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Bosskey http://www.bosskey.org Bringing thoughtful discussion to games, TV & movies, comics, and other popular media. en-us support@bosskey.org Copyright 2017 Moving on from Bosskey http://www.bosskey.org/blog/moving-on-from-bosskey http://www.bosskey.org/blog/moving-on-from-bosskey by Joshua Whitman

Bosskey has been a success. And now, it is time to move on. We set out to create great content and a great community, and we did. My thanks go not only to those of you who helped build this site, but also to those of you who have contributed content, posted replies, or read our content. Thank you all.

Bosskey will remain online far into the foreseeable future as an archive of the great work done here. The rest of this post is dedicated to listing how you can keep track of the amazing contributors Bosskey has had. Many are creating new content all the time, and you should check it out! Keep following the Bosskey Facebook page for announcements of new projects from these wonderful people!


Alistair Baxter

Contributor. Ali is currently working on a webcomic and art site, coming soon!
Tumblr: http://alistairdrinkd.tumblr.com/

Andy Billings

Contributor. Andy is in a band called The Midnight Fire
Youtube: The Midnight Fire | Facebook: The Midnight Fire

Dante Buccieri

Contributor. Dante is now a writer for Rhymes With Geek.
Rhymes with Geek | Twitter: @IndigoLantern

Brandon Deichler

Contributor.
Twitter: @BrandonDeichler

Jonas Loman (Platonist)

Contributor and music guru. Jonas is currently working on some really exciting music.
Facebook (solo): Jonas Loman Official | Facebook (label): Reunion Net Label | SoundCloud: Platonist

Justin Moore (OnePark)

Contributor.
Twitter: @JustinianFlynn | Tumblr: justinianflynn.tumblr.com

Zoë Moss and Jacob Strick

Webcomic creators and Disneyland excursionary specialists. Jacob and Zoë run a webcomic and make art in animation, film, and beautiful words.
Webcomic: Pizza Day Comics
Zoë's art: Brainfarto | Zoë's tumblr: brainfarto.tumblr.com | Zoë's Twitter: @zoeemoss
Jacob's website: Internet White Knight | Jacob's Twitter: @woxel1

Aubree Portune (Sintar)

Contributor.
Tumblr: amportune.tumblr.com | deviantART sintar.deviantart.com | Flickr: Aubree Portune

Eric Proctor (TsaoShin)

Logo and promotional artist.
deviantART: tsaoshin.deviantart.com | Facebook: Tsaoshin Fans | Tumblr: tsaoshin.tumblr.com

Suzanne Rozier

Programmer and co-founder.
Website: suzubara.net | Twitter: @suzubara

Mickey Thaler

Editor and contributor.
Twitter: @mithaler

Joshua Whitman

Founder and editor-in-chief. I'm currently working on a writing project - more info coming soon!
Tumblr: joshura.com | Twitter: @joshura


This is not a comprehensive list at the moment, and will grow with time. To all of those that have fallen out of contact: I miss you, and you're awesome, and thank you.

]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:52:07 GMT Review: What You Don't Get http://www.bosskey.org/blog/review-what-you-dont-get http://www.bosskey.org/blog/review-what-you-dont-get by Dante Buccieri

Every once in a while a comic comes along that tugs at your heartstrings and flushes out your tear ducts. Blankets. Persepolis. Pride of Baghdad. I recently read one of those comics. It’s called What You Don’t Get, written and drawn by indie comic creator Anne Thalheimer. This book follows a semi-autobiographical track, following Anne from high school through college and into adulthood, focusing on the impact of an event that forever altered the course of her life: a double homicide at Simon's Rock College on Dec 13, 1992.


The book is mostly linear in narrative with occasional detours into introspection and personal confessions. It is drawn wholly in black-and-white, which is incredibly appropriate and ironic considering that the material exists entirely in a world of grey. The art makes one think of doodles that one would find in a journal or on the side of a class notebook, fitting for an author who spent most of her life in classrooms both as a student and instructor. There’s a rare time when you see the marriage of words and art mesh so cohesively for the story being told. There are no wasted details or lines. Everything is there for a reason, from chicken suits to teardrops.

