MegaCon 2018 – Autograph Session – Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus Autograph

This autograph session was three years in the making. Three years, so I was pretty excited and for once I can actually say my dad was excited because Norman is his favorite on The Walking Dead. Anyway, the first time we were supposed to meet him, there was such a huge line that they were handing out tickets and telling people to come back so we skipped it and watched from afar. The second time he cancelled which was pretty much a bummer, but the third time is a charm and we finally were able to meet him.

I have to say that in person Norman Reedus is one of the most down to earth people that I’ve met. He’s super nice, spends a lot of time with his fans and really interacts and listens to what they have to say. When you go up to his line, he has some heavy metal blasting and is first to offer to shake your hand and properly meet you. I let my dad take the glory here and talk to him the most, but I did briefly talk to him and we talked about my poster that was signed already. He said how he was getting better at spotting the other cast members autographs and I joked with him that I wanted him to be the first to sign, but Michael was out there first. He talked about catching the red eye to get to Orlando. After the session was over he shook our hands again and we were on our way.

I have to say that after waiting three years, it was definitely worth the wait. I had an awesome time meeting Norman and I was glad that my dad was finally able to meet him and interact with him. I will say though that Norman did cancel for Sunday and I totally missed the photo-op which did kind of suck because when I got notice to hurry and make the last photo-op of the day because Norman cancelled for Sunday I was already half way home. I do look forward to him being at another convention and finally getting a photo-op.

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E3 2018 – EA Press Conference

Remember when EA would do really big press conferences? It seems those days are over now and EA’s conference offers a more relaxed feel to it and it starts off with some Battlefield V which has already been revealed prior to this conference. The big reveal for today though is the multiplayer that includes customization and so forth with a little bit of talk of the single player, more about the single player will be revealed tomorrow at Microsoft’s conference because everyone has a journey. The biggest news to come out of Battlefield V though is the new battle royal mode which it seems like every game has to have now, but there will be no loot boxes or microtransactions. Overall this doesn’t look like anything that hasn’t been done already by Call of Duty.

So it wouldn’t be an EA conference without some sports stuff right? This is where FIFA 19 comes in, which even as the years go on and I see FIFA over and over again, I still have absolutely no interest in. There’s a lot of talk about people who play soccer and of course I feel left out because I know nothing about this world and this is one of the times during the press conference that I zone out.

Next up is some talk from Respawn who is working on a secret Star Wars game called Jedi Fallen Order. The game isn’t ready yet, what EA game is, and it falls between Star Wars episode 3 and 4. This is apparently a dark time in the Star Wars universe and the game should come out holiday 2019. Or never seeing how these games go sometimes.

Battlefront II is up next and seriously who still plays this game? For me, I’ve forgotten about this game probably a week after it was released and it’s been sitting on my shelf since mid-November. Anyway, apparently the game didn’t do well. Really? That’s an understatement of the year. So there was talk about the new Han Solo season in honor of the Han Solo movie as well as new upcoming modes and the introduction of The Clone Wars update. Basically they know this game is a failure and they are trying to fix it.

Next up, something I kind of anticipated and wanted, but didn’t want to put it out there because what if it never happened. Since the first game did so well I could only hope there was a sequel and then out of no where is a trailer with everyone’s favorite yarn toy, Yarny. Yarny is back for Unravel Two and he has a new friend with him. You can play in either co-op mode or single player mode and it’s really up to you how you play and how this new story unravels. Bonus is that the game is out now and you can play today.

Because EA supports indie games after the success of Unravel, a new game called Sea of Solitude from a little indie developer is revealed. The game is about lonely humans, which everyone can relate to. The story revolves around Kay who is young and lonely and because of this becomes a monster. She has to learn to balance out her world to become human again. It looks visually beautiful and I was really digging the trailer, but it just hits a little too close to home for this gamer, so even though it comes out in 2019, it’ll be a pass.

Some more sports stuff is up next with NBA Live 19 along with some new Madden 19 stuff. It wouldn’t be EA without some sports stuff. Again nothing for me so it’s another zone out session.

