Culture Movies/TV

The Evolution of “Succession’s” Kendall Roy

Kendall’s trajectory in this season of Succession has been a bit like that of a heart monitor—and there’s a fair chance that the audience has felt the same way about him.

Following the major bombshell at the end of the season two finale, episode one of Season three had a feeling of victory. Kendall stuck up for himself and decided not to go down for the ship; instead, he is turning up the flame on Waystar and setting himself up to reap the gains of their downfall. But things didn’t turn out to be as easy as that.
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Kendall expected his siblings and other members of the team to blindly (and promptly) follow him into his new endeavor—a company better than Waystar and without all of its unseemly baggage. But instead, Kendall was quickly forced from the driver’s seat into the back of the van. He made the mistake of trying to outsmart his father, which was a fool’s errand: you cannot outsmart Logan, and you cannot take him down. And being that Kendall is his son, he should have known this by now.

It’s second nature for Kendall to cover up his real emotions, as he uses the strategy of hyping himself up and telling himself lies as a way to take detours from any pain or acknowledgment of true emotion. And most recently, in episode seven, he filled his birthday party up with A-Listers and planned an insane act on stage, which was just another distraction. However, in reality, it’s clear that the only things that Kendall actually cared about were whether or not his siblings showed up to his party and being able to open his kids’ birthday present.
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In this way, the emotional side of Kendall was finally cracked open as he began to cry in the present room out of frustration. When he lied his head down lifelessly on Naomi’s lap back at his apartment, it became clear that Kendall had reached his breaking point.

Perhaps it’s a result of the industry that Kendall has been a part of for his entire life, or—more likely—what comes with being the son of Logan Roy. Regardless, in this last episode, he was finally able to see through the smokescreen of his distractions, which manifested itself first in anger and frustration but ultimately, in surrender.

Kendall didn’t fight back when Roman pushed him to the ground at the end of his birthday party: with tears welling up in his eyes, he walked away. He’s now able to see the person he has become a bit more clearly, and he’s unhappy with that person. But now that Kendall has gotten to that point, he has the opportunity to turn things around.
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The probable reason for this sudden realization? Logan’s birthday card, which served as a massive wake-up call to Kendall, illustrated that he’s just a number to his father, just another bug to squash.

The great majority of the characters on Succession follow similar patterns of being likable one second and hated the next. However, Kendall is the one that many people still pull for regardless of his current status on the show. In a way, I guess we want to see him do well, to prove to his father that he is capable of running Waystar and that he holds true to his plans on actually changing the company for the better.

With only two episodes left of the season, it’s tough to tell where things will end up for Kendall. He could fall back into his usual pattern of sweeping his feelings under the rug and hyping himself up, or—given this new realization—he might actually try and repair things with his family.

Gaming New Releases

The Biggest Games Releasing in December 2021

JINGLE BELLS AND BATMAN SMELLS, GOOD PEOPLE! We have finally arrived at the final month of the year and with that comes the last slate of major game releases you need to know about. While the month of December is filled to the brim with a ton of titles, there’s still a nice gathering of worthwhile games that need to be on your radar and your Christmas wish list. One of those games is the next installment in Microsoft’s most revered first-person shooter franchise, which everyone is actually playing early thanks to its amazing multiplayer component. So let’s get right into the biggest games releasing in December 2021!

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Solar Ash – December 2 (PS5, PS4, PC – Epic Games Store)

The developers behind the sleeper hit known as Hyper Light Drifter are returning with a new project that’s bigger in creative scope and explorable scale. Solar Ash puts you in the role of a voidrunner named Rei, who must quickly navigate a neon-colored, 3D landscape in a bid to save her home planet. The game’s striking visuals will instantly grab you and its fluid movement & enjoyable melee combat will certainly keep you. Don’t sleep on this one – Solar Ash looks like it’ll be one of the trippiest gaming experiences of the year.

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Chorus – December 3 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Google Stadia, PC – Steam)

Space combat flight sims are a rare occurrence these days. Shout out to development studio Fishlabs for offering a fresh entry to the often ignored genre with Chorus. As Nara, you’ll hop into her ship known as the Forsaken and fly across the skies with one mission in mind – take the fight to an oppressive space cult. Your mission will put you at odds with a host of enemies – thankfully, Nara and her space cruiser have all the offensive & defensive tools needed to keep her alive. Chorus looks incredible and looks like it’ll provide high-octane space battles that rival those of the best ones you’ve seen in Star Wars films.

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Halo Infinite – December 8 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Microsoft Store, Steam)

Are you already knee-deep in Halo Infinite’s multiplayer? OF COURSE, YOU ARE! But come December 8, you’ll finally get to experience the much-talked-about single-player campaign as you take Master Chief on a new adventure upon Zeta Halo. This time around, your tasks will take place within a semi-open world where you choose which missions to take on and which bases you should tackle in order to utilize them as fast-travel points & earn the currency needed to call in vehicles. With the new Grapple Shot in hand, Master Chief is even more mobile and ready to take the fight to the alien forces that wish death upon humanity.

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Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX – December 9 (Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam, iOS)

If you’re old enough to remember that one monster-rasing RPG series that lets you birth new creatures by putting random CDs into the first PlayStation, then this combo deal definitely speaks to your soul. Both games make their return here and come with everything that fans adored in the original releases. When it comes to the creature creation system, these games feature a CD database that lets you make the monsters you desire. As far as new features go, this compilation comes with even more freeze slots, a speedier method towards raising your monsters, a training record, random battles, etc.

