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BTS’s BE is A Short and Sweet Message of Holding Strong During the Pandemic

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BTS’s new album finally released today- November 20th– and it is a refreshing look at the various coping mechanisms of both the band themselves and the world as a whole during the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the globe this year. Despite the subject matter, it’s not all doom and gloom with BE. There are hip hop tracks as well as alternative pop tracks that help to encompass the various emotions that the band- and people in general- have felt in these unprecedented times.

“Life Goes On” is the headlining track from the album with an alt hip hop vibe that demonstrates the sudden fear and confusion that we all felt when the pandemic starting forcing us into quarantine back in March this year. It also relates to BTS’s personal disappointments that occurred (their “Map of the Soul” World Tour was cancelled) and they harken back to their 2016 song “Spring Day”- about making it through the harsh winter to emerge in the new beginning of spring- to do so. The opening of the song translates from Korean as “One day, the world stopped/ Without any warning/ Spring didn’t know to wait/ Showed up not even a minute late”. I really like this opening as it conveys the idea that even though for us the world stopped turning when the pandemic took hold, to the natural world and the seasons, life goes on. And so it does, as the song title emphasises. The chorus of the song also highlights this idea “Like an echo in the forest/ The day will come back around/ As if nothing happened”. Eventually, this will seem like a distant memory. A considerably painful one, but a memory nonetheless. “Life Goes On” provides a much needed message. It doesn’t take away from what we have gone through because of this pandemic- and what we are still going through right now- but it does give us the hopeful message that we will go back to normal someday.

Other songs on the album include “Fly To My Room”- a R&B slow jam that looks at the frustration that the band felt within quarantine but how their bonds with each other strengthened because of it-, “Blue & Grey”- a sombre pop ballad that reflects the bands feelings of not being enough despite their worldwide success and having to conceal these feelings- ,“Telepathy”-an upbeat song acknowledging that we are still with the band even though we are physically apart-, “Dis-ease”- a hip hop track that sounds like their old school material about the constant uncertainty of the world at the moment but with a positive message about “throwing away the fear”-, “Stay”-  an electronic EDM tune for the BTS ARMY acknowledging how much the group are missing their fans- and of course “Dynamite” which I’m sure you’ve heard a million times over by now.  These songs all demonstrate a different genre but they are all connected in that they manage to relate to the pandemic in some way. This utilisation of different musical genres reflects the differing ways that we as people can view the situation. It is okay to feel sad about it and wonder when you will feel happy again- as “Blue & Grey” suggests- but it is also alright to think of the positives and look to a happier future- as with “Dis-ease”.

BE is a versatile and well-made album that is able to capture all the different emotions that the COVID-19 pandemic can create within us. Though only short, the album makes the most of every second and uses its time perfectly- even with the adorable “Skit” that is just a recording of the group chatting in their native Korean. BE manages to be honestly sombre and optimistically uplifting all at once but the main message that runs throughout is a simple one: no matter what, we are going to be okay.

BE is available now!

Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

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Seven Reasons Why Brewster’s Cafe Is A BFD

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Brewster's Cafe Animal Crossing

Brewster’s Cafe: The Roost…

This Thursday’s Nintendo Direct was bursting with news, it was easy to miss the fact that Animal Crossing: New HorizonsBrewster’s Cafe, The Roost (and an update detailing it) were officially announced. 

Brewster's Cafe The Roost
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What’s the big effing deal about a pigeon and some coffee showing up in the Museum? Well, whether you’re new to the Animal Crossing family or an old-school Villager, we’re here to refresh the what and the why of the hype behind this beloved bird.

1. Brewster Is Awesome

Brewster is the aloof pigeon friend that everyone needs. Like the greatest server that puts you into a problematic spin, he is initially a little blasé but gets nicer as you BUY MORE COFFEE, and consume it correctly (by his exacting standards). His dialogue is delightfully dry, his persona, like so many on our islands, is perfecto. Get to know him well enough and it might get weird when he offers you the pigeon milk.

2. You Can Drink Coffee!

Drinking a hot cup of java is one of life’s greatest joys. So is playing Animal Crossing. Having a seat at the The Roost and getting to do both is simply the best.

Brewster's Cafe The Roost
Image courtesy of Nintendo

3. We Knew It Was Coming!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a wonderful game by any metric, but the fans always want more. Brewster has been a staple throughout the series, and we all knew that he, like an expected treasured gift, would be coming. We even knew right where it would fit in the Museum! But they hadn’t made it official! It was making us a little jittery…

4. Brewster Gives You A Job!

Ok, this is not a given, and we’ll find out more in the dedicated Direct (or through playing). Like all of the cast of AC, Brewster’s role has shifted and changed slightly from game to game. But in past games, if you drank enough coffee, it would eventually open up a coffee serving mini-game, which is just charming as heck.

Brewster's Cafe The Roost
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5. It Could Mean The Return Of Gyroids?!?

Arguably one of the saddest absences from New Horizons is its general lack of gyroids. For the uninitiated, gyroids are strange and adorably useless dancing robots (technically they are furniture, but I find that demeaning to their glory). If you’ve only played New Horizons, you’ve met a couple – they are the little dudes who show up when you have a bridge or incline under construction.

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And like all adorable and useless objects before them, they are the best. They used to show up only when it rained, often instead of fossils, which is very refreshing to find under an ‘X’ on the ground.

What do they have to do with Brewster? In some of the past games Brewster would, if sufficiently convinced, offer to store your gyroids for you (there’s a ton of those buggers). Maybe they might come back with him?!? It’s a long-shot, but we dare to dream at Goomba Stomp.

6. We Need A Reason To Go Back!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is beloved. But if you’ve played it for a year and filled your island to the brim, it’s hard to concoct too many reasons to jump back in.

Brewster and The Roost will get us in, but maybe it will give us more reasons to stick around. And most of all, hopefully it means there are still a few more missing favorites that we’ll get to see again. Katrina and Kapp’n are conspicuously absent, and we’d really like an expansion to Nookington’s, if anyone is keeping notes.

The Roost
Image courtesy HOT TOPIC (this is not a paid placement, it’s just awesome)

7. We Get A Direct About It!

What’s more fun than getting yet another Nintendo Direct? A Nintendo Direct that is JUST about Animal Crossing. That’s my utterly scientific and unbiased opinion, anyhow.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Screenshot from Nintendo Switch by Marty Allen

Here’s to hoping this signals lots more to come from one of the greatest games ever made!

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Silent Hill Spotlight

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One of our favourite games Silent Hill 2 is celebrating its 20th anniversary today and so we decided to whip up some articles to celebrate the series!

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game Boys, Ep. 255: Hot Topic – Human Teeth

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This week, the Game Boys are playing hot potato, but the potato is a hot topic that each Boy would like to discuss for five minutes before passing the potato to the next Boy who then suggests a new topic. I guess it’s not really all that much like hot potato. More like round robin subject suggestions, but you get what I’m saying. This week’s topics include: what Sonic is running from, ice cream, and human teeth.

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