Skewed 'n Reviewed http://sknr.net Movie News and Reviews Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:10:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sega Unveils Their PAX Prime Lineup http://sknr.net/2014/08/26/sega-unveils-their-pax-prime-lineup/ http://sknr.net/2014/08/26/sega-unveils-their-pax-prime-lineup/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:10:51 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75553 Game Demos, Exclusive Trailers, Prized Competitions and More Take Center Stage at
the West Coast Video Game Festival

SAN FRANCISCO (August 26, 2014) – SEGA(r) of America, Inc. is heading to 2014 PAX
Prime in Seattle with its fall lineup in tow and ready to unleash on all in
attendance. Gamers will be given the chance for hands-on demos of Alien:
Isolation(tm), Sonic Boom(tm): Rise of Lyric, Sonic Boom(tm): Shattered Crystal and
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA(tm) F 2nd, creating a unique experience for fans as they
get a detailed look at the hottest games of the year.

Coming off the heels of its national debut at San Diego Comic-Con, Alien: Isolation
will be showcased in amazing, spine-tingling fashion at Booth #232 with game demos
in a custom-designed, giant-sized Alien egg pod. The pod creates a self-contained,
fear-inducing, immersive gaming experience for the newest title of the Alien(tm)
franchise. As gamers tremble in fear, the Alien: Isolation booth will have a live
on-site stream feeding on-lookers and fans the POV gaming perspective, prepping
gamers for the intense experience before they enter one of several gaming stations.

To help extend the demo experience onsite, SEGA will host a “Survive the Demo
Competition,” giving gamers the chance to win exclusive limited edition Alien
jackets (while supplies last). Alien: Isolation is available worldwide on October 7,
2014 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft,
PlayStation(r)4 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, Xbox 360 games and
entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation(r)3 computer entertainment
system.

When it comes to SEGA’s iconic Blue Blur, Sonic the Hedgehog will be racing into PAX
at top speeds in Sonic Boom, a brand-new extension of the Sonic Universe. Touching
down at Booth #652, fans will get an exclusive first-look at the brand new
multiplayer capabilities of Sonic’s newest adventures Sonic Boom(tm): Rise of Lyric.
The new games Sonic Boom(tm): Rise of Lyric for the Wii U system, developed by Los
Angeles-based Big Red Button, and Sonic Boom(tm): Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo
3DS hand-held system, from San Francisco-based Sanzaru Games, will introduce two
unique and epic adventures as Sonic and team work together to stop the evil villain-
Lyric! Play as multiple characters, each with their own abilities, as you explore,
fight and speed through an undiscovered land. Each game features its own individual
story and gameplay features. As an added extra for Hedgehog fanatics at PAX, SEGA
will also preview the upcoming toys from TOMY(r) and the newest trailer for Sonic
Boom(tm): Shattered Crystal. Be sure to tune into Sonic’s first-ever CG-animated
television series debuting on Cartoon Network this fall.

Sonic Boom(tm): Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system will be
available on November 11th, and Sonic Boom(tm): Rise of Lyric for the Wii U system
will be available on November 18th. All those who pre-order one of the upcoming
Sonic Boom video games from Gamestop will get an exclusive Sonic Boom figure by
TOMY, featuring Sonic the Hedgehog with the Ancients’ Crystal! Anyone who pre-orders
Sonic Boom(tm): Rise of Lyric for the Wii U system from Amazon will get an exclusive
luminous Sonic Boom character costume pack that can be used in the game. Attendees
can also pre-order the games at the booth.

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd, the sequel to the ultimate rhythm game featuring
the world’s most popular virtual singer, produced by Crypton Future Media, INC, will
also be available for show goers and fans at Booth #652. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA
F 2nd features 20 classic songs from the previously Japan-only PSP games making
their first debut in the West and 20 brand new songs to the Project DVIA series.
SEGA will be showcasing the recently announced English lyrics for the eagerly
awaited title, launching on November 18, 2014 on PlayStation(r)3 computer
entertainment system, PlayStation(r)Vita handheld entertainment system and via
digital download on PlayStation(r)Network.

