Modern Roguelikes And The Value Of Life For the third year in a row, ACP will be presenting panels at Connecticon! Brooklyn Nine Nine, And Breaking The Mold [SPOILERS] A Link Between Worlds, And The Euthyphro Dilemma Check out the latest ACP podcast! (Episode 8)
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[SPOILERS] Only Lovers Left Alive is About the Love of Lost Things

Hipsters use culture as currency. They are cool because they knew about x first, were reading y before it was adapted into an HBO series, or are wearing and making z because people were wearing and making it way back when they really, truly knew how ...

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It’s Time to Let the Kids Play With Your Toys: The Lego Movie as an Endorsement of Fanworks

Editor’s Note: This piece took first place for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! Like many people, I imagine, I spent most of The Lego Movie thinking I had it ...

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Jem the Dog and Scout the Human: An Analysis of Similarities Regarding Growing Up, Change, and Childhood in Maycomb and Ooo

Editor’s Note: This piece took second place for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! You remember being a kid, right? When the answer to “You want some magic powers? Magic ...

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Tamer vs. Trainer: How the Digimon anime evolved while Pokémon was stuck at level one.

Editor’s Note: This piece took third place for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! Recently, Pokémon was recently added to Netflix. This was met with much fanfare and many reposts. ...

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Cloud Strife: Substitute Hero

Editor’s Note: This piece was an honorable mention for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! “Would you say I became a hero?” So ends Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, a prequel ...

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Analysis of an Archetype: Questioning the Perfection of Nancy Drew

Editor’s Note: This piece was an honorable mention for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! Brought to life in numerous book series, films, and television shows, Nancy Drew has left ...

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SITE UPDATE: Writing Contest Winners

If you aren't fans of us on Facebook, or weren't aware of our publicized writing contest, this website has probably looked extremely inactive the last few weeks. We have taken a bit of time off to judge the mountain of ...

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Taoist Lessons We Can Learn From Super Mario World

Replaying Super Mario World brings back good memories. This was a simpler time, with little more to the game than pattern recognition. And in its own way, I’ve grown fond of the game because the thought process I use while ...

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[SPOILERS] Captain America and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Followup: On Merging Canon

A few months ago, I wrote an article about some of the challenges Joss Whedon was facing with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and how I thought they might be circumvented. Much of what I speculated would happen in that article has, in ...

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Thick As Thieves: The Gender Politics of Romantic Narrative in Republic of Thieves

The “mystery girl” is a recognizable archetype in fiction: a woman who flits in  and out of the male protagonist’s life, her feelings toward him kept partly  hidden, providing a will-they-won’t-they romantic dynamic. All of this can  play into some ...