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Gamer Headlines’ Spoilercast: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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Welcome, listeners, to Gamer Headlines’ Spoilercast!

Hosted by Adnan Riaz and Christopher Cortes, this installment of Spoilercast focuses on Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

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Hosts: Adnan Riaz (@AdnanRiaz9) & Chris Cortes (@chrcharcor)

Be sure to listen to the last Spoilercast on the Stephen King Adaptation 11.22.63 here.

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Original Author: Chris Cortes

Top Notch Journalism On ‘Mansplaining’ and Minecraft

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When Minecraft’s developer Notch fell prey to the latest crew of triggered SJWs, I wasn’t too concerned. Perhaps I should have been, after all, idiocy seems to be a full-time career these days demonstrated by media coverage of the event. Considering I live in China, it isn’t exactly rare for me to look at the news and think “huh this is a good fiction novella”, but that didn’t used to be the case for western media. Recently, I have found myself a lot less proud of my position as a video game journalist and it is mainly due to stories like this.

She cleverly captioned it ‘Mansplaining the Statue’ though I can’t give her too much credit since this stolen tweet originally went viral a year ago when Ash Hernandez first uploading it. A year ago, this statue which depicts the sculptor’s daughter and a male student chatting happily, was the centre of SJW melodrama which has unfortunately been revived. One tweeter mentioned that the statue was actually called ‘Classmates’, the title of which would imply to a sane person that the couple depicted were friends. However, this fell on deaf ears and his tweet was quickly written off as ‘mansplaining’. Jennifer Scheurle followed up with another tweet on this super serious issue of men telling women information against their will and received a reply from Notch.

A few people think that Notch shouldn’t have got involved, but I personally admire him for taking a stand. It’s like I often say when talking about Social Justice “if you ignore cancer it just gets worse”. As you can see Notch replied in a perfectly reasonable manner, and it is hard to argue with his statement. Mansplaining is simply a derogatory term coined by third wave feminists to silence men. Other well-known terms include ‘manspreading’ which is the act of a man separating his legs when he sits to avoid physical pain to his genitalia and ‘man-slamming’ which is the act of being walked into by a man. These terms that most people would see and define as sexist are not viewed the same way in feminist circles. Most feminists believe that men are ‘oppressors’ and therefore even if a man is raped or beaten or born into poverty he is privileged. This is how Destructoid’s Steven Hansen is able to describe Notch’s comment as “It’s kind of like arguing that calling it “necrophilia” shames corpse-fuckers” without reality encroaching on his writing.

Privilege is essentially the ‘Original Sin’ of Adam and Eve from Christian literature but transcribed into feminism. In this system, all women are victims, from Beyonce to Kim Kardashian. Now that may sound terrible and you may wonder why feminism would seek to disempower women in this way, but victim status is actually a commodity in feminist circles. The more ‘oppressed’ you are (by which I mean the more minority groups you belong to rather than actual oppression) the higher your status in the community. This phenomenon is known as intersectional feminism, usually practiced by rich university students who wish to bury their silver spoon from the public eye under a thin veil of ‘oppression.

If you managed to do the mental acrobatics to follow along with that, then you may be able to understand how Destructoid managed to publish this article:

It doesn’t seem to matter that at no point does Notch say he feel oppressed. He simply states what we know; that ‘mansplaining is a derogatory term used to silence men. If you don’t believe this you need only search the term on Twitter’s live tweet feed for hundreds of examples per second.

I do find some delicious irony in the fact that the journalist of this piece opens his piece by calling the self-made billionaire a ‘sad-man’. Funny how the little dogs always make the most noise isn’t it? He also claims that Notch “took umbrage with a joke online and proceeded to call a couple women “cunts” for effect.” Hmm, that doesn’t sound right. He didn’t seem angry in the slightest, in fact, his tone reminded me of the fictional billionaire, mister Tony Stark. As for the accusation of him calling women cunts, this is the actual tweet:

Which in context, we can all understand is not an insult. It is merely mirroring the term ‘mansplaining’ since the term ‘cunt’ actually means vagina. So it is painfully obvious that he isn’t ‘calling women cunts’ and that is essentially propaganda. I also find it amusing that a man who’s Twitter name is ‘pussy-getting-bloggr’ takes such offence to the word ‘cunt’. Maybe it is my British origins, but ‘cunt’ is practically a term of endearment in my family and I have never really understood why it’s particularly bad in America. My best guess is there must be some particularly gruesome looking vagina’s over there. I’m afraid I can’t ask why, since Steve closed the comments and ran to his safe space, presumably to hide from mean old reality.

