Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Steamworks: Dishonored First Impressions


Hey Gang,

So in case you didn't notice, we're taking a mini hiatus from videos due to time constraints, schedules, etc. By mini, I mean you should expect to see more videos anywhere from tomorrow to (no later than) two weeks from now. Many of these will probably be solo videos, however we do have a video with all five of us on video at once which is just obsurd. We also expect to get out a bloopers video in the next week or so.

Moving on from videos, I recently purchased Dishonored for $29.99 what with Steam's Fall Sale going on. I've played probably about two hours worth of content (I think I'ven actually spent eight hours in total gameplay),and I thought I'd give you a very basic first impressions post on what I think of the game. Of course, this first impressions post will be completely spoiler free.

So the game begins with you returning to your home city and visiting the queen empress of the city (your actually her primary body gaurd) when suddenly shit hits the fan; the empress is killed by mysterious assassins and her daughter is also kidnapped. You find yourself suddenly framed for the incident that conspired and before you know it you're sentenced to death, thus where the name "Dishonored" originates. From there,you are sucked into a story filled world with millions of options, powers, and weapons.

When it comes to design, texture, and gameplay, I go back and forth loving and hating it. The gameplay is smooth and realistic,which makes for a nice RPG. However, in my opinion, the game looks a little to Half Life.Ok, so I understand one of the major contributors who made Half Life also had a big hand in Dishonored, but I don't want to feel like I'm playing the same game. While it's not brutally obvious and doesn't take away from the game, it can still be a little annoying when I see a gun or enemy that I could have sworn I had seen in another game before. Also, I wasn't too impressed with the graphics. I have all the video settings jacked up to "Ultra", and it still looks somewhat pixelated whenever I'm close to walls or items.

What the game lacks in graphics, however,it makes up for in story depth, quality, and even gameplay mechanics. I was immeadiately drawn into the story the second I stepped into the digny that guided me to the empress. The fact that there's no established time period (and if there is one, I don't know of it) makes the game so much more interesting; there are certain pieces in the game that have a very old theme to them (costumes, dialouge, some weapons, and the city itself), yet I constantly see items in the game that are very futuristic (such as walls of light). I think this is an awesome story mechanic that definitely adds a sense of immersion.

All in all, while there are a few tiny details that can get a bit annoying, the game has a great play through for the first 2 or 3 hours. If you like exploring, assassinating, or all of the above, this game is for you.

Don't forget to keep in touch with us and look for a "Comment Mashup" video later in the week! I'll see you soon!



Peter, The Steamworks

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Resident Troll: Things That Shouldn't Exist

Guess what I found out today? There's a list of superheroes fans apparently most want to have sex with.

What?

I saw a few posts about it on Tumblr, all condemning the list, so I knew going in that it was going to be awful. Then... well, ugh. It's a collection of objectification, misogyny, and just stupid. After reading this list, I have strange insight into James Gunn's sexual life and fantasies, and I just... don't need that in my life. If I could unknow anything? That would be it. And perhaps a certain conversation that made me consider jumping out of Chazz's car while it was still moving.

So let's look at the commentary, and the real gems, yeah?
Catwoman: This supervillain turned anti-hero has been making my penis feel funny since I was four years old and saw Julie Newmar playing her on TV. 
What? I don't need to know about your sexual awakening. I don't think you penis can feel funny at four years old. You don't know how to comprehend quadrilaterals at four years old, so why the fuck could you comprehend sexuality?
Gambit: My girlfriend voted for this Cajun fruit. I think she’s looking to have a devil’s three way with the two of us. The idea of my balls slapping against Gambit’s makes me sick to my stomach, but I can’t deny the fellow’s pure HEAT, as he yet again placed so high on this list, despite being male and in the presence of so many A-listers. Wolverine and Superman may beat him in sales, but it’s who the ladies love that really matters, and Gambit is the Galactus of Cock!
Honestly, sounds like you're a little pissed that your girlfriend voted for him. And a little racist. And what the fuck, Galactus of Cock?
Emma Frost: What I love about Emma is the practical attire she wears while adventuring. Certainly, if I were a woman fighting giant monsters I’d want to wear some awesome breast-mushing halter top, a pair of panties, and thigh highs. That stuff would never get in the way. For those men who love rude bitches, the White Queen is number one.
Gunn was making sense (albeit body policing, but making sense) and then he called Emma Frost a rude bitch. Yes, go ahead and trivialize one of the greatest psychics in X-Men, simply because of her attire and attitude.
She-Hulk: As you might guess by my 4’9″ real life girlfriend, the giantess fantasy isn’t my thing. But, if I ever were in the mood to be dominated and treated like a little bitch, by someone who is green, then She-Hulk would almost certainly be the way to go.
I have so many problems with this one. First of all, this guy has a real life girlfriend. Holy shit, he has a real life girlfriend!!!!!! And he had to clarify that she was real and living, which must be pretty hard to find when you're a dipshit. (Too far? Oops.) To assume that a man who enjoys larger/stronger partners wishes to be "treated like a little bitch" is unfair, and not always true. It's okay if you don't like it, but it's not okay to be a dick.
Batwoman: This lesbian character was voted for almost exclusively by men. I don’t know exactly what that means. But I’m hoping for a Marvel-DC crossover so that Tony Stark can “turn” her. She could also have sex with Nightwing and probably still be technically considered a lesbian.
No.

