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Sep 18 2014

The Naming of Things

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That’s a pretty clever name, right?  Squid Vicious.  I thought of it entirely independently.  I got really excited, because it hit me in just the perfect way – clever, catchy, irreverent.  I was going to assume the mantle of Squid Vicious and have it become my internet avatar.  I was going to write a whimsical novel about undersea creatures overcoming their differences to form the world’s first All-Aquatic punk band.  The only problem?  Turns about about 1,000 other people thought of it before me.  Such is life in the modern era.  But it got me thinking about names.

What’s in a name?  On the surface, nothing.  The flotsam and jetsam of our lives latches on to names like barnacles to a hull (I’ve really got a whole nautical theme going today, huh?), giving them meaning.  But it’s a transitory meaning.  Would my life really be that different if my name were Dexter instead of Indy?  Probably not.  Would my life really be that different if instead I was named Lord Blackskull Burnface?  More likely, but I’d still be me.

But even though it’s a highly subjective affair, names are interesting, because what we choose to call things matters.  We choose.  We manufacture that meaning from almost nothing.

When it comes to pop culture, names certainly have an almost magical power, able to evoke feelings and memories with just a few words.  And what about the 2nd level names?  Stuff like a character name, the name of a TV show, the title of a book – that stuff stands out.  But what about the little things?  The meta-names that aren’t even really part of the fictional world?  The title of an episode, the name of a certain video game level, or the title of a certain chapter?  They can be almost a throwaway, or they can really, absolutely floor you.  This article is about the second kind.

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Sep 16 2014

Team Extreme Archeology

Published by under Cosplay,Images,Video Games

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The most famous two archaeologists in pop culture (outside of Indiana Jones, who inspired them both) are most definitely Lara Croft and Nathan Drake, and though they never appear together in a game, they make for rather excellent couples cosplay.

I tried to dress up as Nathan Drake a few years back on Halloween, but I’ll admit this guy does a wayyy better job of it. Mostly due to that scarf. And handsomeness. Obviously lady Croft is flawless as well. There are more pictures to check out from their shoot below. I love that she bought an ice pick.  Continue Reading »

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Sep 15 2014

Should We Start Expecting Less from Video Games?

Published by under Editorials,Video Games

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I’ve already been disappointed by three of the biggest video game blockbusters that have been released so far. I never learned my lesson and I had pre-orders lining up despite facing previous upsets. I’m always searching for movies, television shows, books, and video games that will awe and move me. It’s a tall order, but it’s a feeling I actively seek out. Sometimes I can’t help but think that certain games will have that affect on me. Maybe it’s the hype and other times it’s because I’m intensely loyal to a particular company.

I’ve played The Sims 4Destiny, and Watch Dogs so far. I’m not saying they were terrible games, because they’re actually quite good. However, they not great or amazing either. Is it bad to expect the most out of video games, or should we be challenging developers with our expectations?

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Sep 12 2014

An Amazing Collection of Terrifying, Realistic Pokemon

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This isn’t the first time we’ve featured RJ Palmer‘s realistic Pokemon art, but he’s been hard at work drafting more of these pieces, and now he’s got so many he’s actually releasing the collection as a book.

Palmer takes the standard cartoony Nintendo designs, and transforms the pocket monsters into ACTUAL MONSTERS, once again making me sad that Nintendo will never make a “badass” adult themed version of Pokemon where the creature battling is actually terrifying and epic.

You absolutely must check out the collection below: Continue Reading »

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Sep 12 2014

When Frozen Meets Pokemon

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It wouldn’t be a day at Unreality without some Disney or Pokemon crossover art, so why not both? Here, artist Isaiah Stephens has the characters of Frozen delve into the world of Pokemon training. The results? pretty damn cool.

Elsa, Kristoff, Anna and Hans all have their different specialties. Obviously Elsa is going to be ice, but Hans is poison because he’s EVILLLL. And Anna has a Venusaur because Anna is totally the Venusaur of that movie. Anyone who play Red/Blue should know what I mean.

Check out the other three below for yourself: Continue Reading »

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Sep 11 2014

You Can Beat Mass Effect Without Guns

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In a third person shooter, you wouldn’t think there’s be a quasi-“pacificism” option, and really, there isn’t. You can beat Mass Effect without firing a shot, but you’ll be forced to tear enemies apart using your biotic abilities alone.