What You Don’t Get is not structured in chapters, but definitely has two halves: life before the Simon’s Rock shooting and life afterwards. I first read this a week or two after watching Silver Linings Playbook, an honest and oftentimes scary depiction of living with a mental illness. What You Don’t Get reminded me of that movie: it's an honest and oftentimes scary depiction of life after a traumatic event. The raw emotions, introspection, and anecdotes both hysterical and heartbreaking force the reader to think about what it is like to live through this awful situation through the eyes of one survivor. The experience is breathtaking and heart wrenching, but altogether much larger than the sum of the 128 pages.

This is not a happy story, but it’s not tragic either. There are elements of both weaved in a tale about love, life, loss, and what it means to really live. It's cathartic. If you’re a crier, get a box of tissues because you’ll need them. If you’re not a crier, keep a box of tissues handy just in case. This is the kind of comic that everyone should read once and remind themselves how powerful comics can be when executed properly. That said, I’m definitely giving it another read. If you’re interested, you can purchase a copy here.

]]> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:35:51 GMT Ben Affleck cast as Batman; Internet explodes http://www.bosskey.org/blog/ben-affleck-cast-as-batman-internet-explodes http://www.bosskey.org/blog/ben-affleck-cast-as-batman-internet-explodes by Dante Buccieri

Okay, so in case you didn’t hear, Ben Affleck is going to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill in 2015’s World’s Finest Superman/Batman movie. Every other site is going to be posting long, bile spewing hate rants about the same thing, and I’m writing about this at 1:00am, so here’s my brief two cents.


Ben Affleck is not a bad actor. He didn’t have a reputation for good movies in the late 90’s/early 00’s, but he’s got a solid resume. Everyone remembers him for dumb movies like Gigli, Reindeer Games and Armageddon. And let’s not even get started on his turn as Matt Murdock in Daredevil. Yes. They were bad movies, or (at best) movies that you watched to be brainlessly entertained. But let’s take a look at some other stuff he’s done.

And let’s not forget about his award-winning work:

Think about that for a second. Now let’s count the collective Oscars of the rest of the Batman actors. Between West, Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney and Bale there are a collective 3 Oscars between them. Two of them are Clooney’s, one of which is the Oscar for Best Picture which Clooney won for…drumroll...Argo. So really, Affleck beats all the other actors who’ve donned the cape and cowl except for Clooney, with whom he is tied.

Yes, Christian Bale has an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter. He also has a comparably solid resume. Besides the Nolan!Bat films, Bale has American Psycho, 3:10 To Yuma, The Prestige, The Fighter and Terminator: Salvation. Four great movies and one ehhhhhhh. We won’t bring up Reign of Fire, (Editor: but you should definitely see Equilbrium).

Someone capable of great performances isn't necessarily a bad actor. Don’t get so upset because Affleck had such a bad turn with Daredevil. The script and direction of that film didn’t give him much to work with. Sure, he probably phoned it in, but the entire movie doesn’t rest on his shoulders. The only thing I’m truthfully, honestly worried about is how he’ll move in the suit. I have no qualms or doubts about Affleck’s ability to play Bruce Wayne. I’ll reserve judgment on how he’ll be as Batman until I see footage.

Moral of the story: let’s not get all raged out yet. How many people out there honestly thought that Chris Evans was going to be a kickass Captain America after only ever seeing him as Human Torch? Didn’t we all have doubts about RDJ as Tony Stark since he’d been in and out of rehab and away from Hollywood for so long? What about when they announced Mark Ruffalo was The Hulk and we all shook our heads and said, “The guy from 13 Going On 30 and Zodiac?” Who wasn’t scratching their head when Chris Hemsworth was named Thor when the most anyone knew him from was the first 15 minutes of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek?

And if you can show me one person who honestly believed from day one that Heath Ledger would be a terrifying, menacing, sadistic and intriguing Joker, then I’ll show you a liar.

Quit your raging. Give Affleck a chance before you start griping about how the entire franchise is going to be ruined.

