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TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity Gets Switched Up for a June Release

24 May

TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity on SteamRetro gaming cannot get any more frightening with TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity, a 2D rogue like action-platformer. This game is set in a regenerating tower and the 16 bit style cannot be any more unique as you have to navigate through this tower of terror as only the Japanese can imagine (I’m sure the concept is spun after visiting the famous Tokyo Tower, hence its name) in hopes of escape.

This product, developed by //commentout and published by PLAYISM, ascends from Steam Early Access into version 1.0 on PC and welcomes Nintendo Switch to the climb on Tuesday, June 2, 2022.

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Fox and Hare’s All Explosive Cyberpunk Action! (and May 25th Release)

22 May

Fox and Hare #1 From Vault ComicsNot to be confused with the stop-motion animated series of the same name, Fox and Hare, by Vault Comics is all cyberpunk! That’s a good thing for the duo who take on this codename about two bounty hunters, or should that be mercenaries? Because of unforeseen circumstances, this comic originally slated for November 2021 was delayed. But it’s on track for release ‌soon.

Jon Tsuei (writer) and Stacey Lee (artist) have crafted a work that brings the colourful aesthetics from Blade Runner to life. It’s not as noir as the film, but instead comes through as slick and clean. Lee’s manga style presentation gives us a work that truly shows how Asian talents can reclaim the aesthetics of the cyberpunk genre. These talents wanted to demonstrate this ability, and I feel this debut issue does the job.

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Science Friction versus Science Fiction. Distinguishing Doubtful Facts from Fantasy.

22 May

Watch Science Friction | Prime VideoScience Friction is an excellent documentary that examines if that favourite network program on History, Travel Channel or A&E is getting their facts right. Skeptoid Media wants to debunk more than just the supernatural. This work targets all those other specials about archaeology, geology and zoology. Programs like Ancient Aliens and Ghost Adventures are their least of their worries.

Those scholars who’ve appeared in these specials say a lot of what they have expressed is taken out of context. Dr. David S. Anderson, Jonathan Davis, and Dr. Ken Feder are misrepresented. They make up a third of the people interviewed to expound what these shows have gotten wrong. It’s easy for viewers to fact check themselves, but these days, not even Google is safe, unless the information presented is annotated and given a bibliography. In this piece’s case, it’s to have a website to list the credentials of the people they’ve interviewed.

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The Usagi Chronicles isn’t Running at Full Throttle Yet

20 May

Samurai Rabbit The Usagi Chronicles Fans of Usagi Yujimbo by Stan Sakai are most likely thrilled that he’s fully crossed over to the animation medium in The Usagi Chronicles. His appearances in the past were scant and even though Miyamato is mostly a background character in this new Netflix series, it’s his ancestor, Yuichi Yujimbo, who is the star of Samurai Rabbit.

The emphasis is on the latter since it’s his story. This youngling’s goal to become a samurai. One day, he’ll be the leader of the team he’s friends with. The first episode sees him having difficulty gaining Gen the Rhino, Kitsune the Fox, and Chizu the Cat’s respect. This rabbit has much to learn, especially when making the rough and tumble streets of Neo-Tokyo his “home.”

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The Ariel Phenomenon. Was it a Hoax or Something Else?

20 May

The Ariel Phenomenon PosterNot everyone knows of the UFO landing that occurred in 1994 within the Jewel of Africa. Not even the local military took immediate notice. By the time they were informed and arrived at the scene, the aliens were gone. But the Ariel Phenomenon—named after the school–is a concern.

Many kids (over 60 of them) were affected in some level, and 28 years later, most have tried to move on. They were traumatised and still don’t understand what happened. Filmmaker Randall Nickerson tracked down a few of them willing to recount that meeting in Zimbabwe, and it’s their journey that he chronicles about how they are coping. 

One aspect of the production that I liked is that it’s not filled with recreations. Another is that it looks at what goes in on other parts of the world. It’d be arrogant to think activity only happens in certain countries. In what this filmmaker focuses on are these witnesses coming to terms with what they experienced. His approach to let them talk about what happened is like therapy, and we can follow along to figure out all that they’ve gone through.

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