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In small presentations given nationwide today – no doubt adorned by cow skulls and the dancing light of pure hellfire – Motorola and Verizon unveiled their new Droid lineup with a trio of new smartphones. If you’ll remember, I’d been searching for a replacement to my aging Galaxy Nexus and all the leaking rumors about the Moto X seemed to place it right in my wheelwell. While these new Droids seem to benefit from those leaked Moto X features, it appears the Droid Maxx may have won my heart in the end.
The quartet is back for some incredibly amazing adventures with fluids at odd temperatures, Kelly’s new 3DS and Animal Crossing, the Ouya giffle, people who are “Vine famous” and old phones!
N, Cody and Russell are back in the N5 Funhouse to talk about all kinds of movies up and down! Random stuff! First, Russell brings us Pacific Rim news and we just kinda dovetail from there. It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!
The Biblical book of Revelation once again finds itself as the blueprint for yet another cinematic apocalypse starring Chris Robinson, because we haven’t seen one of those before. In reality, this is a story about Anna Kendrick’s Lindsey, her boyfriend Ben and their families as they watch many of the people they know get raptured to heaven. This leaves the remaining “left behind” populace to deal with new plagues while Chris Robinson’s Antichrist rises to take over the world. We’ve seen this all before, so does Rapture-Palooza bring much to the table? Nope.
It’s late, I know! I know! But, we got one up! Cody and I attack this thing pretty much blind except for the ongoing Steam sale. We tackle everything from marinated mozzarella to owning pretty much every game on the sales roster. Did you know Just Cause 2 is $2.99? Make that shit happen, yo!
Nokia finally brought their show horse out: a Windows Phone with a 41-megapixel camera bolted onto the back., the Lumia 1020. In an age when 12-13-megapixel cameras are cutting edge for flagship phones, this seems a bit like overkill, but it allows for some very awesome photos from a smartphone. It’s great tech, but unfortunately, it’s the everything else about the Lumia 1020 that’s ready to doom the whole thing.
With the recent release of Ed Harris and David Duchovny’s submarine thriller Phantom to homes., I took the opportunity to review it. It’s pretty terrible. That doesn’t make for much of an article, but I was reminded very much of Kathryn Bigelow’s take on the Soviet navy over a decade ago in K-19: The Widowmaker, a film that didn’t woo critics or dollars to the box office, but it impressed me. In discovering how different they were, I was surprised at how similar they were. So where did they both go so wrong in two totally different ways?
Oh, radio rock. What started with some music videos on MTV ended nearly a decade later when I got rid of my car and hearing many of these bands outside the fleeting context of the daily commute was a struggle. The melodies were simple, the hooks nearly primordial, the lyrics almost plain and lengths rarely exceeded four minutes, but for most of the aughts this was the soundtrack of my life. There are plenty of rock bands I was introduced to at the same time, like Powerman 5000, but since they never got airplay, they sadly didn’t get a slot here. Now it’s time to reflect on the good ol’ times, of that bittersweet era of my musical childhood…
We’ve got the whole gang back in the building once more as we celebrate Kelly’s birthday! Up on the discussion tonight is how we got bullied into picking up free Dasani water, what it’s like to lose a ton of money super quick at the Poker table in an actual casino and Scientology, because Scientology be mad freaky, yo.
When Tim Schafer went before potential backers and announced how much their proposed Double Fine Adventure would cost, he delivered the $300,000 game ask (with a $100,000 documentary ask) in a kind of apologetic tone – although with a note that it was still a small amount to fund a game. Months later, after the campaign raised more than ten times that amount, Schafer admitted that a $200,000-$300,000 game would’ve been something closer to a Flash game than something you’d buy for your console or on Steam. When I got the Kickstarter update last night from Tim and the Double Fine crew that in expanding their $300,000 game to a $3 million game, they aimed too high, it reminded me of a story I’d written last September wondering much the same thing that was rolling through my head right then: are people too optimistic in asking for such small amounts to make their games?