The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 22 – Instant Set Concrete

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse.

This week we chat about a few things from Tokyo Game Show, the Deadpool movie being greenlit, True Detective Season 2 and even more superhero TV shows happening, while Adam rambles a lot and Gary goes to the least likely holiday destination ever.

No main talking point or Gary in 60 seconds this week, but we are planning on releasing a podcast again next week with all that stuff in it to make up for not having a show last week!

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Video Game Reviews – Destiny (Xbox One)

Nath sometimes reviews games. This is one of those reviews.

So unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you may have heard of Bungie’s new video game called Destiny. I managed to get my hands on a copy after a bit of trading with a stupid sales assistant, went home and began playing the game.

So first things first, I did not read the instruction manual and I’ve only seen trailers of the game so I didn’t really no what to expect. The first thing you do is pick your race and there are 3 options: Human (lame), Awoken (Human’s with blueish skin and white eyes, also lame) and Exo (not really sure, some sort of robot with a soul). With Exo being the most interesting I went for that. Next was the class and again I only had 3 choices and they all explain themselves: Titan (Warrior) Hunter (Hunter) and Warlock (Totally Wizard). I opted for Titan as I’m impatient and can’t be bothered to stalk enemies or waste my time doing spells. So I got started the game, I will try my best not to reveal any storyline, but that may be a bit difficult.

You start off wandering Earth and you’re making your way back to a city, pretty simple really. You get a gun, learn how to shoot it and then you’re back home. Easy start. There a then tutorials throughout the first few levels to get you acquainted with the weapons (3 types, primary, special and heavy) grenades, melee, powers etc. You then start running around killing enemies in the usual fashion of trying to shoot them to death or blowing them up. Very easy and simple concept to the game.

The leveling up system and the character customisation has made it a very interesting mix of FPS and RPG. Also the social aspect of the game is brilliant. You are matched with other guardians trying to do the same quests as you and providing they aren’t complete retards, you should be able to complete certain objectives together in a fun and controlled way.

The multiplayer is pretty good. The character you have in game is the character you take to the multiplayer arena. Everyone is evenly matched so it makes the game fairer. You can also use the weapons you have picked up in game so if by chance you have a badass sniper rifle on you, you can use it in the arena.

The leveling up system is also pretty good, however you can level yourself up in the arena and then go straight into the storyline and play it as a high level. People do do it but why would you want to, give yourself a challenge.

Now the problem I had as I was playing it was the similarities to the Halo franchise. You have an AI like Cortana, the Master Chief and the Guardians health bars are very similar, the enemies hierarchy and class system is also similar as are the weapons and vehicles used in the game. I did think have Bungie just been lazy and given Halo a fresh lick of paint?

The honest answer is yes, there are some big similarities but I won’t give too much away. There is one major storyline arc that is hugely similar and I imagine if you play it, you will pick up on it too. Also I am finding the weapon and armour system too easy. There isn’t really any reason to purchase any armour or weapon upgrades as you constantly pick up weapons armour in the game.

The enemies bother me as well, there’s no real fight in most of them, it’s only when you reach the end of a mission where you meet an enemy who might be a bit harder to kill. So far I’ve only met 2 or 3 enemies that are different from the rest and put up a decent fight.

In conclusion, I can safely say Destiny is living up to the hype it has generated about being the next big thing. Is it the next big thing? Well I have been playing it for about a week and I am actually struggling to put the controller down. I haven’t played a game I’ve been so engrossed with since I played Skyrim, and that came out in 2011. It truly is a brilliant game, gameplay is simple yet fun, the storyline is excellent, not too complicated and not boring. Graphically it is brilliant, certainly the first game I’ve seen on Xbox One that looks amazing and the multiplayer (social and arena) is lots of fun. In total I would give this game 9 out of 10 fists of havoc kills.

 

PS. This is for those people online that are criticising Peter Dinklage’s performance in the game. You’re saying he is very monotone and boring, he’s playing an AI. Not every freaking AI in video games has to be GLaDOS or Cortana, sometimes they are just going to be an AI.

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 20 – Panhandling

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it gentle listeners? Busy lives got in the way for a bit, but now we are back with a new episode for your earballs. This week we briefly chat about a couple of things we missed, like that Deadpool Blur test footage and a few things from San Diego Comic Con, while Gary lifts all the things and Adam somehow creates a wormhole from the IMAX near Waterloo station in London right to Liverpool. Or he has a brain fart and says he saw GotG at the Liverpool IMAX even though he has never actually been to Liverpool.

We had two main talking points this week. The first was last week’s Gamescom, and we talk about (amongst other things) our annoyance over the exclusivity/temporary exclusivity of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Quantum Break gameplay, the Silent Hills playable teaser, Alien Isolation and the Bloodborne gameplay footage.

Our second talking point was to briefly chat about our (spoiler free!) reactions to Guardians of the Galaxy, now that we have both seen it. Unsurprisingly, we loved it, and if you haven’t checked it out yet you absolutely should in the cinema.

