Inside Review: Still Alive

inside-bannerI’ve never played it but Limbo is considered one of the biggest games in indie gaming. It released in 2010 to critical acclaim for its atmosphere and art style and was part of the rise of indie gaming that saw the likes of Minecraft, Braid, Bastion, Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac, among others, become critical and commercial hits.

It’s taken six years for developer Playdead to produce their second game, Inside. The spiritual successor to Limbo seems to be worth the wait as critics have universally lauded the game, even in comparison to Playdead’s previous effort. However, I don’t think it’s the 10/10 effort that most critics say that it is.

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F1 Power Rankings: Belgian Grand Prix

After four weeks off, Formula One is back. As is tradition, the first race back from summer vacation is the Belgian Grand Prix from the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit. It’s not exactly a leisurely summer drive. While a lap is 70% full-throttle and is a kilometre longer than any other track on the calendar, it has some of the toughest and most iconic corners in F1. Who will conquer the last great F1 circuit? The F1 power rankings tries to answer the question.

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Wednesday Link-Off: Lies, Damned Lies and Press Investigations

dafne-schippers-runnersworld15-01While the news media’s role in modern politics is a matter of debate in today’s world where everyone wants to live in their bubble, they are doing a good job of digging into stories that are important or where people are just content to live in their bubble.

Anyway, it’s Wednesday so it’s time for us to do the links. Since I didn’t do an Olympic picture to start off on Sunday, let’s make up for it now with Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers.

Is Ryan Lochte a lying, entitled frat boy who ruined the Olympics? USA Today did an in-depth investigation including visiting the scene, reviewing video, interviewing witnesses and looking at official investigation documents has found that Lochte’s story was embellished but so were police accounts and Lochte was held at gunpoint by a man with a badge. (USA Today)

The biggest challenge facing both American political parties is that neither Presidential candidate has much support from young voters. (Fortune)

If your name has Trump in it, whether you’re a person or company, you’re cashing in from the Donald Trump Presidential campaign. (Vice)

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Sony to Launch PlayStation 4 Slim Alongside PS4 Neo

sony-playstation-4-slim-leakSony will be unveiling not one but two new PlayStation 4 consoles at the upcoming PlayStation event on September 7th. While it has been long expected that Sony would unveil an upgraded PlayStation 4, codenamed Neo and colloquially referred to as the 4K, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sony will be launching a previously unannounced smaller version of the PS4 at the same event.

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Olympic Fails of the Week

The 2016 edition of the Olympics / LOLympics / Apocalympics have come and gone and we have to wait another 18 months before we can do this all again. I don’t think there will be as many problems nor will it be as fun to mock the South Koreans since they don’t really deserve it unless they really screw it up. But to conclude our examination of the 2016 Olympics, we look at more of the failures from Rio. So ten pictures, GIFs, videos, tweets and news stories with just some of the epic fails from the Rio Apocalympics so far.

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Sunday Link-Off: Fireworks

sasha-banks-gq16-04It’s a busy weekend in the world. Last night was UFC 202 (I had it as a 47-47 draw giving McGregor a Rounds 1 [10-8] and 4 while Diaz had the other three), NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 2 and the final Tragically Hip concert. Tonight is the Apocalympic closing ceremony and Summerslam. There is definitely something for everyone to watch tonight… And Netflix. I really need to watch Stranger Things.

Anyway, it’s Sunday so we have to do the links. Since Summerslam is tonight, let’s kick things off with Sasha Banks.

Last night was goodbye for The Tragically Hip in what could only be considered a Canadian cultural moment the likes of which will never be matched. (The New Yorker)

And in case you don’t know any Hip songs, here is a list of ten of their best songs. (Rolling Stone)

Millennials aren’t that entitled. A new study says that millennials’ inflation-adjusted earnings are earning $4,200 less than people thirty years their senior. (Press Progress)

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Entertainment Link-Off: Guns Blazin’

ana de armasThe ELO is a bit late this weekend once again but the unpredictable schedule continues over here in the Aussie HQ. Anyway, the weekly links are here, so let’s get started with Ana de Armas. You can catch her in the flick War Dogs, which is out this weekend. 

After the jump find out what it’s like to work with Martin Scorsese, Avengers 4 will have a new title, there is a small hiccup for MI:6, the Chinese don’t like Rogue One, and take a time warp back to the 2000s with the honest trailer for Gladiator! Continue reading