This afternoon, Louie, her family, Grace and myself all went to see Moana. Before I talk about the movie, I figured out something. Hopefully, a lot of moviegoers out there are agreement with me on this.
TRAILERS ARE POINTLESS!!!!
Lets be honest here, trailer do too much nowadays. First, the tell us the whole movie for okay ones. Second, they take the good ones, and they potentially spoil the good parts. Lastly, they aren’t an art form anymore.
There aren’t anymore “in the beginning” bite size trailers or mini montages that take different footage to get you to see. (sure, they got played out; but who cares they good!)
Honestly, if I want to know how bad, Bad Santa 2 is, don’t give me 90% of the good jokes. Let me spend the money and just charge me a $1 or 2 that it caused out of your budget to advertise it!!
Okay, rant finished!! About Moana, go see it, I loved it! Sure, there were a couple plot holes in there and there isn’t some things that are in your normal Disney or generic story. But it was AMAZING, take your kids or whoever. To me, probably the best Disney movie since, THE LION KING.
Three weeks ago, I got a gift card to Target and I intended to use it to buy some new clothes. But the inner geek inside me couldn’t help to avoid the oncoming VR (virtual reality craze! Once I finished doing some research, I’d realized that Google had released some cheap-ass vr headsets call Cardboard. Which are literally……
Which is NOT what I wanted. So I looked up Target’s page and they had a pair that were sturdier.
This is an example of the one I bought, which ended up being 50 bucks.
When I got it, it seemed pretty simple, open up the front once I found a supported VR game, app or video and pop my phone in! It was, but after about a few hours playing with the apps, the charm of 360 immersion wore off.
Videos were cool, as many of the good ones feature a 360 view where you can feel like you’re actually there. This was especially cool using Google’s Street View, which lets you explore anywhere on the globe in full view. But that gets old after a while. Viewing was also bothersome after a half hour and many times I HAD TO TAKE BREAKS!!
The games and apps seemed SUPER COOL, but my headset had fairly limited functionality, unlike the fancier Samsung, HTC, Oculous and Sony versions. Having a controller was pretty mandatory, which I kind of wish VR breaks AWAY from the controller. (I mean, isn’t that kind of the point of the virtual experience?!)
JUST NOT LIKE THIS! (Wow! I can’t believe I remember this movie!) – Stephen King’s Lawnmower Man
I know I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, but I have a feeling that VR STILL HAS A LONG WAY TO GO! The more expensive rigs will give users a WAYYY better experience than I had and I’m in no way trying to discourage you guys to try out the headsets for yourself. As a matter of fact, dip your toes in the pool and test the waters yourself and I hope you enjoy the swim
Louie and I were sitting and watching a few vids on Youtube and we saw this and I HAD to share it! Moms and dads totally get this and will have a great trip down memory lane watching our kids dancing at those tender toddler ages. Those memories are pretty irreplacable!
Since the introduction of the Xbox 360 (maybe earlier?), gamers and players alike were treated with little bite sized snack add-ons, we call DLC or downloadable content (for those who’ve been living in a bunker for the last decade) At first, it started as an avatar picture for your profile, a new weapon skin or an new character to play with.
Then came major add-ons from games like The Elder Scrolls Oblivion, which added totally new areas to explore, which was pretty cool, but most of it was just REALLY short. The Shivering Isles expansion was a MUCH larger world that took the same game and placed into an “Alice in Wonderland” kind of world. Fans LOVED it and companies steadily picked up on the fact that additional content AFTER a retail release was a GOOD thing!
Mass Effect, Gears of War, Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil 5 and many others began launch their own content MANY months following the release of a successful title. (BIG HINT: SUCCESSFUL TITLE! More on that, later.) Fans that bought the add-ons were left salivating for another release or add-on. Some were given what they wanted, others sorely disappointed by stale sequels and poor expansions.
Currently, the market is FLOODED with DLC content!!
Most releases are GUARENTEED to have expansions, regardless if the game is successful or not! Games are given shorter production windows and made smaller in value. It seems like we’re getting the short of the stick with many of our games. (At least, the Playstation and Xbox owners are, not sure about the Nintendo crowd.) Recent releases such as Destiny, carry a heavy price tag for players that just want the FULL experience RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX!! Will this ever be the same?! No, probably not. Unless community mods become a welcomed staple on console games, it’s not going to.
Which brings me to whole purpose of writing this shit today, I’ve decided to weigh what’s truly good about DLC and what isn’t. Maybe this will encourage you and others to be more mindful DLC purchases or just plunge into a really great add-on!
