PS4…after about a week

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So, I’ve had a PS4 in my home for a little over a week now.  Time enough for the excitement of a new console to subside and determine if the enchantment is still there or not.  

Short answer…it definitely is.

I had a couple reservations about switching over to PlayStation after being all about XBOX the last two generations.  It was a better online experience, I liked the controllers better, Microsoft was the first to include a hard drive as opposed to memory cards, price, games, etc.  However, all of those worries have been put to bed.  

Well, nearly.  

Sony has definitely improved their online interface.  Everything works smoothly.  The layout is great.  I don’t have trouble finding anything (except where to put coupon codes which is hidden in the PlayStation store).     

The new Dual Shock 4 controller is easily the best controller Sony has produced to date, but it would be nice if it was just a tiny bit bigger.  The parallel thumbsticks took less time to get used to than I had feared.  And the speaker in the controller is a nice touch.  Oh, and built in rechargeable battery!  That is incredibly helpful!  I love it!    

Hard drive and price…now, the addition of an internal hard drive came with the PS3, so I had that worry taken years ago.  But price…last time, Sony came out of the gate at around $700 if memory serves.  Could have been $600, but even that is a bitter pill to swallow.  Not sure I could have made the leap at that price point.  But when the console came in $100 cheaper than the XBOX One, it pushed me right over the edge.  I was buying a PlayStation for sure.

Games…well, so far, this has not been huge for me.  Now, it’s early days and we get a fairly limited selection on the launch titles every generation, it seems.  However, I think Sony has yet to convince me with their first party games and exclusives.

Third party games are great and seem to perform better on PlayStation than they do on XBOX One.  But, were talking about fairly imperceptible picture quality that would likely not change the enjoyment of the games on the console.  So, I would say that any cross platform titles don’t tip the scales in either direction.  

First party and exclusives however…well, I’m definitely excited for some of the games that are coming.  ’The Order’ and ‘Rime’.  ’InFamous’ and ‘Deep Down’.  These all look fantastic.  Plus, I know there is stuff coming that is sure to blow our collective socks off.  But, not yet.  

It does suck that some of the PS3 games I’ve wanted to play but missed out on aren’t available on the PS4.  I wanted to give ‘Journey’ and ‘The Last Of Us’ a try.  Also, I’m disappointed that ‘Titanfall’ won’t be coming to the PlayStation at all.  It’s the one XBOX exclusive I’ve heard of so far that gives me any regret.  

For now, ‘Resogun’ has been great.  It looks gorgeous.  ’Killzone’ also looks fantastic, but I’m just not loving the experience.  ’Warframe’ is…not my favorite.  I was looking forward to this, but the controls are just not doing it for me.   But the cross platform games have been great so far.  They play like a dream.

My PS4, all in all, has been a great investment.  I’m very happy playing ‘Call Of Duty’ and stuff.  Might try ‘Battlefield’ next.  Streaming video services have been nice.  There seems like very little wait in downloads and not experiencing lag like on my 360.   I’m very happy with my purchase and expect to enjoy it more as all the new titles come out.

So, as I said, I am still rather enamored with my PS4.  I love it.  I hope you do also.


PlayStation 4 this week!

It’s very early this Tuesday, just three days before the launch of the PlayStation 4.  I’ve been an XBOX fan for the past two generations and didn’t think I’d be doing anything different this go around.  But following E3, I, like most gamers, landed on Sony as the console of choice.

I love the look of this thing.  It’s small and sleek with a cool blue light running down the middle.  I would have maybe preferred something a little more crazy and outside the box in design, but it would have likely become rather dated looking fairly quickly.  

I’m excited for the games.  As I said, I’ve been team Microsoft for the past two generations, so I’ve missed a lot of games.  Uncharted, Journey, The Last Of Us, God Of War, Heavy Rain, Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid, Little Big Planet, and so on.  I have missed out on all these franchises.  It’s going to be very interesting.

The controller…I have not been a fan of the PlayStation controllers in the past, but the DualShock 4 is a vast improvement.  Not sure if it’s as good as the XBOX 360 controller or if I’m just not used to the layout, but this new controller does not suck.  

The games I’ll be picking up at launch will include Killzone: Shadow Fall, Madden 25, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, Resogun, Warframe, and maybe Battlefield 4.  Those should keep me well busy while I wait for the amazing games approaching next year.

Looking forward at 2014, there are some amazing games I’m looking forward to.  Games such as Destiny, The Division, Rime, The Order: 1886, Infamous: Second Son, and Watch Dogs.  Loads to look forward to.

I will say though, I’ll hate missing Titanfall.  Not quite enough to make me buy a second console, but it will be missed.

