25 franchises we want to see as Pop! Vinyl in 2019

Funko’s Pop! Vinyl range of figurines will be entering its 9th year of production and they announce new designs everyday. It’s incredible to think that there’s still so many characters and series/movies that they still haven’t done yet. So here are 25 different pop cultures that I’d like to see Funko visualise as Pop Vinyl this year.

Recess

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The show was huge back in the day and with it being part of the Disney Channel it’s about time the gang (T.J, Ashley, Vince, Gus, Gretchen and Mikey ) were seen as figurines! Recess had a school yard full of hilarious and regular characters and so Funko wouldn’t have to stop with the main cast…surely there has to be a Miss Finster as well!

Daredevil Season 3

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Now the reason for this one being on the list is simply due to the fact that Pop! Vinyl were made of the first two seasons of Daredevil and I think it’s about time that we got a Wilson Fisk one!

Beverly Hills Cop

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Last year we saw a couple of Eddie Murphy’s 80’s work be turned into figurines which included the films Coming To America and Trading Places. Another film or film series’ that Murphy is well-known for from the 80’s is his role as Axel Foley in the Beverly Hills Cop movies. I could definitely imagine a figurine of him in his Chevy Nova.

The Mask

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I found this one quite surprising to be honest as the look of Jim Carrey’s Mask is so iconic and certainly one of the most stand out movies in the 90’s for its animation effects and humour. Funko have yet to turn The Mask into a Pop! Vinyl figurine and obviously with some designs there is legality and licensing issues but surely we could get two figurines of Stanley and Dorian as The Mask surely and Cuban Pete?

Polar Express

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If the Hogwarts train as a Pop! Vinyl looked awesome then you know the Polar Express would look fantastic! A great addition to this would be Tom Hank’s array of characters including the Conductor and the Hobo along with some delicious hot chocolate.


Wardculture’s Top 25 Albums of 2018!

Welcome to Wardculture’s top 25 albums of the year!

I’ve narrowed the selection down to what I personally think were 25 great albums released this year and honestly the list could have been doubled with some honourable mentions being In Autumnus, DMA, The Blinders, Idris Ackamoor, Yoko Ono and Gorillaz. Check out the picks and comments below:

25. Bodega – Endless Scroll

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This album is cool. It’s punk. It’s 2018. It’s fearless, and it’s fast. It’s a reference heavy album that gets you dancing and isn’t your average rock album. Bodega unless many tracks about their home town of Brooklyn whilst mixing together many technological themes in terms of synths used and subject matter. It gives me a real impression of where music will be heading in the future. If you want to learn about a land called Bushwick then this is the album for you.

24. Bongripper – Terminal

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If you want a metal album without any bullshit then Terminal is as straightforward as it gets. The album basically consists of two 20 minutes pieces called ‘Slow’ and ‘Death’ and they are heavy cataclysmic songs of gritty instrumental metal consisting of low tone guitars, eerie synths and larger than life drums. It’s one to sit back and switch off to and be enlightened by the almost trippy feel the balls to the wall music presents.

23. Joyce Manor – Million Dollars to Kill Me 

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Joyce Manor do what Joyce Manor does best and that’s not just have a pretty band name. They can fit more content in a two-minute song than most bands I know. You get a lot of the same styles and progressions heard in their previous records and it’s not a bad thing. You get a blend of optimism and pessimism which is a fitting enough record from an emo punk band that creates fun songs that you just can’t get out of your head.

22. Fiddlehead – Springtime and Blind

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Do you miss 90’s emo rock with that delicious punk flavour to it? Then look no further because its right here in supergroup Fiddlehead’s debut album ‘Springtime and Blind’. Fiddlehead is a mixture of Basement and Have Heart members with melancholic guitar tones and raw vocals. It’s a real treat to have an album with this sound in 2018 with subject matter that tackles difficult areas such as love, loss and death whilst at the same time punching you in the face with some loud and roaring guitars.

