Fossil Fighters Frontier

By Jestin Kimmet

Developer: Red Entertainment, Spike Chunsoft
Release Date: 3/20/2015
Rated: E 10+
Genre: RPG
System: Nintendo 3DS
Price: $29.99

 

What it is:  In the game you play a young individual undergoing a test to see if you can become a Warden.  It’s the Wardens job to police the worlds fossil parks, and that job is necessary due to cloning.  Not only will you be fighting other ‘trainers’, but rogue Vivosaurs that people have released onto the land.  In this world people go to fossil parks to dig up… fossils, and clone what they call Vivosaurs.  All fossils are broken into four groups, and each unearthed fossil adds a new skill to the Vivosaur you cloned that it fits. The game breaks into a collection of mini games as follows. Continue reading

Oh No Ross and Carrie

by John Quiett

Host: Ross Blotcher and Carrie Poppy
Category: Skeptic examination of  Fringe Scientific and Paranormal stories
Runtime: About an hour, but it varies.

Have you ever wondered what touring a haunted ship would be like? Or What it means to be a practitioner of the Christian Science religion? How about that age old question of “Does a voice polygraph work?” And what role does goat seamen play in any of this? Continue reading to find out!

So, that last bit about goat seamen, that was what we, in the Internet age,call ‘link baiting’. A practice of putting compelling links and tags in the opening of an article to get you to click the link and keep reading. It drives up our numbers and makes the site owners look better, but often times has nothing to do with the what you hoped the link would show you. In this instance that is pretty much true. But (and there is always a ‘but’) this time it has a little bit to do with the reason you clicked the link I hope.

Goat semen is a reference made by the hosts of Oh No, Ross and Carrie in nearly every episode they put out. It is used as part of the extreme end of one of the scales they use to illustrate the plausibility of some sort of claim made by fringe science, religious or paranormal “authorities”. Making sense? No, well let me start at the beginning…

Ross Blotcher and Carry Poppy are two journalists who live in Las Angeles and they have made it their mission to investigate pseudo scientific claims and paranormal occurrences and beliefs so that we, the average Internet Age podcast listener don’t have to. Their approach is always one of the skeptical observer but they always attempt to go into an investigation with an open mind. They also employ the scientific method whenever possible. I would compare their antics as a ranging between X-Files characters Scully and Mulder, that is ‘scientifically skeptic’ to ‘wanting to believe’ but with the added bonus of being able to laugh and have a good time as they investigate.

The audio and quality of production are top notch. The only issues I’ve noticed come up when they attempt to do secret recordings or talk with someone outside the studio. Then occasionally they run into technology issues they just can’t get around. But it never amounts to anything more than audio interference on a phone line or a quiet speaker in a large room. The actual important discussion elements have thus far been top notch.

The biggest criticisms I can level on this show are the infrequency of shows. Now I understand it is the nature of this style of investigation. It takes time to find a topic worthy of talking about. Getting to the heart of the matter and seeing it from the insider’s perspective is important. But I sometimes forget about this show in the slew of other shows I listen to and the new ones get skipped while I listen to my more regular. The other thing I should mention about this show is that it the hosts can come across as mocking of some of the religious beliefs and practices they investigate. Not always, but sometimes. I feel like if you were a believer in whatever topic Ross and Carry are looking into, you may come away feeling a little bit insulted, but the hosts never mean to.

All in all it is a very good show that I would recommend everyone check out. There has to be some topic they have covered that you find interesting.

4.5 out of 5

 

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

by Jestin Kimmet

Release Date: October 10/2013
Writer: Spike Chunsoft
Genre:  Visual Novel
Platform: PlayStation Vita

What is it:  Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a visual novel currently only release on the PS Vita.  With a release on the iOS in Japan we may soon be able to enjoy this novel on a more accessible platform. Continue reading

Snowpiercer

by Philip Durham

Genre and Type: Action Movie
Stars: Chris Evans, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Writer: Bong Joon Ho
Runtime: 126 Minutes
Release Date: July 11th, 2014

Snowpiercer is set in a world where in humanity’s attempt to counteract global warming, a chemical is released into the atmosphere.  This has the unintended result of causing the entire earth to freeze.  The story presented leads you to believe that one man (Wilford, played by Ed Harris) had the foresight to see this outcome and also manages to build a train that somehow creates perpetual motion with sufficient remaining energy to keep its occupants alive.

After setting aside any scientific disbelief, it is made clear that there are three classes of occupants.  First class passengers who live in luxury, economy passengers who are afford reasonable living conditions, and freeloaders who live in packed together in filthy conditions with no rights or freedoms.  The focus is on the character of Curtis (played by Chris Evans).  He leads a revolt of his fellow freeloaders on a trek to the engine room of the train to confront Wilford.

The film alternates, with good pacing, between action sequences where the freeloaders fight their way forward, and more expository scenes that first set the stage and then examine what sacrifices might be necessary to keep a closed system like this train rolling along on.

Overall the movie seems to be heavy handed in some spots in the point is trying to make, but other times the message isn’t clear it all.  I think perhaps they tried a bit too hard to  make it both a fun action movie, but also one that challenges the viewer to think about situations or issues in a larger sense than the artificially crafted ones in the film.  Though it was still entertaining.

3 out of 5 stars

Inhumanity Trade Paperback

by John Quiett

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Various
Artists: Various
Price: $49.99 USD
Collecting: Avengers Assemble #21.INH-23.INH, 24-25; Inhumanity #1-2; Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3 #15.INH; Indestructible Hulk #17.INH-18.INH, 19; New Avengers Vol. 3 #13.INH; Iron Man Vol. 5 #20.INH, Inhumanity: The Awakening #1-2, Inhumanity: Medusa #1, Avengers AI #7, Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #4-5.INH, Inhuman #1 & Inhumanity: Superior Spider-Man #1  Continue reading