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Looking Back and Going Forward with Ratchet & Clank

29 Dec

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By Shawn Trommeshauser
(Dreaming in Digital)

Ratchet & Clank was developed by Insomniac Games in 2002 for the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2). In 2012 it was remade for the PlayStation 3, remastered for high-definition televisions and bundled with two of its sequels. Before that time, this company’s biggest claim to fame was Spyro the Dragon on the original PlayStation – another series which I never had the chance to try back in the 90’s. Even though the PS2 was one of the game consoles I played the most, I never got into the 3D platformers of the time. Games like Sly Cooper and Jak & Daxter all looked colourful and amusing. They received good reviews and they were all popular enough to earn several sequels each, but something always put me off about the style.

Perhaps it was seeing too much about them in the magazines and web previews. The character designs didn’t appeal to me. I was disappointed by the 3D platformers of the previous console generation. I felt it was very hard to live up to the standards Nintendo set with Super Mario 64. Whatever the case, I lost interest and ended up skipping all of those series in the PlayStation 2 days.

That all changed over the holidays. I gave the Ratchet & Clank HD remake a spin and after two hours of game-time, I found the opening of the game left me rather unimpressed (it felt very rushed) and the music … I couldn’t remember a single note once I had stopped playing. This game had no background, there was no dialog, and the scene shifts were very abrupt. It left me looking at a black loading screen almost as often as the animated cut scenes.

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Superbowl Trailers and Analysis!

2 Feb

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Is there going to be a eugenics war in Amazing Spider-Man 2? If this latest trailer is any indication, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is learning that Oscorp Industries has followed him for some time now. They are interested in cross-breeding experiments. Through bio-morphism and the study of regeneration, Dr. Curt Connors became the Lizard and thinks the world can be a better place if everyone in New York City is changed. Peter had to deal with that threat in the first movie and save the day.

With hype for the second movie now in full swing, this sequel will show what the power of substance abuse can do to other people. Apparently the serum that Connors “perfected” is still being studied. With him gone, what’s hidden and contained remains a secret to everyone but Norman Osborne. His son, Harry (Dane DeHaan) seems to be privy to some information, but as for how much he knows, viewers will have to see Amazing Spider-Man 2 (due to be released in theatres May 2) to find out.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Needs More Swing, A Movie & DVD Review

15 Aug

By Ed Sum


Fandom is most likely to be divided with the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. With a second film well into production, Marvel Entertainment will rake in some of the money that Sony is putting out in marketing. And this larger studio is going to keep the cinematic rights to the web-head for as long as their webbing can hold. The Amazing Spider-Man will never be part of the Avengers Universe if the similarity of the Oscorp building to the Stark Tower, built upon the MET Tower, is any indication.

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Dissecting Fan Expo Vancouver 2013

24 Apr

Expectations were very high by fans to see if the organizers could successfully pull off Fan Expo Vancouver for a second year. Problems were abound in its first year because nobody from the East Coast team knew what the West Coast interest would be like. The major complaint heard from the grapevine, especially on Facebook, was with the lineups. At least that looked better managed in this event’s second year. More signage could have helped direct traffic and one out of the many problems that still needs to be addressed is with hallway congestion. If that issue is not enough, detractors say Fan Expo is a form of Creation Con, a style of organization where the show is designed to take every penny out of a fan’s pocket, and true fan-run conventions are few and far-between.


At least the die-hard masses tends to ignore the naysayers and find enjoyment in everything that Fan Expo celebrates: pop culture.

This year, the show took over three ballrooms at the Vancouver Convention Center’s West Wing and it stretched out to the conference rooms on the second level. The exhibit hall was organized to have dealers for one-third of the space, exhibitors (like LEGO and Sony Playstation) in the middle and displays from special organizations at the end, near the loading docks.

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