It has finally happened. The world has been completely taken over by Pokémon. Pokémon Go has been an unequivocal smash hit, even pulling in players who have never played a Pokémon game in their life. Nintendo’s stock has hit a record high and thousands of people converge on major landmarks hoping to catch rare pocket monsters.
All this hype has led to Legendary Pictures and Nintendo to ink a deal for a live action Pokémon movie. The best part of all of this is that it won’t just be some lame re-telling of Ash’s story, it won’t even be about the much cooler protagonist Red. No Legendary Pictures and Nintendo decided to go for it all and agreed on a movie about Detective Pikachu!
The only way this could fail is if we don’t get a baritoned voice Pikachu.
I want to start by apologizing to our millions of fans around the world (here’s looking at you Dark Winter Project) for the lack of content over the past month. Legion Radio Network had to take a rather annoying hiatus thanks to, among other things, that cruel mistress known as life.
Life that catchall term for the random bullshit that gets in the way of doing the fun stuff has gotten the better of the Legion Radio Network lately. That being said sometimes life gets in your way in exciting ways. DesertFrost and DesertFire will be more or less unable to participate in the Legion Radio Network for the next 6-8 weeks as they prepare to come back home. Awesome! DesertCrypt is a newly wed and…. and has a cat? I don’t know what his excuse is. I guess growing a mean beard is a lot more work than I thought. God knows I can’t grow one. And as for me life has decided to bless me and my wife with our second child which is freakin’ amazing but getting ready for her to come is time consuming.
As a kid and young adult I could play video games all day. Now married with 1 child and another on the way working a full time job while also serving in the Army National Guard it is a pain in the ass to find time to get any gaming done. I do. Much to the chagrin of my beautiful wife I lose way too much sleep in order to get some time on the controller. Times are hard for the gamer in me.
So there you have it, our best excuses for why we have not talked about the flaming ship wreck that The Division has become and all the other big gaming news. I personally think Ubisoft Massive will be able to correct course and turn The Division back into the post apocalyptic fun land that it once was. You can hear our brief discussion on this topic on our upcoming episode 4 of the Legion Radio Podcast.
Speaking of flaming ship wrecks is it too early to start fearing for Nintendo’s future? They recently announced that they will be releasing their next home entertainment system next Spring and yet their E3 event will only feature Zelda…. for the Wii U. Come ON! I absolutely love Zelda but with everything else happening in the gaming world you cannot pin the next year of your company’s future on a single game.
From disappointment there is a shinning light in the world. Actually there are a lot of them. The biggest expansion yet to Fallout 4, Far Harbor, will come out later this month. Overwatch’s open Beta started yesterday and let me say it is a blast. and finally the Battlefield 5 announcement is tomorrow!
Obviously we have a lot to discuss coming up and we are happy to get back into it. While DesertFire and DesertFrost are away from the mic we will have some guest fill in. So thank you if you’ve listened to us before and wondered where we went and welcome if this is your first time hearing about us. As always….
“Remember it’s both possible and even necessary to simultaneously enjoy media while also being critical of its more problematic or pernicious aspects.”
On this weeks podcast DesertCrypt admitted that he finds it uncomfortable to call himself a gamer. While he did not expand on his feelings of the title I can give my reasoning for cringing when someone calls me a gamer.
I know there will be “gamers” who see this post and immediately refuse to ever look at this page again. That’s fine. People will see me mention Gamergate and notice that I’m on the side of Zoë Quinn, Brianna Wu, and the countless other women who have been on the receiving end of violent sexual harassment and death threats. When other “gamers” see that I am a fan of Anita Sarkeesian I may in fact open myself up to receiving similar messages.
I don’t like being called a gamer because the community has refused to out the extreme anti-women beliefs held by a small portion of the population. When women become the target of endless sexual harrassment the industry as a whole throws up its hands and says ‘its not me and oh by the way she might deserve some of those death threats did you see what she was wearing?’
The Tumblr account Latininig gives horrifying first person accounts of this abuse and I ask that you please read it and consider what she is saying there.
Its Dangerous to Go Alone (especially if you are a woman going to a con or walking down the street or venturing onto a forum ….)
If you are even vaguely aware of the internet than you probably noticed that Nintendo recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the original Red & Blue versions of Pokémon. While I know Pokémon is still one of the largest franchises in the world, my 4 1/2 year old son loves watching the various series on Netflix, I can’t help but think that Pokómon truly belongs to my generation. We had the original 150. I don’t even consider Mew to be an original that’s how Pokemon OG I am.
Pokémon descended on North America like an atom bomb. There are a handful of gaming events that stick with me, playing Mario in 3D, The first time you heard the soundtrack to Halo Combat Evolved, and being moved to tears by the end of Final Fantasy X. Just to name a few. But Pokemon stands above the rest. It’s not just a singular event that sticks out either it’s a chain starting on Christmas morning 1998. To this day I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a toy. I spent the entire day playing and haven’t stopped since.
