close Video Everything to know about 'Fortnite' 'Fortnite' has become a cultural phenomenon and mega-hit for video game developer Epic Games, boasting 125 million players around the world. What is it that makes this game so immensely popular, and how did it come to be? The NFL and Epic Games partnered last week to bring team skins to one of the most popular video games in the world, “Fortnite.” The game allows players who purchase the jersey items to choose a number to put on the back. However, some gamers appeared to have turned it around on the partners and have been using the new skins to court controversy. Some players decided to use the skins to make their avatars look like a few controversial NFL figures, according to Yahoo Sports. A few gamers who created the avatar of Colin Kaepernick took a picture of it taking a knee in the game. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked controversy in 2016 when he kneeled during the national … [Read more...] about ‘Fortnite’ gamers use newly released NFL skins to create controversial players
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In Stephen King’s It, local historian Mike Hanlon poses a question to both himself and the audience: “Can an entire city be haunted? Haunted as some houses are supposed to be haunted?” Setting, specifically the small-town kind, is key to Stephen King. For nearly 50 years, King’s published novels, short stories, and novellas that have turned everyday existences into sinister shades of their former selves. At this point, he’s written so many stories about suburban horrors that they’ve all begun to bleed into one another. For any other author that might be a death knell, but this year’s Castle Rock, the first original TV show set in King’s sprawling universe, takes full advantage of the blur. [Ed. note: This article contains mild spoilers for Castle Rock season 1.] The series, which ends its first season this week, punctuates a major moment for King. He’s consistently been the bestselling author, but not since the 1980s has been … [Read more...] about The Stephen King popularity boom has a bittersweet explanation
close Video Everything to know about 'Fortnite' 'Fortnite' has become a cultural phenomenon and mega-hit for video game developer Epic Games, boasting 125 million players around the world. What is it that makes this game so immensely popular, and how did it come to be? Fortnite Cheat Sheet: What Parents Need to Know Parents see Fortnite as a safe middle ground between games like Minecraft and Call of Duty. But many kids have a hard time putting Fortnite down and play through the night, and a number of teens have been brought to psychologists because their school performance has dipped and their interest in social activities has declined. "Fortnite" games are short — typically less than 20 to 25 minutes. So after getting close to winning, it's highly tempting to give it another try, similar to a slot machine. In general, a healthy gaming diet would include no more than 40 minutes a night on school nights and no more than an hour a day on weekends. … [Read more...] about How much Fortnite is too much for kids?
Eons ago, in the dark ages of video stores, adventurers navigated labyrinthine aisles and palavered with part-time archmaesters to find treasured artifacts of the fantasy film genre. Now, thanks to Netflix, one can simply walk into Mordor and sweep over hundreds of options with the click of a button. Which is magical ... if you know what you’re looking for. Most of us don’t possess an Eye of Sauron to sift through Netflix’s fantasy movie programming, making it nearly impossible to find the quality picks buried beneath the Swamp of Direct-to-Video Sadness. Thankfully, we’ve gone there and back again to pick a few of the streaming service’s brightest gems. Assuming you’ve embarked on a few of Netflix’s bigger-name titles — Kubo and the Two Strings, Stardust, Netflix’s surprisingly fulfilling Fullmetal Alchemist movie, or Marvel’s Doctor Strange — here are 10 movies that will serve you well on ... a knight in. Tale of … [Read more...] about 10 fantasy films now on Netflix that you need to see
This week, we’re running a big list of what we — and a group of trusted friends — recently voted as the 500 best video games of all time. For the backstory, criteria, explanation of why Breath of the Wild isn’t on the list, etc., head to the beginning here: The 500 best games of all time. For numbers 400-301, scroll down. 400. Mirror's Edge (2008, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, others) Keep moving. That's the main objective of Mirror's Edge. Releasing alongside dozens of first-person shooters, Mirror's Edge stood for daring to be different. Putting an emphasis on using first-person parkour to outsmart enemies, rather than just shooting through them, Mirror's Edge was a flawed beauty stuck in the memory of those who just kept running through its clean, white city. 399. Braid (2008, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, others) In many ways, the modern indie explosion started with Braid. Unlike anything people had seen at the time, Braid and its time-bending puzzles … [Read more...] about The 500 best games of all time: 400-301