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Fallout Tabletop Game Coming Soon

27th April 2017

Boy it’s a good year for board games. With the recent release of the Dark Souls board game, we have another on its way. Fallout is coming to your tabletops! Fallout: Wasteland Warfare is being published and made by Modiphius, who made other games like Star Trek: Adventures, Mutant Chronicles, and Conan. This will be […]

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LOTR Online Turns 10 This Week!

27th April 2017

You may not remember it, but Lord of the Rings had a bunch of games and stuff related to it, from the recent Shadow of Mordor game to the upcoming sequel for said title, to the early stages with The Fellowship of the Ring on PS1. Gah, the memories. But one game you may not […]

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Pro Overwatch Player Banned After Racism

27th April 2017

Professional Overwatch player Matt “Dellor” Vaughn has been banned from eSports events and has quit the scene altogether after using a racial slur repeatedly for 30 seconds. Toronto eSports, the team he represented, issued a statement saying he has essentially been fired, due to the breach of contract. Toronto Esports release dellor citing breach of […]

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NUS President is Black Single Mother

27th April 2017

As if that has any bearing on how well she can do her job. Yep, when it came to the time for the 1,200 delegates to vote for their next president, it was a 56/44 split in favour of Ms. Martin, a single black mother, who identified herself as working class. She ousted previous president […]

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Could Brexit Prevent Overseas Students from Enrolling at UK Unis?

27th April 2017

Brexit has been on all of our minds recently, but just how much of a negative impact is it actually going to have on our lives? Well, North East Universities now fear that quitting the European Union could prevent foreign staff and students from enrolling in our universities. Heads at Newcastle and Sunderland Uni have warned […]

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Chilling 999 Call By Alice Ruggles’s Flatmate

27th April 2017

A devastating story has been widely reported in the news recently – the murder of Alice Ruggles by her ex-boyfriend. Harry Dhillon was found guilty of murder, after stalking Alice in the weeks leading up to her death. Commenting on the verdict, Alice’s mother Sue Hills said: “Justice has been done today but none of […]

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Fancy a Big Mac at Home?

27th April 2017

Picture this – you wake up on a Sunday morning, hungover, and all you want is a big, greasy McDonald’s. But, of course, the last thing you want to do is get out of your comfy bed and head out. Well, now you may be able to enjoy a Big Mac from the comfort of […]

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Rail Strike Set to Go Ahead on Friday

26th April 2017

This Friday, Arriva Rail North are going ahead with a 24-hour strike, which means you might need to leave for work even earlier than normal! Part of a long-running dispute between rail union RMT and transport bosses over driver-only trains, Friday’s strike is just one of many. According to RMT, there has been no further […]

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Midweek Blues

26th April 2017

Flashbacks incoming. About a month ago, we ran a story about a really cool charity, who give ill children the means to explore new worlds, build and create and just forget about the world for a bit, by donating game stations to hospitals. Each of the stations comes with a few games, a console and some […]

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Why Philosophy is Actually Relevant

26th April 2017

Okay, so you’ve heard of Aristotle and Plato but they lived in, like, 323 BC. BC. Before Christ was born in the stable in Bethlehem. How can something so ancient be relevant today? The answer is to look around you. Some philosophical ideas are indeed outdated. Aristotle thought women were inferior to men by default […]

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Song Review: Lost Kid

25th April 2017

The Apache Relay album American Nomad plays host to the fantastically catchy single ‘Lost Kid’ in which feelings of (yes, you guessed it) being lost and then being found are shared. Alternative music always sparks a notion of pretentiousness within me, but ‘Lost Kid’ has redeemed the genre for me. The strum of the guitar […]

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Outlast 2 Reviews are in

25th April 2017

Finally! After Red Barrels’ sort of dispute with the Australian publication board, and some confusion as to whether the game would be released on an entire continent, the reviews for Outlast 2 are here! The game follows the same kind of gameplay that was in the first one (running, hiding, crying a bit), and the […]

