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Jackson Bogan

Jackson Bogan, A&E Editor

I am Jackson Bogan, I am the A&E editor and this is my third year in the journalism program.

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Conclusion

September 14, 2022

Generation Z. We still have a long way to go. How Gen Z chooses to engage with the world now will determine how the generation after will perceive our actions and while Generation Z has many...

The future fights

August 29, 2022

CCSD is far from the only locality to overhaul education policy for the stated purpose of promoting racial equity. Cities and states across the country have been revamping classes, grading and school admission...

PODCAST: ELDEN RING HYPE AND THE FUTURE OF GAMES

PODCAST: ELDEN RING HYPE AND THE FUTURE OF GAMES

April 26, 2022

Elden Ring is considered by many to be the greatest game of all time, but many people are wondering where do games go from here, and how has hyped play into the success of modern games.

Journalism Staff Celebrate Recent Wins

Journalism Staff Celebrate Recent Wins

April 1, 2022
Announcements for the NSPA Online News Site and Yearbook Pacemaker will be on Apr. 9.
Save Or Slay The God Bear In ‘Total War: Warhammer III’

Save Or Slay The God Bear In ‘Total War: Warhammer III’

March 30, 2022
Warhammer III is a good installment in the franchise, and with more tweaks to the optimization and DLC could possibly end up being the best in its series.
Fight To Become The Elden Lord In Elden Ring

Fight To Become The Elden Lord In ‘Elden Ring’

March 28, 2022
Elden Ring has been a big hit amongst fans of the souls-like genre and even to those new to this style of game.
PODCAST: The Worlds Response To Russia

PODCAST: The World’s Response To Russia

March 17, 2022
The world's response to Russia with sanctions and other restrictions can be viewed as too much or not enough. In this episode, we discuss that topic.
Conquer The Nine Realms In ‘God Of War’

Conquer The Nine Realms In ‘God Of War’

March 16, 2022
The newest installment in the 'God Of War' series in many years finally comes to PC, with new graphics and controls to bring more life to the mythical Nordic themes of the new 'God Of War' games.
PODCAST: Game Longevity In The Modern Market

PODCAST: Game Longevity In The Modern Market

February 11, 2022
In this episode, listen to the various ways game developers will try to keep their games running long after initial release.
Conquer The Continent In ‘Mount And Blade: Bannerlord’

Conquer The Continent In ‘Mount And Blade: Bannerlord’

February 10, 2022
Bannerlord is the latest hit of TaleWorlds Entertainment, and after another major content patch many return to see if the game holds up.
Q&A: Should celebrities be afforded the same privacy expectations as the average citizen?

Q&A: Should celebrities be afforded the same privacy expectations as the average citizen?

January 23, 2022
Students were asked whether or not celebrities should get the same privacy expectations as the average citizen.
PODCAST: League worlds, what it says about eSports today

PODCAST: League worlds, what it says about eSports today

December 8, 2021
In this episode learn more about the current state of eSports and the differences between East and West gaming.
Become Legendary In ‘Mass Effect: Legendary Edition’

Become Legendary In ‘Mass Effect: Legendary Edition’

November 22, 2021
The long and perilous journey of Shepard is placed into one neat line for players to enjoy, giving the player a true sense of progression and tension as the stakes get higher and higher.
America Has A Supply Problem

America Has A Supply Problem

October 31, 2021
A consequence of recovering from the Coronavirus pandemic has been a noticeable break in the supply chain in the United States, which some fear will lead to a total national supply shortage
Ride An Emotional Roller Coaster In ‘The Guilty’

Ride An Emotional Roller Coaster In ‘The Guilty’

October 27, 2021
“The Guilty” is a gripping dramatic movie following an officer who messes up and is forced onto 911 Operator duty while awaiting trial.
It is literally 1984 in ‘Democracy 4’

It is literally 1984 in ‘Democracy 4’

October 12, 2021
“Democracy 4” is a political simulation game, and a brilliant one at that, one with unique gameplay challenges not present in the previous title.
PODCAST: The new East Asian lifestyle, lying down

PODCAST: The new East Asian lifestyle, lying down

September 22, 2021
In this episode, learn about the philosophy of "lying down", and how gaming culture ties in with East Asia.
Garden the galaxy in ‘The Fermi Paradox’

Garden the galaxy in ‘The Fermi Paradox’

September 12, 2021
Civilizations rise and fall under your watchful eye in 'The Fermi Paradox', how will your species develop and grow from stone age to modern day?
Expose your friends in ‘First Class Trouble’

Expose your friends in ‘First Class Trouble’

May 21, 2021
The newest game from Versus Evi is centered around two “Synths” whose objective is to eliminate the other passengers before they are able to turn off the rogue AI infecting the ship.
PODCAST: The accuracy of political simulation in video games

