September 25, 2013 Volume 5, Number 27 Your source for Parkland College news, sports, features and opinions.
International Student Award recipient: Jeongwon Yoon
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“I’d seen and admired [Joi’s] stage work for many years and had always wanted to work with her.” - Mike Boedicker
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Joi Hoffsommer, artistic director for the Parkland Theatre and professor, stars in the new movie “House of Thaddeus” which was released at the Champaign Art Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Ashton Gwin Staff Writer
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House of Thaddeus is a film that is directed by Mike Boedicker. It was released at the Champaign Art Theatre on Sunday, August 18, 2013, which was the first and only public screening so far. This film includes a married couple named Tom and Claire, who are played by Bill Kaphart and Parkland College professor Joi Hoffsommer. Hoffsommer is the Program Director of theatre in the Fine and Applied Arts Department. The married couple move from back east to a town in Illinois and find a beautiful old house to buy. “They move in and then find out it has a dark past that affects their life in the house and their life with each other.
Essentially the house becomes a third character that comes between them. It is a new take on an old genre, the haunted house film, but is basically a drama with elements of a thriller,” Hoffsommer said. Other characters include Prescott, played by Gary Gardner, Lily, played by Barbara Evans, and Jacy, played by Julia Megan Sullivan. House of Thaddeus is Boedicker’s third feature film. He has also done a number of short films and documentaries. He has been making movies since he was a child, starting with Super 8 silent films. Super 8 millimeter film is a motion picture film format released in 1965 by Eastman Kodak. Boedicker then progressed to video in high school and college. Boedicker is also the
owner of his own production company called Roselawn Productions Limited. The location of the film is Danville, Illinois. There were also some scenes that were shot in Champaign, Illinois. “The film was shot in a beautiful old house in Danville that was offered to Mike and Bill for the film by the owner, Gary Gardner. He was a longtime professor of theatre and film at UCLA, but grew up in Danville. He lived at the house in his summers away from California and teaching. He was also a wonderful actor and played the owner of the house in the film. The reason I am using the past tense is because he sadly passed away this last summer. He was able to see the rough cut. The film is dedicated to him,” Hoffsommer said. “The shooting schedule was
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primarily fall 2011 through winter 2012 in Danville, with some additional shooting in spring 2012. Most of the film was shot on location in the “House of Thaddeus” in Danville, with other scenes filmed elsewhere in Danville and Champaign. Editing began in May 2012, with a screening of the rough cut for cast and crew four months later. The final cut (including special effects, scoring, mixing, and grading) took almost another year,” Boedicker said. The auditions for the movie were non-traditional. This means that there were not many people coming to audition for the parts. “I was performing at Krannert in the Summer Studio several years ago and after a show one night was approached by a couple of
guys (Mike Boedicker and Bill Kephart) with a pitch for a film they were making that was in pre-production. They sent me a draft of the script and gave me a copy of a previous film they had made together,” Hoffsommer said. Hoffsommer commented that after reading the script and watching the film, she became interested and called up friends who work in the local film scene. After she received good reports about these men, she decided to commit to the film. “We didn’t hold traditional auditions -- I cast actors by approaching them and, if I didn’t know them, giving them a copy of the script and a DVD of my last feature film, “Revolting.” Joi, for example, See Film on P. 3
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International Student Award recipient: Jeongwon Yoon Ted Setterlund Staff Writer Psychology major Jeongwon Yoon was one of five international students to be selected for the International Student Award, one of over 25 scholarship awards Parkland College currently offers according to their website. Like many of the previous winners, Yoon was extremely happy once she heard the news. “(At the time) I wished I could scream, but I was in the library. The only way to express my joy was a sneaky smile from a suppressing bursting laugh. It was a great moment in which all my worries suddenly disappeared at once,” Yoon said. Yoon explained that she wanted the scholarship for two reasons. She needed the financial benefits the award had to offer, and she also wanted the personal achievement of winning the award. “Both my parents work hard, but our family circumstance is a little tough because all of my three siblings are students. Furthermore, I am studying abroad. Because I am an international student, I had to pay tuition four-times higher than other students. I was happy to help my parents to feel less pressured,” Yoon explained. Yoon commented that applying for the award was a challenge, but she grew from the experience. In order to apply, the applicants were required to write an essay as well as go through an interviewing process. “Throughout writing the essay, I learned to organize my thoughts. For the interview, I had to learn to be calm and deliver myself clearly. It was my first time to do these tasks in another language, and it was quite challenging. So I was very proud of myself because I made it. I felt so ecstatic when I heard the news that I won the scholarship,” Yoon said. According to Yoon, she decided to attend Parkland College due to what she heard about the English as a Second Language program’s good reputation, as she could speak English at the time. “I attended college in Korea for a year, however it was not a great experience to me. Before I started an academic class, I wanted to improve my language skills. Parkland was a perfect place to learn English and other general courses as well,” Yoon said. Yoon also commented that she enjoyed the variety of cultures that Champaign-Urbana had to offer her.
