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‘Pixels’: A Positive Review

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Pixels

Rated: Pg: 13
Length: 106 min
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan
Director: Chris Columbus


Pixels, the newest movie from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison productions and Chris Columbus, debuted this past weekend with less than stellar reviews.

But why?

When my boyfriend and I were debating on what to watch, we decided to head to the theater to see Pixels, a film that we felt comfortable with knowing that if the baby woke up, one of use could tend to her and the story wouldn’t be missed and could be easily filled in.

Now,  I knew leading up to the release of this movie that people were already dissing it, primarily because it stars Adam Sandler, and his movies as of late aren’t up to par with his works in the 90s and early 2000s.

With all that being said, I will say this proudly of Pixels: I LOVED IT!

I really don’t get why people are bashing this movie. Is it because it’s not a remake? Or is it because it’s not following a story line that has been used a million times in Hollywood?

The acting was what you would expect from a goofy movie. It was by no means Oscar worthy, but there has been worse acting in comedic movies, even from Oscar winners.

If you grew up in the 80s, or played games in the 90s, this movie should have you leaving with a huge grin on your face. The plot itself is original, and that right there should have you brimming with happiness due to the fact that you’re not watching some sappy movie that was based off a book and follows the same format as the one before it.

I love me some super hero movies, but there have been so many being produced as of late, making Pixels truly a breath of fresh air.

The movie, if you haven’t looked into it, is about a group of adults that were former video game champions in their younger years. Flash forward thirty plus years, you find them working in various fields of work, all with their own obstacles that they are facing, when all of a sudden something attacks a military base. The base is annihilated and the attackers take a “trophy”.

GAME ON!

Through a series of pieced together 80s videos and interviews, the aliens that attacked tell them that when a time capsule was sent to space, they opened it and perceived it as a threat of war. The aliens took the forms of the people and things they saw in the capsule, and thus began an intergalactic war to save our planet from a race of aliens taking on the forms of Centipede, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Hall and Oats, Madonna, etc. The only people who can truly beat these aliens are the world champions from the 80s, whose knowledge allows them to know the alien race’s moves, tactics and patterns.

This movie brought me back to how gaming was and should be. With all the hack and slash games, there’s no real strategy being used anymore (Adam Sandler mentions this in the movie, and it really struck a chord with me).

It’s really upsetting that movies like this get a bad rep for one reason or another, and they end up floundering at the box office because of someone’s bad review of it.

Honestly, you can’t and shouldn’t go off previous movies, and you really shouldn’t listen to these big named reviewers. It is in my opinion that they’re doing these reviews for their status,  swaying those who are easily swayed and are on the fence about whether or not they want to see it. It may not be the type of movie they like, so they will automatically go in there with a bad taste in their mouth. But hey, they get paid and their opinion matters (or so they believe) so they don’t care what they do to movies, or to people for that matter.

Had I listened to the reviewers, I would have missed out on something that, in the end, I would have regretted not seeing.

Pixels produced more than a handful of chuckles for me, and one or two flat out knee slapping hoots. If you liked (or continue to like) the games featured in the film, or if you like any one of Adam Sandler’s or Chris Columbus’ past films, then this movie is definitely worth seeing.

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Fan Film Friday reviews ‘Nintendo: Old School Revolution’

Leveling up in the box office this weekend is Sony’s Pixels, and the retro gamer in me jumped (Mario style) at the chance to watch and review a video game themed fan film called Nintendo: Old School Revolution. Does it get a high score? Or is it game over for this one? Check out our review to see what we think!

Watch Nintendo: Old School Revolution here!

Special note: This week’s Fan Film Friday is dedicated to Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s 4th President who passed away earlier this month. Thank you for helping make the world such a fun place! Rest in peace.

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‘Arkham Knight’ DLC “Batgirl: A Matter of Family” Trailer Premieres Today

Yesterday we brought you the first look at Arkham Knight DLC, “Batgirl: A Matter of Family” where DC treated us to a powerful and exciting sneak peek at the cinematic cut scenes featuring Barbara Gordon in full, gorgeous costume, kicking crime’s butt and facing the Joker alongside Tim Drake’s Robin.

Today we got a whole trailer, all 90 seconds of it. We start out with Batgirl and Robin arriving at the Joker’s “main event” at the big top circus in the heart of Seagate Amusement Park. Harley Quinn, in her traditional red and black outfit, slinks by as we take a look around. Not only are there GCPD and SWAT officers dead or held hostage throughout the park, but Jim Gordon’s been captured and caged, suspended in true Joker style up high (and probably over a tank of something hungry!).

