Pixels & Ink #222 – Gears of Jed

Pixels & Ink #222 - Gears of Jed

While Cody continues to protest the CGM podcast co-hosting duties, Mel and Brendan sit down with Jed. He discusses Gears of War 4 and Yo-Kai Watch 2. Mel saw Warcraft and Brendan leads the gang in a latest gaming news discussion. In a special interview segment, Lisa chats with Philippe Morin from Red Barrels about Outlast 2 from X16 in Toronto.

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PlayStation VR Launch Bundle Unboxing

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On October 13, Sony’s fanbase will launch themselves into the world of virtual reality with PlayStation VR. Destined to be a hot item for early adopters this holiday season, the PlayStation VR launch bundle retails for $699.99 CAD. This bundle includes the core headset, a pair of PlayStation Move controllers and the necessary PlayStation Camera to complete the package. If you already own a set of Move controllers and a PlayStation Camera, you can instead just buy the core PlayStation VR headset for $549.99 CAD.

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Inside the headset box are a total of nine components: the headset itself with its inline remote, a set of stereo headphones, the headset connection cable, an HDMI cable, USB cable, AC power cord and adaptor, and  the main processor unit where everything plugs into place. With all the extra hardware and wires, it’s understandable that your home entertainment center may become a bit more cluttered to say the least. Once everything is plugged into your PlayStation 4, the console will need to be connected to the Internet so it can be updated for the necessary VR software.

The PlayStation VR headset is a beautiful piece of hardware. Starting with the 5.7-inch 1080p OLED scope, the screen displays stereoscopic 3D images at 120 HZ and is built to deliver those images with a consistent level of sharpness and richness. Both the strap and scope unit on the headset can be adjusted to fit your head’s shape, which ensures that you are always fully immersed in whatever title you’re playing. The nine blue LED’s spread across the headset also serve a purpose as tracking lights. These help the PlayStation Camera adjust to your movements in 3D space.

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Look forward to our upcoming review.

 

Black Mirror Season Three gets Air Date, Trailer

Black Mirror Season Three gets Air Date, Trailer

Netflix viewers rejoice, you have another season of a beloved show to binge watch while you stay up until 3 a.m. with bloodshot eyes. That’s right folks, Black Mirror is back for third season exclusively on Netflix, and fans are treated to a new trailer.

The new season is slated to return Oct 21, 2016, just in time for a Halloween binge, and continues the speculative fiction, anthology style storytelling the series is known for, set just a few minutes ahead of current time. Black Mirror is mostly compared to The Twilight Zone with its brand of storytelling, but with a modern twist. Each stand-alone episode features a new cast and setting exploring themes of technology and what can be done with pretty dark, and sometimes satiric undertones. While the new trailer doesn’t give away the plot for any given episode, it does show a focus on human’s ability to kill, augmentation, cyber sex, happiness, and social media presence with a bit of marketing in there too.

Created by the British broadcaster Charlie Brooker, known for his writing in Brass Eye, and Dead Set, season three of Black Mirror does come with a pedigree. Its success was shown on the world stage in 2012 when it won an International Emmy for best TV Movie/Miniseries. Its praise goes as far as Stephan King, who admitted he’s a fan as well.

The first season aired on the British Channel 4 only featuring three episodes. With Netflix acquiring the rights to the new season for $40 million, fans will have six episodes. While it’s not a lot, it is double the first season, so it should be enough to scratch that “what if” itch the series does so well.

There’s a lot to look forward to with the new season of Black Mirror, if the trailer is any suggestion, it will be just a rich, intelligent and uncomfortable as ever, just with more content.

Funomena’s Whacky Wattam Coming To Multiple Platforms

Funomena's Whacky Wattam Coming To Multiple Platforms

For those of you who don’t know what Wattam is, that’s OK. I’ve watched the reveal trailer about four times now and I still couldn’t tell you. What I can tell you is that it’s being co-created by Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi. Do I have your attention now? Good, because you’ll be happy to know this adorably esoteric game will be multiple platforms.

Wattam looks less like a game, and more like an experience. Players take control of a small cube-man named the Mayor as they stroll around small boards interacting with other shape-people, sentient food, and just about everything. While there doesn’t seem to be any grand goal, the game looks to be more experimental (both as a product and for players), seeing what can and can’t be done, and to what degree fun can be had from seeing how your actions create equal or greater reactions.

In an interview with VentureBeat, studio founder Robin Hunicke said, “Wattam will come out further into next year, probably. We haven’t announced a ship date yet. That’ll be on the PlayStation 4 and some other platforms as yet unannounced.”

Wattam was initially announced at PlayStation Experience 2014 as a co-production of Sony Interactive Entertainment Santa Monica Studio and Funomena. Interestingly enough, it would appear that Sony dropped the game as the trademark registration expired back in 2015. Funomena secured the trademark back in May, however it seems odd that Sony dropped the project so quietly.

New York City Comic Con 2016 Thursday Wrap-Up Post

New York City Comic Con 2016 Thursday Wrap-Up Post

New York Comic Con began today in Manhattan, and the convention started with quite a number of announcements from the manga and anime industry. Hot off the heels of Crunchyroll’s partnership with Funimation and the official unveiling of Anime NYC, October follows in the wake of a very good September for anime and manga fans. And today, Kodansha and Crunchyroll came out with a variety of major announcements for their fanbases. Here’s just a few highlights from the day:

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