Entertainment

  • Hyperlink: RBG and the Supreme Court with Jireh Deng

    11.04.2019

     22 West gets familiar with the baddest lady on the court and our “dysfunctional, but strong” court system.

  • It's Been a Book Boy Summer

    09.03.2019

    Summer readings on psychedelic peril, the limitations of freedom and drunken billion-dollar heirs

  • Jams from Japan

    10.23.2017

    Enjoy some Japanese music from famous artists such as Mariya Takeuchi to modern bands such as Bradio, while listening to various genres from different eras. 

  • Long Beach Comic Con Reflections

    09.14.2018

    This past weekend marked the ninth annual Long Beach Comic Con. Every year, geeks, nerds and everyone in between gather downtown for a pop culture celebration. I spent a day in the midst of it all.

  • Lootin' n' Shootin': Part Three

    10.08.2019

    Borderlands 3 is overall impressive, but multiplayer mode disappoints.

  • Make it Meddlers

    09.05.2019

    22 West kicks off its first “Live Session” with an interview of local ska band. 

  • Making Watchlists a Challenge

    05.06.2020

    The Letterboxd app brings out the social side of film discovery, and the fun back into film.

  • Marvel’s “Spider-Man” game review

    09.21.2018

    Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man comes to the rescue, in an epic “Game of the Year” candidate.

  • Microsoft Set To Buy ZeniMax Media, Parent Company of Bethesda

    10.11.2020

    By Julian Tack

    To help bolster Xbox’s less than stellar exclusives, Microsoft will be acquiring ZeniMax Media, owner of Bethesda Softworks. The companies behind The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Doom, Prey, Dishonored, and more will join team Xbox under this new deal. This is one of the biggest acquisitions of all time and is considered to be the biggest in gaming among many in the industry. While it’s unclear which games will become exclusive to Xbox, one thing's for certain; Microsoft made a huge statement with this surprising announcement. They’re not going to let the Xbox One’s shortcomings hinder their next generation console. Microsoft is looking to stay and compete against Sony with the Series X. The following is everything you need to know about the ZeniMax buyout as well as how it may affect gaming as we know it.

    Will Bethesda titles become exclusive to Xbox? That is the biggest question everyone is asking right now. Phil Spencer has admitted to honoring the PS4 exclusivity deals for their more recently announced games such as Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop. As for their hit franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Doom, nothing is for certain. The acquisition itself cost $7.5 billion. ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, Id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, and more. To put it in perspective, Disney purchased Pixar for $7.4 Billion and Star Wars for $4.5 Billion. Xbox previously bought Mojang (creators of Minecraft) for $2.5 billion. Although Minecraft remained multiplatform after it was initially purchased by Microsoft, both Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons earn revenue from PS4 and Switch due to licensing fees. Phil Spencer has also stated that “Future games will be on Xbox, PC, and other consoles on a case by case basis.” In other words, expect some exclusive titles to come out in the future.

    Aside from future exclusives, every Bethesda title will arrive on Xbox Game Pass. Pete Hines, VP of Bethesda Softworks, has stated that the company’s relationship with Xbox has always been a special one going all the way back to the original Xbox days. They've made exclusives in the past and have featured many games on Game Pass. Now they will be able to share their games with even more people than they ever have before. “There’s a lot of really good stuff I missed for whatever reason and I think there’s a lot of people who missed our stuff,” says Pete Hines in an interview with Phil Spencer. “We want as many people as possible to play our games. It’s a lot of damn work and a lot of your life that you put into something-- and Game Pass is a great tool to do that (reach a wider audience).” The closest thing the PS5 offers is the PS Plus Collection which gives members more than a dozen PS4 and multiplatform hits along with the membership. Although it’s an amazing deal (especially for new Playstation owners), the amount of content is minimal compared to the over 150 games on the Game Pass.

    In short Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media is a game changer. Not only will Microsoft get critically acclaimed developers working on first party games for them, but it also solidifies Game Pass’s importance to the gaming industry as a whole. Now members will be able to play exclusive titles day one, multiplatform games, Bethesda games, EA Games, and games on mobile devices thanks to XCloud. On top of that, Game Pass is also available on PC and they will be earning revenue from multiplatform Bethesda titles. Gamers may not see a major difference in Xbox come the Series X’s launch date. However, they should rest assured that Microsoft will be letting the companies they acquired continue to do their thing with the resources and backing of Xbox and Microsoft Games Studios in the near future.

     

  • Millennial Magnet

    02.06.2019

    Why young people let a mouse take their money

  • Mornings on the Beach

    10.23.2017

    Co-hosts Danny Lemos and Charley Sharp present campus news, information, events, music and lifestyle commentary.

  • MoviePass: Barely Getting By?

    05.11.2018

    When hearing about MoviePass for the first time, people’s initial reactions are awe at how good the deal is. It’s almost hard to believe.

  • My Happy Family

    12.21.2017

    Don’t be fooled by the ironic title. “My Happy Family” explores disturbing familial truths present in most cultures.

  • Netflix Who?

    05.11.2018

    These three Amazon Prime original series prove they’re worth the watch.

  • Otaku Hourly

    04.25.2018

    Otaku Hourly is your backdoor anime hangout! Our dedicated crew sets out every week to engage and entertain our audience with anime-related discussions, news, and coverage.

  • Pawties for Furiends

    02.05.2020

     Getting to know Instagram’s fluffiest influencers.

  • Perfect For The Role

    03.23.2018

    It's about time Mr. Rogers gets his own biopic, and Tom Hanks is the perfect actor to portray him.

  • Pop culture's greatest villain, the Joker

    10.15.2019

     Director Todd Phillips’s first film in the superhero genre is a massive success on almost every front.

  • Rhythm + Flow Review

    11.05.2019

    Netflix’s new music competition brings talent from Atlanta, Chicago and New York.

  • Rock Blocks

    10.23.2017

    Are you a fan of Rock music or Blocks? If you answered yes to one, two, or none of those questions, then this is the show for you!