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VaderFan at the Movies – The Wolf of Wall Street

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Martin Scorsese is back with an all new movie about the rise and fall of a criminal. This time the story is about a criminal stock broker named Jordan Belfort, who must be the biggest douche in all of American history. The amount of crime, antics, and drugs this guy does are in such an extreme level, it’s hard to believe that this movie is based on a true story. What’s even more surprising is how funny the movie is. Scorsese is known for making his gritty and serious movie, all which should be watched and studied for they’re great as looking at an art exhibit while reading a great book at the same time. It does have its flaws, but hey, it’s Scorsese, the guy practically gets a pass on everything.

The film stars the someday Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, who started out as a good man, and slowly ended up being, as mentioned before, a great big douche. Now, this film is very interesting since it seems more like a character study of this guy. He firsts thought that the best way to make it up wall street is to make his clients happy. This was disproven by Mark Hanna, played the enigmatic Matthew McConaughey who is still thin from his role in Dallas Buyer’s Club. This guy showed him the truth, and the douchevolution began. He started swindling people’s money, hiring the worst kind of people to start his company, taking pounds of drugs, and even cheating on his wives multiple times. As usual in criminal movie fashion, some government agent shows up to bring the man to justice. This time it’s Agent Patrick Denham played by Kyle Chandler. With mistakes done by him, he ends up falling, and crashing down. Put all that in a three hour movie, with multiple comedy bits, and you get The Wolf of Wall Street.

The main thing that stands out about this film are the actors. Everyone acted in a phenomenal level, one being Jonah Hill. The chemistry he had with DiCaprio is just great to watch, adding more to the comedy bits. Speaking of comedy, Leonardo DiCaprio really shows that he can be a comedic actor. Being a serious actor for his entire career, it was surprising how funny he can be from his movements to the way he presents his dialogue. Not to mention Naomi Lapaglia, another actor who swam from the shores of Australia, who does that weird Jersey accent very well, and just acted great in the movie. Then there are multiple cameos from every actor you can think of. It feels like Scorsese was just walking down the streets of Hollywood and just pulled these guys to do bit parts in the movie. We have appearances from Jon Favreau, Cristin Millioti,  Jon Bernthal, Henry Zebowski, and Jean Dujardin just to name a few. All of them just made a small appearance, including McConaughey, which we could’ve used some more.

The direction is of course great, and the writing is witty as it is jam packed with great comedy and dialogue. However, there can be at least thirty minutes taken off of it. It’s hard to laugh for three hours straight, and at one point the laughs just stop, despite the amount of humor that keeps on coming in. Despite the length, though, it’s still worth another watch, especially as a character study. Mark Hanna became such an influence to Jordan Belfort that he starts to dress like him, start to act like him, and even brought back this cheesy chest thump music Hanna taught him in the very beginning of the film. But overall, it’s Scorsese. He’s the most consistently good director we have of our time. Nothing he made is bad, so everyone should go see that movie just because his name is attached.

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1K Crew Episode 67: E3 Battle to the Death

1K Crew Episode 67: E3 Battle to the Death

In this cast, we go over the epic battle between Xbox and Microsoft at E3!!

Topics:

Microsoft Press Conference

Sony Press Conference

Nintendo Press Conference

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1K Crew Episode 66: E3 Predictions 2013

1K Crew Episode 66: E3 Predictions 2013

In this cast, we lose a friend, but we talk about our E3 predictions!

Topics:

E3 Microsoft predictions

E3 EA predictions

E3 Ubisoft Predictions

E3 Sony Predictions

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 65: Duo Cast part ?

1K Crew Episode 65: A Tragedy?

In this cast, Samifish and Vaderfan talk about EVERYTHING.

Topics:
New Guilty Gear community
Switching from pad to arcade stick
Soccer around the world
Black Dynamite
Papers Please
Risk of Rain
Resident Evil: Revelations
Valve and other companies
Technology future proofing
Silvers Lining Playbook
Now You See Me
Intel Haswell processors
Gundam

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 64: School is Unhealthy

1K Crew Episode 64: School is Unhealthy

In this cast, Vader and Sami wise up Koshr on the life of a student.

Topics:

Advent Rising

Metro: Last Light

Resident Evil: Revelations

Resident Evil 7

Destiny trailer – Law of the Wolves

Star Trek

and etc…

Samifish

 

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1K Crew Episode 63: Xbox-Wan

1K Crew Episode 63: Xbox-Wan

In this cast, we talk about everything Xbox One!

Topics:

Xbox One

Xbox One Hardware

Xbox One Controller

Xbox One Exclusives

Television

Halo Television Series

Koshr

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1K Crew Episode 62: Nerd Crew, Move Out!

1K Crew Episode 62: Nerd Crew, Move Out!

In this cast, we brave the beginning of the summer drought with some comic talk.

Topics:

Oblivion (The Movie)

Superman and the Man of Steel movie

Justice League

Iron Man 3

Magneto

Rights to Star Wars games given to EA

What Disney is doing with their IP’s

FTL: Faster Than Light

Street Fighter puns

Halo 4

Robot Unicorn Attack 2

Samifish

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VaderFan on the Couch – Firefly

69153So, just recently I finished the entire series of the legendary cult series, Firefly. My friends talk highly about this series, and I never got the chance to get around watching it. I remember I saw the commercials that were shown on Fox when it first came out, and it made it look like a rip off of Outlaw Star and Trigun, so the appeal just never came to me, despite the fact that it’s from Joss Whedon. I’ve always wanted to watch the movie, Serenity, but after hearing that it’s a direct sequel to the series from my friends, I listened to their recommendations to watch the series first. So, I finally sat down and started watching it, and I have to say, it was an ok series.

I started watching the first two episodes, and couldn’t really get into it. The series were shot like a basic low budget series that would’ve been shown on the Sci-Fi channel. It had basic character plot and development, and the uniqueness of the world that combines the Wild West and Chinese culture is interesting. However, I couldn’t really get into it because of Nathan Fillion’s acting. He was a robot on the set, just speeding through his lines, and not showing much emotion at all. This bothered me a ton since I know Fillion is a really good actor, and great even when he’s doing stuff with Whedon. His character is Captain Mal Reynolds of the ship, Serenety, which would make him the main character for the entire series, the one that the audience supposes to relate. So if I, as an audience member, can’t really relate to him, the whole series falls down. Another thing that bothered me was Summer Glau’s character, River, whose mystery just kept dragging on, and I just wanted to see her stop being a weird child. Also the random Chinese cursing just threw me off.

I told my friends about my opinion of the first couple episodes, they were quite upset, and I got in a heated discussion with one of them who likes to keep things “kosher” with his “fists of fury”. They convinced me to watch a couple more episodes with them, and I still couldn’t seem to get into it. They told me the series does get better, so I buckled down, and continued to watch. Fillion’s acting did get better as the series progressed, so it got more bearable, but it wasn’t until episode 10 that I thought the series was actually good. We get to see more dimensions from each character, seeing them do things that we wouldn’t think they would do, and seeing more human sides to them through their tragic pasts. However, that’s the main problem. It didn’t catch me from the beginning, and I have to wait until later to actually get into the series. The fact that the episodes are 45 minutes long didn’t help either. Normally this is a series that I would like, but I just couldn’t seem to get into it. Maybe the plot and direction seemed way too basic, maybe I cared more about that than the world it’s based, and maybe that’s why everyone liked it because of the world it’s based in. Maybe everyone overhyped it too much for me.

Watching the series I can see how much they based the idea off of the legendary Western movie, Stagecoach. For those of you who don’t know, Stagecoach is what made westerns very popular, and it was the premiere of legendary John Ford and John Wayne. It made B movies great and fun to watch since it has good characters, action scenes, and a very basic plot. I could write more on the movie, but I should make the comparison. The movies and the series have a group of travelers heading to some destination, and both involved a gun for hire, prostitute, doctor, preacher, and a stagecoach driver/pilot. Both involved similar character arcs and conflicts, so in some ways, Firefly is a fan made series that pays homage to Stagecoach. Some of the episodes’ plots also pay tribute to other western classics such as A Fistful of Dollars and Magnificent Seven. However, despite seeing all this, I still had a hard time to get into the series until the last few episodes of the first and only season.

