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I’m a Rapture sucker. I love the whole idea of believers leaving all their earthly possessions behind and ascending to the heavens while the rest of us are stuck duking it out during the tribulation.
Yes, I have read the Left Behind books. Well, the first three. Actually, two and a half, because the third one got way too preachy.
But when I hear Rapture, I absolutely get psyched. It’s just such an interesting concept to me, regardless of whether I believe in its actual possibility. I have a friend who’s a scientist and complete atheist. The idea of a hereafter, he simply can’t even go there. It’s fundamentally against his belief system. Whenever I want to get his goat, or try to stop him in his tracks, I ask him what he’d say if the Rapture actually were to occur.
“Well,” he always says. “I’d look for the scientific explanation first.”
“OK, and what happens when no scientific explanation is possible and we’re stuck dealing with the rise of the Anti-Christ and his Four Horseman?”
“Hmmm,” he often pauses. “I guess you’d be right, then.”
All this to say, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the Playstation 4 exclusive game, Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture.
If the world was made of LEGO, our world, the real one, you’d smash it to bits. You know you would. I would. Who wouldn’t? Mahatma LEGO Gandhi maybe. But they haven’t made that movie into a hilariously enjoyable video game just yet. And that’s probably fine. What has made it to the LEGO gaming world is a great collection of pop culture franchises, all ready to splinter and fly apart into glorious bouncing multicoloured cubes. My girlfriend and I have played the LEGO Batman games, which are wonderful fun. Star Wars, The Hobbit, The Avengers, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones have all gotten the LEGO treatment. So with the ripping success of this summer’s Jurassic World, it’s only fitting that Spielberg’s dinosaurs should be bricked too.
One of the biggest and most intriguing literary trends in recent decades is that of alternate history – the what if – changes in a past event creating a whole new timeline. There have even been games based on the concept. One such computer videogame, Europa Universalis IV, has resulted in a book anthology, featuring work by the king of the what if, Harry Turtledove, and others, including sometimes contributor to Biff Bam Pop!, Janice Gable Bashman. Meet me after the jump for more on Europa Universalis IV: What If? The Anthology of Alternate History.
Well Mat’s posted about playing the game, which is a sweet, sweet thing. I thought I’d give you a gander at the Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition Sony PS4, too. Couldn’t resist making an unboxing vid, but I kept it a little shorter than some. Let’s you and me swing from the rooftops, crusader, after the jump.
Damn delivery guy.
As I waited in the office yesterday for my copy of Arkham Knight to arrive, I actually caught myself counting the minutes. And then there he was: “Delivery for Mat Langford!”. I took the package and shook it, stating, “This sounds like an Arkham Knight!”.
“You know who the Arkham Knight is right?” the delivery guy asks. I’m not sure if it was simple elation from knowing that my game was here on time – after a bit of a mix-up with Best Buy – or simply not paying attention. But without thinking I blindly…nay, stupidly, asked, “Who?”
Before the word left my mouth, I knew that it was too late.
And there it was. Well, I kind of figured it anyway, but at least I had some shred of mystery there until this moment.
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FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE!
Sorry, I had to get that out of my system. I’ve waited so long to hear those words, and there they were on the screen. I had the pleasure of attending the Official Playstation E3 Experience at Yonge and Dundas theatre in Toronto – with none other than our great leader Andy Burns – and when those words flashed up on-screen the place erupted in applause.
It seems that the word ‘Finally’ was one of the underlying themes of the 2015 Sony E3 conference. Not only had we gotten our beloved Square Enix treasure, but we also finally got a glimpse of what some of us have simply passed off as impossible. Something that became more of a running joke over countless conferences that never showed a hint of it. Read the rest of this entry
It’s one of the most talked-about games of the year. And this week Destiny adds its first expansion back, The Dark Below. If you’ve been logging in any time with one of the best shooters in eons, you know it’s a superb yet amazingly conflicted experience. It’s kind of love and hate, with brilliant first-person-shooter mechanics, revelatory vistas, not one nor two nor three but four alien races to blow the crap out of, and a story that’s well, there’s sort of a story. It’s in there. But you have to put in some time. And you have to dig. In really awkward ways. Is Destiny gonna light up a gamer’s eyes if it materializes in space under the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree? Join me on the other side, guardian, and we’ll see what fate has to say.
Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week, in what begins as a rather somber episode, we tackle “Gotham,” Disney Infinity, and Ray Rice, Roger Goodell and the NFL. See and hear more after the jump.
I’m always looking for the perfect Marvel video game. So far, the closest one I’ve come to is Lego Marvel, but Disney Infinity 2.0 could the end of my search. The sequel to Disney Infinity, which combines collectible figurines with sandbox creation, is going to launch this fall 6 characters, with an estimate of at least 14 more when it’s all said and done. Check out this trailer for the game, which gives you a solid idea of what families are in store.
Admittedly, I’ve not been a huge fan of the Tomb Raider series. I’ve played a few of the older titles, and I have the collection on Steam, but it’s never been much more than a filler in my gaming library; a series that ‘I’ll play through one day‘.
That being said, I was immediately intrigued at the early mentions of a TR reboot, one that would show us the origin story of our historically disproportionate heroine and give her more of a gritty, vulnerable feel. The final product, simply called Tomb Raider, is not only a staggeringly beautiful action adventure game, but its combination of visuals, stealth/action gameplay and story also serves to reinvigorate a series and a character that were becoming stale.