The final sports stuff is followed up with a new mobile game of an old classic which is Command and Conquer Rivals. The game looks complicated and sounds complicated and isn’t something that you’ll see me playing on my phone any time soon. I have to say that for this portion of the conference, it couldn’t be more boring.

The show is now closing with a more in depth look at Anthem which was supposed to come out this year but won’t be hitting the shelves to 2/22/2019. This really feels like a last ditch attempt for BioWare who hasn’t had the best of luck after Mass Effect: Andromeda. I want to like this game, I really do because honestly I love BioWare, but it looks too much like Destiny for me. BioWare is known for great RPG’s and this doesn’t feel like a BioWare game. So apparently, Anthem will have an “outside” world which is shared among the people who are playing at that time and an “inside” world, your fort, where you control everything and this is where the classic BioWare story telling comes in. BioWare wants to support this game for years to come by adding new missions, new stories, new character interactions, and so on. This is to give the game the feeling of being alive. There will be no loot boxes and the game is promised to be complete from when the game is released. There’s a huge gameplay demo and even after that I’m not all that interested.

Overall I would say that this year’s EA conference was pretty boring compared to years past where they would announce game after game and everything was exciting. The only real thing I’m excited about is Unravel Two and that I’ll be able to play it as soon as possible.

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MegaCon 2018 – Autograph Session – Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood Autograph

I told you that Saturday and Sunday was just crazy right? The key is to try and get the most autographs in on Saturday unless the celebrity has a late photo-op or panel on Sunday because if not they aren’t hanging around that long. Anyway, it might come as a surprise to some of you that I would actually want to meet Elijah Wood because I’m not a Lord of the Rings fan. I am a fan though of a little game called Broken Age.

When I got up to Elijahs Woods line, I learned that I would have to pay extra for an oversized print. My print was 11”x17” which is a pretty standard size, but according to his handlers, anything over 8”x10” is oversized meaning I had to shell out an extra $20 for his autograph making the price jump to $100. At this point I seriously considered walking off the line and just saying forget it, but I bought this beautiful Broken Age print and I wanted to start my autograph collection on it. I shelled out the money and was on my way.

I have to say that when you first meet Elijah Wood is that you notice his eyes. He has the most amazing blue eyes that you have ever seen and this is coming from someone who doesn’t play for that team, but I can appreciate a man with beautiful eyes. Anyway I said a hello to him before I got a, “oh wow, this is from Broken Age!” from him. I leaned in a little and joked about how I figured I would change things up for him and bring in something that wasn’t from Lord of the Rings to sign. This got a laugh from him and then we talked about Broken Age and how he came about doing the project because he loved Lucas Art games like Maniac Mansion. I said it must have been great to work with basically voice acting royalty like Jennifer Hale who played his mom and he even agreed that it was awesome to be in the same game as her.

After our conversation I was on my way unexpectedly really happy to have had the chance to meet Elijah and have such a pleasant conversation with him.

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MegaCon 2018 – Autograph Session – Michael Cudlitz

Michael Cudlitz Autograph

After meeting Jeff Goldblum, which you can read about here, it was off to the next celebrity. I have to say that I give some major props to Michael Cudlitz because right at 9:30 when the doors open for VIP and premium ticket people, he was out there signing autographs and taking pictures. So since he was already out there for about an hour now, it was finally time to go meet the man that had become one of my favorite Walking Dead cast members.

When my dad and I went up to meet him he was already standing outside of his table and was genuinely happy to meet people. He shook our hands and talked with us about The Walking Dead before it was autograph time. Since I had a huge poster for him to sign in hopes of it getting signed by the whole cast, he even showed me a little trick on how to open the poster, but at the same time not open it fully. So kudos to Michael for my new trick with oversized posters!

Overall it was really great to meet Michael and after the autograph session we thanked him and he shook our hands again before we were on our way.

Michael Cudlitz Picture

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MegaCon 2018 – Autograph Session – Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum Autograph

If there’s one thing I always anticipate about Saturday and Sunday at MegaCon, it’s that it’s going to be super busy and people are going to be running around trying to get the big “celebrity” autographs from the people that are only showing up on Saturday and Sunday. For me this means running back and forth between the photo-op section and the VIP autograph line and a lot of waiting because you never know when the celebrities are going to come out.

