July 10, 2017

Spider-Man has TRULY come home. [SPOILERS]

Peter Parker has been through hell. He's been fighting for 15 years and only won one or two battles. After crawling, or rather swinging, through the mud and defeating every obstacle, the friendly neighborhood webslinger can finally let out a massive sigh of relief. Marvel Studios has opened their loving arms and shown everyone just how amazing Spider-Man can be.

Imagine you've been making a pie with an old family recipe. You learned it years and years ago and it's not too bad when you make it. Sometimes it comes out rough and burnt but you're just not as good as Grandma. When you visit good ol' Granny, she whips up the pie to perfection and you wonder why you ever tried to do it yourself. Spider-Man: Homecoming is Grandma's pie. The agreement between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios has given us that sweet, delicious dessert that we've been wanting for 15 years. That being said, I want to go over what I loved, liked, thought could've been better, and what you might've missed. This is a full spoiler review so if you have not seen the movie, proceed at your own risk.

February 15, 2016

What is a Meaningful Life?

I'm sitting here at 1:04 AM alone, in the dark, riding the high of 3 red bulls, Fast and Furious 6 and Furious 7. My life is pretty stressful right now but for the most part, it was a decent evening. Alone with my thoughts, I started to get into the "I'm 14 and this is deep" part of the night where I start to think too much and want to tweet things no one cares about. I sent out this tweet and I began to think even more.

What does it mean to have a meaningless or a meaningful life? What is the requirement for saying what you've done with your existence mattered, if it's possible at all?

It could be argued that in the grand scheme of things, nothings that anyone does matters. Within the billions upon billions of years the universe has existed and will continue to do so, we're not even a blip. We are nothing. We're less than nothing.

I don't subscribe to that way of thinking.

If you want to be the optimistic type like myself, you have to first gain an appreciation for what we are; A self-aware species that has risen from the dirt and built into the skies of our planet. We question reality and why we're here. We constantly push the boundaries of our own knowledge and then keep pushing until we frustrate ourselves with what we don't understand yet. We're a beautifully flawed species. The will that we have to survive not only as individuals but as a society and a species is amazing. Every single person reading this for whatever reason is here because of their family lineage and years upon years of evolution and decisions made. 

When you're able to accept those facts, you can begin to fathom the butterfly effect your daily choices might have. I'm going to tell you a story about myself.

In 2008 after already knowing what YouTube was for about a year or so, I began to get involved with the community. A friend introduced me to Philip DeFranco's videos and became somewhat of a fan. I added Phil on MySpace and in a bulletin he had posted, there was a link to a BlogTV broadcaster by the name of Dilliot2k. Dillio was interviewing Phil and this was my first introduction to live broadcasting online. I was curious and started to browse the site. I came to enjoy different live shows and began making friends in the BlogTV and YouTube community. Names like JoeGates5, Bobolish, CaitlinBell8, and Lorax1515 populate my earliest memories of those days. I hung out in the chats of broadcasters and would broadcast myself every now and then. I ended up becoming friends with a handful of English BlogTVers and we made one of those god-awful YouTube collab channels that were so popular back in the day. This began my love and entry into the YouTube world for real.

Groups of friends came and went but a particular pair of friends would change everything for me. Their names are Paul and Matt. We were on the lines of BlogTV and YouTube. We had a lot of friends in both communities and we loved them. Inspired by the YouTube gatherings made popular by Cory Williams and Corey Vidal afterwards, we gathered our resources and began planning out own. With the direct help of Corey and Kevin "Nalts" Nalty, the 789 Gathering happened in the summer of 2009. After campaigning and making terrible info videos, around 500 people gathered in New York City to celebrate the community we belonged to. Rapper and Viner Destorm Power was there. Cofounder of Maker Studios Shay Butler was there. Good Mythical Morning hosts Rhett McLaughlin and Link Lamont. Mitchell Davis. Corey Vidal. MysteryGuitarMan Joe Penna, DaveDays, MakeMeBad35. Kevjumba. Names that people around during that time of YouTube will remember quite well and the list is a lot longer than that.

