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Bye Bye Beta! Hi-Rez Studios unleashes SMITE

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It’s official. The SMITE is officially no longer in Beta as of March 25, 2014. In commemoration of this, every account level 10+ received 600 Gems for retweeting the announcement (If you have an old account, log back in and check that out!) as well as a $200K tournament going down . The tournament begins tomorrow, March 28 and runs through March 30. Check that out at their official Twtich page here.

If you haven’t played, now’s the best time to jump on board. As a former WoW addict, I have refused to play anything like it the past few years. I was introduced to SMITE in December and have been hooked. SMITE is basically an awesome MOBA with different options for gameplay that ranges from 5v5 Arenas to Conquests with specific team objectives. The characters are gods and their abilities are generally based off the the mythology behind them.
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In SMITE, you have a level playing field for everybody. Everyone starts off with the same amount of Gold that can be used to purchase items throughout that specific game. Of course, you earn more gold over time and when you slay an opposing team’s god or titans. The whole idea makes it easy for you to get a quick game in rather than sitting for hours waiting on a raid and fighting for gear. Generally arenas last between 15-20 minutes and conquests run about 25-45 depending.

It’s awesome to see all the new gods that are being added as well as the updated environments. I urge you if you haven’t played or haven’t played it in a few years, check it out!

Feel free to add me to make you feel better about yourselves ;). Username is Eriiiicka

 

 

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One Bloody Mary To Rule Them All

So it’s the weekend, and you wanna go out to eat…maybe go get some brunch with friends. You’re not sure if you feel like chicken, a burger, chicken wings, pulled pork slider, mac n cheese, or a hot dog. Why not have them all! This is America, and doggonit do we know how to be gluttonous. Crazy thing is if you want all those items in one order, you gotta go to Vancouver, Canada (or at least, for now, although we probably have something sinfully similar).

Check out this Canadian concoction being served in Score on Davie‘s as their version of the Caesar (or the Bloody Mary as we like to call it in America). Although, did you know that there is a difference between a Bloody Mary and a Caesar? The difference is in the juice. Bloody Mary’s use tomato juice, while Caesar’s apparently only use clamato juice. Now, I always thought clamato juice was in a Bloody Mary but I guess I was wrong. Not my drink of choice, although some studies say it helps with hangovers.

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Anyhoo, Look at that beast! I forgot to mention it also has roasted veggies, for those who have the I-don’t-want-to-die-from-a-heart-attack fear. Oh and the piece de resistance . . . the chocolate brownie. Mmm hmm. Delicious!

Did I also forget to mention that the hot dog you see in the picture above is a pulled pork mac n cheese hot dog. Hot diggity dog right?! And they put a freakin whole chicken.

Do you think it was on purpose that it looks like a cross? Well, that surely is a sacrifice to your health, even if you’re supposed to share it with people. =P

Score on Davie’s has other Caesar drinks with different food toppings. The picture below is the Aint No Thang Caesar. Made me giggle. I think I would rather try that instead. Looks less aggressive.

 

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Happy eating!! Don’t forget … when in doubt, spit it out! =P

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Creator of Jem and the Holograms Left Out of Movie

As you may have heard or read, Hasbro has teamed up with John M. Chu (the guy that brought you G.I. Joe: Retaliation) to develop a live-action Jem and the Holograms movie. As part of their creative process, they have enlisted the help of pretty much anyone with access to the Internet to submit their suggestions for storylines, actors, designs, etc. I think this is marketing genius as making these nostalgic characters a collaborative project will not only generate buzz for the movie, but also allow fans to feel as if they had a part in producing a movie for one of their beloved childhood cartoons.

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What you might not have heard is that the creator of the animated series was never approached to become part of the creative team. On March 20, Christy Marx posted on her Facebook page:

No, I had no inkling that the movie was being developed or had reached this stage until a couple of days ago. Someone high in the Hasbro PR department thoughtfully reached out to me to let me know about the movie and the impending announcement so that I wouldn’t be blindsided by it. I appreciated that gesture.

Note that John M. Chu had spoken with Christy on the phone that same day, and had a productive conversation about their admiration for Jem. Christy went on to say in her Facebook post that “He wants to reinvent Jem for a current audience.” Which is very interesting to read, and will cause much anticipation on how this movie will turn out. Kinda makes sense now why he enlisted the help of the public to create the movie, seemingly so he can gauge the public’s current view of Jem and what they expect from the end-product.

