Category Archives: Features

Game Review

Can you escape the nightmare?

Do you remember your childhood dreams? What about your nightmares? Well, be prepared to add some new ones to your list with the delightfully terrifying game, Little Nightmares. This game, released in 2017, has since featured three different downloadable contents, which furthered the existing story and explored more of the setting shown in the original game. Now be warned, this is a game worthy of nightmares. It has visuals and aesthetics reminiscent of Coraline, so be ready.  Read more...

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EMPAC Event

Goebel explains the future of computers as time capsules

“And then we have the marriage in the heavens[…]we have a clock and a calculator. Had they decided to get married, they’d beget computers,” said Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Director Johannes Goebel in the introduction of his talk. Read more...

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Troyasia Night Market: important, but poorly executed

This past Friday, Troy’s third annual Troyasia Night Market dazzled event goers with a plethora of Asian cuisine and amazing aesthetics. This event was hosted by multiple food vendors—each bringing their own take on Asian street food to the table. Korean food was supplied by K-Plate and Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen, Japanese food was introduced by The Little Rice Ball, and Superior Merchandise Company brought  beverages. There was an immense turnout from the local community making for an entertaining night. Read more...

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TV Series Review

Maniac surprises with exciting plot

Watching Netflix’s new mini-series, Maniac—written and directed by Patrick Somerville—is like going out with that super cute, manic, artsy girl you’re inexplicably attracted to: confusing but exciting, leaving you wondering if you just experienced something profound you don’t yet understand, or if you were just beguiled by the novelty of the idea of her. Read more...

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TV Series Review

My Hero Academia: best current modern anime

My Hero Academia has been the single most popular Japanese anime since its launch in 2016. It’s captured the hearts and minds of millions in Japan, America, and people across the world—and for good reason. Read more...

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Album Review

Logic’s latest release doesn’t disappoint

I’m gonna start this review off by saying I’m a massive Logic fan. Under Pressure is one of my favorite albums of all time, and every other album is solid within its own right. Logic’s newest masterpiece, YSIV, doesn’t break that trend. Full of energy, full of emotion, and full of hard-hitting lines, Logic made an album that’s a journey from start to finish, and one I highly recommend. Read more...

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Movie Review

First Man, a modern masterpiece

There are precious few experiences in life that give you a euphoric high like a truly amazing movie does, but those types of films are hard to come by. Read more...

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Movie Review

Venom: enjoyable despite undercooked plot

This past Friday, Sony Pictures released Venom: an introductory movie about an anti-hero. Focused on an outbreak of an alien symbiote on Earth, this film incorporates humor and action-packed effects to entertain viewers. Despite lacking a convincing plot, I was still able to enjoy the movie with its evolved characters and their well-thought out dialogue. Read more...

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Game Review

OFF: immersive, bizarre, highly recommended

The way I pick games to write about varies. Sometimes, it’s a game I think needs more recognition, a game that is a little-known gem, or a game that gets a lot of bad rep due to its fan base. And sometimes I pick games because I get to write the coolest sentence ever about it. Read more...

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TV Show Review

The Dragon Prince grabs attention of animated fantasy audiences

Netflix’s track record of putting out good animated shows has been fairly solid, with titles like Dragons, BoJack Horseman, Trollhunters, and Voltron. Their new show does not break their amazing streak. Read more...

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EMPAC Event

Panel hosted at EMPAC answers, “Are we going to Mars?”

As a huge space nerd, I was ecstatic to hear that Rensselaer would be hosting a panel to discuss the question, “Are we going to Mars?” I was also intrigued by the panelists: President Shirley Ann Jackson, Theoretical Physicists at Brown University James Gates,  former Director of Johnson Space Center Ellen Ochoa, and Space Foundation CEO Thomas Zelibor. Read more...

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Album Review

Hozier marks his return with Nina Cried Power EP

Hozier’s new EP, Nina Cried Power, is just as moody as his first album, but with newfound confidence, Hozier shows how he has grown since his debut.  Read more...

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Recommendations

Must-watch TV shows of the season

With the beginning of the fall season for television approaching, many people are getting ready for new seasons of their favorite shows. Unfortunately, this coming season is slated to be the last for many beloved and popular shows. Consequently, I decided to compose a top five list things students should watch. Lately, I’ve been noticing that I have a tendency to watch the same handful of Netflix shows, while my queue just grows. I asked some of the Poly staff to contribute to my list, which makes up for my rankings for this upcoming season. Read more...

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TV Show Review

BoJack Horseman Season 5: a great addition to a phenomenal show

Since its launch in 2014, the Netflix original BoJack Horseman has risen to unprecedented levels of popularity both with critics and audiences alike. Read more...

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On-Campus Event

GreekFest raises money for cancer research through carnival-themed activities

The ’86 Field was taken over by numerous fraternities and sororities for a celebration called GreekFest on Sunday. Organized by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, the event was a fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, featuring a variety of carnival-inspired activities for the community. Read more...

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Movie Review

BlacKkKlansman pushes beyond typical race discussions, presents necessary insights

The movie BlacKkKlansman (yes, three K’s) is a movie as racially charged as one might expect from the somewhat oxymoronic title. As such, it can be uncomfortable to watch at times, and somewhat prophetic at others, but it never seems to forget the truly absurd comedic circumstance that the story is centered around.  Read more...

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Movie Review

The Incredibles sequel highlights creativity through storytelling

After fourteen years of anticipation, Pixar finally released the sequel to the beloved film, The Incredibles. Following the same family from the first film, The Incredibles 2 offers a new plot with many humorous moments. Reminding me of my childhood with its familiar soundtrack, the movie—in the cheesiest sense—was definitely incredible and worth the wait. Read more...

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Album Review

Highly-anticipated album showcases Eminem’s refreshing lyrical strides

Eminem’s album debut in 2017 was disappointing, to say the least. Revival, his ninth studio album, missed the mark on many things fans have come to expect from Eminem, and throwaway lines coupled with bad production led fans like myself to rank it near the bottom of his discography. Eminem apparently felt differently, as he dropped Kamikaze on August 31.  Read more...

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Restaurant Review

Locally sourced American gastropub a must-try

Nighthawks Restaurant & Bar sits in the heart of Downtown Troy, at the cute corner where Nibble Inc. used to be. The restaurant-and-bar is committed to a menu that is locally sourced, fresh, and handmade, which means the menu rotates with the seasons; they even have a list of the farms they source from. There’s indoor seating as well as outdoor, which provides a quaint view down the street. At Broadway and 5th, it’s a straight walk down from Blitman, within easy walking distance of a Rensselaer shuttle stop. Since it was late, we opted to sit indoors. As soon as we set foot inside, we were struck by the intimate ambiance. With low lighting, candles, and homey decor, it landed somewhere between casual and formal. Read more...

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On-Campus Event

Chris Mooney discusses state of climate change

“41 is the number I want you to remember. 41 billion tons of carbon dioxide is being released by humans every year. We don’t have a lot of time left,” began Chris Mooney at his talk discussing climate change on Friday, September 7 in Center for Biotechnology & Interdisiplinary Studies. Read more...

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