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Phoenix FearCon V

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Are you a horror fan and live in the Scottsdale Arizona area, or plan to be there October 13? If so, you may want to visit the “Phoenix FearCon V (link)!”

PHOENIX FearCON V

Saturday October 13 2012
Noon till 1:00am
Ultra Star Cinemas
Scottsdale Arizona

Enjoy events like the Celebrity Appearances, Feature Films, contests, Horror Author Book Signing, and much more. Speaking of book signings, the authors of the Barry the Handsome Zombie BookZombie Housewives of the Apocalypse (link) are planning to be there. Buy a copy of ZHoA and get it autographed. Tell them Barry the Handsome Zombie sent you — they’ll love that….

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Peace & Peanut butter

Without deviation from the norm,

PROGRESS IS NOT POSSIBLE!

Frank Zappa

Structural-Functionalism

 

Social integration is the attachment to groups and institutions, while social regulation is the adherence to the norms and values of the society. Those who are very integrated fall under the category of “altruism” and those who are not very integrated fall under “egoism.” Similarly, those who are very regulated fall under “fatalism” and those who are very unregulated fall under “anomie“. Durkheim’s strain theory attributes social deviance to extremes of the dimensions of the social bond. Altruistic suicide (death for the good of the group), egoistic suicide (death for the removal of the self-due to or justified by the lack of ties to others), and anomicsuicide (death due to the confounding of self-interest and societal norms) are the three forms of suicide that can happen due to extremes. Likewise…

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37 Reasons to “Wub” Heroes of Ruin

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Normally, I am not one for Dubstep. I also don’t play Square Enix games too often either(although I did get my hands on Chrono Trigger recently). But this trailer is hilarious!  Square Enix’s marketing team did an excellent job creating a parody (of sorts) of present day Triple AAA game trailers. They also may have seen a couple of those CoD/Rail Sim/420 “skill” montages floating around YouTube.

Look out for Reason 36 (Diablo 3 put on blast!). Heroes of Ruin will be willed on the Nintendo 3DS on July 17th, 2012 in the US.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Trailer Has ARRIVED! Watch HERE!

Okay…deep breaths, Twi-hards! This is a lot to handle right now, and we are right there with you when we say that we are LOSING IT! Just as it was promised, the first official teaser trailer for…
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Modern Wonders of Green Technology from Agustin Oteugi

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Clang – Video Game project on Kickstarter

Click Here to watch the funny video: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260688528/clang

About this project

Hi, Neal Stephenson here. My career as an author of science and historical fiction has turned me into a swordsmanship geek. As such, I’m dissatisfied with how swordfighting is portrayed in existing video games. These could be so much more fun than they are. Time for a revolution.

In the last couple of years, affordable new gear has come on the market that makes it possible to move, and control a swordfighter’s actions, in a much more intuitive way than pulling a plastic trigger or pounding a key on a keyboard. So it’s time to step back, dump the tired conventions that have grown up around trigger-based sword games, and build something that will enable players to inhabit the mind, body, and world of a real swordfighter.

CLANG will begin with the Queen of Weapons: the two-handed longsword used in Europe during late medieval and early renaissance times. This is a well-documented style that has enjoyed a revival in recent years thanks to the efforts of scholars and martial artists worldwide.

At first, it’ll be a PC arena game based on one-on-one multiplayer dueling (which is a relatively simple and attainable goal; we don’t want to mess this up by overreaching). Dueling,  however, is only the tip of the sword blade. During the past few years, we have been developing a rich world, brimming with all  manner of adventure tales waiting to be written–and to be played. In conjunction with 47 North, Amazon.com’s new science fiction publishing house, we’ve already begun publishing some of those stories, and we have plenty more in the hopper. Once we get CLANG off the ground we intend to weave game and story content together in a way that’ll enhance both the playing and the reading experience.

“How will this be different than SoulCalibur?” you ask. …..

Low-latency, high-precision motion controller: Critical to a satisfying sword fight is fast, accurate response. This is especially important for CLANG given the depth and complexity of moves that are used in real sword arts. Initially, CLANG will make use of a commercial, third-party, off-the-shelf controller that anyone can buy today

Depth: Roundhouse swings and crude blocks just aren’t enough. Real sword fighting involves multiple attacks delivered from different stances, pommel strikes, grappling, feints, and parries.

Expandability: Implementing the longsword style will oblige us to construct a toolkit that can then be used–by us, or by others–to create other examples of what we’re calling MASEs (Martial Arts System Embodiments). If your thing is Japanese kenjutsu or Viking sword-and-board, then in principle CLANG should support it.