Just. No.

D'you know, in way too many countries, there's this thing called corrective rape? It's where men rape lesbians to 'fix' or 'turn' them straight. You just suggested that, James Gunn, when you said you hoped Tony Stark would 'turn' Batwoman. Either way, having sex with a man does not change a lesbian, and you're the freaking worst.
Tigress: For thirty-plus years Tigra has been consistently poorly-written, which means you’d probably have an easy time talking your way into her pants. Especially if you have a slight furry fetish, but aren’t totally willing to commit to it.
For thirty-plus rankings, this article has been consistently poorly-written. Good just at sticking true to that, at least, Mr. Gunn.
Stephanie BrownBeing a teen mom and all, you know she’s easy. Go for it.
Being a teen mom does not make her easy. It means she got pregnant when she was a teen.
 Spider-Woman: The whole time I’m fucking her I can’t get her face out of my mind as the skrull leader who tried to conquer the world. I know it’s not her fault, but I just can’t help it. So I finish on her face to help block out the painful memories. There. That’s better. I love you, Jessica.
NONONONONKASLFJSLDKFSKDFJSDLFLSDAFJSDLFSDJ. I JUST WALKED INTO HIS FUCKING FANTASY. NO. WHAT THE. NONONONONO.

Basically, go here and click the button a few times to understand how I feel about this.
The Flash: Many of the people who voted for the Flash were gay men. I have no idea why this is. But I do know if I was going to get fucked in the butt I too would want it to be by someone who would get it over with quick.
I really want to know where the statistics came from. Either way, thanks for insulting EVERY GAY MAN EVER. Good job.

So. That's a thing. And it should not exist. In conclusion: James Gunn is the worst. Honestly, I feel like every week there's a misogynist in comics, and James Gunn is the newest douche. I don't understand how Marvel could want him to write for anything, or how Joss Whedon of all people could endorse him. Sigh.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

PBDTube: Doctor Who Minisode!

Chazz and Peter Talk about the new Doctor Who preview for season 7.2!


 Don't forget to comment telling us your opinions of the new preview!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

PBDTube: Tony Harris Loves Quasi Cosplay Girls

Happy Thanksgiving Loyal Followers!!



Pete and Gabby talk about Tony Harris's Facebook comment for the "Quasi-Pretty-NOT-Hot-Girls". Remember to comment on the video telling us about your most "memorable" slutty costume.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

PBDTube: Halo 4 Thoughts and Impressions

Chazz and Peter talk about the glory that is Halo 4 and their thoughts, feels, and loosely structured review comments.


Feel free to share your opinions as well, we love to hear from you lovely folks!

PBDTube: Death of the Family Discussion

Chazz and Gabby talk about their Bat Family feels and their predictions on what we'll see later on in the New 52 comics of Batman.




 So what do you think about Death of the Family?

Monday, November 19, 2012

PBDTube: States Seceding From the Union

Hello Dolphineers!

Before we get started with today's video, we just wanted to show you the general format for these videos:

Blog title

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Feel free to submit your comments on the blog as well as on YouTube; both states will be looked at!

