Robert Easton: A Thousand Voices You Didn’t Know You Heard

Robert Easton: A Thousand Voices You Didn’t Know You Heard

To begin this story, I first must explain what Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax are. In basic terms, it is a concept where comedians provide a commentary to a movie that makes fun of, or “riffs”, the movie. In the case of Mystery Science Theater 3000 it was a bunch of B-movies, mostly from the 1950s and 1960s. With Rifftrax, it is any movie that strikes their fancy. You just download the audio file and sync it to your DVD. This story begins with the Rifftrax version of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In this movie we find Captain Kirk […]

50 Years Later, and Monterey Pop is Still a Seminal Event

50 Years Later, and Monterey Pop is Still a Seminal Event

This weekend marks the 50th Anniversary of the seminal event, the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 in Monterey, California. Monterey Pop is considered by many music historians to be the first modern rock festival. It was the first time pop music (what we would come to call rock by the 1980s) was so big it received its own dedicated venue for a weekend. The fairgrounds alone held up to 9,000 audience members – something only eclipsed by The Beatles and Elvis in arenas at that point. Estimates range from a minimum of 25,000 to over 90,000 people were in the […]

Star Citizen: Alpha 2.6 Beginner’s Intro Tutorial

This video covers the very basics of interacting in Star Citizen Alpha 2.6. Starting with how to customize your ship and then lift off. The video is long, but that is because I take you through the steps as if you were flying along with me. Twitch: http://twitch.tv/erikmcketten Beam: http://beam.pro/erikmcketten Twitter: http://twitter.com/erikmcketten To join TEST Squadron: http://robertsspaceindustries.com/orgs/TEST

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Cure for My Blues

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Cure for My Blues

In the not-too-distant past, some Saturday or Sunday in the 1990s, there was a kid named Aric who was a little different from most of his friends. He lived in a small town in Washington where the epitome of culture was seeing how many Oly stubbies you could shotgun before the local high school football game and still manage to not fall down on the bleacher stairs. While other kids his age were outside playing games with such wonderfully hateful names as “smear the queer” – where one kid gets the football and everyone else tackles him in a dogpile, […]

Erik McKetten’s “Mass Effect Andromeda” Trial Copy Review (PC) (Minor Spoilers)

Erik McKetten’s “Mass Effect Andromeda” Trial Copy Review (PC) (Minor Spoilers)

Over six hundred years after he first crawled into the cryotube, David Ryder snaps awake and sits up. His face is twisted into an inhuman rictus of confusion. The smirk he gives one of the attendants helps to explain his confusion: Ryder is a douchebag. Now he’s not a douchebag by game design – he’s a douchebag by my own design. My viewers and readers know I have a hell of an addiction to Mystery Science Theater 3000 and one of my all-time favorite episodes is “Space Mutiny.” In that movie the “hero” is a douchy muscle-bound moron played by […]

Hellion follow-up: “In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream ‘WTF?!?’”

Hellion follow-up: “In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream ‘WTF?!?’”

Full Disclosure: I received Hellion for free from Zero Gravity Games. Three weeks ago I wrote an article on the upcoming Early Access release of “Hellion” by Zero Gravity Games. Hellion, for those who missed it, is a first-person, realistic, space survival game. The premise is simple: you are an average, every-day citizen of Earth who is on a colonization mission to the new star system called “Hellion.” Along the way, while in cryogenic sleep, something goes wrong. When you awaken you find yourself alone in a lifepod in the Hellion system. Nothing of what you were expecting is there: […]

Hellion Tutorial #3: Resources, Ship Flight, and Faster-than-Light Travel

In this tutorial I cover the basics of FTL flight and resource management in the brand new early-access game from indie studio Zero Gravity Games. Keep up to date with the latest articles and videos here: http://www.testgaming.tv Watch me stream live: http://twitch.tv/erikmcketten http://beam.pro/erikmcketten And follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/erikmcketten

Hellion Tutorial #2: Docking

In this tutorial I cover the basics of docking in the brand new early-access game from indie studio Zero Gravity Games. Keep up to date with the latest articles and videos here: http://www.testgaming.tv Watch me stream live: http://twitch.tv/erikmcketten http://beam.pro/erikmcketten And follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/erikmcketten

What is Hellion and Why am I Excited?

What is Hellion and Why am I Excited?

It’s no secret to my viewers that I am a fan of space games. It is also no secret that I am a fan of survival games. So when someone tells me there is a space survival game coming out Soon™, my ears perk up. And, being a fan and backer of Star Citizen, when they tell me the release has been delayed, I sigh knowingly. I’m not sure when Hellion’s first tentative Early Access release date was, but I know the latest one that it missed was January. This caused me some consternation as I had been relying on […]

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