I’m not dead.

Due to a mix of tech bugs and personal illness, things have slowed down a bit here. But, don’t expect that to stop me! Expect my usual ramblings and reviews next week! Sorry for the delay.

In other news, the next couple of reviews will have a Post-Apocalyptic theme! (That is, after my editorial on my thoughts on Welcome to Night Vale, a fantastic podcast!

Advertisements

Necrotic Editorial – I’ll take my stories dark, no milk or sugar

Realism

Dive into the depths of popular fiction and you notice two different flavors! One offers hope for its denizens with characters who can work to get past conflict and achieve goals. Another creates a bleak hellhole were conflicts are overwhelming and desires often fade into the abyss. While neither is better, one could notice a trend when it comes to popularity. But, why does dark trump light for many? Let’s find out.
Continue reading

From The Vaults: BioShock

Admittedly, this wasn’t a favorite review of mine, despite BioShock being one of my all time favorite video games! But, you might think differently… Enjoy.

BioShock

“A man chooses! A slave obeys! A man chooses… A SLAVE OBEYS! OBEY!!!”

Bioshock is a 2007 retro-science fiction themed Action-Horror game. The setting is an undersea paradise that was not meant to be, named “Rapture.” The root of Rapture is the Objective philosophy ruling in full force and eventually caving in on itself. The story of the city of Rapture is rife with tragedy and corruption. Today we venture beyond the sea with Bioshock! (Spoilers ahead!)
Continue reading

Movie Review: X-Men Days of Future Past

X Men poster

Admittedly, I’m quite casual in the world of comic books.  I usually rely on one of my local friends for information, but he wasn’t available to collaborate on a review.  Luckily for me, you didn’t have to be a huge X-Men fan to enjoy this film.  But, this begs the question, if you aren’t a die-hard fan, how good will this movie be for you?

 

Continue reading

From the Vaults: Planescape Torment

Here’s a double-shot of “forgotten greats” to make up for my lack of “vault” posts for the past week or two. This time, I look at the classic D&D Computer RPG, “Planescape Torment.”

Torment cover
 

What can change the nature of a man?”

(Spoiler Warning)

Continue reading

From The Vaults: A Look at Blue Cheer

This was from a theme month where I looked back at “forgotten greats”. In this one, I looked at heavy metal pioneers, “Blue Cheer”

Blue Cheer

(Leigh, Dickie, and Paul, the original members of the band)

When people think of the origins of heavy metal, the first band to come up is Black Sabbath. However, many have speculated that one of Sabbath’s greatest influences also deserves that title. While many consider Heavy metal to come from one source, it’s more so a mix of several groups, including this one.
Continue reading

Thoughts about AnimeNext ’14

A Next Banner
As promised, I figure I’d do a write-up on the convention itself! I’ve had quite the history with AnimeNext. While not as long as my sis, whose a veteran from the earlier days in Secaucus Convention Center, I have at least a good 6 – 7 years under my belt. Now, some conventions have been better than others. But, the last couple of years have hit an unfortunate slope of disappointment from a mix of overpopulation and lack of organization on a grander scale. Now, I know how much planning goes into making a huge event. The Q&A panels at the end of each convention give at least a little bit of insight for the common con-attendee, but experience behind the scenes certainly helps. That said, this convention has improved since 1 – 3 years ago, when it was probably around its lowest point. But, enough summaries, let’s dig a little deeper. As always, more after the jump…
Continue reading

Live from AnimeNext!

So, since I’m going to be at the AnimeNext Expo from June 6th through 8th, I might do something different. I’m thinking of reviewing the convention… at least from what I’m able to tackle. I’ll try to aim for must attend panels as well as comb the general area. Considering that I have 3 days, I think I can cover the latter. Anyway, if you’re also heading to the convention, I’ll probably see you there! If I can make it in cosplay, I’ll likely be Barry Burton from the Resident Evil games! So, please pardon the lateness.