Video games, its culture, needs to patch itself to be respected

Share: The Grand Theft Auto franchise is one of the most notorious examples of video games that give the hobby a bad reputation. It has a lot of what people find problematic with gaming; Violence against women, overly sexual themes, drug use, and the modern problem of children (both actual and adults who act like children) shrieking obscenities over their mics. Follow:

Courier Convos: Dispelling Magical Misconceptions

Share: In this episode, anthropology professor Derek Milne deconstructs stereotypes regarding religion, magic and witchcraft and explains the participatory transformation of Halloween.   Intro music provided by: Waltz Of The Skeleton Keys by WombatNoisesAudio | Music promoted by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License Follow:

Courier Convos: Blizzard Entertainment’s Backlash Snowballs

Share: Courier staff members Ryan Huynh and Tim Wu join the party and react to the ongoing backlash video game developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment faces for penalizing a tournament winner over his broadcasted stance on the Hong Kong protests. The group also discusses the effectiveness of boycotting the company’s games and the new symbolism an Overwatch character has due to recent fan art. Follow:

Union Station’s Retrocade experience falls short of high score

Share: Arcade cabinets, pinball machines, chiptune music and a crowd eager to relive the heyday of social gaming filled Union Station over the weekend, for the travel hub’s second annual pop-up arcade. The Retrocade Experience, which took place in the historic ticketing hall and advertised as the “ultimate arcade rewind,” is a novel concept that can’t live up to its hype and is average at best. Follow:

Five veterans certified through Project Choice

Share: After a two weekend-long educational training workshop totaling 24 hours, five veterans are now the first certified health advocates at a community college as a result of a partnership with a university organization. Geared specifically for the veteran, Latino and disabled populations, the workshop, as part of the Cal State LA Project Choice initiative, covered preventative measures against HIV, STDs and substance abuse. With the goal of raising awareness of HIV, STD and substance abuse prevention within these communities, Project Choice-CSULA reaches out to …

Cataloging civil rights

Share: Over the course of a century, the Pasadena High School Chronicle, now the Pasadena City College Courier, has seen multiple social paradigm shifts. As the decades passed, the social attitudes of the general public, and by extension the Chronicle/Courier staff, changed as advancements in civil rights were made, most notably with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which brought an end to segregation and made institutional discrimination illegal. Follow: