Getting Creative | Stranger Things

The new season of Stranger Things (and the Upside-Down) is upon us. But, not everyone has Netflix. I watched the first two seasons and wanted to know what happened to the Hawkins crew, but I no longer have Netflix…so I had to get a little creative.

I came across Stranger Things 3: The Game via YouTube channels like Gamer’s Little Playground and RabidRetrospectGames. At first, I thought the game would be more spin-off or only focus on a piece of season 3. Nope, they did pretty much the whole thing. The game, as far as people say and what I’ve learned, follows the season like over 90 percent. The game even includes a pixelated version of the show’s post-credit scene.

The game itself seems to be about 7 to 8 hours long and is on PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC. A mobile version by BonusXP is also supposed to be available, but I could only find one that mentioned season 2. It might be in an update.

IGN also provided many looks into season 3. Including a review, ending explanation, post-credit scenes explanation, what happened to (spoilers) character, and theories for season 4.

If you tie the IGN videos to the game, you can get a much clearer picture of what happened in season 3. I highly suggest watching both because there are some cutscenes in the game that make no sense unless you watch the videos.

Thanks for reading! Until the next wormhole…bye!

Alone is now available for eBook at many online retailers. A paperback version is available from Barnes & Noble only.

Gotta Prank Fast

After watching the IGN video “The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Sounds Like Fanfiction – IGN Now,” it got me thinking about all the hate the Sonic movie has been getting. After a couple chili dogs, I came up with the theory that the movie developers are pranking us.

They are purposely releasing bad images and bad previews in order to punk everyone. It makes sense. Sonic is a wise-cracking hedgehog; it would make sense to have “him” prank us. Also, look at all the publicity the movie has gotten. People are chatting all over the place about the movie. It’s on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and so on. Pretty much everyone knows about the movie; and if they reveal that all this time it was a joke and the real movie is actually good, people will be talking about it even more.

The movie crew isn’t stupid (I hope). I’m sure they know about all the negative comments and reviews. Why aren’t they just scraping the project or even saying, “Maybe we should rethink this”?

Look at the stuff they have revealed. To me, it seems like they are revealing things but only to a point. It is like they are holding back, but not in a “we don’t want to spoil the movie” sort of way.

In the IGN video they go over the scenes revealed at a recent panel. The scenes sound fragmented and not thought out, almost as if they were half done–much like someone would half do a video or post in order to prank someone. They don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on something that won’t even be in the movie.

IGN goes on to state how during the Sonic preview, Jim Carrey, as Dr. Robotnik, comes on stage to show a preview of the Robotnik movie…as a prank.

I am really hoping that when the film crew finally releases a trailer it shows a few seconds of a bad trailer than cuts to black only to have a really well done CGI Sonic appear and laugh at the camera and say, “I got ya! Tails, roll the real trailer.” And then we get a really awesome trailer. *crosses fingers*

Sparks of Rebellion is available for preorder. It releases April 19, 2019.

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Test Your Might | Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal

Thanks to IGN, GhostRobo, and Gamer’s Little Playground, I was able to get a “peek” (as did the rest of the Net-mosphere) at Mortal Kombat…ahem, I mean, *in dramatic, Mortal Kombat announcer voice* Mortal Kombat 11.

The graphics looked crisp. I liked the character designs and the move sets look amazing. And the combos…just wow. I also like the addition of the “fatal blow” mechanic.

But, I’m not sure how I feel about the new meter burn mechanic. Instead of pressing the same button each time, rumor is that you’ll need to press a different button for each meter burn move, and the button press is different not only between moves but between characters. On the one hand, it makes the game more immersive. On the other, it really promotes the idea of having a favorite character. In order to be successful with the meter burns, you need to focus on one character, get to really know that character and what they can do. This new meter mechanic doesn’t let you play as other characters, unless you have a good memory.

The developers also cranked up the blood and gore to eleven. Whoa, that’s weird. They cranked up the violence to eleven for Mortal Kombat 11. What are the odds? Anyway, the cinematic scenes, like brutalities and finishers, were always full of gore, but now it’s worse and even during the gameplay fights you can see blood spewing about. The game is definitely not for the faint of heart. (Also, I wonder how long it’ll take the “video games cause violence” people to start talking.)

I do like the customization, sorry Kustomization (it’s Mortal Kombat), addition. It’ll be neat to make my own version of Raiden or Sonya. (Or my favorite, Sub-Zero.)

Lastly, I’m looking forward to the plot. Some new time-manipulating character shows up trying to restore the timeline. And of course, there’s Rouge Raiden.

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