21. Death Cab For Cutie – Thank You For Today 

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Emo legends Death Cab For Cutie are well-known for releasing great records and Thank You For Today fits in nicely with their ever-growing catalogue. It’s a dreamy indie pop record with additions of new band members and synths taking more of a presence on the album. It still has the traditional feel of a Death Cab album though with romantically picked guitar notes and Benjamin Gibbard’s soft vocals. The production showcases the dream-like feel of the album that could definitely ease me into a slumber, but for all the right reasons! The album blends softer rhythmic tracks with easy-going guitars, drums and keys and then out of nowhere you get upbeat bass and drum driven tracks Gold Rush wish make me think of Ava Adore by The Smashing Pumpkins. It’s an album that could have released at any point in the last 15 years or so and could easily be recognised as a great indie album. The final track 60 & Punk is slow and sombre with the line ‘The band plays you off’ and I think there couldn’t be a more fitting line to a peaceful album.

I’ll see you again in 25 years: The Return of Bubsy

What could possibly go wrong?” is a famous phrase uttered by a bobcat who was aimed to be the next Super Mario or Sonic The Hedgehog, but sadly due to a stream of badly designed games never saw the attention that company Accolade might have hoped for. However, 25 years since its first release and furthermore the sixth title in its series, Bubsy will be back on consoles once again.

It has only been a couple of years since Bubsy made his first return after 20 years of no new game in ‘Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back’ but it looks like we’re set for another title in 2019 called ‘Bubsy: Paws on Fire’ which will be available on PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC. The 2017 predecessor aimed to go for the classic Bubsy style which had colourful imagery and simple controls that most platformers have…it still had the infuriating mechanics of ‘I shouldn’t have died from that’ which Bubsy is well known for.

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A boss battle snapshot from Paws of Fire

The new title is being developed by Choice Provisions who are famous for creating the popular auto-running ‘Bit.Trip’ series and are aiming for a first quarter release next year. Writer/producer at Choice, Dant Rambo, described the upcoming Bubsy game as “an auto-runner at its core, but there’s a lot more to it than that” but said there was much more to the game than that.

Paws on Fire is set to have four playable characters with each having their own movesets. These are:

  • Woolie: Flying and shooting abilities
  • Arnold: Ability to go underground (these are bonus levels)
  • Bubsy & Virgil Reality: Running your way to victory!

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If you have played any previous Bubsy titles then these characters should all be recognisable. This is the first time Bubsy has had to work alongside his archrivals the ‘Woolies’ as well as other characters throughout the games returning. The game will have 100 levels which will be set over three worlds and each of those worlds will feature a boss battle.

The game will feature unique combos as well as a leaderboard for each individual character. There will be unlockable content to give players re-playability which looks like some content cannot be unlocked in one playthrough.  Finally there will be a customisation area where clothing items are unlocked by retrieving enough collectables such as balls of yarn.

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When faced with the creation of a new Busby game, Choice Games had this to say:

“After some productive meetings and even more productive face scratches we agreed to work with Bubsy on creating an auto-runner worthy of his stature. And when that was done we scrapped it and made a good game instead.

Bubsy was first introduced on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System under the title ‘Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Third Kind’ and would feature three further games in the 90’s including the disastrous ‘Bubsy 3D’ which showcased how game designers had not mastered three dimensional graphic gameplay yet and was a pretty ugly game. The platformer did not prove to be a success and Bubsy looked to be no more until 2016 where there was an unexpected announcement of a new game in the works.

You never know, we might get a solid Bubsy game yet!

 

Sony Reveals The Full List of Games For It’s Upcoming Classic Console

Last month Sony announced they would be releasing a miniature version of their classic PlayStation console.

Originally Sony only revealed five titles including Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3 and this left a lot of people in two minds due to the lack of announcements and the £90 price tag.

This new announcement includes Grand Theft Auto and Metal Gear Solid, but there are still a few hit and miss titles. Below is the full list:

  • Battle Arena Toshiden
  • Cool Borders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr. Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

The PlayStation Classic is set to release December 3rd!

Are there any titles you feel are missed from this console?

Top 15 Treehouse of Horror parts (I-X)

If there is one thing The Simpsons is known for it’s the shows annual horror episode otherwise known as the ‘Treehouse of Horror’ series which have been a part of the show since its second season. The episode is traditionally split up into three parts or three stories and sometimes features extra content at the beginning or end and tend to make references to popular horror franchises.

