Sony launches 20th Anniversary Sale on the PlayStation Store

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Twenty years ago today the original PlayStation was launched in North America. Over 12 Final Fantasy, 8 Metal Gear, and 6 Gran Turismo games later… and hundreds of new IP, PlayStation is still the go-to dedicated gaming console for casual and hardcore gamers alike. To celebrate, PlayStation is running a 20th anniversary sale on the PlayStation Store for supported devices. Note that Plus members may receive addition discounts. Check out the full list in the link below.

http://m.egmnow.com/articles/news/sonys-running-a-big-20th-anniversary-sale-on-the-playstation-store/

Deadpool | Red Band Trailer

My Silver Screen

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With great power comes great irresponsibility

The trailer is finally out and don’t mistake him for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Its a surprise this movie even exists after having gone through development hell and back. Following Deadpool’s appearance in 2009’s critically panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine film, a Deadpool spin-off with Ryan Reynolds reprising the role was in consideration. The internet was buzzing as Reynolds (a fan favorite) was chosen to help undo the damage Fox had done to the sarcastic “merc with a mouth” Marvel antihero.

By 2014, the anticipation had died down and a Deadpool film seemed unlikely. The X-Men franchise had reinvented itself thanks to First Class, The Wolverine, and Days of Future Past. Even if a Deadpool film was in the works, would Fox ever green-light the ‘R-rated’ comic book film that it deserves? On July 28, 2014, a 2012 test footage was leaked…

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The Top Ten Best-Selling Video Games Of 2015 So Far

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Fortune Magazine has complied data on North American retail sales to determine the best-selling video games of the first half of 2015 and the number one spot may surprise you.

Mortal Kombat X, which isn’t one of the eminently larger franchises like Grand Theft AutoCall of Duty, or Battlefield has taken the number one spot . Fighting games in general tend to maintain somewhat of a cult status even at the height of their critical and commercial success. Popular behemoth fighting game franchise Street Fighter sees a steady flow of sales due largely to the competitive culture that surrounds it and also to its game-play design which is considered to be the 2D fighting game standard.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Mortal Kombat X
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. Battlefield Hardline
  4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  5. Minecraft
  6. Batman: Arkham Knight
  7. Dying Light
  8. NBA 2K15
  9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  10. Super Smash Bros.

Its important to remember these numbers strictly reflect retail sales and not downloaded purchases. Its still nice to see core fans and a new audience find interest again in a franchise and genre that has taken a backseat for a while. The release of 2011’s Mortal Kombat 9 breathed life back into a franchise that long forgot who they were. Either way, that list is likely to change during the holiday season. There are plenty of AAA titles planed to be released this holiday. Among the releases are Halo 5: Guardians, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4.

Eric Lemaire Jr.

5 Facts Revealed About DCCU You Don’t Know About!

empire_batman-v-superman-sept15coverThis month’s Empire magazine had a piece on Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice film and some very exciting details emerged. The importance of Wonder Woman’s role is reassuring since her appearance in the Comic-Con trailer seemed comically out of place. Check out the details below.

  1. Batman has already met Joker, Harley Quinn, and the rest of the Suicide Squad. He’s the reason they’re all in prison.
  2. Batman carries a machine gun at one point in the movie.
  3. Bruce Wayne lives in a lake house that Snyder calls the “Glasshouse”. Wayne Manor still stands, but has been abandoned.
  4. Wonder Woman’s role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is key to shifting the story towards Justice League.
  5. Clark Kent and Lois Lane live together in an apartment.

Earth 2.0 Discovered – What does this mean?

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In a press conference yesterday morning, NASA announced the discovery of the Kepler 452-b. It is the latest planet of many potential prospects that displays “Earth-like” characteristics.

Here’s what we know about Kepler 452-b:

•It is 60% larger than Earth and its terrain is mostly rocky.

•It is 5% farther from its parent star than Earth is from the Sun resulting in a 385-day orbit.

•The planet is in the “habitable zone” meaning it’s far enough away from its parent star that its water won’t evaporate, but close enough so that it won’t freeze.

