Is the hype behind Hello Games No Man’s Sky good thing?

Over the years, many open world games have generated massive hype. The Elder Scrolls, GTA, Far Cry and more have all have been on a top 10 anticipated list the year of their release. For the most part, these have had success, but very few and I do mean few… have lived up to their hype.

With social networking at the level that it is now, games tend to get hyped on what I call troll status, one can argue that Twitter, Reddit, and similar networking services are the reason for games becoming over-hyped, and sadly that seems to be the issue nowadays. A key title that comes to mind is Tom Clancy’s the Division, Ubisoft announced the Division at E3 2013 and when gameplay footage was released the media and social channels went nuts, people were already labeling it the game of the year despite it not having a release date.

Later in 2014 Ubisoft stated the game would be delayed, the hype they generated from those key teasers had turned against them. When it released the game didn’t have the sales success the company expected and still faces an uphill challenge as a Spring release.

 

screenshot_ps4_no_man_s_sky_3_131993Hello Games first release, No Man’s Sky now faces that same dilemma after a surge of popularity from E3. I’m not saying it’s going to be a letdown but it does have a wave of momentum driving it, just as the Division had in many ways with so little known and experienced firsthand. Keep in mind, I’m just pointing out the similarities as far as the hype is concerned, it’s the growing wave of hope and anticipation with so little to support it that rests at the core.

Let’s be real, it’s not fair to compare other games to it but that’s where we’re at. As said before, the social media drives a different story with players. The games developers have already mentioned the pressure No Man’s Sky has generated because of the hype, now the game has an uphill battle which it’s almost destined to lose because of the pedestal the game is being elevated to before it’s even out.

NoMansSky_SpaceStationTube.0There have only been a few new IP’s able to meet the lofty expectations of the public and Hello Games is taking on that challenge. How they started was key, by promising procedural generated stars, planets, lifeforms, ecosystems, and other space-bound factions. Using deterministic algorithms and random number generators, by doing so it eliminated the dev’s time on creating these worlds by hand and will give the game a massive and open feel. Players will be able to visit specific planets vivid coordinates they come across, these coordinates serve as the planets topography and environment information.

CreatureNo Man’s Sky features 32 & 64-bit seeded galaxies, 32-bit having a staggering 4.3 billion worlds and 64-bit 18 quintillion planets, that’s right folks 18 quintillions! With those numbers, you can assume why so many jumped on the hype train and why some became skeptical. This will be the first time ever a game will promise such a massive open-world experience, games like GTA 5, Skyrim and Witcher 3 feature massive worlds, but not to this degree. The chance players run into each other in this massive game is said to be zero according to Hello Games, although players can reach planets discovered by others by the games atlas. When players discover a new planet he or she is credited for it and given currency upon, as well as the chance to name their discovery. For me, the biggest question was “Can I play Online?”, and Hello Games confirmed it would after its first semi-open beta test was completed.

Becron5With that said, can No Man’s Sky live up to the hype it has generated? The answer is no, gamers today demand bigger and better experiences, too much for any game to fill given the imaginations of all those betting on the game. Not one game coming from Bethesda or Rockstar has managed to succeed in this field and it’s because the legend the game creates is always bigger than the final product. Instead of betting on the mysticism the real question should be, will it be a good game, and the answer to that is yeah, I think so.

The highy Anticipated Season 6 of Game of Thrones is right around the corner!!!

HBO’s highly anticipated season 6 of the hit television show Game of thrones is right around the corner, the big question most fans are looking forward to be answered is. Is John Snow truly dead? This isn’t just a question TV viewers asked but also book readers, In fact most readers like myself was wondering how and if George R.R. Martin would finished the The Winds of Winter & A Dream of Spring before season 6, that was answer when HBO announced season 6’s filming in late July of 2015, Surely George R.R. Martin had to approve of this move, HBO doesn’t have any material to use since books 6 & 7 haven’t dropped yet, But again that was also answer when leaked news of the new season confirmed it will be using book 6 material.screenshot-419

The news got everyone ecstatic and the theories fans have of certain characters could possibly be answer or debunked, one things is for certain, we will find out Jon Snows fate and for book readers The Battle of Meereen and The Battle for the North, While there’s a list of questions that need answers in the book, as for TV, viewers are focus on Jon snow and the White Walkers.
arya game of thrones season 6This season is setting up to create a buzz much like the first season, HBO should be expecting a huge jump in viewership, each trailer so far for season 6 has hit over a 8 million viewer mark so it’s safe to say that people are ready the Game of Thrones greatness, the good thing is that fans don’t have to wait long with the season premiering April 24, book readers on the other hand have no true release date.

