Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swings back into action!

On Friday September 7th, Marvel released a new video game starring their most popular character, “Spider-Man.” The game is available for the PlayStation4, and is probably one of the best, if not, the best, PlayStation game released so far.

It is not just the Hillsboro Technology desk’s opinion that the game is one of the best because Sunday, September 9, Spider-Man swung to the very top of the best selling games list, the sales dominate any other game in the UK and Japan.

On September 20, 2018, Ps4’s Spider-man game shattered all sales records set by any PS4 game. the Hollywood Reporters states, “Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4 set a record for Sony by selling 3.3 million copies in its first three days of release, the fastest of any PlayStation first-party title in history, Sony confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.” 

Courtesy of PS4

The new milestone surpasses fellow PS4 exclusive title God of War, which moved 3.1 million copies when it hit shelves in April.

Spider-Man‘s success was buoyed by strong reviews and the fact that there hadn’t been a full game dedicated to the web slinger since 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, an underwhelming tie-in title with the Andrew Garfield-led film.

Considering the game’s very large number of sales, people must think the game is good, right? The answer to that question is ‘yes.’ Players can give different reasons for loving the game, but I’m sure they would all agree that one of the best parts is getting to feel like Spider-Man as they swing around New York.

The gameplay is spectacular and has much to offer. Luckily, the controls are easy to wield. “You just feel the visceral feeling of swinging as Spider-Man, it really feels like you’re in New York. This might be the best Spider-Man game.” – Nick ‘Lanipator’ Landis (TFS Gaming YouTube). Landis is a popular game reviewer and praise from him is why those who are not sure whether to buy make a decision to do so.

Director of this game Bryan Intizar state in Heat Vision that getting the feel for “swinging” was the most important aspect for directing the game. “It’s extremely hard. We knew right away that was the number one thing we had to get right. Everyone identifies that with Spider-Man, and to swing around is the ultimate fantasy fulfillment. Before we even had a city built or a Spider-Man model we had a guy on a string and were getting the sense of the mobility. We took a lot of our base that we built for Sunset Overdrive and taking that impression, that flow and bringing all that Spider-Man DNA and combining it,” states Intizar.

Another aspect of the game is how Intizar states that the Parker narrative was important to get right as it is different from Tom Holland’s Spiderman. “The main story is the main story, but what I will say is that as you play more things in the open world will open up to you. As the game goes on there will be more side activities that will open up related to a bunch of different characters or just citizens of New York.”

Courtesy of PS4

“Our expectations are always set at the highest levels, bringing Spider-Man back to gaming in a way that you want to experience it. It’s met and exceeded all expectations. I think the company, and the campus, and our fans are super proud of it.” stated Stephen Turvey who is PlayStation’s Senior Vice-President of Sales. From the creators to the game fans, it is easy to see why is shattering sales in less than three weeks.

If you have a PlayStation4, the Hillsboro Globe Technology reviewers highly recommend you play this game




Phone Games that take the boredom away

High school students know, that even if we are fantastic student, there are days in class that qualify as boring. To break up the boredom, it isn’t uncommon to see students playing games on their phone. There are so many different games to choose from,  the Hillsboro Globe wanted to investigate which games are the most popular.

Roughly thirty Hillsboro High School students were informally surveyed and there were others who volunteered which games are their favorites. We asked if you have games on your phone and if so, what games. We got many different results, but the most popular were:

There were many more and it was interesting to find out that for every game that was extremely popular, there were students who were also playing games that were not of from student to student. We observed that in addition to games, many students watch tv and youtube.

Social media has become the focus for kids in high school.  The most popular social media platforms for high school students remain:

When we discussed how many hours students spend on their phones by checking data – it was amazing to learn that three to four hours was not unusual.

It is important to check yourself from time to time and see how much time you actually spend on your phone because long periods of time can cause harm to your eyes!

 




The Soundcloud Epidemic: The Revolutionary Music Platform of the Decade?

In the year of 2017-2018, millennials are  familiar with the app SoundCloud and the artists who use it to promote their music. One genre that has used SoundCloud with great success is Rap.

