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Left Start: Buying Virtual Reality

by Joshua Templin

Left Start is a column examining video games from a left/socialist perspective. Today’s column explores the coming virtual reality boom and why the market will leave virtual reality’s promises unfulfilled.

The term “virtual reality” is immediately evocative: it raises the question, “What is reality?,” by positing that there may be an alternative to our perceptions of the way things are. Virtual reality offers a promise that we might transcend space itself in favor of a far more Utopian realm. It’s not hard to see why the developers of VR systems like the HTC Vine and Oculus Rift want to tap into the promise of virtual reality that yet to be fulfilled. But left in the hands of capitalists, the space of virtual reality will come to resemble our neoliberal reality more and more: instead of becoming a place where humans transcend, it will become another marketplace where humans and their labor become interchangeable commodities.

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Water + Sun = Fun

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Blue Marsh Lake’s waterfront.

by Edward Boice

People looking for fun, sun and a beach should look no further than Berks County’s Blue Marsh Lake.

As the dogged heat of July slides into August, many students are looking for someplace to cool down. Preparations for parties, vacations, and day trips are underway. With the with the sticky heat, the best place to enjoy the beautiful, sunny weather might be lakeside. Blue Marsh Lake is a great place to be outdoors, with an abundance of activities for every outdoor adventure seeker or even lazy beach bums. Continue reading

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TRIBE SISTERS THE STRUGGLE
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Tribe Sisters: The Struggle

by Salienna Summer

In Tribe Sisters, Salienna Summer talks about what it’s like to struggle with work, school and kids, while trying to maintain a personal life.

Do you ever look around and think that everyone looks so “put together?” You look around and feel that everyone is smarter, prettier, and happier than you? Ever wonder why the hell you are always running around like a hot mess trying to get to class, get to work and get the kids from school? Maybe, you make it to the gym often enough that you don’t forget where it’s located. You have to make “dinner,” and I use that term loosely because some days leave only 17 minutes to cook and eat before running out the door to go to a child’s activity.

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Board Game Bonanza: Connect Four

by Edward Boice

Board Game Bonanza examines the rules and winning strategies of a different board game every article. The first column explores winning strategies and techniques for the simple classic Connect Four.

The board game seems like a quaint activity form the past. Today, leisure time can be occupied by playing electronic games with vivid graphics and adrenaline-spiking action, and idle moments anywhere can be turned into leisure time with the download of an app. So sitting down at a table to roll dice or flip cards hardly seems like fun. But in an age of  Call of Duty and Crossy Road the board game still has a lot to offer, particularly the chance to use one’s mind strategically and to socialize. Continue reading

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