Gaming News: King’s Quest “The Vision” Behind the Scenes

It’s been a while since we least heard of King’s Quest, good news that there is an update via a behind the scenes video.

The original King’s Quest has been an inspiration to so many gamers and game developers. It came out at a time that video games on the PC were so in the early stages of PC games. I remember playing this on a green monochrome monitor. Using a piece of graphing paper to track all my movements in the land of Daventry.  I’m so excited to see the new game, it’s about time. I wonder if Wing Commander and Ultima will ever come back.

If you are not familiar with King’s Quest, you can check out the original game here.

Movie News: A closer look at the Batmobile

Batman v Superman still has a year to go, but so far a lot of people are excited to see the movie. So am I. The Batmobile has been a big part of Batman. The car itself is a character. I can’t wait to see it in action.

If you are a fan of Batman, you have to get the chance to see the Batmobile Documentary.

And how about the Batmobile in the upcoming Arkham Knight. To tell you the truth, the Arkham Knight batmobile looks a lot like a smaller but bulkier version of the one in Batman v Superman.

Movie Trailer: Attack on Titan Trailer 2

I was able to watch the first season of Attack on Titan, I can truly say that I have not seen anything like it. The story is set in an alternate earth where there are unknown giants called Titans, roaming around and eating people. So the people have made giant walls to protect themselves from the attacks. This story centers around a character named Eren Yeager, whom his mother dies in front of him eaten by a titan. He grows up as man and vows to fight against titans.The basic premise is simple, something that we’ve generally heard before, but when you get to see the anime (I have not read the manga), I can assure you that it is so much different.

I am excited to see this movie.

Movie Trailer: Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

I’m speechless. The trailer is looking good. Seems like it is showing that a lot of people are unhappy with what happened with the destruction of Metropolis, even though there is a statue for Superman. It’s interesting to see Ben Affleck now in the trailer, and hearing his voice say “Tell me, do you bleed?… You will.”, seems like he may be able to pull of being an older and wiser Batman.

Currently Tinkering: HOOQ (Updated April 21, 2015)

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Update: HOOQ has replied directly in regards to my review. I have listed the items they are currently working on below. I do look forward to the future of HOOQ. We can’t wait to watch more new and old shows and movies. We have not updated our review since the current state of HOOQ is still the same. But we will update the review once we get more updates. Thanks.

I subscribed to HOOQ recently, because I really want to see TV and movies on demand locally in the Philippines. I have a feeling that the Philippine market is desperate for this type of service, if not, I am.

My initial impressions were, that signing up was pretty easy enough. But you do have to have a Globe number, preferably postpaid, but I think prepaid should work just fine too. You’ll need to subscribe through your Globe mobile number. You should get an email confirmation and a text verification code. Once you get that, you should be able to get in quickly. I just had problems with the site a bit, since it was using Silverlight (some kind of Flash counterpart made by Microsoft). I had to use IE to get it working properly.

I was excited to see that once you are logged it, you are immediately greeted with a bunch of shows. What I noticed is that the selection was very limited. Rather than me getting excited to see the shows, I got disappointed. This is not On-Demand TV, but an archive of semi-old shows, and some of them are not even updated.

hooq2 First, I tried to look for shows that started at least a year ago, like Marvel Agents of SHIELD. That didn’t show up. I look up some more. Okay, why not a movie, why not Hunger Games, that was a little more older. That didn’t show up either. I check out Chuck, it did show up, but 2 seasons only? The show lasted for 5.

Okay, I realized the site is not for the currently updated. Okay, I consider watching some older stuff. Why not the classic Alf, nope. Fringe? 2 seasons only out of 5. Rescue 911? nope, not available too. They do have Harry Potter Deathly Hallows 2, but the other Harry Potter movies are not available.

While looking through the movie list, I was surprised to see local movies. Why should I be surprised? I have no idea, I just have very little interest with local movies I suppose. But what bothered me is that the movies and TV  shows are mostly made by GMA Network, a rival of ABS-CBN. Because of that, HOOQ is showing that it seems like a one sided beast, just as the TV network rivalry that we have have locally. (ABS-CBN vs GMA, or Kapamiliya vs Kapuso). I really hate that. I hate network rivalries and actors exclusive to a specific network. So, if you are interested in watching movies or TV shows from the other network, HOOQ is not for you.

