‘Dead Rising 3’ Review

I’m pretty sure that this trailer doesn’t fully represent the craziness that comes with customizing your weapons and outfits. Oh well! I guess you’ll just have to find out when you play it! Or just read the review!


Dead Rising 3 Screen 2

Platforms: Xbox One

Publisher: Capcom

Developer: Capcom Game Studio Vancouver

Genre: Third-person action

Zombies – they’re everywhere now. The Walking Dead is currently cable’s highest-rated show, a fair number of people buy Treyarch’s Call of Duty games because of the Zombie mode alone and Brad Pitt’s World War Z easily banked its $190,000,000 budget in the worldwide box office. These are just a few examples in the sky-rocketing popularity of zombies in the last few years.

But before zombies were seemingly everywhere in the entertainment business, one of the more noteworthy examples of the undead horde’s presence in the video game industry was Xbox 360’s exclusive Dead Rising. The game’s two biggest attractions were its ability to squeeze hundreds of zombies on-screen and being able to fight them with virtually anything you could grab in a shopping mall.

Xbox One’s exclusive launch title Dead Rising 3 is no different…

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Bryan Singer to direct X-Men: Apocalypse

Bryan Singer to direct X-Men: Apocalypse

In total, there have been seven X-Men movies. Bryan Singer has directed three and written/produced another. Now, it has been confirmed that he will direct another X-Men flick coming out sometime in the future. The thing I find funny about this is that of all the superheros available, Sony and 20th Century Fox WILL NOT return the rights for Spiderman and X-Men. No matter how bad the flick (Spiderman 3 or X-Men Origins: Wolverine), these two companies will hold onto the characters with an iron grip for as long as possible.

And why shouldn’t they? Marvel was silly enough to sell a bunch of their characters years ago, and now they are missing out on a bunch of money. It’s like Nintendo giving Sony the boot during development of a disc-based console. We all know how that turned out.

My point is this; X-Men: Days of Future Past is coming out next year, and they’re already setting up for another one. This is good because it keeps Fox in the running to hold onto the X-Men characters for longer, but it’s also good because we get to see what else they have up their sleeves. The group of mutants have stumbled along the way and have even taken a face-plant (again, X-Men Origins: Wolverine comes to mind), but I think the X-Men movies hit their stride with First Class. It was a good beginning that paved the way for The Wolverine and now Days of Future Past, which looks like it could be good.

Let’s hope that they introduce Apocalypse with a bang! I’ll keep my eyes open, but I think this could be very good.

An Open Letter to Sharkeisha

Bryant makes some good points here. Perception is your reality. The image that you portray to others is how they see you regardless of if they know they real you or not.

Bryant Cross

Dear Sharkeisha,

Real recognize real, so I decided to write you today. I’m from (and live) in the Southside of Chicago so I understand street politics. I know that you can’t let disrespect go unchecked because you have to fend for yourself. The police that are suppose to watch out for us are the very ones that hurt us. Teachers don’t care what goes on in the school because they’re too busy focused on other things. No one is watching out for us. No one is looking out for our best interest. Therefore, we must do it for ourselves. That is why disrespect can’t go unchecked. I know that letting a little disrespect slide opens the door for people to get bolder with their antics. But let me say again – I live in “Chiraq.” After so many killings I’ve come to ask certain questions, questions I will ask you…

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Possible Standalone IPs

This video is part of my weekly news series, Gaming Bytes. I’m taking a break from gaming news, however, to discuss something that has been on my mind lately.

While there were a lot of good games released this year, I’ve noticed a lot of triple-A games that are prequels, sequels, or spin offs. Why is this? Are the developers that scared of taking chances on new intellectual properties that they have to continue making sequels just to stay afloat?

Or, like Ubisoft, are they so dedicated to making franchises and sequels that they lack the foresight to see that the sequels they make could easily succeed as intellectual properties? Either way, I decided to take a look at the biggest sequels and prequels of 2013 and think of them as separate intellectual properties or new franchises.

This video is part one. I won’t post second part because I want people to check out the channel where my bread is buttered. Go to the Hold the Line channel on Youtube or visit holdtheline.com to check out all kinds of content focused on providing gamers with information.

Thanks for watching!

REVIEW: Ultimate Spiderman Vol. 1: Power and Responsibility


Ultimate Spiderman TPB Volume 1
Power and Responsibility
Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Art by Mark Bagley
Published June 1, 2002
Marvel, 184 pages

At the turn of the century, Marvel decided to reboot their most famous heroes and storylines and give them a modern feel. This new venture would appeal to a wider audience while peaking the interest of veteran fans, too. It turned out to be a success as the Ultimate Universe was born (Earth 1610) was born.

