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Legoland Japans Whimsical Upcoming Menu Looks Amazing

first_imgStay on target Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu There’s a brand new Legoland that’s supposed to be opening in Nagoya, Japan soon, as early as next month. And with its opening will come a whole lot of amazing-looking food based on the Legos that inspired the entirety of the attraction. Talk about being compelled to play with your food. The snacks you’ll see in Legoland are going to be absolutely awesome (like everything is, according to The Lego Movie.)Legoland Japan will open with seven differently-themed areas with five restaurants, and eight food stands. That means plenty of amazing new snacks inspired by Legos and lots of delicious, tasty treats you’ll be able to pick up throughout the theme park.There’s a whole smattering of Lego-related goodies to see, including an Abominable Slush you can find in the Bricktopia area, hot dogs from the Marina Snack Shack in the Lego City zone, roast beef and French toast in the Knight’s Kingdom zone, chocolate ices in Lego blocks, and more.You can check out a map of the park, and it’s seven various zones that include Bricktopia, Knight’s Kingdom, Pirate Shore, Miniland, Factory, Lego City, and Adventure. The Legoland theme park itself is opening up in its entirety as of April 1, and no, that’s not an April Fool’s joke.It’s a little bit of a trek, especially if you don’t live in the area, but if you’re planning a trip to Nagoya and want to experience some of the coolest Lego-related attractions currently out there on offer. You might want to take the time to pay a visit to this awesome-looking park, especially keeping the food in mind. Leave it to Japan to continue getting all these totally cool-looking (and mouth-watering) snacks. Where’s our own version of Legoland with all these super amazing foods? Call me. I’m waiting.Photos via Legoland Japanlast_img read more

Hellblade Has Me More Excited to Play God of War

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay I’ve been a fan of the God of War series since the beginning. Because of that, I am understandably excited to play the new God of War. With that said, I had some concern after seeing its initial trailer. After all, this upcoming installment will (seemingly) ditch many of the franchise’s conventions to deliver something fresh. While I admit the old formula had gotten stale, I was unsure if this new direction would actually work.Then I played Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.Hellblade is the latest game from developer Ninja Theory. It tells the story of a young Celtic warrior who suffers from mental illness. Despite her inner turmoil, Senua bravely faces off against ancient Norse gods and the challenges put before her. Though it is an indie game, Hellblade has the same production value of a full AAA title. In some ways, Hellblade reinvents the action adventure genre that God of War firmly belongs to.While going through Hellblade, I couldn’t help but think about how excited it made me about playing the new God of War. We haven’t gotten a complete look at God of War’s gameplay, but it seems to share many similarities with Hellblade. Because of Hellblade‘s brilliant execution, I am now less worried about God of War. If God of War is anything like Hellblade, it could potentially be the best entry in the venerable series.Based on the trailers, God of War appears to have an extremely close-up camera angle. This type of viewpoint could potentially make combat more difficult, if not downright confusing. Hellblade’s point of view is also extremely close. However, even when surrounded by multiple enemies, I never found the camera angle burdensome. I was perfectly aware of my surroundings at all times.Since this extremely close-up angle isn’t a hindrance in Hellblade, then it shouldn’t present a problem in God of War if implemented correctly. Hellblade does a great job of giving you spacial awareness through the voices in Senua’s head. If a voice says “behind you” then you’ll know to dodge. Kratos will travel with his son, so it’s possible he’ll warn his father about enemy sneak attacks. There are a variety of ways to handle this, but God of War can deliver satisfactory combat even with the camera being so close to Kratos.In the original God of War series, Kratos fought the Greek gods. This time, he faces the deities of Norse mythology. This is an idea the God of War team had for many years but are now actually realizing. In all honesty, I thought the concept of Kratos headlining a world tour where he killed regional gods was corny. I was perfectly fine with him sticking to the Greek pantheon. Seeing Kratos battling a frost giant and meeting the world serpent made me realize how wrong I was.One of my favorite aspects of Hellblade is how deep it delves into Norse mythology. There are runes scattered throughout the game that regales Senua with ancient Norse stories. Much in the way the God of War series taught me about Greek myths, Hellblade enlightened me on Norse mythology. These stories and the cold north that inspired them are actually perfect for an action game. Since God of War has a higher budget than Hellblade, it can contain a great number of interesting Norse gods and characters.From the look of the trailers, God of War will have a more serious tone than previous installments. Some have even compared it to The Last of Us in that regard. Though God of War delved into the tragedy of Kratos’ life, it mostly focused on his blood lust and anger toward the gods. I found this new, more somber direction intriguing. At the same time, I feared the game would somehow diminish the powerful Kratos.The core of Hellblade is about Senua overcoming her inner demons. Throughout the game, disturbing voices and dark visions plague Senua’s mind. She has difficulty discerning reality from illusion. It’s a very harrowing journey, especially for those who have experience with mental illness. Despite being such an emotional game, Hellblade is still exciting to play. There is no ludo-narrative dissonance here. Exhilarating gameplay and captivating story blend seamlessly together.Hellblade’s masterful balance of action and pathos is something that could work equally well in God of War. There is no reason why Kratos can’t display a greater range of emotions while still retaining his powerful persona. More than any game I’ve played recently, Hellblade shows that even a mighty warrior is susceptible to human frailty. I want to see Kratos go through a similar journey as Senua.If you’re one of the folks concerned about God of War’s new direction, please do yourself a favor and play Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. If you’re like me, then playing through this game should help alleviate some of the concerns you may have about Kratos’ upcoming adventure. Hellblade gives us a good idea of what to expect in God of War and shows there’s still room to innovate the action genre.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

