Mojang (Minecraft's creating team) peaked when it started in 2009 . Minecraft was the most popular game on youtube in 2019 getting over 100 billion total views. In May, Microsoft boasted that Minecraft had sold 176 million copies across all platforms, making it the best-selling game ever. If you don’t count Tetris and its many versions. But Minecraft is widely known as one of the biggest games out there. For it’s simple concept it's a very widespread feature. Minecraft is an exploring and building and gathering game where there are many realms that you can go to. You can do countless things and there is no end to this Huge game.
Felix “Pewdiepie” Kjellberg started his lets play on minecraft and he and his 100 million subscribers all followed him onto this journey. He got more than 570 million views in one month just for playing around in his Minecraft world. For the first time since January 2017, Minecraft had beat Fortnite as the most-searched game on YouTube. Minecraft is having a moment again, and it’s remembered of one of YouTube’s earliest gaming trends known as the “PewDiePie Effect.” Pewdiepie has really helped this game comeback and it has boosted off again. Pewdiepie started a “let’s play” game and still keeps his world going.
Minecraft has 112 million monthly players. Ranking more than the multiplayer 3D user generated world game Roblox and the 3D third person shooter and builder Fortnite. By statistics Minecraft is the most successful game ever made ranking around 180 million sales. Behind minecraft is Tetris with 170 million,Grand Theft Auto V with 120 million, and Wii sports with 83 million. Minecraft Earth is mojang's take of real life Minecraft with an upcoming augmented reality sandbox game developed by Mojang and published by Xbox Game Studios. Mojang is “very happy” with its sales rates and their players are “more than satisfied.” This 3D blocky, beautiful, large scale game is still on track to keep their players happy. “Minecraft has created experiences with friends I can do anywhere else and I love to play this in my freetime.” - Aidan Mccloud . This 11 year old game is still relevant and having updates being put out one after the other.
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With the end of a 43-year saga of movies, books, and comics, fans are excentric to find out what is next. Disney + has brought the love for live-action star wars television, with 2019’s The Mandalorian. The internet exploded when “The Child” appeared as a cute baby of Yoda. With the success of that, it was even renewed for a season two coming in October 2020, but what’s next now that the saga is over? A future project of Star Wars was in the talks called Project Luminous. It was to be a big project with five well-known authors that have experience with writing Star Wars novels and comics. The authors are Claudia Gray who wrote Star Wars: Bloodline, and Star Wars: Lost Stars. Charles Soule has written the Darth Vader comic series. Justina Ireland who has written Lando’s Luck. Daniel José Older wrote Star Wars: Last Shot and Cavan Scott has written Dooku: Jedi Lost, and many Star Wars comics.
Now, what is Project Luminous? Project Luminous is the next phase for Star Wars books and comics. There will be books and comics that are interconnected creating a cohesive story. In 2018, the five authors and many other writers and creators went on a trip to Skywalker Ranch in Nicasio, California to come up with ideas for the new stories to come. Instead of writing a story that is set in the timeline that we are used too, the writers and authors were given a blank void of imagination and creativity. Set 200 years before the events of the Phantom Menace, this era is a time of peace when the sith hasn’t been seen for 1,000 years, the newly formed Republic must explore the new frontier. It will be called the High Republic.
Wave one of the releases of the books and comics will publish the second half of 2020. It will start out with Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi which will release August 25th. Next to release will be High Republic: A Test of Courage. Last to release with a date is High Republic: Into the Dark. Two comic series was also announced but official dates are to be announced. Not much is know about the story so far but fans realized that Yoda is 900 years old would mean he is alive during The High Republic, which could mean a possible cameo from the old green master himself. Fans are excentric for what will be next for Project Luminous!
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Sources: https://www.space.com/star-wars-high-republic-jedi-backstory-books.html, https://www.starwars.com/news/5-things-we-learned-about-star-wars-the-high-republic, https://www.salon.com/2020/02/25/new-star-wars-the-high-republic-jedi-nihil/
Have you ever wondered about how Disney became to be so famous, or have you maybe wondered what Disney did to be so great? Well, Disney is a man that has been an artist all of his life. According to How Walt Disney Animation Revolutionized the Animation Industry. Disney was born in 1901 as the fourth of 5 children in Chicago, Illinois. He started out with art by selling his neighbor a drawing of a horse. This was when he started appreciating his work. He soon started improving it. He was a very talented artist from the start, quite evidently.
According to How Walt Disney Animation Revolutionized the Animation Industry, Walt went to the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and became the cartoonist for his school newspaper. According to How Walt Disney Animation Revolutionized the Animation Industry Later on in his life, Disney and Iwerks created small cartoons called Laugh-O-Grams. These small cartoons were featured in Kansas City. They became extremely popular. Disney even created a studio called Laugh-O-Gram. He was starting to be better known and so were his Laugh-O-Grams. He was a very talented cartoonist.
Later on, in 1923, he created the Disney film studios. According to How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made: 1939 Documentary Gives an Inside Look It was here that the Disney brothers created the Alice Comedies. The first one of which earned the pair $1,500. According to How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made: 1939 Documentary Gives an Inside Look Snow White was the first Disney Production. It was also the first cell-animated feature film ever produced. Snow White was the first animated film ever to have color. According to Walt Disney Animation Studios Walt went to California with $40 to pursue his dreams. Walt Disney had a creative mind and was a talented artist. He was an amazing cartoonist and smart businessman. He had a good life and people will always remember his work.