I remember the first time I beat the elite 4, the first time I traded and battled with friends, the first time I caught MissingNo. I remember getting up early to watch the show. I joined the local Pokemon club at a KB Toys. I was all in. I loved my Pokémon games and this morning I made a beautiful discovery.
Still in mint condition! I fired them up already and found that I only have 2 hours and 8 Pokemon on the Red Version and no saved game on the Blue Version. I usually use an emulator on my phone to play Pokémon these days but it looks like I’ll have to start carrying my good ol’ Gameboy around again.
Man mid twenties with buzzed hair and the whispers of a beard rolls over in bed. Groggy he glances at his phone as he shuts off the alarm. He suddenly jolts up.
Pan in on phone screen: TheDivisionGame Twitch notification.
“Did I miss it!?”
The man eagerly clicks on the notification while jamming headphones into his ears to hear the announcement that will change his life.
No one really seems to know just where they had seen the announcement but everyone could agree on one thing: on the 29th of March 2016 Ubisoft Massive would be telling us everything we wanted to know about incursions for The Division during a live stream on their Division Twitch account.
I was shocked when I woke up this morning to find that there had already been a stream and I’d missed it. It was frustrating but I still get up before a lot people on the east coast of the United States I would still be one of the first to know exactly what to expect form The Division. Luckily my phone is waterproof so I was able to start the stream while I showered. This was important information, I didn’t have time to wait. But wait I had to.
At first it seemed like a normal stream with Hamish Bode and friends. But Hamish is a Community Developer for The Division and a guy in the know about a lot of things for The Division so I figured this must be it. Alas my hopes were rather quickly dashed when he said he couldn’t say much about the incursions yet and that he had shot a video about the incursions but it wasn’t ready yet. Then Hamish proceeded to torture me by dropping little tid-bits such as “It’s very very very very difficult. To the point where people inside the company cannot finish them.”
Then he drops that we should “stay locked to this channel” and that “This week will be a big week for information for people.”
So when several hours later I get another notification that The Division Twitch account was live i rushed to my cubicle, messaged my clan mates, and tuned in. This time it was Natchai, an Ubisoft CM surely he would give us news. But Natchai simply played the game killing a couple named bosses and then venturing into the Dark Zone all the while the chat was exploding with questions like “when is the incursion stream coming?” Natchai playfully told us he wasn’t sure every few minutes than finally after about half an hour of constantly being asked he shattered our dreams. There would be no incursion stream today and there was no set date for such an announcement.
I may have died a little inside. Ubisoft released The Division 3 weeks ago today and in that time span I have spent 72 wonderful hours with their creation but today they left me at the dance.
Today marks the start of a new age. The mighty Oculus Rift starts shipping to consumers today. I’ve never gotten my hands on one but I do own the Oculus Gear VR and I can say that even with just the power of my Galaxy S7, VR is something that must be experienced. The Gear VR requires less than half the RAM suggested for its big brother and considerably less processing power and yet it still has the ability to amaze.
The PC needed to power The Rift will set you back about $850+ on top of the $599 for The Rift itself. The minimum specs for a PC to work with the VR set are as follows:
NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
2x USB 3.0 ports
Windows 7 SP1 or newer
It’s a hefty sum for sure but one that I can say with a perfectly straight face is worth it.
This is the future of entertainment. Yes it is prohibitively expensive. Yes you look goofy wearing it, yes you may hurt yourself if you are not careful, but its all worth it when you actually get to step into another world. Even the simple movie theater you sit in while watching videos feels incredibly real. If you have a large piggy bank exclusively for toys I say put your order in today for The Rift. Purchases made today are estimated to ship in July.
Thanks to the partnership of Toonami and Production IG we will get to continue our trippy fever dream of an adventure. The official word is Kazuya Tsurumaki, the stories creator, and other original series creators will be back. They gave us a brief description of what to expect:
“In the new season of FLCL, many years have passed since Naota and Haruhara Haruko shared their adventure together. Meanwhile, the war between the two entities known as Medical Mechanica and Fraternity rages across the galaxy. Enter Hidomi, a young teenaged girl who believes there is nothing amazing to expect from her average life, until one day when a new teacher named Haruko arrives at her school. Soon enough, Medical Mechanica is attacking her town and Hidomi discovers a secret within her that could save everyone, a secret that only Haruko can unlock.”
To be honest I don’t really know how to feel about this. On the one hand Fooly Cooly is one of my favorite animes of all time, on the other hand revisiting old fan favorites rarely goes well even with the original creator at the helm. Only time will tell.