A tale full of sound and fury told by a nerd signifying meaning: (Or how fanboys have hijacked my identity)

When I was growing up, when you entered the mean streets of high school you inevitably knew that you would fall prey to the categorization process. Nobody escapes. This is where kids are mentally rounded up like cattle and corralled into the various social paddocks where you would remain for the rest of your school career. There were the Jocks, powerful and mighty. Their physical attributes enabled them to kicketh many a rear end of a student whom should dare to attempt to rise above his or her station. With muscles the size of grapefruits I can stand up and say… that I would and will never be confused for a jock. Then we had the goths, who pretty much […]

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Hit by the Rebels – Fallout New Vegas

When I say “post-apocalyptic future”, what image comes to mind? I bet it looks like a desert with a whole lot of sand and maybe the ruins of city structures. One or two people might even think of city regions taken back by vines and lush vegetation, but most will see the beach without a shore line stretching as far as the eye can see. Now let me ask you to picture Nevada and Las Vegas. If you’ve seen enough Hollywood depictions, you’ll know it’s little more than the perfect place to film a movie set in a post-apocalyptic future. So much so, that if there was an earth shattering event or nuclear fallout, I’m not sure if anything would […]

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Pokemon Go: The Digital Addiction

 

 Is there an AA for gaming? I can’t seem to find it and I think I need to speak to someone about my addiction.  Since you’re here, maybe I’ll talk to you. You see, I have a problem. It’s a little problem. Okay I definitely have a problem of debatable size. It started on a normal day, a day like every other. It was a Friday, I think. I get home, drop my work stuff in the not-so-neat corner and proceed to greet my loving girlfriend. I get a vague murmur back instead of the usual eager hug and kiss, which leads me to investigate. Upon entry into my kitchen I see her hunched over her phone, swearing as she […]

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Top 2016 Anticipated Album Releases

In the last year, we’ve seen a resurgence of bands that first made their mark in the ’80s and ’90s coming back with a vengeance and releasing new albums after long stints of silence. Some recent releases include Strange Little Birds by Garbage, Detour by Cyndi Lauper and Music Complete by New Order. Maybe it’s the complicated social and political climate that’s drawing out these artists from their hidden lairs. Maybe someone held up the Bat-Signal, and instead of Batman, Peter Murphy showed up and kicked off his “Stripped” tour. Although 2016 started with a big fat middle finger pointed at music fans worldwide, leaving a bad taste in all of our mouths with the recent loss of such music […]

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Rise of the Tomb Raider

 

 I remember the first time I saw a Tomb Raider game, the year escapes me but it had to be around 1998, making me five years old. My mother had received the very first one’s collector’s edition on PC from my father because it featured Egypt and that was a theme that had her going bananas. I still have it today since she struggled too much and gave it to me, the box says “Tomb Raider: Unfinished Business”, and I have that game to thank for honing my gaming skills, even if I never did finish it either ironically. I knew back then when I crawled its badly pixelated hallways, caverns and corridors that it was something special that would […]

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World Goth Day

Goth is a wonderful music genre and it is a way to express oneself artistically. Often it is misunderstood, there are some that think it is a religion, some weird cult or people with a weird vampire fetish, nope…. Keith van Zyl, vocalist of the band Hexotericka, summed the Gothic music subculture up nicely: ”The subculture is marked by its emphasis on individualism, tolerance for diversity, creativity and a focus on intellectualism.” (see https://wolfshadowwispers.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/goth-is-not-religion-it-is-an-artistic-expression/ for more). And what better way to celebrate the diversity, creativity and spirit of the Goth subculture for Goths than having their own World Goth Day or as the World Goth Day site eloquently defines it: “…a day where the goth scene gets to celebrate its […]

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Brutal Legend

 

 There was a steam sale, And I wasn’t broke this time round, Among the clutter and crap, A game I wanted I found, It featured metal music, And an actor world renowned, Once I started playing, My inner metal head awoke at the sound. The Brutal Legend of Eddy Riggs is a tale as old as 2008 when this title released as a console exclusive, published by EA. In recent years it has been ported to PC, finally allowing me to embrace my eternal wish of becoming an axe swinging, guitar riff playing, hot-rod riding metal head that was sent by forces unknown so safe the world of metal. You play Eddy Riggs, voiced and modelled after a muscular Jack […]

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AN INTROVERT’S GUIDE TO INDUSTRIAL MUSIC

You know,I’m sitting here in my room reflecting exactly how I became so involved in the industrial music scene when my first outing to a show was in Philadelphia this past weekend. I saw Youth Code with opening acts Void Vision and Psychic Teens and it was wonderful. But, that’s getting off subject. The topic at hand is: How did Steve get involved in the industrial scene? I’m an introvert. At least I would like to call myself that without sounding like another internet user who self-diagnoses their self. But, no, I enjoy eating out, going to the local movie store at the mall, but that’s about it. When it comes to bigger crowds, carnivals, or anything dealing with a […]

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

 

 Don’t you just hate it when the history books only tell half the tale? I mean who knows what we weren’t told. Maybe Hitler was fighting aliens disguised as people from a certain race, maybe Ghangus Khan was trying to build an army to fight the mole people, maybe the gangsters of 18th century England were trying to stop a race of futuristic pre-cursor people from enslaving us by using our fear of an exploding sun. Chew on that for a moment. Luckily there is an organization that still tells it like it is, and we can thank Ubisoft for their accurate account of history in their Assassin’s Creed series of video games. The latest of their incredibly factual entries […]

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When Metal Gear Solid’s AI plays by the same rules

Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a great game for a lot of different reasons, but when the AI of the enemy was affected by the same conditions and rules I was during general gameplay without it being scripted or a cut-scene, that was when I realised just how incredible this title really was. You might wonder what I am on about, so let me tell you a story. Admittedly a recorded video would have worked better but I didn’t have recording software running when this happened so I decided to recollect the events in short story format. I did dramatize it slightly for affect but that just makes the read better. It all started while Snake […]

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