King’s Quest is making a comeback

Kings QuestI have reviewed a lot of point and click adventures before, most recently Anna’s Quest. I’m always comparing them to King’s Quest, a very early point and click adventure game inspired by Dungeons and Dragons and Choose Your Own Adventure stuff from the eighties, giving eighties kids precisely what they wanted.

It would appear that King’s Quest is back, and it will be available on the PS3, PS4, Xbox One, and of course, the PC. I have no idea what this game is about, but honestly, I want to play it.

I am told from my Source that there are references to the original King’s Quest series, and I wonder if I can even remember this one. You should be able to get it for $9.99 per episode or $39.99 for a season pass.

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LG Gentle is bringing flip phones back

LG GentleThe other day I talked about how flexible touchscreens could replace the touchscreen phone, just like touchscreen phones pretty much replaced the clip phones. It looks like the flip phones could be making a comeback with LG Gentle.

You heard that right. It has 1 GB of RAM and it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset. The screen is a 320 x 480 and the rear camera is a 5 Megapixel number with an old-school 0.3 Megapixel front facing camera. As for the battery, it is a 1,700 mAh job, so I don’t know how long that is good for.

I believe that the price is about $171, but it will be only available in Korea.

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How Microsoft will take over the world on July 29th with Windows 10

Windows 10Okay, I am told that Microsoft will make Windows 10 is available on July 29th, but here’s the thing: they could use it to take over the world!

How do I know this? Simple. I’ve seen the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, and the villain, Valentine, had a plan that is similar to what Microsoft is doing now. In the film, Valentine gives everyone an SD card that allows for free Internet and Wi-Fi Forever. He’s played by Samuel L. Jackson, acting like he’s on one of those Capitol One ads that he does.

Anyway, after those free SD cards are equally distributed, it sends out a signal that taps into the rage part of people. From there, the world kills itself. Is it possible that Microsoft is planning on using their product to kill the world’s population?

No, that would be stupid and unrealistic, because they would have no users. Still, the idea of putting some operating system on all of these Windows operating systems like laptops, desktops, and some phones is a sign that you really want to get yourself out there, for free!

And I suppose that only Microsoft can do this, and the issue is whether or not the company can afford to do this. I get the feeling that there might be some kind of hidden fee somewhere.

LG wants their phones with Flexible OLEDs

samsung_flexible_oled_screen_phone_xluetOkay, every once in a while, I see some kind of new device that I think is going to change the world. I think LG has already seen it.

We have been living in a world where the smartphone has been just a touchscreen with very few buttons. We obviously have Apple to thank for that, but what is the next step? After all, it is very clear that those old flip phones from a decade ago look like dinosaurs versus the plain touchscreen smartphones of today.

So what will be the next step? How about some kind of small bar for notifications, and then a pullout screen for watching movies? Yeah, I really want that, and you know who else wants that? LG.

LG has planned on investing about $907 million for a new OLED plant in Korea. The plant should be up and running in about 2017, which can produce four times as many flexible OLED displays compared to what they can do now.

Seriously, those OLED touchscreens are the way of the future man. I think I might need to get me some idea of what this is going. Maybe I should invest in LG Electronics before the stock climbs after their flexible touchscreen phones come out.

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Speculative Fiction Saturday: Birdman

BirdmanI’m again going to be honest here and say that technically Birdman isn’t a speculative film. Even though the opening shot is of a man floating in air through telekinetic power, and…yeah, that’s good enough. I’ve reviewed other media that isn’t necessarily speculative fiction, such as Big Fish and Sherlock.

I’m going to start by saying that I loved Birdman, and as I was watching it, I get that awesome feeling when I suddenly realize that I am watching a really cool movie. It is this feeling that keeps me going back to films, looking for what little bit of wisdom that they can impart. Birdman is one of those films that just really gets me excited about writing.

Birdman is a film by Alejandro González Iñárritu, and it just begs to be pretentious. I’ve talked about pretentiousness in films before with that one month when I was reviewing films like The Tree of Life and The Fountain. This is a term when a film tries to talk about how important they are. In the case of this film, it tries to show how a seemingly mundane story is actually indicative of the importance of life itself.

