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[MIXTAPE REVIEW] NonSenze AKA Dork Geniuz – GameDork: Eat Sleep Kill Robots (Part 1)

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[LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA] On this mixtape review we are debuting Dork/Gamer/Hip-Hop-Nerdcore Producer/Artist and Writer NonSenze with his latest mixtape GAMEDORK: Eat Sleep Kill Robots. One thing that really stands out about NonSenze is his inspiration for his music, from 80’s /90’s Hip-Hop, Rock, R&B, old-school video games, zombie flicks, marijuana, movies & basically all things that are apart of the geek culture. While growing up in the era of Hip-Hop, where it was extremely important to sound original. Nonsenze tried to utilize what he’s learned from the greats of the past and present, to attempt to inspire future artist to find that spark of creativity.

Part 1 of 2 mixtapes, GAMEDORK: Eat Sleep Kill Robots has eighteen tracks. All titled with tracks inspired from his passed from video games, movies, and moments. Let’s see what I think about Nonsenze’s project with my review.

[01. I LOVE GOLD] Starting off the mixtape, we have a very familiar sample in the hook. Remember in the Austin Powers movie, the Mike Myers character Goldmember yelling “I Love Gold“. One thing that I find to be really makes the track stand out is Nonsenze’s flow, it really just entices you to listen more. Nonsenze is also very witty with his lyrics.

[03. DEAR PRINCESS] I really like the 8-bit retro gaming production on this track. Nonsenze and featured artist My Purple Monkey go in-depth with their story-telling on their adventure to go and save Princess Peach. I love the Super Mario samples and references. Nonsenze gets romantic on this one.

five_nights_at_freddy_s_banner_by_trycon1980-d93mp8i[05. FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S] Even though I’ve never seen or played Five Nights At Freddys, but I’m very familiar with how popular it is. I decided to look it up and Five Nights at Freddy’s, is a point-and-click survival mystery horror video game created by Scott Cawthon. That sounds pretty badass, and Nonsenze opened the door to this video game. In the track he describes how long his shift will be (level), trying to survive the game seems intense. I love the hook! It’s extremely catchy!

[07. IM FLOATING] This track is dope, it reminds me of a mix of Gym Class Heroes with a dash of Outkast. Nonsenze is so descriptive with his story-telling. I can visualize everything he mentions. Nonsenze talks about how his floating alone and in his own element. I really like his flow on this one.

Pokemon-19[08. GOTTA CATCH EM’ ALL] If it’s not obvious, this track is about Pokemon. The production brings a dark element to the track while Nonsenze mentions a list of Pokemon he’s attempting to catch. Searching for Pokemon has become an epidemic since it’s taking over Nonsenze’s reality. Who can blame him? I feel the same way… How many Pokemon does Nonsenze mention on this track?

B4q9ITyCQAEiZnW[12. SUPER NINTENDO] How can you not like this track? Nonsenze goes in with the Biggie Sample of Super Nintendo Sega Genesis! I like the switch up from the original track. Nonsenze video game references are on point. He talks about eating weak rappers like Kirby.

[14. SHOVEL CROSS] I like how this track isn’t really about video games. I feel Nonsenze really opens up on this track. He even mentions how he feels about his dads passing. How he feels about rappers who can’t cut it. And how can I not catch The Flash references in the hook regarding Barry Allen’s speed. ⚡️ (Geeked Out, Huge Fan of The Flash Here). The track also features hip-hop artist Geoh. I found this track to be a dope listen and something you can vibe too!

[17. WELCOME TO THE SURFACE] Nonsenze brings to life what life is like on the surface. Unfortunately it’s not the paradise you’ll think of. It’s more like the struggle and the misinformed following along without thinking the consequences. I really get a Kanye West vibe on this one. This is the eye opener track.

IMG_2469This concludes my review of Nonsenze’s mixtape GameDork: Eat Sleep Kill Robots (Part 1). Out of the 18 Track project, I was able to breakdown the ones I found to really stand out to me. I find Nonsense’s music is for everyone, but is the perfect backdrop for skateparks, Adult Swim randomness, video games, stoner activities and so much more.

Stay tuned on NikkiSiixx.com where we will be going in on GAMEDORK: Eat Sleep Kill Zombies another mixtape brought to you by Nonsenze! This kid stays busy besides making music, he also has his own Youtube Channel dedicated to gaming! Make sure you subscribe and follow up with Nonsenze on all his social media links below:

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[GAMING] Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 2 – Children Of Arkham Part 1,2,3 via @Mosthated81

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Mik3L brings us a 3 part series for Chapter 2 of BATMAN: The Telltale Series. You can watch the entire walkthrough but there’s no commentary. So in a way it feels like you’re playing it. Enjoy the gameplay while he takes on the second chapter of BATMAN: The Telltale Series.

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[UPCOMING GAMING EVENT] Super League – Play Minecraft In A Movie Theatre

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Super League is the world’s first and biggest video game league that takes place in movie theaters worldwide. Bringing gamers of all ages together for a social, face-to-face gameplay experience on the big screen, Super League is establishing theatre auditoriums as the ultimate place to play some of the world’s most popular games.

