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Not exactly, see Joseph Kahn decided to make a love letter for Power Rangers and had Katee Sackhoff and James Van Der Beek on hand for assistance. It is easily the mightiest fan wank in recent memory.
See below, but be warned it is not safe for work usage and probably not for the kiddos. Lots of cursing, Violence. Cursing. Formerly nudity. Brace thyself for a new flavor of Power Rangers.
I won’t hold my breath to see a new one, but hot damn I hope it’s half as amazing as this snippet of glorious genius.
So Wolverine died, Rocket Raccoon made it into theaters, Constantine has a TV show and Everything you touch is being hacked.
Been an interesting year.
I want to say that I had been as productive as I wanted, but between legitimate medical problems in the family, general procrastination and agonizing writer’s block, I did not get what I mean to get out of this year.
I aim to correct that… Next year.
For those that follow, I am now armed with my own 3DSxl and a PlayStation 4. As I trim down my staggeringly massive collection of toys I expect to turn that into an Xbox one and a PS Vita as well.
Or just a living room gaming PC. Who knows.
If you have the rant time, I’m curious to hear what you have planned and what you might suggest for the site. I’ve got some game recording widgets, but I haven’t had the time to educate myself on editing software yet.
Please leave a comment, adoring praise or full blown harassment as I’d just like to hear you chime in anyway.
Oh, also an updated-update to iOS 8.0.1 came out of Apple today that seems to be curing the woes of the apple afflicted without voice or data access. Just make sure you have a computer or a friend with a computer and internet access to allow for the current update to heal the phone.
If you haven’t updated to iOS8 then… debate it a bit longer. Not saying wait the rest of your life, but at least give it a week before jumping in since the last one basically RUINED THE PHONES. If you want to do it, it’s your phone so just read up on it before making with the update and stuff, y’know?
What was I talking about? Oh right, iPhone 6 devices bend and spell doom for apple. Or something. A video went out recently that demonstrated a rumor in action that the big iPhones were bending. Unbox Therapy went on a bending spree after they managed to bend their iPhone 6 Plus on video and start a wildfire of panic about the phones.
Problem is that iPhone 6 Plus owners were either possessed with screaming terror or bellowing skepticism as jokes about iPhone impotency and the tragedy of hipsters bending their phones by putting them into the pockets of their skinny jeans began to rage about the internet.
Actually, the ribbing that Apple has endured has been hilarious. Their competitors leapt at the chance to kick Apple while they were down, but it got worse when Heineken beer and even Pringles potato chips came in taking swings at the #Bendgate going down around the phones.
Apple seemed more concerned with the iOS8 drama that was proven to be killing their expensive as hell phones more so than the bending stuff. Altogether their sluggish response seemed almost indifferent and to be fair, despite Apple’s slow defense to claim that only 9 “legit” cases of bending iPhone 6 Plus devices had been found seemed like a hot load of wet shit coming from the same guys who don’t bother testing updates to a degree that they’re happy to make expensive paperweights out of phones.
Amidst Apple’s attempts to lure back consumer confidence, Consumer reports came in to ruin everyone’s fun though as they performed their own harsh (“scientific”) tests and bend-a-thons starting with the new iPhones and taking a tour of the smart phones of today. Check out the videos, they’re horrifying. Again, the Note 3 won out in this challenge of bending type abuse.
As though challenged by folks crying foul, Unbox Therapy did it again showing the bending of another iPhone 6 Plus being pitted against the new Moto X. The iPhone 6 Plus bends again making #Bendgate still a thing for the time being.
Being that I don’t really have a dog in this fight, I’m just going to urge everyone who needs to take the iPhone 6 series plunge to invest in a case. I rock a Samsung Note 3 myself and I’m not going to rest easy knowing it resists bending.
Cases. Know them, love them, research and invest in them.
So the iPhone 6 came out. Given my bread and butter is supporting electronics, specifically phones I’ve been hidden away in secret bunkers learning secret things about secret stuff, all of which is really more disappointing than you’d care to hear. Let’s bring work home with me as I share some insight and some articles of interest for folks willing to read a bit to keep their phones from bending or bursting into flames.
Anyhoo, I feel I might as well share the same tools at my disposal in this time of SERIOUS consumer crisis for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the abominable beast that is ios8.
#Bendgate huh? More like #Blendgate amirite?
Let’s start with the worst:
To start let me say this, DON’T UPDATE YOUR PHONE TO IOS8. I know folks get so excited by the prospect of Apple’s cool new offerings that they throw caution to the wind. I know this because it’s those same folks that keep calling wondering why the update didn’t work or why they suddenly have a laundry list of hellish problems, not to mention just lost their contacts, pictures, etc.
