cAmpuS life December 2014 / Pg. 5 Te Cannon Open Letter By Andrea Pedrick Advisor Te hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us. Tis time of year is both stressful and fun at the same time. It’s easy to forge ahead with plans and forget that there are those in need of a good meal, a smile, or a kind word. Tis December the Jeferson County Branch of the American Association for University Women will kick of the month with our an- nual gif of giving program. Every December a local organization is se- lected by the Board to receive a gif and members contribute toward the purchase of a gif for the organiza- tion. Ten, on a pre-determined date, AAUW members gather at the organization for light refreshments and a brief presentation to learn more about the organization that has been selected. Te gif is shared and more conversation takes place. Tis year’s recipient is Literacy of Northern New York. Based in Watertown, they provide one-to-one tutoring to adults who are non-readers. Tey also teach adults basic math skills, computer literacy, budgeting and citizenship. Tey do all of this year round with a handful of volunteer tutors and two full-time staf. Getting involved with or- ganizations such as AAUW and/ or Literacy of NNY is a great way to give back to others year round. Tere are many organizations in your area that need volunteers. Seek them out, if only to be kind to one another this holiday season. For more information and for how to get involved, visit Prolit- eracynny.org. JCC’s First Fall Graduation By Michael Vecchio Comics Artist Tis December JCC will be holding its frst winter commence- ment ceremony. Tis marks a ma- jor milestone for those involved in graduation. Whether they are launching out into the world or continuing on with their education, graduation is a great achievement in ones life. I will be among the students graduating this semester and for me the preparation for graduating has been a very positive one. Refecting on the road leading up to this point in my life it seems crazy how fast I arrived here, especially because this past semester has fown by. While graduation does mark the end of my academic career, it is a halfway point and comes with the realization that I am two years away from completing my education. It is an exciting feeling but it also makes me appreciate the time I have spent working up to this point. I would say to those who are just be- ginning their college careers to en- joy and try and get as much as you can out of the experience because it is over before you know it. It seems like everyone says something simi- lar, but that’s because it’s true. I have had a great experi- ence here at JCC and I think that it has provided me with a solid launching point to continue on with my education. I’d like to thank the faculty and staf here for helping myself and countless other students to reach this momentous occasion in our lives. I wish the Fall Class of 2014 the best of luck on their future pur- suits following Graduation. Congratulations! 7 Timeless Retro Video Games By Brandon Hart News Writer It’s easy to get lost in the haze of new video games. Ofen we are lost in a vortex of amazing graph- ics that completely clouds over the gameplay. So many times games are watered down to the point where the gaming is “press the x-button and win”. It’s important to look back at older games and realize that the gameplay, the stories, and the dif- culty use to be challenging and en- gaging. Here, in my opinion, are the best, timeless retro video games. 7) Super Mario Bros Released in 1985 for the Nintendo Entertainment system, there’s no doubt we’ve all heard about this one. Released as a sequel to Mario Brothers , which was released two years prior, this game was simple, yet challenging. As we all know, the game is still with us today in the form of numerous sequels, remakes, and re-imaginings, proving that this is indeed a truly timeless game that will stick with us through the ages. 6) Contra Shooters, you either love them or hate them. Many argue that shooters kill console gaming, while others simply stay on the lov- ing side. Contra was the precursor to shooters and was released in 1987 by Konami as an arcade game. In ‘88 it was again released for Nin- tendo. With 7 stages and three lives, the game is exceedingly difcult and fast-paced. Any who think today’s action games are difcult, would quickly rescind that opinion afer playing Contra . People still play it today as a challenge, and it has also been re-released for several difer- ent consoles. 5) Te Elder Scrolls Now, you may be thinking ‘this is defnitely not retro, Skyrim was just released a few years ago!’ However, Te Elder Scrolls series actually started in 1994 with the game Arena. Originally a PC game, Arena and Daggerfall spear-headed Te Elder Scrolls series, creating a massive intricate world of char- acters, races, and lore. In Arena and Daggerfall , the worlds were far larger than they are in Morrowind , Oblivion , and Skyrim - Daggerfall’ s world is approximately the size of Great Britain. Today, Bethesda still creates games that will become timeless in Te Elder Scrolls series. 4) Spyro the Dragon Arguable whether or not this game can be considered retro, this one will be sure to live on for it’s amazing gameplay and replay ability. Spyro was released in 1998 for the PlayStation, and is a plat- former in which you (obviously) play as a Dragon. Te developers were successful in creating a magi- cal world that, no matter what age you are, you can go back and enjoy the childish whimsy and remark- ably coherent story. 3) Mega Man Mega Man was a spark that kindled a fame that is still burning. Te original Mega Man was released in 1987 and was a fairly difcult ac- tion and platformer game. Today, the huge franchise is still experienc- ing releases, and the original retro games are still played by gamers ev- erywhere. 2) Sonic the Hedgehog Te lovable hedgehog hit the Sega Genesis in 1991. Originally a speed-based platformer, Sonic has run into the hearts of gaming fans everywhere. Te music, the game- play, the characters and the story are memorable, challenging, engag- ing, and frankly amazing. Te series has not and will not die out any time soon. 1) Te Legend of Zelda Te frst Legend of Zelda was released in 1986, and sparked the frst in a huge and sprawling fran- chise. Te original game was chal- lenging, with complex puzzles, an in-depth world, and mind boggling riddles. Few games have more re- play ability, and fewer still are able to boast such a coherent story, such great lasting quality, and such amaz- ing gameplay all at once. Te fran- chise has kept growing, spawning new imaginings, new games, and a whole cult-like following through- out the years, and has gained a spot in popular culture even now. Even if one has never played a Zelda game, they will generally know at least what thegame is and have some knowledge of what it’s all about - all the qualities of a great, timeless game.