Ur W33K 1N G33K: E3 Edition
Jun 2012 08

Ur W33K 1N G33K: E3 Edition  

Posted In Blog,Entertainment,Gaming,Geek,Internuts

by A.J. Focht

Microsoft kicked off the major E3 conferences on Monday morning. They started the show off with a bang, introducing the next game in the Xbox flagship series Halo 4. It focuses once again on Master Chief and is full of your favorite past enemies as well as an exciting new threat. Following the Halo 4 debut, was news of the next game in the Splinter Cell series, Blacklist. A handful of other sequels were featured, including: Resident Evil 6, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Gears of War: Judgment, and a new addition to the Tomb Raider series. There were a few new titles showcased as well, the most impressive of which was the new South Park game where the player creates a character and joins the gang in an episode.

Microsoft also showed off the new Microsoft Smart Glass, which is an application that will work with Windows 8, and Windows Phones and tablets. The smart glass can link with the Xbox to enhance the in game experience. Smart Glass has multiple applications, among other things, it allows the wireless device to double as a controller or an interface to look up outside information on the game without having to exit it.

Two game developers had large press conferences that were streamed live, EA Games and Ubisoft. EA showed several expected follow-ups including: FIFA 13, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and a new Sim City. E3 also announced they acquired the rights to future UFC games. Ubisoft took things in a different direction. They introduced one new IP called Watch Dogs. They also touched on Assassin’s Creed III and future games for the Wii U.

Sony had several announcements at this year’s E3. The electronics giant displayed the latest addition to the PS3 lineup, Beyond Two Souls, the enticing tale of a girl who speaks to ghosts. They also introduced another new IP called All-Stars Battle Royale, Sony’s version of Super Smash Bros. All-Stars will feature characters such as Kratos, Sweet Tooth, Sly Cooper, and Big Daddy. After talking about the future of the Vita and the new Play Station Plus subscription service that will offer members discounts and other perks, Sony closed with their two most keenly awaited titles: God of War Ascension and The Last of Us.

Nintendo held two separate press conferences. The main one was used to show off the Nintendo Wii U. There are several new game properties making their way to the device such as Pikmin 3 and New Super Mario Bros U. The new Nintendo IP for the Wii U is Nintendo Land, a theme park based game that offers mini-games based on your favorite Nintendo characters. A few third party games were revealed as well including Mass Effect 3 and Ninja Gaiden 3.

The second conference Nintendo held was focused on the 3DS. There were many games featured, starting with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. Many new games for classic Nintendo titles were displayed as well, including: Luigi’s Mansion 2, Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Paper Mario Sticker Star, and more information about Pokemon Black and White 2 was also divulged.

Many other games were showed off during the conference as well. One of the most talked about games at E3 has been Injustice: Gods Among Us, which pits DC heroes against each other in an all-out fighting game. Bethesda also released the first teaser trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online.

Prometheus: A Prequel That Doesn’t Quite Leave You Wanting A New  Sequel
Jun 2012 08

Prometheus: A Prequel That Doesn’t Quite Leave You Wanting A New Sequel  

Posted In Blog,Entertainment,Movies

by Damon Martin

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
~ Albert Einstein

Curiosity and a search for our origin is the heart of the new Ridley Scott film Prometheus which opens in theaters on today. In many ways the film was engineered as a moderate prequel to the popular Alien franchise, also launched by Scott some thirty-plus years ago.

Following the discovery of some ancient cave paintings that show early man pointing towards the a group of planets, scientists on Earth realize that these same images show up over and over again in different relics all over the world in civilizations that never, ever touched one another.

It’s with the premise of discovering where humanity started that the starship Prometheus is launched to try and find these planets, and possibly the origin of our species.

Archaeologists Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) and his girlfriend Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) are on the hunt for how humanity was born. Was it all spawned from some ancient alien race from another world that brought life to Earth?

As they land on a desolate moon that looks similar to Earth, the crew of the Prometheus soon discover a vast pyramid that houses perfectly breathable oxygen and the remains of an alien race whose DNA matches perfectly that of humans.

Without giving away too much plot at this point, it’s clear to see that there is something amiss with this planet and the species that once inhabited it, and needless to say all hell breaks loose shortly thereafter.

Prometheus plays on the very old idea that curiosity sometimes kills the cat, and the crew of this ship is definitely a little too curious for their own good. The leader of the ship played by Charlize Theron is a cold detached bureaucrat sent into space to guide this crew of scientists on their mission to find out where life first started.

But the real star of the film is Michael Fassbender, who plays the ship’s resident android named David. Like the other films in the Alien franchise where actors like Lance Henricksen and Iam Holm stole the show as robots who come to life, it’s no different with Fassbender who is simply brilliant in this movie. A secret motive behind every action, Fassbender is calculating and cold with his actions, but creepy and sly with his familiar smile.

The biggest problem with Prometheus is the fact that the film pulls the audience in too many different directions with plotlines that head in numerous directions. Throughout the 2-hour affair, there are several references to the Alien franchise, which call out to the idea that this really is a prequel to the popular science fiction series.

But what Prometheus also attempts to do is pull the story in a whole new direction with the questions about the origin of our species and where we all came from. It almost seems like too much by the time the film comes to an end, and you are left wondering which storyline you were supposed to care about more.

