Skewed 'n Reviewed Movie News and Reviews 2014-09-17T18:18:40Z http://sknr.net/feed/atom/ gareth <![CDATA[Talking SEED: Blood Valley With Marcel Walz]]> http://sknr.net/?p=75747 2014-09-17T18:18:40Z 2014-09-17T13:00:46Z Marcel Walz’s Seed sequel Blood Valley : Seed’s Revenge finally makes it to US shores next month. We spoke to the talented filmmaker about stepping in for Uwe Boll on the fright flick. How did you get the gig? The idea of Seed 2 came to me during a vacation in the USA and I wrote together what came to my mind. Thereafter, I talked to Uwe about my ideas, and as Uwe and I already knew each other for a couple of years, he agreed to my suggestion of making the sequel to his movie and directing it. What was it that won you job? What impressed Uwe Boll? As mentioned above, Uwe and I knew each other for a couple of years and when I came to him with my ideas about SEED 2 he was really impressed, shooting in the Nevada desert was the perfect location for this story and he knew that the cast we chose was perfect. How much say did you get in casting? Mid 2012 when we started with the script for Seed 2, I already had some actors in my mind, like Caroline Williams and Christa Campbell. The producers and I discussed about what their opinion were and we all together definitely found a great cast. Did Uwe have much input into the film or did he let you do your thing? When the script was finished in the end of 2012, Uwe and I went through it and discussed what would be best for the movie. But Uwe just gave ideas and he had great ones, but in the end it was my decision how the movie and the story went. The film has been getting a lot of press, how important a marketing tool is the internet with a film like this? Marketing and press is always important for any kind of production, how will people get to know your movie otherwise? Plau, as the internet is the easiest way to communicate and of course the fastest, millions of people are just a “click” away. The film is being released on all mediums; what is your opinion of VOD vs DVD – do you believe online streaming is the way of the future? VOD is definitely the future of movies, of course there is still a market for DVD, because presently, most people still want to have the DVD with it’s cover at home. But VOD is the easiest way of getting a movie to your TV at home without leaving it. It’s like online shopping but without waiting to get it delivered. Any talk of a Seed 3, yet? Of course we are thinking and talking of Seed 3. Presently, we already have an idea of how to continue with the story, but it is too early to talk about it right now, as SEED 2 has just been released

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gareth <![CDATA[Logitech Reveals The G910 Orion Spark Keyboard]]> http://sknr.net/?p=75740 2014-09-17T04:43:31Z 2014-09-17T08:00:58Z I got some hands on time with this at PAX Prime. Impressive is an understatement.

Logitech G910 Orion Spark Features Exclusive New Romer-G Mechanical Switches, Intelligent RGB Illumination and Arx Control Integration

NEWARK, Calif. — September 17, 2014 — Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI), a leading innovator of gaming peripherals, today announced the Logitech® G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard. The keyboard features Logitech’s exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches, offering 25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, improved durability and intelligent Illumination.

“This keyboard is the culmination of years of ongoing development by our engineering team, incorporating feedback from gamers and eSports athletes to develop a next-generation mechanical key,” said Vincent Tucker, director of Logitech gaming. “Our team was charged with developing a keyboard that truly improves the gaming experience, and Orion Spark delivers.”

Orion Spark combines lightning speed responsiveness, improved accuracy with superior RGB illumination in a performance-driven design.

“My players love the new switches,” said Andy Dinh, owner of Team Solomid. “They are so excited about them, that the whole team is using them in the League of Legends World Championship.”
Fast, Responsive, Durable: Romer-G Mechanical Switches.
Orion Spark features exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches, which can’t be found on any other keyboard. With an actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches. Improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, up to 40 percent longer than others on the market, also allows this keyboard to weather the wear and tear of intense gaming.

G910 Orion Spark

Intelligent RGB Illumination
The lighting in every key of Orion Spark can be individually customized from a palette of 16.8 million colors. You can mark keys by color to keep track of spells and other commands, change colors to match your setup, or set lighting by game. The lighting is centrally located within each switch and is directed by precision optics, to ensure that the lettering on each key is evenly illuminated.
Arx Control Integration.
Spark features a pullout tray that supports most iOS® and Android™ devices, providing easy access to Arx Control data.
Nine Programmable Buttons.
Arx Control is a new app from Logitech G that works with LGS to enable delivery of a wide range of information on your mobile device including anything from in-game intelligence, to vital system performance stats, to media controls. Using our Arx Control SDK game developers can even create customized applets to deliver content unique to their game. Major developers like Valve have been given early copies and are exploring possible integrations for Steam and for their popular games. Orion

You can also customize your favorite game by assigning game controls and macros to the nine individually programmable G-keys, for quick and easy access to complex commands. Orion Spark supports up to 27 commands across three profiles for maximum convenience, and setup is easy using Logitech Gaming Software.

