Well here we are folks. Warner Bros have released the first image of The Flash. Now this isn’t a full body suit image. They deemed us only worthy of a little bit of head as a tease before the full reveal. So far looking good but a little hard to judge with just that image alone. Thoughts?
Were you a fan of the tv show HEROES. I was a pretty big fan. I think the series had a lot to offer and brought superheroes more into the mainstream but it got a bit bloated at the end of it’s run. Well suffice it to say it is coming back in 2015. Not only that but the creator himself is coming back for it as well. How about that for some interesting developments.
Heroes Reborn back in 2015 via IGN
Well the drama continues over at Square Enix where many people have yet to receive their collectors edition of Lightning Returns. There have been complaints to the Better Business Bureau, calls to Square Enix and calls to Digital River. with lots of finger pointing. Well finally Square Enix have responded and sadly they somehow made things slightly worse. Here is a small quote:
Earlier today, Square Enix North America learned that a small number of our fans had not yet received their online order placed from February 7-8. To all those affected, we sincerely apologize. Like you, we understand the frustration of not getting an order on the day it was promised.
We have since identified and remedied the issue, and are working to ensure that all of the orders will be processed in an expedited fashion.
Now they have supposedly sent as compensation an email to “those affected” with a credit, free delivery and refund of original shipping charge. Now that is pretty fair all considering but note that dates of the affected customers. Feb 7-8? Really?
So we have people affected well before that date and also after. What about them? Many people reported not even receiving that famous email. I know I haven’t but I am just waiting for my game patiently while playing Ni No Kuni.
I think the big lesson that needs to be learned is communication and customer service. Both have been executed poorly and looking at their remedy, they are not putting much thought into their future actions either.
For those still waiting for their game all I can say is keep the faith, I am waiting with you all and maybe by the time the next Final Fantasy comes out we may have it.
Well Square Enix seems to have burned the biscuits of many fans who have ordered their fancy collectors edition of Lightning Returns from their site. Now when ordered you can select your delivery method from standard to expedited. Many clients have ordered as early as January and have in turn received confirmation of shipment however this is where things are hitting a snag. Now for those who have standard shipment you are pretty much in a wait and see mode but for those who actually have a tracking number some have seen there games stuck in one location for upwards to 5 days. Now is this a problem on the carrier side, Square Enix or their apparent store middlemen Digital River.
I for one ordered the collectors edition at the beginning of February and indeed got my confirmation that it was shipped. On their site it warns that the game may not make it for launch day which isn’t so bad. I can live with that without amping up my nerd rage but I can see why many are very angry at this point especially the ones who ordered well before I did.
From reading the forums Square is being completely unresponsive aside from their moderator asking to contact their customer support who will then send you to call Digital River because it’s not their problem (they only make the games…duhhh), then Digital River will A) tell you that your item rather then be there in days will take 4-6 weeks to arrive despite their previous shipping information they provided. That would mean a game you should be playing in mid February will be playable in your home at beginning to mid march.
I personally bought the collectors edition from them because it was the most robust edition. It had the watch, art book, game, dlc, etc compared to other retailers who just had extra dlc. With this experience however I like many others will simply have to look elsewhere.
I think in this instance though Square Enix needs to man up and just say hey, we f***ed up, sorry and we’ll do better. What happened to simple customer service. Oh and if you want to see drama unfold, feel free to hit up the North American Square Enix page.
I took my son to go see The Lego Movie and while the previews were entertaining I wasn’t expecting much from it. The preview had the typical laughs but would it really have enough to suck us in. Well I am here to say that The Lego Movie is simply amazing.
The Lego Movie follows Emmet as he goes about his everyday ordinary life but suddenly becomes the chosen one who will save the world. Along the way he pairs up with all sorts of people like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, a unikitty(yes a unikitty) and many more as they try to save all the lands that were divided by President Business. While all the characters seem like total opposites the story makes it all work that they can all coexist in the same universe.
All the characters are amazingly acted and there are plenty of laughs to be had. Some of the best laughs are from Will Arnett who plays Batman as well as some surprising cameos (and boy there are many). From Liam Neeson, Billy Dee Williams to Channing Tatum; it seems like everyone is in this movie and I don’t blame them. The movie is all the better for these surprising cameo’s. It’s not just for kids after all.
Toy Story reminded us of the pure joy of being a child and playing with your toys. The Lego Movie does the same in infusing the movie with so much heart and passion that we are equally reminded of how much we loved our Lego’s. You will pick up many nuances in the movie as parts are marked with their special Lego product code and even old Lego’s are referenced. In fact I have to give them a standing ovation on this. Maybe this is simply a side effect but while The Lego Movie obviously pushed the new Lego Movie sets, it makes it a marketing campaign for every other set out there. There is a heavy focus on a western setting in the movie and I couldn’t help but think maybe, just maybe they did this to push more Lone Ranger Lego’s which seem to me to be the less popular of the sets right now. It could have been simply coincidence though.
I cannot say how much I loved this movie. Lego is universal and this connects us all together in the enjoyment of this movie. There is more of a profound message to be found in the movie then the simple passion of the product but I refrain from spoiling things. If The Lego Movie is any indication I think we will be seeing more movies on the way in the future and even if there isn’t, it rekindled my passion for Lego and I will be sure to swipe some of my sons Lego blocks to build something.
As the movie often repeats…EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!
If your looking for some awesome Valentines cards for that special someone then look no further then these two places.
First up we have Bioware who have some nifty Mass Effect themed cards as well as a few other interesting ones. You can get those here
Next we have vintage Batman 66 Valentines cards for you. These are simply awesome!!! If your looking for a little cheese to go on that card then these are the ones. My personal favorite that I used myself this year to much success is the Bat Computer one.
