Steven Universe: Attack the Light is the perfect RPG for beginners. But is it enough for the hardcore?Read More
I'm always going to support black gamers doing big things in gaming, and this is one of those times. Red bull has started covering e-sports and their latest series covers Darryl Lewis, who's been making a name for himself in the Street Fighter scene. Big props and let's continue to support our own.
I've yet to find another set up that is better for running the spark than a hunter the blade dancer subclass and blink jump. Here's a couple of successful spark runs in the crucible.
Horizon Zero Dawn is weird...it's like a mix of Jurassic Park and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Luckily I like both of those games so I'll be keeping my eye out on this one. Wanted to share some screens, especially the one with a dinosaur that looks like mix between a brontosaurus and the USS Enterprise.
I’ve been gone for a minute, and while I was gone the world has apparently gone to hell. Folks are crying for Glenn and championing Carol as some sort of hero...I guess it’s time for someone to set the record straight. This week I clean house and call out the bullshit. So let’s get started shall we?Read More
I want to love Transformers Devastation. I want to scream from the mountain tops that the greatest transformers game ever made is now available for consoles, but I can’t. I can’t because the game is missing “soul”, that elusive characteristic that makes games great. It’s the hunt for this quality that makes the game such a paradox. How can a game that does so many things right get this one thing so wrong?Read More
Ah the first week of October...which means a shit ton of games and not enough time to play them! And if you've been busy with work and haven't been paying much attention to what's been happening in the world of games, don't worry. I got you covered. First up...The News!
It was a rainy weekend in ATL, so I spent most of my time patrolling planets, completing quests, and dominating in the crucible. Well, domination might be a bit strong but I did win two Rumble matches (back to back) and successfully ran the spark 4 times in a rift match, so I guess you can say I was competitive. Joining me in the crucible was my LB (line brother) DeezNates86. The highlights in the video above are from the first of two rumble matches and my Rift run. I still believe the best runner build for rift is a blade dancer with blink jump.
The Taken King expansion dropped on Tuesday, which meant a solid weekend of crucible matches with my hunter. With the 2.0 patch tuning how weapons are used within the game, I'm still running with praedyth's timepiece as my primary but I've added the 4th Horseman as my go to special weapon. The 4th Horseman has the stability I need, however the range is terrible. One thing I can say, is that I have a new appreciation for the gun slinger subclass. The vid above are a few highlights from my weekend in the crucible.
Here's an ugly truth - A majority of the 'content' that we post on our social networks is meaningless. But here's an even uglier truth - we don't care. Everyday we consume mindless amounts of internet material. Information that we believe is important to us. But if we ever stopped and questioned our motives, our answers might scare us. At least that's what happened to me.Read More
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-I'm sure you heard of them. If you were born in the 80s then you might have watched a couple episodes or diffused an underwater bomb on Nintendo. Like most 80s and 90s cartoons the franchise has seen its share of live action movies and remakes, some good and some bad. For many fans of the original series, the first live action movie serves as the gold standard for TMNT movies. From the costumes to the movie's tone and pacing, it was a turtles movie for adults. Or what we as kids thought serious adult movies were. There were some iconic scenes in the first movie. Ralph yelling "Splinter!", Raphael being thrown through a skylight in April O'Neal's apartment, and the final fight scene between the turtles and The Shredder. Of course this seriousness of the first movie was later replaced in the second film with something that mirrored the cartoon. Which wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but it never matched the intensity of the first film. And of course after two successful films there was a third, but we're not even going to discuss that. The take home is that the first two movies, while different in tone, successfully transitioned from television to the silver screen. The latest movie, is the continuation of a trend I wish would stop.Read More
As the second episode of Fear The Walking Dead comes to a close, one thing becomes very clear--the series is off to a rough start. Actually, that’s being nice…the show thus far is terrible...but it doesn’t have to be. If Fear The Walking Dead is going to be as popular as The Walking Dead, then some changes are in order. I’ve decided to list out a few of those much needed changes.
1) Get Rid of The Current Cast of Characters
It’s no surprise that the weakest component of the show is the current cast of characters--which happens to be the most important part of any show. As a show that is anchored by the interpersonal relationships of the group, this current lot is terrible. The mixed family dynamic, teenage angst and a lack of trust/respect between family members has 90s drama written all over it. The show makes it hard for the viewers to like anyone.Read More
What happens when three defender Titans with the helm of saint-14 team up for a weekly heroic strike? You get an unstoppable juggernaut.
Every so often you have to let off some steam, and in those cases a good rant is in order. Today Oneplus is in the crosshairs.
Here's something I don't understand--making people jump through hoops to give YOU money. Today I decided to visit the Oneplus website to check out their new phone, the Oneplus Two. The Oneplus Two is the company's follow up to the critically acclaimed Oneplus One. A phone that takes the Google Nexus approach of delivering a high quality phone for a cheap price. And by cheap I mean somewhere in the $400 range.
