In light of a comment posted on an article earlier today, I feel like I have to make my position on illegal downloading very clear. But before I begin, I will preface this by saying that I am not an angel and I am surely not innocent. I have illegally downloaded music in the past but I don’t do it anymore. If I download an album it is either given to me by record labels OR I download it for review purposes, after which I immediately delete it.
It took a boring weekend back in 2008 for me to finally give HBO’s “True Blood” a real chance. After forcing myself through a handful of episodes, I was finally hooked. It played like a darker side of Twilight, with vampires and shape-shifters unleashing a vicious wrath upon the residents of Bon Temps. There was heavy romance, lots of nudity, and more blood than you could ask for. The characters – based on their counterparts from Charlaine Harris’ novels – were being incredibly well-developed for future arcs.
Flash forward to 2010, show creator Alan Ball and HBO decided to push the envelope with the third season. Nearly every episode ended with a violent, tense, and engaging cliffhanger that made the weeklong wait practically unbearable. We saw Tara bash in Franklin’s head and a twisted sex sequence between Bill and Lorean, among other absolutely horrific moments. It was a horror fan’s wet dream.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.
What’s more shocking than the various “holy sh*t moments” of 2010 is how quickly HBO is tanking the beloved franchise. Actually, I think tanking might even be an understatement. Five episodes into season four and I’m tearing my hair out in frustration. I originally planned on writing a brief article detailing just how HBO could save “True Blood” from being drained of all of its lifeforce, but after going over my mental bullet points, I decided that it’s already too late — “True Blood” is DEAD.
You would think that after being well over a decade in the making this game would have plenty of time to grow up. Apparently, this is not the case. You see, I have a serious issue with Duke Nukem Forever. As a gamer, aspiring game designer and just a decent human being, this game disgusts me. Plenty of games try to push boundaries by showcasing gorgeous scenery, revolutionary stories or groundbreaking features to grab as many headlines on game news sites as they can. But when it comes to stupid, irrelevant features The Duke takes the cake. Instead of showing us interesting things that would make a gamer want to pick up and play the game, Forever shows us irreverent features that only shows how dated this game really is. Looking at the more recent headlines The Duke has become a 12 year-old jumping up and down, waving his arms and yelling “Hey! Remember me? I’m that game that’s been over a decade in the making! I let you throw feces and slap chicks, hey! HEY!”
Duke Nukem: Forever is a game that’s been well over a decade in development and has become synonymous with vaporware. Now that it might actually be coming out (I’ll believe it when I see it) the companies behind it feel the burning desire to get as much attention, bad or not, centered on this aging game. Apologies to anyone who’s still looking forward to it but here’s a spoiler: at this point Duke Nukem Forever will never live up to the hype. Instead it’s going to show you tits, gore, feces and foul language in equal amounts. It’s also going to try to be funny but from what I’ve seen of the game so far it will fail miserably in that department as well. READ MORE
For the most part Dead Pixels is a place TJ and I try our damnedest to make a fun, stress-free corner of the internet. This is a place where you can get caught up on the most recent happenings in the industry and perhaps sip some tea while reading one of our many delicious features. Rarely do I feel the need to put on my serious face and talk about things that really matter, or more specifically to what I’m about to talk about here, issues that fucking bother me.
An out and proud ‘straight male gamer’ (a term this individual uses often) has taken offense to BioWare’s inclusion of gay romance in Dragon Age II. His long-winded post in the game’s forum has been making its rounds on several gaming sites over the past week so I thought I’d take a minute to discuss this as well. Plus, one of the game’s writers responded to the post and his polite retort is so beautiful I just had to show you it. READ MORE