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Swipe Delete Funk Butcher & Swiss

Swipe Delete – Funk Butcher/Swiss

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Houseology’s Swipe Delete is out now! It’s a brand new dance track from Funk Butcher and Swiss that is blowing up on the socials! Not only that it has got a lot of mainstream love! Including BBC Radio 1’s DJ Target playing the dance track on his show recently.  Furthermore to that, Kiss Fm DJ Majestic has given some love to Funk and Swiss’s Swipe Delete stating that he feels as though it will be a HUGE Summer anthem. Consequently that it will be an instant hit amongst audiences:

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Two Left Feet Jazzphonix

Two Left Feet – Jazzphonix

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Jazzphonix are here to revolutionise the house music industry, by clashing with Jazz music & creating some music that is something that will make you dance! They aim to meet incorporate the sentiments of Jazz and the attitudes of House in 2019. Jazzphonix are Johnny Woodham and Kwame Safo. Their debut release is a gorgeous display of trumpets in the dance encouraging Two Left Feet.

Mixing of Jazz music and House music isn’t a new concept, however, it’s not as fresh as this new interpretation from the Jazzphonix boys. Jazzphonix are attempting to create a brand new space in the House Music space and bring together two amazing communities. Of two incredible genres of music, what comes from it is an innovative and fresh piece of music.

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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

There’s a trailer for a brand new superhero movie. Of course we are interested! This time round it’s a brand new movie from the X-Men Franchise and we are very very excited by this movie. It focuses on Jean Grey. Jean is spiralling out of control and is hurting everyone around her, it is up to the X-Men to face the difficult task of taking down one they love. Making this one of our highly anticipated movies of 2019! How are they going to save the world and Jean? How are they going to find the strength to face one of thier own without letting emotion take over for the sake of the world? Who knows!? But what we know is, we definitely want to see this movie! This is X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX.

Plot

In X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiralling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponise this force and rule the galaxy.

(20th Century Fox)

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

Cast: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters

RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS 07 JUNE 2019

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The Division 2 Open Beta

The Division 2 – Official Year 1 Trailer

First of all, Tom Clancy’s The Division was a HUGELY successful game when it was released in March 2016, spawning a massive community in the gaming world. Now a sequel is due for release right around the corner (March 15th) and we cannot wait! The game follows a lineage much similar to the first game, but this time it’s focused in Washington DC. The game is an action shooter RPG set in an entirely open world, players are able to play in co-op or singularly. There are also PvP modes available for those who want a bit of high octane competitive action. The Division 2 also offers much more variety in missions than the first game, brand new challenges and a new progression system for players. In an effort to keep the game fresh and inviting for months and years to come.

Story

Washington D.C is demolished and in disarray, it’s on the bring of collapse. Consequently, there’s looting in the streets and tons of instability from within the city. Society is a mess, which is emphasised from the fact that there’s always rumblings of a coup. It is up to you and your Division ally’s to save the city. Like in the first game you a part of an elite Division. A Division made up of civilian agents, of whom are the last line of defence for the safety of the city. You are tasked with using the plethora of gear and skills available to take on the oncoming threat. In Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Washington D.C is replicated in a 1:1 representation of the real city. Furthermore, you are given maps which offer up-close-and-personal views of landmarks and neighbourhoods around the city, including the enemy hideouts!

Year 1 Content

The way that Ubisoft will keep players coming back time and time again to The Division 2 will be through downloadable content. Which will be of a regular occurrence too! While, each experience is said to renew a players experience each time they load up in to the game. During the first year of the games release Ubisoft will be releasing three episodes. Episodes which will expand on the main story of The Division 2. The Episodes will be narrative driven content alongside new ways to play. All of this content during year 1 will be free to play for all players of The Division 2. Furthermore, Ubisoft will be releasing three brand new specialisations alongside the Survivalist, Demolitionist and Sharpshooter. Which are already available at the end the main story.

More info

The trailer above gives you an insight to the first year’s content. Plus will give players a look at an upcoming 8-player Raid. Below is some more information on what the Episodes will entail

  • The first Episode, D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions will take you to the surrounding areas of Washington as you chase down elite members of the Outcasts and the Black Tusks and fight for the liberation of the city in new locations.
  • The second Episode, Pentagon: The Last Castle will bring you to one of America’s most iconic locations to unveil what secrets lie inside this well protected maze.
  • Our third Episode will conclude Year 1 of The Division 2 and pave the way for more thrilling content.

Year 1 Pass to Purchase

Those wishing to have all of the content sooner than the rest. You can pay for the Year 1 pass. Which will give players a look at the Year 1 content a lot sooner, furthermore, they will get exclusive content. Which is detailed below.

