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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scary Moments in not so Scary Games

In gaming, we have many series that cover that all year round, with jump scares, zombies or just terrifying moments. This list will cover all the traditional ‘scary’ moments in gaming, however, it will be through those we didn’t expect us to jump out our seats. Let’s all take the time to remember all those moments that make us shriek in fear with the ten games with the scariest moments, in not so scary games.

10 – The Sorrow – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

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We start off this list with more of a psychological thriller than horror. Facing off The Sorrow in Metal Gear Solid 3 will test the players and Snake to their fullest. The Sorrow will send well… moments of sorrow to attack what is presumed to be a dead Solid Snake. It’s one of those moments we truly asked what is really going on in a Metal Gear Solid game… which seems odd to say because the whole game is full of what the heck moments.

9 – Cutting your Finger Off – Heavy Rain

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Heavy Rain was all about tackling a series of hard tasks and decisions that may be a difficult pill to swallow, but none were as awful than the moment you were forced to chop off your own finger in a moment that would make Billy from Saw proud. The act is only made worse because you aren’t just forced to watch a quick cutscene, but you are the one committing the act of self-mutilation making for one of the most shocking moments throughout Heavy Rain.

8 – Wampa’s – Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

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The horror of my childhood, the Wampas in Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire scared me away from the game for almost a decade later. Funny story, my godparents bought me this gift for Christmas and I went to show my mom the rating asking if it is still OK to play the game? She said no because it is rated T for teen and being a six-year-old kid, I shouldn’t be playing games for an older audience. Also being a six-year-old kid, I didn’t listen to my mother and had been horrified of the abnormal Wampas on the Hoth base and their howls. The funny part of this story, it is one of my favorite games playing when I got to be at an appropriate age to play it.

7 – The Flood – Halo: Combat Evolved

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The Halo series is known for its action-packed pacing to fend off against bright and colorful alien races that are part of the Covenant. Now enters the Flood, fungus-like creatures with beady black eyes with tendrils and spores sprouting out of them. My first playthrough of Halo: Combat Evolve was at a friends house way back when the original Xbox was the only Xbox, needless to say, this scared both of our young selfs halves to death and I am sure it did the same for many gamers out there.

6 – The Deathclaws – Fallout Series

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Think of a monster that can tear you to shreds in one fell swoop, you would probably start thinking of the Deathclaws from the Fallout series. Sure this series has its eery moments, but nothing comes close to how horrible the sight of one of these massive creatures and it only gets worse when you are spotted by one. It’s usually best to try and avoid them early on, but it’s also a truly satisfying moment to be able to take one down if you have the heart to face one head on.

5 – Baby Bowser – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

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When you think of Yoshi’s Island you think of all the adorable moments and it’s kid-friendly world that was taking straight out of a bedtime story… Until you reach Baby Bowser. After stomping him a few times, Kamek creates a true nightmare and a horrifying moment for young gamers everywhere. The once colorful silhouette turns dark with Baby Bowser chasing you from the peerless night and an ever more stressful sense of fear overtakes you. Who knew that such an adorable game can become so terrifying?

4 – Ganon – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Ganon takes the list over all the creepy crawlers and ReDeads from Ocarina of Time because we already know what to expect from the minor enemies. With Ganon, it’s unexpected, you just defeated Ganondorf in a battle of wills, and escaped from a falling tower that was once Hyrule Castle, but from the rubble comes Ganondorf, with glowing eyes and hate in his soul. Lightning crashes from the pitch black skies, a ring of fire envelop around you and Ganondorf transform into a monstrous form of his former human self in Ganon, painting one of the gaming’s most iconic fights, but also one of the most terrifying ones as well.

3 – Unagi the Eel – Super Mario 64

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The bane of many players growing up with Super Mario 64. Unagi the Eel was an enormous eel that was only made scarier for the Nintendo 64’s limitation with 3D graphics and the art style that the game was going for. Its blood red skin, its terrifying teeth, and buggy eyes were more than enough to scare many players from the screen and never go swimming in lakes. Maybe that’s just me, but there’s no denying how ungodly Unagi the Eel was the first time we laid eyes on it.

