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Haven Review: Seasons After Fall

Seasons After fall, in the most simplistic of ways it is a beautifully orchestrated game, from the majesty of its art-work to the very core elements of its game-play. There was another game I reviewed a while back called Ori and the Blind Forest and this game is most definitely on the same level of greatness as something produced by Microsoft Studios.

You play a seed, or you are often referred to as a Seed not really sure in this aspect because at a junction the story presents a narrative that argues this point. But anyways, once you arrive you are told to visit four different Sanctuary’s and meet each Guardian as you progress through each stage. The game involves basic puzzle solving, combined with stunning artwork, soothing melodies, platform gaming and lastly simply perfect narrative.

It is a fairly simple game and I finished it with a hundred percent completion in nearly eight hours being generous with time as well. But just because its simple doesn’t mean it is any less enjoyable, the game orchestrates itself in a manner that is both enticing and provocative to keep the players entertained. If you are a young gamer and you don’t want to expose them to more violent games, or any game that in general has violence in it. Than this would be the ideal game for you and your kids.

As the game has no enemies to combat and it relies heavily on its story telling capabilities and stunning artwork. However I will say this, for younger people the puzzles will in general keep the children occupied as they try to solve them. I found a few someone challenging myself which is why it took me eight hours to complete the game instead of finishing it quicker.

But I do have to note at times the controller felt very ridged and not my controller by the actual character controls itself. If you do not maintain momentum as you play through the game the character becomes a bit more listless and sluggish making solving puzzles that require jumping a bit harder.

I also encountered a bug in the game during its second phase, I guess you could call it that triggered my vibration settings on the controller and never shut them down. So now I got a glorified neck massager to help me stay at ease. Although this can be a bit tedious in general if you just enjoy having it vibrate when you jump or fall.

The only real solution to this problem is that you can turn it off in the settings menu but it completely turns the function off, if you turn it back on it will just continue vibrating regardless and not stop at all.

The game overall though is very solid, with stages that change for each segment you complete, a amazing mechanic to control the seasons to help solve puzzles like the Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons, and a beautiful and artistic world that feels as if it was painted onto my screen for me to enjoy.

Despite the game being really short, I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to play a very relaxing game. Seasons after Fall is more about the experience rather than the challenge and I’ve found it very fulfilling both as a game and as an art piece.

-Daniel Clatworthy

Deadfools (Part 2)

Once again, more outcry has arisen around the acclaimed superhero movie Deadpool; this time right here in my very own town, Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control known as the DABC (yes, this is a real department) is tasked with controlling the laws and regulations revolving around drinking. Here in a state where the leaders are part of a religion that strictly forbids the drinking of alcohol, these regulations are numerous. Every bar and restaurant must conform in order to get a liquor license. Alcohol above a certain percentage must be sold in a state-run liquor store. The “sin tax” as it’s known, is astronomical, causing alcohol prices in Utah to be 25% (or more) higher than anywhere else. It’s cheaper to go to neighboring states to purchase alcohol. However, that’s considered smuggling, and very illegal.

What does all of this have to do with Deadpool? Well, In SLC there is a bar/movie theater called “Brewvies”. The DABC allows the showing of R rated movies while alcohol is served. Anything beyond that is right out. Meaning you can’t show full frontal nudity while serving alcohol. This is a rule for strip clubs here as well. Deadpool, although it has an R rating, has both male and female full frontal nudity.  Brewvies decided to play Deadpool anyway.


In reaction to this, the DABC decided to shut down Brewvies if they kept showing the movie. Brewvies in turn, decided to sue the DABC for being unconstitutional. The legal battle raged on for a couple weeks. This got to be so big that Ryan Reynolds heard about it and decided to donate $5,000 to Brewvies to continue the fight. Most of what happened inside the courtroom was kept secret from the public. The Utah Government is particularly secretive about these sort of legal issues. Hearsay and rumors led Salt Lake residents to believe that Brewvies would lose the fight and shut down.  However, the last thing we heard about was that the DABC dropped all charges against the theater.  Brewvies is still pressing for a restraining order so that they don’t have to go through this kind of thing in the future, as  movies become less and less restrictive about the content shown.

It’ll be interesting to see if this creates any sort of legal precedent. If Brewvies was able to get out of a citation from the DABC and keep their liquor license, other bars or restaurants wanting less restrictive liquor laws might push against the DABC in their time of vulnerability.

In the end, Brewvies held a special midnight event showing Deadpool. The proceeds helped pay off legal fees. Chalk up another victory for Deadpool!

-Jordan Kamm-


chinaflagThe SAPPRFT, apart from sounding like a wet-sloppy fart, is in charge of censorship of film, television, and radio in China. This government department has recently turned their attention on the upcoming Deadpool film. They have given their decree that this movie shall be banned in the land of China. Deadpool is just way to violent, lewd, sexy, and fun for their fragile sensibilities. Normally when a movie comes along those fart monsters down at the SAPPRFT change it up and make it safe for the children. Not with Deadpool. The PFFFSTHSPF couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on with the movie and every cut they made, turned the final movie in more and more nonsense, at it being Deadpool, I’m certain that it’s already nonsense to start with. So “to hell with this” they probably said, and tossed the whole thing in the garbage, right in front of the man from Hollywood who had given them the film to review. The most tragic part of this is that they got to see the Deadpool movie before I did. And obviously they didn’t understand it. Hollywood should have let me see it and decide if it was appropriate for Chinese audiences. I’m sure the general populace would appreciate my decision much more than the governments.

Not only is this decision hurting the Chinese people, by not letting get to see the movie, it’s also hurting the American film Industry. China is the second largest consumer of American films. Especially the Marvel superhero movies. They have been a major source of income for Chinese Theaters around the country. Now that Deadpool, One of the most popular characters in Marvel Comics isn’t coming that lack of money is going to show, both here in the states, and more importantly in China. The department of *fart noises* has said that the movie is too likely to draw children to come see it, since it’s a superhero movie. Since they’ve decided there is no way to tame it down, they’re just going to get rid of it entirely so that the impressionable youth wont walk around yelling the “Fuck” word at every Chinese official that they meet. Here in the states we have a robust rating system (which has a ton of it’s own issues) to keep that from happening. In China all they have are those few brave stinky farts at the SAPPRFT. We’ll have to see what comes about from this when the movie launches in February, but I have a feeling that China’s diligent hacker community will see to it that Every Chinese child will get to wake up to Deadpool on Valentines morning.

-Jordan Kamm-