A lot of people hold the first ten seasons of the show as its prime era which I wholeheartedly agree with the exception of my enjoyment of the 11th season. This would mean there are ten Treehouse of Horror episodes and included would be 30 stories. I thought I would choose the superior half of those and list them here. In no way does this discredit the other half’s content, but merely that I personally found the 15 in this list more enjoyable. In this list I have included at least one story from the first ten Treehouse of Horrors.
*OBVIOUSLY SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU’VE NOT WATCHED THESE EPISODES.* 

15. The HΩmega Man (Treehouse of Horror VIII)treehouse15

A homage to ‘The Omega Man’ famously starring Charlton Heston sees Mayor Quimby mocking the French calling them ‘frogs’ and results in a direct nuclear attack on Springfield.  Conveniently Homer is shopping for a bomb shelter in the event of a strike and so avoids any injury whilst being inside one of them. Thinking he is the only one alive, Homer proceeds to do whatever he wants but little does he know there are mutants ready to kill him! Don’t worry though, humans and mutants could never live in harmony.

Memorable quote: “All the layers of lead paint in this house made the perfect bomb shelter!” – Lisa Simpson

14. Clown Without Pity (Treehouse of Horror III)treehouse14

Child’s Play meets the Simpsons when Homer rushes to purchase a late birthday gift for Bart and buys a cursed Krusty doll (which comes with a free cursed frozen yogurt). The doll tries to murder Homer which nobody believes at first and even after Homer stuffs the Krusty doll in a sack and throws him into a bottomless pit, he still returns in a ‘Cape Fear’ style. After Marge sees the doll trying to kill an hysterical Homer she calls the store who inform her that the doll was set to evil on its back switch!

Memorable quote: “Marge, Marge look, the doll’s trying to kill me and the toaster’s been laughing at me” – Homer Simpson 

13. Homer’s Nightmare (Treehouse of Horror II) treehouse13

Bart, Lisa and Homer eat too much Halloween candy and after being warned by Marge, they end up having nightmares which are all loosely based off of Twilight Zone episodes. Homer’s nightmare is Frankenstein themed and after taking a job as a grave digger due to being fired from the power plant, he happens to fall asleep in the open unmarked grave he was digging. Mr. Burns is building a larger than life robot labourer and needs a human brain to motor it to which in believing Homer is a fresh corpse, takes him. When planting the brain inside the robot, the machine operates just as Homer would and locates the nearest box of doughnuts. In dismay of his pointless creation Mr. Burns returns Homer’s brain to his body after being persuaded by Mr. Smithers and ends up having the robot fall on him. To avoid his own death Burns is stitched to Homer’s neck and when Homer wakes up he sees that  his nightmare is actually his reality!

Memorable quote: “Bad corpse! Bad corpse! Stop scaring Smithers” – Mr Burns 

12. Hell Toupée (Treehouse of Horror IX) treehouse12

After smoking in the Kwik-E-Mart, Snake is arrested and it turns out it was his third strike and under the third strike law he is sentenced to death. Snake vows to kill all the witnesses in the store who are Moe, Apu and Bart. After Snake’s death Homer reads there is a hair transplant with Snake’s old hair and his new do infects his brain with Snake’s sociopathic tendencies and begins talking and acting like him. As Snake promised, through Homer he murders Apu and Moe and then aims to kill a worried Bart, fighting within himself of whether to choose the boy or the hair Homer ends up ripping the hair off of his scalp.

Memorable Quote: “Homer Simpson, you’re under arrest for the murders of Moe Syzslak and Apu Nahassa… passa… well, just Moe, just Moe.” – Chief Wiggum

11. I Know What You Diddly-Iddly-Did (Treehouse of Horror X) treehouse11

A parody of the film ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ sees the Simpson family accidentally mow down Ned Flanders after Homer forgets to put the fog lights in the car on a very foggy night. Worried about what to do Homer comes up with a plan for Ned to die accidentally. He fails at one attempt to get Maude to see Ned fall off the roof after Homer moves his ragdoll-like body around. Instead he throws Ned into the house and impersonates him telling Maude he’s having a heart attack. After attending Ned’s funeral the Simpsons come home to their house covered in bloody writing saying ‘I know what you did’ and see a hooded hook hand figure. The family drive out and decide to run away to stereotypical haunted places to hide at before they’re interrupted by Flanders being alive. It turns out Flanders was mauled by a werewolf and hit by Marge whilst as a werewolf himself. As it cuts back to modern day, Marge and the kids have ran off and Homer hasn’t noticed Ned turning into a werewolf again. Diddly.

