On April 10th, mobile gamers will be able to build their own Quahog and collect stuff in it, as Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff appears ripe for cashing in on love for The Simpsons: Tapped Out. As I found at the launch party, though, nobody involved is overly fond of that comparison; one Fox marketing guy threw out a ton of buzzwords that esssentially amounted to, "they're similar but different" (he did confirm a Firefly game, though, but when asked if any of the original actors are involved his only response was "stay tuned.")
I'll put it this way: The Quest for Stuff is not like Tapped Out in the same way that Family Guy is not like The Simpsons. For one thing, you're not building the town from scratch - you're RE-building it following an apocalyptic fight with the Giant Chicken. Totally different. Also, this game may not yell at me as loudly from Julia's phone as Homer currently does, randomly, in the middle of the night.More >>
Oh, augmented reality, what can't you do?
A little application to a UK bus shelter, and people waiting for their transportation were confronted with tentacles from the sewers, debris from space, and giant robot attacks.
Most caught on pretty quickly, but it was still cool. For a moment, They Believed.
Too bad it was promoting a drink as terrible tasting as Pepsi max. But I guess that just makes the company try harder.More >>
Today was a date with destiny.
After test-marketing the Waffle Taco, then rolling out a breakfast menu that did not include it, then rolling back that idea, Taco Bell staked out 3-27-14 about a month ago as the day they would bring back breakfast with the Waffle Taco, everywhere. Since then I've been hoping, and wishing, and praying they'd show me they care about my anticipation.More >>
Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.
I was treated to a Mexico vacation last week. My mom, who is turning 89 in May, decided that we needed a vacation in Puerto Vallarta. This was to be my 58th birthday present - gifts should arrive for April and her May birthday. For 30 years, my mom has been a very independent widow. She has traveled all over the US and Europe. This year, however she started to use a cane and did not want to try the trip alone. She needed a suitcase helper and I was it. This lady still volunteers 2 times a week at her police department (yep, it runs in the family).
So here is my take on the good and bad of our week in Puerto Vallarta. P.S. There's not much on night life - we were watching CNN by 10-11 p.m. every night.More >>
Of course if you are a devil-worshipper, your job just got made a lot easier. Inspired by The Walking Dead, Philadelphia-based Dock Street Brewing Company's latest creation is a brew called Walker. And as befits a zombie drink, it's made with actual brains. Smoked goat brains, to be precise...and they added cranberries to make it a bloodier color.
So how does it taste? Well, obviously the creators are about as unbiased as a post-apocalypse governor believing his daughter can be cured of living death, but they describe it as "brewed with substantial amounts of malted wheat, oats, and flaked barley for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Fuggle hops provide delicate, earthy notes, while the cranberries create a sinister, bloody hue, and a slight tartness. The pre-sparge-brain-addition provides this beer with intriguing, subtle smoke notes. In true walker fashion, don't be surprised if its head doesn't hang around forever."
Fuggle hops. So it truly is one Fugly beverage, eh?
If any of our readers live in the neighborhood and care to try some, please report back.
[UPDATE: Images removed by request of Kit Kat]
Created by the folks at Kit Kat, complete with custom box and alt-builds of a dinosaur, a plane and a couple on a romantic date (many of these enabled by pieces hidden inside), this large piece of imitation chocolate also features "break me off" action, and is most definitely NOT for kids who still think Lego bricks are food.
But now I'm worried the Kit Kat folks know something I don't know - like there could be little people hiding inside my chocolate...
Okay, there's not a lot I can say about this commercial that'll make it any weirder or funnier than it already is, but apparently if you want the sensation of having a giant cat carry you to work in its mouth, this chewing gum is the brand for you.
If you're like some of our readers, and would prefer to imagine being carried to work in a different bodily opening...well, this is Japan. That hypothetical product must exist somewhere.More >>
You've seen her face on toys, jewelry, candy, and everything else the folks at Sanrio can think of. It was about time...for Hello Kitty emergency food supplies and fire extinguishers!
Needless to say, Google translations of Japanese seldom make sense, but I'm intrigued by the reader comment at the source article, "You're likely to be stolen when I was fire extinguisher installed this." Intrigued because obviously, I wish to know WHOSE RESPONSIBLE.
Since a new NASA study says we're pretty much all fucked in the next couple of decades anyway, this could be quite lucrative. What branded character do you want to see adorning your hazmat suit? Breaking Bad should get in on that action.More >>
This is what it looks and feels like in Los Angeles right now:
My apartment complex is elevated significantly off the ground, but because of the open courtyard, the drains not being able to handle volume, and the uneven floor, parts of my building are flooding anyway. Thankfully, our place has an apartment above ours (so the ceiling is unlikely to leak) and a post-earthquake angling of the floor leaves us slightly on the higher ground.
But before I get all wet, here are a few amusements:
-Sea urchin cocktails give a new meaning to spiking your drink.
-Space X is hiring engineers and coders to help them get to Mars. They don't seem to realize that calling themselves "The Borg" might be perceived as a negative.
-Remembering the first Lego figures that predated the minifigs.
-If the movie Her were set in 1995.
-A Batman Vs. Terminator animation that nearly everybody sent me, but I didn't care for all that much.
-Wear an arcade game on your wrist.
-Chips Ahoy pays attention to the fact that weird Oreo flavors do well, and is fighting back.
-Remake of The Birds to be directed by a guy named Diederik Van Rooijen, whose name will never not be fun to say no matter how bad the movie is.
-Dammit, how can we let the Japanese fast-food chains beat us on this level of excess?
-Johnny Depp, fond of pale-face roles, set to play a real mobster named Whitey, presumably just because of his name.
-Totally the wrong season for this, but how about some amazing pumpkin carvings?
And yes, I am planning a separate Oscars thread.