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People Living With Dementia Showcase Artwork

25th April 2017

If someone close to you suffers from dementia, you’ll know just how difficult it can be for them to go about their everyday lives without a helping hand. Sometimes this means missing out on things they love, or giving up on a hobby because they feel isolated. Well, thanks to Creative Age, a group that […]

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Prison Units for Extremists to Open in UK

25th April 2017

Over the last few months, there has been growing concern across the UK over the risk of terror attacks. Now, it has been revealed that three purpose-built blocks are set to open within high-security jails to hold some of Britain’s most dangerous extremists. In the aim of preventing extremists from “poisoning the minds of others”, prisoners […]

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Movie Release Dates Revealed

25th April 2017

Release dates for a couple of Hollywood’s biggest films have been revealed! However, some of them are a long way off. These dates were revealed by Entertainment Weekly, and include Avatar 2-5, Deadpool 2 (June 2018), and Dark Phoenix (November 2018). The next four sequels to Avatar have finally been unveiled by way of their official Facebook. The […]

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Terry Crews is a Gift to the World

25th April 2017

We know Terry Crews for a lot of things. From Brooklyn 99, to his part in Everybody Hates Chris, and of course as a former NFL line-backer, he has recently become enamoured by the world of PC gaming. After building his own PC, he even held an audition, which turned out to be fake, for […]

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Opening of a Dog Cafe in Newcastle

24th April 2017

We have Mog on the Tyne for Newcastle’s cat lovers and now it’s time to cater for the dog lovers. Dog and Scone will open in the city centre in the next few weeks so that everyone can enjoy a cup of coffee in the company of some sociable and adorable dogs. Dog and Scone […]

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Ed Sheeran Lookalike Poses With Fans in Newcastle

24th April 2017

With Ed Sheeran performing in the North East towards the end of last week, many fans were eager to get a snap with the singer. However, if you managed to get a photo with the star there is a chance you may have been tricked; it seems that an Ed Sheeran lookalike has been posing with fans […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

24th April 2017

The importance of our environment It’s not a glossy topic, but one that’s necessary. Saturday was Earth Day and scientists around the globe celebrated their profession which of course has links to climate change – an issue we’re going to have to face at some point or another. Climate change is a threat, not a […]

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Victory for Marine Le Pen

24th April 2017

In a similar way to President Trump’s victory in the US, it looks as though France could be about to elect its own underdog as president. Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front, has made it through to the second stage of the French elections and she now only has to beat Macron, leader […]

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Why Are Arkansas Executing 7 People in 11 Days?

24th April 2017

If you’re sentenced to death in America, you can often be waiting for years, sometimes decades, before it’s your turn for the chopping block but some prisoners on Death Row in the state of Arkansas could find that their day comes much sooner and the reason why is both saddening and laughable. The state’s supply […]

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Snap Election Survival Guide: Family Members With Different Opinions

24th April 2017

A week ago, the people of Britain were blissfully unaware of the fact that they were only seven weeks away from another general election. Only this time, the stakes are a lot higher. It’s not a matter of Tory v. Labour like it usually is – it’s soft Brexit v. hard Brexit. Like every election […]

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How To Catch The Lyrid Meteor Shower

23rd April 2017

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will be lighting up the skies in the North East over the next couple of days, so make sure you don’t miss it! Here’s everything you need to know. What is it? The meteor shower (which can’t harm you) occurs as the Earth passes through dust left over from comet C/186 […]

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GOTG Game Reviews Are In

20th April 2017

Telltale games return for another IP; this time it’s our favourite ex-cons, Guardians of the Galaxy. Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon are back for another adventure, whether it’s any good is up to you. Here’s what the biggest reviewers thought, whether it matters to you or not. Gamespot – “Some more game-y […]

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Player Pacifists Diablo II

20th April 2017

Occasionally on this blog, we showcase some of the finer feats in gaming. From beating a boss without dodging to recreating a popular game trailer in modern CG, we’ve covered some pretty neat stuff. But occasionally we get something like this, which completely changes the game. (HA. Pun). If you’re any sort of gamer you […]

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Code Vein Details!

