College football has always been a farce, but it has never been more clear than in 2020.

A sport where unpaid players play for millionaire coaches for universities making hundreds of millions off of their talent. A sport where a team like Central Florida can win 25 straight games and never get a chance to play for a championship. A sport with five major conferences and only four playoff spots.

We have always known this, though. The sport was always about making marketing executives and university presidents money, and dressing up the money making machine with the allure of tradition…


The NFL world was hit with a bombshell last Thursday when there were reports that the Washington Redskins were officially asked by FedEx to change the name of their team. The shipping company is the team’s stadium sponsor — Washington has played at “FedEx Field” since 1999 — and CEO Fredrick Smith is a minority owner in the franchise. Hours later, Nike — the official clothing and jersey sponsor of the NFL — removed all team apparel from their website.

There have been calls to change the name for years from Indigenous American groups and others due to its racism…


It has been an awful couple of months for nearly all of our planets 7 billion inhabitants. COVID-19 has torn through our world and racked up a body count of around half a million — and that is only the recorded deaths we can confirm were due to the virus. …


Black Lives Matter protests have dominated the media sphere over the past few weeks. The extra-judicial killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers sparked protests across the nation. The protests were focused on more than just Floyd, though. The extra-judicial killing of Breonna Taylor while she was sleeping in her home in March became a topic of protest, along with a few other racist murders over the past few years.

It even goes deeper than that, though. These protests became about more than Floyd, Taylor, or the other 1,000 people killed at the hands of United States police officers…


“The Silent”, one of four playable characters in Slay the Spire (MegaCrit)

“Quality over quantity” seems to be a concept lost on game developers and game reviewers alike. Games like Skyrim — with it’s 1,000 NPC’s, a million spells and weapons, a billion items to find everywhere and a trillion game breaking bugs— are instantly heralded as instant classics based on the amount of stuff there is to do in the game alone. It seems that all a game needs to have is a long run time to receive near perfect scores and universal appraise despite it’s many flaws.

Slay the Spire, a 2019 rouge like deck building game by MegaCrit, does…


Meyer and Logan (Amazon Prime)

Amazon Prime’s new streaming exclusive, Hunters, seems like a show that should really fit within the modern media landscape. A diverse cast of Nazi hunters, led by a Holocaust survivor, hunt down ex-Nazi’s leaders who were given refuge in the United States post-World War II.

It is very clear who Amazon was aiming for their audience to be for this show. Relatively progressive, younger, Americans. A show perfect for a moment where anti-fascist action rises across the country, while someone like Bernie Sanders has emerged as one of the most popular politicians in the world. …


Kazama Kiryu, one of two protagonists in the game

Yakuza 0 is an… interesting experience. The sixth installment of SEGA’s Yakuza series is a prequel to the five games that came before it. We learn Kazama Kiryu’s origin story, and how he went from low ranking Yakuza member to one of the most powerful figures in the Japanese underworld.

The game is an open world beat ’em up experience that switches perspectives between Kiryu as a low level grunt and disgraced Yakuza and cabaret club manager Majima Goro. …


The Pokemon Company celebrated its 24th birthday on February 27th, a day dubbed “Pokemon Day”, by bringing us back a classic. Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution is a remake of the classic 1998 film that won over hearts across the world. A story about friendship, love and even included a bit of social commentary regarding things like nationality and how we choose to separate ourselves based on differences rather than come together based on similarities. It was an iconic 90’s film and is still widely regarded as the best Pokemon movie to hit the big screen.

The remake left a lot…


The DC Universe has struggled, especially compared to their arch-rival, Marvel. Arrow and The Flash both fell off after strong starts to the series. Suicide Squad was one of the most disappointing movies in recent years and the follow up Birds of Prey flopped at the box office. Even Joker turned out to be a failure with a convoluted plot. The brand needed a win, and one of their under the radar shows might prove to be what they needed.

Harley Quinn, an exclusive animated series to the DC Universe streaming service based on the titular character that also headlines…


A splicer mask rises above Rapture Metro

Andrew Ryan is in your sights. All you have to do is make your way across Fort Frolic to the Rapture metro station, hop in the bathosphere and take a ride to the hideout of Rapture’s patriarch. Things begin to go off script as you enter to fort, though. Your radio fizzles out and you lose contact with Atlas, your only ally up to this point. As you approach the Bathosphere, it suddenly locks in front of you and sinks into the water. …

Mansur Shaheen

Freelance writer. Bylines in American Magazine, SB Nation and Mondoweiss. Culture and Sports.

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