To date, Minecraft is arguably the world’s most popular game, with over 70 million people having purchased it and more than 42 million Minecraft-related videos currently uploaded to YouTube.

How it works:
Gamers will bring their laptop into the movie theatre and connect to the Super League server. Once connected, they’ll join a lobby with up to 100 other gamers at the event. Teams will be formed and gamers will embark on 90 minutes of Minecraft fun.

For Fall 2016, Super League will be offering two ways to play Minecraft in a movie theatre: Minecraft Adventure and Metropolis Madness.

Minecraft Adventure is series of “one-day” events running every Tuesday and Saturday of the week from September 20 to October 1. Each event will feature different worlds, themes, and games. Minecraft Adventure events are standalone – tickets are purchased on an event-by-event basis, and teams are formed in the theatre before the start of each event. Tickets are $20 each.

Metropolis Madness is a four-week “league” running once a week from October 19 to November 9. The league and all of its games feature a “city” theme, drawing from historical US landmarks – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Alcatraz Island, Central Park, and more. Tickets must be purchased for the whole league upfront. The $80 cost of admission includes entry to all four events.

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[GAMING] BATMAN: The Telltale Series via Mik3L

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Mik3L starts a youtube gaming channel, and we have his gameplay on BATMAN: The Telltale Series. You can watch the entire walkthrough but there’s no commentary. So in a way it feels like you’re playing it. There’s a good eight parts to the first chapter/episode in the game. Enjoy the playlist while he takes on the first chapter of BATMAN: The Telltale Series.

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[GAMER TIME] – Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness

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In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that I absolutely love the Star Ocean series. Star Ocean III: Til the End of Time is one of my top 10 favorite games ever, so I originally had no intention of being objective with this review. Other media had panned this game severely and I felt like it was up to me to defend it and big up its good qualities.

But then I actually played the game.

After the first five minutes, I didn’t feel that immediate engagement factor. Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness just kinda starts and before too long you’re off adventuring trying to save your hometown from bandits or something. While that may be refreshing for some JRPG players who are sick of games in the the genre taking upwards of 15 hours to get to the good part, that quickened pace comes at the sacrifice of the story’s length. You can complete the main game in a little over 20 hours, so if you were looking for a sprawling space epic, this is the wrong place.

Runnin' through these pretty towns with my woes

Runnin’ through these pretty towns with my woes

The game does have good qualities about it though, and mainstream critics have been way too harsh. Battles are fun, the English voice acting is really good, and it’s beautiful to look at. However, this isn’t the triumphant return of a much beloved series. Not even a little. I outlined the good parts of the game in my video review above so definitely check that out for more in depth analysis on what Star Ocean V does and doesn’t do.

The cancel system and customizable move-sets keep combat pretty entertaining.

The cancel system and customizable move-sets keep combat pretty entertaining.

Keep it locked to NikkiSiixx for more on the latest in geek culture and follow me on Twitter @SpiegelDFE if you want to pick my brain about the state of JRPGs nowadays.

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[Gamer Time] – Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst

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The original Mirror’s Edge was something of a cult classic so the fact that the long awaited sequel actually came out is something of an accomplishment already. The way it uses next gen technology to improve on the mechanics that made the first game unique should net developer DICE considerable props.

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst isn’t just a re-tread of old ideas but, while trying to expand on its formula, the game unfortunately experiences a few stumbles. The addition of an open world to explore seems like it fits right in with modern gaming trends, but over-reliance on timed side missions take away from what could have been a well paced story.

First day out the feds.

First day out the feds.

The game world looks beautiful and very interesting. However, and i’m not sure if i’m in the minority here, the amount of bright white surfaces found all over the city of glass gave me a bit of a headache and made me wish I had sunglasses. Combat was a nice surprise in this game and is much improved from the first game. If you want to see it in motion, definitely make sure to check out the full video review embedded above.

How you gonna call for backup when I just turned your larynx to spaghetti?

How you gonna call for backup when I just turned your larynx to spaghetti?

Overall, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is pretty good but certain design choices hold it back. If you want to check out the song I mentioned at the beginning of the video, here’s a link. For more game related content, follow me on Twitter @SpiegelDFE and be sure to keep checking back on NikkiSiixx.com for more news and reviews.

 

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[Gamer Time] – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan

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Platinum Games is known for dropping hits so, after hearing that they were picking up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license, there was cause for celebration. Following on the heels of the excellent Transformers: Devastation (reviewed here) the game seemed poised for success.

Early footage made it look like it was going to mimic Transformers in a lot of ways. Something about how the characters moved and the way combos linked made it seem like the only difference was that the turtles didn’t transform. Luckily, that isn’t the case and this game has a unique style of its own. Action is fluid and fun, but there are points where you can tell Platinum Games was just working on too much stuff at once.

