Posted in 2015-2016, Culture

Kiss Me, I’m 1/64ths Irish!

By Amelia Lowry 

In 2012, Instagram was congested with Grumpy Cat memes. In 2013, it was Frozen. And every year, on March 17th, the pictures of everyone drinking green beer make their appearance.images

It’s St. Patrick’s Day — the one time of year when it’s actually appropriate to wear your “Kiss me, I’m Irish” merchandise (and receive zero kisses). This is the holiday to celebrate gingers, the color green, and pinching people. Here we are, finally at the one day where it’s socially acceptable to cozy up to people for money because you’re not a gold-digger, you’re just a leprechaun!

So, who is this Saint Patrick and why is he celebrated by canoodling “Irish” people and drinking green beer?

Well, in the late 300’s, Ireland was occupied primarily by Pagans and the like. It was a less-than-ideal environment for the teenaged Patrick, who was captured from his home of Roman Britain and forced to live in Ireland as a slave. But, despite this adversity, Patrick prayed and communicated with God every day. One night when he was twenty, Patrick received a message from God in his dreams, telling him that he could escape Ireland by going to the coast. Sure enough, Patrick was able to break free and go home to Roman Britain. For a few years he studied under a bishop, St. Germanus, eventually became a priest, and then later on, a Bishop. Thus, he became Saint Patrick. He was called to Ireland, where he felt it was his duty to bring the love and light of God.

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Saint Patrick

At first, people tried to kill him. But once he began to talk, people began to listen — his trick was to explain the gospel using a shamrock, a funny little leaf that everyone could understand. People liked that — after all, it was a pretty clover way to discuss religion. Over time, thousands of people converted to Christianity, and entire kingdoms were evangelized. After a long life of building churches and teaching faith, Saint Patrick died on March 17, 461.

So, why do people celebrate St. Patrick’s day?

For at least one thousand years, the Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day as a holiday. March 17 usually falls during lent, so one of the exciting things about St. Patrick’s Day was that it was an excuse for the Irish to cheat and eat bad stuff for a day. (Although, if their beer was green back then, people might have gotten more than drunk. Like, probably dead.) The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in America, in 1762. People played music and embraced their Irishness, probably did some jigs and tweedily-doo, had some chinwags.

During the Potato Famine of 1845, a lot of sad and hungry Irish people emigrated to America to live better lives. Unfortunately, America was a little stingy and didn’t feel like sharing space with Catholics — let alone Irish Catholics. So every year on St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish people would hit the streets and celebrate the Saint that made their country what it was, and the “pure-blooded” Americans would sit on the sidelines, angrily waving their “Vote Trump 1850” flags.

There are so many different ways to celebrate this holiday. As mentioned before, parades are historically the way to go, and you can still attend them today. Although, today, the parades seem a bit more theatrical than they were 150 years ago. Another way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is by wearing green! This is particularly recommended if you are of ten years of age or below — you might get pinched if you show up to school greenless. For anyone older than ten, wearing green is still a verybig St. Patrick’s Day tradition (although, if you’re too edgy or if green doesn’t match your ~aesthetic~, don’t worry about it). Some people celebrate by searching for a four-leaf clover. It’s pretty discouraging to search through thousands of 3-leafers for that special little weed, but you might be the lucky 1%! And if all of that is too much work, you can always just go around pretending to be a leprechaun.

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The 251st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17, 2012 in New York City.

Leprechauns, according to myth, are traditionally crotchety, live alone, and make shoes in their free time. They are said to be about two feet tall. The cleverest of Irish fairies, they can and would do anything to escape human capture. Perhaps this is why leprechauns are everywhere — they are just so relatable. If a leprechaun is caught by a human, they can use magic to make an escape, by simply vanishing into thin air or by granting three wishes. For this reason, Irish people sometimes go looking for leprechauns so that they can have their wishes granted. For a tutorial on how to catch a leprechaun this St. Patrick’s Day, click here. Leprechauns are also supposed to be the bomb at playing music so if you
end up being successful on your quest, make sure to ask to hear some sick beats.

