Instant Family (2018)

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Went to see this with my mom and dad today over at Colisee Kirkland. Good movie. Characters are easy to relate. The plot is a tad predictable but the humour, actors and good vibes make it well worth it.

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Loot box crackdown forces Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games out of Belgium

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“Mixing games and gambling, especially at a young age, is dangerous for mental health,” said Belgium’s justice minister, Koen Geens, when the changes to the law were first announced. “That is why we must also ensure that children and adults are not confronted with games of chance when they are looking for fun in a video game.”

Source: Loot box crackdown forces Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games out of Belgium

I have ALWAYS hated 🤮 the randomness of Loot Boxes when playing online PVP video games (such as @Destiny) even when the prizes I was optioned were free. I seemed to always be the one who got stuck with nothing useful.

For those people who actually read this blog of mine, a Loot Box:

is an in-game purchase consisting of a virtual container that awards players with items and modifications based on chance. Loot boxes are considered to be a type of microtransaction.

https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/loot-box

 

The thought of actually paying for Loot Boxes makes me cringe, considering that in 15+ years I haven’t even been able to win ONE flipping cup of coffee ☕ during Tim Hortons​ Roll up the Rim to Win​ event.

IMHO, I agree with Belgium’s ruling on Loot Boxes and I’m additionally pleased that other countries, including China and Australia, have taken actions to try and curb their use.

If a gamer is putting money down on these things, whether it’s real currency or money earned in game, in the the hope that there’s something really cool inside that box, then Loot boxes definitely fall under the description as “games of chance” or “simulated gambling”.

The smartest thing the gaming industry could do is either completely eliminate Loot Boxes, or ONLY make them available in those video games rated AO (18+ yrs of age).
In the meanwhile they will just have come up with better ways to generate revenue streams for existing video games including DLC, microtransactions and character/avatar cosmetics currently available.

From Fun to F@*% This: When Video Games and Happiness Don’t Collide

Video games at their core are supposed to be entertainment. For many of us, they’re a stress relief of sorts or an escape. But what about when video games and happiness no longer intersect? As Elsa says, it’s time to let it go.

Source: From Fun to F@*% This: When Video Games and Happiness Don’t Collide

Thank you for the post. Although I definitely am not a trophy seeker, I too have experienced rage/quit moments when I’ve get to a point in a game where I get stuck and no matter what I do, or how it’s explained on How To YouTube videos, I just can’t overcome the challenge.

When I was kid, this was the point where I threw a tantrum or drove my Colecovision controller straight into the game console, destroying them both. Obviously that never helped matters.

Thankfully, I’ve grown up at least a little over the years, and now when I reach that point where the game is no longer fun (ex. Tom Clancy’s the Division), I shelve it for a while and work on another one. If I’m able to go back to the game because it’s added either new content or my attitude has changed then great, but if it’s started gathering dust after several months I just sell it and leave it at that.

The First Titans Trailer Is a Brutal Introduction to Another Very Dark DC Universe

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If you’ve ever wanted to hear Robin say “Fuck Batman” before knocking the hell out of and killing a couple of street-level criminals, then allow us to show you the very first trailer for DC Universe’s upcoming live-action Titans series. Suffice to say that Teen Titans Go!, this is not.

Source: The First Titans Trailer Is a Brutal Introduction to Another Very Dark DC Universe

Going to be honest, I don’t know how exactly I feel about Titans at the moment, but trying to compare the new series to Teen Titans Go is a non-starter.

I actually picked up the first issue of the New Teen Titans back in 1980, and although the team itself were teenagers many of the themes they dealt with over the last 4 decades, including Roy Harper’s addiction to heroine, were pretty heavy. Some would go so far as to say rather dark, and the team was definitely not portrayed as those cool cats from the 60-70’s. Which is why I’m confused with all the hate for the first trailer.

I mean, yes there was some stuff I found a tad…dismaying, but I have to keep reminding myself that just like many of the other TV adaptations there is a reason for them. I personally wait until I actually see the first episode before labeling the series as crap.

Pacific Rim Uprising. Why All the Hate?

I loved the first movie, Pacific Rim and Uprising was a fantastic sequel except for the title itself.

The film was a natural progression from the previous movie without the usual rinse/repeat. The story, taking place 10 years after the Rift had been closed makes absolute sense and leaves more than enough still; for a third film if Del Toro is ever allowed to make one to wrap things up with a tidy bow.

Source: Pacific Rim Uprising

District 9 (2009)

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n 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed “The Prawns,” appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new ‘Prawn’ friends.

Director:

Neill Blomkamp

Writers:

Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

Release Date:

14 August 2009 (Canada)

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