Christy also voiced a concern about the fact that there are no women voices among the top head honchos of the development of this movie. This movie is still in the development process, so it will be interesting to see how they deal with some of the backlash they have received. I can only hope that they do plan on bringing on some women as head honchos in order to stay true to the series. Although, is it a fact that men would not do justice with portraying a series that is so woman-centric? If roles were reversed, and it was women who were directing and developing a movie for, let’s say, G.I. Joe, would there be similar backlash?

However this movie gets made, hopefully it stays true to the soul of the animated series, and satisfies the show’s true fans who have been delighted and invigorated by the announcement of this developing movie. =)

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Truly Outrageous Making of “Jem and the Holograms” Movie

A truly clever move by the marketing team for the upcoming Jem and the Holograms movie.

On their official Tumblr, they announced yesterday a sorta type of open casting call for both characters and creative input. They are mostly enlisting help in costume design, music, script, etc. but leaving it open for triple threat actors to audition for parts. Crazy stuff.

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Image via Wikipedia

Production begins this spring, so take your selfie shots, your video selfie shots, or even shots of other people you think should be in the movie. Haha. And submit them NOW. You can do it here.

Check out the casting call video to the world below. Do you think they’ll do a hoopla at Comic Con this year? They would be fools not to try.

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HUVr – The Future has arrived

It’s 2014. We’re only one year away until the zenith of technology: The year 2015 (thanks Back to the Future II).  A very interesting video popped up on the Net a few days ago. Roll footage:

HOLY HOVERBOARDS! CELEBRITIES? WHAT THE HELL!?
A company called HUVr recently posted this video featuring hoverboard technology. First reaction: HOLY CRAP! Did they really nail the technology!? Celebrities such as Tony Hawk, Moby, Terrell Owens and Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd, are all featured in this viral video. With all this star power, it looks like HUVr is out to give Mattel a run for their money.

An interesting point out about HUVr’s website (link) is the countdown. The “destination time” countdown on their website points to December 2014. Ultimately, what’s being promoted with these videos is anyone’s guess at this point but this proves that we’re not the only ones dreaming of the future. Next thing you know, Nike will make self-lacing shoes…

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Find more information about HUVr at huvrtech.com.
All images and video courtesy of HUVr Press Kit.

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Study Breaks.

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(image via: Anime Vice)

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that time of the year again. Number 2 pencils sharpened. A thin film of Eraser dust covers the work space. A never ending, and ever changing itunes playlist carries through the background. Twitter and Instagram are more or less being left to the wayside. The same t-shirt starts to see more than a few days of wear in a row…Sounds like another All Nighter

SSB offers our blessings and the ability to stay awake all night and study! For all those at school who will need the well wishes for the approaching exams, Good Luck. Handle all those academic responsibilities and prepare to celebrate the completion of those exams and papers with a RAGER.

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8 Bit Nostalgia : Robocop 3′s Title Screen Theme

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You know the future’s bright when little girls are brandishing submachine guns.

I was in 4th grade when someone gave Robocop 3 to me.  I don’t remember who it was now, but man, this game was fun.  I sure as hell didn’t know any better, but I played the hell out of this game.  When I beat the game, I actually wrote into our calendar “Robocop 3 beaten by J.J.”  The hypest moment of the day.

The game hasn’t aged very well, and now I can see just how bad it was.  Everything about the game screamed mediocre.  The color palette, the controls, the presentation, damn near everything about the game was just….mediocre.  Well, when the source material was the worst Robocop movie in the trilogy, you can’t really expect much from the game.

Except for the music.  Ocean games were usually based on movie franchises, and they weren’t that good.  Except for the music.  They knew how to make music.

This song is my absolute favorite track from the NES era.  It’s the intro theme for the NES version of Robocop 3.  The intro starts out slow, then builds momentum and starts hitting you with a deep bassline, and everything else starts falling into place.  I kid you not when I say that I would never, ever skip this intro when I would play this game.  I would let it run until it ended, and then press START.

I honestly thought that I was the only person in the whole wide world that loved this song.  I was wrong.

