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By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Feb, 2016 At 02:43 AM | Categorized As Featured, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The past generation saw a boom of indie 2D platformers. So it made sense that indie 3D platformers would be a thing this gen. FreezeMe is a game that seeks to show some love to the genre but does it rely too much on Nostalgia?



FreezeMe has many similarities in it to Super Mario 64 and this is a good basis but the game has issues expanding past that. The game has the added function of using the protagonist’s camera to freeze enemies and objects in place. This can be great for getting past enemies and areas and gives the Wii U gamepad a great use in the game. This can also be done with the Wii mote as pointer controls but I found the gamepad to be far better to use.

The music in the game is fun and helps set a good mood for a platforming game but I feel that there is something off about it. I just can’t put my finger on what it is that I find to be so off.  Its very good and serves the game well but there is just something I find strange.

The visuals are great and the game looks excellent, with great imagery and design all around. I like the variety but at times it seems like it borrows just a little bit much from other games of the genre. Its not a bad thing but it makes the game feel less original than it could be.


And therein lies the issue. The game pays loving homage to the past but doesn’t add that much new, The camera feature is great but the game feels like it just takes too much without innovating, Add to that the fact that there are quite a few bugs (that the dev has already promised a patch for) and it seems the game is a bit unpolished. That’s not to say its bad however. I still had a lot of fun with the game and it could still be great for others also. Bottom line is, if you want something new, look elsewhere but if you want a nice fun 3D platformer, there are a lot worse choices than this.


By Garrett Green On 10 Feb, 2015 At 06:35 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Featured, Movie News, News, News, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNo, it’s not April Fool’s Day, no you aren’t dreaming. It’s really happening. Spiderman will appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!


Sony Pictures and Marvel studios have reached a deal to introduce Spiderman into an upcoming Marvel movie. After that, Sony and Marvel will co-produce the next Spiderman movie which is set to release on July 28. 2017. The two companies are also discussing the possibilities of bringing in MCU characters into the new Spidey films. Sony will continue to finance and distribute the movies, and well as own and have final creative say on the films. However, Kevin Feige and Marvel will be co-producing films from here on so expect to see heavy involvement from Marvel.


The question on everyone’s mind though is if Sony and Marvel are continuing from the Amazing Spiderman Movies or if we are getting our third reboot of the wall crawler. While the press release say one way or the other, the language does make it seem we are getting a new Peter Parker. Specifically the press release says “… the ‘new’ Spiderman…” It also states that Sony and Marvel “…will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger.” Take from that what you will but one can speculate from that phrasing that they will introduce a new actor to portray the Sony-Marvel Spiderman.


I don’t know about you but I’m pretty excited about this news. Personally, I feel Marvel will get the future Spiderman films onto a better track than where it was headed. I hope all those spin offs (Secret Agent Aunt May? Really???) will be axed and create a better focus on the films than setting up spinoffs. And while I didn’t dislike the Amazing Spiderman films nor the Andrew Garfield I think Marvel will do a much better job. But since Sony has the last say we just have to wait and see what they can do. You can read the full press release here.



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Baltimore Comic Con is a small but wonderful comic book convention held in Baltimore, Maryland. It is held at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year it was held from September 5th to September 7th, 2014.

Although this was my first year attending as press, I went last year as well.

One writer that was an absolute pleasure to meet was Tom King. He took the time to autograph Grayson #1 and A Once Crowded Sky for me. Although Tom spoke many praises for his work on Grayson, he expressed his passion and love for his novel: A Once Crowded Sky.

Here is a quick synopsis from Amazon on A Once Crowded Sky:

A tour de force debut novel from a former CIA counter-terrorism officer, A Once Crowded Sky fuses the sensibility of bombastic, comic-book-style storytelling with modern literary fiction to bring to life a universe of super men stripped of their powers, newly mortal men forced to confront danger in a world without heroes.

The superheroes of Arcadia City fight a wonderful war and play a wonderful game, forever saving yet another day. However, after sacrificing both their powers and Ultimate, the greatest hero of them all, to defeat the latest apocalypse, these comic book characters are transformed from the marvelous into the mundane.

After too many battles won and too many friends lost, The Soldier of Freedom was fine letting all that glory go. But when a new threat blasts through his city, Soldier, as ever, accepts his duty and reenlists in this next war. Without his once amazing abilities, he’s forced to seek the help of the one man who walked away, the sole hero who refused to make the sacrifice–PenUltimate, the sidekick of Ultimate, who through his own rejection of the game has become the most powerful man in the world, the only one left who might still, once again, save the day.

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I look forward to reading A Once Crowded Sky by Tom King and reviewing it for everyone.

Another person that was a pleasure to meet and watch and listen to at a panel was Charles Soule. He offered his talents on Death of Wolverine, as well as other works like She Hulk and Inhuman.

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Since this convention was local to where I live, my absolute favorite comic book store was present and I had to make a stop at Third Eye Comics’ booth! If you’re not familiar with Third Eye Comics and live in the Maryland area, I highly recommend checking them out. Everyone, from Steve, the owner, to all the other workers take the time to learn your name and what you enjoy. They are an absolute joy to be around and indulge in your comic book needs.

