‘Fruitvale Station’ Review: Anatomy of a Tragedy

Posted by on August 4, 2013 at 10:06 am in Entertainment

‘Fruitvale Station’ Review:  Anatomy of a Tragedy

Hollywood finally brings us a movie about real people.

Fruitvale Station opens with grainy cell phone footage of several young black men lined up against a wall. Police officers hover over them, speaking sharply into their radios. Spectators cry out incoherently. Suddenly, one of the young men begins shouting. The officers throw him to the ground. A struggle ensues. It’s impossible to tell what exactly is happening. The unmistakable sound of a gunshot rings out, and with it, the life of a 22 year old father ends.

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ARMA 3 Devs Prepare For Large Beta Content Patch And Release Candiate

Posted by on July 31, 2013 at 11:35 pm in Gaming

ARMA 3 Devs Prepare For Large Beta Content Patch And Release Candiate

How pretty is that?

Bohemia Interactive has released another update to the ARMA 3 beta, along with a Sitrep which indicates they are preparing for the imminent launch of the highly anticipated MilSim by hoping to have a release candidate prepared for Gamescom, in Germany, on August 22nd of this year.

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‘Rise Of The Triad’ Review: Bullet In A Ventilation Duct

Posted by on July 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm in Gaming

‘Rise Of The Triad’ Review: Bullet In A Ventilation Duct

“Remember: Running behind a wall and breathing really hard doesn’t regenerate your health. I don’t know who told you that but they’re wrong…”

Looking back on videogames of 90’s, specifically those early years of Quake, Doom, and Duke Nukem, you get a sense of the landscape back then. Ultra-violence, crude humor, and pure action were the hallmarks of that period. The gloss back then wasn’t quite as thick as it is today with developers looking at the vital core of a game and bringing a raw experience that was simple, if not eloquently so.

Now that we live in a time where we’re seeing a massive revival of these older titles, nostalgia seems to be in full bloom. Read the rest of this article…


The N5 Show: Week #31, 2013 – ‘The Wolverine’, ‘Only God Forgives’, Completing Games

Posted by on July 31, 2013 at 11:27 am in Podcasts

The N5 Show: Week #31, 2013 – ‘The Wolverine’, ‘Only God Forgives’, Completing Games

Get your Hugh Jackman on.

The N5 trio are back in the podcasting booth once more! Russell chats it up on The Wolverine and Nicolas Winding Refn’s polarizing Only God Forgives and we dive into a world of completing games, where getting that magical 100% is an ever-elusive goal. Also, cheevos.

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‘The Wolverine’ Review: The Bar Has Been Raised

Posted by on July 27, 2013 at 9:21 am in Entertainment

‘The Wolverine’ Review:  The Bar Has Been Raised

Those blades aren’t just for show this time.

Thirteen years ago, director Bryan Singer brought the X-Men to the big screen, and in the span of two movies, he helped to wipe away the stigma that hack filmmaker Joel Schumacher had left upon the superhero genre. Then Singer jumped ship to direct a mediocre Superman movie, and the franchise was left to be mismanaged by a barrage of talentless executives at Twentieth Century Fox. Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class boldly rebooted the flailing property, but The Wolverine marks the first X-Men movie to actually follow the disastrous X-Men: The Last Stand in terms of continuity. The question on everyone’s minds: Can director James Mangold un-fuck the thorough fucking over this franchise received at the hands of mediocre filmmakers and clueless studio execs?

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‘Only God Forgives’ Review: Fist Fighting with God

Posted by on July 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm in Entertainment

‘Only God Forgives’ Review:  Fist Fighting with God

God may forgive, but Ryan Gosling doesn’t.

I really liked Only God Forgives. There…I said it. One of the most critically drubbed films of 2013, the latest collaboration between director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling is easily one of the more ambitious, visceral pictures of the year. It’s also a completely divisive film that leaves the audience with no middle ground—you’re either going to love it or you are going to completely despise it. Most will probably despise it.

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Age Of Wushu – Beta Impressions

Posted by on July 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm in Gaming

Age Of Wushu – Beta Impressions

It really is that pretty…

I wrote about Age of Wushu, the Chinese fighting style MMO from Snail Games, after I got my hands on it at E3. Of course the play time I got there was somewhat limited and very scripted so when we got home I put my hands on the beta and I have been giving it a bit of a play through so that I could get some real experience with it.

So what’s the verdict?

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The N5 Show: Week #30, 2013 – The Conjuring, Red 2, Guild Wars 2, Sunsetting Kickstarters

Posted by on July 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm in Podcasts

The N5 Show: Week #30, 2013 – The Conjuring, Red 2, Guild Wars 2, Sunsetting Kickstarters

We’re up to some crazy madness!

I don’t know why I said it was week 20 here, but I might’ve been trying to hold back the urge to burst out laughing, which I ended up doing anyway. It’s week 30! Anyway, we’ve got Russell on board to talk about The Conjuring and Red 2, Cody’s on board to chat about the latest Guild Wars 2 content and we wrap up chatting about the end of our MANEATER Kickstarter campaign, which only has hours to go. Then, stay tuned after the show for a surprise!

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New Droid Maxx Is My Next Phone, Sorry Moto X

Posted by on July 23, 2013 at 11:54 am in Tech

New Droid Maxx Is My Next Phone, Sorry Moto X

Finally, all the things I want.

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.

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Vikings On History Channel – Why Didn’t I Know About This?

Posted by on July 23, 2013 at 2:06 am in Entertainment

Vikings On History Channel – Why Didn’t I Know About This?

Rape, kill, pillage and burn…and not necessarily in that order.

So, I was looking around at some of my viewing options the other day and came across “Vikings”, a new television show which is being aired on The History Channel. Being as I am known to regularly roll with our gamers in The Sons Of Odin, this is relevant to my interests so I turned it on and watched…well…all of it.

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