Though Robin tells her they ought to call Batman, Batgirl is adamant that the Joker will kill her father if they dare involve him. And seeing as how the Joker, sitting astride a huge canon, announces “the magnificent deaths of the caped do-gooders,” it looks like Barbara is going to have to play along with the psychopath’s demands.

Both Batgirl and Robin swoop in from above with all the knock-out force of the dive attacks we’ve come to love from the Arkham series of games, taking out the masked Joker thugs. Batgirl deftly disarms a brute with her batclaw, then makes quick work of the thug who dared aim a shotgun at her. With a Diana Rigg-esque high kick, Batgirl stands tall and triumphant.

The pack of Joker thugs the next scene unleashes is standard fare for Batman game fans; the RPG the Joker wields moments after is a little bit more intimidating. We get a great shot of Robin wiping off a thug’s grin as he uses his bow staff to assist Batgirl in an aerial attack. The Joker begins to muse about how things used to be so simple before these “knuckleheads” came in and “spoiled his game.”

What follows is frenetic montage of both cinematic cutscenes and gameplay which includes the always useful detective vision. We get to see Batgirl using her invisible predator skills as she stalks some thugs, but unfortunately there are no scenes utilizing her much-anticipated hacking talents. Though considering how dynamic and exciting this trailer is supposed to be, I suppose there wasn’t room for the more cerebral of her skill set.

As Batgirl promises that she’s “gonna put them all away,” Joker replies, “Not. Funny,” and fires his RPG at the base of one of the gondola lift pylons. Batgirl shouts out a warning to Robin, and, as the pylon explodes into a fireball, we watch Batgirl take flight on the edge of the shock wave.

The trailer ends with Harley’s signature giggle as the Joker points his handgun towards the viewer and eerily remarks, “It’s been a blast…” I don’t think it was a mere coincidence that they included this as the final scene to the trailer. Have a look for yourself:

Despite the initial grumblings earlier this year over the value and viability of the Arkham Knight Season Pass deal (Season Pass and Premium Edition, priced at $39.99 and $99.99, respectively), today’s release proves that WB and Rocksteady sure didn’t skimp on style. Here’s hoping they didn’t skimp on story, either, and that we get as much bang for our buck as we’ve hoped.

“Batgirl: A Matter of Family” releases to Season Pass holders Tuesday, July 14, in North America, and July 21 to non-Season Pass holders for $6.99.

What are your initial impressions about the trailer? Have you signed up for Season Pass for Arkham Knight yet? Do you think you’re getting your money’s worth with this newest DLC?

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First Look at Trailer for ‘Fallout 4’

Bethesda did not disappoint with game trailers at their pre-E3 conference last night! The trailer for the fourth installment of their Fallout series is so nuanced and layered, you’ll notice something new each time you watch it. Take a look:

You’ve got your callback to the first Fallout game with the “Please Stand By” imagery, your standard post-nuclear apocalyptic house and surroundings, plus flashbacks to just before this fallout as we follow a dog’s explorations. Following a klaxon, the dog runs through a neighborhood and the clip interweaves shots from the once-developed streets and bridges with their currently deserted and bleak counterparts. More and more, we see what now passes for life here: various robots, weird scavenging creatures of different kinds, small groups of people living in a tent city, and mutant zombies affected by the fallout, natch.

As we’re following reaches his destination we see the city, which appears to be Boston, in all its former resplendence and glory – and then the bomb goes off and ruins everything. Continuing to explore, the dog comes upon an inactive mech in a garage and then a lone human walking down the street with a rifle. The man and the dog bond and they walk off together.

Yeah, Fallout 4 is going to be all about survival, but did you expect anything else? If the man at the end is any indication, he’ll be your player and the dog will likely be your companion at some point in the game so good luck keeping him alive! Ooh, and how about that mech? He’s got to figure into the story line somewhere, or else why did the trailer focus on him in the end? This is going to be a fun one.

Fallout 4 is due out November 10, 2015 for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.

Image and trailer courtesy of Bethesda Softworks.

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Trailer for New ‘Doom’ Game Hits E3, is Super Violent

To get a jump on this year’s E3 conference, Bethesda Softworks released a trailer for their upcoming Doom sequel at their pre-show conference!

Lucky for us, it was a combination of video and game play because they do not skimp on the gore. Check it out for yourself:

The trailer gives us the same first-person perspective Doom fans know and love and piles on all the surprise creatures, demons, hellfire, and chainsaws you can handle. Bethesda has yet to mention any kind of multiplayer facet to the game, but they say we can expect a new feature called “Doom Snapmap” which allows players to make game maps or even tweak the game’s rules to their liking while they play. So awesome!

