Mega Man 11 Review

Mega Man 11 Review

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Mega Man 11 dropped two weeks ago. I picked it up the following day, struggled immensely to beat two bosses, and had a few thoughts about the experience overall. First of all, definitely do not select Block Man to start. Just don't do it. It's counterintuitive as he's the first guy and all.. but still, I would start elsewhere. Second of all, get ready for this sweet three-pronged thesis statement. The features that instantly stood out to me were the absence of Autosave, the Double Gear system, and the new powerups. Third of all, there is no third so let's get started.

Sans Autosave

The absence of Autosave is the feature I never knew I wanted. Something about navigating to a separate screen and choosing a save slot that needs to be updated after each new progression, while seemingly annoying, really does bring on all those retro feels. Plus, it makes the game just a tiny bit harder. There are in-level checkpoints that you can restart from, but only during the current session. Once you exit the level, you lose all progress and start from scratch. Not to mention the fact that I'll save my game when I want to, thank you. On the other hand, the new save system is also a giant step up from writing down passwords. I'm glad Capcom didn't go too retro there.

Double Gear Solid

The Double Gear system is the basis of the game. Without giving too much of the plot away, the Double Gear system allows robots to perform at higher-than-normal levels. One gear component increases speed; the other increases the power of the Mega Buster. The introduction of the Double Gear system adds an entirely new dimension of gameplay to the Mega Man series. Speaking of new dimensions, the franchise's decision to depart from Mega Man's 8-bit art style is interesting. However, I think it actually worked out very well. The gameplay definitely feels revitalized. But, I digress.

Double Vision

Back to the Double Gear system. You kind of get hit with the Double Gear system twice when you first start the game, which is great. There's the initial "What the hell is the gadget and let me figure it out" phase. Then, when you've finally defeated your first boss, you get this second wind in the form of powerup. Aside from general gameplay, the best part of the Mega Man series is conquering each boss and snagging their cool, new, special ability. The Double Gear system multiplies that by two, literally. Each boss, from what I've gathered so far, has two main attacks which you now inherit and use via the Double Gear system.

The Best Mega Man Ever

The new features in this game diversify it enough that's it's definitely worth picking up. So, in short, no autosave + enhanced graphics + enhanced gameplay = the best Mega Man in the series to date. Hopefully, the storyline is as good as the features of the game.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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What's worth more than red roses?


Five years old and a bouquet of roses rested in her hands. The audience-- clapped away her performance, giving her a standing ovation. She's smiling then because everything made sense, her happiness as bright as the roses she held in her hands.

Fifteen now, and a pile of papers rested on her desk. The teachers all smiled when she walked down the aisle and gave them her presentation. She was content then but oh so stressed, but her parents happy she had an A as a grade, not red on her chest.

Eighteen now and a trail of tears followed her to the door. Partying, and doing some wild things, she just didn't know who she was. She's crying now, doesn't know anymore, slamming her fists into walls, pricking her fingers on roses' thorns.

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