26 May 2015

The Unity Disappointment - Video Game

Assassin's Creed: Unit
by Ubisoft
I am an Assassin's Creed fan. When the new major release comes out, I put it on my 360 and play it until I'm done. I normally play through the whole game. I also tend to complete many of the side quests that seem the most fun. I try at least each type of side mission and I even try to collect many of the collectables. This is coming from a player who has played through six of the seven Assassin Creeds. I have yet to play Assassin's Creed: Rogue but I look forward to playing through the life and adventure of Shae in the coming months. I have 100% Achievement with Assassin's Creed 2 and I've done most of the Achievements in the other two Ezio games. I stop hunting them when multiplayer became part of the Achievement hunt. Assassin's Creed 3 was pretty good even though it lost me in the third act. Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has to be the game I've enjoyed the most as a single game - but the Ezio games have the best story arc.

To me the Assassin's Creed was the series that ushered the seventh generation of consoles into my living room. I got a XBox 360 to play Assassin's Creed and it was a regular fixture in the years of joy that my XBox 360 gave unto me.

When Unity was announced - I was sold on the eighth generation. To be honest I just needed a good excuse to pick up the game but it seemed fitting that the Creed would bring me into the next generation of console.

So it promised a whole new story arc and cooperative missions. New movement mechanics to explore Paris during the French Revolution. This was getting closer to my Industrial Revolution London and the French Revolution would be a great setting for an Assassin's Creed game. It was back to one major city and what a city they picked. A European Jewel with plenty of history - Paris.

So then I played the game...

25 May 2015

The Legacy of Growing Up – FU

I’m the youngest of Gen X – children of the Baby Boomers, most of the Gen X are ten years my senior if not older.

When Nirvana ended up on a Classic Rock radio station something changed in me. I’m not part of the youth culture anymore. I’m not old – talk to me when I hit sixty. I have 25 years of pure prime life ready to enjoy. Most folks get to the dirty 30’s and they freak out.

Hold on dumbasses – let’s count them 30 years. Fifteen of which you don’t remember as well as the other fifteen so get it right you’re more like 15 years of age since you pulled your head far out enough to notice the world around you and make memories you actually reference on a regular basis.
Now I still sport the same cultural enemy as those following behind me.

The Baby Boomers – oh yes they are the great evil that those before me and those after me are all dealing with them and the legacy they are leaving behind. I don't really think they are evil I'm just looking at what they are leaving behind...

22 May 2015

Anime North Reminder - Media

For all the folks off to Anime North, this Public Service Announcement will remind you about having sex with people in a costume.

Ahh that's what you get for trusting a dude Named Brian dressed up as a Ninja.

Have fun


15 May 2015

Avengers Week part 3 – Media

Well the week has come to end but we’re still one topic away from looking at the future of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), the eventual Return.

What I mean is the word return is ominus in the world of comics. ‘the return of….’ was (still is) a common sign on the flashy splash cover pages of serialised comics. No villain or hero stays dead or gone – they leave and then they come back.

So far the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) has killed off many of the villains and the odd hero but there is always a way to write in a return.

So lets’ look at the best characters due to return to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) after the break.

13 May 2015

Avengers Week part 2 – Media

In my last post I jabbered on about the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) reaching an end. Now let’s talk about changing.

Comics have a level of immortality about them, over the last 75 plus years Batman has not aged minus a story in the future. All comics have this problem, they never age or rarely age. Now once you make movies about comic characters you are suddenly subject to time and the ravages of aging.
Robert Downey Jr. is not a young man. He cannot be Tony Stark for ever. Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth… wait that’s a lot of Chris’. Hurm…

You get my point (about actors aging, not the too many Marvel actors named Chris). Marvel talked about it once already where they said Tony Stark could be the next James Bond – where multiple actors could play the character. James Rhodes, Warmachine has already done this once. So has the Hulk, officially twice but we have two (three) other actors who’ve played the green giant; Bill Bixby & Lou Ferrigno (TV), Eric Bana (Ang Lee’s flick), Edward Norton (MCU Phase 1), and the current holder Mark Ruffalo.

