Monday, March 31, 2014

MY WRESTLEMANIA 30 LINEUP, HOPES, AND DREAMS

WELCOME TO WRESTLEMANIA!


Can you feel it? The electricity in the air? The mounting excitement?

WrestleMania 30 is less than one week away, and tonight is the all-important final RAW before the "Showcase of the Immortals".

This 'Mania has been a long time coming. The build toward the event, beginning way back in August at SummerSlam, has been controversial, at times discouraging. But with a few carefully timed, excellently executed creative decisions this could potentially be one of, if not the greatest WrestleMania of all time. With The Rock (and no other part-timers) disrupting the Main Event for the first time in three years, the WWE Universe may finally get the conclusion they want and deserve.

The following is a list of currently known/announced WrestleMania matches, and (rather than predicting the likeliest conclusions) my desired outcomes. I will also arrange the card as I hope it will play out.

Enjoy, and get ready!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wesley Crusher (aka Wil Wheaton) Offers Some Inspiring Advice On How To Deal With Bullies


At the Denver Comic Con, a little girl asked Wil Wheaton (famous for playing Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: TNG) if he was ever called a nerd and how he dealt with it.

His reply is simple and heartwarming, and good advice for anyone, both the young and old.

I'm twenty-seven, and the only bullies I encounter nowadays are the voices in my head, but I still found Wheaton's response helpful and enlightening. It's not that these sentiments haven't been expressed before, it's that I've never quite heard them expressed so succinctly, kindly, and sincerely.

Have a look and a listen, and live long and prosper.


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Metal Gear Solid 5: Gameplay Videos With Hints, Tips, and Awesomeness!


Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is an amazing game, functioning as an exciting, deeply moving prologue to the main game, Phantom Pain, set to release next year. The game was perfectly reviewed by Kevin recently, so go read that by clicking here and then buy the game!

Pay no mind to the naysayers who think the game is too pricey for its brevity. If you're a diehard MGS fan then you'll make sure to spend hours crawling like a snail through the muck, loving every second of it.

Enjoy some gameplay running on Xbox One - no real spoilers here unless you don't want to see anything in the game - and have a good time exploring and destroying the base!

Snake? SNAAAAAAAAAAKE!

Here's a Mini Review With Highlights From The Main Mission
(I don't know what happened to my voice in the beginning)

 
Here's a Few Hints/Tips; Some Self-Explanatory While Others More Subtle
 

And Finally a Spontaneous Moment Featuring "Here's To You" by Joan Baez

 

Thanks for watching and stay tuned for more gameplay footage from Titantfall, MGS5, and Thief, as well as all the latest entertainment news and reviews.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

8 Simple Steps For Turning Your Xbox One Game DVR Into Youtube Videos

 
The Xbox One is an amazing gaming & entertainment machine that permits owners to seamlessly, instantly transition between their favorite movies, TV shows, apps, and games.

It has received a great deal of criticism (due to the confounding policies and focus upon Television outlined in the first press conference reveal last summer). Regardless of Microsoft's initially confusing marketing policy and a seeming lack of focus on video games, the system itself is undeniably fun, intuitive, and very much a "Games Machine".

The beauty of the Xbox One is that it will be whatever you want it to be. If you want an advanced and effective voice-controlled Television app, you've got it. If you want access to all sorts of entertainment streaming apps, you've got it. If you want to play a litany of games and switch between them on the fly (and even play your Xbox 360 games when you hook the two systems together via HDMI cables), you've got it. If you're like me and you want a machine that does all of these things and more, you've got it. The perception that Xbox One is not primarily designed for the modern gamer is a misnomer, resultant from Microsoft's poor marketing machine when the system was announced.

But, as it stands today, it is a truly futuristic gaming ecosystem that encourages the gaming community to participate in a wide spectrum of fun, exciting, and forward-thinking ventures that engender the medium with depth, ease, and joy.


One of my favorite features of this next-gen system is the ability to record game footage without needing any kind of ancillary device.

You simply say, "Xbox, record that" and a clip will be created of the last 30-seconds of gameplay. If you want to record a longer clip, then you simply snap the Game DVR app by saying, "Xbox, snap Game DVR" or selecting the app icon, and then you can begin recording longer clips.

Once your clips are recorded, interested gamers should head over to the Upload and Upload Studio apps, where videos as long as five minutes can be crafted utilizing the simple, easy-to-use editing software. Players can also record voice-over should they wish to comment on their video or review a game.

Recently I've created two video reviews utilizing this tech, and even discovered how to upload these videos to youtube.


The following is a brief, step by step process, for how to upload your Game DVR videos to your youtube account. To do this, you will need a Microsoft account, complete with OneDrive (it may still be referred to as Skydrive on your tablet or computer), and a Youtube account.

