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In every story with a hero, there’s always a villian too, it’s the classic tale of good versus evil. That’s not to say that they are there just to be the opposition to the heros or that they are fundamentally detestable, in reality, these are deep characters with their own motivations, with specific traits that can almost make them “good”. Sometimes, the baddies are much more memorable than the main character: their appearance and their attitude are sometimes much more charismatic and they have a much more lasting effect on us! Here are the coolest baddies and villains from the last couple of years: Andrew Ryan in Bioshock ” My name is Andrew Ryan. Let me ask you a simple question: What does a man get from working hard… does it not give him any rights?” ‘No,’ respond the men in Washington. ‘ That’s up to the poor.’ ‘No’ respond the men of the Vatican ‘ That ‘s up to God’ ‘ No’ say the men of Moscow ‘ That’s up to the people’. For my part I have chosen to ignore these responses. I have chosen a different path. I have chosen the impossible. I have chosen … Rapture. A city were artists don’t have to censor their work. In which, the scientists won’t be inhibited by any ethical code. Were the older people aren’t humiliated by the younger. And with your hard work, the city can also become yours”. These are the lines of dialogue which welcome you to the world of Bioshock. Andrew Ryan, the creator of Rapture, an underwater society will leave you speechless. Andrew Ryan, along with all of the other antagonists of Bioshock, he encapsulates the portrait of someone who is both genius and crazy. The character of Ryan is met with one of the most memorable ends in the history of video gaming. Alma in F.E.A.R This young girl who was the subject of a lab experiment due to his physical strength, which allows her to re-experience negative emotions and give people nightmares. Armacham Technology Corporation are interested in her and she only has three years in which in her physical capacities can be tested ! At age 5 she started to fail the test intentionally so that she would be left alone and the scientists that worked with her started to have terrible nightmares and episodes of delirium. Because of this at age 8, she was trapped in the basement, she was inseminated and had two children at the age of 15, and was then put into a coma. It’s not a surprise that her ghost haunted those in the laboratory! Pagan Min in Far Cry 4 The son of a Drug Lord in Hong Kong, Pagan decided not to follow in the footsteps of his father: instead he became a warlord of a region at the base of the Himalayas and self proclaimed himself as King of Kyrat (all while wearing a pink suit). And with this achievement, he scatters his mothers ashes over his self proclaimed Kingdom.After meeting this dictator at the start of this game you get an idea of the magic of Pagan Min. When you play, your character is kept captive, but you have the chance to escape if he leaves for a moment. But if you decide to stay, a different type of game starts, a game of scattering ashes and trying to escape through a tomb. Skull Kid and Majora in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask If any villain is the star of this list, it’s got to be Skull Kid, the little malevolent being who spends his time torturing you. Originally he was just a little shy boy in a forest but by putting on the mask of Majora, he becomes tormented, little by little the mask strips him of his personality. Majora is a little evil and deranged spirit, who takes possession of Skull Kid, who is responsible for lots of monstrous acts throughout the game. His sad destiny all comes to a head when he arrives at Termina. It becomes a fight against the clock, Skull kid only has 72 hours to be able to change back. The Troubled Man in Mass Effect This is certainly one video game character that is intimidating, posed with a cigar in his mouth, settled down beside a dying sun. The troubled man is the leader of a racist organisation in the game, which preach the superiority of the human race against the rest of the universe and use heroes to achiever their aims. What’s more, the character is dubbed by the actor Martin Sheen, who gives an excellent performance in this video game. Edgar Ross in Red Dead Redemption The head of the FBI in Red Dead, he is responsible for kidnapping women and the son of the antihero of the game John Marston. After having taken the members of the old gang and taking them apart entirely, John begins to live a normal life with his family on his ranch. This calm doesn’t last for long however even after paying his debt, John is discovered by Ross. After the end of the game the player can play as this character and you won’t doubt what comes next: he tracks down and finds the useless cops to finish him off. Ganondorf in The Legend Of Zelda In the world of this game there are three characters Link, Zelda and Ganondorf who together represent triforce, and they each have their own strengths: Link has courage, Zelda has wisdom, and Ganondorf is strong. It’s