That event spawned friendships and business connections that I still hear about to this day. About a year later came the first VidCon, helmed by VlogBrothers Hank and John Green. During the event I was fortunate enough to run into and introduce myself to Hank. It's a tiny thing to anyone else but he told me that 789 (and I assume the earlier gatherings as well) was an inspiration to what would become the annual online video event for the following 5 years. It has gone on to bring the community together, foster new friendships and business relationships.

That series of events means something to someone somewhere. I made that impact in someone's life purely because I decided to hang out with a friend after school and let him to show me YouTube videos.. Corey Vidal and Cory Williams had an impact because of the events they did. People everywhere have an impact because of the paths and choices they decide to take every day.

All of that being said, the ripples that small decisions make can grow tremendously. A kind word to a stranger in Starbucks could put them in a better mood and cause them to treat their family better. Letting someone turn out of their driveway could cause them or you to avoid a car accident later that day. Letting a friend know that they were on your mind for a split second could help them get through a rough time in life. Those positive moments that you give to people make your life worth it. Those tiny choices you make can change someone's life.

On a universal scale, maybe none of us are important. Maybe humanity will blink out of existence as fast as it began. That's not the scale that matters. If you think about the here and now, you matter. If you think about the hundreds of years of ancestors you have and you will leave behind, you matter. If you think about the friends and family you have, you matter.

Because you matter, live your life like you do. Be kind. Be generous. Be humble. Be gracious. Be a positive force in the world. Hundreds of years from now, the ripples of your life will last through generations whether you believe it or not.

So... What is a meaningful life? It's exactly what you're doing right now, the next day, and the next day. 
Live like you matter, because you do.

August 20, 2014

Summoner's Con: A place to celebrate League Of Legends

League of Legends, the free-to-play MOBA from Riot Games, has become the largest online game in the past 4 years. Upwards of 27 million people play the game globally. To put that into a bit of perspective, that's more people playing a video game than live in all of Australia. This massive collection of players have a dominating online presence on Reddit and other social media platforms. Despite the gargantuan following the game has, there hasn't been that much "IRL" presence outside of conventions such as PAX or Anime conventions along with Riot's own 'esports' live events. This November, Summoner's Con plans to be the place dedicated to League of Legends and bring the community together for the community for the first time.
To find out more about Summoner's Con, head under the cut.

April 26, 2014

The Universim - A fresh look at the simulation genre

Over the past couple of years, I personally feel like the god and simulation genres have been going in a less than satisfactory direction. There have been quite a few niche simulation games such as Prison Architect and the fairly viral Goat Simulator. Those are all well and good but a game hasn't made me feel like a proper deity of sorts for a long time. Many hopefuls like myself looked towards Peter Molyneux's current project Godus. Sadly, a lot of hope has been lost for it after the slew of communication with the backers along with slow development updates.

A new game in development now seems like it may quench my unreasonable thirst for feeling like a god in a living world. The Universim is now up for backing on Kickstarter and I believe it's worth every penny.

For more information and my expectations of The Universim, head under the cut.

April 16, 2013

The Boston Marathon and Displays of Humanity

Monday, April 15th was a difficult, emotional, and more or less terrifying day for many people in Boston, Massachusetts. There were explosive devices planted around the finish line for the annual Boston marathon. Individuals from various countries line up together and run the 26-some mile marathon together. Around 3 PM, two of the many explosive devices were set off killing a few and injuring around 100 people. As with any nationwide or global event these days, the internet was abuzz. People, well known and not, posted their thoughts, reactions, updates, and any thing else you can think could be posted in relation to this type of event. What I noticed a lot of was negativity. There was plenty about praying and sending good thoughts but that was definitely overshadowed (in my opinion) by the extreme lack of faith in humanity today. Every half hour or so, I'd see another acquaintance presenting their distaste in humanity, how sick of the world they are, or how they don't want to live in a place like this. My only real reaction to any of these were, "Shut the hell up." If you've lost faith in humanity as a whole, you do not pay attention.

If you're prepared for a rant, go ahead and head under the cut. (WARNING: Images used in this post may be too vulgar, gory or NSFW for many. Please keep this in mind before continuing.)

March 12, 2013

Starting Fresh... Nope.

