Ready for Big Adventure? It's A Music Festival + Comic Con All In One
Big Adventure, coming to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, is first and foremost about music, comedy, cosplay, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, and comics… alright, perhaps that’s not “first and foremost.” But at the very least, you won’t ever be bored. Right off the bat, the lineup is stunning to look at.
On the live stage, we have the insane combination of Empire of the Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram, and Cold War Kids. On the dance stage, there’s no shortage of talented up-and-comers or legend acts when you’ve got Rusko, What So Not, Bonnie x Clyde, Ducky, Feed Me, Luca Lush, Bro Safari, Party Thieves, Chime, and Nitti Gritti all on one stage.
On the comedy stage, there’s Patton Oswalt and Jim Jefferies headlining, as well as Kristen Schaal from ‘The Last Man on Earth,’ Natasha Leggero from ‘Last Comic Standing,’ and Rhys Darby from ‘Flight of the Conchords.’
Beyond just the music and comedy, the event will also feature celebrity guests and panels, cosplay, video and tabletop gaming, live podcasts, and so much more.
Biting off more than they can chew? Perhaps, but this event is produced by SGE who have a proven track record of fantastic events like Lost Lands, Moonrise Festival, MUSINK, and more.
“More than just a comic con, more than just a festival, Big Adventure really is a one-of-a-kind celebration of pop culture and fandom in all forms,” says Big Adventure co-producer Rob Tweedie. “I’ve waited in my fair share of comic con lines over the years, sometimes even overnight. I love the tangible, face-to-face fan experience and the freedom to be yourself that the cons offer. Our goal is to combine that great sense of wonder and community with the excitement and energy of an outdoor festival to create an authentic entertainment event that is truly unique and out-of-this-world. Big Adventure has been a passion project for us at SGE for a while and we’re buzzing with excitement to see it come to life with all of you.”
Tickets to see any of the top live acts or comedy acts could run you close to $100, but even the ultimate VIP ticket for this event is just $250; Early Bird Single Day tickets start at only $39.50 (plus fees) and Early Bird Weekend tickets start at $69.50 (plus fees), while supplies last. It’s an absolute steal.
A limited number of Alt 98.7 pre-sale tickets for Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure will be available on Thursday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Visit www.ALT987.com for more information and how to obtain presale passwords.
General tickets for Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure go on sale Friday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. PT at www.BigAdventureFest.com.
"Fortnite" Players Will Receive Compensation For Sever Downtime
Fortnite hit a snag this week when gamers across the globe were faced with account verification issues among other unnecessary and obnoxious glitches that kept them from enjoying the game. Game developers Epic Games was forced to take Fortnite fline to fix the bugs in the servers, which propelled fans the game into a fury. Now, Epic Games is rewarding gamers with a few freebies as they return the servers to a fully functioning status.
Epic Games' blog wrote in a post, It’s been no secret that over the past 24 hours we’ve been experiencing issues with our services that have prevented many you from playing Battle Royale and Save the World. We’re sorry. We know how frustrating this has been. We messed up here." This is correct. They continue on to write, "As thanks for being awesome and patient, we’re doing the following:
-For Battle Royale players, this weekend we’ll be fering a Back Bling gift that you can pick up in the store for free.
-For our Save the World folks, this weekend we will be fering a Troll Stash Llama in the loot tab for free."
They also announced that they will be giving Battle Stars to Battle Royale gamers and Seasonal Gold to Save the World gamers. Now that's how you handle a server shutdown.
"God Of War" Receives Perfect Scores From Nearly Every Gaming Publication
Being hailed as the best video game in the God War series is no easy feat. Kratos has led gamers on some the most epic adventures all time throughout his time as Sony's most brutal and engaging star character. I have always been a Nintendo and Xbox player, but after playing the first God War at a friend's house almost four years after its initial release, I went and bought a PlayStation 2 from a pawn shop just to play the first two titles at home. Then, when God War III dropped, I planted myself at my homie's house to use his PlayStation 3 to play the game. There has been no game series that fers epic boss battles and an engaging and suspenseful story that satisfies gamers bloodlust better than the God War series... and this is coming from an Xbox One gamer.