Now, with a series that I just can’t seem to get into, I’d normally be done by episode five, despite what other people recommend me. For me, there’s no reason to continue since I gave the series five opportunities to grab me, but I kept watching for one guy, Jayne played by Adam Baldwin. Whenever this guy does something, whether it’s shooting someone or talking, I just laugh in enjoyment. I keep watching just to see him do something, despite the annoyance or dislike I keep having throughout the series. He brings a sort of balance for me when watching the entire series. I guess I relate more to Jayne than anyone else in the series, more so that I believe he should get his own spinoff called Jayne’s Adventures. It has a nice ring to it. For me, he’s the saving grace of the series, and he’s the reason I think the series is an ok series, not a good or great one. So right now, I’ll finally get to see Serenity, and hopefully I’ll like it more than the series.

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VaderFan at the Movies – Pain & Gain

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We get so many Hollywood movies that are based on a true story, and a majority of them have been changed to make the movie more dramatic or entertaining. Well, it’s the opposite for this movie. The very highly, over the top, unbelievable scenes are actually true, and the more believable scenes aren’t actually true. I’ve read the journal story in The New Miami Times, and I am in shocked with how much the movie got it right. But, I’m going to talk more about the movie and not to make a comparison with what actually happen.

The movie stars Mark-E-Mark as the body-builder trainer, Daniel Lugo, who believes he deserves more in life. After a seminar to teach him how to be rich, he decides to steal money from his very rich client, Victor Kershaw, played by Tony Shalhoub. He enlists the help of coke addict turned Christian, Paul Doyle, played by The Rock, and the steroid obsessed small penis friend Adrian Doorbal, played by Anthony Mackie, or The Falcon. Of course, once you get a bunch of dumb bodybuilders together to come up with a heist, funny chaos ensues. Things always wrong in a heist movie, but this movie takes it to another level. Unlike normal heist movies where it involves a bunch of smart characters, calmly calculating their next move, this movie has just a bunch of idiots winging it as they go on. They fail to capture Victor a couple times by trying to sneak into his house, but abort after they found out he was doing the Shabbat; then try to capture him by trapping him in his BMW, but got the wrong car; and finally they just directly confront him in ninja outfits, and taser him. I didn’t spoil much, since it’s in the trailer, but just the example of the hilarity that is in this movie. And even funnier is that all that actually happen in real life. I’m not going to go into much detail on how they got all his money, but they eventually did and got caught because of stupid mistakes these guys make. One of them being is accidentally killing a guy from ‘roid rage, and leaving a toe with a dog at some guy’s mansion.

I can’t help but see this movie as some sort of dark comedy character piece, despite the fact it’s directed by Michael Bay. Daniel Lugo starts off as a charismatic character, some guy that anyone can get along with, but he has a very short temper, especially when it comes to fitness. He also has this delusion of grandeur, where he thinks it’s up to him to ruin a jerk that has a ton of money because it’s un-American to let a guy like that to be rich. Lugo also gets mad when someone just talks shit about fitness, or his pecks. Then we get Anthony Doorbal who can be viewed as a tragic character for having such a small penis, but he is unlikable because of his idiotic use of steroids and just being an all-round jerk. Then we get Paul Doyle, who is probably the most likable character of the bunch. He is trying to do good after getting out of jail, since he found Jesus, and is the most nice and friendly guy out of the bunch. He was the only guy who treated Kershaw right during his captivity. However, he is so dumb that he can be convinced to do some heinous acts, such as killing a man. Surprisingly, the actors did a really good job in playing these characters. Normally in a Michael Bay movie, actors never really gave a grade A performance, hell not even a grade B, but these actors really performed well.

This movie really works for Michael Bay. It is set in a very wacky world that is his style. His other movies tend to over fictionalize all the action segments, and he kinda over sexualize the women in his movies also. It is hard to find any sort of believability in his movies, but since this movie is based on a true story, we just got to accept everything that happens. It is a fun watch, especially when watching with friends with a great sense of humor.

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VaderFan at the Movies – Oblivion

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I’ll tell you right now, this movie is hard to talk about without spoiling anything at all. I’m going to try my best to talk about it, but I’m not going to promise that it will be spoiler free. This movie is another great example of a pure sci-fi film. It’s smart, beautifully shot, and tends to be vague in so many ways, that it makes the audience think. If you’re a sci-fi enthusiast and plan to watch the movie, then stop reading and go watch it. It’s really that good. This is your last warning before I ruin anything for you.

The movie stars Tom Cruise as Jack, not Reacher, who is a drone repairman in a post-apocalyptic ruined Earth. He is accompanied by Victoria, played by Andrea Riseborough, who is his communications officer/lover. The movie starts off with Jack narrating the background of the world, which is that a bunch of aliens invaded Earth, we used nukes to wipe them out, thus destroying the planet, and moving all of humanity to Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. Jack has to repair these drones that are being destroyed by the alien remnants, since they defend these giant rigs that suck up the Earth’s water supply, and at the same time, fight the alien remnants, called Scavs. Soon, Jack finds a crashed pod that relates to a Scav beacon, where he discovers some humans, and the drones start killing them. He manages to rescue one human Julia, played by Olga Kurylenko, who seems to be in Jack’s dreams. He is then captured by the Scavs, where the Morpheus character Beech, played by the enigmatic Morgan Freeman, reveals to be the leader of these remnants, and told Jack that nothing is what it seems. From there, plot twists are revealed, and cool action scenes ensue.

I felt like the twist was a bit too predictable, since I had a feeling it was something like that just by watching the trailers. However, the journey up to it is what made it enjoyable. Jack has some sort of relation to Julia, and he tries to fight against everything he knows to find out what that connection really is. The movie also hints that there is something wrong with the situation, since the headquarters called the Tet floats around in space like some sort of emotionless angel, watching over the Earth. Then the drones give off a very scary monster aura, which made me question if man really made these machines or not. Then we get the subtle appearances of the Scavs, where they first look like robotic dogs, then turned into a Tusken Raider and Predator infusion. However, the Scavs look a lot less scary than the drones. The film messes with the audience mind by telling us that the drones are good, but the way they are shot along with the sound effects tells us something different. In a way, it asks us what you should really believe: what people tell you, or what you really see and feel. We also get the theme of the film from Stanza XXVII of “Horatius” from “Lay of Rome”, which is “To every man upon this earth, Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better, Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And the temples of his gods.” This is the theme of the whole film, which came in full circle at the end in such a genius and brilliant way, it puts a tear into my eye.

The best way to describe the way the film is shot is beauty. Despite how ruined the Earth is, with every monument that showcase the civilization of humanity ruined and buried, there is a sense of beauty built into it. It’s like a painting that one can stare at, and appreciate the beauty and wonder of the planet. In many ways, it’s like the aliens became the second god of the earth, recreating it in a way that is similar to the beauty of nature. Another deep symbol built into the movie. The action sequences are also cool to watch, since they’re not really super fast paced or confusing. It shows everything that is going on, and it starts off slow, and eventually builds up to giant explosions. We even get a mini-video game sequence on the ship Jack pilots. Jack also runs a lot, which seems to be in Tom Cruise’s contract, since every movie that guy has been in involves him running.

The acting is a bit subpar, since each actor didn’t go all the way with it. Tom Cruise did a good job in having the audience relate to him a bit, but some of the emotional seem to fall short with him. Andrea Riseborough does a good job in making me hate her since her character is a stickler for rules, but one scene of her crying is a bit laughable. Morgan Freeman is Morgan Freeman, not much to argue there. Then there’s Olga Kurylenko, whose only job is to look worry and be a dramatic push to the main plot. Oh yeah, Jamie Lanaster made a short appearance as a sniper expert/scruffy-looking-man-who-hates-the-main-character guy. He even gets a cheesy 80’s action movie moment near the end, which is always something I love to see.

I have to give a lot of credit to the director, Joseph Kosinski. Not only did he co-write this movie, he also wrote the graphic novel the movie is based off of. He knew how this movie was going to be like before it even started, and he really pulls it off. The beautiful artful sceneries, the great stories, and a great direction really made this movie a pure sci-fi film. If you’re still not convinced in watching this movie, it pays great homage to many sci-fi films in the past such as Moon, Planet of the Apes, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and some of Phillip K. Dick’s stories.

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1K Crew Episode 61: Be Jewish or Be Angry

1K Crew Episode 61: Be Jewish or Be Angry

In this cast, we learn a few things about life.

Topics:

Soccer

Injustice

King Of Fighters XIII

Deadpool

Star Wars

Perspective

Slender: The Arrival

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 60: We’re Not Koshr Enough

1K Crew Episode 60: We’re Not Koshr Enough

In this cast, Samifish and Vaderfan learn that they’re not funny.