]]> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:09:59 GMT Microsoft is shifting their DRM policy in response to consumer feedback http://www.bosskey.org/blog/microsoft-is-shifting-their-drm-policy-in-response-to-consumer-feedback http://www.bosskey.org/blog/microsoft-is-shifting-their-drm-policy-in-response-to-consumer-feedback by Joshua Whitman

Today, Giantbomb reported that Microsoft would "announce what amounts to a complete reversal on its DRM policies for Xbox One." Following their article, Microsoft's Xbox One Q&A was updated to reflect a change in policy, with details yet to be determined. It sounds like they've discovered the full extent of the consumer backlash following E3.

]]> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:54:45 GMT A lookback at E3 games: Super Mario 3D World http://www.bosskey.org/blog/a-lookback-at-e3-games-super-mario-3d-world http://www.bosskey.org/blog/a-lookback-at-e3-games-super-mario-3d-world by Alistair Baxter

We may have seen Mario a lot lately but boy, am I excited for Super Mario 3D World for Wii U. The 3DS version, Super Mario 3D Land, was an excellent new entry into Nintendo's platforming series and I'm happy to see the next one on their home console in delicious, crisp High Def. My first impression is that four player co-op (with Peach!) is a great addition and the fact that all the characters play differently is icing on the cake. The cat suit seems a little strange but looks like a fun ability all the same. New Super Mario Bros U is great but I'm glad to see a more 3D Mario. I can imagine that this is more of an "in-between" game, meaning we're still waiting for a proper entry in the vein of Mario 64, Sunshine and Galaxy, but I think this is a good way to please those fans who are eager to see what Nintendo has in store for us.

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Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:52:11 GMT
A lookback at E3 games: Fantasia: Music Evolved http://www.bosskey.org/blog/a-lookback-at-e3-games-fantasia-music-evolved http://www.bosskey.org/blog/a-lookback-at-e3-games-fantasia-music-evolved by Joshua Whitman

Probably my favorite game from E3: a new rhythm game from Harmonix that puts a new spin on the whole music game genre. While the game does have your traditional "hit the mark with the right timing" gameplay, it also allows the user to change the song as they play it. Ultimately this conductor game should be seen to be believed. Check out this video for a good look (the gameplay starts around 3:40).

The game incoporates its Fantasia license loosely, but attempts to capture the spirit of the classic movie more than anything. Fantasia: Music Evolved comes out for Xbox One and Xbox 360 sometime in 2014, and requires Kinect to play.

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Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:47:47 GMT
E3 is over - Sony wins, probably, and everyone's still hating the Xbox One http://www.bosskey.org/blog/e3-is-over-sony-wins-probably-and-everyones-still-hating-the-xbox-one http://www.bosskey.org/blog/e3-is-over-sony-wins-probably-and-everyones-still-hating-the-xbox-one by Joshua Whitman

E3!

So it's come and gone. Every year, this giant news source drops a boatload of content onto fans' shoulders, and leaves us to sort through the mess. In the coming weeks, we're going to take a look at some of the things that might have been overshadowed by the major console news.

For now, here's a quick recap of the biggest stuff with Microsoft and Sony, in case you missed it!


Halo Xbox One

Microsoft

Microsoft did not address any of the fears that have been generated over the past few weeks in the wake of their announcement that their new console will need to be online at least once every 24 hours, that used games are barely supported, and that you can't really share your games with friends. They did, however, announce a few nice exclusives like Quantum Break (a TV show/game hybrid from the Alan Wake devs), Killer Instinct (free to play fighter where you buy additional characters), Ryse: Son of Rome (character action with some element of tactical battle decisions), a new Halo, and some others, I guess. Titanfall from Respawn (the new company founded by the Call of Duty creators), could be a strong contender down the line, but it's also available on Windows for anyone looking to avoid getting an Xbox One. Another game also going to windows is Project Spark, a fun little game making game similar in some ways to LittleBigPlanet.

Ultimately, Microsoft failed to impress, even though they probably had the strongest game lineup of the show. The majority of their potential user base is still concerned with their online policies, and that issue somehow has remained in spite of their nice offering. Their announcing a $499 price point didn't really help their messaging, either.