Most Americans obdownload (1)serve St. Patrick’s Day in some way or another — whether they’re wearing green or making a point not to in order to be edgy. While it is a small holiday, it’s a good time to appreciate and be thankful for the liberties we have. St. Patrick had a pretty rough life yet still found ways to flourish despite this (and it is his day, after all). So next time you’re invited to a St. Patrick’s Day party, you can tell everyone what you’ve learned and who this St. Patrick guy really is. Then again, if you aren’t invited to a party, never fret! You can always crawl into a hole somewhere in Ireland and never come out again, and live the rest of your life as a leprechaun.

Amelia Lowry is a Sophomore at Barbara Ingram. 

Posted in Culture

New Trend: Old School

By Kaitlin Gertz

The twenties had flapper dresses and swing music; the fifties conjure up poofs of poodle skirts and the start of rock and roll; the eighties bring shoulder pads and long-legged supermodels, and today, we have vague trends of skinny jeans and graphic tees — and countless throwbacks to any decade but our own. Everything has come from the past; from wearing a tie-dye t-shirt to quoting Queen and The Breakfast Club. Thrift shopping is becoming a norm, versus consumer chains or high-end shops. Many people are now shifting their attention to past decades for inspiration in fashion, music, and technology. While passionately lipsyncing to “Bohemian Rhapsody” or “going for a grunge look” is all cool and dandy, the question still remains as to why so many people have decided that going back in time is forward thinking.

img-thingWearing iconic looks from the past is nothing new. Today, you can go into any major clothing store and find a t-shirt with the emblem of some eighties rock band or a pin-up perfect dress. There are a multitude of YouTube tutorials on how to achieve that perfect grunge look, and over twelve million Instagram posts tagged as such. Last Halloween, popsugar.com, an online magazine marketed towards millennial women, posted an article on the top eighties themed Halloween costumes, ranging from Michael Jackson to Pretty In Pink characters. But why replace current trends, like unisex clothing or punk, with something that’s been done before? Some say nostalgia, because we want to bring back values or norms of a certain time period. Others say aestheticism — maybe we’ve started wearing more and more flannel simply because we look better in it.

However, not all flannels were created equal. While mass-produced checks and stripes will add to your nineties vibe, actual flannel from the nineties gives your look more credibility. Thrifting has become a much more popular activity over the recent years, from Salvation Army to higher-end secondhand stores such as Plato’s Closet. As Regina George once said: “Vintage — so adorable.” It’s one thing to buy reproductions; going secondhand is proof the past was real and that you’re wearing it makes your take on the trend more authentic. And going to your local Goodwill is a great way to find old clothes that fit your old-school aesthetic, and double the points if you find some records while you’re there. No matter what style you’re trying to match, buying secondhand has earned certain bragging rights (because no one can believe you got a Jackie O dress for that cheap).

Jackie O isn’t the only sixties thing you’ll find gaining while wandering a secondhand store. There’s most likely some Simon and Garfunkel albums laying about, and they now share shelf-space with many mainstream artists who have started releasing albums on iTunes and vinyl. As with clothes, they’re available in just about every place you look; from chain stores like Barnes and Noble to online. While we’ve all listened to music from past decades without it ever being a trend (it is, after all, just good music), it’s the way people are listening to it that has taken a step back. Whether or not records are better than CDs or digital tracks is a question still contended; but either way, they’re now cheaper and much more accessible.

Polaroid-180-Review-Sample-1.jpgAs is with technology. It’s one of those things that usually moves forward instead of back. We’ve gone from hand-written letters to email to texting in thirty years. Every cell phone is now equipped with a camera, which was once a device only for those who had both money and time. But Polaroid cameras, staples of the seventies and eighties, are now coming back into the buzz. They’re cute, small, and can be purchased at affordable and accessible stores like Target, Best Buy, and Amazon. Over two million posts on Instagram have been tagged as polaroids (as it seems more than two mPolaroid-SocialMatic-Camera-image-002illion people are fans of taking pictures of pictures). It’s the choice between now and then that people can make these days, and it’s that choice that highlights just how far technolo
gy has come within a relatively short amount of time. You can snap pics on your iPhone, or wait for your photos to develop. Either way produces the same result — a picture — you pick the decade.

