Video: The Evil Within Episode One and Two

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Video: The Evil Within Episode One and Two

It’s finally October, my favorite month of the year. I love October because not only is Halloween at the end of the month, but my birthday is also at the end of the month. That’s right, my birthday is on Halloween! To celebrate this month, I decided to start a play-through of Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within.

The Evil Within is the spiritual successor to Resident Evil 4, arguably the best Resident Evil in the series. Shinji Mikami was the director of Resident Evil 1-4, which probably explains why Resident Evil 5-6 kind of went off the rails. But luckily, The Evil Within is sort of a return to form. In any case, hit the jump button and enjoy the first and second episode of my play-through! Read On

Comic Issues #193 – Comic Fest Live 2014

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Comic Issues #193 – Comic Fest Live 2014

Last weekend we had an AWESOME time at San Diego Comic Fest 2014 because not only did we get to geek out on several panels about Sci-fi, Reboots, and more, but we also ran into our old friend Chris Gore! In need of a podcast we joined forces, Voltron Style, for another episode of PodCrash: Comic Issues!

High atop the Town & Country Hotel Anthony, Elizabeth, Chris, and extra special guest Andre Meadows of Black Nerd Comedy gathered together to form the podcast that fans both wanted AND needed. Sinking their collective claws deep into DC’s recent boast of a movie release schedule, these geeks get into everything from Batfleck, to Justice League, and into the current DC TV line up. Not to be passed over though everyone also talks about Marvel’s triumphs and what they’re looking for in the next Star Wars movie.

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Review: The Shadow Over Innsmouth

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Review: The Shadow Over Innsmouth

It was the end, for whatever remains to me of life on the surface of this earth, of every vestige of mental peace and confidence in the integrity of nature and of the human mind.

There are quite a few different flavors of horror. Some horror stories focus on one particular monster, or a haunting, or some kind of disaster. I’ve never been much for the hack-and-slash type (although strangely enough that one scene from Cabin in the Woods made me happy), and most psychological thrillers only work for me if there’s a supernatural element as well. By far my favorite type of horror is the one that’s hardest to pull off: it has to be clever and creepy. For the most part you never see the monster, since the one you imagine is scarier than the one you see. There’ll be this looming terror of the unknown, of waiting in the darkness hoping you won’t be found by something that you’ll probably never understand. Characters in these stories don’t know if they’ve gone completely out of their minds and made up everything that happened, or if whatever happened has made them go completely out of their minds. Basically I’ll accept any horror recommendation if you use the magic words: Inspired By Lovecraft.

H.P. Lovecraft is famous for creating the Cthulhu Mythos; the concept of a race of godlike beings who are imprisoned/asleep somewhere in the depths of the sea, or in outer space, or just there, in a dimension separated from ours by a thin wall that’s getting thinner all the time. Just seeing The Elder Gods causes people to go insane, and any worship ceremonies for them are filled with odd phrases that try to capture how unknowable they are. (If you watch any  Doctor Who, the phrases that the Ood chant in the episode The Impossible Planet are pure Lovecraft: “He is the heart that beats in the darkness. He is the blood that will never cease. And now he will rise.”)

But Lovecraft wrote stories about other races too, ones a little younger than the Elder Gods, but a whole lot closer.  Lovecraft’s novella The Shadow over Innsmouth tells the story of an entire town taken over, and rotting from within, by a race that’s close enough to be family. 

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Movie Issues: Zombie Flicks To Enjoy This Halloween

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Movie Issues: Zombie Flicks To Enjoy This Halloween

Zombies. They are the most popular “monster” of the last 10 years. It’s a close call between them and the vampires. Both have had a massive resurgence in pop culture recently and haven’t stopped since. With the success of “The Walking Dead,” the zombie genre just can’t be stopped, not unlike the undead coming back to life. So if zombies are your thing, then you might find some of our recommendations right up your alley this Halloween. Read On

RELEASED 10/20 – 10/24

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RELEASED 10/20 – 10/24

Every week millions of geeks struggle with the same affliction: their hard-earned money going to waste on food and rent when it should be going to much better things.

That’s why we here at the Pixelated Geek Laboratories are hard at work compiling data that will enrich all of geek-kind. Armed with this data, we created a list of some of the best places to put your hard earned money as our contribution to making life better.

Here are the awesome things coming out this week.

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Movie Issues: House of Wax

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Movie Issues: House of Wax

As the guys continue down the scary path of Halloween, this week the guys find themselves in the world of the teenage slasher flick. So many to choose from, some good, some bad and some really bad. Well they decided on 2005 House of Wax. In the world of the slasher flick, this isn’t terrible, but it’s far from good. Gather a bunch of good looking teens who find themselves lost in a small town made of wax. Being hunted by a crazy man who kills people and then turns them into beautiful wax figures to live out the rest of their lives frozen for his amusement. Yea, kind of messed up. So sit back, grab a beer and listen in as we discuss House of Wax. Read On

Preview: Edge of Spider-verse #5

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Preview: Edge of Spider-verse #5

Prepare for the biggest Spider-Man event of all-time as every Spider-Man from every universe unites to stop a threat that could spell extinction for their kind! Marvel is proud to present EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 – the final chapter in the blockbuster 5-issue mini-series showcasing different Spider-Men (and women) of the Spider-Verse! Eisner Award-winning writer Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy) makes his Marvel debut alongside rising star artist Jake Wyatt for a Spider-Man tale unlike any other!

“In a futurist city fairly different from the New York we are familiar with, our version of Spider-Man takes the shape of a government project: SP//dr,” says Gerard Way, in an interview with Marvel.com “SP//dr is comprised of three vital components: a pilot, a machine, and a radioactive sentient spider acting as one half of the brain that makes it all work. Peni Parker is a young girl, who, left parentless, is adopted by her Aunt May and Uncle Ben, the two heads of the SP//dr project. When they realize Peni is the only one who can successfully pair with SP//dr, they make the unorthodox decision to train her as SP//dr’s newest pilot.”

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Review: Peacemaker

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Review: Peacemaker

Peacemaker is the latest book in C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner universe. Calling it an epic series doesn’t seem to do it justice: it’s now a full five trilogies long. And Cherryh’s still not done: she’s working on the first book in the sixth Foreigner Sequence.

I don’t exactly have a short attention span, but even I would’ve thought after fifteen books in a series I’d be tired of it. But with every book she gives us a little more of the atevi and their world and their interactions with one human, and it keeps getting better.

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Preview: Ghost Fleet #1

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Preview: Ghost Fleet #1

For the world’s most valuable, dangerous, or secretive cargo, you don’t call just any trucking service…you call The Ghost Fleet. When one of the world’s most elite combat-trained truckers takes a forbidden peek at his payload, he uncovers a conspiracy that will change his life forever. A new series of badass action on the open road begins here.

For fans of comics-without-capes and violent, bloody conspiracies, Ghost Fleet promises to be a hell of a ride.

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