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‘Anthem’ is an endless wellspring of wasted potential

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There were only a few things Anthem needed to get right to be a success — not the game of the year, or the next Fortnite-sized phenomenon, but a successful online shooter. It only gets one of those right, and when all is said and done, it’s probably the least important for the game’s long-term viability.

At a glance, Anthem is a highly-polished, triple-A title from one of the industry’s most celebrated developers. But then you play the game. It starts strong, throwing you into an epic battle where monstrous aliens are facing off against this world’s heroes: Freelancers. The freelancers fly around in javelins — exosuits that can be customized with a variety of weapons and special abilities, many of which you’ll collect while taking out opposing forces.

And if Anthem were nothing more than an Iron Man simulator, instead of one of the biggest games of 2019, it would be a rousing triumph. It might be the most overused description of the flying mechanic on the internet, but you really do feel like Tony Stark as you boost through the stunning wilderness of Anthem’s world.

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‘Diablo 3’ Designer Suggested How to Fix ‘Anthem’ Loot

Former “Diablo 3” designer Travis Day suggested changes Bioware could make to its loot system in the AnthemTheGame Subreddit post on Saturday. Day wrote that he’s enjoying “Anthem,” but that the latest action RPG from Bioware “seems to fall into a number of reward system related traps.” The initial problem Day pointed out is what […]



Ole Miss Basketball Players Kneel During National Anthem To Protest Local Pro-Confederate Rallies

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The Ole Miss basketball team is woke (well, some of them). Players on the squad knelt during the national anthem in protest of pro-Confederate rallies happening near their university’s campus.

Deadspin reports that K.J. Buffen, Terence Davis, Luis Rodriguez, Bruce Stevens, Devontae Shuler and Breein Tyree took a knee before the team’s home game against Georgia on Saturday (Feb. 24). A total of eight players kneeled per reports.

Reports ESPN:

Minutes before the game, both teams formed lines for the anthem. As “The Star-Spangled Banner” began, six Rebels players — who appeared to be KJ Buffen, D.C. Davis, Brian Halums, Luis Rodriguez, Devontae Shuler and Bruce Stevens — knelt one by one. Two more players — appearing to be Breein Tyree and Franco Miller Jr. — took a knee on the song’s final line.

The game was being played while two pro-Confederacy groups organized a march onto the campus in Oxford, Mississippi.

“The majority of it was we saw one of our teammates doing it and we just didn’t want him to be alone,” Ole Miss scoring leader Tyree said after his team’s 72-71 victory. “We’re just tired of these hate groups coming to our school and portraying our campus like it’s our actual university having these hate groups in our school.”

So no, they weren’t disrespecting the flag or servicemen. Star player Tyree later tweeted: “To the people that fight for this country, my teammates and I meant no disrespect to everything that you do for us, but we had to take a stand to the negative things that went on today on our campus. #WeNeedChange”

The team’s coach, Kermit Davis, was unaware the protest was going to happen, but he supported his players, as he should.


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Gladys Knight To Sing National Anthem At The Super Bowl

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NEW YORK (AP) — Gladys Knight will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at this year’s Super Bowl.

The seven-time Grammy Award-winner says she’s proud to use her voice to “unite and represent our country” in her hometown of Atlanta.

The 74-year-old and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Her hits include “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For.”

Maroon 5 will be joined by Big Boi, Atlanta-based rapper from Outkast, and Travis Scott during the halftime performance.

CBS broadcasts this year’s Super Bowl from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Feb. 3.

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We Heart: The New Video for Jennifer Hudson’s Feminist Anthem “I’ll Fight”

The hard-won victories of the feminist movement came after years of struggle by activists and trailblazing leaders from the streets to the halls of power. Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner Jennifer Hudson celebrates their work in the new music video for her single “I’ll Fight.”

The video for the feminist anthem, written for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG, combines video footage of women’s rights marches from the last decades with clips of Ginsburg articulating the urgency of equality in court. Its lyrics are a powerful celebration not just of champions like Ginsburg, but of the sisterhood that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with them when they raise their fists.

