Doctor Who Spin-off Announced


BBC 3 has recently announced a new Doctor Who spin-off series. Titled “Class” the new series is aimed at a teenage audience, with the action and feel of contemporary Young Adult series. And who better to create it than a YA author? Patrick Ness has confirmed on his twitter as being the sole writer of the series.

Stephen Moffat, the current Doctor Who showrunner, had this to say about the series: “No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!” Heads of BBC 3 have also voiced support of Ness, citing his ability to understand teenagers as the reason the show will most likely succeed.

The eight, 45 minute, episodes will take place in London at Coal Hill high school, where the very first episode of Doctor Who began. Filming will begin soon next Spring in Cardiff and will air shortly after.

I have not watched Doctor Who for a few years now, but I’m happy fans are getting more chances to explore its universe and more characters to come to love. Hopefully the series will capture the heart and fun of classic Who and bring in a younger crowd into the fandom.

Haven Review: Shiny Days

Shiny_days_posterFirst up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

The game and link presented in this article contain adult material, and are intended for mature audiences. Content may therefore be unsuitable for some viewers.

If you’ve spent any time in Japan, one of the first things you notice about it’s pop-culture is its complexity. The plots of Japanese horror (J-Horror) movies for example, are often quite difficult to follow. Japanese chess, called shogi, makes western chess look like checkers! Then you have the nation’s written language to consider. There are three distinct alphabets; one of which contains thousands of characters to memorize, and another that’s used primarily for words borrowed from other languages!

It’s on this note that we welcome you to our game review for Shiny Days…and I’ll try to get this out in one breath: Shiny Days (2015) is a remake of Summer Days (2006), which is itself the sequel to School Days (2005); all of which precedes the most current title in the series: Cross Days (2010), which is actually a retelling of School Days. If you’re confused now, just wait until you start playing.

gfs_242363_2_8Shiny Days tells the story of a high school girl named Setsuna. Looking forward to her upcoming summer vacation, Setsuna is summoned to the sick bed of her friend, Sekai. It seems that Sekai was hired for a summer job as a waitress, but her illness forces her to ask Setsuna to step in as a replacement. The latter is not happy about it, as this particular restaurant requires servers to parade around in skimpy costumes. Setsuna ultimately agrees to take the job on a part-time basis, after discovering that a boy she likes lives near the restaurant.

gfs_242363_2_18If you’ve read or watched much manga, it’s not hard to guess what’s coming. Setsuna‘s first customers include an unruly child, a slimy lecher and possibly the most snooty customer service critic you’ve ever seen. Will our heroine get some reprieve from embarrassment after clocking out on day one? No chance. She trips over another girl on the street, resulting in a clothing mishap that would make even Art Frahm blush! Inexplicably, the two girls are now obligated to become roommates.
67398510_2The gameplay itself is divided into episodes, which are further broken down into scenes. You can save your game during any scene, and for good measure the game prompts for a save at the end of each episode. The story progresses as a typical graphic novel, compete with Pause, Play, Rewind and Fast Forward buttons. Occasionally, the game will ask players to make a choice as to what the protagonist will say. This can have an impact on the sequence of scenes within an episode, and can actually cause a shuffling effect when rewinding or reloading a past save. For instance, you attempt to return to a certain scene, only to find it replaced with another! The moral here is to save often and pay attention, lest the story change on you.

Radish1By this point, you’re probably wondering about the good stuff! Yes, this game is racy…every bit as much as its predecessors. While the game has plenty of cute moe (mō’ eh) moments, it’s true selling point is hentai; the absolute “fan service” of which much has been censored by game distributor JAST USA. With or without its erotic gratuity, this novel successfully serves up its original message; updated and remastered for the modern gamer.

Overall, is Shiny Days worth it? I say yes. If you’re a fan of the “Days” series, then you already know the premise and story arcs of this remake. If you’re new, this title is a great way to introduce a simple “slice-of-life” genre that can only be found amid the complexities of Japanese pop-culture.
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Beam me up! A Star Trek themed cruise is here.

enterprise_cloudsTrekkies are ecstatic for the upcoming 50th anniversary of Star Trek and now have another reason to celebrate: in 2017 the first ever Star Trek-themed cruise (well first ever officially licensed one) will sail off for almost a week of fun and excitement for fans to enjoy.

The cruise starts its voyage on January 9, 2017 and lasts for six days and six nights. It will depart from Miami, Florida and have stops in Cozumel, Mexico and the Bahamas. Cast members are joining in on the fun as well: Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Robert Picardo (Lewis Zimmerman), James Darren (Vic Fontaine), Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar), John de Lancie (Q), Johnathan Frakes (William Riker), and of course the host of the event William Shatner.

I’ve been on a lot of cruises before and think this could be really fun for fellow Trekkies. There’s bound to be a ton of fun activities aboard and the possibilities are endless. You could do a form of laser-tag based on the Bajoran resistance to the Cardassian occupation. All of the films could be playing outside on a big screen to be enjoyed by guests lounging around the pool. Endless trivia events where the most minute details of the shows can be fought about for prizes. A green margarita that’s named “Vulcan’s Blood.” I already want to go.

I will say the ticket prices are pretty steep ($975 as the cheapest option) but the actors need to be paid for the amount of entertaining they’ll be doing so I guess it’s fair. I also want way more DS9 actors to get in on this (if I magically had the time and money to take that kind of vacation I’d want to hang out with Avery Brooks), but it still looks really fun with the people going.

With my extensive cruising experience I can offer a few tips to people who have never been on one before but are interested in going on this: bring a lot of extra cash for when you’re on the islands. There are laundry facilities on the ships so if you don’t bring enough clothes for the trip it won’t be the end of the world. The bathrooms are small so bring travel sized shower supplies. Booze is expensive on the ships and it’s totally possible to sneak some onboard but be smart about it-your bags will be checked and you’ll be going through a metal detector so more conventional flasks are out. Bring something for sunburn because it will happen to you or someone you know at some point. Most importantly, relax and have fun. I hope everyone on board the cruise takes plenty of video so the rest of us can see what happens on it to, and the experience is ends up being the perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary. You can book your reservation here.

-Bri Nicks-

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