Changes are a must because RDJ and the rest of the cast are not as immortal as the character’s they play.

So how do we make these transitions?

11 May 2015

Avengers Week part 1 – Media

By now most of the world, at least the folks who read my blog, will have seen Avengers: Age of Ultron. I’ve seen it twice – not because I’m that much of a fan boy, it is because… long story that’s not the point of this post.

There are three things we need to keep an eye on now that Phase 2 is ending and Phase 3 is starting: Reaching the End, Changes, and Returns.

Let’s start with the largest elephant in the room – Reaching the End.

We all know how this will end; Thanos will do his thing in the 2019 film Avengers: Infinity War – part 2. The heroes of the world will fight back and he’ll go down once and for all…

So what’s the next story?

6 May 2015

The Infinity Gems and Phase 3 – Comics

Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will come to an end with Ant-Man this July. Phase Three will start up with the last announced Captain America film, Captain America: Civil War. I’ll go into more of what to expect after the break but first let’s look at the major McGuffin of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Infinity Gems.

Currently if you are not living under a rock and avoiding the current telling of the Marvel Cinematic Universe you will have noticed some references to the Infinity Gems over the last couple of movies in the First and Second Phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In the comics each of the six gems control an aspect of reality, when all six are harnessed the wielder is akin to a god in levels of power and control of all aspects of reality. The primary story arc for the Infinity Stones was the Infinity Gauntlet minis series where Thanos with all six gems take on the entire marvel Heroes in an all-out battle royal.

Let’s first ID the stones we’ve seen.

The Space Stone: The source of power for the weapons of Hydra, known as the Tesseract it later becomes the source of conflict in the first Avengers Film.

The Reality Stone: Shown in a fluid state in Thor: Dark World and called the Aether. Used by Malekith to bring the universe into darkness. It is given to the Collector at the end of the film to safe guard the Reality Stone.

The Power Stone: The object of desire in Guardians of the Galaxy, used by Ronan and later controlled by the Guardians who gave it to the Nova Corps to hide in their super space cop evidence vault.

The identity of the most recent stone with SPOILERS after the break. 

4 May 2015

WIN Role Call – Table Top

Back in Dec 2010 I picked up my Nomad sectorial; the Bakunin Jurisdictional Command and I’ve never looked back. My favorite models are the Sin-Eater Observant, Reverend Custodiers, Reverend Moira. A bunch of hacker space nuns with a gun slinging gargoyle of a human being. Add in Reverend Superior Casandra Kusanagi and more recently the new Reverend Healer and my space army of internet hating Nuns and their silent stoic enforcers are looking fine.

Salamandra by Corvus Beli
used without permission
Since 2010 I’ve done a few things. I’ve branched out to pick up more of the Nomad nation, my hands down favorite faction of Infinity. I love the Nomads for their mix of tools and toys; great Airborne Deployment options, an advantage over the electronic battlespace, plenty of odd duck units to fill in gaps. I’m looking forward to getting the third sectorial Tugunska who have my favorite Line Infantry, the Securitate, and my favorite TAG, the Salamandra – which needs a resculpt and STAT.

Secondly I started my second faction, the Yu-Jing sectorial; The Japanese Sectorial Army (aka JSA). Treated like second class citizens, the JSA is the insurgent army that is fighting back. Made up of Ninja, Urban Biker gangs, Samurai and robotic Geisha, I could not ignore the JSA. I’ve got all my bikes which are my current work in progress.

Thanks to the Pale Rider and the Operation: Ice Storm box set I’ve also collected a few Pan-O minis so they are my unofficial fourth faction. I’ve snagged my fancy Joan of Arc miniature from my How to Paint book. So it’s become more official, some more bread and butter won’t hurt, so I have a Fusiliers SWC box on the way. The reason behind this is simply I want to play the Nordic sectorial from Pan-O once they get released and these will round out my force.

So I’ve mentioned my WIN, Wednesday Infinity Nights in past posts. Ontos, Doc, Wolf and I are the original four. I open the doors from 1730 and kick them out by 2100. We get in two rounds of games, plus other folks have been showing up to simply hang out and paint.

Let me introduce to you the WIN team: