Stan Lee’s Comic Con (previously known as Stan Lee’s Comikaze) – LA Convention Center panel photos!
IndieCade, the International Festival of Independent Games is usually held in downtown Culver City, but this year decided to host it at USC, at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. This year was all about Virtual Reality with over 25 games showcased throughout the the festival, including titles from Playstation VR. I had the chance to try out Psychonauts: In the Rhombus of Ruin and it blew my mind. Hopefully Double Fine will make a VR version of their next installment to the series Psychonauts 2. Other VR games that are worth checking out are Floor Plan, Giant Cop, and Cosmic Trip.
When arriving on Day 1 of IndieCade, I noticed a positive change in the attendees that differed from previous years. A large group young students and girls were interested in creating and programming video games. That was my highlight of this year.
In the SCI building, Intel Gaming for Everyone Pavilion embraces diversity in games with developers and organizations like the AbleGamers Charity (who helps make gaming controls accessible for people with disabilities), Code Liberation and Girls Make Games (women/non binary support groups for females in technology), and Game for Change (a movement to promote games with social commentary and education). One of the huge presentations at the pavilion was We Are Chicago. This year’s award ceremony was held at the Norris Theater with major wins from Hyper Lift Drifter, who walked away with The Jury Choice Award, Myst creator Rand Miller with the Trailblazer Award, and 1979 Revolution: Black Friday from iNK Stories with The Grand Jury Award.
Looking for a good Hip Hop show next Wednesday? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. *wink* Honor Flow Productions is headlining Loud & Clear at Los Globos July 13th with The Sam Marsey Trio, BDRMACTS, and Daniel Kostov. DJ Chuck “thE oLd SouL” will be spinning throughout the night, so do bring your boogie shoes. This is a 19+ show and doors are at 8:30. You can get in for free before 9:30, but after is $5.
HFP is an up upcoming Hip Hop Trio from Los Angeles, with Chuck “thE oLd SouL” and ELIMN8 on vocals, and DJisLORD on the 1s and 2s. A unique blend of A Tribe Called Quest influence, with live instrumental sounds like The Roots or Gym Class Heroes. The group has a current EP out called Boombox Sketches and is doing a monthly DJ residency at 103 Lounge in Glendale.
You can check their music video “This That Jam” below (filmed at my home where I did additional videography), as well as behind the scenes footage on their YouTube channel.
Hip Hop DX and AMP Energy® presents #NextLevel Rappers VS. Gamers Street Fighter V Tournament broadcasted on Twitch this past Wednesday, which featured today’s Hip Hop artists like Murs, Problem, DJ Nina 9, Trinidad James, Lil Fizz, and more, battling against pro players like Chris Tatarian, K-Brad, Brentt Franks, Julio Fuentes, and Christopher Gonzales.
Next week, Street Fighter V is receiving a huge update with story mode, DLC characters, levels and costumes, and improved matchmaking in online multiplayer. Amp Energy will be teaming up with Twitch this summer for Next Level, where you can win prizes and a trip to TwitchCon in San Diego.
In less than 24 hours, the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise will turn 25. The Blue Blur has made a huge impact in its debut game on Sega Genesis, which lead to the 90s Console War with Mario and the Super Nintendo. The early games did extremely well in 2D, but when Sonic evolved into 3D the series turned into a roller coaster for both critics and fans. From the fan favorite Adventure games, to the god awful Sonic 06’, to the nostalgia and return the series’ roots, Sonic Generations, and… Sonic Boom. To be fair, the Sonic Boom cartoon is pretty funny.
With no announcements of a new Sonic console game yet, and the 25th Anniversary fan event being held next month in San Diego, what better way to celebrate than Humble Bundle letting you pay great deals on Sonic games across “generations”? *wink wink*
The first batch for $1 or more gets you the first Sonic game, Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic 3D Blast, and Sonic CD. Not bad for games under $10 and a great start for newcomers to the franchise. Then if you pay on the average of $9.57, you get Sonic 4: Episode 1, Sonic 2 (best game of all time), Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing, Sonic Adventure 2 with Battle DLC, and more games TBA. Pay $10 or more will unlock Sonic Lost World, Sonic Generations with Casino Night DLC, Sonic 4: Episode 2, and Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed with Metal Sonic & Outrun and Ryo Hazuki DLC. But wait, there’s more! There is an nice exclusive Sonic 25th Unisex T-Shirt made by Fangamer if drop more than $35 into Humble Bundle pack.
Honestly, this is a great bargain that I would definitely not miss. Most of my favorite Sonic titles in the series are in this pack and I will buy it without second guessing. Adding the DLCs is also a win in my books, and with the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Classic hub on Steam, you can create and play mods of the older Sonic games.