BAD – IT COSTS TOO MUCH!! A prime example, is the expansion for Fallout 4: Far Harbor. Following a price increase on their “season pass” from $29.99 to $49.99 Bethesda (Fallout 4’s developer) released Far Harbor with a $25 price tag! (WTF right?!) Many fans believed this was due to it being a massive addition to the game, extending play for many hours. What most people got was an add-on that was short, but sweet, lasting up to 10 to 12 hours. It left many fans with a sour taste in their mouths, if they ended up paying the full price for that DLC. (Opinions may vary)
On a note with season passes, many of these are going for the price of FULL RETAIL purchase! Many of which, are being announced at PRE-RELEASE/PRE-ORDER times. (Talk about counting your chickens before they hatch!)
GOOD- YOU GET MORE STUFF FROM THE GAME YOU LOVE! Many will complain about the price of DLC. But in all honesty, IF YOU LOVED PLAYING THAT GAME, wouldn’t you want more content when everything is all said and done?! SURE!! DLC does this, with it, you’ve got new modes, weapons, skins, customization options, stories, areas, maps, etc. For example, I love playing Mortal Kombat X (or XL as it’s described with all of the content added), the new characters like Jason Vorhees, the Predator and other classic characters folks asked for and got. DLC works out great when it works for you! Hell, I’ll even admit, Call of Duty’s zombie maps ARE creative, with their easter eggs, new weapons and guest characters with one liners tossed in for good humor.
BAD-LACK OF CREATIVE CONTENT! Sadly, when we get a fantastic game, that universally, fans love. We find a yearning for some extra continuation of that same gameplay and feel. But the expectation is pretty much a letdown once the real content arrives. Borderlands 2 did this with its second season, which seemed to have its team already exhausted from ideas on expanding the current game as is. Most likely, a lot of the material was more director’s cut, stuff that really didn’t need to be resold to us. (They were bit sized add-on that were cheap, admittedly and were SORT OF fun, if you weren’t already bored with the game.)
GOOD- ADD-ONS BREATH NEW LIFE INTO MULTIPLAYER SESSIONS. Electronic Arts and Activision have always been pretty good at putting out map packs. Premium members on both tend to get an expansion once every three months, which is clearly intended to EXTEND its server life. This usually keeps its loyal fans in sessions and constantly in competition.
BAD – ONLINE GOES DEAD WITH EXCLUSIVED SESSIONS. Battlefield Hardline and Arkham Origins were perfect examples of this. One or two months after an expansion was released, the exclusive servers focused on that particular expansion were GHOST TOWNS. Think about how many times, you’ve seen a session like that!!! IT HAPPENS A LOT!! Fortunately, EA has been catching onto that with Hardline and has been gradually been offering their DLC free during certain weeks. Does it change anything??? Not that I’ve noticed, as too many players have moved away from the game. (Battlefield with less vehicles and small maps, makes for a less interesting game!)
Go on Hardline’s “Betrayal” maps and this what you get…forget having 64 players.
BAD – DEVELOPERS ARE FORCED TO MAKE DLC! Street Fighter V is the prime suspect with this crime! The title was marketed out as a retail release with the competitive players in mind. BULLSHIT!! Capcom, you shortened the window because you thought that making a earlier release would boost sales. Well, they were right! But the barebones presentation burned a HELLUVA LOT OF BRIDGES with the fans. The ONLY thing that might have saved SFV was that the eventual content was made free. Personally, I passed on this version, as there WILL be another version released at one point. Put simply, give us a finished product, THEN release new content. That seems fair.
YEAH! This is what I wanted to see…oh wait, this never happened.
GOOD – IT TIDES US OVER UNTIL SOMETHING BETTER COMES ALONG. You’ve got the content and DLC and you’re loving it more than Mickey D’s. Then, BAM! The game you’ve been waiting for has been released. Hardcore gamers can identify with this, yet that’s what a game backlog is for! Either way, you’re good to go. (Personally, I don’t fall into this category and just play my older games in my spare time.)
GOOD – FANSERVICE IN A GOOD WAY! An honorable mention is Batman: Arkham Knight. As much as people bitched and hollered about the season pass for that game. If you got the discount, you ended up with a SHIT TON of bat goodies: 6 playable short stories w/characters to use in the challenges, 50+ outfits and vehicle skins and 1 major story add-on. I was lucky and paid $20 bones for it, but I admit it would’ve been a value at full price! DLC does this really well most of the times; sure it should be stuff they add as unlockables from the retail game. But sometimes, you wouldn’t get to see that content without DLC, after release.
BAD – MOST DLC IS EITHER FUN OR A CHORE – I can’t count how many times, I’ve played DLC that was poorly injected into the game or story of something I was playing. This just SHOWS the developers laziness and poor efforts in planning the additional content. It bothers me knowing that have to expect this when I get DLC for a game. It shouldn’t be that way.
Thanks for reading this lengthy rant on how DLC MAKES or BREAKS a purchase. I may be preaching to the choir with some of you guys, but maybe some of you were stuck on being indecisive about it. Hopefully, I helped today!
