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Deadfools (Part 2)

Once again, more outcry has arisen around the acclaimed superhero movie Deadpool; this time right here in my very own town, Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control known as the DABC (yes, this is a real department) is tasked with controlling the laws and regulations revolving around drinking. Here in a state where the leaders are part of a religion that strictly forbids the drinking of alcohol, these regulations are numerous. Every bar and restaurant must conform in order to get a liquor license. Alcohol above a certain percentage must be sold in a state-run liquor store. The “sin tax” as it’s known, is astronomical, causing alcohol prices in Utah to be 25% (or more) higher than anywhere else. It’s cheaper to go to neighboring states to purchase alcohol. However, that’s considered smuggling, and very illegal.

What does all of this have to do with Deadpool? Well, In SLC there is a bar/movie theater called “Brewvies”. The DABC allows the showing of R rated movies while alcohol is served. Anything beyond that is right out. Meaning you can’t show full frontal nudity while serving alcohol. This is a rule for strip clubs here as well. Deadpool, although it has an R rating, has both male and female full frontal nudity.  Brewvies decided to play Deadpool anyway.

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In reaction to this, the DABC decided to shut down Brewvies if they kept showing the movie. Brewvies in turn, decided to sue the DABC for being unconstitutional. The legal battle raged on for a couple weeks. This got to be so big that Ryan Reynolds heard about it and decided to donate $5,000 to Brewvies to continue the fight. Most of what happened inside the courtroom was kept secret from the public. The Utah Government is particularly secretive about these sort of legal issues. Hearsay and rumors led Salt Lake residents to believe that Brewvies would lose the fight and shut down.  However, the last thing we heard about was that the DABC dropped all charges against the theater.  Brewvies is still pressing for a restraining order so that they don’t have to go through this kind of thing in the future, as  movies become less and less restrictive about the content shown.

It’ll be interesting to see if this creates any sort of legal precedent. If Brewvies was able to get out of a citation from the DABC and keep their liquor license, other bars or restaurants wanting less restrictive liquor laws might push against the DABC in their time of vulnerability.

In the end, Brewvies held a special midnight event showing Deadpool. The proceeds helped pay off legal fees. Chalk up another victory for Deadpool!

-Jordan Kamm-

Haven Review: Broforce

 

First 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.

To protect freedom and democracy with extreme prejudice and big guns. When terrorists attack, America retaliates and sends in expendable heroes with big guns and questionable ethics. After all, only you can save freedom.

I chose to review this game because I had a great time playing it. It’s a deceptively simple platformer/side scrolling game. The player can jump, shoot, throw grenades, knife attack and hang on to walls. The challenge and fun comes from the explosives that litter the environment and chain reactions when something is lit on fire or explodes, such as the roof falling down. The most noticeable thing I mentioned earlier: virtually everything can be destroyed. This can become an issue when too much is destroyed and it’s impossible to get to the exfiltration spot.

Broforce_parachute_mooksEach hero is unique with a special ability and weapon style. There’s Neo who only punches things and slows time, while the Chuck Norris-type character uses a shotgun and calls in airstrikes. Due to copyright and the love of puns, there are heroes such as The Brodator and Bronan. I leave it up to you whom they are supposed to be. The most common way to win a level is to get to the top and kill a devil in a suit next to a flag or destroy the boss. An action hero is expendable and can only take a bullet once. So in order to succeed, you must release prisoners and reach checkpoints. Each time a hero dies a random hero takes his place, unless you are out of extra lives. Also, a new bro is unlocked after you get a certain number of rescues.

Explosions!

It’s at this point that I must mention that it’s violent, bloody and hammy. The graphics are pixelated and vibrant. For the most part it’s very easy to recognize everything, unless there are a lot of things blowing up. Aside from the main story levels, there are a lot of user-made ones and a level editor to make it more long-lived. To top it off, there is also the possibility to play co-op with random people or friends…both online and local. I have yet to try this function, but I can only imagine it will be chaotic and insane.

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However there are some issues with loading times, especially when playing it online. It just takes too much time. Also there are suicide bombers; I don’t like those at all. Some bosses have really annoying introductions that slow down the game and can often lead to untimely death. This is in part due to the game’s poor field of view and camera angles. I’m talking about you, Megacopter Boss!

The music is good but not memorable, mostly due to the stuff going on. The in-game sound effects fit perfectly and do not cause my eardrum to rupture. All in all, this is a title I would recommend for people who like platform games. It’s over-the-top action and mayhem. For extra ham, there’s a narrator at times with a growling voice. The end credits is both melodic and awesome.

 

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Get it fresh on steam.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/274190/

Visit their website as well.

http://www.broforcegame.com/

-Njål Sand-