An Early Look at SteamOS

 

 What is SteamOS ? Most people out there have probably heard of Steam. But for those of you who haven’t, it is a software package created by Valve Corporation (Half-Life, Portal,  Source), initially as a DRM -patch delivery system for their games. In its early days many users outside the U.S.A did not have very powerful/stable internet, and the requirement of being connected to the Steam service whenever playing a game was not well liked. Over time connectivity improved and became less of an issue. Valve also began to convince other publishers to release their products over the Steam service, thus becoming an app store of sorts. As game/software purchases are linked to your Steam account, you can reinstall computer/setup a new […]

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THE GOON SHOW!

 

 “Splendid, lads. Tell me where it is and I’ll reduce your sentence from two years to four.” – Seagoon. Haaallooooo everybody! Welcome to the first day of the New Year. That’s right, it’s 1951.. or it should be. For 1951 was the year of the Goons. Can you believe it’s been 63 years since the splendid Spling-splang-splong began? Where has the explodable cardboard cut out time gone? Well let us start by walking backwards for Christmas, across the Irish Sea, and thus see if we can find… “THE LOST GOONS” (Drum roll, please.) “Well, sir, it’s like this, see. At 12.30 a monster lorry draws up outside, ten men jump out and wallop me on the head. I turn round […]

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Total Annihilation – A Legend Going Strong!

 

 “What began as a conflict over the transfer of consciousness from flesh to machines escalated into a war which has decimated a million worlds. The Core and the Arm have all but exhausted the resources of a galaxy in their struggle for domination. Both sides now crippled beyond repair, the remnants of their armies continue to battle on ravaged planets, their hatred fuelled by over four thousand years of total war. This is a fight to the death. For each side, the only acceptable outcome is the complete elimination of the other.” – Opening Credits. Released in 1997 Total Annihilation is approaching 17 years old now, yet is probably still one of the best most innovative RTS games ever made. […]

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INVADER ZIM!

 

 “What’s wrong with you? All you talk about is aliens and ghosts and seeing Bigfoot in your garage!” – The Letter M. For two years, 2001-2003, a large number of people lodged pencils in their brains, collected piggies (PIGGIES!) sang the “Doom Song,” and ran around in circles shouting “WEE!” The reason for this apparent mental break? Invader Zim! Invader Zim first aired on the 30th of March, 2001, on Nickelodeon, becoming an instant cult classic, thanks to its peculiar brand of humour, twisted plots, grotesque and fantastic characters, and all round sense of “WTF!” “Bwahahaha. Inferior human organs!” – Zim. For the dozen or so of you, who have never watched ZIM. I shall give you a brief background […]

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The Desolation of Tolkien. (WARNING! SPOILER ALERT!)

 

 Today we welcome a new writer to 925|Rebellion. His name is Wookiee, and like the fictional race, he is tall, hairy and makes strange sound effects when he communicates. So join me in welcoming the Manimal to 925. The Desolation of Smaug, second in the film series based on The Hobbit is now in cinemas. The Hobbit was Tolkien’s first published work (1937) set in Middle Earth. Any film adaptation of a book will never be exactly the same as the source for many reasons, and this film is no exception. Below is a breakdown of the major changes from the novel. (SPOILER ALERT!) Beorn’s Lodge: In the novel, Gandalf and Bilbo meet Beorn by themselves first, with Gandalf telling […]

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OSOMBIE.

 

 Corey Sevier (Immortals, North Shore.) Well, well, well. Just when you thought American cinema couldn’t get anymore patriotic… or zombie filled, Hollywood surprises you. Last year, 2012, saw the release of Osombie – the undead, Osama bin Laden, film. Yes, you read that correctly, a bin Laden Zombie film. Who knew? Made on a shoestring budget, and filled with forgettable faces, Osombie personifies B-movie culture.  Eve Mauro (Zombies VS Strippers, Dragon Lore: Curse of the Shadow.) The film revolves around Dusty (Eve Mauro) a yoga instructor, who heads to Afghanistan to rescue her conspiracy-theorist brother Derek (Jasen Wade.) Joined by a team of NATO soldiers… mostly Americans (So much for the grand Coalition.) Dusty finds her brother and a lot […]

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GREMLINS!

 

 “For one thing, we’re insured for the damages. For another, maybe it wasn’t a place for people anyway. It was a place for things. You make a place for things… things come.” – Gremlins 2. In 1984, the world of “cute” was forever changed as Gizmo arrived on the cinema circuit and stole our hearts, our chicken and our life savings. “Gizmo Caca” – Gremlins. Written by Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter 1+2;) produced by Steven Spielberg (Jaws, E.T;) and directed by Joe Dante (Small Soldiers, CSI-NY.)  This medium budget ($11-million) black-comedy became an instant cult-classic and made close to $150-million in box-office profits alone. FUN FACT: Chris Columbus got the idea for Gremlins from stories told by WW2 […]

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LEXX!

 

 “I am Kai, last of the Brunnen-G. Millennia ago, the Brunnen-G led humanity to victory in the war against the Insect civilization. The Time Prophet predicted that I would be the one to destroy the Divine Order and the League of 20,000 Planets. Some day, that will happen… but not today, as today is my day of death. The day our story begins.” – Kai. This article is not for the squeamish, the sensitive, those with pink hair, or those who only live for big budget, six-pack fueled, romance driven, science-fiction TV shows. This TV series, Lexx, represents everything that is glorious about complete and utter wonderful nonsense. Made on a shoe-string budget, staring lesser known Canadian and British stage […]

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DOCTOR WHO: 50th Anniversary.

 

 “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” — The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 12. What did you do last Saturday night? Hopefully you did something constructive, something fun, something uniquely sexual? If not, then I hope you joined the millions of Doctor Who, Science-Fiction, Whovians (I loathe that term;) geeks and nerds who watched the Guinness World Record setting, Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary show… The Day of The Doctor. “You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!” — The Doctor, Season 2, Episode 2. For those of you who missed it, here’s a bit of brief recap and […]

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TREMORS!

 

 “I vote for outer space. No way these are local boys.” – Tremors. Today we look at something truly underground. (See what I did there, Wookiee?) Today we look at a franchise that has kept the world entertained since 1990. Today we look – silently and with great care – at the wonderfully blood-soaked world of Tremors. “Assblasters. How’s that?” – Tremors 3. We shall start at the beginning; which is a very good place to start. In 1990, American director/producer Ron Underwood (Mighty Joe Kong, City Slickers) released his first full-length film – Tremors. This Western-Comedy-Horror, was made for roughly eleven-million Dollars, and made close to fifty-million at the box office. With its unique characters, witty one-liners, and fantastic […]

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