The Importance of Table-Top & Online Gaming: The Future Game State

(https://www.mastermindadventures.com/2021/04/01/aha-moments/) Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu On Tuesday, November 9th, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth held a unique virtual event on zoom titled “Future Game State”: A Conversation About Massachusetts’ Game Economy and the Gametech Ecosystem. The lecture featured three local game economy experts: Krysten Callina, Ryan Canuel, and Alan Ritacco. Callina is the Founder of Mastermind Adventures LLC; she is a talent management … Continue reading The Importance of Table-Top & Online Gaming: The Future Game State

Getting Nostalgic About Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn rhepburn@umassdtorch It’s Christmas morning of the year 2006 and you race to the tree. After hurriedly trying to gather your family for the last hour, it’s finally time to open gifts. Your eyes meet with the present immediately. It may be a small box, but it has got a big present inside. Your parents know exactly what’s in there too, so … Continue reading Getting Nostalgic About Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

Black Women in Rock and The Rise of Willow

Black Women in Rock and the Rise of Willow By Staff Writer Busola Awobode bawobode@umassd.edu  Country, Hip-hip, Jazz, Rock; Black people do it all. In fact, Black people originated these music genres. So why is it still shocking when we see a black person dominating these fields. When Lil Nas X released “Old Town Road” the air of disbelief that followed was palpable. People could … Continue reading Black Women in Rock and The Rise of Willow

The Rise of EDM in Mainstream Media

By Staff Writer Roxy Hepburn [rhepburn@umassd.edu] EDM, or electronic dance music, is a genre that has mostly sat on the sidelines of popular culture. However, has social media changed that? As new social media and gaming platforms take over the lives of millions of people, music trends are evolving to fit their new needs.  EDM is an ever-expanding field of music with countless subgenres to … Continue reading The Rise of EDM in Mainstream Media

The Reboot Phenomena

By Busola Awobode Email: bawobode@umassd.edu Recently, the gender flip version of the 1999 classic She’s All That was released to Netflix. In a short-lived debut, He’s All That starring Tiktok’s Addison Rae and Cobra Kai’s Tanner Buchanan is one in a mass of reimagined classics that have recently graced our screens. The new movie which unsurprisingly is full of painfully obvious production mistakes, underwhelming acting, … Continue reading The Reboot Phenomena

Life is Strange shows it’s “True Colors” with Reveal of Trailer for New Game

J Engels Staff Writer jengels@umassd.edu (warning: mild spoilers ahead for the first 3 Life is Strange games) Featuring the return of elements I’ve so fondly come to associate with the Life is Strange franchise- moody indie music, picturesque small town scenery, and (best of all) queer teen melodrama- the trailer for the series’ next installment invites me, like an old friend, back into one of … Continue reading Life is Strange shows it’s “True Colors” with Reveal of Trailer for New Game

Cozy Grove is A New Version of Animal Crossing: New Horizon?

Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu Over a year ago the infamous Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out and was plenty of people’s coping strategy for the new quarantine rules set upon us. From the moment it came out people would post their codes for others to visit their islands and trade furniture items, becoming such an infamous game for gamers and non gamers alike. Since then the … Continue reading Cozy Grove is A New Version of Animal Crossing: New Horizon?

Finding the Music: Book Review of Jackie Kay’s “Trumpet” (1998)

Samantha Travis  Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu Jackie Kay’s “Trumpet.” A novel diving into themes of gender identity, during a time when issues like this were never discussed or even considered to exist. Yet, they still did, and Kay discusses all of it. Inspired by the life of transgendered jazz musician, Billy Tipton, “Trumpet” follows the life of black Scottish jazz musician, Joss Moody, who lives his … Continue reading Finding the Music: Book Review of Jackie Kay’s “Trumpet” (1998)

SHINE ON, YOU LOVELY DIAMOND : Discussing LDR’s Lead Single Let Me Love You Like A Woman

Shannen Marie Hansen Staff Writer shansen4@umassd.edu Desperation, is at times, an element that draws our hearts like a magnet to the source. It tends to reach into a place where sleeping strengths lie and, like the lioness, or maybe Iggy Pop circa 1990, a hyper-bold energy surges from us and we are ready to experience the range of emotions the wiser of us would block … Continue reading SHINE ON, YOU LOVELY DIAMOND : Discussing LDR’s Lead Single Let Me Love You Like A Woman