Today Ubisoft announced that WATCH_DOGS is slated for release on November 19 for the 360, Wii U, PC, PS3 and PS4. And with that I give you fancy new trailer. In it we get a bit more background on our protagonist, Aiden Pearce. Enjoy.
Oh yeah, and Gamestop pre-orders get a poster designed by Alex Ross, a famed comic artist.
In 1997, two things happened that had a lasting impact on my life: I entered high school and the MTV series Daria premiered. Those in the audience keeping score will realize that by correlating these two facts, my age can be readily deduced. I am often taken aback when I revist a piece of beloved popular culture from my youth. Typically, as in the case of Michael Bay's run with the Transformers series, I am horrified that my memory has greatly inflated the quality of a story. In this case, however, the quality of the story is unchanged; but the context of my life has changed so much that what I get from the story is complete different.
ZeldaQueen and I recently found out that all five seasons of Daria (apart from the two movies Is It Fall Yet? and Is It College Yet?) are available on Hulu Plus. As is inevitable with my tendency towards geeky obsession, this discovery inevitably lead to much marathon viewing. As I write this article, we are nearly finished with the second season. Regardless of how much I love the show, it has led me to some rather odd thoughts. Foremost among these are feelings of nostalgia for my time in high school. I find these feelings vexing for two reasons. First, the content of the show is primarily about the everyday tedium of life as a high school student, ranging from parents who don't seem to understand your feelings to peers who have no interest in discussing your favorite new book. Second, my own high school experience, while not the subject of a gothic novel, was generally unremarkable.
As I have thought about this more while writing, the two points are more related than I had initially assumed. My memory of high school was that I spent much of my time loathing it as the worst, while most of the adults around me offered various aphorisms similar to "these are the best years of your life". This dichotomy is also characteristic of Daria. Reflecting on this now, with the sense of perspective that comes from age, I can reliably say that high school was neither the best of times, nor the worst of times. In the end, high school, like every other stage of life, typically include good and bad, highs and lows. While this perspective contains a greater truth than the usual work of fiction, it lacks a compelling narrative.
Why should I feel nostalgic for high school and further, why should a show that reflects the discomfort of adolescence bring forth these feelings? I believe answer lies in one word: identification. When I was in high school, I felt that I was an outsider. I may have been involved in more activities than Daria, but that did not alleviate my feelings of alienation. I identified strongly with characters on the show, especially Daria and Jane. When I watched the show, I wished that I had been gifted with the quick wit and cutting sarcasm of these two girls. Even now, as a "well-adjusted" adult, I sometimes still find myself feeling like the outsider. What has changed, is that I now recognize that these feelings are incredibly common.
At this point, I will likely have to go to my default behavior, experimentation. I think its time that I invite my brother over and have him watch the series. I'm interested to see what someone ten years younger than me thinks about this series. At the very least, I should be able to return in a few weeks with some interesting anecdotes.
Injustice: Gods Among Us allows us to re-enact the most famous battles in DC history. You have Batman vs Joker, Green Lantern vs Sinestro, and Superman vs Lex Luthor. And this is the primary reason that most people will play this game. Geeks everywhere will want to pit one of 24 (25 if you include the Lobo DLC) heroes and villains against each other. The fighting in the game is pretty easy to pick up. Attacks are split to split into light, medium and heavy with the 4th button performing a "unique" ability for each fighter. I say "unique" because while some are special others are very similar. Examples can be seen in how both Lex Luthor and Doomsday have shields Batman get bat-bots that he can use as a sheild or toss them. Each character has a reason for these abilities though so they do make sense in their execution. The game also has a power meter that grows when you land or receive blows. It has 4 sections and each section can be used to give special attacks extra power, perform counter attacks, or if you save all 4 you can perform a super attack that will take anywhere between 30% - 40% of your foes health. Combat will take some time to get used to, but overall it is a lot of fun.
What is this? Two of us actually played games? I don't know how to feel about this.
Notes, you want notes! Ok, here they are.
As many of you know Stan Lee will at Denver Comic Con this year (Sunday only). Now I don't think it is required to say, but Stan Lee is a very popular man. This means that it will be very difficult to actually meet Stan Lee during this one day. But if you want to be guaranteed this opportunity you will need some sort of pass. Like a Stan Lee add-on package that promises you will get to meet him. Wait! There is an add-on package to meet Stan Lee! And it even comes in a silver and gold level! Want you chance to get this once in a life time opportunity for geeks? Then on Wednesday head to http://www.denvercomiccon.com/2013/tickets/ when tickets for this will go on sale. Already have you Denver Comic Con tickets? Will that is why this is an add-on package. It just gets added to your existing tickets. Good luck!
Do you like pinball machines? How about classic arcade machines? The the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo is where you want to be April 26 - April 28 at the Sheraton in the Denver Tech Center. There they will have 125 pinball and arcade machines that are all set to free play. That means you don't need to drop a single quarter in any machine to play it.
Now you might say that 3 days is more then enough to play a few games, but you would be wrong! There is more to this then just chilling and playing a few games. There are a number of tournaments happening all weekend. Classic solid, parent-kid, quick draw, electro-mechinical, classic electro-mechanical, team, kid's, open, womans and finally Flytrap video game tournaments are happening through the week. For schedules and entry fees see http://www.pinballshowdown.com/events.html. In addition there will be PinChat seminars and a few movie screenings.
We are going to be covering the expo for the weekend so we hope to see you there.
Today Nintendo announced a number of great things for owners of Wii U and 3DS systems. So lets just jump straight into everything.
First of all a new Legend of Zelda game is coming to the 3DS. This is going to take place in the Link to the Past universe. This game will allow Link to become a drawing and move along walls as well as use the 3D abilities of the 3DS. It is expected to come out this holiday season. Also coming to the 3DS in the Zelda universe is The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons. These two games are interconnected so playing one game will unlock secrets in the other game. Expect these to hit May 30.