“When you feel you’re taking all that you can take, and you’re sure you’re never gonna catch a break, when it’s dangerous,” Hudson sings, “I will be the one to help you carry it.” Diane Warren, who wrote the song’s lyrics, told CNN that it was “an honor to write a song about such a badass, inspiring, and iconic woman”—and “a dream-come-true” to have Hudson bring it to life.

The video comes months after the song’s initial release as a tribute to everyone who voted in the midterm elections to speak truth to power and send historic numbers of women to Congress and statehouses next year. “Even though the election has ended,” Warren declared to Rolling Stone, “the fight isn’t over.”

Miranda Martin is a feminist writer and activist and an editorial intern at Ms. She has written for a variety of publications and been published by The Unedit and Project Consent. Miranda recently graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a double minor in Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She loves to travel, read, exercise and daydream about the fall of the patriarchy.

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San Francisco 49ers Cheerleader Takes a Knee During National Anthem

An NFL cheerleader kneeled during the National Anthem before the San Francisco 49ers beat the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night.

NBC Bay Area’s Damian Trujillo reported on the moment at Levi’s Stadium and fans at home were quick to notice and capture the move.

The cheerleader for the 49ers – who was still unidentified as of Friday morning – was the only member of her squad to take a knee.

She also appears to be the first NFL cheerleader to kneel. And while she has not yet been vocal about her act, the stage she chose to make the statement is significant.

Athletes have a long history of taking political action, and kneeling was a part of the civil rights activism.

Kneeling during the “Star Spangled Banner” started in August 2016 when Colin Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the 49ers, chose not to stand for the National Anthem. He said the action was meant to call attention to police brutality and racial inequality. Athletes across the country are still following in his lead.

This may be a first for NFL cheerleaders, but it’s not for cheerleaders in general. (Georgia Tech dancer Raianna Brown went viral in 2017 for kneeling and linking up her arms at Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, one of a number of cheerleaders at the college level to kneel.)

The NFL’s National Anthem policy, which would have required players to stand for the Anthem or stay in the locker room, is currently on hold as the league negotiates with players.

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The Sci-Fi Epic that Sings Already: ‘Anthem’

We recently had a chance to sit down with Thomas Singleton, producer of BioWare’s Anthem, in order to get a deep dive look into the all-important classes available in the game. Not all javelin exosuits are created equal, it seems…

For those of you who haven’t been tracking Anthem on their mini-radar, it was announced two years ago and it’s…how can we put this delicately, not dissimilar to Destiny. At least on the surface.

When you stop judging the book by its cover – and all the in-game flying and verticality opens up – Anthem undeniably reveals itself to be so much more. In fact, we’d even go so far as to say it’s the sleeper hit of 2019.

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The Anthem storyline will be continually added to, though no studio can produce content as quickly as we can consume it.

The Pillars of Anthem

According to Singleton, centres around three pillars. Firstly, while Anthem‘s deep customisation was built to let you express who you are as an individual, the wider adventure has been designed to be a shared experience. Co-optimal, if you will. Secondly, flying around with super heroic abilities is incredibly important, as are four vastly different suits that allow you and your co-op party to complement one another in a scrap and to shore up any class weaknesses.

Lastly, Singleton insists that Anthem aims to deliver a rich, ongoing and immersive storyline for players to get lost in. BioWare as a whole is quite proud of what they’ve been able to achieve in terms of narrative and it’s something this talented (yet recently troubled) team has been wanting to execute for a very long time. Better yet, this epic is promised to continue and evolve across the life of the product. The experience you clock in the opening launch weeks will represent just the tip of a longer spear… javelin. Whatever.

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Each javelin will have some form of team support ability.

Speaking of those, in this universe the javelins represent the peak of mankind’s mechanical armour technology. If you want to get ahead in this dangerous world – or just prevent the indigenous wildlife from eating your eyes for Jujubes – you’ll need one. Javelins can be kitted out per the user’s requirements with three Gear slots – two offensive and one support. They’re cooldown based and mercifully require no additional ammo pickups. Sorry kleptomaniacs.

You should also know that each model comes with an Ultimate that effectively allows you to put the tiger balm on the jungle of this planet and the aggressive inhabitants who call it home. BioWare calls these “complete game-changers.”

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The Ranger at work.