Fulling admit this is a close 2nd in terms of my nightmares of technology becoming sentient. Next to Skynet happening.
G’damn I love this one!
Dare me to just throw a ball of yarn over the ledge!
Man, this one brings back so many memories of those old Wolverine comics!
Yes ma’am, you can take me soul now! Just give me five more minutes!
Okay sunshine that flash your seeing is a rocket headed straight for your nuts. HAVE FUN!!
What would Batman be without his iconic skyscraper poses? Umm…I don’t wanna answer that one!
Looks like Conan’s had too much to drink…A-G-A-I-N!!
At least this parade is for charity to help those suffering from Diabetes.
It shaw is hot in here!
Too bad they’re painted by the guy on the right! What a cruel joke!
Dude I feel bad or you, as you elbows are twice the size of your face
Come on, Pedator 3!
Here is Admirawijaya, an AMAZING artist, that takes inspiration for the usual goodies. (COMICS, GAMES and a little of his own in between)
What I like about this guy’s work so much, is that much of his art reminds me of those Marvel collectible cards back in the 90s. The effects truly seem to jump at the viewer, which I always thought was kinda badass!!
Feel free to browse my usual snapshot of this gentleman’s phenominal artwork and be sure to SHARE and SUPPORT his hard work!
Back on the topic of gaming! Recently, I picked up the indie title, “My Night Job!” Not sure, if this was a popular game on Steam or PC or anything, but it’s new to me.
Playing it was fairly cut and dry. You play as some D-bag, whose wasting his time away like Al Bundy, flipping channels at 1AM. He sees an ad to join mercenaries, in order to make some fast cash…RIIIIIGHT. As expected, your buddies fly you over to a mansion that’s infected with monsters and kick your ass outta the chopper.
Needless to say, you’ve been dicked over and have to survive the monsters inside. Basically, you have to survive the game, save 100 survivors and prevent your merc buddies from nuking the mansion due to over-infestation.
The playthroughs on this are fairly smooth! It has that whole, old school arcade game feel to it, with a nice SNES look to it. It was pretty easy to play and definitely works well as a cut-to-the-chase kind of game. Action is fast and once I realized what some of the things were in the mansion, it made replaying it even more addictive.
I loved how I felt after finishing a run-thru and getting a higher score. There hasn’t been a game where I cared about the scoreboard like that in a while. Honestly, it’s just good mindless fun!
This bad boy is about 10 bucks on Xbox One and PS4, it’s well worth it, for those quick hour gaming sessions.
Valentine – Soul Calibur’s masochistic chemist, Ivy created this chain-whip sword, that pretty much goes from being a short sword to a projectile weapon. With both long range and short abilities, this girl is one rough customer! (The blade)
When I was playing the last big fight in Uncharted 4 (which I won’t spoil here), I was thinking about just how many cool swords there are in gaming. I already made a list of cool swords that I love in video games (linked here), but then I realized that that wasn’t enough. I need to make another list where I talk about even more of the awesome swords in video games, that I desperately wish I was able to have. I hope you enjoy.
10. Beam Katana
No More Heroes Perhaps it’s only fitting that such a cool weapon end up in the hands of a bumbling idiot who just so happened to get it by sheer chance. Now, this death-dealing monster is helping him climb the ladder of killers, in his goal to get to the top. A weapon that you use to dismember the living…
Today, I have APTERUS, whose an AMAZING painter!! As you can tell, much of his work is either inspired by the undead, mechs and Evangelion! Which I’m a fan of all three, so this one was a no brainer!! (get it, NO….BRAINER. I know, but I think it’s funny) His colors truly to come out, and look so nice against the dark, earthly backgrounds. Anyhow, enjoy the colorful, yet lifeless art I have on display for you today!
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Be sure to visit him HERE!
If they injected the movie, “The Crow” with more Metal and less Emo, THIS is the result!!
While I was relaxing and spending some time on the couch with Louie. She saw a commercial for Uncharted 4. When it was playing on the TV, she said “here’s another for you to game to review”. I kindly responded, “I’d like to”, with a clear inclination that I want the game, but can’t afford to get it. She also mentioned this, after seeing a commercial for Overwatch. (Which I’m still torn on Battleborn and Overwatch, as to the one to play!)
Then she surprised me right out of left field and said. “How about I review a few games?”
I was ELATED to hear that coming from her and certainly didn’t expect her to say that. So, I’ll look at some of my indie titles and get her started with one or two there. If that doesn’t work, we’ll try some mobile games out there. But I think I have a few things, I can think of.
I have to admit, that probably took a LOT from her and REALLY do appreciate her more than anything, yet equal to our daughter Grace. Love you, Lou.