You in Fortnite | Theories

After watching a video by TheLlamaSir on YouTube about the new season of Fortnite dealing with parallel universes, I started forming my own theories about what could happen. (Probably a lot of wishful thinking on my part.)

In the video it mentions how you can see the vault IRL by using Google Earth. It also mentions the time that Epic Games took objects out of the game and into the real world. So, my idea isn’t that far fetched.

My idea is that Epic Games will make it so the player can be added into Fortnite

We’ve seen them do something similar with the TikTok emote contest. The winners of the contest got their dance/emote added to the game. Epic Games has also added real life people like Marshmello and Ninja. 

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I could see them adding a character creator. I would imagine they would charge to use it or have the basic character forms for free then charge for clothes, pickaxes, and so on. I’d love it if you could select your character’s hair, skin, clothes, and so on.

Another possible, though less likely, theory/idea is that Epic Games promotes some new character skins by having people show up as the characters IRL. Who wouldn’t want to see a real life Fortnite battle? And who wouldn’t want to see an IRL Peely?

What are your theories about the Chapter 2 Season 2? Let’s talk in the comments.

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Mysterious Space Signals

The following is inspired by a news article about signals from space that return every 16 days. You can read the article here.

Brain yelped a cheer interrupting my nap. 

Ever since the news story about strange signals from space every 16 days, Brian’s been at his equipment trying to decode the blips and static. It was interesting for about the first 15 hours. 

“I did it!” said Brain. He adjusted dials and knobs as I yawned and scratched my head. “In a matter of moments, we will discover the nature of these pulses.” Brain continued to adjust wavelengths and double-check readouts; I moved from Brain’s cot to the seat next to him. “Scientists are debating if the pulses are caused by an orbiting object blocking the source or if the source is orbiting an object. Another possibility is the source itself is pulsing.” 

The machine whined for a minute, which woke me up even further.

“Translation of cosmic pulses complete,” said SPOT, the artificial intelligence.

Brain and I fell into a deep hush. The machines beeped a couple times before the answer came.

“Eat at Joe’s,” said a friendly voice bouncing out of the speakers like a used car salesman who’d spotted a customer from across the lot. “Save 20 percent on your first online order. Offer expires 500 million years from broadcast date–Galactic year 2151.”

A hologram calendar appeared above my watch. “Drat!” I said. “It expired yesterday.”  

“Remember,” the ad continued, “if your order doesn’t arrive in 30 parsecs, it’s free.”

I sighed. “Why does everyone get that wrong? Parsecs are not a measurement of time!” I glanced over at Brain; he stared forward like a fish that’d just learned hooks are bad. “What’s wrong?”

“The greatest scientific mystery of our age…and it is a commercial.” He covered his face with a hand. “Why is the universe such a cruel mistress?”

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading!

Copyright 2020 Joe Rover. All rights reserved.


Never Gonna Stop | Top Run Review

It’s finally here. Top Run by Katata Games is available pretty much everywhere: PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Steam, and mobile. But ever since I got my copy, I’ve had Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” stuck in my head. I can’t figure out why though.

Maybe it’s because Kevin, the protagonist of Top Run, says something similar to “I’m never gonna give you up” when you free Joy from her cell.  Or maybe it’s because I got on Fortnite and they have the Never Gonna emote where your avatar dances while the song plays. Or it could be because Valentine’s Day was a few days ago and pretty much everyone was singing it. 

But, maybe it’s because Top Run is as much of a “brain worm” as “Never Gonna Give You Up.” I just can’t stop playing the game! 

In the game, you play as Kevin as he runs endlessly to save his hometown from bad guys. 

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I think that might be part of why I enjoy the game so much. There’s no big mystery; no having to search through the website’s code (that I know of); no messing with image brightness to see the hidden message. You just run. I don’t feel like I need some kind of masters in cryptography to understand it. In a time of shared universes and theory-hunting AR games–where everything has to have a cliffhanger, it’s nice to see one that doesn’t have all that…weight. The game does have a backstory; it tells you how Kevin got his powers and that’s all you need.

Also, the controls are simple and easy to master. It did take me a couple minutes to change over from the app controls to controller buttons; but once I figured out the button layout was basically the same as it was on the app, I was back in my groove.