So let's get on with the video!!

Today Gabby and Pete talk about the recent attempts of certain states to secede from the Federal Union! Be sure to like and comment! And don't forget to check out our blog @ www.projectbetterdolphin.com!


Also, as a final note, we will be livestreaming the next epsiode of our podcast tomorrow night at this site here. Basically what that means is you can listen to us record the episode live from this link and ask us questions as well. Be there 8:45 P.M. EST!!

Project: Better Dolphin Team

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Project Better Dolphin: Introducing PBDTube

Hello Loyal Followers Awesome Readers,

We here at Project: Better Dolphin have some exciting news for you fantastic viewers! We would like to introduce you to a new feature of our blog. On top of Blogger posts, a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, a Tumblr blog, AND our very own podcast, Project: Better Dolphin would like to introduce you to PBDTube!  PBDTube is basically our new YouTube channel on which we will cover news via video (so pretty much a blog post except you get to now associate us with faces AND voices). Don't worry avid readers; we will still be using our blog to post (meaning our primary form of issuing news will still be posts on here), however we would like to open up this section of our blog as more visual entertainment. Here's the first video of many to come!


Please keep in mind that we are (pretty much) beginners at making videos, so we kindly ask that you bare with us as we improve our audio, video, and studio. Please don't forget to comment at the end of the video answering our question of the video, commenting on a related topic, or even asking us a question to address (don't worry; we'll address it, I promise). Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and like our videos too! And please; if you like our videos or something we do in general; don't forget to spread the word! Send our posts to your friends via email, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Kick, AIM, Skype, Text Message, or any other social media messaging methods we forgot to mention! The more likes, viewers, and subscribers we have for the videos, the more videos we will be able to produce over the course of the week.

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to check out our latest addition to Project: Better Dolphin! Be safe, and happy gaming!

Project: Better Dolphin

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Steamworks: The Secret Stash and First Impressions of Halo 4

Hey gang,

So I realize it's been a little while since I last posted; real life's been really busy. Work's been crazy because I work in retail and the holidays are coming up, which means a lot of money and working hours but not a lot of blogging and social media time. Along with that, many new awesome games are coming out (such as Halo 4) that I've been dying to play, so that's been eating up my time as well. So today I'd basically like to update you on  an epic story of a journey to Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash and lastly a first impressions review of Halo 4 (I believe Chazz is cranking out an actual Halo 4 review, so mine will be a bit shorter and will not necessarily cover everything that needs to be covered).

So over the past weekend (last Saturday, to be precise), the whole Project: Better Dolphin team (minus JD) traveled on an epic journey to visit a comic book shop in Redbank, New Jersey called Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. So what's so special about this specific comic book shop? Well, simply to start off, the owner of this comic shopn just so happens to be Kevin Smith, famous for his portrayal as the famous Silent Bob, as well as writing his own Batman comic book story, and having a show on AMC known as Comic Book Men which actually takes place in the store itself. In total, the trip took about 3 or 4 hours, and we only stayed up there for about 15 minutes. However, it was totally worth it; I got to pick up the first issue of Kevin Smith's Batman comic that's signed by both himself and his artist. It was also really cool (as a Jay and Silent Bob fan) to see all the different props and costumes from his movies that were hanging around the shop. I am really happy that we were able to make this trip, as much good came from it. Check out some of the pictures we took!:









Moving right along, let's talk about Halo 4!Now the graphics of this game are simply beautiful! I love how they basically remade all the old guns, added a good amount of new guns, and added a few new vehicles. Making personalized loadouts is just a goddamn brilliant idea all around, and I think they did a pretty decent job making the multiplayer maps look so detailed and varied (although I wish there were more of them; can't wait for the map packs to come out). The campaign is brilliant, the story keeps its pace, and so many feels are felt, even by not-so-hardcore fans of the franchise! Way to go, 343! This game is legit! Expect to hear more about it from Chazz in a later post.

I hope you enjoyed today's post. As I mentioned, sorry if we're posting a bit slowly; this tends to be a busy time of year. Take care!

Peter, the Steamworks


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Resident Troll: Secret Six Review

The internet has told me time and time again that Gail Simone is THE BEST. Whether it came to her representation of women, of LGBT characters, and the pure tender of her writing, she was very great. Naturally, I thought that... maybe I should investigate. So I picked up the new Batgirl, which ended up being very meh. I have an arc of Birds of Prey laying around, which was good and interesting. Less meh than Batgirl.