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Call of Duty Endowment and Xbox Live To Raise Funds For Vets http://sknr.net/2014/08/26/call-of-duty-endowment-and-xbox-live-to-raise-funds-for-vets/ http://sknr.net/2014/08/26/call-of-duty-endowment-and-xbox-live-to-raise-funds-for-vets/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:03:04 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75551 CALL OF DUTY ENDOWMENT AND XBOX LIVE TO LAUNCH LABOR DAY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN,
BEGINNING
MONDAY, AUGUST 25

Gamers Donate to Get Special Theme and Support the Effort to Help Military Veterans
Find Meaningful Jobs

SANTA MONICA, CA – AUGUST 26, 2014 – The Call of Duty Endowment and Microsoft
today announced a special Xbox Live Labor Day fundraising campaign, launching on
August 26, that will give gamers the opportunity to access a unique Xbox 360 theme
by making a donation to the Endowment and, in the process, helping military veterans
find meaningful jobs.

The special theme, designed by artist Jason Heuser and featuring George Washington
will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace dashboard by making a donation in
one of several denominations to directly support the Call of Duty Endowment. The
Endowment funds and advises the most effective non-profit organizations connecting
military veterans with high-value career opportunities. To date, the Endowment
has funded the placement of over 5,400 veterans into good jobs. To purchase the
special theme and to make a donation, head to the following link:

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Search?q=call%20of%20duty%20endowment#Games

“Thanks to Microsoft and Xbox, we have an incredible opportunity to not only raise
money for the Endowment, but also to engage millions of gamers in the cause of giving
veterans access to high quality careers,” said Dan Goldenberg, executive director
of the Call of Duty Endowment. “This campaign is going to help put veterans to work.”

About the Call of Duty Endowment:

The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit, public benefit corporation conceived
by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. The organization seeks to help veterans
find high quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market
and by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the workplace. For more information
about the Call of Duty Endowment, please visit www.callofdutyendowment.org.

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The Western Washington Fair 2014 http://sknr.net/2014/08/26/the-western-washington-fair-2014/ http://sknr.net/2014/08/26/the-western-washington-fair-2014/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:57:11 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75544 Traditionally the Puyallup Fair, or as it is now known the Washington State Fair, is in many ways an iconic part of the year for Northwest residents.  By this I mean for many, the arrival of the fair signals the end of summer and the pending arrival of fall as not only have kids return to school, but cooler weather and rain becomes more and more common.  Is anybody who’s attended the spacious vendor areas will tell you, fireplaces, saunas, and hot tubs, are amongst the many items available for purchase at fair.  I fondly recalled school trips to the fair for the younger students and during my college years, it was common for us to take a half day to attend the great festivities and to take part in the unlimited right bracelets that were offered during the week.

 

For me the fair is much more than a collection of rides, animals, vendors, and food, it is a Northwest tradition that allows family and friends a fantastic gathering place to relive memories of old and create new ones.  The fair attracts upwards of 1.2 million guests a year which makes it one of the largest and most successful in the world.  I can tell you after setting up our second office in the Phoenix area, how disappointed I was with tears in the area as for the past 30 years the Puyallup had been my basis for comparison.

As such, we endeavor to make the pilgrimage North to include fair coverage every year since it coincides very well with an annual gaming convention we attend.

 

More than simply for nostalgic purposes, the fair offers one of the finest and most varied forms of entertainment that you will find anywhere.

My nieces and nephews definitely enjoy seeing the animals as who hasn’t taken a trip to the dairy barn during a visit to the fair?  However as they get older the rides become the draw as even when the rain falls, the midway is often packed with thrill seekers have a good time or taking in a game as they attempt to win a prize.

 

I will admit that for me, rides, concerts, and food or always a big draw, but walking around the fairgrounds was also a thrill as there were plenty of entertainment options and I can honestly say that I always did browse all of the vendor areas even if it was simply out of curiosity as there was always an ample and varied selection of products to browse.