One of the activities that Yoon does at the college is helping host parties for English as Second Language students, as a way to socialize and make friends. According to Yoon, she is planning on doing more events in the near future. “For this semester, I am trying to attend all international events as a volunteer. I volunteered at the last new international student orientation with other scholarship winners. Also, I am planning to attend the English Conversation Club.” Yoon explained that she is very excited to have the opportunity to work on projects with the other scholarship winners, as well as get involved in new activities around Parkland. Like many of the other winners of the award, Yoon insisted that any international student that is currently attending Parkland or planning to in the future should definitely apply for the award. “One tip that I have for them is to be confident in the interview. I think many international students struggled when they think about speaking in formal situations because they are not perfect speaking in English. However, the interview is not for grading your English skills, it is a great opportunity for appealing who you are,” Yoon said. Yoon’s future plans after Parkland are to transfer as a music major and focus on continuing her education in the Chicago area. As explained in the application for the award, “the winners will receive in-district tuition for the fall, spring and summer terms of the academic year they win the award. Students will not receive funds to pay for tuition, purchase books or supplies, or to pay for living expenses. The winners will be expected to assist in the New International Student Orientation and volunteer weekly as ambassadors and members of the Alliance for International Students (AIS).” For any international student who is interested in applying for the International Student Award, visit the International Student Services offices in room A-184. Applications are due between March and April. For more information on the International Center at Parkland College, visit www. parkland.edu/international.
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Psychology major Jeongwon Yoon is one of the five recipients of the Parkland College International Student Award given out in early May of 2013.
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The beginner’s guide to budgeting Naomi Leanage Student Health 101 One of the great things about beginning a new term or academic year is that it’s much like New Year’s—you get the chance for a fresh start. That’s why it’s crucial to create a budget right at the beginning and follow through with it the entire year. Why Budget? Creating a budget helps you spend less than you earn so you can save up money for big purchases and financial emergencies like losing your job or an unexpected car expense. It’s also a stress reliever. “The stress of a financial life that feels out of control is often a huge barrier to academic success. Many students cite financial issues as a major factor in their decision to leave school,” says Angela Caddel, the director of communications at Oklahoma Money Matters, an initiative of the Oklahoma College Assistance Program and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Fortunately, says Caddel, “Taking control of personal finances can be empowering.” She suggests three things: Learn to distinguish wants from needs. Prepare for unexpected expenses. Borrow student loans wisely. In a recent Student Health 101 survey, the majority of students said they’ve already created a budget, but more than 34 percent haven’t. Many students don’t because they don’t have the time, or they have difficulties sticking to their plan. Maria B., a graduate student at Ashford University online, says, “Whether I have a budget or not, I still run into ‘exceptions’ or costs that I didn’t anticipate. I’m still working on it.” How to Create a Personalized Budget Luckily, setting a weekly budget only requires tools as basic as a pen and paper, but you can also use ledgers and spreadsheets on your computer, or even an app to create one. Here’s an easy step-by-step guide: Figure out what’s available to spend.
Illustration by Rick Nease/MCT This is when you calculate your income by adding together all of the money you bring in a month through jobs, federal loans and grants, scholarships, and any other income. Make sure you don’t include unreliable funds such as monetary gifts. To figure out your weekly income, divide the total by four. Create a list of your weekly expenses. This includes everything from
daily coffee to a night at the movies, bus fare, and food shopping. Whatever you have to pay for, include it. It’s best to categorize all of your expenses into groups, such as: Food Housing Utilities Familial or child care Clothing and personal care Academic Travel
Miscellaneous Write down the estimated amount of money you spend on each item on your list. Fixed costs are those that remain the same each month, such as rent and health insurance. Variable costs may change and include expenses like gas and groceries. Compare your income and expenses. Subtract your total expenses from your total income.
