Author - Jerry Paxton

Midsummer Scream 2018 Tickets Now On Sale

Midsummer Scream 2018 tickets are now on-sale! If you have yet to experience Midsummer Scream and are a fan of Halloween or horror movies, you owe it to yourself to go. Here is our photo gallery from the 2017 Midsummer Scream, which also was held at the Long Beach Convention Center. Some interesting highlights for this year’s event include:

  • Commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein”.
  • Confrmed special guests include Kimberly J. Brown, star of the “Halloweentown” series of Disney Channel Movies; Buzzfeed Unsolved hosts Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej; and the hosts of the Shock Waves podcast.
  • Slashback Video, the art exhibit which recreated an ’80s era video rental store inside of Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum, will be making an appearance all weekend long at Midsummer Scream.

LONG BEACH, CA – Midsummer Scream, the largest Halloween and horror fan convention in the world, returns to Southern California July 28-29 for an unforgettable weekend of thrills, chills, and frightful fun all under one roof at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.

Tickets for Midsummer Scream 2018 are now on sale at including single-day General Admission passes to the brand-new, limited-edition Gold Bat Weekend Pass, which enables guests to access the show floor and other aspects of Midsummer Scream an hour early each day before the convention opens to the general public; front of line priority access to panel presentations and attractions throughout the venue; a collectible lanyard and credential; and a Gold Bat enamel pin.

Marking its third year, Midsummer Scream is expected to draw nearly 25,000 fans of all things Halloween and horror to Long Beach, where they will find a huge show floor featuring more than 200 unique vendors, a children’s activity area, a wide variety of live entertainment performances, celebrity appearances, a black cat adoption lounge, educational classes and programs, thousands of cosplayers in amazing costumes; world-class panels and presentations; and more than a dozen haunted attractions and elaborate displays for guests to experience.

Midsummer Scream is thrilled to announce the return of industry giants Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, Knott’s Scary Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest, and Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. These cornerstone presentations will take place throughout the weekend on the main stage, attended by thousands of hard core fans ready for the latest and greatest season announcements from these juggernauts of Halloween!

The vendor floor and Hall of Shadows will now each have their own individual halls at the Long Beach Convention Center. Featuring more than a dozen walk-through haunts and attractions, as well as creepy displays, roaming monsters, billowing fog, dark vendors, and a large performance stage, Hall of Shadows is once again the home of the Decayed Brigade sliders team, which will perform several shows daily throughout the weekend.

Tickets are now on sale at! More news and information regarding Midsummer Scream 2018 will be announced in the weeks and months ahead!

*Photo courtesy of Hatbox Photography/Midsummer Scream.

Marvel Television Unveils Panels and Signings for WonderCon 2018 #MarvelWonderCon

Los Angeles, CA (Feb 28, 2018) – Marvel Television returns to WonderCon with the fan-favorite Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Con debut of brand-new series for Freeform, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger. Marvel Animation returns with an exciting panel that takes the fans on a behind-the-scenes look at the production process for some of the animation team’s most popular series and upcoming new projects. Join us for the not to be missed panels with the popular cast and creators, featuring premieres of never-before-seen footage, exclusive signings, and a few fun surprises along the way – all starting Friday, March 23 through Saturday, March 24.

Full schedule below. Jump in on the conversation by using #MarvelWonderCon:




Anaheim Convention Center, March 23, 2018 – 4:45PM – North 200A

Join series stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, along with executive producer and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, executive producer and showrunner Joe Pokaski, and director Gina Prince-Bythewood for a must-see panel featuring a sneak peak at the highly-anticipated new series.

Freeform’s new original series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened by newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. Tandy can emit light daggers and finds hope in the light, while Tyrone has the ability to control darkness which gives him the power he needs. They quickly learn they are better together than apart as they join forces to seek justice for the loved ones they lost early on. You won’t want to miss this!



Anaheim Convention Center, March 24, 2018 – 12:30PM – 300D

Join Marvel Animation for a behind the scenes journey through all aspects of production and development! You’ll get an exclusive look at how Marvel assembles acclaimed animated series and projects such as Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout and the highly-anticipated Marvel Rising, as well as an inside glimpse at the popular Marvel Funko animated shorts and Marvel LEGO Super Heroes – Black Panther: Trouble in Wakanda. Led by Cort Lane (SVP, Animation and Family Entertainment) and featuring several special guests, the Marvel Animation team will share rare insight into the writing process, voice direction, production, never-before-seen sneak peeks from upcoming projects, and tons of scoops on future storylines. Don’t miss it!