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You may say “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave,” but the only thing I hear when you say these words are ¨Land of the Racist and Home of the enslaved.¨ Violence doesn't have a specific name, it doesn't target a certain race and it never looks for a face. Some people may be offended by the words I just spoke...But you can't look at our world today and tell me I'm not speaking the truth. Beaten, Bruised, Killed, Gunned down, Chained...All of these things still currently happening today and they even happened hundreds of years ago.
“Look at me when I'm talking, boy.” “Hands behind your head back towards me.” “Get on the ground right now!” These phrases have scared our Black kings and queens for years. Youth violence is a very disturbing, crucial, and heartbreaking topic. You may want us to write about it, but our writing hasn't made an impact on youth violence. Do the Write Thing has been happening for almost three decades and you have yet to do the right thing in reality. I hope that this will be the last youth violence letter that you will have to read.
One of the main things that spike youth violence is racism. Racism is a way to ensure white survival. Police brutality is a huge part of youth violence. If you want youth violence to end, you have to actually make a change. I know I won't be the first child to say this, but I want to be the absolute last. The most abused person in America is a Black American woman. The most unprotected thing in America is an African-American man.
We have to stop abusing and start protecting. A wise math teacher that paid more attention to black history more than any eighth-grade teacher I know once told me, “speak your truth even if your voice trembles.” I don't want you to just listen to me speak these words. I want you to feel the pain hear the roar and see the struggle. My people struggle with youth violence the most. We literally fight to survive and make it everyday. Many of us can't walk around with a black hoodie on. We can't walk into a store without people instantly thinking we are going to steal. I don't know how to make it anymore clear that you can't just push these things into the dark.
I won't let these things be pushed into the dark anymore. I will bring these things out of the dark no matter how hard, brutal, and painful the journey may be. If your reading or listening to this letter you have now been brought into the light. You can’t turn away, you can't just brush it off. You can’t look over it because this burden is so big that it goes right over your heads. I bet you didn't get what I just said did you...I’m not saying you as in one person I’m saying as the population in America and the government let these things just happen and exist.
You need to step up! Speak out and make it known that you are here and you will force a change! You don’t know what's behind a closed door until you open it. Your eyes are the doors, the world is behind them. You have to open your eyes and see the truth. If I die from knowing, remember me for speaking.
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The dunk contest is one of the most watched events in the NBA. The dunks are exciting, the audience is loud, and the atmosphere is competitive. One of the best dunk contests ever was the Michael Jordan v.s Dominique Wilkins. They versed in the 1988 dunk contest. Michael Jordan came out on top though. But Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan both won two dunk contests. That is just one of the many rivalries in the dunk contest.
The person who has won the most dunk contest was Nate Robinson who won 3 times. He jumped over 6’ 11” Dwight Howard in the 2009 dunk contest. But in the 2020 dunk contest, Aaron Gordon jumped over 7’ 5” Tacko Fall. Aaron has entered the dunk contest 2 times but has never won. He lost to Zach Lavine in 2016 and Derrick Jones Jr. in 2020, according to .nba.com/allstar/dunk-contest. But most people think he should have won both times. Gordon is not going to enter another dunk contest.
One of the most surprising wins in the dunk contests was in 1986 when Spud Webb. Spud webb is only 5’ 7” but still beat one of his own teammates, Dominique Wilkins . According to .si.com/nba-slam-dunk-contest the first person who won a dunk contest in 1884 was Larry Nance. He had a son Larry Nance Jr, Who competed in the 2018 dunk contest but was runner up. Most people think that Nance Jr. should have won. The dunk contest is one of the most awaited events on the all-star weekend and for good reason. The rich history of the dunk contest is one of the best in the NBA.
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The Atlanta Braves is a professional baseball team. They have been in Atlanta since 1996. And before they belonged to Milwaukee and started out in Boston. They were first in Boston in 1876, and are still a team to this day. They moved to Milwaukee in 1953, then finally moved to Atlanta. They are the only current team to still exist since the MLB league started.
They won six of the first eight pennants in history. The Atlanta Braves struggled in the 1980s, but did really well in the 1990s and were likely the most dominant team of that decade. The Atlanta Braves have won 3 world series titles, all beating the Cleveland Indians. This site shows the Atlanta Braves lineup. They haven’t won a world series since the 1990s.
Their season record last season was 97 wins and 65 losses. And got out the first round of the world series. By one game to the st. Louis Cardinals. The score was 13 to 1; Cardinals won and advanced, but lost in the next round to the nationals. The Nationals beat the Cardinals in 4 games. And the Cardinals didn’t win even one of them.
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The Oscars took place on February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theater. 24 awards were given out and 11 of them were given to the movie Parasite. According to BBC News Parasite has won best picture and screenplay alongside many others. The director Bong Joon-ho won best director. The best actors were given to Renee Zellwegar and Joaquin Phoenix who played the Joker. According to NY Times. Toy Story 4 was awarded the best animated feature and was the most popular movie at the time.
According to CNN.com Bong Joon-ho the director of Parasite is a South Korean filmmaker. Born September 14 1969 he has always been fascinated by film-making and movies. He started his first movie in 2017. And pursued his dream of being a professional filmmaker. Parasite is the very first Korean speaking movie to win best picture.
Toy Story 4 won best animated feature. Toy Story 4 is an animated children's movie, with actors like Tom Hanks, Tim Allan, Keanu Reeves, Annie Potts and many others. In my opinion it was a great movie and apparently others agree with me. One of the four Toy Stories has won best picture. And only 3 animated movies have won best picture. And Toy Story 3 is one of them, so maybe the next Toy Story could be the fourth.
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