China completely lifts 14-year video game console ban

by Denis Ricardo (@deniricardo) 

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that China is lifting it’s ban on video game consoles completely, via a statement by the Chinese Ministry of Culture.

The ban was instated in 2001 by the Chinese government, but rumors of it’s lifting had been talked about since 2013. China had temporarily lifted the ban in January of 2014, but only if the consoles could meet government approval.

The ban was instated because the Chinese government believed video games to have a negative effect on children’s behavior, however the PC gaming market was unaffected by the ban. 

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The Return of Rick and Morty

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

Last night saw the return of the polarizing Rick and Morty, the warped science fiction themed cartoon from the minds of Justin Roiland (House of Cosbys, Channel 101) and Dan Harmon (Community, Harmontown). Rick and Morty premiered it’s second season on alt. comedy channel Adult Swim with an episode that defies standards and promises an even better second run. 

The strange dynamic we see between Morty Smith and his alcoholic, narcissistic, devil may care scientist Rick Sanchez is challenged once again as chaos ensues in a way only they could manufacture. From the first few minutes, we’re at a standstill. Time has been stopped to clean and fix the house in order to keep peace within the Smith household. Only when time begins again does the problem arise, of course. As time begins to literally fracture and split, creating first two realities, then four, then eight… Rick and Morty along with sister Summer must try to set things right.

I don’t want to give away too much more, as the episode is a true spectacle in terms of animation, concept, and depth. In this return to prime time, we see not only another wacky, crude adventure punctuated by Rick’s belching and Morty’s incessant nervous whining. There is also a redefining of the relationship between the two titular characters through the strangeness. Despite irrefutable mathematical evidence that Morty and Summer are actual, literal shit, Rick finds himself deeply incensed to both, grandfatherly love projected through a broken prism to rain down on Morty.

The clear Doc Brown/Marty McFly parallel is ever present but consistently takes a backseat to deeper, more clearly defined unique characters. Going back to the future is nothing at all for these two, neither is changing the present. Whether or not Rick and Morty becomes the next mammoth adult-oriented cartoon to take television by storm remains to be seen, if it doesn’t,  the outlandish approach to long-standing conventions will remain a legend spoken of in hushed tones in the hallowed halls of cartoon reverence.

Rick and Morty airs on [adult swim] on Sundays at 10 PM 

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SEM Project Day 3

Ecological Footprint: What is your impact upon the Earth and how can you lighten your foot falls?

More information on the damage done and recovery by way of lessening the load can be found at the following links:

http://myfootprint.org/subscription.php

http://ecologicalfootprint.com/

http://footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/calculators/

http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/

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GALAXYKAT And Their Emotional Sweethearts

by Joey Pedras (@joeypedras)

The LA founded electro hip-hop duo has released a video for their latest track “Emotional Sweetheart”. The group, comprised of Crystal Friedman, and Jade James, have been releasing tracks under the name since 2013. Most tracks feature hard synth progressions, and deep percussive grooves. Accompanying vocals in the form of catchy choruses, and unique verse flows performed by both members.

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With two previously released EPs, and the full-length album, Boss Bitch Paradise. Galaxykat doesn’t lack consistency. Also performing in the live underground music circuit around Los Angeles. Go over, and like their page on Facebook to know when they’ll be performing in your area.

Undoubtedly a subversive force. The inherent, and topical lyrically subject matter is something to be admired. Hitting everything from internet relationships, and pop cultural references to sexual encounters and self-image. A commentary on the life of 20 something’s in LA, and across the country. The duo comes at it with a ferocity, and bluntness that is absolute, and conveyed through the composition of the music itself. Galaxykat has subject accuracy that would make some cry, and compel others to sing along.

All of their music can be listened to through the duo’s Bandcamp site.

Suggested Tracks:

“All Deez Boiz”

“Robert Dinero”

“Psychic Pussy”

Follow GALAXYKAT on Twitter: galaxykatmusic

Check out the new video for “Emotional Sweetheart”

New ‘Fallout 4′ Apparel from Bethesda

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

Early this morning I received something you might call an electronic-mail from the Bethesda store. They’ve released four new ‘Fallout 4′ t-shirts in hot anticipation of the game’s release date later this Fall  [November 10, 2015].

The shirts featured come in both men’s and women’s sizes and four different styles. 

The first depicts the blast door to Vault 111 in beautiful and familiar bright yellow and that rich, cool blue. 

The next is a Heather Grey shirt sporting the Galaxy News Network (GNN) logo in simple black and white across the left breast. 

The third is a striking red t sporting the Red Rocket fuel company logo in clean and smooth detail.

The last is probably my favorite of the lot, sporting a ‘Thirst Zapper’ ad for Nuka Cola. The ad features a classic 1950′s style woman dressed in an altered space suit wielding a Nuka Cola ray-gun.

I personally would be snatching these up as soon as possible, we’re going to need clothing in the coming aftermath of the nuclear war. 

You can stock up over at store.bethsoft.com

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