Topics:

Sports

Bioshock: Infinite

10000000

Risk of Rain

Zillian fraud

Batman: Arkham Origins

Transistor

Sony vs Microsoft

Skullgirls fundraiser

Capcom’s Balance Changes

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 59: The Bioshock Infinite Spoiler Cast Part 2

1K Crew Episode 59: The Bioshock Infinite Spoiler Cast Part 2

In this cast, we have Koshr join us this time to round out most of the talk about Bioshock Infinite.

**SPOILER WARNING ** IF YOU PLAN ON PLAYING THIS GAME, DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS CAST! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!! **SPOILER WARNING **

Topics:

Bioshock Infinite

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 58: The Bioshock Infinite Spoliler Cast

1K Crew Episode 58: The Bioshock Infinite Spoliler Cast

In this cast, a whole lotta spoilers.

**SPOILER WARNING ** IF YOU PLAN ON PLAYING THIS GAME, DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS CAST! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!! **SPOILER WARNING **

Topics:

Bioshock Infinite

Samifish

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VaderFan at the Movies – The Summer of Nerds Part II

It’s that time again, and it’s bigger than ever. Anyone who’s been keeping up with movies knows that nerd movies are taking over! I thought it was going to be a one time thing, since I wrote a blog last year about it, but after seeing some of the summer releases this year, it is going to be better than last year. A lot more movies that are based on some sort of comic, sci-fi series, or some old series that only nerds know are coming out this year, and here I am writing about it. So, here we are:

 

Evil Dead – The remake of the campy, cult classic comes in April. I know, it’s actually a spring month, but it’s something that every nerd will have to see. The trailers sell it as an actual hardcore horror movie, so it’ll miss some of the campiness the fans grew to love of the original, which might prevent from watching it, but it has some of the same elements such as the necronomicon, the girl in the attic, and the rape tree. Now, what I’m hoping for is that the trailer just wants to sell it as a horror flick to bring in a bigger audience, and it’ll still be a cheesy movie. Either way, it might still be a good horror flick.

 

Oblivion – The epic sci-fi, post-apocolyptic original starring Tom Cruise is also an April release, but by this time it’ll be so hot it’s summer. This film looks interesting, and I wonder where it goes. We got the cool effects in it, but then there’s the plot of “nothing seems what it seems, and you’ve been lied to”. Hopefully we get a crazy twist, and some hidden symbol built into it.

 

Iron Man 3 – Robert Downing Jr. returns as Tony Stark in another adventure, only this time the stakes are higher. Not really, it’s hard to beat a bunch of aliens invading New York, but this time, we finally get Iron Man’s comic book number one nemesis, The Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. The trailers show how great Kingsley can play as a media terrorist that has a confident, cool persona, making him a great threat to the tech genius of Stark. Not only that, it seems we get a combination of story arcs of Armored Wars and Extremis from the comics, which are some of the best Iron Man stories. Then we get all the armors teased in the trailer, which includes the Silver Centurion, Hulkbuster, and Iron Patriot. The plot is definitely darker, with a ton of action, and I’m pretty sure it’ll please both comic fans and just plain moviegoers. It comes out in May, so it’ll be the official start of summer, and the start of Marvel’s Phase Two.

 

Star Trek: Into Darkness – The sequel to J.J. Abrams successful reboot of the series. I never liked Star Trek until I saw the last movie, and now I’m a fan. This movie will bring more of the relationship between Capt. Kirk and Spock, and some dramatic action that might result the end of the Earth. The trailers are pretty vague in what the whole movie is about, but Abrams never really made a bad movie. He’ll make this film better than the last, and at the end we’ll all be yelling KHAN!!!!!! Once again.

 

After Earth – M. Night Shyamalan returns as a director in this other sci-fi post-apocalyptic movie. He also has Will Smith starring with his son, Jaden. The movie seems to focus on the relationship between father and son, since Will Smith is a cold soldier, commanding his son who is a cadet, training to be a soldier. The trailer revealed the twist already that the planet they land in is Earth, and now they have to escape it. It looks cool in some ways, but Shyamalan has been losing his skills in the past few movies he made. I’m willing to give him the doubt by watching this movie, but what will make this movie awesome if Will Smith just yells, “Welcome to Earth!”

 

Man of Steel – Superman returns in a reboot helmed by Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan. I’ve never been excited about a Superman movie until I saw the latest trailer. From what I can judge, the story is roughly based on the comic Superman: Earth One, which is written by one of my favorite writers, J. Michael Stracynski. The story is about Clark finding his place in Metropolis, going to places to use his skills until an alien invasion put him to wear the red and blue tights, and reveal himself to save Metropolis. This movie roughly follows the same plot, but it may be deeper since there was a scene in the trailer where Pa Kent told Clark that he shouldn’t have saved the bus, where Clark said, “Should I have just left them,” and Pa replied, “Maybe.” It’s a really dark moment between father and son, and it also sets the tone of the movie. This will be an excellent reboot, and if it does well, it might set up for a Justice League movie. I’m going to like the movie anyways, since I’m a sucker for Zack Snyder.

 

World War Z – The hit novel gets its movie adaptation with Brad Pitt as the lead role. The plot is about the start of the zombie infestation, the chaos that it ensues, and it’s up to Brad Pitt to find the cause of the outbreak to find the cure. The trailer shows a ton of action, with fast zombies leaping high above to capture its prey, and climbing on top of each other to reach a helicopter. From what I understand, the novel doesn’t really have much action in it, so maybe this is another way to sell the movie to a larger audience, but I doubt it. It may be fun to watch, but I’m pretty sure it’ll never be as good as the book.

 

Lone Ranger – The radio drama gets its movie adaptation this summer starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp. The Lone Ranger wears a mask, and is revived from the dead, giving it a combination of superhero and mystical elements, some stuff that nerds would be into. The movie looks fun, since Depp seems to provide his quirky comedy along with some great action sequences. It’ll probably play out like Pirates of the Caribbean since they’re both produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. I might be neutral about this movie, mainly because of Bruckheimer.

 

Pacific Rim – It’s been five years since Guillermo del Toro last directed a film (Hellboy II), but now he’s making a return that makes all nerds cream their pants. He’s doing the impossible and is making a giant mecha movie! It’s about giant robots fighting against giant monsters, an homage to the early mecha animes. Del Toro has yet made a bad movie, so there will be no upset in this one. I mean, giant robots, where can you go wrong?

 

Red 2 – The sequel to the last comic book movie with the entire original cast returning. I can’t say much about this film, other than it looks funny, but at the same time, uninteresting. The last movie wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t in need of a sequel. I might forget about this movie when it actually comes out.

 

The Wolverine – Hugh Jackman is back as the legendary X-Man, only this time… It looks good. The last wolverine movie wasn’t that great with a stale plot, and not so awesome action sequences. However, this movie is taken right after the abysmal X-Men 3, where Logan travels the land of Japan, and is offered the chance to be mortal. The stakes will grow if he does take the offer, becoming a man, realizing he needs his healing powers, and fight a ton of ninjas on top of a bullet train. This movie brings much more excitement than the first one, and a much better plot. I think Fox will get this one right.

 

Kick-Ass 2 – The sequel to the hit comic book movie, and this time it’ll definitely kick ass. Get it? Because the movie is called… Forget it. If anyone like the first one, they won’t be disappointed with the second. We get Hit Girl’s cursing mouth, Kick Ass’ clumsy comedy, a new batch of heroes led by the man himself, Jim Carey, and much more comedic hero awesomeness. This is definitely a great way to end the summer of nerds.

 

So, there it is, a much bigger summer than last time. The ones I’m most excited about are Man of Steel and Pacific Rim. I would put in Iron Man 3, but I already know that movie is going to be good. We have a reboot, which might set the precedence for all DC movies, and an original that hasn’t been done before. I could go more in depth about these films, but my fingers are getting tired from all the typing. This summer is big, but maybe the next one will be bigger. It’s finally happening my fellow nerds, we are taking over, and in a good way.

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Wizard Secks – Hey! What’s in that pipeweed anyway…..

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Wiley Wizards…

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RIP LucasArts 1982-2013 – Koshr’s Take

So, if you’ve already liked the 1K Crew Facebook Page, then you’ve probably already seen my link to Kotaku’s article about Disney letting LucasArts go. Basically, this article states that Disney has laid off nearly 150 people off and that their two current projects(Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault) are cancelled. They do technically reserve the right to license these titles out to other developers but that is very unlikely to happen. Apparently, Disney has “decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model.” Much like Obi-Wan, when I read this article I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I feared that something terrible had happened.