Ganondorf strength which lets him shine, his demonstrations of his strength really stand out in the series, and it’s unusual but he is one of the rare baddies that ends up winning. In The Wind Waker all of his power is controlled by Hyrule , and his loses his strength. Glados in Portal Glados is the artificial intelligence entity which provides Portal with his craziness and genius: in the name of science, he never hesitates to set up rooms for “tests” which are extremely dangerous and the player has to solve them to advance. It’s the rare dark humor of this sadistic robot which really adds some personality to this game. The Handsome Jack in Borderlands 2 After witnessing his parents death, Jack goes to live with his grandmother who tortures him physically and psychologically. As a result of this traumatic childhood Jack becomes an evil antihero. With his cynical spirit and humor, he never hesitates to use torture, betrayal massacre and other such nice things to achieve his aims. Tom Nook in Animal Crossing Animal Crossing is an excellent game to take a break and disconnect from our fast paced everyday life, or so it seems. In this cute little world, some characters aren’t as cute and innocent as they would have you believe. One of these characters that isn’t so nice is Tom Nook, a character that offers to help build your house. From this offer , you discover a slave operative underway that he has created to build houses. The funniest thing is that the majority of players don’t see this as evil and his plan works perfectly. Dr Eggman in Sonic For someone with an incredible IQ this genius is really sadistic and loves destruction. Even if he is the long time enemy of sonic, it’s not just because he is fond of massacre it’s also based on the fact he unleashed a demon that destroyed a village or maybe because he was responsible for exploding a part of the moon and also the earth! He is also the creator of an army of robots to help him achieve his plan of world domination. He can be recognized by his characteristic sunglasses and his trademark arrivals in cars that are each crazier than the next! Vaas Montenegro in Far Cry 3 ” Madness is doing the exact same trick without stopping and hoping that it will change” . Despite having just a cameo role his statement has had an effect on lots of people starting the game. Not being the big baddie of the game, not even being created within the conception of the game, it was the performance of an unknown Canadian actor which pushed the team to include the character of Vaas and give him such importance. The excellent work on this characters script and his particular type of craziness have even managed to eclipse the real boss of the game Hoyt Volker. Pyramid Head of Silent Hill One of the most charismatic baddies in the history of horror games, Pyramid Head is the personification of Horror: his head is covered with a pyramid shaped metal cone and he carries a bloody butchered body. The scariest thing about him is that we never hear his approach, but long after he is gone we sense his malevolent presence. Most of the Characters in Metal Gear Solid With this game it is difficult to tell who are the heroes and who are the villains, the lines between good and bad are blurred. Everyone in this game is capable of treason and bloodshed in order to get what they want. The Creepers in Minecraft Imagine that you are enjoying a nice calm video game, doing what you want, exploring little villages … you decide to take a closer look at something and then “BOOM” all of a sudden it’s game over! If this has happened to you, this was surely your first encounter with one of these little green beings, the creepers are discrete and violent so beware. Edward Richtofen in Call of Duty: Zombies ” Beware of the doctor” this is what was written on the walls of villages in axe during the second world war in the universe of Call of Duty. The crazy sociopath and scientist of the Zombie world of Call of Duty didn’t hesitate to betray his colleague and companion Dr Maxis and also his daughter to carry out experiments in order to create an army of living dead super soldiers. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
Ever wondered which actresses and actors were originally cast in certain roles? Some of them are pretty surprising! and usually, casting directors definitely made the right choice. Check out our top 16 favorite picks. Christina Aguilera as Alison Scott Apparently Christina Aguilera was chosen to star in Knocked Up before Katherine Heigl was cast. Hmm don’t know how that would have worked out… personally, we think Katherine Heigl nailed this role. Gwyneth Paltrow as Rose in Titanic Did you know that Gwyneth Paltrow was actually the preferred choice to play Rose in The Titanic? Thankful ly she rejected the part… how else would Leo and Kate have stirred up their whirlwind on screen love affair?! The two have since starred in several movies together too… obviously, it was fate. Jennifer Lawrence as Bella in Twilight Jennifer Lawrence reportedly auditioned for Kristen Stewart’s part as Bella in Twilight, but