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The Rise of E-Gaming

Posted by Thomas Nichols on May 25, 2016 in Entertainment |

Dota 2, League of Legends, and Smite. These are the most popular type of E-gaming, the M.O.B.A.(Massive Online Battle Arena). E-gaming is short for electronic gaming, or in other words, video games. Recently these types of games have stormed the competitive scene and taken have taken up entire stadiums of people just to watch teams compete. The most popular ones with prize pools over one million dollars and  nearly 100 players. Now this may seem like irrelevant information, but it’s not something to be taken lightly. This specific type of gaming has started to become more and more respected. The players spend almost of their time playing a single game just to try and get good enough to win and this has caused people to take it seriously.

Despite the large amount of avid followers, there are still very many people who won’t even classify it as a sport of any sort. Now, their arguments aren’t entirely based in bias for their favorite sports. The main point they bring up is how little physical effort is involved in playing. Its really just sitting at a computer, moving a mouse and hitting buttons on a key board. This is a seemingly valid point, but what they aren’t considering is the extensive amount of time required for practice.

That’s another big argument. People believe anyone can be good at it. This is not the case at all. I’d know, I’ve tried and I’ve failed. There are so many people that want the same thing as you do so if you want to try and make it big, you need to be good. Not natural talent, but being good from practice and accepting help from other people. These aren’t the sort of games you just jump into and get to be the best alone. Take people’s advice, you might need it.

These complaints are easily disproved, but this doesn’t make them any less of an issue when we live in a society that will disregard facts just to be the winner.

Surprisingly, as much as a threat these complaints pose to the credibility of the sport, E-gaming is still on the rise. As technology advances and tradition begins to fade away this specific section of sporting gets to bathe in the lime light.

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Dark Souls 3: the Souls-ening

Posted by Jonathan Bender on May 25, 2016 in News |

If you already know what Dark Souls is, go to the Coda.

Dark Souls 3, released in mid-April this year for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, is the third entry into a series of games by FromSoftware that can be summed up briefly as “difficult.” At an MSRP of $60, one would wonder whether this is good to pick up, not only for newcomers, but for fans well-acquainted to the various nuances within the series of Dark Souls.

In short: Yes. This game is a great installment not only to start with, if only for its acceptable difficulty curve, but for veteran players well-acquainted to a firm-but-fair difficulty curve.

Rather than simply dying and losing a life, you have infinite lives in the Souls series. However, you lose all EXP and money that has not been spent on levels or items and only have one chance and one chance only to retrieve them. After that, your spoils are lost to the void. There are certain things that can be employed to prevent this, such as not dying, teleporting away with a homeward bone, or wearing a Ring of Sacrifice, which gives you the ability to not lose your stuff upon dying one time.

You may enjoy this, however: the Souls games do not shove the story in your face; it is your job to find and discover the game’s story on your own, hidden in flavor text and optional conversations with non-playable characters, shortened as NPCs. You are not even some hero whose misdoings such as mortally striking an NPC can be rebuffed; as long as you are in your current world’s cycle, you will always have to live with the fact that you have killed an NPC, gaining no chances to revive them or otherwise.

The main appeal to most players, however, is the online multiplayer; not only can one be summoned to another’s world to help another person, but in fact you can become so grossly incandescent as myself and join the Warriors of Sunlight: valiant men who are rewarded by the covenant for doing such things as allowing others the privilege of being helped by such radiant individuals.

The story of Dark Souls 3 is essentially that you are an “unkindled pile of ash” that reincarnated from death and was propelled into an infinite cycle of death and undeath. Your job, upon clearing the “tutorial” boss that can knock you around like an abusive husband on a bad day, is to retrieve the ashes of the other lords of ash in hopes of what I can only interpret as transcending this infinite cycle of death and undeath. However, you can expect, at its core, a 35+ hour adventure with an optional “new game plus” option that sharply increases the difficulty in return for allowing you to restart the game with what you had previously beaten the game with. In other words, massive replayability.