SoundCloud is a platform created for artists to publish their music in easy to access by the public audio form. SoundCloud is globally used by at least 175 million users a month which makes it very convenient for new artists to publish their music out into the world to start their newfound careers in the music industry.

It is described on the SoundCloud.com website “as the world’s largest music and audio platform, SoundCloud lets people discover and enjoy the greatest selection of music from the most diverse creator community on earth.”

Since 2008, users of the platform have posted podcasts, shared live audio recordings, allowed creators to collaborate via an open  and free platform.

Often thought of as a platform used only for new artists, it has been widely used by well known artists for almost ten years as marketing tool to gain feedback from fans on a variety tracks. SoundCloud as an “open platform that directly connects creators and their fans across the globe. Music and audio creators use SoundCloud to both share and monetize their content with a global audience, as well as receive detailed stats and feedback from the SoundCloud community.”

Rappers like XXXTENTACION, Lil skies, and Trippie Redd as well as producers such as Fifty Grand, SwuM, and Hellion along with almost 10 million other music creators used Soundcloud as a platform to broadcast their music to the public, and have become very successful with thousands, even millions of listens on their songs.

Recently, the Hillsboro Globe chatted with a variety of Soundcloud  users to ask them about what makes it so appealing and popular to rappers and producers.

Andrew Smith finds rappers on SoundCloud are not held back by label restrictions and have the freedom to produce exactly what they intend to produce. “Soundcloud rappers go hard. Some artists only put their music on SoundCloud”. The cost of working with label producers prohibits some artists from being able to even getting their music to their fans. “Also, its free for users, as well as a platform for artists to easily put their music out for streaming.” explained Smith.

Listener Nikko Gray appreciates money does not get in they way of producing the art. “It’s different, it’s not all about getting money, or the girls. It’s about the real things from anime to hard times.” Because the platform is an audio only platform, the audience is focused on the words and music as opposed to the visuals of a video.

With so many of these new artists emerging from this platform into fame, it gives aspiring artists hope for their own careers in the music industry. Aspiring producers who use SoundCloud as a platform to publish their music listen to find new and emerging artists. “People think that listening to stuff that’s “underground” is cool because they want to be the first ones to discover new musicians to brag about it, or maybe to show other people their findings hoping that person gets bigger someday.” explains Emily Dueease. Making connections early in a career with new fans is a prime benefit for SoundCloud users.

While it is easy for artists to publish work, it can be easy for artists have work stolen. “Some downsides are how easy it is to rip music off SoundCloud and publish it on your own, as your own. The other problem is that now with the SoundCloud go, a lot of people use it to listen to popular artists, and not emerging artists which is how the site was formed.” states Charles Moles of Dirt Party.

Artist and producer Ajani Bakari of BoyfriendAntichrist agrees that making connections with new fans is a specific benefit unique to the platform. “It’s really beneficial because of how you can be broadcasted to the whole world of people who appreciate music while making connections with others who share similar visions to yours.”

In the past, record labels and radio controlled what fans of specific music genres heard. If the subject matter of the music was deemed too controversial, the label or radio station could refuse to play or publish an artist’s work. As recently as the last three years, artists with as much power as Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift have battled their own labels and music streaming platforms in the court to play the music as they created it, not as the label executives think it should be released.

SoundCloud has changed the game and bypasses even streaming platforms by allowing artists to post their work and allow fans to find them.

Charles Moles of Dirt Party sums it up well. “I think SoundCloud is one of the best ways to independently release music because of how easy it is. You can connect with a large community just by making an account. Also, the process of posting a track is painless.”




The Great Escape Celebrates 40 Years of Business in an Ever Changing World of Music Technology

NASHVILLE, Tenn – On Saturday, September 23rd, the Great Escape located in Madison and on Charlotte in West Nashville had a “free goods day”, where they had a big celebration for the stores 40th Anniversary.