Anaheim Convention Center, March 24, 2018 – 4:45PM – Arena

Your favorite agents are back in Anaheim! Join Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward, along with executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, to talk all things Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season five! Find out what’s coming up with a Q&A and sneak peek of a never-before-seen episode. The action-packed series from Marvel Television airs Friday nights at 9|8c on ABC!

*Talent is subject to change.


Please note that the WonderCon online Exclusives Portal will launch on February 28th and at that time WonderCon Anaheim badge holders can log-in and create a list of exclusive signings they’d be interested in attending. On March 19th, WonderCon attendees will be selected at random and receive an email confirmation with more details.


MARVEL’S CLOAK & DAGGER – Exclusive Signing Room – 1:30-2:30PM

Freeform and Marvel will be hosting a special exclusive autograph signing with cast and executive producers from their highly anticipated new original series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.” For more information on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” please visit


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Exclusive Signing Room – 3:00-4:00PM

Marvel is excited to announce a special exclusive autograph signing with the cast and producers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Stay tuned to for all the breaking news from Marvel Television at WonderCon. Follow @Marvel on Twitter and “like” Marvel on Facebook for minute-by-minute updates on all things in the MCU.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9|8c on ABC. Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger will debut on Freeform on Thursday, June 7th at 8|7c.

About Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Television

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.

Marvel Television develops and produces some of the world’s most creative and popular live-action and animated programming for broadcast and cable television networks plus digital platforms including a historic deal with NETFLIX. Its portfolio of self-produced series includes “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Marvel’s Inhumans” for ABC, “Marvel’s Runaways” for Hulu”, Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” “Marvel’s The Defenders,” and “Marvel’s Punisher for NETFLIX and “Marvel’s Avengers” and “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” for Disney XD.  Marvel is a co-producer on “Legion” (FX) and “The Gifted” (FOX).  Marvel Television’s upcoming projects includes “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” (Freeform) and Marvel’s Untitled Deadpool animated series (FX).   For more information, visit  ©2018 MARVEL

Corsair Gaming HS60 Wired Surround Headset Review

The Corsair HS60 wired surround sound gaming headset features classy style and a fairly comfortable fit. In terms of its design, it takes all of its technical specs, looks, and style from the Corsair HS50 wired stereo headset – in fact, it’s actually the same headset. Where the HS50 and HS60 differ is that the HS60 comes with a USB surround sound dongle that provides virtual 7.1 channel audio as well as is offered in a slightly different color combination. Really, the surround sound dongle is what the extra $20 dollars is for in the jump from the HS50 to the HS60, and it is well worth the upgrade. I got the chance to test out the HS60 using my PC gaming rig, over the course of a variety of situations, but more on that later.

In terms of design, the Corsair HS60 features dark style with large, comfy ear cups that I wore for a few hours in each of my play sessions and did not feel any ear discomfort. I did feel a little sore spot on the top of my head where the headband was touching it, but nothing too bad. Overall, it feels great to wear and, while not as comfortable as more expensive Corsair headsets, it can easily be donned for a few hours without too much issue. The removable boom microphone is flexible, and allows for a lot of customization in making sure it is placed for best audio pickup.

The Corsair software suite that controls all their peripherals now, the CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) allows gamers to customize the HS60’s sound profile in a virtual sound equalizer and even comes with a variety of presets that you might find viable. It should be noted, however, that the CUE software will only work with the HS60 when connected to your computer with the USB dongle. If connected to your computer via 3.5mm jack, it will just be used as any other set of stereo headphones.

According to the manufacturer, the HS60 is “Discord Certified”. This means that the microphone and audio have been tested for quality communication and sound. What exact testing methodology was used in this determination is anyone’s guess. However, it seems to be legit as I had no issues at all communicating with Discord and the audio seemed good. I was able to hear others without issue and others said my audio came in loud and clear.

As far as gaming with the Corsair H60 headset goes, I have no big complaints. The virtual surround sound was nice and I experienced fine audio from Metal Gear Survive, Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, and other titles. In fact, I was very impressed with the HS60’s sound separation – especially at its $70 dollar price point. Where I wish the headset had been a bit better was in listening to higher quality music tracks. When doing so, I noticed that sometimes the audio sound a bit, for lack of a better term, “muffled” at the higher end of the sound spectrum. Not bad, but you could definitely hear it. For regular MP3 playing though, I doubt the average person will notice. On the low end, the 50mm drivers do a fine job of pumping out the bass without overpowering everything else.

