Monday, 30 March 2015, 11:19 am

Where Legends are made

Staff Writer
PHOTO BY MAZIE BISHOPThe buzz of in-game lingo, and the clicking of keyboards and gaming mice filled The Commons, as the two-tier League of Legends tournament went live at the college’s Welland campus. A player screams, “GO MID, GO MID!” followed by loud cheers of victory.
On March 7, the Niagara College Event Management Graduate Certificate program hosted its first Many Hands Project League of Legends tournament. It was held to raise money to benefit Strive Niagara, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting young families pursuing education to better the lives of their children. Over $4,000, almost double the target, was raised.
Eighteen teams registered for the event meaning 90 players battled it out for one of the two champion titles. Eighty spectators attended to support their favourite teams and to share in the festivities. The event also offered a cosplay photo booth, where players could take photos with their favourite Champion...


Update available: the benefits of downloadable content

Like it or not, gaming has fully entered a new phase of connectivity.
Consoles, computers and even handhelds have easy access to online servers -- and developers know this. Post-release patches to fix glitches and bugs are a staple of turning on a game for the first time. Couple that with extra levels, costumes, game modes and missions and you’ve got what is simply known as DLC.
Downloadable content (DLC) It has become a dirty word of sorts in gaming. Despite the difference between a developer fixing bugs or adding entire new game modes or gouging money to see a game’s “real” ending, DLC is used as an umbrella term for everything not on disk. However, even though some companies have been less than reputable with these extras, DLC as a whole is not a bad thing. In fact, gaming has benefited greatly from the ability to update.
Looking back...


Once upon a time ... 88 years time

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin
there was an 88-year non-commercial clause bestowed upon the land.
The one-off Wu-Tang Clan record with a value of $5 million, estimated by the RZA himself, will only be able to be shared for free.
After the record has travelled to museums around the globe only to be heard through headphones in a private listening room, the monumental piece is to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Originally the rights of the record were to be completely in the owner’s hands. This new update means that until 88 years have passed from the purchase of the record, the owner does not have distribution rights, much like your typical record deal.
The record had an original purpose of making a statement about the tangibility of music and the value of being able to hear a track only once in your life
Now, it puts the weight of...


Simpsons’ Sam Simon made us laugh

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The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon died of colon cancer on March 8. Fans will remember him for his contributions towards the show as well as his charity work with PETA and The Sam Simon Foundation. SUBMITTED PHOTOSThe Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon always aimed to make people happy – even in his final moments.

After battling with terminal colon cancer since 2012, Simon died on March 8 in his Los Angeles home. He will be remembered for his philanthropic work with various charities as well as his contribution to various sitcoms.

“He’s a TV icon,” said Matt Bastead, of Grimsby, Ont. “Working on Cheers, Taxi, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show – some of the biggest shows ever. But all those shows also changed the paradigm of the sitcom, changing the tired old format into something new and different – and that has to be his biggest contribution to The Simpsons. He changed what adult prime time cartoons are.”

In the early stages of the show, Simpsons creator Matt Groening had “no idea or concept” for the direction he wanted the show to follow.

Developer James...


Who’s keeping it 100 in hip-hop?

SUBMITTED PHOTO“What makes a good rapper” or for the hip-hop purists out there “M.C.”?

I found myself asking this question recently as I contemplated the controversy surrounding Australian export Iggy Azalea and whether or not her music is “real hip-hop”.

Azalea has come under fire recently from fellow hip-hop artists including Azealia Banks and Q-Tip for “exploiting” hip-hop culture for financial gain while not having a real passion for the genre.

Others, including Azalea’s mentor and fellow rapper T.I., have come to her defence saying Azalea’s story of growing up in Australia enjoying rap and choosing to pursue it as a career is no different than any other and should be applauded, not chastised.

 Unfortunately, there are no set criteria on this subject, and while the dictionary defines a rapper as “a performer of rap music” it doesn’t define what makes a good performer of rap music, so...


Big Brother, bigger life

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The Head of Household from TV’s Big Brother is leaving the house to visit Niagara College.
Dan Gheesling, winner of CBS’s hit reality TV show Big Brother, is telling his life story to a nearly sold out crowd at Niagara College’s Welland campus on
March 26.
This special event was organized by Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council (NCSAC) and the Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership.
It will feature once in a lifetime features available to fans in the Niagara region.
Starting at 7 p.m., Gheesling, who is also an entrepreneur, author and coach, will give a lecture on the importance of action-based leadership and motivation, followed by a meet and greet in the college’s pub The Core at 8:15 p.m.
Adam Maiolo, Marketing and Events manager for NCSAC, helped get this event off the ground along with the Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership, when he saw Gheesling speak in front of...


Experience local art at new store

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Above, Cassandra Reid shows off the art at the new BLX store at the Seaway Mall in Welland. Below, customers visit the new BLX Store. PHOTOs BY JAKE CAMUSBlack Lantern Experience (BLX) has returned to the Seaway Mall.
BLX introduced its new store Feb. 28 and plans to be open for a year.
The store, located between Sears and the food court, was previously operated late last year. The group closed the store for a two-month hiatus to work on outside projects but soon returned.
It contains a variety of works from multiple artists within Welland. 
Many of these include digital and hand-painted art portraits, souvenir buttons and magnets, postcards, decorated boxes and multi-coloured vases.
“It’s a great opportunity for us,” said employee Cassandra Reid. “Besides just having a business to focus on sales, we have a chance to showcase our art here at the mall. More people can come see our stuff now, it’s great.”
The individual members of BLX specialize in their own medium of art. Craig Elcich and T. Lee Kindy are photographic artists. Dave Bags, who specializes...