Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Something Old, Something New, Great Game Stores For You

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   When it comes to video game retailers, everyone knows the big time players like Gamestop and Best Buy.  While these are great stores, there are hidden gems here in St. Louis that are just as good and offer items for your retro gaming needs.
    To start there is Slackers.  Slackers has a little of everything and there are stores popping up everywhere.  When I first heard of Slackers many years ago, I could only recall two locations, both of which were in St. Charles.  But now we have one in North County inside The Mills Mall.  Although it may not be as large as some of the other locations, it still has enough goodies for your gaming needs.  Gamers can find new games as well as classic gems from yesteryear for systems like NES.  You can also buy classic systems and it's great to be able to pick up something for those systems, like Dreamcast, here locally rather than shopping online.  If shopping online is more up your alley though, slackers website is just as good.  Both in store and online, you'll find more than just games.  Shoppers can choose from music, movies, toys and other collectibles.  This establishment doesn't disappoint.
    Now if you don't mind driving, there's another store I've come across that's pretty cool:  Trade-N-Games on Gravois Road in Fenton.  Just like Slackers, this store carries new games as well as vintage games.  And the stock of vintage games is simply amazing.  Everything is neat and organized and did I mention the selection of retro games?! Wow.  Enough can't be said about this place if you're an old-school gamer like myself.  The condition of the games are top notch and if the labels on the cartridges are a worn, you'll probably find them marked down in the bargain bin.  The other great thing about this store is that they won't break the bank.  You may go online to some place like Amazon to grab a retro game but you can probably find it in there store for around $10-$20 cheaper.  And just like most retailers in today's day and age, if you can't make the drive to Trade-N-Games, they have a website tradengames.com.  If you don't believe me, check out the virtual tour and interview with the owner on YouTube.  This store is definitely worth the trek but if you can't make it, check them out online.
    Last, but not least, we have Vintage Stock.  Good golly miss Molly, this store has everything!  Just check out the commercial.  They're huge!  And there are three locations:  South County, Chesterfield Mall, and Mid Rivers Mall.  Once again, when I say this store has it all, it has it all!  You'll find movies, comics, of course video games new and retro, toys and collectibles, books, music and much more.  Once you step foot in the door, you may not want to leave.  Ever.  This store is a one stop shop for everything entertainment. 
    So take a little break from the usual suspects like Gamestop and Best Buy.  I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Paul Langdon Honored as the Thirtieth Grogg Award Winner

                              Photos By BRADLEY J. RAYFORD of the Forum 

Paul Langdon winner of the 2012 Grogg Award. 

By JEFF SILER of KCFV and the Forum
This year marked the thirtieth anniversary for the Phillip H. Grogg Memorial Award.
     Phillip Grogg was a former student manager of the 89.5 The Wave and in the Fall of 1982 his life was tragically cut short when he was involved in a car accident. His mother, Norma, then took Phillip’s un-cashed paychecks and donated them to the station in hopes that the station would acquire some form of new equipment. The president of the college at the time, Dr. David Harris, had other plans as he decided to start this award that recognizes the student who best exemplifies leadership and skills in the field of broadcasting. Since then students have been honored every year and this year could be considered one of the tighter races. 
     Former winner Barry Yoakem summed it up when he stated “You know what it means, you know how important it is, but it really doesn’t hit you till the nomination”.  
This years nominees exhibited these skills and it came down to Mike Cave, Paul Langdon, and Ben Vogelsang.
     Vogelsang had this to say about himself and the other nominees “We all deserve this. We all have worked our butts off to get here and I don’t feel like I’ve done as much as the other nominees and I think we all have that feeling. We all will be surprised by who wins.” 
                                                                                         “It’s a great honor” Langdon Added.
Heather Perez winner of the Diana Kirby Award
     Along with the Grogg Award, for the last five years the Station has paid tribute to our late Station Manager, Diana Kirby, with an award that honors the student who has the best attitude and helps out in the community in ways that best pay tribute to Diana’s spirit and this years winner was Heather Perez. 
     Also on Friday May 4th Mike Cave was honored by St Louis Community College’s Student Government Association as Broadcaster of the Year.
     As for the Grogg Award, this year Paul Langdon, (on-air personality Mose), received the award and walked up at a loss for words as he thanked all the people who helped him get to where he is. With this win Paul was put into a class of his own as the thirtieth winner of the Phillip H. Grogg Memorial Award.

Left to right: KCFV Station Manager, Tim Gorry, Mike Cave, Paul Langdon, Ben Vogelsang and Broadcasting Program Director, Steve Bai.

Congratulations to all the honorees, and to Paul Langdon, winner of the 2012 Phillip H. Grogg Memorial Award.

