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Playstation 4 Review: Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture

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.

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Dino Smash! LEGO Jurassic World Goes to Satisfying Pieces

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.

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Batman: Arkham Knight – First Impressions

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What time is it? Batman time.

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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The GAR! Podcast: Scarface, Batmanga, and Herb Trimpe

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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, we’re talking about Scarface, “Daredevil,” Herb Trimpe, and how we should be celebrating our one hundredth episode, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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To infinity and beyond with my daughter, Disney and DK

My daughter is four years old. Four and a half, if you want to get technical about it. Her and I, we share what can only be called an obsession. A deep-seeded obsession.

Now, you could be sitting there thinking, what could a dude pushing forty have in common with a little girl. Is it princesses? Is it Frozen? While I can appreciate both, both those answers would be incorrect.

No, our shared love is Disney Infinity. And I’d wager a guess that there are a lot of parents out there who share the same obsession with their children, regardless of their age. It’s just that sort of game.

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FAN EXPO Canada 2014: An Event Agenda

Fan Expo Canada logoRejoice! FAN EXPO Canada is back, T-Dot (resident and visiting) peeps!

What’s “T-Dot”, you ask? Well, that’s just me shouting out the glorious city of Toronto with my best urban inflection. FAN EXPO Canada, of course, is the third largest pop culture event in North America, a worthy happening for any lover of comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime or gaming.

Now entering its 20th year (you’re all grown up!), and boasting over 1000 exhibitors over 750,000 square feet comprised of both the north and south buildings that make up the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, FAN EXPO Canada expects to host well over 100.000 fans.

If you plan to be one of them over the next four days, follow me after the jump for a highlight list of some exciting events on a schedule brimming full of exciting events!

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The GAR! Podcast: Potato Chips and the New Female Thor

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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 audiozine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week, we’re talking bizarre potato chip flavors and the new female Thor that Marvel debuted on “The View.” See and hear more after the jump.

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The GAR! Podcast: Camden Comic Con Part 3

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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 a nerd exploration of a nerd world.

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I’ve told you all about the Camden Comic Con, and you heard the first and second episodes recorded live there. This week’s episode, the final part of GAR’s coverage, also recorded live at the Con, can be found right here, with more details is after the jump.

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Raid The Comic Shop For Tomb Raider #1 On The Wednesday Run–February 26, 2014

Heck, Lara Croft is practically a household name these days, isn’t she? Even my Mom recognizes her. “She’s that character, played by that actress, right?” For sure, Mom. For sure.

All kidding aside, Lara Croft and the video game that originally starred her, 1996’s Tomb Raider, is often cited as an important catalyst for furthering female characters in video games. There’s also the increase of video game participation by women. (I like to think that Samus Aran of Metorid fame was the original inciting force!)

Still, there’s no denying that Lara Croft’s name carries a lot of weight in pop culture. And today, a new comic book, following a new vision for the character drops – and all should be there to witness the beginnings of a new chapter in Tomb Raider history!

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013 – Batman: Arkham Origins

Some of the greatest Batman stories have taken place in and around the holiday season, amongst them Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s The Long Halloween, Christmas With The Joker from Batman: The Animated Series and even Batman Returns (“Santa Clause? ‘Fraid not”). This year, the latest and greatest Batman video game, Batman: Arkham Origins is set on Christmas Eve, and is definitely  the ideal gift for the Bat-fan in your life.

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