If the update is worth having, it’ll be there a month from now. Even six months from now. Give it time and wait for a stable update as though you cared enough about your phone to keep it running. Apple is using you as a Beta tester, not a customer, to keep their stuff rolling out according to dates pulled from someone’s ass before they knew their fancy OS even worked. I don’t need more proof than the recent ios8 update that crippled enough phones from voice and data to prompt Apple to pull the update from their systems.
That’s right, ios8.0.1 was supposed to clear out a buttload of bugs and instead cut off phones from their network connections. Apple has even gone so far to put out an “Anti-Update” to reverse the issue requiring a working computer with internet connection and the lastest version of iTunes running on it.
Other folks beat Apple to the punch on this matter because most folks outside of Apple are familiar with the process of jailbreaking, which in one form or another is what you need to do to pry the tainted 8.1 update from the phone. It comes so close to jailbreaking that it’s risky for techs to even discuss without fearing for their jobs, yours truly included. Jailbreaking is a tricky topic because it voids warranties and puts support techs on a slippery slope meaning a lot of those affected are getting tossed to Apple’s already overwhelmed support simply on principal.
Thanks a LOT Apple.
If the threat of being locked out of your own phone or cut off from the very network you pay for your phone to operate on isn’t enough to satisfy some measure of caution then please at least try the common sense approach to an update using iTunes via a computer connection. It’s not a perfect process, but after thousands of calls on this very topic I can personally assure you that your iPhone has a much higher chance of ease in transitioning from one OS to another using this important tool, not to mention the simple fact that it provides the strongest non-cloud backup method for iPhones.
Apple’s new IOS offers some cool new features and is aesthetically pleasing by comparison to its ios7 cousins, but be warned!!! If your phone is NOT of the recent 5 series (iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S) then the only older phone that really supports it is the iPhone 4S and you’ll see a distinct change in your display because ios8 is made for a bigger, better display than your tiny screen can accommodate. It’s possible that there may be a fix in the long run, but Apple has plenty on its plate to fix and forcing you to strain your eyes doesn’t register as a problem for them.
Apple says it’ll have these issues sorted soon, but even when they swear that the coast is clear be safe. Get iTunes and make sure you back up your stuff before ever attempting an update, and do the update THROUGH iTunes. Don’t update through data or Wifi if possible, increases changes of a corrupted update which leads you to talking to me.
Also, before Android or Windows smugness sets in for non-IOS readers let me assure you that all Cellphone manufacturers leap before looking because it’s cheaper that way. Samsung is still reeling from a recent update that disabled voicemail access and never mind the nightmare Daison shared regarding the HTC mass bricking that basically sank an entire line of phones.
With technology as it is today, YOU need to take the effort to understand it. Too many people wallow in ignorance, resentful towards any attempt to educate them to either the potential for anything a smartphone can offer or the risks that owning such a device might pose on their lives. Cell carriers provide classes and often give away digital guides, many even have insurance that includes sexy techs like myself ready to take you through EVERYTHING the phone can do. Do yourself a favor, take all the FREE knowledge you can get and don’t be an asshole about it.
The sad thing is that most of this crap you can figure out with Google. We do. Seriously, most techs these days have jobs because folks are too ignorant to search for a readily available answer. Don’t make excuses for your ignorance because you deleted your photo album when you could have backed it up because you didn’t have the time to put in a few keystrokes to help yourself better understand a tool you depend on in your life.
Thanks for sitting through that. That’s one down, join me next time for #bendgate talk.
This guest review comes from my sister, this is to be the first of many! Enjoy!
I’ll admit I’ve had an on again off again relationship with this game.
I downloaded the demo and played through that about one and a half times before getting distracted and moving on to something that I found more gripping. Honestly, the first 20 or so minutes of the game feel weird to me, I feel like I’m being timed and I hate timed quests in my third person RPGs.
Overall the introductory part of the game is a little bit clumsy, that probably is the only reason I wasn’t initially seduced by the purple fairy elves and Norse fairy tale creatures. I have to confess that I love all that stuff. Fairies, Jotun, all sorts of mythological stuff. Except the Greek stuff.
I have seriously been having trouble trying to figure out what to say about this game that other reviewers haven’t already said? “Baby’s First Skyrim” is a pretty damn good description. Even though the game play is a little milquetoast, the art and story makes up for it. KoA is also a time vacuum. I would sit down to play for 20 minutes and instead look up from the screen several hours later when confronted with the sudden surprise of human contact as I realized in horror that I’d gone long enough for a search party to be sent out.