The latest entry in the series, simply titled God War, is a st reboot that takes Kratos out his normal Greek setting and instead places him against Nordic deities. God War is currently one the best-reviewed games all time. Metacritic, which aggregates reviews media products in the same method Rotten Tomatoes takes scores from all over the web to find an average, currently has the game sitting at 95%. That is based on dozens perfect reviews from trusted entertainment sites such as IGN, Polygon, The Guardian and Giant Bomb, which all gave the game a perfect score. Game Informer and Gamespot gave God War near perfect reviews, which stopped it from reaching an aggregated perfect score.
Pick this game up. If you don't have a PlayStation 4, do what I am going to do and cop one. Trust me.
"The King of Kong" Star Gamer Billy Mitchell Stripped Of World Record & Banned
Billy Mitchell was revered as one the most legendary gamers all time. He was renown for becoming the first gamer ever to reach the one million point achievement in the classic Donkey Kong video game, but his record is being stripped away from him. Twin Galaxies, a company that tracks video game records and high scores and relays them to Guinness World Records, released a statement that rescinds all previous records held by Mitchell.
Twin Galaxies stated,"Based on the complete body evidence presented in this ficial dispute thread, Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously decided to remove all Billy Mitchell's scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards." A keen-eyed gamer named Jeremey Young noticed that Mitchell's recordings breaking the record revealed that he was not playing on the original arcade console, which is a requirement for Twin Galaxies and Guinness. After an extensive investigation, it was discerned that Mitchell used an emulator to achieve the record.
"The rules for submitting scores for the original arcade Donkey Kong competitive leaderboards requires the use original arcade hardware only," writes Twin Galaxies. "The use MAME or any other emulation stware for submission to these leaderboards is strictly forbidden."
Metro Boomin Brands Future "A New Legend"
Metro Boomin may seem like a a larger than life figure, but he came up like the rest us, played video games, flicked through comics. He disclosed his normie traits in an exclusive interview with Montreality. Beyond the reasonable connection he makes with his fans, he also proves on more than one occasion that he's a student the game. Metro aptly demonstrates that his day reckoning is well past him, he's in it for the long haul.
He credits Gucci, T.I. and Jeezy as the major three involved in evolving the trap sound from a rapper's perspective and Zaytoven, Shawty Redd Drumma Boy and Fatboi as the main innovators behind the sound. Unsurprisingly he saves his greatest praise for Future, who he credits as being a man before his time. Metro laments a period in which "they (rap fans) didn't appreciate it (Future's music) then because they wanted hood music and weren't getting it."
Metro's closing statement was directed at his younger fans. He advised the kids to do a lil' something every day: No days f. Metro comes acrossas a humble person during the interview which can be viewed in its entirety right below. 2017 was Metro's banner year, and it looks like he's got a sneaky lead on 2018 as well.
New "God Of War" Game Play Reveals More Mature Story
God War is one the best video games series for the PlayStation console. In fact, it may be one the best video game series ever. The first installment the series was released in 2005, and since then, protagonist Kratos has slaughtered his way to video game stardom. Mixing the elements Greek mythology and ancient folklore, developer Santa Monica Studios struck gold and they haven't looked back since.
Santa Monica Studios and Sony Interactive Entertainment have returned in 2018 with another installment God War for the PS4. The story takes place after Kratos has fled Greece, and now the brutal warrior is stationed in the Norwegian area. Norse mythology will set the background for this installment, and we may even see renditions Odin, Thor, and Loki, popular Marvel characters that are based on Norse mythology. Kratos' son, Atreus, will also play a main role in the game.
Gamestop recently got their hands on the highly anticipated video game, and they revealed that the gameplay has evolved. "Kratos is a stranger in the Nordic land he finds himself in, and he relies on his son to teach him about Norse culture and to decipher the people's runes and language," stated the gaming site. Gamestop also reveals that Atreus helps out in combat.
