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Joseph Kaminski

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August 20, 2017

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Pokemon GO: Nintendo’s Gimmicks

For a company that is relatively famed in the handheld gaming industry, Nintendo has been so utterly turned off by mobile game platforms for the longest time. Pokemon GO is the first actual step Nintendo, the company of “innovation ahead of its time” has ever made. Yet this first step has been a very successful one, with Nintendo making $35 million within its first two weeks of launch.

Civilization VI

Sid Meier’s Civilization series is a highly rated turn-based historical strategy game which allows one or more human players to compete against computer-controlled artificial intelligence in a race to expand from a small kingdom of just a few tiles to an enormous empire which spans the entire map. The goal is rather simple: each player will attempt to make their specially designed nation or ethnic group superior when comparative to the others and to win the game through different elements: from science and culture to domination and diplomatic skills.

The Social Situation in Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is an incredible game not only for its gameplay but for the sociological impact it has within its choices. If you’re into video games, especially of this genre, you need to ignore this review and just go pick it up for $15 on Steam like right now. Seriously, don’t spoil yourself. This post contains spoilers for the game, obviously. However, I’ll try to give as few spoilers as possible, so expect some details to be rather vague.

How an Economics Professor Fought Against Monopoly

Ralph Anspach, an American born in 1926, is a retired economics professor from San Fransisco State University. Graduating from the University of Chicago, he fought with the Mahal, volunteers who went to the Middle East to fight in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, in support of the independence of Israel. You may have never heard of Ralph Anspach, but you’ve definitely heard of the famous board game Monopoly, something Anspach despises with a burning passion.