Overall, the Corsair HS60 wired surround gaming headphones are a great option for those gamers looking to have good virtual surround sound while not breaking their bank accounts. At $69.99, it is right in line with other headsets in this category and is extremely comfortable to wear. In addition, its low-key, dark style will not serve as a distraction when playing, making it a good choice for tournament play. The Corsair HS60 wired surround sound gaming headset is available now at a variety of online retailers – including Corsair’s official website.

Assetto Corsa Competizione Announcement Trailer

CALABASAS, CALIF. – February 21, 2018 –  Assetto Corsa Competizione, from Kunos Simulazioni and indie publisher 505 Games, will be speeding onto Steam Early Access this summer. Featuring an extraordinary level of simulation quality that allows players to experience the real atmosphere of the GT3 series, players can compete against official drivers, teams, accessing to all cars and circuits with the highest level of accuracy and attention to detail.

Taking full advantage of Unreal Engine 4, Assetto Corsa Competizione will ensure the highest quality rendering with photorealistic weather conditions and graphics to reach a new standard in driving realism and immersion racing. Players will experience highspeed torque as they get behind the wheel of luxurious speedsters including Ferraris and other prestigious GT cars reproduced with an outstanding level of detail. Motion capture technology is used to create the animations of mechanics and drivers in an even more realistic fashion and guarantee a high level of player engagement during races, pit stops and driver changes.

Assetto Corsa Competizione will be zooming onto Steam Early Access this summer, allowing players to test in advance features and content that will be progressively disclosed. The final version of the game will include:

  • MULTIPLAYER AND SINGLE PLAYER CAPABILITIES: Offering a well-structured ranking system, Assetto Corsa Competizione will evaluate individual performance and driving behavior to reward the most virtuous drivers and promote fair play in online competitions. Efficient matchmaking functions will ensure players can compete with opponents of similar skill level and easily find and join races online. Leaderboards will allow players to compare single lap performance with virtual pilots from around the world with the same car, circuit and weather conditions. Career, Championship and Free Play modes will also be available, offering a customized racing experience for all skill levels.
  • REALISTIC WEATHER CONDITIONS: Competitions of different durations, from Sprint 60’ races to the famous Spa 24H Endurance race, Assetto Corsa Competizione will give players the opportunity to compete in different moments of the entire 24-hour arc under a dynamic weather system, thanks to a highly realistic graphical reproduction of weather conditions and visibility.
  • ACCURATE CIRCUITS: With laser scan technology, every official circuit is recreated with the highest level of precision: All curbs and details perfectly fit their real counterparts to grant a gaming experience as faithful to reality as possible.
  • ADVANCED GRAPHICS AND AUDIO EFFECTS: Unreal Engine 4 guarantees photorealistic rendering and with multi-channel audio sampling of real GT cars, Assetto Corsa Competizione conveys captivating and immersive acoustic surrounding and realistic environmental effects.

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Preview

Recently, I got the chance to play some of Obsidian Entertainment’s upcoming RPG, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. Having been a fan of the first Pillars of Eternity as well as Obsidian’s last RPG, Tyranny, I was looking forward to seeing how Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire would play. Our preview build saw our characters start at level 7 and did not include the intro/tutorial area. Once the game had started up and my group of adventurers found themselves in a strange land just having docked at port, the character creation screen appeared so I could give my group some individuality. Character creation is pretty straight forward, but it should be known that Obsidian Entertainment has added the ability for characters to multi-class! This is such a cool addition to the game and adds a lot of replayability to find out what combinations work best together, etc. Also, creating your characters is much more forgiving to new players as there are several places where abilities are explained a bit.

Combat has been overhauled in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire with a focus on more important encounters rather than numerous combat sessions with hordes of throwaway monsters. The combat is still in real-time with the ability to pause it and issue commands, though part of me wishes they would include a full turn-based mode with initiative, etc. That more tactical approach to isometric RPG combat is something I always loved in various games of my youth. This must have been some sort of thought among the developers as, while the combat is not turn-based, it definitely has been slowed down slightly in comparison to the first Pillars of Eternity title. This is a terrific choice as combat in the first game could get so crazy it was easy to lose track of where each character was and what was happening overall. Another combat addition for Deadfire is that character skills and spells recharge after every fight! Also, spells have been further enhanced by allowing players to re-target them in mid-casting! It was always an annoyance in the first game where targets would move out of the fray while your wizard was mindlessly casting away at an place with no enemies.