Tips for students who plan on transferring after Parkland Matthew Jackson Staff Writer Students who are at the beginning of their college careers often bounce between one or more majors until they find something they can settle on. When that time comes, students need to figure out what it takes to move on to a four-year university. Being serious about college and planning now can save a lot of headache down the road. “Requirements, GPA, and required courses are some of things we look at when we are looking at a potential transfer student,” Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Kristin Smigielski said. According to Smigielski, classes taken and grades in those classes are also important. Dean of Academic Services Pamela Lau added that hard work is necessary if a student expects to survive at a university. “There are three different
areas of a student’s academic career. These are: Academic performance, Academic Behavior, and Academic Planning. For Academic performance, colleges look at GPA as an indicator of how future performance might be, because they can rely on what happened in the past. All colleges want a student who is successful. This is where I also talk about the difference of deep vs. superficial learning. Deep learning is where you ask the hard questions about the text. Students want to know more about it. Superficial learning is simply doing the homework. Students must adapt deep learning techniques in order to survive in college,” Lau said. Lau explained that students must also learn good time management and the ability to prioritize class work above other things students might want to do, such as party. Smigielski stated that students must do the homework and check the requirements of the colleges they are applying for. This way, they know exactly what
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was someone I didn’t know personally before we made “Thaddeus,” though I’d seen and admired her stage work for many years and had always wanted to work with her,” Boedicker said. Boedicker explained that Bill Kephart was the lead in “Revolting,” and his part
they must do in order to make their transfer go as smoothly as possible. Donna Tanner-Harold, Former Director of Counseling and Advising and current counselor, said that a big tip that can help students is that they must work closely with their counselors and the counselors at the school they plan to transfer to. Many students wonder if they should complete an associate’s degree at a twoyear college, and then move onto a university or move straight to the university. “Get the degree. The term life happens applies to all of us, perhaps community college students more, but if you drop out of a university without completing your degree and you don’t have an associate’s, you have nothing,” Lau said. When looking at universities, Tanner-Harold suggests narrowing it down to about three to five choices. During this time these universities should be looked at and students should work with advising to meet the requirements of the given
was written specifically for him. “Revolting” was one of Boedicker’s previous films. With surprising twist Dennis Cockrum who is a counselor in the counseling and advising center stated, “The movie was surprisingly entertaining and kept my attention,” Counselor Dennis Cockrum commented. He went on to say the film was well written and well paced. The movie is said to come out on DVD and Bluray sometime this fall.
universities they want to go to. According to Tanner-Harold, scholarships are also a useful tool. Students must apply early, meet the requirements, and also make sure to apply for their FAFSA as soon as possible. “One of the most common problems students run into is not taking their GPA seriously until they need it to get into a university,” Tanner-Harold said. “Several things that will look good on your records are if you are involved in the Honors Program, A member of Phi Theta Kappa, or do other service learning opportunities. Service learning opportunities allow students to see their potential job in action, and help the community,” Lau said. “Students should use all of our resources. They all help students to be able to succeed,” Tanner-Harold stated. To learn more about counseling and advising, visit their page at http://www. parkland.edu/counseling/ default.aspx.
For those who haven’t seen the film and are still wanting to, there will be another screening in on Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. and the Friday, October 18 at 8:30 p.m. at the Sleepy Creek Vineyards. Admission will be eight dollars. For more information on the “House of Thaddeus” film, visit http:// houseofthaddeus.com/.
