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Ep 113: Are Story-based Games Dead?

Artarys.com A silent auction website for art

Idris Elba to star in Suicide Squad, but NOT as Deadshot.

Octopath Traveler might be headed to PC.

Did the Division 2 leak the next Assassin’s Creed?

PowerA Gamecube gamepad is a truly wireless controller for Switch.

Netflix to make an Alice in Wonderland/ Wizard of Oz crossover.

Sony adds the ability to change your online ID.

Biomutant trailer came out, and looks balls to the wall crazy.

Control is also coming soon.

Dave Bautista retires from pro wrestling to act more.

Nintendo direct could be coming, tomorrow, and it could be a big one.

Sabrina ALREADY renewed for Season 3

Close to the Sun trailer looks amazing. Bioshock-like

Cadbury Creme egg mayo is a thing now…

Paul Rudd turns 50.

Borderlands is the first game to receive Valve’s “off topic” reviews. To prevent review bombing.

Jack Black is interested in playing the Penguin

Warrior by Bruce Lee

Story/Lore in video games. Does story and lore affect how much you like a game? Do you like story/lore outside its original source? (I.E. Overwatch, Star Wars books). Can you play a game with good story, poor mechanics? Vice-versa?

Ep 112: Fooled You!

April Fool’s Jokes

We talk Article 13 and what we think about it.

Nintendo Switch reportedly getting two new models, an enhanced version and a cheaper version

Apple introduces Apple Arcade.

Borderlands: Mask of Mayhem, all aboard that hype train.

Dora: Lost City of Gold looks pretty decent and well-casted

Rumors have it Walmart might be stepping into the gaming platform ring.

Enter the Gungeon: Farewell to Arms is the game’s final expansion.

Kuala Lampur cosplay police raid/

New Marvel poster series shows who was dusted and who survived.

Anthem… what to say? Another update that was intended to fix thigs, that actually broke things… again.

Sons of the Singularity, who successfully kickstarted a Call of Cthulu sourcebook was printed, and then every copy was immediately destroyed by the Chinese government

Zac Effron rumored for Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy 3

Black Widow movie to have Taskmaster as the villain.

Umbrella Academy season 2 NOT confirmed.

Companies who pranked us the best:
Wow patch notes
Burger King chocolate Whopper
ThinkGeek Technomancer cloak 
Google pokemon
Energizer Peeps 
The iPhone (Pocket-Lint announced it 3 years prior)

Voice Acting 101 with the Library bards

I recorded their panel at Anime Los Angles 2018, if you’re interested even slightly in voice acting they really do a good job of covering all of the bases.

 

On a different note, I’m really trying to get experience recording these kinds of live performances so if anyone would like a panel recorded, let us know!

Creator Interview with Markiss McFadden, star of The Executor & actor/director in Hidden Vault Films

We went to Salt Lake Comic Con with only half the crew we normally do guys, and consequentially, we changed up our gameplan.  I had committed to not doing any interviews, then I met Markiss and his team from Hidden Vault Films.

Markiss gave me some time, were cool and a pleasure to work with, and just oozed professionalness, watch the interview up above, but here are a few tidbits.

Big Break?

Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Most recent film?

Executor, a game where Markiss McFadden is an orphan who has been raised by a corrupt priest (Paul Sorvino) to be an expert assassin.  Obviously, something happens and the events of the movie unfold.  Its an awesome low budget action movie with some good pacing and fun dialogue between Markiss and the child (Aiden Wind) he rescues from a hit gone bad.  (You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Executor-Paul-Sorvino/dp/B074N9JH3B/ref=tmm_aiv_swatch_1?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1508304416&sr=8-2 )   Don’t go into this movie hoping for a big budget film, give it a bit of time for the plot to unfold and enjoy it for a fun independent film.

Current Project?

So many!  Daywalker: Blade Origins is the most recent, viewable on Youtube here. A true to the comics adaptation of Eric Brooks as a young Blade prior to unlocking his powers and receiving all of his gadgets.  Designed as a series, over time we’ll get to see Eric Brooks (Byron Xten Smith) evolve into Blade.

Wolverine: Origins was unveiled as a sneak preview at SLCC starring James Lee Hawkins as the Wolverine, again true to the comics.  Several other projects in this series of “Fan Films” under the monicker of Hidden Vault Films. will be forthcoming.

I hope you enjoyed his interview up above, if you have a fan film you’d really like to see, send him an email, you never know where it might go.

 

 

 

 

Creator Interview – James Lee Hawkins from the fan film Wolverine: Origins at SLCC17

Wow, James Lee Hawkins is intense for such a nice personable guy!

I hung out with him for about half an hour at Salt Lake Comic con talking about his latest project, a TV series called Wolverine: Origins.

 

What do we know?