 

In 2014 the fair is offering a three-day admission press which allows increased access at a reduced price and as always, there are plenty of transportation options available via mass transit.  Entertainment wise aside from the rodeo, the fair always has an impressive lineup of top notch concert performers and this year is no exception.  Artists such as Chicago, Amy Grant, Keith Urban, Clay Walker, Toby Keith, and many more highlight the impressive concert series.  I can tell you some of my fondest memories would be of attending the fair during the week and after a dazzling array of rides and food, taking in a show before hitting the midway for one last run.  We would often use weekend visits this time to look around at the numerous other offerings the fair offered as the midway was often packed.  This made it a great time to visit with younger children as well is older or more mobility challenged guests.  For me it’s impossible to even mention the fair without getting twinges of nostalgia as I can remember back to numerous visits with family and friends as well as taking one of my first dates with my now wife at the fair.

Regardless of your reasons, it is safe to say that the fair will offer countless opportunities for new memories as it just keeps getting better and proving once again why it is not only an absolute treasure of the Northwest, but one of the greatest players in the world.

You can obtain more information at

 

The Fair

 

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The Evil Within Lands An Epic Voice Cast http://sknr.net/2014/08/26/the-evil-within-lands-an-epic-voice-cast/ http://sknr.net/2014/08/26/the-evil-within-lands-an-epic-voice-cast/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:48:40 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75542 August 26, 2014 (Rockville, MD) Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today revealed the talented cast lending their voices to The Evil Within™, a survival horror game developed at Tango Gameworks under the direction of legendary game designer and studio head, Shinji Mikami. The Evil Within cast includes Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (“Lincoln,” “Watchmen,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street”), Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter,” “Quarantine,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”), and film and television star Anson Mount (“Hell on Wheels,” “Safe”).

 

The Evil Within, out October 14th in North America, embodies the meaning of pure survival horror.Highly-crafted environments, horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story are combined to create an immersive world that will bring players to the height of tension. With limited resources at their disposal, players will fight for survival and experience profound fear in this perfect blend of horror and action.

 

Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley, who is no stranger to horror, having recently played Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, lends his voice to The Evil Within’s main antagonist, Ruvik.  Making his video game debut, Anson Mount, best known for his role as Cullen Bohannon in AMC’s Hell on Wheels, assumes the role of lead protagonist Sebastian Castellanos. Players assume the role of Sebastian, a veteran police detective, throughout the game in their terrifying struggle for survival.

 

Rounding out the cast is Jennifer Carpenter, well-known for her role as Debra Morgan in the hit Showtime series Dexter, who plays Juli Kidman, Sebastian’s Junior Detective partner. As part of recently announced Season Pass plans, players will be able to assume the role of Juli Kidman in post-launch content to experience The Evil Within from an entirely new perspective.

 

“One of the most crucial elements to any successful survival horror game is the setting and sound, which includes the depth and authenticity of the voice acting,” said Mikami. “We brought together a great cast of experienced actors to help ensure that players really believe our characters’ emotions and the tension they feel in every scene.”

 

In The Evil Within,Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners are called in to investigate a gruesome mass murder. After seeing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead. Facing unimaginable terror, and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel what’s behind this evil force.

 

Slated for release on October 14th in North America (October 16th in Australia and October 17th across Europe), The Evil Within is in development for the Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 3, and PC. For more details on The Evil Within please visit the official site at http://theevilwithin.com/.

 

The Evil Within has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.

 



 

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Plantronics 7.1 Rig Surround http://sknr.net/2014/08/26/plantronics-7-1-rig-surround/ http://sknr.net/2014/08/26/plantronics-7-1-rig-surround/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:00:13 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75538 In our line of work we test a lot of hardware products and get to evaluate their performance with games and movies as well as standard desktop applications. Many times companies give you a snazzy looking piece of hardware but far too often lacks in comfort, quality, or ease-of-use. I’m happy to say that in recent years we’ve had a fairly solid run of good fortune with our hardware reviews and that trend thankfully continues with the Plantronics 7.1 Rig Surrond.