If you have money left over, pat yourself on the back, because you have a positive cash flow! Consider putting the extra money into a savings account, which will be handy during emergency situations or when you want to splurge on something. If your expenses exceed your income, you’ve got a negative cash flow and it’s crucial that you rethink your spending. Start by separating your wants from your needs. Sticking to Your Budget The key to staying on budget is self-discipline. Robert T. Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, says, “Lack of self-discipline causes most lottery winners to go broke soon after winning millions.” Here are some tips: Stay updated with your bank accounts. Know your balance and be aware of any automatic deductions you’ve set up. Make lists before shopping. Tell those you’re close to about your budget. Your friends and family members probably have spending limits, too, and you can help each other avoid temptations. Credit card companies market cards to students and low interest rates might seem attractive at first, but get jacked up almost immediately. Avoid using credit as much as possible. Setting a weekly budget and sticking to it may be a little work, but the benefit of having a fuller wallet is worth it. Take Action: Track how much money you spend for a month or two. Compare how much you’re earning and spending. Gather and organize all receipts and credit card statements. Distinguish between needs and wants to ensure frugal spending. Open up a separate bank account for savings. Students can access the Parkland College Student Health 101 magazine online at http://readsh101.com/ parkland.html. Copyright 2013 Student Health 101
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Using reality TV to reveal your personality Gina Barreca The Hartford Courant I’ve been fascinated by personality tests ever since I abandoned those quizzes where you try to find out the shape of your face. At this point in my life I don’t care what shape my face is. Or what shape my whole head is for that matter. What am I, a professor of geometry? Personality tests, however, always extend the promise of deep and meaningful insight into what’s been bothering you all these years. Even brief ones printed on bus panels are a catalyst for self-examination. One-panel versions in public transportation pose such questions as “Need Cash?” or “Want to Meet Local Singles?” If your ride is long enough, you can write a complex story combining an answer. Basically, those two questions inspired Flaubert to write “Madame Bovary.” But even personality tests have their limitations. To be honest, the standard assessments have replaced organized religion for a lot of people. I have friends who treat Myers-Briggs the way others treat Warren Buffet, with a belief so profound it borders on reverence. You’ve heard of the MyersBriggs personality test, right? It’s the one reassuring you that you’re an introverted, feeling, intuitive perceiver. Because if you’re a judgmental extravert, then you’re kind of a jerk. I’m a judgmental extravert if there ever was one but I don’t permit myself to mention it at parties. Not since people kept excusing themselves to fetch some cocktails and not returning. Is it just me, or has
Illustration by Kyle Alcott/MCT everybody you’ve met recently started referring to themselves as an introvert? If she took Myers-Briggs, Joan Rivers would probably decide she’s an introvert; Bette Midler would identify as an introvert. Miley Cyrus in the latex suit? Secretly an introvert. Those with the biggest mouths, the most magnetism and least shame have suddenly all decided they are now introverts. They’re making a million bucks a minute by being famous, but they’re all secretly shy. There are huge best-selling books about how
to love being an introvert - not only how to love it, but how to exploit it. And maybe I’ll start believing folks are introverted and non-judgmental as soon as I stop listening to talk radio and reading stuff online. The big news, however, is that I’ve discovered a way to replace those personality tests clogging the self-actualization, leadership and motivation market. From now on, deep personality structure will be catalogued by using Gina’s Reality TV Matrix: In this
scenario, your temperament and identity are defined by the tackiest reality shows you watch. Participants will be divided into categories. We’ll have the “Hoarders, Teen Mom, Catfish” category, otherwise known as the “Too Much Is Not Enough” group. We’ll have a “Doomsday Preppers, Duck Dynasty, Breaking Amish” consortium for those who are adamant about being able to exist in multiple environments simultaneously. A third group might fall under the “Toddlers And Tiaras,
Honey Boo Boo, Dance Moms” aegis. Although this does not mean you are automatically put on the predator list, it does mean you need to start saving for therapy, either your own or your offspring’s. You’ll assemble a startlingly accurate personality profile based on your selection from each category. Let’s say you’re a “Duck Dynasty,” “Toddlers and Tiaras,” plus “Pawn Stars” type: you are, therefore, a Domestic Striver, a person with an eye toward putting the value in family values. You like glitter and camo. Part of the “Dance Moms,” “Teen Mom” and “Doomsday Preppers” constituency? You’re an Apocalypse Hipster, not only believing the world is coming to an end but sort of rooting for it. You like sweat pants and canned goods. Is “American Pickers,” “Breaking Amish” and “Honey Boo Boo” your signature combo? You’re a Self-Maker, ready for whatever life, or your audience, throws at you, which could be messy. You have a fondness for drama and rust. Better yet, turn away from the screen and take your pen off the test paper. Ask the person who knows you best to describe you. Be forewarned: the conversation might not necessarily end with a hug and a kiss. Truth can be unsettling, as both reality TV and actual reality prove. Nevertheless, you’ll probably learn new and surprising information about yourself. While you’re at it, ask about the shape of your face. --(c)2013 The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.)