The Avengers assemble with a bang

Walt Disney Pictures
By JEFF SILER of the Forum    
     I knew that The Avengers would have a successful opening weekend but who would have thought that it would beat the rest of the Top Ten by over One Hundred and Sixty One Thousand dollars .
     As for the movie, The Avengers is based off of the comic series in which a group of superheroes come together in order to fight a greater force. This group of Avengers included: Steve Rogers/Captain America (played by Chris Evans), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and are led by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
     Nick Fury is met by the powerful God of Asgard, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), as he has captured the Tesseract, which is a form of unknown amounts of energy.  Along his way he also manages to enslave Hawkeye (Renner) and Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard).  This causes Fury to enlist the aid of The Avengers Initiative and the members unite, but not without difficulties along the way.
     Now I’m not going to ruin any more major plotlines for you, but I will tell you that if you are a fan of any of the super hero flicks that we have been getting overwhelmed with for the past five years or so then you will absolutely love this film! I’ve seen it twice already and I could go for seeing it one of two more times! I personally saw a midnight screening of it at a theatre in which they had six showings of it going all at once. I’ll say that the “fanboys” came out in full force and I don’t think there was a single disappointed sole in any of the six theaters. The only real bad part was trying to leave afterwards!
     This was the most action packed super hero movie that I have ever seen and I personally think that the storyline was the most developed and entertaining of the genre as well. Now all you guys will love seeing The Black Widow in action as well (I just had to throw that in there).
     All in all everyone should get out and see this film because it is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while and it is by far the best of the year so far.
Complete Top Ten from Weekend

1.     The Avengers 200,329,000
2.     Think Like A Man 8,000,000
3.     The Hunger Games 5,700,000
4.     The Lucky One 5,510,000
5.     The Pirates! Band of Misfits 5,400,000
6.     The Five Year Engagement 5,087,930
7.     The Raven 2,508,000
8.     Safe 2,470,000
9.     Chimpanzee 2,395,000
10.  The Three Stooges 1,800,000

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Geese Go Toe To Toe

                             Photo by BRADLEY J. RAYFORD / Forum

Forum Guest Writer

     Sports have been around since the beginning of man. The sports that warrant the most viewership are usually the ones that require the players to inflict as much pain on each other as possible because carnage is what human beings love to see. Humans have usually been thought to be the only animals on earth that enjoy being spectators of sports, but this theory has recently been laid to rest by our very own geese here on campus.
     It was a muggy Wednesday morning around 11 a.m. The sky was grey and sunless, the air was thick and cool. As I strolled past the rainbow colored steel structure outside of the IS building, squawking resounded in the distance. My gut told me to go the other way, but my curiosity told me to press on. I encroached on the area in which the loud squawking was being emitted. As I turned the corner I was in shock at what lay before me. Two geese were pecking and squawking at one another, both trying to show their dominance. But that wasn’t all, they also had an audience. A group of five other geese were standing around them as they fought. These geese were squawking and coiling their necks in manner that looked like cheering, or perhaps instigation.
     These geese were as much a part of the fight as the two going at it. After what seemed like a life time of pecking, one goose succumbed to the pain, and the other came out victorious. He walked with bravado after having asserted his dominance over the other goose. The loser walked in shame with ruffled feathers, some torn out, squawking the squawk of a defeated goose. The audience they once entertained now followed the victor goose to their new resting place down the outdoor steps to the engineering building. The defeated goose with his ruffled feathers went his own way, still angry about the fight. His manhood was in shambles, but he would live to fight another day.
     These geese showed us that they are more like us than we know. Territorial when we feel like our space is being invaded, hostile toward one another when we feel disrespected and apparently we both enjoy scuffles every once in a while. Who knows maybe one day we will be seeing geese fights on Pay-Per-View.

Marvel Marathon

The "Hart" of Think Like a Man

The “Hart” of Think Like a Man
Promotes Film in St. Louis
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                       Photos by BRADLEY J. RAYFORD /FORUM

Kevin Hart made a pit stop at the St. Louis AMC Esquire Theater on April 12 to promote the film Think Like a Man, inspired by Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Hart was in town to perform his new standup Let Me Explain at the Scottrade Center on April 13.  In an interview with Kevin, he explained why he feels fans should go see the film as well as gave insight to his current love life.

Q: What message should women take from the movie?
A: “The most important message that women should take from the movie is the issue of communication,” says Hart. “It’s not one sided. Sometimes you can’t expect so much and put so much pressure on one half of the relationship. There has to be that equal balance.

Q: What have you personally learned about relationships outside of the film?
A: “My relationship is better now because I’m smarter. I went through a divorce, and because of that I’m much more wise about what to do and what not to do. Because of that, I’m a much better man”.

Q: We heard you’re going to be attending the Cardinals’ game while you’re in town.
A: “I’m pretty excited about that. I’m trying to catch a baseball.” (He laughs)

Q: So, are you a big Cardinal’s fan?
A: “No I ain’t a Cardinals fan! I’m just going to the game, that’s all.”(He laughs again)

Q: Thoughts on Social Media
A: “At the end of the day, that’s the power of social media, when you get a following, you can really go to your following and put out material that your followers want to see. That’s how you build your brand.

Q: Most enjoyable part of completing this film
A: “I enjoyed working with my peers. I got to see people I haven’t seen in a while and we put together a great cast. And when you have fun in your work environment, it’s much easier to get good work done.”

Cammy Blount interviews Kevin Hart at the Think Like a Man promotion in St. Louis, MO

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