Finally, we have brought back a segment from our old podcast for your listening pleasure. ‘Gary in 60 Seconds’ returns, and will be a regular feature from now on (unless people hate it, in which case we will do it even more). Pretty simple: each episode one of us will sum up everything about a particular film, picked by the other Lighthouse Keeper the episode before, in 60 seconds or less. Obviously this does mean spoilers will be included, so we will try and avoid films that are recent! This week Gary attempts to summarise ‘Machete Kills’.

If you have any thoughts. questions or opinions anything this week you can as always get in touch through Facebook or on Twitter @lost_lighthouse, email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk or sound off in the ‘leave a reply’ box at the bottom of the podcast page on the website.

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The Xbox One – Fancy Gimmick or the Next-Generation Console?

Nathan got an Xbox One. Here is his review. It includes a review of Dead Rising 3. Review-ception.

OK I know the Xbox One has been out for a while, but I thought it was time for a review as I’ve had it for about a week now I thought I’d better share my views on it. Luckily I don’t have to bring money into the equation as I won the Xbox in a competition (go me), so no need to worry if I wasted the money or not. So let’s get cracking!

So I immediately unpacked everything, console, controller and Kinect, and set it all up. I turned it on for the first time and had to the initial configuration and that was a ballache, but I guess it was to be expected. It failed to find my profile so had to create a dummy one and try again later so that was ballache the first.

The next step was to sort out the Kinect and learn about voice commands and motion control. This was ballache the second and third. The voice commands are good, but there are still issues with it. This maybe because I talk like a simpleton. However, after a recent update there has been some improvements so it’s not too bad.

The motion control isn’t so great. In fact its pretty terrible. They’ve ballsed up quite a bit here. It’s very clunky. I followed the tutorial and got through it fine, but I haven’t used it since. The scrolling doesn’t work properly, the selecting of apps and games is awful, using your hands to zoom and rotate objects also needs work.

So far not so good, however I thought I’d give one of the games a go so the first one I put in was Dead Rising 3. I’m a massive fan of the Dead Rising series, the games are simple and fun and you get to kill zombies. So I put the disc in and it had to wait until it installed. Needless to say this annoyed me a bit, but I guess I couldn’t do anything about it.

So as you can see, the game is pretty similar to its predecessors. You can customise weapons, kill scores of zombies and defeat bosses to gain awesome weapons. So what have they done to make it better? Well the graphics are pretty good for starters, the controls are more improved and there are a lot more weapons, weapon combinations and costumes to try on. Story is still pretty basic, but its OK. However, the biggest improvement has to be the use of vehicles in the game. Not a lot to choose from, mainly cars, but there are some gems like fork lift trucks and steamrollers. Oh there’s another bit too: you can customise vehicles.

Now that is a steamroller motorcycle hybrid. Need I say more. This pretty much sold me straight away once I saw it. I am yet to find more hybrids and other weapon customisations but they are pretty epic: sledgehammer twinned with batteries, teddy bears with light machine guns and machetes with chainsaws (somehow when you combine one machete and one chainsaw you get 2 mini chainsaws). I’ll give it 7 decaptated heads out of 10.

The Xbox One I’ll give 5 moving hands out of 10. At the moment it is just a gimmick, but I guess there hasn’t been anything developed to really utilise the graphics and the Kinect properly yet. Also I imagine there will be improvements coming up too, one I would suggest is proper voice recognition. It is a real ballache playing a video game and then your housemates come in and shout “Xbox Turn Off” and then it shuts down. Fucking bastards.

Nath

Shouting At An Abyss That Just Stares Back – Infighting and Nerd Elitism

Adam yells about people on the internet, knowing full well the futility of it.

Not censoring this time, so for those of an offended disposition avoid accordingly as there are some hurtful words I guess.

When I did the first of these Abyss articles, I thought they would be more regular. You may think this reflects a reduction in the things that make me angry. You would be wrong. The case is really that I have simply not had enough time of late to keep up with things, and most of the things that have made me angry have been work-related (or living-broke-in-London-related) so aren’t really relevant to the sort of things we cover on the site. I did end up writing one about how much I hate kids, but turned out to be pointless and I came off sounding like even more of a dick than I usually do.

So this rant is really directed at nerd infighting and elitism, something that has frankly pissed me off for years. This takes many forms. On the simplest level you get fanboy-ism. We saw this all over the internet at an increased level following the release of PS4 and Xbox One (and a little bit after last week’s E3). General comments threads about Xbox of Playstation tend to go “unlucky butthurt Xbox/Playstation gamers, your console is shit and ours is better” “too bad your resolution/exclusives are worse and your console is therefore totally useless” “some random insult against Nintendo who had nothing to do with the story”, and then finally from a PC gamer saying something along the lines of “console gaming is trash, we have been able to do that for years with PC, everyone should only play PC because consoles are shit and dying”. No one is going to take your console away if you don’t defend it with terminal ferocity at every opportunity and non-opportunity. If someone you have never and will never meet prefers something to what you love, you don’t need to tell them how wrong they are or how stupid you think they are. Don’t be a prick.