fell short. Probably for the best… honestly we don’t think anyone could be more suited to Bella’s somber character than Kristen Stewart… are we right? Kim Basinger as Miranda Priestly in the Devil Wears Prada Good thing this didn’t work out… there’s no way anyone could have mastered Miranda Priestly better than Meryl Streep. Not to mention the cut throat grey bob looks disastrous on Kim Basinger… Britney Spears as Allie In The NoteBook Yes… you heard right. Britney Spears was supposedly considered for this role. Probably not for long… Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling could not have been more perfect together in this film! Frankly… this Photoshop says it all! Julia Roberts in Sleepless in Seattle Hmm… although we love Julia Roberts, it’s difficult to see anyone other than the iconic Meg Ryan starring alongside Tom Hanks in this classic. John Travolta in Forrest Gump Travolta could have given his career a bit of a revamping with this role, but reportedly turned it down. Oh well… it’s not as though he needed the money or the fame. Travolta always has, and always will, have it all. Proof? This photo… Al Pacino as Han Solo in Star Wars This one might come as a bit of a shocker, but Al Pacino was set to play Han Solo in Star Wars. However, the actor reportedly rejected the role and Harrison Ford was cast. We feel Harrison Ford was indeed the better fit! Jake Gylenhall in Avatar Known to be the most financially successful film in cinematic history, Jake Gyllenhaal certainly slipped up here. You’re still beautiful Jake… we’ll give you that. Lindsay Lohan as the stripper in The Hangover Did you know Lindsay Lohan was almost cast as the stripper in the first Hangover instead of Heather Graham? Apparently the actress felt that at 20 she was too young and tender an age to play the role. Those movies were hugely successful, she might regret her decision now! Reese Witherspoon as Cher in Clueless Reese Witherspoon… Alicia Silverstone.. not sure it really mattered, they could almost pass as the same person! Cameron Diaz as Mia in The Princess Diaries Cameron Diaz was apparently one among several actresses to turn down the role of Mia in The Princess Diaries. What were casting directors thinking? Could you honestly picture Cameron Diaz as the innocent princess Mia? Didn’t think so… it would seem everything happens for a reason… Anne Hathaway absolutely nailed this part! Vivian Ward as Molly Ringwald in Pretty Woman Vivian Ward, and not Julia Roberts, was in fact the preferred actress to play the famous Molly Ringwald in Pretty Woman. We don’t know how Vivian could turn down starring alongside Richard Gere but we’re certainly glad that she did!… Julia Roberts made this film what it is. Tom Selleck in Indiana Jones Apparently the dashing Harrison Ford was not first choice in this hit film franchise! Admittedly, the two look very similar. We’re sure Tom Selleck could have given him a run for his money! Emma Watson as Mia in La La Land Competition was tight for this part it seems! Turns out Emma Watson turned down the role because she has already committed herself to the smash success Beauty and the Beast. That all worked out for the best it seems… Emma Stone brought down the house with her performance in La La Land. In fact, the movie was so successful it was nominated for a whopping 242 awards and won a staggering 202! Christina Applegate as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde Yes, you read that correctly! Our favourite Elle Woods was almost played by Christina Applegate instead of Reese Witherspoon. We’re glad Witherspoon won out, nobody could have incarnated the bimbo blonde lawyer better than Reese! #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
Let’s be honest, there are a lot of TV shows that have been cancelled and it was probably for the best, because they were a bit rubbish. At the same time though, we can all name a few that we absolutely loved which were tragically cancelled way too soon, whether because of poor ratings or viewing figures at the time. While there have been a few fairytale stories where huge cult fan followings have resurrected beloved shows from the brink, a number of them have been truly lost to the television annals of history. Here are 14 that we’re still hurting over!     Veronica Mars (2004) The teen crime drama was a favourite amongst both fans and critics and, after being harshly cancelled, got its own feature length length movie years later with the same cast returning, Veronica Mars (2014), thanks to crowdfunding by fans!   Chuck (2007-2012) Unlike some of the other entries on this list, Chuck enjoyed a good run of five seasons and 91 episodes. That being said though, fans will agree that it had more to give and this quirky action/comedy spy show was ultimately cut short. Deadwood (2004-2006) Despite coming in for widespread critical acclaim, HBO’s western was bewilderingly cancelled after just three seasons. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000) This Judd Apatow comedy classic launched the careers of now A-listers including James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, and yet lasted for only one season. Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013, 2018) Yes, Netflix did renew this fan favourite series (to mixed critical reviews), but there’s no doubt that it should have just been allowed to continue in its heyday on primetime TV. Wonderfalls (2004) Although the premise for Wonderfalls was pretty bizarre (a Niagara Falls gift shop clerk talks to figurines around her), it was surprisingly well done and unlike anything else on TV. Still, they only ever made 13 episodes, 9 of which never even aired. Enlightened (2011-2013) This well-acted and well-written show about finding yourself, earned lead actress Laura Dern a Golden Globe award, but due to low ratings it also got the chop early. Jericho (2006-2008) This ambitious show centered around the survivors of a small town after nuclear war devastates most of the US. Low viewership got it cancelled after the first season, and although dedicated fans subsequently got one more season out of the network, it now only lives on in comic book form. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009) James Cameron’s original Terminator films are iconic, and despite us enduring a succession of disappointing sequels on the big screen, the TV series didn’t get to make it past Season 2. Worst of all, it was easily the best successor to 80’s Cameron classics. Terriers (2010) On the face of it, it’s absolutely baffling that the acclaimed one-season run of Terriers was met with such poor audience figures. Slightly ahead of its time though, Terriers and its neo-noir style, private investigator plot and buddy cop vibes, just suffered from being difficult to define. Firefly (2002-2003) This cowboys in space adventure was rolicking fun but suffered from budgetry issues and low ratings at the time. However, the show did go on to become a real cult-favourite later. Sense 8 (2015-2017) The most recent of shows to this list, the big budget, globe-trotting sci-fi drama about a bunch of interconnected people proved that even Netflix doesn’t always get it right. That being said it went out with high critical ratings so there is future potential there. Hannibal (2013-2015) A creepy and beautifully-shot psychological thriller based on Thomas Harris’ original novels saw Hugh Dancy’s criminal profiler Will Graham caught in the crosshairs of Mads Mikkelsen’s chilling villain, Hannibal Lecter. NBC cancelled the show after its third season wrapped up, but there’s every chance this might get resurrected. Undeclared (2001-2003) Poor Judd Apatow’s follow up to Freaks and Geeks also lasted just one season. He just couldn’t catch a break with those networks; first it was NBC, then it was FOX. The show was about a group of college freshman (Jay Baruchel, Charlie Hunnam and Seth Rogen) and everything else that comes with it. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
Top Gun was one of the biggest movies of the 1980s, igniting the career of several actors such as Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer. The soundtrack of this movie is also something that we all remember. The Californian band, Berlin, did an awesome job with their song Take My Breath Away. Let’s go back to the 80s with these 12 facts you probably didn’t know about Top Gun:   “The Danger Zone” Almost Wasn’t a Kenny Loggins Song Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer asked soundtrack producer Giorgio Moroder and songwriter Tom Whitlock to write a song for the scene when the planes land on the ship in the ocean. Columbia Records wanted to have “Danger Zone” performed by an artist signed to the label. REO Speedwagon and Toto were offered the chance, but the honor finally went to Kenny Loggins. Loggins had a string of great successes with soundtracks, including the notorious soundtrack to the movie Footloose with Kevin Bacon. The Navy considered the “Danger Zone” video as a promotion The “Danger Zone” video was released in May of 1986. This video featured some clips from the movie. The U.S. Navy described the video as “the most effective recruiting poster ever produced.” Anthony Edwards (who played Goose) was the only actor who didn’t throw up Filming the pilot scenes involved flying around in actual VF-114 Aardvarks and VF-213 Black Lions. The fighter jets were flown by military pilots who made sure the actors were given the real-life experience. The actors obviously threw up until they got used to the situation. It’s rumored that Anthony Edwards (Goose) was the only actor who didn’t throw up while filming Top Gun. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, Tom Cruise told his vomit story in detail. “Anyway, we did all the training, and then came the day that we’ve got to fly. We set up the cameras, and it wasn’t like today. It was really challenging—quite brilliant of Tony Scott, how he figured out how to do it. But the guy who flew me in the first flight, his name was Bozo. The pilot’s name was Bozo! So, I’m strapping in, we’re getting in there, and you just see the helmet go on that says ‘Bozo.’ I’m like, ‘Bozo?’” As Bozo was going through the check sheet, Cruise noticed the emergency lights were on, “And we were about to take off!” he recalled. “I remember saying, ‘Bozo, these lights…There’s a lot of red lights.’ He’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.’ He starts turning them off. I’m like, ‘OK.’ He’s like, ‘They don’t call me Bozo for nothing.’” The $25,000 Route Change Cinematographer Tony Scott wanted to shoot some of the aircraft backlit by the sun, but the ship had to change course before he could get all his shots in. He asked the captain to turn the ship back around, but was quickly informed that it would cost a ridiculous $25,000 to alter their route. Scott apparently wrote a check for the twenty-five grand on the spot, and was then able to get the required shots over a tiny period of five minutes. Five minutes for twenty-five thousand dollars, can you believe it? The Love Scene The love scene between Tom Cruise and actress Kelly McGillis’ characters was actually filmed after the filming for the movie had wrapped! Kelly McGillis had already dyed her hair darker for her next film, noticeably so. This is why that scene is tinted blue. You can also see in the added-on scene that the timing is off if you take a close look at the longer length of Tom Cruise’s hair, especially noting how long it hangs in the front. The locker room and volleyball scenes where Maverick and his colleagues are shirtless were also added after filming on the movie’s major scenes were completed. Apparently, the answer to “less flying” was “fewer shirts for the actors.” Val Kilmer’s Ad-Lib Val Kilmer originally declined the role of the Iceman in Top Gun. Scott Ridley hunted him down and found him to talk him into playing the iconic part of the gum-chewing, Maverick hating pilot. Fitting for a script with so many changes, Kilmer ad-libbed the stand-out memorable moment when he coughed “bullshit” during Tom Cruise’s speech in the hangar scene. Meg Ryan and Anthony Edwards Meg and Anthony had secretly started dating and got serious very quickly and moved in together. It was rumored that Edwards proposed to Meg Ryan and that she declined. They were only together for a year, from 1986 to 1987. Tom Cruise was hand-picked Cruise is now known for his love of action parts and takes part in doing many of his own stunts. He’s so well-known for this that The Telegraph wrote an article about him, entitled “12 Times Tom Cruise has Cheated Death.” Tom Cruise was hesitant at first to take the role of Maverick, but he changed his mind after his first time up in the air with the Blue Angels squadron. Top Gun producers considered several other big names for the part including Patrick Swayze, John Travolta, and Nicolas Cage. The “Real” Top Gun School Top Gun was based on an actual flight school named U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School or TOPGUN. Fun fact: if a staffer quotes or references the movie Top Gun, the school will fine them $5! If you want to join this school, you’ll have to remember that you won’t be able to tell any Iceman unctuous jokes. We know, that’s not cool. Tom Cruise Faked His Height The actor has spent his whole career trying to make his true height as unapparent as possible. Well, he’s learned some tricks to fake it. While shooting Top Gun, in the scenes he was filming with Kelly McGillis, he had to wear lifts in order to appear taller than her. In real-life, Cruise is only 5’7″ while she was 5’10”. Tom Cruise Saves Ray-Ban In 1937, Ray-Ban Aviators were designed for pilots because the glasses “banned” sun rays. Although at the beginning the glasses met a huge success, by the 70’s and 80’s, they were losing ground to disco-style sunglasses. Sales for Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses jumped 40% after the movie premiered. Top Gun: Maverick The film’s original producer Jerry Bruckheimer wants to make a follow-up, which isn’t too far-fetched considering Tom Cruise is still one of the biggest action stars in the world. The casting seems to be pretty impressive: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly… Who’s excited about it? Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to be released on July 12, 2019, by Paramount Pictures.   #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
As we grew up we were Friends, had Sex in the City and eventually became Heroes, or Misfits, and that’s How I Met Your Mother. All these episodes, storylines and characters have had a different influence on us, and even though all the binge- watching can be held responsible for some of our worst hair choices, there was some useful stuff for us queers. Whether we knew about our sexuality, or came to understand it as we saw others be proud on screen, some TV characters have definitely made it easier to come out and live our queer life.  