Anyway, I’ll be going to pick-up my PS4 Thursday night at midnight.  I might do an unboxing video, but it seems like everybody has already seen it.  If I do one or not, I’ll definitely talk about my first impression with the console here.

What about you?  Are you getting a PS4?  What games are you looking forward to?  Let me know.  


jikwuz:

Just some nifty Destiny concept art. Cannot wait for the destiny game to come out, I’ll continue to update and add some more art.

YES!!!!!

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About Time

Tonight, I saw the movie About Time from writer and director Richard Curtis and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy.  And it was great!

The story revolved around a young man named Tim who learns all the men in his family have the ability to travel in time.  They can move anywhere within their own lifetime and relive or alter any moment.  Our protagonist decides he was going to use this ability to find love.  

It sounds a bit sappy, but the film is actually quite funny with some genuinely wonderful dramatic moments.  The story moves at a reasonable pace and gets a little darker than I’m used to seeing from Curtis, but the film never looses its heart or charm.  

The performances were all solid.  There are some truly eccentric characters in this piece, but none are distracting from the story.  A combination of solid writing and smart character actors demonstrating restraint.   

The story was fantastic and ended with a great message.  I really liked this film and recommend it highly.  


Thor: The Dark World

So, I saw Thor: the Dark World yesterday and it was really good.  It’s better than the first in a lot of ways.  I think director Alan Taylor did a fantastic job on this.  The film had a fantastic look that really showed off the epic scope of the worlds.  The action was great and the light injection of humor was nice.  The story moved at a brisk pace, but felt a little rushed in a couple aspects.  Not the worst crime.  It was clearly not boring.  

Cast did a great job in this one.  I didn’t feel like anyone gave a weak performance.  Jaimie Alexander really seemed to pop off the screen.  If she is actually in negotiations to play Wonder Woman, it’s pretty clear that she would be great in the roll.   

The DP, effects team, and post production crew all did a fantastic job on this.  The film looked stunning.  The design team created some amazing stuff that was brilliantly realized on that screen.  It was tremendous.

Now, like all the Marvel films, there was an added scene in the credits.  Two actually.  One mid credits and one at the very end.  I won’t give away what they were, but mid credits scene felt really out of place.  It’s a tie in to another film with a very different look and tone.  A little more bright and plastic-y, I’d say.  That’s not to say it’s bad or that I’m not looking forward to the other film.  It’s just clearly less about the fit and more about marketing.   

The other after credit’s scene felt like it should have been at the end of the film properly.  I get why it wasn’t there and may have been a solution to loosing it completely to the cutting room floor.  But it does feel a bit like an afterthought.  

Though the very end of that last bit was really great.  

So, if you are somehow on the fence about seeing this one, I say go for it.  It’s a good time at the movies.  You won’t regret it.  


A Late Night For A Walk

Originally published in ‘Pantheon’ from Dial R Studios, this short was written by myself and illustrated by Alan Jefferson.  I think it turned out pretty well.  Hope you like it.

 


A New Round Of Next Gen

It’s that time again.  Only comes around about once in a decade.  Microsoft and Sony are both getting ready to launch a new generation of video game consoles.

PC gamers, I’m sure, couldn’t care less.  But if you are like me and prefer your games on your tv in the living room, then this is indeed a big deal.

So, you’ve got both XBOX One and PlayStation 4 coming in November with developers ready to drop some titles far beyond anything we’ve seen before.

Yes, PC gamers, we know.  Shut up.

Anyway, between E3, Gamescom, PAX, and whatever else I’m missing, we have seen a lot of really cool game trailers hit the old internet.  Judging from those, I thought I would list the games I’m most looking forward to.  Here we go.

Titanfall 

Rime 

The Division 

Destiny 

InFamous: Second Son

Warframe 

Deep Down (working title) 

Watch Dogs 

I’m sure I’m forgetting some and there is more great stuff yet to be announced, but right now, I’m looking at all this to be the end of my free time for a while to come.  I can’t wait!


christianberanek:

Art and Technology comic by http://www.scrollon.com creator Doug Lefler. Scrollon goes live in the Apple App Store this coming Monday, June 3rd.

HA!

christianberanek:

Art and Technology comic by http://www.scrollon.com creator Doug Lefler. Scrollon goes live in the Apple App Store this coming Monday, June 3rd.

HA!


thebristolboard:

Great sequence from The Winter Men #1 by John Paul Leon, published by DC Comics/Wildstorm, October 2005.

Incredible!

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thehappysorceress:

turhansbeycompany:

cdacanay:

Ways to Share a Bed

Order a print HERE.

Where are the dogs?

Excellent question.

heh…cool