What? Power Cords is EVOLVING!?

Guys, guess what? You know all those subtle, brief allusions to “being busy” and “working on stuff” that seems to make their way into… well, basically every post I’ve written in the past two months or so?

Well, I was serious.

Power Cords is evolving, expanding — basically just becoming even more awesome, taking yet another step towards “legitimacy.” There’s a whole mess of reason as to why we’re doing this, but basically what it comes down to is we were brainstorming one day, and it suddenly dawned on us that not only did we have other topics we wanted to explore, but we also wanted to find new voices, and really just restructure the entire way we run the blog. What came out of this brain storming was essentially an entirely new website.

So what’s this mean for you, readers? Well, honestly, we’re not 100% sure yet. But here’s what you can be certain of: we’ll keep talking about games, movies, comics, and music. In fact, we’ll be talking about them more than we already are thanks to a new batch of contributors. But we’re also gonna talk about new stuff — specifically, we’ll be covering things unique to our beautiful native land, Cascadia (aka the Pacific Northwest.

Secret’s out — we live in Skyrim.

Things like snowboarding, mountain biking, and backpacking; living in awesome region cities like Portland, Seattle, Eugene, and Vancouver; and the almighty MLS rivalry, the Cascadia Cup. Like I said, the nerdiness will remain — we’re all nerds, and I can confidently this new crew of nerds is awesome and you’ll enjoy what they have to say. But while we love our joysticks and film reels, we also enjoy snowboarding, drinking local brews, and running barefoot through the woods while lifting extremely heavy rocks… errm, maybe that’s just me. Anyway, we want to be able to tell you guys about those things, too.

As I mentioned earlier, we’re completely re-structuring the way the blog works. Because of this, we’ve come to a rather stark realization that we may have to switch blogging platforms. We know that isn’t exactly the easiest thing — for us or for our followers — but in the long run, it’s for the best. We hope each and every one of you follows us on over to wherever we end up. We’ve got a bunch of crazy awesome ideas, and you can expect to see standbys like The Lowdown and Shootin’ the Shit on the new site. We love all of you guys and gals who read our words and watch our videos, and we want to keep providing you with great content, so you can be sure that the moment we know where we’re going, you will too.

We’re shooting to launch this bad boy sometime in late December/early January. As such, things will probably remain a bit inconsistent for a couple weeks. However, we’re not gonna just drop the ole ‘Cords unceremoniously; we’ve got a proper send off in the works, and hopefully it will be a fun week (or two) and an excellent way to ring in the new year and new blog.

Alright, I’ve blathered on enough. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more news — there’s plenty more on the way.

-Brendan, EIC

 

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Dishonored – Review

My expectations for Dishonored were set pretty high. Everything I had heard prior to playing the game was positive and everything that I had seen before release was exciting. As soon as I put the disc in and started the game I was hooked on the experience.

I immediately felt at home playing the game because the graphics and the setting were very similar to a trilogy I really enjoyed–the Fable series. The story is a pretty simple one but engaging nonetheless. You play as Corvo Attano, Lord Protector of the Empire, and end up being framed for the murder of the Empress and the kidnapping of her daughter and the game takes off from there. A sea of calm while you get acquainted with the controls and then it throws you into the action and jump starts the story.

The game is similar to Assassin’s Creed in that it’s a stealth and assassination oriented style of play. Yes, you can go full on assault and barrage your enemies with bullets and grenades and crossbow bolts, but that’s an optional route. This game can be completed in a multitude of ways with different endings for each different style. It’s even possible to complete the game without killing anyone! This option presents a much larger challenge than the usual route of stealth killing everyone as you go along.

Each mission that you go on is a step towards finding out that age old question of “who dunnit?”. There are collectibles throughout each mission as well as side-quests that may unlock alternate endings to each mission. Among the different ways that you can finish the mission, there are also different routes on each map to get to the end destination.

The powers and upgrades available all help with the ease of completion of each mission. And depending on which powers and gadgets you choose to take and upgrade–it can change how you play Corvo throughout the game. Some abilities make it easier to avoid contact, while others drive you to engage the enemy–the same can be said for gadgets–some are not necessary if you don’t plan on killing anyone, while others will make killing and surviving melee combat much easier.

There were few things I didn’t like about the game, so few in fact that I find it hard to call them to mind and put down on the proverbial paper. I enjoyed playing the game, and the replay factor is pretty high considering the different ways with which you can go about each mission–as well as whether or not you plan on gathering every artifact and collectible. Let me know what you thought of the game. As of right now, I fully suggest the game!

Impromptucast! Power Cast episode 9 is here.