Then I read Secret Six.

Holy shit, guys.

Basic summary is basic: the Secret Six is a group of mercenaries, the most consistent members being Bane, Catman, Deadshot, Jeanette, Ragdoll and Scandal Savage. The roster changes often, because there's nothing that explicitly binds the group. Over time, relationships grow, and they're all pretty likable. They go on missions that almost always end up in a.) a disaster and b.) some sort of moral peril.

I don't think I've ever met such a perfect mix of comedy and destruction. One of the greater things about this series is that yes, the Secret Six are--for lack of a better term--villains. They kill people for money, maybe try to avoid innocents. They go on different sides of the world and work for all kinds of evil, but they have lives. They have relationships with each other, ones that are less than textbook. Bane automatically assumes this laughable fathership of Scandal, claiming that she needs paternal support, which makes sense considering hers was less than nurturing. Catman and Deadshot are very uncomfortable about the fact that they care about each other, something that's addressed every now and then. Jeanette is also great amounts of fun, her little quips one of the bright things in the series. Then there's Ragdoll, a mixture of insanity and comic relief--enough so that when he becomes a threat, it's surprising.

Some parts of the series just make you smile. Any time a member of the Six goes on a date, you know you're in for a laugh. Either someone is out to pick a fight, or awkwardness prevails. I just have to point out... seeing Bane go on a date with a stripper? That night is a series of WTF, where Bane knocks the face off of a guy for disrespecting his date. (Afterwards, he says, "Shall I snap his spine? I am unsure of the ettiquitte," which left me dead on the floor laughing.)

It's just a really good series. When it comes to the superficials, though, there is a bit to be desired. The covers are gorgeous (some made by the likes of Daniel Luvisi and one of my favorites, Cliff Chiang), but the interiors tend to be less than stellar. There are exceptions, but the latter is the norm. There are also a few replacement writers that don't do the characters justice, so I'd wager to say if it's not written by Gail Simone, just skip the issue.

In the end, Secret Six gets a 9/10. It's only missing a point because of the art. There's also this really fucking weird Western one-shot that isn't worth anyone's time. I'm so freaking sad that you can't find many of the Secret Six types in the New 52, but fingers can be crossed.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Steamworks: The Walking Dead, "The Killer Within" Review

GUYS?!?!

GUYS! TAKE MY EMOTIONS. I DON'T WANT MY FEELS ANYMORE. ALL THEY DO IS HURT ME.

Ok ... compose yourself, Pete...

So I've decided to take my emotions and throw them in a pit of fire tonight. I mean, my emotions have already been on edge because I've been catching up on my Doctor Who recently (finally got into 7.1!), but this. THIS!!! This is ... AAAAHHHHH

Ok, so here's where I start my review of "The Killer Within" AKA The Walking Dead's fourth episode of their third season. As usual, SPOILERS LIE AHEAD, SO IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN IT YET AND WISH TO WAIT FOR ALL THE DETAILS, PLEASE DON'T READ PAST THE LINE BELOW:

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So you might be wondering, "Why have you only reviewed the pilot, and then immediately jumping past two  episodes?" That's a good question, and to it yields a somewhat unprofessional answer; they simply bored me. While they weren't extremely boring, they just weren't interesting enough for me to write a review about; again, unprofessional but the truth. I'll try in the future to review even "decent" episodes. Also, another part of it was that I simply didn't have any newly developed ideas to share.

Moving on, this episode has its good points and its bad points.

So the episode starts off with a mysterious guy leaving a trail for walkers into the newly-broken-in prison. We see Hershel starting to walk again, Michonne digging for clues, and Rick dealing with the left over prisoners. Then ... then shit hits the fan.