I love Netflix for certain things. The ease of which I can see movies, all the classics, not having to go the the video store but also because I have the chance to discover new things. Sometimes the best movies that you see are the ones you just pick out at random and Europa Report is one of them.
Europa Report is about a group of astronauts who are on a mission to Jupiters moon Europa to find signs of life. The premise is nothing particularly new mind you but it’s more in the presentation that reels you in.
The movie is filmed in a sort of found footage mixed in with standard style. Think of it more as a hybrid. You may be doing some eye rolling about now when you hear “found footage” but hear me out, it’s actually very well done and not in an overly exploitative way.
When I first started watching the first thing I remarked was that this seemed higher quality then usual for a movie I never even heard of. I almost thought I had missed a gem in seeing this in the cinema. The found footage scenes I mentioned are all the camera’s on the ship or on the astronauts themselves. It makes sense and you never feel that they are carrying around camera’s “just because”. Their primary use is to keep the flow of the movie. Most of the camera’s for the found footage are all fixed so you don’t have the picture jumping around everywhere. This is a bit of a blessing as there is nothing more irritating then a shaky camera for an hour and a half. However I think some of the best shot scenery are those showing jupiter and Europa in a panoramic view. Beautiful work done depicting the scenery.
Tensions build as the movie progresses as there is more then meets the eye going on Europa. We all know from the beginning of the movie that something tragic happened but we slowly get to see how things ended up they way they did which I always find fun. Sometimes the best part is the journey and Europa does a great job of that.
All the characters are well developed and they all get to have their moment in the movie. I appreciate when they can make a movie like that and take time to make everyone important in some way as to not only help the movie progress but to be that much more involving. The acting by all is very good.
The climax was rather predictable after a certain point which was a little bit disappointing. I don’t want to spoil it for everyone but I had a feeling that once we got that high note, it fell kind of flat. You just have that “ah well….” sensation. Maybe I was wanting to be more surprised by what they had found. Either way it doesn’t take anything away from the movie as a whole.
So if your looking to fill in some time during your night with a fun sci-fi movie then Europa Report is your next stop. It’s got good acting, a good story and may just surprise you. If anything it will make you wonder why you haven’t seen this sooner.
Today is Bell’s Let’s Talk day bringing awareness to Mental Illness so I thought I would take a moment to talk about my experience first hand dealing with it everyday.
To start let’s get this over with quickly, I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. For those who may now know this is considered an anxiety disorder where you have intrusive thoughts, ideas, compulsions and to find relief you develop rituals to handle them. Sounds kind of strange right but that’s the nature of it.
It can be debilitating at times and has certainly affected my life more as an adult then when I was young. As I child I experienced it in a much more mild form. For me it was making my bed three times before sleeping otherwise something awful would happen. I know that it was silly but I couldn’t help it. If I didn’t do it then I couldn’t rest properly until I made that bed three times.
Now that was not so bad when I think about it now. Soon it would develop into other everyday habits. Checking a lock multiple times. Re-reading paragraphs in books. I used to LOVE reading when I was younger. My friends and I used to play Dungeons and Dragons. In fact we occasionally still do but my experience was eventually muddled as the books I used to love reading were beginning to be unreadable with my rituals of re-reading paragraphs. And for what? I wouldn’t get into an accident, a loved one wouldn’t die and other things highly implausible. I just had to repeat actions over and over.
But I didn’t understand at the time what was happening or how to approach it. I just grew accustomed to it and continued onward. It seemed to soften as time went on and then came adulthood. I still had rituals but they became so engrained into my everyday life it all seemed so normal.
Eventually like all adults we have more responsibilities and as such stress increases. My OCD eventually increased. I had experienced two depressions and during my second depression my OCD went wildly out of control. I didn’t know what to do. In fact I didn’t know what to say. How do you tell people you are having absurd thoughts and that you perform rituals to keep things under control.
Luckily during my worse period I had my wife by my side. Obviously this took a toll on all of us at home. In fact I would say it took a toll with everyone to some degree as I became more reclusive. It finally came to a head when I wanted to end things. I knew I needed help and I had to find it.
I managed to find a therapist who was able to help me understand what OCD was and how I could not only keep it under control but fight it off. But let me make it clear that in my case there is no way that it will ever completely go away. I need to take constant medication to bring it under control and I have a set of tools as I would like to call it in dealing with any obsessions / compulsions when they do come up.
Today I am in a better place. I have had to make a lot of changes to get me on a healthier path. I changed professions for one.
While I don’t make as much money as I used to the pressures are not there anymore that would put me in a place where I could lapse back into a depression or trigger my condition any worse then it is. It has the double edged sword mind you of now making ends meat but were not that bad off and if I look at all the positives, they sure outweigh the negatives.
I also started bringing things I used to love back into my life like reading. I still have problems but I have knocked off a few novels so go progress!
I have also been focusing on improving personal relationships by trying to bring down the walls. After my OCD went overboard I had built up such a defense system of guilt and shame that I blocked people out. As time has gone on and things are better I have been trying as best I can to get back to loving life and enjoying amazing experiences with those around. I’ve made new friends and now taking time to appreciate it all.
My disorder is a daily struggle even under the best conditions but I count myself lucky to have those who are around me. I have learned a lot about who I am through this process and to appreciate all the little things in life but most of all I wanted to let people know today by letting them past my walls that they are not alone.
Millions around the world experience problems even more complicated then my own. Maybe you are one of them but know that you do not stand alone. There is help out there and people you can turn to. Don’t silence your voice. Talk