From quiet parks to bustling city streets, Pokemon Go is sweeping the globe by storm.
With the ability to get lazy people off their butts and actually exercising, a vast chunk of society are reporting an increase in their vitamin D levels just from sheer exposure to the sun.
With all kidding aside, I have heard various stories about how people are actually starting to socialize, make friends even loose weight. I personally put the free application on my smart phone, initially at the request of my 6 year old son. We were both instantly hooked.
We are outside everyday now, going for walks. Catching Pokemon. Talking about any and everything. It is quality time that I truly enjoy. Heck, I have even lost about 5 pounds since we started playing the game. We just caught this Dragonite the other day right on our own street.
There are those though, that get so engrossed in the game that there have been injuries and even terrible accidents. Right here in our county, a girl was hit by a car crossing the street to catch a Pokemon. Last week, a guy wrecked into a Baltimore police cruiser because he was playing while driving.
I even heard about some guy walking off the edge of a cliff because he wasn't paying attention. As "horrible" as these incidents are, I find it hard not to think that this is Darwinism at it's finest. Thinning of the heard and all that. I don't say this to be cruel, I just think there are some REALLY stupid people on this planet.
Pokemon Go has become such a world changing bit of technology, that the conspiracy theorists and tin foil hat wearers are out in full force. "Big Brother is using Pokemon Go to get you to spy on your neighbors..." etc.
I enjoy a good conspiracy theory. I really do. Probably why I am a fiction writer specializing in dystopia and end of the world genres.
Think what you like, Play it or don't. I really enjoy playing this game with my son, and I know my wife is in full support of us going outside and bonding together as Father and Son. Plus, I really enjoy finding the Pokemon in odd places. Here are a few examples below. Now if you'll excuse me, there's a Geodude outside that I have to catch. Happy Hunting.
Ever notice how when something starts gaining popularity in society, all of the sudden people start jumping on the band wagon?
I love the Merc with a Mouth! Always have. Well sort of. I remember reading Marvel Comics, "New Mutants #98" when I was a kid. All of the sudden there is this guy in a red suit. Deadpool's 1st appearance in the Marvel Universe was rather minuscule and the issue wasn't all that riveting.
A while later, *POOF* He has his own series. I remember seeing the 1st issue of "DEADPOOL" on the shelf. I remember thinking, "...Oh yea, that's the guy who was in 'New Mutants' that one time..." I picked up the copy and began following the series for a few issues. The comedy was quirky and funny. Over the first ten issues you really start to see this character develop into the Pop Culture Icon he is today.
"I love how Deadpool breaks the fourth wall... he was the first character to do it in comics...." I hear these 2 comments all the time. Usually together as well. It's infuriating. It really is.
I love that Wade Wilson breaks the 4th wall too. It's always funny and allows for the writer to really be creative with the story line. "...Deadpool has always broken the 4th wall..." WRONG!
DP didn't start breaking the 4th wall until Deadpool #28. When he runs into Bullseye. However I have recently heard rumor that, he ACTUALLY first broke the 4th wall in Wizard #0. I have yet to see this. Also, other characters have broken the 4th, on his covers. Example #20 issue from the '97' run.
As for the statement that he was the first character to break the 4th wall, this is simply untrue. There have been others way before him. Evidence you say? Prove it you exclaim? Sure thing buckaroos!
Now, this article isn't to bash, slam or degrade anyone in any way. It's just to educate the new fans as to some history and fact in the comic book universe, that many of us have enjoyed our entire lives. So, go to your local comic book store. Pick up some back issues. Enjoy them, appreciate the art and wonderful storylines. Then on Friday, go see the Deadpool movie!
Oh, one more thing. PARENTS! Deadpool is NOT for your kids. He's perverted, crude, it's bloody, he swears a lot, talks inappropriately about women and is completely psychotic. Stop whining about it being rated R.
To be quite honest, there are so many AMAZING TV Show Intros that it is really hard to pick and choose.
From Cartoons to Sitcoms and TV Dramas, the choices are a little overwhelming. Knight Rider, G.I. Joe, iZombie; there's just so many.
These are hands down some of my most favorite Intros, but the list is really closer to over 100 show intros. That would be a REALLY LONG article. What would be your Top 15 List? Tell me what your list is in the comments below!
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I found a RUSSIAN version of "Firefly" HA HA HA!!!!!!
Now, this is purely an opinion piece. Everyone always has their preferences when it comes to which game is better and blah blah blah. That's cool, I respect that. I am just stating that in my opinion if it hadn't been for these 6 games, FPS games would not be where they are now. Also, take note that 3 out of 5 of the games are from the same company. Just saying "id" is awesome! Now, let's get to it.