2 – Deviljho – Monster Hunter Series

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Short Horror Story Scenario: You are playing Monster Hunter with a few friends. You finally get to the higher level quests and have to hunt down a Qurupeco. Once engaging it, it lets out a howling sound, nobody makes anything of it until the music changes to the tone of impending doom and you turn around and a T-rex like monster with red pulsing veins and a hungry for hunters is right behind you. Meet the Deviljho, a creature so large it eats everything in its path and only the best hunters dare to take it on. If you don’t soil your armor first.

1 – The Fel Reaver – World of Warcraft:The Burning Crusade

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The Fel Reaver has taunted ten’s of millions of players over the years in The Burning Crusade. Heroes and heroines, old and new ventured through the Dark Portal to reach Hellfire Peninsula and venture through what remains of Outland. While doing the routine quests in this new zone, you see the screen start to shake and it shakes harder and harder until a mechanical howl comes from behind and the terror of all of the TBC players is right behind you. World of Warcraft is known for its creepy moments, but this was one of the few that caught all players with their pants down and make them shiver in fear and tops the lists of horrors on this top ten.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Switch launch causes big porn site traffic drops


The Nintendo Switch surely has brought great success to Nintendo and gained the hearts of gamers, but not everyone is happy about the new console release. There’s an unexpected loser in this situation – porn sites! According to YouPorn stats, on the weekend Nintendo Switch was launch, there was a significant traffic decline on the site.

As YouPorn tracks anonymized data from its visitors in order to get a clear idea what events have effect on their traffic, it’s not hard to draw conclusions. Normally, TV series finales, movie premieres and holidays have this effect, and now, they observed the same type of traffic decline and connected it to the release of Nintendo Switch.

On Friday March 3, traffic saw a 15% drop from normal, with a 17% drop on a following Saturday, and a 13% drop on the Sunday of the launch weekend, which, according to YouPorn, is the lowest numbers the site had in the past 30 days.

To drive the point home (and also add something funny to discuss), YouPorn reports that even the people who looked for porn during the Nintendo Switch release were searching for The Legend of Zelda porn: searches for Zelda were up 102% while searches for Link were up 164% during the weekend.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hidden secrets in Disney movies

Disney animated movies always had an abundance of inside jokes and Easter eggs. Some of these “secrets” were the material of fan theories for years. Here’s a few of them that you may have missed…

Aladdin


In 1992’s Aladdin, there’s a character at the beginning  whom you never see again after he introduces the story to the audience: it’s a short, wacky-looking peddler. For years, the fans have theorized that this peddler is actually the Genie (after he’s been set free), as the two characters share some features. But beside both of them having four fingers on their hands and same curly beard, perhaps the strongest evidence is that both characters are voiced by Robin Williams. This fan theory was confirmed in 2015 by the co-directors of Aladdin, Ron Clements and John Musker, so that’s one instance where a fan theory turned out to be true.

The Lion King


There’s an interesting trivia about 1994’s The Lion King. Two of its voice actors already worked together in similar roles before the Disney movie. Namely, James Earl Jones, who provided the voice for Simba’s father Mufasa, and Madge Sinclair, who voiced Simba’s mother, Sarabi. The two have played a royal couple in the 1988 movie starring Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem, Coming to America – Jones played the role of King Jaffe Joffer, and Sinclair was his wife, Queen Aoleon. Obviously, Jones and Sinclair make a perfect royal match.

Hercules


One of the many Disney references that are easy to miss comes on in 1997’s Hercules. While Meg sings “I Won’t Say I’m In Love”, the singing Muses quintet at one point transform into five stone busts, arranged like Grim Grinning Ghosts – the five stone busts from Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride.
Also in Hercules, we’re treated to an unexpected cameo by another movie character. During “Zero to Hero”, we see Hercules overcoming some of his legendary tasks, among others, killing the Nemean lion, a fearsome beast that no man could slay. But if the Nemean lion looks familiar, he should – that’s Scar, the villain from The Lion King. Too bad Mufasa never hired Hercules.

Big Hero 6


A lot of Disney fans may be unaware of the fact that Big Hero 6, a movie made in 2014, featured Marvel Comics characters. The origins of Big Hero 6 are in a comic book that debuted back in 1998, but the most interesting thing about this is that there’s a cameo featuring Stan Lee in Big Hero 6, during the movie’s post-credits scene. For those who aren’t huge Marvel fans, Lee is the co-creator of Iron Man, the Hulk, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four, among others, and has been in almost every Marvel movie since 2000 and X-Men.

