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  • Gta Vice City: 10 years later...

    GTA: Vice City turned me into a hard core gamer more so than any other game before it or after. Such was the experience of taking over the character of one Tommy Vercetti the ultra slick retro 80's felon. It was the first time I had experienced directive violence, running drugs, car jacking, union busting, and story driven aerial assaults. While GTA 3 gave us some of those features it wasn't until Vice City that Rockstar perfected the forum with a balance still unrivaled since. Cruise the streets of 80's miami, populated by beautiful women, fast cars, and the fabulousness of the criminal underground.

    The game encompassed the era of cocaine cowboys from the eyes of someone new to the area with ties to organized crime. It introduced us to a sleazy attorney with a severe cocaine addiction with a massive dosage of paranoia. It introduced us to the battles of neighborhoods vying for control of the drug trade. It showed the highs and lows of the drug induced era that was miami in the 80's. Bright colors, empty pockets, and tons of opportunity to become the big dog. This was the setting for one of the greatest games ever created.





    In all fairness this is the most challenging title in the Rockstar series, it wasn't as easy to escape a police chase as it was in GTA 3. It wasn't as simple as driving into an alley way, the landscape being so expansive left much room for chasing and attempting to get away. Old reliables like Ammunation were placed strategically across the map in key locations that made it harder to empty a clip and run to go buy more. It took the stunt jumps of GTA 3 and put them on steroids, I found myself spending dozens of tries attempting to hop across a river on a motorcycle..only to go splat into a brick wall..eventually I achieved this but it was well worth it. The game featured vengeance, sex, and rock and roll. My favorite places in the game were the mansion and the club..nothing like a cheesy neon club to make the gamer in me go gaga I must have this. This game was an excellence of open world environment, grab a chopper land on top of a building, and snipe away..ahh pure bliss. For it's ten anniversary Rockstar Games is releasing the game for mobile devices. Lets hope they redesigned the game for sharper character detail...I pray and pray to someday play this game again with a modern engine. How about an HD remake folks?




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  • Judd Apatow and Netflix team up for 'Pee Wee's big holiday'

    Paul Reubens will return as the eccentric Pee-wee Herman in Netflix's next feature film "Pee-wee's Big Holiday." This is the first standalone theatrical Pee-wee feature since 1988's "Big Adventure" sequel "Big Top Pee-wee," with the beloved kids' series originally on CBS "Pee-wee's Playhouse" and a handful of made-for-tv specials and stage appearances since. Judd Apatow, who honed the project with Reubens, will produce John Lee's ("Broad City," "Inside Amy Schumer," whose lead comedienne stars in Apatow's upcoming "Trainwreck") directorial debut. Reubens co-penned the film with Paul Rust, a story editor on Netflix's season four restart of "Arrested Development." Here's the official synopsis, with production set to begin in March 2015: "A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny." No »

     

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  • RANT: Jets wouldn't spend when they had Rex Ryan but now spend like drunken sailors for new coach?

    I've been a life long JETS fan, I came along way after Broadway Joe had called it a career thus thrusting me into the laughing stock of fans in New York. We had some years full of hope, we got within breathing room of reaching a superbowl only to see the team owner instantly turn into an economist a short time later. I left the world of being a JETS fan the moment they fired Rex Ryan, not only because they fired a great coach but because as usual the coach becomes the scapegoat for the imbecility of it's owner Woody Johnson. They let go of Revis, Cromartie was too expensive, bringing in aging receivers on the cheap some how made sense (tell us how well that worked out!). Honestly you could've had Joe Montana in his prime handling the pocket duty for the jets in 2014 and they would've done just as bad as they did. Yet let's blame the coaches, from Mangini, to Edwards, to Ryan, it should say that the greatest coach in recent NFL history headed for the highway almost instantly after he became the coach of the team (Yes Patriot fans, it all could've been ours!). Guys like Bellichik know a trainwreck when they see it and he certainly saw enough to jump ship and look how it turned out. Would it surprise me to see the new coach of the JETS ousted within 3 years, in fact I came almost guarantee it if the jets win more than 8 games this year. Expect the current roster to last two years before the front office paper pushers decide we've roped in the fans enough to dump some expensive players and spend the next three years making empty promises. This is the same JETS team that sat back and watched Chad Pennington treated like a dog's chew toy rather than spend some money to protect him in the pocket. This is the same team that spent countless millions bringing Favre to NY Football just to steal thunder from the Giants and dominate the sports section of local papers, improve the team? Why would we do that, it's more profitable to spend for two years and then operate on the cheap. The fact that Johnson let Idzik run the JETS into the ground without intervening on his head coaches behalf speaks volumes of what Todd Bowles can expect, oh they'll love him the first year. They will support him the first year, and the moment the stadium is full to the rafters again they'll start pulling the carpet out from under his feet. The JETS have been in a position to be contenders every years of almost the last decade but of course since the coaches power is extremely limited that all gets undone by the front office. So while it's good news that they just spent $127 million they claimed just last year they didn't have don't expect to see many of those contracts get ridden to their end because of course it's all business and it's easier to sell out games and have an early vacation every year than to spend money long term to win. Yeah they gave Sanchez more money than he deserved, while also using that as an excuse to not sign a top five receiver. Yeah they gave him an extension and used that as an excuse to not spend a dime more. Now the focus is on defense while Geno Smith is expected to take an anemic offense and turn it into a powerhouse. Makes a whole lot of sense, only in the mind of the JETS front office.

