Sunday, June 28, 2020

Extraction African Version

This brilliant remake of Chris Hemsworth’s Extraction trailer is a hit on the internet

A remake of Chris Hemsworth-starrer Extraction by a group of boys from Nigeria is a hit on the internet with millions viewing it. Recreating the trailer perfectly, The Ikorodu Bois’ stunning ‘low budget’ representation is being applauded by the original makers of the trailer as well.

The boys, who describe themselves as “your favorite mimickers,” recreated every scene using household items. From using toy cars to shoot an epic chase to using an empty cold drink can atop a toy rifle, there are plenty of unique methods used.

Hemsworth shared the video on Instagram and it had over six million views in less than six hours. Praising the group for their efforts, Hemsworth wrote: “Huge shout out to these amazing young filmmakers @ikorodu_bois for recreating @extraction trailer shot for shot! I think your version might be better than the original!!”

 


The actor wasn’t the only one blown away. Netflix also retweeted the video on Twitter saying it was “most epic”. The Russo Brothers, the producers of the film, promised to invite the young filmmakers to the film’s premiere — something the young filmmakers said would be a dream come true.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Sony PS5 The Future of Gaming reveal; My thoughts and Impressions

So I've watched the Sony PS5 The Future of Gaming reveal 3 times now.
25 titles shown spanning a wide spectrum of genre's and target audiences. The overall presentation was polished and well produced, but it felt too well designed...I miss the days of Jack Tretton honestly.
25 games shown is impressive but how many really grabbed my attention?
I'm gonna simply list the titles in the order shown with a brief comment next to each with my initial impression.
1. Spiderman: Miles Morales- looks great
2. Gran Turismo 7-Gorgeous (but they always have been)
3. Jak and Daxter Rift Apart- perfect for kids my son's age
4. Project Athia - Gorgeous...probably FFXVI
5. Stray - This looks new and interesting! Another Annapurna title....
6. Returnural - Reminds me of Dead Space.
7. Sackboy - Meh
8. Destruction All Stars - Rocket League + Destruction Derby + Twisted Metal...no thanks.
9. Kena: Bridge of Spirits - Visually stunning, good VO work...reminds me of Okami.
10. Goodbye Volcano High - Who the fuck asked for this!? Excuse me while I wipe the vomit from my lips.
11. Oddworld Soulstorm - I never played an Oddworld game, I'm sure they're fun, and their are gamers eager to get this latest iteration.
12. Ghostwire Tokyo - Battling demons and Slenderman using Jutsu jestures in Tokyo seems pretty cool... 
13. Jett: The Far Shore - reminds me of No Mans Sky...fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
14. Godfall - Meh GoW clone..
15. Solar Ash - Annapurna has some great alternate type games in their portfolio I've truly enjoyed...Journey, What remains of Edith Finch and upcoming titles like this and Stray.
16. Hitman III - Never got into this franchise....gimme a Golgo 13 rebbot from the NES days!
17. Astro's Playroom - should come with the console....
18. Little Devil Inside - the trailer made me chuckle  
19. NBA 2K21 - I miss NBA Street...
20.Bugsnax - no thankyou
21. Demon's Souls - Shuhei Yoshida introduced this one, kinda like he was saying "ok now on to the real games you've been waiting for".
22. Death Loop - Absolutely LOVED this trailer! From the retro cinema/ Shaft style and the Bioshock feel of the gameplay!
23. REVIII - At first I had no idea, but my eagle eyes caught the millisecond glimpse of that logo and I knew instantly! Looks great! Fingers crossed.
24. Pragmata - Absolutely yes please take my money! 
25. Horizon II Forbidden West - This game more than any other shown gives a look at true next gen graphics potential! Holy shit that was insane looking!

Now here's what I was hoping Sony was also going to show,


It's clear from this graphic From Mark Cerny's presentation a couple months back that PS5 is BC with more than just the PS4...why else is the backdrop designed that way? I could easily fit PS3 under PS4 legacy mode AND PS2 and PS1 in the bottom left section!

