TOP 5: NON-LETHAL WEAPONS.

 

 “Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.” – Donald Trump. It’s a Wednesday and that means…. WEAPONS DAY! Weapons day… Wednesday. You get it? It’s funny because it’s weaponsday.. like Wednesday with weapons in it. HAHA! Right so this week, I’ve decided to pay homage to the 5 non-lethal and least effective weapons in gaming history. 5: BLACKJACK: THIEF. I love the Thief Franchise. The thrill of sneaking around and subduing your enemies with the aid of stealth was fantastic. Granted – for those of you who have played the game – the gas arrows as well as flash bombs, and gas mines were incredibly effective at taking care of your foes. However, […]

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BOOKS: REAL OR FAKE?

 

 “It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves?” – The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Those words are very haunting. And indeed, in this age of technological advancement, those words are ringing truer and truer. Has our quest for technological beauty destroyed our very souls? As I look at my library, a veritable mountain of books, I am awestruck by their beauty, their majesty, their slowly decaying pages […]

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ZOMBIES: Fact, fiction, or theoretical possibility? PART 4

 

 “Horror movies…odd how they became a guideline for survival.” – Riannon Frater. Welcome to Part 4 –  the penultimate article – of this zombie series. Over the past few weeks we have discussed, looked into, dug around in, and pulled out all things zombie. (Or at least revealed the peak of the ever growing mountain.) Today, we step away from the zombie filled silliness, and delve into something a little more grownup. Join me now, as we look into the world of “real” zombies, and their theoretical arrival.  “I’m no expert, but not all cannibals are zombies.” – H.D. Timmons, Zombie City. TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: PART 6. NEWS! With all the talk of zombies, and our fast approaching apocalypse, it should […]

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Planetside 2

 

 “Ylca, landing his Galaxy after a practice run.” Most of us enjoy a good Science-Fiction title. And a large number of us enjoy a good multi-player ground war. Though the latter can become rather stale as a handful of friends get bored shooting at each other on the same never ending map. But as of the 20th of November, 2012, all that changed. As the massive, non-stop, intergalactic, multi-player ground war, known as Planetside 2  was launched. Now my colleagues have discussed this game before. However, instead of repeating their work, I’ve decided to focus predominantly on the factions and classes involved. For those of you who are not familiar with Planetside, you’re in for a treat. “Ylca, brings the […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 7

 

 “I’m a graduate of Starfleet Academy. I know many things.” – Mr. Worf. As the more perceptive of you have probably realized, Star Trek Captain Mondays have ended. As of today we start with crew member memes. And, as far as I’m concerned, there is no better place to start then with everyone’s favourite Klingon: Mr. Worf. (If you don’t like Worf, then you have NO HONOUR!) After around 60 minutes of searching the internet for inspiration and memes, I realized that I had taken a very large bite out of a gigantic sandwich. Mr. Worf memes number in the HUNDREDS! There are more, Worf, memes than there are other Star Trek characters. Thus, I decided to assemble a TOP […]

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MASS EFFECT: BOOK SERIES

 

 MASS EFFECT: BOOK SERIES I decided to do something different for this article. I thought that I would discuss with you – fans – the Mass Effect: Book Series. Now if you are like me – M.E Fanatic – then you would no doubt of heard of the Mass Effect: Book Series. I shall attempt to give YOU a brief synopsis, and my personal feelings regarding each book. “And so it begins.” – Oleg Petrovsky. But first. Let us look at the authors: Canadian, Drew Karpyshyn wrote the first three books in the series. He has written novels for several other video-game titles: Baldur’s Gate, and Star Wars. He also works as a scriptwriter, video-game scenario writer, and novelist. American, […]

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DLC: Quality VS Quantity?

 

 Do you remember the 1990’s, and the early 2000’s? I do. I remember the glory days of purchasing video-game expansion packs. The thrill of taking the box off of the shelf; the delight in purchasing it; the anticipation of opening the box; the overwhelming joy as you removed the CD case, manual, and other contents; the joy of installing a proven product that added more to your game. I miss those days. DOWNLOADABLE: Over the past few years the world has become more connected, and marginalized. We no longer have to leave our homes to purchase items. Films, music, games, even food and other services can be easily purchased on the internet. But with all this convenience there comes a […]

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ZOMBIES: Fact, fiction, or theoretical possibility? PART 3

 

 “I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead. ”  – Jimmy Buffett. It’s Wednesday and that means zombies. Last week we had a brief look at some of the best/worst zombie films and video-games in the 21st century. Today we shall carry on down the undead rabbit hole. “What’s with the zombie craze? Zombies are half alive, half dead, right? Sounds like my wife in bed.” – Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?   TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: PART 4. The first true medium of self expression – apart from cave walls – books have given us an inexhaustible amount of zombie related goodness. Over the past few decades, dozens of “new” zombie films have been released, crawling their […]

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FTL: Faster Than Light.

 

 FASTER: On the 14th of September, 2012, a game was released that brought back a number of great RTS traditions. That game is FTL. FTL is a rogue-like space simulator; in which player takes COMPLETE command/control of a single customizable space vessel – Star Trek/Firefly –  as they attempt to navigate their way back home. Of course they are hounded by enemy forces as they go. “In any given episode of those classic shows, the captain is always yelling “Reroute power to shields!” or giving commands to the engineer now that their Warp Core is on fire. We wanted that experience, as opposed to the “dog fighting in space” that most video-games focus on. We wanted a game where we […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 6

 

 “Can we start by burying you?” – Captain Pike. And so we arrive at the last. The first captain of the U.S.S Enterprise. The last captain on our memes list. The man. The myth. The compulsive “beeper” – let me hear a drum roll for – Captain Christopher Pike. As you can imagine, Captain Pike, memes are the hardest memes to locate. They are rarer than peace, and worth more than gold-pressed latinum. (Scratch that last piece.) “Now you’re beginning to talk like a doctor, bartender.” – Captain pike. Now the few, Pike memes, that exist come in one of two formats. Both of which are classic de-motivationals. In the first type, we find Captain Pike, usually accompanied by a […]

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