Batman & Robin (PS1) Great Concept, Poor Execution

Batman & Robin (PS1) Great Concept, Poor Execution

Batman & Robin is one of the most forgotten Batman games. The game was released on July 31st, 1998. While the movie and the game were panned I decided to take a look back at Batman and Robin for the PS1. Playing the game over I feel that it doesn't get the praise that it deserved in some aspects. Batman & Robin is a great concept game just poorly executed. 

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Eleague Boston: An Experience

In three years of going to esports events I finally found an event that could rival a Combo Breaker Grand Finals..and I didn't even get to see the Grand Finals.

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Eleague hosted a Counter Strike Major event that put the best teams in the world against another in a series of matches and qualifiers that began months ago. Last weekend was finals weekend and was truly a sight to behold.

The venue was perfect for the scale. Tucked away near the Boston University, the Agganis Arena didn't have the gravitas of the Garden but was perfect for the event and it was obvious that the staff made sure the stage layout was both functional and appropriate for spectators.

In between matches, there were your standard sports "in between" content. Replays, mini games and there was even a Jackbox.tv game setup for the early birds.

Typically I am apprehensive about comparing esports events to traditional sports events but Eleague truly nailed the production level and atmosphere that, I feel, rivals traditional sports.

All of the ingredients are there. World class competition, fans from around the globe and a killer production team.

There were chants for everything and everything. From the standard "FNATIC", the quintessential "USA", and even custom to the event "We can't hear you!". The atmosphere was electric, although I would be remiss not to point out the crowds fatigue during the SK v. FNATIC match that lasted nearly four hours, and there was a lack of artificial hype from the production and I'm glad for it. The crowd and player cams were more than enough to keep the crowd invested and excited for the events on screen. Oftentimes the crowd was so loud that the casters couldn't be heard!

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The giant screens showing off the action in a resolution CS:GO rarely sees captured the action perfectly. Between the crowd and jumbo-trons, the fan experience was fantastic.

Only one thing stuck out to me as a flaw in the programming. The "fan experience" area was incredibly underwhelming. It served mostly vendor space with a 1v1 setup and while I definitely am not against additional retail space...calling it the "fan experience" area is a little bit of a let down

The experience of attending Eleague was really something I will carry with myself for the rest of my life. I look forward to the next Major!

 

 

Love Plus+ - A Great Attempt at "Pocket Girlfriend"

Love Plus+ - A Great Attempt at "Pocket Girlfriend"

Love Plus+ is a 2010 sequel to the original "Love Plus" released in 2009. Love Plus takes the basic concepts of Dating Sims and uses the portable form factor and real-time clock in the Nintendo DS to use and essentially creates the ultimate in "pocket girlfriend" game. 

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Dungeons and Dragons: True Fantasies As Realities

Dungeons and Dragons: True Fantasies As Realities

It all started with a book. Well, not a particular book but books in general. I am a fantasy nerd and reading fantasy novels and books have been a part of my life since I was able to read. Stories of heroes, adventure, love, etc, helped established my writing genre and my love for fairytales and myths.

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5 Supervillian Teams That Could Start The Next Phases Of The MCU

Hey O&G fans, Capt. America: Civil War will premiere in a couple weeks which means two years from now, we will be preparing for the Infinity Wars part 1. This will start the end of the first three phases of the MCU. That being said, what will be the next storyline? What will be the next big threat?

The Russo brothers have been quoited to have access to atleast sixty MCU characters, heroes and villains. With that many characters at their disposal, Marvel Studios could plan out some interesting stories after the Infinity Wars. Here are some suggestions of Super Villain teams that would make great stories for the next phases of the MCU.

5. Black Order

The Black Order (also known as the Cull Obsidian) are a group of alien villains that work for Thanos. They help Thanos conquer worlds where they demand tribute. Their first comic book appearance was in New Avengers Vol. 3. If Thonas is defeated at the end of the Infinity Wars, Marvel doesn't have to end his reign of terror there.  They could use this team of villains to exact a more sinister plot for revenge. The members of the Black Order are:  Black Dwarf, Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, and Supergiant.

4. Skrulls

Millions of years ago, the Celestials performed genetic experiments on the reptilian ancestors of the Skrulls, resulting in three branches of Skrulls that eventually warred with one another. The Deviant branch—possessing the innate ability to shapeshift. The Skrulls would be a great for the MCU........ if Marvel Studio owned the rights (Hint,Hint, make the deal Fox) Having the Skrulls in the MCU, we could see the Secret Invasion story come to the big screen. This could also give Marvel the ability to change the Avengers line-up and add new characters.

3. Masters of Evil

The original Masters of Evil (consisting of existing Marvel Comics supervillains Black Knight, Melter, and Radioactive Man) was gathered by former Nazi scientist Baron Heinrich Zemo. The team has had different members and leaders: Egghead's Masters of Evil, Doctor Octopus' Masters of Evil, and Pre-Thunderbolts Masters of Evil. This would give Marvel the ability to mix and match Villiains for the MCU. Let's consider that they start with (Characters that might be introduced in Capt. America civil War) Baron Zemo, Crossbones, and Klaw. Leading up to Infinity Wars, Marvel could plant the seeds of these guys being the next big threat.