The unit is lightweight and comfortable and offers7.1 surround sound in a USB gaming headset power by 40mm drivers. When playing a video game I prefer a headset that doesn’t require me to do much more than adjust the volume level as in game I want my focus to be on gameplay. As such it was a bit leery with the amp and audio mixer that the unit features which consists of a circular unit and a flip switch and dials. The flip switch toggles between computer and mobile devices and has a red cord that allows you to plug the device into your portable devices to enjoy your headset on the go. PC users. They connected via a USB port and unlike many headsets I’m happy to say that the cable offers more than adequate length she do not feel constricted at your desktop. Working to dials includes a mute switch and an option to handle phone calls as well as the master volume control and other mixing features that allow you to choose between improved voice clarity, bass and midrange boost, and more based with out the distortion.

For me I use the menu music with Call of Duty: Ghosts as well as some music videos in order to set what I consider to be an acceptable level and Max although I do have the option to adjust that as I see fit.

While some may look at this is micromanagement I prefer to accept it as getting a degree of customization that suits me and my needs and can adapt depending on what I’m listing to rather than essentially being told this is the level that you’re going to get if you want to make any changes adjust it in Windows or accept it.

The sound quality was solid but did not blow me away to the level that I had initially expected to. There are drivers available that are currently in the beta stage that will improve the performance and do greatly enhance your gameplay and enjoyment options.

While I found the headset be very durable and well constructed, I did find the fact that the microphone is fixed in place to be a bit offputting as I’m used to either a retractable mic or one that I can swivel up out of position one not needed. While some may say this is a minor detraction, I’m simply stating what I found based on my own personal preferences and use. The microphone is angled at a proper distance downward and away from my mouth that it does not interfere with my line of sight but still I do notice that it is there.

Setup was very easy and it comes with a one-year warranty so I do not expect users to have any issues with the device as it set up quickly and I was immediately able to use it for all of my desktop and gaming needs.

Priced at an attractive $99, the Rig Surround does offer a very solid and versatile option for users and the ability to switch between your PC and mobile device on-the-fly is a definite plus for the device. Aside from the driver and microphone issues I have to say that it is an impressive unit and therefore shows once again the Plantronics is making serious strides into the audio gaming market using the technology and expertise that made them a dominant force in the home and office medications department.

I expect with more drivers in the future, the sound quality will only improve which is very impressive considering it’s quite solid as it currently stands.

4 stars out of 5

 

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MotoGP 14 Trailer http://sknr.net/2014/08/25/motogp-14-trailer/ http://sknr.net/2014/08/25/motogp-14-trailer/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:37:02 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75531  

BANDAI NAMCO Games America and Milestone S.r.L have just released the teaser trailer for the upcoming motorcycle racing title MotoGP 14, which will be available at retailers in the Americas on November 4 for PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360, and available as a digital download on PS Vita and PC. Developed by Milestone s.r.l., one of the most recognized racing videogame developers and publishers, MotoGP14 will feature more than 100 available riders, all the official manufacturers, all racing classes and 18 tracks in a brand new racing chapter based on the Official MotoGP World Championship. The teaser trailer gives you a glimpse into the improvements in MotoGP 14 that make it the most refined entry in the series.

 

 

 

 



 

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Sleepy Hollow: Season 2 Preview: San Diego Comic Con 2014 http://sknr.net/2014/08/25/sleepy-hollow-season-2-preview-san-diego-comic-con-2014/ http://sknr.net/2014/08/25/sleepy-hollow-season-2-preview-san-diego-comic-con-2014/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:08:41 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75528 “Sleepy Hollow” Season 2 is still a little over a month away but fans should be very excited for what is to come. Revealed at the series panel at San Diego Comic Con last month, we know Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow will be longer with 5 more episodes than the original series. Yes, that’s 18 opportunites to be sigh over Tom Mison’s sexy British accent as he plays Ichabod Crane and  wonder about the chemistry between him and the feisty Abbie Mills, played beautifully by Nicole Beharie.