We’re still doing these? Why yes, yes we are! It’s been quite a while since we were able to post a new episode of the podcast due to time and scheduling issues, as well as some extremely dumb computer issues that have resulted in several “lost” episodes. As such, Marshal and I were feeling the need to record something, so we threw this together on the fly and thus it’s a smaller cast of character than usual; HOWEVER! We were so deadset on making this comeback something special we went so far as to get the London Philharmonic Orchestra to offer the soundtrack to our musings, playing some of the greatest video game music of the past few years! Well, kind of. So kick back, pop in your headphones, and get to know the Power Cords editors a little better!

Power Cast episode 9: Impromptucast!

Featuring: Brendan Hesse, Marshal Ellison

Total run time: 1:01:10

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Marshal (left) and Brendan (right) bein’ fly.

One Lovely Blog Nomination!

Hey, this was a welcome surprise! Power Cords, your friendly neighborhood media blog, has been nominated by a few of our awesome fellow bloggers for the One Lovely Blog award! This is not only a very kind gesture, but also exciting and humbling to know that people find our blog and the silly rantings we post good enough to warrant a nomination. Sure, getting a bunch of views or seeing your followers number grow is exciting, but it’s the comments and feedback like this that really get me excited and motivated to keep doing this in whatever capacity I can. I’d like to thank Hatm0nster of My Two Caps, and Michael of ninetyninepercentgaming for both of their nominations. It means the world to us, truly.

Of course, I couldn’t have done this alone: Marshal has turned our movie section into one of the most interesting and fun to read movie blogs out there; has spearheaded our video content push; and has made the co-editing and managing of Power Cords easier by a thousand fold. Evan, Graeme, Kyle, and Nick have contributed ace content on everything from MMOs and beta events, to super heroes and television shows. And our awesome guest bloggers Michael, Jordan, and Ian have fleshed out Power Cords with amazingly creative articles. All of these guys have helped me realize a goal I’ve been striving for for years: have a successful, fun, and compelling blog, and add a voice (or voices, in this case) to the world-wide community of gamers, film buffs, music nerd, and comic book fans. I’d say we’ve done pretty well so far.

Since we have been nominated, I’ve got a few things to cover in this post. The rules following nomination are:

  •  Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post. (again, thanks dudes!)
  •  Share 7 things about yourself
  •  Nominate 15 bloggers you admire
  • Leave a comment on each of these blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.

So, seven things about me..

  • The only thing I do as much (if not more) than gaming is listen music; specifically old-school death metal and doom/stoner metal (but I dig plenty of other genres as well).
  • I have an unhealthy obsession with podcasts, much like other people do with television.
  • I love reading, both “smart” books and comic books… Almost as much as I love gaming. Almost
  • I’m studying New Media Communication at Oregon State University, nearing the final stretch before my degree.
  • I want to blog/write/talk for a living. Whether than means about music or games, or for an outlet like The Verge or a company like Blizzard or Capcom, I don’t mind one way or the other. I just want to be involved in the industries I love, and be a voice worth hearing.
  • I love watching rugby and soccer, which are uncommon here in America but I love them anyway.
  • Getting to blog with some of my best friends and talk about games, movies, and music with people all over the internet has been a dream come true. The only way it could be better was if we were getting paid 😉

Now, on to 15 blogs I’d nominate as well! In no particular order

These are all great blogs, and I’d recommend each. They all have something special to offer.

Thanks again to everyone who has read, commented, or followed, and thank you for the nominations! We are grateful you thought of us!

Brendan, and the entire Power Cords crew.

Darksiders – Retro Review

With the upcoming release of Darksiders II, I decided to check out the first game in the series. I’ve always been a fan of lore and mythology in video games whether it’s a game like God of War, or Dante’s Inferno, or others such as Age of Mythology. Seeing that this game involves a battle between Heaven, Hell and Humankind–I was very interested in checking it out.

You play as War–one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. When Heaven and Hell first started warring, the Charred Council sent the Four Horsemen to end the War. When you come into play, you’re under the impression that the Seven Seals have been broken, which is the only way you can be summoned. But soon find out that that is not the case. You’ve been somehow called early which is breaking the rules of the Charred Council. The game is you questing to find out who and how you were summoned and to eventually defeat “The Destroyer”.

I had a lot of fun playing Darksiders, from beginning to end. Throughout the game you are faced with many different enemies and many different challenges. Playing as War, you can use a few different items to accomplish everything. You start with your sword–Souleater– and gain a few new weapons along the way such as a scythe and a fist weapon. The game mechanics are similar to that of the God of War series, and Dante’s Inferno. It works off of a strong and quick attack system with combos added into the mix as you go as well as grab attacks and aerial attacks. As you deal damage to your foe, the lower they get and eventually the grab button shows up above their head which initiates an “insta-kill” feature where you finish off the last of your enemies health–very similar to the games mentioned above, but not exactly the same.

