The Doc Speaks: Do I want to believe?

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Lemme start by saying that I am not a superstitious person, but it’s hard to deny some things in this world (let alone universe) defy our comprehension and will probably continue to do so for eons to come.  What could this be?  Alien beings, parallel universes, otherworlds seen in myth and legend?  Beyond the fantastical, we have theories of sinister organizations working underneath our thumbs, pseudo-government tyrannies run by companies, among other things. Sounds like science fiction and are probably inventions of creative minds, but what amount of truth can be found in those statements?  Sure, this is quickly starting to sound like the beginning of a poorly written creepypasta, but it does make one wonder.  Whether intended for plain old entertainment or an attempt to broaden our horizons, various bits of media have wondered what lurks within our own world, as well as what lurks beyond ours.  And beyond the media, such notions are ingrained into countless cultures around the world.  Even if it’s popular mythology, these stories continue to live and breath much like we do.  Let’s have a look at some examples I personally enjoy.

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Film Review: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Rock ‘N’ Roll!

Greetings from the untamed waste, my good prospectors and bandits!  The summer blockbuster season has only just begun as we’ve seen a couple familiar faces either be teased (i.e. Jurassic World) or make their way to theatres everywhere (i.e. Avengers, Poltergeist).  Among those beloved franchises is one that has stood the poisoned sands of time, Mad Max.  Despite speculation over being a reboot or sequel, George Miller himself described it as more a return to the universe’s mythology instead.  As to how this film fits in the series, it’s left relatively vague.  In fact, the date the series take place has been altered by speculation and retcon alike.  Likely picking up somewhere after Thunderdome (since it’s not really described when), this film focuses on Imperator Furiosa’s rebellion against tyrannical leader and slaver, Immortan Joe.  In fact, while Max gets plenty of time to explore how his character continues to handle the empty Outback, Furiosa’s story takes center stage.  So, how does the film handle?  Well, let’s take some war rigs down Fury Road and find out!

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Cult Game Review – Papers Please

PAPERS PLEASE

Back in 2013, this sleeper hit was met with high praise and tons of examination from critics and games alike.  In Paper’s Please, you are a citizen chosen from a work lottery to maintain a border patrol agency for Arstotzka, a strict Communist country.  While on the job, you must choose between your own morality and doing your job as your state expects.  Will you fell pity and show mercy to potential citizens or will you maximize your own benefits while potentially leading the suffering of many others?  No matter the choice, you always address your next potential citizen with the same phrase, “Papers Please!”

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The Doc Speaks: The Christmas Invasion

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They’re invading, are you ready?

There’s no doubt that here in the United States, the heavily commercialized “holiday season” has gotten out of control. For many families, Thanksgiving was set aside as a time to drop the consumerism and just spend time together. But last year, our bloated capitalistic parody of the December holiday season had proved its power. With sales expanding further than before, it toppled a great defense against a frenzy of spontaneous spending and so-called savings. With this bastion against greed and habitual desires crumbled, what is there to do?
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From the Vaults: Neurospasta

It’s no lie, I love almost anything cyberpunk! For some reason, the genre always clicked with me. And when it comes to tabletop games, all the better! I’m no doubt a DEM fanboy of sorts, but their stuff is just that awesome. Without further ado, my take on their RPG, Neurospasta.

Neurospasta
Loved Cyberpunk 2020, perhaps even D20 Cyberscape? Always wanted to run Shadowrun with the D&D rule set? If you said yes to any of these, DEM promises quite the game! Let’s see how good this program really is. Megacorporation hacking tips and review after the jump!

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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.
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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!)
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Game Review: Wolfenstein The New Order

Wolfenstein The New Order

This is the sequel we’ve been waiting for! Our boy, Blazko is back! And in this installment, weird and wild Nazi super-science creates even more strange adversaries to plaster with lead! Now, this wouldn’t be complete without an alternate timeline and everything! But, The New Order takes it a step further. The Year is 1960, we lost WWII, and the Nazis rule over the world! Despite Captain Blazkowics’ failure to stop Deathshead all those years ago, he’s back to set things right! More after the jump…
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From The Vaults: Iced Earth’s Dystopia

Here’s a look back at the Iced Earth album before “Plagues of Babylon”. Personally, I liked Dystopia a lot more! Find out why!

Iced Earth - Dystopia
As promised, the sequel to my Horrorshow review is here! Does Dystopia hold up to previous great records? Can Stu Block bring back that essence Iced Earth was lacking?
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Necrotic Editorial: BioShock Games Retrospective

BioShock/Infinite Picture

I won’t deny it, the BioShock games have been among my favorite games ever created! I’m a super fan on many levels! So many factors have lead to the appeal for me; dystopian settings, failed utopias, political/social intrigue, fascinating settings, beautiful set design, wonder art aesthetics, and of course retro-futuristic punk settings! But, there’s a lot more to the series to that! A mix of wonderful moments and pitfalls as well. So, let’s go somewhere beyond the sea and into the sky with the BioShock series!

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