Notch has handled the situation smoothly, with the no-fucks-given attitude that only a billionaire can muster.

Sorry Social Justice, but it doesn’t look like you’ll be able to bring Notch down like you did Richard Dawkins. Once again, gamers have shown they know how to fight monsters. If you enjoyed this piece why not check out this one on the Balder’s gate controversy.

Original Author: Stephanie Smith

Gamer Headlines’ Spoilercast: Marvel’s Agent Carter Season Two

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Hosted by Adnan Riaz and Christopher Cortes, this installment of Spoilercast focuses on Marvel’s Agent Carter season two.

Hosts: Adnan Riaz (@AdnanRiaz9) & Chris Cortes (@chrcharcor)

Be sure to listen to the last Spoilercast on Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens here.

Interested in hearing more from Adnan and Chris on a podcast? Well, both of them co-host The Gamer Headlines Show, a weekly entertainment podcast focusing on gaming, movies, comics and TV.

The Gamer Headlines Show can be found on PodbeaniTunesStitcherYouTube and, of course, right here at Gamer Headlines.com.

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Original Author: Chris Cortes

Gamer Headlines’ Spoilercast: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Welcome, listeners, to Gamer Headlines’ Spoilercast!

Hosted by Adnan Riaz and Christopher Cortes, this installment of Spoilercast focuses on Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Download this episode (right click and save)

Hosts: Adnan Riaz (@AdnanRiaz9) & Chris Cortes (@chrcharcor)

Be sure to listen to the last Spoilercast on Crystal Dynamics’ Rise of the Tomb Raider here.

Interested in hearing more from Adnan and Chris on a podcast? Well, both of them co-host The Gamer Headlines Show, a weekly entertainment podcast focusing on gaming, movies, comics and TV.

The Gamer Headlines Show can be found on PodbeaniTunesStitcherYouTube and, of course, right here at Gamer Headlines.com.

FacebookThe Gamer Headlines Show

Twitter: @TGHShow

Gamer Headlines’ Spoilercast represents the opinions of its hosts and guests, not Gamer Headlines as a whole.

The Gamer Headlines Show’s personal Audible link can be found here.

Original Author: Chris Cortes

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

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Finally, perhaps the most anticipated film of this century is upon us, and my oh my was it worth the wait.

When the announcement that Disney were reviving the much-loved series first came, it was of course met with a rush of excitement, but also a severe twang of angst. Why? Because – as we saw with ill-recieved prequels – Star Wars is a franchise that’s easy to get wrong.

Fortunately, this time, newly appointed director J.J. Abrams (Armageddon, Cloverfield) got it very, very right. With twists galore, laughs aplenty and a lovely big dose of nostalgia, The Force Awakens is the film so many of us were praying it would be.

Perfect? No, of course not. There are several scenes – particularly the final sequence – which a lot of fans would’ve done a lot differently. However, it’s hard to knock the plot which, while typically over the top, keeps you guessing right up until the last blaster is fired.

The sense of destiny, that was so lovingly brought to life by the original films, returns with great effect. Abrams’ decision to almost instantly introduce our new set of heroes – Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his droid BB-8 – both to each other and to us was a great move; it makes you feel as if The Force is in charge, as if all of these characters have a place they are going to and that the only way to find out where is simply to watch.

And watch you will, because the environments are stunning, the characters are intriguing and the acting is first class. As Rey, Ridley brings the kind of wonder and belonging that Hayden Christensen never really managed to capture in his role as Anakin Skywalker. Similarly, in his part as Stormtrooper-gone-rogue Finn, Boyega gives an assured and well-measured performance. Other special mentions go to Harrison Ford who, despite his wrinkles, will always be Han Solo, and Isaac; the man knows his way around an X-Wing.

The highest praise, however, must go to Adam Driver as the evil Kylo Ren. Having to portray a villain in the Star Wars universe that isn’t Darth Vader, but who must have a similar impact to Darth Vader, is an absolutely thankless task; yet Driver pulls it off almost effortlessly. Conflicted, angry, tainted by The Dark Side, there is a sense of fear ever-present in Driver’s eyes that reveals more about Ren than any plot-device ever could.

The Force Awakens is a miraculous return to form for the series and it truly deserves every accolade that is thrown its way. If the next two films are anything like this one, we all have a lot to look forward to. Go out and see it.

Final Verdict: 9.5/10 


What did you make of our Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review? Tell us in the comments section below.