How is this game on its own? Meh. Dark Souls is better, Dark Souls II is marginally better. Dark Souls III is too short for its own good; it starts, impresses you with its visuals, does something neat, and then it’s over. If there’s anything I particularly dislike about this entry into the series, it’s that it rehashes old locations from Dark Souls and, therefore, brings little of anything new to the table. This game runs using the same engine as Bloodborne, and as such a large number of enemies within the game are extremely aggressive; it wouldn’t take much time to realize that Dark Souls as a series wants for the player to play defensively and, as such, this game feels rushed, as gameplay style conflicts with game design.

Given that this game is very poorly optimized for consistent, smooth framerate on its release platforms, as well as that Dark Souls II was released in 2014, updated in 2015, and Bloodborne was also released in 2015, this game is very rushed to me. Were this game given more time for dedicated work and attention, this game would have been astounding. As it is: you’d be better off with other installations in the series, even Bloodborne.

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The Endgame Nihilist

Posted by N on May 25, 2016 in Creative Writing, Poems |

(Inspired by Mortis Ghost’s OFF.)

 

Her life brings existence;

it allows anxious beings to trudge across metal streets,

their voices thick with smoke and uncertainty.

When threatened, they will gain

black, burning heads

that murmur vaguely of some distant situation.

 

When you surpass her there is

nothing

but an empty vat of blackness and space.

Free-falling into that space is impossible,

for once her subsistence is gone then so are you—

along with every grey thing you have left behind.

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Orchestra Chicago Vacay

Posted by Damarilys Hernandez on May 17, 2016 in Clubs, Events |

By: Damarilys Hernandez

From Friday April 22- Sunday April 24, the Elyria High School Chamber and Symphonic Orchestras went on a trip to Chicago with orchestra directors Dr. Pope and Mr. Bates. The purpose of the trip was to create a stronger bond between the students that will help them in the classroom.

A cookie dough fundraiser helped offset the cost of the students’ $365.00 trip.This amount paid for Motor Coach transportation, 2 nights of hotel lodging, a daily breakfast at the hotel, a Music Clinic at VanderCook College, tickets to the Chicago

White Sox Vs. Texas Rangers Baseball game, admission to the Skydeck at the Willis Tower, admission to the Art Institute of Chicago, tickets to the Blue Man Group performance, dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and admission to the Museum of Science and Industry.

On the first day the orchestra went to Vandercook College to see how college kids play and to have lesson with one of their teachers. Then they went to see the White Sox play, but couldn’t stay there for the whole game because of how cold it was.

On the second day the orchestra went to the Willis Tower’s Skydeck (the tallest building in Chicago) to see the entire city from a bird’s eye view. Then they went to Navy Pier for lunch and a little shopping. Later they went to the Art Institute of Chicago to see many beautiful paintings and sculptures.

After the Orchestra left the Art Institute they went to see the Blue Man Group performance, so they could see something unique and musical. After the performance, the orchestra took pictures with the members of the group. Finally the orchestra went to have dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.

On the last day of the trip the orchestra went to the Museum of Science and Industry to see many artifacts from history. After they left the museum and had lunch there, everyone left to go home with some great memories.

 

 

 

 

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YouTube and the Future

Posted by Thomas Nichols on May 17, 2016 in Entertainment, Information, Opinion |

By: Thomas Nichols

Recently there has been a rise in the use of the popular website YouTube as a platform for the production of all kinds of media. YouTube has been around for quite some time now and has been seeing extreme growth in its user base since its very beginning.  Nowadays it’s so popular that if you ask just about anybody about it, they would at least have something to tell, if not a full story. This is what I mean when I say YouTube and the future. The younger generation of today are unknowingly in control of the future of popular media, and if the path they are on continues, then YouTube will surely be a huge aspect of the future.

Now when I say younger generation, I am not referring to people specifically under the age of eighteen. I am referring to people under the age of 40. An article on a website called Tube Filter gives us a little insight into who is watching on YouTube. The article shows us that the current highest demographic are people of both genders between the ages of 18 and 34. It is statistics like this that show my point. If younger people are watching YouTube, then the future of  media is surely in YouTube.