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Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach – December 16 (PS5, PS4, PC – Steam)

We’ve lost count of how many Five Nights at Freddy’s sequels exists out here. The latest one is set to expand its gameplay beyond sitting in a room watching cameras and opening/shutting doors. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach places you in a mall as a young boy named Gregory, who must sneak around and steer clear of those infamous murderous animatronics. Roaming around the darkened mall and trying your hardest to not get caught is the name of the game here. Glamrock Freddy will assist you, but you’ve got to do a lot more beyond his aid if you want to make it out of your current situation in one piece.

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The Gunk – December 16 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Microsoft Store)

If you adore the SteamWorld games, then it’s definitely worth paying attention to this upcoming project from the creators behind those underrated gems. The Gunk features Rani, a space hauler who’s always in search of her next big resource haul. As you make your way through a lush jungle planet, you’ll clash with a dangerous parasite that must be eradicated in order to bring the planet back to its once beautiful state. Rani and her trusty Power Glove help her during intense combat scenarios, exploration segments, and tricky puzzles. The Gunk gives us heavy Metroidvania vibes, which is why we can’t wait to spend a whole lot of time with it.

Console Ports

Life is Strange: True Colors – December 7 (Nintendo Switch)

Serious Sam 4 – December 7 (PS5, Xbox Series X/S)

Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth – December 16 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)

Sports Strength

Which NFL Teams Are In Danger Of Missing The Playoffs?

Although it gets accepted that life in the NFL can change at any moment, teams aren’t always prepared for when it does. Whether it’s due to injuries, inconsistency, or a tough schedule, teams often regress throughout the regular season and can suffer the enormous consequence of missing the playoffs as a result of their failure.

As we enter Week 13 of the NFL season, which teams are currently in danger of missing the playoffs? Take a look down below at the five teams who qualify for this conversation.

Buffalo Bills (7-4)
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Yes, the Bills certainly have enough talent to get back on track and reestablish themselves as a Super Bowl contender, but their remaining schedule doesn’t do them any favors. With just a one-game lead over three other teams in the AFC Wild Card race, the Bills face the daunting task of playing the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers three times within the next month. Even more concerning, they’ll be without All-Pro cornerback Tre’Davious White, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.

Dallas Cowboys (7-4)
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The Cowboys are now involved in a closely-contested divisional race against Washington Football Team, who are not only playing better football than Dallas but are healthier and have a slightly easier remaining schedule. Having lost three of their last four games, the Cowboys desperately need to scrape together some wins if they want to salvage what’s quickly becoming a lost season.

San Francisco 49ers (6-5)
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Immense credit has and will be given to the 49ers for turning their ship around and grabbing one of the NFC’s Wild Card spots, but their remaining schedule creates doubt about their chance of making the postseason. Four of their final six games are on the road and this slate includes contests against divisional rivals (Seahawks and Rams) and playoff-contending teams (Bengals and Titans).

Los Angeles Chargers (6-5)
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The case against the Chargers making the postseason surrounds their inconsistency which has been horrid to watch. With three more playoff teams to face on their schedule, including the 7-4 Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday, the Chargers have the opportunity to strengthen their grasp on the AFC’s last Wild Card or lose it for good.

Indianapolis Colts (6-6)
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Amongst the lower to middle-tier teams competing to make this year’s playoffs, the Colts have arguably the best chance to rise out of the muck and make the postseason. Other than possessing enough talent and coaching to win games, the Colts have given up leads or fallen short at the end of four games this season, most recently against the Buccaneers last Sunday. If they won at least two of those games, the Colts would be 8-5 and in line to win the AFC South division instead of looking from the outside at the AFC Wild Card race.

Sports Strength

College Football Playoff Picture

After the last three weeks the college football playoff landscape, Championship Week is finally here. Ohio State, Oregon and Oklahoma all took bad losses that have essentially eliminated them from the college football playoffs while Notre Dame and Oklahoma State have quietly played themselves into the mix. Here we go:

1. University of Georgia Bulldogs
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The University of Georgia sits at 12-0, and absolutely ran through the SEC, making them the clear-cut best team in the country at this point The Dawgs beat multiple ranked teams on their romp through the SEC and haven’t played a close game since their 10-3 victory over Clemson in Week One. Georgia faces Alabama in the SEC championship on Saturday, December 4. Regardless of the outcome, the Dawgs are making the college football playoffs.

2. University of Michigan Wolverines
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For the first time in a long time, the University of Michigan is really good. The Wolverines go into the Big 10 championship at 11-1, with their only loss coming against their rival Michigan State. The Wolverine defense has been characteristically stout and they’ve held every opponent under 30 points with the exception of Michigan State. Michigan has Iowa left on their schedule in the Big 10 championship. With a win on Saturday, they’ll undoubtedly punch their tickets into the college football playoffs, likely as the second seed.

3. University of Alabama Crimson Tide
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The University of Alabama has a very intriguing situation. They’ve already lost, but they’ve been ranked in the top four since the rankings have started to release. Additionally, Bama has Georgia in the SEC championship on Saturday. If Bama beats Georgia, not only do they make the playoffs, they potentially jump to #1. However, if Bama loses to Georgia, they’ll likely drop to four or five. There’s a chance Bama loses and still makes the playoffs. For now, Bama should be ranked third with their only hiccup coming against Texas A&M earlier in the season. Bamas’ best and most definite bet is to beat Georgia, and they’ll be in the big dance.

4. University of Cincinnati Bearcats
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Cincy absolutely has to be ranked #4. The Bearcats have an unblemished record and had a solid win over #6 Notre Dame. Cincy only has #16 Houston left on their schedules and if they win they should be in at four.

