• Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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The sweltering summer sun is fully in-effect, and even native Tucsonans are starting to feel the heat. When finding fun and adventure during the midday blaze becomes a no-go, a little creativity is needed to keep the calendar exciting. Look no further than these five options across the Tucso…

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The death of Chris Cornell hit me hard. Normally celebrity deaths do not, but this one did. Maybe it is because Cornell has been part of my life since the 80’s. Before Black Hole Sun, before Audio Slave, before acoustic covers there was Louder Than Love.

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  • Logan Burtch-Buus
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Having celebrated its landmark 30th event in Chandler, Ariz. less than a month ago, one of Arizona’s premier mixed martial arts promotions, the World Fighting Federation, is returning to Tucson for another night of thrilling amateur and professional fights within WFF cage. On Oct. 1 Casino D…

  • Austin Cook, Special to the Explorer
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This year I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to attend one of the biggest gaming expos in the world. When Nintendo sent me the email with the invitation to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, I was shaking with excitement. This had been an event that I have watched since I was kid…

  • Nicholas A. Johnson, Tucson Local Media
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The new Magic: The Gathering set “Eldritch Moon” will be releasing towards the end of this month, and it’s loaded with new game mechanics that are sure to excite players.

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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In the age of the internet releasing new singles, collaborations, mix-tapes and even full albums can be done in minutes – giving fans the music they so ravenously desire without having to leave the comfort of their couches. Despite the World Wide Web taking precedence in every genre of music…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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Love it or hate it, Electronic Arts’ “Battlefield” first-person shooter video game franchise has been one of the most popular entries into the genre for more than a decade. While some shooters focus on non-stop action or entertaining game play features, “Battlefield” has long placed priority…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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Despite a new quest line and some system improvements across two downloadable content packages, “Fallout 4” has yet to receive its first full-blown DLC – until now.

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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The idea of LeBron James starring in a sequel to the 1996 live-action/animated children’s classic “Space Jam” has floated around the internet and among gossip circles for some years now. Though often considered a joke, it looks as though the Cleveland Cavaliers baller may actually be taking …

  • Austin Cook, Special to the Explorer
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The Star Fox series has seen quite a few developers over the course of its history. Nintendo developed the most well known and loved installment Star Fox 64, Rare made the unique Star Fox Adventures that mainly took place on the ground, and now 11 years since the last console Star Fox game P…

  • Austin Cook, Special to the Explorer
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Ten years ago, arena shooters used to reign supreme as the most played online first person shooters. Thousands of people were glued to their computers playing match after match of fast and frenetic gameplay. These games weren’t focused on levels, who had the best gear, or what gun they paid …

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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It seems as though mixed martial artist and Ultimate Championship former light heavyweight champ Jon “Bones” Jones just can’t keep himself out of trouble with the law. He is currently in custody without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center since being taken into custody yesterday mornin…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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Minneapolis, Minn. based rapper-producer Kyle Smith, better known by his stage name Cecil Otter, hasn’t released any solo material since putting out his debut full length-album, “Rebel Yellow” in 2008. That changed recently when Cecil released a new single, “Cross Countries” via Doomtree Records.

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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Based on the classic collection of stories by British novelist and literary mastermind Rudyard Kipling, director Jon Favreau will be retelling the story of “The Jungle Book” in a film set to release on April 15.

  • Austin Cook, Special to Tucson Local Media
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When it comes to the fighting game genre, there are plenty of high quality choices for people to choose from. Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and Super Smash Bros. are just a few of the most popular titles out there, but even with the large selection of fighting games, Pokken Tournament stand…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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Get your hat and whip ready; Disney recently announced that everyone’s favorite archaeologist - Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones – will be returning to the big screen in a fifth installment of the beloved franchise. Not only will the good doctor once again take to the deserts and jungles of the wor…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled unmastered” released earlier this month, a surprise from the Compton, Calif. native, and the album instantly set the hip hop world on fire. While many instantly compared the collection of B-sides and unfinished experiments to Kanye West’s earlier release of “Life o…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer
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Details regarding the first downloadable content expansion for Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic open world shooter, “Fallout 4” have been swirling around the internet for weeks. Last month, information regarding an upcoming change in price for the game’s DLC season pass led many to believe the fi…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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It has been less than six months since the second season of “Rick and Morty” ended, and fans of the hit Adult Swim animated sci-fi show have been scrounging for every scrap of information, image, video or leak regarding the future of the beloved show.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship held its first event in England in almost two years over the weekend when UFC Fight Night rocked the O2 Arena in London. In the main event of the night, two mixed martial arts veterans, England’s own Michael “The Count” Bisping (28-7) and Brazilian former c…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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It is nearly impossible to put in to simple terms just how influential the Pokémon franchise has been over the past twenty years. The empire includes handheld games, console releases, movies, manga, television shows and clothing lines, the franchise is a general pop culture icon. The world h…