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  • Halo 4 defines the xbox 360 in so many ways that next gen consoles can wait...

    Note: We will not be destroying the mysteries of this game, we will be discussing the fundamental aspects of 343 and Microsoft's latest installment into the Halo franchise.

    Many people have been angrily speaking about the end of the current generation and asking for the next generation consoles. Well Halo 4 serves as the industries response to the critics. Halo 4 defines the current cycle of gaming consoles by pushing the boundaries of this life cycle beyond what anyone could image. PC graphics are awesome but usually put up against consoles which is unrealistic in expectation of comparison. You can buy a new video card whenever you wish for your pc rig, this is something you cannot do. Even in that case taking one look at the coloring and textures within Halo 4 should shock even the biggest of console critics. Halo 4 is absolutely beautiful, the cut scenes are better than anything I have ever watched on Blu-ray and closer to what one expects from 4k video content. 343 certainly didn't mail this in one in they put their foot, elbows, and shoulders into this one. I think Microsoft should be extremely proud of this crowning achievement. If tomorrow they decide to push out a new console i'd happily carry Halo 4 on my shoulders as one of the most beautiful video games I have ever laid eyes on. As much as I want to crow about how amazing the mechanics and the response time are wow..but we'll save that for after November 6th.
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  • Top things to watch on Netflix February 2015

    1. Mash: I know this show might not be everyone's cup of tea but this was the number one show in America for so long it's become sort of a cult of it's own. This is the first time M.A.S.H will be available for digital streaming, i'm not sure how netflix pulled this off but we tried to license this show for streaming years ago and ran into a brick wall. This show has an amazing cast that mixes comedy, drama and suffering all into 23 minute episodes that stand the test of time. Starring Alan Alda as Hawkeye Pierce and featuring many actors who made appearances on the show only to go on and have successful careers of their own (Pat Morita, George Wendt, Shelley Long). I'm not sure how many of the eleven seasons will be available right away but rest assured that however many episodes they give us it'll be worth your time to watch.

       

    2. Spartacus: This show was a monstrous success for both Starz and Netflix, it was easily the most watched series ever on Netflix prior to the releases of House of Cards and Orange is the new black. Spartacus follows the story of a Thracian man forced by Rome to serve in it's ranks only to be betrayed, enslaved, and forced to become a gladiator. The show features lots of drama, gore, betrayal, and sex. I am a fan of this show for it's supporting cast more so than the lead characters. Lucy Lawless and John Hannah absolutely steal this show, add to the equation perfect acting execution from the non-gladiators and you have a great recipe that provides one hell of a ride start to finish.
    3. House of Cards Season 3: Kevin Spacey returns (February 27th) in an all new season of the award winning and critically acclaimed series that pits him in the halls of the White House. At the end of the last season Spacey's character ascends to the position of Vice President all while the walls and crimes of his past seemingly are closing in on him. How will he manipulate himself out of this situation? One can only wonder but based on the amazing team behind the show you can expect it'll have you watching closely the whole way through

     

     

     

     

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  • Mayweather vs Pacquaio: The fight not worth the wait or the price

    With all the hoopla and questions that plagued both fighters for the better part of six years most of the world came to a screeching halt in order to shatter records of attention paid to one single event between combatants. Many tuned in to see if their arguments over the past six years held any weight, would these guys be too far gone, could the Filipino warrior dethrone the undefeated? So much fanfare had been made over this fight that there was no way it could live up to the expectations shy of a stoppage by either fighter. Mayweather for some reason decided that stepping onto the scales on fight night made no sense, of course him doing so would probably end all the nonsense that he himself does not put on ten or more pounds between the weigh in and fight night which is obvious to anyone with a brain. Secondly the cable networks completely screwed the pooch by letting their networks come crashing down just before the main event was said to start. I still stand by the fact that Kenny Bayless was indeed the wrong man to select for the officiating of this bout, while some may argue that he did a decent job there were plenty of illegal veteran tactics he practically played blind to. I'm not a fan of Bayless because he floats about the ring in unusual positions that prevent him from looking at the action straight down between his two charges and misses a ton of stuff in the process.