Wolfenstein 3D is a first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software. Originally released on May 5, 1992, for the PC operating system DOS, the game was inspired by the 1980s Muse Software video games Castle Wolfenstein and Beyond Castle Wolfenstein. A promotional version of Wolfenstein 3D was released as shareware, which permitted it to be copied widely. The game was later ported to a wide range of computer systems and video game consoles.
The shareware release contains one episode consisting of ten levels. The commercial release consists of three episodes, which include the shareware episode and two subsequent episodes. Later releases included a three-episode mission pack titled The Nocturnal Missions. The player assumes the role of a World War II Allied spy William "B.J." Blazkowicz, who is trying to escape from Castle Wolfenstein, a Nazi German prison. After the initial escape episode, Blazkowicz carries out a series of crucial missions against the Nazis.
Wolfenstein 3D was a critical and commercial success. It is widely regarded as having helped popularize the genre on the PC and having established the basic run-and-gun archetype for many subsequent first-person shooter games. (WIKI)
I can recall many an hour sitting at my brothers computer running around and shooting Nazis in the face. This game was "one of a kind". there wasn't anything else out there at the time even remotely as cool. I truly feel that this game paved the way for FPS games.
Doom is a 1993 science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter (FPS) video game by id Software. It is considered one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry, for having ushered in the popularity of the first-person shooter genre. The original game was divided into three nine-level episodes and was distributed via shareware and mail order.The Ultimate Doom, an updated release of the original game featuring a fourth episode, was released in 1995 and sold at retail.
In Doom, players assume the role of an unnamed space marine, who became popularly known as "Doomguy", fighting his way through hordes of invading demons from Hell. With one third of the game, nine levels, distributed as shareware, Doom was played by an estimated 15–20 million people within two years of its release, popularizing the mode of game play and spawning a gaming subculture. In addition to popularizing the FPS genre, it pioneered immersive 3D graphics, networked multiplayer gaming, and support for customized additions and modifications via packaged files in a data archive known as "WADs". As a sign of its effect on the industry, first-person shooter games from the genre's boom in the 1990s, helped in no small part by the game's release, became known simply as "Doom clones". Its graphic violence, as well as satanic imagery, made Doom the subject of controversy.
The Doom franchise was later continued with the follow-up Doom II: Hell on Earth (1994) and numerous expansion packs, including Master Levels for Doom II (1995), and Final Doom (1996). Originally released for PC DOS, the games have later been ported to numerous other platforms. Once the game's source code was released in 1997, it spawned even more adaptations, as fans further ported the code to countless devices. The series started to lose mainstream appeal as the technology of the Doom game engine was surpassed in the mid-1990s, although fans have continued making WADs, speedruns, and modifications to the original. The franchise again received popular attention in 2004 with the release of Doom 3, a retelling of the original game using new technology, and an associated 2005 Doom motion picture. Doom 4 was announced as in production in 2008 and was later re-titled simply as Doom. (WIKI)
Then there's DOOM! I remember playing this a whole bunch at the arcade. Roll of quarters in my pocket, a slice of pizza from Sbarro and a coke, it was time to kick some demon butt! The sheer gore factor and weapon variety really pushes the limits of what "id" had done before. I remember my parents saying I wasn't allowed to play the "Satan Game" because of all the demonic imagery. I tried to tell them that it was okay because I was destroying the evil in the game. They didn't buy it.
Rise Of The Triad
Rise of the Triad: Dark War is a first-person shooter video game that developed and published by Apogee Software (3D Realms) in 1995. The player can choose one of five different characters to play as, each bearing unique attributes such as height, speed, and endurance. Its remake was designed by Interceptor Entertainment and released by Apogee Games in 2013. (WIKI)
Rise of the Triad is one of those hidden gems that not too many people knew about. In my opinion it really stepped up the bar. For the first time in a FPS I could have my character jump and aim up and down. The programmers at Apogee really tried to take gaming to a whole new level with the technology available at the time.
Duke Nukem 3D
Duke Nukem 3D is a first-person shooter video game developed by 3D Realms and published by GT Interactive Software. The full version of the game was originally released for MS-DOS in May 1996 as version 1.3d, while the shareware version was released on January 29, 1996. It is a sequel to the platform games Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem II, published by 3D Realms. The Plutonium PAK, an expansion pack which updated the game to version 1.4 and added a fourth eleven-level episode, was released in November 1996. The Atomic Edition, a standalone version of the game that included the content from the Plutonium PAK and updated the game to version 1.5, was later released; the original version of Duke Nukem 3D has since been discontinued.