On the surface, the story feels typical of Hollywood, as the main character is Riggan played Michael Keaton. Riggan once made it big as a superhero in a series of films called Birdman, but he refused to play the character for a fourth movie, and it is pretty obvious that his acting career has suffered. The fact that Keaton is playing this character when his career probably took a downturn after playing Batman is more than just interesting. Okay, maybe I am wrong on this, but I’ve only seen Michael Keaton in very few good roles after Batman. I’ll just say that he really should have won the Oscar for his portrayal in this film.

Riggan is hoping that a play that he is starring in will give him the comeback he was looking for. He adapted a short story from Raymond Carver called “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”, and he is having trouble with its opening night. Oddly enough, I read parts of this book in college. Maybe I liked this film because I can relate to a lot of it.

This film has an odd way of contradicting itself. As I mentioned before, the film begins with the main character showing telekinetic ability, and later on reveals that he dropped a heavy light on one of the actor’s heads. Later on, Riggan throws a tantrum in his dressing room with his telekinetic powers. I am assuming that the telekinetic powers represent something, but I am not sure what. This would be a different movie if he literally had those powers, and I’m pretty certain that he could easily be his own

Also, Riggan has this inner voice that sounds like the Christian Bale Batman. Later on, it is seen as Birdman, and I’m also not certain what this is supposed to represent.

For some reason, I was enthralled with these characters even though there is so little given about them. While I was watching this film, I began to wonder if it was one of my favorite films of all time. I think it should be in my top ten, because I think there is something about this film that works and works very well.
This film has a very odd way of telling its story as the camera literally follows the main characters. This film could have spent a lot of time on lengthy flashbacks on establishing its backstory, but it assumes that you can listen to the characters current conversations and extract the backstory from there. It’s a technique that more filmmakers need to use.

If I were to summarize what I like about this film, I believe that it is about rising above one’s own downfalls. Is it possible that we have to be inspired by something unreal to face reality? Maybe the theme is that we have to face life without any sense of expectation, and just accept what it gives us.

The subtitle of this film is “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”. Perhaps what this film is trying to say is that ignorance, the not knowing, can produce a goodness in us that is like a stopped clock: sometimes it is right. I think that this film tapped into something right, as most do not.

Caves of Qud Game available on Steam

Caves of QudCaves of Qud is another game on Steam that I have reviewed, and it is one that I think will only appeal to certain types of players.

The issue that I had with Caves of Qud is the pronunciation. Is it Caves of Quid? Caves of Cod? Caves of Cud? Seriously, we are running out of game names these days that we have to just make up words like “Qud”.

Yeah, that is nitpicking. Caves of Qud is one of those games that I have a hard time with, but I just don’t feel that I am a hard core gamer. I feel that this game reminds me of Ultima III, which was a fantasy RPG that I played on a PC with a crappy monitor back in the eighties.

The Ultima III game involves having a party of characters and going through adventures. The controls are very difficult, and the fighting is also very difficult.

Caves of Qud has a difficult system as well, and it takes quite a while to get started. It reminds me of pencil and paper Role Playing Games (RPGs) where it takes years to construct a character before you can get started.

I hope no one is thinking that I am giving this game a bad review. I know Caves of Qud is a product of a lot of love and deserves a try. Hopefully you will like this type of gameplay, and if you do, then Caves of Qud is for you. You can find it on Steam for $9.99.

HEX Stinson Relay Duffel and Icon Wallet for the iPhone 6

Hex Stinson Duffel BagI like a lot HEX products, and I was very pleased to review the Stinson Relay Duffel Bag. I have to admit that if I was into bags, I would definitely be into this one.

I’m pretty sure that you can use a gym bag or an overnight bag for at least a few days worth of clothes. There are two external pockets with one padded with a magnetic enclosure for an iPad, and then there is another for a phone, chargers, or accessories.

It is constructed with water resistant coating, along with genuine leather zipper pulls, heritage interior lining, and a whole lot more. You can find the Relay Duffel on the HEX site for about $109.95, and more than just in this pattern.

HEX Icon WalletI was also fortunate to receive some of their newest cases for the iPhone 6 with the Icon Wallet.

I might as well start by saying that I have reviewed products like the Icon Wallet before. Then again, I’m kind of getting tired of giving products introductions like that. Yes, this another one of those cases that can fold up like a book around the smartphone and hold three ID cards and even some cash in a side pocket.