Pricing and Availability

Orion Spark is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in November 2014, for a suggested retail price of $179.99. For more information please visit gaming.logitech.com or

Product Page

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gareth <![CDATA[See Futurama’s Bender In The New Film SHOOT]]> http://sknr.net/?p=75750 2014-09-17T05:24:24Z 2014-09-17T05:24:24Z

Starring John DiMaggio (Futurama, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles),  Keith Allan (Z
Nation, Mad Men), Doug Spearman (Cradle 2 The Grave),  and Toby Poser (The Lucky
Ones).

Wonder Wheel Productions have released the trailer for their upcoming feature The
Shoot.

Written  and directed by John Adams and Toby Poser, the film is a dark, sometimes
funny comment on American dreams and nightmares in the rock and roll and fashion
industries. In the pic, a fashion shoot in the desert goes horribly wrong when two
hard up rockers try their luck at robbing it.

The film stars, among others, Futurama’s John DiMaggio (‘Bender’).
Coming to cinemas later this year.

 

 

 

 

 

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gareth <![CDATA[AUG 2014 Skewedcast]]> http://sknr.net/?p=75727 2014-09-15T21:05:08Z 2014-09-15T21:05:08Z Our Aug 2014 Skewedcast was delayed due to PAX Prime 2014 and a Bug but we have a look at hot new DVDs, Hardware, Books, Graphic Novels, and oh yeah, some contests.

Brick Mansion, Need For Speed, and more on DVD, as well as hot Hardware from PNY and Polaroid are just a few treats.

 

 

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Neil Jordan <![CDATA[Distance: PAX Prime 2014 Screens]]> http://sknr.net/?p=75724 2014-09-15T19:36:06Z 2014-09-15T19:26:13Z If racing action in a futuristic setting is your passion, check out the following screens.

 

 

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Neil Jordan <![CDATA[Minimum: PAX Prime Images]]> http://sknr.net/?p=75721 2014-09-15T19:36:22Z 2014-09-15T18:28:47Z It is an interest new game from Atari that caught people’s attention at PAX Prime 2014.

Here are a few images of what players can look forward to.

 

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gareth <![CDATA[Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition]]> http://sknr.net/?p=75719 2014-09-14T21:31:17Z 2014-09-15T07:06:00Z When I first learned that Dead Rising 3 would be coming to PC in an
Apocalypse edition, I was thrilled. I have not been one eager to jump on
the Xbox One bandwagon and prefer to play my games on PC.
Having enjoyed the first two games in the series, I eagerly loaded up the
game and jumped into a casual co-op game where a fellow gamer and I worked
our way through levels teaming with hordes of the undead.
Like the other games in the series, I was able to use various vehicles to
run down and force my way through the hordes and of course, anything on
the very big and detailed maps can become a weapon, while there are guns,
grenades, swords, and traditional weapons, players will also find teddy
bears, hubcaps, laptops, bricks, and countless other goodies to ward off
being the main course at a Zombie Buffet.
Players will also be able to gather items and plans so they can easily
craft weapons such as a combination power saw and sledgehammer which makes
short work of all those in your path.
Like the previous games, missions are assigned and cut scenes are used to
move the story along as players often have to locate and return various
items for characters so they will do something for you in return that
allows you to advance.
Having played both in solo mode and with a flesh and blood player, I can
tell you that I greatly prefer having another player on hand as they can
help you fight, navigate, and survive, which is key as there is not always
a helpful amount of food or drink around to help you replenish lost
health.
Since players can only manage a few weapons at a time in their inventory
and Items do destruct after a certain amount of use, being on the lookout
for the next weapon is key as I have been in extended fights when my
options ran dry and I was forced to run.
Graphically the game is solid but not what I would call cutting edge. My
biggest issue with the game was that due to the huge and frequent hordes,
there were times when I lagged almost to a standstill which was not
something that helped enhance my enjoyment of the game.
That being said, the variety of gameplay and the story of the game that
clearly let you know the clock was ticking on your window for survival
really added a sense of urgency to the game.
I enjoyed the free form variety of the game such as taking a muscle car
and executing a flip off of a ramp into a wall of fire to take down a
Zombie that was clinging to the car. Some would call this overkill, but
that is simply how I roll.
From multiple game modes to plenty of in game options, Dead Rising 3 is
tons of fun, now if only they could do something about the in game lag, we
would really have a winner, as it is now, it is a good game that could
have been great on PC.
3.5 stars out of 5.

