AnalogHype http://www.analoghype.com Home of The New School Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:22:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Destiny Vanguard Armory Trailer http://www.analoghype.com/destiny-vanguard-armory-trailer/ http://www.analoghype.com/destiny-vanguard-armory-trailer/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:02:56 +0000 http://www.analoghype.com/?p=35845 Destiny is the buzz word of the week! With the Destiny Beta spreading like wildfire now is the perfect time reveal the Vanguard Armory. This collection is exclusive to those who preorder Destiny and offers up some dope weapons and armors. Word on the street is these weapons will become useless after reaching level 8 […]

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Destiny is the buzz word of the week! With the Destiny Beta spreading like wildfire now is the perfect time reveal the Vanguard Armory. This collection is exclusive to those who preorder Destiny and offers up some dope weapons and armors. Word on the street is these weapons will become useless after reaching level 8 but it looks like a good set of items to help you get started.

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Exclusive – Honor & Realness – This Is War http://www.analoghype.com/exclusive-honor-realness-war/ http://www.analoghype.com/exclusive-honor-realness-war/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:23:45 +0000 http://www.analoghype.com/?p=35842 Exclusive! I usually would get my Funkflex on with an explosive track like this, but I’m going to let this one breathe. The man Honor & Realness hooked us up proper with this exclusive that you can only hear right here on Analoghype! We definitely going to have to give this the video game mashup […]

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Exclusive! I usually would get my Funkflex on with an explosive track like this, but I’m going to let this one breathe. The man Honor & Realness hooked us up proper with this exclusive that you can only hear right here on Analoghype! We definitely going to have to give this the video game mashup treatment! Check our Honor & Realness on Facebook and let him know how you feel about the track! https://www.facebook.com/honorandrealness

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Why Jason Moma might make Aquaman cool again http://www.analoghype.com/jason-moma-might-make-aquaman-cool/ http://www.analoghype.com/jason-moma-might-make-aquaman-cool/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:18:09 +0000 http://www.analoghype.com/?p=35832 Many of us associate Batman with Christian Bale, as past generations have with Michael Keaton and/or Adam West. What’s interesting about our generation is the wrongful association with Aquaman being “that useless character from Justice Friends”. Although various media outlets like College Humor, or memes, or even shows like Family Guy and Robot Chicken have shown […]

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Many of us associate Batman with Christian Bale, as past generations have with Michael Keaton and/or Adam West. What’s interesting about our generation is the wrongful association with Aquaman being “that useless character from Justice Friends”. Although various media outlets like College Humor, or memes, or even shows like Family Guy and Robot Chicken have shown Aquaman to be a comically useless hero who’s only helpful with matters of the deep blue sea, that’s not the case at all. Yes, Aquaman does have powers that mainly focus with the deep and its inhabitants. However, he’s a foe that both heroes and villains alike respect and fear. He’s shows to be a powerful monarch as well as a force to be reckoned with, in battle as well as the Hall of Justice.
As of late last month, Twitter went viral with news of Jason Momoa, better known as Drogo from the hit series Game of Thrones being cast as Arthur Curry, better known as Aquaman. What struck many as an odd choice because of him lacking the ironic blond locks of Mr. Curry, as well as him not “looking like Aquaman”, it’s honestly a smart move. Momoa has portrayed many hardened characters such as Konan, Ronon Dex from Stargate: Atlantis, and most notably Drogo. It still isn’t certain what his role will be, given that there are rumors of him appearing in a future DC movie to even having his own Aquaman feature film. What is certain is that he will give a new spin on the way we see Aquaman and will give his mythos a revamp for a new generation.
Change isn’t necessarily a bad thing, only when it doesn’t add any particularly favorable aspects to one character. Momoa will add a gritty yet distinct flavor to the orange clad hero of the deep, as well as his origin story, which has changed over the years. From being banned from the sea because of his blonde hair to his mother being an Atlantian princess, there is an array of how they can handle this story. Momoa has a unique look and also possesses a sort of “beach” vibe which will add to how the sea life is incorporated into Curry’s storyline when realizing he’s actually an Atlantian, not from land. At the same time, if they go into the direction of introducing him in the future Superman film, having him already established as a superpowered hero from Atlantis isn’t so alien to Momoa, since Aquaman isn’t just a master of communicating with sea creatures. He’s also trained in the deadly arts of fighting, making Momoa a perfect candidate for an action packed adaptation to one of the most underrated super heroes in all of DC.

