Monday Nerdgasm : Dragon Age 2 Demo

Way back in 2009 BioWare released Dragon Age : Origins. The action/role-playing game allowed players to create either a human, dwarf, or elf of either gender. This new hero is tasked to save the ancient city of Ferelden from a coming Blight of demons from the underworld. Along the way players can fight with rivals, help their teammates, and even fall in love. This was one of those games in which choices player’s made affected the world in which their characters lived. The game was a commercial and critical success and even gained praise for allowing characters to romance members of the same sex. In fact, I think this may even be the first game which allowed players to create a gay male hero (preceded by the option of girl-on-girl lovin’ in Mass Effect).

The combat mechanics were heavy on strategy and light on button mashing; which was perfect for those of us who loved playing Risk. The story was epic…the visuals were not. However, the superb voice acting, lush orchestral arrangements and massively long story made up for o.k. visuals. I totally had a nergasm when I found out the demo for the sequel was available for download.

First Impressions : The visuals definitely got nipped and tucked. The character animation is also more fluid. The sound is what we have come to expect from BioWare; beautiful.

RuhRoh : The game mechanics have completely changed. The game feels much more fast-paced and action oriented. If you choose to play as a Mage, the game will no longer pause as you scroll through to select a spell.  I am worried that this will affect the overall game strategy. Back in Origins I used my Mage to see through walls…when I discovered enemies I would use Mage 1 to freeze their asses via a Blizzard then use Mage 2 to fry their asses via a Tempest. This gang bang was so satisfying. Will I still be able to gang bang in part 2?

Overall, the demo was fun and way too short. Flemeth looked amazing. She reminded me of The Sorceress from He-Man. That busty pirate chick kinda made my eyes roll. Ugh…another overtly sexy bad girl. Gimme Morrigan any day. X-Box 360 users can download the demo today on X-Box Live. PS3 users…I don’t have a PS3, so I don’t know what you need to do.

Dragon Age 2 will be released March 11, 2011.

Mr. Peppermint/Leif Ericson/I’m a Hard Workin’ Dog

On Episode 45 the cast mentioned 3 different gems from their childhood. Diane mentioned Mr. Peppermint.

Jon mentioned “Leif Ericson,” a music video which was featured on Encyclopedia, a children’s show which aired on HBO.

Jill remembered the song “I’m a Hard Working Dog” from Sesame Street.

Episode 45 : Keep Calm And Carry On

“Twelve stories high, made of radiation.” On Today’s show, Jon and Jill share memories of early children’s television and then bicker while Diane dusts off her 12 gauge. Topics of discussion include a bill which would allow students to carry guns on college campuses, Rahm Emanuel posting a $2,500 bounty to discover the identity of a twitter imposter, a crime-fighting DNA spray, and a man who finally got that darn knife surgically removed from his head after being stabbed 4 years ago. Other topics include one homophobe’s hypocritical tattoo and what one woman will do if you steal her girl scout cookies.

This week’s featured song is “Smarter” by Eisley. Their next album, “The Valley” will be released March 1st.

Monday NerdGasm : X-Men Anime Teaser Trailer / The Walking Dead Video Game

Good Monday true believers! Here is a sneak preview to get your nerdy bits tingly. Over the weekend Anime studio Madhouse (Hello Kitty & Friends) released a teaser trailer for an upcoming series based on Marvel’s X-men. So far only 12 episodes have been announced and network G4TV will air the show sometime in 2011. No news yet on whether episodes will be subtitled or dubbed. So far reports say that the series will follow the X-men reuniting after the death of a teammate to save Armor, who has been abducted in Japan. The identity of the fallen teammate is still a mystery…but my money is on Jean Grey, ’cause she is always dying. Kinda embarrassing. For more information check out The Escapist.

Our favorite zombie comic and television program is getting the video game treatment. In an interview with IGN, series creator Robert Kirkman spilled a bean or two on this and on AMC’s second season. He didn’t say much, but he did say that he hope for fan favorites Michonne, Tyrese, and Hershel to appear on screen. The video game is still in the earliest stages of production, so we don’t know what sort of game it will be. My guess would be something similar to Mass Effect or Dragon Age; lots of action but the game’s true focus will be on storytelling and consequences for choices made. The game is slated for release this fall.

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Fate of Two Worlds Review

Time seemed to crawl from the time Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 was announced to when it was finally released. I dribbled away hours checking to see if there were any new updates on Finally, this past Tuesday at around 4:30 p.m. there was a knock, knock, knock on my door. “Why yes, UPS man, I will sign for that package!!” Waiting and anticipating had ended; finally a copy of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (special edition) was in my hands.

The special edition packaging was well worth the extra cash. The game was packed in a luxurious metal tin rather than the standard plastic DVD case. Some vinyl stickers were included (ok…what the hell am I going to do with those???) as well as a collectors comic book filled with promotional art and two special codes; one code good for a month subscription to Marvel digital comics and the other good for 2 DLC characters, Resident Evil’s Jill Valentine and Marvel’s weird eyeball monster Shuma-Gorath. Blah, blah, blah…on to the game.

Freud would have a field day

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La Luna Entertainment Presents “Fright Flick” (Spoiler Free)

When I was but a wee lad I was magnetically drawn to horror movies. My all-time favorite will always be A Nightmare on Elm Street. I loved Nancy Thompson. I also loved the other big franchises : Halloween, Friday the 13th, Critters (did you know Billy Zane was in that?). I also loved Sleep Away Camp (what a twist!), Evil Dead, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Yea…I am kinda  a horror movie nerd. This nerd is very, very happy that indie filmmaker Israel Luna’s (Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives) latest is an homage to those films I love.

Fright Flick

Written and Directed by Israel Luna

Starring : Chad Allen, Daphne Khoury, Adam Kitchen, Richard D. Curtain, Todd Jenkins, and Charles Raker

If you are a fan of horror B-Movies, then you will love Fright Flick. The plot is simple; the cast of a B-Movie are mysteriously murdered. Whodunit? Was it the slimy director (Richard D. Curtain)? The angry producer (Todd Jenkins)? The jealous supporting actress (Daphne Khoury)?

This film is billed as a horror-comedy, so as expected most lines of dialogue serves to deliver jokes or to further the plot. It’s somewhat stilted and choppy, but purposefully so. Still, there are some very funny moments like make-up artist Chase’s (Charles Baker) monologue and starlet Ophelia’s (Valerie Nelson) flubbed lines (“anusly and vaginally”). The characters are little more than props to be murdered in some beautifully brutal fashion. Let’s be honest, this is why we love these sorts of films. Oh, and note to self : never lean over a gas station counter.

In horror films, the audience should root for the survival of the “last woman standing.” One of the “twists” of this film is that her identity is hidden until later in the film. I found her identity to be surprising, but once her identity was uncovered I got behind her (no pun intended) 100 %. The identity of the killer may not be as surprising to those familiar with horror films, but the final fright was still very fun. You can help bring Fright Flick to Netflix by adding it to your queue.

Evening Bender : Rubbing Crystals with Ashley Hope

Chelsea and Jon welcome Ashley to the cat studio. Ashley talks about studying to become a celebrant and talks about all things spiritual. Chelsea and Ashley then talk about embarking on a sisterhood journey of enlightenment. Later, we get the awesome Devyn to skype with us. All in all this was a very fun bender and we are so glad we were able to rescue it from the cutting room floor, so to speak.