While I Like The Justice League Trailer, Something Isn’t Quite Right…

While I Like The Justice League Trailer, Something Isn’t Quite Right…

If you didn’t know, the Justice League 1st official trailer released yesterday. While I thought the trailer was great and i’m excited for the movie, Zack Snyder seemed to carry over one of my biggest issue’s with Batman V Superman, which is that too much of the environment in the major fight scenes are Computer Generated or heavily filtered.

When so much of the background is obviously computer generated effects, it really steals from the atmosphere, almost creating a wall that keeps me from feeling more invested in their reality…if that makes sense. With Marvel movies while there is obviously some CG enhanced scenes, a lot of it is filmed in real locations which adds a essential touch of realism that brings the world visually to life and that was totally missing in BvS, which IMO felt like the last half of the final fight was filmed in a green box with no real elements which created both a disconnect with the world on screen and their struggle and totally messed with the sense of scale for the battle. Fingers crossed that the same won’t be true for Justice League, but i’ve already gotten touches of this from bits in the trailer, but it’s way too early to judge.

To end this on a brighter note, while i am not getting my hopes up, i enjoyed the trailer and hope this movie does really well. Especially as a DC/Marvel comic hero fan, and also because DC really needs a Win after Suicide Squad and BvS (even though i thought the latter wasn’t bad at all)

Let me know if you felt the same after seeing the trailer and/or about Batman V Superman, if you disagreed and just what you thought about the trailer Period! I want to talk about it with someone lol. Not enough geeks around here.

Thanks for reading

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If you didn’t get a chance to see the trailer, here you go:

ICYMI: Check Me Out On This Week’s We The Gamercast w/Sean Capri

Im really late, This podcast was posted to the website on Monday, but just in case you haven’t listened, Here is episode #73 of the We The Gamercast by Sean Capri w/ me Joey Craig aka Skywardking. We talked about so many things from My Gaming Origin Story, Family and even some Anime. 

Was so much fun and so we’ll produced, I’d appreciate it if you gave it a listen at the site linked below 🙂

Podcast Link:We The Gamercast episode 73

Sean’s twitter: Link

WeTheGamercast Twitter: Link

Thanks to everyone that gave it a listen!

New Video: Play Mass Effect Andromeda For Yourself Before You Hate

 

My First Video in almost a year and a half. But i got the mojo to make videos after i did a couple podcasts lately. I hope you enjoy and tell me what you think. Much more coming in the future…

#LiveSkyward

 

Check Out The Geek Cast ep. 86 ( w/ Me As This Weeks Guest)

Check Out The Geek Cast ep. 86 ( w/ Me As This Weeks Guest)

 

This week i am was a guest on The Geek Cast w/ Bobby aka Nintendo Guru. We talk about our thoughts on the Nintendo Switch, the initial switch reveal presentation and where we would like to see it possibly go with future updates to the hardware. Also, we talk about the possibility of Ben Affleck leaving his role as Batman within the DC Cinematic Universe and who could possibly replace him. Continue reading “Check Out The Geek Cast ep. 86 ( w/ Me As This Weeks Guest)”

Nintendo Switch D.O.A? (My Thoughts on Switch & Jan 12th Presentation)

Nintendo Switch D.O.A? (My Thoughts on Switch & Jan 12th Presentation)

Looks like we may see a repeat of Nintendo’s Wii U mistakes with the Switch

This is almost like Nintendo Never Learns pt.2. You go in hoping for the best, but you quickly realize that it’s the same situation all over again. But in this case in some areas Nintendo has taken their stupid to a new level. It’s seeming so much like a repeat of their mistakes with the Wii U gen that, i wouldn’t be surprised if their console/hybrid was D.O.A

Lets talk their big event…

Nintendo’s highly anticipated Switch event was one big missed opportunity to capture the minds of fans and non-fans all over. Unorganized, Cringy and just Half Baked. Some of the same characteristics that seem to reflect the device that the event was about pretty well. more about that later.

The presentation was Full of lame failed humor, dead boring translators that almost put me to sleep, micro teasers and cinematics of games(most of which won’t be available for the launch of the device) and not enough info about the device (that mattered). But Continue reading “Nintendo Switch D.O.A? (My Thoughts on Switch & Jan 12th Presentation)”

I’m Retiring From Destiny…And Heres Why…

I’m Retiring From Destiny…And Heres Why…

Again…But I’m really done this time!

Hard to believe, but this is my third round with Destiny. I’ve bought this game three times. Each time, once the dust clears, I’m sitting there wondering why did this to myself.

I remember playing the Alpha and Beta thinking this was going to be amazing.A beautiful large world to explore with 3 man teams, amazing plot and well developed characters, and so much more…

…We got none of that.