    As if those issues weren't enough we come to the two fighters of the night, both fighters who have obviously seen better days. One known for his amazing defense and the other known for his almost maniacal offense. This was supposed to be a barn burner of sorts, all the talk about Floyd chopping wood and teaming up with Alex Ariza led to absolutely nothing but more of the same. We got more of the usual Floyd Mayweather Jr recipe of boxing, jab, check hook, right hand, back peddle. It's a recipe that has worked now in 48 bouts and is for some reason heralded by his most ardent fans and the most vocal of all fans. Manny Pacquaio for his case had promised to shatter Mayweather and end the reign once and for all. What we got was a fighter who had his moments but had truly lost the fire in his belly for the sport. In other words this was a paycheck bout for both men and nothing more. Today we learn that Pacquaio was actually injured for the bout and had needed the approval of medications to deal with a tear in his shoulder from the group at USADA. Pacquaio's people claim they considered cancelling the fight but weren't allowed to due to contractual obligations. The only problem I have with this is that had they put that information out back in March when the injury occurred the public would've demanded the fight be put off and the fighter given time to heal. Nobody would've chucked out a hundred dollars to watch a fighter of his caliber fight the biggest bout of his career at half mast, and I do mean nobody. Is it an excuse? No, there is proof that such an injury did occur despite the denial of NSAC, considering there was a strong testing method for this fight all medications had to be disclosed to that entity and that entity has confirmed that they did indeed get informed of the situation. The difference between USADA/VADA/WADA is that the first of the bunch has a clause that prevents them from disclosing anything to the public before a fight takes place. This was evidenced by the situations with Erik Morales a few years back.

    The fight certainly did not live up to the hype for a number of reasons, personally I never wanted this fight to happen after 2012 as I didn't believe either boxer was at their top form anymore and I still stand by that regardless of how good Floyd looked sauntering around the ring last night. Second, the size disparity was known even back in 2008 when the earliest rumblings of this fight started. The only way I wanted this fight to happen is if there would be a stoppage. One man can't make the count, that to me is worth the hype of this magnitude. I wanted and expected Floyd Mayweather to beat up on his opponent and send a message and instead I was treated to sights of a man just comfortable enough to do just enough to win a fight.  I like both fighters, I have enjoyed both fighters tremendously as athletes with their outside of the ring antics ignored completely. The fact remains that I have seen more action at golden glove bouts than I saw from the #1 and #2 boxers of the sport. People may argue about the sweet science but the sweet science has a place and time. Its time is not at the biggest event of your sports history. Prime example is Vasyl Lomancheko a fighter who is arguably the best amateur fighter in the history of the sport, yet as a professional fighter he's changed his style to suit the platform he fights at. Utter dominance is hard to argue against when you beat on your opponent to the point even he is convinced he's fighting 3 or 4 people. While Floyd is an amazingly talented fighter he had all the tools to do exactly that and instead we got the opposite. How are you such a big man and yet so cautious as to not even want to get in the pocket and trade with a man who looks so inferior to you physically? For all the arguments of greatest ever, he sure didn't look like it last night. Even before this fight I stated this wasn't a legacy fight, it was a generational standing fight and he had the chance to change that but did not. Watching Mayweather follow the count of the referee would've made it a legacy fight but instead coasting and running down the clock seemed to be his idea of showing he's a class above any other generation. I can't picture anyone in my top 5 list historically not going for the kill,I just don't see them satisfied with winning on points when they had almost every advantage possible to win a fight and moreso against an opponent they knew two months in advanced was injured. Floyd will undoubtedly go down as the greatest fighter of his generation but realistically it's an achievement he could have and should've easily eclipsed. The result of this fight leaves more questions than answers but in the minds of each individual fans one has to wonder if they are actually satisfied it happened.