5. Oklahoma State Cowboys
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If one of the top four teams lose, with the exception of Georgia, that leaves the door open for Oklahoma State (if they win the Big 12 championship). However, Notre Dame looms as a real threat to crash the playoffs even though they don’t play this week—their only loss has been to Cincinnati, so they could swoop in to poach a spot if Alabama, Michigan or Cincy lose.

NFT Sports

From Soccer Influencer to NFT “Degen” — A Conversation with Daniel Got Hits

The term “degen”, short for degenerate, typically has a negative connotation, but in the crypto community, it’s a term that is celebrated. As cryptocurrencies and NFTs become more mainstream, early adopters take pride in their convictions despite years of criticism.

All of that is starting to change now, as Bitcoin and Ethereum recently hit all-time highs and celebrities like Jimmy Fallon are actively researching and buying NFTs.  

Over the past 9 months, the NFT market has matured significantly. Sales volume on Opensea has dropped and it appears buyers are starting to become more thoughtful in their evaluation of NFT projects before they ape-in. 

Despite NFTs getting more expensive (which poses more risk to new entrants), the market is still relatively small with a lot of room to grow. 

For example, in the last 30 days, there were ~227,000 active users on Opensea. To put this in perspective, Coinbase announced a forthcoming NFT trading platform and amassed 1 million waitlist sign-ups in just 24 hours. 

Given the impending expansion of NFT buyers and sellers, I chatted with soccer influencer Daniel Got Hits about his experience in the market and how to educate yourself to navigate the rapidly growing world of NFTs. 

Please remember, this is not financial advice. It’s important to do your own research and never spend money you cannot afford to lose.

Discovering NFTs after Sustaining a Knee Injury
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Stay open-minded even if it goes against your own investment ; it’s not good to be stubborn.

Daniel Got Hits is a soccer influencer by day with 356,000 followers on Instagram, but when a knee injury in the spring sidelined him for 4–5 months, it was his perfect opportunity to dive deep into NFTs. 

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His interest in crypto started a few years earlier, driven by the idea of an economy that reduced friction for transactions and had a global reach. Daniel has family all over the world, so the idea of cryptocurrencies resonated with him. 

He caught wind of CryptoPunks by LarvaLabs in 2020, but by then they were out of his reach. It wasn’t until May of 2021 that he minted his first NFT, a Meebit, which was created and released by LarvaLabs. 

Because he was so new to NFTs, Daniel had to go on Twitter to figure out how to view the Meebit he had minted, which is how he discovered Opensea. The same day of the mint, someone sold a rare Meebit for a few hundred thousand dollars and it clicked for Daniel that there could be life-changing opportunities in the NFT market. 

He knew those types of gains in a short period of time wouldn’t last long as the market would become more saturated, so he committed to diving deeper. 

He bought and sold a few NFTs and eventually stumbled across Bored Ape Yacht Club, which now has a floor (minimum) price of about $200,000. 

After purchasing 3 Bored Apes, he sold 2 of them and used the profits to buy Curio Cards, the first NFT art project on Ethereum.  

After doing well with Curio Cards, he wanted to learn about other historical NFT projects that were released before CryptoPunks. He started receiving message after message encouraging him to look into RarePepes, an NFT project released on Counterparty in 2016, which sat on top of Bitcoin. 

He ignored the project first, but so many people reached out that he couldn’t ignore it any longer and went deep on RarePepe research. The key lesson from his experience is that he didn’t blindly buy into the project — he spent many hours learning, jumped into the Discord group to interact with the community, and got educated before buying assets from the project.

Daniel Got Tips — For Navigating a Maturing NFT Market
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Don’t trust me, anyone, celebrities, and even people that have given good advice before. Do a lot of research, and believe in yourself. Your own thoughts are valid

Bored Ape Yacht Club now has a floor price of roughly $200,000, but back in April, you could mint 1 for .08 ETH ($200 at the time). Many quality NFTs could be purchased for under $1,000 in the Spring and Summer, until the market exploded

New projects launch every day, and it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Developing conviction takes time, and Daniel reminded me that he will sometimes spend 10–12 hours per day on Twitter, Opensea, and in Discord groups learning and watching for trends. 

He credited his early gains to “sheer luck and timing” but said that the market is much more challenging now. People might think that there’s easy and quick money to be made, but don’t fully comprehend how many hours are behind the success of those making the right moves. 

His specific recommendation to NFT newcomers, or those who want to up their game, is to find Twitter users with Punk avatars, Bored Ape avatars, .ETH Twitter names, and read. As you come across things you don’t understand, utilize the Twitter search bar to find your answers. 

Daniel Got Hits

Twitter search bar is underrated.

Daniel has over 22,000 Twitter followers and has a knack for posting interesting content about NFTs, but has emphasized that he wants people to think for themselves. 

A lot of influencers on Twitter remain anonymous, but he’s chosen to identify himself publicly and it motivates him to maintain his reputation while creating content to help people learn more about various NFT projects and offer his takes. 

NFTs and decentralized finance have inspired people to learn fundamental market behaviors like no other time in history. Daniel commented that many likely “wouldn’t learn it if there were numbers on a chart” but the art makes it fun. 

This means that there are a lot of intelligent and informed people on the internet sharing thoughts and opinions, but listening to your inner voice and trusting your gut after spending significant time researching is still a better move.

How Daniel Plans to Further Integrate NFT Culture in His Daily Life

There are people quitting their day jobs to go full-time into NFTs, and many more are thinking through how to integrate the new phenomenon into their everyday lives outside of just buying and selling. 