Visually, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire looks great for this kind of game, and the camera seems somewhat closer than in the previous game. This gives the game a more intimate feel – especially when taking into account that your maximum party limit has been decreased to 5. You end up caring a lot more about your individual characters and the story in general. Speaking of which, the overall quest writing and progression system have been greatly-improved in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. Now when talking with NPCs, you can hover your mouse cursor over certain words and symbols to get a brief definition. Additionally, side quest quality has increased quite a bit, with plenty of twists and turns that I didn’t expect to find. Usual side quests end up being somewhat simple in comparison to the main plot of the RPG. Not in this case, the world is replete with things to do and quests to complete.

A big addition to the Pillars of Eternity world with Deadfire is the ship management and ship to ship combat systems. Now you captain your very own sea vessel across the high seas, which is basically your home base/stronghold for the game (that we know of). While this opens up your options as a player in terms of deciding where to go and what to do, the system itself does take a little getting used to. You will have to care for the needs of your ship’s crew (those mangy bilge rats need food and money) as well as modify your vessel to stay alive. There are multiple ship types to eventually command, so I am sure those will each have their strengths and weaknesses. In traveling around the seas, you can also run into random encounters which present consequences all their own. Ship to ship combat is handled in an intriguing narrative manner, in which you are presented the combat encounter in a sort of book. You are presented with a number of options as combat unfolds and it is one of the most intriguing ways I have seen combat play out in a game before.

Overall, Obsidian Entertainment’s upcoming Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, is going to be a must-play RPG for both fans of the first game as well as Obsidian’s previous RPG, Tyranny. Deadfire’s gameplay has been optimized in many ways over the first game, and I look forward to playing the finished product when it launches on April 3, 2018 for the Windows PC platform.

TransRoad: USA Now Available on MacOS

Moenchengladbach/Germany, February 19, 2018 – Until now truck and logistics fans were only able to discover the endless freedom of the famous US highways in TransRoad: USA exclusively on PC. Today developer Deck13 Hamburg and publisher astragon entertainment are very happy to announce the release of their challenging business simulation for macOS® – now available for 24.99 Euro/24.99 USD/22.99 GBP on Steam:

Three exciting game modes (campaign, quest and sandbox), up to five AI-controlled competitors, 37 US-American cities and a potential client base consisting of 77 businesses from 14 industries await the ambitious entrepreneur on the challenging way to his very own logistics empire in TransRoad: USA. Other features include seven different trailer types, hundreds of trucks, lots of drivers and of course a wide range of interesting challenges such as economic upturns, financial crises, demanding (and therefore especially lucrative) special orders as well as tricky missions in the quest and campaign modes.

The game’s freely zoomable 3D map ensures that the virtual manager will always stay on top of things when it comes to his trucks, contracts, clients. How about a little bit of relaxation between difficult decisions? The truck camera allows he player to follow individual trucks on their way across the whole country and to enjoy the lovingly modeled scenery. 19 famous landmarks such as the Hoover Dam, the Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate Bridge can also be discovered by the player and will create a feeling of really travelling across the USA.

In addition to its own country music inspired soundtrack TransRoad: USA offers its players an internet radio plug-in that will give them the opportunity to add their favorite radio stations to the game and thus create the perfect musical score for their very own trucking adventure.

TransRoad: USA for macOS® is available now for 24.99 Euro/24.99 USD/22.99 GBP on Steam™.

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Universal Studios Lunar New Year Celebration 2018

Universal Studios Hollywood once again celebrates the Chinese Lunar New Year with the help of the Po and friends from the Kung Fu Panda films. Most of the Lunar New Year events are located inside the Universal Plaza area of the upper lot. You can take photographs with Po and Tigress, speak with a very cool Mr. Ping at Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop – where you can also buy special Lunar New Year food items! My favorite of the bunch were the stir-fry noodles but the pot stickers were also really good.Feng the Palace Artist’s Studio is an area in the Universal Plaza where you can learn to draw your favorite characters from the Kung Fu Panda films. Each audience member is lent an easel and drawing instrument and you just have to follow along with the instructor.

