When Blizzard closed the opening ceremony of its BlizzCon 2018 showcase with Diablo Immortal, a mobile version of the long-running action-RPG, the reaction was.... mixed to say the least. Long term players of the fantasy dungeon-crawler reacted with barely contained fury, downvoting the trailer on YouTube, tweeting Blizzard their displeasure and, in one particularly cringeworthy moment, asked the suffering developers if it was an ‘out of season April Fool’s joke’ in a live Q&A session. Sure, maybe Blizzard shouldn’t have given the prime slot in the show to reveal a mobile spin-off version of Diablo when hype had been swirling around the possibility of Diablo 4 or even a remaster of Diablo 2. Yet it’s odd that the very mention of ‘mobile’, apparently a dirty word in these parts, next to a beloved video game series is enough to send a certain section of its fanbase into meltdown. Particularly when you get to play the thing and it … [Read more...] about Diablo Immortal on mobile is looking to defy fan backlash simply by being really good
Magic trick gone wrong
I've noted in the past that I do not condone or participate in "binge-watching", as not only do I often lack the free time to do so anyway, I think it keeps you from really digesting what you're watching. Ever speed-read a book and have trouble remembering details only a few days later? It's the same deal, far as I'm concerned, but many don't see it that way (I'm not knocking them, for the record - watch stuff however you want!) which sadly leaves me far behind on most buzz-worthy shows on Netflix and its "all episodes released" rivals. This unfortunately leads to me not even finishing many of them; there's no way to "keep up" the way I can/do with a traditionally airing show (I'm never behind on the likes of Better Call Saul or Game of Thrones), and with all the content out there these days these shows tend to get pushed further down the pile in favor of things I don't feel like I already saw thanks to social media osmosis. All of that is a long winded way of explaining … [Read more...] about Collins’ Crypt: I Saw The STRANGER THINGS Maze Without Seeing The Show
Lucy Bellwood wants to help. A self-styled “adventure cartoonist” — a title referring to her autobiographical work about tall ship sailing and whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon, amongst other topics — Bellwood is branching out in new directions. Her new release, 100 Demon Dialogues, addresses her own inner demon, and in doing so, discusses imposter syndrome and the need to accept her — and our — own flaws. The book started as part of #The100DayProject, but as Bellwood explains below, the response to each installment as it was posted online changed not only how she saw the material, but also its potential. Heat Vision spoke to her about her origins as a cartoonist, the need to be vulnerable and the Cats’ Campout. (Don’t ask. Keep reading.) 100 Demon Dialogues feels like a pivotal book for you — one that is more traditional cartooning than comic book, per se, but also you shifting your attention as a creator. But before we … [Read more...] about ‘100 Demon Dialogues’ Creator on Creativity, Imposter Syndrome and the Need For Empathy
IF YOU’VE witnessed magician Dynamo in action on his tours, chances are you’ll have been dazzled by his magical prowess. But who is Dynamo and how did he get involved with tricks? Who is Dynamo aka Steven Frayne? Dynamo – also known as Steven Frayne – was born on December 17, 1982, in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He shot to fame thanks to his TV show Dynamo: Magician Impossible, which ran from July 2011 to September 2014. One of the first tricks he ever learned was taught to him by his grandad, who showed him how to make it seem like he weighed a large amount, so other kids wouldn’t pick him up. He has gone on to perform stunts on Richard & Judy, Channel 4, in adverts for Pepsi, Nokia and Adidas, and for big charitable shows such as BBC One’s Comic Relief. In 2017, Dynamo was devastated when his pet dog Bunty was left fighting for life after plunging from a third-floor window. After months of operations and treatment, Bunty was nursed back to … [Read more...] about Who is Dynamo aka Steven Frayne, what’s wrong with the magician, what is Crohn’s disease and what’s his net worth?
ENTERTAINMENT 04/06/2018 08:02 am ET Nearing age 60, MacDowell returns with one of the best roles of her career. But why isn't she as famous as Nicole Kidman? By Matthew Jacobs Andie MacDowell’s imperial phase lasted an all-too-brief seven years, spanning “Sex, Lies and Videotape” (1989), “Green Card” (1990), “The Object of Beauty” (1991), “Groundhog Day” (1993), “Short Cuts” (1993), “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994), and “Michael” (1996). It was long enough to make her a household name, and short enough to leave folks wondering, “What ever happened to that Andie MacDowell? I love her!” (To which someone should respond, “She was in ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ duh.”) It’s an awkward question to ask: How does it feel to have lost your popularity? But MacDowell is a realist. Being around pesky Hollywood types ― even though she … [Read more...] about Andie MacDowell Climbed The Hollywood Ladder. Then She Decided She’d Rather Be ‘Normal.’