As Rick prepares to send the prisoners off of the prison grounds and the others are having a nice sunny day in the zombie apocalypse, BOOM! The intro is continued, and zombies invade the prison while the alarms for the prison (running off of back-up gennies) blare across the land. The group gets seperated; Carl, Maggie, and Lori are group one, Carol and T-Dog are group two, Beth and Hershel are group three, and everyone else (Rick, Daryl, Glenn, and the two prisoners) is group four. Group three is the most boring in terms of events; they pretty much lock themselves in a caged set of stairs out in the yard and chill there while the whole thing blows over. Oh, and I forgot to mention, T-Dog gets bitten. Again, T-Dog is underplayed as a character, and after having practically no screen time during season two and just starting to get some this season, he's bitten; however he went out in a (vain) bang. But in good news, Carol pretends to be deeply emotionally attached to T-Dog (maybe a reference to the comic?) and actually cries a little.

Now I'm going to pull a Season Three and "suspend" you from the groups that we're all concerned about to the random group I don't care about out trolling around in Pig Fuck County. In group pig fuck, we have Michonne and Andrea. But the thing about this group for me is, I simply don't care about them. I care more about the main group in the prison then these shits bumming around in Pig Fuck. I find it annoying to have to follow their story when I don't care about it, but maybe that's just me. I can't decide which I like more; being diverted from the main story a few times an episode or using one entire episode to divert from two or three main group episodes. My bottom opinion of these two bums: they need to meet up with the main group fast. In my opinion, these two are another Sophia, and I'm not interested in their shenanigans.

Getting back to the good action, we find Lori, Maggie, and Carl in a sort of storage or electrical room where Lori begins to go into labor and Maggie has to give birth to Lori's baby. I was actually caught very off guard when this happened, not expecting it to happen here. After an unsuccessful birthing procedure, Lori talks Maggie and Carl into cutting open her stomach and saving the baby at the cost of Lori's life.

WHAT. THE. SHIT.

So they cut her stomach open, Lori dies, and the baby comes out a STILLBORN!

WHAT.....THE.....ULTIMATE.....SHIT?!?!?!

Just kidding; it pretends to be a still born for a few seconds, and then continues to do more baby things. Carl convinces Maggie to let him shoot his mother's corpse because, well. it's his mother. We hear a gun shot off screen and move on.

In other news, group two, T-Dog sacrifices himself even more to let Carol live.

Lastly, group four basically spends the episode running around wild in the prison looking for other people, shooting up zombies, and trying to find the back up generator so they can shut down the alarms. When they finally reach the room with the generator, they find the instigator of this whole event; the prisoner that Rick locked in the yard of zombies back in episode two. There's an epic showdown in the room, and one of the prisoners eventually winds up shooting the crazy homicidal one to prove he's on Rick's side. They turn the genny off, and get out to the court yard to meet up with thew others. Also, they find Carol's devoured body in a hall, and the show mourns her death for literally two seconds.

Meanwhile, Andrea enjoys some whiskey with the Governor.

At the end of the episode, the zombies are, for the most part, eliminated from the prison, but at the cost of three of our beloved survivors. Rick hears the baby in the yard but sees no Lori, and once he realizes she's dead, he has an emotional break down like any normal person. Everyone is sad.

Through the inter webs, I heard that one of the main characters was going to be cut from life, but I did NOT realize the dead would take two more along with them. My reaction to this episode?

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That is the result of my face slamming against the keyboard. I was emotionally devastated by this episode. T-Dog and Carol, while not being my favorite characters, were certainly loved by me. Carol just had a shitty life till the very end. Lori ... I never liked her. Her slutty affairs and bitchy episodes always got her on my bad side... but her death really did rock me. I predict that we'll see Lori later as a zombie, however. Why do I say that? Because the death happened off screen, and as we learned from the prisoner that lived, deaths that happen off screen don't actually happen.

So yeah guys. Big episode tonight. Hope y'all enjoyed my review!

Peter, The Steamworks

***EDIT: Carol isn't actually offcially declared dead. I thought the zombies were feeding on her body but I was wrong; my apologies!***      

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Red Viking: Wallpaper Update November 2012

So while waiting for the end of the world and all I took some time during sandy to make some wallpapers for all of you. I hope you enjoy these comic and movie themed wallpapers!!!

























So I did not take the time to caption any of these because I feel that they don't need to be introduced and I also do not like judging my own work. So leave a comment on how you think I did, and I hope to see you soon!!!!!! (Also when you read an article click on it for us, that's the only way we know what your reading)
P.S. If you want a background done just comment and ill see what I can do.