Tag Archives: Video Games

How Pokémon GO Can Be Improved & Community Day Afterthoughts

17 Jan

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Updated: Jan 28th, 2021

Pokémon GO is off to a good start this new year. I’m playing a lot more because the first Community Day with Machop and triple stardust for every critter caught is exactly what I wanted. Toss on a Star Piece, and I was swimming in powder after playing for the full five hours. Hopefully, these types of triple offerings will pop up a touch more often.

But as for the augmented reality part of this game, I still keep the camera off. The feature still struggles with knowing the difference between three-dimensional objects, a wall and the floor. It’d be cool to see a Pikachu around the corner, and the player has to slightly chase after it in order to catch, but the various surface detection algorithms don’t work that way. This feature was supposed to roll out late last year, according to engadget, but it seems very little progress has been made. I’ve tested the option on an iPad Mini 5 and Samsung S20 FE. On both, the critter thought the curtain was a flat horizon surface–whoops!

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On The Fear of Dancing with Michael Allcock

25 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

CBC Gem
Streaming November 27th, 2020

Some people may not necessarily to go “Slow dancing, Swaying to the Music” ala Johnny Rivers with that significant other or to “Pump up the Jam” with Technotronic. Children generally will do their thing on the dance floor. Teens, however, have a lot more to deal with when at that Winter formal. As for how many will skip the prom due to nerves, that’s subject to debate. But when an individual becomes an adult, just why they do or do not go clubbing, depends. Writer/Director/Narrator Michael Allcock is one of those persons who has a Fear of Dancing.

His filmography is vast. His two decade long career saw him work in various genres, but it’s his love for documentaries which drives him. He’s the creative mind behind Semisweet: Life in Chocolate and Kubo’s Crickets. He admits to simply being a hired gun to put together the narratives of many products–ranging from Canadian science fiction television series Starhunter to being a screenwriter for Paranormal 911. When opportunities pop up to make feature-length documentaries, he admits to being at his best when he’s in full creative control.

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Still Waiting for Cyberpunk 2077? Read the World of Instead…

17 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Despite CD Projekt RED‘s video game Cyberpunk 2077 being constantly delayed, thankfully publishing partner, Dark Horse Comics is not late on releasing The World of Cyberpunk 2077. Fans of the role playing game turned video game will need time to read through the voluminous tome, and by the time they’re done, they’ll be up to speed. The latest date slated for the game is Dec 10th.

This product offers everything newcomers need to know about life, the gangs and tech available in Night City. It’s less about the making of the game with concept art but more on what to expect from it narrative-wise. Not everyone will be interested in the Deluxe Edition. The slick binder makes it almost worth it, but to get one in pristine condition means scouring the book stores.

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Call of Duty Mobile gets BiSH’d! and where to find the Music Video

9 Nov

BiSH (ビッシュ) is a punk band without musical instruments. They recently released a new digital single ‘STORY OF DUTY’ that ties-in with the globally popular FPS game ‘Call of Duty: Mobile’. This song was written by Aina The End and is available on all major streaming service such as Spotify and iTunes.

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