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gareth <![CDATA[Best Games Of PAX Prime 2014]]> http://sknr.net/?p=75715 2014-09-14T20:06:22Z 2014-09-14T20:02:06Z While covering PAX Prime 2014 we were given the chance to see a wide
assortment of games from publishers large and small. Some were close to
being released and others had only recently begun their production cycle.
As such, we have comprised a list of the best games of the show based on
visual appeal, originality, and overall fun to play.
The games are listed in alphabetical order as I at times find it difficult
to crown one game a winner over another when you are playing unfinished
code, and the final games, can and do differ when release dates roll
around.
Alien Isolation
Sega

This game really impressed me at E3 and subsequent experiences at Comic
Con and PAX Prime have done nothing but increase my excitement for this
survival horror game set in the Alien universe.

Battlecry
Bethesda

A team based game from a third person perspective that offers the twist of
being in a land where gunpowder was never discovered. Fast paced and at
times brutal, players fight one another to control strategic locales with
a variety of characters with different weapons and abilities.

Bloodborne
Sony

This creepy atmospheric game is part God of War and Part Dark Souls but is
so much fun to play. Although only given a taste of the final game, the
mix of cutting edge graphics, blood spattering weapons, and fast paced
moves makes this one to watch.

Borderlands: The Pre Sequel
2K

Take the fun of the Borderlands series and add in low gravity lunar
combat, oxygen resources, and a new batch of eccentric and at times,
homicidal enemies and playable characters and you have the makings of a
winning combination.

The Evil Within
Bethesda

Creepy, atmospheric, and disturbing, this game has all the parts to be a
massive hit. The promise of future DLC that lets players experience the
game from the perspective of other characters only ads to the intrigue.

EVOLVE
2K

This game keeps looking better and better. Even though my time as the
monster glitched out a few times allowing my wife and others to hunt me
down, the 5 player game of four unique hunters stalking an ultimate
killing machine is impressive in every detail and so much fun.

Far Cry 4
Ubisoft

Highly detailed maps, tons of weapons, wild animals, and a mini copter to
fire death on your enemies from above is what this game offers and more.
There is also the matter of being able to climb mountains, take over
vehicles, and co-op play.

Heroes of the Storm
Blizzard

We have been following this one since we first learned of it two Blizzcons
ago. It looked great then it looks and plays amazing now. With tons of
characters from Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft at your disposal and tons
of mission options in gloriously HD maps, this is a fan’s dream brought to
life.

Shadow of Mordor
Warner Bros/Monolith

Set in the Lord of the Rings universe, fans play as a Ranger with an
impressive set of skills as you complete quests and eliminate various Orc
Warlords. With the ability to charm enemies and animals and a hierarchy
system that keeps the enemies from being generic fodder, this eye popping
action game is one to watch.

The Order: 1886
Sony

While I wonder how much of the final game is play and how much is
cinematic and rail driven, the graphics and concept for this game made it
very appealing. Action and a Steampunk style setting combine to give
gamers a title to watch.

Until Dawn
Sony

This was a very nice surprise at the show. A combination horror and
mystery game where players use their control to manipulate objects and
search for clues. There were some very jump inducing moments for some
during the demo and the graphics really made this one stand out.

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gareth <![CDATA[Call of Duty: Ghosts: Nemesis DLC 4 Map Gameplay Video]]> http://sknr.net/?p=75712 2014-09-12T02:07:05Z 2014-09-12T02:07:05Z The final Map Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts is out on PC and Playstation and Nemesis packs lots of action as well as the finale to the Extinction saga.

The gameplay video below was taken from my first time playing the maps and I had to lower the resolution to get a video file that was easy to upload.  I hope you enjoy it.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

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Genevieve Mc Bride <![CDATA[Bethesda Booth Images: PAX Prime 2014]]> http://sknr.net/?p=75709 2014-09-11T15:46:34Z 2014-09-11T15:41:19Z With the Elder Scrolls Online out, attention turns to their pending games The Evil Within, Battlecry, and something called Doom. Here are some images from the booth.

 

Images By Gareth Von Kallenbach, Neil Jordan, and Genevieve Mc Bride

 

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