If you’re looking for a great hack-n-slash, mob slaying, combo racking, bpss battling, puzzle solving action game–then this is a good game to check out! It’s a lot of fun and if you enjoy it enough, the sequel is coming out soon and you get to play as Death!

Power Cords Presents: Turok Week!

It’s summer, a time of year when I often find myself revisiting old franchises and old games. Since there’s not much on my radar as far as new releases come, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to go back and delve back into in one of my personal favorite franchises, Turok.

Turok has always been overlooked in a lot of ways – be it in games, comics, or even films, and that’s a shame. The premise for the entire franchise — a Native American warrior swept through time and space to a lost land populated by dinosaurs, savage tribes, mutant beasts, advanced technology and mystical beings  – seems like the perfect scenario for videogames, comics, and movies alike.

But due to things such as poor marketing, production delays and cancellations, and admittedly even some low-quality entries in the series, Turok has never quite found his place among the pantheon of comic book heroes he so justly deserves.

So, I’ve decided to do what I can to change that, and reach out to the power cords readers, filling you all in what the best comics and games in the series are, and show that Turok really is a great franchise.

You can expect new articles every day highlighting the best moments in the dinosaur hunter’s long life span, and where to start on your own journey to the Lost Land.

Let Turok Week begin!

Powercast Episode 8: Prom-e3-us

We’re back, once again, with a new episode of Powercast!

In this episode Marshal joins Nick and I(Brendan) in the studio for an in-depth discussion on Prometheus, upcoming movies, and all the big news and games from E3 — including Micosoft, EA, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo’s press conferences, as well as Halo 4, The Last of Us, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed 3, Wii U — and more!

Download below, and be sure to send any questions or comments to askpowercords@gmail.com, or comment below.

We’ll be back soon with some cool new stuff, stay tuned!

Powercast Episode 008: Prom-E3-us

With: Brendan, Marshal, Nick

Length: 2:04:10

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Scott Discusses Blade Runner Movie

Ridley Scott has recently been approached by Collider and asked about the visuals we could expect to see in his upcoming sequel to the much beloved Blade Runner. Rather than go into design specifics he instead just describes the beginning of a particular scene from the film. From what I gather I believe it is the opening scene but whether it is or not has yet to be disclosed.

Scott says that the scene takes place in the middle of nowhere and“there’ll be a vast farmland where there are no hedges or anything in sight and it’s flat like the plains of – where’s the Great Plains in America? Kansas, where you can see for miles.  And it’s dirt, but it’s being raked.  On the horizon is a combine harvester which is futuristic with klieg lights, because it’s dawn.”

He continues to describe how “the harvester is as big as six houses. In the foreground is a small white clapboard hut with a porch as if it was from Grapes Of Wrath. From the right comes a car, coming in about six feet off the ground being chased by a dog. And that’s the end of it, I’m not gonna tell you anything else.”

Regardless of how you felt about Prometheus, it demonstrated that Scott can make an absolutely beautiful film so it can be safe to assume that our jaws are going to be dropping for the Blade Runner sequel. I am curious as to see how to new movie will relate to the original 1982 film. In Prometheus we saw a rather large number of kick-backs to Alien (perhaps an excessive amount) which leads me to wonder what to expect from this new movie as far as references to the original. At this point not a whole lot is known about the film though so it is a little difficult to speculate. One way or another I am incredibly excited about this bad-boy!

So what do you think about the scene he described? What do you think is going to take place in the movie? Leave your thoughts and predictions in the comments below! One way or another I am incredibly excited about this movie.

Power Play Episode 5: More Minecraft

Episode 5 is now up on YouTube. While these videos have been coming out on a daily basis this week that rate is going to slow down to more of a weekly basis or so. Also while we have been coming back to Minecraft as of late there will be a larger variety of games explored in the weeks to come, Minecraft has just been ideal for what we have been looking for. There has also been a lot of work lately going into other possible series and there will potentially be a debut of a new series in the next few weeks or so. So like always subscribe to our channel and if there is anything in particular you would like to see from us please let us know in the comments below!

Power Play Episode 4: Tribes

Nick, Brendan and I play some Tribes Ascend! Unfortunately Brendan is the only talented Tribes player among us but there was some problem with his footage but in the next Tribes Power Play you should be seeing some of Brendan’s skillz in action.

If there are any games you want to see in the future please let us know in the comments below or email us askpowercords@gmail.com! We are totally open to suggestions and would love to get some viewers feedback! And always if you are enjoying our videos please subscribe to us on YouTube!