos, but she is still a minor. Eilish said she was never “approached by Nylon about this piece whatsoever,” and was given “no creative input.” The young artist’s signature look is wearing baggy '90s themed clothing and dying her hair vibrant colors. Fans and the music sensation are confused about why the magazine would choose to eliminate her iconic outfit and bold hair out of all things. Eilish continues, “You’re gonna make a picture of me shirtless? That’s not real? At 17? And make it the cover?” Nylon Germany apologized to the artist as well as her fans and withdrew the cover immediately.
Popeyes and Chick-fil-A Rivalry By Camila Saenz September 13, 2019
On August 12, Popeyes released their chicken sandwich. The sandwich is similar to Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich. The similarities between the two caused a global discussion, A week after Popeyes released their sandwich, Chick-fil-A’s twitter advertisement team tweeted, “bun+chicken+pickle= all the love for the original.” Popeyes’ response was, “... y’all good?” Hashtags about the sandwiches began to be number one trending from #chickenwars to #chickensandwichtwitter. The arguments were based on flavor and taste. Global chicken enthusiasts decided on Chick-fil-A having a more subtle sandwich taste and Popeyes having more spice. Popeyes and Chick-fil-A line wait times grew significantly, up to an hour-long. There are reports that many Popeyes workers worked up to 60 or more hours, leading many of the workers to quit. All the attention this rivalry got lead other fast-food restaurants to join the war. Wendy’s attempted to tweet against Popeyes and Chick-fil-A but was completely ignored. The competition between the latter two was much bigger. In the end, one of the two had to win and profit more. According to an analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets, Popeyes won the war, gaining 30% percent more popularity. They checked whose wait time was longer and who sold the most sandwiches. The main reason is that many people wanted chicken sandwiches but didn’t agree with Chick-fil-A’s political views. Eventually, Popeyes ran out of the sandwiches which led the war to slowly end.
The 1975’s “People” demonstrates a surprising new sound By: Mariya Hussain September 6, 2019
On August 22, popular alternative band, The 1975, dropped a new single titled “People” that caught a lot of attention. Shifting from the soft ballad sounds of A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, their most recent album released not even a year ago, to a much more hardcore punk style was cause for a wide range of opinions. Fans of the band’s more popular upbeat songs, such as “Chocolate” and “The Sound,” generally were not happy about this shift. Though nobody was expecting it, Matty Healy’s strained vocals and the loud guitars left hardcore fans pleasantly surprised. Following their recent single featuring a spoken word by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg about climate change activism, The 1975 are beginning to speak out on important matters, also seen with “People.” With lyrics such as “Wake up, wake up, wake up!” and “The economy’s a goner,” this single acts as a cry for help, heightened by the angsty word choice and sound. With a discography ranging from ballads like “Nana” to rock-influenced pieces such as “The City,” The 1975 have pretty much done it all, but never have they channeled such intensity as they did through the punk style in “People.” It was quite a shock to most listeners, but if anyone was to make such a statement, it’s The 1975. Some fans think their artistry in their music demonstrates that they are not afraid to venture into different styles of music and that they make music that really means something important. The impact of this single has listeners excited for The 1975’s upcoming album, “Notes on a Conditional Form,” as they could truly go in any direction.
People are Eagerly Awaiting Cartoon Network’s Infinity Train By Ronan Quenery September 6, 2019 With the end of Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball, Cartoon Network announced a new animated series that stood out to the community, Infinity Train. Writer Owen Dennis, who was the writer for Regular Show, announced the project in 2016 as a curious animated short. Since the short first appeared on Cartoon Network’s YouTube channel, it’s gotten more than 4.7 million views. Aside from saying that the show is meant to begin airing in 2019, the network has not set an official premiere date. But, as we roll into the year, people are eagerly awaiting the premier. The series follows a girl’s train journey where each car has its own dimension. It tells the story of Tulip, an analytical teenager that has a fondness for solving complex puzzles. Tulip makes her way through the titular locomotive and the infinite cars, each one containing its own world that is in desperate need of help. She is joined in her journey by her robot friend One-One. Story wise, there’s a near-limitlessness potential in Infinity Train because of its premiere alone. The reason many people are excited for the show is due to Tulip’s distinct personality. Unlike some nervous heroes from other series who see their adventures as fun, Tulip sees the train as a life problem that must be solved and understood. If she doesn’t solve it, she will be in danger. The series is set to debut on Cartoon Network, and fans are excited to buckle in for a wild ride.
Australia Continues To Ban Video Games By Neo Mongeau September 6, 2019 In the last three months, the Australian Classification Board has banned four video games. This is a small part of an ongoing battle that Australian citizens have been fighting with the ACB. The ACB has been banning video games since 2001. Early bans consisted of video games such as Grand Theft Auto III, Soldier of Fortune and Manhunt. The video games listed above were all banned for depicting violence, drugs and crime. The most recent of these video game bans is a game called Day Z. This game had a feature in it where a player could use morphine to heal him or herself. This caused an uproar in the Australian Government since the game depicted drug use. Day Z was banned for a month before being unbanned by the ACB. Day Z developers Bohemia Interactive removed the feature from the game so the ACB would allow their game to be played in Australia. Some Australian citizens are in an uproar about the Day Z ban, as in 2013 Australia received an adult age rating for video games and movies. Citizens are arguing the adult age rating does not seem to matter to the ACB as it continues to ban games for drug use, violence and crime. The Australian government argues that in video games a person commits those violent actions through, this can incite violence and cause issues in youth; unlike movies where a person would watch the actions instead of committing the actions out themselves, even if it is simulated. The law does not seem like it's going to change, as the ACB has reasons for banning video games other than youth commiting a crime in a game. The ACB classification guidelines states, “Drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted.” This is why the video games Day Z and We Happy Few were banned as for Day Z’s case the drug morphine could be used to heal your player back to full health. This could be used as an incentive or reward. For now, the Australian government seems very dedicated to enforcing its media laws.
Collective Brockhampton Releases Fifth Studio Album By Bella Vilao August 29, 2019 Hip-hop collective and self-proclaimed ‘boyband’ Brockhampton released their fifth studio album titled GINGER on August 23, 2019. This release has been highly anticipated for months, thanks to teasers posted to the band’s social media accounts as well as singles from the album. Although this release has been highly anticipated, fans and the rest of the hip-hop community have been extremely nervous for the release, worrying that it won’t live up to the hype of their previous Saturation Trilogy albums. Ever since the departure of former Brockhampton rapper Ameer Vann, Brockhampton has been on quite the journey to experiment with music more and try to come back as a collective stronger than ever . Besides Brockhampton’s internal struggle, the group has received a lot of criticism for the work they’ve put out. Many people claim that Vann’s departure from the group was the downfall of Brockhampton. But it’s safe to say that as soon as the album dropped, all worries were almost instantly gone. The founder and front man of Brockhampton, Kevin Abstract, described the album best when he stated on social media that “it feels like an emotional house party”. Many Brockhampton fans took to Twitter to express their feelings towards the new release. There were many mixed emotions, but they were good mixed emotions. People stated the album took them through a rollercoaster of emotions. From smooth and quick rap verses with fun lyrics, to ballads with extremely sentimental and raw lyrics, Brockhampton delivered a new collection of classic hits that fans of the group and the hip-hop community will forever cherish.