HOW TO UPLOAD XBOX ONE GAME DVR TO YOUTUBE

1 - Record a clip of gaming footage by saying, "Xbox, record that," or by snapping game DVR and selecting "Start clip" as you play.

2 - Go to the Upload Studio and familiarize yourself with the editing software. There are several options for the kind of video you wish to create. You can select up to five clips of gameplay to intercut, record voice-over, and add a skin which will act as a fun transition between clips.

3 - Once you've finished editing your video in Upload Studio you will be prompted to upload it. Select "Upload And Save To One Drive". Your video will now be saved to your Xbox, but it will also appear in your cloud storage OneDrive app on your computer or tablet.

4 - Sign into Youtube and select Upload.

5 - When prompted to select files to upload, scroll through your files in your computer and find and select OneDrive (it might still be referred to as Skydrive. Depending on your device there should be a choice to select "This PC" and OneDrive will be one of the options that follows in the dropdown menu).

6 - Select Video.

7 - Select Xbox One Game DVR.

8 - Select which video you would like to upload to Youtube. After that, your video will upload to Youtube and you can add descriptions, titles, and all the rest!

It's surprisingly easy once you get the hang of it. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments section. Be sure to tag your youtube video with appropriate descriptions so that others might find it in searches.

Live long and prosper, and happy gaming!


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

RYSE: SON OF ROME REVIEW



Ryse: Son of Rome is the much-maligned Xbox One exclusive that launched alongside the next gen system in the fall of 2013.

The Abridged Video Review

The game has a 60-metacritic score from critics and a 6.0 from users. While the visuals have been praised, the gameplay is often criticized for being too repetitive and simplistic, the combat mechanics far too forgiving on the gamer.

Having just completed my playthrough (I only recently got an Xbox One), I can confidently write that Ryse: Son of Rome is a victim of expectation and gamer group-think, and that it is in no way deserving of the vitriol it has received.

The expectations going into this game were skewed by the fact that it was a launch title for a console that promised to usher in a new era of entertainment. To discover that Ryse is a fairly straight-forward (yet sophisticated) hack & slash game (not a third person action adventure as it is described), affected critics' and gamers' ability to judge the game more fairly. The Internet also has a way of galvanizing for the purpose of hating a game the instant there are any complaints or issues with it, oftentimes without having actually experienced said game, and Ryse is yet another victim of such a dangerous trend.

With the benefit of time and tempered expectations, here is, what I hope to be, the fairer assessment the game deserves.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Gut Reaction: The Giver First Trailer


The beloved novel, The Giver, is getting the silver-screen treatment and today, the first brief trailer was released.


My memories of the novel are rather murky, existing as a collection of vague impressions and images. I do remember being very moved by it, particularly the ending, and can recall a distinct tone - a dark, mournful and decidedly serious examination of adolescent behavior.

I also remember that the world in which the characters lived was literally without color - though one of the powers of The Giver was the ability to see color. I also don't remember the world being a Hunger Games/1984 knock-off that looked and sounded like a television show on the CW Network.

But perhaps I just didn't read too closely. The impression I got was that the dystopian future depicted was more akin the society shown in the Star Trek TNG episode The Inner Light - humble and rustic (it's been over a decade so I might be wrong).

METAL GEAR SOLID GROUND ZEROES REVIEW

For a series as old as I am, it is a monumental task to reinvent itself while still retaining the core mechanics and entertainment value that has kept fans intrigued and coming back for more. From Snake Eater's survival mechanics to Guns of the Patriots' run and gun addition to Portable Ops and Peace Walker's home base and deployment features, Hideo Kojima has always been on step ahead of the fans and the technology he uses to bring his acclaimed series to life with.

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Titanfall Video Review


Through the magic of Xbox One's game DVR, Kinect, Upload Studio, and the internet, I've managed to finally create a video review.

The following is a brief but enthusiastic take on Titanfall, packed with real-time gameplay from yours truly.

Enjoy, and be sure to check back again soon for all your gaming news and reviews:

 

Friday, March 14, 2014

IDEAS FOR WWE 2K15

So that's where Punk is.
The latest series of WWE wrestling video games is second only to the stellar WrestleMania 2000 and WWF No Mercy for the Nintendo 64. I've greatly enjoyed each iteration since WWE '12 was released in 2011. The grappling system is realistic, innovative and permits savvy players to create intense matches that reflect the in-ring psychology of real-world WWE extravaganzas.

While WWE '13 remains the best in the series, 2K14 introduced a variety of subtle, novel concepts that will hopefully be further refined in the future.