Baltimore Comic Con may be small, but is absolutely worth the experience. I highly recommend at the very least taking a day out to enjoy.

By Amy McGarey On 18 Jul, 2014 At 01:16 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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As if Marvel hasn’t made waves in mainstream news already with the announcement of a female Thor, they have continued to make news with the new Avengers lineup coming this fall.

A new Avengers title, Avengers NOW!, brings us a reformed Avengers team. Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor will be given new number ones. Avengers NOW! will also put a heavy focus on Deathlok and the Winter Soldier. Iron Man will be getting a new suit and moving to San Francisco in Superior Iron Man #1.

The Falcon (Sam Wilson) will be taking over the title of Captain America, replacing Steve Rogers who has recently had all the Super Soldier Serum removed from his body. All-New Captain America will be written by Rick Remender with art by Stuart Immonen.

More details and announcements on the new Avengers will be made at San Diego Comic Con at the end of the month. What do you hope will be announced? Let us know in the comments below.

By Amy McGarey On 15 Jul, 2014 At 10:26 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Company Spotlight, Featured, International News, News, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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To keep up with a growing female audience, Marvel has announced today that they intend on creating a new Thor series where Thor is a female. The new Thor series will be written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman and will premiere in October.

In case you don’t understand how this is going to work, Jason Aaron explained, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

How will this work in the Marvel Universe where Thor is involved in multiple comic book series? “The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. It seems like for the next Thor series, the male Thor that we all know and love will be deemed unworthy to wield Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer. The title of Thor will be passed on to someone who is worthy, she just so happens to be female. Traditional Thor will still be involved in the Marvel Universe. My best guess is that the new Thor series will mainly focus on female Thor, while another series will probably handle the issue of where old Thor fits in and what he will do, if anything, to get his hammer back.

As a fan of Thor, I’m excited for this new change in the story line. I think the big fuss about it so far has centered around people thinking that Thor is getting a sex change or that Marvel is pushing some kind of transgendered agenda on everyone. Traditional male Thor will still be very much involved in the Marvel Universe. I look at this as more of a Superior Spider-man situation than killing off a beloved character. Peter Parker came back in the end, so I’m sure old Thor will pull through. I think of all this as welcome news in a long line of Marvel drama, such as the recent rumors of cancelling Fantastic Four and X-Men.

Thor will be joining several other female heroes that have their own comic book series, like Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Elektra, and Ms. Marvel. Maybe Thor will be filling the void for the female warrior archetype that has become popular with characters like Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones.

By Amy McGarey On 17 Jan, 2014 At 01:41 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Featured, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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I’m going to be honest here. I’ve never read an X-Factor comic in my life. I thought I would try All-New X-Factor issue one since it’s one of the first week releases for the All-New Marvel NOW! reboot. I have to say, I really liked this issue. I was afraid I would have no idea what was going on, but if you have a basic understanding of the X-Men, then you’re good to go with reading this comic.

This issue focuses on Gambit, and in the beginning he gets what I call a “stern talking-to” from Wolverine, as Wolverine catches Gambit breaking into a house. Wolverine tells him if he wants to keep his teaching position at the Jean Grey school, then he needs to put his thieving life behind and focus on the students.

Gambit gets bummed out and visits a bar, where he meets his old friend Polaris. She brings him to the company she works for, Serval Industries, and introduces him to the CEO, Harrison Snow. He offers Gambit a position with the X-Force, Serval Industries private mutant task force. Snow brings in Quicksilver to coerce him into joining.

In the end, Snow sends the X-Force on their first mission – to save a mutant from being experimented on by Dr. Hoffman. There are still a few questions that remain, though. Why does Snow even care about mutantkind? What does he get out of saving mutants?

I’m really excited about this new series and I give issue one an A. With the release of All-New X-Force and Black Widow this past week, I would say that the All-New Marvel NOW! reboot had a very strong first week.

This article was originally posted on my blog, R2D2Cupcake, on January 14, 2014.

By Tiffany Marshall On 3 Jan, 2014 At 07:23 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Today, Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Comics announced on Facebook that the Star Wars comic books will be moving to a new publisher.  That publisher is Marvel Comics.  Dark Horse Comics has been the publisher for the Star Wars comic books since 1991, so it will be interesting to see how Dark Horse Comics handles this loss and Marvel Comics handles this gain.

Mike stated that Disney, now the owner of Lucasfilm, notified them of this move.  The move is slated to take place in 2015.

You can see the post on Dark Horse Comics’ Facebook page.

By Garrett Green On 8 Nov, 2013 At 10:16 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Featured, Movie News, News, ROG News | With 1 Comment
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Disney and Netflix has announced that a multi original live action deal with Marvel. Bringing four superheroes to Netflix exclusively for their own original show beginning in 2015.

The first superhero to appear will be Daredevil. The last time we saw a live adaptation of Daredevil was the movie adaptation from 20th Century Fox staring Ben Affleck. Following Daredevil will be Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. The focus on the heroes of Hell’s Kitchen in New York, each hero will get a 13 minimum episode series all accumulating in a mini-series crossover event of a reimagining of The Defenders.