This game had me fangirling all over the controller once I got past the initial hump. That hump boiling down to some of the norse terminology was mispronounced, or at least it was used in a different way than I was familiar and the mispronunciation did actually throw me off quite a bit. It’s difficult to imagine much could throw me off, what with the search parties finding me while I was in the throes of being a pointy eared undead(?) elf fairy… thing. The quests were generally short but balanced fairly well with a fair mix of combat, social interaction and storyline. However the voices were all quite similar and make me thinks that perhaps they only had a few voice actors. Same Voice syndrome is all over the dialogue.
The environment was lush and varied and appeared to be a place that was plausible enough in the real world with clear blue streams and blooming trees and flowers. There was a lot of variety in the environs as well, with everything from desert to tropical regions. This was amazing and beautiful and I know I missed almost all of it because the default camera angle is looking down. Why give us a beautiful sky when you make us look at the ground? This makes enemies hard to fight and goals hard to find. While even with this handicap to enjoyability being very prominent, taking control of the camera angle can remedy this quite a bit. That’s how I even noticed the wide skies and the flowers on the trees.
Character generation was ridiculously fun to play with although I wish there had been a wider variety of facial options and body-size customization. I still however managed to make an approximation of a much taller elf fairy undead creature version of myself. Changing clothes actually actively changes what your character is shown to be wearing and I cannot stress enough how awesome that is in a third person perspective game. Playing for hours on end staring at the same back of the same outfit is a little boring. Also your choice in clothes/armor or jewelry show up in cutscenes and that is very rad.
I really enjoyed the fate and destiny shifting themes of the story and the use of tarot-like cards to do divination appealed to me aesthetically. The fact that you can totally re-spec the build of your character at almost any time is just mind blowing. I can’t recall another game giving you something this profoundly convenient in terms of character control.
This thing will drain your time like mad if you give it a solid chance. This game is wonderfully rendered, drawn, written and fairly well voice acted but is not what I would peg as everyone’s cup of tea. I’d say the target market is people who love the art and lore of games like League of Legends but hate the idea of playing online with strangers. Kind of an antisocial gamer’s dream version of World of Warcraft. And that suits me just fine.
Overall on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being awful and 5 being awesome), I give Kingdoms of Amalur a3.5!
This is my first game review so please be gentle.
So the economy isn’t as stable as you might hope. It’s prompting a lot of desperate moves from pretty much every industry and more than a few of these moves are encapsulated Hasbro’s handling of the Transformers, spotlight moves being tied to Transformers 4.
Hollywood partnering with China for the movie wasn’t altogether that weird, especially given the money they made being twice the domestic profits in the Chinese market.
Outside of the maddening decisions Bay pushed for the film, the weirdest move to date is going out of their way to dumb their strongest toyline down as the following Japanese ad demonstrates perfectly.
The above video features the heavy push for easier toys to transform. This is an issue I have some issue with since it’s even easier than their VERY young kid-aimed Rescue Bots line, which results in a robot in a handful of moves.
This new attiude affects all their figures from this point forward in a desperate negotiation with what they perceive to be simple consumers touting fewer “steps” to “convert” these figures of constant change. Specifically, the above video is of the line marketed as aggressively and cheaply as possible, while other two other levels exist beyond this. Note that they can’t even paint that garbage to look decent?
The kiddy stuff they’re pushing so hard is clearly the most basic level, followed by a slightly larger gimmick based line with “action” stuff like swinging limbs and VERY simple transformations and finally the standard line aimed at slightly older kids and adult collectors.
All of their prices are obscene.
Due to some marketing research, Hasbro delivered the bombshell that Transformers having any challenge in their transition from robot to other thing made them hard to sell. I guess the dwindling economy and ongoing downgrade in product quality had nothing to do with it, but whatever.
According to their research, kids get frustrated with puzzles and give up on the robots in disguise. Certainly the fact that Hasbro has been doing everything to charge more for a lesser product can’t have anything to do with it, so clearly it’s just because it’s hard to do the most important thing a transformer does.
Stupid-level transformers also come in the above “mega” variety and tend to transformer via flipping or smashing, utterly murdering the whole purpose of the franchise in the process.
I never thought I’d see the day when world’s most famous giant robots aren’t worth learning the simplest of disciplines. Nothing but fat, lazy kids just flipping their robots around.
