Author: Brandon Scott

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Why Netflix Is So Popular

Netflix. If you’re reading this then you either already use it, or are trying to figure out what all the fuss is about. And there certainly is a fuss, around sixty million people use the service and it shows no sign of slowing down. And in the wake of that, speculations about “why” are all over the internet. But after going through several articles for research, I discovered most of them miss one crucial point. In fact it might just be the main crux of its appeal. Most cite the convenience, or the ability to binge as a draw....

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The Future and Kickstarter

Forgive me for the pun, but Kickstarter kick-started something new.  It changed things, and there’s no going back now. More and more projects burst into existence from crowdfunding alone, and sites like Patreon and Indiegogo make it possible for people to turn their hobbies and pet projects into careers. It’s a brave new world full of unanswered questions and shocking successes. But the topics of the good, the bad, and– in some places–the ugly aspects of crowdfunding are well documented by other sites and not worth rehashing here. Instead, I’m going to talk about the brilliance that is the...

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Magic The Gathering–A Screenless Hobby

Nerd culture is taking over America. It’s seeping into every aspect of what people consume and enjoy. From comic books to Star Trek to video games, the old stigmas are falling away, leaving in its place an acceptance of unabashedly and openly loving nerdy things. And in the wake of this, the entertainment industry gave the people what they wanted, and the resulting numbers are staggering. The latest season of the cult classic series Doctor Who had over 2 million tune into the premiere, and that’s not even counting British viewers. Blizzard’s Hearthstone, a free-to-play online card game, clocks in at thirty million players, and is in the midst of releasing a fourth set of cards after only being around for a year. And the trailer for the upcoming Star Wars film has a whooping fifty-seven million views and the movie is projected to earn two billion upon release. Clearly, the market is well saturated, but for those of us who don’t want to spend all our time staring at a screen, I can think of no better option than Magic: the Gathering. Created more than two decades ago by Richard Garfield, Magic is a fantasy card game you may already be familiar with if you’ve ever walked among school children. But what a lot of people don’t know is it’s not only for kids. In fact, it’s got...

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