No Man's Sky deserves a second chance, here's why

No man's Sky needs a second Chance

Hello Games has really turned it around


No Man's Sky was a game released on August 9th, 2016, by Hello Games. The game looked amazing and was hyped beyond belief. The sad truth is that Hello Games beyond over-promised what this game was going to be. Multiplayer was nonexistent, each planet was indeed unique but only on first inspection, and the mysterious Atlas was a letdown. As a whole, the game was considered a dumpster fire by the gaming community. Since then Hello Games has dug in their heels and worked on the game nonstop since trying to improve it, and three updates later I'd say they did.

I have to preface this with the fact that I enjoyed the game when it launched, but like many others I dropped it fairly quickly. Since launch Hello Games has released three major updates and a fourth is set for July. The first update called "The Foundation" made significant changes. The biggest change is the ability to construct bases. The player can use crafted modular building pieces to make a base on a designated "home planet".

In those bases the player can use research terminals to research new blueprints, use green houses to grow plants, and many more functions. The player can also have the local alien population accomplish these tasks for them while exploring. The player can return to their base at any time via a teleporter.

Players can also purchase freighter ships for storage or merchant uses. They also added two new difficulty settings, Survival, where everything that can kill you gets turned up to 11, and Creative, where it is really difficult to die and resources are infinite.

The next update was the "The Path Finder" update. This update was small. The major thing it added was the Exocraft. A sort of buggy that the player can spawn from their ship to aid in exploration. Another feature added was a permadeath option. This means that should the player ever die their character is permanently dead and they have to start a new game. It was a small update but it brought some good features.

The third update, "The Atlas Rises", didn't add so much mechanically, but it did add to the game's story. The Atlas Rises added around 30 hours of narrative to the game and a new race of aliens to deal with. Terrain editing was also added, allowing the player to excavate hidden treasure or to throw up quick cover in a firefight.

A whole host of minor improvements were also added. The final major feature added to No Man's Sky was the "Joint Exploration" mode. Joint Exploration allowed up to 16 players to explore a planet together. The mode was very limited, players couldn't directly interact with each other, there were heavy delays in the networks, and players were only represented by a glowing orb. It was a limited mode but was a step towards full multiplayer.

Finally, there is the future of the game. On July 24th No Man's Sky will launch their latest update called No Man's Sky NEXT. They are tight lipped so far as to what features are coming with NEXT but one thing is confirmed, full four-player multiplayer. That same day, No Man's Sky will launch for the first time on Xbox One. The game has made great strides since its... troubled launch. Hello Games added so much and turned this game around. So that is why I think you should give No Man's Sky a second chance.

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Feel Free To Speak Your Opinion, But Don't Get Pissed When Others Do The Same

You can't expect others to respect your opinion if you can't do the same.


Our society is built on opinions. Think about it. Most of what we say is opinion-based in some way, shape or form. Voicing our views is easier than ever thanks to social media platforms and technology as a whole. Sometimes, though, this platform does way more harm than good.

Posting your opinion online, whether it's about politics, a new movie or some viral controversy, is all fun and games until someone comments their own opinion and it just happens to differ from yours. You would think that the person who originally started the conversation would be interested in engaging with others. After all, they did initiate the thread. Most of the time, though, this isn't the case. Just by simply stating your perspective, you're subjecting yourself to criticism—of your character, your looks, your gender, your education level, everything. Sometimes, it doesn't even remotely relate to whatever you were talking about in the first place. They'll use whatever ammunition they have against you, as if it somehow justifies their argument (which it never does, in case you were wondering).

People get so caught up in being right that they forget there's other people out there who may not agree with everything you have to say. And that's okay. We all grew up differently. We all process information differently. We all experience things differently. All of these (and plenty more) are what shape our opinions about the world around us. Attacking one another for your difference in opinion isn't going to magically make them see your perspective. if anything, they're less likely to consider your point of view.

Ask yourself: Is it really worth your energy to engage in a childish feud in your Facebook comments? Is your opinion sooooooo important that you find the need to verbally abuse someone for doing the exact same thing you were doing in the first place? The answer is no. So what if you tweet about how Kanye West's new album is pure genius, and someone tweets you back and says you're crazy. They may not feel the lyrics the way you do, or maybe they're more of an A$AP Rocky kind of person. Their opinion isn't causing you any harm, so who cares? You got to share your opinion; now they're just doing the same. Accept it and move along with your day.

Forget your opinion; you reveal more about who you are when you choose to continuously participate in making rude comments towards people who just don't think like you do. And when all is said and done, no one reading along is going to remember what you were fighting about in the first place. All they're going to think about is how immature and idiotic you looked. We have enough hate in this world already, there's no need to be apart of it.

So the next time you're typing out a tweet or a Facebook post, make sure you're prepared to get comments that may not match up with yours. If you can't respect another person's point of view, then you probably shouldn't be using social media in the first place.

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10 Tips On How To Stay Focused During The End Of The Semester

Hint: Netflix is not your friend.


Staying focus during the end of the semester can be challenging. For me personally, once it starts to get cold out I don't want to get out of bed or leave my dorm to troop across campus, for an 8 a.m. class. The holidays are coming up and I know that is where every college students mind is at right now. Aside for the holidays, all we can focus on is when our last day of classes is, what we're going to wear, what to get our family and friends for Christmas, and everything we want to do during the holiday break. So here are some tips on how to stay focused on school during the end of the semester slump.

1. Use a planner/calender.


Write down due dates and all your assignments. I write everything down in my planner and on my calendar.

2. Make a to-do list/schedule.


Okay so maybe nothing isn't on your to-do list, but make a to-do list for every single day and the times you plan on doing each task.

3. Put your phone and other electronics away.


Unless you need your laptop for a paper or research. Shut off your text notification on your Macbook, if you have one.

4. Don't miss class!!


I know people are getting sick and its freezing out but suck it up and go to class. There's one month left of class/finals.

5. Stop multitasking.


In the end it does NO good. If you're not completed focused on one assignment then you aren't going to do your best. Plus you're going to get side tracked and end up not doing what you're supposed to be doing.

6. Study somewhere quiet and not distracting. 


AKA the Library and not your bed room.

7. Take breaks.


Everyone needs break or two or however many you need so you aren't going to drive yourself crazy.

8. Go to bed a decent time.


I know people have work and other responsibilities but come on, going to bed at 3am, never does any good.

9. Get a study buddy or a study group together.


Do NOT pick your best friend, it'll go no where, real quick.



Do every single assignment as you get them, not the night before they are due.

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