 

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We have revamped the Batman series for mainstream audiences, away from the campy versions of both the 60’s and the Schumacher films from the late 90’s. What many remembered the last films from the Batman titles as Mr. Freeze shouting corny ice-puns or Poison Ivy hilariously trying to seduce Robin, Christopher Nolan made many forget that and instantly associate the title with a darker and more gritty, more realistic portrayal of Gotham City and its caped crusader. And the golden ticket wasn’t just the writing and directing, but the actor. What many considered an “odd choice”, Christian Bale proved to embody Batman. Will Momoa embody our generation’s version of Aquaman? Only time and internet trolls will tell.

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Halo The Master Chief Collection RTX 2014 Preview http://www.analoghype.com/halo-master-chief-collection-rtx-2014-preview/ http://www.analoghype.com/halo-master-chief-collection-rtx-2014-preview/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:19:34 +0000 http://www.analoghype.com/?p=35828 We get our first look at the Halo: Master Chief Collection at E3 2014 and it instantly looked like a must have. Thanks to RTX 2014, we got a new look at The Master Chief Collection in action. From menu designs to gameplay additions, it really looks like the ultimate fan service for Halo fans. […]

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We get our first look at the Halo: Master Chief Collection at E3 2014 and it instantly looked like a must have. Thanks to RTX 2014, we got a new look at The Master Chief Collection in action. From menu designs to gameplay additions, it really looks like the ultimate fan service for Halo fans. You can check out the entire panel above but here are some the things I took from it.

  • Playlist that span across all 4 games
  • The addition of the gungoose to Halo 2
  • Plenty of new multiplayer modes added to Halo 2 including infection and race
  • Beautiful menus

For $60 this is a must have for every Xbox One owner. Hopefully in the next coming months we get more information on the Halo 5 Guardians beta.

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New Music – Cam’Ron 1st Of The Month Vol 1 http://www.analoghype.com/new-music-camron-1st-month-vol-1/ http://www.analoghype.com/new-music-camron-1st-month-vol-1/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:36:08 +0000 http://www.analoghype.com/?p=35825 Cam’Ron got some new heat for us. To hold us over until his collab album with A-Trak drops, we get the 1st of the Month Vol 1 EP. 5 tracks to remind you the pink ambassadar Killa Cam is still holding it down for New York and Hip Hop. You can check the music video […]

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Cam’Ron got some new heat for us. To hold us over until his collab album with A-Trak drops, we get the 1st of the Month Vol 1 EP. 5 tracks to remind you the pink ambassadar Killa Cam is still holding it down for New York and Hip Hop. You can check the music video for Funeral above and the entire EP below.


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Destiny Beta Launches July 17 http://www.analoghype.com/destiny-beta-launches-july-17/ http://www.analoghype.com/destiny-beta-launches-july-17/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:07:21 +0000 http://www.analoghype.com/?p=35823 Did you miss out on the Destiny Alpha? The folks at Bungie is opening up the Destiny Beta July 17 and has a bunch new content for you to partake in. Check out the beta schedule below and the beta trailer above! The Beta begins first for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system (PlayStation Plus required for […]

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Did you miss out on the Destiny Alpha? The folks at Bungie is opening up the Destiny Beta July 17 and has a bunch new content for you to partake in. Check out the beta schedule below and the beta trailer above!

The Beta begins first for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system (PlayStation Plus required for some features) and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system at 10:00am PDT on July 17
The Beta begins for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft (Xbox Live Gold required, subject to change) at 10:00am PDT on July 23
The Beta will be offline for scheduled maintenance on July 21 – July 22 and open back up to pre-order participants across all platforms until 11:59pm PDT on July 27

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Guardians of the Galaxy 3D IMAX Preview Impressions http://www.analoghype.com/guardians-galaxy-3d-imax-preview-impressions/ http://www.analoghype.com/guardians-galaxy-3d-imax-preview-impressions/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:33:19 +0000 http://www.analoghype.com/?p=35819 I have to be honest with you guys. Minus the trailers and some behind the scenes stuff I’ve seen on online, I really have no idea who the Guardians of the Galaxy are. The other Marvel studio movies where I know the characters and consider myself a fan, I am totally in the dark with […]

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I have to be honest with you guys. Minus the trailers and some behind the scenes stuff I’ve seen on online, I really have no idea who the Guardians of the Galaxy are. The other Marvel studio movies where I know the characters and consider myself a fan, I am totally in the dark with Guardians of the Galaxy.

Last night I had the opportunity to check out a 17 minute extended preview of Guardians of the Galaxy in IMAX 3D and I was blown away. If what was shown in last nights preview the tip of the iceberg, consider me sold on Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie feels nothing like any other Marvel film that’s come before it. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, definitely raised the bar for Marvel movies for me this year and Guardians of the Galaxy, although a very different film, seems to be that same class of masterful execution and film making. Before I wild out with my excitement, let me give you a break down of what we saw.