Daniel Got Hits

I grew up listening to hip hop, and hip hop was about being ahead of the curve, being first to the newest thing that’s popping. I like having my finger on the pulse and staying up to date on what’s cutting edge.

Daniel happens to be in a very interesting position — he’s a successful soccer influencer and creates engaging content that has built an audience. His goal is to mix soccer and NFTs to make lifestyle content. He said it would be fun to get a 3D render of his Bored Ape and include the Ape in his soccer content. When he does this, the growing Bored Ape Yacht Club brand will lend itself to Daniel’s personal brand. 

The majority of current NFT activity is research, making connections and friends, learning the technology, buying, and selling, but we are beginning to enter a new phase. 

As NFTs trend toward mainstream exposure, it’s likely that we will see them show up more in our daily lives and careers. The potential for creativity is an open canvas — many people now own assets that are part of a larger community and brand. 

Like many others, Daniel wants to integrate his prized NFT assets into part of his identity. Just looking at the roster of celebrities who own a Bored Ape, there’s a lot of social proof for non-celebrity owners who can proudly display their assets as a Twitter profile picture (pfp). 

But Twitter PFPs are just the beginning. 

Timbaland is using a group of Bored Apes to form a group that will perform and produce music. And it won’t just be celebrities that capitalize on the Bored Ape (or other NFTs) brands, others can use the assets they own as they please.

For someone like Daniel, incorporating an NFT that’s part of a project owned by Jimmy Fallon, Post Malone, Steph Curry, and others into his own content will likely help him grow his audience and could lead to bigger opportunities in the future.


Justin Aversano and Twin Flames #49 Make History with 871 ETH Sale

To say that Justin Aversano has had quite the year would be an understatement. His Twin Flames project, which is widely considered to be the first major NFT photography collection, has broken too many records to count. When he and I first spoke in May of this year, the floor for the project sat between 3-5 ETH.

In this story, we’ll be discussing the sale that took place last week for an earth-shattering 850 ETH. You read that right. The sale catapults Justin into the ranks of some of the highest-selling photographers of all time, and the proceeds from the sale will all go into the RAWdao vault to empower the next generation of NFT photographers.

The First Sale

When I first spoke to Justin earlier this year, he told me he initially had no intention to sell #49, as it was one of the most personally valuable to him in the collection. In the weeks that followed, Justin was selected by the community to fulfill lot 28 in the forthcoming Sotheby’s Natively Digital sale. He elected to use image #49 for this purpose, as he intended to donate all of the proceeds to SevensGrant, an organization putting money back into the photography community.

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The piece sold for $35,280, and all of that money went to Sevens. On the decision, Justin tells me: “I was chosen by the community, I gave it back to the community.”

The Second Sale

This catalyzed the position of #49 as the “community twin” in the collection of 100 images. The anonymous buyer who bought it at Sotheby’s for roughly 14 ETH decided to fractionalize ownership of the twin and set the reserve price to 500 ETH.

It met the reserve and sold on August 30th for 506 ETH to Luiz, one of the founders of the FingerprintsDAO. 506 ETH is a bit north of $2.3 million (at the time of writing), for those keeping score at home.

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Fingerprints and Justin then came up with the idea to conduct a party bid for the next sale. A party bid is essentially the opposite of fractional ownership. Everyone contributes an amount towards the bid before it is owned, as opposed to fractional ownership, where people buy into ownership of an asset.

The Third Sale: History is Made, Again

Justin initially set the reserve to 1,000 ETH, and from the get go the plan was to use the earnings to pay it forward and support 1,000 photographers with the vaulted ETH.

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The reserve was lowered a bit after the first week, and the community raised a whopping 888 ETH to bid on the image. 600+ people were involved in the party bid, and all contributed 1 ETH or more. It sold for 871 ETH. Based on the price of ETH at the time of this writing, that’s just above $4 million USD. Remember in June when it sold for $35k?

The RAWdao:
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This is where it gets really good. 850 ETH from the sale has gone directly into the RAWdao treasury, with the intent to reinvest all of the money back into the photography space.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in jaw-dropping sales that go right into the pockets of faceless developers or investors, but Justin has managed to cultivate an entire NFT photography community around giving back.

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I was chosen by the community, I gave it back to the community.

This is the ethos that should drive the entire NFT space. When Justin wins, the community wins. There’s a reason we say “wagmi” and not “iagmi.”

Gaming New Releases

Every ‘God of War’ Game, Ranked From Worst To Best

Video games are a cultural staple at this point in our culture. What started as a fringe market for a niche group of young people has now become a phenomenon. Gaming has now become the most significant entertainment industry, surpassing movies, TV, and music.

With the pandemic lockdowns forcing people to stay in, gaming has grown even more and is expected to continue to do so.

 The industry’s evolution and growth have come from these consoles’ improvements with each new generation. What makes consoles stand out is the quality of the games they exclusively offer only on their platform. 

One of the most popular exclusives is, without a doubt, God Of War. The God Of War franchise has sold over 51 million copies worldwide, and they have consistently ranked as among the best-selling videogames for Sony Playstation consoles. 

God of War, released in 2005, is ranked in the top 15 of all-time best-selling PS2 videogames with over 4 million copies sold. 

God Of War III, which was released in 2010, is the 9th best-selling PS3 game of all time with over 5.2 million copies. 

God Of War (the version released in 2018) is the best-selling PlayStation 4 game of all time, with over 19.5 million copies sold. 

As you can see, the popularity of the God Of War franchise has continued to grow with time in parallel with the growth of gaming. This franchise is now synonymous with PlayStation and is an example of successful exclusives. 