Memorable quote: (Homer impersonating the deceased Ned) “Hi, Maude! (pause) Diddily! I’ve been having fun with my pal Homer! (pause) Diddily!” – Homer Simpson 

10. Terror at 5 1/2 Feet. (Treehouse of Horror IV) treehouse10

This is definitely one of the most gripping Treehouse of Horror stories as it starts off with Bart having a premonition of his death on his way to school which is caused by a bus crash from a missing wheel. In a nervous state he gets on the bus and the day is of a similar climate to his dream. He looks out of the window and sees a gremlin damaging parts of the bus, he starts acting hysterical to which he is restrained as no one believes him. He is put next to Uter and after convincing him to untie the ropes binding his hand, he takes out a flare which has been placed in Martin’s shorts and pulls back a window to throw it at the gremlin. The weather causes chaos inside the bus as Principal Skinner and Groundskeeper Willie try to pull Bart back inside the bus. At the last moment he launches the flare at the gremlin and hits it. The bus rolls to the school and everyone sees the damage to which if one more screw had been taken out, the wheel would have come loose. Bart is wheeled away into a mental asylum van and thinking he has nothing to worry about sees the gremlin with a decapitated head of Ned Flanders who rescued it from falling off the bus.

Memorable quote: “I’m doin’ all of the pullin’, you blouse-wearin’ poodle-walker!” – Groundskeeper Willie 

9. The Raven (Treehouse of Horror) treehouse9

Beautifully narrated by James Earl Jones (Darth Vader, Mufasa), Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Raven’ is re-illustrated with Homer and Bart. Homer plays the man in Poe’s narration and Bart plays the Raven. Whilst mourning the loss of his love Lenore (Marge) Homer is tortured by a raven who he can not get rid of and causes havoc throwing books at him and only ever speaking the word ‘nevermore’. It is a depiction of the man’s fall into madness and Jones’ deep voice make for a chilling story.

Memorable quote: “Nevermore” – The Raven 

8. Nightmare Cafeteria (Treehouse of Horror V) treehouse8

This story is loosely based on Soylent Green and is definitely one of the most creative and interesting Treehouse of Horror moments. With detention being out of hand, the capacity has outgrown the detention office and has children spilling into the cafeteria. Bart is sent to the cafeteria and sits next to Jimbo who trips over Lunch Lady Doris resulting in food falling onto him. Skinner picks up Jimbo but tastes the substance from his arm and finds it delicious. Skinner has found a solution to the detention issue along with their poor food stock (grade F meat) and that is to murder and cook the children. This results in children being picked off one by one with the teachers all being in on the scheme and grow in size. Bart, Lisa and Milhouse are some of the last ones alive and try to escape. In doing so they end up being cornered and fall into a giant blender. The scene then cuts to Bart waking up from a nightmare and he has nothing to worry about…except for that fog that turns people inside out.

Memorable quote: “Oh relax kids, I’ve got a gut feeling Uter’s around here somewhere hahahahaha, after all isn’t there a little Uter in all of us? hahahaha… hahaha, in fact, you might even say we just ate Uter, and he’s in our stomachs… right now! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!… Wait, scratch that one.” – Principal Skinner

7. Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace (Treehouse of Horror VI) treehouse7

A Simpsons homage to ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ sees Bart have a dream where he is attacked by Groundskeeper Willie and is raked across the chest. He wakes up to find those rake marks are actually on his body. When telling the other kids about his incident at school they also reveal that Willie attacked them. Principal Skinner passes this off as nothing but later on Martin finishes a test before the other students and falls asleep and is murdered in his dream by Willie. Marge explains to the kids what happened to Willie where he had been burned to death due to Homer turning up the thermostat on a cold Smarch day and then the parents ignoring Willie’s cry for help in a PTA meeting. Bart plans to attack Willie in his dream after he and Lisa realise they cannot stay awake forever but Lisa also falls asleep and enters the same dream as Bart. When it looks like both of the kids are at their doom they are saved by Maggie who places her pacifier into Willie’s bagpipe spider body trapping his airwaves. The kids walk outside thinking they are safe but are met with Willie getting off a bus…only he has left his gun on the bus!

