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Evil Dead in Videogame

So it looks like Ash will be a character in a new Family Guy mobile game (source). ┬áBut this is hardly the first time we’ve seen Ash starring in a video game.

It all started in 1984 if you can believe that. This was in a time before most major consoles, so the game was instead played on Commodore 64. I don’t recommend playing it as it will forever taint your opinion of Evil Dead, but you can at least watch this guy play it.

Ash took some time off after that and didn’t reappear officially until 2000 with Evil Dead: Hail to the King for PlayStation.

Many games use Ash as inspiration for the characters, notably Doom, but it’s good to see the real Ash back in the game.

New Apple MacBooks and more.

It came as a surprise to no one (who was paying attention) that Apple showed off new MacBook Pros with a fancy new touch bar at the top that will give contextual buttons on features you can use depending on what program you’re currently accessing. To do this, Apple had to eliminate the current function row. Time will tell if this was a smart move or not based on your current function row needs and, of course, how effective the new touch bar is.

The addition of touch ID and finger-unlocking is very appealing, because the current implementation of “unlock with Apple Watch” is sometimes not quite as seamless as promised.

The only question I have is if a new Apple Keyboard will be released with the touch bar that can work with older MacBook Pros. I’d be on that in a heartbeat.

The new MacBook Pros also leave behind old USB connectors and instead opt for USB3 and Thunderbolt only. While I think this is a move that needed to come around eventually, I also think it may be a little early. But I guess someone needs to be the driving force to leave behind old tech and move on to the next big thing.

In addition to the new MacBook Pros, Apple also released an update to Apple TV which makes browsing shows and discovering new ones faster, easier, and more seamless. The new search functionality will allow shows and movies to be launched from a single search screen rather than having to navigate the interfaces of several different apps to find content.

Ash vs. Evil Dead

I’ve been an Evil Dead fanboy since the mid-90’s. My friends mocked my obsession with the series and how I quoted Army of Darkness and Evil Dead 2 relentlessly. At the time, I maintained an Army of Darkness website and knew Bruce Campbell’s personal email address. I’d reach out to him occasionally to “interview” him for my site or just tell him I enjoyed watching him in whatever obscure thing I found of his that week.

I attended horror and comic conventions to hunt down the short films Bruce and Sam Raimi made in high school and college, including the short that started it all, Within the Woods. I made friends with fans in other countries who could ship me different versions of the films with small differences from their American counterparts. I bought foreign posters on eBay and hung them around my small apartment in Chicago when I was in college. I dreamed of Evil Dead 4 and the return of Ash, but at some point I had to give up on the dream and realize it’d never happen.

When the series was announced, I felt like a fucking high schooler again. I was just as excited as I would’ve been if they’d have announced Evil Dead 4. Maybe even more excited. Bruce and Sam were involved, and that’s all I needed to know.

The series picked up right where Army of Darkness left off in the sense of tone and pacing. The series makes no mention of AoD of course, but just as the absurdity ramped up through the course of Evil Dead 1-3, the absurdity ramped up an appropriate amount in the series.

While the series takes some missteps (like showing the “force” as it chased Ash’s car through the country), generally speaking I’ve enjoyed the expansion of the mythology and the story of how Ash hasn’t really grown or matured throughout the whole demon-killing process.

Let’s just hope they get back to the cabin soon.