Monday, 19 August 2013

The Last Of Us DLC predictions


This blog will contain some major spoilers so just to be mega clear on this...

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!


The Last Of Us...Wow



Maybe one of the best games of this or any other generation, with nearly every aspect of it good, if not great.

You want amazing graphics and animation, you got it.

You want an amazing and deep story, check.

You want top notch game play, come this way.

How about some of the best music, sounds and voice acting to grace a game? YUP!

It even has a fun multiplayer.

The game had me in the first 5 minutes. Being a father myself, when Joel was clutching his dying daughter, I'm man enough to admit I welled up a little (loads). From that point on, I just wanted to see what happened next. The story of Joel's and Ellie's trip, in a desperate and broken world, with the future of mankind at stake, with them slowly getting closer and their relationship changing, and finally the consequences of Joel finally letting someone in again was amazingly done. The game play did nothing but add to the experience, with the enemies all having such a different feel. Combat with guns and melee felt gritty and almost desperate...in a good way, and I loved the set pieces.

With the normal game and the game plus mode out of the way, I'm itching for more, but where will The Last Of Us go in the upcoming story DLC? Lets take a look and a guess as we explore four possible story avenues.



THE FIREFLIES


With the ongoing battles between the Fireflies and the Military, you have got a heap of stories to be told here. Any battle for territory with the Military or of a gun and food smuggling operation would be a great setting. How about Marlene's story of how she became the leader of the group, or her trip to St Mary's Hospital in Salt Lake City where the end of the main story takes place, and we cant forget Joel's brother Tommy's involvement with the Fireflies, which brings us nicely to...



TOMMY, MARIA AND THE POWER PLANT


After Tommy leaves the Fireflies he joins another group in Wyoming, creating safe havens in the area, he and his group wrestled a power plant away from a gang of local bandits that Joel and Ellie visit during the main campaign. After fixing up the power plant the group are able to secure Jackson County and start a flourishing community and somewhere along the way Tommy gets married to Maria, who we also meet in the main campaign...but I would like to see how that went down.



These guys know whats coming, Neil Druckmann and Mark Richard Davies


HENRY AND SAM



Ok so when we had last seen the brothers it was hardly a nice situation, but I would like to focus on are the lots of hints that were dropped about what they had been through. But what story? Maybe how they got to be in the abandoned building where they meet Joel and Ellie? How about what happened to the group they were with? We hear Sam state that the group are all dead. Henry tells his brother "We don't know that"...lets find out.




NATHAN DRAKE!?!



This one is a bit far out there but we know that both games exist in the same universe (look for the Last Of Us Easter egg in Uncharted 3) also Naughty Dog themselves have stated that we'll be seeing familiar faces. Most people have assumed its someone from the game but what if its something more crazy? Lets say, Drake accidentally caused the break out by releasing some horrible ancient virus or something causing all the events of the Last Of Us to begin with...you never know?




So there you have it, let me know of your ideas and opinions in the comments and be sure to follow me and The Adipose on Twitter @mrpale and @theadiposetv, also check out and subscribe to the The AdiposeTV YouTube channel, the next few blogs from me will be:

My most anticipated games of this generation and Golf, my love/hate relationship.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Shadow Of The Colossus - Intro.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Simpsons Tapped out-Krustyland-City Design

Battlefield 3 - The Crossbow - Training with Adi

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Layton Brothers: Mystery Room #11

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Who will the new Who be?


So its that time again, one of the best times to be a fan of Who, one Dr is leaving and another is arriving, but who (see what I did there) will it be? What will the character be like and maybe most importantly, where could the story go with the new Doctor?

Male or Female?

GOD PLEASE NO!


Right lets address both Adi's and Clarie Pose's blogs with my opinion. I am very much against a lady Dr, let me tell you why, the biggest problem I have with the Moffat era so far is that we get a situation in which we have been told that the Dr must not do certain things (time travel in his own time stream, rewrite time) but Smiths Doctor just does it anyway, normally in one episode, without much explanation. Now as far as I know, no one in the whole history of the show has (seriously) mentioned that times lords can change sex, yes we have had a few passing jokes but even the Dr himself, after his last regeneration seemed a little distraught at the possibility he might be female, as if maybe that shouldn't happen?

