HALO – The Master Chief Collection

Halo 5 isn’t reaching the Xbox One until 2015, but Microsoft & 343 Industries have been busy putting together Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Available November 11th, The Master Chief Collection brings together all four Halo games into a single disc for the Xbox One. Each game will run at full 1080p with dedicated servers.. Halo 2 sits at the center of the pack, and you’ll even be able to play the original multiplayer on Xbox One which is the best part.

The Master Chief Collection will also provide Xbox One players with an early look at Halo 5. A multiplayer beta for Halo 5 will available through The Master Chief collection this December. Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 will all be part of The Master Chief Collection that ships on November 11th.

StarCraft – SideShow Collectible – Jim Raynor

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Sideshow have really outdone themselves, they are creators of amazing pop culture items, and this one is at the top of the list. Sideshow’s upcoming Jim Raynor piece stands 15 inches tall, and is made from 525 individual pieces. With that many pieces its going to be movable and expensive, but totally worth it.

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He’s posable, his visor slides down, the armour lights up in both the chest and vents, and he comes with a bunch of weapons, including his revolver, a sniper rifle and a Gauss gun. For $500 this is going to have limited run, worth it for those who love StarCraft and who doesn’t love StarCraft.

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Assassin’s Creed 4 Meets Parkour in Real Life

Now this seems epic, a real life Assassin’s Creed in Comic-Con based on the 4th iteration of this very fun game. This guy has some skills as the asssassin, and the perfect music to play with this adventure across Comic-Con. I played the original Assassin’s Creed and it was a great game, and after each version it seems to be getting better.

XBox One – The Nasty Update

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What You Can’t Do:

Play games unless you connect to the internet once every 24 hours

  • if you are unable to connect, your games will not function at all
  • Yes, that includes single player games

Can’t disconnect the Kinect Sensor
You can’t Lend games
You can’t Rent Games

You can’t Trade games freely

  • Only pre-approved retailers can accept trade-ins
  • No independent game shops
  • Less value for your trade-ins since there is less shops which leads to less competition

You can’t Sell your games freely

  • In order to sell a game to someomne you must have been friends with them for over 30 days
  • The game is then locked to that user forever
  • They will not be able to see it afterwards

Seems like Microsoft really wants to lock you in, and this is how they are doing it, now it seems that the games you buy aren’t your to do with as you please. Its like buying a car but you can’t do anything with it except sell it back to the dealer. I will keep my XBox 360 for a little while until they change their stupid policies.

Microsoft XBox One

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The new XBox One is here, Microsoft is referring to it as the new “Entertainment System”, people don’t realize that at the core of all this is gaming, we want to play games as well as have other features, gaming is the main feature, everything else is secondary. So Microsoft has to do a lot to live up to, but one thing I like is XBox Live and your Gold Account is going to carry over to the XBox One which is great, the functionality of XBox One is going to be the same with a mix of XBox 360 & Windows 8 so if your familiar with them you will be fine. They are trying to introduce more functionality with TV, Skype, and Internet Explorer, its ok but not key for me. I want to see if they will be releasing another Halo, now that would be Epic, even though I haven’t finished Halo 4 yet, I still have the rest of 2013 to do that. One surprise for me is that they have finally introduced a slot-loading BluRay player, I still buy BluRays but only of movies that I love, so I’m not sure how many people have BluRays when they have the option of streaming, still its a good option.

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As far as installation, when you first insert a disc into the Xbox One, it’ll install the game to the hard drive — you won’t have to use the disc again. As for internet connectivity they haven’t given a clear picture, so I’m not sure if it has to have internet connectivity to keep playing the games, that wouldn’t be a wise decision if you have to have constant internet connectivity. I like the idea that you load the disc once and then you don’t have to use it to play the game. The controller is an update that I really like, they put a lot of thought into it and everyone keeps saying how great it is, so that is something I want to try. They new Kenict is a bit like the CIA’s dream it can hear and see you while the console is off, you can use gestures and voice commands to switch the XBox One on and go through its menus.