Wolverine: Origins is one of a series of fan films/TV series by Hidden Vault Films along with other projects like Daywalker: Blade Origins.  The concept of these fan films are films true to their comic book origins, in this case, a darker side of Wolverine than we have seen up to this point in a Hollywood quality film.  Wolverine has lost his memory due to the Weapon X program but has yet to join the X-men and is trying to soothe himself with drugs and alcohol.  He’s in Las Vegas, which is bound to cause trouble because at this point a certain other person (who also regenerates) owns a casino.

We know that James Lee Hawkins has been a black belt 27 years so we’re looking forward to seeing a lot of use of some traits that we haven’t always seen which is some of the martial arts training Logan picked up while in Japan.  Personally, as I stated in the interview, I’m hoping we can see some Lady Deathstrike.  I don’t think her powers and appearance are unreasonable, and really anything that emphasizes his past connection to Japan really excites me.

When is it coming out?

We don’t know! I’ll post an update when we find out!

We hope you enjoyed the interview up above, we’d  love to hear what kinds of things YOU would like to see in the Wolverine Origins series.

Check out our full Weapon X book by book review!

Creator Interview – Byron Smith from Daywalker: Blade Origins

I met this amazing trio, Markiss McFadden, James Lee Hawkins and of course Byron Smith at the McFadden Family Film booth at Salt Lake Comiccon 2017, above is my interview with Byron and  below is my mini-review of Daywalker: Blade Origins

Daywalker: Blade Origins is a “fan film”?  What is a Fan Film?

First, what isn’t it?  Well, it’s not an official Marvel film, its a film set in the universe Marvel created and that a lot of fans love.

A “fan film” is something like a mix between “fan fiction” which is a non-licensed unofficial story set in a fandom and a Hollywood-quality production.  It’s the natural direction that platforms like YouTube are taking us where passionate people can make amazing things and put it out there for mass audiences to enjoy.

What timeline does the story tell?

Daywalker: Blade Origins tells the story of a young Eric Brooks.  Mostly after he’s been trained to kill vampires, but before he’s established himself as a “superhero”.  He might be slightly better trained than the average vampire but certainly not much more powerful “physically” and he’s mostly missing any gadgets or technologies that you might have seen in the Blade movies.

You also see quite a few scenes of him as a child after he has been taken in by his mentor, Jamal Afari.  This is a big component of the story, Jamal is Blade’s original mentor and someone you never see or hear about in the original Blade movies.

Kal El Smith does a good job of being “feral” and kinda angry, though whether he’s a good actor or just grumpy about having to flip tires in the Las Vegas desert will have to wait until we see him in future films. 😉

A young Eric Brooks (Kal El Smith) flipping tires in the Las Vegas desert, you’d be grumpy too, daywalker or not!

What is the tone of the story?

Daywalker is gritty, it could as easily be an 80’s gang action movie as a vampire film.  It doesn’t put an exact timeline on what you see in the film but it feels older, dated, almost like a mad max kinda vibe.  It’s an interesting feel that the movie gives us as it describes this subculture (vampires) that exist and battles just below what the rest of us know as civilization.  You definitely saw some of this in the movies, weird symbols and hidden clubs, but Daywalker hints in this first film that we’re going to be seeing a lot more of whats secretly going on beneath us human’s understanding.

Thats a lot of black leather. Here the gang leader Cyrus Cutter (Markiss McFadden) gives a speech to his vampire minions before an upcoming confrontation.

Thats a lot of black leather. Here the gang leader Cyrus Cutter (Markiss McFadden) gives a speech to his vampire minions before an upcoming confrontation.

How are the action scenes?

With a character like Blade, combat is of utmost importance, its what the audiences have been trained to expect, and in that regard, Daywalker delivers but perhaps not 100% like you’d expect.  Something that is important to keep in mind in this storyline is that we’re going to be seeing Blade get better, stronger, faster, and deadlier, but he isn’t there yet.  When you see him fumbling or struggling in fights that the previous Blade would easily step through, its a reflection of the film telling the story of Eric Brooks when he is much weaker than what he becomes later.

I know for myself a couple times I expected him to be more powerful, I had to reset my expectations though and logically I feel like they made the right call on where they set his physical/combat abilities.  It reminds me of Daredevil or even the new Spiderman movie where the comic book fans all have an understanding of where the character should “be”, but these stories are intentionally paced earlier and letting the characters develop their abilities over time.  Gone are the day of 5 minute training montages leading into fully developed stories and the big boss fight, now we’re going to be growing “with” the characters over a much longer period of time.

Byron Xten Smith as Blade

Young Eric Brooks or not, superpowers or not, they still give him a good boss fight scene

Enough of my review, check out the film, Daywalker: Blade Origins!

 

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