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Dating Sims and the Decline of Japan's Birthrate
Two undeniable facts: Japan's birthrate has been in a steady decline since 1949 and Japan contains the largest quantity of dating sim games in the world – but are dating sims and the decline of Japan's birthrate somehow connected?
Why Horror Games Are Scarier Than Movies
Many cinephiles will look at the most popular horror games of the time, like Slender: The Eight Pages or Five Nights at Freddy's, which are popular and accessible games, and scoff. Nothing about these games really seem that scary. What? Slenderman jumps out at you and the screen goes staticky? An animatronic jumps out at you? These are cheap chump scares.
- Top Story - July 2017
Why 'Overwatch' Represents Fan Demand for Diversity in Video GamesTop Story - July 2017
One of the big hot button topics in gaming culture has been diverse representation – or, rather, the fan demand for diversity in video games put out by big developers. While many fans don't mind playing a character who is different than themselves (indeed, I don't think many people are space marines or the like), many video game fans have expressed their desire to see variety in the line-up of heroes.
Best TV Shows Based on a Comic Book Series
These days, it is hard to change the channel without coming across a TV show based on a comic book series. How do these TV shows match up to the comic books that inspired them? Whether you are a fan of the comic books are just enjoy good TV shows, you will find yourself drawn into these types of shows. Here we will look at some of these popular TV shows based on a comic book series, letting you know everything you need to about these hits.
- Top Story - June 2017
Best Sci-Fi Cult Classics of All TimeTop Story - June 2017
Most people are familiar with the greatest films in the science fiction genre, but you might be hard-pressed to name any of the best sci-fi cult classics of all time. You may ask "what differentiates a cult classic from a regular old classic?" After all, both classics and cult classics have great lines, great scenes, a loyal fanbase. What's the difference?
Most Offensive Marvel Comics Stories
Comic book fans tend to get offended by a lot of things – when Spider-Man sold his marriage to Mephisto, for example – but there's a special place in the Marvel family for the most offensive Marvel Comics stories. Some stories just hit a nerve with fans or tick off a certain subset of people.
Modern Political Speeches
Fewer things have changed the course of history more in the 20th century than the great modern political speeches – oratories that moved nations and people alike to action. The great speech makers became icons in their era, in part for their abilities to bring about great change with words alone.
Scariest Science Fiction Aliens
The scariest science fiction aliens often capture some element of existential dread we all hold inside. Good horror fiction captures that spark of terror all of us have inside from the days of cave man. The fear of being eaten. The fear of what lurks in the dark – and what darkness is more vast and mysterious than the dark expanse of space?
- Top Story - June 2017
Best Grilling CookbooksTop Story - June 2017
There is something rugged and cool about grilling chunks of meat outside on a boiling summer afternoon, but so many of us are afraid to admit that we don't know what the hell we're doing out there – so thank God for the best grilling cookbooks to save our cooking failure butts. A good book can save you from making a culinary catastrophe.
Music and Concert Documentaries on Netflix
Too few people watch documentaries, which means that many music and concert documentaries on Netflix go unwatched. It's a damn shame, too, because there are a multitude of great ones no one sees. With so many movies and shows on the streaming service, it's hard to figure out what to watch. So often, quality shows are drowned in a quantity of crap. And documentaries can be made and uploaded to the service on the cheap.
Most Dangerous Jobs
It doesn't take a large paycheck to convince people to take on the most dangerous jobs. Some jobs, like working in the military, are obviously dangerous. Soldiers die sometimes by the thousands each year. But there are plenty of jobs that don't involve being shot at that can result in an early demise.
History of Science Fiction Part III
At the dawn of the 1960s, the history of science fiction took a huge turn from its past. In two decades, the whole genre of sci-fi would change in ways that would alter mainstream perspectives of the science fiction genre.