2. Dark Avengers

In the aftermath of the Skrull Invasion, Norman Osborn became head of the Fifty-State Initiative, the Thunderbolts Initiative and S.H.I.E.L.D.. He disbanded all three with different results. S.H.I.E.L.D reformed into H.A.M.M.E.R. with Osborn as its Director, the Thunderbolts became a secret black-ops team for him and his Cabal and the Fifty State Initiative came under his control after its founder, Tony Stark,  was blamed for the Secret Invasion  and became a hunted fugitive. This would be one the best storylines and Super Villain team for the MCU because with Sony and Marvel working on Spiderman reboot and now that the characters can interact, it could open up a huge story. Since some of the actor like Robert Downey Jr might end their run, this would be a good way to have him still in the MCU, but only with cameo's and introduce new characters. This also leads into my Number 1 Super Villain Team. 

1. The Cabal

The Cabal (a.k.a. The Dark Illuminati) was formed by Norman Osborn, a covert group set against the aims of the scattered Illuminati, made up of Namor of Atlantis, Emma Frost of the X-Men, Doctor Victor Von Doom of Latveria, Loki of Asgard, and the criminal known as the Hood. With all the movies leading up to the Infinity Wars, the theme has been some shadowy figure with a sinister plot..... why not continue! After all is said and done, the storyline about the Dark Avengers and Norman Osborn would be perfect. Every Tv, Streaming, and Movie could be affected by the backlash and start a new Story with new characters.

 

What do you think of our List? Did we miss any groups that would fit better? Let us know in the comments.

 

by Sean Tucker

 

 

Five Reasons Olicity Needs To End

If the title of this article doesn't make me a target for fangirls nothing will. This will contain spoilers from the mid season finale of Arrow season 4. SPOILER WARNING!

At the end of Arrow season 4 mid season finale. Damien Darhk sent his goons to kill Oliver. The ghost minions shot up Oliver's limo with Felicity getting hit. The teaser after episode alludes to Felicity's death. I don't want the character to die. Here is five reasons I think it's time for the era of Olicity to end.

1. Laurel is Oliver's true love. 

As a comic fan I'm not really happy how Laurel is underdeveloped. Laurel is the Black Canary for goodness sake. Audiences really haven't connected with her at all. The past two seasons have been focus on developing Oliver and Felicity relationship. That is all in good but when other key DC characters like Black Canary are just shoehorn in its a problem. Look at social media during Arrow you will see how much people can't stand Laurel. That's not the fault of the actress. That is the fault of writer's who have given us a whiny complainer that people love to hate. Don't get me wrong I love Felicity she is a great strong character. I just feel that Laurel needs the push to front like in Season 1. If the writer's end game is Laurel and Oliver it's time to move her to the front and Felicity back to the supportive role.

2. Arrow Is A Superhero Show

One thing I love about Gotham, The Flash and Supergirl is the love stories are not the main focus. Arrow is losing sight of this in my opinion. Every week Olicity has a big chunk of the show. Even in the crossover episode we had to deal with Olicity drama. Granted that time it made sense since it dealt with Oliver's kid. On The Flash Barry is dating Patty and while they have romance scenes it feels organic how it's displayed and progressed. I feel Olicity is now being written in to appease a demographic audience that only watches Arrow for Olicity and not the great character arc of Green Arrow and growth he has taken as a man. I'm not saying the show shouldn't have love but it shouldn't be front and center where it's starting to alienate some fans.

3. Oliver Grows From Loss

If they do decide to kill Felicity which I think is a bad move, then it will add more dimension to Oliver's character. If we learned anything from all the seasons of the past is Oliver changes after death. His best friend, his mother, Sara multiple times and Thea. Each painful lost saw Oliver grow as a character. Don't kill Felicity but just end the relationship and show us that Oliver has to eat the words that he told Barry. Those words are guys like us don't get the girl.

4. Adds More Dimension to Felicity  

For a character that really isn't important the comics. Arrow has taken Felicity and made her a household name. I miss the old Felicity. The Felicity that's wise cracking and is the glue of Team Arrow. I would love to see how her character progress if Olicity should end. Will she leave Team Arrow? Can she still work with Oliver? Will she go rogue? So many ways to take her character.

5.  Back to Basics 

Sometimes you have go back to basics. The show is about a man who becomes a hero. Season 4 is doing great by surpassing season 3 but Olicity is still front and center. Balance the heroism and relationships. I see more Olicity than I see Green Arrow these days. Bring back Laurel from fan hate and make her the central female character. The show is calling him Green Arrow now and it's time to really make him that.

 

 

 

 

 

Marvel vs DC: Who Truly Reigns Supreme in Entertainment?

Marvel vs DC: Who Truly Reigns Supreme in Entertainment?

For many years geeks have been debating each other on who is better Marvel or DC? Friendships have ended, relationships broken, silent treatments given. Message boards, trolls were born on this burning question alone.  Justin finally enters the ring and give my two cents on this endless debate.

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