Now as far as the console's design...
I like it! It's fresh, stylish, bold...it's clearly a Video Game console, but doesn't look like a kids play toy and it can't be confused for a computer peripheral. As for the announcement of 2 sku's....the rumors were sorta correct. At the start of the current gen I was all about physical media...I'm 47 years old...I've always known media on vinyl or cassett or cartridge or VHS or disk....funny it was this generation where I have only 5 games on disk, and 75 games on my 8 TB external HD! I think the shift to all digital media will happen during this upcoming generation....I'm torn! I'll most likely get the one with the drive...still like my movies on disk, even though I have D+, Netflix and Hulu. 

So the only remaining question is how much will we be shellin out, and I completely why Sony's playing this one close to the chest...Both M$ and Sony don't want to show their hand first!  


Friday, May 22, 2020

TENET - NEW TRAILER

“John David Washington is the new protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle Tenet. Armed with only one word – Tenet – and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel. Inversion.”










Release dateJuly 17, 2020 (USA)

Monday, May 18, 2020

Unreal Engine 5 Feature Highlights | Next-Gen Real-Time Demo Running on PlayStation 5

Unreal Engine 5 includes unprecedented developments in real-time computer graphics. With the new Nanite virtualized micropolygon technology, artists can create visuals without concern for polycounts. And with Lumen, they can achieve unparalleled realism with fully dynamic global illumination.

 https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/blog/a-first-look-at-unreal-engine-5 






Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Unreal Engine 5 Tech Demo presented by Epic Games on a PS5

Next Gen is right around the corner and even though we haven't seen the PS5 console thanks to this tech demo we see and hear what PS5 games can achieve!
I suggest watching the video with no sound the first time so you don't hear what the presenters say about Nanite and Lumin engines...
Then re-watch it with the sound on to hear about the Nanite and Lumin engines abilities! it really floored me when I heard how many polygons are not only in 1 frame of the demo but in the entire demo!
And from what I heard in this demo along with what Mark Cerny talked about in the last "Road to PS5" presentation I'm gonna need to upgrade my Home Theater!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Clone Wars S7E12 Victory and Death

The finale picks up immediately where Shattered left off and the chaos is relentless all the way through to the end. Rex and Ahsoka fight off wave after wave of clone troopers as Maul wreaks havok on his way to the engine room, There he uses all his anger and hatred he can muster and rends both hyper drive units thus dooming all onboard. I'll admit he seemed noticably more powerful than ever in this scene, but I suspended my disbelief by chalking it up to his desperation not to be brought back anywhere near Darth Sidious.
As the ship drifts into the gravitational pull of a nearby moon Rex and Ahsoka find their path to the one operational shuttle cut off by Commander Jesse and a sea of troopers. Maul capitalizes on the opportunity and races to take it.
And this is the last time we see Maul till Ezra finds him on Malachor.
This episode is strictly Ahsoka and Rex's story, there is no interlacing with Revenge of the Sith...we all know what's going taking place elsewhere in the Galaxy.
Suffice to say  Ahsoka and Rex survive the plummeting Republic Cruiser, the final ten minutes there isn't one word of dialog which exemplifies the melancholy atmosphere. 
The final scene was beautiful in it's simplicity, yet it is left wide open to interpretation to the viewer. Who do we see holding Ahsoka's lightsaber? Darth Vader or Anakin Skywalker? What is he thinking about when he ignites the lightsaber? Anger? Regret? Sadness?

 Now to re watch Star Wars Rebels! 