FFXV

Sony

Sony's press conference came along and completely knocked Microsoft out of the water, in terms of the hearts and minds of the people. Beat after beat, Sony addressed each and every concern people have had for this new console generation. Yes, you can share your games. Yes you can sell your games. No, you don't have to be online. And guess what, we're selling it for $399! Their conference was meticulously designed to excite Sony fans, and did so very well. By the end of their presentation, it was tempting to go off and reserve a PS4 immediately, without even stopping to remember their lineup of exclusives was paltry. Infamous: Second Son looks good. So does Killzone: Shadowfall. Knack, The Order: 1886 (a new IP featuring steampunk and monsters), DriveClub, Deep Down… none of these appear to be system sellers, and it's uncertain which will be available at launch.

Sony did do more than uppercut Microsoft to turn the narrative their way. They announced Kingdom Hearts 3 and re-announced Final Fantasy Versus XIII, now FFXV. Those are multi-platform, but indeed excited. FFXV, particularly looks interesting as a mainline Final Fantasy that focuses on character action for combat.

Oh yeah, and they showed the box. It's smaller than the Xbox One.


AC Villager

Nintendo

Nintendo rounded out the major news sources with a short Nintendo Direct and various announcements throughout Tuesday. Smash Bros is coming next year to Wii U and 3DS, and will introduce Megaman, Animal Crossing's Villager, and the Wii Fit Trainer girl (which is hilarious). Super Mario 3D World for Wii U is the new 3D Mario game, unique in that it features a playable Princess Peach. Pokémon X/Y still looks fun — you can pet your Pokémon for the first time. Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3 are coming soon, and Bayonetta 2 is still out there. Wind Waker HD will have faster sailing (it comes out in October), and the Link to the Past sequel is now called A Link Between Worlds, available in November.

It's probably for the better that Nintendo toned down its presence this year. They didn't have a whole lot to show.


Mirror's Edge 2<

EA & Ubisoft

EA showed a new Mirror's Edge and Battlefield 4. Also, there's going to be a hybrid tower defense third person shooter in the Plants vs Zombies setting called Garden Warfare. Dragon Age: Inquisition is now a 2014 game. A new Star Wars: Battlefront game exists.

Ubisoft didn't have much new to show. There was Assassin's Creed 4 and Watch_Dogs. South Park: Stick of Truth made a brief appearance. Tom Clancy's The Division looks interesting. That one's an open world RPG with some shooting and tactical elements.


My favorite game of the show is probably Bungie's new online multiplayer game Destiny. I'll report more on that later! For now, check out the gameplay they showed during Sony's press conference here: Youtube!

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Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:18:39 GMT
E3 2013 Press Conferences http://www.bosskey.org/blog/e3-2013-press-conferences http://www.bosskey.org/blog/e3-2013-press-conferences by Joshua Whitman

The day of E3 press conferences ended with a bang thanks to Sony's strong showing. We saw the console, got the price ($399, lower than Xbox's $499), nice announcements (Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy XV (formerly Versus XIII)), and support for indie developers!

Tomorrow, the adventure continues with Nintendo's video presentation.

Join Bosskey on IRC during E3 one of several ways:

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Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:30:27 GMT
Kiefer Sutherland is the next Naked Snake voice http://www.bosskey.org/blog/kiefer-sutherland-is-the-next-snake-voice http://www.bosskey.org/blog/kiefer-sutherland-is-the-next-snake-voice by Joshua Whitman

During Konami's pre-E3 press conference today, it has been revealed that Kiefer Sutherland, best known as Jack Bauer of 24, will provide the voice of Big Boss AKA Naked Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5. Absurd!

David Hayter, the original voice of the Snake character, was shown to not be involved with this new game in the Metal Gear Solid series a few weeks back when the MGS 5 trailer was first released.

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Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:03:49 GMT
NYU study finds that the presence of a used games market drives new game sales http://www.bosskey.org/blog/nyu-study-finds-that-the-presence-of-a-used-games-market-drives-new-game-sales http://www.bosskey.org/blog/nyu-study-finds-that-the-presence-of-a-used-games-market-drives-new-game-sales by Joshua Whitman

Marketing professors at NYU recently investigated the notion that the sale of a used game equals lost money for the game's developer. They found that consumers are "'forward-thinking': They take the eventual resale value of their games into account when purchasing them."

Were the used games market to be eliminated entirely, game prices would need to be about 33% (down to roughly $40 in the US) lower, according to the study. Rumors surrounding the newly unveiled Microsoft Xbox One seem to suggest that the used game industry is indeed in trouble.

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