Now I am far from sexist, I think women are awesome, my Mum and my Mum's Mum were both women. It's not a case of a woman not being up to the job, I just don't feel it would fit. How could a relationship survive a sex change? Society would break down. Could you imagine a child time lord, running into their Mums room for a hug after a nasty nightmare and the 2nd Doctor pops up from the covers? Now maybe for one season, as a story arc, something has gone wrong with the regeneration, that would work.




Lets try something different.

From 9th to 10th we had a big change of character, from 10th to 11th, not as much but still enough to feel fresh and new, a little nasty at times, clumsy and funny but still that feel of putting on an act to hide the real him, just like the 10th.

With the New Dr I would like to see a complete change. Maybe cool, rude and arrogant, a lovable rogue that you shouldn't like, but you do, with the baseline Dr morals and outlook, still a hero but maybe a little bit of a dick. 

The plot lines this would create would be vast, old friends turning up and clashing with the new Doc and maybe the companion always apologising on his behalf after his outspoken personality gets them into trouble again.

With shows like Luther and Sherlock working wonders for the BBC I really would like to see this kind of character.


A star or a unknown?

Since coming back Doctor Who has had one well known actor in Eccleston and two more or less unknowns In Tennant and Smith. I'm guessing its going to be a unknown as it will mean more of a commitment from them. The bookies are going for Peter Capaldi who has been in Dr Who and Torchwood before, Ben Whishaw, Ben Daniels and Andrew Scott have also been mentioned but I can still dream of Idris Elba, Ian Mckellen or Eddie Izzard.


Idris Elba 
Ian Mckellen 
Peter Capaldi


I'm sure whoever has the role will do a fine job as long as he has the stories to work with and I cant wait to see what happens to the Dr in the 50th anniversary and Christmas specials.

So I guess the only thing left to do is wait.

One more day to find out Who is Who.

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A Female Doctor Who: A Female Perspective


It’s the question which is asked every time one Doctor announces his end, and we look forward to a new beginning. It’s 2013;  It’s been 95 years since women were granted the vote (albeit not at an equal age to men), 43 years since we were given equal pay, 38 years since it became illegal to discriminate against women at work, and a shameful 21 months since the law changed ensuring that the first child born to the King or Queen of England would be next in line to the throne, regardless of the number of x chromosomes they owned. So why haven’t we had a female Doctor yet? Should we have a female Doctor? Could we have a female Doctor?

In most civilised societies (or at least the civilised society in which I hang out), the vast majority of people will quite happily state that “women and men are equal, but different”. I actually think that most people who I know believe that. When I ask my friends whether they think the next Doctor could be a woman, the reply usually goes along the lines of “um, well, obviously it’s not like men are better than women or anything, I mean for me personally I would have no problem with that, but you know, some people might not like it”. Just say it. You think a female doctor would suck. You’re not sexist: You do believe that women deserve equal, well everything really. You like women, even love some women. You have a great female dentist/vet/teacher/dog who is every bit as good as her male counterpart, but there’s just something about the Time Lord that makes you think that he should be, well a Lord, not a Lady. So what is so unique about this role which makes so many people feel unsure about whether a woman could take it on? To answer this question, let’s have a look at what it takes to fly that Tardis and go into battle across time and space. 

Physical Strength: The Doctor spends a lot of time running fast and far, so he needs to be in tip top condition. He needs to be able to stay on his feet for long periods of time. No getting tired and having a rest: There are lives at stake. It’s a bit like, say being a nurse on a 12 hour shift, or having labour pains for 20 hours and then pushing out a baby. 
 
