The Tech and Villains of Dr. Who

The enigmatic Doctor from Gallifrey has been on the telly for over 50 years now, and over that time we have seen quite a large number of amazing tech as well as encountered alien species from our wildest imaginations as well as our scariest nightmares. The hero is usually defined by the villains he has to battle be they his own personal demons or the rogues who are hell bent on wiping out or subjugating the universe. The interesting thing about The Doctors villains is that he is at times forced to take on entire races who are trying to best him. He does have an interesting way of getting out of trouble. The use of his tech has been […]

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The 5 best AMVs to please your ears and dazzle your eyes

The one moment Dante is rhythmically stepping on a series of enemies he fights, perfectly in tune with every bounce of the base, the next the song pauses as he hurls though the air in a back flip, with the base dropping just as the warrior’s boots hit the floor, and the rest of the tune on its heel when he sprints forward to engage the demons once more. While it can be incredible to see some energy bunny perform impossible dance moves to a song, it’s hard to find a dancer that can beat a well-orchestrated and perfectly timed Animated Music Video. The sword dance between the son of Sparta and a horde of demons I described above is […]

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Dying Light – Grand Mirror’s Island

 

 When you combine the urban world and mission structure of Grand Theft Auto, the fluid parkour mechanics and melee combat from Mirror’s Edge and the crafting system and rotting corpses from Dead Island, you get Techland Studios’ upcoming title: Dying Light. It looks incredible, so incredible in fact, that I can’t believe it is yet another zombie title. Dying Light is set to release 30 January, 2015, meaning until then we have to rely on the word-of-mouth of those who played it at rAge, what we can deduce from trailers and what the official website says (since those never lie or exaggerate) to debate whether it will be any good or not. So what have we learned thus far? You […]

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The Horror, The Terror, The Absence Thereof

 

 What… What is it? Where is it? I know something’s here! I can smell it breathing. No wait, that’s me, I smell the result of some serious late night adventures in the horror genre. I dare not look away, who knows what is lurking around the corner or slithering in the shadows. Games that are labelled as horror titles have been significantly less nerve-wrecking as of late and have left a gaping void to those who love to be pants-pooping terrified by works of digital fiction. While The Evil Within and Silent Hills may bring back the shrieks of terrified gamers and breathe life back into the undead genre as they are looking magnificently creepy, let’s not forget the games […]

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Games: Where your true colors show

 

 I can see some of your traits, things you keep well hidden but that are apart of you, qualities and morals, by the way you behave in games where you have reasonable freedom and choice. Video games have a mystical allure to them, an attraction created by providing a cyber space, one of anonymity and safety, in which to recreate yourself and achieve what may be entirely impossible in real life. While we don’t necessarily all grab the opportunity, it allows us to be who we want to be. If the rules and laws of reality didn’t govern you, if the scorn of society’s judgment didn’t matter, who or what would you be and what would you be doing? Massive […]

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Why do you Game?

 

 If you aren’t enjoying what you are playing, if it’s no longer fun, why are you still gaming when you could just as well be working the midnight shift or hugging a cactus? I play games for the fun of it, to relax and immerse myself in a fictional realm that could never be, make-believe. It’s called a game after all; you play it, the term used for when kids enjoy themselves with recreational activities using toys and/or imagination. I thought this was a given for all controller-holding geeks until recently. While I respect anyone whose opinion differs from mine, I feel you play for all the wrong reasons if the following is your motivation: E-sports: You sit in front […]

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rAge Cosplay 2014

 

 This past weekend (10-12 October) was one of the most anticipated nerd/geek events of the year, and while the main focus of the expo is gaming and technology a new scene is starting to emerge. A few years back one would be lucky to see 10 to 15 cosplayers at rAge yet now it has become one of the most anticipated events on the cosplay calendar. With cosplayers from all across the country working for months to create elaborate outfits, often going to the extent to create one cosplay for each day, leaving the most elaborate and spectacular for the competition, which is organised by Legion Ink. However, this year, in many ways, seemed almost like a mile stone for […]

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rAge – As experienced by Sasuke

 

 “SASUKE! Can we take a photo? Where’s your sword? Are those shoes uncomfortable?” That sums up the majority of my day at rAge on Saturday -my first time cosplaying and how I picture poor Jin Kazama would be addressed by the oblivious anime fan mistaking him for someone else. rAge 2014 was exciting and it had an entirely different aspect added through participation in the cosplay culture. While exploring the exhibits and stalls that covered the giant dome’s floor I saw many things and met many people, but what was worth my memory space? Cosplay: I myself was dressed as a rather cheap looking version of Sasuke Uchiha and yet I was treated the same as all the others around […]

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The Switch: A sitcom about a minority, for the majority

 

 Picture this: one day you are a software manager for a large corporate company in Vancouver, you have a decent apartment and the respect of everyone around you. The only thing missing is honestly, you have been hiding yourself from everyone up until today. With your new name officially approved you start making the rounds and step out of the closet, say goodbye to Erwin. Almost immediately the company has layoffs that affect only you, you lose your apartment the same day and you end up sleeping on a couch at your onetime ex’s excuse of a back alley pad. Meet Sü Phan (Played by Julie Vu), a transsexual (or trans-woman), whose life is rapidly changing after coming out, and […]

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Top 5 Woody Allen Films

 

 Guest post by Melissa Kay den Dunnen I often associate Woody Allen with breakups and doughnuts. In essence then, he makes me depressed and cellulite-endowed. Perhaps not the greatest introduction to one of my favourite film-makers of all time, thus I will take another shot at it (take 2!). Woody Allen: pioneer of modern day romantic comedies, master of the ‘passion defies logicality’ concept and sculptor of all that encompasses a great film. I have a confession to make – I hadn’t seen a Woody Allen film until I watched Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona – thus I was a tad late on the uptake. However, I made up for it and arranged a plethora of his films for myself straight after. […]

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