     

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  • Big Brother 13 Contestant's family receiving death threats over elimination

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    Contestant Shelly Moore a married mother of one and contestant in this season of CBS summer hit Big Brother apparently has now put her family at risk by eliminating one of BB's most beloved players of all time the all too famous "Jeff". It seems that fans of the show and their cult like love of Jeff have gone a bit too far in sending death threats to Mrs. Moore's family. This is a very serious situation for CBS and in all likelihood prevent Jeff or Jordan from appearing in anything related to CBS this is the 3rd outrageous situation related to the beloved couple. The first time Jeff appeared on the show he made some colorful comments that forced CBS to issue a public apology. This season he has already made comments regarding people's sexual preferences that have rubbed the public the wrong way. Now this. To you J/J fans what you are in fact doing is hurting their potential to earn any sort of living past the big brother season. Considering neither will win this season I am sure they will need jobs post the show's finale. Take to twitter and you will find thousands upon thousands of classless messages attacking the Moore's and their daughter. I understand being a fan of the show but this is pure trash on your behalf and indicative of the cult obsession many have with this tv personality. 

    I am sure Jeff nor Jordan want this for Shelly's family and will make a public statement sooner or later. This is putting big brother in serious jeopardy as is considering the rigged scandals that have plagued several HOH and POV results so far this season. I suggest some of you people go get a life and leave innocent bystanders out of your shooting range. It is against the law to make such threats and you will be tracked down. People think the internet provides a safe guarded level of anonymity until the authorities show up at their doors with warrants. The facebook pages that have popped up showcasing vile comments and expletives don't help the situation. It shows a level of ignorance that the world is watching. Considering Big Brother is an international brand this is being seeing by all who follow the show in all languages and all walks of life. Please act like human beings and realize that Shelly's own fans can turn around and do the same to your beloved Jeff and Jordan. Have some class, act mature, and enjoy the show. After all neither Jeff or Jordan give two shits about you in the real world.
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  • Halo 4 ban hammers are well underway..

    Saw Halo 4 was leaked? Couldn't resist the urge? Downloaded it a month early? Put your xbox online even while not playing it? Yep if that's you sorry to say I highly recommend you open up your email and check for the much hated and oft critiqued Xbox Live Ban Hammer of hell...yes you read it correctly. So far it is report that Microsoft is making a clean sweep of all Halo 4 early adopters if that includes you and your system has been online at any point since playing halo it's either waiting for you or it's sure to be on it's way to you by weeks end. We've already started to see the first waves of social media crying by those who chose to play the game, figured it was ok to still go on Xbox live because "I'm not playing it while on xbox live, so I should be fine". What most forget is that Halo 4 has for some a hidden gem of a nugget..wait for it..wait for it.."A dashboard # dependency"..so if you don't have the dashboard and you played it ever! Do yourself a favor and skip xbox live altogether. There is a work around for some that has worked and has helped them avoid being banned..but we won't get into that because if you don't know how to do it you probably shouldn't be on a modded console in the first place. How do you know if MS is onto you? Go to xbox.com login and look at your recent activity..if Halo 4 is listed there then my friend it's been good gaming with you but it's a console ban for you.
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  • New changes to Cinema Haven

    We are in the process of updating our backend to make all features of the site easily accessible. You'll soon be able to sign in and submit videos with accounts from google, twitter, facebook if you choose to not create an account. So we hope this simplifies your life. You can also now submit videos you host or found on facebook. We have removed VK videos due to the piracy taking place on that service and to avoid receiving anymore dmca requests for removal which reflects negatively on our service. We want to remind our users again that we will not tolerate piracy of any kind whatsoever, things have gotten so bad that we've received piracy complaints for things provided by hulu. Yes Hulu licenses content from the networks and yet the networks (FOX) have hit us with DMCA complaints for Empire. We are looking to avoid having to waste time explaining to companies such as FOX that this is not a source of piracy, nor is any of the content listed here hosted here, or submitted from sites circumventing hulu's licensing rights or it's players. With that said we are adding new video sources throughout the rest of the year to expand what sites you can submit from but will first make sure that pirated content cannot be submitted or hosted there.

    If you have a site you want to see added to our submission list please name it in the comment section and we will work on adapting their api so you can submit their content.

