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Ghostbusters Spirits Unleashed Coming Oct 18th

18 Aug

Ghostbusters Spirits Unleashed Key ArtThe Ghostbusters are back in business once again, but this time it’s as a videogame! Although there’s no signs of a virtual reality version, Ghostbusters Spirits Unleashed is a 4v1 hunt and haunt action-packed asymmetrical multiplayer now available for pre-order!  The trailer picks up from where the last movie, Afterlife, left off, with Hudson as the CEO, and it’s terrific we got a narrative to go along with the gameplay.

This product from IllFonic, Inc. will be available come Tuesday, October 18, 2022, on PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4|5, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.

From the Press Release

Form a team with up to three other Ghostbusters to track down Ghosts haunting a number of locales. Sniff out paranormal activity with the P.K.E. Meter and charge it to unleash a short-range pulse disabling Ghost movement. Unveil hidden rifts acting as the Ghost’s spawn points and teleportation portals, and destroy them. Use the powerful Particle Throwers to capture the Ghost, deploy a trap, and wrangle them into it before they escape!

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When Three Little Wishes Isn’t Enough. An Interview with Paul Cornell and Steve Yeowell.

18 Aug

Paul Cornell, Author of Three LIttle Wishes

Legendary Comics

Three Little Wishes is a hilarious graphic novel which subverts the traditional idea of about fulfilling one’s grandest desires. Sometimes, the person finding magic in the bottle doesn’t want that, and in what he or she wants may well be something nicer. I don’t want to say too much, but as for what caught my attention is that we don’t get a tale out of Arabian Knights, and the creators Paul Cornell and Steve Yeowell crafted a beautiful tale that I often don’t see in this subgenre.

It’s a very British work, and the nuances that come with it was enough for me!

Can you please introduce yourselves? That is, what was that break that got you into working in the comics industry?

Paul Cornell (Pictured left): Both times it was through Doctor Who–I got into writing British comics because I knew the editor of Doctor Who Magazine and I said I wanted to write. John Freeman gave me a strip and taught me the basics, And many years later, after he saw my work, Mark Miller emailed me asking if I would like to write for Marvel Comics. It’s a career route that any young creator can easily follow. I recommend it to anybody.

Steve Yeowell (Pictured Right): My first professional job was working with Grant Morrison on a Japanese toy tie in, Zoids, for Marvel UK. And from there, I went to 2008 A.D. From then on, it was with various American projects–Skrull Kill Krew, Starman, The Invisibles. I worked with lots of American writers. I’ve even worked with Miller a couple of times, and James Robinson. My latest is with Paul on Three Little Wishes, a rom com graphic novel.

Steve Yeowell

One thing I’ve always wondered about–what’s the difference between British comics and American comics?

PC: There aren’t many of them left now, but most of them were anthology titles. So you’re dealing with short strips. And it gives you great discipline. With 2000 AD, you have to be in and out in five pages. What would you say, Steve?

SY: I think it’s a difference in dynamic because of the format. It means the story is much more concise. You have to get to the point quickly.

With Three Little Wishes, how did the idea come about?

PC: Well, the idea came about because I was sitting with my agent one day, and her husband is a contract lawyer. And I had in my head an idea for a book about granting wishes. I thought who would be the worst possible person for a fairy, interested in tricking humans with the fine detail of wishes, to encounter? A contract lawyer!

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Kokoro Clover is a Cute Homage to 90s Cartoons in Video Game Format, But….

18 Aug

Kokoro CloverAvailable for Nintendo Switch and Steam

Kokoro Clover is more than a video game. The developers also designed it to resemble a Saturday morning cartoon series, where each level is resembles an episode. If the full title–Kokoro Clover Season One–is telling, we may see another game to be released in a year’s time, but I suspect we’ll only get one.

This product is for fans of the magical girl genre. Phoenixx Inc. created a cute enough product, but ultimately, if you can’t get into the story, then finishing it is difficult. That was the problem I faced, since the tale is nothing like those series I adored from long ago.

I was curious because of a few mecha designs straight out of Samurai Pizza Cats, but that faded away when it became more like Sailor Moon than Slayers.

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CMON on Board the NFT Train with Zombicide

16 Aug

CMON LogoCMON LTD wants to create a NFT marketplace for collectors to exchange digital artwork of their line of IPs, and thus the platform and company Monsoon Digital is ready to take shape! Amongst the first wave of collectibles is licensed artwork from Zombicide. Although trading is limited at the moment, the idea to grow this product depends on whether gamers will embrace this “new fad” or not. Wizards of the Coast had their own idea to turn Magic the Gathering into that, but when there was an unofficial product being made, they shut that down fast.

As for how that can work in the real world depends on what one can do with a digital product that doesn’t have a real world counterpart. The platform is now open as a public beta at https://www.mon.sn/collections and what I’m seeing barely scratches the surface. I’ll be keeping my eyes on it though, since it’d be nice to have some kind of “ownership” over customised material for a game. I see this practise at comic book conventions, where a collector asks their favourite artist to draw a character or planeswalker they love (Chandra for example) to use as a proxy card over using the official one. The concept for digital is no different.

For now, fans of the Zombicide board game can exchange digital assets to adjust what their favourite characters can wear. In order to survive, what they hold as their wares matters a lot more. That is, people can fuse a bunch of cards together to improve the artwork. Currently, these upgrades are pre-defined rather than user-created, and what’s featured online have a bit of animation on them. They won’t interact with you, but it’s a cute touch to give life to the character cards. The only problem I see here is that you can’t bring this into the board game. I suspect that if the idea takes off, CMON might be open to allowing it into their games.

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Ninjago Crystalized Part Two Trailer Analysis. Best Takes #spoileralert

16 Aug

Crystalized Part Two Opening ShotAlthough The LEGO company has not officially posted the Crystalized part two trailer on their YouTube page, it can be found. Many hardcore fans have given their breakdown, and what I offer (late in the game) are the best confirmations and takeaways based on what else has been released at the time as a toy, in print, and looking back.

After reading the next issue of Garmadon the comic book, there’s still no reveal in why this former despot returns. But I suspect the release of the last issue in October will say more to connect what’s become of him to why he’s back in the animated series.

I’m pleased to see in the opening shot, P.I.X.E.L. has at least one tiny little version(s) of herself as she, Wu and Nya watch their base burn down. It was attacked by The Crystal King and as it burns down, so does this team’s hope. It’s possible it’ll be rebuilt with the help of all of P.I.X.E.L.’s tiny helpers. They no doubt helped her build all the vehicles and other gadgets the team used in the past.

Two other interesting details which I caught include seeing Wu rush into battle with a hammer, of all things! I presume we’ll see which element he was the master of. It’d be sweet if we learn he’s the steel ninja (sorry Zane). Also, there’s the opportunity of Nya getting back her water powers. I find this potential to take back jarring, since it invalidates the entirety of her sacrifice from the previous season. All I desire is a final hour moment where the last of her power is awakened to save the day, and she passes.

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