Hitting forty years of business is a big deal to any company in our fluctuating economy, but it is especially noteworthy in the music industry when one considers that 40 years ago the standard technology for listening to music was vinyl and 8 track tapes. For a non-corporate music store to survive the ever -changing technologies of vinyl, cassette, CD, Ipod, streaming, stealing and fads to listen to music, a store that sells everything from vinyl to 70’s action figures must be doing something right.

This is why it is still relevant to celebrate the Great Escape which is a company who has supported all the various trends, fads and fan favorite over the past 40 years.

What can you find at The Great Escape? As the mid-south’s leading place to buy, sell & trade used, new, collectible and out-of-print DVDs, CDs, Records, Comic Books, Games, it’s possible to find just about anything collectable. They are a bargain store and a collector’s store which new and used items often at a fraction of the price you would pay elsewhere. Additionally, they are loaded with the best selection of out-of-print collector’s items in the mid-south!

As part of The Great Escape way of showing gratitude to their customers  each person could get up to five free items, which were all of good quality. Select items in the store were also heavily discounted, with select items being up to forty percent off.

However, if you missed their sale, no worries there is always something discounted to make your trip worthwhile.

For example: Comic Books and Trade Paperbacks always discounted

  • New and Back Issues
  • Discounted Holds/Subscription Service
  • Marvel and DC
  • Dell, Disney, Western, Atlas, EC and more!
  • Golden, Silver, Bronze Age and newer books
  • Spider-Man, Superman, Batman
  • Captain America, Avengers, Donald Duck
  • And more!

People came from all over the place to check out what was going on, and by the end of the day, it had been one of the busiest they’d ever had.

The Great Escape is a place where people can come with their passions. It’s a place where they can go to be free of judgement and to meet people that share their interests. These people have helped make the store what it is today.

Wanting to find that toy you had as a youngster in the 70’s – they are likely to have it. They keep they following brands on hand of toys and  from every decade: Mattel, Hasbro, Kenner, Lego, Marx, DC and Marvel.

Action figures from movies such as the Transformers, Star Wars, Star Trek, He-Man, Mighty Morphin, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Batman, Avengers, GI Joe, Strawberry Shortcake, Barbie, Disney are sure to be on hand, but if your very favorite one is not – check back often as the stock changes daily.

The first Great Escape was established in 1977 when Gary Walker, the owner, opened up his first store. Since then, the company has grown to have multiple stores, and has grown from just dealing with comics and collectibles to dealing with a wide variety of music, anime, video games, electronics, and more.

The store and the customers have grown into a family throughout the years, helping The Great Escape to thrive for forty years. The company is thankful to have been a part around this long, and to have impacted so many people’s lives.

The Great Escapes are located at:

5400 Charlotte Avenue Nashville, TN 37209 (615) 200-1794

105 Gallatin Road North Madison, TN 37115 (615) 647-9828

They accept as forms of payment:

Personal Checks, All Major Credit Cards, Debit



Over The Garden Wall – A perfect seasonal show to jump start your fall line up

“Led through the mist by the milk-light of moon
All that was lost is revealed
Our long bygone burdens, mere echoes of the spring
But where have we come, and where shall we end?
If dreams can’t come true, then why not pretend?”  – Into the Unknown

Over The Garden Wall is a 10 part, animated miniseries created by Patrick McHale, which first aired on Cartoon Network, November 3rd, 2014. The show follows two young boys, Wirt and Gregory, as they search for a way home in a mysterious forest called the Unknown, which seems to have bizarre characters and an endless amount of strange happenings. Along the way, they are helped by a talking bluebird named Beatrice and are stalked by a shadowy creature known only as “The Beast”.

The fall-themed show is perfect for the weather and for Halloween being so close. With characters who have pumpkin bodies, to witches, and to beasts, it’s a must see to get you in the mood of the season.

It was envisioned in 2004 and finally pitched in 2006, coming to life in 2014. Patrick McHale, the creator, also worked on well known Cartoon Network shows such as “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” and “Adventure Time”. McHale’s creative works intrigued Cartoon Network, who showed an interest in a pilot. Therefore, “Over The Garden Wall” was born.