So what is God Of War about? 

God Of War centers around Kratos, a man whose father is Zeus and whose mother is Callisto. When Kratos was born, Zeus’s wife Hera was angry at Zeus for having him. She ordered that Kratos had to be killed, but he ended up being sent to the Spartans along with his mother. There, his mother gave birth to his brother Deimos. Kratos and Deimos grew up training in Sparta. Later on, Zeus learns of a prophecy that says one of his battle-marked sons is going to kill him in the future.

Deimos’s birthmark leads Ares to suspect that Deimos is the one who will kill Zeus in the future. Due to this prophecy, Zeus sends Ares to find and kill that son. Kratos tries to save Deimos from Ares but is ultimately defeated and left with a scar after being hit by Ares. Kratos vows to take revenge for his brother, going through the ranks of the Spartan army until he becomes a general. He then marries Lyssandra and has a daughter, who has a skin disease.

Due to Spartan tradition, which states that children must not have any weaknesses, he is ordered to kill her. Not wanting to do this, he goes on a mission to find a cure named ambrosia. He gives his daughter the cure, but he gets confronted by a barbarian army in the process. Found in a life or death situation, Kratos asks for help from Ares and vows to serve him. Ares helps him and gives him the famous blades of chaos, weapons attached to the body of Kratos. Kratos goes on to serve Ares in many missions.

During a raid in a village, he is warned not to enter a particular part from an oracle. He ignores the oracle’s advice and immediately kills everyone there, only to realize that he had killed his wife and his daughter. Realizing that Ares has done this, Kratos renounces his service to him and vows for revenge. The oracle paints the body of Kratos with the ashes of his wife and daughter, giving him a pale look that earned him his nickname as the “Ghost Of Sparta.”

As time goes on, Kratos battles Ares and, upon locating it, opens the Pandora’s Box. This enables him to obtain power that helps him defeat Ares. Realizing that he will never be free from his nightmares, he attempts suicide but is saved and then named God Of War.

Many years after he has defeated the Olympian Gods, Kratos has started a new life hidden in the lands of the Norse Gods. His wife passes away, and he begins a journey alongside his son Atreus to fulfill his wife’s last wish, which is to scatter her ashes at the peak of the highest mountain they know. After many battles, they fulfill her last wish, but not before Kratos has to reveal to his son that he is a god and that his future may be complicated due to this fact. 

This is a short summary of the plot that entails the God Of War story, so now let’s get into the ranking of the best God Of War games. 

There are eight installments in total, with the ninth installment being planned to be released in 2022. The new God Of War game will be titled God Of War: Ragnarök. Same as with the previous release, the new installment will be based on Norse mythology, breaking away from most previous installments based on Greek mythology.

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9) God Of War: A Call From The Wilds (2018)

God Of War: A Call From The Wilds is a text-based game released through Facebook’s Messenger. The game revolves around the son of Kratos, Atreus. The game is intended to show Arteus go through his first adventure. The player can choose which story he is going to see by interacting through text.

As such, this game is a storytelling piece that served as a prequel to the 2018s God Of War. While this game is a welcome addition in terms of introducing fans to the character of Atreus, it isn’t really a playable adventure but instead, it is more of guided storytelling videos and pictures. As such, A Call From The Wilds ranks 9th.

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8) ‘God Of War: Betrayal’ (2007)

This game is the first mobile game that the God Of War franchise released. Considering the fact that the capabilities of mobile platforms in 2007 were limited from a gaming perspective, this installment suffers from a lack of the graphic excitement that fans are used to seeing. The game is essentially a filler between God Of War and God Of War II. The 2D animation aside, the game’s storyline is straightforward, and the action scenes are not rewarding enough to be compared to the other installments. 

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7) ‘God Of War: Ascension’ (2013)

Chronologically it is set six months after Kratos kills his family. Kratos is held as a prisoner and has to fight The Furies. The punishment for breaking his promise to serve Ares sets up for a good short-term story, and the multiplayer mode set up in this game made it unique. What makes Ascension look less impressive than other installments is simply that it struggles to differentiate itself. The story is good initially but it can become exhaustive after a while. The change in the way Kratos fights is also something that did not have a good effect on the game.

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6) ‘God Of War: Chains Of Olympus’ (2008)

Chains Of Olympus is a prequel to the God Of War (2005 edition). This installment was a new take on the franchise, as it was first released for PSP. The game is a third-person adventure game with a fixed camera angle. The main weapons of Kratos are the Blades Of Chaos, and the player can win more weapons as time goes on. The action scenes in this game are good, the adaptation for the PSP screen is effective, and all of the other factors such as music and animation are also properly done. What penalizes this game is short. While the quality of the game is good, its length stops it from fulfilling its potential. 

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5. ‘God Of War: Ghost of Sparta’ (2010)

Ghost Of Sparta is the sixth installment in the series, and the fourth chronologically. In this game, Kratos is haunted by the things he has done in the past and is angry that he sees nightmares even after serving the Gods Of Olympus. His mother Callisto, tells him that his brother Deimos is still not alive.

This sets up for a very good story, as Kratos is shocked to know that the entire reason he has so much hatred is not true after all those years. He fails to save Deimos even after finding him, making him even more ruthless and angry than ever before. The weapons Kratos uses are the Blades of Athena. With a good storyline, proper game length, good action scenes, and weapons, this game is an enjoyable one. It beats Chains Of Olympus due to its length and storyline dynamics. 

