“Pokémon X and Y” Review

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“Pokémon X and Y” Review Originally written for the MSU Exponent. Remember when you and your friends were playing “Pokémon Red and Blue,” and one friend claimed he had an uncle who worked at Nintendo that told him there was a secret super evolution to Mewtwo you could get when you beat the Elite Four 30 times with a level 5 Magikarp? Well, now that Mega Mewtwo is real and, fortunately, infinitely easier to acquire. It’s a cliche that often comes up when reviewing new entries in classic video game series, but it demands repetition with “Pokémon X and Y”: What’s old is new again. The new entries for the games do not try to remake the old formula from scratch, but instead, like the series has always done, improve…
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Pacific Rim Film Review

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Pacific Rim Film Review Originally written for the MSU Exponent. “Pacific Rim” is a rare experience: A film so awesome it transports you back to childhood while simultaneously making you feel exponentially more manly at the same time. This movie serves you a Jaeger-bomb of testosterone and strips away all of those cynical years of growing up for two hours of abso-fudging-lutely epic monster vs. robot action. Now that “Pacific Rim” is going to show at the Procrastinator Theater on campus, you can catch this criminally underappreciated gem if you missed it the first time (and see it again, and again, and again). I made inappropriately pornographic sounds when I experienced the trailer for the first time and, upon seeing the full film, let’s just say I put Meg Ryan in “When…
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Chroma Squad Alpha: A Tokusatsu Fan Perspective

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Chroma Squad Alpha: A Tokusatsu Fan Perspective Originally published for Herotaku Media. After 21 years of Power Rangers and 38 years of Sentai, one would expect a legitimate gaming experience where players can create and customize their own teams, but of course there hasn't been. It wasnt until Behold Studios stormed Kickstarter with their ambitious Sentai-themed tactics game Chroma Squad that we finally have the chance to create and beef up our own Ranger teams. Herotaku has access to the demo, and here is a review from a toku fan's perspective: At first glance, one would guess this is a tactical RPG starring a Sentai-esque team. The twist on the concept however is that players don't control a squadron of spandex-clad youths tasked with saving the world, they control the…
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Helly Hansen Loke Coat Review

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Helly Hansen Loke Review Originally written for Outside Bozeman magazine. In that strange purgatory of spring, summer, and the occasional emergence of winter; one needs gear that will keep you dry when a sudden downpour emerges or trekking through fog on an early morning outdoor excursion. Ready for Montana’s shifting-on-the-moment weather, there’s the Helly Hansen Loke Jacket. The Loke may be the smartest outdoor purchase you can make for the summer season. The coat is practical for whatever weather conditions you may encounter outdoors with its water and windproof construction. Storm flap keeps out wind and rain, plus vents prevent overheating. Fully adjustable cuffs, hood, and waist let you adjust the fit for year-round use, perfect for meeting those winter pounds head-on. The material feels so light you might worry…
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