Santana Lopez – Glee Glee was huge, which made Santana Lopez’s coming out HUGE. She told us not only that it is OK to be gay, but also that it is OK to be gay, popular and a total bitch. Because why be quiet if you don’t feel like it, and what if you want to throw slushees at people’s faces? Ok, Santana might’ve been bad influence, but she was bad ass. Also, she taught us that you can be gay and open about it in high school. If everyone was, Tumblr would probably go bankrupt. James Stinson -How I Met Your Mother Barney’s brother was certainly not the first gay character on screen to get married and have a baby, but he still taught us it was cool to be boring, have a family and monogamous sex with a beloved partner. He is kind of the only character of the series to have been both a total player and a classic boring married dude. How amazing is it when the token gay character is actually more complex than most of the straight ones? Nomi Marks – Sense 8 You’d have to be very very young to have grown up with Sense8, but don’t we all grow up a little with every character that teaches us something? On that deep note, let’s acknowledge how hot, badass and insanely clever Nomi was in Sense8. Now let’s repeat the lesson again and again : being LGBTQIA+ is amazing, but it’s not more important than having a great brain. Piper Chapman – Orange is the New Black She might be one of the most annoying TV characters ever written. However, she knew something that most people don’t: being bisexual doesn’t mean you owe anyone an explanation. Piper just goes for whomever she wants, and that’s alright, because the real problem about her is obviously the constant emptiness in her eyes. These are just to mention a few, but there is no doubt that many kiddos have looked up to Captain Raymond Holt (Brooklynn Nine-Nine), that cute lesbian couple in the amazing Black Mirror episode, or even Emily from Pretty Little Liars whose hotness was definitely helpful growing up. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
If you are worried about where to buy your next double hit mocha frappe latte, while twiddling your handle bar mustache, in your ‘made to look worn’, 200 euro denim jacket, you might also be worrying about what to call yourself. You rock a side fade in your hair, own a ‘Dr. Phil’ t-shirt that you wear ironically, and own a single speed bike that you had designed in custom colours. But you also have a job, and you like your job. You have a keen sense of business ambition and you really don’t mind working for a big corporation if it means you stay on your career trajectory. More to the point, you’ve never been in a yurt in your life! Well fear not, because we have just the right pigeon hole to squish you into. Gone is the tired old trope of calling every hip young thing a hipster, enter the ‘Yuccie’! First came the Yuppie, a product of 1980’s hedonism. Full of their own self importance, flashing platinum visa cards with slick hairstyles and penchant for wearing suits. Then came the Hipster, the almost indefinable bunch of youngsters who traversed the gaps between rich and poor, chic and shabby, cool and ironically uncool. Now there is a new batch of youths to categorize, the Yuccie. Yuccie’s, or Young Urban Creative’s, are typically in possession of all of the same attributes as the hipster, BUT, (and that’s a very big ‘but’ by the way), they are also tech savvy Business owners and young entrepreneurs. *insert eye-roll here* The Love Child Of Yuppies And Hipsters So, what’s the difference between the Hipster and the Yuccie? Well, you will be delighted to know that it’s not so much that they are different, more that the Yuccie is an extension of what it means to be a Hipster, a sub culture of a counter culture if you will. Yuccies are the cultural offspring of Yuppies and Hipsters. They have all of the drive and ambition that Yuppies had but also a strong focus and love of creativity and individuality, like Hipsters. In other words, they are Hipster business people. So not only will they be the cause of the gentrification of your local urban village by moving in and and wanting fancy coffees, they will be the ones who own the artisan coffee shops and bespoke barbers. But, moving away from their Hipster genesis, this new breed of young person is inherently, almost deliberately, enormously privileged. Being a Yuccie involves a level of self-involved cynicism that is exclusive to those who have never experienced financial or social hardship. They are absolutely reliant on the digital recognition of others, *queue instagram posts with flat-lays of unknown books they are reading*, and write, post and live essentially for validation from their peers. Yuccie Optimism But it’s not all bad, where Hipsters hid behind irony and an often disingenuous hatred of ‘The Man’, Yuccies dare to dream and don’t reject the idea of a corporate environment. They are often more interactive with the here and now, more business minded and less preoccupied with what is ‘cool’. Their hangups come from obsessing over professional validations rather than social ones. This could be down to having to pull themselves up in the world by their bootstraps after the global economic crash, or, thanks to a wisdom garnered from the vast expanse of today’s internet. With their main focus being optimism and a strong work ethic surely that’s better than the cynical doom and gloom of years gone by? Or maybe it’s all just a way for older generations to try and better understand the ever changing, ever evolving face of young people and how they function? All we know is that if being a Yuccie means that we can embrace quirky individuality while also focusing on careers and making money without fear of ridicule from our peers, then we are all in. Have our cake and eat it too you say? Absolutely! #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