This philosophy is a thing Hasbro is applying across their lines in general to limit steps in transformation to lure back an audience too stupid to use toys with instructions. I get that sometimes it takes a little work to get something down, but if you surrender to FUCKING PLASTIC TOYS then what does that say to your goals in life?
I’ll happily admit that some of these guys are a challenge and as a professional nerd I’ve broken more than my share of toys even as an adult, but it’s a learning process like everything else in life. I started with Gobots when I was younger and when Transformers hit the scene it was unreal how big, awesome and amazing they were and they had only gotten better with time.
These days with child safety laws, my toys should have straight up killed my ass fifty times over. Pointy parts, hard plastic edges, die cast metal, sparks, small accessories, launching missiles and the original Megatron was a stunning replica of a Walther P-38 pistol with scoped rifle attachments.
The Masterpiece Megatron that came out a few years ago is about the size of a Desert Eagle.
I know that this just means that I’ll have to worry less about losing money to Hasbro, but Hasbro isn’t subtle about their obsessive desperation as they eagerly leap to rip off legos with their Kre-O lines, Lego’s Bionicle with their Transformers Construct Bots, Skylanders with their pseudo-console set for Rescue Bots and other stuff as it suits their impulses.
Hasbro is just like any other company today terrified for their brand relevancy and regularly getting their asses kicked by Mattel isn’t helping. I hope they consider sticking to what sells or at least start ripping off better ideas like Mattel’s Mattycollector.
Honestly, I can’t believe I ended up watching it. It’s definitely a sign that I should trust my instincts and easily made me certain that I can totally pass on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I’m not really out to spoil things and I’m so disappointed that I’m not gonna throw out a full blow review. Here’s a break down of what the awful reality is from viewing a Michael Bay Transformers trailer and the actual film:
No/few Transformers – I get that Transformers show up, but they are just making a cameo in a film with their name so Marky Mark can have multiple impotent arguments with idiot children about sex, pregnancy and inherent purity of invention. There’s also the Earth-made Transformers that… don’t transform. Huh.
No Dinobots – They’re literally the curtain that closes on the film, presenting them as anything else is utterly dishonest. 4 Dinos show up, don’t say a word, then after a brief scuffle take off to have a nice fight sequence to end the movie way too late.
The movie won’t die – Bay needs to look up what editing means. There’s no excuse why this film couldn’t have been done in half the time and accomplished more. When I’m yawning to constant explosions and bored to tears when Dinosaur robots show up, you’ve failed at what you meant to do.
Really stupid – Granted, this film is slightly LESS stupid than the last two films because it has some focus. The problem is that the movie can’t stick with that and it flies off the rails into stupid territory constantly, ruining the most coherent story the movies have had yet.
Evil Autobots – I’m not saying that they need to clone the 80’s cartoon, but Bay doesn’t even know what a goddamn robot is much less what a heroic robot character is like. The Autobots spew more hate than ANY Decepticon in ANY of the films as they talk constantly about their eagerness to murder both humanity and their fellow Autobots. It’s pretty embarrassing.
For those unafraid of actual spoilers read Rob Bricken’s FAQ for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
For those just seeking a quick and easy review, I’ve got three of varying passionate responses to Bay’s latest film:
Jeremy Jahns has the easiest reaction to digest and one I agree with more than anything.
Nostalgia Critic weighed in as well, albeit in a way that even I feel is utterly extreme.
For a less obscenity-fueled rant here’s MovieBob’s take on the film, which is far more generous than I could be given that I was annoyed for the first half and bored out of my mind for the second.
Doesn’t get better knowing the games tied into the film are also disappointing. I’m glad the funding manages to produce other cool Transformer things like masterpiece toys, new shows and awesome games like War for Cybertron, but the ongoing spectacle of shame is getting pretty old.
So Littlekuriboh’s Yugioh Abridged series is a thing that’s been on the internet for awhile.
I won’t pretend that I’ve been very fond of Yugioh or that I’ve really grasped even a basic understanding of uh… Well, anything about it. I’m totally baffled by how it became as big as it did, but I’m picking myself up off the ground after discovering another of the internet’s treasures in an abridged series that sums up the high points of another monster anime franchise.
They did a recent movie (Bonds beyond time, see video below) that crossed the different yugioh generations over in a fight for the future… of card games on motorcycles? If you like what you see or find yourself curious, mosey on over to yugiohabridged.com for more.
It’s funny as hell and pulled me into a series 60 epsiodes strong that takes brutal hateful stabs at characters, concepts, plotlines, hairstyles and other elements made famous by this trading card game.
