Saturday, August 11

What is Rampancy in Halo? Why does Cortana have it?

cortana concept art  halo
This must be the angry Cortana.....

What is Rampancy in Halo? Why does Cortana have it? How long does it last?



We didn't know much about Halo 4 but we did know one thing about  Cortana  and that she was going to suffer the fate of many an Artificial Intelligence in the Halo universe, Rampancy. The game clearly showed Cortana going off the rails, subtly at first and then it became a full on

 Frank O'Conner has described rampancy as a condition that affects older A.I's that leads to the A.I. "thinking itself to death".

Let's face it, Cortana had a pretty rough Halo 3. She was hog-tied and brainwashed in some strange fashion by the Gravemind which strongly hinted at some stage of rampancy but came through it by the end of the brilliant Halo 3, finishing up floating in space with the Master Chief.

But what is it really, what happens and is there a cure? We don't want our blued angel Cortana to die right? After all, she and the Chief are supposed to settle down and have a couple cyber kids.....

A more complicated definition or description of rampancy is that for so called 'smart' A.I.'s the condition of rampancy is an unavoidable flaw inherent in them from their creation. Being based on the neural patterns of a human being (such as Cortana being modeled on the brain of Doctor Catherine Halsey), and they have a limited lifespan of around seven years. Around this time their memory maps become dangerously interconnected and endless feedback loops may occur which can be fatal to the rampant A.I.

Near that 7 year period, an AI begins to use more and more of its computer power 'thinking' about things, this in turn leads to muddled thinking and conclusions, general confusion and a devastating inability to perform their tasks - you wouldn't want a rampant A.I. to be in charge of a Halo installation for instance. Oh wait, someone has been guilty of that before.

The Halo Legends short film Origins appears to have suggested that Cortana indeed fell into rampancy. In the film Cortana displays some characteristics that might be indications of rampancy including her hologram flickering, trying to communicate with John-117 despite him being in cryo-sleep, recounting the history of the galaxy, which gets continuously more inaccurate to the point where events being recalled simply did not happen. Maybe she had too many martinis at lunch?

There are four known stages of rampancy:

Melancholia: an AI in the melancholia stage behaves in a manner associated with clinical depression. They can be considered to be apathetic and uninterested in the world around it.

Anger: a more obvious stage of rampancy, it's one where their actions can cause harm to the people around them. Think "Open the pod bay doors Hal" as an example. The rampant A.I. at this stage might try to break its programming restraints. 

Jealousy: Following their manic angry stage, the Artificial Intelligence will take a course of action to attempt to to grow and develop as a person. Assimilation of new data is the key focus so they need lots of data stores - thus only A.I.s with access to large networks or systems develop through this stage. I presume when the data set becomes finite, that's the end of the line for the A.I.

Metastability: A supposed theoretical fourth stage of rampancy, it is where the A.I. has progressed to be a "person." In the Halo cannon, only two A.I.s are said to have reached this status. 05-032 Mendicant Bias was the first and Cortana.

In Halo 5, Cortana went on a bit of a bender and appeared to reach 'full rampancy' and set on a course to wipe out humanity...

cortana holding master chief hand h3


To err is human; to curb stomp an Elite, divine


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Neogaf member highlaw drew this wicked fan art inspired by Halo 4 - featuring the Mantis wreaking havoc on an elite who is surely out for the count.

Sunday, June 10

Gears 5, is alive


Gears of Wars 5 has been revealed, here's the trailer:



Did you like that fake out?

Here's the official guff, seems like that ending of Gears 4 is about to be followed through big time:

GEARS 5

The world is crumbling. Humanity’s reliance on technology has become their downfall and enemies are uniting to wipe out all survivors. As Kait you must journey across the biggest, most beautiful Gears world to uncover the origins of the Locust, and fight with your squad to protect what’s left.

Never Fight Alone

Play solo or with a friend in local split-screen co-op, or online co-op. Battle alongside your friends anywhere with cross-play between Xbox One and PC.

Explore Sera

Skim across glaciers, sail over deserts and descend into sunken ruins to discover the largest and most diverse Gears world ever created.

Visual Showcase

Play every mode in 4K Ultra HD resolution with stunning HDR at a smooth 60 frames per second.

Additional features, co-op and competitive modes still to be announced.

Saturday, May 19

Sexy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Girls

Gee I love being a Turtle!


Cowabunga Baby! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cosplay grrrls


Maybe these sexy girls were on their way to the Sevens tournament but no matter they tell you, these girls are smoking hot in their cosplay of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Cowbunga Girls! Clearly these ladies are not true Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as it would appear they refuse to eat Pizza. Or anything else apparently.

Friday, May 18

A World Weary Kat?

spartan Kat from Halo Reach sketch

Issac Hannaford has released two more spartan sketches on his site. He also has some cool development pictures of Catherine Halsey:

And simply because Issac can, here's a big gun:

Lord of the Rings Cosplay

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A few hobbits and elves cosplayers

Lord of the Rings Cosplay Pictures


All the hype about FIGWIT be damned, the true heroes of Lord of the Rings are the fans who have long kept the novels popular since they were first published by Tolkien in the mid 1950's.

The modern day equivalent of keeping something popular is not read like a good book worm but to dress up as your favourite character from that book or film and before you can say "And my Axe!", you got a whole lot of LOTR cosplay action going on.