It is a sort of behaviour that is rife across a lot of different nerdy interests, and I don’t really get it because for a group that has historically tended to be fringe and can be mocked and ridiculed for their interests, there sure are a lot of shits within that who like to ostracise other folk because they don’t like the exact same thing or aren’t a ‘hardcore enough nerd’, whatever that means. When I was an undergraduate, eons ago, I decided to join the anime society. Two things drove this decision really, first being that I really like anime and the second being that given half a chance I will always choose a lazy option. Sport? Pfft! Sit and watch anime then go to the pub? Much better. Whenever I went off to soc I would be met with brief derision from other friends (to the point where I told one of them to fuck off for being such a smug arsehole once when very irritable from coursework and sleep deprivation. He knows who he is). But at that soc I met some of my best friends from uni, and Ian, so I don’t regret it. A new experience that stemmed from this was attending a few anime conventions with some cosplayers, and even trying it myself a few times (more derision, and yes if you carry a prop of Nicholas D. Wolfwood’s Punisher weapon through Bristol town centre on a Thursday night people will drunkenly yell at you asking if you are Jesus).

nicholas

The thing that bothered me at these cons, something I soon found out is pervasive in general nerd culture (plenty of stories on the internet from folk being treated like shit for daring to walk into a comic book shop for the first time not knowing everything about everything, mercifully I never experienced this) was the realisation that there were some who held a sort of insipid elitism against perceived fair weather fans or people who like more popular series. Calling people ‘Narutards’ because they like the ninja series Naruto is fucking ridiculous. Just because someone hasn’t heard of your favourite obscure 90’s OVA that was only available to the very coolest of nerds does not give them any less of a right to attend and hang out with like minded people for a bit of fun. So the fuck what if they bought their Ichigo Kurosaki costume from eBay and you sewed yours together out of your own blood and hair using frozen tears as needles? People will be more impressed when you say you did that. That’s enough, you won (disclaimer – I once unthinkingly mocked a friend because someone else made his Cyclops visor. Because I am a fucking terrible hypocrite. I am sorry).

Obviously anime cons are just a small scale example of something I have found to be much more widespread (and these people are definitely a minority at cons, most of the people there are fucking lovely) both on and offline about everything from comics and video games to TV and movies. I think some of this perceived superiority comes from those who think that our “little” out group is under threat of becoming mainstream and too popular. I once heard someone at one of these cons say that he did not like how busy it was that year, or that they were becoming more popular. I do not get this at all. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I was told about a band, who I later started to like. When I met up with the same person again, eager to chat abut the band that person had gone off them because they were ‘too popular’. My child brain couldn’t understand it. My adult brain still doesn’t understand it (though maybe that is because it is pickling in whisky). I think it is great that more people are interested in comics recently. I love that not only are we getting so many Marvel films, but they are really decent. Plus for once I get to appear a (relative) expert on something when people turn to me after a post credits scene to ask what the hell is going on. I’m not even sick of explaining to people why Batman or Superman won’t be in the Avengers movies, though I am sick of explaining why Wolverine and Spider-man won’t be. Because the reason is boring.

Maybe instead of getting upset that so many people are wearing Green Lantern or Star Wars t-shirts when they are so very clearly a ‘fake nerd’ guy or girl (probably a separate rant about what a fucking stupid thing that is), try being happy that we are getting a Guardians of the Galaxy film and we had a fucking Winter Soldier film adaptation this year which was great. Don’t like The Big Bang Theory? Don’t watch it then, and definitely don’t start saying that everyone who does watch it must be stupid, because that makes you a cunt. And definitely don’t start throwing around terms like ‘nerd blackface‘ (look it up, probably another rant coming later too) because that makes you a remarkably narrow minded, culturally insensitive cunt.

I definitely ended on a different topic than I started at. Rant ends.

 

What I’m playing – Replaying Bioshock Infinite Burial at Sea Chapters 1 & 2

What I’m reading (Books) – Perdido Street Station – China Miéville (actually just finished. Fucking brilliant, read it)

What I’m reading (Comics) – Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 02 – Various writers and artists (2000AD)

What I’m listening to – Möngöl Hörde – Möngöl Hörde, Till Midnight – Chuck Ragan, From Parts Unknown – Every Time I Die

What I’m watching – Orange is the New Black Season 2 (Netflix)

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 15 – My Various Failures (E3 Spectacular!)

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse. This week all that was really worth talking about was all the news coming out of E3. So that was our main talking point! We chat about all of the games that really caught our eye this year, and what we are looking forward to the most. We don’t say who “won”, because that is a f*****g stupid concept. Meanwhile Adam gives up on everything and Gary has fun with blu-tack.

Here are most of the games we chat about (the ones we could be bothered to find anyway): Sunset Overdrive, Scalebound, The Division, The Order 1886 (and trailer), Destiny, Splatoon, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, No Man’s Sky, Doom reveal, Bloodborne, Batman: Arkham Knight, Hyrule Warriors, Zelda Wii U.

If you have any thoughts. questions or opinions anything this week you can as always get in touch through Facebook or on Twitter @lost_lighthouse, email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk or sound off in the ‘leave a reply’ box at the bottom of the podcast page on the website.

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