20 May 2013
A day ahead of the highly anticipated next X-Box console, Sony have teased what the PS4 is going to look like. That is... there's a blurry black box and some fast cuts of what I believe to be the exterior landscape of the afore mentioned blurry black box.
It may not be imaginative but it makes perfect sense to me to have something aesthetically unremarkable sitting under my television. I don't care if my Blu-Ray player is anonymous as long as it plays movies in the requisite manner. Equally in this day and age where a games console doubles as a streaming media hub it seems mature to make it look as such. The younger demographic may disagree.
What do you think is lurking behind that blur? A bland, black box or something a little more exciting. Hit us up with a comment.
Batman Arkham Origins gets a stunning CGI trailer ahead of the game's release in October this year with an extended scene featuring the Dark Knight grappling with Deathstroke.
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Will is joined by nerdcore rapper Alpha Riff taking look at 'Riff's past present and future and finding out about his influences, interests and nerd cred. The show features two exclusive tracks from Alpha Riff's forthcoming new album From Beta To Alpha Riff and The Unheard Nerd is immortalised in song.
Music on this week's show:
Alpha Riff - Superhero Swag ft Brie Crain
Alpha Riff - The Introduction
Alpha Riff - Echoes
Alpha Riff - The Day The World Ended
1-Up - One Winged Angel ft Alpha Riff
I LOVE THE 90s! (And 80s and 2000s a little too)
Alpha Riff - Lift Off
Alpha Riff - Nerd.Core ft Beefy & 1-up [Exclusive Preview]
From Beta To Alpha Riff
Alpha Riff - Blackholes Just Mean I Love You in Space Jargon ft Trista Kinman (As ships computer) [Exclusive Preview]
From Beta To Alpha Riff
Alpha Riff - Liberty Of The Beast [Re-mixed]
From Beta To Alpha Riff
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Author/Artist James Stokoe
Amazon Godzilla: Half Century War
Despite being one of the most famous monster tales in history the Godzilla story has almost entirely passed me by. The only engagement I've had with Godzilla was Roland Emmerich's 1998 big screen version starring Matthew Broderick. I didn't mind it as piece of throw away entertainment.
With a new big budget Hollywood re-telling of the Godzilla story currently in production my interest has been piqued by the behind the scenes images coming from the social media feeds of production company Legendary. Now, it seems, is as good a time as any time to jump on-board and I've chosen IDW Publishing's collected edition of Godzilla Half Century War from James Stokoe.
Don't expect high art. The illustrations throughout are bold and vibrant with colour. Godzilla (the monster) is wonderfully drawn where other aspects lack a little in refinement, but the style suits the rag-tag characters being portrayed.
23 months into his enlistment in the Japanese Self Defence the story follows the life of Lieutenant Ota Murakami, at this point a headstrong and fearless young man perched atop a tank seeking adventure. His wish is granted as his first encounter with the monster from the deep, Godzilla, leaves a deep impression on him. Alongside his partner Kentaro the pair realise that their weapons are powerless against the great beast but are able to distract Godzilla away from central Tokyo, saving thousands of inhabitants. As Godzilla retreats into the sea forces fire upon him, the creature is believed dead.
Murakami is left with a mix of relief and emptiness fearing he may never experience anything of such a scale again. But just a couple of months later their bravery finds them enlisted into a the AMF, Anti Megalosaurus Force as Godzilla is sighted once more. And this is where his fifty year obsession with Godzilla begins.
The story follows Murakami as he dedicates his life to tracking Godzilla's movements around the globe, limiting the carnage as much as possible whilst testing the latest weaponry in a plight to bring Godzilla down, Kentaro begrudgingly in tow along with an unlikely team of misfits. A sub-plot plays out where we discover that scientist, Deverich, is manipulating not just Godzilla but other sleeping giants too. Always one step ahead of the AMF, Deverich must be stopped.
The Half Century War moves at a satisfying pace with plenty of action, quirkiness and excitement. What stands out most is Murakami's respect and dependence upon his foe. Seemingly powerless to defeat Godzilla you sense that if that were to change Murakami would lose his purpose in life.
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17 May 2013
Here's the latest Pacific Rim trailer packed with action ahead of it's cinematic release on the UK on the 12th of July.
"When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes -- a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) -- who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse."
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