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Remade, Rebooted, Reimagined: the video game nostalgia craze

Gaming consoles. Picture Credit BagoGames. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

From Resident Evil to Spyro to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to Dark Souls and, most infamously of all, Skyrim, it seems as if every popular game released within the last 25 years is getting rereleased and reimagined in some way. This phenomenon really started last console generation, with games such as Shadow of the Colossus, the Tomb Raider trilogy, and the Prince of Persia trilogy receiving HD remasters for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Should You Re-watch High School Musical?

High School Musical poster

The stress of university life, particularly if it’s, say, your final year, can affect people in many different ways. For me, it makes me want to revisit the things that I enjoyed as a child, perhaps as a poor attempt to relive the days when I wasn’t even sure what a dissertation was, much less what it involved. It was this kind of thinking, childish in itself to be frank, that made me revisit an old favourite recently: High School Musical.

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International Sculptor Comes to Reading

Photo by Pavlo Kerestey, Courtesy of Reading International.

Steven Claydon has exhibited his sculptures everywhere, from the Tate Modern and Art Basel to a tiny shed in the Swiss Alps, but the latest venue for his work is a little closer to home: The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL). It seems like an unusual choice for the high profile, London-based sculptor, but it was suggested by Reading International, and Claydon explained: “With my work which deals with the nature of the thing, the alterity of the thing and the migration and transformation of things it seemed like the right place to be.”

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Becoming: The Book Everyone’s Talking About

Becoming by Michelle Obama

It seems strange that it's been only 2 years since the Obamas were in the White House, but then time doesn't fly when you aren't having fun. One could argue that Michelle Obama's book, Becoming, has done so well because of the nostalgia for the Obama administration post-Trump, but it's also just a really good book. 

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Margaret Atwood’s New Novel

In the last two weeks, it was announced that Atwood is writing a direct sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, titled The Testaments, due to be published next year. Little has been revealed about the follow-up’s story or characters, besides it taking place 15 years after the end of the previous novel, and that it will be narrated by three female characters.

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