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2017 Holiday Video Game Guide

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Each year the holidays bring about a break from school and work with an increased opportunity to delve into some the year’s biggest gaming titles out now. Here’s some titles I think should be on your list this year. South Park: The Fractured But Whole (XB1, PS4, PC) Fans of the popular TV show South Park will enjoy the new RPG from Ubisoft that builds off the original game South Park: The Stick of Truth. Even those not familiar with the adult cartoon franchise have something to enjoy in the simple to pick up RPG action. However, those who find the South Park humor style to be immature will want to stay away as Ubisoft did a fantastic job replicating the shows feel in the game.   Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (XB1, PS4, PC) Potentially the best game too few people are playing, Wolfenstein II picks up where the…

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Gamers battle back against microtransactions in Battlefront 2

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In 2017, nothing was more likely to turn a player away from a game than the implementation of “loot crates.” The idea of buying a random item with a mere chance of getting something useful is not in line with the experience all gamers are looking for. When Electronic Arts (EA) unveiled their latest multiplayer shooter, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, a vocal community of gamers quickly took a stand. The game went into beta in October and it was quickly discovered that the loot crate system in the game gave an upper hand to anyone looking to buy their way to victory. Originally seen in “free to play” titles, the loot crate system has carried over to full retailer releases, often in ways that impact play. Purchasing these loot crates allows for gamers to unlock random items. Whether it is heroes, weapon upgrades, or simple things like celebrations, the majority…

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The Case for Case Keenum – Vikings Quarterback Controversy

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Mid-season analysis of the Vikings quarterback controversy

The Vikings enter bye week at 6-2 on top of their division and rolling through a four-game win streak. Despite this seemingly positive position the team is in halfway through the season, they face a big decision at the quarterback position upcoming. With four quarterbacks potentially on the roster when the team enters their week 10 matchup with the Redskins, moves are on the horizon. Sam Bradford, who played at a high level in the season-opening win over the Saints, has not been healthy since. In this regard, Bradford will likely either move to injured reserve for the remainder of the season, or backup Kyle Sloter will be moved to the practice squad (or cut altogether). Then there is the once-promising Teddy Bridgewater. After more than a year-long recovery process, Bridgewater is poised to return to the lineup in week 10. The Vikings coaching staff now need to determine if…

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Wide open NFC North: who will win?

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Analysis of who will win the NFC North

As Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr tossed Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the ground during the Sunday, Oct. 15 game, the NFC North division title went up for grabs. Just a little over a third of the way through the season, an injury to the Packers key offensive star leaves the division race an uncertain future. Even the Chicago Bears who currently stand at 2-4 have a shot at the division. 10 games are left on the calendar and each team will look to make the most of them. VIKINGS: When the season began, many predicted that the Vikings posed the greatest threat to the Packers favorable chances of winning the division. The Vikings offense is nothing like it was a year ago. Not only is the offensive line entirely revamped, and for good reasons, but the team has struggled with injuries. Through it, they have persevered with backup quarterback Case…

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From Losers to Believers: The Twins Transformed

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Minnesota Twins Wildcard Playoffs

Last year at this time the Minnesota Twins had lost over 100 games and would find themselves watching the October playoff magic from their TVs. This year, things have turned up for the Twins, who ended 85-77, placing 2nd in the American League Central. On Oct. 3 the Twins will face off against the New York Yankees in a single elimination game in the wild-card round. The odds are stacked against them – who under the former single team wild card system would not have made the playoffs. But the new rules from 2012 played into the Twins favor and they should do whatever they can with the opportunity. The Yankees, however, have a history of toppling the Twins playoff hopes year after year. In the last 15 seasons, the Twins and Yankees have faced off in 4 playoff series: 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010. In each series the Yankees…

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I Could Not Plan This: An Emotionally Loaded Rap Album

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Today’s rap and hip-hop genre is filled with young individuals who write their lines out of passion while knowing the odds of going mainstream are against them. Mark Laurence Richard Jr. better known as Witt Lowry, was once among those aspiring artists. In a way, he still is. With each album release, Witt’s followings have grown, yet he still has not signed with a record label. Witt’s success started in 2014 with the release of Kindest Regards. At the time, the album was officially released for free on datpiff as well as being posted to his YouTube channel. In 2015 his album Dreaming With Our Eyes Open went straight to iTunes, but he continued to support free streaming on his official YouTube and Soundcloud. He stuck to the same formula for his new album I Could Not Plan This and the positive feedback on his YouTube and Soundcloud converted into…

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Microtransactions Become Increasingly Commonplace

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In the last 10 years, the success of smartphones surged users interest in free and inexpensive gaming options for their new devices. During this time it became widely known that some of the most popular games were free to download. This created a widespread appeal for games like Jetpack Joyride that while simple, proved addicting. Through a process of selling in-app purchases, or “microtransactions” players had the opportunity to purchase items for their character that they could otherwise not unlock without significant play time. Since its release in 2011, Jetpack Joyride still generates an estimated $2500 daily from microtransactions according to thinkgaming.com. Revenue like this proved significant, causing the business model to be adopted by many free to play games on mobile devices and computers. Games like League of Legends and DOTA 2 are among the most popular in the world and have been successful utilizing a microtransactions model in…

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‘Madden 18’ Longshot showcases the other side of the NFL

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Every August a new Madden game is released, and with it often come minimal expectations from the franchise’s core supporters. Yearly sports games like Madden are plagued by short development cycles, causing each release to be fundamentally the same, but with a few new additions. This season, EA Tiburon set out to create something new for Madden 18. On a surface level, visuals and physics in the game have been adapted to utilize the Frostbite engine for the first time. While fans of EA’s other key franchise, ‘Battlefield’, will recognize Frostbite as the game engine for the popular shooter, it performs well on the gridiron as well. While graphics improvements are slight, running the ball in ‘Madden 18’ felt better than it had in recent memory. Tackling is no longer as robotic, as defenders seem to move fluidly into tackles as players bump into one another. This can also create…

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Small Towns see Big Success with Disc Golf

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This summer the Chronicle has highlighted disc golf courses in St. Cloud and its surrounding cities. The expansion and success of the sport is further provided by disc golf’s popularity in smaller towns to the south and west of St. Cloud. Full size 18-hole courses can be found in a short drive to Clearwater, St. Augusta, and St. Joseph. Similar to St. Cloud, all of these courses are free to play and open to the public. Unlike many of the courses in larger cities, rural courses are often more wooded, and thus require greater skill. Bug spray is also recommended. For players looking for a challenge, Clearwater’s Sportsman’s Hill Disc Golf Course provides a must play experience. A variety of wooded shots, often featuring elevation changes, prove quite difficult for a course set to pro par (meaning all holes are par 3). Another surprise for players coming to Sportsman’s Hill…

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