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Apocalypse Now : The Game (Videos)

The largely awaited and largely troubled Apocalypse Now : The Game is still in the planning stages and they are still trying to raise enough money for it to be made. This is the write up for the game :  

Apocalypse Now is going to be a video game.

You are an assassin. You’ve been given the most dangerous, most secret and most controversial special forces mission in U.S. History.

But this game is not Call of Duty: Vietnam. You will sneak. You will hide. You will gather resources. You will build your character. You will kill when necessary.

To maintain creative freedom and produce a daring and intense game about the horrors of war, the project is being financed outside the traditional system. We want your support, please back this game

To follow the game’s creation click here :  ApocalypseNowGame

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Video Games : Then And Now !

With the release of the new Playstation VR, I was thinking back on the beginnings of the video game. I came from the generation of the Atari 2600 where there were tennis games like above, pong, centipede and we thought this was amazing. The feeling then of playing video games was something novel it was a totally new industry. No more going to the local arcades to play games, and at the arcades in the 80’s I pretty much stuck with the pinball machines now you barely hear or see anymore about pinball.  

I graduated from the Atari 2600 to the commodore 64 because my parents thought it would help me in school with the different programs for math , which I had some difficulty in . I think I had many one math program for the Commodore and a bunch of video games.  My favorite game for the Commodore was the WWE Micro League Wrestling. 

Now as you can see by the above video, the game was slow as hell compared to today’s WWE 2k17.  But it was a real match that was just made digital and I loved every minute of it. This is all we had, so it was great to us, now I played the same game and was like WTF!!!…But there was a wow factor in these games of Commodore and Atari that is not there in today’s world and today’s video games. We have been made to accustomed to technology where even virtual reality is now like EH its good…..whats next??

I wish we could go back to the time when things had that WOW factor . Maybe we need a new technology to come out like holograms or something to give us that WOW factor back.  The Atari and Commodore were the front runners of everything you see today. From Frogger, Tennis, Pong, Micro League Wrestling they were all the granddaddy’s of today’s technology.  We need the WOW factor back in technology….What will bring that back????

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History Of Batman On The Small Screen

Untitled-3Guest article from Superfan Andrew Levine : 

Hey now Superfanworld. My name is Andrew Levine. I’ve been a proud member of SFS for 3-4 years now. I don’t post a whole lot so most of you don’t know me, but I read a lot of the posts. I asked our fearless leader Mooski if i can contribute to the site in any way I can and he’s letting me share my vast nerd knowledge with all of our friends here at SFW and what better way to introduce myself than to talk about my favorite comic book characters. The man known as Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. I’m going to talk about Bats in different media..comics, video games and movies; all leading up to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, in theaters the eve of March 24th. I plan on writing this in parts since one long article would take a long time to read. You would think I would start with the comic

Batman on screen started in 1943 with Lew Wilson playing the role of The Caped Crusader. Obviously, I didn’t see both serials in 1943, or the 1947 serial starring Alan Lowry, but with the magic of DVDs, I was able to enjoy the movie serials. There’s not much I can really say about the serials except they were done in the 40s where apparently you were able to call the villain who was Japanese “japs”. Try saying that today, lol. As for the 1947 serial, I thought it was hilarious that Batman and Bruce Wayne both drove the same car, except when he had the costume on, the top was down. Makes sense…after all, nobody can tell that Clark Kent is Superman when he doesn’t wear his glasses.

The next is the TV series which is one of the most popular depictions of Batman which is extremely campy. Even though, I prefer the darker, current variation of the Dark Knight, this was a very fun show to watch, but ended after 3 seasons. I honestly think it could have lasted longer, but just like with most fads, it was crammed down our throats to the point that it became stale as quick as it became hot.

Everyone remembers at least a few things from that series, whether it’s the theme song, the animated POW, BIFF, WAM, etc.. to the special guest star villains like Vincent Price, Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, and all 3 Catwomen; Julie Newmar, Earth Kitt, and Lee Merriweather. It was a great family oriented show, but not the Batman I love.