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War Trailer #2 – Spider-Man

Finally the your family neighborhood Spider-Man has appeared and it looks as if he’s team Iron Man. Since Marvel announced Spider-Man’s debut in the cinematic universe fans have been eager to see this rendition of a fan favorite.

Civil War hits theaters May 6, its sure to be another hit from Marvel!

Batman V Superman, Captain America and X-Men Age of Apocalypse set the tone for 2016 and beyond

2 days removed from Super Bowl Sunday, we got to see a collection of hit and miss super bowl commercials, but let’s be real here, we all wanted to see the Batman v Superman, X-Men Age of Apocalypse and Captain America: Civil War trailers, and that’s exactly what we got.

Age of Apocalypse trailer surprised us with some new shots, the first one of them of Psylocke in action, along with an Angel vs Nightcrawler. From the looks of the trailer Apocalypse and company has started a war against humanity with this statement “Everything they built will fall! And from the ashes of their world, we will build a better one!”

“United we Stand! United we fall!” is the theme for the new Captain America: Civil War trailer, we get better look at who’s on Caps side and who’s on Iron Man’s side, again we get a good look of Black Panther, and we see he’s on iron Man’s side, I doubt he’s with the registration act, probably after Winter Solider. This movie is setting up to be a blockbuster, and one I personally can’t wait to see.

Last but not lease is the Batman V Superman trailers or should I say ads, instead of dropping a trailer the gaves a series of Turisk Airline Ads that feature Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) both pitch the wonders of their respective cities in a double promotion commercial for Turkish Airlines and Batman v Superman, is what the fans wanted? No but its creative we to market the movie. Fans shouldn’t have really expected much since the movie’s release date is right around the corner.

The question is What Movie got you excited? was it’s Batman V Superman Vacation ad like trailers , or was it Captain America’s Civil War’s action pack trailer.

Dark Horse Comics Debuts Yearlong 30th Anniversary Variant Program

2016 marks 30 years since Dark Horse Comics erupted onto the scene with their very first title, Dark Horse Presents. Since 1986, Dark Horse Presents has won multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards and launched some of comics’ greatest heroes.

This week, Dark Horse is releasing a new variant program which will continue throughout 2016. Every month, one comic will be selected to have a very special 30th Anniversary variant cover paying homage to a specific issue of Dark Horse Presents. Additionally, each issue serves as a perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

30257Now on comic store shelves is the Hellboy Winter Special, which features Mignolaverse debuts by Tim Sale (Captain America: White), Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers), Chris Roberson (iZombie), and Chelsea Cain (Heartsick, One Kick). The Mike Mignola cover artwork is a throwback to the very first issue of Dark Horse Presents (1986).

30679Continuing where the Rise of the Tomb Raider game left off, Lara Croft takes on fresh adventures in a new comic series by Eisner Award–winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer). Hitting stands in February, the stunning variant cover by Joëlle Jones harks back to Dark Horse Presents #9 (1987).

 

30906In March, Dan Abnett begins Predator: Life and Death, the first chapter in a new story cycle involving Predators, Aliens, and the mysterious Engineers from Prometheus! The variant cover, drawn by Dark Horse senior editor Chris Warner, is a return to Warner’s original cover for Dark Horse Prese
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30681And in April, Brian Wood brings his sharp storytelling to Aliens: Defiance, while rising star Tristan Jones draws the scariest xenomorph you’ve seen in years. The variant cover features incredible artwork by originalAliens artist Mark A. Nelson and evokes Dark Horse Presents #40 (1990).

More 30th Anniversary variant covers will be revealed soon, so make sure to head to your local comic shop to pick up these extremely collectible Dark Horse covers!

Review – Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and the Bird #2

Writer: Caitlin R. Kiernan

Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson

Colorist: Carlos Badilla

Cover Artist: Greg Ruth

Published by: Darkhorse Comics

After the death of Dancy, Maisie and bird are hanging at the Old live Cemetery in Selma, 23974Alabama, they come across an old lady who bird sees as a potential client to con, with Dancy gone Maisie now has to provide for herself without Dancy and performing mediums is one the ways she does for cash. Things get interesting when we jump to Carson and Hunters trailer the two are clearly psychopaths, like a scene in a horror movie the two of them are covered in blood, the dialog between them is interesting it seems that they have plans for Maisie, hopefully in the upcoming issues we see what exactly what it is.