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Features

  • 7-Day Early Access to Episode Narrative Content

    • Owners of the Pass will have a 7-day early access to the narrative content only, included in all Year 1 Episodes.
  • Instant unlock of the Year 1 Specialisation’s

    • At launch, The Division 2 will include three Specialisations, instantly available to everyone when reaching max level (Level 30).
    • Throughout Year 1, we will release three additional Specialisations for your agent. Year 1 Pass holders will unlock these new specialisations as soon as they’re released.
    • For those who do not have the Year 1 Pass, specialisations will be released at the same time, but must be unlocked over time through gameplay.
    • Year 1 Pass holders will also be able to earn exclusive cosmetic items with each Specialisation’s release.
  • Exclusive Access to Classified Assignments

    • Over the course of Year 1, Pass holders will have exclusive access to 8 Classified Assignments, which will provide more story behind the events leading to your arrival in D.C.
    • Completing each assignment will award you with a unique and exclusive backpack trophy to customise your Agent’s look.
  • Additional Bounties and Projects

    • Bounties in The Division 2 are special tasks to eliminate specific enemy targets, while Projects are assignments to complete various tasks around D.C.
    • As a Year 1 Pass holder, you will get access to one additional Bounty per week and one extra Project per day for a Challenging mission.
    • This perk ends on March 1st, 2020.
  • Exclusive Cosmetic Items

    • Year 1 Pass holders will get access to these exclusive rewards: the Agent Ward Outfit and the Scout emote.

(Ubisoft)

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The Division 2 Enter The Dark Zone

The Division 2 – Enter The Dark Zone

First of all, Tom Clancy’s The Division was a HUGELY successful game when it was released in March 2016, spawning a massive community in the gaming world. Now a sequel is due for release right around the corner (March 15th) and we cannot wait! The game follows a lineage much similar to the first game, but this time it’s focused in Washington DC. The game is an action shooter RPG set in an entirely open world, players are able to play in co-op or singularly. There are also PvP modes available for those who want a bit of high octane competitive action. The Division 2 also offers much more variety in missions than the first game, brand new challenges and a new progression system for players. In an effort to keep the game fresh and inviting for months and years to come.

Story

Washington D.C is demolished and in disarray, it’s on the bring of collapse. Consequently, there’s looting in the streets and tons of instability from within the city. Society is a mess, which is emphasised from the fact that there’s always rumblings of a coup. It is up to you and your Division ally’s to save the city. Like in the first game you a part of an elite Division. A Division made up of civilian agents, of whom are the last line of defence for the safety of the city. You are tasked with using the plethora of gear and skills available to take on the oncoming threat. In Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Washington D.C is replicated in a 1:1 representation of the real city. Furthermore, you are given maps which offer up-close-and-personal views of landmarks and neighbourhoods around the city, including the enemy hideouts!

The here are a range of factions that Division agents have to take on, Divisions made up of those who remain, factions of those who look to cause more harm than good:

  • True Sons
  • Hyenas
  • Outcasts
  • Black Tus

Competitive Modes

In PvP mode you explore three Dark Zones across Washington D.C. It is up to you to explore these areas of the city, whilst keeping an eye out for players looking to cause harm. In an Player vs. Environment vs. Player experiences.

Such as Skirmish: here you go head to head against other teams in a classic Team Deathmatch scenario. Domination: here you are tasked with capturing locations to claim dominance against other players, in this objective based mode.

Weapons

Weapons are highly customisable and are vital to your  surivial in The Division 2. Differing weapons, armour and cosmetic options for all elements of the game is available to players. This includes things such as weapons, armour and exotic items. Some are only available to the high end players, so best get that grind on! Furthermore, those who reach the endgame have unique specialisations on offer. Allowing even further customisation!

End Game

The End Game is a feature at the end of the game which throws in some more challenges, game modes and high end rewards to further test and upgrade agents.  Once an agent has reached level 30, players will have to pick a specialisation.  Such as Survivalist, Demolitionist and Sharpshooter. Yet, each of the selections will unlock a unique signature weapon and additional skills.

So, much like other Ubisoft games, The Division 2 will be constantly updated and players will have access to a full year of free story-driven missions, map expansions and new game features.

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Battle of The Super Sexes

Battle of The Super Sexes: New data shows huge gender imbalance across biggest superhero films

New research has found that there is a lack of female representation across the top 10 of the highest grossing superhero movies. Despite many of the characters women portray, posses superpowers of their own. The representation of the characters across superhero movies is low. With just under a third of the named characters portrayed are by women and the rest are by men. (77 vs 256) While, the amount of screen time that male characters get to their female characters also has a huge disparity. As 91% of the screen time is dominated by the male characters. Information gathered by Battle of the Super Sexes have compiled this detailed analysis which includes screen time, poster billing position and salary splits.

Screen Time

Their research goes even further and looks at the key gender stats from the top 10 highest grossing superhero movies. Looking at things such as screen time, number of directors and producers, named characters and movie poster billing. Furthermore to the stat above, male counterparts are seen on screen on average 13mins to a female’s 4mins. One example is in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, the main male characters are on screen for a total of 2hrs and 30mins. That’s compared to the main female characters screen time of less than 30mins. There are a total of 69 superhero’s across all of the top 10 highest grossing movies the majority are male, a staggering 52%!