While we move forward, we also move back. Things such as medical and engineering breakthroughs are always needed whereas improvements to clothing and technology like cameras or music-players aren’t. As J.K. Rowling wrote, “Progress for progress’ sake must be discouraged.” Whether indulging your nostalgia or staying on trend, having an older aesthetic is a movement that will only continue to grow as time passes.

Kaitlin Gertz is a Sophomore at Barbara Ingram.

Posted in 2015-2016, Entertainment

Not So Fast: Games from Last Year You Shouldn’t Put Away in 2016

By Becky Snyder

2015 was the year responsible for some of the best games I’ve ever played, so I thought it would be a good idea to compile them into a top five list.

Please note, this is my personal opinion and does not in any way reflect on those of Post Script Magazine.

  1.   Fran Bow

Fran Bow is the kind of game that when you finish, you’ll pause, sit back, and wonder: What the heck did I just play?

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Promotional art for the game

As you can probably tell from the picture, the game is in the category of “psychological horror” for a reason, and that’s what I find so interesting about it. It’s disturbing in a way that makes you think. Not to mention, the art style of the game is the kind of style that blurs the line between disturbing and beautiful. The gameplay consists of mostly puzzles, which fits well with the overall thought-provoking theme of the game.

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Fran tries to get into a circus tent

The reason this game isn’t higher on the list is because of the story’s ending. As the game winds to an end, a huge plot twist occurs. It’s probably one of the most interesting plot twists I’ve ever seen, but after it the rest of the game simply spirals downward into confusion.

Overall, the game has beautiful art style and thought-provoking gameplay, but the confusing and unsatisfying ending takes away from the disturbing beauty of it.

Rating: 7/10

  1. Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes

    This has got to be the most ingenious idea for a game ever created.

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The thumbnail for YouTuber RageGamingVideo’s video on the game.

This game is a complete gem. It is by far one of the easiest ways for friends to get into arguments since Monopoly was created. It is the reason I can say I’ve heard the phrase: “I’m talking about the circles, you Twit!”

I don’t know how to properly describe how unbelievably intense it is when there is a bomb about to go off in 30 seconds, there’s one puzzle you can’t figure out, you’ve got two strikes already, your other player is frantically flipping through their manual trying to find the correct instruction,s and you’re both screaming at each other.

The game itself is great — the sound effects and music add to the overwhelming intensity, and the fact that every bomb is different makes it even more fun. You literally cannot play the same bomb twice.

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One of the more difficult bombs in the game.

The reason this isn’t higher on the list is due to the fact that, even though this game is incredibly fun, it is, essentially, a minigame. There is no story and although that doesn’t take away from this game, I prefer story-rich games.

Rating: 7/10

  1. The Beginner’s Guide

The Beginner’s Guide is a game that will leave you unsure if you should cry or have an existential crisis, and then it won’t matter because you’ll do both anyway.

The Beginner’s Guide has no traditional gameplay mechanics. There are no goals, no objectives. Doesn’t sound like much of a game, does it? However, it’s more than that. This game is made by the same guy who made The Stanley Parable, Davey Wreden, and it is about the works of his friend called Coda.

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Title screen for the game.

Quick warning for anyone considering playing this: the game has no shortage of triggers.

While I can’t say much about the plot without giving spoilers, I’ll tell you one thing — I have never played a game that made me feel the way this one did. This game brings out emotions that I didn’t think games were able to bring out. That’s what makes this game so beautiful. It hits you, and it makes sure to hit you hard. You’ll be fooled by the cheery beginning, but trust me — this game is out for tears.

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A screenshot of one of Coda’s many games.

The plot twist is one that I’m sure I won’t forget anytime soon, and the finale moral of the game nears earth-shattering levels.

The only reason this one isn’t taking the number one or two slot is because there is zero replay value. You play it once, and that’s it. When you expect the plot twist, it doesn’t hit you anywhere as close as it does the first time.