I’m going to skip the Superfriends/Batman & Robin animated series because it was pretty similar with the campiness along with Batman solving mysteries with Scooby Doo and the gang. Besides, if there’s an animated series I want to talk about, it has to be the early 90s Batman: The Animated Series. In my opinion, not only is this one of greatest superhero animated series, but one of the best animated series period. The writing, voice acting, stories were so good, you didn’t want it to end. On a personal note, for the past 9 years, at the beginning of the New Year, I sit down and watch all 4 seasons of Batman, Batman Beyond and Justice League/ Justice League Unlimited.

Batman Beyond was made shortly after Batman: TAS ended it’s run and it takes a futuristic look at Batman and more of a What If standpoint from a comic book standpoint. Barbara Gordon isn’t paralyzed in this series like she was in the comics at the time, and Terryville McGinnis takes over the mantle of the Bat since Bruce Wayne is in his 80s, however Bruce does take a fatherly/mentor role to Terry and tries to teach him that there’s more to being Batman than just the suit. Justice League premiered shortly after Batman Beyond ended. JL followed the adventures of a newly formed team of Superheroes. Superman, Wonder Woman, the Wally West Flash, the Jon Stewart Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter and of course Batman. The show went on for 2 season with each episode in season 1 being a 2 part episode. Just like with its predecessors, the stories and writing were amazing, and although some episodes were character specific nobody really felt left out. Justice League Unlimited had a ton of superheroes and supervillains, some which I’ve never heard of but glad they put in. This series also went on for 2 seasons and with so many heroes to work with, naturally a lot of characters did get lost in the shuffle, but again, the stories were amazing to watch and by watching this series, it made me want to learn more about certain heroes and villains that I previously didn’t really care about or didn’t know.

In my opinion, these animated series’ are the best when it comes to learning about the mythos of Batman which is why I watch it every year.

Finally there’s Beware the Batman. Beware took a different approach to Batman by having lesser known characters, like Mr. Toad and Professor Pyg. Alfred also took a more trainer role than just butler/father figure and instead of Robin, we got Kitana. It was a really nice change and this series was done in total C.G.I. instead of animation. Sadly, this series didn’t really hold any traction and was cancelled after just 1 season.

It looks like I’ll save the movies for another article. Also, like I said earlier, I know I missed certain shows like The Batman, and brave and the Bold, but I never watched them..i actually only watch a couple of episodes of The Batman, and didn’t like the direction it took. The character designs were way out there and wasn’t a fan of the stories.

I hope you enjoyed this, my premiere article and hopefully you’ll want me to continue my Batman section. I also plan on writing reviews and opinions about movies, and video games so I hope you enjoy those too.

 

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GameaCon Coming In Novemember……

GameaCon is a conference specifically focused on independent game development. It will bring together the East Coast gaming community from Boston, Pittsburg, New York, New Jersey, Maryland…all the way down to Washington, D.C. in a single unifying event. GameaCon will also provide a bridge between the gaming industry and the consumer base, giving the devs access to fans and an opportunity to engage them. We are expecting an attendance made of game developers, gaming enthusiasts, artists and technologies supporting game development, media specializing in gaming, and college students from institutions with game development programs.

The event will begin with an “industry only” day on November 19th with networking and educational opportunities for industry professionals. Examples of educational offerings include Amazon App Store speak on game/app development topics and an intellectual property lawyer discussing the legal issues surrounding video games. There will be mixers and networking events. November 20-22 will open the conference to the public. Exhibitors will showcase their products in the Grand Exhibition Hall; a Smash Bros. national level tournament will run in the ballroom; Educational discussion will be going on in break rooms around the hall; a corner of the exhibition hall will be set up with a bean bag lounge for socializing and play; a space will be set up for board game developers and board game play.

Here is the link for all info : http://gameacon.com/

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