The Ranger

Your everygamer model is the Ranger. It’s a My First Javelin type deal with no great positives and no glaring negatives, but it’s versatile and a great way to learn the basics. In the lore of Anthem these are the frontline go-tos of the Sentinels (think: a royal guard). Their perfect balance of offence and defence is used to great effect while protecting the seat of Anthium inside the walls of Fort Tarsis (a fortified megastructure where the remnants of humanity are currently cowering).

It’s also worth noting that each of these exosuits comes with a few tools to start out with. The Ranger solves its most pressing problems via an electric mace to the face. Beyond that you can count on Gear like a grenade launcher, area-dominating frags, paralysing frost grenades or seeker variants that will do the aim-work for you.

Speaking of, the Ranger has a wrist launcher that coughs out homing missiles or poison darts that punish foes over time.

Surprisingly, the Ranger has decent support capabilities in the form of a Muster Point function. If your javelin buddies are within this AoE, their damage output will spike. Ultimate-wise, the Ranger unleashes holy hell with a swarm of missiles – either distributed on a gaggle of unfortunates or served up flambé style for one single big-bad.

Anthem class javelin Colossus
The Colossus is your tank class.

The Colossus

On the topic of bigguns, say hello to the tank of the piece, the Colossus javelin. This model sacrifices speed and manoeuvrability for sheer amounts of firepower and a healthbar ’til next Tuesday. Boasting a shield and a penchant for close combat stomping, Anthem lore states that a Colossus javelin was favoured by the mythical General Tarsis herself (bookmark her as she’s an important part of the story).

Slip into this javelin and your wrist is going to spew mortars aplenty. These could be burst rounds that fan out across enemy lines, or high-ex ones that turn closely knit mobs into gazpacho. You can supplement those with a rocket launcher, a heavy cannon or especially toxic gamers can use an acid spitter that is a damage-over-time solution.

Alternatively, if you play with others you can use a taunt ability to draw aggro away from your buddies. Ultimate-wise, Colossi can fire out a round that could aptly be classified as a mini-nuke.

Anthem class javelin Storm
The Warlock, ahem, Storm is your mecha spellcaster.

The Storm

Players after a bit of style in their life (and who probably gravitated to Destiny‘s Hunter class) will be all about the Storm javelin. It’s the cape-loving Lando Calrissian of the crew that is actually an exosuit developed by the mysterious, not-well-liked mob called the Dominion. The tech in this thing allows the pilot or “freelancer” to harness their kinetic energy and tap into a higher power. Benefits include being able to hover longer than any other class, but the downshot is melee damage will drop you quick.

If you do insist on getting in close you can bust out a flash attack to disorient attackers and facilitate a tactical retreat. Your gear is going to be highly elemental too – lighting, ice, and fire, etc. Protecting your pals can be achieved using a Nexus Shield that lessens the cooldowns of anybody within range of it.

Yes, you can literally make everybody stay frosty. When it comes time to lay the smack down you’ll get to combine all of your elements into a three-punch combo of sorts that devastates anybody silly enough to be in front of it.

Anthem class javelin Interceptor
The high damage, low HP Interceptor is the rogue of the bunch.

The Interceptor

Last but not least we have the Interceptor, which was created by the shadowy Corvus spy organisation to serve in a scouting role. In terms of acrobatics and agility it’s (excuse the pun) leaps and bounds beyond all of the other models. It’s about specialised weaponry, too – close range attacks where you’ll need to hit and run as your attack power will be high but you’re also made out of balsa wood.

The tricks up your (literal) sleeve include dual blades, wrist-fired cluster mines on proximity fuses and enemy-seeking glaives. If that’s not doing it for you, use the Strike move which effectively turns you into a human projectile. When you’re not dancing a dervish of death you can help out your co-op collective by dismissing everybody’s status effects with a Rallying Cry. Wrapping up this suite of powers is an Ultimate that sends you berserk with your blades. It’s true ninja-on-red-cordial stuff.

When the demonstration wraps we’re pretty damn impressed with the direction Anthem is taking. And that direction, in short, is everywhere on the screen – the verticality and intensity of the combat is as dizzying as it is inciting. We simply can’t wait to personalise an exosuit to our own oddball tastes and to use it in a four-person squad of like-minded arse-kickers. A lot of Anthem is still under wraps, but the more we see of it the more it rocket boosts upward in our esteem.

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