Oct 28 2014

An Ode to GTA 5 Cheats, Which Have Gone All But Extinct Elsewhere

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Ten years ago or so, if you wanted to make a new video game website, there were a few keywords you wanted to put in your main logline. GamePlace! The place for game walkthroughts, cheats and codes! While walkthroughs still exist, though largely in the form of YouTube videos, cheats and codes have gone the way of the dodo. For the most part that is. I’m pretty sure one of the primary reasons I ever used the internet in the first place back in the late ’90s was too look up cheats and codes (using AskJeeves, of course), as it was preferable to waiting for your next issue of Nintendo Power or Gamepro. But now? It’s very rare to see a game with actual codes, and the most prominent one that comes to mind is GTA 5. Don’t believe me? Check out the master list of GTA 5 cheats here. The list lets you spawn a huge number of vehicles and weapons, lets you do fun things like go into “drunk mode,” and then has your classic “ultra-cheats” like max health, armor and ammo. So where have all the cheats gone?

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Oct 28 2014

Tumbling Through The Big Lebowski Soundtrack

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How many of you are fans of the Dude? Perhaps you’ve suggested a time or two to eat at the infamous In and Out Burger only hoping to be told to “shut the f**k up!” If you’re completely lost then you clearly haven’t watched what I would consider one of the finest films by the Coen brothers. A movie about a dude and his rug – the Big Lebowski.

The reason I’m bringing one of my favorites to the forefront is because it was recently announced that the original soundtrack would be making its vinyl debut on November 28th! Now typically I wouldn’t make a big deal out of a motion picture soundtrack, but “certain things have come to light” and need the attention that they deserve.

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Oct 28 2014

Not Watching The Avengers Movie Trailer was the Best Decision I Ever Made in My Geek Life

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I still can’t believe an Avengers movie was made. Still. Guys! A freaking Avengers movie was made! The Avengers! And it was…good! Great, even! And everyone loved it! And they’re making more! WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?!

As a kid, in a hundred million years, after torturing myself watching the Roger Corman Fantastic Four flick and the (thank you, Goddesses of Hyrule) not-picked-up Justice League of America TV pilot just to have the briefest taste of live-action superheroing, I never believed we’d live to see such a day. These kids today have no idea just how fortunate they are to grow up in this marvelous world of comic cinematic sublimity.

When they announced the Avengers movie I danced. When they announced it’d be written and directed by my beloved Joss Whedon I danced naked. I started a countdown for how many days it’d be until I’d be in that theater holding a bag of Twizzlers in my hand and a million and one dreams realized in my heart.

Until then, though, I’d have to settle for watching trailers or finding whatever stolen set photos the internet put forth. I turned to my computer and waited. And then that magical day arrived. A 1080-Powered up two minute blast of footage to whet my appetite and get me ready to have my face avenged off.  All I had to do was hit play.

But I didn’t.

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Oct 28 2014

Why the Star Wars Rebels Pilot is Basically a Swedish Fan Massage

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Rightly or wrongly, I sorta feel a responsibility to weigh in on significant pieces of Star Wars news. Probably because my taste in those movies is all wrong but so, so right. Star Wars Rebels is kind of the big story happening between whatever crazy scoops people have landed on Episode VII. The story takes place between the Prequel and Original trilogies, following a group of characters on the fringes of the infant Galactic Empire. Superficially, its semi-well put-together, with a brisk approach to action and dialogue weighed down by animation that’s honestly just kinda fug.

But that’s not what bothers me. I can deal with (or at least ignore) mediocre Star Wars television. The real issue I take here is that the Rebels pilot is really just fan service — likable fan service, sure, but fanservice all the same. In fact, by the end of its pilot, REBELS has clearly established itself as the most fan-wanky piece of Star Wars cinematic history to date.

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Oct 27 2014

Robbie Rodriguez Inspired Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman Fan Art

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There might be those of you who look at this post and wonder – WTF? I don’t blame you. Comics in general are hard to keep up with and I for one have to remind myself that’s what the internet is for. Yet, for the most part, if it’s Spider-Man related, I typically try and stay on the up and up.

I first found out about the Spider-Verse back in March and still didn’t really grasp what it was going to be. I finally got my hands on the first issue not too long ago and I’ll admit that I was a little less enthusiastic. It’s a fun idea but I’m glad that it was a short lived series. However, there was one great thing that came out of it…Gwen Stacy.

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Oct 27 2014

Who Made the List of Best PS4 Games So Far?

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PlayStation 4 has been out for a year now, which has been enough time for the big-selling system to amass a collection of must-have games. Though the best PS4 games aren’t all exclusive to the system, you can argue that for the multiplatform ones, the PS4 is the “best”  console to play them on with a great UI and slightly more power than it’s main rival, the Xbox One. But that’s the debate of the decade, it seems.

I thought I’d go through what I think are the five best PS4 games right now, given that I’ve sunk hundreds of hours into the console over the past year across probably a dozen different titles. In the end, here’s the list I came up with, and you can see if any of your favorites are on here, as well as suggest your own in the comments.