Emotional Strength: It’s not just physical strength that the Doctor needs, he sees some pretty upsetting things and has to be strong. Remember the episode “New Earth” (series 2)? The Doctor finds a warehouse full of sick people, created by the Sisters of Plenitude. No time for crying over their pain, he just had to give them their medicine (in this case a disinfectant shower) and get on with his day. Honestly it’s almost as hard as being a mother. 

Bravery: How many times has the Doctor run into battle, sonic screwdriver blazing? How many times has he come up against an old enemy, a new enemy, and faced them head on? Well leaving aside the times he runs away (see above), the job description of Time Lord requires a fair amount of courage, fighting for what is right in the face of adversity. But are women less brave? Ask Emily Davison, who threw herself under that horse to fight for woman’s suffrage in 1913.  Oh that’s right you can’t, she died fighting for the rights of people she would never meet, not with a few more regenerations up her sleeve, but brave enough to put her one life on the line. 
Super Intelligence: The Doctor’s not just clever, he’s super clever. He’s brilliant in fact. Imagine a scientist who has won a Nobel Prize in not one but two fields, someone whose work saved countless lives out in the fields in World War One, someone who discovered and named chemical elements, and founded medical research centres in two major cities of the world which still exist nearly a hundred years later. Ok so Marie Curie can’t actually be the next Doctor because she died about 80 years ago, but her legacy proves that brilliance is not biased to gender. 


So then, it doesn’t seem to be ability which prevents a woman being the next Doctor, but I’m pretty sure most people who are reading this already know that. Whilst I’m sure that antiquated sexism still rages in some parts of the country, most people I know really do respect and value women. So then exactly what is it which is making us uncomfortable? 

One writer for the Daily Mail believes it’s all about tradition. He writes “A female doctor would…. betray a British tradition”. I don’t buy this; British traditions are betrayed all the time. One was betrayed the day when women were allowed to vote. Another was betrayed when it became illegal to discriminate against people at work because of their age. Yet another was betrayed the day when same sex couples were allowed to marry. That’s why I love Britain actually, because for most of us, when we go all starry eyed over ‘tradition’ we mean that we don’t want to replace the old fairy which goes on top of the Christmas tree each year, not that we want society to stagnate in inequality for no other reason than “that’s what we have always done”.

So could the next Doctor be a woman? Of course. A woman could do that job superbly. Will the next Doctor be a woman? I think it’s doubtful, not because I’m a closet sexist but because whilst I would love it to happen, I lack the imagination to see how it would work. That’s o.k for me, it’s not my job to think of wonderful imaginative plots for TV programmes, it’s just not what I’m paid to do. However for those people whose wages are paid from our license money to make programmes, the excuse “yeah I just don’t see it” doesn’t work. You are paid to see it, look harder. By the time the Doctor reaches his 13th regeneration, if you have found a way round the problem of the Time Lord only being able to regenerate 12 times, then I know you'll have found a way to dazzle your loyal viewers of all genders with a new kind of Doctor.

Who should the next Doctor Who be? - Adi's take on it.


Tomorrow night at 7 PM we will be discovering who the next Doctor Who will be.
Much like the election of a government or the hunt for a new James Bond, the change of actor for a Doctor Who marks the end of one era and the beginning of another. Therefore the choice of actor is one that is of utmost importance for the fans of the time travelling show. A good choice could take the show to unparalleled highs, but an unpopular choice could lead to lower ratings, fan complaints or even the cancellation of the show as a whole. Clearly there will be many predictions and guesswork over the next couple of days run this blog we would like to give you three contrasting views as to who should take on the iconic role.

A Woman?




I actually have no issue with a woman taking on the role of Doctor Who. The show has been forced to reinvent itself many times over the course of its 50 year run and this would be just another in a series of reinventions. In fact, change has actually been part of the success and the longevity of the show. It would of course leads to certain complications-such as is River Song now married to a girl? As the doctors ceased to be a father and now become a mother? And if Time Lords can change genders what does that mean for things like marriage and reproduction within their society. However the seeds for gender change were planted at the last regeneration when the Matt Smith Doctor exclaimed "I'm a girl!" This would imply that the character believe that the gender switch would be possible.