We did get three classes of guardian, that until the 3rd expansion were basically the same, lame story dissected into even worse expansions, unfinished characters and small boring maps.

But the one thing that annoys me the most is just how lazy Bungie was when it came to enemy design. We have Hive, Fallen, Vex and Cabal. Each race has about three tiers of enemy and they all behave about the same across races.They all lacked personality. After a while it felt like you were fighting the same enemies, but with different skins. It didn’t matter if it was a raid or a boss battle they all seemed like slight variations of each other in design and with no voices (other than the occasional battle cry) and no cut scenes building up even the bosses personality, even majors like Aksis and Taniks felt like clones. it was all just painfully disappointing.

(SPOILER ALERT) So imagine my disappointment when I got to the final boss in the main story and it turned out to be tree slightly bigger, but just as beatable Pratorians. They didn’t even try to make the game go or with a bang and surprise us with an enemy we haven’t seen or make the giant vex heart/brain in the sky become the enemy, they just were extremely lazy or extremely rushed. Either way, it hurt the game.

“But the game has been out for three years. If you didn’t like it so much, why did you keep playing for so long?”

Well… despite all of the bad qualities (Some I’ve yet to mention) the satisfying controls and the fun i’d have from multiplayer and the gratification of getting new gear kept me going, and masked the bad for a while each time… Until the shiny coat faded and it finally hits me like a brick lol….

I would play through the terribly short expansion missions, run the raid a couple times and hit the strikes to get all the best gear, but then what? There is nothing left but dissatisfaction at the fact that you just logged in loads of time into a game to get this cool gear just so you can do… Nothing. And with the new updates you don’t even have to get raid gear to hit max level, so the replayability is cut even more for that.

They try to throw in timed and little holiday themed events like The Dawning to keep things fresh, but all of its flaws come rushing back through quickly after they are gone, and you’re left thinking “Why did I really waste more money on this game? Again!!”

Props to Bungie for creating something that can be so bad, and so good at the same time, but it’s time I make my exit from this hamster wheel of disappointment and buyer’s remorse.

But to send it off, here is a throwback video compilation of my first year on Destiny:

For all of those that still play Destiny, I’m not knocking you, but I’m done…For now. And if anyone feels what I’m talking about, let me know in a comment lol. I hope no rabbis fanboys show up.

 

My Weight Loss Journey Continues here…( Tracking My Progress)

My Weight Loss Journey Continues here…( Tracking My Progress)

Starting Weight: 308 lbs

Goal Weight: 280

No, this isn’t on some “New Year, New Me”nonsense. It’s just that time. I’m tired of looking in the mirror and feeling like I’m staring at my before image…And thinking ” When is the after image coming?”  

A few years ago I went hard with my fitness and dropped from 350+ to 288 and I felt so proud, but I ended up jumping back up to 328 and with a bit of self control, I lost a bit to my current weight of 308. Then came the plateau…

I’ve been bouncing around the 300-312 range for the last two years and instead of committing to getting lasting results, I feel I’ve been clinging to the past success of 60+ pounds lost, but that was then and this is now. 

I’m hoping putting this out here will be motivation to keep at it and not fall off like before. Anyone remember ” Project Black Panther”? I don’t know what happened with that, but I failed shortly after I posted that whole plan. I feel like I just talked, so much so that I felt a false sense of accomplishment through that, so i didn’t really feel a need to start. My goal is action this time, not planning and talking. 

I just want to track my weight loss, exercises, diet changes and have progress pics (maybe…Lol). Simple. No fancy names, project this or that… I’m just losing weight and getting in shape.

I’m just getting back on the wagon this week, so no update this week, but soon…

For anyone that is reading, if you want to join in, I’m down. Let’s Get It! Just drop a comment. 

#StaySkyward

First Official Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer is Here! 

First Official Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer is Here! 

The trailer we’ve all been waiting for is here…

Edit: After watching both the International and US trailers for Spider-Man Homecoming, I had to come in with an edit to bring the people the Best Version to watch first, which is the International trailer

Enjoy….

International trailer: 

….and here is the INFERIOR Teeny-bopper version aka he US version

NewSounds: Wake Up (Strict Face Remix) by Dawn Richard

NewSounds: Wake Up (Strict Face Remix) by Dawn Richard

The first 5 seconds just takes you to another place with its dark & mysterious, yet beautiful music…


This is a remix of ‘Wake Up‘ one of the newest releases from Dawn Richard, formerly of the Pop Group Danity Kane.  I’ve been listening to her for the last year and I am still surprised by the constantly evolving sound in her music. 

