Monthly Archives: November 2013

Holy Shit: Fast and Furious Star Paul Walker Has Died In A Car Crash

Posted by Matthew on November 30, 2013
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Paul Walker

Did I mention holy shit? Paul Walker, best known as the star of The Fast and the Furious franchise, has died in a fiery car crash today at age 40.

Details are sparse but it seems that he was driving that he and a friend were leaving an event in a Porsche in Valencia, California, and the driver lost control. The car struck a light pole and a tree and caught fire. Both Walker and a passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

This was confirmed by his official Twitter:

When more details become available we’ll update this post but for now we’d like to express our sympathies to his family.

Source: GlobalNews Canada

Updated to reflect that Walker was not driving.

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Great Moments Of The Generation: Grace Against Death in Heavenly Sword

Posted by Simon on November 29, 2013
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Ah, Heavenly Sword. Yes, the PS3 launch game commonly derided for being too short, too shallow, a pale shameless reflection of God Of War. One of the great moments of the PS3 generation?

Absolutely.

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Great Moments Of The Generation: Leaving No-one Behind In Left 4 Dead

Posted by Simon on November 28, 2013
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Left-4-Dead

The first time I heard of Left 4 Dead was from a forum member at Eurogamer. Because of his involvement in the games industry, he’d managed to snag a preview build of Valve’s new zombie killing game, touted as a pure co-op survival test against screaming hordes and an intelligent adaptive AI. When asked of his opinion, he said that he thought it might be the best online co-op game ever.

I still think he might be right.

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Great Moments Of The Generation: Pressing Split/Second’s Button

Posted by Simon on November 27, 2013
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The fatness of Split/Second‘s cars perfectly captures the spirit of the game. Bright, colourful and ridiculously wide, they are quick to slam into anything that dares to get in their way,  growling all the time like caffeinated angry tigers. At the risk of actually creating a genre, this is a determinedly Michael Bay racing game full of sparks and popcorn, a plump hog that has eaten the extra American fat and wants to drag you along screaming behind it.

So what does a Michael Bay game absolutely need?

Explosions.

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Scarlett Johansson Will Not Be Considered for a Golden Globe for Her

Posted by Matthew on November 27, 2013
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Her

Silly rules are keeping the Hollywood Foreign Press from even considering Scarlett Johansson for any awards for her performance in the upcoming film Her by Spike Jonze.

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These Are The Episodes… Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s 14 Best Episodes

Posted by Matthew on November 26, 2013
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Deep Space Nine

Hopefully by now you’ve at least started watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It’s my favourite Star Trek series and I believe the most underrated. The series was highly serialized. While that doesn’t seem strange today you must remember that in the 90s that was highly unusual especially for syndicated shows which generally returned to status quo at the end of each episode.

This week as an addition to the viewing guide I’ve already laid out I’d like to present to you what I believe to be the 14 best episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Just a word of warning though: the viewing guide I did my best to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I’m not going to do that here.

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Great Moments Of The Generation: Staying Together Through Journey’s Journey

Posted by Simon on November 26, 2013
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Journey

 

Team Ico has been noticeably absent for the PS3’s life so far. A force to be reckoned with on the PS2, Ico and Shadow Of The Colossus frequently feature in many all-time-greatest-games lists. Team Ico’s PS3 title, The Last Guardian, was announced during Sony’s E3 2009 conference but then disappeared into development hell amid reports of technical problems, lack of direction, and lead designer Fumito Ueda quitting in the middle of the process. So, with the primary developers of outstanding emotive interactive experiences dragging their heels, who could fill the void?

Enter thatgamecompany.

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Gaze Upon The New Optimis Prime And Despair

Posted by Matthew on November 25, 2013
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Transformers 4

Empire Magazine’s latest issue has Optimis Prime on the cover alongside Marky Mark and two other people. Let’s take a look.

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Great Moments Of The Generation: Tearing Back Portal’s Curtain

Posted by Simon on November 25, 2013
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Only Valve could have made Portal.

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Awesome James Bond Fan Posters

Posted by Matthew on November 24, 2013
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You Only Live Twice

Arist Alain Bossuyt has created a series of awesome fan posters for James Bond movies. You should definitely check them out. Below the jump is my favourite and links to more.

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Review: The Day Of The Doctor – The 50th Anniversary Special

Posted by Simon on November 24, 2013
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Doctor

The Third Conditional in English is the impossible “what if?”. All the other conditional forms deal either with present truths or future ideas, plans and dreams of what may come. They are the ones that are still soft and malleable, ready to change on a dime as the present hurtles into the future. But the Third,  it stands alone and stony in the past, a constant reminder of all the stupid decisions you’ve made, every ripple of the butterfly effect shaping the puzzlebox hotch-potch that you are today. The Third is impossible in that, no matter the reason or motivation, you can never change what has gone before; all you can do is dream of what you would have done instead. If + Past Perfect + would have + Past Participle is the very structure of regret.

But base emotions like regret are just for mere humans. Impossible is nothing for a Time Lord. What might he possibly have to regret?

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Two New Wolf of Wall Street Posters

Posted by Matthew on November 23, 2013
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The Wolf of Wall Street

There’s plenty of reasons to be excited about The Wolf of Wall Street: Scorsese directed, DiCaprio, Hill, and McConaughey starring, I mean what else could you ask for? And here’s two new posters. Hurrah!

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Sabotage Trailer: Arnold Is Really Throwing Himself Into His Work

Posted by Matthew on November 22, 2013
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Sabotage

You can’t say that Arnold Shwartzenegger hasn’t kept himself busy since leaving office. Here’s a trailer for his latest.

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Introducing…Great Moments Of The Generation

Posted by Simon on November 22, 2013
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Console

Well, that’s it.

As of 12:01am this morning, as Microsoft released the Xbox One to counter Sony’s one-week PS4 lead in the new generation, our shiny home consoles that have been the source of much gaming pleasure over the last eight years officially became last-generation technology. It’s hard to predict just where the new consoles will take us (and probably we won’t really know for another year or so), but it’s a great time to reflect and take a look at what the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii added to our gaming lexicon.

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Devil’s Knot Trailer + Poster: Colin Firth Investigates The West Memphis Three

Posted by Matthew on November 22, 2013
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Devil's Knot

In 1993 three young boys went missing and were later found murdered. A short time later three teenagers were arrested and charged for the murders after one of the teens, a kid with an IQ of 72, confessed that they had killed the three boys after twelve hours of interrogation with no parents of lawyers present.

The teens were tried with the prosecution asserting that the killings were part of a satanic ritual and the teens were found guilty despite evidence they may not have been involved and a potential alternate suspect who was not pursued.

This is exactly the type of difficult subject matter that Canadian film maker Atom Egoyan excels at making.

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