I often times hear people talk say they want to start fresh or they need a brand new start. They want to give up what they have at the moment and do a complete 180 to better their life. This isn't too outlandish of an idea and I constantly have this same feeling more often than not. It truly is a pleasant thing to think about. Getting rid of everything negative and venturing off into a wonderland of good fortune and success sounds lovely, right? The only problem is, is that there is no restart button on life. We can't just hit save and start a new game. (Even though that'd be sort of cool. I wonder how much space a save file would take...) If you wish you could start fresh, stop. I had a recent revelation and I'm going to stop trying to start over.

If you've read anything that I have on here already, you might be aware of the fact that things were going pretty well then I sort of poofed. I just lost all sorts of inspiration to write and share ideas and I gave up on it for a long while. It wasn't the best feeling in the world but I just couldn't force myself to do anything. It's been that way for a lot of different aspects of my life recently and I do believe I'm ready to break out of it.

After being "gone" for so long and some very recent changes in my life, I've decided I'm done with procrastinating. It's time that I just do things. No resets. No restarts. I'm going to work with what I have and continue on with it. I want to work on my writing. I want to live a healthier life. I want to move to somewhere new. None of that will happen if I just wait. So here's my public declaration that there will be less waiting and more doing. Here's hoping it works.

- Tori

January 15, 2013

Tron: Uprising - An on point expansion of an already fantastic universe.

Disney made magic of a different kind back in 1982 with the release of the original Tron. It was a fascinating and fulfilling world inspired by the newly growing world of video games at the time. Gaining somewhat of a cult following, fans branched across generations and gave way for Tron: Legacy in 2010, another visually exciting film. The movie blasted the series' popularity up and thus, Tron Uprising was created. With beautiful animation and an entire world to be explored, it is definitely worth checking into.

For more on Tron Uprising, head under the cut.

January 10, 2013

Is Sexy Coming Back Again? - Justin Timberlake teases a return to music

Besides for the fact that it's my birthday, today is definitely a cause for celebration. It's been 6 years since he brought sexy back but Justin Timberlake might just be making a comeback to the music scene. His FutureSex/LoveSounds album, released over 6 years ago, gained four time platinum status in the US. It featured artists such as T.I., Timbaland and Will.I.Am along with more included on a deluxe version.

Little is known at the moment, but the video below titled 'I'm Ready' was released on his YouTube today with Timberlake himself voicing his thoughts on his music and what he's done thus far.

At the moment, when you go to www.justintimberlake.com, you are redirected to the video. Here, you can X out the video which then reveals a countdown leading up to midnight on Sunday night. Needless to say, they want people to know. For more information, I suggest you sign up to the mailing list on JT's website or subscribe to Justin Timberlake's YouTube Channel and hope they give us a bit more to get excited about soon.

I've included Cry Me A River by JT via Spotify just to remind us all why we should be excited for a comeback.

January 8, 2013

Nintendo/Pokemon announce new generation games. X and Y!

I know that I just did a Pokémon related post but this news is just too big to contain. A few days ago it was announced that there'd be a big announcement on Pokemon.com via the official Pokémon twitter account and sure enough, there was. Just three years after the release of the first Generation 5 game, Nintendo and Gamefreak will be releasing a game feature a 6th generation of Pokémon. Those games will be Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

The trailer for the new games and a run down of what you can expect in them is under the HM 01. (Cut)

PokéMMO: A long awaited community-made Pokemon game

For nearly 15 years now Pokémon has been on American soil in the form of cartoons, books and most notably, games. In 1998, the first generation of  Pokémon games were released by Nintendo and Gamefreak. Since then, the game universe has gone from 151 creatures spread across a single region to 649 spread across 5 different lands to explore. Each new installment gives fans more things to learn and experience while still maintaining the same final goal; Catch all known Pokémon and become a Pokémon master. Although each generation has been fantastic and has expanded more and more on interaction with people around the globe, I, much like the rest of the Pokémon community, have felt like something has been missing; Online multiplayer. In a world where you can catch and test the skill of Pokémon, it only seems to make sense to be thrown in a world of other people trying to be the best. That's where PokéMMO comes in.

To learn more about PokéMMO, venture below the cut.