While the acting in Prometheus was largely very well done, the lead actress in the film, Noomi Rapace, fails to show the same kind of strong female character that Sigourney Weaver did in the original series of Alien films. It may not be fair to compare anyone to what Weaver was able to do with her character of Ellen Ripley, but Ridley Scott has made strong, female characters a centerpiece of these series of films and Rapace fails to repeat even a small part of Weaver’s powerful presence.

On its own, Prometheus is a solid film worth seeing, but ultimately when it was over the biggest feeling I was left with wasn’t about a sequel for this movie (which will inevitably happen), I just wanted to go home and watch the 1979 Alien classic. 


Fiction Friday: The Killswitch Review – The Final Installment
Jun 2012 08

Fiction Friday: The Killswitch Review – The Final Installment  

Posted In Art,Blog,Books,Entertainment,Fiction,Geek,Internuts

by Steven-Elliot Altman (SG Member: Steven_Altman)

Our Fiction Friday serialized novel, The Killswitch Review, is a futuristic murder mystery with killer sociopolitical commentary (and some of the best sex scenes we’ve ever read!). Written by bestselling sci-fi author Steven-Elliot Altman (with Diane DeKelb-Rittenhouse), it offers a terrifying postmodern vision in the tradition of Blade Runner and Brave New World

By the year 2156, stem cell therapy has triumphed over aging and disease, extending the human lifespan indefinitely. But only for those who have achieved Conscientious Citizen Status. To combat overpopulation, the U.S. has sealed its borders, instituted compulsory contraception and a strict one child per couple policy for those who are permitted to breed, and made technology-assisted suicide readily available. But in a world where the old can remain vital forever, America’s youth have little hope of prosperity.

Jason Haggerty is an investigator for Black Buttons Inc, the government agency responsible for dispensing personal handheld Kevorkian devices, which afford the only legal form of suicide. An armed “Killswitch” monitors and records a citizen’s final moments — up to the point where they press a button and peacefully die. Post-press review agents — “button collectors” — are dispatched to review and judge these final recordings to rule out foul play.

When three teens stage an illegal public suicide, Haggerty suspects their deaths may have been murders. Now his race is on to uncover proof and prevent a nationwide epidemic of copycat suicides. Trouble is, for the first time in history, an entire generation might just decide they’re better off dead.

(Catch up with the previous installments of Killswitch – see links below – then read the finale after the jump…)

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From The Archives: Tim Roth – Dark Water
Jun 2012 08

From The Archives: Tim Roth – Dark Water  

Posted In Blog,Interviews

by Daniel Robert Epstein

“It’s like being a kid in the playground…There’s a reason why people become actors.”
- Tim Roth

The great thing about Tim Roth is that he immediately puts you at ease by seeming like he doesn’’t give a shit what questions you ask him. Other journalists at the Dark Water press event were lobbing some of the dumbest crap I ever heard at him and even though there 25 people in the room he answered them as though each one was the only person in the room. In Dark Water, Roth plays a lawyer who is helping Jennifer Connelly through a tough divorce and then tries to help her with this strange situation that is happening in her apartment building.

Read our exclusive interview with Tim Roth on SuicideGirls.com.

Tease of the Day
Jun 2012 08

Tease of the Day  

Posted In Blog,Tease

Renesme Suicide in One Night Stand

  • MAKES ME HAPPY: The beach :)
  • MAKES ME SAD: Stupid people.
  • HOBBIES: I love making things (so any kind of crafts), surfing, going to the gym, swimming, anything outside.
  • 5 THINGS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Cell phone, my best friend, Dr. Pepper, chocolate, sour cream, and Onion Pringles!!
  • I SPEND MOST OF MY FREE TIME: At work, with my boyfriend, doing homework, with my best friend, and/or naked.

Get to know Renesme better over at SuicideGirls.com!


SG Radio Feat. Members Of The Sex Worker Outreach Project – Sunday June 10th
Jun 2012 08

SG Radio Feat. Members Of The Sex Worker Outreach Project – Sunday June 10th  

Posted In Blog,Love,Relationships,Sex,SG Radio,Society

by Blogbot

This Sunday, June 10th at 10 PM PST, SuicideGirls Radio host Nicole Powers and co-host Moxi Suicide will be joined in studio by Jessie Nicole, Michelle, and Vanessa from LA’s Sex Workers Outreach Project for a panel discussion about the unique issues their clients face.

Sex Workers Outreach Project is a social justice network dedicated to ending violence and stigma against sex workers through education and advocacy. SWOP works to create a strong community of sex workers and allies to support each other and educate the public on the institutional harms committed against sex workers.

Sex workers are seldom afforded protection or recourse from violence because of the precarious relationship between sex work and law enforcement. Violence against sex workers is tolerated because of the stigma and myths that surround the sex industry. Only when those falsehoods are corrected and sex workers are legitimized will we be able to effectively prevent and minimize the harsh challenges of sex work.

For more info on SWOP-LA visit: swoplosangeles.org/

Listen to SG Radio live Sunday night from 10 PM til Midnight PST at: suicidegirlsradio.indie1031.com/

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