Make sure to check out some of our other articles – Krampus Film ReviewThe Biggest Gaming Letdowns of 2015 – and, for all your latest gaming news, follow @Gamer_Headlines and @Jayswriting on Twitter.

Original Author: Jay Michaels

Krampus Review

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WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW

Krampus is director Michael Dougherty’s horror/comedy attempt at Christmas gone wrong. Based on Alpine Folklore, the film has some stand out moments but, rather inopportunely, falls short in the long run.

The opening scene, which features a Black Friday rush in a supermarket store, is arguably the best of the movie. Sardonically set to the sound of Andy Williams’ ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’, it goes a long way towards capturing the films’ overlying message; Christmas isn’t what it used to be.

Soon we are introduced to a pretty cliché set of characters, including the typically stressed Christmas mom Sarah (Toni Collette), her husband Tom (Adam Scott), her gun-toting brother-in-law Howard (David Koechner), and her young son Max (Emjay Anthony) in a stereotypical ‘still believes in Santa’ role.

They’re joined by bit-part players Linda (Allison Tolman), Aunt Dorothy (Conchata Ferrell), Beth (Stefania LaVie Owen), Stevie (Lolo Owen), Howie Jr. (Maverick Flack), Jordan (Queenie Samuel) and Omi (Krista Stadler); Tom’s estranged and completely implausible mother.

It’s a shame that the strongest cast-members are often let down by poor writing, the usually excellent Scott (Parks & Rec, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) is wasted in his role as the ‘good guy’ and, similarly, the extremely funny Koechner (Anchorman) deserves more than a few cheap one-liners. Special mention must be reserved for Collette however, who – despite her predictable role – brings real emotion and believability.

There is a fine line between horror and comedy and, in the case of Krampus, Dougherty fails to get the blend right. There is a particularly scary scene – in which Sarah is being attacked by a demonic fairy-like creature – that it is pretty much ruined by the fact that it’s intersected with a hilarious scene featuring Howard and a gang of blood-thirsty gingerbread men. Why Dougherty thought these two moments worked well together I don’t know, however, I found myself laughing so much that any sense of fear became obsolete.

A Disney-esque animated sequence lies at the heart of the movie. It focuses on Omi’s childhood and delivers a general overview of the Krampus myth quite beautifully; so much so that you wonder why the whole film wasn’t animated in the first place.

The Verdict

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad movie, but it’s an easy watch that, in its attempts to appeal to the masses, has thrown a lot of potential to the wind. You’ll have worked out the ending by the 45 minute-mark, but that’s not to say the journey towards it isn’t pretty fun. No doubt this year’s biggest Christmas-themed film, it’s not unmissable but it’s not terrible either.

6/10

Original Author: Jay Michael

Morse is a War Game Unlike Any Other

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Did you like Papers, Please? If so, then Morse might be right up your alley.

Morse’s concept was initially inspired by a Morse controller built by its creator, Alex Johansson. In short, it’s a game that puts you in the shoes of a Morse code operator during the First World War. As such, you’re tasked to navigate your army’s artillery strikes by sending exact co-ordinates for land, air and sea battles. And yes, I’m literally talking about a game that uses Morse code as its main control method.

Being free and ready to play in your browser, I decided to give it a shot only to end up being utterly confused after a few seconds. Half an hour later though, I found myself furiously tapping the arrow keys, switching between bombarding air planes and sinking battleships. As you’re constantly expected to switch between land, air and water overviews, you’re expected to input the co-ordinates of enemy forces on a Battleship-esque board setup – letters representing columns and numbers outlining rows.

In a way, Morse manages to give war games a very unique spin by putting typical shooting and combat aside, but still possessing a significant sense of urgency and tension. It’s actually really surprising to see that such a simple game can be so addicting, difficult and rewarding simply due to its unique way of making you control whatever’s happening. With a certain dose of abstraction, you even start realizing how impactful a single push of a button really is, and that’s something that your good old modern military-shooter hardly manages to convey.

Small figures disappearing into the ground and pixel sprites of ships sinking into the depths, Morse is simply an abstract representation of the harshness of war… Deep thoughts aside though, just imagine someone well-versed with Morse code playing this game.

Random stranger, if you happen to be that person, you can play Morse in your browser.

 

Original Author: Georgi Trenev

Gabe Newell: Valve’s Steam Machines Outperform Consoles

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Days before Valve’s much-anticipated project to bring PC gaming into the living room, Gabe Newell has claimed its hardware line-up can offer better performance-value than home consoles.

