Mason Johnson

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Review: The Sad Dad Batman Strikes Again… Hopefully For The Last Time

For hardcore fans of the series, Batman: Arkham Knight delivers on nearly every front. For those of us capable of acknowledging its flaws, it’s both innovative and frustratingly half-baked.

12 hours ago

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Congratulations, Chicago! You Now Have A Tax For Netflix, Other Streaming Services…

Binge watching your favorite Netflix shows in bed just got a little more expensive thanks to two rulings by the Chicago Department of Finance.

07/01/2015

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Warner Bros. Suspends Sales Of Broken PC Version Of ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’

There are major problems with Batman: Arkham Knight, with fingers being pointed at a Chicago-based game developer.

06/25/2015

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Returning To Chicago

Krispy Kreme burned bright in the Chicago area in the early 2000s, before fizzling out. Well the glazed doughnut kings are coming back with a plan to open multiple shops around Cook County, Ill.

06/24/2015

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Review: Axiom Verge Is Better Than Your Favorite Games From The ‘90s

Axiom Verge seems like an old trope, but mutates into anything but as the game progresses.

06/23/2015

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It’s Officially Official: The Main Spider-Man Is Miles Morales, A Biracial Teen From Brooklyn

Who is Spider-Man? If your answer is “Peter Parker,” you’re a bit behind on the most recent news from Marvel Comics: Miles Morales is Spider-Man.

06/22/2015

Jeff Goldblum explains chaos theory to Laura Dern. (Photo Credit: Jurassic Park/Universal Pictures)

Review: Please Admit That ‘Jurassic World’ Is No ‘Jurassic Park’… And Is Sorta Bad

Through awful dialog and plot points, the creators of Jurassic World treat the audience like they’re stupid. I don’t like being treated like I’m stupid, do you?

06/15/2015

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Expect Nude Bikers In Chicago This Weekend, A Poem

For those who wish to shed their clothes on bike / Tomorrow’s Naked Bike Ride you will like…

06/12/2015

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Opinion: No, The Year-To-Year Rise In Law Enforcement Officer Deaths Isn’t Because People Hate Cops

Who knows, maybe there is a grand conspiracy to murder police officers. But you know what? The numbers provided by the FBI don’t come close to proving that. If you say otherwise, you are a liar.

06/09/2015

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Review: Destiny Doesn’t Respect Your Time, So Stop Playing It

I’d be a liar if I said Destiny’s basic components don’t draw on the obsessive parts of my brain that keep me playing video games. I just think there are better games to satiate our obsessive needs. Like hunting humans, for example, the greatest game of all.

06/04/2015

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CTA’s ‘Courtesy’ Campaign Hilariously Skewers Awful Train And Bus Riders

Think of your biggest public transit pet peeves… As it turns out, the Chicago Transit Authority is well aware of them, attacking each and every slight you can think of in their latest advertising campaign.

05/27/2015

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What The Most Violent Memorial Day Weekend In Over A Decade Means For Chicago

We took a look at 10 years of violent crime statistics to get a better idea of what Chicago’s Memorial Day weekend violence really means…

05/26/2015

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Mortal Kombat X: A Chicago Video Game Company’s Most Violent Baby

Mortal Kombat X feels like two games… One that’s beautiful, plays well and is a lot of fun, and another that is infuriating.

05/21/2015

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Photos: Dutch Shepherd From Chicago Is Best Friends With A … Pet Rat?

Osiris the Dutch shepherd is specifically trained to be very gentle with orphaned baby animals. Yes, that is in fact the cutest thing you’ve ever heard.

05/08/2015

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Opinion: Defensive Gun Use Doesn’t Make Up For Accidental Injuries, Homicides

No, friend, I’m not worried about an Uber driver who knows how to responsibly use a firearm — I’m worried about everyone else.

05/05/2015

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Checking In With The Giant Hole That’s Been Off Lake Shore Drive Since 2008

For those who haven’t followed the drama I’m talking about, a 76-foot-deep hole has existed off Lake Shore Drive since 2008.

04/15/2015

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Sexual Assaults By Neighborhood, A Tale Of Two Chicagos

The narrative of Chicago’s crime is a tale of two cities – one safe, one violent. For proof, look no further than the number of reported sexual assaults across Chicago’s 77 community areas.

04/09/2015

Look! A gun! In an old photo of Superintendent Garry McCarthy! (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Opinion: Who Cares If Murders Are Up, It’s Not Like It’s Affecting Your Neighborhood?

Violence is up, let’s blame the guns… I guess? Anyone else tired of the city’s favorite scapegoat?

04/02/2015

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Sexual Assault In A Big City: Is There A Lack Of Priority?

When it comes to safety, a city is often judged by the number of homicides and shootings it has in a year. Where does that leave other crimes like criminal sexual assault? Not a priority, say some sexual assault advocates.

03/26/2015

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Chicago Children Can Try To Opt Out Of The PARCC Standardized Test … If They Dare

At at least one school, children were intimidated and shamed into agreeing to take the highly criticized PARCC standardized test.

03/12/2015

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