Here’s the full story via Kotaku:

“I’d always assumed this would be a huge challenge, as the game looks like it’s set up primarily as a shooter (95% of the upgrades you get are for guns, characters constantly get out guns during cutscenes, 90% of the inventory in shops is guns), but instead, I had the easiest time by the end of the game.

Instead, it was the early missions that were a nightmare, as then my cooldown times were huge, so the thugs of Chora’s Den, and the two assassins outside it, were a big challenge.

Saren’s elite Krogan Battlemaster shock troops were simple. By the time I was facing them, I had warp specialisation, lift specialisation, and master throw. The final fight against Saren himself was the easiest of all. As he’s the only enemy in the room, you can just keep him indefinitely in the air with a chain of lifts from Shepard and your companions. He barely got an attack off before the warps killed him. So I suppose the most surprising thing is that playing without guns completely inverts the difficulty curve.”

You can check out the effort made in the video above to see just how much work this kind of playthrough is. I assume they’ll now do this for the rest of the games too. Good luck!

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Sep 05 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Back Away Slowly

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I’ve seen a rise in female Kratoses lately (Krati?), and I have to say these ladies are doing a hell of a job. In addition to somehow having absolutely perfect blades of chaos, cosplayer Miss Sinster clearly has the bloodlust down as well.

Pairing the always amazing Sinister with the also amazing Foto Mike, and this is probably one of the best single cosplay shots I’ve ever seen, and I post something like this every day.

There’s one more photo you should see below, where male Kratos joins the party. Continue Reading »

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Sep 03 2014

A Few Girls of Gaming

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I believe we’ve featured the work of Janice Chu on the site before, and perhaps even from this very series. But in any case, she’s back with a few “Girls of gaming” where she remakes characters from various games in her own signature style. This week, she’s focused on a few Resident Evil ladies, along with perhaps the quintessential girl of gaming, Lara Croft.

You can check out the others in the collection below, and see more of her work on her website here. Continue Reading »

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Sep 03 2014

Six Best Handheld Installments of Home Console Series

Published by under Lists,Video Games

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Portable console gaming was huge when it first hit. Not only could game companies and investors drool over the fact that gamers would now be purchasing a second console and set of games, but the players themselves were also excited to take their favorite gaming experiences on the road with them.

One of the first things companies like Nintendo and Sega did when releasing a handheld was to give the console an installment of an already-successful series. Nintendo had learned early on that “What’s a Nintendo console without Mario?”

These entries were met with mixed levels of success, with some becoming fan-favorites and others… not so much. Some handheld development teams outdid themselves, though, and created rare gems that stand alongside some of the greatest games in venerable series, in some instances even exceeding them.

Keep in mind that these aren’t ports, but fully-fledged and original games that exist as part of a franchise. Otherwise, I would just list Final Fantasy IV remakes several times over. So without further adieu, here are the handheld games that kept our thumbs a twiddling even when outside of the house… Continue Reading »

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Sep 02 2014

Why Pokemon Don’t Do the Ice Bucket Challenge

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What happens when Pokemon try to raise ALS awareness with the now-famous ice bucket challenge? Well, that depends on their type.

The comic above shows that while it goes just fine for Pikachu, his other friends aren’t quite as on board. Hell, it’s practically a suicide attempt for Charmander.

I have no idea what the polygon-looking blue jay robot thing is between Charmander and Cubone. I’m too old to keep track of anything past Gold/Silver at this point.

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Aug 29 2014

Cosplay of the Day: A Fearsome Lady Zangief

Published by under Cosplay,Video Games

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There’s a first time for everything in cosplay, and yes, this is definitely the first time I’ve ever seen Zangief crossplayed by a woman. I was not expecting the chest hair to carry over, but I’m very glad it did.

The cosplayer is Kayla Rose, the photographer is Micktography. Kayla certainly has the crazed look down, as you’ll see in the other pictures below, and has all the powerslamming abilities of the male variant. Though I will admit her positioning with Cammy looks a bit compromising. Check out the other photos below: Continue Reading »

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