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    How can RTS games serve to be educative?

    Analyze the evolution of popular RTS games such as the Age of Empire series alongside others like Medieval and how they serve as education through entertainment by using historical battles and events as the crux of their gameplay material. Also analyze how well-sourced the relevant histories being represented in these genres of RTS games are.

    • A nice idea for a topic, there could be further exploration and balance involved by looking at intentionally educational games (good or bad), games that have the potential to be educative but aren't yet and those that are breaking new ground and providing engaging experiences that are both fun and educational. – CAntonyBaker 2 months ago
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    • That works well too. I guess RTS games may make the article limited in its discussion. Speaking of intentional education games one could also tackle the Learn Japanese visual novel games which are well known to get you familiar with japanese but not necessaroly all out educational tools. – ajaymanuel 2 months ago
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    Boku no Hero Academia: The evolution of Superheroes

    Boku no Hero Academia (BnHK) is an anime series that has been rising in popularity over the years in Japan as well as with the Western audience. Among the recent slew of movies and entertainment based around superheroes, Boku no Hero Academia is no different. This follows a current trend in the evolution and redesigning of superheroes’ past and present. There are various similarities and identifiable inspirations that the author of BnHK has taken to flesh his characters, and yet there is a unique charm to one of the series’ protagonists: All Might that carries forward to other characters in the series and makes it truly unique. All Might is very much the Superman of the series, and yet there is something about his character that makes him far more evolved and endearing than the big boy scout. How does this correlate to the current perspective and revision of the modern superhero?

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      Interpreting the Joker

      The Joker is one of the most iconic supervillains in popular culture. He has been brought to life via the standout performances of numerous actors including Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto and most recently Joaquin Phoenix. While the Joker has usually been presented playing against the Batman, Phoenix’s Joker is unique in that it provides us a character study of the villain’s origins without relying on the presence of the Batman. But is it possible to define a Joker in the absence of a Batman? Who would he be in that case?

      • I just saw the film and think this is an excellent topic. The 2019 film brings this question to the forefront of any discussion of character's identity. – Sean Gadus 4 months ago
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      • The Riddler – L:Freire 4 months ago
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      • I'll be the first to admit that I didn't think a Joker standalone would work in any capacity without the involvement of Batman. That said, while the movie has shown there is merit to seeing an origin of his devoid of Batman's presence, I think his absence takes away a lot of the depth of who he is after his transformation. – Ben 4 months ago
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      • @L:Freire This comment made me giggle, given I'm greatly into the Batman lore, and the Riddler to me comes by as both one of the most comical and narcissistic individuals in the Batman showcase of villains.@Ben I think it depends on the interpretations I guess cause could it be taken as a loss of depth that the Joker is the result of the society that Batman's own father was a part of, or the fact that the "killing joke" at the end of the movie is the fact that Joker's actions inadvertently result in the death of Bruce's parents leading to Batman's birth, thus showing that they are both two sides of the same coin. – ajaymanuel 4 months ago
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      • Well, it's like the law of binary. You need one to let the other survive. Joker is the extreme alter ego of Batman, someone who Batman can never be. Batman needs Joker because the latter defines his existence. I would even go as far to say that Joker atleast has an identity in the first place, Batman forms his identity in relation to that. – spriyansh 4 months ago
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      One cannot deny the powerhouse Marvel has become in the imagination of the current generation of kids and youngsters. This article perfectly summarizes why I loved Thanos’ representation in the Infinity War saga as opposed to the one we are shown in the graphic novel. While it is inspired, the characterization of Thanos on screen was taken to another level and really provided greater depth to a villain who essentially in my eyes served as the protagonist of the climax of the MCU.

      The Role of Thanos in Avengers: Endgame

      One of Asimov’s books “The Gods Themselves” provides arguments for a variety of the perspectives in this article. While the search for extraterrestrial intelligence continues, we can’t deny the very real possibility of alien existence in the universe. One of my most favorite forms of discussion of such a concept is the Drake Equation. The next step of course would be the subject of the article, assuming we do make Contact, how do we go about it? I feel we are still a long way to becoming fluent in communicating as a species, and so many of the challenges displayed above will certainly be present if we are thrust in said situation.

      Encounters with Aliens in Cinema and Answering the Fermi Paradox

      There are a lot of anime here that I thought at first glance didn’t sound to be great (most of which I found on Tubi TV haha), and now having read the article I will certainly revisit.

      At the same time, I don’t think the list is an absolute as there remain many anime of the 2000s that missed the list and are equally worthy. what matters is there is good anime!

      Best Anime of the 2000s

      When you look at the history of anime, it is peppered with shows and works that have been heavily influenced by philosophies revolving around various concepts. From classics like Akira to modern classics like Full Metal Alchemist, philosophical concepts are an integral part of the formulation of various anime shows. I think in many ways it is natural for most forms of artistic media to have a degree of philosophy in them as philosophy began as a love in the pursuit of knowledge. As artists, there is a certain love that is transposed in our own interpretations of the world (our knowledge), and as such naturally begs the influence of philosophy as a human element that helps bring character and personality to the work that is written.

      Philosophy in Anime

      I have always been a huge fan of Star Wars and have watched all forms of related media. Having recently read The Dark Lord Trilogy I was immediately drawn to this article.The novelizations add even more weight to the decisions and downfall of Anakin which in large part is not his fault but rather that of an arrogant Jedi Council. Having completed the novella, i feel no sympathy towards the Jedi council for the doom they led themselves into.

      As much as Yoda advised about the fear that he sensed within Anakin and how it could lead him to the dark side and what not, the Jedi Council weren’t humble enough to accept their own fear of being wrong about Anakin’s potential and character leading to them losing the Chosen One and causing the force to mutually bring balance to the world of Star Wars, not by eradicating the Sith, but rather a necessary “recycling” of the Jedi Order.

      The Lost Path of the Jedi

      Communication is at the heart of human civilization’s continual evolution especially in a day and age where decisions seem to be made without any thought or discourse.

      Planning for a Better Communication

      Born in the ’90s and with very little access to television or any form of televised entertainment, my first encounter of The Simpsons was when I was around 18 years old, and I thoroughly enjoyed the show. But just like many other shows that I have been introduced to of similar genre and themes like Family Guy, and American Dad it wasn’t too long until The Simpsons caught up with its own subject matter. I think there is an inherent fun in expanding a rich world like The Simpsons, but the negligence in not recognizing the underlying disadvantages of expanding said world as well as how the cast of The Simpsons suffered really dragged down the show. In fact, the tale of The Simpsons is symptomatic of many shows these days that had dragged out for too long like Family Guy (with Seth MacFarlane himself admitting that the show shouldn’t have been extended), and other non-animated tv shows as well like Lost, House, Grey’s Anatomy etc.

      The Legendary and Cautionary Tale of The Simpsons

      A director’s commentary on Dragonball: Evolution would be a popcorn fest. Every now and then, I watch Dragonball: Evolution just for the laughs.

      Interpreting Live-Action Adaptations of Anime