The following is a list of simple suggestions for how to not only improve gameplay, but help offer gamers and WWE fans a wider breadth of opportunities to simulate their favorite sports entertainment pastime.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

DEAL OF THE WEEK - 33% OFF ASSASSIN'S CREED & MORE

The good ole' days.

Each week there are deals on the Xbox Live Games Store that digitally inclined, penny-pinching gamers would be wise to explore.

Sometimes this deals are promoted right on the home screen when you sign in, and other times they're tucked away in the 'Sales and Specials' window. To get to that pesky window take the following steps:
  1. Scroll over to the games page
  2. Select 'browse games' located on the left side of the screen
  3. Select sales and specials, which is usually at the bottom right
  4. Select 'deal of the week: exclusive to gold'
  5. Treat yo self!

This week gamers have the following options (to name a few):
  • Assassin's Creed IV - 33% off
  • I Am Alive - 75% off
  • COD: Ghosts - 33% off
  • Call of Juarez - 75% off
The best one on this list is ACIV. You're likelier to get a better deal in disc-form at your local games store, but if you like the idea of owning a game on your harddrive then you can't go wrong with this particular choice as it's always good to have around. I've logged something like forty hours in this game and there's still an overwhelming amount of content left.

Enjoy, happy gaming, and may the force be with you.


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GAME NEWS: WATCH DOGS RELEASE DATE AND NEW TRALER (W/IMPRESSIONS)!

 
Part I
 
Announcement:

Watch Dogs, developer Ubisoft's new IP (intellectual property), has received a release date after being delayed from its initial November 2013 date.

Gamers eager to take on the role of Aiden Pearce and hack the city of Chicago will be able to do so on May 27th, 2014. This date feels a little more solid, because Watch Dogs went radio silent after not making the 2013 holiday season. So it's unlikely Ubisoft would move forward with this news unless the new date were more solid, given how anticipated this game is, and how it's being groomed as the next big Ubisoft franchise. The added six months of polish will hopefully help fix whatever problems there are.

Along with this announcement, Ubisoft released a new story-focused trailer:


If you really want to see what the game is made of, though, watch this next video. If you want to skip ahead to the best part, be sure to watch the last couple minutes, where it's revealed other real-players around the world can enter your game and attempt to hack your phone, thus beginning a back and forth game of revenge - seamlessly transitioning between single player and multiplayer action:


Watch Dogs certainly looks impressive (especially that coat!), a game potentially worthy of the title "Next-Gen". So, if you're interested in the game, get excited, because May 27th will be here before you know it!

Part II

Author's Totally Biased Personal Note That You Should Not Take As An Absolute Judgment of the Game and Permit to Affect Your Individual Thoughts:

I've always been excited for Watch Dogs myself, ever since it was announced. My excitement gradually waned over time, however, most likely due to the many delays. While much of the gameplay looks fun and impressive, I'm remaining cautiously optimistic. I have no doubt it will be an enjoyable, forward-thinking game in many ways, but I can't help but be irked by some of the cheesy, teen-game-quality dialogue in that trailer and the pacing of certain ancillary missions.


This game looks very much like a spiritual successor to Assassin's Creed (it's developed by the same studio after all and is rumored to take place in the same universe), and that particular series is one that has left me incredibly frustrated (though IV was, for the most part, purely good fun).

Some of the side-missions in Watch Dogs appear unsettlingly reminiscent of the eavesdropping in all of the Assassin's Creed games (albeit more elaborate versions). I think the dip in initial hype, coupled with the delays and the re-reveals that emphasize the same hacking abilities (how many times have we seen those police barricades pop out of the ground?), have put a dent in my expectations, and made me worry that playing it for myself will result in less fun. I feel like I've seen all the best jokes in a comedy-movie-trailer.


The game still looks amazing when Aiden is simply running and gunning, though, and a seemingly sentient Chicago that can be manipulated promises to be an exciting, innovative environment to explore.

And I always look forward to jumping on trains.


So I don't want to hamper anyone else's enthusiasm and contribute to the cynicism of the internet. I merely share my own thoughts because I strangely feel compelled to write about them. It's because of how much I want the game to be good and how cool I think it could be. My reservations are based on the gameplay I've seen and mostly with my checkered past with Assassin's Creed. The first game in the series was, and remains, one of the most frustrating let downs in my gaming-life, and the excitement I had for that game is very similar to how I initially felt about Watch Dogs.


Still, it'll be nice to have a new free-roam next-gen game, and a chance to run around Chicago.

Thanks for reading, and live long and prosper.

 
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT: BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT REVEAL!

 
We got this logo first!

Ladies and gents, never have I needed Batman to come to my rescue more than now.

After watching last night's Monday Night Raw where CM Punk did not return to the WWE, I found myself faced with a level of dejection unlike any I've ever experienced. It was a strange, previously unknown emotional state to me, brought on by the gradual realization that my wrestling hero was gone, perhaps forever. I was not angry (that would have been a welcome, familiar response). I experienced what I can only describe as a mix of deep mourning and deep indifference to the darkness of the world.

And then, with a few casual clicks on Facebook, came the serendipitously, timely, much-needed, and much-appreciated reveal that Rocksteady will release a new Next-Gen Batman game in their illustrious Arkham series titled Arkham Knight.

And there's even a trailer:


Reports are that the game will take place in a revamped, larger Gotham City with "wider streets" because players will finally be able to take control of...


That's right! At long last gamers will be able to get behind the wheel of the coolest car in the universe; THE BATMOBILE!

Harvey Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, and the master of terror, The Scarecrow, will be present as evidenced by the trailer. The game takes place years after Arkham City and, if the trailer is any indication, will once again raise the stakes for The Dark Knight - forcing him to endure another terrible night.

Here's that awesome logo again, only this time it's on fire!


Standby for a trailer analysis from The Future Machine, and come back for all future updates as we eagerly await the release of Batman's next virtual adventure.

Thank you, Batman. I'll always believe in you.

Monday, March 3, 2014

HOOK IN - Why You Should Read The Future Machine


Dear Reader,

There's a lot of information on the internet about the arts and entertainment. Gaming, movies, comics, television, wrestling - it's easy to find news and reviews on a variety of content on a daily basis simply by typing a few carefully chosen words into Google.

But, as a writer and reader of The Future Machine, I've noticed something here you just can't get anywhere else - a level of depth, thoughtfulness, and passion that is unappalled.

Our competition rests on their laurels, offering letter grades and numbers as analysis of entertainment that deserves better, and permits the community to remain argumentative and cynical. Not us!

We're not satisfied with comment-bait and merely describing the events of your favorite television show, movie, or game, we actually ask questions. We hope to offer insight, and foster an environment of positivity and intelligence and fun! That's what we watch our movies, play our games, and read our comics for after all! That's why we shout promos in the mirror when no one is looking and put our family and friends into the Sharpshooter! JOY!

At The Future Machine we engage in a dialogue with the reader, with ourselves, and with the entertainment and art we analyze. It is a celebration of what binds us.

Here are some examples of what we offer, and why you should hook into The Future Machine every week for all your arts and entertainment news and reviews:

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THE WEEKLY MONDAY NIGHT RAW REVIEW

WILL CM PUNK RETURN MARCH 3RD?

We offer all this and more, friends. Be sure to follow us, and you will be rewarded thusly. We also have the best gifs!
 
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Thank you for your time, may the force be with you, and may you live long and prosper.
 
Sincerely,
 
The Future Machine

 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The First Annual GEARS Video Game Awards


Tonight ABC airs The 86th Annual Academy Awards, Hollywood's most prestigious celebration of the film medium.

But why should movies get all the cool trophies?

In keeping with the season, but also our love of video games, the following is a completely biased, somewhat non-political list of video games that fulfilled all the tenets of excellence in the medium in the year of 2013.

If you think we missed out on something or that our judgment is completely unfair, that's what the comments section is for - feel free to offer you own list of GEAR-worthy video game experiences (keep in mind this is based purely on games available for the Xbox 360, and one gamer's experience. In the future when the GEARS are less impromptu, we'll more accurately represent the wide spectrum of gaming art).

Thanks for reading, enjoy The Oscars, and may the real best picture win.

Now onto The Gears (The Future Machine's version of The Oscars, but for video games)!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

On CM Punk's Possible March 3rd RAW Return


Will CM Punk return to Monday Night Raw when the WWE rolls into Chicago on March 3rd?

This is the burning question at the forefront of many wrestling fans' minds, eager to see the upcoming flagship show.

Many fans will also tune in simply for the crowd - as it remains to be seen whether or not the WWE has made any headway in convincing Punk to return (or if Punk's departure is not all an elaborate, very effective work).

The promise of the crowd, feverishly chanting CM Punk's name regardless of whether or not he makes an appearance, potentially booing every other angle out of the building, is an exciting prospect in of itself.

This is the event the WWE sorely needs to gain some momentum headed into WrestleMania.

It's been a difficult month, filled with ups and downs, rumors and speculation, most of which have proven fruitless. Inevitably, this Monday is the only time we'll get some real answers - either directly or indirectly. If this is a work, it's an exciting, well-executed one, and just as we'll never know how much of Punk's infamous "Shoot heard round the world" was planned beforehand and how much was a surprise even "to the people in the back", it will likely be impossible to tell at which point the lines between reality and fiction blurred in this angle.