Raising an army (or, in this case, building an enormous story-driven video  game) is an expensive proposition and can take a number of years. In  keeping with the scrappy, ragtag band of adventurers model, we are  building this larger vision one step at a time. The next step is to  build a functional proof of concept in the form of an exciting prototype we  can share with you and use to achieve our next level of funding–which will enable us to provide more character  models, more environments, and more MASEs. Which is to say, other weapons and styles from other places and eras. We are building a framework that can be expanded as far  and as deeply as possible. We have, after all, several thousand years of martial history to draw from.

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To celebrate the release of Prometheus in the United States this week, we’ll be taking a look at the other movies in the Alien franchise.

Alien vs. Predator: Requiem is pretty close to indefensible. I’m not the biggest fan of the original Alien vs. Predator, but I’ll concede the film throws a few interesting ideas into a disappointingly generic and less-than-enthusiastic monster mash run-around. While the first film wasn’t original, it at least looked to acknowledge its hokeyness in places. In contrast, the sequel is just soul-destroyingly mundane, taking anything that had been unique or compelling or interesting about these two iconic movie monsters and rendering it all completely pointless as it devolves them to the equivalent of generic teenager slasher villains.

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Downtown Phoenix Zombie Walk

Source: www.phoenixnewtimes.com – PHOTOS BY JONATHAN MCNAMARA

A zombie puts flesh eating on hold to catch up on current events.

A zombie horde of hundreds didn’t so much walk as lumber down the unsuspecting streets of Phoenix on Oct. 29 for the 2010 Phoenix Zombie Walk. Lead (and contained) by the Arizona Ghost Busters, zombies met up at Heritage Square walked through the Arizona Center, to the U.S. Airways Center and finally back to the square to enjoy Jello brains and frozen lemonade. Zombies brought canned goods to donate to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

View slide show at: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/slideshow/downtown-phoenix-zombie-walk-31714592/

Why should Phoenix have all the Zombie FUN.  Plan on a Zombie Walk in the Southeast Valley this Winter.

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Cirque du Soleil to bring 80,000 fans to Glendale with Kooza show

Source: www.bizjournals.com –   Phoenix Business Journal   –  by Mike Sunnucks, Senior Reporter       

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Performers of Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza show, which begins June 8 outside University of Phoenix Stadium.
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Performers of Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza show, which begins June 8 outside University of Phoenix Stadium.

As many as 80,000 people are expected to attend Cirque du Soleil’s run of shows slated for University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale in June. The artistic circus is a solid summer booking for the Glendale football stadium adjacent to Westgate City Center Latest from The Business JournalsSize matters in fate of Glendale arena deal with Coyotes buyersPhoenix Coyotes bring series, business back to WestgateGlendale crafts plan to avoid M Cardinals lawsuitFollow this company                    .

The Montreal-based troupe also is expected to help fill West Valley hotel rooms during the slow summer season, said Glendale spokesman Jerry McCoy.

“One of the benefits of hosting such a large-scale show is there are a lot of people from out of town involved in the event production,” McCoy said. “These show performers, event staff and other Cirque employees will be staying in hotel properties in Glendale while they are in town. This translates to more than 5,000 hotel room nights.”

Cirque will stage its summer “Kooza” performance for 38 shows from June 8 through July 15. The show will take place under a 2,500-person big top in the UOP Stadium parking area, with tickets ranging from $43.50 to $143.50 including fees. The Grand Chapiteau tent is air-conditioned.

If demand persists, the troupe could add more shows, Cirque du Soleil representatives said.

The artsy circus previously held its Phoenix performances at WestWorld in Scottsdale. Cirque du Soleil also has shows running in Las Vegas and tours globally.

Attracting the high-end circus is part of UOP Stadium’s efforts to secure more than football games and high school graduations to the venue — especially during the summer, when the Arizona Cardinals aren’t playing.

“We are obviously delighted to have our friends from Cirque here for 38 performances. They had their choice of locations in the Valley, but we feel our location, campus footprint and marketing assistance factored into their decision to place the event in our parking lot,” said stadium General Manager Peter Sullivan.

The shows also should bring more customer traffic to Westgate City Center during the traditionally slow summer season. Westgate benefited from the Phoenix Coyotes recent playoff run, and a Tanger Outlet Mall is being built near the Glendale complex, which went into foreclosure last year.

 – Senior Reporter- Phoenix Business Journal
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