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Oct 27 2014

Fox’s Lone Star and 6 Other Short Lived Shows That Deserve More Love

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Every year television networks broadcast several new television shows hoping that they’ll be able to get a few hits on their hands and renew it until it stops being a cash cow. In all honesty most of the time the shows that they pick aren’t great and if justice actually existed then they would be the ones that were shown the sharp side of the axe, but networks have shown me time and time again that there is no justice in the world. Year after year plenty of brilliant shows get shown the door, and often they have a very vocal fan base that attempt to salvage the show in any form they can. Many short-lived shows have found their places in peoples hearts and lived on in some way, recent cases of this include Firefly, Veronica Mars and Pushing Daisies. For every one of these shows that garner the adoration of fans and have made some sort of a comeback there are about ten others that don’t garner that much attention. This list gives you my breakdown of recent short lived shows that haven’t received anywhere near as much love they should’ve done.

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Oct 27 2014

Syfy’s Z Nation is My New Guilty Pleasure and Should Be Yours

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I’ve given up on SyFy shows for quite sometime now even before the whole Sharknado craze. I wasn’t too keen about the whole idea of Z Nation when word first broke out. It was immediately thrown to the “pass” pile. It’s also another zombie themed television and god knows the entertainment industry is overrun by the flesh eating undead. However, I was surprised when people were passing the world along  that it was actually an enjoyable show. It’s not as dramatic as The Walking Dead, but it was quite endearing in its own low-budget kind of way. Let’s pick apart why Z Nation is worth diving into the zombie genre once more.

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Oct 24 2014

There’s a Creepy Doll that Always Follows You…

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I still can’t believe it.  They did it; they actually pulled it off.  Against all odds, Blumhouse Productions actually managed to turn Annabelle into a legitimately good movie.  The film had everything going against it – a historically terrible director, a largely untested screenwriter, a cast consisting completely of unknowns and non-entities and a subject that could most readily be described as a more confusing version of Chucky – and yet that somehow proved to be more than enough to churn out a surprisingly high-quality horror film.

When John Form buys a rare, vintage doll for his pregnant wife Mia, it’s supposed to be a celebration of their new life together.  But when Annabelle Wallis, their neighbor’s estranged daughter, murders her parents in the middle of the night as part of a satanic ritual, everything changes for them.  Before the police can stop her, Annabelle attacks the Forms, slits her own throat, paints a satanic symbol into their nursery wall with her own blood and dies cradling the cherubic doll.

But that is only the beginning of the Forms’ troubles.  Annabelle’s ritual bound a demon to Mia’s doll, and it will not abate until it collects its due: a human soul.  The dark presence within the doll relentlessly stalks the Forms, and especially Mia: burning down their house, chasing Mia through her new apartment complex and abducting the Forms’ newborn child.  Not even the Catholic Church proves capable of saving the new family from their demonic tormentor.  Their only potential salvation lies within Evelyn – a kindly bookstore owner who believes that she was saved by God for a higher purpose. Continue Reading »



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Oct 23 2014

Diablo III, The Ultimate Pavlovian Mechanism

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I was a little hesitant to pick up Diablo III for my console – I’d played the first two games on a PC, and I had trouble seeing how some of the finer points of using skills would transfer over – but it turned out to be loads of fun.  Great interface, good pace, really fun skill progression/modification/customization.

Of course I was aware of the slightly insane logic of games like this: fight monsters that drop items that make your character more powerful, so you can fight harder monsters that drop better items that make your character even more powerful, so you can… fight harder monsters.  I’m sure there’s a word for it.  Pretty much any inventory-based RPG has this mechanic working to some extent.  And it’s certainly not a problem on its own – after all, with games like this, it’s about the journey, not the destination.

But the more I played Diablo III, the more I was slightly disturbed at how incredibly slick it all felt.  From the visible experience bar (just a liiiiiitle further) and the way your character lights up when you make a Paragon level, to the aesthetically pleasing orange column of light and special, unique sound that plays when a legendary item drops, the more I played, the more I felt like the game was playing me.

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Oct 23 2014

The New Boondocks vs. Black Jesus

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As usual, the last year of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block didn’t pass without controversy. Given the lengthy gaps between seasons for Aaron Mcgruder’s suicidally-offensive animated racial satire The Boondocks, any new season has been cause to celebrate over the last ten years. After a four year hiatus the show returned for a fourth season, but it wasn’t quite intact. The man who created the legendary comic strip in college and eventually brought it to the small screen in an even more in-your-face form was no longer involved.

The exact reasoning behind this decision remains a mystery, but Cartoon Network wasn’t done with the radical satirist yet as McGruder was slated to return to television with a bizarre live action series, Black Jesus. The Boondocks has been one of my favorite animated shows since the day it premiered, but could such a unique project survive the loss of the man who built it almost entirely with his own blood, sweat, and tears? And could McGruder possibly duplicate his success in the animated medium in live action? Now that both seasons have run their course, let’s see which one got the better. Continue Reading »



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