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“Old” Rewards are Back at Disney Movie Insiders Club!

20 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The Disney Movie Insider Club is back in correct form! No guesses are needed to figure out why certain items were no longer offered. on eBay, some of these goods were being auctioned off for money–especially with anything concerning Star Wars. In what they previously offered, not everyone was all that excited for gift certificates, and with the pandemic happening, they can’t be redeemed.

The updated version of this rewards program looks good. New items are added every Wednesday to encourage regular visits, and I’m certainly going to be keeping my eye out on Marvel and PIXAR related products. Also, putting limitations on how many orders of the same item can be picked up per member is finally implemented.

New rewards include Mulan merchandise! I’d be tempted to grab the FUNKO Pop and poster, but the movie was not perfect. I have more of an affinity with the animated version. Hopefully, by the end of the year, we should see swag for Marvel’s Black Widow, and PIXAR’s Onward and Soul. Plus, those collectors wanting to pair up the last two Avengers together, we should see posters for End Game to make anyone’s Marvel Cinematic Universe man cave complete.

The Vintage Tempest’s Picks of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

18 Sep

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film FestivalBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)


Runs Sept 24 to Oct 31

The complete lineup of the 36th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is here! The list is extensive and to figure out what to see for its virtual event took more than days to figure out. Because of this event being region specific, most of these movies are geolocked to those residing in the county to see. However, with a lot of film festivals offering an online component, it’s safe to assume that these films will become available for another region in no time. Failing that, some works are already available on home video for purchase in the country it was made.

Over 225 filmmakers will be featured in the five weeks which starts very soon! There’s three feature film world premieres and plenty of shorts to see.

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It’s An Alien Addiction, not Abduction with Shae Sterling!

16 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

On Demand, Blu-ray and DVD

Release Date:
September 29

Gravitas Ventures

Shae Sterling is a tremendous talent in New Zealand. He’s worked with international talents like Snoop Dogg and is better known for his music video work with local artists. He’s also collaborated with Stan Walker (The X Factor) and the list does not end there! Plus, he’s the director of the documentary sports racing series High Octane. To become a fully fledged filmmaker, however, means making a proper debut with the crazy stoner comedy, Alien Addiction!

Going into making genre films isn’t without its own unique set of challenges–especially concerning special effects–but I feel he’s done a remarkable job. 15 years is more than enough in one industry to develop one’s skills. A different question is whether this film would play with UFO lore from this region. This country is famous for one instance–The Kaikoura Lights–but as for whether this movie would explore this further or stand on its own is a decision this director no doubt had to figure out. His choice to do sit-com is much needed when the there’s been a lot of similar films released this year.

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On Why We Need A D&D Augmented Reality Game

12 Sep

10+ Free Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Photos - PixabayBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Very few mobile augmented reality games are truly cooperative multiplayer experiences. For example: wouldn’t it be better for friends to gather to walk a dinosaur than one? Owen Grady can barely do it in Jurassic Park. Without help, he’d be dead meat. In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the only time players truly band together is during tower challenges. I don’t play this game as often, but ever since the Covid-19 pandemic changed this particular part of the game, I’ve been finding random players to join up with far more easily. Pokémon GO has become a touch more couch potato friendly for players with access to gyms that are within eyesight. 

Whatever the franchise is, I like to have a game where players solve virtual tasks together instead of always fighting an opponent. That is, we need a mobile game that encourages team play throughout. Wizards Unite has shown how one profession can be weaving healing spells in the background while others are fighting. When considering developers have figured out how teamwork can be done realizing, Dungeons and Dragons is a natural next step!

Dungeons & Dragons' in AR Teased by Wizards of the Coast StudioWotC’s Digital Games Studio teased at AR products for the pen and paper game, and it’s not the same as as having a standalone product. Niantic is trying to build a global AR alliance so this technology can go into new places. The current global mission in Pokemon GO is a great example of a D&D style Living Campaign. The company hopes players worldwide will accomplish an enormous task of doing two million mega raid to unlock the next Mega Pokemon. I can only imagine Temple of Elemental Evil being challenged by multiple parties to defeat a huge foe. Instead of focusing on dungeon crawling, why can’t we have more players working together to deal with a global threat?

World of Warcraft - Download

What can be played overlaid in our real world can include Blizzard’s Diablo. With IV coming, this company is not likely to develop for the mobile world soon. However, the producers can consider Worlds of Warcraft since the concept of wandering around and killing things (than catching) can be appealing for those who can distinguish fantasy from reality. The ESRB rating will have to be heavily plastered as a warning sign, but designing such a game can be done. Just look at Ghostbusters World!

As long as the graphics don’t overshadow the game, anything is possible. Blizzard was considering it, but there’s been no new further updates since the idea was reported at UploadVR.com. Getting gamers to explore the real world versus augmented can get amusing. It’d be funny (or exciting) to meet the person named BeggingforBagels. Just look at Ready Player One

The Witcher Free Pokémon Go-Style Augmented-Reality Game in the Works -  Variety

The upcoming Witcher, Monster Slayer game shows it’s possible to interact with non-player characters. The teasers show how sword play has been translated over and this is the only part of the game I’m excited for. Honestly, we don’t need another clone of Pokémon Go where you’re just collecting and leveling up. Imitation of another company’s property is not helping the AR gaming industry any.

The best multiplayer experience is still with Ingress when players negotiate how to expand zones of control. I can see this idea being changed around to see characters from different alignments owning different parts of the world. Fantasy fiction is often about good versus evil more than anything else.

Because of the COVID pandemic, to have a game where social gatherings are encouraged will not be immediately welcomed. It can be developed now so that when this situation is under control, we can have small meetings–players forming dungeon raiding parties–to handle scenarios (community days) under a mobile situation. All we need is for Wizards of the Coast to update D&D past its pen and paper beginnings for today’s mobile generation!