Project Rap Rabbit and Contemporary Kickstarter Cynicism

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However bad-mannered, you can point fingers to where and why current Kickstarter projects feel as though they’ve had their wind knocked out. Mighty No. 9 (MN9), a 2013 Kickstarter project which promised to be everything to its globe-spanning pledgers and fans, contained all of the key persons and backing to do so but failed to deliver, is responsible for the current pensive, if not cynical, manner that gamers are now approaching Kickstarter projects with. MN9 is a lousy game, and not only did the enormous $4+ million publicly funded project suffer in quality but actuality as well, whether in the form of presumably abandoned physical versions for the Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita, undelivered digital codes, and plenty more. MN9’s closing impression brought to a significantly larger range of videogame consumers the grimmer possibilities of game development, where creative visions aren’t accomplished and proposed goals become no longer feasible.

Without a doubt, the frustration and cynicism of MN9  remains, looming over other high-cost, promise-loaded Kickstarters. Project Rap Rabbit (PRR), a May 2017 Kickstarter, which pre-MN9 would undoubtedly have been a shoe-in for successful funding, is facing probable failure. The cause of so lies in that upsetting pit MN9 opened to videogame Kickstarter backers; clearly the project isn’t receiving funding despite having a relatively alike impassioned audience as MN9 had, the latter receiving $900,000 dollars within 48 hours after launching whereas PRR currently sits at $146,000 following its May 15th launch, remaining short nearly $1,000,000 of its initial goal; no insignificant gap, that. Continue reading “Project Rap Rabbit and Contemporary Kickstarter Cynicism”


6 Essential Job Skills English Majors Aren’t Being Taught in College

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Upon completing my English degree, it was about five minutes into my first “real job” search before I started cursing my school, my degree, and everything else on this planet.

Like many recent graduates, I didn’t know what jobs my degree qualified me for, and when I eventually found what those jobs were I didn’t know the skills expected. While now eligible to apply for jobs which didn’t require lobotomizing myself at a cash register, the reality was that I was not prepared for them, and my great nightmare of having to drag a pallet-jack around for the rest of my life began to feel like an inevitability.

In the end, there was nothing to do but learn these things myself. For this list, I’ll be recounting the six most consistent job skills that employers expected me to know, and which nowhere during my college career was I taught. Continue reading “6 Essential Job Skills English Majors Aren’t Being Taught in College”

Ulysses – Book Review

Originally wrote this as a Sample for a freelance book review website that turned out to be a scam. Normally I do not write reviews in formula nor so briefly, and did so only because of the requirements of that application. But regardless; a sample.

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Upon completing James Joyce’s Ulysses I am as compelled to write a memoir of the experience as I am a review. The difficulty of this book cannot be understated, and the labyrinth of its ceaselessly obscure and specific content is like buckshot blasted over an open field, trailing you to the most forgotten of philosophies at one point, well out-of-print fictions at others, and a whole lot more other strange academic nooks besides, often all within the same sentence. Pair this with a purposefully alternating, radically original writing style which routinely yanks the rug from out under your feet the moment you feel you’re getting a grasp, and Ulysses is undoubtedly the most devilish, confounding, and unfriendly novel you will ever come across.

Struggle as it is though, Ulysses is perhaps the greatest book ever written, and while this book will require more than a dictionary at the ready to successfully complete, the extra effort required in no way diminishes the impact of this, however challenging, pristine story of communion. Continue reading “Ulysses – Book Review”

4 Reasons Millennials Need (and Deserve) Batman


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While caped-crusaders are certainly the norm of much contemporary media, there’s clearly something special about Batman. Whether the nocturnal lunatic is inspiring real-life imitation crazies from around the world, or drawing out the murder in us all because someone other than ourselves was cast for the B-Man’s role, there’s a quality in modern Batman which exceeds reverement. And while Batman is indeed beloved by old and young, there are certain qualities about the lonely moralist that exclusively speak to the Millennial generation, albeit less to them as he is for them. Continue reading “4 Reasons Millennials Need (and Deserve) Batman”