The preview starts off with the line-up scene that we’ve seen from the trailers. This is also our first look at the beautiful usage of the IMAX 3D. From here the crew is then transported to the space prison called The Kyln where the Guardians are hilariously processed. Not to give too much away, but Rocket plans out an escape and all hell breaks lose. He’s able to quickly survey surrounding materials and draft up an escape plan for the Guardians. There are a lot of jokes and humor I’m leaving out of the escape just off fact you’ll need to see it to make sense of it. We were then blessed with an extended montage that provides glimpses of Yondu, Josh Brolin’s Thanos, Ronan the Accuser and more.

I’m excited for the entire movie and I’m also sold on the IMAX 3D. I’m talking about bright high definition 3D that lively! The chemistry between the characters are perfect. From interactions with the Groot and his limited vocabulary to Drax who takes everything literally and doesn’t comprehend metaphors, this team is setup to give you an out of this world experience.

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Gaming & Comics: Is it still a man’s world? http://www.analoghype.com/is-gaming-still-mans-world/ http://www.analoghype.com/is-gaming-still-mans-world/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:13:43 +0000 http://www.analoghype.com/?p=35778 The joke goes that there are two kinds of gamer girls: the attention seeking sexy type, and the seriously competitive type that shows no mercy. And why is that? In 2014 are female gamers still struggling to find acceptance amongst the gaming (and more rarely, the comic book/geek) community, or are they finding solace in a […]

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The joke goes that there are two kinds of gamer girls: the attention seeking sexy type, and the seriously competitive type that shows no mercy. And why is that? In 2014 are female gamers still struggling to find acceptance amongst the gaming (and more rarely, the comic book/geek) community, or are they finding solace in a world that in previous years have shunned them.

Can you really blame how it works, though? Although it feels like a long time, five or ten years ago wasn’t such a distant past and people never thought they’d get behind a game that wasn’t about a male protagonist. There are still some issues when it comes with non-gaming areas. But that comes later. In general, gaming has always been targeted towards male players, and it’s apparent in the lack of females in earlier games (Zelda, Ms. Pacman, Chun-Li, Cammy, and Princess Peach, or Toadstool as she was referred to back in the day, are some of the more notable early ones that come to mind when thinking of retro gaming ladies) and even more apparent in how downplayed female video game characters were as video games got more sophisticated. Having them as stock characters, a sexual prize, or pigeonholed into many stereotypes we’ve come to recognize in many written and/or visual arts made it seem as if the only function for female game characters were to be identifiers that they were different and not the main character. This is what most probably didn’t really help a lot of female gamers feel represented, unless they were okay with the fan service.

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because her only object was to be a reward….and troll you into 7 more levels.

Speaking of which, looking around Reddit, DeviantArt, IGN, even Google, fanservice is still a heavy issue with gaming when it comes to female characters. While some women were created to give off a seductive feel and personality like Morrigan Aensland from the Darkstalkers series or Anna Williams from the Tekken franchise, it’s still apparent that “strong and badass” females are still heavily slanted towards the sexy and teasing side. For example, Lara Croft from Tomb Raider, Tifa from Final Fantasy, Jill Valentine from Resident Evil, amongst others, are played more sexy, despite their fiery and supportive roles. While there are some that are seen as a bit odd considering they really aren’t supposed to be sexual, such as Tira from the Soul series or Jack from Mass Effect, there are some that aren’t really seen in any way shape or form as giving fan service yet are still considered ridiculously successful (not counting games targeted towards a diverse audience such as Pokemon), Bayonetta, Silent Hill, and most recently, The Last of Us. Maybe a little fan service isn’t bad…but would people still be okay with it if we suddenly had male characters fight in an action game or a FPS wearing nothing but tight shorts and combat boots? Didn’t think so.

My friend Camille is a passionate gamer and has strong feelings when it comes to video games as well as being a female gamer. “Although there is still heavy fanservice, I feel it’s no longer a ‘wow it’s a girl playing Assasin’s Creed or Mario Kart…she sucks’ type of environment. Although a lot of guys still underestimate me, I’ve noticed in general it’s more about the player than the gender.” When asked if she’s ever been misjudged by her male counterparts, she had stated that there is still some hostility, but it’s not as common as before. “I remember years ago I entered a GameStop tournament for Super Smash Bros. Melee. I was the only girl, and guys expected me to play as Peach, Zelda, or Jigglypuff. Little did they know Link is my main, and I cleaned house. I made it to the final two. I guess it was a matter of judgment, but me being a girl didn’t deter my gaming skills.”

Samantha, another gamer as well as comic book fan stated “at the end of the day, I respect players for their skill, not their sex. It annoys me when I don’t get the same amount of respect in return just because I’m a girl. Real gamer girls don’t have to be just cute to be legit. It all comes in game. It’s annoying how people expect us just to be cute over also knowing your craft.”

