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Cody Poirier has 37 articles published.

Heat Signature: It’s fun to be bad (in space)

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As of late, there have been few developers on my list of enthusiastic interest. With the industry peddling out asinine games that are sometimes little other than a means to facilitate micro-transactions, unpolished messes of code, or a multiplayer only game with no community; near avoidance of the products output by the behemoths of the industry is a very reasonable notion to follow. The list I have is for quality developers, ones whose works I have played and have not seen a dramatic nosedive of quality from. Suspicious Developments, the studio behind a game I liked called Gunpoint, released Heat Signature in late September and I am glad to see that Suspicious Developments will remain on my list. Heat Signature is a game centered around growing a band of infiltrators who board spaceships for fun and profit. You will play as one of many infiltrators, their only history is related…

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Chamber Composition Concert impresses with new compositions

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In my visits to PAC events, I have experienced the experimental and the positively bizarre more often than I would have ever figured. In contrast, I haven’t been to many of the rather ‘normal’ fare events for the PAC. I anticipated the Chamber Composition Concert would be a nice change of pace, and I can tell you that notion was correct. The CCC is a recital series involved with Composition and Digital Arts programs, and has performers to interact with the student conductors to give feedback on and to give life to the compositions, and teaches composers to help their performers grow with their respective instrument amongst other avenues of improvements. According to Dr. Vermillion, who also attended the recital, the concert series has been active for well over 22 years, with a recent incorporation of the Contemporary Music Ensemble dating around 2 years ago. This concert was unlike many…

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The oddity that is Immortal Redneck

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The concept behind Immortal Redneck likely owes its existence to substances or a fever dream. You are the titular redneck, with no given name, and find a warped reality in front of you as you exit from your sarcophagus. Mummified by a cult after a freak golf cart accident in the desert, you find yourself armed and faced with three looming pyramids. As you walk through the sandblasted courtyard of this unnamed land you are greeted by two stone sculptures, and are permitted to enter the center pyramid. At this point, you leave the only straightforward area of the game, and enter the unknown. The abandonment of straightforwardness is necessary for how the game is structured. Immortal Redneck is a Rougue-Lite game, following some of the conventions of randomized play sessions, but leaving behind complete perma-death. The gameplay of Immortal Redneck follows you ascending the pyramids and clearing out the…

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Dracula 2000: Modern missed stakes

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For previous readers of this column, you may have noticed a curious similarity between this movie and one I have previously covered: Dracula 3000. While they are similar in concept, having Dracula appear in the era and year in the film’s title, but that is the furthest down the road of similarity they both will go. Dracula 2000 is set in the titular year, and was an attempt to bring Dracula into the modern era. My word choice of ‘attempt’ is very specific, for outside glances toward the film may give you the impression that it is a quality production. I will concede to the points of good set design, good supporting actors, and decent pacing of scenes. However, there is a reason the film is on the autopsy table today and I aim to dig in and find out the failing parts that ultimately relegated the film to being…

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Robot Wars: Cheesy stop-motion goodness

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It bothers me greatly that giant robot movies never gained much of anything in turns of prolificacy in the west. In the land of the rising sun, giant robots are often a subcategory of various forms of media, like video games focusing on mecha, or mecha anime. All we have in the west are a variety of occasionally good mech games, and a handful of movies focused on the city dwarfing machines. “Robot Wars” is one of these movies. “Robot Wars” is a story about a much-divided planet earth. Large swaths of land are inhospitable and gas scares in years prior have condensed people into three areas of power: The North Hemi, consisting of former North American territories; the Eastern Alliance, a similar confederation of oriental countries; and the “Centros,”  a loose faction of bandits who live in the wastes and survive by pillaging. The North Hemi is in an…

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Development spotlight: ‘Hover: Revolt of Gamers’

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Platform: PC (console releases coming in the future) Periodically, I find myself interested by an Early Access (E.A.) game, such as ‘Hover’, which is uncommon as I generally avoid E.A. games like the plague. For the unaware, Early Access (also known by many other names) games are games that are released early to allow people to play while the game is still in development. This allows for gamers to experience a game early while a developer gets money up front to aid in development. As of late, the category is filled with concept games and shovelware, with no guarantee that any of them will be finished. That possibility could come true (nothing is ever certain) for the game of focus in this discussion, but even if it weren’t completed I’d still say it was worth the time I have spent and continue to spend on it. ‘Hover: Revolt of Gamers’…

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Ghost in the Shell: factory recall recommended

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For a good number of people, the 1996 film “Ghost in the Shell” (GitS) is classic dystopic cyberpunk. A movie about investigating terror plots and internal political chess games in an age where you can ‘physically’ move on the internet; it can easily be said that it is a movie for those people who like their movies to have an intellectual meat to their fantasy. For fans of the series, there is only one real debate in the community that resurfaces: ‘Which is better, subtitles or the English voice dub. The reboot/remake/homage clip show that is “Ghost in the Shell” (2017) decided to attempt to bring both camps of the debate together. What results from this combination is just one example of a growing hypothesis that the movie development team had little to no idea what they were doing outside visuals. I am certain that, outside the actors’ costs, the…

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Evolver: You will believe a man can fry

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If you ever wanted to watch a film that embodies the essence of the late 80’s and early 90’s do I have a bad movie for you. It was a simpler time when virtual reality didn’t cost a new computer and $700, and people got away with wearing clothes from the abstract art collection. The movie of focus for this session of “Attack of the Bad Movie Stack” is “Evolver” a movie about love, high stakes laser tag, and brutal robot murder. “Evolver” starts with our protagonist, Kyle Baxter, playing the virtual arcade game “Evolver” and has drawn a crowd that surrounds him, not unlike people who excel at DDR back when arcades were still popular. Kyle has made it to the final stage and his friend is taking bets on whether he’ll survive. The lone vote against him is the school bully Dwight, who wins the pot with Kyle losing to…

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The Red Carpet rolls out for Psychostick

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St. Patrick’s Day was quite a busy time for the nightlife of downtown St Cloud. It was my first real experience with the day’s celebrations in full swing, and I’ll tell you that it was interesting, to say the least. Never have I been asked so many random questions in a single night by people who collectively drank enough alcohol to take down an elephant herd. I can only imagine what the staff of the local bars had to deal with. It was admittedly difficult to stay relatively sober during the night’s events, but I had a mission. Psychostick, a band I’ve listened to since I was in middle school, was going to perform at the Red Carpet, and I was pretty excited. For the unaware, Psychostick is a comedy metal band who released their debut album in 2003 and have been playing silly metal ever since. One characteristic that…

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