I also appreciate that once I pay the purchase price, I don’t need to pay out more. The skins and upgrades are purchasable by collecting pixels. The upgrade/skin prices are also fair. I don’t feel like it takes forever to collect enough pixels to buy a skin, but the price isn’t so low that I can purchase all of them after only a few runs. They are a difficult goal to reach but not impossible.

Speaking of reachable goals, the objectives are similarly difficult yet obtainable. None of the game objectives seem that difficult–some are harder or take longer to complete than others but all seem doable. 

img_2674But enough gushing for a moment. I have noticed that some glitches have carried over from the mobile game. Sometimes the cell holding a friend will fall through the floor. Other times the cell will just be laying on its side. Coming from my own time coding programs and games, I’m sure this glitch comes from the cell’s random generation. The cell generates in an open space and falls. Even with a billion numbers to choose from, sometimes you get a one.

Another glitch is a little more comical. Sometimes the dash wears off and I end up running right into a foe, usually a Bikey Mikes; but instead of dying, we collide. Kevin and Mike run into each other and just stop. Kevin continues to run and Mike continues to ride but they aren’t going anywhere. It looks like two people going, “Get out of my way!” “No, you get out of my way!” “Why don’t you move?” “Why don’t you move?!” A couple seconds later, the game catches up and it’s Game Over.

The last error I can find is that the invincibility after a power-up wears off or when you rescue a friend can sometimes feel a little random. Sometimes, it seems to be only a second; but one time, I was able to survive a blast from a Hack like five seconds after freeing Ben.

However, for like 99.9 percent of the time, the game runs smoothly–unlike some other games that have a tendency to crash now and then.

So…I’m still not sure why I keep wanting to play Top Run over and over. It could be the simplicity. Or it could be the added perk of annoying everyone around me by playing the Beckett soundtrack endlessly.

But, I think it might because Mr. Schnitzel (the cat) has added subliminal messages within the game–why else would there be so many neon lights. It’s all part of his evil plot. Today, he gets us to buy Top Run; tomorrow…endless catnip.

Nah, I think it is because you can feel the hard work and passion of Katata Games and Fantastico Studios. 4.9/5

PS: If any TV/movie producers out there are reading this, I wouldn’t mind seeing a Top Run series (or at least a comic). Now, I’ve got catnip to buy.


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No Badniks Allowed | Sonic the Hedgehog Review (Spoilers)

Well…it’s here. The genie is out of the bottle. The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has arrived. After controversy and redesigns (we’re not going to talk about that other image), the movie is out for all to see.

I was a little more than worried about the new movie. Game-to-movie adaptions rarely work out well. The original design didn’t help Sonic’s case. From the first trailer, the movie looked like it was a buddy cop/road trip type movie than a superhero hedgehog movie.

But, I was willing to give it a try. I didn’t want to judge it too harshly before I saw it. Sonic is one of my favorite video game characters right next to Mega Man and Kirby. I really wanted to see it succeed. If it did, maybe there’d be more–like a Kirby or Mega Man movie.

So, I was a bit nervous setting in the theater waiting for the movie to begin. Luckily, I wasn’t nervous long.

While the character’s personalities were close to how they normally act, they were a little over-the-top. 

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Robotnik is usually a goof, but at times this version was too much. Sonic was a bit confident, but it was more of a fake confidence from not having any social interaction.

As for the design of Sonic, it was pretty good. He still had that furry look to him, but it was much, much better. He looked more like Sonic than some kind of diseased creature that needed to be put down.

The humor was great. I really liked the banter between Tom and Robotnik; the war of words seemed authentic and flowed well. It didn’t seem forced or rehearsed. 

img_2674One of the best parts about this Sonic is that he seemed to be there. He seemed to have weight and speed. It was a little cartoony at times; I could still tell he was CGI, but it was a lot better than other CGI characters. Also, Sonic’s cartoon look just made his CGI appearance look more real. Any odd moments could be explained by the fact he is a cartoon character.

I enjoyed the nods to other Sonic versions, such as him tapping his foot impatiently or playing pranks at super-speed. He would also outsmart foes/turn their own attack on them. Also, when Robotnik is fixing his circuit breaker, you can see a label that says “Badniks.” 