Additionally, there are martial arts stage demonstrations throughout the day which showcase some very talented people. There are also traditional wishing trees setup for you to write down and leave your wishes on for good luck! The plaza is absolutely stunning decked out for the celebration and park decorators should be commended for their efforts. Outside the Universal Plaza, the Lunar New Year celebration continues as guests can meet a Mandarin-speaking Megatron characters outside the Transformers: the Ride cue area in the lower lot. Also, you can take pictures with the Minions all dressed in traditional Chinese attire.

Of course, you are still able to access all of the wonderful attractions you have come to love at Universal Studios Hollywood, the Lunar New Year celebration is in addition to all that good stuff. Heading over to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they are still selling the legendary “hot butterbeer” drink, which is absolutely a must on a blustery day. It warms you up and tastes delicious. You can also checkout the Animal Actors stage show which features some highly-trained animals of all kinds. The studio tour is also a favorite of movie lovers and fans of the park in general. If you get the chance, I’d check it out on a weekday as you might see some stuff being filmed! The Shrek 4D attraction, now closed, is being transformed into the Dreamworks Theater, which is eventually going to house a new Kung Fu Panda short film and feature interactive effects and elements. Construction is currently underway on that attraction.

Overall, Universal’s Lunar New Year celebration is a whole lot of fun for the entire family and is well worth your time to check out. The Universal Studios Lunar New Year Celebration runs from now through February 25th, 2018. After that, it’s gone, so don’t wait!

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Eureka Sit-Stand Desktop 46 Review

Eureka Ergonomics was a name I had not been familiar with until recently when I got the chance to try out one of their Sit-Stand Desktop units. These allow computer users to transition their desktops from a seated to a standing position, which is a healthy thing to do – especially when your Apple Watch keeps reminding you to stand up every hour or so. Now you can stand up and continue working or playing!

The model I got the chance to check out was their gamer-focused, 46-inch variant. Mostly black with a trim of blue, the Sit-Stand Desktop 46 is a very large unit and weighs almost 70 lbs, so make sure your desk and support its weight – and remember you still have to put your monitor(s) on top of it! The unit weighs this much because of its transitioning mechanism and overall craftsmanship. The Eureka Sit-Stand Desktop is built like a tank and feels rock solid. After sitting the Sit-Stand Desktop 46 on your base desk, place your keyboard, mouse, and monitors where you like them and make there their respective cables have play to stretch out and retract.

When you are ready to transition the Sit-Stand Desktop 46 into the standing mode, simply stand up and squeeze the two levers underneath each side of the unit. Then slowly pull upwards and the Sit-Stand Desktop will move with ease. When you have the height adjusted where you want, let go of the levers and it will lock into place. Unlike most sit and stand desktops utilizing mechanical springs, which make a bit of noise when transitioning, the Eureka Sit-Stand Desktop is whisper quiet and won’t disturb your office neighbors. This smooth and quiet operation is due to the unit’s advanced gas strut system.

I actually utilized the Sit-Stand Desktop 46 in a multitude of ways – of course, gaming was the primary use. I blasted a large number of Stormtroopers while standing at this desk but, also, I watched movies, listened to music, and worked on various web programming projects I am in the middle of. I can’t say enough positive things about this Sit-Stand Desktop.

As previously-mentioned, this Sit-Stand Desktop is focused on gamers, and its overall desktop cut-out shape reflects that with modern angles and style. However, if you are looking for something smaller or even more conservative in design, Eureka Ergonomic offers a variety of sizes and styles. Most standard users would probably do fine with their 36 inch model, which retails for about $400 dollars.

Overall, the Eureka Ergonomics Sit-Stand Desktop 46 is an outstanding desktop accessory that will enable you to easily transition your workspace from seated to standing modes. Its rock-solid construction should appeal to those curious if the $600 dollar investment is worth it, and its wide open desktop space will appeal to gamers who need room for various peripherals. If you are looking into purchasing a standing desktop accessory, I highly suggest you check out one of the Sit-Stand Desktop from Eureka. You can order your own Eureka Sit-Stand Desktop 46 over at their official website.

Eureka Sit-Stand Desktop 46 Review Score

(5 out of 5 Stars)

Marvel Studios Avengers: Infinity War – Big Game Spot

Tonight, during the Big Game, fans got a special, brand-new look at Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. Feel free to share it with you readers!

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR opens in U.S. theaters on May 4, 2018.



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An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.