TShirt Tuesday The Best Shark Shirts

first_img Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: With Jason Statham facing off against a massive megalodon in The Meg, show your solidarity with these shark shirts.Space SharksSharks are pretty terrifying, but if you stay out of salt water there’s not a lot they can do to mess with you. Unless, as artist wytrab8 speculates, there are sharks out there who have figured out how to navigate the airless void between worlds, shooting lasers from their eyes as they devour everything in their wake. In a nearly infinite multiverse, the odds of there being real space sharks out there somewhere are pretty good. Don’t mind us if we lock ourselves inside for the next 30 or 40 years.$20, buy it here.Afternoon SnackWhat is it about a bikini that makes a girl taste that much better? Is it just because there’s less wrapping on the package, as it were? Whatever the case, the image of a beach bunny being menaced by a ravenous shark is an enduring one, and StevenRhodes uses the negative space of the shirt in a clever way to create a composition that wouldn’t be out of place on the sleaziest 70s movie poster. Sorry, your trip to the shore didn’t work out the way you thought it would.$20, buy it here.Sunken TreasureSharks are among the world’s most perfect carnivores, willing to choke just about anything down their gullet as long as it keeps them on the prowl. This really cool shirt by CPDesign gives us an X-ray view of this magnificent predator with the bones of a poor forsaken pirate down in there. He looks remarkably chill considering the awful way he died, but I guess a few years getting digested will work all the stress out of your bones.$20, buy it here.MegalodoomOne of the only redeeming factors about today’s shark is that they’re not big enough to swallow a person whole. The mighty prehistoric megalodon, though – that sucker could have thrown you down in a single bite and not broken a sweat. Artist JCMaziu delivers a truly epic take on the beast with this T-shirt that shows a clueless diver confronted with the gaping maw of the monster. What’s his next move? I don’t really think it matters, do you?$20, buy it here.Sharks Are Smooth As HellIf you had to guess, what does the skin of a shark feel like? Most people say rough and scratchy, but if you ask artist Bransonreese, he’ll tell you differently: sharks are smooth as hell.$20, buy it here.You’re Gonna Need A Bigger BoatJaws is the common ancestor of pretty much every shark movie since, a remarkably tense and fun tale of a few men against one of the most dangerous predators in the ocean. One of the movie’s most quotable lines comes courtesy of Roy Scheider’s Brody, who quips it when they get their first glimpse of the massive beast. Artist Colodesign captures the sheer madness on his face expertly in this excellent T-shirt.$20, buy it here.Requin’roll“Requin” is the French word for “shark.” There, you learned something today on Geek.com. Artist Picklehead takes that little word and uses it as inspiration for this anthropomorphic shirt that transforms the sea creature into a greaser with a bad attitude. This is one of the surliest sharks we’ve ever seen, and of course he’s smoking – he’s French, after all.$20, buy it here.Notice Me SenpaiWe’re not 100% sure what’s going on in this shirt and we don’t have artist VCalavera around to ask us exactly what they were thinking with it. That said, it is incredibly funny to picture a shark in full Japanese schoolgirl uniform begging for its senpai to notice it. Maybe it’s not a reference to anything, which is also completely fine.$20, buy it here.Shark Side Of The MoonPaying tribute to Pink Floyd’s iconic Dark Side Of The Moon album cover (designed by legendary British cover master Storm Thorgerson), artist georgeslemercenaire speculates on the possible prismatic effects of a beam of pure white light blasting right through the skull of a great white shark.$20, buy it here.Street SharksIf you’re a regular reader of Geek dot com, you know we have a soft spot in our hearts for Street Sharks, one of many early-90s Ninja Turtles rip-offs that briefly polluted the airwaves. We’re not the only people who remember it, either, as this shirt from wloem proves. Complete with a dig at megaplex-stuffing movie schlockmogul Michael Bay, this shirt will hit you right in your nostalgia hole and refuse to let go.$20, buy it here.Beach ClosedLet’s close this off with a shirt that doesn’t even have a shark on it, but will still hit serious film heads. When the great white shark hits Amity Beach, the town takes the easiest possible route and simply puts up “No Swimming” signs with the assumption that the populace will read and obey. Artist theSteele kills it with their insanely good recreation of the handwriting from Jaws. Wear this and let the world know you’re not safe for swimming.$20, buy it here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Monster Hunter ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Gundam Shirts center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more