Now, I personally LOVED so many of the games with the LucasArts “Gold Guy” opening and I could probably say that if it wasn’t for LucasArts games, I wouldn’t nearly have been the gamer I am now. While everyone else was wasting hours away on their N64 in Hyrule, I was saving the galaxy from the Galactic Empire one Tie Fighter at a time. At this time, I was still a casual gamer so I was hard pressed to find a game that held my attention enough to play all the way through to completion. I think Star Wars: Rogue Squadron was actually the first game that I ever beat(I was a late bloomer, so sue me). I won’t even mention the hours I spent trying to beat Boba Fett in Shadows of the Empire or Sebulba in Episode I: Racer.

I can easily remember the moment I realised that I had become a ‘hardcore’ gamer circa 2003. It was summer, nearly my birthday. I had been so impatiently waiting for the release of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. You can ask VaderFan. We cycled through countless KotOR backgrounds for our computers in the Cybercorps class we shared. I still have a terrible drawing of HK-47 that I did based off of a screenshot in an old GameInformer. As much as I had anticipated KotOR’s release, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had only just recently started playing D&D 3.0 so I was very new to roleplaying. KotOR was the first game that I played and replayed numerous times, back to back, for the story alone. That ‘moment of infamy’ was when I first *SPOILER* realised that I(the character) WAS Darth Revan the whole time *END SPOILER*. Ever since, I have searched for other games to pull such emotional ties as KotOR did and as small as that list is, KotOR still sits very high(just behind the first Mass Effect). With that, I can easily say that I owe a lot of my gaming life to LucasArts and they will be missed, but that’s not all I have to say. There is still a future.

As I mentioned before Disney has shifted their focus of LucasArts from internal development to a licensing model. My first thought is that I hope the Star Wars RPG that Obsidian had pitched LucasArts a while ago can get developed. This might also allow for more amazing third-party-developed Star Wars games. Both KotOR and Battlefront were not developed by LucasArts themselves. They were developed by BioWare and Pandemic, respectively, who oddly enough merged sometime after these games had released. LucasArts being forced to close their doors also sparked Raven to release their source code for Star Wars: Jedi Knight II and Jedi Academy finally allowing for modders to be able to more easily make mods for these games. My speculation is that this could possibly spark enough interest for Disney to consider another Jedi Knight game. (How amazing would that be!) These are my hopes despite Disney having said that they were more likely to focus on social/mobile as opposed to console releases.

With that, here’s to hoping for the best. May the force be with you!

– Koshr

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VaderFan at the Movies – The Croods

the-croods-launch-1-sheetDreamworks has returned with another family comedy that predates the age of the Flintstones. Like Dreamworks fashion, they bring some stellar stars into their animated films in this case we get Nicholas Cage as the father, Grug, Emma Stone as the elder daughter, Eep, and Ryan Reynolds as Guy. Then we have other notable roles such as Catherine Keener as Ugga, Cloris Leachman as Gran, and Clark Duke as Thunk. You got to love these names since they’re the most caveman names you can think of. Also like Dreamworks fashion, they bring in great animation with comedy, and a story that fits for the kids and the adults. One of the directors, Chris Sanders, also directed How to Train Your Dragon and Lilo & Stitch, where he played Stitch, and voiced the sloth in this movie, Belt.

To sum up the movie short, the film is about the cave family, The Croods, where they must leave their cave after it’s destroyed, enlisting the help of Guy to survive the unknowns of the outside world. Watching this movie, I can’t help but notice all the basics of screenwriting, and how it is executed well in this movie. We see the family in the world they know of, which is staying in the cave, hunting for food, and never go to the outside world. Of course Eep, just like all teenage girls, does not want the lifestyle her father bestows upon her, and wishes to just travel outside the cave to be adventurous. She travels out of the cave, where she meets Guy, who is a human that evolved into less of a brute, and more of using his mind kind of guy, a more modern human if you will. He then showed Eep fire, a horn, and warning he world will end. Once the cave is destroyed, we get into the first act. We see how the world the family knows get turned upside down, and they’ll have to evolve from there.

Then we get some of the character interactions. My favorite is the relationship between Grug and Guy. Grug lived his whole life in fear, following the rules, despite how strong this man really is. Guy is the opposite, going out in finding about new things, and using his mind to develop ways to adapt to situations. The family likes Guy, listening to what he says, while ignoring Grug. Grug gets jealous and angry, so comedy ensues around the situations, such as putting Guy in a log, and Grug trying to act all cool coming up with ideas. Then, of course, Grug gets all fatherly defensive when Eep starts to fall in love with Guy. Eep shows the typical teenage girl characteristics when they see the cute guy. They get all jumble, and girl shy, trying to get the guy to notice her. She also always listens to Guy over Grug, since she likes the guy over her father. Typical teenagers, no respect for their elders. It took awhile since she’s a hundred times stronger than Guy, but they do fall in love with each other eventually. Then we get Gran and Grug, which is the whole mother-in-law, son-in-law relationship where they hate each other, and the running joke in this movie that Grug always gets his hope up when he think she’s dead, in which she replies, “still alive.”

Now, let’s get to some of the animals in the movie. This is a unique world that is created since all the animals are some sorts of mixed hybrid. We got som frilled lizard hyenas, giraffe elephants, a tiger owl, a dog gator, and a saber tooth parrot, which chased the family through a majority of the film. The only normal animal is Belt, which is a purple sloth, sidekick to Guy, keeps his pants up, and provides comedic relief with his high pitch sounds. Some of the animals provide a lot of the comedy in the movie, since their goofiness are made for the kids, but their deaths are also done in a comedic way for the grown ups to enjoy. One death involved a dog gator rolling over a cliff on top of the tree. It really made me laugh since it is a scene that came out of nowhere.

The animation is great. The action set pieces that are put in are always exciting to watch, along with the characters’ animation and face movement. It’s atypical 3D animated film where all the expressions are over exaggerated, but it’s still enjoyable to watch. Not many things that I can really critique about the movie other than the plot is quite predictable, but I enjoyed watching it so much that I didn’t even bother trying to predict what’s going to happen. The actors also gave a good performance in their separate roles. So this is definitely a great animation film to watch with some friends or family.

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VaderFan at the Movies – GI Joe: Retaliation

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GI Joe is back to kick some Cobra ass. I was really excited about this movie after watching some of the trailers, since Cobra Commander is in his full glory with his classic helmet, taking over the white house, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as Roadblock, also Bruce Willis is in it, and some pretty cool action scenes. However, actually watching the movie, it didn’t really meet any of my expectations at all, and in fact, it’s pretty dull. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of GI Joe, I didn’t even watch the original growing up, just the 90’s reboot where Cobra Commander wears a burette and a skull mask, but I do know the awesome sauce that the series poured over the nerd culture, and I do know how good it tastes. The sauce in this movie is a bit mild.

There are a lot of things I’m going to talk about this movie, so here’s your spoiler warning. The movie starts off explaining that Duke, reprised by the handsome Channing Tatum, taking over a new group of GI Joes: Roadblock, played by The Rock; Lady Jaye, played by Adrianne Palicki; and Flint, played by DJ Cotrona. We get to see the Joes in action, and some relationship history between Duke and Roadblock, which wasn’t executed well since their jokes were pretty lame. We get some feeling that they’ve been friends for years, however it seems to undermine everything that happened in the last movie. We’re missing other characters such as Scarlet, Heavy Duty, and General Hawk, some of whom are my personal favorites from the cartoon. Then, out of nowhere, the Joes are under attack, which results the least tragic death for a main character ever, the death of Duke. We just see his face, cut to a vehicle explosion, and the emotionless expression of The Rock. We couldn’t tell if he actually died. The Rock didn’t even seem to care that his best friend died so horribly, it’s pointless. So, at this point the villain Zartan, posing as the president (Jonathan Pryce), states that the GI Joes has became evil, and Cobra has defeated them, thus making them the good guys. So, now it’s up to the remaining Joes to stop Cobra.

Meanwhile, Storm Shadow, played by Byung-hun Lee, and Firefly, played by Ray Stevenson, broke into a high security prison to rescue Cobra Commander. It was a cool breakout, with Firefly’s motorcycle breaking apart into rockets to destroy the facility, and Storm Shadow using his awesome ninja skills cutting through bullets and a bunch of guards. Now, here’s the problem with this scene. Destro is in the prison also, and all we get to see is his eyes squinting once in awhile and looking angry. Then, out of nowhere Cobra Commander said, “You’re out of the band,” and left the fool to die in the prison. It does not make sense at all, since Destro is one of the key villains in the GI Joe universe, and just to write him off like that is almost a kick in the balls. I have a feeling they did this because they couldn’t get the original actor from the first movie to play him in the second, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt played Cobra Commander in the first one, and they replace him in the second, so it does not make sense at all.