  • Austin Cook, Special to the Explorer
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The Fire Emblem series has slowly becoming more popular every year since the release of Fire Emblem for the Gameboy Advance. Each game released in North America has been critically acclaimed due to the fun gameplay and polished experience.

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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Ten years ago, the world was shown just how beautiful the planet it in breathtaking HD video when the BBC released the ground-breaking documentary series, “Planet Earth.” A decade later, and the news of a sequel has arrived. The new series will feature six, one-hour episodes set to be releas…

  • Danilo Castro, Special to The Explorer
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“Youth” is best seen with a foot firmly planted in the past. That foot, whether steeped in the careers of performers like Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, or in the gluttonous cinema of directors like Federico Fellini, proves crucial in the understanding of Paolo Sorrentino’s latest existent…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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Only four years after showing off his ever-growing, impressive lyrical prowess and dominance over the underground hip-hop industry, independent rap veteran Aesop Rock (real name Ian Matthias Bavitz) just announced the upcoming release of his newest studio album, “The Impossible Kid,” due to …

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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The Arizona mixed martial arts community came together once again on Jan. 30 when the World Fighting Federation hosted its first fights of the year, WFF 26, at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler, Ariz. The 13 fight card hosted some of the most promising young talent in mixed martia…

  • Austin Cook, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Throughout the last few weeks of January, YouTube has been giving copyright strikes, taking away monetization, and completely deleting YouTube channels of popular content creators.

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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Last week, former body builder, film star and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told fans that he was still interested in turning the “Conan the Barbarian” films into a trilogy. He shared his intentions on the project while speaking at the “Experience with Arnold Schwarzenegger” even…

  • Danilo Castro, Special to Tucson Local Media
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“Mojave” is the embodiment of a mixed bag. It’s a film that, under the tedious eye of writer/director William Monahan, attempts to integrate chest-thumping machismo with existential rants — equal parts arthouse and action thriller. Plenty of big concepts to intrigue the average moviegoer, an…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local media
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During a recent interview with MCV, Peter O’Reilly, the senior marketing director for EA said that the company is “on a journey to regain the trust of the PC gamer” after years of disappointment and distrust expressed towards the gaming juggernaut.  Much of the complaining has been based aro…

  • Erica Heitmann, MD
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An expectant mother facing a high-risk pregnancy has a lot on her plate. She understands the importance of monitoring her health and that of her baby. She knows to keep in mind the immediate life changes that will occur once her baby is born. The last thing she needs to deal with is the burd…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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“ShoBox: The Next Generation” is set to kick of its 15th year on television with an seven exciting fights, including a televised tripleheader, tomorrow night at 8:35 p.m. The fights will be broadcasted on ShowTime. The main event will feature Robert Brant vs. Decarlo Perez for the vacant WBA…

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, Tucson Local Media
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Valve issued a statement of apology yesterday regarding what is now being called a “configuration error” that occurred on Christmas. The error exposed allowed tens of thousands of users to view the account information belonging to someone else instead of their own when accessing their account.

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer
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Though many may scoff at the idea of playing video games at a professional level, video game athletes are a real thing. While they are by no means athletes in the traditional sense, pro gamers have been bringing in big bucks in the past few years, along with hundreds of millions of viewers a…

  • Brad Allis
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Lemmy is dead. Those are word I can BOTH not believe I am writing and am shocked that I have not written before. Lemmy, the lead singer and bassist for Motorhead and before that Hawkwind, seemed both invincible and feeble at the same time. Think a badder, bolder version of Keith Richards.

  • Austin Cook, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Right now until December 23, Nintendo is allowing players to download the rare psychic/ghost Pokémon Hoopa at participating McDonald’s locations. This event is the only way in which players can get this Pokémon.

  • Brad Allis
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Last week former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver front man Scott Weiland was found dead in his tour bus. Sadly, this came to the surprise of no one. Few musical artists had their battles with addiction so well chronicled. Those who did, Amy Winehouse, Layne Staley and Kurt Cobain come to…