20th April 2017

So, after our story the other day, we have some more details from Bandai Namco, after they officially announced Code Vein, a game where you “feast in the blood of enemies” in a “massive interconnected world”. Set to launch in 2018, the publisher has confirmed it will be coming to “major home consoles”. There is […]

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Batgirl Won’t Be a Big Star

20th April 2017

It was confirmed last week that director Joss Whedon will be at the helm of a Batgirl movie for DC. When asked about casting by Variety, Whedon mentioned that he doesn’t expect a big-name star to play the heroine. He said, “I feel like I’m creating this character, I’m going to dialogue with her, and […]

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Midweek Blues

19th April 2017

I cried. Swedish furniture company IKEA, have donated $300 and 10 cat-sized beds to the Etobicoke Humane Society, in Ontario, Canada. The cats are obviously adorable, however, it means a lot more to the workers and felines in the shelter. Look at them! In a Facebook post, the shelter said: “Our floors are easy to […]

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Prepare to Dine

19th April 2017

Dark Souls publishers Bandai Namco has revealed its next game, ahead of schedule. The new title will be called Code Vein, and will be a “dungeon exploration-type, hard-action RPG”. Which seems about right for the team behind the games that made me leave teeth marks in my controller. The game will be set in a […]

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Why Populist Politics is More Than Pure Evil

19th April 2017

It won’t have escaped your notice what the current President of the United States is doing – and indeed what he has done. All you have to do is watch and listen. One of his most recent controversial (although you’d be forgiven if you have forgotten it already – he has made a number of blunders […]

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Oh God Why

18th April 2017

Trump’s White House staff tried to use Snapchat. It went horribly wrong. The White House shared a photo of the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, during the annual Easter Egg Roll. However, they spelt her job title totally wrong. Remember, these people are in charge of a country. https://twitter.com/capitalismwitch/status/854055391424110593 Some of the responses were gorgeous. Welkum […]

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A Lil’ Pick Me Up

18th April 2017

It’s got to be said, a lot of the time, show hosts can be a little bit insufferable, but sometimes, just sometimes, they make you grin. And keep grinning. Giggle almost. Well, in case you didn’t know, James Corden hosts a Late Late Show, and often does a thing called Drop the Mic, where he […]

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Star Wars Book to Set Up Battlefront 2

18th April 2017

At the Star Wars Celebration last week, it was revealed that a new book, called Inferno Squad, will reveal and set up the characters and plot for Battlefront II. The book itself will take place after Rogue One, after the Rebels successfully humiliated the Empire by stealing the Death Star plans. The publisher’s description read: […]

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Academies: What are they and how do they work?

18th April 2017

Many of us will attend academies, send our children to them or have at least heard of them in the news. They have been criticised harshly (not least by me in many of my articles) yet staunchly defended by others. However, none of it is really very helpful if you don’t actually know what one […]

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Emma Watson’s Belle is Rightly the Next Generation’s Idol

18th April 2017

Yes, I know, I’m late to the party. However, I have arrived and I have a point to make. Emma Watson’s role as Belle in the spring blockbuster Beauty and the Beast is completely deserving of its place as the next generation’s idol. Watson, who is a UN Goodwill Ambassador and the face of feminist charity HeForShe, […]

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Review: Apple Music

18th April 2017

If you’re considering Apple Music versus Spotify, or just generally wondering what the craic is with Apple, this is the right article for you. I recently succumbed to temptation after the three-month Apple Music trial and purchased the single person £9.99 per month plan. In that, I get as much music as I want, when […]

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13 Reasons Why You Must Watch 13 Reasons Why

17th April 2017

If you haven’t already seen Netflix’s groundbreaking new show 13 Reasons Why then you’re one of the remaining few who has yet to fall in love with the show. Social media is full of reviews, posts and memes all about the show and its complicated characters so you probably already know most of the contents […]