Here’s what we know about its sun:

•Its 6 billion years old which is 1.5 billion years older than the Sun.

•It has the same temperature but is 20% brighter than the Sun’s.

•It also has a diameter that is 10% larger.

•Kepler 452-b is located 1,400 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus.

While this is certainly exciting news, the public response seem to suggest that most people misunderstand what this really means. Without diving too far into time dilation and relativity lets get a few things down.

•A light-year is the astronomical distance it takes for light particles to travel in a year’s time.

•Nothing with mass can travel at the speed of light.

COMPUTRON, lets crunch some numbers!

•Light travels 6 trillion miles in a year so…
1 light-year = 6 X 10^12 miles

•Kepler 452-b is 1400 light-years away from Earth or…
1400(6 X 10^12) miles

•Since nothing with mass can ever travel at the speed of light lets assume we are able to travel at 95% of the speed of light.

So…

t = d/v
t = 1400/0.95
t = 1473 light-years

The crew members would arrive at Kepler 452-b in 1473 years relative to Earth. Relative to Earth? What does that mean? Well the elapsed time observed on-board the ship would be less than that on Earth. The passage of on-board time would slow down in a fast moving vehicle traveling in space for complicated reasons regarding relativity and gravity that Computron isn’t willing to explain right now.

Sparing you all the time dilation math; It would take about 460 years traveling at 95% the speed of light for the crew to arrive at Kepler 452-b in time observed and relative to them. This is all assuming that they are able to travel at a speed technology may not even allow us to in the next 100 years and maintain that speed consistently. With current technology, a modern space shuttle has a maximum speed of 17,500 mph relative to Earth.

So…

t = d/v
t = 1400(6 X 10^12)/17500
t = 480,000,000,000 hrs
t = 20,000,000,000 days
t = 54,794,520.5 years

Thank you Computron. So it would basically take millions of years (Earth time) to reach this planet and millions of years back. So why is NASA excited?

Well from the looks of it, this planet may have all the right conditions to sustain life with surface, atmosphere, temperature, and distance to its sun all comparable to our beloved Earth. If this planet exist, surely there must be others closer to our system with similar conditions. The TESS telescope which is set to launch on a two year mission in 2017 will be focusing on planets orbiting in nearby systems.

The importance of a mission like this would belong to mankind. Just because we currently are not capable making a trip to Kepler 452-b doesn’t mean our grandchildren 7 generations down the line won’t be able to. With population growth, global warming, and the depletion of natural resources on the rise, scouting out an Earth 2.0 may prove to be crucial in the long-term survival of our species.

More Time but Less Moments

Although from the turn of the century we’ve learned to make greater use of the time we have, we have allowed the moments to fade away. So much of our lives can now be captured, measured, and put on display for the world to see that we’ve become overly concerned with the exploitation of our achievements and the mundanities in between rather than being preset.

Dawn of Justice Comic-Con Trailer

My Silver Screen

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I am absolutely stoked about this trailer. Warner Bros revealed their second trailer today at Comic-Con and the fans are going nuts. There have been a lot doubt surrounding DC and Warner Bros’ ability to construct the DC Cinematic Universe following Marvel’s success. Fear of convoluted plotlines, humorless tones, and over crowding of DC characters have been the topic of concern for over a year now. There have also been a lot of controversy surrounding the casting choices, namely Ben Affleck, Jared Leto, and Jesse Eisenberg respectively playing Batman, Joker, and Lex Luthor.

From its initial announcement, I not only believed Ben Affleck would be able to pull off the role, but that his portrayal of Batman would be the most faithful thus far. Ben’s physical resemblance to Bruce Wayne and his apparent commitment coupled with Zack Snyder’s vision of the Dark Knight gave me enough confidence to blindly trust…

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Best Ideas for a Batman Solo Film

Plans for a standalone Batman movie have been uncertain since the announcement of the DC Cinematic Universe. With no concrete release date, fans of the Dark Knight were left questioning how big of a role our winged detective would play in this universe. Warner Bros has recently gone on record confirming plans for a solo Batman film in the next 5 years. A report from Latino Review is now claiming Ben Affleck will be directing the upcoming solo film currently titled The Batman with a release date of November 2018. Now that we know that the film is coming, we are left wondering what kind of story we can expect to see.

