Star Wars theory about Rey’s parents.

Who’s your daddy???

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SPOILERS for Star Wars : The Force Awakens.

Long before Star Wars : The Force Awakens was even released, there was lots of talk about who Rey’s family were. I could very well be wrong, but I think the answer is pretty simple. In fact it’s almost obvious, but isn’t the simplest answer often the correct one?

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I believe that Rey’s Father is Han Solo and her Mother is Princess Leia. They had to have their minds wiped to protect the new Princess, and eventual Queen, Rey. Destined to be the new “Queen Amidala” figure, Rey’s existence had to be kept a secret, as it would only create a target on the Rebellions backs at a time where rebuilding and eradicating the remaining Empire factions was absolutely necessary.

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After everyone but Luke was midwiped, Rey was left on Tatooine, a planet that ties her to not only Luke, her uncle, but also her grandfather, Anakin. She meets Han and Leia through “circumstance” but when Han dies, Leia walks PAST Chewbacca, a long time friend and companion to Han, to hug Rey, someone who only apparently just met him a few days before. This is because her father died and although neither of them know it, they can still feel the loss and connection between the three of them.

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This also makes Kylo Renn her brother, and it’s why he’s almost tender towards her and even one of the reasons why he loses in the end. I believe he holds back, because, although he found the strength to kill his father and destroy part of him that struggles with the things he does, killing his little sister is too much. Just like the scene with Rey and Leia, he could still feel the connection. It may have come off as creepy to some the way he talked to her while tied to a table, but in fact it was just that he was having feelings he had no control over or even understanding of. Assuming younger minds are more susceptible to mind wipes, neither one of them has any memory of each other, at all.

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I also like to think that maybe having his mind wiped is one of the things that turned Kylo to the dark side. Imagine all of a sudden you wake up but you feel like your life is different, you don’t feel like you’re you anymore. You continue on normally but you question this internal battle with your current self and who you felt you once were, until finally your answer is that it’s not you, but your grandfather speaking to you and the internal struggle is the shared struggle of the universe, light vs dark. Eventually giving into the dark side was a choice, but a choice perpetuated by the fact that his mind was fractured.

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Oh and how about how Rey could all of a sudden use the force. I think she trained as a child and then had to give it up once her mind was wiped. I could also see this being a problem with Kylo, being the older of the two, not being as force sensitive as Rey was as a very young child, he was jealous. With Luke going into exile and his student being mindwiped, I think it was there Luke became the last true Jedi. Although I have no clue as to what his motivations are in the sequel, The Last Jedi, I would 100% like to see how this theory holds up once it is released later this year.

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In the end I’m just a dork who loves me some damn Star Wars, okay? So yes, I’m sure there’s much I missed, things I’m taking out of context, etc. But, how cool would it be to have the third movie end with a celebration, much like the end of A New Hope, but instead it’s Queen Rey (dressed in full Amidala gear) giving medals to her allies, Finn, Poe, Chewie and Luke. I dont know about you, but that sounds pretty close to a perfect way to end the trilogy.

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Slices of Fried Gold : Wishmaster

You wish to know what I am? To you, I am this: The cry of the abandoned child. The whimper of the whipped beast. I am the face that stares back at you from the shadows of your mirror. The hollowness at the heart of all your hopes, Alexandra. I AM DESPAIR.

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“Wishmaster” is a 1997 horror film by director Robert Kurtzman that, while similar to the classic monkey paw tale (be careful what you wish for sort of thing) has many great aspects that make it stand out from the rest. One of the most prominent in my mind is the Wishmaster himself and how he is a damn fascinating antagonist. He, a centuries old djinn trying to free his equally lovely compatriots, has great power but, unfortunately, he has to wait until someone asks for something in order to use them. He literally says this at one point to some lowly human who almost stops him from getting what he wants. But thats the thing about the Wishmaster, as a master manipulator, he always gets what he wants.

As usual, absolutely amazing special effects make-up from Greg Nicotero (yes, The Walking Dead showrunner/makeup guy) and his crew. These guys do some of the best practical horror effects work in Hollywood and it shows in all its gory glory throughout Wishmaster. If the skeleton scene at the beginning doesn’t get you all happy inside, I don’t know what will.

You know it’s horror gold when you get cameos from Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees), Ted Raimi (Brother to Sam) and later even Candyman himself, Tony Todd shows up as the doorman (I mean Johnny Valentine).

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The Wishmaster effect look GREAT and in my honest opinion, should be what the live action Green Goblin looks like in the upcoming Spiderman films. Just horrifying makeup on a solid actor with an insane looking rictus grin. Andrew Divoff kills it this whole movie, as over the top as any villain but played cool as hell, even though he’s increasingly frustrated by the “insects” around him. Even his reborn/baby form is bonkers looking. It’s like a horrifying  Saibaman from Dragonball Z. Oh, and he just happens to be played by Verne Troyer (Mini-me) for that part.

