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Aug 20 2014

Six Video Game Locations That Feel Like Home

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Video games are supposedly a relaxing pastime but damn if they aren’t sometimes stressful, too. Some of the best games ever made can also be some of the most remorseless, jamming the player into a corner before beating them into submission.

Luckily, there are games that offer a respite from this sort of abuse. Some offer you have a cozy haven in between slaughterfests to recoup and gear up for the next adventure, and others give you have a little slice of home within the game world to call your own and customize to your heart’s content. Some games even succeed at doing both.

Freud calls this concept heimliche, a term often used in literature to describe happy, non-threatening feelings and settings.

In my long and probably excessive experience of playing video games, certain ones stick out to me for being the most heimliche, giving me a cozy little bit of warmness to combat the scourges of the harsh, cruel world. Here are some of the most memorable… Continue Reading »

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Aug 15 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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The internet mourned for Robin Williams and I for one have been fairly somber about it all week. Since this is my continual Friday writeup and its always about movies and the trailers that come with them, then what better way to start it off than with a few words from the man himself. The man who was so humble, sweet, compassionate, and most of all funny. The man who was somehow able to hide the darker parts of himself in order to entertain us. By making us laugh, cry, and smile…he touched us all in more ways than he’ll ever know. Robin Williams will be missed, thank you sir for everything.

“Oh captain, my captain…”

Let’s do this.

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Aug 08 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Wow what a week! All I can say is that the internet was a buzz with Guardians of the Galaxy and rightfully so. I’m still contemplating whether or not I want to go see it again in the theater. Chances are if the wife decides to join me, I’ll probably go. Or if anyone cares to send me an invite I’d be happy to tag along. What I didn’t see however was any new trailers playing in front of the movie. *starts to think maybe that’s due to the fact that he writes these posts every week … hmmmmm. Oh well.

Let’s do this.

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Aug 06 2014

The Five Most Entertaining and Informative Critical Reviewers Online

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We live in a media-obsessed culture. It’s not enough to merely watch, play, or read something anymore; now you have to live-tweet about it while you upload fanart to tumblr and videos to youtube.

As someone of extreme journalistic integrity, I am going to avoid the pitfall of a media review this week. Instead, I am going to write a review of some reviewers. Total legitimacy.

The truth is: sometimes content that leans heavily on existing media is able to paradoxically stand out on its own. So, in recognition of some of the very best pieces of critical entertainment, here are some of the more talented reviewers that maintain a privileged spot on my bookmark menu… Continue Reading »

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Aug 01 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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My apologies to Paul and the readers for the lack of a post from me on Wednesday. Now that I’m back from the family vacation, I’ve actually spent quite a bit of time on the interwebs today and noticed that a few trailers have debuted that definitely peak my interest. I dare say that some of them warrant a viewing in the actual theater! Woo hoo! By the way – the picture I’m using for the post today is from Christopher Nolan’s – Interstellar movie. Go to the website http://www.interstellarmovie.com/ and punch in this code 7201969,which is the date of the Apollo 11 moon landing, that will give you access to arguably one of the best trailers this year. (Will I see this? – heck yes I will!)

Let’s do this.

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Jul 28 2014

A Plea To Game Developers To Keep Making Single Player Games

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A lone man stands on a broken, old highway, with the wind blowing in his hair. In front of him he has miles of destroyed and dilapidated Washington D.C to explore. But a big part of this for him is how alone he is. All around him, only threats loom in all directions. Mutants who want to tear him apart. Bandits who wants to rob and kill him, leaving his body to rot in the dust like carrion. SUDDENLY, three of his friends “drop in” the game and start obliterating everything around him. All sense of dread, loneliness, and solemnity are gone, and he strides forth with his three friends, decimating all that stand in their way. As you can see from the following statement, Fallout 3 would have been ruined by multiplayer. I wrote that specifically to make a point. I live for single player game experiences. I am a loner, Dottie, a rebel. Yet the forthcoming landscape of games seem to hint that this is going to be a thing of the past. All games are trying to cram multiplayer into their game (and even build entire games around it), and I will now tell you why that has put the single player game on the soon-to-be-extinct list, and why that kills the entire purpose of video games (for me, at least).

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Jul 25 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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The San Diego Comic Con is in full swing and while it’s not producing tons of trailers per say, this week has given us better trailers than the week prior. Also today was a HUGE day for the women out there, my wife included. I won’t delay you any further …

Let’s do this.

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Jul 21 2014

5 Movies That Make Your Family Seem Normal

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Chances are, your family isn’t that normal. I only say this because no one has a normal family. The Brady Bunch ideal is all but dead in America, and pretty much everyone has one slightly creepy or always drunk uncle. Sometimes you may look around at your family and think to yourself you landed in the strangest, most dysfunctional pod of people on Earth. Honestly, there is truth to that and exaggeration in that. The truth is, dysfunctional is the new normal, and these five movies will prove to you just how far from abnormal your family really is. So the next time you are thinking to yourself how insane your family is, watch any of these five movies and you will realize you actually have it pretty good. Your family is probably normal by comparison. Continue Reading »

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Jul 18 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Well, if you ask me this was quite the slow week for movie trailers. Maybe that is due largely in part to the fact that all the films coming out this coming weekend are 45% or less on the RT scale …? Production companies know when other movies suck and don’t want to attach what might be a seemingly great trailer to something no one is going to see.

Let’s do this.

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Jul 16 2014

Five Underrated Van Damme Kick Flicks

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America might be feeling a bit hostile towards Belgium after they knocked us out of the World Cup, but never forget that besides waffles, fries, and damn good beer, they also offer one of America’s highest-demand imports: graceful, fully-extended flying kicks to the face.

Since appearing as an extra in the 1984 flop exploitation film, Breakin’, Jean-Calude Van Damme has been serving up heaping helpings of heels right to bad guys’ domes with elegant precision. He caught his big break with Bloodsport, and he had everyone thinking he would soon be the next Schwarzenegger.

However, after a string of literally kickass 90s action titles, he had a bright career ruined by the a stinking mound of feces so bountiful that it would impress even Jeff Goldblum. Street Fighter left such a bad taste in everyone’s mouth that it was rushed out of box offices after two weekends and even caused Raul Julia to give up his acting career. Yes, that was a tasteless joke.

But was Van Damme really that unmarketable? Was it fair for studios to give up on him whenever they continued to let Keanu Reeves look confused in front of the camera? Is JCVD’s only current marketable skill doing splits on Volvo semi-trucks? I think not, and here’s five movies to justify why… Continue Reading »

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Jul 11 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Well the 4th of July came and went and Transformers is still top dog in the Box Office…so sad. I have to admit that I saw it this past weekend and I was appauled at how many trailers played out before we even got to the feature film. Why is this happening more and more when we have posts like this that allow everyone to see what they want to when they want to!?

Let’s do this.

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