10.10.2014

My November 2014 Trip To Japan

alby13 Japan Trip 2014

I will be going to Tokyo, Japan in the beginning of November, 2014. From there I will be taking the train and traveling to many other places all over Japan. I will be taking photos and writing about my experiences. There will be good friends, good food, and interesting places! Say Konichiwa!

2.17.2014

Who is Black Tusk Studios of Microsoft? New Gears of War 4 Developer



Who is Black Tusk Studios, of the Microsoft Division? Black Tusk Studios is set to develop the next-gen Gears of War game exclusively on the Xbox One. I'll talk about what the team is, who they are looking for and what that means.

Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games, including rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. What does this mean for fans? It means a new Gears game with unlimited Gears Lifestyle possibilities including new clothing, toys, and console/controller bundles and themes. Bungie has plans to incorporate social media into new upcoming MMO Shooter 'Destiny', allowing players to remain connected to one another even when offline. Bungie is exploring the potential of using a mobile phone application to update players about new quests and inform them as to what their friends are doing in-game. It's possible Black Tusk is looking to connect players via their cell phone or tablet for stats and more.

Let's get down to who is behind Black Tusk Studios. Formerly Microsoft Vancouver, located in Vancouver, Canada. From them: "We are the official home of the Gears of War franchise and our objective is to forge the future of the IP and push the limits of Microsoft’s entertainment platforms and devices. Our team is comprised of deep creative and technical expertise from our industry’s top shooter and action titles, working cohesively to delight our fan base and shatter expectations of what is possible."

Why was an as-yet-unproven studio like Black Tusk chosen to lead the “Gears of War” development over a more established studio?
Phil Spencer (Head of Microsoft Studios): Black Tusk has assembled a world-class team with deep experience and passion for the shooter space, and specifically the “Gears of War” franchise. I am extremely confident that under the leadership of Hanno Lemke, Rod Fergusson and our other leaders in the studio, Black Tusk is well equipped to take on the future development of the “Gears of War” franchise.

From IGN:
The development team itself has a rich history of excellent games. The combined resume of Black Tusk's team includes Splinter Cell: Conviction, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Crysis 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, God of War III, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, The Saboteur, and more.

Hanno Lemke is General Manager, Microsoft Studios
-Previously managing games such as Forza, Fable, and Ryse: Son of Rome
-General Manager of Black Tusk Studios. Oversight of studio and Gears of War franchise development.

Rod Fergusson previously Executive Producer at Epic Games and 2K Studio Executive Vice President of Development
-Now Studio Manager (Producer) at Black Tusk Studios
-Expertise in directly communicating with Fans and Game Community

Who is Black Tusk Studios looking for?
Senior Concept Artist
Minimum of 7 years in video game production. Black Tusk is looking for leader to add creative visual impact for the new Gears game.

2 Gameplay Designers
Minimum of 5 and 6 years experience. Gameplay is extremely important to Gears of War and they are looking for new talent who can think outside the box as Gears has always been a radical approach to cover based shooters.

Lead Online Services Engineer
Minimum of 10 years experience. Will be responsible for leading the Gears of War Game Services team to build the next generation of backend services to power the Gears of War Universe, on console, web and mobile. Expect a rich website experience and as previously mentioned they want to tie the mobile phones and mobile devices to the Gears experience.

Watch for updates on http://www.blacktuskstudios.com/

7.13.2013

Anime Expo 2013 Cosplay Coverage!

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Anime Expo 2013, a set on Flickr.

Hundreds of Cosplay photos from Anime Expo 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center! July 4-7, 2013

