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Top 5 Most-Legendary Video Games Franchises of All Time

Have you ever wondered what makes a video game series legendary? All it needs is a great storyline, spectacular and attention-grabbing gameplay, and an amazing world/universe that expands your imagination drastically. Quite a few video game series, in my opinion, have achieved this, with some even gaining bonuses on the way including great co-op and epic soundtracks. So without further ado, here is the list of the most legendary video gaming series of all time.

‘Better Call Saul’

After his unbelievable accomplishments in the hit television series Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan set the bar so high that many doubted that his next work, Better Call Saul, would ever even come close to competing with the status that Breaking Bad reached. However, many others also believed in the talent of Gilligan’s creative abilities and predicted that he would continue to astound his audiences with his great storylines. The latter group has been proven right.

The Lamentations of Amin: An Oscar Jeremiad

I am calling this an Oscar rant. However, I am not going to talk about why the Academy Awards should acknowledge more independent films or why they should not operate on principles concerning whether so-and-so is an ‘Oscar-type actor’. Instead, I want to raise a few comments on several of the specific decisions that the Academy made in regards to this past year’s awards.

‘A Most Violent Year’

A Most Violent Year, directed by JC Chandor and starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, and David Oyelowo, succeeds on both entertaining the audience and posing questions of morality to its viewers. The film offers lessons on how a man has to make decisions in difficult times, a task made impossible by circumstances at hand. JC Chandor manages to portray realism on screen, doing so in an extremely convincing method.

The Year in Film

Whiplash An experience defined by spine-shivering menace, rapid heartbeat, and sheer entertainment, Whiplash is a state-of-the-art film directed beautifully by Damien Chazelle. It also includes a stellar performance by Miles Teller.

Upcoming Games of 2015

Sure, the year 2014 had some major disappointments. For me, it was the worst year in gaming history. But there is always hope, and to gamers, that hope is 2015. This year, many major game companies such as Ubisoft and EA will try to redeem themselves from the massive gaming setbacks of 2014 by producing better games.

“I Can’t… I Have Rehearsal!” JYMC Commits to Music

Friday, January 30th marked the beginning of King’s Academy’s third annual Jordan’s Youth Musician’s Conference (JYMC). This entailed two days full of intense practice, with rehearsals from morning to evening, and the convergence of musicians from both King’s and elsewhere in Jordan. JYMC began in the winter of 2013, back when the King’s Academy orchestra was a mere fraction of its current size. Since then, the orchestra has grown both in size and skill, tackling far more difficult and impressive pieces than before. This progress has also been made by the JYMC orchestra, which has grown in size and proficiency every year since its establishment.

‘Interstellar’ and ‘Nightcrawler’

One statement that I can make about Nightcrawler is this: I salute Jake Gyllenhaal. He stars in screenwriter Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut alongside Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmad. Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, an ambitious young man who begins shooting footage of crimes and accidents for a newspaper in the Los Angeles area. When I read what genre of film this was, the word thriller came up, but I can say that this is more than a thriller—it is a pulse-pounding masterwork.

Theatre Troupe Debuts Original Play

On the 10th and 11th of December, the auditorium opened its doors for the fall play, Have You Heard of King’s Academy?, written and performed by our very own King’s students, under the direction of Mr. Jimmy Morgan. The audience members must have left that night with sore abs and teary eyes, as it was a play that had you laughing at every other line. The play revolves around Maya, played by Maya Abdul-qader ’17, and her struggles in finding and achieving her dream: to study music and theatre. However, her father, played by Talib Kateeb ’15, expects to call her ‘Doctor Maya Abdul-qader’ one day, and thus demands that she keep strict attention to her studies, so that she may grow to be “just like her 18 brothers”—don’t worry, Maya, I know the feeling! As she settles into King’s, Maya begins to deviate from her father’s plans, primarily through her participation in open mic night. Despite her father’s displeasure, she gives an incredible performance, talented enough to bring him to his senses and allow …