Duke Nukem 3D features the adventures of the titular macho Duke Nukem, voiced by Jon St. John, who fights against an alien invasion on Earth. Along with Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, Duke Nukem 3D is considered to be responsible for popularizing first-person shooters, and was released to major acclaim. Reviewers praised the interactivity of the environments, gameplay, level design, and unique risqué humor, a mix of pop-culture satire and lampooning of over-the-top Hollywood action heroes. The game's violent nature, erotic elements, and portrayal of women incited controversy.
After fifteen years in development hell, a direct sequel was released called Duke Nukem Forever.
Duke Nukem was the first I ever heard profanity or sexual innuendo (Leisure Suit Larry not with standing) in a video game. The dry humor and bad one liners made the game a true milestone in gaming. Plus it was just funny as hell!
Quake is a first-person shooter video game, developed by id Software and published by GT Interactive in 1996 and featured music composed by Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. It is the first game in the popular Quake series. In the game, players must find their way through various maze-like, medieval environments while battling a variety of monsters using a wide array of weapons.
The successor to id Software's Doom series, Quake built upon the technology and gameplay of its predecessor in many ways. Unlike theDoom engine before it, the Quake engine offered full real-time 3D rendering and early support for 3D acceleration through OpenGL. AfterDoom helped popularize multiplayer deathmatches, Quake added various multiplayer options. Online multiplayer became increasingly common, with the QuakeWorld update and software such as QuakeSpy making the process of finding and playing against other competitors on the Internet far easier and more reliable. (WIKI)
Pure carnage and chaos! It was like Doom and Wolfenstein had a baby and that baby was mentally psychotic! "id" took gaming to a whole new level and the full real time 3D rendering was a breakthrough in gaming science. I remember getting a quick game in right before I had to get in the car and go to the airport so I could do my job training for the US Military.
Halo is a military science fiction first-person shooter video game franchise created by Bungie and now managed and developed by 343 Industries, a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios. The series centers on an interstellar war between humanity and a theocratic alliance of aliens known as the Covenant. The Covenant, led by their religious leaders called the Prophets, worship an ancient civilization known as the Forerunners, who perished in combat with the parasitic Flood. The central focus of the franchise builds off the experiences of Master Chief John-117, one of a group of supersoldiers code named Spartans, and his artificial intelligence (AI) companion, Cortana. Other characters, such as Noble Six from Halo: Reach, are also introduced in the series. The term "Halo" refers to the Halo rings: large, habitable superweapons that were created to destroy the parasitic Flood. They are similar to the Orbitals in Iain M. Banks' Culture novels, and to authorLarry Niven's Ringworld concept. (WIKI)
The reason I have Halo on here, is one; it was and is AWESOME! 2- It was the first FPS I ever played where the games processing allowed for different variations of game play. The bad guys never moved the same way, or attacked the same way. Every time I played through it, it was always changing. I would sit in my barracks room for hours at Camp Lejune playing multi-player with connector cables stretching out the window and into the next room! You've never played LAN Halo until you have played with 7 other Marines, a case of beer and burgers and dogs on the grill!
So those are my six. What games would you have chosen?
Don't you hate it when you find out Hollywood is making a movie based on a Comic Book you love, and You get ALL Pumped up for it; and then... IT SUCKS? Me too!
Here are 5 movies that I was really Pumped for when I heard they were coming out and was devastated after watching them.
First up: #5- SPAWN- 1997
Starring: John Leguizamo, Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen
His armor was cool and John Leguizamo's performance were the only redeeming aspects of the movie.
#4- The Shadow -1994
Starring: Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller
The little dagger with the faces still creeps me out. Penelope Ann Miller was gorgeous, although her acting was very bland. Bladwin's performace is well,...it's Baldwin. The only redeeming qualities of the film in my opinion are the duel wielding 1911A1 .45 Caliber pistols and all of the amazing vintage cars from the 1930's
#3- HULK -2003
Starring: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott
Hulk is the size of a building! Really? It feels like they made this movie just to see what kind of things they could do with Computer Special effects. Sam Elliot, the amazing actor and play-write he is, was some of the ONLY talent in the movie.
#2- Fantastic Four-2015
Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan
I hate this movie for one simple reason. They screwed the Origin Story Up! The Special effects were awesome, and Kate Mara is STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL! Other than that, "Hey Hollywood! If it AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!"
Finally we get to #1 on the List!!!!
#1- Howard The Duck- 1986
Starring: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins
It's Howard the Duck. Do I really have to keep going on this one? Here, Fanboy Flicks says it Best:
I Love going to Conventions! Of course I do, I'm a #GunGeek #UberGeek . I was filled with so much anticipation that I thought I was going to explode. As I walked through the doors and headed up the escalator, my heart was racing and I had goosebumps on my arms.