Friday, May 1, 2020

The Clone Wars S7E11 Shattered

We all know what's about to go down in this episode yet the tension was so palpable! The dirge-like music was perfect!  For me the most fascinating thing in the episode was the comment from Bo Katan to Ahsoka regarding the containment unit Maul was locked in,

"A relic from a bygone era when Mandolorians had to imprison you force wielding maniacs"

This episode could've gone by the numbers but Filoni added one little conversation between Ahsoka and  Bo Katan regarding the containment unit Maul was put in that opened up a whole new avenue to the Jedi/Mandolorian War from the Old Republic! This one conversation can now open up pathways to shows regarding Tarre Visla and the Jedi/Mando War from ages past!
The conversation between Ahsoka and Rex was made more emotional because we all knew what was about to go down, the visual cues were subtle but they were all around, when Ahsoka and Rex walked onto the bridge of the Republic Cruiser it absolutely felt OT with the officers in the bridge pits, and the hallways and detention cell Maul was put in felt so similar to Leia's in ANH!
Even with my knowledge from Star Wars Rebels I was still on edge throughout the episode with Ahsoka fighting off the Clones sudden attack.
Hearing the audio from RotS overlaid when Ahsoka is standing on the bridge when they make the jump had such emotional impact, and reminded me of Yoda's reaction on Kashyyyk when he felt the numerous Jedi falling after Sidious executed order 66.
Now on to my boy Maul, I absolutely loved watching Maul pulling a Vader even though it's actually the other way around...



Sadly the show will truly end next Monday May the 4th.
So with that I wish all of you an early May the 4th be with you!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Travis Scott Astronomical Concert in Fortnite 4-23-20

The Travis Scott Astronomical concert kicked off in Fortnight last night and my son and his friends attended and it was unlike anything I ever experienced in a video game before! It was definitely something cool in this time of social distancing and home schooling and working from home.
My wife who hates video games and doesn't care for rap really enjoyed the Astronomical Concert event.

The Clone Wars....Season 7 finally begins! Episode 10 The Phantom Apprentice was simply incredible!!!

Knowledge is power, and it's also a heavy burden!
Thank you Dave Filoni and the team for resuscitating one of the greatest characters born in the PT and truly making him one of the most fascinating characters in the entire Star Wars Saga!
Here is a man who was propped up to believe he was an integral cog and irreplaceable to a Sith Lord and his plan. Now a witness on the sidelines with complete knowledge of how irrelevant he actually was and full knowledge of "the plan" literally able to see the outcome before anyone is actually aware of what's going on! He's consumed by rage by the knowledge of how he was used and screaming out to anyone to help him thwart Sidious......but no one knows what he does.



These last two episodes have been more entertaining than the entire ST, there's a certain satisfaction you get when you're working on a puzzle and only have 3 or 4 pieces left and can see where they go to complete it, thats where we're at right now! With only 2 episodes left for the Clone Wars this has been an incredible journey. The Clone Wars is an integral part of The Star Wars Saga not just some ancillary animated show, it fleshes out Anakin Skywalker so much more than the 6 hours we saw of him in the PT, it literally makes him the legend I imagined him to be as a child when watching the OT and hearing Obi Wan Kenobi wax nostalgic about him to young Luke Skywalker. The show also introduces us to Ahsoka Tano, initially loathed but now loved by fans, a character that not only adds another layer to Anakin Skywalker's story, she has also had her own trials and tribulations which has forged her into a worthwhile addition in the Star Wars Saga, one which has earned the adoration of fans both male and female.....she's a great character that also happens to be female, not a great character because she's female.   


Friday, April 10, 2020

The Industry Vs Fans

I need to ask anyone who reads this which illustration better captures the essence of the character description, One is concept art from Lucasfilm, the other a fan....
So here's the official description of Avar Kriss:
Avar is the brightest, most noble example of Jedi-hood. She always tries to see the good in people and situations, and never puts herself first. She is invigorated about life on the frontier and the challenges it brings, and is an inspiration for those who work with her. She is compassionate, not dogmatic, and always ready to sacrifice herself over others. Avar Kriss is the best of the best.
Now here are 2 illustrations, which best encapsulates the above description?

A.




















B.



















This is a PERFECT example of the division between fans and the industry!

Steven Wayne Art redesigning-the-high-republic-female-jedi-as-a-woman

And here's another perfect example from Marvel...



I'll just add my own fan art for Snowflake and Safespace....