Artificial intelligence has developed into a source of limitless possibility for the human race. From eliminating repetitive tasks, to improving the way payments are processed, AI is at the forefront of technology, and sci-fi writers have enjoyed playing with the concept of AI as a force for good and evil.
But what happened If an AI gained emotional intelligence? What if it formed a genuine attachment to the people it was created to protect? Jeff Lemire’s Sentient series poses this idea through the lens of children trapped on a spaceship. Published by TKO Studios, Sentient grapples with themes of family loyalty, love and lost innocence. Continue reading “Sentient Review: A Poignant Story Of Lost Innocence And The Emotional Potential Of AI”
Video games have become so immersive that the sound plays an essential part in the gaming experience. It might be complicated to explain it to your 80-year-old grandmother or the non-gaming folk but you can present it in this way – play them an action-packed film with subtitles and muted sound.
Even though they would be able to read what the actors are saying, no emotion or mood will be relayed, which would make the watching experience uninteresting and even disappointing.
When it comes to playing comic book-based or any type of video games, without quality speakers you might miss out on important audio cues and not to mention that the experience of playing horror games such as Silent Hill will not be complete without the sound to chill the bones. Continue reading “Guest Blog: How to Choose the Best Speakers for Comic Book Video Games”
Video games are blamed for many things—children learning violence, neglecting school, and being inattentive to the “real” world.” True, video games have their downsides, but that’s mostly on the person playing rather than the game itself. Although less discussed, playing video games does have its benefits (aside from the entertainment value, that is), and they’re backed by science too.
If you’re a longtime player, you may already know these advantages. If you’re not, then you may as well educate yourself to gain a better perspective. Here are four scientifically proven benefits of playing video games. Continue reading “Guest Post: 4 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Playing Video Games”
Everyone wishes they had more time, whether to pursue their dream career or travel across the world. Imagine if you could extend your life and set out to accomplish everything you’d ever wanted. Imagine being able to maintain your youth for decades. What would you do if you had more time? Would you make the most of it? These questions form the basis of Rachel Heng’s Suicide Club, a novel that combines technology with the prospect of living forever. But there’s a dark side to immortality and Heng takes the reader on a journey through themes of loss, parenthood and what it means to be alive.
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The Pop Culture Playlist tells the story of a comic character through music and this edition features one of my favourite characters, Namor The Sub-Mariner. As Marvel’s first anti-hero and one of the oldest comic characters in existence, Namor’s importance goes without saying. The Sub-Mariner’s appeal lies in his complexity, as he’s played many roles during his life: king, hero, villain, conqueror and saviour. Here are ten tracks to showcase Namor’s journey and demonstrate why he’s a character worth reading about.
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We live in a world where convenience exists at our fingertips, due to the amount of phone apps that carry out various functions. The best kind of apps combine practicality with a worthy cause, and one of the best apps I’ve come across is called The Dealer. The UK based app provides recreational discounts at a variety of restaurants and cafes in different cities. The money saving idea is paired with a charitable approach, as you can donate a portion of what you save to helping the homeless.
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In the modern day, technology is a common part of every day life, to the point that many people would be lost without it. Social media is a major presence, connecting everyone at all times, though it can be a double-edged sword. What would happen if your privacy was invaded and you were watched 24/7 by the kind of technology that you placed your faith in? That question forms the basis of Stefan Gutternigh’s The Common Good. The cyberpunk comic is set in 2035, where a totalitarian world government regulates the lives of its citizens by monitoring them. Themes of isolation, loss of privacy and societal manipulation are explored in a chilling tale. Gutternigh sent a copy of The Common Good to The Comic Vault in exchange for an honest review.
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In pop culture, there are all kinds of phenomenons and movements, with steampunk being one that’s really taken off over the last few years. Victorian aesthetics are mixed with modern technology to create quirky designs. Steampunk has inspired a multitude of subgenres, so any time I come across steampunk inspired creations, I’m interested in getting involved. This was the case with a steampunk Iron Man statue that I came across at Birmingham Comic Con. Designed by specialist artist, Mostly Curious Games, here is a review of the statue.
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We’re living in an exciting time for comics, with plenty of independent creators being able to get their work in front of an audience and engage with people around the world. A number of apps for independent comics have started to be developed, and one of the most promising is Macroverse. The brainchild of M2, Macroverse is a phone app that allows comics to be consumed in a creative format. Creators Eben Matthews and Adam Martin teamed up with comic artist Steven Perkins to produce an original comic for Macroverse called DeadTown. I enjoyed talking to all three of them about how the app can help indie creators and the hope that Macroverse can become the Netflix of comics.
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Becoming a success in the business world can be tricky, especially when everyone is fighting to establish themselves in a similar market. The world of comics has its fair share of savvy business owners, such as Bruce Wayne and Warren Worthington. Yet they were born into their fortunes and had money to fall back on. Being a self-made entrepreneur takes determination, bravery, intelligence and a limitless sense of self-belief. But it is possible and here are five comic characters who earned their fortunes through hard work and never settling for anything less than what they’re worth.
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