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Case Western Reserve University's independent student news source

The Observer

Case Western Reserve University's independent student news source

The Observer

Hogwarts Legacy is the current game dominating the cultural discourse, but it hasnt been around its gameplay but rather J. K. Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter, and her controversial views.

Hogwarts Legacy: The dark cloud of controversy hanging over the wizarding world

Joey Gonzalez, Life Editor February 17, 2023

The recent release of Warner Brothers’ “Hogwarts Legacy,” an open-world role-playing game set in the “Harry Potter” universe, has been riddled with controversy and ethical dilemmas. Reviews for...

Samus Aran returns for the fifth entry of the mainline Metroid series after being on ice for 19 years.

“Metroid Dread” revives the legendary series for a final outing

Shreyas Banerjee, Life Editor October 22, 2021

It’s been 19 years since the last main-line entry in the “Metroid” series. Nineteen long years. Most of us students here at Case Western Reserve University cannot even remember 2002, when “Metroid...

Read classics like “Batman 244” by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams right on your smart devices with services like DC Universe Infinite and Marvel Unlimited.

There’s never been a better time to get into comic books

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor April 9, 2021

I’ve been a comic book fan for as long as I can remember. I have a faint memory of being given a copy of “Batman: The Long Halloween” in a comic book shop when I was six, and the rest was history....

Ride throught the kingdom of Hyrule and celebrate the anniversary of the iconic Zelda video game franchise.

“Zelda” turns 35—the legend goes on

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor February 26, 2021

35 years ago, the gaming world was introduced to “The Legend of Zelda” and it has never been the same since. The fantasy-adventure series has consistently set the bar for what video games could be...

Getting your hands on a PS5 may be difficult, but is it worth the hype?

You don’t need the PS5 right now … But it’s still a nice upgrade

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor February 5, 2021

Despite what store shelves may indicate, the next generation of gaming consoles have indeed arrived with the release of Sony’s PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S in November.  Console...

The PlayStation 4 was the default gaming device for the last seven years, and for good reason.

Looking back at the PlayStation 4

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor November 13, 2020

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S released this week, ushering in a new generation of gaming consoles, with their increased power, graphical output and the potential for more impressive...

Image courtesy of first-year student Ethan Deemer in his recreation of the Village at 115th House 5

The joys of “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” in a time of quarantine

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter April 16, 2020

I won’t say I handled the shift to remote learning particularly well, at first. Like many, I was mad that the rest of the semester was taken away, and, as the pandemic worsened and social distancing...

Despite blacklash, “Sonic” is a decent movie.

“Sonic the Hedgehog” is just fine, but that’s enough

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter February 21, 2020

The thing about “Sonic the Hedgehog” is that it is entirely aware of what type of movie it is.  Movies based on video games are notoriously hard to pull off, with almost every one ending in disaster,...

Playing bingo with Cleveland’s drag queens

Playing bingo with Cleveland’s drag queens

Lydia Mandell, Contributing Reporter February 6, 2020

“If you must drink and drive, drive someone else’s car,” Drag Queen Veranda L’Ni announced to a hall jam-packed with bingo players. Laughter filled the dimmed hall as the 18+ crowd sat at the edges...

How “Call Her Daddy” is empowering women

Aura Rossy, Accounts Manager November 30, 2018

When you first tune in to the Barstool Sports’ “Call Her Daddy” podcast, your mind may overflow with judgements and misconceptions. The voices of the two women that fill your ears are high-pitched...

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