Another thing I noticed was, there were a number of Bollywood movies, Korean and Japanese movies. I think there are some Chinese movies too. I find that interesting, but I want to filter them out. Apparently, there is a terrible filter system. There were very few options. To really discover what you want, you really have to use search bar and hope you get the movie you search for.

In regards to video playback, okay, I tried watching something. I loaded up Ghostbusters. The video is okay,  in general, Remember, this is streaming video. It starts up pretty quick, but the video quality is so much worse than watching a video in YouTube. it seems like the video is designed for old crt TV sets. So, on a computer monitor or an HD ready TV, it’s a pain to watch the video, but if you just want to watch something on your spare time, it’s fine. But if you are looking for a great movie or TV experience, this is not it. They do have options for Closed Caption (subtitles), but I have not seen any of their English videos use this feature.

So, international movies and TV shows, the list is fine, not outstanding. There are some old, some new. But that’s the problem, “some”. I was disappointed because regardless of how old or new I was looking for, most of what I wanted to watch is not there. I was actually fine with the idea of this being an archive of old shows, but even that was a disappointment.

There is supposed to be a mobile app to watch HOOQ other than using a web browser. But I did have problems downloading the iPad app since my account is US based, and the app only can be downloaded if you are using an Asian account. Why am I using a US account? Because I can’t find a way to buy apps using an Asian account, while it’s easier for me to get an US iTunes prepaid card.

The website feels like a trap, because you really have no way to see if HOOQ’s web service will offer you TV or movie shows that you want when you first sign up in which you have to pay. It’s only when you sign up you discover if this service is something that you want to pay for. Considering it’s about PhP200 a month, There is no free trial period too. I presume a service like will at least offer a 30 day free trial service before you even pay anything. I don’t think it’s worth it at this time. I do hope that they improve their service soon, but without current shows or even classic ones that I am interested in, this is not their time.

Update: Peter from HOOQ sent me a reply in regards to things that they are working on.

  • On silver light, yes, we are aware of this. It’s a real pain right now and we are working to make it better
  • ABS v GMA: Actually, we are proud partners of both ABS and GMA. We are always looking to improve our catalog from both, so we note your feedback
  • WRT hollywood movies and TV, we have put a lot of time and energy into building a catalog for people who love stories and great content. We already have the largest catalog of any premium service in Asia. Having said that, we are not finished yet (in fact we are just getting started!). So, stay tuned for some exciting additions in the coming weeks and months ahead. In fact, you will get new stuff every month and we look forward to telling you about it.

Thanks Peter, now I do look forward for the future of HOOQ.

You can check out their site here.

Movie Clip: Avengers Age of Ultron (Hulkbuster – Clip 4)

We got tickets to watch the movie in theaters. We are very excited to see the movie. Especially with all the hype these days with Daredevil (TV-Series), Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and how everything in their cinematic universe is connected.

Movie Trailer: Ant-Man Trailer 1

Yeah, I’m trying to catch up with what I missed. Sorry for the really late post.

This trailer is looking cool too. Other than it has a lot of action, it does have some comedy too, it seems like Paul Rudd is fitting his role as Scott Lang / Ant-Man. And Corey Stoll as the Yellowjacket looks cool too.

Movie Trailer: Star Wars Teaser 2

It’s been a while… like a month since my last post. I didn’t realize that I have been that busy lately. But I know there were a ton of stuff that happened in the last month. And the latest one… the Star Wars The Force Awakens Teaser 2. It keeps on getting better.

Here’s the first teaser if you want to review it.

I can’t wait for Christmas!

Movie Trailer: Pixels

A new upcoming movie, which is based on a short film featured in YouTube, by Patrick Jean. I am so curious to see this movie, but I do worry that it’s led by Adam Sandler. I’m not much of a fan of his acting but I do credit his few movies that does stand out to me, like The Wedding Singer and The Longest Yard.

Here below is the original short.

More works by Patrick Jean at his website.

Movie Trailer: Avengers: Age of Ultron (Trailer 3)

The third and latest trailer from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie is looking more exciting, especially with a teaser of Vision at the end. I do wonder if Spider-Man will be showing up in the movie too.