Newell told business website Develop:

“At console price points, we’re going to have machines like Alienware’s, which are faster than today’s consoles. So, the same price point as today, except you get better performance and you’re connected to everything you like about the PC and the Internet.”

Thirteen separate hardware units are listed on Valve’s Steam Machine storefront, with the aforementioned Alienware system priced at $450. Although the machines’ final specs are not stated, research by Gamespot suggests the device carries an Intel Core i3 Dual-Core processor, 4GB of DDR3L system RAM, an NVIDIA Geforce GTX with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and a 500GB hard-drive.

Take Newell’s words with a pinch of salt, while the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 can be bought for a similar price to Alienware, they often retail for around $100 cheaper.

The initial range of Steam Machines go on sale from November 10, will you be buying one, or, are the more traditional consoles the better option? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Original Author: Jay Michael

James Bond Spectre Review

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Following on from the beautiful Skyfall – perhaps the best film in James Bond’s entire history – was never going to be an easy task for director Sam Mendes. Nevertheless, while Spectre – his second attempt at the franchise – is certainly no masterpiece, it’s still a thrilling watch.

Development of the film was marred by several controversies, first the release of Sam Smith’s whiney theme tune Writing’s On The Wall was met with a lukewarm response, then, Daniel Craig – the man who plays Bond himself – rather distastefully said he’d ‘rather slit his wrists’ than reprise the role; a statement he later apologised for.

Perhaps a tad surprising, then, that Craig is hands down the best thing about this movie. Though, with his large and muscular physique, the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider actor may not be the most conventional Bond, he somehow makes this work to his advantage. Brute force sometimes takes precedent over smart-thinking; again not traditionally Bond-like, but it brings an air of realism to both Craig’s character and the film itself.

Opposite him, Léa Seydoux is the perfect Bond girl. Never ditsy or cheapened, her character, Madeleine Swann, can handle a weapon just as well as Bond himself and – being the daughter of a dangerous rogue – she fully comprehends every twisted situation she’s thrown into.

Christoph Waltz, in his role as supervillain Franz Oberhauser, also hits top form. While he’s never physically threatening – far less intimidating than Javier Bardem’s bulky presence in Skyfall for instance – his verbal delivery is enough to send shivers down the spine. Yes Oberhauser is a creep, but he’s also a genius, and Waltz forms a perfect blend between the two traits; his delivery when describing Oberhauser’s newest torture device is utterly interesting yet endlessly disturbing.

That’s not to say there aren’t some poor performances, Dave Bautista fails to hit his mark as the brutish Mr Hinx, and Andrew Scott – as Bond’s new boss and ‘cocky little bastard’ Max Denbigh – falls flat. Noamie Harris makes a decent Miss Moneypenny, however, she’s nowhere near the likes of Samantha Bond and Lois Maxwell when it comes to being Bond’s flirtatious secretary.

It also has to be mentioned that, although the film is action-packed throughout, its running time is way too long. 148 minutes is an extensive amount of time to sit in a cinema chair and it seems, somewhere along the line, Mendes sacrificed the attention of his audience for the sake of squeezing in as much content as possible. Watching Bond order a ‘Healthy Enzyme Shake’ only to tell his waiter to throw it down the toilet in order to ‘cut out the middle man’, may have brought a few laughs but, in the grand scheme of things, it was one of many scenes that could’ve been cut or shortened.

Nevertheless, overall, Spectre is another very strong showing from Mendes. It remains to be seen whether or not Daniel Craig will continue as Bond but, if this is his last performance as the charming spy, he should be proud of what he’s achieved with the role. I wouldn’t say it’s a must see but, if you’re looking for a film to bridge the gap between now and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this one is worth your money.

Final Verdict: 8/10

Original Author: Jay Michael

Black Ops 3 System Requirements LEAKED!

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Black Ops 3 system requirements has been leaked earlier today, according to charlieINTEL.com. The game will need 55GB of hard drive space for the game to download. That’s a pretty big chunk of hard drive space! But indeed expected, previous Call Of Duty games always requires a minimum of 50GB of space.

The official launch trailer was released earlier today if you haven’t checked it out yet be sure to watch it down below. We see everything from the game-changing multiplayer to the return of the fan favorite —  zombies mode!

Black Ops 3 is 2 weeks upon us! If you haven’t already be pre-ordered be sure to as you will be getting an exclusive ‘Nuk3Town’ remake of the fan favorite Nuketown.

Original Author: Nicholas Biazzo