Hotline Miami, game famed for its brutal and savage trademark murder simulation distinguished by bizarre animal masks is…
Totally unrelated to this video about and comically themed horse-headed beast that roams city streets in a nightgown to satisfy a lust for hay and blood. No, seriously. This is a recurring character in the twisted rampage of comedy by the minds behind ASDF.
See the video below, but be warned that it contains hay consumption, a wiggling horse mask and madness. Also brutal murder, so unless your boss is into that kind of thing check it out.
More like “Jurassic Suck”.
Like people drunkenly rifling through boxes in an attic of pain, Telltale joins the forces of intellectual bankruptcy toying with a strong concept for a relatively dead license in a method never taken.
I could ramble about failure to adhere to a license and I just might, but the game being totally broken does the job of shooting this game down before I can gripe about the other crap.
Sooo much crap…
A mercenary chased by glowing eyes sets the stage for the story untold that ties into the film and the ultimate fate of the Nedry’s Barbasol can full of embryos. A smuggler trying to escape with the can finds herself trapped on the island with a dino-vet, his daughter, a scientist and a pair of mercenaries sent to “rescue” priority people left on the island.
This is a dead horse that so many have already stepped up to beat, but I’m not above finding that same horse to get a few kicks in after spending some quality time in my new experience at exotic Isla Nublar.
It boils down to three distinctive sins:
2. Mass Effect?
3. Bored in Dinosaur hell?!
1. Quick Time Events – They didn’t have a name until Shenmue and they didn’t have a face until God of War implemented them in gruesome and naughty pieces of action to break up the tedium of murdering the entire Greek pantheon of Gods. Now that they’re cool, every lazy, lame, loser hack of a developer throws this shit in a game because it’s cheaper to make you react to cinemas and timed button prompts instead of playing a game.
Jurassic Park is, without question, the single greatest example of doing everything wrong. EVERYTHING. The game isn’t peppered with QTE, it is just a 4 episode series of buggy, unresponsive quick time events and a handful of them have actual effect on how the story proceeds, but thanks to the second sin it commits you won’t give a crap.
2. Mass Effect Conversation – Who borrows stuff from better games? Telltale, apparently. In the right hands, a script can bring a silly story to the skies of brilliance making you overlook flaws and find something to keep this tale in your heart forever. Jurassic Park swipes Mass Effect’s conversation wheel, but dodges the accusation of theft like a boss because they didn’t make a script worth reading or characters worth the effort of conversing.
To further pour salt in that open wound, your choices in conversation don’t mean crap because the characters don’t remember anything and it’s the QTEs that really determine life or death, so conversations are just there to bleed out time between marathons of “press X to dry hump dilophosaurus”.
Worse still, they make you devil’s advocate in their arguments. As tension mounts the characters begin to argue and take each other hostage periodically, but you’re the one commanding the awful dialogue between them on both sides and it seems to go on as long as you let it. The worst of it doesn’t show until the latter half of the game, but the fact is that there isn’t a redeemable soul among them and any game where I start rooting for the man-eating beasts stalking my characters is doing something wrong.
3. BORED BORED BORED!!! – So the mere notion of running around the iconic park had me ready to scream “Eat a dick, Spielberg!” as I imagined being able to trash familiar settings of one of my favorite films and books. It was an easy sale, really. They wasted money on text, I’d have bought it for the logo alone.
Sadly, the end result of this entire exercise is boring, lifeless and bland as a generic story about instantly forgettable people is told terribly through shitty QTE. Jurassic Park doesn’t just validate the stigma directed at licensed video games, it is probably the greatest culprit ever devised. Telltale is known for bringing life back into a genre that encouraged exploration and experimentation amidst stories that provided ample incentive to dig for more. Jurassic Park is the antithesis to their design philosophy to date.
I’m sure there’s a book deal in the making about who screwed who on this, but for those on the fence because you’re a fan of the franchise or someone who just think dinosaurs and videogames need to join forces more often then you need to steer clear of this game because it will hurt you more than anyone else.
Overall: 1 out of 5
This is Telltale’s lowest point and it was out of this crap-drenched attempt at an action game that they found better ways to fuse their skills at making solid adventure titles. Out of this failure we got the incredible Walking Dead game and the outstanding Wolf Among Us series. It wasn’t a total loss.
I have to impress upon you though, that curiosity isn’t worth it. If you CAN dodge this bullet, do so. It was recently on sale for $.99 on the Playstation store and it was all 4 episodes for about a buck. That’s arguably still too much, because you’ll have nothing save for regret while actually playing them.