Memorable quote: “It’s a story of murder and revenge from beyond the grave. It all started on the thirteenth hour of the thirteenth day of the thirteenth month. We were there to discuss the misprinted calendars the school had purchased.” – Marge Simpson 

6. The Thing & I (Treehouse of Horror VII) treehouse6

Bart and Lisa hear a noise coming from the attic and question Homer and Marge if there is anything up there. The both of them say no however Homer has to go and feed ‘something’ in the attic some fish heads. One night when their parents are out, the Simpson children go and investigate to which they see the shadow of something as it breaks loose from its chains and runs downstairs. When Homer and Marge return they are informed of the events and go to check the attic to see their creature has escaped. Marge calls Dr. Hibbert and tells him ‘Hugo’ has escaped. Bart asks Marge who or what is Hugo and it is revealed he had a conjoined twin at birth to which Dr. Hibbert informs him Hugo was an evil twin. Everyone besides Bart goes out in search of Hugo but he was in the house the whole time. He aims to sew himself and Bart back together after sewing a pigeon and a rat together due to his madness longing for the two of them to be reattached. Everyone returns just in the nick of time with Dr. Hibbert knocking out Hugo. It is revealed the scar on Bart’s side is the side of the evil twin and Bart ends up being in Hugo’s place in the attic.

Memorable quote: “But what to do with poor Hugo? Too crazy for Boys Town, too much of a boy for Crazy Town” – Dr. Hibbert 

5. Bart Simpson’s Dracula (Treehouse of Horror IV) treehouse5

In this parody of ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ there have been attacks on people resulting in bite marks on their neck. Lisa believes they are from a vampire but no one else does. Mr. Burns has purchased the Springfield blood bank and his seen licking blood from off of his face. There is a business opportunity and Homer applies for it which results in Mr. Burns inviting the family over to his mansion in Pennsylvania. The family are served blood to drink and Lisa pours it on Bart and herself so they have to go and clean up. They discover Burns’ secret lair which results in Bart going down a sliding staircase to be bitten and turned into a vampire. A couple days later he has turned many children into vampires and aims to attack Lisa. He is stopped and the Simpsons decide they have to kill the head vampire (Mr. Burns). They kill with a stake to the heart in his slumber and all seems well. However it is revealed the next day that Marge is the head vampire and all the Simpson family besides Lisa are vampires. The episode ends parodying ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’. 

Memorable quote: “Homer, we gotta do something. Today, he’s drinking people’s blood. Tomorrow, he could be smoking!” – Marge Simpson 

4. The Devil and Homer Simpson (Treehouse of Horror IV) treehouse4

This is a parody of the 1941 film ‘The Devil and Daniel Webster’ where Homer is so desperate for a doughnut he says he would sell his soul to the devil just to have one. The devil appears and it is none other than Ned Flanders. He gives Homer a doughnut but just as he is about to finish it, Homer realises the devil won’t have his soul until he finishes all of it. Later that night in a sleepy state Homer opens the fridge and finishes off the doughnut. The devil appears and Marge pleads for a fair trial, Ned reluctantly accepts but says Homer must spend the day in hell where he eats and infinite amount of doughnuts that was supposed to be torture. At the trial Homer’s lawyer is Lionel Hutz who basically absconds as soon as the trial starts. Devil Ned chooses the jury which depicts some of history most sinister characters such as Lizzie Borden, Blackbeard, Benedict Arnold and Richard Nixon. It looks as though the devil will win when Marge reveals a wedding photo where Homer had signed on the back claiming Marge owned his soul. The devil loses the trial but curses Homer to have his head as a doughnut for all eternity. The next morning Homer is about to leave for work and has been picking at his sweet and tasty noggin. He cannot leave the house though, because hungry police officers are out there waiting for his doughnut.

Memorable quote: “I watched Matlock in a bar the other night. The sound wasn’t on, but I think I got the gist of it.” – Lionel Hutz

3. Homer3 (Treehouse of Horror VI) treehouse3

We’re now into my top three and this episode has to be in it for its groundbreaking animation of  3D computer animation. The episode is based loosely off of the ‘Twilight Zone’ where to avoid a visit from Patty And Selma, Homer hides in a mysterious vortex behind a bookcase. The world is the third dimension which changes Homer’s physique and is full of different mathematical items. A cone gets stuck in Homer’s butt and he throws it into the ground which opens up a black hole. Many popular Simpsons characters are called in to try and save Homer from his peril such as Reverend Lovejoy, Ned Flanders, Professor Frink, Chief Wiggum and Dr. Hibbert. Bart enters the dimension to try and save his father who is on the other side of the planet, he tells Homer he’ll have to jump an impossible feet and Homer replies Piece of cake.” Homer ends up falling into the hole where he is split up into dust and Bart is pulled back safely before the dimension collapses. Homer ends up falling into a live action world where is image is once again altered. He is scared and everyone is looking at him, he finds comfort seeing a store that sells erotic cakes and runs inside.