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Annoyances:

  • TV Features – Useless to anyone outside the US, and its not a settop box, I want a gaming machine
  • Again not backwards compatible – I only have about 20 Games that I cherish, so what to do with them now?
  • No Used Games, So I don’t know how thats going to work for rental companies now! Sometimes I want to try a game but don’t want to buy it, so whats the solution?
  • New Kenict which is watching you all the time, not a feature I like, will probably point the Kinect to the TV, don’t like being watched!
  • Gamers will have to connect the console regularly, possibly at least once a day, and game discs will be restricted to your Xbox profile if you use them on a second console

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Both consoles promise to track your motions, power on instantly, and seamlessly update themselves in the background, among many other common features. Lets see how that works out, how many people have power up their XBox 360 or Playstation after a month of not touching to play a new game and end up having to perform a systems update for an hour or more so that you can play that new game. Honestly what I loved about the XBox was XBox Live, I could always play with friends across the globe, this time around I don’t know what they have planned.

Overall I’m honestly excited about the new console but they have to clarify a few points about the 2nd hand market and online connectivity. I’m the graphics will be phenomenal, and I want to see what games they have lined up, not sure what they are going to price it at, but I’m hoping it won’t pass the $400 mark.

Link: TheVerge

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Welcome To Da 90s

PauseDa90s is dedicated to the pop culture of the 90′s, when the Bulls were the champs, when Sega made hardware, when neon and Hulk Hogan reigned supreme, and when Vanilla Ice qualified as a rapper. Man this video brings back memories. This is how we live back in the day, how portable was, and we loved our games. Back when WWE was really called WWF!

Forbidden Planet – A Must In London

Pop Culture Central of Europe, the best place for any Geek/Nerd to visit while in London, I visit there on every trip I take to London and there is always something different to see or something that really excites me. Movie memorabilia of every kind, Comics, games and anime collectibles that you only see online, every Star Wars & Harry Potter fan would go nuts there. Still I never get tired of it, I could spend hours there, there is always something that I want to purchase but these days I am lacking space so I always choose items that fit or that make me think “MUST HAVE IT”

One section that people forget about is there HUGE comic and graphic novel collection down stairs, I picked up all of the novels by the comedian Kevin Smith, read a few pages and they are pretty funny and he is a funny guy so decided to take all his books. Then there is the Transformers section which have all the stuff dating back to the 80s up to the new things from IDW in 2012. They sold some fake weaponry which looked really cool but I didn’t want to risk taking that on a plane with me. When walking around upstairs I honestly don’t know what to pick up, I tell myself not to go overboard, I never have enough space in my bags but then I don’t reason well with myself and pick up a few things that I end up walking out with a smile, if your wondering what they are its the items in the last picture in this post.


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Games Of 2012

The list is long, and it could be longer, these are the games that look so good and I have no time to play them. These are just the ones on XBox 360 & PS3 not including whats coming out on PC. Right now at the top of my list is Diablo III and the expansion for StarCraft but other normal games are below and they look pretty good.

  • Devil May Cry
  • Prey 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Overstrike
  • Halo 4
  • Starhawk
  • Borderlands 2
  • Grand Theft Auto 5

Movie Car Posters

Some very cool car posters related to all kinds of nerdiness and pop culture, from movies to tv shows and video games. A lot of famous vehicles you can choose from and some interesting ones that take a bit to figure out. I like the idea that each poster is named after the vehicle so it takes a bit to figure them out and some of them are obvious, if I had the right place I would hang these up for sure.

  • Halo – Warthog
  • Ghost Busters – Ectomobile
  • Big Trouble In Little China – Jack Burton Express
  • Back To The Future – Delorean Time Machine

Link: MovieCarPosters

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Trailer

StarCraft II’s Heart of the Swarm trailer is everything I would want from this latest step forward in Blizzard’s real-time strategy game. I haven’t had the time I want to play StarCraft II, but I know I am going to put the time in to finish the single player game before the launch of this Expansion Pack, new units, new maps, and it does modify the game play. Damn the trailer looks good!