Fight Against Mutants For Your Life In Metro: Last Light

Posted by Bob Muir on Dec 12, 2012 in Videogames

Metro: Last Light

Metro 2033 was a pleasant surprise when it released in 2010. Work has been progressing on the sequel, Metro: Last Light, which means we’ll soon be able to return to post-apocalyptic Russia and fight creepy super-powered mutants. The latest trailer, called “Genesis,” recounts the story of how God made the Earth in seven days, before concluding that he either left or died on the seventh day, because the excrement has hit the fan. If I was living underground in a metro system fighting horrible monsters, I’d probably feel that way too. Read more…

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You Can Never Have Too Many Guns

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Dec 23, 2010 in Videogames

Borderlands 1

You don’t have to be a card carrying member of the NRA to appreciate a wide selection of projectile weaponry. In fact, anyone who has spent enough time playing first-person shooters would tell you that nothing beats having options and that’s exactly what you get when you play Borderlands. The title reportedly contains close to 17,000,000 weapons — though, arguably they’re mostly variants. The game hit consoles late last year and garnered plenty of positive reviews, so I have to wonder why they’ve waited so long to make the game avaialble for download via PSN or Xbox Live! 

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Avoiding a Net Apocalypse

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 24, 2010 in Tech

This interesting video features David Eagleman giving a chat on what do if the internet were to go down. It’s part of a larger lecture on Six Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization. At first this concept seems laughable to me because the internet as we know it was originally designed by the military (arpanet) to survive multiple points of failure. However after having seen events like 9/11, Katrina and now the chaos caused by a single volcano bringing Europe to a standstill the notion of war or global power outages seems less absurd.

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Mighty Samson: Mauling the Many Mutants of N’Yark

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 22, 2010 in Comic Books

Mighty Samson Archives Volume 1

So many of the post-apocalyptic films from Mad Max to Escape from New York all owe a little something to Mighty Samson which was a comic book series published by Gold Key Comics back in 1964. The team of Otto Binder (writing) and Frank Thorne (illustration) created their vision of N’Yark which was one corner of planet Earth devastated by a nuclear war. The series lasted until 1982 and the faded into obscurity so I’m glad to see that starting in June Dark Horse will be releasing Mighty Samson Archives Volume 1. The first volume features the first seven comics from the series — here are some covers and interior pages from that era to give you a taste the mutants that roam the former streets of the big apple: Read more…

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The Road: Can It Escape My Gloom & Doom on Silly Post-Apocalyptic Films?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 8, 2009 in Cinema, Pulp Fiction

This is the second trailer for The Road which is due on November 25th. Normally I’m slightly pessimistic about post-apocalyptic films recently, however any film that’s based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy has a great deal of potential. In fact my understanding was that the film was moved to its current release date because it might be an Oscar contender which is also a good sign. Read more…

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The Book of Eli: Denzel Does Mad Max

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 25, 2009 in Cinema

Normally I’d slag this film out of the gate — however Denzel Washington gives me some hope that The Book of Eli might be interesting (and Gary Oldman too!). Although the plot sounds kind of like we’ve heard it before: “A lone hero must fight his way across the wasteland of post-apocalyptic America to protect a sacred book that holds the key to saving the future of humanity.” Maybe it would be nice if folks would read a book every now and then in pre-apocalyptic America? Read more…

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Panic in Year Zero: A Post-Apocalyptic Father Knows Best

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 5, 2009 in Cinema, Horror

Panic in Year Zero: Film Poster from 1962

This is where science fiction ends and fact begins! On this day in 1962 the post-apocalyptic film Panic in Year Zero opened. The film was directed by Ray Milland and also stars him in the lead role of Harry Baldwin, a man who takes his family out on a simple fishing trip only to find out that that loud noise that they heard was the destruction of Los Angles by a nuclear attack. But it turns out that radiation sickness, looters and killers are the real issues of the day — what’s makes you civilized is the ability for a man to get a decent shave: Read more…

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