Then we get to Japan where Snake Eyes spars against Jynx, where the RZA plays the blind master, narrating what they should do to bring Storm Shadow to justice. Here is where I find the movie to be enjoyable is how Asian the RZA acts. He really got the accent down, even the pronunciation sounds so Asian it made me laugh. The guy really wants to be Asian; I mean he is part of the Wu-Tang Clan. Now, Snake Eyes and Jynx goes to some mountain to capture Storm Shadow, and the action sequence here is really cool. They use zip lines and fight a ton of ninjas on the side of the mountain, and the way it’s done looks like a realistic portrayal of a ninja anime. The ninjas they fight have to be the worst ninjas in the world since they keep falling, tripping over each other, and can’t hit anything for the life of them. It’s like they graduated from the storm trooper ninja school or something. After all this, Storm Shadow all the sudden changed sides, and decides to help the Joes. Here is where the movie starts to lose me. One thing I always looked forward to when I was younger was the fight between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. We barely get that in the movie, and at this point, I never will. Then Bruce Willis shows up, and his character was a waste, it was pointless to have him here.

Now, I’ve been focusing so much on the plot on this movie, and I’ll be the first to tell you that when it comes to action movies, plot don’t matter it’s the action. However, when the action scenes are really dull, you just can’t help but notice everything about the plot. The action scenes suffer the problem of being shot way too close with a shaking camera, so it’s hard to tell what’s happening, and the explosions aren’t even impressive. A lot of it is stuff that I’ve really seen. Eventually Cobra Commander recruits all the world leaders into a war room, where he then reveals that he has a doomsday device that will destroy each of the major cities. Guess what, the Joes manage to stop him from destroying the world. He did escape, but he never did a cheesy “I’ll get you next time,” line. I was really expecting it when he climbed atop his helicopter to fly off. The plot may seem enjoyable to watch, but a lot of it fell flat. Many characters are wasted, everything is all over the place, Cobra Commander barely makes an appearance, and all the action scenes except the ninja fight aren’t that great. If you’re with the right people who like to make fun of movies as they watch it, this one is good for you, but other than that, it really isn’t worth watching in my opinion.

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1K Crew Episode 57: Haiiro Agrees

1K Crew Episode 57: Haiiro Agrees

In this cast, we learn Vader doesn’t know the differences between genders.

Topics:

Dead Space

Super Hexagon

No Time to Explain

NHL 13

Tomb Raider

Gex

Darkstalkers

Street Fighter update

Transistor

FFx and FFx-2 HD Remakes

Saints Row IV

Ducktales Remastered

Mass Effect “4”

Mass Effect 3 Chart

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Kojima trolling about Phantom Pain

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KoshrMeme – Because we all know you’ve been wondering what it’s made of…..

Koshr: Boyfriend Material

Come on ladies, you know he is 😉

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1K Crew Episode 56: Tomb Raided

1K Crew Episode 56: Tomb Raided

In this cast, we realize that Samifish does not play new games. Ever.

Topics:

Saturday Night Live

Dead Space

Valve

Tomb Raider and 3rd person games

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Year Walk

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Ubisoft

The Bridge

Watching others play

Secrets in video games

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 55: Artificial Stupidity

1K Crew Episode 55: Artificial Stupidity

In this cast, Koshr learns the topic of his future game!

Topics:

Crysis 3 and the other Crysis games

Pun Games

Voting with your wallet

Metal Gear Rising: Revengenace

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Yearwalk

Fez

Mark of the Ninja

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

Names for video game related products

Jason West leaves Respawn

Beyond: Two Souls  out October 8th, adds Willem Dafoe

Tomb Raider

Remember Me projected for June

South Park: Stick of Truth

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1K Crew Episode 54: Playstation 4 and etc.

1K Crew Episode 54: Playstation 4 and etc.

In this cast, we talk about the massive news of the newly introduced Playstation 4

Topics:

Playstation 4

-Controller

-Hardware

-Share Button and other social benefits

-PS Vita + PS4

-Downloads and its works

-Games

–Infamous: Second Son

–Killzone: Shadow Fall

–Knack

–Deep Down

–Diablo

–Watch Dogs

–Destiny

Mark of the Ninja

Crysis 3

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Rayman Legends delayed

How much it takes to make a Skullgirls character

Bridge

Intro- Dance Dance Revolution- Drop the Bomb by Scotty D. – http://youtu.be/DBLnOlzowYY

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1K Crew Episode 53: It is Your Destiny

1K Crew Episode 53: It is Your Destiny

In this cast, all of our little fanboy panties get super wet.

Topics:

Coheed and Cambria

Arcades and getting blown up

Destiny

Future Consoles

Darksiders 2

Kickstarter abuse

Minecraft Dragon

Mark of the Ninja

Aliens Colonial Marines

Immersion

Intro- Persona  4-Pursuing My True Self- http://youtu.be/XqVoutY054w

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 51: What Do We Play Next?

1K Crew Episode 51: What Do We Play Next?

In this cast, the lull is looming.

Topics:

Dead Space 3

Movie 43

Sony Press Release

EVO 8th Game Winner

Bioshock Infinite

Tomb Raider

Street Fighter X Tekken Version 2013

Minecraft

Intro- 3rd Strike- Ibuki Stage- Twilight –http://youtu.be/_IgY23NBAlQ

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1K Crew Episode 50: J-Law’s Ass

1K Crew Episode 50: J-Law’s Ass

In this cast, mmmmm….

Topics

New Zelda + Wind Waker HD

New Yoshi’s Yarn Game

Super Smash Bros. U and the EVO 8th game

THQ is no more

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Demo

Dead Space 3 Demo

Star Wars 7

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1K Crew Episode 49: No One Likes 2012

1K Crew Episode 49: No One Likes 2012

In this cast, we make a conclusion about 2012. *Hint: Title*

Topics:

Catherine

EVO 2013 lineup

Pathfinder online KickStarter

Nvidia Project Shield

Ouya

TellTale would like to do a Halo game

WOW will make better employees

Dead Space 3 reacts to your emotions,

MetaCritic says 2012 sucked for videogames

Remember Me

New IP and consoles

Intro- 3rd Strike- Akuma Stage: Killing Moon- http://youtu.be/v5BB1v50r8k

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1K Crew Episode 48:The Dark Side is Angry

1K Crew Episode 48:The Dark Side is Angry

In this cast, Vader bitches. About everything.

Topics

Asura’s Wrath

Catherine

Ps2 Shipping Stop

THQ goes bankrupt

Goddess Kickstarter

Intro – Persona 3- Burn My Dread –http://youtu.be/vnQ4LexQr20

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 46: The Video Game Awards 2012

1K Crew Episode 46: The Video Game Awards 2012

 

In this cast, we talk about the Video Game Awards! We loved it as much as we did last year…

Topics:

Spike’s Video Game Awards

Lego Lord of the Rings

Asura’s Wrath

Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3

DmC (Devil May Cry) Demo

Borderlands 2

Destiny

Why Star Wars: Battlefront 3 got cancelled

THQ Humble Bundle

PlayStation Hybrid Controller

New York’s Museum of Modern Art in introduce permanent video game collection in March

Intro – Opening Demo from 3rd Strike – http://youtu.be/tfZptGnZE4o

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1K Crew Episode 45: The Halo 4 Episode Part 2

1K Crew Episode 45: The Halo 4 Episode Part 2

In this cast, less Halo 4, but enough to make it the title. And we played some other amazing things.

Topics

Halo 4

Assassin’s Creed 3

Super Hero Porn

Nights into Dreams

Fez

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

 

Intro- Mahna Mahna by Cake – http://youtu.be/Us4PJgunZx8

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1K Crew Episode 44: The Halo 4 Episode

1K Crew Episode 44: The Halo 4 Episode

In this cast, Halo 4. Like almost the whole time. And Slippy is a bitch.

Topics:

Halo 4

Writer of Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine to write Star Wars 7

THQ Humble Bundle effects

New Sonic Game??

Mortal Kombat  returns to Hollywood

Assassins Creed 3

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 43: Lag is Our Friend

1K Crew Episode 43: Lag is Our Friend

In this cast, a whole bunch of shit that lead to a lot of editing. Disclosure in the beginning of the cast. Enjoy!

