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Rant and Rave: A fresh frontier awaits in ‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’

Pokémon fans have long clamored for a title that would reinvigorate the mainline series games, giving them a more modern feel and stirring heights. Whether it’s a more open-world experience or a more robust, action-packed set of gameplay mechanics, each fan of the Pokémon community has their own vision for the “perfect” game. But if…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Pokémon BDSP’ faithfully pay tributes to Sinnoh originals

Highlighted by enhanced graphics, a “faithful” storyline, and still challenging trainer battles, revisiting the Sinnoh region through Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl could not have been more exciting.

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Rant and Rave: ‘Genshin Impact 2.0’ walks the tightrope of eternity

Ad Astra Abyssosque, adventurers! From the ruins of Khaenri’ah to the caves of an eroded stone dragon and to the misty islands of the Golden Apple Archipelago, ready your teapots as we set sail to the land of eternity.  Genshin Impact’s open-world, role-playing action gameplay expanded its horizons with one of the biggest updates the…

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Rant and Rave: Queers invisible no more in ‘DC Pride’ and ‘Marvel’s Voices: Pride’

Superheroes, be it on-screen or on printed media, have been the childhood idols of a great many throughout the decades. They have come to represent our desires, dreams, and values. However, this connection between superheroes and the audience becomes muddy when these figures become alien from one’s lived-in experiences. While LGBTQ+ characters in comic strips…

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A menagerie of pride: Reclaiming queer narratives

For so long, queerness has been seen as the Other—shameful, aberrant behavior to be talked about in hushed whispers. For this reason, many queer figures’ sexualities have been erased from history—that is, if history remembers them at all.  Today, we get to remember them. As more and more queer creators step into the spotlight with…

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Rant and Rave: Genshin Impact—Behold, the Chalk Prince and the Dragon

“The transition from nothing into something, from shoot to stem…and now to fruition,” says the Chalk Prince Albedo as one embarks on a quest to discover truths hidden within the snow capped mountains of Dragonspine—the latest addition to Genshin Impact’s world. Genshin Impact is a free-to-play action-adventure game developed by Chinese studio miHoYo. After the…

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Rant and Rave—Evermore: Inside the cabin in the woods

Every Taylor Swift era is a carefully-cultivated circus act. Every album rollout is meticulously planned—the aesthetic is distinct, easter eggs are slyly planted to build intrigue, and singles are primed for chart domination. The trademark red lipstick of the Red era, the glossy girl squad of her 1989 heydey, her outright refusal to make publicity…

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Rant and Rave: 2020 Virgin Lab Fest—Part Two

With a diverse collection of stories, Virgin Labfest (VLF) 2020 offers intriguing narratives for every kind of viewer. This is part two of The LaSallian’s VLF review, appraising more thought-provoking pieces from the online showcase. Mayang Bubot sa Tag-Araw, Sabrina Mayang Bubot sa Tag-Araw is not afraid to experiment online. Using shadow puppetry to supplement…

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Rant and Rave: 2020 Virgin Labfest—Part One

TheVirgin Labfest (VLF) is back and better than ever. Since its inception in 2005, the annual festival, normally held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, has been the birthplace of plays crafted by both veteran and newcomer Filipino playwrights. The festival has never shied away from boldness, consistently staying true to its tagline of…

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Rant and Rave: Fire Emblem—Three Houses

With the final wave of the Fire Emblem (FE): Three Houses Expansion Pass having been released last February 20, it feels fitting to revisit the 2019 base game and examine whether this Nintendo Switch-exclusive title still holds up months after its initial release.  In Three Houses, the latest and fully voice-acted title in the FE…