While this title is definitely going to be more than my anxiety can handle, it’s sure to be a hit with all you first-person gore fans out there – and those of you who have been eagerly awaiting news on all things Doom. Look for the release in spring 2016 for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.

Images and trailer courtesy of Bethesda Softworks.

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Fan Film Friday covers Centerstar’s Mad Max short

Paying homage to George Miller‘s movie franchise and inspired by Avalanche Studios video game, James Cawley and Centerstar Marketing have created an intense Mad Max-inspired fan film, and we we’re not mad at all about reviewing it!

Watch their short here.

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Nintendo Partners with Universal Parks & Resorts!

We will soon be seeing Nintendo-themed attractions at Universal Studios theme parks!

Universal Parks & Resorts recently announced that they will be partnering with Nintendo and integrating aspects of the gaming giant’s world into their parks.

Universal said the following in regard to the partnership in their official PR release:

Universal theme parks offer incredibly popular, innovative themed family entertainment experiences based on compelling stories and characters – using powerful storytelling and innovative technology. Nintendo has created remarkable and imaginative worlds filled with captivating stories and beloved characters.

Now, for the first time, those stories and characters will be brought to life in entirely new ways—only at Universal theme parks.

There is no word yet on how they plan to integrate the world of Nintendo into the theme parks, but the potential is there for something truly incredible.

It is quite possible that they will transform an entire section of one of their existing theme parks into a Nintendo area, similar to what they did with the absolutely incredible Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. Just imagine an interactive Super Mario Bros. ride, a Mario Kart themed go-kart track, or an interactive Legend of Zelda journey.

And if any Universal Studios higher-ups in development are reading this right now, just know that I am available to think up some more amazing ideas for you! …Paid, naturally.

GeekGirl World will keep you updated as new news on this partnership is released!

What Nintendo goodies do you think they should include in the parks? Let us know in the comments below!

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GTA V Cheat Codes

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Alright, so you’ve completed the story line in Grand Theft Auto V. Congratulations. However… that doesn’t mean you’ve actually played the game. The beauty of Grand Theft Auto is that you can basically do whatever you want. Want to make stunt jumps in a limo – go for it. Or how about going on a brutal rampage with five stars and have every bullet miss you? Cheat codes make the normally impossible possible in Los Santos. We’ve got the master list of cheats right here for XBOX as well as PS3! Try them out and enjoy the chaos that ensues.

TIP: This can be a lot to memorize. We recommend printing this out and keeping it with you when you play!

Change the weather!:

XBOX: RT, A, LB, LB, LT, LT, LT, X.
PS3: R2, X, L1, L1, L2, L2, L2, Square

Drunk mode:

XBOX: Y, Right, Right, Left, Right, X, B, Left.
PS3: Triangle, Right, Right, Left, Right, Square, O, Left

Explosive bullets:

XBOX: Right, X, A, Left, RB, RT, Left, Right, Right, LB, LB, LB.
PS3: Right, Square, X, Left, R1, R2, Left, Right, Right, L1, L1, L1

Explosive attacks:

XBOX: Right, Left, A, Y, RB, B, B, B, LT.
PS3: Right, Left, X, Triangle, R1, Circle, Circle, Circle, L2

Flaming bullets (can use at the same time as explosive bullets!):

XBOX: LB, RB, X, RB, Left, RT, RB, Left, X, Right, LB, LB.
PS3: L1, R1, Square, R1, Left, R2, R1, Left, Square, Right, L1, L1

Give weapons and extra ammo:

XBOX: Y, RT, Left, LB, A, Right, Y, Down, X, LB LB LB
PS3: Triangle, R2, Left, L1, X, Right, Triangle, Down, Square, L1, L1, L1

Invincibility! (5 minutes):

XBOX: Right, A, Right, Left, Right, RB, Right, Left, A, Y
PS3: Right, A, Right, Left, Right, RB, Right, Left, A, Y

Lower your wanted level:

XBOX: RB, RB, B, RT, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left.
PS3: R1, R1, Circle, R2, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left

Maximize health and armor:

XBOX: B, LB, Y, RT, A, X, B, Right, X, LB LB LB.
PS3: Circle, L1, Triangle, R2, X, Square, Circle, Right, Square, L1, L1, L1

Moon gravity:

XBOX: Left, Left, LB, RB, LB, Right, Left, LB, Left.
PS3: Left, Left, L1, R1, L1, Right, Left, L1, Left

Parachute:

XBOX: Left, Right, LB, LT, RB, RT, RT, Left, Left, Right, LB.
PS3: Left, Right, L1, L2, R1, R2, R2, Left, Left, Right, L1

Raise wanted level:

XBOX: RB, RB, B, RT, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right.
PS3: R1, R1, Circle, R2, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right

Run fast:

XBOX: Y, Left, Right, Right LT, LB, X.
PS3: Triangle, Left, Right, Right, L2, L1, Square

Special ability recharge:

XBOX: A, A, X, RB, LB, A, Right, Left, A.
PS3: X, X, X, R1, L1, X, Right, Left, X

Skydive free fall (Use parachute to live!):

XBOX: LB, LT, RB, RT, Left, Right, Left, Right, LB, LT, RB, RT, Left, Right, Left, Right.
PS3: L1, L2, R1, R2, Left, Right, Left, Right, L1, L2, R1, R2, Left, Right, Left, Right

Slidey cars:

XBOX: Y, RB, RB, Left, RB, LB, RT, LB.
PS3: Triangle R1, R1, Left, R1, L1, R2, L1

Slow-motion aim (use up to 3 times to slow down more):

XBOX: X, LT, RB, Y, Left, X, LT, Right, A.
PS3: Square, L2, R1, Triangle, Left, Square, L2, Right, X

Slow-motion mode (repeat to cancel):

XBOX: Y, Left, Right, Right, X, RT, RB.
PS3: Triangle, Left, Right, Right, Square, R2, R1

Spawn BMX bike:

XBOX: Left, Left, Right, Right, Left, Right, X, B, Y, RB, RT.
PS3: Left, Left, Right, Right, Left, Right, Square, Circle, Triangle, R1, R2

Spawn Buzzard (attack helicopter):

XBOX: B, B, LB, B(3), LB, LT, RB, Y, B, Y.
PS3: Circle, Circle, L1, Circle, Circle, Circle, L1, L2, R1, Triangle, Circle, Triangle

Spawn Caddy (golf cart):

XBOX: B, LB, Left, RB, LT, A, RB, LB, B, A.
PS3: Circle, L1, Left, R1, L2, X, R1, L1, Circle, X

Spawn Comet (sports coupe):

XBOX: RB, B, RT, Right, LB, LT, A(2), X, RB.
PS3: R1, Circle, R2, Right, L1, L2, X, X, Square, R1

Spawn crop duster plane:

XBOX: Right, Left, RB, RB, RB, Left, Y, Y, A, B, LB, LB.
PS3: Right, Left, R1, R1, R1, Left, Triangle, Triangle, X, Circle, L1, L1

Spawn Limo:

XBOX: RT, Right, LT, Left, Left, RB, LB, B, Right.
PS3: R2, Right, L2, Left, Left, R1, L1, Circle, Right

Spawn PCJ-600 motorcycle:

XBOX: RB, Right, Left, Right, RT, Left, Right, X, Right, LT, LB, LB.
PS3: R1, Right, Left, Right, R2, Left, Right, Square, Right, L2, L1, L1

Spawn Rapid GT (sports coupe):

XBOX: RT, LB, B, Right, LB, RB, Right, Left, B, RT.
PS3: R2, L1, Circle, Right, L1, R1, Right, Left, Circle, R2

Spawn Sanchez (dirt bike):

XBOX: B, A, LB, B, B, LB, B, RB, RT, LT, LB, LB.
PS3: Circle, X, L1, Circle, Circle, L1, Circle, R1, R2, L2, L1, L1

Spawn Stunt Plane:

XBOX: B, Right, LB, LT, Left, RB, LB, LB, Left, Left, A, Y.
PS3: Circle, Right, L1, L2, Left, R1, L1, L1, Left, Left, X, Triangle

Spawn Trashmaster (garbage truck):

XBOX: B, RB, B, RB, Left, Left, RB, LB, B, Right.
PS3: Circle, R1, Circle, R1, Left, Left, R1, L1, Circle, Right

Super jump:

XBOX: Left, Left, Y, Y, Right, Right Left, Right, X, RB, RT.
PS3: Left, Left, Triangle, Triangle, Right Right, Left, Right, Square, R1, R2

Swim fast:

XBOX: Left, Left, LB, Right, Right, RT, Left, LT, Right.
PS3: Left, Left, L1, Right, Right, R2, Left, L2, Right

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