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4. ‘God Of War’ (2005)

The one that started it all. The fact that the game went on to become one of the most popular ones of all time, speaks at least partially to the quality of the first God Of War. This game ranks as one of the top-selling PS2 games of all time. Kratos uses the Blades Of Chaos as his weapon of choice, with a second weapon added later.

With a great storyline, an innovative approach for the genre, and good action scenes, God Of War was a revelation for the industry. While it is lackluster in certain aspects compared to its successors, this installment is one of the best ones not just in the series but in the whole genre, especially considering the impact it had. 

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3. ‘God Of War III’ (2010)

This installment was the trilogy finalization, and it was the rightful ending of the trilogy. God Of War III made the best use of the new graphic capabilities PS3 had. The game also has great music to accompany the dramatic scenes. With a storyline consisting of Kratos plotting revenge against his father Zeus, he goes on a rampage to slash anyone who is against him with his Blades Of Exile. What makes it have third place is the non-conclusive ending and simply the evolution of the games that came afterward. God Of War III is the 9th best-selling PS3 game of all time, and it still holds up well. 

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2. ‘God Of War’ (2018)

God Of War represents a dramatic shift from the previous installments. It is the first game not to be based on Greek mythology, but rather on Norse mythology. Here we see a version of Kratos that is older, calmer (at least in the beginning), and somewhat at peace. He buries his wife, whom he lives within the mountains together with his son Atreus. Wanting to respect her last wish, he seeks the highest peak possible and realizes that he will have to go through several challenges together with his son, who finds out that his father is not human, and therefore he is not either. Reinventing a successful franchise is not easy, but God Of War does it successfully. The game is the best-selling PS4 game with over 19.5 million copies sold.

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1. ‘God Of War II’ (2007)

God Of War II helped make the franchise a household. With action-packed scenes, a good soundtrack, and multiple puzzles to solve, God Of War II keeps you on your toes at all times. Kratos uses Athena’s blades to slash his enemies, namely Zeus and Ares, who have betrayed him. God Of War II holds up well to this day, and therefore remains an all-time great game.


Culture Movies/TV

ONE37pm’s Favorite Films of 2021 (So Far)

2021 has been a very strange year. As we began to emerge on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, people started returning to sporting events, concerts, and movie theaters.

It was an interesting year for the film industry as we saw some studios, such as Warner Brothers, elect to go the streaming route—dropping their new releases on HBO Max at the same time as theaters—with others sticking to strictly theater-only showings.

While it’s been a weird year, it’s also been a pretty great one for movies with a variety of different films taking center stage as must-see releases. Two of ONE37pm’s resident movie buffs, myself and Bo Templin, decided to do a deep dive into what movies we loved in 2021 so far and which we are still most excited about as the year wraps up.

They got together at ONE37pm’s New York office and broke down the movies they loved and why they did.

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The guys have a good variety of takes when it comes to films, and if you’re a comic book movie or sci-fi buff, you’re bound to agree with a lot of their picks.

But Bo and I were not the only members of the ONE37pm team to take a closer look at which films they loved in 2021. Elizabeth Pagano, ONE37pm’s Movie and TV Editorial Resident, also compiled a list of her favorite movies this year, and you’ll want to check these movies out if you have not done so already.

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5. ‘Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry’

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4. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

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3. ‘Summer of Soul’

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2. ‘Nomadland’

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1. ‘Spencer’

You might not have thought of 2021 as a great year for films, but trust us when we say that all of the movies listed in this video and article are more than worth a watch.

Sports Strength

The 16 Best Boxing Gloves To Shop Right Now

Whether you want to take on an amateur fight one day or just like to keep fit, boxing is a great way to train with incredible benefits. Just hitting a heavy bag for a few minutes a day or even shadow boxing can be advantageous for many, let alone doing padwork or some light sparring. To do so of course, there’s a good chance you’ll need to get your hands in some boxing gloves.

Just like there are many training exercises in boxing, there are many different gloves with many different features, despite the fact that they can all more or less look the same. Some are lighter, some have more protective padding, some are purely for hitting a bag.

Whatever you’re looking for, below we’ve compiled a list of some of the best boxing gloves out there right now and we’re confident that you’ll find something that suits you. We’ve picked gloves that will work for all kinds of budgets and expert levels. In alphabetical order, here they are.

1. Adidas Hybrid 300 Boxing Gloves
US Boxing

First of all, the Adidas Hybrid 300 gloves look stunning. There are two colourways, the black/white/silver and the black/gold. Both of them stand out amongst most gloves on the market. Just by looking at the pair, it’s not difficult to tell that they’re great quality. The outer shell is made from genuine leather and the inside is layered with foam padding so that impact is absorbed well. The palm is made from polyurethane. The wrist area is also padded for optimal support and the wide Velcro wrist strap helps with that too. The gloves are unisex too, and come in 12 oz, 14 oz and 16 oz. For this premium buy, you’ll pay a premium price point of $120 which is steep for a beginner, but a good investment regardless.

Buy now, $119.95
2. Cleto Reyes Bag Glove With Elastic Cuff
Cleto Reyes

You might notice from the image that these gloves look different to the average glove that you see the professionals use in actual fights. That’s because they’re bag gloves. Bag gloves, as the name suggests, are made specifically to be used on a punching bag. They’re lighter with slightly less padding because you won’t need as much protection punching a bag. If you’re buying gloves to be worn while hitting a bag you have at home, perhaps these are the best option. It’s important to note that the recommended way to wear them is with hand wrap underneath. These Cleto Reyes bag gloves were handmade in Mexico with premium leather. The linings are water repellent, which means sweat won’t enter the padding. The elastic cuff also means that they can be put on and removed quite easily. Available in black and classic red in multiple sizes.

