Tag Archives: Paranormal

It’s the Same Ol’ with Luigi’s Mansion 3 & Shinier Too!

12 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a ghostbusters style video game where the protagonist is definitely afraid of ghosts! When he and his friends—Mario, Peach and Toad—are given an invitation to a lavish hotel, little does he know it’s a trap. Everyone is captured (frozen into a painting) and it’s up to Mario’s brother to save the day.

This sequel to the original GameCube program and Dark Moon (part two) picks up some days, if not weeks after his last Scooby-Doo adventure. After more than a week of casual play, I’m still not done. I’m enjoying exploring every nook and cranny. On a big screen, this game is very richly detailed. On Nintendo’s latest handheld (I tried it on the lite and first edition), I was squinting to admire some of the details. I’ve (pardoning the pun) switched over to the latest handheld just because of this game. Continue reading

The Scorecard on Travel Channel’s Newest Scares

27 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

“Halloween is Travel Channel’s Superbowl,” said general manager Matthew Butler of Travel Channel in an open statement. “We’re pulling out all the stops for ‘Ghostober’ this year–from a live ghost hunt in Salem, Massachusetts, and an iconic investigation of the house that inspired The Conjuring, to reopening the case files of America’s first ghost hunter, Hans Holzer. And we have the biggest stars and experts in the field to take us to every haunted, cobweb-covered corner in America, including Zak Bagans and the Ghost Adventures Crew, Jason Hawes and his team of paranormal pioneers and newcomer Dakota Laden, who will bring fear to a new level. There’s no better–and scarier–place to be this October than tuned in to Travel Channel.”

What that means to those who loves tuning in to these shows is that we’ll have content throughout the week and well into Christmas. Obviously we can’t obsessively try to watch everything that comes what may. This weekend was a busy one with another program finally airing on television. While the others have more than an episode to offer to viewers, I offer my thoughts about these new series that I’ve been able to find crossing a different barrier: regional broadcasts. A few became quickly available for streaming before being removed on YouTube.

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The A, B, C and Ed’s of Paranormal Investigation (Part Two)

27 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Going on a public ghost hunt can be fun, but it’s not without some caveats. Some paranormal groups offer it because Halloween is when they are the most popular. It shows what an organization does in a regular investigation. The only difference is in the amount of people involved and whether what’s manifesting is a product of mind over matter or it what’s occurring is truly supernatural! If anything happens, that’s up to the participant to decide.

Every organization has something different for the season: The Vancouver Paranormal Society offers public evidence reveals, a different kettle of fish, year round. Peter Renn, the leader of this group, does not see these public events as a bad thing. People get to meet the team and see how well they are at it. Darryl Pearson of Northern Paranormal Investigations said his group was contacted a few times to appear on television but they never got a call back when he told them what his group represented.

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The A, B, C’s of Paranormal Investigation (Part One)

25 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Halloween is a very enjoyable time for many. Whether that’s with an event taking place—like attending a live theatre production, a book reading, a horror movie marathon or a paranormal investigation—it’s simply a time to either be merry to get your spook on. Getting closer with the spirit world these days is easy and it has come a long way. In the early part of the 20th century, the choices were generally with seances. Folks could indulge in contacting loved ones.

Even the annual tradition of contacting Harry Houdini became part of the paranormal tapestry. He passed away on All Hallow’s EveHe promised to his wife Bess that if either should die first, they’d attempt to contact the other and had a code word to prove communicating with spirits is possible. Over the years, the methods of doing such a thing have improved and organizations have formed.

Technology-wise, newcomers have many more tools at their disposal. For the casual investigator, all they need is a willingness not to bring in their own (spiritual) beliefs into a case. Many veterans believe this can taint the data. Having an open mind on the fact hauntings are not rooted according to culture helps. These experienced folks generally agree a good common sense, a basic camera and an audio recorder are all that’s needed.

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