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She single-handedly spawned a ton of fan-service Deviant Art. Pun heavily intended.

However, gaming isn’t the only realm where girls are starting to emerge. Comic Books have always been seen as a “guy thing”, and although a lot of its core audience is males, women in comics as a hero, villain, or supporting character have usually ranged from a ditz who gets herself in trouble to heroes who can hang with their male colleagues, and at times, kick their asses. Although not as heavy as the video game industry, females in comics still suffer from the same fan service type issues.

Notable examples are Amanda Waller being a large woman of color (who was a huge force to be reckoned with) up until the New 52, where she’s just a curvy a sexy woman of color (who is still a huge force to be reckoned with), or the controversial New 52 version of Starfire. The main issue amongst female comic book readers isn’t really how women are portrayed. That’s not the case since heroes and villains alike have very strong and dominant personalities as a whole. The issue usually lies with how these said women are portrayed in mainstream media and sometimes completely ignored.

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Enter Emma Frost, also known as The White Queen in the X-Men series. She’s one of the top telepaths in the world, was one of the few first characters to possess Astral Projection, has defeated Magneto, Phoenix, as well as countless others in battle, was second in command in the now defunct Hellfire Club, as well as singlehandedly controlling the Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters for a short stint. With a resume like that, it’s surprising to see how her silver screen portrayal by January Jones in the 2011 hit X-Men: First Class portrayed her as a very pale version of her print version.

Witty, saucy, able to handle most mutants, the Emma Frost of the comic series had nothing in common with the…sexy version of the big screen. Although this seems like a focus on a singular female character, this type of thing happens more often than not in big Hollywood portrayals of comic book heroes and villains. Poison Ivy, Elektra, Catwoman (that terrible Halle Berry version that never wish existed), Shadowcat, Phoenix, Rogue, and Super Girl have all fallen to this pattern of casting these ladies from their dangerous and deep personalities, to their singular, almost insultingly lacking version of their graphic novel selves.

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While comic book fans both male and female alike have strong feelings about this, Samantha decided to throw her opinions out in the open. “It’s really crappy how these women are strong and are just as amazing as the guys, but besides Black Widow, they’re usually just played as sexy and useless. And that’s the image that the audience gets from these girls. We’re getting a Wonder Woman movie, but the baby steps make it so frustrating”. Camille, however, had a different approach. “I feel that depending on the genre itself, staying one hundred percent true to the medium isn’t really important. It’s a Hollywood adaptation and they’re going by what sells. I get that. It sucks sometimes but I understand. However, I see these new movies with female heroines like Frozen, Tangled, Maleficent, or shows like Game of Thrones and it makes me realize it’s no longer about having a female character vulnerable. They’re actually fleshed out characters.”

With both comic books and video games starting to show appeal to both genders, it’s highly apparent that it’s no longer a man’s territory. More and more women are entering the video game fields and more women are being incorporated into stories as serious characters, and even canon (such as Street Fighter finally putting Poison in a game). It’s smooth sailing for now on, and it’s no longer just about the guys.

 

 

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Music Monday – EA UFC Soundtrack http://www.analoghype.com/music-monday-ea-ufc-soundtrack/ http://www.analoghype.com/music-monday-ea-ufc-soundtrack/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:57:16 +0000 http://www.analoghype.com/?p=35805 I’ve been busy working on knocking out fools in EA UFC. The game looks beautiful on the Xbox One and has a great soundtrack to go with it. The soundtrack crosses over several genres but has some standouts like the Imagine Dragons x Kendrick Lamar collaboration, Rick Ross and some Yo Gotti. I personally come […]

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I’ve been busy working on knocking out fools in EA UFC. The game looks beautiful on the Xbox One and has a great soundtrack to go with it. The soundtrack crosses over several genres but has some standouts like the Imagine Dragons x Kendrick Lamar collaboration, Rick Ross and some Yo Gotti. I personally come out to that Yo Gotti on full blast but take a listen and let us know what you think.


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Destiny – E3 2014 Gameplay Experience Trailer http://www.analoghype.com/destiny-e3-2014-gameplay-experience-trailer/ http://www.analoghype.com/destiny-e3-2014-gameplay-experience-trailer/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:43:43 +0000 http://www.analoghype.com/?p=35785 Bungie’s Co-foununder, Jason Jones, details everything you need to know about Destiny, even hinting at the most difficult mission, The Vault of Glass. The Destiny public Beta begins July 17th and launches worldwide September 9th for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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Bungie’s Co-foununder, Jason Jones, details everything you need to know about Destiny, even hinting at the most difficult mission, The Vault of Glass. The Destiny public Beta begins July 17th and launches worldwide September 9th for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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