  Thanks to movies like Ready Player 1, and TV shows like Stranger Things, the last couple of years has seen a rise in retro gaming culture. Everywhere people are climbing into attics, and pulling out old boxes filled with 80’s and 90’s nostalgia. So if you are looking to dust off some old treasured game cartridges or if you are new to old school gaming we have the perfect list for you. There are plenty of options available out there for the classic game aficionado. From revived, revamped classic consoles to new makes that allow you to play your old cartridges from various platforms there are a number of ways that you can take your gaming back to the 80’s and 90’s. The Super Nintendo Mini Classic This little console really packs a punch and provides the perfect retro gaming experience in one tiny package. A miniature replica of the SNES, this little guy comes pre-loaded with 21 games ready to play out of the box. The games represent some of the best Nintendo had to offer during the reign supreme of their SNES console and all are just as playable and dynamic now as ever before. Some of the games included are: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Punch-Out!, and Super Mario World. The design of the menus and software features are classic Nintendo, however the controller cords are way too short for most sitting room set ups and there is no way to return to the main menu from inside a game using the controllers. The Analogue Super NT If it’s a more meta gaming experience you’re after, and you have a collection of old SNES cartridges that you want to breathe some life back into, then this little console is probably the one for you. It allows you to play all of your old SNES cartridges with as much functionality and playability as the original SNES console and comes with the added bonus of being able to connect via a HDMI cable to modern HD TV’s. The Atari Flashback 8 Deluxe Gold Edition Boasting a library of 120 games in total the Flashback 8 includes most of the Atari-published essentials like Adventure, Yar’s Revenge and Swordquest. These games are emulated but they do run smoothly. The Flashback 8 also has some great controller options coming with two wireless joysticks and two paddles in box. It also has the benefit of offering 720p HDMI output and you can pause, save, and rewind your games. The Sega Genesis/Megadrive Classic Console If you are a Sega fan, unfortunately, this option doesn’t come with quite the range of decent games that the Nintendo counterparts do, however there are still some decent games pre-loaded on this little machine. Coming equipped with 80 games including Sonic, Golden Axe 1, 2 & 3, and Altered Beast, the Sega Genesis Classic Console also boasts its ability to insert an SD card so you can expand your collection to incorporate as many games as you like. Perhaps the best feature on this console though, is the fact that you can actually plug your old Sega cartridges into this and play all of your old games too. It also comes with two wireless 6 button controllers. The Vilros RetroPie Arcade Gaming Kit Perhaps for the more technically minded gamer, this piece of kit allows the gamer to build their own console both simply and relatively cheaply. The Raspberry Pi has been a great addition to the fold for many retro gaming fans in recent years. There are endless ways to build your own arcade or console system and these kits from Vilros make it even easier. They include everything you need from the software to the gamepads. The only thing they don’t include are the games themselves. However, don’t let that put you off as there are a huge number of resources out there for legally acquiring many different retro games that are playable on emulators such as this. The NES Mini Classic First of all, this thing is tiny. It is so much smaller than the original Nintendo Entertainment System that it almost looks like it isn’t going to work. It does work though, and it works very well. It comes pre-loaded with 30 games including Super Mario Brothers, Kirby’s Adventures, Donkey Kong, and the absolute all time classic The Legend Of Zelda. It’s simple and plays well and is one of the best revamped consoles out there. It comes with the classic NES controller although these are slightly smaller than the originals. Great for hardcore Nintendo fans and newcomers alike. The Retron 5 By Hyperkin The Retron 5 is really the console to end all consoles if you’re a true retro games fanatic. You can play everything on it. All of your old NES/Famicom, SNES/Super Famicom, Genesis/Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance