In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven't noticed, simulators have become all the rage lately. For example, with a grass simulator and rock simulator recently announced, you can now virtually simulate hiding under that rock of yours. But that's only the beginning. The depths of simulator madness go far, far deeper.
King Tuff doesn't record anything but anthems, and the new single "Eyes of the Muse" don't break that wonderful trend. It's all drunken singalong numbers, riffs that beg to be air-guitared, and lyrics best delivered after downing a cold brew.
Kickstarter is for more than making thousands of dollars worth of potato salad. When you offer the chance of money to anybody who can put a decent pitch together you get some people asking you to throw your hard earned money at some pretty insane projects. Whether it's dice games based on obscure Victorian satirical novellas or poop jokes, things can get a little out of hand on the crowdfunding scene.
As America learned with that rash of Japanese horror cinema a while ago, there's more to horror than dismembering teenagers with knives, chainsaws, *yawn* machetes, the standard fare. But premiere manga horror artist Junji Ito taught us so much more: you can run them down with land-walking crabsharks; drive them insane with geometric patterns; hell, why not compel them to shove themselves into holes shaped curiously like their own bodies? Click through if you don't feel like sleeping tonight, because I've found the most complete collection of Ito's works to date. Prepare to binge on hell.
We are smack dab in the midst of the biggest esports tournament of all time (overall prize pool of over $10.5 million and counting!), but for those who are a bit newer to the game, watching the streams can seem a bit daunting. There's the advanced tactics, the pro-level strategy, remembering what all of the items and abilities do, and perhaps most confusing, all of the Dota-lingo. Luckily, one stream is looking out for these people, providing commentary on the matches that keeps things newbie-friendly, while also explaining some of the game's nuances.
Peter Jackson is leading the charge for Warner Bros.' Comic-Con lineup this year, with The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies headlining the studio's Hall H panels. Joining The Hobbit will be George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, and a pre-screening of the found footage-ish disaster movie Into the Storm.
This just in, every game is now a MOBA. MOBA MOBA MOBA. MOBA. Now that I've gotten that out of my system, Gearbox has announced that their next game will be a first-person take on the genre, and will be released on the PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
The latest Humble Bundle is now live, eschewing the traditional indie collection for a pretty impressive group of 2K games. You can name your own price on BioShock, XCOM: Declassified, The Darkness II, and if you beat the average, they'll also throw in BioShock 2, Mafia II, Spec Ops: The Line, and some unannounced mystery games.
J.K. Rowling has returned to the world of Harry Potter with a brand new short story. Over the past few months, the author has been covering the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore, the digital Harry Potter portal, in the voice of Ginny Potter, who's now a reporter for The Daily Prophet. Today however, Rowling published a new column by the paper's infamous Gossip Correspondent Rita Skeeter (remember her from Goblet of Fire?) that gives us a glimpse into the lives of an older Harry, Ron, Hermione, and their friends.
Earlier this evening, Marvel screened 17 minutes ofGuardians of the Galaxy in theaters across the country. The footage was book-ended by a new, extended trailer, which is now available online in a slightly edited form. Despite the fact that we're only a month away from the film's release date, this new preview manages to pack in a bunch of surprises including Ronan speaking, our first good look at Michael Rooker's Yondu, and an awesome use of "Cherry Bomb" by The Runaways. It's so rock n' roll it hurts.
I arrive at Cillian Cubstead’s house around 5pm on the Fourth of July. I’m an hour late. I check Google Maps four times in the neighborhoods behind Boulder Station and get two sets of directions that bear no relation to the set of directions Maps first gave me. This fucking neighborhood turns me around every time. When I arrive at the house I double check the address and knock on the door.
Finally, an excuse to jam out to Pokemon music in public, and not get (too many) weird stares. The team behind The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour has teamed up with The Pokemon Company to take a brand new, Pokemon-themed concert tour on the road.
Gather round citizens! Shall we continue our valient quest to discover the worst of the worst, the most hideous album cover of all time? Who among you remain brave enough to join me still on this journey.... Okay, I'll stop talking like that. We're up to volume six now - be prepared, the worst is yet to come. This should help get you in the mood.
DC Comics is celebrating Comic-Con 2014 in a very interesting way. They've announced a Harley Quinn one-shot that will have the character crashing Comic-Con to pitch her own comic book character: Hurl Girl, a superheroine whose power is throwing up. Seriously.