The A-Blast

Freedom To Me Means …

Rachel Bergen, Rachel Bergen

September 18, 2010

Violent video games could be criminalized

Erin Johnson, In-Depth Editor

May 7, 2010

The Supreme Court decided on April 26 to hear a case on a California bill that would make selling violent video games to minors illegal. While this topic has been a hotbed of controversy and debate, the Supreme Court’s decision...

Screen time leads to jail time

Katie Masters, In-Depth Editor

May 7, 2010

Thanks to the massive technological strides that have occurred throughout the 21st century, many children watch their first television show before they learn how to walk. According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation,...

Is TV making you fatter?

Ash Venkat, In-Depth Editor

April 16, 2010

While the mindless crunching of potato chips may seem harmless, scientists are now trying to put their fingers on what it is that makes a supposedly small snack into an empty bag of chips. They are classifying this habit as an...

Students study without sleep

Emily Fruchterman, In-Depth Editor

March 22, 2010

Your eyes glaze over, your lids grow heavy, and try as you might to stay awake, you soon find your head splayed across the table, a strand of drool trailing from your mouth, and your teacher standing above you, yelling about your...

Quiz: are you an insomniac?

Carly Bouchard, photographer

March 22, 2010

1. How much of your day do you spend on your assignments? a) From the second I walk in my house until I cannot keep my eyes open any longer. b) Only a couple hours c) I finish my R3 homework in R1 2. What do you do over your...

Is collaboration helping AHS sleep?

Aishwarya Venkat, In-Depth Editor

March 22, 2010

For fifteen days in the entire school year, the daily ritual of hearing the alarm ring, hitting snooze and finally waking up an hour later is turned upside down. Finally, you can experience the satisfaction of turning off the...

Behind closed eyes

Emily Fruchterman, In-Depth Editor

March 22, 2010

As you sleep, your body rehearses, relives and prepares for countless different scenarios, in a process commonly known as dreaming. While to us they seem like meaningless snatches of fantasy worlds that are often as frightening...

Creating a character

Emily Fruchterman, In-Depth Editor

March 4, 2010

The gallery images are the first steps a game designer would take in developing a character, as drawn by A-Blast artist Jordan Aman. From here, the images are computerized, animated, and placed into programs that enhance their...

Gamers get up and get moving

Emily Fruchterman, In-Depth Editor

February 26, 2010

The stereotypical gamer is a middle aged man sitting in his basement fighting orcs, aliens and other fantasy creatures as his hairline recedes and midsection expands. However, new gaming systems are striving to change this preconception,...

Why turn to video games?

Aishwarya Venkat, In-Depth Editor

February 26, 2010

Playing video games is one of the most common teen past times. SafeYouth.org reports that almost 75 percent of students own video gaming equipment at home, and school-going students play video games for 53 minutes on average p...

From Pong to Pokemon: a history

Aishwarya Venkat, In-Depth Editor

February 26, 2010

With thousands of video games and gaming systems around us today, it is easy to take this form of entertainment for granted. Everyone is waiting for the next generation of Pokemon to be released, the next Madden game and many of us were even waiting in lin...

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