Below we have a cosplay version of Aragorn or The King of Narnia. I forget which one he is. To his left is Arwen or some sexy elvish hooker that he's picked up on his way back from a hard day's work fighting Ringwraiths and the like that may be found on the outskirts of the Shire.

aragorn cosplay
Aragorn and his Missus

arwen cosplay LOTR

Above is a very pretty elf, this cosplayer could be trying to be Arwen or some other elvish creature but I'm sure you'll agree she's done a pretty good job with her costume.

gandalf cosplay
You shall not pass!
If one had to some up Lord of the Rings in one word, it would not be hobbits. It would not be the Fellowship.  It would be Gandalf. Cos he's like the coolest wizard in the history of wizardry. So why not dress as him for some cosplay adventure?

ringwraith cosplay lotr

And here's the most menacing of all the LOTR characters, a ringwraith. Ooooh Scary. 

Joker costume play - it's so serious

joker from the dark knight


The Joker 


He's the archetype nemesis that all comic book villains aspire to be.

Insane in the membrane but sharp as a tack.

The Joker is the yin to Batman's Yang.

If you want a quality villain with a noxious flower or two in his jacket, he's your man.

And as for pencil tricks...

The Joker translates so well as a bad guy for cos play fans because no matter what version of the Joker they want to dress up as, the key elements are simple and can be varied up and played any way you like. You can do your cosplay as the one of many comic versions - including the famous Killing Joke one with curly hair and sharp teeth.

Jack Nicholson briefly made the Joker cool in 1989 but as cosplay largely goes with the times, the modern day choice of Joker is Heath Ledger's version from The Dark Knight. This Joker has become iconic, thanks in no doubt to Heath's death before the movie was released.

I wonder if his Joker is the most popular cosplay  choice for a character who's actor won an Oscar for their performance?

Joker cosplay
So... I stick a razor in my mouth and do this... 
Joker dress up costume
I heard he wears make-up. 


Joker costume photo
The Joker sits and thinks about his life...
It's not all supernatural super seriousness though, some fans put their own spin on things, and that's the point I was trying to make above.

If you have the white face, red lips and green hair, and perhaps a purple suit, most people will recognise your cosplay choice as a Joker of some kind.

Check out this gentleman below - he's got some of the 'why so serious' Ledger face going on but he used spiky hair with a more playful joker suit so get his own creepy version going on.

amazing joker costume cosplay

Of course, in some circles the Joker is not a solo act anymore. Harley Quinn was introduced as the Joker's psycho girlfriend and 'double trouble' never had such a perfect definition as these two troopers:

Cosplay photo of Harley Quin and The Joker
Joker and Mrs Quinn
Mrs Quinn and Joker
Joker and Batman cosplay
And where's the Batman? He's behind you Joker!
Joker is generally played by a male. Some times cosplay fans like to turn the tables and come of up with nude versions of the Joker. 

Check out this babe of a cosplay Joker below. I'd be careful getting close if I were you....

Female Joker Cosplay nude
Ooohhh. You want to play. Come on! 
Body Painted Joker cosplay

If the above joker is the crazy female version of the character, what would the equivalent Batman be like?

Female Tim Burton Joker costume
Cute Joker? Would you dance with her in the pale moon light?

Cortana and the Chief by Levi Hoffmeier

halo-artwork-cortana-mastercheif

You might recall that Levi Hoffmeier has done a lot of concept art design work for Halo. He's a pretty impressive art  designer and he clearly loves Halo and has done some more imaginations on what Halo 4 might look like but I just love this picture of the Chief and his digital goddess, Cortana. Levi says he was "trying to channel 70's / 80's space opera covers."

Xena: Cosplay costumes of the Warrior Princess

Get back Jojo!
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Xena. Warrior. Warrior Princess. Leather clad, horse riding, sandal wearing, sword wielding heroine. And a perfect candidate for some cosplay action!

Blog of the Dead: Zombie Cos Play

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I wish these boobs were full of brains
Braaaiiinnzs. 

That's what Zombies crave. 


It doesn't matter if you are a sexy Zombie nurse, a Zombie with a bullet in your head or attacked by zombies during your wedding, they all end up wanting a taste of the grey matter. 

At least that's what I thought till I found some of these cos players doing their zombie thing. 

Some of them have forgone the brains and simply want to make out with each other or engage in zombie sex orgies....

zombie sex orgy sluts
Zombie orgy of blood and cuts
zombie cosplay bullet to face
He should see a Zombie doctor about that bullet hole, it might get an infection.

It's Father Christmas Zombie time!

Santa Clause bloody zombie

The Zombies will eat anyone, no matter how important. It's clear this Father Christmas was bitten by a zombie grinch who wanted to ruin Christmas day for everyone.

zombie cosplay male

Despite the bad teeth, it's clear this long haired Zombie uses floss very well. His dentist would be pleased.

Bikini Girl zombie cosplay playboy bunny

Zombie in a pink bikini. Need we say more?


zombie nurses kissing
Zombie love.
This picture is Zombies covered in blood, making out. A Swiss nurse? This smacks of some bad Zombie lesbian movie that was released the late 1990s.

Is this really what you came to Gears of Halo for? Of Course it is. Zombie romances are all the rage these days.
zombie costume
Zombie with a friendly smile. Would you take him home for dinner?






zombie cosplay

I think this Zombie spilled some blood on her self during lunch, I'm not sure she's noticed?

zombie
Have you seen by tie bro?

zombie cosplay eating arms

zombies wearing bikini
Bikini Zombie asks if you have a condom?



zombie girl wearing a black bikini
I'm gonna wash your brains down this this ice cold Coca Cola!

zombie bloody mouth
This Zombie only has eyes for you. 

The Morose Zombie

zombie nurses blood

Some more hot Zombie nurses for you to oggle. I cannot only wonder in horror what their sponge bath technique might be like?

Below this cosplayer's Bride of Zombie shot is pretty sweet. I wonder how the groom ended up.....

zombie wedding