In our house, we love our LEGO. With my daughter beside me, I’ve built a fairly solid collection of Star Wars vehicles and playsets (and there’s a Millennium Falcon and Jabba’s Sail Barge still waiting to have their boxes cracked open). For me, this is a family experience, and one that is somewhat unique to LEGO. It leads to a certain amount of bonding, though if I’m honest, my daughter often will encourage me to build while she goes off to play with something a little less complex.
One thing she loves though, are the LEGO video games. We’ve played almost all of them, from LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, to LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO Batman. Some of these have been on consoles, while others have been via their iOS iterations. Whichever version she’s playing, she seriously gets into them. And she’s a good gamer, to boot.
When I told her we’d be reviewing the newest LEGO video game experience, LEGO Dimensions, the girl was completely psyched. And it’s always cute to see a psyched five-year old, believe me. If you don’t know, LEGO Dimensions is the company’s first foray into the toys as games market, similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity (a franchise that is equally beloved in our house as well). In this world, multi-dimensions are crossing over into one huge, genre spanning game. Among the popular properties – DC Comics; Lord of the Rings; Portal; Back to the Future; Doctor Who; Ghostbusters, The Wizard of Oz; the Simpsons; the Wizard of Oz; Jurassic World; and the LEGO Movie.
We’re living in a golden age for horror video games – that’s my thinking anyway. Developers know that we love to be scared, whether it be in a first person or third person world, and they’re doing a hell of a job creating cinematic experiences that either put us in a horror film, or with the case of Until Dawn, directing one.
I haven’t been to a Fan Expo in a few years, so when I got the tap on the shoulder from our fearless leader Andy Burns to head to Fan Expo 2015 to get the scoop on the new Playstation offerings, I was stoked. I love the atmosphere at these events – Fan Expo in particular. The cosplay, the games, the freebies…it always adds up to a great overall experience.
In a turn of luck, I arrived a bit late to my Playstation tour – after a bit of a mix-up – to find out that I was gonna go through with none other than ex-EP Daily host Shaun Hatton, who I watched all the time on TV (and who also throws an awesome party called Nerd Noise Night every year in TO coinciding with the expo). We met up with Robert and Maria from Media Profile and Richard from Playstation and the tour was on! Read the rest of this entry
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.
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.
Damn delivery guy. Read the rest of this entry
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.
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.
Rejoice! 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!
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.