When first arriving on Saturday, I was told that if I wanted a Jeff Goldblum autograph that I would have to line up immediately, pre-pay and then wait for him to come out. I couldn’t jump from line to line depending on who was out and who wasn’t. This was fine because it’s Jeff Goldblum. He’s a Hollywood icon and I can still remember seeing him for the first time in The Fly at my grandmothers house.

Anyway, the most interesting part of waiting in line is meeting other Jeff Goldblum fans. The most interesting person that I met was the Pez collector who was getting a dinosaur pez dispenser signed. According to her, she has over 3,000 pez dispensers and a lot of them signed. All of this conversation came to an end when we were instructed to cheer because Jeff was on his way out. We were then told to cheer louder if we really wanted him to come out. I understand all the hype, but I’m not really the scream for me as I come out behind the curtain hype.

When Jeff finally came out, the autographs went quick as there was no personalization. This is kind of a downer because everyone wants something with their name on it and an autograph. Anyway, this wasn’t the first time so it was fine. When I was rushed up to his line with my dad we both said hello as Jeff stared down at his picture and signed. He finally looked up to push the autograph my way. I thanked him and told him how much I loved him in The Fly and got a thumbs up from him and when my dad mentioned that he was great in 9 months all we got was an open-mouth oh with another thumbs up. No sound or thank you from Mr. Goldblum making the experience pretty forgettable and not at all that fun for the money spent on an autograph.

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MegaCon 2018 – Autograph Session – Fred Tatasciore

Fred Tatasciore Autograph

This was my last autograph session for Friday and it was definitely well worth it for this Mass Effect fangirl. So here’s the thing, I’m not much of an Overwatch fan, but if you know anything about me it’s that I love Mass Effect and it just so happens that Fred Tatasciore was the original Mass Effect villain before the real threat of the reapers and that horrible Mass Effect 3 ending. I was just as excited to meet Fred and collect another autograph on my N7 helmet poster as I was to meet Mark Meer, which you can read about here.

The line for Fred was long which was where my trusty VIP badge came into play because everyone was lining up for Soilder 76 while I was lining up for Saren. I enjoyed hearing the people before me talk to Fred and kind of have a new respect for people that play Overwatch because they are so into it and very much into his character. One of these days I might get into Overwatch and give his character a try. Anyway, while I waited, I did have a nice chat with his handler and tried to get information on how to do what he did. He was pretty tight lipped about how he came into the job, and wouldn’t say much, but other than that we actually had a pleasant conversation since this wasn’t the first time I had seen him with voice actors and at MegaCon.

When it was finally time to meet Fred, I unveiled my N7 helmet poster and told him that I thought that he was the best villain in the whole series because he was the one who started it all. He thanked me in his Saren voice before we chatted a little bit about the game and his character. He then asked if he could sign my poster and put a special message from Saren on it. This fangirl was once again over the moon and said yes. After an awesome meet and greet, it was time for Friday to be over because Saturday was going to be one hell of a day.

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Downsizing Review

Downsizing

Nothing on HBO, a full list of Netflix movies that I have yet to watch, but I decided to rent a movie on PSN instead. The sale that they had on this movie had something to do with it, but also the fact that I remember seeing the preview for this movie, maybe a year ago, and thought it looked funny. Previews do that though don’t they? Keep reading to see if this movie was what I thought it would be or if it turned out to be something else.

Downsizing is about Paul Safranek, played by Matt Damon, who basically lives this unfulfilled life. He works a job that he hates, has a wife that he can’t please (not in that way, you dirty minded people), and is basically miserable like everyone else. That is until he hears from his friend Dave, played by Jason Sudeikis, that downsizing is the way to go. So what is downsizing? Downsizing was invented by scientist Dr. Jorgen Asbjornsen, played by Rolf Lassgard, and it shrinks normal sized people down to 5 centimeters tall, puts them in downsized community’s, and basically makes the meager amount of money they have in the “real” world equal millions of dollars in the downsized world. His motive for doing all of this though is to save the environment, not make people live like kings. This sounds great for Paul and his wife Audrey, played by Kristin Wig, until it doesn’t and while Paul goes along with the irreversible procedure Audrey just can’t. This leaves Paul all by himself in a downsized world. He’ll go through a bunch of stuff and realize that even in a downsized world, his life is basically still crappy and he can’t find a purpose, that is until he meets Ngoc Lan Tan, played by Hong Chau. Will Paul finally find happiness? You’ll have to get through two hours of this movie to find out.

