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Better Off Dead: Just Give the Kid Two Dollars Already (Neon Cinema)

Better Off Dead: Just Give the Kid Two Dollars Already (Neon Cinema)

A suicidally depressed teen tries to win back his girlfriend by throwing himself off of a perfectly good mountain, ignoring the impossible cute French mechanic living across the street. Claymation hamburgers lip-sync to Van Halen, a pre-teen builds a ray gun, and Booger from Revenge of the Nerds wears lots of hats. Welcome to 1985, […]

Opinion: It's Been a Tough Week for LGBTQ+ "Magic" Players

Opinion: It’s Been a Tough Week for LGBTQ+ “Magic” Players

A recent book covering the latest plots in the storyline of Magic: The Gathering entitled “War of the Spark: Forsaken” has come under scrutiny by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer Magic players (among many others) for its content. Greg Weisman, the author, seems to have done a lot of people in the community dirty, according […]

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Don’t Blame ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’s’ Box-Office On This Cast

Terminator: Dark Fate will go down as one of the biggest flops of 2019 and will likely cost the studio over 100 million dollars in losses. Now it would be easy to point out and shout from the rooftops that this somehow tied to there being three female leads in the cast, but that would be […]

“The Terminator” (1984) Doesn’t Stand the Test of Time

The Terminator at 25 years-old is considered by many to be a classic work of science-fiction. It spawned a financially successful franchise that continues to grow in every direction. However, the number of fans and profit are not measurements of quality. After 25 years it is time to accept that The Terminator is not good […]

"Sorin, Lord of Innistrad" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

Opinion: Why We Should Support “Magic: The Gathering”

Yesterday, an article was posted on Bleeding Cool‘s “Comics” hub about how Magic: The Gathering is becoming an institution that isn’t supporting its player base. In this article, I intend to rebuke this as well as I can, because I feel strongly that Wizards of the Coast is doing their sincere best in accommodating their players. On […]

On the Pioneer Format (and Early Financial Spikes) - "Magic: The Gathering"

Opinion: Pioneer Bans Will Be Fierce – “Magic: The Gathering”

Magic: The Gathering has very recently been shaken up with the addition of a new format called Pioneer. The format is less than a month old and currently contains only five banned cards (the original allied fetchlands, for those looking for those bans). Aside from those initial bans, the format contains all cards from expansion […]

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Opinion: Finding My Way Through “Magic: The Gathering: Arena”

Or, “A Love Letter to Magic Esports”. A couple of months ago, sometime before I was hired by Bleeding Cool, I never would have guessed that I’d be playing Magic: The Gathering: Arena. I was vehemently opposed to Magic: The Gathering Online and felt very strongly about my stance. How could I even think about paying for digital cards when […]

Tom King Should Write a DC Black Label Book

Tom King’s a Real Bastard – and Why He Should Write a DC Black Label Book

Batman kills babies. Tom King makes people cry. And if they’re not crying, they’re definitely feeling something. At New York Comic Con last weekend, the line to meet Tom King stretched across all of Artist Alley. (Those people had to buy something from his booth to earn their spot in line.) So just why hasn’t […]

Opinion: "Brawl" Decks Laden With Scarcity Issues - "Magic: The Gathering"

Opinion: “Brawl” Decks Have Scarcity Issues – “Magic: The Gathering”

I picked up a copy of the “Knight’s Charge” preconstructed Brawl deck for Magic: The Gathering yesterday. I quickly learned thereafter that it was an investment that was made amid a temporary and artificial scarcity on the part of Wizards of the Coast’s methodologies. The biggest issue I had with picking this deck up was that […]

Opinion: Why Tabletop Games Falter: "Arena Rex", "Malifaux", and More

Opinion: Why Wargames Falter: “Arena Rex”, “Malifaux”, and More

Last Sunday, I wrote a piece detailing a few trading card games which, while being super cool in concept, failed to attract a huge audience of players. In the end, they failed as a game for that reason and others. Today I want to go into this discussion from the angle of tabletop wargames and […]






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“Star Trek” Characters Who Should “Boldly Go” to Their Own Spinoff Series

Since the recent rebirth of Star Trek on television – beginning with CBS All Access‘ Discovery and now Picard as the first non-Starfleet-centric television series – the franchise is making new and bold decisions deviating from traditional formula storytelling. Here are some other characters we think deserve a shot at their own series. Worf There […]


On "Magic: The Gathering", and the Philanthopy Thereof

Opinion: On “Magic: The Gathering” And Philanthropy 101

In Magic: The Gathering, players often are directed to make use of the best cards and the best strategies in order to gain the best outcome – that is, victory. But what if I told you that giving resources to other players could give you a victory of another sort? Welcome to Magic Philanthropy 101. Magic: […]