Wreck-it Ralph


In 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, there’s an abundance of video game characters and references. Obviously, appearances of Sonic the Hedgehog, King Koopa and Zangief are hard to miss, but there are also references that are hidden better. During the scene where Sgt. Calhoun and Fix-It Felix are preparing to enter Sugar Rush, you can see the graffiti written on the walls have various inside-jokes from games. There’s a tag saying “Sheng Long was here”, which is a reference to Street Fighter II, then “Aeirth Lives”, which, of course, references Final Fantasy VII, and also, there’s the inevitable “All your base are belong to us.”

The reference that stands out the most in Wreck-It Ralph is certainly the one when King Candy wants to hack Sugar Rush’s code. Entering the vault, he looks at the napkin he pulled out that contains these instructions: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start. Anyone who played Nintendo games during the ‘80s will probably know what this is: the “Konami Code,” a sequence of commands that appeared first in 1986 in NES games Contra and Gradius, used to get extra lives and power-ups. The Konami Code later found its way into many games and earned almost a mythical status among fans.

Disney AND Pixar favorite


You might have noticed the appearance of a combination of letters and numbers, A113, in many Disney movies (and all of Pixar’s). To name a few: Meet the Robinsons, The Brave Little Toaster, Lilo and Stich, The Princess and the Frog. The reason is that A113 is the classroom number at the California Institute of Arts, a place where many of the Disney and Pixar animators started out. First-year graphic design and character animation class was held in the classroom A113, and the code also appears in some episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sex, drugs and music stimulate the same part of the brain


The old adage “sex, drugs and rock’n’roll” apparently has never been more true. Scientists have discovered a reason why these three things go so well (and so often) together.

The same part of our brain that produces feelings of pleasure after having sex, taking recreational drugs or eating nice food also produces the same feelings when we listen to music we like.

The theory was also tested – scientists have blocked the natural opioid substances that our brain produces when we’re enjoying ourselves, and the test subjects, seventeen of them, were played music afterwards to see the effects.

Dr Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Canada as well as a musician and record producer, said: “The impressions our participants shared with us after the experiment were fascinating.

“One said: ‘I know this is my favourite song but it doesn’t feel like it usually does’.

“Another admitted: ‘It sounds pretty, but it’s not doing anything for me’.”

He added that this was the first time it had been shown conclusively that opioids in the brain were “directly involved in musical pleasure”.

Activities that stimulate this chemical system in the brain, such as drinking alcohol, having sex, gambling and taking drugs can lead to damaging addictive behavior. Understanding the processes involved in this could possibly lead to new ways in treating addictions, which is why this research is very important.

The researchers found that music influenced the emotions of humans so strongly that it makes it probable humans have evolved to like music over a long period of time.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Eric Clapton Doc to Be Directed by Oscar-Winner Lili Fini Zanuck


The documentary feature “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars” is going to be directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, the Oscar-winning producer most well known for “Driving Miss Daisy.”
On this project Zanuck will work with producer John Battsek, who also won an Oscar, for “Searching for Sugar Man” and “One Day in September.”

U.K. rights have been taken by Altitude Film Distribution, while Altitude Film Sales will handle international sales. We can expect first footage to be unveiled at Berlin’s European Film Market.

The “emotional spine of the film” will be Clapton’s personal life, according to Zanuck. And that is quite a journey to go through, starting with Clapton’s traumatic childhood, dealing with his musical career and the burden of success, and also with the death of his son in 1991 and domestic happiness a decade later.

“It is indeed a melancholic victory lap, full of nostalgic myth, but always musically potent, always looking to the future,” Zanuck said. “Despite the fact that his path is strewn with tragedies, addiction and loss, he never fails to regain his bearings and continue to serve what he holds dearest: his music.”

Battsek said: “We have unique access to Clapton’s extensive personal archive of classic performance clips, on- and off-stage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings and personal diary entries — elements with the power to transport audiences to each era, from obsessive student, to peer, to transcendent figure in musical history and one of the greatest guitarists of all time.”

Chris King will be the editor on the project, most well known for winning a BAFTA for “Senna” and working on “Exit Through the Gift Shop” and “Amy”. Both of these won American Cinema Editors’ EDDIE awards.