You ever ran up on a helicopter before?

You ever ran up on a helicopter before?

The usual Platinum Games polish is missing from this title and at times it was reminiscent of the studio’s notably lackluster Legend of Korra game. It’s easy to point the finger and say they didn’t try that hard since it’s just a quick cash-grab licensed title, but with how well their other licensed games have turned out, that would be wrong. Mutants in Manhattan definitely has a lot going for it so the initial negative reviews shouldn’t be taken as gospel.

You definitely want that Warp Dash on point for the boss fights.

You definitely want that Warp Dash on point for the boss fights.

Check out the video review for more in depth thoughts from me, make sure to keep checking nikkisiixx.com for more gaming content and follow me on Twitter to see what i’m playing @SpiegelDFE.

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[Video Games]: First Impression – Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven

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If there’s one thing I can’t resist, it’s video games based on anime. I don’t know what it’s been about the past year, but it feels like more anime games are getting demos which is super great for people who may not be quite sure if a particular title is worth taking a chance on. Such is the case, for me at least, with the latest game based on Jojo’s Bizarre adventure.

I’ve watched Jojo before, but I’m not super deep into it. However, people on Twitter always seem to be going bananas about it, so there must be something special about it. The above video is my first time every playing a Jojo game and, even with my limited knowledge of the anime it’s based on, I had a blast with it. Thanks to the demo, I can tell that there is a lot to this game and it won’t be something only the hardcore fans can appreciate.

So.. The dog has a Stand too? Like, the dog fights people? That's not your typical anime dog...

So.. The dog has a Stand too? Like, the dog fights people? That’s not your typical anime dog…

What surprised me the most about this demo was how it gives you a good grasp of this game’s cinematic presentation. Most demos and betas are happy to just put a multiplayer mode with a couple characters in front of you and say “go ham” which leaves you wondering about whether or not it can entertain you when you’re gaming solo. I got little snippets of the series’ humor and although I have yet to see Jotaro and Jean-Pierre in my JJBA viewing, I feel like i’ve known them for time.

All in all, it was a pretty good demo. For more anime/gaming content follow me on Twitter @SpiegelDFE and keep up with the latest in Geek Culture by staying on NikkiSiixx!

 

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[Video Games]: First Impression – One Piece: Burning Blood

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One Piece: Burning Blood is the latest game from Spike Chunsoft, the crew behind J-Stars Victory. It controls a lot like it’s predecessor, focusing less on crazy combos but trying to build hype moments through easy accessibility and flashy ultimate moves. I’m a pretty recent One Piece fan so i’m hesitant to grab the game for fear of spoilers, but it was so fun to play that depending what sort of single player offerings there are, I might just ramp up my viewing of the anime.

The above video is a quick match I played against one of my buddies after downloading the title to see what it was like. One Piece: Burning Blood comes out on May 31st in North America and is a perfect fit for fans of the anime who may not be into traditional/more complicated fighters.  Follow me on twitter to stay up on all the different games I’m playing for nikkisiixx.com.

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[GAMING] HailHavoc.net Plays – Gears of War 4 Beta

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J_dB9BMmCheck it out our homie over at HailHavoc.net brings us his latest Let’s Play Episode with the recent Gears of War 4 BETA. He brings us his live multiplayer DEATHMATCH. Also, they’re taking a minor break from their Dead Space series. Watch how many enemies Havoc takes out! Great gameplay and dope narration, he makes you feel you’re both chilling on the couch taking turns on GOW4B.

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Video Games: [First Impression] Overwatch Beta

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It’s been an absolutely packed weekend for people who wanted to participate in betas. Overwatch, Doom and Battleborn were all simultaneously going on. With so many games and so little time, I had to pick what I really wanted to play and that ended up being Overwatch. Blizzard’s team-based shooter absolutely oozes personality and is a lot of fun to play. After trying a few of the characters, I decided that Widowmaker was my favorite so I took the footage I recorded of my playing as her and added a little commentary.

Overwatch drops on May 24, so check the video to see what I thought of the game in the meantime and make sure to follow me on twitter to stay up on all the different games I’m playing for nikkisiixx.com.

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[GAMING] NikkiSiixx Gaming Moments – Star Wars Battlefront VOL ONE

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If you didn’t know I’m actually a huge gamer! I’ve been playing since an early age and just love the gaming community. I decided to gather some of my dopest gaming moments and added a bit of commentary. One the first VOL, I have my newbie clips when playing Star Wars Battlefront.

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Video Games: [First Impression] Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo

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In what has to be the craziest plot twist in a minute, Final Fantasy XV ACTUALLY has a release date. The folks announced that the long awaited JRPG which has been in development since 2006 will be gracing our consoles on Septembber 30th 2016. While this is more of a second impression, since I played the Episode Duscae demo they put out a while ago, I feel this should still be a part of this series because it gives you a very different look at what the game has to offer.

Enjoy the commentary! Follow me on Twitter for more game related content and be sure to keep it locked to nikkisiixx.com