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The evolution of storytelling in video games

The evolution of storytelling in video games

Marianna Bacallao and Chas Pridgen

March 21, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Video games have evolved as a storytelling medium since the millennium, coming into their own and creating stories only possible through an interactive platform. Choose Your Own Adventure Choose-your-own-adventure games have gotten more sophisticated both in terms of story and immersive world bui...

Review: Umbrella Academy has a strong but not self-contained first season

Review: Umbrella Academy has a strong but not self-contained first season

Mandi DeLong

March 14, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Inspired by the comic series of the same name, Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy” centers around a dysfunctional superhero family trying to save the world while dealing with their own myriad of personal issues. The ensemble cast consists of the Hagreeves children and members of the titular Umbrella...

Movie Review: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a fitting end to a beloved series

Movie Review: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a fitting end to a beloved series

Connor Cable

March 14, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

When the first “How To Train Your Dragon” film burst onto the scene back in 2010, the world was really caught by surprise. Production company Dreamworks is no slouch when it comes to animation. With franchises like “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda” under their belt, no one though...

Mercer Artist: Julia Swain plans to teach music in India

Mercer Artist: Julia Swain plans to teach music in India

Jules Tollett

March 11, 2019


Filed under Mercer Artist

Senior Julia Swain is an artist in more ways than one. Although she is mostly involved in the music school and plays viola for the McDuffie Center for Strings, she has also become more involved in Mercer’s visual arts program. Swain has been involved in the arts from a very young age. She began playing...

“Captain Marvel”: A nice change of pace for Marvel Studios

“Captain Marvel”: A nice change of pace for Marvel Studios

Chas Pridgen

March 11, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

“Captain Marvel” is the first female-led addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and it only took a little over a decade. While this movie is an exciting, well-made step toward representation in the massive franchise, it is not without its faults. “Captain Marvel” is lighter than some of...

Joey Stuckey Album Release Party

Joey Stuckey Album Release Party

Jules Tollett

March 11, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

A man of many talents, Joey Stuckey is not only a Mercer graduate and professor of Music Technology at Mercer, but he is also a nationally recognized musician. Stuckey has released over six albums, has opened for several big name bands and is also the official music ambassador for Macon. To celebrate the...

Review: Shane Dawson’s docu-series is revolutionizing YouTube

Review: Shane Dawson’s docu-series is revolutionizing YouTube

Mahima Sultan

March 2, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

It’s no secret that within the past year, the infamous YouTube sensation Shane Dawson went from his classic vlog-style videos with friends to more hard-hitting, documentary-style videos. His most recent documentary-esque series focused primarily on conspiracy theories. In two episodes that were re...

Mercer “Dungeons and Dragons” game master is an improvisational storyteller

Mercer “Dungeons and Dragons” game master is an improvisational storyteller

Chas Pridgen

March 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Mercer Artist

With the current re-emergence of “Dungeons and Dragons” (D&D) into pop culture, creators are finding that some of their stories are best told around a table. One of these storytellers is Nick Pope, a Dungeon Master (DM) who started playing D&D about two years ago. Pope said that the basi...

Mercer grad wins three Grammy awards

Mercer grad wins three Grammy awards

Marianna Bacallao, Layout Editor

February 28, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Mercer grad Raymond Partolan won three Grammy awards for the album “American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom.” Partolan first got involved with the album in 2018 when producer Kabir Sehgal approached him, wanting to know more about his story as an undocumented person growing up in t...

Community arts center offers course in urban contemporary ballroom dancing

Community arts center offers course in urban contemporary ballroom dancing

Chas Pridgen

February 28, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

The Mill Hill Community Arts Center is offering classes in urban contemporary ballroom dancing. The classes are taught by Rudy and Carolyn Mendes on Mondays from 7 - 9 p.m. The two instructors, both Macon locals, started taking classes in urban contemporary ballroom about seven years ago. They att...

Review: Carmen Sandiego starts out clumsy, but finishes on a stronger note

Review: Carmen Sandiego starts out clumsy, but finishes on a stronger note

Mandi DeLong

February 28, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Based off of the edutainment franchise of the same name, Netflix’s newly released “Carmen Sandiego” revamps the eponymous character from a gentlewoman-thief to a classy version of Robin Hood. Voiced by Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin” fame, the series starts with a two-partner flashback to...

Preview: Bibb County Schools Student art show

Preview: Bibb County Schools Student art show

Connor Cable

February 28, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Artwork by students of Bibb County Schools will be displayed at the seventh annual Bibb County Schools Student Art Show, which happens to be during March’s “First Friday” tradition in Macon. “This annual exhibit was started to celebrate Youth Art Month by recognizing the young artists in our c...

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