cartridges, all from the one console. The controllers that come with it are a bit flimsy and are designed to play everything on, thereby rendering them slightly cumbersome. Not to worry though because you can plug in your old controllers from your old consoles, and Hyperkin also do their own range of controllers specific to each platform. It runs on Android technology and uses its own operating system. It functions by dumping the game on your Sega Genesis or NES cartridge and plays it through an emulator. It is compatible with up to 1080p output so your games look and play very closely to how they would on the original consoles. It also supports emulator functions like save states and cheat codes. The C64 Mini This is probably the cutest and most aesthetically pleasing entry on this list but is no less impressive. There are 64 pre-loaded games on this little beauty and they are still surprisingly fun to play, especially if you enjoy playing platformers on your mobile phone. The Commodore 64 was the best selling home computer of all time and with the inclusion of games like Alleykat, Avenger and Boulder it’s easy to see why. This little system will transport you back to the 80’s and keep you there happily. The only real downside to this piece of kit is that the keys on the console itself don’t actually press, they are static and just for show. This is a shame because it is such a tactile looking unit that your initial instinct is to want to play around with it, however, it is just a plastic casing housing all the good stuff inside. It also only comes with a usb power supply which, depending on your home set up, could be troublesome. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Celebrities are notorious for fitness fads and trendy diets. But more and more high profile individuals are turning their backs on the meat and dairy industry and opting for a healthier, cruelty free plant based diet. Here, we highlight just a few of the famous faces who have swapped t-bones for tofu. Ellen Degeneres Over the past few years Ellen Degeneres has really become the daytime sweetheart of America. With her great sense of humour and ever generous spirit, Ellen has won the heart of a nation. She uses her show as a platform to bring awareness to the vegan lifestyle and to raise awareness on environmental and animal rights issues. Portia De Rossi Ellen Degeneres’ wife Portia De Rossi is also vegan. Here she explains: “We just made that shift in our lives. The benefit of it is weight loss. For her more than me. Her body responded to it very well. It is amazing. We are just both very happy. It feels like such a compassionate choice. We are such animal lovers, why stop short of cows and chickens? It didn’t make any sense.” Alanis Morissette After putting on some unwanted weight back in 2008, the 90’s songstress decided enough was enough with processed unnatural, unhealthy foods. She set her sights on losing weight and going vegan and lost a whopping 20lbs in the first few months. She has said that: “I’m back to what I was born to be, at my best… I feel very alive… I have no more aches and pains, and my allergies are gone, too, […]”. Alanis has been vegan ever since and promotes healthy eating and lifestyle choices across all of her social media platforms. Pamela Anderson The Baywatch babe has always felt a deep connection with animals. She has been vegetarian since she was only 11 years old and made the move to veganism in later years. She is also a staunch animal rights activist and a member of PETA. Meghan Markle Meghan notoriously overhauled Prince Harry‘s diet and got him off cigarettes and eating more healthily and she is also a vegan herself. Since her role on the TV show Suits, she says that she has been very conscious of what she eats and tries her best to stick to a healthy plant based diet. Madonna Madonna is known for her health and fitness regimes. Recently it has come to light that the 60 year old superstar follows a very strict vegan-macrobiotic diet consisting mainly of cold pressed juices, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Demi Moore Demi Moore is notorious for her killer looks and her killer body. At 55 she looks better than most people half her age. She puts this all down to her meat-free, dairy-free, raw food diet and plenty of exercise. Miley Cyrus The Southern belle is a staunch vegan and animal rights activist. She frequently posts about her vegan meals across her social media platforms and even posted pictures of the ‘Tofurky’ (Tofu Turkey) that she proudly made for her last Thanksgiving dinner! Betty White Is there anyone on this planet cooler than Betty White? The 96 year old Golden Girl is a life long animal rights activist and has been a committed vegan for over 30 years. She has said that she: “Just couldn’t imagine eating my best friends”. Awww we love you Aunty Betty! Ellen Page Ellen Page has been vegan for quite some time now. She too is a vocal animal rights activitst and has said: “Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?”. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }