Ready to Break Fallout 76?

We finally received some sort of news about when we will be able to get our hands on Bethesda’s highly anticipated Fallout 76. They announced in an update to their forum post that gamers who pre-ordered will slowly, over time, be let into the beta in… October? Yes sadly it will not be until October for Xbox exclusively getting first dibs on trying it out.

Many people on social media are showing concern about how late the beta is compared to the launch of the game and rightfully so. Giving yourself a couple weeks (the game launches November 14th) to straighten out server issues and bugs is a tall task to take on. I do, however, feel like if there was a company that’ll work to figure it out in that short of time, Bethesda would be one that could handle it.

Once the beta does finally go live, don’t be surprised if it takes an extra day or two to get in. Bethesda further explained that they will be letting in a small group to start then bringing more and more people over time. Don’t worry though, despite some people’s misinterpretation of the post, if you pre-ordered the game you will get in no matter what.

We are just a couple months away from getting to play Fallout with our friends for the first time. How do you guys feel about it? What concerns do you have? Let us know in the comments below!

Shazam!

There have been so many huge trailers that have dropped this week at San Diego Comic Con! We have already touched on one of the DC projects, Titans, the new gritty Teen Titans TV series… There have been two very big DC movie trailer that have dropped since then; the first one we are going to cover at the Nerd Chambers is Shazam! Myself and Manny have been somewhat skeptical with this upcoming super hero film because of the casting choice for the main role of Shazam. Sammy on the other hand seems to love the picks so far with casting for the film. That being said Shazam has always been one of my favorite DC characters thanks to the animated series he showed up in, and the very entertaining Injustice games (mobile/console). I have been extremely interested in this movie even with the questionable casting choice, but hey that will have to be answered once I see the film. Hopefully all the actors blow me away.

The introduction of the trailer was very enjoyable from the fun hangouts with Billy Batson and his friends to him standing up to some bullies at the school. I genuinely really enjoy Asher Angel so far as Billy Batson for what I have seen in the trailer. Once the trailer began to focus more on Shazam my worries started to increase a little more. I am terrified this movie is going to feel more like a super hero spoof movie rather than an actual super hero film. I did have those worries though for the Antman film that Marvel created, but that clearly was not the case… So I am really hoping that DC can pull of the same quirky style that Antman was able to do with Marvel. The actual footage of the film seemed to be good. there was not any moments of the trailer that I felt the CGI was bad (Not that we got to see a whole lot), but it looked better then I was expecting. The costume also looks a lot better seeing it post production rather than the set photos that were revealed seeming a bit too cheesy.

What did you think of the Shazam! trailer? Are you excited for the upcoming light heart-ted DC film? Let us know what you think in the comments below! If you liked the article hit the little star near the comments to let us know you enjoy the content! Have a great weekend, and make sure to check back this week for more highlights of Comic Con and the new No Man’s Sky Update!

-Brandon Maj

Titans DC Universe Trailer First Thoughts…

A HUGE trailer dropped yesterday for the DC Universe and it was Titans the live action Teen Titans TV show. There has been a lot of speculation coming from fans after the set photos were leaked of the upcoming project. Some people did not care for the style they were going for with the character designs but others were extremely excited to finally get a proper Teen Titans series. The trailer starts off with something that absolutely SHOCKED me… the fact that the series will be TV-MA!? I’ve been following the show at a very distant pace because I also have a few concerns, and didn’t want to give any judgement until information was confirmed. Growing up in the early 2000’s with the original teen titans cartoon series I was very excited to hear that there was a live action show in the works since I personally could not connect with Teen Titans GO! So seeing that they will be going with a VERY gritty style of what has always seemed to be a bit more of a witty/quirky super hero squad defiantly brings some concern…

There have been plenty of complaints after this trailer dropped… The main issue I have seen from a lot of fans (myself included) the personality of the characters seemed off to say the least. 1. Raven in the beloved TV show, video games, and some comic runs always seemed to be the mysterious “bruiting” one that doesn’t show much emotion unless in super tense situations, but she seemed to be the most emotional character in the trailer. Then Robin who is always the leader and the one to keep everyone focused was a pissed off whiny angsty teen. He even dropped an F bomb about Batman which truly surprised me. Those are the only two we really got much from in the first trailer. We also received a glimpse of Star Fire’s powers and a quick shot of Beast Boy pre-transformation, so I won’t really give any sort of input on them since we don’t have enough to go off of yet for a good enough analysis. My final question is this…  Is that it for who we get or will other characters from the team show up? The big question is Cyborg of course…

We will have to wait until later this year to find out if this is a stud or a dud. For the time being I will be reserved, but have my hopes that this show will blow us away! What do you think of the Titans trailer? Are you excited? Are you already going to write the show off as a failure? Let us know in the comment, and if you enjoyed the article hit the little star to let us know!

