Pokémon Go, My Clear & Simple Review

There’s been a lot of info and misinformation about Pokémon Go. I reviewed the game for ttpm, where we did a simple, overview of the game, that clearly explains exactly what it is.

There’s been a lot of info and misinformation about Pokémon Go. I reviewed the game for ttpm,  where we did a simple, overview of the game, that clearly explains exactly what it is.

Here it is.

Pokémon Go, from the Pokémon Company and Niantic, which are partially owned by Nintendo, is a mobile game, developed by Niantic, that uses a player’s real world location as the game world. To play the game, you use a mobile device, that displays your actual location on a map. The goal is to explore the map to find and catch Pokémon. Once you find one, you can use your device’s camera as an augmented reality viewer, and will see an animated Pokémon in front of you in the real world. You then flick a Poké-Ball at the Pokémon to catch it. Once caught, it is stored in your Poké-Ball, and added to your Pokédex, just like in the Nintendo Handheld Pokémon games.

For more info, check out the full review page.

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Box Office, Secret Life of Pets Ain’t Afraid of no Ghosts

secret_life_petsThe Secret Life of Pets held onto the #1 spot for a second weekend in a row. The movie brought in another $50.5 million, for a domestic total of $203.1 million in just ten days. That $50.5 million was enough to force the debut of Sony’s Ghostbusters to it’s #2 spot. The Ghostbusters reboot performed as expected and brought in an impressive $46 million. Most word-of-mouth reviews sound like it’s a fun, summer flick, so it will be interesting to see how if performs over the next few weeks.

Warner Bros’ The Legend of Tarzan had another strong weekend with $11.1 million in it’s third weekend out, and the #3 spot on the Box Office list. The movie’s domestic cumulative is just over $103 million. Finding Dory took in an estimated $11 million over the weekend, which brings it’s domestic total to $445.5. Dory is now the highest grossing animated movie of all-time. Rounding out the Top 5 was Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which made $7.5 million in it’s second weekend in theater.

Here is The Top 10 for the weekend of July 15 – 17, 2016:

1. The Secret Life of Pets (Uni. $50,560,000)
2. Ghostbusters (Sony $46,000,000)
3. The Legend of Tarzan (WB $11,120,000)
4. Finding Dory (BV $11,040,000)
5. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (Fox $7,500,000)
6. The Purge: Election Year (Uni. $6,080,000)
7. Central Intelligence (WB $5,300,000)
8. The Infiltrator (BG $5,287,124)
9. The BFG (BV $3,747,000)
10. Independence Day: Resurgence (Fox $3,450,000)

New Movies in bold.

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Jeff Jam: The Chemical Brothers – Wide Open ft. Beck

The song I have to hear tonight… The Chemical Brothers – Wide Open featuring Beck.

Enjoy,

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New Poster Revealed For Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Death Star rises in this new poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Just revealed at Star Wars Celebration Europe!!

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Box Office, Record Opening for Secret Life of Pets!

secret_life_petsThe Secret Life of Pets was the uncontested winner at the box office over the weekend. The movie premiered to an estimated $103.17 million, which is the largest opening for an original, animated property. That record previously belonged to 2015’s Inside Out with its $90.4 million opening. Pets’ debut is also only the sixth animated film to ever open with more than $100 million.

The Legend of Tarzan continued to perform well in it’s second weekend. It looks like the WB movie held onto the #2 spot, where it debuted last weekend. Tarzan battled Dory for that position, and there’s less than $300,000 separating the two movies. Until the final, official weekend figures are released (below are highly accurate estimates) it’s still possible for Finding Dory to edge our Tarzan.

Speaking of Dory, the movie is now the highest grossing domestic release of 2016 and the third highest grossing animated release of all-time. Dory has her sights set on the highest animated movie, and is just $19 million away from Shrek 2’s $441.2 million.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, the R-rated comedy with the hot cast, performed better than estimates, and took in $16.6 million. 

Here is The Top 10 for the weekend of July 8 – 10, 2016:

1. The Secret Life of Pets (Uni.$103,170,000)
2. The Legend of Tarzan (WB $20,615,000)
3. Finding Dory (BV $20,351,000)
4. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (Fox $16,600,000)
5. The Purge: Election Year (Uni. $11,700,000)
6. Central Intelligence (WB $8,125,000)
7. Independence Day: Resurgence (Fox $7,700,000)
8. The BFG (BV $7,604,000)
9. The Shallows (Sony $4,800,000)
10. Sultan (Yash $2,216,475)

New Movies in bold.