PODCAST: The accuracy of political simulation in video games

April 30, 2021
In this episode, learn about political sims in the game industry, and the accuracy of politics in games.
Cryptocurrency: the volatile limited coal-fueled digital currency

Cryptocurrency: the volatile limited coal-fueled digital currency

April 23, 2021
The problems with the rapid rise in popularity of cryptocurrency, and the ramifications that it has.
PRO/CON: Restrictions on constitutional rights

PRO/CON: Restrictions on constitutional rights

April 6, 2021
The discussion of firearms in America and why they should not be restricted in any form.
PODCAST: Lack of innovation in the gaming industry

PODCAST: Lack of innovation in the gaming industry

March 17, 2021
In this episode, learn about innovation in the game industry, and the trend of recent releases in games.
Test your friendship in ‘BattleBlock Theater’

Test your friendship in ‘BattleBlock Theater’

March 4, 2021
An older co-op platformer, which still stands the test of time and expertly executes how cooperative gameplay should be done.
PODCAST: Microtransactions in games, how to implement them

PODCAST: Microtransactions in games, how to implement them

February 23, 2021
In this episode, learn about microtransactions, and their history in gaming, as well as how some developers have toyed with the idea of in-game purchases.
Feel the dread with ‘Ignorance’

Feel the dread with ‘Ignorance’

February 16, 2021
Enjoy the somber melodies of The Weather Station.
Exploit The Stars In ‘Dyson Sphere Program’

Exploit The Stars In ‘Dyson Sphere Program’

February 9, 2021
The newest, and possibly most ambitious game in Youthcat Studios lineup, “Dyson Sphere Program” is a game reminiscent of Factorio, with an industrial-focused gameplay, with the eventual end goal of fully conquering and using all of the resources within the solar system.
PODCAST: Inauguration Wrap-up

PODCAST: Inauguration Wrap-up

February 2, 2021
Jackson and Ahmed discuss the inauguration and their expectations for a Biden presidency
PODCAST: Cyberpunk, finally released to the public

PODCAST: Cyberpunk, finally released to the public

January 23, 2021
With Cyberpunk finally released, the question being asked now, does it live up to the hype?
VIB: This Weekend In Las Vegas 01/08/21

VIB: This Weekend In Las Vegas 01/08/21

January 8, 2021
Go to a stunning Micheal Jackson tribute show at the stratosphere, stimulate your mind with the art of Rachel Berkowitz, or expand your knowledge with the feminist art exhibit at Recycled Propaganda this weekend!
PODCAST: 2020 Election Wrap-Up

PODCAST: 2020 Election Wrap-Up

December 10, 2020
With the election wrapping up, our four hosts describe what they saw.
 Jutsu Games’ ‘112 Operator’ is a fantastic sequel to ‘911 Operator’ with many technical and gameplay improvements as well as some big innovations in the core game design, and a very replayable experience. Rating:A+ Image Credit: Jutsu Games

Manage people in dire straights in ‘112 Operator’

December 8, 2020
The latest game published by Operator Studios, ‘112 Operator’ about managing emergency services from across the planet, with a focus on the European emergency service number, 112.
PODCAST: Cyberpunk, delays, gamings release date obsession

PODCAST: Cyberpunk, delays, gaming’s release date obsession

December 3, 2020
With Cyberpunk delayed again, there are concerns about the video game industry and its obsession with release dates as a whole.
PODCAST: Trusting Political Media

PODCAST: Trusting Political Media

November 24, 2020
The four of us discuss the role that the media plays in politics and distributing truthful information.
 Obsidian Entertainments ‘The Outer Worlds’ is a very popular, and well reviewed RPG  game amongst the majority of people, but fails to live up to its previous titles in many major ways. Rating: D- Image Credit: Obsidian Entertainment

Explore the great new frontier in ‘The Outer Worlds’

November 6, 2020
The latest RPG of Obsidian Entertainment, ‘The Outer Worlds’ released back in 2019 on the Epic Games Store, but recently released on Steam.
With tensions in East Asia increasing, China is further mobilizing its forces. With expenditures including a massive purchase of body armor, new armored vehicles and missile development, China seems to want to gear up quickly.   Photo Credit: Shark Shots

OP-ED: Slow it on down, Xi

November 3, 2020
With China becoming increasingly bold and ambitious, it’s important to think about why and how to prevent them from fully achieving their ambitions.
PODCAST: Buying, Selling in Virtual Markets

PODCAST: Buying, Selling in Virtual Markets

October 22, 2020
Certain games have their own virtual currencies, and many players work within the systems put in place by developers to facilitate a simulated economy, in some cases virtually identical to real-life economics.
PRO/CON: Some things are better left unsaid

