I’m not entirely certain what I think about the PS4 just yet. I am surprised they didn’t show off the actual console. The specs are certainly impressive and it seems like it’s responding to a lot of recent gaming trends with the streaming capabilities. But the news that caught my eye was that Destiny is coming to the PS4! And with the announcement, we get some actual in-game footage!
Again, I’m stupid excited about the character creation. I really want to run around like a Kamen Rider with a big fucking future gun shooting at mofos. That’s a lie. I’m just gonna run around doing melee attack yelling “RAIDAH PAWNCH” the entire time.
AZM Ally Elliot Fox sent along this trailer for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell prequel, ARISE. It’s going to be a four part mini series chronicling Mokoto Kusanagi’s history before joining Public Security Section 9. Each episode will be fifty minutes long and will be shown in theaters before being released on Blu-ray and DVD.
Ghost in the Shell was one of the early anime movies I saw so it has a special place in my heart. That said, this trailer doesn’t really do anything for me. We get the classic scene of Kusanagi jumping off a building which is a nice call back to the movie and the series. And I am sort of curious to know why she’s called the Major. But honestly, I feel like they’ve done so much with the development of the world through Stand Alone Complex and Second Gig that this seems like unnecessary filler. Kusanagi’s past isn’t nearly as interesting as the evolution of fully self-aware AI.
Still, more Ghost in the Shell is sort of a good thing. The first episode airs in July.
If you’ve got ten minutes to spare, grab some popcorn, fullscreen this video, and watch “The Reward,” an absolutely stunning 2D animated short. Directed by Mikkel Mainz Ekljær and Kenneth Ladekjær in collaboration with Glenn August, Jonas Andreassen, Josefine Hannibal, Karen Bennetzen, Ole Christian Loken, Paolo Giandoso, and Tanja Nielsen, “The Reward” was a Bachelor Thesis project at The Animation Workshop in Denmark.
This making-of video is almost as fascinating as the film itself.
There’s more over at the website for the short. I hope the crew stuck together after graduating because I’d love to see much more from them.
The KSLA news team does a fine job of explaining it:
Now let’s see how many of these things you can get through without loosing your brain.
This one was the first one I ever saw:
This one features friend of Super Art Fight Caldwell Tanner dancing with a cane and sunglasses:
An army? Because?
Jimmy Falon gets in on the action:
Buzzfeed’s version features people in the background coming to the office for meetings. I love their WTF looks as the entire office is wigging out:
The Exocrist version made me laugh my ass off:
But if you really want to know how to dance to this song, here’s Emily Sasson and Victoria Quintana working the hell out of it!
So, if you’re brain isn’t too badly broken, do you have a favorite version that’s not on here?
I guess I’m kind of a Journey fan. I don’t know their catalog or history as well as Metallica or KISS (don’t ask), but I like to walk into an 80’s arcade with “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” blasting on the speakers as much as the next user entering the grid. I watched one of those VH1 Behind the Music documentaries on the band and their Steve Perry days and I gotta say, as much as Steve Perry shaped the sound of Journey that plays in most people’s heads, he came off as kind of a controlling dick. It’s no small wonder that the band decided to go on without him.
The next part of the story begins with a YouTube clip. Journey was looking for a new front man. One of the band members clicked on a clip of some little dude singing a Journey cover in some little club and was completely blown away. That little dude with a huge fucking voice was Arnel Pineda. Journey had found their new front man. Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey follows Arnel’s rise to fame. It’s an amazing story and looks like an excellent documentary.
Of course, the lesson here is to always put your shitty little cover gigs on YouTube. You never know who’s gonna click on that shit.