The premise of this movie and even the description sounds good right? Sounds like it would be a funny, but at times heart warming movie to watch right? Wrong. To tell you the truth I have no idea what point this movie was trying to get across. Was it trying to show Paul’s struggle and how he eventually become a better person and the person he wanted to be? Was it a platform to show that humans are destroying the world through global warming and climate change and no matter what it can’t be changed making us all doomed? I can clearly tell you that I have no idea. There were so many ideas to this movie and none of them worked out. None. Paul’s story was super boring, the whole climate change and global warming thing was put in the wrong type of platform, and the rest of the movie was just ridiculous. I completely felt tricked into watching a movie that was supposed to be funny and maybe a little heart warming. This movie wasn’t funny and maybe just maybe if it was done right, it could have been just a little heart warming. By the time this movie gets to the heart warming moments, you are so done with this movie that you just don’t even care anymore.

The cast toted a bunch of big names, but they just didn’t click together and it didn’t work. This movie was like a joke even to the cast and this was definitely not Matt Damon’s best movie. Even if the cast was better, I don’t think that anything could have saved this disaster of a movie. The acting for this movie was just horrible as was the whole movie itself and it was in no way redeemable. Not to mention there were some funny people in this movie like Kristin Wig and Jason Sudeikis, but they just weren’t funny in this movie.

Overall I give this movie a 1 out of 5.

It is my strong suggestion that you don’t waste your time on this movie that doesn’t have a clear point or message to provide. The previews were a ruse to get you to see the movie and really didn’t deliver on anything that was promised making this movie a complete disappointment and just a waste of time. If you still want to see this movie after all of that, then be my guest, but be ready to be completely disappointed and wake up the next morning still wondering why you even bothered with this movie.

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I Never Finished…Men’s Room Mayhem…Because

Men's Room Mayhem

This is one of those rare PS Vita games that I purchased digitally and was never able to sell it and make back my money or make more on what I spent, so yeah I spent actual money on this game. A whole 99 cents to be exact! Anyway, this was my first PS Vita purchase and I did so for two reasons. One I love time management games and two it was 99 cents. Anyway, I never finished this game, so keep reading to find out why.

In Men’s Room Mayhem, you use the touch screen of the PS Vita in order to lead various different men in various different bathrooms to the urinal if they have to pee, a stall if they have to poop, and then if you’re a clean freak like me to the sink to wash their hands, before leading them to the exit. Sounds simple right? Not really because if the men accidently run into each other they’ll get into a fist fight and then there’s blood all of your clean bathroom floor! You only get so many chances to get these men in and out of the bathroom. Can you do it without spilling any blood? Maybe, maybe not.

The first thing that I have to say is that this game was totally worth the 99 cents that I paid for it. I’ve spent so many hours on this game that it’s insane. I like that I can just sit back and put this game on at any time and feel like I’ve been playing it for ages when I haven’t played it in the longest time. It’s just one of those games that you can pop in and out of without a problem. So, I really like playing this game when my brain just feels…overactive. Like I have a million things to think about and my brain is like WTF is going on because this makes me concentrate on doing a specific task in a specific amount of time and a specific way. It’s really nice to be able to do. Anyway, not only is the game good for that but it’s actually fun. Yes I know it sounds a little gross and it kind of is, but it’s still super fun. So why haven’t I finished it yet? Believe me that it’s not from lack of trying because I’ve been trying to finish this game for 5 years. Yes, 5 years. So the one thing that made me never finish this game is a trophy!

