Twenty minutes into the conversation, I am transfixed. I am speaking with JaVonni Ortiz, a promising 22 year old self-starter behind Dark Storm, a unique game recently greenlit on Steam. The exciting stealth game promises an adventure bursting with good story, great design, a strong female protagonist and versatile gameplay with multiple routes and options for capturing the enemy, but the game has come a long way. It is at this point in the conversation, he says, “I think the most shocking story is that Dark Storm wasn't supposed to be a stealth action game.”
Cory Johnson’s Earthbound is a tribute album unlike any you’ve heard; aside from the exceptional quality, it pays homage to the game both in form and spirit. It’s a reimagining of the soundtrack; a personal interpretation of the game’s narrative; and perhaps most of all, like the source material, it’s an encapsulation of what it’s like to be a child entering into the richness of human culture. Also, it's a quality post-rock album in its own right, equally parts rocking and tender.
Josh Millrod, one half of the trumpet/synth/spirit-wielding drone duo Grasshopper, released a solo tape entitled Seeking the Millenary Kingdom under his own name way back in May. It was a stunning release full of gorgeous, pre-dawn tones, and a direct reflection of his own personal growth. I had the pleasure of speaking with Josh about performance as exorcism, sound therapy vs. music vs. art, and the upcoming doom metal Grasshopper album that was turned down for being too dark.
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.
MIT engineers demonstrated a pair of harnessed mounted arms at a conference in China. The arms come up over the shoulders and are controlled by sensing the wearer's full body movements. Called supernumerary arms, they are designed to allow a single person to perform a wider range of tasks unassisted.
Would you like the freedom to game in the open, to compete in eSports while drinking beer, and to go somewhere where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came? 8CN had the opportunity to sit down with two men who are aiming to do just that with their AFK Gaming Lounge, a project they're launching on Kickstarter.
You may recognize Kevin Grevioux as Raze from the Underworld series, but did you know he also wrote the story for the first film as well? Or that the voice of Young Justice's Black Beetle studied microbiology at Howard University?
How do you represent an entire community of devoted fans in making a movie about shared passion and drive? How do you not let them down? Luckily, I was able to discover just how with Joel Allen Schroeder, the director and creator of Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary about Calvin and Hobbes and the man behind it, Bill Watterson.
I found a fantastic interview conducted between Krill and their greatest/worst fan, how fantastic you ask? The first question is "Who do you think you are?" and the fourth is "What's it like being the worst band on the label?"
For those who haven't read my review on Ip Man: The Final Fight, due September 20 in theaters, the film does indeed combine both sociopolitical issues in a more simple yet troubled China with a man who is so intriguing you can't help but read into every mannerism and action of his as if he was a fine, aged book. And when I was given the opportunity to sit down and speak with the writer and director behind the artistic portrayal of this legendary Wing Chun grandmaster who trained Bruce Lee, I had many questions about the story they wanted to tell.
Following the success of their acclaimed 2010 release, Break in the Clouds, Nederland, CO based folk collective Elephant Revival quickly became one of the most critically lauded and buzzed about young bands not only in the festival circuit that spawned and nurtured them, but among music fans thorughout the country.
It was a gorgeous Friday afternoon. I approached Maximum Comics, my friendly neighborhood comic book store, to find a large snow cone truck parked in front with several groups of people relaxing and eating. I opened the door and surveyed the crowd that filled the store in celebration of Ninjabot, a group of people doing what they love.
Indie games are a pretty common sight these days, but not all of them get the recognition they deserve. Unhack is a browser based game that mixes elements from many generes we see today to create something that all audiences can enjoy. With its unique graphical presentation and gripping storyline, Unhack has been proving to be a success.
Sitting down to chat with hip-hop artist Jonathan Valdivieso, aka Cue Roc, I was impressed with the dedication and respect he had for his art. Cue Roc is a proficient rapper in three languages, English, Spanish and Spanglish. From his most recent album, True Jefe, to his latest release, I GotThis, produced by E.REX, the Queens native, has been focusing on his goal. '"I want to remain true to the essence and roots of hip-hop," he said, "expressing eclectic sounds and real life emotions and experiences with lyrics - all with lightning speed."