It all started with the question I was anticipating, "Can we use Fortnite Creative for our final game?" I saw this as an opportunity to empower my students. My concern was with the fact that as a first person shooter, the stigma of Fortnite would come with some administrative resistance. I thought it best to have the students craft their argument in favor of using it and receive approval from our admin. They wrote a great persuasive letter and upon follow up discussions with our tech department and curriculum supervisor, students were granted approval pending parent permission. Their next step was to write the permission slip and have it signed so they could proceed. Amazing how quickly students work when they are intrinsically motivated :) Below is the permission slip for anyone who would like to use it with their students. =+=+=+=+=+=+ Dear Parents/Guardians, We are students in Mr. Isaacs period 4 game design class and we have received the task of … [Read more...] about Fortnite Creative in Class Update: Parent Permission Slip
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Good news, fake-crime fans: True Detective season 3 is a legitimate descendant of the first (and best) season. In our first guide (or what I like to call our “watchthrough”), we’re going to do a few things: introduce the characters, discuss how they weave through though the plots of the first two episodes, and talk about the evidence. The first part gives us the knowledge we need to understand and analyze the show. The second part allows us to draw conclusions. Why focus so much on characters? In an interview about the second season, creator Nic Pizzolatto talked about why he’s drawn to detectives. “It puts you in everything,” he told Vanity Fair. “That’s why they’re great engines for stories. They go everywhere. A detective story is really just the way you tell a narrative — you start with the ending. At the end, this person is dead. Now I’m going to go back and piece together the story that led to it…. … [Read more...] about True Detective season 3 recap: the mystery, suspects and clues so far
My Hero Academia has made a name for itself within the shonen genre--the young adult focused anime and manga which tend to have lots of action--cementing itself as one of the top shonen manga and anime resonating with both Eastern and Western audiences. So, it’s about time that My Hero would get the feature film treatment. Most of the film takes place in between Seasons 2 and 3 of the anime, while the U.A. students are on Summer Break. While it offers a fun adventure, ultimately it suffers from the same issue as many anime films based on an ongoing shonen property: The characters aren’t allowed to grow, the story is self-contained and never expands on the full narrative of the show, and it all ends up feeling like an expanded filler episode of the show.My Hero focuses on the hero-in-training Izuku Midoriya, whose dream is to grow up and be just like the hero he idolizes, All Might. However, at a young age, Midoriya discovers he lacks any "quirks," My Hero’s term for … [Read more...] about My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Review: Does The My Hero Movie Go Plus Ultra?
Last week, a letter appeared in the Grand Forks Herald, expressing sadness about recent school shootings. Written by a member of the public, the letter claimed that “horrid violent video games” are to blame, and that any focus on guns is a waste of time. In the past few decades, video games have moved to the center of cultural life. And yet, they still carry the stigma of disapproval, of being an external force that’s at least partly responsible for modern ills, including real world violence perpetrated by deeply disturbed young men. This week, the President of the United States played to this notion, tying video game violence to the recent murder of 17 people at a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida three weeks ago. On Feb. 14, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 14 students and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz had a history of behavioral problems. He made hateful social media comments about minorities. He was also a keen video game player. … [Read more...] about A brief history of blaming video games for mass murder
Meet Ant Ant started playing Hearthstone in open beta. Now he's a pro player who's participated in multiple HCT championships. He grew up in Fresno, California, which he describes as a sketchy city that's too rural to allow for any serious trouble. He's part of SpaceStation Gaming, a relatively new esports team which actively seeks out positive players. He never traveled before he started playing tournaments, and he cherishes the opportunity to see the world and compete alongside other pros, like his good friend Ryan "Purple" Murphy-Root. Enter the theater for Hearthstone's World Championship in Amsterdam and you're soon greeted by a wall of player portraits. The faces of all 16 competing players are on it, arranged by their qualifying groups. I don't know what Blizzard's photographer told players to do when they were shooting, but it must have been something like "cross your arms and look determined." Because that's what everyone did. Everyone except Anthony "Ant" Trevino, whose … [Read more...] about How it feels to get destroyed by RNG on Hearthstone’s biggest stage