GOP’s misguided attack on food stamps Los Angeles Times Unable to push a $20-billion cut in food stamps through the House in June, Republicans are now seeking to cut $40 billion over 10 years by tightening eligibility and cutting off able-bodied adults who don’t find or train for jobs. Far too many Americans are on food stamps, and parts of the GOP proposal have a patina of reasonableness. But while it may motivate some idle adults to get to work, it would also punish those who simply can’t find jobs at a time when there are three applicants for every opening. The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps buy food for those who earn up to 30% more than the federal poverty level (which is $11,490 for a single adult). The amount is modest - an average of $5.10 per day for a single adult - and it’s reduced as the beneficiary’s income grows. The program has skyrocketed in cost, however, because so many people are on it: about 47 million, or one in seven Americans. The
fastest-growing group may be able-bodied adults without dependents, which increased from 1.7 million in 2007 to 4.5 million in 2011. That happened in part because of the surge in unemployment, particularly among younger adults, and in part because the government waived the requirement that such recipients lose their benefits after three months unless they work at least 20 hours a week or attend a training program. The House proposal would reinstate that cutoff, on the dubious theory that the availability of a few dollars in food aid per day is enough to persuade people not to work. The only research offered in support is from an economist who argues that extended unemployment benefits and other safety-net programs exacerbated the downturn. Proponents say they’re simply trying to restore the work requirements that were the hallmark of the 1996 welfare reform act, but they’re overlooking two key differences. While the 1996 law sought to help those in poverty overcome the barriers to employment, the House bill would let states cut off food aid
without offering recipients opportunities to work, get job training or perform community service. In fact, it would give states a financial incentive to do so. And the welfare reforms were aided by a booming economy, making it easier for people with few job skills to find work. The economy today is sputtering, causing stiff competition even for low-wage, low-skill jobs. Data from before the recession show that few people stop working after they start receiving food stamps. And states and cities have been reimposing the work requirement as their economies improve. By pushing that process ahead prematurely, the House bill would force some laid-off workers off the rolls because they can’t find a job, and there are no other ways for them to satisfy the work requirement. The real solution to the high demand for food stamps is to get the economy growing faster, not to force more Americans to go hungry. Unfortunately, the former is hard to do, and the latter seems all too easy for the House GOP. --(c)2013 Los Angeles Times
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Cobra women’s soccer heats up Alex Wallner Sports Writer The Parkland Women’s soccer has compiled a very good resume through the first half of the season, going 4-3 (1-1) so far. Although these records may seem like an average season, the only teams the Cobras have lost to have been top teams in the country. The first two games were lost to Iowa Western, who is currently ranked third, and Iowa Central, who is currently ranked seventh. Both games were lost by less than two goals per game. The third loss was against a very formidable conference opponent, Lewis and Clark, who is ranked ninth in the country, in which the Cobras lost by one goal. Soccer is a sport that lasts August through October in the regular season. Parkland’s women’s soccer is looking to go much deeper than that, as they want to advance farther than Regionals and earn a shot at the National tournament. Getting to Nationals is the hard part, as it takes hours and days of practice, in which the ladies have done even during the offseason. “I think that we’ve put in a lot of work with different morning practices or two-adays during the preseason and the only games we’ve lost were against top ranked teams in the country so I feel like we can go really far as long as we keep putting in the work and the effort,” English major
Illustration by Eric Hibbeler/MCT Lynnette Ramsey said. As the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect,” this is exactly what the women’s soccer team is trying to accomplish. An undefeated season is hard to come by, but losing games by one or two goals is something anyone can be proud of, especially against top ranked teams “I think we’re starting off strong and I think that we will be better towards the end when it comes to tournament time,” Kinesiology major Rebekah Burgan said. Starting off the season
strong is something that a lot of teams aren’t able to do, because it is the beginning of the season and rust is bound to happen to players and even coaches. However, Parkland did the opposite as they opened regular season play against tough competition in Minnesota, ending with one win and two losses. It is important that the Cobras end the season the way they started, strong. They can do this by not letting anything get to them, and never thinking about something other than soccer when they are playing.
To be a good team, they must have focus on one game and one goal at a time. “I think that we can go well, we’ve suffered a couple of injuries and setbacks lately, but I think that we’re a strong enough team that we’ll be able to pull through and really take care of business in the postseason where it matters,” Ramsey stated. In soccer, injuries are bound to happen, as it is one of those sports where someone could really hurt themselves because of the condition of play and weather that is involved. For
Parkland, injuries to Alex Radue, foot stress fracture, and Leticia Rabello, sprained knee, are disappointing, but have helped the women’s soccer team learn to battle through even without two key players. “I think we have gone through that really well, our fitness is really good right now and I think that is really good because injuries don’t affect us with the playing time and the numbers,” Burgan explained. Parkland women’s soccer team is also very young, which can explain some losses.
