In Which Geordi Saves Murdering Aliens And Not His Mother, The Continuing (Bonkers) Final Season of TNG

Sep
25

In this episode Geordi will completely abuse some experimental technology and lose his mother. The Enterprise will once again forgive an alien species slaughtering an entire crew on “accident," and these vast abuses of authority and endangerment of life and property will be punished with the slight disapproval of Picard. Picard is pretty much the king of "I'm not angry. I'm disappointed," followed by some slight, warm comment.

If You Want Blood, Look at Elric Vol. 1: The Ruby Throne [Comic Review]

Sep
25

Fantasy is a difficult genre for me.  I have constantly encountered books and stories with bland, rehashed characters with unpronounceable quadrisyllabic names.  That is how Michael Moorcock's Elric Volume 1 began for me, but the end result is actually something quite different off the beaten path.  

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The Pull List: Roche Limit Dazzles with a Star-Gazing Heart and Weaponized Hallucinogens

Sep
25

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. This week I picked up Roche Limit off Comixology--it's a stellar noir about the planetary colony "Roche Limit," which was intended to be man's lofty foothold towards the stars, but went the way of Gotham instead. The book's main plot doesn't impress much with the 'missing girl in the city' spiel, but the overarching concept of the Roche Limit and its ill-fated, philanthropist creator has a gravity of its own. 

Here's What Blizzard's Titan Could Have Been

Sep
25

After the recent news this week that Blizzard’s newest project known as Titan was canceled, everyone was somewhat disappointed, which is a lot considering no one knew anything about the game. But now, certain details have come out that prove that maybe the canceled project could have been a fun experience.

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The Super Circuitcast! 09/24/14! Exploration in Games! [Podcast]

Sep
24

Matt, Jen, Sean, Rami, and Moo take some time (maybe a little too much time?) to discuss exploration in games. Strap in everybody, cuz we ain't just talkin' 'bout your grandpappy's open world games. We gettin' real with this one. 

The Pull List: Aliens: Fire and Stone is... Aggressively Mediocre

Sep
24

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. Usually, in this column, I try to avoid picking a first issue for a limited series. Honestly, though, this week was a little slow at my comic shop, and I like Aliens, so even though Aliens: Fire and Stone is only limited to four issues, I decided to pick it up.

Bludgeon Your Horizons 9.24: Listening to Lynchian Nightmares and Blacker-Than-Metal

Sep
24

Welcome back to Bludgeon Your Horizons, where we feed you albums that will change your life or drive you mad entirely. This week: we discuss David Lynch's poetically depraved Crazy Clown Time in connection to his work as one of film's most disturbing auteurs, and up next ia Anhedonist's tar-black doom record Netherwards, which segueways into how metal metal can get before we say "I can't morally listen to this anymore." 

New Music Day: John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, Aphex Twin, Alt-J, and More!

Sep
23

Howdy music hooligans! You like new stuff? Great - cuz ya stumbled into the right stumble spot - New Music Monday, the most "why I oughta" column at 8CN. Each week record labels and dude's living in their parents' basement release all sorts of new music sorts of stuffs, and this is where it all comes to be judged. I'll tell ya what's good, what's bad, and what's a waste of your time.Thanks for stopping by!

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Project Titan Cancelled: 7 Other Blizzard Games That Got the Axe

Sep
23

Although Blizzard has always said they have a "highly iterative development process," many fans would claim it's more like a case of everything just taking too freaking long. We’ve seen many games come and go with Blizzard, so we thought we’d mention a few of the Blizzard games that never saw the light of day, in honor of Titan’s recent cancellation.

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Destiny's Queen's Wrath Update Explained: How to Earn the New Gear

Sep
23

Today, a free new update for Destiny went live. It's called "The Queen's Wrath," and it features new bounties and gear for Guardians to collect, and will supposedly tie into an upcoming expansion pack (House of Wolves). So what's it all about?

6 Comic Books They've Tried To Ban And How You Can Help Defend Them

Sep
22

It’s Banned Books Week again! It’s a time when we all reflect back on the absolutely filthy books we’ve read in the past (Hello, Tropic of Cancer!) and go to our local libraries to check out the dirtiest books we can find (please not 50 Shades of Anything). It’s also a time to be aware of and fight back against the small minded concerned citizens who believe that we should never be exposed to things that happen in real life in literature. Unsurprisingly comic books and other literature that one might consider nerdy have not been immune to challenge and censorship.

Watching Red Band Society from the Perspective of Someone Who's Been There

Sep
22

To begin, I was born with a heart disease known as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. In 2010, I was told by my cardiologist that I needed a new heart because my enlarged one was hardening. In the summer of 2012, I was admitted to the hospital for three months. A month after leaving the hospital (October 28), I got my heart transplant. Because of all of this, I may skewed view on various medical shows, but especially with The Red Band Society.

Track of the Day: Ease into Monday Madness with Danny Lango's Lo-Fi Folk

Sep
22

I hate loud Monday mornings more than any other part of the week's most damnable day: nothing louder than running water, nothing faster than fish swimming through gelatin is how I like'em, and if I can't get'em that way, then headphones and Danny Lango's "Side by Side" is the next best thing.

Happy 125th Birthday Nintendo!

Sep
22

Nintendo has turned 125 years old today, and might I say, it's looking mighty fine for its age. Of course, Nintendo didn't get its start in video games until the 1970s, but that doesn't change the fact that it's really damn strange to think that when the company was founded, the president of the US was Benjamin freaking Harrison. Wow.

Japan Waits Hours to Pre-Order Pokemon, Proving Pokemon Still Rules

Sep
22

I’m beginning to hate Yokai Watch. Even though there is nothing wrong with Yokai Watch. It’s cute. It’s silly. The character looks like an anime-style Justin Beiber, but that’s okay. No, the reason I hate Yokai Watch is because my pride says Pokémon is so much better, something that Japan faithfully proved this past weekend as they waited to pre-order the new title.

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