6.30.2013

The Man of Steel (2013) Stealing Ideas & Too Formulaic

The Man of Steel movie was simultaneously great and disappointing to me. There was a lot of good things that I took from the movie, especially the references and nods to the comic book history. Spoiler alerts raised, read on to find out why MoS clones too many ideas, follows the movie formula to the T, and breaks Superman's sacred rule just to The main problems I have with The Man of Steel is: A) Stole too many ideas from other films B) Follows the "Dark Knight" and other formulas too closely C) Breaks the rule: Superman does not kill Ideas Ripped Off: Iron Man: Reveals secret identity to Lois Lane then to the world, like Tony Stark reveals to Pepper Potts, then to the world. Avengers: Collateral Damage Captain America; Physique Green Lantern: Works with the military Spider Man: Relationship with parents Thor: Losing powers (fighting against equals) Batman: Technology and living among other people Wolverine: Loner looking for work, hiding From start to finish Man of Steel follows modern movie formulas so closely that it's boring and predictable, even when things are revealed. Why Superman Does Not Kill, by Jeffrey Taylor: It may seem passé to some, but Superman’s overarching cardinal rule has (almost) always been to never kill his enemies. Murder and execution are unbecoming of a hero and everything it means to be a “good guy.” Believe it or not, it is one of the most important aspects of the character, even moreso than his superpowers. Man of Steel already has a vocal minority of fans who dislike the changes to the character and his universe that they already know about or simply assume based on previews. If this is a Superman who kills, it would be the death knell for many of the character’s biggest fans. Even tough Superman kills out of necessity, with the intellect of the character in mind, this just shouldn't have happened. It's shocking and for Superman to not deal with the inner turmoil of his decision it doesn't work for this movie. It leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

6.19.2013

DYNO RUNS- NEW TV SERIES COMING THIS FALL featuring Swanson Performance - Fast Cars, Beautiful Women, & High Horsepower!

Dyno-Runs is a combination of real street racing meeting dyno tuning. Most car enthusiasts know the value of a good tuner....But as we all know....what looks good on A Dyno sheet does not always play out the same on the track. Each episode we line-up three contestants, their comparable street cars and strap them to the dyno. We measure their horsepower, torque, and air/fuel ratio. From there we hit the track for the elimination of one contestant with a heads up race. The person with the lowest horsepower gets to pick his opponent. The winner of that race moves on to round two...the next opponent for best 2 out of 3 heads up races. Winner of the race takes home one thousand dollars and a chance at 20k on the season finale. Every week, the races will be held at different raceways. So... "like" our cars stay tuned! Featuring my friends at Swanson Performance! About Swanson Performance: Swanson Performance specializes in Dyno Tuning Ford vehicles including Mustang and the F150 Lightning. Using the latest, cutting edge technology, Swanson has the ability and resources to transform your Mustang or Lightning from a tame, stock car to a tire-screeching, take-no-prisoners street machine. What sets Swanson Performance apart from other speed shops is Swanson’s ability to install high performance parts on your Ford vehicle, then dial-in the new combo on a Dynojet for maximum safe horsepower and driveability. Using the newest, most sophisticated products on the market, Swanson Performance can recalibrate your Ford Vehicle computer. http://www.swansonperformance.com

1.24.2013

Playstation 4 has New Controller, Specs Revealed, Concept Consoles


Playstation 4 New Controller: Known as the Dual-Shock Hybrid, a PS Dual Shock combined with the PS Move technology. Patented by Sony.
















The PS4's controller will again be capable of motion-sensing now with improved technology like tilt correction and refined vibration. Don't be surprised if you see some kind of capacitive touch pad controller to combat the Wii U.


Playstation 4 Specifications:
  • System Memory: 8GB
  • Video Memory: 2.2 GB
  • CPU: 8 Core, 4x Dual-Core AMD64 Bulldozer (microarchitecture)
  • GPU: AMD R10xx
  • Ports: 4x USB 3.0, Ethernet Port
  • Drive: Blu-Ray
  • Hard Drive: Variable, 160 GB+
  • Audio Output: HDMI & Optical, 2.0, 5.1 & 7.1 channels

Bulldozer is Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) Central Processing Unit (CPU) codename for processors released on October 12, 2011 with family 15h microarchitecture.

Bulldozer is designed from scratch, not a development of earlier processors. The core is specifically aimed at 10-125 watt TDP computing products. AMD claims dramatic performance-per-watt efficiency improvements in high-performance computing (HPC) applications with Bulldozer cores.

Bulldozer is the first major redesign of AMD’s processor architecture since 2003, when the firm launched its K8 processors, and also features two 128-bit FMA-capable FPUs which can be combined into one 256-bit FPU.

Rumor is that the PS4 will make a showing at E3 in June 11-14, 2013. How exciting.