Not convinced yet? Well this article from the Huffington Post supports this point even further by showing information that reveals the death of cable TV, or at least the beginning of the end. Only 58% of people under the age of 25 have gone on record to say that they don’t value traditional cable TV. This is compared to 89% of people between the ages of 49-67 who disagreed. So as these statistics show, the younger people aren’t as attached to cable TV as the older people are. So where do they go? YouTube. When these statistics are put together it can show that as people leave cable TV, they move to YouTube.

What if they aren’t? Well, they are. According to a statistic from the same article as the paragraph above, YouTube reaches more 18-49 year old people than any cable company in the U.S. This was found during an earnings conference said by the chief business officer of Google on July 16, 2015. This certainly shows that YouTube is the culprit of the downfall of cable T.V.

So as you may see, YouTube is at the forefront of popular media already and will soon take over completely. Things are changing. So my recommendation is to jump on the boat before it takes off and leaves you behind in a failing company with little support.

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Music Review: “I Am Invincible” by Cassadee Pope

Posted by Allison Peneff on May 17, 2016 in Entertainment, Music, Opinion, Reviews |

By: Allison Peneff

There comes a time in every person’s life when self-confidence seems unreachable. When life hits you with so many hardships, is it even possible to keep believing in yourself? This question is answered in Cassadee Pope’s country hit titled “I Am Invincible”. The song, released in July 2015, is a powerful ballad that tackles the topic of self-empowerment. Pope tells the story of herself, a person who has faced many difficulties being a woman in the country music industry, leaving her to feel as if she has “broken glass inside”. No matter how hurt she becomes though, she refuses to let her struggles get in the way of living her life. Pope depicts herself as dominant over her own life and as someone who would never let tribulations break them down. Though the song is referring to herself, it also refers to everyone who has ever felt pain in their life. The lyrics are simple, yet they bring forth a very important message. They remind listeners that the pain you go through does not define you as a person and you will always be able to control your own life, making you “invincible”.

As for the song itself, the tune is very uplifting and catchy. The aesthetic of country music mixes very well with the powerful lyrics and Pope’s smooth vocals are the icing on the cake. You may want to put this – as well as Pope’s other songs – on your road trip playlist or listen to it when you’re feeling down. This artist has an extremely dominant and confident image and lets her qualities shine with every note. The mood of this song in particular is not only full of energy, but has the potential to touch the hearts of everyone who listens. Whether you want a way to help boost your confidence or just a fun song to sing along to, “I Am Invincible” is definitely a great piece to check out.

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Law Passed to Fine Parents of Bullies $366

Posted by Cassi Hennes on May 17, 2016 in News |

By: Cassiopeia Hennes

Shawano, WI – A Wisconsin city has a new way to fight bullies: they’re going to fine the bullies’ parents.

Shawano, Wisconsin has a new city ordinance that allows police to fine parents if they’re made aware that their child is acting like a bully and do nothing to stop the behavior.

The police there will be working with the school district to identify the bullies and then notify the parents, who’ll then have 90 days to take steps to stop their child’s behavior. If they don’t, the first fine is $366. A second offense within a year will increase that fine to $681.

The law prohibits bullying and harassment of any kind, including cyber-bullying, within city limits. It is targeted at school age children who are 18 and under.

The Shawano Common Council adopted the ordinance the last week of April. It went into effect immediately.

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Music Review: Nicole Dollanganger

Posted by N on May 17, 2016 in Entertainment, Music, People, Reviews |

Nicole Dollanganger is a 24 year old independent artist from Ontario, Canada whose lyrics are often times explicit. Many of her songs make casual references to sexual or violent situations. This does not mean that Dollanganger casts them in a positive light, however. The way she describes situations is dark and haunting, grasping at the listener’s psyche and causing them to analyze the emotions that are revealed as a result. Despite this, her straightforward lyrics may offend or disturb you if you are faint of heart.

Dollanganger’s sweet soprano voice contrasts harshly with the dark and gory imagery that encompasses most of her songs. This makes her music all the more effective, as if she is sugar-coating the lyrical horror. Death and abuse, intertwined with the innocence of Dollanganger’s voice, perfectly molds both sides of the spectrum. All of these factors add to the captivating aura of her music, and many of Dollanganger’s songs manage to have an ambient quality despite the subject matter.