Overall, this is probably one of the only games out there that has zero replay value, but at the same time, will leave you with an experience that you won’t forget for quite some time.

Rating: 8/10

  1. Life Is Strange

Ah, Life Is Strange. People who know me well probably expected this to be up here.

Life is Strange is a “your choices change the story” style game split into 5 different “chapters” that follow the story of an eighteen year old girl named Max Caulfield who has the power to reverse time.

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One of Max’s photos in the game.

Now, while this may seem like Max’s life may be a little strange (ba dum tss), the story is actually extremely compelling. As it goes on, it begins to get more and more complex but, unlike Fran Bow, which ended up collapsing in on itself, Life Is Strange’s complex storyline fits together well and makes sense. The plot is really well done. It has enough action to keep you engaged, but not so much that you feel overwhelmed.

The gameplay is fantastic. The puzzles put into the game are thought-provoking and engaging, but not so difficult to the point where you get annoyed.

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Max must decide who to blame for tormenting one of the characters. 

The art style of the game, as you can probably tell, is unique and beautiful. It’s a strange kind of style that looks realistic, but at the same time, doesn’t. The most interesting thing about the art style, however, is that it was all hand painted. You heard me right, everything in this game, save for the lighting effects and other features relating to that, was painted by hand. If that doesn’t show incredible dedication, I don’t know what will.

The only real problem I can find with Life Is Strange has to do with its explanation for certain events. Max getting her powers is never explained throughout the entirety of the game; they just suddenly appear with no reasoning whatsoever. It relies way too much on Chaos Theory, relating everything back to it, but not really explaining how the events fit into Chaos Theory. It leaves the player a little confused after playing.

Overall, Life Is Strange is a game that is compelling, beautiful, and fun all at the same time. I just wish they had explained the reasons behind it a little better.

Rating: 9/10

  1. Until Dawn

Until Dawn is a mix of genres, taking your typical cheesy horror movie and smashing it together with a Telltale style of game where your choices affect your story.

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From left to right and top to bottom: Sam, Mike Josh, Ashley, Matt, Jess, Emily, Chris and Beth.

This game is one of the only horror games that I’ve even seen, due to my overwhelming fear of everything in the jumpscare horror genre. But, I have to say, I’m glad I didn’t chicken out on this one.

The story itself is perfect for this genre. It follows the basic pattern for a cheesy horror movie, but with this game (and I’m not sure how they did it) it works. It feels as though you are right in the midst of an authentic horror movie experience.

The style of the game where your choices affect the story makes this even better, because it is your choices that determine which characters live and which die. You can make it to dawn with anywhere from zero to all eight characters alive, and I love that about this game. It’s not one of those games that claims to be a “your choices matter” game but then it turns out it’s not. In this game, your choices play a huge factor. One wrong choice, and a character ends up dead, just like that. Also, the jumpscares in this game are timed fantastically. There’s not so many that you expect them, but not so little that you aren’t at least a little jumpy.

The thing that truly makes this game worthy of the horror genre, however, is how it molds itself based on your choices. Between every “section” of gameplay, there is a small scene where you are speaking with a therapist, and the therapist asks you about your fears. Based on what you answer, your fears are literally implanted into the game, making it all the more scary because the game is then based off of your personal fears.

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The player must select which of the options they fear the most. 

Aside from the gameplay, the characters are fantastic. Every character has a different personality, and while, yes, they are your typical cliche horror movie personalities, that’s what you expect from this game and it works. The characters’ features were actually based off of the voice actors who played them, using motion capture, and they look incredibly realistic. See if you can recognize the familiar face of a certain Night At The Museum star, Rami Malek, or maybe, if you’re from my generation, Meghan Martin, a.k.a. Tess from the 2008 Disney hit, Camp Rock.

There is practically nothing this game got wrong. From the amazing story to the fantastic gameplay to the perfectly done characters, this game worked to be called number one and deserved it.

Rating: 10/10

There you have it — my top five games of 2015!

Becky Snyder is a Freshman Creative Writer at Barbara Ingram.