Rory McIlroy’s PGA Tour’s Expected Blunders

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“EA’s bungling of NBA Live is even more remarkable, a stop-and-restart, cross-generational saga of stumbling releases leading to the late cancellation of a hyped rebranding—NBA Elite 11 was recalled days before fully shipping to stores. The full NBA fiasco, finally sorted by 2014, eventually led to an apology from the developers. “We fell short,” wrote Executive Producer Sean O’Brien—this after promotional teasers sold the next-gen basketball rebirth as “ultimate” because “science.” Falling short—and realizing it only in preparation to sell the following year’s iteration—has become EA Sports’ most enduring tradition, and Rory’s debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is just upholding it.”

Read my full piece on Rory McIlroy’s PGA Tour on Playboy.com

 

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Ex Machina Blu-ray Review

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“More so, Ex Machina is a human movie – about robots. It’s about emotional responses to the potential distrust, the lies, and the manipulation. Or how we react to unknown stimuli when presented with it, mostly with curiosity and emotion. If it’s predictable, that’s only because it should be to reflect who we are.”

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Tembo the Badass Elephant (PS4) Review

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Tembo is as illogical as ’60s era cartoon shows. It has their spirit too. George of the Jungle, Danger Mouse, Dudley Do Right; Tembo wants in their club. He’d fit there – mostly. Friendly violence, a sense of mischief, those boldly drawn outlines. But he is still a video game creation. Odd, weird, and kooky all fit as descriptors. Only in a video game would something this absurd be accompanied by elaborate orchestration where some themes appear to be culled from Rambo.”

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DmC: Devil May Cry Retrospective

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“The mission isn’t new. Take up arms to rid the universe of evil corporations—it’s the story of countless other video games. Big money is the villain because it’s an easy narrative target. Coming from mega-studios listed on stock exchanges, the effect is mostly just pandering. But not in DmC. In fact, DmC’s openness and gusto is remarkable. The root cause of DmC’s rise of capitalism is not only money—it’s depression, stress, and trauma. It’s insufficient minimum wage jobs, the effects of an abusive society in an era of social openness, and dwindling educational resources.

DmC battles these broken societal norms and cleaves them in two, its new Dante more affably sarcastic and, to the affected generation, more relevant. Paired with hoodie-cloaked Kat and her history of family abuse, this video game of demons, overlords and underworld gods suddenly turns intellectual and observant. Dante is a loud protester, but with a sword and guns and a potent solution instead of a sign.”

Read my full retrospective on DmC at Playboy

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Kingsman: The Secret Service Blu-ray Review

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“Sandwiched between the lighter almost-satire of British spy entertainment is a wry, effective layout of political conundrums. Kingsman leaves nothing unturned, leering at radicalized religion, sneering at the embrace of technology, and cheering at both of their comeuppances. Under that is a story of a ghetto kid who is freed from his circumstances through hard work and the capitalist who wants to kill us all – because of global warming and the Gaia theory. It’s crowded and double sided.”

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Terminator: Genisys Review

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“Paramount’s logo fades and the retelling of a fateful day when machines take control spreads across screens in a titanic display of impersonal nuclear fury – for the fourth time in the series. The introductory chunk of Genisys is fanatical about repeating the past in this way. Scenes recall key incidents and nostalgic moments in a blur of expository storytelling. Time-crossing Terminators find themselves, identical Terminators fight as if Genisys were invaded by fan fiction, and shape shifting Terminators melt. When it’s over, Genisys hits a full stall, but there is no wish for the guns to come back. Please, no more guns in this Terminator movie. To think those words would ever be uttered.”

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Her Story (iOS) Review

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“It’s irresistible, that feeling of being on the inside, sitting at a simulated police computer stuffed with what was once an unheard of MBs of data. Murder is so tantalizing a subject and Her Story makes it voyeuristic. This is behind the news that sells domestic killing sprees and behind the live courtroom feeds. The attraction to the thrill of someone unknown committing the unthinkable is weirdly instinctual.”

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