Her music can be categorized as “dream pop” (that is one of the tags on her Bandcamp), though it could be put under a few other genres.

Fun fact: The song “Chapel” can be heard on The Walking Dead season six, episode fourteen.

 

If you think Nicole Dollanganger might interest you, check her out!

Here is a link to one of her songs, “Observatory Mansions”: https://nicoledollanganger.bandcamp.com/track/observatory-mansions

 

Bandcamp: https://nicoledollanganger.bandcamp.com

Soundcloud: https://m.soundcloud.com/nicoledollanganger

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Debate Club

Posted by Ashley Moen on May 3, 2016 in Clubs, News |

     EHS has recently formed a Debate Club for the students. This club takes relevant topics and encourages students to voice their opinions in a safe debate using facts and logic to prove their points.

     “It certainly very interesting and it is a lot nicer than I’d imagine,” says Karina Primmer, a junior who is a member of the Debate Club. “Everyone gets a chance to voice their opinions and explain, and people don’t interrupt each other. It is actually like debating and not arguing.”

     So far the club has had three very successful meetings. In the first one they discussed whether schools should or should not have uniforms. With strong opinions on both sides, the debate was very engaging and welcoming to all opinions. In this debate the main idea people seemed to have was the idea that a dress code was necessary, but a uniform was not. A dress code makes sure students are wearing attire appropriate for school, and allows students to express themselves through their clothes so long as nothing explicit can be seen. A uniform can be expensive and take away individuality, since students do not have make opportunities to express themselves.

     In the next meeting, the club discussed the issue of legalizing marijuana in the United States. This debate became heated very quickly, with many students feeling strongly about their opinions. With respect for each other, the students discussed the pros and cons for both medical and recreational marijuana. The students were divided on their beliefs, and each side gave strong and compelling arguments. Some students argued that medical marijuana can help people who are sick, and other students expressed concern that marijuana will be abused and caused more problems than it fixes. The meeting ended with an even diversity of ideas.

     In the most recent meeting, the Debate Club compared the salaries of different careers, mainly that of teachers compared to other professions such as athletes. The students, in a very one sided debate, all agreed that teachers are greatly underpaid!

The club has also discussed going to competitions and a majority of the members are interested in competing with other schools. The club is in the midst of researching competitions that they can participate in. With luck, they will be competing next year, since most competitions for this school year are likely over.

“Some of the debates can get out of hand though,” according to one student in debate club that asked not to be named. “People’s voices get really loud.”

     The new Debate Club is welcoming and involving. Students use up to date facts to base their opinions and take turns giving feedback, ideas, and rebuttals. If you enjoy talking about relevant issues with students your age in a safe environment, then the Debate Club is for you. The next meeting is on Monday, May 9 in room 136. The club meets every other Monday and new members are always welcome.

     In their next meeting the club will be discussing the pros and cons of cell phone use in the class room. Students will take their stance on the question of whether cell phones should or should not be allowed in the classroom. If you would like to come and discuss, it may prove helpful if you have brushed up on this topic so that you are well informed when you come. The club asks that you come with a list of pros and cons of cell phone use in the classroom so that they can begin discussing right away!

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Moon

Posted by Ashley Moen on April 19, 2016 in Poems |

By: Gabriel Loring

She shines so bright,
Wielding her own kind of light.
They say her might,
Comes from the sun’s light.
But I can see,
This is not to be.

Her silvery grace,
And gentle shine
Come from her own chime.
The sun beats the day with an orange fist,
Forceful and fierce.
But the moon dances across the night,
Each night a new dance,
No need to rehearse.

Her light shines so gentle,
Yet can only be appreciated by so few.
While the sun steals her glory,
Who knew?
But she is too strong for such a thing,
The night is her real home!
Silver light and a chorus of stars to sing!

Clouds may tremble behind the forceful sun,
But she the moon,
Lets them float on by.
No need to scare them and make them run.

Do not fear the night,
In its silver light.
For she is kind and wise,
And she holds her own sort of surprise.

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