When they announced that the character would be redesigned, I was worried that the final movie would seem rushed. It wasn’t it. It did not seem like it was thrown together in a panic. The actors and crew seemed to care about the movie and enjoy making it.

Of course, the best part was the credits scene with a special Sonic character–my favorite character. The credit scene set up another movie, and I’m hoping there will be one.

While it wasn’t everything I hoped for, it was better than I thought it’d be. I left the theater laughing and I couldn’t stop talking about it. I wanted to see it again the next day. 4.4/5


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Recommended #40

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Subject A36, by Teri Polen @TPolen6 @RRBookTours1 #SubjectA36 #YABooks #YADystopian #Scifi #RRBookTours #BlogTour by Didi Oviatt

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Do you have any recommendations? Tell me in the comments.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.

Ode to February | Poem

The holidays are done
yet winter remains.
What can stop this refrain?

School starts anew.
The bills are due.
Taxes wait by the door.
Please end this winter sore.

Will shadows appear,
Caught by creatures dear?

Can love's undying light
Cause a fire to ignite?

Hold them close,
a love's careful cheer
can break winter's evil sneer.

Laughter in the snow
ends an icy blow.

Winter's trials sack the land
united in love, hand in hand,
spring comes early...
if you love sincerely. 

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading!

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Stone Star | Review

Stone Star, a comiXology Originals, follows the adventures of Dail aboard the nomadic space station Stone Star. The station is similar to a traveling circus but instead of bearded ladies and cotton candy, you get gladiators and death marches.

Dail begins his tale as a scavenger and thief but soon runs into a retired gladiator who sees that Dail has a special skill. Not much is revealed at first, but it appears he can control machines and become an energy being.

Eventually, he meets Kikanni, an on-the-run royal who’s family is displaced because of a coup. Dail witnesses the murder of Kikanni’s family at the hands of Stone Star workers. He and she then have to escape and hide.

img_2674The plot was a typical story about an average person with a great destiny and strange powers. The characters seemed pretty bland. The displaced princess, the good guy thief, the stoic and wise mentor, etc. Even by the end of the book, the characters didn’t seem to grow much–but it is the first book. The first book is meant to introduce the characters, setting, and plot. 

Stone Star does have a somewhat interesting plot. Someone murdered Dail’s father. His murder happened shortly after he refused to rig the fights. I think we can see where this is going.

So, if the characters are typical and the mystery is pretty standard, why did I like the story? It was one of those hard to put down books. I finished it in about an hour. 

Part of the reason was the art. It was pretty impressive; though sometimes it did look rushed, there were some moments that made my mouth drop.

I think the other part that made the comic so appealing was Dail’s powers. At first I wanted to know what they were. Then I was like, “Oh, he can just control machines. Big deal.” But then he merged with a fighting robot, and later he was able to semi-merge with Kikanni and learn her backstory. So, even though right now it seems like all he can do is control technology, they hint at something greater.

I also think pacing had something to do with my enjoyment. There weren’t many slow points and when you did slow down, you felt like you needed the rest. You felt like you were on the run with Dail and Kikanni; you felt as much in danger as they did.

Finally, I think it was the world. The setting of a traveling space station that works as an entertainment center is kind of unique. Also, it was neat seeing all the different alien beings. I liked the variety and creativity in each one. Each showed the personality well. I also liked how Dail looked human but not so much you’d think he was human. You know he’s an alien. The design choice allowed me to empathize with him but at the same time not wonder “How’d a human get here?”

While on the surface, Stone Star seems typical, the pacing, unique characters, and the deigns of the setting and world pull you in and make the read worthwhile. While I would like to see more adventures with Dail, Stone Star isn’t at the top of my To-Read list. I’m going to pre-order the book, but I’m also not marking down the days till its release on June 1. 4.1/5

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A young thief named Dail discovers a dark secret in the depths of Stone Star and has to decide where his destiny lies. 
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A young warrior named Dail has been drawn into the ring and is trying to prove himself in the Grand Arena, but there are forces on the station determined to see him destroyed as revenge for his father’s fighting legacy.