Fans can also expect to see other notable historical characters, so you may want to bone up on your history. But don’t get too caught up in true details! There’s lots of “twistory” coming, as one of the producers put it. Fans are going to see a lot of Benjamin Franklin, who has an uneasy relationship with Crane. Benedict Arnold will also make an appearance.

After doing a panel with the show producers and John Noble on Friday, Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Lyndie Greenwood, and Katia Winter returned to the con on Saturday to pose for pictures, field more questions and walk through the Sleepy Hollow exhibit at Petco Park’s Interactive Zone. The exhibit housed a 3D Oculus Rift experience that allowed fans to be part of a live action performance by Mison and “Headless”, shot on the “Sleepy Hollow” set with a 360 camera and integrated into a real-time virtual environment.

What I thoroughly enjoy about this cast is individually and as an ensemble, they do not take themselves too seriously. Any serious, thoughtful answers, inevitably ends with a funny anecdote or humorous observation. When Mison was asked how playing Ichabod Crane has been the hardest role he’s ever had to play, Mison explained, “Because there are lots of layers to him. The line between them is such a fine one. It would be very easy to go down the comedy route, or the very earnest route and it’s just finding a balance between them..and it’s finding the shift and the nuances…within that. That’s a challenge.” We also learned Crane learns to drive in Season 2, and Mison’s proudest moment to date was making a stunt coordinator squeal during filming.

Orlando Jones, who is very adept at making people laugh,sarcastically thanked the show’s writers for helping him avoid stereotypes when his character, Captain Frank Irving, ended up incarcerated at the end of Season 1. On an even less serious note, when asked to pick a side in the battle between Batman and Superman, Bloom argued it was a nearly impossible choice because “You have sex with Batman, but you marry Superman.”

With a beautiful cast that has great chemistry in spades as well as interesting storylines that give you a different take on history – and this time with more episodes – Sleepy Hollow fans have much to look forward to come September 22 when the show returns to Fox for Season 2. Until then, if you want to catch up on Season 1 and you didn’t DVR it, you’ll only find it on Hulu+, which acquired the exclusive streaming  rights to Season 1 episodes.

 

Images by Gareth and Genevieve.

 

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Table Top Racing for PS Vita http://sknr.net/2014/08/25/table_top_racing_for_ps_vita/ http://sknr.net/2014/08/25/table_top_racing_for_ps_vita/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:30:55 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75521 Do you remember Micro Machines? You know; those tiny cars that you collected as a kid. They also made several (successful) video games with the franchise. Whatever happened to them? Not really here to answer that question, but if you have been jonesing for the nostalgia of it all, look no further than Table Top Racing (“TTR”). It is very clear that there is a little Micro Machine influence in Playrise Digital’s PS Vita port from the mobile gaming field; but can it hold up?

Coming from part of the team that brough you PGR, Wipeout, Bang Bang Racing and others, pressure was mounted for a game that started as F2P mobile devices. If you ask me, the studio nailed it with TTR. Some might say it would take a while to really enjoy this game, but for me, I was addicted right out of the gate… or off the starting line as it were.

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Visually it is nice, with the mini vehicles racing around various crafted tracks in locations around the home. The tracks are clearly made up of things you would find around the house from board games to food. There is nothing super standout here, but it’s fun to see something different in a racer these days. The action in the game is fun, with clear influences from some of the more popular “kart-racing games” than from Micro Machines. I have seen complaints of the lack of speed feeling, or inertia, to the early races, but I see this as a way great way to adapt users to the game. As you progress through the game and unlock new vehicles, the speed and pace of the game does ramp up, though. As does the challenge to the races and events. The races become more about getting the lead and romping home. The AI in this game is beautifully crafted and presents a real challenge, even to some of the veteran racers out there.