Buy now, $85
3. Elite Sports Adult Boxing Gloves
Elite Sports

These boxing gloves from Elite Sports are a good beginner level buy. If you’re unsure how much you want to train or you know you only want to occasionally hit a bag, these are a good option. The pricing is accessible because they’re made with PU leather. They have a focus on being ultra-lightweight, but won’t feel any softer as a result. The inner lining is sweat wicking and anti-odour while the palm has mesh for cooling. The gloves come in 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz and 16 oz in black, red and white.

Buy now, $34.99
4. Everlast MX Training Boxing Gloves

When Canelo fought Amir Khan in 2016, he knocked him out with a pair of Everlast MX Professional Gloves. Khan credited not only Canelo, but the gloves with the KO, saying “they were solid, it was like being hit with a baseball bat”. Unfortunately, those gloves are sold out on Everlast’s store, but the training version of them is still up. While the professional gloves are made with custom horsehair and leather, these are handmade with premium Piel Planchada leather for durability over time. They’re currently available in 16 oz and 18 oz.

Buy now, $179.99
5. FIGHTR Boxing Gloves

Buying something as important as boxing gloves if you’re a beginner and/or on a budget is tricky, because you don’t want something that you feel will tear on you and injure your hands as a result. That’s not something you have to worry about here because these boxing gloves from FIGHTR are durable with their PU leather and durable stitching. The ventilation here is solid so if you plan on wearing them for long durations of time, you won’t have to worry about taking them off to give your hands a break. They’re available in black, black/red and white in 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz and 16 oz.

Buy now, $40.90
6. Grant Boxing Gloves

Grant is most known for being a popular glove choice of Floyd Mayweather during his career. For casual, younger boxing fans, it’s hard to even see the logo and not associate it with the boxer. More avid boxing fans will know that Mayweather had somewhat brittle hands and that should tell you everything you need to know about these gloves. They’re great for those that want maximum hand protection. The padding is great and evenly distributed. The wrist padding is also optimal. Despite all of this, the glove is relatively lightweight. This glove is available in both blue and blue/red/white in 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz and 18 oz.

Buy now, $129
7. Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves

Hayabusa’s T3 gloves are widely recognised and respected as some of the most premium gloves around. They’re famous for having incredible wrist support, not one, but two straps that interlock. Not only will your wrist be protected, but the glove will also align it. The lining of the glove works to keep the temperature cool which is a great feature. If you’ve ever had on gloves while training before, you know how hot and sweaty your hands can get inside them. In terms of how they look, these gloves are available in black/gold, white/gold, naby/yellow, charcoal/lime, rose gold, white/iridescent and many more colour combinations, at least one of which should satisfy every user.

Buy now, $126.65
8. Liberlupus Boxing Gloves

These gloves from Liberlupus are a great buy for those on a budget. At just $33 amongst some of the gloves on this list, you could think that the significantly lower price means a significant drop in quality. While you’re obviously not going to get something close to professional gloves with these, they still have some great features. The leather is synthetic but still will more than do the job for most with a low budget and the material is still breathable. The padding is layered with a soft inner layer, a thick mid layer and an elastic outer layer.

Buy now. $32.99
9. RDX T17 Aura Boxing Gloves

These Aura boxing gloves by RDX are special because they are made with their patented Kalix Skin. It’s essentially a foam-laminated vegan leather that promises to be durable and won’t wrinkle easy. The padding itself is made with seven faux leather panels, so it’s going to be sturdy and able to withstand hard punches. The inside of the glove also features moisture wicking technology so that your hands aren’t smelly and soaked at the end of a tough session. They’re available in a black/gold colourway in 10 oz, 12 oz and 14 oz.

Buy now, $69.99
10. Reebok Retail Boxing Gloves

Reebok is a trusted brand worldwide and their Retail boxing gloves are a great option for someone looking to try out some light boxing training for the first time or someone who is only going to lightly use the gloves every day. They come in black with the white Reebok logo on them. They’re made from synthetic leather and have a padded grasp bar and solid padding. They come in 10 oz, 12 oz and 14 oz.

Buy now, $32.99
11. Ring To Cage Japanese Style Training Gloves 2.0
Ring To Cage

Ring To Cage’s Japanese style gloves are a great choice that are a little on the high-end if you’re just a beginner but can also be considered a bargain for the quality you’re getting. Later on this list is a Japanese brand called Winning and they’re premium, but these Ring To Cage gloves are widely heralded as a great competitor for a much lower price. They’re great not only for hitting a bag but for sparring too. Their design, padding and construction are hard to beat. What’s also great about this product is you can not only pick the color and weight of the gloves, but you can choose between Velcro and lace-up too. Regardless, weights are 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz and 18oz and colours include yellow, pink, gold, white and silver.

Buy now, $99.95
12. Rival RB1 Ultra Bag Gloves 2.0
Rival Boxing

Like the Cleto Reyes gloves that appeared earlier on this list, these Rival RB1 gloves are also made only for the bag. In fact on the manufacturer’s website, they come with a warning that they should never be used for sparring, so keep that in mind if buying. This is the new and improved version of the original RB1 boxing gloves that were first introduced in 2003 and were a great success. The inner padding is ergonomic to enhance comfort and protection and the new adjustments also allow your hand to fit deeper inside the glove. They come in black, blue, red and white in S, M, L and XL.