Just listen…

D∆WN – Wake Up (Strict Face Remix)

If you like this make sure to give her a Follow on SoundCloud. She is so underrated and definitely deserves more attention.

Thanks for the view…

#LiveSkyward

Will The Nintendo Switch Sink Or Save The Company? (My Thoughts)

Will The Nintendo Switch Sink Or Save The Company? (My Thoughts)

The Nintendo NX has been finally revealed as The Nintendo…..Switch. Yes the name makes sense, but lets just call it NS 🙂

Here are my thoughts…

Other than the name, i like it. Or at least what the demo claims it could offer me if things go as planned. Though I definitely can see myself organizing a MK8 meet up with this.

I did come out of the preview feeling dissatisfied. Mostly because we didn’t get much confirmation on anything other than it being a hybrid and that it uses carts instead of disks.

I felt we were given more questions than answers, and according to rumor we may not be getting important spec details until early 2017. Which is a tad frustrating because I feel that after all of that time dealing with fakes and rumors that we deserved a Treehouse type of event or at least a 30 min direct.

We were shown that the there are a decent amount of top tier devs/publishers committed to supporting the NS aka Switch…

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Some that have even come out before stating how they were enjoying the experience of working with the NX devkit. But i refuse to get hyped for that for two reasons:

  • The Wii U had a nice list of devs that were talking the pleasures of developing for the console pre-launch, but we know how that turned out…
  • Not all platform support is good support….remember the gimped ports that the Wii u received before you jump for joy. Missing Features, No DLC , Poor performance, Etc.

I definitely wish for this to work out as it should or how we are hoping it will, but things haven’t been going that way for a long time now. Still keeping hope alive though…

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So how do i feel about the hardware? I like it. I have to get my hands on the Joy-Con controllers to get a feel for them. Especially with them looking kinda small, and me being someone with bigger hands, i can’t see myself using them separately for multiplayer as shown in the preview video.

I just wish we would have gotten more details. Internal Storage Capacity, Does it have Expandable storage?,Battery Life, Screen Resolution, When the Joy-con are disconnected from the screen does that decrease battery life? (Assuming it uses their internal batteries to extend it’s life. Why wouldn’t it?) Launch titles, Pricing, Internal Specs of the device, does the docking station increase the graphical power of the NS when plugged in?

We Got None of that….

So that’s a bummer, but it is what it is.

Know what else is a bummer? This so-called DPad on the default controller:nintendo-switch-joy-con-controller-modded

I know they did this so they could double as Y,X,A,B buttons for multiplayer when detached from the screen, but i don’t think it’s worth it. How is this going to feel for fighters or 2D side scrollers? This just seems like a major sacrifice for a concept that i’m sure most won’t take advantage of once the novelty wears off (Like 3D on the 3DS).

But thankfully there is the Nintendo Switch Pro controller:

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Proper controller with bigger face buttons and a true D-pad. As long as this isn’t super expensive, i’ll be alright with this.

As far as games, we’ve seen footage of what looks like a New Mario, what looks like an updated version of MK8, Splatoon and Elder Scrolls Skyrim…. That was a surprise. I’ve never played that game, but i’m interested in trying it on this device. Hopefully it’s a launch title.

One of the most appealing things about the NS is the killing off of the division between Nintendo console and handheld games. Now you buy one device and you have access to them all and no more ported versions of games getting exclusive content on one Nintendo Device (Hyrule Warriors 3DS for example). Now we will be able to play pokemon on the Go and In The Home. And hasn’t that always been the dream? lol

Bottom Line:

Nintendo sold me on the concept, But as we’ve seen with the Wii U, it’s not intention that matters. It takes proper EXECUTION. This could be the one to bring Nintendo back to the top or sink the whole ship. If course I’m hoping for the former.

With great pricing of around $250 to $300 max, proper online system (None of that Miiverse Nonsense, unless it gets a major overhaul) with stable online play and text and voice chat and a great library of games, this could be what we wanted in the Wii U.

It has the potential to rock the gaming world Pokemon Go style if Nintendo learned from their mistakes of last gen and are willing to get rid if their out dated ways of doing things. No more cutting out online multiplayer to force people to play locally and no more limited social features because they fear that they will be misused. That is an understandable worry, but they shouldn’t try to play big brother or gimp the multiplayer experience, which is an essential piece of modern gaming, out of paranoia.

Those are my thoughts. So far I’m happy with what I see, but I need more before I’ll be jumping in line to get my pre-order.

The wait continues…

 

Thanks for reading. I’d like to know what you all liked or didn’t like about the Nintendo Switch reveal. Was the preview enough to build hype for you or do they still need to prove themselves after their past failures? Let me know in the comments and please follow the blog if you enjoyed and would like to see more posts like this.

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