Author: Cody Hall

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Yoda’s Top 5 Games of the Year List

2015 was a fantastic year for games, and quite a few excellent titles made it onto this list. These are the 5 games that stood out to me the most in order from Great to my pick for Game of the Year. There are however quite a few titles that I’m sure as just as great that came out this year and if you want to hear about the top 5 games I wish I played as well as some other Twinstiq contributor’s most memorable games of the year, check out our holiday special podcast here! Without further ado, let’s take a look at my Top 5 Games of 2015.

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Non-Stiq: The Force Awak-ictions Possible Plot by Yoda0VGs

Ok, so we’ve seen tons of trailers and the anticipation for Episode 7 of everyone's favorite epic space opera franchise is through the roof. I’ve avoided any spoilers and major plot details that 3rd party publication have either leaked or discussed, and since tomorrow (the 17th) I finally get to become lost in the 4th Star Wars film I’ve seen in theaters (‘91 baby here), I figured I should write out what i think will happen in the film before I see it. While i may not actually have the clairvoyance of the real Yoda, I do want to warn anyone from reading any further if you do not want any possible spoilers if I happen to be right about anything in the film. So, let’s make our attack run on this things plot...

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Mad Max – A Past Due Review

Mad Max is a fascinating game. It does a lot of great things, some questionable things, and a few things that are not a good fit for everyone. Should you pick it up? Well that’s one of the harder questions to ask as it depends on what type of gamer you are.

But before we can attempt to answer that question we need to carefully explore this game’s various systems. In this Past Due Review we will be exploring animation quality, character and environmental modeling, lighting, particle effects, audio, game mechanics, level design, and more. Every facet of the game will be discussed for at least a paragraph, exploring which sections work well and which ones didn’t survive the wasteland.

Also keep in mind if you're used to expecting a score at the end of a review, you won't find it here. I like to let these different aspects of a game stand on their own. 

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Iron Man V Captain America V Batman V Superman

Why I'm more excited for Zak Snyder's latest film than Marvels next epic.

I'm sure you would assume I'm a DC fanboy in the  preference wars of Marvel or DC. Well fuck you. I am a comics fan, not a brand fan. I enjoy good characters, action cells, and unique stories. I don't give a shit if they come from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, or hell, even Image Comics. If you're not 13 years old and you still give into brands buying your loyalty, you need to wake the fuck up. Yeah Marvel has some great stories, but they also have shitty ones, same goes for all publishers. You wouldn't go, "Yeah I don't really like Paramount Pictures, Universal just makes way better Movies." You judge individual films based on their characters, plot, and production value. And real comic fans do the same with our favorite form of reading.

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That said, it's with this idea of story in mind that I've come to realize that I am far more excited to see Batman V Superman than Civil War. I've read Civil War, it's a great premise and the story is paced perfectly throughout the books pages. And yeah like many I was fucking pissed when Cap kicked the bucket. Oh yeah spoilers, no never mind Fuck you y'all shoulda read the book years ago. And while I think it will be cool to see the book come to life on the big screen, I already know the story. Even those who don't know the story know it was a pretty famous comic in marvel history. But for those who don't its the story of the Registration act, a law that would be put in place requiring any being with extraordinary abilities to be registered with the government to keep track of these individuals and regulate their activities to avoid future unwanted destruction. Now yeah that's a great concept that we'd seen previously in books like Watchmen but the Civil war book kept characters true to their morals, with neither side really being wrong and causing a large and violent conflict over the legislation. But again, that story was great in the book but I'm sure that the film won't show me much that I haven't seen before.

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And that is where Batman V Superman stands apart. Yeah I know we've seen Supes and the bats duke it out many times before. Sometimes under a good premise, such as when bats actually beat supes, and sometimes it wasn't so great. But at least it wasn't as bad as Supes vs Spidey. Yeah that fucking happened.

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But we haven't seen this story yet. In Man of Steel, an inexperienced Superman becomes partially responsible for the cataclysmic destruction of Metropolis. While he gained many worshipers for saving the earth who now follow him religiously, this chaos caused the death of someone close to none other than Bruce Wayne, who has already hung up the mantle after loosing his good friend and apprentice Robin.

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That is one hell of a cool idea. Combine that with an amazing tribute to Dark Knight Returns with the Knight Armour that could very well be made of Kryptonian Technology to help him go toe to toe with basically a god. Only to have Wonder Woman and Aquaman both making their first big screen appearance in history to help these two get a cool head and stop whatever Lex is up too!!! Holy fuck, that sounds like a load of fun. And above all else, we get to watch, for the first time ever, a live action Batman, punch, and get punched by, a live action Superman. Who would pass that up? Many also criticize the art style of the Dc films. well in the past DC comics got much darker and heavy handed when Marvel was getting really kid friendly. and when Dc started to sell tons of copies of these darker books, marvel started heading the same direction to tap into the market as well. and with the MCU universe being the definition of popcorn crunching pretty colors cinematic events, I'm glad these future DC films aren't just going the same route. They aren't idiots they know its a risk to make these films have a darker tone than the traditional superhero films as of late. But it does seem like it would fit the story better to be more grounded and gritty. and again, its different from the colorful lighthearted Marvel films.Which are also great (Except for Ultron which was shit and to a minor extent so is Ant-Man) and those films have their place, and the Dc films will have theirs. I would take a kid to see Civil war, despite its heavy themes, I know its still basically a Disney film with more action. There is no way in hell i would take a kid to see BvS just based on what I've seen so far it looks like this is more a film for older comic book fans, made by older comic book fans.