-Brandon Maj

No Man’s Sky’s “NEXT” Trailer Drops

For those of you that have kept up with us for a while now, you know that since Day 1 I have been a big supporter of No Man’s Sky. Despite being one of the most controversial and scrutinized releases in recent memory, Hello Games has continued putting in a tremendous amount of work into the game to get it to the place they want. All of their previous updates (Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises) seemed like stepping stones to something bigger, and it seems like the ‘Next’ update is exactly that.

As you will see in the trailer, multiplayer has finally arrived. You will be able to team up with your friends and explore the galaxy together which alone has me stoked to play this game again. What came as a surprise in the trailer was the graphic overhaul that the game has received with the update.

Along with the trailer, Hello Games released a list of all the big changes on their website. This is a massive update for No Man’s Sky and will surely bring in a large audience especially with the Xbox community getting to experience the game for the first time. Is the NEXT update enough to bring you back to NMS or is it too little too late? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

No Man’s Sky Trailer

Movie Review: The First Purge (SPOILERS)

The film franchise The Purge started out as a different and interesting crime film idea. Initially the purge was supposed to be a concept of all out crime that was legal. It has now turned into a piss poor political statement film attempting to prove corruption in government for the United States of America. There were obvious bashes to the current Trump administration in office with “grab them by the p***y” references, shooting up a church, white crack dialogue, and other innuendos. Now I could personally careless about politics in film. That does not make a film improve or lack more than before. If a film has a political statement but portrays it in a fascinating way through the film I would be more likely to bite. But The First Purge just throws it out there in hopes of success. The worst part is, the film uses the political statements as the foundation of the film, but uses them in such a way where it is dry and bony. Therefore the film’s starting point was weak from the get go. If the film had taken a story centered drive with political statements throughout, the film could have been spectacular. Everything seems to fall short.

The most recent installment of the franchise takes place prior to the first three films as an experiment for the first purge. It is a supposedly health and social experiment that turns into a strictly political experiment to kill off the unemployed, the poor, the low income housing ghetto’s, and potential criminals. The biggest issue is the film opens up to a world of awful character build, corny script, plot holes, poor framing/lighting, and lower quality that is all unforgivable. The film dives right into all these character that we know nothing about and does not explain anything about their lifestyles, their personality, or a solid character background. I found myself realizing that the story line of the majority of the characters was an absolute waste of time. The only reason a character was introduced was to show an aspect on the political spectrum. The character Nya (Lex Scott Davis) and Isaiah (Joivan Wade) were absolutely pointless and irrelevant the majority of the film. Then there were a bunch of secondary characters that were thrown into the mix of things that made no sense at all.

The adding of the crazy maniac Skeletor who was going around killing people showed me that the initial thoughts of this film was to have everyone go crazy and kill people but then the director must have backed out of that decision. The director decided to go with a political stance where individuals did not want to partake in the purge. The issue was, they kept the psychopath Skeletor in, I guess as an antagonist for our pointless character story lines stated above. But that character being in the film, made the whole non participation concept void when individuals were clearly participating.

Each participant in this purge is dehumanized in the lab by a new political party called the NFFA, which is trying to show how the U.S. is dehumanizing people of color through racism. Nearly the entire film built on the premise of black lives matter and a political statement. Even putting this statement on the forefront, The First Purge still comes up empty when attempting to show the real issues in a political manner.

The 4.3 I gave The First Purge during the podcast was forgiving. After more of an analysis of the film (And seeing it a second time) it was awful. I should have given this film a 3.7 out of 10. This film falls short in nearly every aspect. It’s only saving grace was two things…

1. The scene where Dr. Updale questions the political authority, then the NFFA put her on the island to kill her. To me, this scene explained corrupt politics to the finest. Offing people to gain power and then swiping it under the rug. It was real, the way it was visualized, and the powerful part of the script.

2. Was the films main character follow Dmitri (Y’lan Noel) who may have a potential future in acting if he sticks with it. I recognized he was not bad, especially with an empty script with hollow material that he had to create a character from. He found a way to portray his character Dmitri in such a manner it seemed believable at times (others I just laughed). But the overall action scenes he was in, were believable fight sequences even though they were ridiculous at times.

Movie Review: The First Purge (NO SPOILERS)

What has started of as a unique crime film idea four films ago has turned into a piss poor political statement film attempting to prove corruption in government for the United States of America. The most recent installment takes place prior to the first three films as an experiment for the first Purge. It is a supposedly health and social experiment that turns into a strictly political experiment to kill off the unemployed, the poor, the low income housing ghetto’s, and potential criminals. This movie falls short in every aspect on the big screen. None of the film’s plot holes, poor framing/lighting, and lower quality production is forgivable either.

