My Gaming Landscape [January 30th, 2015]

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What’s up, gamers and players!? Colorwind here with another Gaming Landscape. Since my last Gaming Landscape, I’ve put BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend and Mario Kart 8 back on the shelf, and I’ve finished Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. I’m going to give that game a full review because I have a lot to say about it but I’ve played plenty of games since then. A quick note: I haven’t stopped playing Legend of Dragoon since the last Gaming Landscape. I just haven’t played much of it since the last one and don’t have anything to say about it. Without further delay, lets talk some games!

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Colorwind Reviews Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie–Internet Madness

Film_Poster_for_AVGN_The_MovieI’m not entirely sure what I expected from an AVGN movie. I guess not this but somehow, not anything else either. I’m a big fan of the Angry Video Game Nerd. A friend of mine introduced me to him via his Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm St. episodes. I’ve since then watched all of his AVGN videos as well as James Rolfe’s other work, such as Board James, James and Mike Mondays, and You Know What’s Bullshit. The Angry Video Game Nerd at this point is a internet personality legend and it makes perfect sense that he would star in a movie. But does the Nerd’s appeal withstand a nearly two hour movie?

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Colorwind Reviews Aja by Steely Dan–Dime Dancin’

21JJCP2J6DLSteely Dan’s Aja doesn’t sound like any of the band’s previous work. It’s true that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have always worn their Jazz influence on their sleeve but they were also very mindful of what was charting on the Top 40. Songs like Reelin’ in the Years, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, and even non-singles like Bad Sneakers could easily rub elbows with popular pop songs at the time. However, it was very apparent by this album that Steely Dan were ready to go beyond the popular crowd to fully embrace their love for Jazz, resulting in Aja, a landmark in the Jazz Rock genre.

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Colorwind Reviews The Boxtrolls–Hip To Be Square

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People who think animated children’s movies don’t need to try to be great are fools. Contrary to popular belief, a lot of children can tell when something is good or bad. So if you show a kid Disney’s Home on the Range, they are not going to just look at the pretty colors and over the top characters and be happy. They are going to tell that the movie sucks. There’s a reason that movie never gets brought up but Kung Fu Panda does. Quality is a factor in children’s movies and it’s all the more apparent in The Boxtrolls. You see, a great children’s movie doesn’t just appeal to kids but to everyone.

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Discussing: Opening Up to Sexuality

83110497Sexuality is becoming more and more accepted as a topic of discussion to have more openly and readily. However, it is by and large still taboo and many still feel uneasy discussing it. It’s strange as it seems like sexuality is a topic that’s supposed to be okay to talk about openly but in practice is still embarrassing and uncomfortable to discuss. I’ve been open minded about sexuality since I’ve been very young, having been curious and learned about sex and sexuality from health books and various other sources. So it surprises me when the topic of sexuality in some form comes up and I’m willing to have an open conversation about it while those around me start to noticeably become uncomfortable; their body language shows them guarding themselves and closing up. It’s a real shame that there’s still this feeling of nervousness around sexuality.

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Colorwind Reviews Get On Up–The Fitful Flames

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Get On Up is a strange film. The beginning of the film starts with a unflattering portrayal of its main character, there are numerous instances where the main character breaks the fourth wall, and the film is littered with random flashbacks and flash forwards. These strange quirks give the film a strange tone that only starts to dissipate towards the end of the film and it ultimately prevents Get on Up from being a great film. However, it’s still a fascinating look at one of music’s most charismatic performers that also manages to differentiate itself from other bio films based on musicians.

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Colorwind Reacts: Nintendo Direct 1-14-15

nintendo-direct-jan-14-20151It’s a new year and Nintendo had its first Nintendo Direct presentation of the year! There were a lot of news announced but I’m not going to waste time with the Hyrule Warriors DLC or the next wave of Amiibos or the other stuff I just don’t care about. For me, there were three pieces of news that stood out: The new Fire Emblem game, the release of Wii games on the eShop, and the New Nintendo 3DS XL.

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Colorwind Reviews Earthbound – A Friend Who We’ve Never Met

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When you talk about underappreciated video games, Earthbound is sure to be in the conversation. Earthbound is actually called Mother 2 in Japan, as it’s the second game in the Mother series, and is the only title from the series to see an official releases in the US. Initially, Earthbound was a commercial and critical failure in America, but over time has gained a loyal following. This fan base has created art, music, translations of Mother 1 and 3, petitions to get the games official re-releases in America, and more. They have lifted the game from failure to one of the biggest cult classics in video game history. It’s an infamous game, one that even today feels a little off-kilter when compared to other titles in its genre. However, Earthbound is not an game that should be missed, especially if you’re looking for something different and ahead of its time.

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Discussing: Sia’s Elastic Heart Music Video

My knowledge of Sia is pretty limited. I know she has some acclaim as an independent artist but I primarily know her from David Guetta’s song Titanium, which I didn’t like. So when I heard through Twitter about this new video from Sia with Shia LaBeouf in it, I ignored it at first. I didn’t like Titanium and I figured it would sound like that song. However, I kept hearing about it and the controversy it stirred up. It stayed in my mind. Finally my friend EJ posted about it on Facebook and I decided to watch the video.

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Colorwind Beats ► Alice: Madness Returns | Episode 3 “Frame Rate!”

Part 3 of my playthrough of Alice: Madness Returns for the PC via Origin. Recorded in 720p at 60FPS. We continue our journey through Wonderland, but the frame rate gets all screwy. Continue reading “Colorwind Beats ► Alice: Madness Returns | Episode 3 “Frame Rate!””