Upon research I can clearly see that the company is up to the same old bullshit from last year. You see people want the Oneplus Two and the company knows this. But what we as consumers might not know is that the company cannot produce the phones as quickly as Samsung or Apple can. This means more demand than available product. So what does the company do in order to alleviate the problem? It creates an invite system.Read More
Over the weekend my younger sister bought a new MacBook Air. Her previous laptop was one of the old plastic MacBooks--Yeah, the OG laptops that dropped almost ten years ago. Surprisingly, the only reason she upgraded was because she wanted something that was lightweight. I guess she got tired of lugging that brick around. But she wasn't the only person shopping for a new laptop. I was also in the market for one as well, but as I shopped I had to stop and ask "why?"
I’m currently typing on my mid-2012 MacBook Pro. Upgraded with a Samsung SSD this laptop is pretty much perfect. Actually, it is perfect. It does everything I need quickly and efficiently. Yet for all its 'perfectness', Apple and other tech sites would have me believe that my MacBook Pro is on the way out. It doesn't have retina or the latest Intel processor. It's kinda heavy compared to the latest models and it doesn't have force touch. With Microsoft releasing Windows 10 you know the PC makers are going to be lined up to sell me something new. Usually I would fall hook, line and sinker but this time I'm not going for it.Read More
This post was inspired by Wework.com, a community that promotes networking between entrepreneurs and creatives through coworking spaces and industry events. They have multiple co-working locations in major cities. Be sure to look them up for office space and networking events.
If you were to ask any digital citizen about their workspace, they might chuckle and proceed to show you their phone. With apps and cellular networks improving on a daily basis, the need for a traditional desk becomes as valuable as a landline. But as the saying goes, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."Read More
Recently ESPN posted a tweet about Evo 2015, the largest fighting tournament in the country. Of course, many people couldn’t understand why ESPN would be covering video games, but to be honest, the fighting community has way more to offer casual fans than one might think. Here are few reasons why mainstream media should cover the Evolution Championship Series(Evo):
The Evolution Championship Series, Evo, as we know it today, began in 2002 as a tournament series that focused on competitive fighting games. What started as a small gathering of competitive gamers has turned into the largest fighting tournament in the gaming community, with players from around the world flying to Las Vegas for the chance to be crowned the best in the world. The tournament is an open format so anyone can compete, but those who make it to the Top 8 have spent thousands of hours practicing and competing in local and regional tournaments to hone their skills. For those who desire to be the best, their game of choice becomes a full-time job. With the continual growth of the tournament and support from various game companies, Evo is quickly becoming the perfect spectator sport for those new to video games.Read More
So this weekend I kept the comic train moving by purchasing Secret Wars #2. I still didn't know what the hell was happening but by the end of comic I learned one ugly truth about the world of comics--Companies are going to pimp you for every last dollar you have.
Getting into comics isn't an easy task. Depending on where you begin your journey, you will spend most your time lost and playing catch up. This is my current predicament while reading Secret Wars. I've just finished the second book and to my best understanding Doctor Doom aka God Doom has created Earth in his image and each of the continents is comprised of a Marvel Universe, which is actually pretty neat. But what I didn’t know is that if I wanted to explore this world I was going to have to pay...Lots of money.
You see my initial understanding was that this Secret Wars event was going to set the foundation for the Marvel Universe. So like any person new to comics I assumed that Secret Wars was going to cover everything and then let the stories branch from the series conclusion. Boy was I wrong. By the end of book 2, I was politely informed that if I wanted to explore the world that Doom I would have to invest more money into side stories that cover the different provinces/countries of the new world. Learning this obviously put a dent in my plans.Read More
Arkham Knight marks the end of the Batman trilogy for Rocksteady. The company created the foundation of combat for this generation's action games and set the standard for superhero games. Arkham Knight is supposed to be the crowning achievement of the series. It takes what worked in previous games and improves on it. But critical design choices stopped Arkham Knight from becoming the game we all wanted.
Being The Batman
Let's talk about the positive aspects of Arkham Knight. Like the previous games in the franchise it's still fun to play as Batman. You can still complete missions using various tactics and gadgets. To keep the action exciting, enemies adapt to your play style--so if you prefer silent take downs from vents in the floor they will begin to watch the floor. It's this variety that makes each challenge exciting and new. There is even a new mechanic called fear takedowns that allow you to defeat up to five enemies by surprise. These new takedowns add a new dynamic to stealth and are fun to use.Read More
Let's start this "review" with the positive - Batman: Arkham Knight is a solid action game. It meets the technical standards of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. That being said, Arkham Knight is the weakest of the trilogy and proof that not every game needs to be open world or include mobile transportation.
Batman Begins/Arkham Asylum
In order to understand Arkham Knight we must look to the Dark Knight trilogy. Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight trilogy is the story of Batman and his rise to becoming much more than just the savior of Gotham, but a symbol of hope and justice. The first movie, Batman Begins sets the tone for the series. We are introduced to a different Batman, one who trades some of his trademark agility for brute force. In the Dark Knight universe Batman's costume becomes more like an armored suit opposed to the traditional outfit we've become accustomed to seeing. Arkham Asylum follows suit by introducing us to the virtual world of Batman. His suit is reflective of the times with a more armored look and can also trade stealth for brute force if the situation calls for it. Asylum sets the tone for Batman's digital rise as a symbol for justice.Read More