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Well I bet a lot of people would do it for one reason, Ben Affleck shouldn't be Batman!!! I guarantee most of the people saying that actually thought Christina Bale was a good Bats.

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But I digress. Affleck is a great choice for a few reasons; The Chin, The acting chops, The parallels between his own Career and this Batman's life story (The whole being a huge deal only to fall off the radar after huge pitfalls from the media only to find redemption as a director). But the biggest one is one no one is fucking talking about. He is the first actor playing Batman who actually reads Batman comics. Like grew up with them, worshiped them same as you and me. While other actors maybe watched other bats on the big screen, or did some reading research once they got the part. No other bats is able to refresh on the part by pulling shit out of,their own comics collection. But he can cuz he has one. And come on, how where you people not convinced after this?

But I'm sure many don't like Ben for the same reason they don't like DC in general. Its because we listen to what's fed to us. Its in our nature, but when you look at what's in front of you and not what's being relayed in the media. Greatness is hard to ignore.

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TLDR - All the Reasons BVS Will be more Exciting

  • Original Story (Not a Retelling like Civil War)
  • First Apearance of Wonder Woman and Aquaman in a Major Motion Picture
    • This is a historic moment in comic history for Both characters.
    • Both heroes have future stand alone films lined up in the future
  • Dark Knight armor
    • Possibly created from material from kryponian ships, that kal wouldn't be able to punch through.
  • Passionate Creators behind the Project
  • Batman and Superman are going to Punch each other
  • Batman and Superman on Screen Together
  • Batman Punching Superman
  • Superman Punching Batman
  • Aquaman
  • Wonder Woman

I Watched DOTA2’s TI5 Grand Finals Live In A Movie Theater

When Fathom Events announced that they had partnered with Valve to bring this year’s International Grand Finals live into select movie theaters, my girlfriend immediately decided we were going. My girlfriend, who hates mobas almost as much as she hates movie theaters mind you, knew just what it meant to be able to take part in what could be a once in a lifetime experience. Thankfully our city of residence happened to have a theater hosting the event. There was very little excuse for us to miss the world’s largest E-Sports event being the first such tournament to be live broadcasted on the big screen. As gamers, we knew what this meant to our beloved community. Suddenly I didn’t feel any amount of disrepute for my hobby, I was proud of it. I walked boastfully and confidently into the theater to have my ticket scanned for the event. My excitement was uplifted moments before we left for the theater when Evil Geniuses defeated LGD in the Semi-Finals, meaning the team I had been rooting for would be playing for the title against the Wild Card Team who also fought their way up to the top. This was going to be an amazing show.

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We arrived to a completely empty theater a few minutes before the scheduled start of the event. We were ecstatic to have a whole theater to ourselves! But we also weren't disappointed when 4 other people showed up to witness the start of the last five matches of TI5. So now we had other people to scream and shout at the screen with as we rooted for the American team to defeat China’s Wild Card team, CDEC.

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And holy shit, the teams came out swinging. The first two matches where action packed kill fests, you would think you were watching an all star match it was so crazy. EG took the first game by a country mile, and CDEC retaliated heavily in game two. And game three, jesus if you guys missed it go watch this match. I don’t think I’ve watched a more tense match of Dota. Not as action packed, but each team kept feeling out their opponents, never fully engaging, all as CDEC slowly gained a huge gold advantage around the 40 minute mark, only to have EG make a huge comeback off of a counter gank, putting them only one victory away from becoming TI5 Champions. My hype couldn’t have been higher, I had been enjoying popcorn and a banana flavored ICEE (the only good thing about a minions movie existing) while watching an E-Sports event on a Movie Theater screen, what more could this nerd need? I know what I wanted, I wanted to see EG take home the Aegis. And I wanted them to do it in another exciting match, with epic team fights and a great hero line up.

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Well I couldn’t have asked for a better hero line up for this match. We weren’t the only ones excited, with every kill all of us in the theater where bursting with excited yelling and “Ohh Shits!” throughout the entire match. EG showed their confident and experienced tactics as the superior Dota team right from the start, with Naga Siren being the unsung Hero of the match keeping all the lanes healthy for Radiant. But the deciding moment of the match came when CDEC tried to sneak a Roshan from under EG’s nose, and were brutally punished for it.Any chance of the match being anyone's game had been completely squandered at that point, as EG took the victory (and our breath)shortly after.

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The experience in that giant room was unreal, I might as well have been a spectator in the Key Arena itself, and we couldn’t wait to hear the thoughts of both teams before the closing ceremony. We got to hear from a humble and surprised EG, but we spent no time with the 2nd place finalists who fought their way into the International all the way to the grand finals. This was only further frustrated by a very out of place closing performance by DeadMau5, who played very ominous music as the camera quickly zoomed in and out of a close up shot of the DJ. It was one of the most out of place things I have ever scene. It reminded me of being at an amazing epic Metal concert, only to have the venue play Nickleback after the show in order to get us out of the building quickly (which always worked very well). And that’s kind of what it felt like here. But I don’t think anyone is going to let an out of place DJ performance ruin the memories of that incredible series of games. Nor will I ever forget witnessing Gaming's largest tournament live on the big screen.