This miniseries  full of adventure, relatable and loveable characters, mystery, and moral dilemmas, which has received critical acclaim from numerous television critics.

The search for home, the battle with perseverance, and the struggle to keep up hope are things that most of us know all too well. However, this time, they’re masked in the form of a cartoon, which teaches the viewers that overcoming the struggle is possible, as long as you keep up a fight.

I asked Jack Reddick-Cole, a senior at Hillsboro High School a few questions about the show to see what he thought.

HG: “What intrigued you most about the show?”

JRC: “The story of it is really intriguing because you want to learn how they got to where they got and what all the weird stuff that’s happening to them is about. The characters are also interesting, especially because of the way the older brother talks.”

HG: “Would you recommend the show and why?”

A: “I’d recommend it to anyone who likes more experimental stories and animation, or the other stuff Patrick McHale has worked on.”

You can stream, Over the Garden Wall  from Cartoon Network or Hulu or get it on iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon. A DVD featuring creator commentary, a Music only track, and the pilot was released on September 8th, 2015. And, rarely, you can catch it on television.In 2015, the series won both a Rueben Award and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.

 

 




“We’re in love and the world is ending”: Tyler Cole second album released Oct. 13

Tyler Cole, a young, new artist, has released his second album “We’re in Love & the World is ending” on October 13th of this year, which displays feelings of being in love. It’s an anthem for disenfranchised youth frustrated a media that only cares about their clicks but not them themselves.

With 30.2K followers on instagram, and a soft pink theme, he brings out extremely ethereal vibes. He’s a growing alternative artist, hoping to change the industry by being a black man on the alternative or rock charts.

He filled his most recent album with plenty of smooth, gentle sounding songs that resonate what it feels like to be in love.

On the other hand, he has strong, faced paced songs like “The Government Song”, which relays a message about our youth complaining about the way our society and government works, but not taking action.

In a few of his more popular songs like “BLOW UP YOUR TV!” and “Sidney Poitier,” he talks about how the media has influenced us and our relations with people in a negative way, with lyrics like:

“The lying and hating, all the people we don’t know
That’s a problem, we don’t grow as a people at all
I can’t see you at all
But I know that you’re suffering, our computers are buffering
And the media fucks things, lets get rid of it all
I’m sick of it all, there’s an answer here”

His music is full of thought provoking lyrics, followed by interesting and catchy lyrics. Whether or not his style of music is what you’re interested in, I highly suggest taking a look into his work to see for yourself.

 

 




Some days all you need is really LOUD music

 

Lazy vocals and rocking guitars are two characteristics that describe a popular rock music style called Grunge.In the middle 1980s and beginning 1990s, a subculture of art and music emerged from the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle called grunge.

Grunge is an underground music scene from Washington state was also referred to as the Seattle Sound and originated from a sub-genre, alternative music label, Sub Pop.

Grunge became commercially popular in the 1990s due to bands and albums like Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pearl Jam’s Ten, and Alice in Chains’ Dirt. The music movement is defined on the All Music website as “Using the sludgy, murky sound of the Stooges and Black Sabbath as a foundation, Grunge was a hybrid of heavy metal and punk.” In an earlier review, I discussed the strong foundational sounds of Black Sabbath to later bands.

 

All of these bands used elements like loud sludgy distorted electric guitars, loud bass guitars, loud out of control drums,and usually crazy loud raspy vocals. Most of the sounds sounded like mixtures of alternative rock, hardcore punk and hard rock. Lyrically, grange expressed angst-filled themes, apathy, social alienation and wishes for freedom.

Using the sludgy, murky sound of the Stooges and Black Sabbath as a foundation, Grunge was a hybrid of heavy metal and punk.”

— All Music

Though the guitar licks were lifted from early ’70s metal sounds, what made the Seattle Sound “grungy” was more like acoustic guitars gone metal. While the guitar sounds were reminiscent of the 70’s the ethic of the bands was all English punk, desiring independence from the 80’s norms of records labels.

