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Kati Tucker

On Oct 25th a good friend, Kati, will be participating in the Extra Life gamathon (gamingthon, gamer-thon..whatever) to donate to her local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. 

She will be streaming a variety of games on http://www.twitch.tv/siradiofm and for extra fun has hinted at playing scary games during the middle of the night/wee hours of the morning. 

Any donation is appreciated.

Pantheon of Superhero movies from now to 2020 (and maybe even beyond)

Saw this on Comics Alliance, and wanted to share. 

First off, holy shit there are a lot of comic book movies in development/planned for the next six years. Being used to the one-to-three movies a year made things seem spread out and appealing. I didn’t feel like there was an over saturation of movies happening, and didn’t have the burnout on a “particular type” of movie like action movies or comedies have fallen victim to in the past. 

Looking at 2016 I fear we are going to hit ‘critical mass’ for comic book movies. There are going to be, if schedules remain as they show, seven movies revolving around superheros in 2016, ten movies in 2017, and seven more in 2018 before dying back down to a three/two split over 2019/2020. 

This also does not take into account the ‘year unknown’ projects which have popped up at the bottom of the timeline. Thor 3, and a solo Superman and Batman movie seems likely to appear BEFORE 2020, not after.

Now, with all things related to movies, especially comic book movies, this timeline should be taken with a grain of salt. Dates said to be “set in stone” move, projects get cancelled and restarted then rumor to be cancelled again, like the Sinister Six, and some just may not happen due to poor sales of their precursor entries/business itself. 

All in all, there are enough movies over the next 6 years to keep even the biggest fan (potentially) sated, but also overwhelmed/burnt out of the comic book movie genre. What do you think, are we reaching the end point of the comic book movie? Will Marvel ever re-acquire the X-Men and Fantastic Four licenses? Will DC’s Wonder Woman set the bar for female led movies in this genre?

(Source: comicsalliance.com)

Call of Duty: Advanced Warefare PC spec’s - Not quite the the future tech we were expecting

Time draws closer for Activision to release its juggernaut known as Call of Duty onto the world November 4th. The minimum requirements just got released by the company via steam, and are not much more intensive than their precious title’s; CoD: Ghosts

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit
Processor: Intel CoreTM i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 810 @ 2.80 GHz or better
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI Radeon HD 5870 @ 1GB or better
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 55 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX-compatible

There are currently no recommended spec’s out for the game, but my opinion is that there will be a change to video card, memory, and processor to a more powerful component.

Lastly, 55gb on your HD is nothing to sneeze at, so it might be time to start looking into a second or third drive to house your games. 

Hatred: Just you, your anger and some wanton death & destruction screenshots

An excerpt from the the Hartred site:

" Hatred is an isometric shooter with disturbing atmosphere of mass killing, where player takes the role of a cold blood antagonist, who is full of hatred for humanity. It’s a horror, but here YOU are the villain. Wander the outskirts of New York State, seek for victims on seven free-roam levels. Fight against law enforcement and take a journey into the antagonist’s hateful mind. Gather equipment of the dead ‘human shields’ to spread Armageddon upon society. Destroy everything on your way of hunt and fight back when it’s disturbed…"

Hatred: Just you, your anger, and some wanton destruction & death. Some may find this unsettling

While this doesn’t really move my emotional needle to either side, I think this game has the potential to be good. Not because you get to shoot people, because there are a ton of games which already do that, but because it doesn’t seem to try and hide behind any pre-tense other than its name. 

While the quick gameplay spots are not enough to judge soley against, the premse seems clear and clean of distractions. Games which have similar levels of violence, such as Grand Theft Auto, cloud  the atmosphere by parodying itself or the situations or making that aspect of the game a choice. These do not make GTA or games like it worse or better in terms of context, its just a different filter in which to look through. 

I see a lot of comparisons to ManHunt, an older PS2 game which pit you the player in a “game” for your life by killing enemies in fairly unique ways and to some extent I can see why these two games are drawing similar ire/comments, however there is the potential, like Manhunt showed, to have a smart story underneath an initially shocking appearance. 

DC Throws down the ‘long game gauntlet’ and officially add’s movies until 2020

DC unloaded a salvo into the arms race known as Comic Book movie franchises in a shareholder’s meeting. 

2016 kicks off DC’s attack with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice AND a cult classic from the comics/recent animated movies, The Suicide Squad. David Ayer will be directing this movie. As we roll into 2017, Wonder Woman is slated to make her first solo appearance starring Gal Gadot. Also in 2017 is The Justice League Part One, with the primary cast from Batman v Superman making their return. No word on supporting characters, such as Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Flash yet.

Speaking of the Flash, in 2018 he gets his first solo movie since 1990 and will be played by Ezra Miller. Sharing the spotlight for the year will also be Jason Momoa as he reprises his roll as Aquaman. 

2019 starts off with a bang as Shazam and, in my opinion the bigger news, Black Adam square off. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will be playing Teth (Black Adam’s real name). 2019 also finish’s strong with The Justice League Part Two.

Six years from now, in the far flung future of 2020 we will get a revisit to Green Lantern. No cast announced for this yet. In the same year, we also get a movie for Cyborg starting, tentatively, Ray Fisher.

This story is still on going, so there will be more news to come I imagine, but exciting times for some of the primary DC hero’s and by proxy, their villans. 

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