Jeroen Tel, the song’s composer, is still active to this very day.  He’s the one that got the song playing on stage at that chiptune concert.  Every time I hear that song, I’m always whisked back to a time when the only responsibility I had was to do my damn homework.  Fox 6 kids actually had awesome programming, and the closest we got to gambling was POGS.  I didn’t have to worry about filing taxes, getting my car fixed, getting my ass kicked in the boxing ring, or running a half marathon.

It was a simple, fun time.  And I think that’s the power that chiptune music has over us NES kids.  It brings us back to that time, over and over again.

 

 

 

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My Favorite NES Soundtrack

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The very first console I ever owned was a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). I was 4 1/2 years old then and the 1980’s were coming to an end. But my lifelong affection for the sights and sounds of this 8-bit machine were only beginning.

Now before I even had an NES to call my own, I had already been exposed to the console thanks to my cousins. Whenever I would go to their house I’d watch them play Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. Because of that, the “Overworld” and “Underground” themes were as much as lullabies to me as say “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or “Hush, Little Baby”.

But it wasn’t until a year into playing the NES did my taste in games begin to really progress. And so at this point in my life, I would frequent the local Blockbuster nearly every Friday evening and rent a new game. One of those games was Mega Man 2.

Mega Man 2 is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable, addicting, and frustrating games I’ve ever played. I can recall staying up all night Friday to play, writing down the code after defeating a boss on my college ruled line paper, and finally going to bed around 1 a.m. On Saturday I’d wake up around 10 a.m., watch some Fox Kids, and begin the cycle all over again until I had to return the game Sunday (dat 2 nights, 3 days policy doe).

What made Mega Man 2 such a special game, however, was not only the exceptional non-linear gameplay, but also the soundtrack. From the moment you turn on the game (after 3 rounds of blowing into the cartridge), the opening title screen music immediately takes you into the year 200X. It begins as this hauntingly melodic piece until 43 seconds in when that synthesizer slide strikes and the tempo is suddenly turned up to 11.

Then there’s the moment you select what stage you want to play. The boss select theme itself is simply unforgettable and maybe my favorite 8 seconds in all of 8-bit.

Furthermore, the actual stage music is incredible. Each stage theme reflects its respective boss perfects. For example, Flashman’s music compliments the blinking lights of the stage while Heatman’s theme captures the hectic pace one has to endure as they hop their way through the level. Then there’s the beauty that is Dr Wily’s stage theme:

The Mega Man 2 soundtrack is an instant chiptune classic. And it’s an integral element that makes Mega Man 2 truly an 8-bit masterpiece. On a personal note, it was one of the first times in my life where melodies really had an effect on me. To this day, melody is the most important factor in determining what songs I enjoy. And that’s all thanks to the NES.

 

Honorable soundtrack mentions (and totally underrated Action/RPG games):

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Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 Review

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“I am a leaf on the wind…Watch how I soar.”

Those were the words of Hoban Washburne just moments before he (SPOILERS) met his demise in the film Serenity. They also serve as the inspiration for the title of the newest Serenity miniseries “Leaves on the Wind”. And while it’s been 9 years since the release of Serenity, the story itself begins just 9 months after the events of the film.

Whenever these comic book continuations of previous film/television franchises happen (e.g. Ghostbusters, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The X-Files), my biggest fear is that the tone and feel of the characters/settings will change. Yet although it’s a different Whedon (Zack) handling the scripting duties, none of the charm of the original television series or film has gone away. Furthermore, Captain Malcolm Reynolds, his crew, and the isolation of the 03-K64-Firefly class ship are all captured adequately by Georges Jeanty’s (who is fresh off from illustrating Buffy Seasons 8 and 9). 

After reading this issue though I couldn’t help but feel bittersweet about it. I know the stigma is that all Joss Whedon shows start off slow. The first dozen episodes of Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are evidence of that. But Firefly was different. Firefly was special. The 2 hour pilot episode is one of the best pilots I had ever seen. Frankly speaking, it should have lasted at least the 7 years Joss Whedon had originally envisioned. It deserved a better promotional campaign and to be aired in the intended order sequence. Nevertheless it was canceled after only 14 episodes. Fortunately, we got a fantastic film in Serenity and that quote from Wash. And now we have this miniseries. I can’t wait to see how this story soars.

4.5/5 – SHINY