Each participant in this purge is dehumanized in the lab by a new political party called the NFFA, which is trying to show how the U.S. is dehumanizing people of color through racism. Nearly the entire film built on the premise of black lives matter and a political statement. Even putting this statement on the forefront, The First Purge still comes up empty when attempting to show the real issues in a political manner.

The 4.3 I gave this movie during the podcast was forgiving. After more of an analysis of the film (And seeing it a second time) it was awful. I would have to give this a 3.7 out of 10. This film falls short in nearly every aspect. It’s only saving grace was the films main character follow Dmitri (Y’lan Noel) who may have a potential future in acting if he sticks with it. I recognized he was not bad, especially with an empty script with hollow material. He found a way to portray his character Dmitri in such a manner it seemed believable at times (others I just laughed).

Emmy Nomination List Release

The Emmy Award Nomination list has been released. Netflix took over this years awards with 112 nominations beating out past years leaders HBO (108 noms) and NBC (78 noms). Netflix is clearly pushing to succeed in future years recently announcing their budget increase over doubling their spending costs on content. What was initially $6 billion is now up to $13 billion.  “Game of Thrones” scored the highest nominations of any series with 22. “Saturday Night Live” and “Westworld” came with in with a close second with 21 each. The Emmy Award show will occur on Monday September 17, 2018.  Below is the full list of nominees plus category winner predictions from Nerd Chamber’s writer Sam Rita…

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)
John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:

Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)
Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)
Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Ted Danson (“The Good Place”)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Ed Harris (“Westworld”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

Reality Competition

“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Variety Sketch Series

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)
“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)
“I Love You, America” (Hulu)

Variety Talk Series

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Late Show with James Corden Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Limited Series

“The Alienist”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
“Genius: Picasso”
“Godless”
“Patrick Melrose”

Comedy Series

“Atlanta” (FX)
“Barry” (HBO)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“GLOW” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Drama Series

“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Game of Thrones”
“This Is Us”
“The Crown”
“The Americans”
“Stranger Things”
“Westworld”

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Matt Smith (“The Crown”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)
Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)

Television Movie

“Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)
“Flint” (Lifetime)
“Paterno” (HBO)
“The Tale” (HBO)
“Black Mirror: USS Callister” (Netflix)

Structured Reality Program

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount)
“Queer Eye” (Netflix)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program

“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“Naked and Afraid” (Discovery Channel)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (VH1)
“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program

W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”)
Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”)
RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”)
Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeff Daniels (“Godless”)
Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
John Leguizamo (“Waco”)
Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)
Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)
Merritt Wever (“Godless”)
Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” (Black Mirror))

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

F. Murray Abraham (“Homeland”)
Cameron Britton (“Mindhunter”)
Matthew Goode (“The Crown”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”)
Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis (“Scandal”)
Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”)
Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away With Murder”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Sterling K. Brown (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)
Bryan Cranston (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Donald Glover (“Saturday Night Live”)
Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Katt Williams (“Atlanta”)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tiffany Haddish (“Saturday Night Live”)
Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place”)
Molly Shannon (“Will & Grace”)
Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish”)

Country Roads, Take Me Home

Since it’s announcement on May 30th, Fallout 76 has been the talk of the town and there are several reasons why. It all started with the games lengthy announcement: a 24 hour live-stream filled with a whole lot of nothing, topped off with an appearance by industry icon Todd Howard. Throw in an online only announcement and the implementation of player controlled nukes and you have a game full of both excitement and controversy, but Bethesda wouldn’t have it any other way.

After their E3 Showcase last month, many people were worried that Fallout 76 was going to be filled with PvP griefers among other issues. For me personally, I even had my own reservations about the different direction they were taking the game… but then I remembered, this is Bethesda we are talking about. The game studio that has made two of my favorite games of all-time (Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3) and haven’t put out a bad title… ever? So I put my own reservations aside and decided to wait until I knew more details about the game.

Now after details continue to emerge about a lot of the controversial aspects of the game, I am all in for Fallout 76. The biggest concern I had from the start was that with the game being online only and having PvP that it would take away from the core focus of the game which is rebuilding America. Thanks to clarification from Pete Hines, it seems as though the PvP will not be something that’s a constant issue for players that want to focus on the PvE and building aspects of the game. My concerns with the nukes – which would allow players to bomb a part of the map potentially destroying other players C.A.M.Ps – were also squashed with the explanation that they would not be so easy to obtain and use. Players will have to find multiple keys spread across the map, fight their way into heavily guarded bunker, and blindly launch the nuke. They will not be able to purposely attack other players, and those in the blast radius will be notified.

So hopefully this little article helps put your minds at ease as well. Bethesda seems to be putting mechanics in the game to assure that the game’s focus stays rebuilding the country and not a free for all. While we eagerly await the BETA, which is set to launch this October, let us know what you guys are excited about most with Fallout 76!