Topics:

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +

Dishonored

Resident Evil 6

The new Xbox Live champion

Nintendo issues

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 42: Miss October is our Hero!

1K Crew Episode 42: Miss October is our Hero!

In this cast, a hot gamer girl is our new lord and savior. I like this new religion.

Topics:

The Room

Star War: The Old Republic going free-to-play

Dishonored

Assassin’s Creed 3

Playboy’s Miss October’s new job

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker- Menu Music http://youtu.be/SXGGvsHq6iA

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Video Games of 2013: VaderFan’s Take

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1K Crew 2013 Gamepad design

So, since Koshr decided to talk about the upcoming year in a bit of a negative tone, I decided that I should put this year in a little bit lighter tone. I recommend you read his article first before you read mine: http://wp.me/p2de2l-7j. Now, I’m not going to refute his article, saying that he’s completely wrong because a lot of it is true. There are only a small handful of new IP’s coming out during the next year, so it’s really hard to get excited about the next year, but I am excited about some the sequels, along with some other things.

In terms of games, I am very excited about Bioshock: Infinite. Every game journalists has gone on and on about this game, so I’m not going to repeat the same stuff they talk about, and you can look online to fill in on what I would be saying. I will add is that I skipped out on Bioshock 2 since it wasn’t made by the same developers as the first one. I didn’t think I’d get the same experience from, despite some of the positive reviews it got when it came out. So, I’m really hyped about Infinite since it’s been a little over five years since I played the first Bioshock. Now, the next obvious thing is the new take on two very old and popular IP’s in the industry, which are Tomb Raider and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.  The Tomb Raider and Metal Gear series have been around for a really long time, and for a good reason too. Now, we get a younger Lara Croft in her journey to become the strong female that we know of old, along with crazy set pieces, and brutality that seems only fit for a male, yet she is able to pull it off. There is also some resemblance to the Uncharted series, but that’s a whole discussion on its own. In Revengeance, which I’m pretty sure Kojima was high when he came up with that title, we get to play as Raiden, but this time as a bad ass super cyborg ninja. The Metal Gear series has been known for its stealth mechanics, and now that’s been replaced with high paced hack-n-slash action. The people at Platinum Games are working on this title, so it’s going to be really stylized, despite how it looks like another hack-n-slash game.

The next thing to definitely look forward to the next year is E3 2013. The main reason I say this is that there are ton of rumors that Microsoft and Sony are going to unveil their next console. E3 is always the place to showcase everything that’s new and big, and if the rumors are true, this would be the place to show it. We’ll get to see how the GPU works for the next generation, how the consoles would look like, some key features to each system, the controllers, some stuff we’ll like, and stuff that we’ll hate. We can speculate all day on what will be shown during the biggest gaming event of the year, but if the rumors are going to persist, then Microsoft and Sony may have to give into the pressure and make their new consoles. We’ll also get to see other things during E3, such as Bungie’s new game.

So, there you have it. Yes, the year will be lacking in some new stuff, but we still have some stellar games coming out within the next few months. Afterwards we’ll get the summer of arcade, which I’m pretty sure some indie game will make the headlines on every gaming website, and then E3 will happen during the summer. It will showcase more things to come out later that year, so we still have more things to look forward to. Maybe I’m being way too optimistic about this, but so what? The fall wasn’t that great, so it should get better, right?

-VaderFan

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1K Crew Episode 40: Competition about Competitions

1K Crew Episode 40: Competition about Competitions

Look out folks, this one gets a bit dicey!

Topics:

Resident Evil 6

Borderlands 2

Cliff leaves Epic

Dishonored

Yearly Released Games

Competition in Video Games

Mass Effect Fan Made Short Film

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 39: Crazy Plot Twists

1K Crew Episode 39: Crazy Plot Twists

In this cast, we learn why jobs in retail are the best in the world… or something.

Topics:

Borderlands 2

Off Topic Retail Woes

Dead or Alive 5

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +

Notch dissing Windows 8

New PS3 Super Slim

Library of Congress cataloging videogames

NBA Live 13 cancelled

Mass Effect Box Set

Owners of Bioware leave Games’ Industry

Mechromancer for Borderlands 2 releasing October 16th

Intro Music- Carnival Stage from Marvel vs Capcom 2-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGyd2bvBQc4

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1K Crew Episode 38: Robot Voices and Unnecessary Insults

1K Crew Episode 38: Robot Voices and Unnecessary Insults

*** Warning*** Episode contains spoilers for Spec Ops: The Line

In this cast, the trio are together to talk about Yager’s Spec Ops: The Line, back with internet problems and all!

Topics:

Street Fighter X Tekken

Stan Lee’s Comikaze

Spec Ops: The Line

Dredd

Bioware’s CEOs Retired

Dragon Age: Inquisition

New Mass Effect game

Halo 4

Intro- Marvel vs Capcom Character Select Theme- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxMdFMJdeYg

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VaderFan at the Movies – Expectations for Skyfall

I’ve been watching the new trailer for Skyfall for about a bazillion times, and I decide that I should write about it. First, I’m a big James Bond fan, so big that I took a class over summer and watched every single Bond film made within a month, including the unofficial Never Say Never Again. I am super excited for this next film coming out since it seems like it’s been forever that Quantum of Solace came out, and I it’ll be the best James Bond Film ever. I’ll go into more detail why it’s going to be the best Bond film ever, but first let me show what my expectations from watching the trailer.

Let’s start off by saying that Q is in it! Q played an instrumental part in all the Bond films since he provided all the fancy gadgetry to Bond since the movie series started with Dr. No. Q was played by Desmond Llewelyn starting From Russia with Love to his retirement in The World is Not Enough, and he made the role famous by being a sort of mentor to Bond, who never listens to him, and he always worry every time he lends his gadgets to Bond, since he’s afraid of Bond breaking the gadgets. Q was then replaced by R, played by John Cleese, who provided humor to the new quartermaster. Now, with the reboot with Casino Royale, Q didn’t make an appearance at all, which is a bit upsetting, but it was the origin of 007, so as a fan we can wait for the future films for his appearance. Now, we need to wait no longer since we have a much younger Q, played by Ben Whishaw, who sports a much more nerdy look compared to his predecessor, who looked more of a gentleman that a scientist. The trailer also shows off his genius gadgetry with having the PPK modified with a finger print recognition system so only Bond could use it. It’s like we’re going back to the classics just from this trailer, the return of Q’s gadgetry and the PPK.

Now, each Bond film follows a certain formula, and the trailer shows that formula along with something that brings a reminiscent to the classics. Bond faked his own death, and he’s back to solve a murder attempt on M. This brings us back to You Only Live Twice, since Bond had to fake his own death to sneak into Blofield’s secret volcanic lair. The new villain, Silva, played by Javier Bardem, has a very Blofield-like presence about him, and his lair that is shown in the trailer has a design that goes back to the Connery films. We’re getting some modern twists in the classics, and we also get two Bond girls in this one. We have Severine, played by Berenice Marlohe, and Agent Eve, played by Helen McCroy, and most likely Severine will be the main love plot since there was that shower scene in the trailer. Now, the reboot is also missing Ms. Monneypenny, who was M’s secretary in all the Bond films, and Bond always flirts with her every single time. Back before MGM went bankrupt, Peter Morgan was working on the script, and he mentions Ms. Moneypenny would be in the new movie. My guess is that one of these ladies will be Monneypenny, and we get a new side of her other than being just a secretary. We also get chase scenes, explosions, fancy cars, gadgetry, exotic locations, but there wasn’t any sign of a henchman. Bond always had to fight a strong henchman, but I’m pretty sure there’ll be one in this film.

Now, let’s get to the point of why I think Skyfall will be the best Bond film ever with one rule: the rule of three. I’ve noticed that the third movie of each actor’s appearance as Bond is the greatest Bond movie at the time. Sean Connery’s third movie was Goldfinger, which is really what made Bond films the most popular films of all time, then Roger Moore didn’t do well at first, but his third Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, was freaking fantastic, it was just like Connery’s, only a little better, and Pierce Brosnan’s third Bond film was The World is Not Enough, which contains everything that made the Connery and Moore films great, and more. However, Timothy Dalton never reached a third, George Lazenby only did one, and those movies weren’t that great. Skyfall is going to be Daniel Craig’s third Bond film, and I considered Casino Royale to be the best Bond film made because it has everything in a Bond film along with a storyline that is deep and meaningful. It brings a more human element to the heroic secret agent, and there were many moments in the movie where I thought that this guy could really die. I never got that thought in any of the other films. Now, Quantum of Solace wasn’t that great, but so were Moore’s first two: Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun. With that said, it’s going to be the best Bond movie, EVER!