As you can see from the picture above, I was able to get every single trophy for this game but one. It’s so damn annoying because I’ve been so close and the trophy should be super easy but it’s not. My last trophy is to complete all the gold objectives and I just have one more gold objective to complete! I just can’t do it though. In one playthrough I have to get 18 (I think it’s 18, the last time I played was last year during a hurricane) men to wash their hands in a row and for the life of me I just can’t do it. I’ve tried so many times on so many levels, watched other people do it and I just can’t do it.

Probability of this game getting played again…5 out of 5.

Hurricane season looks like it’s going to be an active one this year with the first named storm passing by before Hurricane season actually started, so I think I’ll be getting a lot of use out of my PS Vita. If and when I do, I’ll be playing this game because it helps me concentrate on the game instead of the howling winds outside. It’s a really good distraction game. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it, but if we’re lucky enough to not get a direct hit from a hurricane this year and I don’t get to play this game believe me I won’t be disappointed.

Now it’s your turn. Did you pick up this little gem of a game or was it too gross for you? If you picked it up, did you love it or hate it? Let me know down in the comments section below and for next week a game that I used to try and reconcile with my “friend”. She said the game was good like she always did and said she would play the multiplayer with me so I said I would get the game and I figured we could try to be friends again. Turns out she totally screwed me over and I ended up with a game that I never wanted in the first play and then never finished. So next week I’ll tell you more on why I never finished Crysis 2.

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These Past Two Weeks in Trophies 05-20-2018 – 06-02-2018

These past two weeks if anything have been super hectic that I’m even surprised I was able to play anything and even get a decent amount of trophies. There was work stuff, a vacation to MegaCon, an unplanned hospital visit, some more work stuff, and just regular life. Anyway, I was able to game so here’s a look at what I’ve been up to trophy wise.

Dead Island – Definitive Edition – 53%

I jumped back into this game this past week to play with my buddy @tjarvinen86 and the first thing that happened when I turned on the game was that I got a trophy. That was some pretty exciting stuff because no one expects a trophy for just turning on a game. Anyway, I’m having a great time jumping back into this game and just having fun which is what this game should be about since you really can’t take this game seriously.

Dead Island - Definitive Edition

Detroit: Become Human – 61%

So I not only started this game this past week, but I also finished it. I have to say that while it started off slow and a little on the boring side, things picked up at the end and I’m excited to go back and clean up some trophies before starting a new playthrough and hopefully getting the platinum for this game.

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God of War – 70%

So I made some progress on this game the week of MegaCon, before I went to the actual convention, but I’m still having a really hard time with the collectibles because they’re just a pain in the ass. I’m missing a raven somewhere and even though I’m following a guide, I still feel pretty lost and I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. I want to be able to finish this game and just be done with it, but I’m kind of finding it hard to get back into it at the moment.

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King Oddball – 61%

One more trophy for this game as I slowly make my way through it. This happened before MegaCon and I haven’t touched the game since. It’s one of those games that’s impossible to play all at once so I’m really not in a rush to finish it as long as I eventually finish it.

King Oddball

And there you have it, two weeks 35 trophies, a big improvement from my previous counts even if it is for two weeks. I’m pretty happy with my progress and have a good outlook on things even though this week is going to be a little hectic with work and trying to finish up telling you guys about all the awesome stuff that happened at MegaCon this year. Anyway, when I do get a chance to game, I’ll probably play a little King Oddball, but my main focus will be to get the Detroit: Become Human platinum trophy before getting back into God of War and finding the million collectibles that I’m still missing.

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MegaCon 2018 – Autograph Session – Zach Callison

Zach Callison Autograph

My second autograph of the day came after a couple of panels and it was to complete my Steven Universe print. The only autograph I was missing was from the star himself, Zach Callison.

I have to say the one thing about MegaCon is that it’s really hard at times to track down voice actors because they like to walk around the convention and don’t really bring the crowds that other actors do so it’s kind of a hit and miss. When I was finally able to catch Zach at his table I got my autograph.

When meeting Zach he apologized for the wait, which wasn’t a problem and asked how the convention was going for me. We had a pleasant conversation before I got my final autograph and was on my way.

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