There is a fair amount of offline content available, with a few championships to compete in, as well as various drift events, special events and the industry standard quick races. There is also online content as well, either by creating a LAN, or going global online. It is the online that the game is at its very best, though, as the racing becomes pretty intense. The lack of options besides a basic race is a bit disappointing, but it is still a blast.

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Despite the number of Championships being low, the balance is well crafted. The mixture of event types in each championship stops the progress through the game from becoming monotonous. Championships could include standard combat races (where all weapons are available), as well as pure races with power-ups disabled. Mixed in with these are various time trial, hot-lap and pursuit events. Winning at these events will eventually unlock more events and championships, with each event having a star rating system. So win a race and get three stars, finish third get 1, or meet the various time objectives. As you progress through the championships, getting three stars is far from easy. The AI can be quite brutal and will push you all the way, so learning the tracks and how best to use power-ups will be vital to your success. Whilst the various vehicles are easy to control, it isn’t simply a case of hold down accelerate and go, you do need to use the brake at points and work out the best path through each track to get the best possible times, or find the shortcuts to gain those all important positions.

There are also in-game purchases available, where you can buy coins that are used to upgrade your vehicles, wheels and paint jobs. The wheels are not just for show in this game either, they actually have use and abilities that become helpful in some of the combat races. If I had one gripe with the game, it had to do with the coin purchases. Now mind you, I didn’t purchase a coin pack, but rather was provided several from the studio. However, I could not get them to show up in the game. This may not be an issue with the title though, possibly just with my account, and it is something that I am still trying to work out with PSN to see why they were not attributed to my account.

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All that said, Table Top Racing isn’t a game that will rock most people’s world, but it isn’t a bad game either. I personally found it to be quite addictive, and very distracting on a 6-hour flight that I was recently on. Would I purchase this game? Definitely! I don’t believe I would purchase any coins in-game, though; I would naturally progress through the game and earn coins the normal way. But this definitely one to grab and play when you have some down time. The quickness of the game, and the fast loading times, make it ideal for quick commutes or Doctor Office waiting rooms.

4.5 stars out of 5

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PAX Prime 2014: Indie Game Preview http://sknr.net/2014/08/23/pax-prime-2014-indie-game-preview/ http://sknr.net/2014/08/23/pax-prime-2014-indie-game-preview/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:20:29 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75519 PAX 10 is a collection of 10 indie video games selected by a group of 50 industry experts. The 10 games are chosen to represent some of the best indie games in the market. Here are the lucky 10 that will be available for PAX Prime. If you aren’t able to make it to Seattle, most of these games are available to play for free or buy online.

Duet

Duet is an iOS game from Kumobius that combines arcade-style action with a beautifully styled soundtrack from somebody that I used to know aka Tim Sheil from Gotye.

The minimalist aesthetic looks great on a tablet or iPhone. The game has you navigating two spheres through a maze filled with obstacles. The developers have teased that a narrative does exist in the game, but it is unknown how the narrative will unfold or roll for that matter. Judging from gameplay, the narrative appears to present itself similar to REZ with text related to existential mumbo-jumbo. And like REZ, the music is phenomenal.

For more information visit http://www.duetgame.com/

Flickers
Remember blasting through those barrels in Donkey Kong Country on SNES and you just wanted it to last forever? If you felt that way, you’ll probably want to check out Flickers from DigiPen’s Neat Snake. Flickers is an abstract 2D platformer that will take you on a journey through a twilight world involving moving through the heart of dying flower to the Moon.
Try not to get too depressed about a dying flower and jump from hovering sparks called flickers. The developers said Flickers aims to create an emotional arc without telling a conventional story. A platformer involving jumping from dead plants to the Moon is a good start if you aim to tell a non-conventional story.
For more information visit http://games.digipen.edu/games/flickers#.U_f4VvldUhc

Framed

Developer Loveshack is bringing Framed to Mac, iOS and PC and as the title may lead you to assume, the game includes frames.
Framed allows you to rearrange comic-book style frames in order to alter a narrative in inventive ways. Whether the narrative involved someone getting framed or framing a picture or possibly just make life miserable for a man trapped inside a comic book is up to you.