When Maisie and bird reach the old lady form the cemetery’s house, she begins to setup for the medium, as they begin Brid notices that the old lady has a cat which is a big no no for him/her and con ends up a disaster with bird revealing its self, lady freaks out and calls Maisie a witch and throws the both of them out of her house, knowing that the old lady will spread the word of their con the two of them leave the town.

The issue ends on a cliffhanger when two unknown werewolves track down Hunter and Carson, and begin to what looks like an ambush attack thinking the two are just humans.

Conclusion: Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and the Bird #2 is dark and witty like some of other Dark horse comics, while I haven’t read a lot the previous Alabaster series, I had to do some back tracking to catch up to speed, and as of right now I can’t really say anything bad or good, so I’ll continue to follow this series so can give this series the proper review in deserves.

Links: Preview | Order (Digital)

Release Date: January 13, 2016

Story:★★★☆☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆ 

Suplex City [Merch]

Sometimes there are just precious moments in time, we capture them with photos, likeness images and more. Last night if you were watching the last match at Wrestlemania there was a solid moment where Lesnar broke out a response to a fumbling Reigns with “Suplex City Bitch” a pretty blunt statement on him being able to do that all night if he had to.

Anyway, while that’s another story we’ll hopefully cover this week (Wrestlemania) I wanted to toss this gem out there, a Bamfas / BAM. Workshop print to capture the moment.

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Catch it for yourself if you want it in our still forming storefront area on CafePress

Chuck Original Soundtrack arriving April 7th

While Chuck wrapped up in 2012, fans get a treat in April with the OST release for the series, featuring original score tracks and performances by Jeffster and Vik Sahay. A few key tracks will include “Take on Me”, “Fortunate Son”, “Fat Bottom Girls” and two bonus tracks of “Leaving on a Jet Plane” and “Mr. Roboto” from Jeffster.

Chuck was fortunate to see a musical score that catered to all the key moments of each episode, Tim Jones who sat at the helm has gone on to other work but finally this key piece will be available for the world to share in when it hits digital and retail channels on April 7th, 2015.

Furious 7 introduces The W Motors Lykan

The Fast and Furious has always featured some outrageous cars for the budget and time of each movie, from super high power Supra’s, R34’s and more to the W Motors Lykan Hypersport, a monster of a car using a turbocharged Flat-6 pushing 240mph. What’s even crazier is the movie is playing with a car that  only has 6 other co-models in the world.

The actors reflect on using the car in the movie and the fun they had shooting with such a rare machine in the franchise. It’s worth a look and my goodness it looks absolutely stunning from just the clips they’re teasing.

Furious 7 hits theaters April 3rd, while you wait though check out the short gallery below for more images from this announcement.

Road to Madden Bowl XXI

So Madden Bowl XXI is over, but the road to it was fun and pretty interesting and something I planned to post about, let’s kick it off and run down the timeline.

November 7th, 2014 I wake up to an email invite from GM to sit in on the Connected Car Expo and experience some Q&A and also stay around to check out the LA Auto Show, after CCE there would be some other events including a Madden Competition and a GT6 event down in Hollywood. It was new but it wasn’t out of my wheelhouse, I focus on tech and I’ve been a car and racing enthusiast for ages. I opted in to join in on a new experience and see what I could do in a show like that.

Flash forward to Day 0, Connect Car Expo, meeting the GM team that invited me to the show and getting the thing started. The big promo for the morning, car connectivity, not just through navigation systems and media players in cars but going further with 4G / LTE and hyper awareness of where the car can go. Behind us in the lobby seating zone, a GMC Canyon with 4G sits, it also has a full LCD screen mounted in the tailgate and an Xbox One with Madden connected online. Showcasing the lower latency and ability to play anywhere, it’s a cool feature, probably the greatest tailgate experience if you can swing it too.

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After hearing about many predictions and projects of integrating tech and the driving experience we head out, check out the GMC Canyon in further detail, looking at the interior, talking wi-fi hotspots and Onstar connectivity to the phone for full control of the car. After a quick hop in the cars we head off to Luxe City Center and it all begins, writers and editors for other publications gather in, we snack, watch TV’s get setup and find the details of the competition, the winner of the qualifier will represent GMC in Madden Bowl XXI in Scottsdale, AZ. The room falls a bit silent, I feel the nerves in my hands come alive, I start tapping my feet, I’m eager. I haven’t dedicated myself to football games in a while but I feel confident enough to give it a challenge.

