Friday, August 31, 2012
'Dead Island Riptide' is not a sequel says developer, slated for 2013 launch
It's hard to find a zombie game that's worth playing these days. Over the last few years, game developers have been putting zombies into every possible game format you can think of. First person shooters, check, third person shooters, check, twin stick shooters, done. Seems like a game can't come out without a zombie mode attached to it.
Then there are games that are built from the ground up with zombies in mind, and even though they aren't tacked on game modes, you'll find that there's plenty of zombie games and few of them are worth playing. We can tell you that "Dead Island" is one of the few worth your time.
In "Dead Island" you and three other people, if you choose to play co-op, are trapped on a resort island infested with zombies. There's not much gun play, the majority of the game you have to melee the undead, putting the pressure on to strike first and strike hard. There's plenty to loot, there's plenty to do, and you'll spend days going over everything on the island.
We've been waiting to hear if "Dead Island" would get a sequel. There was a rumor about a "Dead World" game being made but Techland, the guys behind "Dead Island", denied they were working on a sequel. Instead, we're getting a lateral move with "Dead Island Riptide".
The game is set to be a spin off, a companion piece to "Dead Island". The close melee combat returns, along with a new weather system and some upgrades to the engine used in the first game. The weather can now cause floods and do damage to strongholds that you'll have to keep fixing up.
Those of you who sunk hours of work into "Dead Island"will be happy to hear that you can import your character and their stats into the game. Also, the game is not taking place on the same island, just in the same world.
There's plenty of screen shots to see at the top of the page, and we'll be honest, the news and shots have gotten us excited. If it's half as good as the first game we'll at least have another zombie game worth playing.
Rodney Ho's Interview with ‘Walking Dead’ A. Zombie (or his wife, actually), running for President
In possibly the strangest interview I’ve ever had in more than 20 years in this business, I did a phone interview last week with “Patti,” the “wife” of A. Zombie, a fictional creation cooked up by AMC, which is trying to get back on Dish Network.
Dish and AMC Networks are embroiled in a nasty battle, likely connected with a previous lawsuit.(Read the gory details here.) But Dish is saying AMC is asking for too much bloody money and as a result, won’t air their programming (which includes WE and IFC, too.) This dispute has been dragging on for weeks.
So AMC Networks has had A. Zombie run for “president” with one primary issue: pressure Dish to bring the network back, where “The Walking Dead” will return October 14 – or convince Dish subscribers to go elsewhere. He has traveled to Tampa for the Republican National Convention and will be at Dragon*Con starting this evening.
Here’s his appearance schedule:
Friday, August 31
- 8:30 pm: Dragon*Con Zombie Walk: A. Zombie and Patty will kick off the event with a rousing speech; Westin Hotel, 210 West Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta
- 10:00 pm: The Dragon*Con Zombie Prom: A. Zombie and his wife will judge the entries for the best “King and Queen;” Sheraton Grand Ballroom, 165 Courland Street, NE, Atlanta
Saturday, September 1
- 10:00 am: The Dragon*Con Parade: A. Zombie and his wife will lead the parade, Auburn Avenue NE and Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
- 3:00 pm: Campaign Rally: Official Campaign Rally with A. Zombie and his wife, campaign bus and marching band, Courtland Street Entrance of the Marriot Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue Northeast, Atlanta
Patti spoke to me because her “husband” (yes, I am going to put a lot of things in air quotes in this article) can’t talk. Why? He’s a zombie. Zombies can only grunt.
Oddly, her “husband” A. Zombie has not eaten her despite the fact she’s a delectable, sentient human being. “He’s mostly hungry for good TV,” she added. And the fact of the matter is, he is a “killer in bed… let’s just say he’s not dead everywhere!”
How old is he? “Seems like an eternity. I do not know. But I do know this: he is willing to share the last 500 years of his tax returns.”
Does he watch “The Walking Dead”? “Are you kidding me? It’s our very favorite show. Finally, zombies are represented on TV. He’s thrilled about it.”
His one-issue platform: “We want people to switch from Dish in time for ‘The Walking Dead’ season debut October 14. We feel this is an issue that is of utmost importance. He could have taken this lying down. He was already lying down. He is standing up for equal viewing opportunities for everyone. He’s dead serious. My husband may be voiceless but Americans should not be choiceless. A blank TV will make people zombies. That’s a bad kind of zombie! Good government starts with good television programming!”