The first wave of grunge bands — Green River, Mudhoney, Soundgarden — were heavier than the second, which began with Nirvana. Nirvana, more melodic than their predecessors had signature stop-starts in their dynamics, while also incorporating a fuzzy, distorted guitars. “After Nirvana crossed over into the mainstream, grunge lost many of its independent and punk connections and became the most popular style of hard rock in the ’90s.”

Nirvana was one of the best grunge bands of all time. Nirvana was formed by Kurt Cobain and Krist Noveslic in late 1987 in Aberdeen,Washington. They had signed to a record label called Sub Pop records which signed most grunge bands at the time.

Listed on many all-time most important rock album lists, Nirvana’s Nevermind was released on September 24, 1991 and was responsible for bringing grunge and alternative rock to a huge audience. Songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit”,”Come as You Are”,”In Bloom”,and “Lithium” made Nevermind successfully become the number one album on the Billboard 200 charts at the time and has sold at least 30 million copies worldwide.

Pearl Jam’s Ten another popular grunge album increased the popularity of the Seattle Sound. Ten was recorded from March 27, 1991-April 26, 1991. Pearl Jam was a group formed by bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard from an early grunge band called Mother Love Bone.

In 1990, Jeff and Stone took on singer Eddie Vedder, guitarist Mike Mcready and drummer Dave Krusen to make Pearl Jam. Ten was Pearl Jam’s debut album and reached number two on the Billboard 200 charts in late 1992.

songs from the album such as “Alive”, “Even Flow”, “Jeremy”and”Black”  remain popular despite the subject matter of abuse, depression, suicide, homelessness, loneliness and murder. Topics of such a serious nature weren’t often the subject of a genre known for sex, drugs and rocking music.

Alice in Chains was one of the early grunge bands and their second studio album Dirt reached number six on the Billboard 200 charts. Dirt was recorded from March 1992-May 1992 and released on September 29,1992.

The album was recorded in three different studios: Eldorado Recording Studios in Burbank; One on One Recording Studios in Los Angeles and London Bridge Studio in Seattle. The album reached number 26 on the greatest metal albums of all time on Rolling Stones’ List. Songs like “Would?”,”Down in a Hole” ,”Rooster”,”Angry Chair”,and “Them Bones”.

After the cute and sweet bubblegum pop popularity of the 80’s music scene of Los Angeles, the 90’s fierce address of incredible emotional topics felt like shift from the rough glitter utopia to a down-to-Earth safety net of flannel. As Sub Pop publicist Nils Bernstein reflects: “When you live it and then you see how it’s covered, you’re like, Wow, that’s not accurate, or Oh, the feeling of this was different from how they portrayed it… It makes you question history.” Grunge didn’t question history, it was a reflection of ongoing history.

Read that review HERE




Escape to a music lover’s paradise – check out the Great Escape

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the Great Escape located in Madison had a free goods day, where they had a big celebration for the stores fortieth anniversary.

Hitting forty years of business is a big deal to the company, which wanted to celebrate with all their customers, who’ve helped support them and have stuck with them through the years.

As part of the celebration, there was an outside area where each person could get up to five free items, which were all of good quality. Select items in the store were also heavily discounted, with select items being up to forty percent off.

As a bargain music store and a collector’s paradise, people came from all over the place to check out what was going on, and by the end of the day, it had been one of the busiest they’d ever had.. They have thousands & thousands of used items in “like new” condition that cost a fraction of what you’d pay for them new,  plus, they are loaded with the best selection of out-of-print collector’s items in the mid-south!

The Great Escape is a place where people can come with their passions. It’s a place where they can go to be free of judgement and to meet people that share their interests. These people have helped make the store what it is today.

The first Great Escape was established in 1977 when Gary Walker, the owner, opened up his first store. Since then, the company has grown to have multiple stores, and has grown from just dealing with comics and collectibles to dealing with a wide variety of music, anime, video games, electronics, and more.

The store and the customers have grown into a family throughout the years, helping The Great Escape to thrive for forty years. The company is thankful to have been a part around this long, and to have impacted so many people’s lives.