A Decade of Persona 4

Kulturecade ‐ January 16, 2018

Just what is it that makes Persona 4 so different from the rest of the series? The fundamentals of the setup remain unchanged, with a group of high schoolers summoning “Personas” to combat a supernatural threat. Nevertheless, Persona 4 possesses some kind of alchemic magic that has made it the most enduring entry in the venerated JRPG series, spawning not just an expanded re-release, three direct sequels (two fighting games and a rhythm game), a midquel, and an appearance in the forthcoming BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, but also two anime adaptations, an ongoing manga, a light novel, and a stage …

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What Does 2018 Hold for the World of Video Games?

Kulturecade ‐ January 15, 2018

These days I find more writers crowded around my desk, especially since the delivery (postage due) of my very own CobCo Crystal Ball. Ask it any question and it will display for you the probable path ahead. Our beloved janitor and 35 year Kulture Shocked alum, Stanley Zbornak recently asked it the very poignant question: “What will the winning Mega Million numbers be?” Our ball delivered.

6, 9, 4, 20, 8 and the Mega Ball 11.

Astounding. We don’t yet know the date but those are definitely winning ticket numbers. I could have joined in the fun and determined the path of …

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Eraserhead

Kulturecast ‐ January 15, 2018
Eraserhead

Chris and Eric are joined by Rainbow Comics’ Zach Pogany to kick off 2018 and David Lynch month with a look at the auteur’s first film Eraserhead. The film stars Jack Nance as Henry Spencer, a simple man whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of a very bizarre newborn. The film catapulted Lynch into the public eye and established him as the progenitor of American film surrealism.

As always, you can follow Chris Stachiw at @KultureStach, Eric Kniss at @tychomagnetics and Kulture Shocked at @KultureShocked. The music is Wovoka’s “Lament,” and Da DeCypher’s “Two Step featuring Ben-Jamin”; big thanks to both for allowing us …

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“He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing”: ‘Dune’ Review

The Screening Room ‐ January 15, 2018
“He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing”: ‘Dune’ Review

David Lynch’s filmography is electrifying but if there’s one odd entry into his eclectic body of work is his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction classic, Dune. While it has several Lynch staples and regulars including Kyle MacLachlan, Jose Ferrer, Jack Nance (all Twin Peaks stars) to name a few, Dune is an incredible misfire in an otherwise brilliant film career.

The story set in the future and a distant planet in the far reaches of the galaxy is about the intergalactic war between two families fighting in control for a powerful substance while the young warrior Paul Atreides (Kyle …

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“Old Wang, New Scars” – Shadow Warrior (2013) Review

Kulturecade ‐ January 09, 2018

I don’t think I’m the only one who still feels like we’re in the infancy of the PS4/XBone generation, which is why it often feels like a slap in the face to hear that each of those consoles is nearly five years old at this point, and a succeeding generation probably isn’t all that far off. Even though I still think of my PS4 as a shiny new toy (which probably comes more by proxy from the rest of my collection than anything else), the realization that I’ve come to is that whether or not this generation is nearing its …

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The Most Anticipated Games of 2018

Kulturecade ‐ January 08, 2018

We’ve finally put 2017 behind us and the new year has started with the same questions that we see at the start of every year, what will this new calendar hold for us? The wonderful thing about the gaming industry is that, even with as strong a year as 2017 was for the industry, we always look forward, as we wait for the next big thing that new innovation that will drive us forward into the unknown. How can you top a year like 2017 though? From the start 2017, was firing on all cylinders with huge releases like Horizon …

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Time Enough At Last (To Play Video Games) – The End Is Nigh Review

Kulturecade ‐ January 02, 2018
Time Enough At Last (To Play Video Games) – The End Is Nigh Review

Difficulty and challenge have always been a major factor in determining people’s value of a game, although it might not necessarily seem like it. Flip through an old Nintendo Power, though, and you’ll likely notice “challenge” as one of the cut-and-dry ratings values that writers assessed games by. That might seem like a relic of a time when difficulty was a major contributor to the perceived value that folks got out of a game, but if we fast forward to nowadays, the idea of “Nintendo hard” is still in our lexicon and a major reason why legitimate and fair, yet …

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A Damn Fine Director: David Lynch Filmography Month

The Screening Room ‐ January 02, 2018

He’s been called “the most important director of this era” and “the first popular Surrealist” but to most mainstream audiences, he’s the creator of Twin Peaks and the director of Mulholland Drive; he is David Lynch. This month we will be focusing on the small library of feature films from the acclaimed director including Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Inland Empire. Along with his feature films, towards the end of the month, we’ll be visiting a little town in Washington for an all-Twin Peaks week.

Along with David Lynch films, we are also going to be checking out a couple new releases in this slow post-Christmas release schedule …

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The Best Games of 2017: Day 6

Kulturecade ‐ December 31, 2017

It’s hard to argue the impact that 2017 will have on the gaming industry. We’re fresh off of the biggest first-year console launch that Nintendo has seen since the original Wii in 2006, and to top that off we’ve had a bumper crop of fantastic games this year. It seemed that something substantial came out monthly from the entire year, and because of this, I personally had to sit out on games like Persona 5, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, and Yooka-Laylee had to take a backseat to titles like Breath of the Wild.

With a year like 2017, it …

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The Best Games of 2017: Day 5

Kulturecade ‐ December 30, 2017

In less than 32 hours, we can finally close the book on this hellish nightmare of a year. Sadly it seems not even the world of gaming is immune to the pressures of the outside world.  From overzealous consumer bleed out by way of the loot box to shady DLC practices it’s easy to drown in the malaise and mire of the previous 300 days.

Due to the absence of many “AAA” blockbuster franchises, 2017 may not be remembered as the pinnacle of modern gaming.  Nintendo may have dominated the headlines thanks to the release of the Switch and two huge …

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