What does life look like when “rapper” is your job description?
This documentary feature pulls back the curtain on the world of ‘working class’ rappers. The film spotlights independent artists struggling to find a balance between making a living and pursuing their art alongside the never-ending saga of age and relevance. Weaved together through a series of 30 plus interviews that are devoid of the ego so common in the business of music, especially hip-hop, the film traverses the country (USA) to explore the myths and misconceptions of life as a full-time rapper.
Adult Rappers. A documentary stuck on the realness.
E3 is just around the corner, and as usual it should serve as one of the year’s biggest events in gaming. Among the noteworthy subjects at this year’s conference is expected to be the annual announcement and first look at the next FIFA game. With the series having become arguably the single most reliable franchise in gaming, this is always a major event. There’s even a website already called FIFA 16 News devoted to wishes and speculation regarding the upcoming announcement.
And yet at this point it seems fair to ask: can FIFA actually get any better? Unlike other sports gaming series like NBA 2k, which has relied on gimmicks like Jay Z producing a soundtrack, or popular first-person shooter games, which have just begun to blend together at this point, FIFA has slowly but surely developed a near-perfect soccer gaming experience. It blends exceptional controls, top-notch graphics, and enough playable modes and competitions to keep gamers busy for an eternity. In the “At A Glance” section of its glowing review for FIFA 15, Games Radar even included this cheeky negative bullet point: “The lack of new features—but then what’s there to possibly add?”
A fair question indeed. But in the spirit of what will soon become mounting excitement in anticipation of hearing what EA Sports has up its sleeve next, here’s a quick wish list of a few small things it would be nice to see in the next FIFA game.
Diversify Top Quality In Players
This is an idea that was brought up at What Culture’s wish list for FIFA 16, and it’s actually a great point I’d never personally thought of. Basically, the top players in FIFA are, and have almost always been, held above the rest largely via speed and endurance. Playing with Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, you may just be able to out-pace your opponents. But FIFA games have struggled somewhat in depicting other forms of quality in world-class players. Pace is easy to work into the games, and it applies to some of the best stars. But it would be great to see FIFA demonstrate qualities like Robin van Persie’s touch, or Yaya Toure’s physicality, in a way that sets them above the rest. To be fair, player ratings do demonstrate clear advantages for the top players. However, unless that advantage is manifested in speed, it can be somewhat difficult to tell in mid-game.
Improve Penalty Shooting
Penalty shooting looks great in recent FIFA games. It’s jittery, exciting, tense, and up-close and personal, all within the extraordinary graphics of the series. But the actual kicks still feel almost random. They’re tough to control, and really, difficult to have a whole lot of fun with. In fact, there are even basic arcade games and mini-games online that are more useful in capturing the excitement and fun of penalties. Perhaps the best can be found among the bonus options at Betfair, an online casino and arcade site with a few different soccer-themed games. In these games, various soccer icons appear on slot wheels, but the bonus games include penalty kick shootouts with real money on the line! This is a creative and enjoyable way to capture the thrill, and the stakes, of taking a penalty. Or, if you want to opt purely for gameplay, there are various mobile apps that do an excellent job of point-and-click shooting in a penalty sce
nario. Flick Kick Football is perhaps the simplest and the best. This is not to say that FIFA should dumb itself down, but perhaps a slightly more playful take on penalties could make them more fun to play out.
FIFA 15’s Ultimate Team Mode is pretty great for those who have an interest in making a team and more or less customizing a league soccer experience. However, in ways, it’s behind some games from even a decade ago in terms of creative options. The mode seems so focused on interactive features that it neglects some of the more carefree things that go into a club. Basically, there’s not enough background to the clubs. I have to suspect that players would love the chance to fully create a team: choose a city, design a stadium, design training facilities, pick a kit, choose sponsors, and possibly even organize fan tendencies. Just imagine being able to do all of that!
93 year old D-Day Vet, Jim “Pee Wee” Martin is probably the most badass vet we know. Today in Normandy, France, he jumped out of a plane and parachuted towards the infamous beach down below.
Come on by to the shop for the launch of Get Fresh Co’s sneaker wall. Saturday, May 10th, 2014 beginning at 12 p.m.