Directors/Producers

This leads into the producers and directors field too. Male’s make up 75% if the combined 105 main listen producers while there are no female directors. However, despite the huge difference in numbers, the female actresses names are placed higher than the male actors. Furthermore Black Panther (2018) includes the highest amount of female characters compared to their male counterparts (16/10). While The Dark Knight Rises (2012) featured 18male characters to 3 female.

Pay

Pay was also looked at. During the Iron Man series, Gwyneth Paltrow who plays Pepper Potts, stated that she was being paid less than her male co-stars. Furthermore when asked about what the difference was is that “if I told you the disparity you would probably be surprised”. Yet it was reported that during The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Scarlett Johansson was paid the same as Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) for both movies.

For more information on this please click here: Battle of The Super Sexes.

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Team Sonic Racing Map

Team Sonic Racing – Maps and Music!

We may be moving into a warmer climate in the coming months, however Sonic may not be. SEGA are heading into the blistering cold with Team Sonic Racing. They’ve announced a brand new ice stage for the fun racing game. It’s called “Frozen Junkyard” and will pit users through, you guessed it, a frosty junkyard. Sonic and his buddies will have to race through it, whilst avoiding a number of obstacles. All treacherous and designed to cause havoc, including lethal beams from the HUGE Death Egg Robot. The track even has it’s own song! It’s composed by Jun Senoue, the iconic Sonic Series composer. However, he hasn’t done this alone, he’s teamed up with Tyler Smyth of Danger Kids. You can listen to it in the video above! Furthermore they’ve worked together on the “Infinite” theme on Sonic Forces, therefore you know it’s going to be good!

Team Sonic Racing Features

Team Sonic Racing, developed by Sumo Digital is a fast paced, arcade racing game. While, it’s highly competitive and is fun for people of all ages, it features many of your favourite characters from the Sonic Universe. It’s not all solo racing either! Team up and win in the co-op mode, both locally and online. Furthermore players can utilise the dynamic team mechanics and vehcile customisation features to help them along the way. You don’t have long to wait either, Team Sonic Racing is due for release on May 21st across all major platforms!

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NextUp Comedy Streaming

NextUp Comedy – Streaming Laughs

Love Comedy? Well you will love the streaming service ‘NextUp’ it’s a video on demand platform for stand ups. More specifically stand up specials. NextUp showcases all different kinds of stand ups. Be that your sketch comedian, character driven stand ups, to observationalists and many many more! It’s basically as Engadget coined it ‘The Netflix of UK Stand Up’ Therefore, as you’d expect, like Netflix you can stream content from NextUp from anywhere in the world. The content isn’t region locked to the UK. Comedy’s universal and meant for everyone!

Acts

The acts and subsequently content available to you isn’t strictly just for the household names. NextUp also is home to many up and comers, rising starts too! That’s not to say that the circuit legends are left out. Of course not! They’re still available for users to check out. Some of the acts available are:

Rising Stars such as

One of the best things about NextUp for comedians is that they get a 50/50 revenue share form their content being on the platform. Which is especially good for the rising stars of the comedy circuit. Futhermore NextUp members get access to recording tickets and exclusive discounts to shows! If you’re an up and coming comedian interested in appearing on their platform you can apply on their site by clicking here! How cool is that?!

History of NextUp

So why create something like NextUp? Well there are a number of reasons the team (Daniel Berg, Kenny Cavey, Sarah Henley and Stuart Snaith) decided to create the platform. Such as show goers cannot attend their favourite comedian’s shows due to it’s date, location, ticket availability and or cost. On the comedian’s point of view, after touring their show they have no archive of it. They can’t go back and critique it or show it off to anyone other than those who attend their tour dates. Furthermore the team wanted to show off more than what the Tv does. Consequently they wished to show off an even more diverse reflection of what the comedy circuit is like.

NextUp describes itself as to:

Seeks to right these wrongs by carefully curating for your joyful discovery the breadth of great comedy the industry has to offer, and bringing it to you anytime, anywhere whilst supporting the comedy industry in as many ways as possible.

(NextUp)

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Green Man Gaming (EXPLICIT WARNING)

We recently discovered this amazing smaller YouTuber called Green Man Gaming and they’re amazing! We think that they deserve a lot more eyes on them! So have decided to showcase them here on How To Kill An Hour.

They do a whole host of different types of videos, like the comedy style above, to a historic look through at games. For example, they looked at Ace Combat through the years, giving a good insight as to how the game has developed over the years. As well as longer play through’s they also do miniature (sub 10minute) play through of games, their most recent one was of Rage 2. Furthermore they also do a pretty cool Throwback Thursday features where by they look at past games, in this one they look at Super Mario 64. However, we cannot go by and not mention the really cool video they did before Christmas. It was called Video Games Rock. It’s a mash up video of video game’s dancing to Jingle Bell Rock. It’s worth a watch. Even if it is February!

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