For more information visit http://framed-game.com/

Life Goes On

Infinite Monkeys Entertainment is heading up Life Goes On, a comically morbid platformer tasking knights to use the dead bodies of other knights (and possibly their friends!) in order to solve puzzles.
You can impale dead bodies on spikes to create a bridge, freeze’em to make platforms and other sadistic solutions to a variety of puzzles. The only limit is your own sick and twisted imagination. The game is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

For more information visit http://www.lifegoesongame.com/

Mushroom 11

Fungus is no stranger to the platformer genre and developer Untame is only helping to prove fungus and bizarre plants should stay in platformers with Mushroom 11.
You will guide an amorphous organism across weird puzzles with odd creatures. The organism will do gross things like prune its cells to mold into new gross things to solve gross looking puzzles. Molding and detaching the organism from itself to alter physic puzzles all looks enjoyable and dirty. Look for Mushroom 11 on PC, Mac, Linux and handhelds.
For more information visit http://untame.com/mushroom11/

Nova-111

A turn-based action game that turns into a real-time action game in a world that is still based in turn-based action is the head turning premise of Nova-111 and it turns out that it looks pretty cool.

Funktronic Labs is offering a turn-based sci-fi adventure game for PC and Mac. The game offers a colorful art style, aliens, science, fiction and grids.

For more information visit http://nova111.com/

Poöf vs. the Cursed Kitty

Developer Arkedo Studio/Neko Ent. has one of the best titles for an indie game in PAX 10; Poöf vs. The Cursed.

As the developers state, Poöf has been tricked by accepting a golden laying kitten. But the precious kitty makes all the greedy monsters envious. Survive waves of monsters trying to steal your revenue. The game is a mix of cute animations, 2D tower defense, platforming and poo, lots and lots of poo. Check it out on PC.

For more information visit http://www.e-neko.com/?p=4517&lang=en

Skullduggery!

In Skullduggery! you’ll play a semi-organic autonomous skull, working as a collection agent for the IRS. Use the elasticity of your own brain; flick yourself, the skull, around the fortresses of the afterlife’s biggest deadbeats.

The offbeat game looks to offer plenty of laughs judging from the amount of bone puns the developers have in their game description #FunnyBones. It takes Angry Birds’ flick-and-shoot mechanic and turns it into a twisted physics puzzle game. The game is from developer Clutchplay Games and it is coming to iOS.

For more information visit http://clutchplaygames.com/cp/press-kit/skullduggery-press-kit/

Stikbold!

The second game in PAX 10 to feature an exclamation mark is Stikbold! from developer Reign Bros. coming to consoles and PCs.

Remember getting picked last in gym? Or, seeing the life drain from one’s face as they were picked last? This game aims to recreate that in a not-so-historically accurate dodge ball game set in the 1970. But, dodge ball games are a blast and the 70s were OK I hear, so this game can’t be all bad. The blocky graphic-style brings Stikbold! a Katamari Damacy-like charm and each dodge ball stage has its own set of random events and obstacles to challenge you.

For more information visit http://www.stikbold.com/

The Counting Kingdom

A math tower defense game? Boring!? Well, perhaps not for those who sit down and play Little Worlds Interactive PC game, The Counting Kingdom.

According to the developers, The Counting Kingdom is an award-winning game about monsters, magic and math. Defend the realm in this tactical math puzzler featuring tower defense gameplay and a colorful cast of characters. Numbers and magic might not be such a bad combination after all.

For more information visit http://www.countingkingdomgame.com/

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First Look At Keanu Reeves As John Wick http://sknr.net/2014/08/22/first-look-at-keanu-reeves-as-john-wick/ http://sknr.net/2014/08/22/first-look-at-keanu-reeves-as-john-wick/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:24:35 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75511 An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre”.

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