Fortunately Hollywood has barely scratched the surface on potential engrossing plot-lines. Both Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan have done decent jobs bringing Batman’s mythology to life in their own respective styles but the films still fell short of what they should have been. I’m sorry Schumacher, you simply don’t belong here. Seriously though, Nolan’s Batverse trilogy are the only films out there that touched on some of the published material with Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Dark Knight Rises paying tribute to Year One, The Killing Joke, and Dark Knight Returns respectively. Snyder’s Batverse might finally depict the Batman and Gotham we deserve; albeit the one we need.

There are plenty great Batman stories that have yet to be brought to the big screen. For this list I will focus on stories with relationships that have not been explored yet and stories that makes sense within the context of Batman’s veteran status as a vigilante. The Killing Joke for example is an amazing story but we want avoid revisiting the Batman/Joker relationship head-on for Batman’s solo outing due to Christian Bale and Health Ledger’s recent portrayal. Year One is another great choice but its set in the early years with a young Jim Gordon when Bruce Wayne first donned the cape and cowl. Follow up films can explore these stories fully or in flashbacks but the first film following an older discontent Batman should avoid them.

So without further delay, my top 3 choices are The Long Halloween, Arkham Asylum, and Under the Hood. The former would allow Batman to showcase some of his lesser exploited strengths: his intelligence and his detective skills. Batman’s intelligence, use of strategy, and detective skills are what gives him the illusion of superpowers especially when standing alongside a team of Atlanteans, Gods, and Amazonians…well that and his intricate array of gadgets. It would represent the true film-noir detective tales that Batman originates from. This story would allow the solo film to focus more on Gotham’s criminal underground and leave the supernatural worldly threats to Justice League films and other films in the shared universe.

Since Warner Bros (with the DCCU) are adamant about playing catch-up with Disney Studios (and the MCU) Arkham Asylum would at least serve as an introduction to many of the villains that will be featured in the upcoming Suicide Squad film. A prison riot and hostage situation in Arkham would prove to be challenging for Batman as he is forced to face many of his sworn enemies at once with limited tactical advantages. Ultimately Batman would have to overcome his personal demons and defeat his most dangerous foes exhibiting his stealth and combat skills.

Under the Hood has already been adapted into an animated film and is DC Comic’s most successful one to date. The timeline fits well with the older grizzled Batman that Affleck will be portraying. The story is fantastic, filled with plot twists, emotional complexity, and plenty of mature themes. This would serve as a deep look into Bruce Wayne’s disturbed psyche that doesn’t revolve around the death of his parents. Some of the more popular Batman characters like Nightwing and Joker would make their appearance without ever taking up too much screen time.

A faithful film adaptation of Under the Hood is easily my first choice. It would appeal to both hardcore fans and casual movie goers alike which could make it the most commercially viable depiction of the caped crusader if successful. Through a series of flashbacks, this film could touch on Jason Todd’s death from A Death in the Family and Joker’s vicious attack on Barbara Gordon from The Killing Joke which would make reintroducing her as Oracle later on much easier. This story would work as the ultimate solo Batman film and would leave plenty of room for the franchise to grow.

Honorable Mention

If I had to pick a 4th choice, it would definitely be HushHush serves as another great detective tale in which Batman sets out to discover the identity of a criminal mastermind who not only knows of his identity as Bruce Wayne but is also using some of Batman’s enemies and allies as pawns in a larger scheme to take him down. The story also focuses on one of Bruce Wayne’s childhood friends, Dr. Thomas Elliot who is a skilled surgeon and has grown quite envious of Bruce Wayne. This could be another great way to introduce all those villains in a new Batman movie and force Batman to fight in one of his greatest battles ever.