Entertainment

RELEASED 11/10 – 11/15

Posted by: |

RELEASED 11/10 – 11/15

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.

Read On

Review: Planes – Fire & Rescue

Posted by: |

Review: Planes – Fire & Rescue

Pixar is just one of those companies that I’ve always kept a close eye on. I’m willing to watch pretty much anything they put out, but the Pixar movie that caught me completely off guard was the original Cars movie. It hit me straight in the feels and to this day is still one of my favorite Pixar flicks. When I heard about Planes, this seemed like a no-brainer. Considering the rich history of aviation that California has it seemed like it would be a slam dunk. Sadly, I was more then wrong, and what I witnessed was merely a re-working of Cars 2. Well, luckily for Pixar they didn’t give up on the Planes franchise and put together a sequel: Planes Fire & Rescue. Taking to the skies with a very California-themed movie, how does the flick hold up? Is it on fire? Or will you just get burned.

Story

I’ll keep this spoiler-free, as I was pleasantly surprised with the direction the film took. There is a much deeper side story to this movie that I don’t want to spoil for everyone.

Quick backstory / summary of Planes 1: Dusty Crophopper was a dusting plane that dreamed of becoming a Racing Plane. Working hard, he managed to win Wings Across the Globe aerial race.

At it’s core, Fire & Rescue revolves around the characters of Prop Wash Junction, the air field in which our main character, Dusty Crop-Hopper, lives. The air field is outdated and doesn’t exactly have the proper fire prevention plan, having only one fire truck who happens to be quite old, aka: Mayday. Well, as it happens, an accident occurs and a fire breaks out doing some major damage. TMST (Transport Management and Safety Team) is dispatched and is led by Ryker. He shuts down Propwash Junction until they can find another fire prevention vehicle. Dusty feels terrible about the situation and volunteers to become a Drop Plane. Traveling to the Piston Peak National Park, Dusty goes to become a certified first responder.

YouTube Preview Image

Graphics

What was truly unique about this movie was the attention to detail that was put into the surrounding areas of Piston Peak National Park. Resembling Yosemite National Park there was plenty of CG eye candy to look at. The forests all looked very realistic, with those Cars / Planes little touches. My personal favorite were the “deer” found in this movie, all of which were John Deere tractors. Okay, it made me laugh. All the characters looked amazing and there were some very nice-looking aerial shots that really sold the movie.

Sound

One of the areas I was most impressed with was the soundtrack, unlike the original Planes movie’s lack of songs. It really illustrated the atmosphere of the film. There were a couple of songs in particular that truly capture the Fire & Rescue essence of the film while giving it a more blockbuster feel to the movie. Also, voice acting was top notch. Returning in his role as Dusty Crophopper was Dane Cook. While not exactly sold on his Planes 1 performance, in Fire & Rescue there was a lot more range to his acting that really solidified his performance.

Thoughts

I’m really hoping that the crew over at Pixar start to realize what truly makes an exceptional Planes / Cars movie. I was dragged kicking and screaming to the first Cars movie, as I figured it was going to be a Thomas the Tank Engine style show, very elementary and meant for a much younger audience. I was wrong on so many levels. What I saw instead was a love letter to California and a movie that had soul. While Cars 2 and Planes 1 seemed to forget the heart and was more concerned about selling toys. Never focusing on any of the characters they introduce, kinda like the prequel Star Wars films.

Overall

While certainly not the best of Pixar’s film, it far surpasses the original Planes movie. It’s a very entertaining movie that kids will more then enjoy. Especially if they are into the Cars / Planes franchise. That being said, as a parent I’ve watched the movie upwards of five times and could stomach watching a couple of more times.

RELEASED 11/3 – 11/7

Posted by: |

RELEASED 11/3 – 11/7

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.

TUESDAY 11/4 Read On

RELEASED 10/20 – 10/24

Posted by: |

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.

Read On

RELEASED 10/13 – 10/17

Posted by: |

RELEASED 10/13 – 10/17

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.BL

Here are the awesome things coming out this week.

Read On

Review: “Dragon Quest” for iOS

Posted by: |

Dragon Quest box

In 1975, Japanese businessman Yasuhiro Fukushima founded a company called Eidansha Boshu Service Center. It published tabloid magazines that advertised real estate. However, after failing to establish its own chain of stores, Fukushima refashioned the company to focus on gaming software and renamed it Enix. This was in 1982. To find talent for his company, Fukushima created a competition called the “Enix Game Hobby Program Contest.” The contest, modeled after manga competitions, was advertised in computer and manga magazines and offered a prize of one million Yen to the winner. The top winner was an editor for the manga magazine Shonen Jump, Yuji Horii, whose tennis game Love Match Tennis became Enix’s first release.

During the development of another game called The Portopia Serial Murder Case, Horii and his colleague Koichi Nakamura came across a RPG called Wizardry at a Macworld Conference & Expo. Horii became a fan of the game. After finishing Portopia, he decided that he wanted to create a similar game to Wizardry, with the goal of bringing the Western RPG to Japan. A second major inspiration was another RPG called Ultima. While Horii and Nakamura enjoyed the dungeon crawling and statistical nature of RPGs, they realized most gamers would not. He wanted a game that didn’t require being a hardcore gamer; specifically, he wanted to a make a game that the player could play without knowledge of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPG, which had been used for years in Japan as a template for homegrown games. He decided the NES was the ideal platform for the game, so that, unlike arcade games, players wouldn’t have to worry about spending money if they died. He simplified the mechanics so the game could be played with a simple NES controller, with a greater emphasis on storytelling and emotional involvement. Manga artist Akira Toriyama, famed for his series Dragon Ball, produced the game’s artwork and well-known television composer Koichi Sugiyama composed the music. The result was Dragon Quest, released in 1986.

Read On

RELEASED 10/6 – 10/10

Posted by: |

RELEASED 10/6 – 10/10

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.BL

Here are the awesome things coming out this week.

Read On

RELEASED 9/22 – 9/26

Posted by: |

RELEASED 9/22 – 9/26

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.BL

Here are the awesome things coming out this week.

Read On

RELEASED 9/15 – 9/19

Posted by: |

RELEASED  9/15 – 9/19

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.BL

Here are the awesome things coming out this week.

Read On

RELEASED 9/8 – 9/12

Posted by: |

RELEASED 9/8 – 9/12

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.

Read On