Beginning with Ultimate Spiderman in 2000, readers got a much younger Peter Parker/Spiderman. Actually, he was fourteen at the time, and it provided a character that was more relatable to the youngsters of the time. The first arc in this ongoing series, Power and Responsibility, acts as an introduction to Peter Parker and his life as Spiderman. A lot is different this time around including Peter Parker’s job, and even the circumstance leading to Uncle Ben’s death.


The reader is immersed in a day of the life of Peter Parker; harsh bullying from his peers, but a loving family at home. This is greatly appreciated because it sets up how complicated his life will soon become after he is bit by a genetically altered spider. Note that other versions had him bitten by a radioactive spider, but this is a more modern take on the beloved wall-crawler.

Things only escalate as his home life is turned upside down, and this volume was an interesting opener for the series that lasted over ten years. This Peter Parker is quite relatable to anyone who has ever been a hormonal teenager, and it shows as he steps up to uphold his responsibility.

More reviews to come!

Notes About The Amazing Spiderman 2 Trailer

As many of you know, I’m a big superhero fan. From Antman to the Zatana, I love the legions of drawn heroes that have been created over time and I grew up loving them. I spotted the trailer for The Amazing Spiderman 2, and I have to say that I was floored. This post will contains nerd-bits galore. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Firstly, I love the new threads that Spiderman is touting this time around. The costume in the first movie worked, but I was hoping for the more traditional Spidey look. The sequel is where I get that look, and I completely geeked out when I saw the teaser picture for it. The costume for this movie looked very familiar and I couldn’t figure out why. Then, I realized that it was inspired by the Earth 1610 comics, or that of the Ultimate Universe! If you know me, you know that I love the Ultimate Universe and splooged at the nod to those comics when it came to the costume. Don’t worry, I’ll get into detail about that universe in detail down the road.

Ultimate Spiderman

The first movie was alright, but the creation of the Lizard was handled very poorly and I didn’t care about said villain to save my life. His story is very tragic and I wanted to feel that when watching The Amazing Spiderman, but it didn’t work for me.

This movie seems to be delving deeper into Peter Parker’s secrets, or should I say the secrets of his father, Richard Parker? Initially, Peter loses his parents in a strange ‘accident’, but it’s obvious that something else is going on. I’m hoping that this movie dives more into the mystery that was set up in the previous movie, AND makes sure not to get muddled in setting up the three villains displayed in this poster.


It seems as though Spiderman will have to face the Rhino, Electro, and some other character. I’m assuming it’s Harry Osborn as the Hobgoblin, but I’d have to slow down the video to get a closer look. At any rate, we get a glimpse of a lab that holds the mechanical arm apparatus for Doctor Octopus, as well as the mechanical wings for the Vulture. Between those two, Rhino and Electro, I’m wondering if the writers are setting up a gigantic battle for the third movie that will include the Sinister Six. This group of villains consists of Doc Oc, Electro, Vulture, Green Goblin, Rhino, and Mysterio. However, the group has changed over time and I doubt they would go through all this trouble to set up these villains and show that lab in the trailer if that wasn’t what they were going for.

Keep in mind that I’m speaking as something who watched the Spiderman Animated Series on Fox Kids in the 90s, read comics, and played Spiderman video games. I could very well be wrong. Perhaps they are just throwing as many villains into it as possible to fill seats at the theater, but one thing is certain. There is more to this story than meets the eye. I’m excited to learn what went on with the secret Richard Parker kept, why he and his wife died, and what Norman Osborn has in store for Peter Parker/Spiderman. I’ll continue to keep track of this and other things as time goes on, but I enjoyed this trailer as a taste for what is to come. Did you see the trailer for The Amazing Spiderman 2? What did you think?

Fathers and Sons: The Day JFK Died



The first time I learned about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy I was a little boy. My father kept a book about JFK on a shelf in the living room. In it was the famous photograph of Kennedy waving to the crowds as his motorcade made its way through Dealey Plaza.

Years would pass before I understood the full impact of the president’s assassination; that time came when I was a freshman in high school. I was listening to the radio on December 9, 1980. John Lennon had been shot dead the previous evening. From John Kennedy to Bobby Kennedy, from Martin Luther King to Malcolm X, and, years later, John Lennon, I developed a growing sense that anyone remotely associated with changing the world for the better ended up dying.

My father never talked to me about Kennedy’s assassination; nor did he ever mention, except in passing…

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