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Halo 4: Halo CE/Reach vs. Halo 2/3

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Koshr here of 1KCrew to talk(err, uh type) about the impending release of Halo 4 part one of the soon to be Reclaimer trilogy by 343 Industries. For a little bit of backstory, Halo 4 is the umpteenth Halo branded video game release, actually the 8th(not counting Gearbox’s port of Halo CE to PC as a separate release). Through the many versions of Halo we have all played, we all have our favourite version of Halo.

My favourite version of Halo is still Halo: Combat Evolved. This may be due to the many fond memories of smelly pubescent nights spent with 15+ other friends and friends of friends playing Halo through the night. “The good ‘ol days” is how I’ll always remember select weekends scattered throughout the years of 2002 – 2004. I still reminisce the days of getting a bunch of people together to all play together LAN style. Most of the kids anymore don’t even know this abbreviation: L.A.N. Local Area Network. Local, meaning that you had to play a game in the same room as other people (GO FIGURE :/). So, having proved that I’m completely biased towards Halo CE, I’ll do my best to present my newly found theory keeping in mind that I too did still enjoy Halo 2 and 3.

Halo 2 and 3

On November 9th, 2004 Halo 2 introduced dual wielding, a new main weapon, and a very heavily tweaked game engine now using Havok for physics as opposed to an engine entirely developed by Bungie like in Halo CE. Halo 2 brought the Halo series to Xbox Live, and is considered by many to be the game that brought the Xbox and Xbox Live to the incredibly high level of popularity that it continues to command to this day. Without going into single player, Halo 2 included major changes to the dynamic of what was Halo multiplayer. The new ‘main’ weapon that I had mentioned earlier was the Battle Rifle which was a burst-fire two-handed rifle, which was quite different from the single shot two-handed rifle they had shown in gameplay videos during the previous E3.

This video was probably what caused so much disappointment in Halo 2 for me, but I’ll save that for a different blog. The Battle Rifle changed the dynamic in Halo’s multiplayer by switching the main weapon from having a single-shot, high rate of fire weapon (as in Halo CE) to having a three round burst shot weapon. Halo 2 also brought new animation glitches including the infamous Double-Shot (allowed for two bursts to be shot simultaneously) and the dreaded BXR (literally the button combo of hitting the B, X, and R buttons/trigger in sequence to do a lightning fast punch-shot that would be an instant kill when properly used). Halo 2 was featured in MLG league play including 4v4 gametypes as its major competitions. I personally competed in MLG Halo 2 tournaments when they still were hosting 2v2 a gametype. I did not get very far, though I didn’t care to having already given up on thoroughly enjoying Halo 2 as I had Combat Evolved. The dual wielding in Halo 2 also presented another dynamic as well as a new, and equally annoying, use for the Plasma Pistol. What I have come to consider the ‘Halo 2 n00b combo’ included using a fully charged blast from the Plasma Pistol to relieve an enemy of his shield then quickly switching to the Battle Rifle to finish said enemy with a pinpointed burst of bullets to finish the enemy, as long as this burst was a head shot. These were perfectly valid tactics, I just didn’t like them for balancing because you could too easily get ganked without any notice since these combos could retire you nearly instantly. Halo 3 felt quite similar to Halo 2 for me so include it with Halo 2. It added more melee weapons for single and multiplayer modes as well as a better graphics engine that allowed the game to render three dimensional objects as far as 10 miles from the player in real time.

Halo CE and Reach

Halo CE and Reach both featured ‘main’ weapons that were single-shot, mid to far range weapons that could zoom in for better long distance accuracy. Halo CE’s M6D Pistol was a perfectly accurate shot. Bungie probably used some form of simple Ray Tracing to program its shot since it seemed to always shoot exactly in the middle of its reticle. Halo Reach’s Designated Marksman Rifle also was a more accurate weapon, although Halo Reach did include the ‘bloom’ effect that lowered shot accuracy when shot in quick succession. Bloom was probably the one major detractor to me liking Reach as much as I could have. Halo Reach was mentioned by on of the developers as being “for the fans” at one point and, looking back, I feel that the ‘fans’ mentioned were me and the other Halo players like me who, at that point, were still rigging up old original Xboxes with ‘Duke’ controllers whenever the moment arose. Halo CE did also have its animation glitches and button combos. These included the BLB (punch, grenade, punch) and my favourite, XXY which would allow your weapon to be reloaded whilst wielding your secondary weapon. It would still take the same amount of time to reload but you could still shoot during that period. The game physics in Halo CE required you to lead your shot the further away and the faster your target was moving allowing for more realistic dynamics, even though the game takes place in the 26th century. The newer games did not seem to require as precise shooting though they obviously still require some ‘leading’ of your shots. During the LANs that I previously mentioned, I took part in some of the most epic multiplayer games that I ever have played in any game, EVER! Imagine a capture the flag match where the goals was simply 3 flags to win, and being at the 2 to 2 stalemate. Now imagine having the teams flag, while they had yours (you had to own control of your own flag to score the opposing team’s flag). Well, this match, in specific, lasted for over three hours. The highest kill count was in the range of 350. Tensions were at the boiling point, and wonderful games of FFA Rockets on Wizard with half health and no shields quickly brought everyone back into the fast paced fun of the night. This is the wonder and glory that Halo CE still holds for me to this day. Early in my Halo 2 career, I was playing an online casual match where the match was nearing the twenty minute mark when teammates and members of the opposition were quitting out due to how ‘long’ the match was taking to finish. ?! …. some people I guess :/

Halo 4

Halo 4 will be releasing November 6, 2012. Halo 4 will also be featuring both the DMR and the Battle Rifle. Given that this game’s matchmaking settings will allow for it, I will very quickly be creating a custom gametype that will allow for the player to choose a Halo CE/Reach vs Halo 2/3 gametype. In essence, this will be a DMR vs. Battle Rifle gametype allowing gamers to put their skills on the line to prove their favoured game’s worth once and for all.

So, in summation, all I am really trying to relay is that even though there are a lot of us Halo fans, I feel like there are really two, very different, types of Halo fans. There are the fans that probably started playing Halo at their friends’ LAN parties but didn’t actually own Halo until Halo 2 or 3. These would be the Halo 2/3 archetype. Then, there are the true (what?! I had to…) Halo fans who helped Halo become popular in the first place by supporting an entirely new game console, that most people thought would fail horribly. These would include the Halo CE/Reach archetype. This same dynamic also applies to many other aspects within our wonderful video game culture (i.e. the 2 very different types of ‘Classic’ RPGs, I’ll cover that later).

With all of that off of my chest, I cannot wait to take you out with my DMR when 343 Industries’ Halo 4 releases November 6, 2012. This is KosherFistsOfFury of 1KCrew signing out.

P.S. Don’t forget the hate mail 😉

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1K Crew Episode 27: Is Nintendo the new Sega?

1K Crew Episode 27: Is Nintendo the new Sega?

As the title suggests, we have an awesome topic to talk about today!

Topics:

Lollipop Chainsaw

Batman: Arkham City- Harley Quinn DLC

PS Vita

The downfall of 38 Studios

Is Nintendo the new Sega?

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1K Crew Episode 20: April Fools!

1K Crew Episode 20: April Fools!

In this cast, we decide to get Vaderfan’s hopes up, just so we can bring a hammer to them.

Topics:

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Mass Effect

Hunger Games

Google Play Store

Onza Controller

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 19: The VaderFish

1K Crew Episode 19: The VaderFish

Without are other third, we are left to have Vaderfan complain about everything.

Topics:

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect vs Mass Effect 2

Dead or Alive 5 Demo

Blades of Time

Plus, special guest!

 

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 18: Endings

1K Crew Episode 18: Endings

Some hard topics today. So of which I couldn’t listen to. Hope you enjoy!

Topics:

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 3

Issues with ME3’s Ending

Kickstarter vs Publishers

BATFA Awards

Would you pay for a new Steel Battalion controller?

 

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 17: The Mass Effect 3 Cast

1K Crew Episode 17: The Mass Effect 3 Cast

Something special in this cast, I hope you enjoy!

Topics:

Halo 4

Mass Effect 3

First game that made you cry.

