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While students travel home for break, Syracuse athletics will compete in 20 contests

first_imgWhile students leave for winter break between the fall and spring semesters, Syracuse athletes’ winter seasons carry on. Classes officially break Friday, Dec. 15 and won’t pick up again until the start of the spring semester on Tuesday, Jan. 16.In all, eight games will be played on Syracuse’s campus while students are gone on break. Here’s what to know about the 20 Syracuse sporting events that will take place, both home and away, while students aren’t on campus.Men’s basketballSyracuse (8-1) men’s basketball team will play nine times during the break, including its last four nonconference games of the season. The most notable of those will be its first game over the break against Georgetown on Dec. 16 in Washington, D.C.Syracuse lost to the Hoyas last year, 78-71, in the Carrier Dome in one of its five losses before Atlantic Coast Conference play in the 2016-2017 season. Syracuse played 10 times in between semesters last year and broke even with a 5-5 record, including a 30-point loss to St. John’s in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf Syracuse can win just one of its last four nonconference games, it will surpass its 8-5 nonconference record from last season.Six hours before the ball drops to celebrate the New Year, Syracuse will tip off its ACC slate against Virginia Tech in the Dome. Last year, Syracuse lost its opening ACC matchup at Boston College, 96-81.The Orange went on to lose seven more games in ACC play on the way to a second round exit from the National Invitational Tournament. It’s safe to say if Syracuse wants to make the NCAA Tournament come March, it will need to perform better in conference this season.Syracuse will play five conference games over break, including back-to-back matchups with teams currently ranked in the Top 25, when it hosts No. 9 Notre Dame on Jan. 6 before traveling to No. 15 Virginia three days later.Women’s basketballSyracuse (10-0) women’s basketball will wait eight days to play its next game after winning on Saturday evening against Drexel 72-62 in the Carrier Dome. The first three games once students leave campus will be the conclusion of Syracuse’s nonconference schedule. All three games will come in some type of tournament play.First, Syracuse travels to play Coastal Carolina in the Carolinas Challenge on Dec. 17 before traveling to Las Vegas for the Duel in the Desert. In that tournament, Syracuse will play the host school UNLV after a matchup with No. 6 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs were the only team to beat perennial powerhouse and No. 1 Connecticut last season, snapping the Huskies’ streak of 111 victories.The Orange will open ACC play three days prior to the men when it travels to No. 3 Notre Dame on Dec. 28. Notre Dame is one of three ranked opponents Syracuse will play over break, with the other two being the Bulldogs and No. 13 Florida State.With Syracuse undefeated through 10 games yet unranked, these games provide opportunity for the Orange to prove itself against formidable opponents. Thus far this year, Syracuse has only played two games in which it didn’t win by double digits.Syracuse entered winter break last season on a four-game winning streak while already having three demerits that year with a 8-3 overall record. During the break, SU went 5-3 with the highlight of the span being a 10-point win against then-No. 22 North Carolina State.Ice hockeyUnlike men’s and women’s basketball, Syracuse ice hockey does take a break. After losing to Mercyhurst on Friday and Saturday, which pushed SU’s College Hockey America record to 4-3-1, Syracuse takes a 25-day hiatus from the ice. The break comes conveniently for the Orange, which has dropped its last four games.In years past, Syracuse picks up its play after Winter break. In the last two seasons, Syracuse boasts a 22-9-1 overall record after the New Year. Last season, Syracuse netted 49 goals after the break,13 more than it scored before the pause in play.Both Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan and his players see the break as a benefit, citing the rest time as beneficial. SU captain Stephanie Grossi also noted the added time to work out during the over three-week break as particularly important for building strength to help in the latter half of the season.When Syracuse returns to play on Jan. 5, it will face defending CHA champion and No. 10 Robert Morris. Syracuse will visit the Colonials, which were picked to win the CHA title prior to the 2017 season, for a two-game series. It will be the Orange’s first shot at redemption from last year’s conference title game until Robert Morris travels to Syracuse on Feb. 23 and 24 to finish Syracuse’s regular season.Syracuse’s only other game during winter break will be at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Jan. 9 against No. 5 Cornell. The Big Red shellacked Syracuse last season 7-2 in Ithaca. Comments Published on December 13, 2017 at 11:11 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Game of the Year Sonic Dreams Collection

first_img For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Earlier this year I said that Sonic the Hedgehog’s Twitter feed is better than any Sonic game. Well, that isn’t exactly true. Sonic’s Twitter feed is better than any Sonic game officially licensed by Sega. However, in August 2015 the true Sonic game to end all Sonic game was quietly released onto the internet free of charge. If you watched the Gifted and Talented Show, you already know what I’m talking about, but this week’s game of the year is Sonic Dreams Collection.Sonic Dreams Collection is the mad concoction of artsy video game collective Arcane Kids. One look at their GeoCities vomit of a website should let you know what their deal is. I first heard of them thanks to their work on Bubsy 3D, not the actual terrible 3D platformer but an academic parody of it showcased in art museums. Sonic Dreams Collection takes that same idea of Dadaist mascot mocking but expands on it in glorious ways.Named after various Sonic compilations like Sonic Mega Collection and Sonic Gems Collection, Sonic Dreams Collection presents itself as a collection of unreleased Sonic games from the late 1990s. The “gag” is that all of these games are dark and surreal and broken in a way that reflects the current state of Sonic and the weirdos who still love him somehow. I can’t oversell how much better it is to experience these for yourself, but here’s a taste of what you’re getting yourself into.Make My Sonic lets you cobble together your own Sonic Frankenstein of an original character, like Bourbon Kai the Immortal Hedgie, and upload it to the real internet or to “SegaNet.”SegaNet is key to the metagame required for unlocking Eggman Origins, a fever dream of an MMO about feeding Dr. Robotnik like a mother hen.My Roommate Sonic is a VR-compatible Sonic dating game. Sure!And then there’s Sonic Movie Maker, co-developed with Arjun Prakash, where you record and share the increasingly erotic and horrific action Sonic and his pals are getting up to. Tim Miller should take notes. It even has somewhat clever puzzles interspersed with the madness.You could write a book about how bizarre and terrible and strangely endearing Sonic and his fans have become. Sega is even trying to leverage that insanity somewhat. That’s what I was trying to get at with my Sonic Twitter feature. But what’s so brilliant about Sonic Dreams Collection is that it uses gameplay to comment on this video game franchise. Instead of telling, it shows you through glitchy character models and disturbing noises. It makes you feel the chaos through its nonsensical gameplay systems.This is the part where I usually mention some flaw with the game. But aside from some controversy over who actually developed it. Sonic Dreams Collection succeeds in pretty much everything it sets out to do. Granted, what it sets out to do is make an arguably pretentious joke of a game for people ensconced enough in video game/Sonic culture to get it, but a win’s a win.So if you, too, have got to go fast, immerse yourself in the endless sleep of Sonic Dreams Collection. At last, there’s been a Sonic game worthy of the title Game of the Year.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on targetlast_img read more