He is looking forward to his trip to Atlanta. “The zombie population there is huge,” as evidenced on the show, Patti said.
The predicted result come November: “One candidate will take the blue states. Another will take the red states. We’re confident we can take the dead states.”
What are upsides of being a zombie? “He’s a good dancer. He’s the death of the party!”
What’s the downside? “It’s not an issue that he can’t talk. He’s a strong man with strong character. A lot of America’s greatest presidents are now dead. He will strive to increase America’s work force even if it kills him again. You know how hard it is for him to get health care? He has a $5 million deductible!”
Slogan: “He may be dead but he’s dead right for America!”
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Midnight Hour launches Season 5 with Zombie Tale
On Saturday, September 1 “Lee Martin’s The Midnight Hour” will kick off its fifth season with an eclectic mix of black humor, sex, family dysfunction…and zombies.
In “Resurrection of the Damned,” 13 years has passed since Marco (Matthew Johnston), a small-town serial killer, was murdered by a rogue policeman (James Caudill). Now, the daughter (Courtney Zimmer) of one of his victims finds herself at odds with her family and classmates (Stephanie Yousif, Brad Burkhardt) until she devises a plan to restore Marco to life for one final killing spree.
This entry of the cult TV series blends colorful characters and events to good effect. With its high school setting and vivid scenes of zombie blood-lust, it anticipates the excitement and mood of Halloween.
“Resurrection of the Damned” airs every Thursday and Saturday throughout the month of September. Visit www.leemartinsthemidnighthour.com for channels, times and a live streaming video simulcast link.
Now on Tour The Zombie Always Knocks Twice by E. Van Lowe Plus a Contest!
August 30 Promo
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Books & Beauty
September 1 Guest blog
September 4 Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
September 5 Interview
September 6 Guest blog
My Guilty Obsession
September 7 Guest blog
September 9 Interview and review
I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!
September 12 Promo
September 13 Guest blog
Mama Knows Books
September 14 Guest blog
September 15 Bewitching Interview
September 16 Review
Books, Books, and More Books
September 17 Interview
The Seraphine Muse
September 19 Promo and review
September 20 Guest blog and review
My Neurotic Book Affair
September 24th Guest blog
September 26 Interview and promo
September 27 Promo and review
September 28th Review
September 29 Promo and review
September 30 Guest blog
September 30 review
September 30 Review
The Zombie Always Knocks Twice
E. Van Lowe
E. Van Lowe
Genre: YA Paranormal
Cover Artist: Ryan Doan
Kindle ebook: 978-1-926997-74-2
Trade paperback: 978-1-926997-81-0
Page Count: 177 pages
Hollywood California, Swimming pools, movie stars… and now the risen dead
Hollywood can be a difficult place to grow up, especially if you’re Kristine Golden, a fifteen-year-old necromancer with a sworn duty to lay the risen dead back to rest and no desire to be in the movie business.
When handsome deadie Alex Romero swaggers into her life, Kris must keep her promise, despite her growing feelings for him. If that’s not enough to give a girl a headache, a murderous zombie comes knocking at Kris’ door, rocking her world and threatening her family.
Can Kris solve the mystery of the rampaging zombie before someone else winds up dead? Or will the walking dead take over Hollywood and turn it into… Hollyweird?
About the Author:
E. Van Lowe is an author, television writer, screen-writer, playwright and producer who has worked on such TV shows as "The Cosby Show," "Even Stevens," and "Homeboys In Outer Space."
He has been nominated for both an Emmy and an Academy Award. His first YA Paranormal novel, "Never Slow Dance With A Zombie," was a selection of The Scholastic Book Club, and a nominee for an American Library Association Award. His Best Selling novels, “Boyfriend From Hell” and “Earth Angel,” are the first two books in the Falling Angels Saga. “The Zombie Always Knocks Twice” is the first book in his Hollyweird series.
E lives in Beverly Hills California with his spouse, a werewolf, several zombies and a fairy godmother who grants him wishes from time-to-time.
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