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The Review Series: Skyrim

The Review Series: Produced by Elleman and Joseph
“A new series produced by the UCAS Journalism team, producers Elleman and Joseph will be posting reviews on both concepts of media and art, whether they be new or old.”

Review- Elder Scrolls : Skyrim

Imagine you could travel to distant lands, or create weapons of mass destruction. Imagine fighting against Dragons with just your voice, or brewing the most powerful potions of all time. Well, you don’t need to, this is Skyrim. Released and developed by Bethesda Game Studios in 2011, Skyrim has won 13 awards and has been nominated for 16 others. The game has not only changed the RPG landscape for good, it’s redefined it. Without Skyrim, games like Dragon Age: Inquisition or Witcher III would be very different when it comes to gameplay.
With that said, it also revolutionized open world gaming engines and created a standard that other RPGs have attempted to recreate. Skyrim added a crazy amount of detail into the lore and interactivity of the game that created this expectation that has changed RPGs forever. Some of my favorites are: if you use a fire spell on water it boils; tamed mammoths have markings on their tusks; and if you know where to look you can find ants crawling on the ground; but nothing comes close to the entire language Bethesda created for their dragons. This is one of many reasons people love Skyrim, but why do people not like Skyrim?
Before Skyrim, RPG’s were similar to The Legend of Zelda in a way, with their story driven narrative, quests that ultimately helped develop the narrative, and simple but sometimes difficult puzzles. Skyrim changed all that. Though there was a main storyline, there were also 1000 other storylines. They also added side quests that didn’t add much to the story, such as “Help 3 citizens to become Thain” or “Kill 7 rabbits to get 70 gold”. One other thing is that the puzzles in Skyrim were either too easy or so hard you’d have to google the answer.
Though Skyrim is a brilliant game, the 70 voice actors, multiple glitches, and overused Architecture causes Skyrim to loss it’s God like stance. Don’t get me wrong Skyrim has brought me many hours of joy and tears from dying without saving on Legendary. Without Skyrim RPG’s today would be quite different and pushed open world engines to it’s max, but I’m tired of everyone praising Skyrim as if it’s the all knowing God of RPGs. Skyrim isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty darn close. read more

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UCAS makes appearance on Studio C

“Wait… Wait… Wait… Wait… 800 South; walk sign is on to cross 800 South.”

Every UCAS student knows the famed (or infamous) crosswalk that gets us safely to and from our UVU classes. However, BYU sketch comedy group Studio C has given this crosswalk an entirely new persona in its newest episode, published at 4pm on Tuesday, October 3.

The episode, titled “A Lonely Crosswalk,” opens with cast member Matthew Meese approaching the 800 S crosswalk from the UVU classroom building. He pushes the crosswalk button, which is voiced by James Perry, waits for the sign to change, and begins to cross. To his surprise, as he takes his first step, the button calls out and urges him to stay and keep it company. As the episode continues, the button is reduced to begging as Matt becomes increasingly frustrated. In the end, Matt ignores the crosswalk and storms into the street, only to be struck by an eastbound car. read more

Entertainment Out of This World

Ceres: New Possible Life?

When you think of the word planet, what usually comes to mind?

Many around the world have heard of the typical 8 planets. The typical ones include Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus. The remaining one, Pluto, is also known as the only Dwarf planet…until now.

Ceres is a planet that has been recognized for being an unusual asteroid in the asteroid belt discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi. NASA, which stands for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, stated, “[The] dwarf planet Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and the only dwarf planet located in the inner solar system.” Ceres is more like Venus, Earth and Mars as the more terrestrial type of planets. read more

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There’s a New Prince in the Kingdom

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics have agreed to a deal that will send Kyrie Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets’ first round pick in next year’s draft. This trade comes as a huge surprise considering how much Boston was willing to give up for Irving. This benefits Cleveland. They not only bring depth into their roster, which is something they desperately needed, but they also get the mighty Isaiah Thomas.

Isaiah Thomas, the 5’9 All-NBA second team point guard, who is known to be the great Kobe Bryant’s new apprentice, will now take the role of point guard in Cleveland. This may or may not save the kingdom. The Cavaliers have got rid of locker room distraction Kyrie Irving, the and have replaced him with the man who proved himself to be mentally strong enough to play a playoff game the day after his sister’s death.  However, despite his tremendous talent, Thomas will no doubt replace Irving as the sidekick to Lebron James, but for how long exactly? read more

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Unknown Media: Flipnotes

The Nintendo DS franchise: highly renowned as the portable gaming device for thousands of the world’s favorite game series, with Pokemon and Animal Crossing only two classic titles that Nintendo fans have grown to cherish and love. With so many popular game titles and franchises dominating the most part of the DS market, thousands of lesser-known games and programs have been lost along the way.

That said, such undiscovered titles are not unpopular due to the lack of quality or services that they are able to provide. Games such as Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow and Rhythm Heaven have proven to be fantastic games, with high ratings from both the community and professional reviewers alike. The developed marketplace has simply restricted such titles from becoming exponentially popular. read more

Editorials Entertainment

Sundance Film Festival

Park City, Utah-

With the Sundance Film Festival beginning today, film geeks and hipster envisionaries are bundling up in their peacoats and film paraphernalia in high hopes to buy tickets to the country-renounced event.

Hosted at the Sundance Resorts, Park City, the Sundance Film Festival is one of the most popular film festivals to this day. Famous film directors and young, intuitive film producers across America are rising up to the occasion, directing and composing innovative and sublime reels of film JUST for Utah’s popular event. read more

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Blasting to the Steven Universe

Your soon to be favorite show is none other than Steven Universe. This show is an animated action-fantasy cartoon, lasting up to 10-15 minutes per episode. Multiple websites have rated this show highly: TV.com rated Steven Universe 8.7/10 and IMDb rated this show as 8.4/10.

The plot of Steven Universe revolves around a young boy around the age of 12. He lives with creatures called gems from another planet, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. Steven is half-gem and half-human being raised by his father after his mother passed to give Steven life. Steven lives with the gems and embark on magical adventures and finds the true power of his gem. The space gems came to earth to stop its destruction and now it takes place thousands of years after the war for earth’s freedom. This show has grown so large that it has gotten its own comic series. Many fans have already picked up a copy and are anxiously awaiting the next episode and comic. read more

Entertainment

When Darkness Turns to Light: The All American Rejects

Who knows where you will find good music? Some rely on friends with good taste, others comb through the internet or Spotify, while some even go through collections of CD’s from their parents or in a used bookstore. Any of these could lead to an amazing discovery of a band that will change your life. I’m happy to introduce you to, The All American Rejects. If you are into Blink 182, definitely check them out.

They are currently inviting fans to participate in a project called “Kids in the Streets” which is also the title of one of their albums. Fans are to submit a piece of art centered around their favorite moment in life. More information found here.  read more