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  • Boxing: A reflection of old racism in a modern setting

    Boxing was once a sport followed by Kings in many regions of the world, it was considered a sport in the most natural basic form. Survival of the fittest, two men face off against each other with only their fists and heart as their weapons. Boxing has always been kept at a distance by the upper crust throughout history who enjoyed it's barbaric nature for the moment but rarely something they actually ever cared about it beyond the event of the spectacle they watched. Anyone who has ever taken the time to study the history of boxing knows that it has been riddled with racism in many ways, even back when newspapers first started covering the sport racist terminology and imagery was used in reference to negro and fighters of non Caucasian descent. This same practice went on for decades until media decided to tone it down and evolve to gain a larger audience. So this would lead one to think that racism in the sport of boxing is now minimal, but you would be wrong.

    It isn't hard at all to find racism inserted into many facets of the sport today from the fans, to the marketing, to the way some fighters get talked about. A sport that at it's core has always been more of a plebeian form of entertainment continues to still insert it's ignorance to this very day. For a long time the top fighters in the world were American boxers, the vast majority of dominant world class boxers were African Americans who used the sport to propel themselves from all walks of life to larger than life celebrities. This was justification for all of the hardships the legend Jack Johnson endured en-route to becoming the first Heavy Weight champion in the world. Johnson's achievement opened a door that we have not looked back from and it served to slowly bridge the gap between the races who are fan of the sport for the decades that came. One would think that with all the documentation on Johnson's struggles people would come to appreciate that a man of any race could take himself from the gutter of any corner of the world and carve his path to greatness on a road paved with fists and much bloodshed. One would think.

    The last twenty years have given us the emergence of some amazing fighters from many regions of the planet. Fighters from the congo, fighters from Russia, fighters from some of the most ill stricken and poverty stricken locations you can imagine. One would think that these guys would be embraced with open arms for the same reason that made guys like Johnson, Dempsey, to name a few amazing heroes. The reality more often than not these fighters are torn down by fans for some of the most ridiculous reasons you can imagine. Taking a week to sit back and browse the most popular of boxing news sites can give you a general idea of what I mean. There are tiers of acceptance for boxers, in many cases it's fans who identify to someone based on their race, followed by what country they originate from, followed by their personality, followed by their fight style. Why is the fight style the final marker and not the first? It seems that the old adage of "Stick to your kind" is well and alive in boxing over a hundred years after Johnson made his historical climb to the top of the sport. That doesn't mean all boxing fans are like this but a large number of them are and many aren't the least bit shy about making this painfully obvious, many will openly admit this if asked. I'm pretty sure some of them might even read this article and call it "bullshit". Then there is the crowd of boxing fans who just love the sport and love the story of coming from the bottom to the top without any bias whatsoever. Those fans get stuck in the middle of mud slinging fights that can easily be seen on any number of Floyd vs Manny articles.

    As a boxing fan i've done everything in my power to find a single site that doesn't have this problem, let me tell you that finding a site of pure boxing discussion without the homering and racial undertones is extremely hard. It gets old reading about how Golovkin should fight Ward because he's some how a coward, despite the fact both men have different ambitions and fight in different divisions. It gets old watching former foreign Olympians and fantastic amateur fighters get ripped to shreds as if they are somehow less special than our  own home grown ones. It get old watching one guy tear down Floyd Mayweather get trashed for being flashy only to see you go praise a hispanic fighter who is doing practically the same but on a considerably smaller budget. The chicken eating, vodka drinking , dog eating insults get old to legit boxing fans. I wish boxing fans took a pause for a moment and reflected on the vast majority of commentary they publicly list on boards across the internet and tried to understand how it reflects. There are classes of fighters based on talent and that is the only benchmark we are to judge these men on, at the end of the day a race, a complexion, a personality does not win a fight. Heart, Strategy, Dedication, Love for the craft, Respect for the craft, and level of opposition makes a fighter great.

    I know the world has expected to boxing fans to be some of the dumbest individuals on the planet, it doesn't mean we have to act like it. This is a sport where even the biggest of rivals meet each other in the center of the ring and embrace each other after the match has ended. If two men who beat the crap out of each other can show respect and appreciation for each other why can't we as boxing fans move beyond our own prejudices and embrace every fighter the same way? It's time some fans start being honest with themselves and realize this may actually apply to them even if they haven't been self aware before. The same blatant racists didn't think a hundred years later the world would view them as despicable for comments made over boxing, yet they do. A hundred years from now someone will be looking at your comments and thinking the same thing we think of those people one hundred years ago. Whether black, white, asian, purple, green, tall, skinny, fat, long, short....it doesn't matter a fighter wins or loses just like any other man when the results are in, he bleeds like any other man when the fight is on, he strives to come out on top like any other man, and we as boxing fans need to respect that without prejudice or bias.

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