As I crest the top of the escalator people are everywhere! Fellow Geeks, Cos-Players, Fan Boys, Fan Girls; THESE ARE MY PEOPLES!!!
The very polite lady at the ticket counter greeted me with a smile as she mugged me and emptied my wallet with the ridiculously over priced admissions fee. $55 lighter, I take my limited edition, Wizard World EXCLUSIVE "Walking Dead" Comic Book and enter the Con.
David L. Lawrence Convention center is a gorgeous Venue. Right next to the Allegheny River, the ambiance offered is highly sought after by Convention goers. The place is bustling with geeks and cos-players alike, although not as many as I would have thought for a "Wizard World" Convention. I see mutual Geek Journalists from other Web-Sites and we automatically start the critique together. We try to be objective and this is hard as geek journalists! We're ALL FAN BOYS!
After a few laps, we all notice the same things. Vendors are WAY over priced (as is usual with most Cons), the food is lack luster, and people are going broke trying to get autographs and photos with the celebrities. There was something else though. A vibe, a kind of 'Forced Fun' aura. "You WILL HAVE FUN! THIS IS WIZARD WORLD! DO AS YOU'RE TOLD!" Everyone felt it. We stopped and chatted with vendors that we knew from other Conventions, we talked to Artist friends and a multitude of patrons. All said the same things.
A good friend of mine, fellow Geek and Army Journalist Veteran Kirk Wilson came up with a brilliant consensus and over view of the experience. He says:
"...Overall experience for the first Pittsburgh Wizard World was underwhelming. It's more like pop-con. Limited artists and comic dealers. The celebrities were a little better than the c/d list most local Pittsburgh cons get...but ohhh the prices. If you wanted 2 celebrities together, like the "Boondock saints", "Firefly", etc package, be ready to drop $$$...200+ for some...that's a picture, not even an autograph included!
It's about the same size as Steel city con, they only used half the top floor of the convention center. As one artist contracted with Wizard said, "it's saturated, too many cons." Now comics are cool, so more people go, but it's not about books and art as much. Didn't get many pics because my hands were full and celebrities weren't happy about you taking distance pictures even. All said, I'll still be going back next year and it was enjoyable..."
I agree with Kirk. Overall it was an alright experience, and I will probably go back next year. Pittsburgh is HEAVILY saturated with Conventions though. 3-Steel City Con's every year, Tekko-Con, Wizard World and SIBCON in Butler. It's a lot of strain to put on the patrons wallet. Especially with times as they are. All in All, For the 1st time being in Pittsburgh, Not too bad Wizard World. I give you a 'B'
On the Plus side, I GOT TO MEET JAMES MARSTERS!!!!! Yes! Spike from 'Buffy' and Spike from I.M.P. , side by side! WAS EPIC!!! Anyway, I put a fun little video together. Check it out below.
(Photo Credit: Huffington Post)
In a Hollywood where 'Re-Boots' are becoming the status quot, there is still a little hope glimmering in the distance. If only they would realize it. For those of you that don't know, Joss Whedon is the man responsible for some of the most Amazingly character driven SCI-Fi/Fantasy TV Series' such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse and Marvel's Agents of Shield". Lets not forget the Box Office Blockbusters that are the "Marvel: Avengers" movies.
If you have seen one, or a few, or even all of these shows/movies you know what I am talking about. Joss gets it. Yes people want explosions and action with cool special effects and CG imagery; but we also want characters we love, hate and laugh with. A good story teller, knows how to enthrall an audience; and Joss is a master of it.
This is the man who, with his amazing team of writers and producers; created one of the most original Sci-Fi TV series in history. Only for FOX to screw things up, air the episodes out of order and then pull the plug after less than one season. It gets better, "Firefly" had/has such an AMAZINGLY huge following that after tremendous fan support and hard work, "Serenity" came to the silver screen. To date, no other TV series in the History of cinema, has been cancelled and than had a Blockbuster Motion Picture made from it.
It feels that Hollywood, as of late, has become lazy and apathetic. Re-Booting old movies and TV shows, or changing up existing characters to "put a new spin" on things. The recently huge failure of the new "Fantastic 4" comes to mind. Joss is notorious for sharing my disdain on remixes and re-boots as you will see in his Nerd HQ Q/A from Comic-Con.
If Hollywood would utilize Joss more, and make an effort to find more writers/directors like him; Cinema and TV would be way more amazing! so Hollywood, use your assets and stop being lazy. #BringBackFirefly
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