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Lost in Sci-Fi: Episode 17: Soylent Green

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Lost in Sci-Fi: Episode 17: Soylent Green

This week Elizabeth and Leland start talking about the sci-fi classic Soylent Green but the conversation devolves into talking about all sorts of terrible things that can happen to society in a dystopian future: poverty, ghettos, cannibalism, disease, etc. All the fun stuff we have to deal with in all future dystopian sci-fi flicks. So please download and you can find out how far you’d fall before human is on the menu.  Read On

PSX 2015 Preview: Randall (PS4)

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PSX 2015 Preview: Randall (PS4)

Continuing the trend of interesting 2D-platformers, Randall, by developer We The Force, is a Metroidvania-style platformer that focuses more on the Metroid side of the genre. For those who don’t know, Metroidvania is a style of platformer that relies on gated progression and back-tracking. In other words, some areas in the game will be inaccessible until you discover abilities that will allow you to progress further through the game.

Randall puts its own twist on the Metroidvania genre by limiting what the eponymous Randall can do on his own. Instead of giving Randall new abilities, he has to use the abilities of his enemies to accomplish his goals.

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Review – The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering

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Review – The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering

It’s human nature to want to know what’s the point of something. What does it mean, where’s it going, why does it exist? This happens a lot when reading books; you try to figure out where the plot’s taking you, what’s the message in the end.

Sometimes that’ll just frustrate you. Certainly it did for me in Jeffrey Rotter’s book The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering. I kept trying to guess the end point, to figure out where the story was going.

You’ll have more fun if you decide it’s not really going anywhere, and just enjoy the scenery.

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Review: Koko Takes a Holiday

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Review: Koko Takes a Holiday

I’ve been trying to get a few more 2014 books under my belt before New Year’s, and next on the list is Kierran Shea’s first novel, “Koko Takes a Holiday.” If you’re looking for a family friendly, feel-good, classy novel…you’d better go look somewhere else.

But if you’re looking for a fun, violent, blood-and-gore sci-fi romp, you should check it out. It’s unapologetically over the top, but in spite of that it’s surprisingly intelligent. In between the sex and exploding bodies there’s some stuff that makes you think.
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[E3 2014] Tom Clancy’s The Division is a Different Kind of Dystopia

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[E3 2014] Tom Clancy’s The Division is a Different Kind of Dystopia

We’ve know about Tom Clancy’s The Division for some time now. We’ve know it’s set in America, post-plague, in some very desperate times. We’ve known that you play as a member of the titular Division – a group of in-plain-sight heroes dedicated to maintain order in the chaos.  I don’t think any of us were on the fence about this title, given last year’s excellent game-play demo but Ubisoft’s heavy-hitter wasn’t content to rest on its laurels.

At both the Microsoft and Ubisoft E3 Press Briefings, Tom Clancy’s The Division was shown to great effect.

In an in-engine game-play demo at Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference, the new Snowdrop engine stretched its legs, and showed some amazing fidelity and flexibility. Later, during Ubisoft’s Press Conference, The Division showed a more poignant, cinematic side.

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