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It had been roughly 10 years since I last watched “Wishmaster” and it 100% holds up. Some CG is a bit… iffy, but the practical effects are spot on. There are 4 in total but I’ve only seen the first two so I’ve got some binge watching to do. It’s 90’s horror at its finest, a perfect amount of horrific imagery and a pitch perfect dark sense of humour make this one of my personal favorites. For a “cheesy” horror film, it actually has fantastic pacing and a surprisingly decent cast. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen Wishmaster, give it a revisit. If you haven’t seen it though, you should definitely check it out. You’ll wish you had sooner…

Step-by-step Guides #1 – How to listen to music while gaming on your Xbox One

The recent xbox one update may have removed the ability to “snap an app” but has given us something I personally have been wanting for a very, very long time…. File explorer. We can now store videos, pictures and best of all, music on our xbox one consoles. With this new feature, coupled with this step-by-step guide from yours truly, I can teach you how to play music while gaming just like you could on the Xbox 360.

Step 1:

Before we get started you first need to acquire your library of music. You’re gonna want to convert them to “.mp3”  if they aren’t already. There are many free programs to do so online that make this a painless process.

Step 2:

If you’re using an android device, you can plug it into the xbox one via usb to transfer your tunes. Unfortunately I’m unsure about if this works for an Iphone so you may have to use a pc and transfer your music to a usb flash drive.

Step 3:

Download VLC media player on your Xbox One. Click browse and find your device.

Step 4:

Transfer your songs by pressing the “Y” button to copy to local storage. Keep in mind this can also be done for videos and pictures.

Step 5:

I  would recommend making a few playlists as the shuffle feature doesn’t seem to work with this program at the time of this article.

Step 6:

When you’re ready, press play on a playlist or even on the songs folder itself to play all songs in alphabetical order.

Step 7:
Click the guide button and open whichever game you want to play.

Step 8:

Once your game is running, Open the guide again and scroll down to the VLC widget. Here you can skip/replay songs, pause and turn the music volume down seperately from the in game sound.

I hope this has helped anyone out as I waited for this for years and now use it daily. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Injustice 2 review

“Every villain is the hero of his own story. ”                          

 -Bruce Wayne 

As someone who has played the original “Injustice: Gods Among Us”, both mobile games, the updated “Ultimate Edition” and now Injustice 2, I can safely say, this is the best and most complete incarnation to date.

It was not long ago the heroes and villains of the DC universe sat on the sidelines as Marvel characters got the fighting game treatment thanks to the “Marvel vs..” Series of games by Japanese game developer “Capcom”. Sure, there was “Justice League : Task Force” but I try not to think about that one. It wasn’t until WB and Midway games released Mortal Kombat vs Dc Universe in 2008 that we could finally fight it out with our friends as Superman, Batman, The Joker, Wonder Woman and a broad cast of characters. Needless to say, people wanted even more and 5 years later, “Injustice: Gods among us” was released. An all DC characters (with the exception of Scorpion from Mortal Kombat as DLC) fighting game that plays like a less gory version of Mortal Kombat, and it was a smash hit.

While the first game suffered in some circles for being slower than it’s “Capcom-petition”, the game focused on stage interactions, transitions and moments where wagering your energy bar could turn the tide of a match completely. The sequel has not only stepped up the general gameplay speed, without abandoning the precision of its predecessor, but has added more fluidity to the aforementioned mid-fight “mini games”.

Not to mention the addition of gear pieces which not only add bonuses moves, change stats and even add brand new moves to your characters’ arsenal, but it changes their appearance as well. No longer will everyone’s Batman look the same. Now everyone can make their own perfect versions of their favourite heroes and villains.

Additionally, they added “Alternate” versions of some characters. Not only does this change their appearance to that of another character, but their voice and interactions as well. This is HUGE for me as I’m a comic fan, through and through. Some characters like Cheetah have great move sets, but i couldn’t care less about her. Giving me the option to change to Vixen (a character i love) is a nice way to push me to want to use her more. The downside is that the appearance of the alternates don’t change with the gear you equip.

This game also has a story mode that continues the great continuity from the first game. Introducing us to new characters and reuniting us with ones who we thought were long gone. Not only is this a great story mode, but it has many epic moments that comic book fans and non comic book fans alike will all enjoy.

The Online mode has some issues when linking up with friends, but seems stable when matchmaking. I personally don’t play Online much, but for those of you who do, you’ll get what you crave. Multiverse mode is great and adds hours upon hours of gameplay. Every few hours the available missions change, each with their own challenges and unlockables. They even recently held a special timed event that included the costume from the Wonder Woman film as the unlockable gear pieces.

                              

A feature I use very frequently is the “A.I” mode wherein you set up the gear and stats for one of your characters, except the cpu fights for you while you go watch “The Boondocks” on Netflix for the 12th time. This makes grinding a breeze, when it could be otherwise frustrating and time consuming.

                   

Overall I would rate Injustice 2 an 8/10. A solid fighting game to play with or without friends. With a solid selection of characters (all who play very differently) and modes galore, you certainly won’t get bored easily.