Reader opinion requested: Should these campus games be banned?

When I was in high school, my life was wanting for espionage. I was too restless to devote much time to online RPGs--the only really popular one was Quake, and although it was scored by NIN, I was too recently out of nerddom to take part in virtual death matches. But by my junior year in high school, the pendulum of cool was nudging back over to the subversive, kinda nerdy side. MTV's "Daria" was in and my gentlemen friends who'd fared puberty intact could pregame for QuakeCon and still reasonably get a perky, generally symmetrical date to Homecoming. The social climate that fall was ripe for a new kind of forum, and suddenly I was signing up to play some new game called "Assassin."

If you've ever played it--especially if during the more formative, hierarchical years of your life--you could probably understand the terror that slowly overtook my life: stake-outs at tennis practice, the anxious skulk through the parking lot, eyes glued to rear view mirrors all the way home. My life was superseded by the gaunt, afflicted senior who'd "killed" my original, quite harmless female perp & inherited me as the next obstacle in the path to live-action RPG glory. Ultimately (and once I could no longer answer the phone at night while babysitting, completely a la Scream), I bowed out of the game before I had any traction...Of course, after the real life terror of the horrible VTU shootings, school officials are urging students to put an end to "Assassin" and its target-based derivatives. What do you think? Did you ever participate in any of these live-action campus RPGs and do you think they're appropriate?

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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