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After a few rides out test driving and shooting photos of the Canyon we come back, some of the numbers for competitors have dwindled down and it all begins. Paired off we play rounds in our bracket until we come to a finale. It’s a strange thing of course, start with relative ease or calm, as the time passes on the hands sweat, the lean forward becomes more clear, breathing focuses and the eyes study the screen while those nerves start to betray with eagerness and hyper activity. It’s a closer match in the final, felt like I was barely going to scrape by on it, with everything on the line though the plays started coming together and the final score hit.

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It was a blank moment, surreal in every sense, everyone excited and I was trying to figure out what happened. I play matches in other games all the time online and at arcades but nothing quite matched up to what just happened because of how big the future of it was. I celebrated a bit, was given a bag of cool goodies including a copy of Madden 15 on Xbox One and the future was all in my hands.

After my days for the LAAS wrapped up I headed back, took a few days and studied the pricing online, given Black Friday was around the corner there were early deals all over, I snagged a base Xbox One (AC Unity Ed) for about 300 at Fry’s with a coupon. From that point on I spent near daily practice on Madden, using my team from the event (Bengals!) learning better play calling, getting more hours in and studying better formation usage so that I wasn’t using spray and pray. While things like the Madden coaching suggestions were a nice starter guide it didn’t make a ton of sense if I was going to play on a bigger stage though.

I studied and talked with Tech2k about my options, about how to target my matches on tighter clocks, what formations would work best and how aggressive my style would be. We went over last-minute adjustments on the line, hot routes and more to create windows where there might be a lack of them.

Finally January was at a close, tons of matches had closed in Madden 15, I had the game pouring out of my eyeballs and we were on the flight to Scottsdale. I was nervous, feeling nauseated and trying to reinforce that I just spent the last few months nonstop playing Madden in dedicated practice periods and in any free moments I had. My Xbox One packed in my carry-on with me and I’d keep going until the final that night.

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After landing it was clear, no going back, there’s no tomorrow it was all on the practice and the final event. We loaded up in a GMC Canyon All-Terrain that GMC had set aside for us to get around in and headed to the hotel. The hours ahead included some mexican food, tea and somewhat sleep deprived practice. After a short nap and a bit more play it was time to head down to the big show. Unfortunately it was also pouring buckets.

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We played that night, a Super Bowl inspired theme with open mods to the teams and playbook. The Madden Bowl fell into 2 areas, the main pro / celebrity area on stage and tents on the back section where we played out of the back of a Canyon, it was an odd scenario, it all started that way and it was all ending that way. As the rain came down we played on though and eventually in the battle of EA vs GMC… well.

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I guess that says it all right? It was a harder challenge going Seahawks vs Patriots given I hadn’t really practiced using either, my opponent was someone who felt at home in their game, trying to make quicker calls, playing tough and scoring early. We went in 5 minute quarters and in those first 2 I wasn’t able to make it happen. In the second half we kept going, those nerves were alive again and I was full of bad reactions, random tosses of the ball still and I wasn’t connecting. With some calm breaths and focus I found my pocket though, a blitz where I went play action with a decent pass, there wasn’t anyone in the backfield and it charged home. I didn’t get too eager, with the game tied I played it safe and kicked.

The remaining game was wide open and it would be on my defense to hold the ball in the midfield to avoid a field goal. As we clashed on it was a universal sentiment that we would probably head into overtime, both sides seemed pretty confident as our defenses allowed little traction and the punts were piling up. On a lucky break through the Seahawks came to life for me, we broke through in the last-minute, Lynch being a critical point breaking through just enough for the conversions, it was adding up, with slants and rushing helping edge us up we got a clear pass that forced me to stop the clock. It was a 38 yard shot, well within the kicking range of the match. Launched off it was a good shot and we left 5 seconds on the clock. After the punt and kneel there was one play left, a long bomb Brady hail mary shot, with no room to get any play in it was the only one in the bag, he shot off and connected but the deep defense was there and plowed him out around the 40 leaving our matchup to end.

The entire experience was surreal, I still look back on it now wondering if that just really happened. Then I look over at the Xbox One and it’s an obvious reminder yes it did happen and it was very exciting. Winning with GMC was a really cool thing that I can mark down and always remember. It’s a testament that with time and effort you can pull off amazing things and that any opportunity has the potential to bring so much more.

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