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Movie Review: Pixels

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Authors Note: The circumstances surrounding my having seen this movie early and my review having been written months ago are explained at the end of this review.

Here we go again, another video game movie.  That’s all I seem to think about whenever I see anything like Pixels advertised, so needless to say I went into my initial screening with very low hopes.  Couple that with the fact that the starring roles belong to Adam Sandler and Kevin James, two actors of which I despise most of their work, and you basically have a formula for what I assumed would be a disaster.  Thanks to some lighthearted implementation of some of gaming’s first arcade titles (Pac-Man, Centepede, Donkey Kong, etc.) and the assistance of great supporting cast members Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage, this 80s nostalgia flick just became yet another in a sea of big dumb fun summer blockbusters.  If you over think it, this movie falls apart, but if you just go in with zero expectations and want to enjoy two hours, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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Written by Fred Rojas

July 23, 2015 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Hey Everybody It’s Tuesday!

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This week we join the masses in our endless love for the one, the only, Ryan Davis.  Fred is joined by Trees and we discuss the career of Ryan Davis, including some off the wall discussions about Jeff Gerstmann’s looks, and the end of the console team at GameSpot that gave way to the Giant Bomb web site.  After some kind farewells the boys talk about Ryan’s other passion than gaming: movies.  Specifically retro games licensed from movies that they really enjoy and from there the banter takes the show off the rails.

Both clips for the intro and outro are from episodes of the Giant Bombcast.

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Written by Fred Rojas

July 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

Podcast: DC Bullet

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This week Fred and Trees celebrate the release of Injustice: Gods Among Us by discussing old games based on DC comics (which pretty much means Batman and Superman titles).  Also remember next week is our game club with Guardian Heroes (Saturn/XBLA).

Title reference: “DC Bullet” is the official logo used by the company from the 80s until recently.

Opening Song: “Superman Theme” from the Famicom title of the same name.

Closing Song: “Boss Theme” from Batman: Return of the Joker on the NES.

Cover Art: “Killing Joke”

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Written by Fred Rojas

April 24, 2013 at 11:00 am