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Kyle Basher

Kyle Basher, Staff Writer

After taking a gap year, Kyle is entering his second year on staff for The Central Trend. In his free time, you can find him reading, practicing music for Jazz Ensemble, or just playing games with his friends.

Favorite color: Cobalt

Favorite story type: Column or review

Favorite book: The Odyssey

Favorite song: "Fly Me To The Moon" by Frank Sinatra

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Improv Team Q&As: Logan Verlinde

Improv Team Q&As: Logan Verlinde

September 16, 2021

What made you decide to join Improv? "I joined the Improv team because I saw the show last year, and it looked like a lot of fun. Also, [senior] Benji Zorn reached out to me and told me that he thought...

Aliens: Fireteam Elite is only sometimes a good Aliens game

Aliens: Fireteam Elite is only sometimes a good Aliens game

September 8, 2021

Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a great game, but it's only sometimes a good representation of Aliens. The game takes place in the world of Aliens, which should be obvious enough, and the main story takes...

Morality vs. legality: emulation

Morality vs. legality: emulation

August 30, 2021

Paper Mario the Thousand Year Door (TTYD) is one of my favorite games. Good thing my Wii can no longer read the disc right? Fortunately, emulation is a great tool for those who run into this problem, want...

Media does not need to look good to be beautiful

Media does not need to look good to be beautiful

April 16, 2020

Beauty is a standard many try to live up to, yet many fail to meet. Media shares this quality with us. Directors don’t make movies or plays for money. Composers don’t write songs for money. Developers...

Minecraft: the gaming juggernaut

Minecraft: the gaming juggernaut

March 9, 2020

One hundred eighty. That number alone is quite small, but when you add six zeroes to the end, you get the number of copies of Minecraft that have been sold. It would not be an understatement to call...

Sonic The Hedgehog: the only half decent video game movie

Sonic The Hedgehog: the only half decent video game movie

March 4, 2020

Atrocious. The only word necessary to describe how I felt about the original Sonic design. Luckily Paramount, the studio behind Sonic The Hedgehog, redesigned the model to one worthy of praise. Yet,...

Sound design in media is the hidden gem

Sound design in media is the hidden gem

February 25, 2020

Bang, crash, clang. Sound plays a huge role in my life, but it is even more predominant in video games. Music carries a mood and silence as well as an atmosphere. Sound design makes the largest impact...

Super Smash Bros Ultimate fighter pass vol. 1 introduces a chaotic bunch of characters

Super Smash Bros Ultimate fighter pass vol. 1 introduces a chaotic bunch of characters

February 5, 2020

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been out for just over a year. In this time it has gone through seven major updates, five of which added new characters, all of which are supposed to feel unique. The...

The irony of brain over brawn in fighting games

The irony of brain over brawn in fighting games

January 29, 2020

Psychology: the study of the mind. Psychology has always been interesting to me.  Psychology is a way to look into the mind, mine or others.  One aspect of my life that has always been intertwined...

Serena Thiede is a freshman superstar

Serena Thiede is a freshman superstar

January 28, 2020

Freshman Serena Thiede is an athlete and a performer. She has dipped her hands in several different sports: dance, soccer, track, and golf, which is her favorite. Serena started her golf career due...

I can't

I can’t

January 27, 2020

People scare me.  New people and old acquaintances alike scare me. I am horrible at interacting with people, so I fear I’ll, in some unholy fashion, completely break any relations I have with people. I...

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is a remake done right

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is a remake done right

January 22, 2020

I have issues with time management, so when a game I have been really looking forward to comes out, I have a difficult time putting it down. On January 17, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore, a JRPG,...

FHC teachers make their jobs full time in an odd way

FHC teachers make their jobs full time in an odd way

January 13, 2020

Orchestra director Andrew Pool loves teaching all the kids he gets to teach, from Central Woodlands all the way to the high school. Teaching at three schools as a full-time job might seem like a negative...

Shovel Knight: King of Cards should be renamed to King of Disappointment

Shovel Knight: King of Cards should be renamed to King of Disappointment

January 8, 2020

The Wii U was a failed console, but it walked so the Nintendo Switch could run. One of my favorite games that came out on the Nintendo Switch is Shovel Knight.  Even though the game came out nearly...

There is no such thing as bad luck

There is no such thing as bad luck

December 24, 2019

There is a 1.3 percent chance that someone dies in a car crash. Not to sound pessimistic, but one would have to be pretty lucky to have that happen. Luck is defined as success or failure based on chance...

Dauntless combines the fun of single player RPGs with fully multiplayer gameplay

Dauntless combines the fun of single player RPGs with fully multiplayer gameplay

December 17, 2019

Monsters that are at least thrice your height, are able to kill you with ease, and are immaculately satisfactory to take down.     There is a game that I have been highly anticipating for release...

Why do I work better at night?

Why do I work better at night?

December 16, 2019

At four am, I look like a decrepit, unwrapped mummy with hair. I feel exhausted—like I could pass out, but I don’t. I work on my article of the month paper for my Honors English 10 class that is due...

Lady and the Tramp is a classic given new life

Lady and the Tramp is a classic given new life

November 25, 2019

To say that deep down, I’m a sap for romantics is an understatement. So when I heard of a modern remake of Lady and the Tramp, I was ecstatic. The film is a mix of real actors and CGI, computer-generated...

Does the American youth even know what our government does?

Does the American youth even know what our government does?

November 20, 2019

FHC’s new Model UN teacher Trevor Riley cares for the political engagement of his students. He believes that students should be more engaged in political activities. He believes that the younger generations...

Escapism in electronics

Escapism in electronics

November 19, 2019

I’ve never had many friends. I only have one or two real, close friends at any given moment, so I spend much of my time online. Most days I perform the same routine: wake up, make facades for conversations...

Romantic, delicious, charming: The Cheesecake Factory

Romantic, delicious, charming: The Cheesecake Factory

November 11, 2019

The falling snow was illuminated by the Barnes and Noble’s lights which masked the deceptively large building known as the Cheesecake Factory. I got out of my mom’s car and stared up at the horizon...

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