Tomahawk Chop If Your Favorite Hurricane Irma Moment Was At SunTrust Park

Tomahawk Chop If Your Favorite Hurricane Irma Moment Was At SunTrust Park

We love our Florida neighbors!
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In the early days of September, mandatory evacuations were implemented for the entire state of Florida in the path of Hurricane Irma, a storm that has set historical records for size and strength of impact. These evacuations grew to include much of South Carolina and southern Georgia, leaving these people with no choice but to come north to Atlanta and beyond.

Now, after the hurricane, we see that millions of homes without power, trees down and expensive damage await those Floridians in their home state. It seems that only bad has come out of this destructive storm that ravaged the southeast, right?

Like most things in life, there isn't all bad. After natural disasters, we as humans are known to come together, opening our doors and our cities to any and all who need it (even if they DO clog State Bridge even more so than usual). In fact, one of the best examples of this are our very own Atlanta Braves.

Beginning September 7th, any evacuees with a photo ID that showed they were from Florida (or any of the counties in Georgia or South Carolina that evacuated) got a free ticket, a deal that they extended for four days. They did this to give these families something to look forward to, a fun activity for people who were fleeing for their lives; and, since their new stadium is right off of I-75, it was convenient for many people as well.

Although this might not have boosted Atlanta's fanbase, since they were playing the Miami Marlins, the gesture was unmistakable. Atlanta Braves president of business Derek Schiller said, “We know how difficult it has been for those who have had to pack up and leave their homes as Hurricane Irma approaches.We hope we can help take their mind off the storm for a few hours by coming to enjoy a baseball game at SunTrust Park," a truly grand example of southern hospitality.

However, this event is more than just free tickets to a fun night for families. This gift and opportunity represents an offer of friendship, an extension of one's home to many others. It represents a reversal of the current trend dividing America, of the stinginess of many sports programs and of the money-grabbing policies that a lot of big corporations exhibit, even if it is only temporary.

It is a coming together of people in an attempt to make a bad situation a little bit better, a trait that is (should be) American in nature. It is neighbors opening up and giving, being generous and being welcoming. It is people from across the country facing a common enemy (especially since Irma did show her face here as well) that banded together.

And what makes it even better? America's sport, of course.

Cover Image Credit: Gwinnett Daily Post

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Warcraft 3: Reforged - A legend returns

One of the top 100 games of the century makes a comeback in an epic way.

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17 years ago, the legion invaded the realm of Azeroth, forcing the different races of Humans, Orcs, Night elves, and Undead to make the most unlikely of alliances. There were those who fought for the light while the others wished to banish it. Night and day, the furnaces of Lordaeron burnt bright as the loyal dwarves of Khaz Modan hammer away the swords and shields that would aid the fight ahead.

17 years ago, the young orc warchief Thrall foresaw the fate of his people as meteors of green flames crash upon his lands. He saw the upcoming demise of his clanand ordered a mass evacuation towards a new continent where they shall be safe for generations to come. 17 years ago, the night elves felt a corruption within the Tree of Life, causing them to split into opposing factions: one fought in the name of the Goddess, while the other fought in the name of personal hatred. 17 years ago, a legion of undead came upon the shores of Lordaeron, plaguing the land and defiling the life force of the realm. That was the story of Warcraft, one that spanned continents and races only to join them together for a crucial battle of their history.

Warcraft 3: Reforged - Cinematic Trailer Youtube

Warcraft was a monument to an entire gaming generation, ranked 2nd best game of all time by German games magazine "GameStar." Its fate, however, was ultimately sealed as computing technology became better and overshadowed the old giant. Plus, with the rise of gaming consoles and handheld gaming devices, PC gaming lost its appeal slowly, and games like Starcraft or Warcraft eventually faded into oblivion.

But over on the horizon, Blizzard Entertainment came to the rescue. Following the success of their previous release of Starcraft: Remastered, they decided to come forth with their next great project: remastering Warcraft 3.

Using a new and revamped engine built over the foundations of the old one, they have rebuilt the world we once loved. Adding to that are new, high definition voices and sound effects that they recorded just for this old game. For the blurry characters of old, the team decided to upscale and remodel all present units to give them the 2019 high-def treatment they deserved. For the old user interface (UI), the development team settled on one that resembled the "Starcraft: Remastered" interface, offering more room for players to look at the gorgeous 4K character models. Also, to fit the new continuity from World of Warcraft, Blizzard opted to alter the story by a small margin, showing promising changes to the revived game.

Warcraft 3 – Original vs. Reforged Trailer Graphics Comparison Youtube

However, not everyone was hyped when the game was announced. Many gamers expressed disappointment at Blizzard's move of remastering old games instead of developing new ones. Many, feeling uncomfortable at the company's decision, took to the internet and into forums. Some fans expressed concerns over Blizzard's decision to retcon a game they hold dear Some are unhappy with the graphics not being consistent with characters: unit models look too detailed while buildings look cartoonish.

Despite all this, the general population loved the announcement at Blizzcon. As the game slowly reaches its release date of December 31, 2019, the hype can only go up from here. For those of us who can't hold their excitement, here's a video of the crowd's insane reaction to the announcement:


Warcraft 3 Crowd Reaction Youtube

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