Memorable quote: “This place looks expensive. I feel like I’m wasting a fortune just standing here. I better make the most of it.” [Homer burps] – Homer Simpson

2. Time & Punishment (Treehouse of Horror V) treehouse2

This episode is almost good enough to be in first place because it is an exhausting roller-coaster of events and we just want Homer to get back home! This is a heavily Sci:Fi based episode where one morning Homer gets his hand stuck inside of a toaster where he has to break it apart to free his hand. He decides to fix it which takes him all night and when morning breaks he has accidentally built a time machine. He takes the machine for a test toast which transports him to prehistoric times passing Sherman and Mr. Peabody. He remembers his father telling him if he ever went back in time to not touch anything is it would bring alterations to the future. Homer squashes a bug and is transported back to the present day in a Ned Flanders-ruled-dystopia. Homer travels again and accidentally kills a fish and subsequently goes back and forth through time trying to get to his timeline. He finally believes he’s back to his timeline after questioning Marge and all seems well as they sit down for food but the rest of the family have reptilian-like tongues. Homer decides this is close enough.

Memorable quote: ” I’ve gone back in time to when dinosaurs weren’t just confined to zoos.” – Homer Simpson 

1. The Shinning (Treehouse of Horror V) treehouse1

I imagine a lot of people have this episode very high up on their list and with Treehouse of Horror V being my favourite I just have to have it in first place! This is a parody of the Stephen King novel and Stanley Kubrick film ‘The Shining’ where the Simpson family are employed as caretakers for Mr. Burns over the winter at his mansion. When Burns and Smithers are leaving the house they are taking crates of beer with them and Burns informs Smithers he has cut the cable to ensure hard work. Smithers questions if doing this every time is what has turned the previous caretakers into sociopaths.

Bart cuts through a hedge maze which angers Willie who reassures himself in his head. It turns out Bart can read his thoughts so Willie advises him if Homer ever goes crazy that he should mind call Willie to save them. Homer seems pretty calm at first with the fact two of his favourite things are inaccessible but snaps slightly and says he is going out for a while. Homer is in a bar which is like the bar seen in the movie, Moe who is the bartender says he will give Homer a beer if he murders his family. Marge walks into a room and reads the typewriter which says ‘feelin’ fine’ but after a bolt of lightning the room is lit up with erratic writing and Homer enters the room. His madness takes hold and the stairs scene from the movie is recreated only Homer falls down the stairs. Marge stores him in the food cellar and the ghouls have to convince Homer once more. He recreates the axe scene breaking through many doors to find his family.

Willie tries to save the family but is murdered and Homer then chases The Simpsons outside into the cold. Luckily on the ground is a portable TV that Willie through when he was running to the house. Lisa throws it in Homer’s face which calms his rage. The scene ends like the movie but instead of just Jack Torrance frozen in the snow it is the whole Simpsons family.

Memorable quote: There are so many good quotes in this episode but I have chosen one of my favourites

“Feelin’ fine.’ Well, that’s a relief.

[Lightning flashes and illuminates the room, showing “NO TV AND NO BEER MAKE HOMER GO CRAZY” scrawled again and again all over the walls in wild letters]

“Mmm… this is less encouraging.”

Marge Simpson. 

Post your favourite Treehouse of Horror moments in the comments below!

Sony announces PlayStation Classic console which will include Final Fantasy VII

It’s that time of year again when a miniature retro Nintendo console should be hitting the shelves and people have been expecting to hear of a Nintendo 64 Mini but nothing has been announced.

Instead Sony revealed the exciting news that there will be a miniature version of the original PlayStation with its original 1994 design.

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Not many more things can be described to me as nostalgic than the booting up sounds of the PlayStation which send shivers down my spine every time I hear them.

