Dani Steele

Student and avid learner invested in advancing socio-economic justice through journalism and the humanities. Passionate about art, philosophy, video games, literature, film, history and healthy cooking. Japanese language learner and serious goofball. Non-binary, gender-fluid (they/them/theirs).

Video Games & Film

Brain uploading and the reality of 'Soma's' sci-fi horror —

In Frictional Games' 2015 survival-horror game "Soma," the protagonist Simon Jarrett suffers a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. He loses his wife in the crash and finds that his injury is terminal. Jarrett has nothing to lose except for his mind, and in a way, he does. Yet he's left with the exact brain he starts with.

In a last-ditch effort to save his own life, Jarrett agrees to an experimental program, created by a Dr. Munshi, which copies his brain one-for-one into a simulation. Th

Review: ‘The Outer Worlds’ plays on the game of capitalism

On paper, “The Outer Worlds” is nothing new in the first-person perspective, role-playing game genre. Like the popular Fallout series of games, it is a shooting game set in an open and explorable world filled with monsters and characters hell-bent on making an already dystopian future more sordid.

Despite the game’s familiarity, Obsidian Entertainment, developers of Fallout: New Vegas has crafted an engrossing game rich with characters, story and rewarding gameplay. The Outer Worlds offers a le

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Review - Return to Form —

As far as enemies go, the main bad guys are the Baker family, but the fodder are zombie-like creatures formed from a grey goop. Resident Evil 7 is effective at a lot of what it does, but its monsters are not one of them. Their look is boring and fairly generic, which is disappointing when contrasted with the intimidating Baker family. The developers missed a great opportunity to use the people the Baker family abducted as regular enemies, instead of the uninspiring creatures that take up the ent

Game Review: Battlefield 1—WWI with a Twist —

The structure of each mission––when not occupying a tank or plane––flips between stealth and all-out combat, and the variety of objectives keeps the game from feeling too repetitive. The player will capture enemy positions, sneak through occupied German and Ottoman territory, defend an allied stronghold and search for parts to repair a tank. Although these missions are standard for shooters on their own, the variety keeps the campaign interesting enough during each short story.

The stealth is l

PlayStation VR Launch Spotlight —

PlayStation VR, or PSVR for short, is in a unique position to put virtual reality in the hands – or on the face – of the mainstream gamer. When it releases on Oct. 13, it will be the cheapest option yet at a price point of $399, well under the price of the $599 Oculus Rift and $799 HTC Vive. This price, along with its availability to an established install base of over 40 million PS4 owners, will be virtual reality’s biggest introduction into the mass market yet.

PlayStation’s extensive publish


This Philosophy Prof Biked with Lance Armstrong

Philosophy professor Matthew Calarco is also an animal rights activist and a former hip hop DJ – but he doesn’t need you to know that

Matthew Calarco stands out among philosophy professors. Most days, he wears his usual: a zippered hoodie over a polo shirt, jeans, and sneakers. He has a relaxed but focused air to him – a calm energy that spikes when he imitates a bougie Valley girl or when he Googles philosopher Jacques Derrida’s coiffed hair. He gets excited, too, when reaching an essential po

Lost in Translation: Japanese International Students at CSUF

More than 3,000 international students study on campus. What is it like to be so far from home?

Japanese international student Momoko Watarai is quick to laugh. It might be her admitted shyness, or maybe her upbeat disposition. Her first name, after all, translates literally as “peach kid.”

Watarai, a communications major, comes off as open, but she says it is difficult for her to initiate conversations and meet new people.

“I want to make American friends, but I have shame that I cannot spea

Closing of the Learning Development Center —

Other former LDC students and parents spoke to the board about there deep concern for the program’s closure. They each gave personal issues they have with finding job training. Because of their level of autism, the students at the meeting were unable to find jobs that most others can. Some are relegated to their homes with little to no career options available to them.

The LDC had 35 students when it closed. About seventy five percent of them found other programs or took regular classes on camp

Digging for Treasure —

As the manager, Edwards does everything from working the front desk to pricing to giving information on items throughout the store. She said she enjoys working the shop and likes to visit other antique and thrift stores herself.

Because the store buys nearly any type of item that comes through its doors, the staff never knows what things people will bring in. Sometimes they receive things as innocuous as a 1950s Coca-Cola advertisement. But every once in a while, they might receive items much m

Former marine finds his calling helping veterans

Marine Corps veteran Cameron Cook is now the director of Cal State Fullerton’s Veterans Resource Center, which aims to help “military-connected” students on campus with personal academic and career services.

Within a month of leaving the Marines in December 2005, four years after he enlisted in 2001, he was relearning how to be a student and adjust after his time in the military.

“It was just really a dark and lonely time,” Cook said.

But then he met a Vietnam veteran, a former medevac pilot

Dialogue for sanctuary - Open forum addresses political concerns, prejudice —

Above: Forum members speak about cultural events to create more understanding and tolerance toward Muslims and other minority groups. Photo by Jeanine Hill.

In one of many large, yet ordinary classrooms of the Health Science building, faculty and international students voiced their thoughts on the extraordinary political climate created by Donald Trump's executive orders and their impact on the school itself.

The open forum, held on Feb. 2, was initiated as an open dialogue for those with worr

The Begovich Art Gallery has a place for everything

The Begovich Gallery in the College of the Arts is displaying nearly 50 years of artwork from its permanent collection through the exhibit, “A Place for Everything And Everything in its Place.”

The exhibit, which opened on Sept. 7, displays work from renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Laurie Lipton, Robert Rauschenberg and Masami Teraoka. In addition, the gallery features work from former Cal State Fullerton faculty John Leighton and alumni Patrick Nagel and Ann Phong.

“It’s pretty eviden

Immigrant and human rights advocates celebrate sanctuary in Orange County

Immigrant and human rights organizations VietRISE and National Day Laborer Organizing Network hosted a free community festival to celebrate sanctuary for immigrant communities in Orange County.

Held within the Atlantis Play Center in Garden Grove on Oct. 20, the festival was both a celebration of immigrants, and a protest of national immigration law and efforts by local authorities to detain undocumented immigrants in face of California’s sanctuary law. The law, named SB 54, allows law enforcem

J-pop K-pop Playlist – A starter on popular music across the Pacific —

The great appeal of Perfume is the clash between the delicate voices and sonic, buzzing pulse of Nakata's tracks, but the group doesn't stray too far into the likes of other pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, famous for her highly cutesy sound known as bubblegum pop. There's surely something for any EDM fan within Perfume's discography. Just be sure to keep this pop catch above water. After all, this one's electronic.

Deeper below the surface lies the lesser-known rock band Ecosystem. This energetic g