PRO/CON: Some things are better left unsaid

October 7, 2020
Celebrities should be mindful of their rhetoric when engaging in online platforms, especially when it comes to politics.
SPARK: Five Hidden Features of The New iOS 14

SPARK: Five Hidden Features of The New iOS 14

October 2, 2020
The latest iOS release, iOS 14 comes with a wide variety of new features, some of which have been forgotten.
Teachers juggle childcare, job duties during distance education

Teachers juggle childcare, job duties during distance education

September 28, 2020
Teachers are facing the problem of teaching their students while dealing with their own kids.
PODCAST: Party Game Mania

PODCAST: Party Game Mania

September 16, 2020
The gaming industry has evolved into many new and exciting genres. Recently, party games have become the dominant force throughout the community.
Flop to the top in ‘Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout’

Flop to the top in ‘Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout’

September 1, 2020
Fight against obstacles and other players on your quest to get the crown.
The “Totally Reliable Delivery Service” game feels like a form of entertainment that aspires to be a joke game, having it either make or break my interest in the game.  Rating: CPhoto Courtesy of TinyBuild

Move packages in ‘Totally Reliable Delivery Service’

May 8, 2020
Fight against a strange control scheme while trying to reliably deliver packages to various locations.
PODCAST: Life in quarantine

PODCAST: Life in quarantine

April 7, 2020
Students stuck at home as a result of COVID-19 are trying to find ways to fight off boredom and manage online schoolwork.
INFOGRAPHIC: Five ways to create lasting change in your life

INFOGRAPHIC: Five ways to create lasting change in your life

March 18, 2020
Whether big or small, change is very difficult. Follow these tips to help you make an everlasting change in your life. 
PODCAST: Coronaphobia

PODCAST: Coronaphobia

March 8, 2020
Hear these questions and answers in this week's podcast. What justifies the fear of COVID-19? Is doomsday prepping worth it? After all, it should only affect people with weak immune systems, right?
Club Preview: A look into the week of March 9

Club Preview: A look into the week of March 9

March 5, 2020
Band Club members rehearse a new song, K-Pop learns a new routine and e-Sports practices for an arcade tournament.
Club Preview: A look into the week of Feb. 17

Club Preview: A look into the week of Feb. 17

February 13, 2020
Band Club members rehearse their music, Speech and Debate prepares for a tournament and e-Sports practices for an in-club competition.
Reminisce with ‘Leave Whats Lost Behind’

Reminisce with ‘Leave What’s Lost Behind’

February 8, 2020
Colony House’s latest album follows a similar trend to previous albums, with depressing tones and lyrics.
Culinary students bake up Valentines Day surprises

Culinary students bake up Valentine’s Day surprises

January 31, 2020
Culinary Arts students are selling Macaron-grams for Valentine’s Day.
New anonymous reporting service for CCSD staff to be implemented

New anonymous reporting service for CCSD staff to be implemented

January 15, 2020
Starting later this year a new anonymous reporting system for CCSD staff has begun the early stages of being implemented.
PODCAST: Time to wrap up the season

PODCAST: Time to wrap up the season

December 29, 2019
Some believe that holiday decorations should be allowed in classrooms, while others believe otherwise.
Exploring new religions focus of next AP Human Geography project

Exploring new religions focus of next AP Human Geography project

December 5, 2019
Starting Friday, Dec. 6, all students in Ms. Jessica Kelly’s AP Human Geography class will begin working on a religion project.
AP Computer Science required for freshmen

AP Computer Science required for freshmen

November 18, 2019
Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, all freshmen are required to take AP Computer Science.
COM 101 students debate various topics

COM 101 students debate various topics

October 30, 2019
Communications 101 and Freshman Studies students debate about different topics, such as guns, abortion and dress code.
PODCAST: When are you too old to trick or treat?

PODCAST: When are you too old to trick or treat?

October 29, 2019
As you get older, it becomes more and more socially unacceptable for you to trick or treat. Is societies' standard for trick or treating unfair?
Geometry students collaborate on program projects

Geometry students collaborate on program projects

September 27, 2019
Students in geometry classes compare math to their program areas, to understand the real world applications.
PODCAST: Taking it too far

PODCAST: Taking it too far

September 26, 2019
As some individuals may have a passion for a hobby, they may take it too and turn it into an obsession.
Winning a war through The Iliad newspapers

Winning a war through ‘The Iliad’ newspapers

September 9, 2019
In Amy Lutz’ English classes, students are writing a newspaper on the Iliad.
Coffee machine added to the student store

Coffee machine added to the student store

August 30, 2019
A new coffee machine has been added to the student store, and it will be working by next week so students will be able to get coffee.