The Icon Wallet case can close with an elastic band, and it is made of leather. It is a very good case, and fine one, too. You should be able to get it in Brown, Black Woven, Black, and Camo on the HEX site for about $49.99.

FIFA 16 cover will feature women on the cover for the first time

FIFA Cover ArtIf you aren’t familiar with FIFA, it is one of the biggest sports franchise games ever. Yes, it is bigger than NBA 2K, MLB, and Madden series of games based on basketball, baseball, and football, respectively.

I’m not certain how we are looking as far as gender equality is concerned, but there is something new when it comes to video games. FIFA 16 is the first sports game that will feature female athletes on the cover. This actually wasn’t a real secret, as it was announced that Lionel Messi would be on the cover, along with other players. There was a list of applicants, and some of them were female. It was finalized that Olympic gold medalist will be running alongside Messi for the United States edition, while Christine Sinclair will adorn the cover for the Canadian edition. There is even an Australian edition with Stephanie Catley.

By the way, FIFA 16 gives players the option of playing as female soccer players. If you want to buy the game, it has a release date of September 22, 2015.

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Ashley Madison, the cheater’s site, has been hacked, and here’s my response

Ashley MadisonI’ve already written about this issue on the Gospel Herald, another site that I write for. If you aren’t family with Ashley Madison, they are a dating website, with a difference: they are designed for those who are married or in a committed relationship. It’s tagline is “Life is Short, Have an Affair”. I can’t think of worse advice.

You might have heard that Ashley Madison has been hacked. It was done by a group or a person called The Impact Team. The group put something on the website claiming that they have all this personal information from Avid Life Media, the parent of Ashley Madison. This group also claims that Avid Life Media owns Established Men, which supports human trafficking.

When I reported on this, I kept my opinion out of it. Even on an online website known as The Gospel Herald, I wanted to keep my opinions as a Christian out of it. I remained objective, but there is a paragraph that I wanted to say.

I am glad to say that I didn’t know about Ashley Madison. I am a married man, and I said vows that I don’t regret about 17 years ago that implied that I wouldn’t be on sites like this looking to have an affair.

The issue that I have with Ashley Madison is that it exists, and it has millions (about 37 million) subscribers. Are there that many people who are trying to be unfaithful to their spouses? Yes, I am going to talk about how I believe that marriages should stay together.

There is something about Ashley Madison being hacked that actually pleases me. Yes, I just want them to have their comeuppance. I don’t know if there is a lot of Ashley Madison clients’ spouses that are getting information that their spouse is being unfaithful. If so, now they have to deal with the consequences of a cheating lifestyle which ends with you getting caught.

I find it odd that the Sources that talked about the Ashley Madison really downplayed The Impact Team’s claim that Avid Life Media could be supporting prostitution and human trafficking. Is the real outrage that a site’s privacy been violated? I’m outraged that Ashley Madison even exists.

I realize that as a society we can accept a lot compared to what we used to. We’re getting close to legalizing drugs, and I’m glad we have made strides with equality of race and gender orientation. The issue is that I feel that marriage shouldn’t be violated, and if that makes me old-fashioned, I guess that’s what I am.

“No Time To Explain” is insane game

No Time to ExplainSince I get an opportunity to test out Steam games every once in a while, it is great to see one that is just plain insane. In this case, the insanity completely works for No Time To Explain.

No Time To Explain is a remake of tinyBuild’s debut game, and I guess I never played the game the first time. I really wish I had, because this game is a whole load of fun. The game has extremely minimalistic, as South Park has better graphics. That just doesn’t matter, as this is one of those games that sells on its premise alone. That is, if I knew what the premise is.

This game opens as the main character is just standing around his house one day when the wall cracks open and his future self comes in. After saying the game’s title, the future self is attacked by some crab-monster. The future self leaves behind a big rectangle that is essentially a gun as well as a jet-pack. Seriously, it can blast, but if it is held down, it will blast the player upward.

From there, you need to go through levels with the gun to blast through obstacles and fly across gulfs to get to this vortex to end the level. When the level ends, the player character will often change, as does reality. I have no idea why this is happening, but I just don’t care.

There are some really cool boss levels, and I loved the time I had playing this. It is what certain video games should be: fun, and yet crazy at the same time. You should be able to get it on Steam now.