Buy now, $99.99
13. Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing Gloves
Sanabul Sports

Sanabul’s Essential Gel boxing gloves are another good entry level glove for those unsure about where they want to take their training, or where their training will take them. As the name suggests, the gloves feature gel impact protection which aim to absorb big impact. The palms have mesh on them, so that they’re breathable and help disperse heat away from your hands. The gloves come in 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz and 16 oz. In terms of colour, the base of all the gloves is black, but the trim can change between options like blue, red, pink and orange.

Buy now, $29.99
14. Trideer Pro Grade Boxing Gloves
Neucleus Fitness

These gel boxing gloves from Trideer are made with faux leather and a thick material which makes them less likely to tear or let moisture through. The fist and thumb area are ergonomically designed to support your hand and like many of the higher-end gloves on this list, curve naturally so your hand doesn’t have to do all the work to make a fist. These gloves are available in black/white, red and rose in 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz and 16 oz.

Buy now, $49
15. Venum Elite Boxing Gloves

Venum have been a respected brand in combat sports for a long time now. Currently, they’re widely recognised as being the UFC’s partner brand that makes all of their shorts and other fight gear like shoes and shirts. Their Elite boxing gloves are completely handmade in Thailand. They have triple density foam that means you can both pack and absorb a punch and the reinforced seams mean you can do so without feeling like the gloves are going to break on you. The gloves also feature a reinforced palm, a Velcro enclosure and long cuffs to help the wrists stay protected. The design here is really nice, with the shiny black Venum logo over an all-black glove. It’s subtle enough to not look whacky but cool enough to not look too simple.

Buy now, $59.99
16. Winning MS-200 Pro Boxing Gloves
Winning U.S.A.

Winning is an aforementioned Japanese brand that produce some of the best quality boxing gloves on the market. All of their gloves are handcrafted in Japan and most famously, they were worn by Manny Pacquiao. So while they’re a hefty investment and recommended mainly for the intermediate level and above, they’re a reputable brand. Their MS-2000 gloves are available in red, blue, black and white, with each one sporting their ironic logo on the padding. They come in 8 oz. The gloves themselves are made with high quality leather with their vintage anti-thumbing stopper.

Buy now, $275
Culture Music

Watch Out For These Artists on the Monday To Monday Playlist

There are three things certain in life: death, taxes, and a fire selection on every week’s curation of the Monday To Monday playlist. This week, Mike Boyd has a wide variety of diverse sound on the playlist. From a wide range of genres, artists worldwide, and some songs have millions of streams while others have thousands. If you haven’t tuned in to the playlist before, check it out below. You can find the next emerging artists from various genres such as hip-hop, Latin Trap, Reggaetón, Alternative Rock, and Pop.

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In this week’s playlist curation, Boyd tried something new and included loads of artists pitching their music to Boyd on TikTok. If you are not following Mike Boyd on TikTok and you are a musician, you need to check out his account, as he is always looking for new and emerging artists with talent.

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Polo Perks, also known as Lil Polo Tee, has his latest album I.C.F.M. Pt.3 featured heavily on this week’s playlist. If you have been following the playlist or ONE37pm, you already know that we’ve been supporting Polo for months now. This album contains a plethora of features and production from fellow Surf Gang members, including Evil Giane, 2Gozer, Harrison, and TommyTooHotty, to name a few.

One of Boyd’s favorite songs on the album, “Sweet Victory,” also appears on the playlist. On the Monday To Monday playlist, Boyd noted that he loves the track because he put his heart and soul into it. If you haven’t heard the song yet, you need to give it a listen. Additionally, tune into the episode of Monday To Monday, where Boyd talks to him about the music and the project when he was still working on it. 

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Additionally on the playlist is Lulú, an artist hailing from Monterrey, Mexico. Featured on the playlist is her latest song, “Angel,” with Adrian Be. The song features airy and futuristic sounding production complimented by her catchy pop vocals and impressive vocal chops. Lulú recently was on the Monday To Monday podcast with Boyd, where they talk about how she got signed, her fashion, and how she is killing it on TikTok. So, be sure to tune into that as well.

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You can also hear loads of unique female artists dominating the tracklist on the playlist, such as Millie Go Lightly and Immasoul. With Immasoul coming off her latest release, “Pegao,” she is beginning to make significant strides as streams pick up. The playlist features “Destino,” “Acérate” with Beruti, and “12AM” all by Immasoul. Her name perfectly illustrates the energy that she delivers, soul.

Also featured on the playlist is Kamrin Houser’s latest single, “BAD DAYS,” a culmination of pop, rock, and hip-hop – a unique sound for the emerging artist. In addition, Kamrin has seen tremendous success with clever social media marketing. This can be seen on his Instagram account with over two-hundred-and-fifty thousand followers and over three-hundred thousand followers on TikTAlso featured on the playlist is Kamrin Houser’s latest single, “BAD DAYS,” a culmination of pop, rock, and hip-hop – a unique sound for the emerging artist. In addition, Kamrin has seen tremendous success with clever social media marketing. This can be seen on his Instagram account with over two-hundred-and-fifty thousand followers and over three-hundred thousand followers on TikTok. He even created a TikTok of how he found his sound. Watch below!

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2FeetBino and Young Nudy also dropped a follow-up to their 2018 hit “No Freestyle” with “Can’t Contain,” which came out a little under two weeks ago. Their music video for the song has already hit over one hundred thousand views. And it appears that the fans are here for it, with one fan commenting, “tell me how a song like this doesn’t have 10 million views…this **** is super hot…and the video is raw as hell, well done, consider me a new fan.”

In conclusion, this week’s playlist has new hits from upcoming and semi-established artists. With loads of diversity, you can find a song that will be on repeat in your own save list. So, be sure to tune in and check out some of the artists featured on this week’s curation!