A Culture of Our Own: On the Democratizing Nature of User-Created Art Platforms

Thanks to online platforms for creating, distributing, and promoting user-created content, and with the arrival of user-driven monetization, independent and amateur creators are in greater control of their work than ever before.

Hello all! None of you expressed any preferences or opinions in last week’s open forum, so I’m just gonna keep doing my own thing.

I want to tell you a story of my teen and pre-teen years. It started with Shakira and 50 Cent, and ended it with Fall Out Boy at their peak and Lady Gaga just beginning to explode.

Despite those groups getting tons of airplay and radio play, from Cry Me a River to Paparazzi, I didn’t know many people who were into that stuff. Mainstream music and radio was a thing that “other” people liked. Throughout middle school, my friends and I were digging Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, Story of the Year, Evanescence, lostprophets, and others.

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Something Left Unsaid: The Story of Rare’s Dinosaur Planet

Simple nostalgic yearnings for what we didn’t get are not the only reasons gamers lament the loss of what may have been Rare’s coup de grace of gaming.

Welcome back to Nerd Revolt! I thought this would be kind of timely considering the recent release of Rare’s Sea of Thieves on March 20th.

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A New Generation, a New Tomb Raider

Here we go again!¬†In the latest iteration of the archaeology-action romp, Alicia Vikander steps into the role of Lara Croft, on her first expedition much like in the 2013 reboot of the game series. Much like that game, Lara is on a journey to Yamatai, a fictional island in Japan, where the formidable Queen of Yamatai, Himiko, is said to have reigned supreme in ages past. There’s a storm on the way there, the ship wrecks, Lara gets captured and has to escape using her survival skills, you get the idea.

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The Indefinable Appeal of Doki Doki Literature Club

Team Salvato went to a lot of effort to convince you to sympathize with Monika, because you may be spending a lot of time with her in the future.

I think it’s time for a change of pace. First of all though, I would just like to thank DeviantArt artist¬†klaeia for graciously giving me permission to use her work for the header art. Click the link above and check out her gallery. Thanks again, klaeia!

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