The Game Developers Conference

Battle Tech and other table tops

Intro Music: Arashi no Saxophone 5- King of Fighters XIII OST http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKo6lzpYw-k&noredirect=1

 

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 16: Facejobbing

1K Crew Episode 16: Facejobbing

In this cast we talk about video games. Just not entirely

Topics:

BlazBlue:CSE

Masters Program

Crazy Girl stories.

Mass Effect 1 Ending

Mass Effect 1 vs 2

Assassin’s Creed 3

SteamBox?

Teacher Turns Classroom to MMORPG

Samifish

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VaderFan at the Movies: The Amazing Spider-Man

Here it is, the reboot that we’ve all been waiting for–except for me, since I’ve completely forgot this movie even came out. Normally I’d be super excited on a new Spider-Man movie, especially with Marc Webb as the director, but I never got that excitement that I normally would have. Now, the bad taste from Spider-Man 3 is still in my mouth, and it’s really too soon for a reboot to come, so I’m pretty sure that’s the main reason why I wasn’t that excited about it. Now, finally seeing it a week later, all I can say is that it’s just a good movie, and nothing really amazing, spectacular, or sensational, just a good movie.

The movie didn’t start out bad. It starts off with Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, as a kid, and we get to see his parents for the first time. Apparently something happened and the parents have to go, so the mystery behind their disappearance became a catalyst that ends up Peter going to Oscorp, being bitten by a spider, and becoming Spider-Man. The only problem is that the origin story took way too long. It’s something that I felt I’ve just seen this story, and I just wanted them to go straight to Parker wearing the blue and red tights, and start beating up bad guys. This goes back to what I mentioned before, it’s just too soon for a reboot. If this movie came out two years later, it’ll seem more fresh and enjoyable, but I just got bored throughout the beginning of the movie, despite Martin Sheen playing as Uncle Ben. It wasn’t until Peter Parker puts on the suit, and starts kicking ass that the movie became really enjoyable. Also, seeing the relationship between Peter and Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone, also made the movie good.

Marc Webb brought in his excellent directorial style in the movie when it came to the relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Seeing them two together, I couldn’t help but feel loved and touched, like I wanted them to be together. Webb really brought that feeling out, since he’s been directing indie romance movies before this film. The action scenes were really cool, since many of the poses that Spider-Man does really looks like something that came out of a comic. Spider-Man also cracked up many jokes in the movie, like the one in the trailer, but even against the Lizard, he’s still cracked up jokes as he’s being thrown around and beaten to a pulp. Speaking of the Lizard, the CGI that was done on him was really impressive, but I couldn’t help but notice the grin that’s on his face. The movie also has everything a fan of the comics would want to see, such as the web shooters, the poses, and the jokes that Spidey cracks, as I mentioned earlier. Andrew Garfield also played a great Peter Parker, since he really brought out the troubled teen that we would see in modern times. However, the story plot of Peter’s parents just seem to be thrown out the window. It was the main catalyst for Peter, and it seems like the writers just completely forgot about it, and just went straight into the Lizard.

Now, I’ve said a lot of good things about the movie, but it followed a basic summer blockbuster movie. It didn’t have the same formula as the Marvel Studios movies, so it didn’t look as sensational as the other Marvel movies that led up to the Avengers. Marc Webb did as a fantastic job when it came to the relationships between the characters, and he did pretty good with the action scenes. As I mentioned earlier, if this movie came out two years later, it’ll been amazing, but since it came out now, it fell short of being spectacular. The 3D effects were pretty cool, but seems unnecessary to have. There is one thing that’s been bugging me, and it’s the end credits teaser. *SPOILERS* There is a moment where we see Curt Conners, the Lizard, in a prison cell, and a mysterious figure pops out of nowhere, asking if Conners told Peter about his parents. So, the plot that the writers just seem to forget all the sudden came back, and a mysterious guy teasing for the next movie. The movie didn’t really need that ending, but the adventure was good.

VaderFan signing out, and swinging away.

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1K Crew Episode 9: The Yellow Edition

1K Crew Episode 9: The Yellow Edition

Well we have a lot of upgrades today. I’d love to hear what you think about them in any of the ways listed below. Thanks for the support.

If you want to contact us or hear about a way to earn some pretty cool swag, listen to the podcast to find out!

The Skype Link Dump

http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/719851/star-wars-the-old-republic-to-add-rewards-for-neutral-players-welcome-to-the-grey-side/

http://kotaku.com/5875659/mass-effect-3-wont-be-all-shooting-giant-robots-in-the-face

http://kotaku.com/5875413/sorry-america-no-blazblue-underboob-for-you

http://kotaku.com/5874714/darth-vader-riding-charizard – must see pic

If you listen to end, pull up this picture when the pre-cast nonsense section is playing.

http://9gag.com/gag/1477430

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VaderFan at the Movies: Prometheus

The sci-fi movie that many waited for years to come, and it’s finally hear. I have only one thing to say about this film, it’s a pure sci-fi film, ’nuff said. But, to those of you who are interested in seeing the film, but doesn’t know what being a pure sci-fi film means, let me describe it to you.  A pure sci-fi film is all about the possibilities of being in space, that sort of sense of descovery, the loneliness, and while at the same time, questioning our humanity, such as what is the definition of being human, what made humans, etc. Prometheus is no exception to that, and it also followed the same beat as the hit-cult film, Alien.

Spoilers, the movie is a prequel to Alien. That is the hype behind the whole film, since the whole film was based around the space jockey that briefly appeared in Alien for about five seconds. It then goes deeper than just the space jockey, but the creation of humans and the xenomorphs (the aliens). However, what the director Ridley Scott, who also directed Alien, did was set it apart from the legendary movie series. It became its own standalone film, and you wouldn’t really associate it with Alien unless you’re a fan, and were able to see all the little easter eggs throughout the film.

Now the beats are the same as Alien, making it true to the original film. It starts off with a crew finding something, unleashing an egg that has something in it, everyone starts dying, an android masterminding the whole scenario, and a redhead as the main character. The only thing it was missing is a cat, which is an asshole. I’m not gonna spoil much on the connection to the Alien movie, but there wasn’t much either, which I thought was the great thing about it. Anyone who never saw Alien can still watch this, and still be able to enjoy this, if they’re sci-fi enthusiast.

As I mention earlier, this is a pure sci-fi film. Now, a sci-fi film isn’t all about special effects, cool costumes, and a simple plot of man against aliens, or an evil empire. It is more about humanity, bringing up questions about who we are, and leaving the audience thinking and answering those questions themselves. 2001: A Space Oddyssey is a great example of a sci-fi film, since it’s all about the future, the possibilities, being done in an artful way, and leaving the mystery behind the giant monoliths unanswered. The same goes with Prometheus with the space jockeys. Their inentions were left unanswered, and the “body huggers” and “snake huggers” shown similar to the traditional face huggers weren’t explain at all. As an audience we can only speculate what they are, and it also what makes me miss these kind of sci-fi films.

I seem to talk around the movie a lot, and I apologize for that. It is a movie that is hard to describe on paper, and is something that must be seen and discussed amongst peers. They just don’t make these kinds of films anymore, and I just have to talk more about the kind of movie it is. As a sci-fi enthusiast, I love it. It may not be for the casual movie going audience, but it has enough to make anyone scream, shake, and stay interested. It is, by the way, the summer of nerds, and I hope Ridley Scott would continue making more sci-fi movies.

VaderFan signing out, and praising Prometheus.

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1K Crew Episode 8: GOTY… sorta

1K Crew Episode 8: GOTY… sorta

I say sorta because I did all this prep work for the GOTY podcast while I was getting my car washed then my netbook crashed. So it was a major wing-it situation but there are some very good information here along with, from what I’ve seen and heard, the general consensus of what is the GOTY for a category. Anyway, in the next few episodes , I have a good feeling that the level of the cast will go up a notch or two. Stay tuned!

Also coming soon are some neat stuff for the podcast, but also some Twitter, Facebook, and Email accounts to help us connect to the listeners.

Also, five stars on iTunes are greatly appreciated and will make sure you get a shoutout in the cast.

Happy late Holidays, hope you had a good New Years. You’ll hear about ours very soon(as in not in this cast, but you’re in for a surprise).

The Skype Link Dump

http://peterreeves.suite101.com/what-are-the-seven-basic-plot-definitions-a58402

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/397939_2439359635845_1607427430_31854580_1746600445_n.jpg

http://reckoning.amalur.com/

http://www.amalur.com/

http://fortnitegame.com/

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