Produced by Marvel Television and in association with ABC Television Studios, “This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said President of Marvel Entertainment Alan Fine. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”

“Marvel’s movies, such as ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’ are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “With ‘House of Cards’ and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”

Personally, I’m excited about this news. Marvel has a plethora of superheroes and this is a great way to show off heroes that are less well known. I’ve also been dying for Luke Cage to somehow make his way into live action. This can also be the beginning of a brand new formula for Marvel. If this is successful, we could potentially see many more heroes brought to live action. Nothing more is known about these new projects but we are excited to see what Marvel can do without the pressure of needing a well performing movie.

Heard we're getting our own shows?

Heard we’re getting our own shows?

By Charles On 3 May, 2013 At 06:15 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Editorials, Featured, Movie News, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No Gravatarhot-toys-iron-man-3-mark-xlii-limited-edition-collectible-figure-2Okay, so funny story: I’m feeling deja-vu right now. Why? Because exactly one year ago today I was sitting in my kitchen, pounding out a quick list of “lessons” learned from the midnight release of “Avengers.” Now, a full year later, I’m sitting in my bedroom, about to pound out some wayward thoughts about another Marvel movie, Iron Man 3. Wow, thing’s don’t really change for the geek blogger, do they?

So last year, in my list of lessons, I made it a point to state that fans of the comic book heroes should forget Iron Man 2 ever happened. Iron Man 3 only drives the final nail into that coffin. Seriously, I watched the second movie about two weeks ago, trying to remind myself what was wrong with it. Was it the performance easily phoned in by Downey, Jr? Was it the utterly ridiculous accent affected by Mickey Rourke? Was it the over-the-top Justin Hammer, or the blatant overcompensation of the Stark Expo? No, it was ALL of that, and what should have been an amazing look into the day-to-day psychosis of Tony Stark ended up being a cartoon movie on par with Phantom Menace, just sans a motion capture fan-pandering and the utter brilliance of Liam Neeson.

Iron Man 3 is quick to shed any vestiges of that previous misstep. Borrowing heavily from the same character development and loss that worked so well in the Dark Knight Rises (yes, I am making that comparison here), Iron Man 3 manages to capture both desperation and the bravado of Tony Stark, while still showcasing that the man can feel pain. Actual, legitimate pain. Remember, this is a character created specifically to be unlikable, and now we the audience not only see his vulnerable side, but we see him suffer because of it.

iron-man-3-trailer-11-questions-raised-118967We watch as he loses not just his home and armor, but his peace of mind. We watch him dream up nightmares of what he has seen and done. We witness the stress of actually BEING Iron Man finally take its inevitable toll on what is in fact just a man. A brilliant, arrogant genius of a man, but ultimately still just a man. We watch as it robs him of any sense of security he might have had, and cast him into a well of self-doubt and fear that takes actual effort to claw out of. This Tony Stark cannot, and will not, just buy himself freedom from his demons. No, now he has to actually face them, and surpass them, before he loses himself.

No more chasing shadows and suppressing his shortcomings, no, this time we get to see the real Tony. And, as he puts it so eloquently in the film’s closing moments, we watch as he realizes the suit wasn’t his obsession, nor his therapy, but rather it was his “cocoon.”

That, my fellow comic fans, is a story worth seeing. Never you mind that we saw it play out to utter perfection last summer with Bruce Wayne, this time we get to see it again, and watch it happen to quite possibly the most deserving douchebag in the entire comic book canon. Hell, its so worth seeing, that I’ll probably go again next week, just to see if I missed anything.

Some random tidbits now, before my coherence leaves me:

Ben Kingsley, OMGWTF. The man still has it, and in droves. Ditto for Gwyneth Paltrow, who proves, and quite definitively, that she has an inner badass that just needs the right method to convey.



While I am aware that this film’s plot was culled from the “Extremis” storyline in the comics, the entire time I watched Aldrich Killian “do his thing,” I kept picturing Blight from Batman Beyond. Not that I have a problem with that, Blight was awesome. I just couldn’t shake that notion. (Which, in hindsight, is also probably why I started thinking of Dark Knight Rises…tenuous connection, I know, but one that my mind is already predisposed to making.)

Obligatory post-credit scene? Check. We get to see Ruffalo again. Do not miss out on that, especially all you Tony/Bruce shippers.

And lastly, one does not mess with Don Cheadle. Seriously, don’t mess with him, OR his toys. WARMACHINEROX

This rant has been brought to you by the letters S and D, for sleep-deprived.

By Garrett Green On 28 Mar, 2013 At 06:56 AM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, Previews, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAt San Diego Comic Con, Deadpool himself announced his new video game. Little was scene but it looked pretty crazy. A new trailer is out and this one looks even more bizarre… in the best way possible. This is exactly who Deadpool is and if this game can play well, it’ll be awesome. Check out the new trailer courtesy of GameTrailers.


Nolan North makes a great Deadpool, he captures his crazy perfectly. Deadpool: The Video Game is set to be released this summer. I cannot wait for it and it’s Man-Bazookas.

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