These Cobras, who have a total of 12 freshmen and eight sophomores, have a lot of youth. This can benefit in the long run, since a lot of the freshmen receive significant playing time. For the freshmen, coming in to a new scene, where the competition is a lot better and everyone is aiming for one goal can be tough for them, since they are coming from high schools that deal with the opposite. “There are many differences between high school and college soccer. One of those differences being the speed of play. Our team’s ball movement on the field is a much quicker pace compared to the speed in high school. Another difference is our level of dedication to the sport of soccer,” Law major Maddie Martin said. “Every player is working hard and fighting for the opportunity to play in games. Not only does the team try their personal best in games, but also in the multiple practices each day,” Martin continued. For the women’s soccer team it is all about mental toughness and staying on the right track, which is what most of them want to do. Injuries and losses are bound to happen, but it is a long season and the Cobras are aiming at the National tournament. For more information on Parkland’s women’s soccer team, go to http://www. parkland.edu/athletics/ womenssoccer.
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Tips for gaming on a budget Mace Mackiewicz Staff Writer There are many ways that students and others living on a limited budget can still get their video games. If the gamer knows where to look, games can be very affordable even when living off ramen noodles and paying bills. The easiest way to game on a budget is to own a moderately new PC. Although for some games, a somewhat old computer may suffice. There are several free and cheap games available to anyone with an internet connection. One resource for cheap games on a computer is a service known as Steam. This service allows anyone with a computer to purchase games on its market place and have all of the games in a convenient location through the downloadable Steam client. The reason Steam is such a great resource for gaming on a budget is their seasonal sales that often put big name and indie games up for sale from anywhere between 50 and 90 percent off. The summer sale in particular is famous for just how extensive the price markdowns can be. There are new deals going up each day and also hourly specials. Radiologist Major Kerry Sisk explains why she enjoys the Steam sales. “I normally don’t get to buy the big ‘triple A’ games. But with Steam putting games up for 70 to 90 percent off I can take advantage of those prices,” Sisk said. Pre-Med Major Holly Jellen also enjoys the games Steam has to offer for cheap than what she would find in stores. “I got Boarderlands 2 on the summer sale for cheap and now I am addicted to it. I would have never been able to play it otherwise,” Jellen commented. Another major way PC gamers can get cheaper games is through a service known as Humble Bundle. These are a series of game collections that work with game developers to put up several games at once to buy at any price. The proceeds are split between Humble Bundle, the charity, and the developers. Buyers can choose what percentage they want to go to
each. Most of the Humble Bundle offerings are popular indie games. Games like Limbo, Fez, Bastion, and many other critically acclaimed games are usually up for grabs to anyone who has a dollar
or two to spare. Not all the games are accessible, however. Some of the games are locked unless the buyer spends above the current average donation. Normally it’s still a low price from around four to six dollars, but it’s something to keep in mind, especially since normally more and more games are added to the deal as time goes on. Occasionally a major company will also do a similar bundle offering. EA did a bundle including games like Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3, all with a “pay what you want” price point. Humble Bundle also recently started to do weekly bundles with different companies. Because of this, gamers have access to a new bundle every week. Math Major Gary Hodges explains why he
enjoys the Humble Bundle. “I like the Humble Bundles because I currently don’t have a job and am not able to get games too often. I am able to borrow a dollar and can get 4 to 5 games to play,” Hodges said. There are also options for console gamers to get their fix of games for discounted prices. The main way is through the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live stores. PSN have seasonal game
sales as long as they’re a gold member. There is always a new weekly gold sale with a major title or two getting deep discounts. Also, with the new “Games with Gold” program, all gold members have access to free games on the first and sixteenth of every month. The other way console and PC gamers alike can get games on sale while on a budget is through Amazon and Amazon Prime. Amazon has video game sales frequently and the daily gold box has at least one deal a day. During holidays, Amazon also has a large sale on video games. Student can get access to Amazon Prime for six months free of charge. This service allows access to discounted items as well as free two day shipping, so students don’t have to wait very long to get their new merchandise. The final option for gaming on a budget is patience. Many games go on sale quickly in stores. Waiting a month or two after a major game comes out can save the buyer quite a bit of money. Although game prices seem to be very high, gamers have nearly unlimited options to get games on a budget. To find more info about Steam, visit store. steampowered.com/. For more information on the Humble Bundle, visit www.humblebundle.com/.
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