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Jeff Jam: Weird Al, Word Crimes

Weird_Al_StageThis time last Friday, I was in the audience for Weird Al’s Mandatory Fun Tour. One of my favorite songs of the night was Word Crimes. Here’s what it looked like on stage:

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And here’s the song:

The entire concert was a blast. Al did all his greatest hits, new material, and had a costume change for almost every song. The show ended with a Star Wars medley!

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Check out Weird Al’s tour page for cities and dates.

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E3 2016: A Look at some of the Biggest Reveals, and Most Exciting Games

E3 2016 wrapped up last month, but people are still talking about some of the biggest items unveiled at, and around, the show. Following is a recap article that I wrote for TTPM immediately following the show.

E3 just wrapped up its annual, over-the-top gaming show in LA, so let’s take a look at some of the highlights from this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo. Up first, we check in on the Big Three hardware/software companies.

Microsoft announced two new consoles. The first is an update to the Xbox One, called the Xbox One S. The S is 40% smaller than the original Xbox One, features a white finish, and does away with the bulky power supply brick that Xbox has always had. Under the hood, the S will include 4K Ultra HD video support (including 4K Ultra HD Bluray) and HDR capabilities for both gaming and video. The Xbox One S also comes with an upgraded controller with textured grips, and Bluetooth.

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A special, limited edition Xbox One S will be available in August with a 2TB hard drive for $399. A 500GB edition for $299, and 1TB for $349 will be available soon after.

Less is known about Microsoft’s other new console, which is currently codenamed, “Project Scorpio”. The company stated that Scorpio will be a more powerful Xbox console, and is scheduled for a 2017 release.

Xbox fans can also design their own controllers using the newly announced, Xbox Design Lab. Gamers can select from multiple colors for every aspect of their controller to create and buy a truly customized controller.

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Although Nintendo was showing two upcoming Pokemon games – Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon (due this November) – the company’s main focus was on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Based on hands-on time with the game at the show, it’s already being called one of the best Zelda games of all time, and the perfect game to launch Nintendo’s new console, the NX (which was not shown at E3). Nintendo also featured new amiibo figures at the show, including three for Breath of the Wild – Archer Link, Guardian Amiibo, and Rider Link.

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While we will have to wait until 2017 for the Breath of the Wild game and amiibo figures, there are a few new Super Mario amiibo figures coming out this year. including Wario, Waluigi, Daisy, Rosalina, Boo, Donkey Kong, and Diddy Kong.

 

The news from Sony included new games, such as an all-new Spider-Man game, and a new God of War. The company also announced a release date for its virtual reality system, the PlayStation VR. SONY_PS_VR The VR Headset will be released on October 13th, with 50 games planned to support the system, including Star Wars Battlefront VR, and Batman: Arkham VR.

On the games front, Activision partnered with Sony to reveal that Crash Bandicoot is joining Skylanders. The classic character, Crash, will be a fully playable Sensei character with a brand new toy when this year’s Skylanders Imaginators arrives.  

Two big titles took the lead at Bandai Namco, TEKKEN 7 and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. We will have to wait until 2017 for TEKKEN, but Xenoverse 2 will be available in 2016.

Electronic Arts revealed Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, and provided an in depth look at their continuing plans for Star Wars. Both Star Wars Battlefront, and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes will continue to receive new content, and updates. We can also expect more story-driven content and new features in Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA also touched on long range plans, which includes two brand new Star Wars action adventure games.


Ubisoft unveiled their Virtual Reality game, Star Trek: Bridge Crew. This four-player Virtual Reality game puts players on the bridge of a starship, and utilizes a VR headset and handheld controllers to deliver a 360-degree experience. Bridge Crew arrives later this year for Oculus, Vive and PS VR.


At WB, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered a new trailer. The game allows players to experience the movie in classic LEGO videogame style. The company also announced continued support for Lego Dimensions in it’s second year. We can expect new franchises and the introduction of Battle Arenas to the game.

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Star Trek Beyond Trailer #3 Featuring “Sledgehammer” by Rihanna

The third trailer for Star Trek Beyond was released yesterday. There isn’t a ton of new footage, however, there is a Rihanna song.

Here’s the trailer:

Looks, and sounds, great to me! Star Trek Beyond arrives in theaters on July 22.

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