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The console which is due to hit shelves December 3 will feature 20 built-in games including the iconic Square Enix title Final Fantasy VII and Namco’s Tekken 3.

There are currently three other confirmed titles which are Ridge Racer Type 4, Jumping Flash! And Wild Arms. 

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The console is set to be priced at £89.99 and will feature two traditional PlayStation controllers without joy-sticks and will be inputed into TV sets via a HDMI cable like the retro Nintendo consoles.

The PlayStation Classic will still feature its disc eject button, but as the games are pre-installed, its function when pressed will change one game to another.

When it comes to the PlayStation there are an endless amount of titles that spring to mind which could feature on the console.

Crash Bandicoot, Spyro The Dragon, Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, PaRappa The Rapper, Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey, Dino Crisis, Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night are just a few big names that could feature from an endlessly great catalogue!

 

Nintendo Switch’s online service to launch September 19th: Here’s what you need to know

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It has been a long time coming since the console’s release back in March 2017, but the Nintendo Switch‘s online service will finally go online on September 18. Online and Nintendo aren’t two words that get associated together very often and if so, not usually in a positive respect. Nintendo has never really ventured out into online game-play much, especially not with a service that will be on the Switch, but they’re going to give it a try and this is what you need to know.

The online play service that Nintendo will provided will enable players to play games online with friends and others around the world. There are many Nintendo titles that have online access such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and the upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Along with those titles you will be able to play Minecraft with your friends through the service.

When playing with friends, you are able to communicate with them through the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app which launched last year with the console. There you can use the voice chat to talk to them but it would be good for there to be a suitable headset to fit into the controller, but with the interesting tech of the Switch, it might not be that straightforward. The app has been in use since its first iteration, but was mainly used to show leaderboards and results from Splatfest events.

An important feature to the online service is that if you ever lose your Switch or play on a new one, you can cloud save your game files and re-download them so none of your gaming experience and play is lost. If you’re at a friend’s house and want to show them something in your game, all you need to do is log on to your account and your game file will be there waiting for you. If you’re connected to the internet when playing on your Switch, the games will save data and be backed up automatically.

One of the popular aspects of having the Nintendo Switch Online service will be that you will be able to download all Nintendo Entertainment System titles such as Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda. As long as you remained subscribed to the online service you will be able to play all the games whenever you like with 20 retro titles being playable upon launch. This is similar to how Sony and Microsoft let you download certain titles every month with their online network gaming services, but Nintendo always love to go back to their routes and are shelling out a lot more titles than their rivals. This makes an interesting change to the Wii U and previous consoles where retro games could be purchased through the virtual store but are now playable for a much cheaper price.

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These are the titles launching with the online service on 19/09.

You will be able to play these retro titles online as well and compete with friends such as getting the highest scores in Donkey Kong or Dr. Mario. You can also interfere with your friends retro games when online where you can add a cursor to their game giving them hints or simply congratulating them. Whilst the retro titles are great they do come with a downside as users will have to login to their accounts once a week in order to keep playing the games. This is unfair for those who are travelling or like some of us who forget or are too busy to keep playing the Switch. It’s classic Nintendo to have a new idea which comes with issues. Once games are downloaded on XBOX and Playstation consoles, they are free to play offline which is something Nintendo will need to look into.

You don’t just have the option for NES games with your Switch, you also have the option to purchase two NES Controllers which are joy-cons and slot into the side of the Switch along with being detached for game-play. They look exactly like the original models only they are hands-free and the top of the controller features the Switch locking that joy-cons have. If you going to play old NES titles you might as well do it with some style! These controllers will available for purchase on launch day.

Nintendo has confirmed that any free-to-play games such as Fortnite will not need a Nintendo Online Service subscription for players to be able to play the game online.

The Nintendo Online prices are considerably cheaper than their competitors but obviously Nintendo’s online world isn’t as vast as theirs.

For A single account:

1 month = £3.49
3 months = £6.99
12 months = £17.99

For a family membership (up to 8 accounts)

12 months: £31.49

For those of you who play Splatoon 2 and added bonus for buying the 12-month membership is that your Inklings will receive exclusive Nintendo Online clothing. If you’re unsure about purchasing the service there will be a 7 day free trial through the Nintendo eShop on the Switch console which is also where you can buy the service along with on the Nintendo store.