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20 Daring Writing Prompts

17th April 2017

For this collection of writing prompts, the theme will be all about risky and emotional pieces of writing. They’ll be ideal for anyone wanting to write a more revealing and challenging article, story or blog post. Write from the POV of someone who has made you feel angry/upset. Discuss something that you really struggle with […]

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Gay Conversion Therapy in the US

17th April 2017

When discussing American politics, people often use how racist, sexist and homophobic people are as a benchmark of political competency. During the Donald v Hillary presidency campaign last year, many LGBT+ people were concerned that they may be made to feel even more unsafe if certain politicians were to be given certain roles in Congress. […]

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Prince Harry reveals he sought professional counselling

17th April 2017

Prince Harry has revealed to the Daily Telegraph that he sought counselling in order to process the “total chaos” of processing his mother’s death in his late twenties. After almost twenty years since Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris, Prince Harry spoke about his own struggle with mental health and grief. In the […]

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Teachers moving towards SATs boycott

17th April 2017

Teachers have put their backing into moving towards a boycott of primary school tests in England next year due to increasing pressures on children. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) says the tests for seven and 11-year-olds are damaging to children and education. Last year’s SATs results saw 47% of children ‘failing’ the tests for […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

17th April 2017

The House of Lords – it’s still relevant A symbol of filthy bureaucracy that is completely abhorrent and incomprehensible in today’s society or testament to the history of British democracy, the House of Lords has divided opinions for many years. Whatever you think of the House of Lords, though, you have to recognise that it […]

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Fallout 4 Mod Spotlight

16th April 2017

Long-time, no mods, am I right? Having recently downloaded Fallout 4 again, after culling my mod list to oblivion, I found it only right that I then have a good look at some of the best of the best that’s out on the Nexus. So, this week, we’re going to be looking at two things, […]

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Game Review: PUBG (Early Access)

16th April 2017

They really need a different title for that, one that doesn’t take millennia to type out. So, after celebrating its 1 million milestone, it seemed only fit I dive in and see what the fuss is about. What I discovered was… oddly addictive. For those of you who don’t know, PUBG is a battle-royale game. […]

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Why Do Middle Class Women Dress as Horse Riders?

16th April 2017

Thanks to companies like Reebok, Nike and Puma, people who have never participated in a sport in their life can cheaply and stylishly dress like track and field athletes. Typically, this sports and leisure wear is favoured by lower working class people, who are often demonised and branded with the word ‘chav’ just because they […]

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Dawn of War III Looks Hardcore

12th April 2017

In case you weren’t aware, Dawn of War is arguably one of the most revered and respected RTS franchises ever. The first came out in the early 2000s, and was incredibly well received. It brought 3D units and animations into the limelight, plunging ahead of things like StarCraft. Plus, it was really really cool. With […]

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Battlefront II Leaks

12th April 2017

The first trailer for Battlefront II is set to release a few days from now, at the Star Wars celebration event in Orlando, but obviously, it arrived early, because the internet exists. You can watch the trailer here. It will feature battles from all eras this time around, even from the newer films. It is […]

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A Diamond in the Rough

12th April 2017

With the diamond being the game, and the rough being the pit that Day-Z and H1Z1 made. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the run down. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is taking Steam by the throat and showing Daybreak (the people behind H1Z1) how it’s done. It’s received rather hefty coverage over the last […]

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Hideo Kojima on Ghost in the Shell

12th April 2017

Yep, the guy who gave us Metal Gear Solid has shared his take on the Ghost in the Shell reboot. In an essay he wrote for Glixel, Rolling Stone’s video game outlet, he said: “The respect that the movie shows in mimicking the anime is unquestionable. As a real fan of the original works, though, […]

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Midweek Blues

12th April 2017

I’m not going to lie to you, people, I’ve got nothing this week. So here are some cute animals to keep you going through the rest of the week. I swear I’ll be more committed next week. But this week has been manic. From the diabolical Pepsi ad, to Sean Spicer, to United Airlines all […]

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