The story surrounding Kratos and his son has been teased as a more mature experience. Speaking with The Verge, God War director Cory Barlog stated, “I wanted to tell a far more intimate story. I want to take a character that everyone thinks that they know and show that there’s actually hidden depth and dimension.”
God Of War hits shelves on April 20, and is expected to take 25-30 hours to complete.
So Sad: Boy Shoots His 13-Year-Old Sister Dead Over Video Game Controller
Tragedy hit a Mississippi home on Saturday when things got out control over a video game.
A 13-year-old girl was killed by her 9-year-old brother after she refused to give up her video game controller. Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said the girl was shot in the back the head and she later died from her injuries at Le Bonheur’s Children’s Hospital on Sunday.
Authorities still don’t know how the 9-year-old had access to the weapon or how much he knew about the dangers the gun.
“This is all new ground for us, we’ve never dealt with a kid shooting a kid at age 9,” Cantrell said. “We don’t know yet what kind charges or if charges will be pressed. We want to make sure we’re doing everything correctly.”
The sheriff said the investigation will not be rushed and they hope to keep the identities the family under wraps, .
We’ll keep you updated if more major info surfaces.
Hip-Hop's 10 Biggest Gamers
In case you missed it, Drake and Travis Scott's historical foray into Fortnite livestreaming ultimately went on to break Twitch records. Yet Drizzy's digital escapades were but one chapter in a long marriage hip-hop and gaming. Plenty prolific and legendary rappers have proven adept in the digital era, and you'd be surprised at how competitive they can get. Perhaps the two worlds are closer than we might think.
While it's unclear whether or not Drake will continue down this geek-friendly path, here are ten the rappers who already have earned their stripes as bonafide gamers. Some them might even surprise you.
Trump To Discuss Gun Violence & School Shootings With Video Game Association
After denying previous contact with the White House, the Entertainment Stware Association (ESA) announced they will be having a sit down with President Donald Trump this Thursday. The ESA is best-known for their rating system adorned on video game covers, the ESRB. Their goal is to help regulate what content is suitable for gamers; particularly young gamers. The company stated the upcoming meeting will be an "opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings, our industry’s commitment to parents, and the tools we provide to make informed entertainment choices."
White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated this meeting will revolve around gun violence and school shootings; a highly-contested topic surrounding video games. This appears to be Trump's response to the recent school shootings. He went on the record to say, "I'm hearing more and more people say the level violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts."
The ESA holds their stance, claiming there is no evidence pointing to a relationship between video game consumption and violence. "Video games are enjoyed around the world and numerous authorities and reputable scientific studies have found no connection between games and real-life violence." They continued to point out "Video games are plainly not the issue: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the US has an exponentially higher level gun violence than any other nation." We will have to wait and see if the video game council can convince Trump otherwise.
T-Pain's Ideal Day Features Sixteen Hours Of Video Games
T-Pain knows what he wants. He doesn't appreciate being chided over his desire to escape into digital realms In fact, he relishes every opportunity. In a new interview with Vice, the legendary Florida icon reveals his love video games. "Rappers are supposed to take themselves seriously," reflects Pain, controller in hand. "They don't involve themselves in fantasy worlds." Pain is having none that. In fact, he seems to prefer fantasy to the real-life alternative. "On a normal day I can easily set in a solid sixteen hours."
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T-Pain also steps in to defend fans Lets-Plays and Twitch Streams. "The non gamers will tell you] 'that's so stupid, you're watching somebody play games. You look dumb'...And then immediately go in the other room and watch football players play games. You're not playing football! You're watching people play football!" If you're interested, I've included a link to T-Pain livestreaming some Overwatch on his Twitch feed below.
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Throughout the video, T-Pain also talks about his obsession with drum machines, which largely comes down to a love the aesthetics. "Every time my wife sees a Guitar Center, she tells me 'babe, there's a Guitar Center." He already knows what's about to go down. "I go in there and come out with tons shit I don't need. My house is full unopened drum machines."
Check out the full video below.