 Gender Stereotypes


 I might be going a little bit deep here but it might also challenge viewers to reconsider their perception of male and female roles. The doctor often brags about his influence, his intelligence, his experience, and his ability to control situations. I wonder how differently this would play if those words would come out of the mouth of a woman rather than a man. Society does seem to have negative connotations of bossy women in a way that they don't have with bossy men. Perhaps putting a female doctor in place would force people (albeit on small level) to re-examine their personal prejudices when it comes to attitudes towards women. There would of course be a huge amount of debate if they brought out a female actress so would need to be someone thick-skinned enough to take on the inevitable flak and also talented enough to make the role truly their own. I'm reminded little bit about when they cast Daniel Craig is the next James Bond. There was a lot of negative press regarding the fact that they had cast a blonde James Bond-but after Casino Royale he had proved himself in the role. I think it be the same for a female actress-there would be negative backlash from certain fans-and it would be up to the programme's makers, writers, and of course the actress herself to prove that this was the correct choice.It would also give an opportunity to have a proper full-time male assistant which hasn't really occurred in the modern era. Of course we've had Ricky and Rory in the Tardis from time to time but both of them have really only been attached to their female counterparts.

A Black Doctor?




I think a change in race for Doctor Who would be very cool as well-but I do have a few reservations. I play a lot of computer games as many of you will know and often when you get a character of a certain race or skin colour they tend to play up to ethnic stereotypes rather than just being a "normal character". For example I'm playing hotshots golf at the moment and every character in that exaggerates the stereotypical aspects of the race from which they are from. For example the Russian character speaks with a very thick accent and looks very conspiratorial, the British character is very upper-class with a moustache, and the black character has a baseball cap on sideways and seems to be mimicking something out of the fresh Prince of Bel air. I think for this to work in needs to be a Doctor Who happens to be black-rather than a Black Doctor if you see the difference. The personality should be dictated by the character and the show rather than the skin colour of the actor.


Character First!


This brings me to I think is the most important part of casting a new doctor. The writers need to think about what personality they want the doctor to have. The Christopher Ecclestone Doctor was the one which was damaged and torn apart by his experiences in the Time War. The Tennant doctor was the arrogant fun loving Doctor Who eventually became too powerful for his own good. The Smith Dr is the grumpy old man in the young man's body with minimal social skills but a weakness for young pretty girls. I think the writers really need to think about what would make a good doctor for this new era in terms of character. The Tennant Doctor had a beautiful story arc in my opinion that took him all the way from arrogance and anger towards love and companionship and then back towards loneliness and a touch of bitterness. This was a character where we understood his motivations and we simultaneously admired and pitied him. In my view this was a character with depth that captured the complexity of what being a 900-year-old timelord would be like. Rather than thinking about who would make a good doctor and whether the doctor should be white, black, male, female, tall, short, disabled, straight, gay, humanoid or whatever-let's think about what the personality of the doctor should be this time around and then find an actor to fit that mould.

The Invisible Doctor


Continuing with the plotlines of the last couple of years-this is a doctor who has more or less been raised from history and now has a human being flying around the inside of his time stream protecting him from harm and danger. I think this gives the possibility for a doctor that is far more humble and cautious than the previous incarnations. He can no longer use his name as a way of putting fear into his enemies and his great works are no longer attributed to him. In addition to that he now knows that his very survival is only thanks to the actions of a human who will shop in his times of need. I think it would be interesting to examine what that does psychologically to a character who is used to being a very powerful and self-reliant figure. You could even take this further and have a doctor who questions their own purpose but then slowly regains it to taking on new enemies over the course of the next series.

You've probally noticed I have refrained from mentioning individual actors and actresses during this blog and that's because for the last two incarnations of the Doctor-the part has gone to a relatively un-known actor. If this trend continues then the chances are we will not know the person that is brought out onto our telly tomorrow night at 7 o'clock. We watch and wait…


Friday, 2 August 2013

Simpsons Tapped out-Krustyland Tickets and Premium Items

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