This week, as we honor the past, look to the future, and operate in the present, I thought it appropriate to discuss the validity of moral systems in games. No, this post will not argue that games and the act of playing are inherently moral or immoral. Let’s instead look into games themselves, taking an in-depth view into developer intention and what can be changed to encourage stronger moral relevance in those games we love so much.
Hold it! This just in as we all get geared up for the Tokyo Game show!
Breaking news, readers. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 5 is coming soon to 3DS. Now I think some of you all remember the debacle that befell Miles Edgeworth : Ace Attorney Investigations 2. It wasn’t localized (at least so far not…), which cued a storm of fan localizations and outcry. But we’re back, baby, the best news of all that came out this week was that we will be actually getting this game in the NA and Europe! Even if this is more on our side, if Capcom is going to regain consumer trust and interest, then ensuring this game’s release is “kind of a big deal”.
The 2012 NFL season has begun, and despite the opening day loss to the Cowboys, I will persevere. The Giants are always slow starters, and we were down to our 5th string CB. I have worries, but we’ll get it together. Anyways, with the season starting, it’s time to talk fantasy football.
I love fantasy sports; it’s basically Dungeons and Dragons for sports fans. It allows me to flex my football (or baseball) IQ. Knowing who to draft and when to draft a player comes with studying and experience. But of course, that’s only half of it. There’s also luck. You have to be lucky sometimes to get the player you want. You also have to hope that the guy you drafted stays healthy, or that the sleeper pick you got pulls through. Or that a certain player isn’t a one year wonder (ex: Victor Cruz). All these things make every season exciting.
This year, I’m participating in 4 leagues. One is with a bunch of old acquaintances from back home in Bama. The other 3 are with random people on ESPN. I’ll be doing a post on each draft since it’s going to be really long. Here’s my first team and the league it’s in:
“Kamehameha” is a series of post where we examine various action scenes from movies, anime, and cartoons, to name a few. It’s name comes from one of the most famous special moves in Dragon Ball Z. We chose a DBZ reference because it’s the definition of an action show…minus the drawn out stare down filler.
- The reason why I believe this scene is so effective is because it immediately grabs the audience’s attention. Right off the bat, we see this fast-paced and well choreographed fight. Talk about starting things with a bang.
- As I mentioned above, the choreography is simply stunning. Nightcrawler is a very competent fighter who uses his teleportation powers to create a truly unique fighting style.
- Speaking of his teleporting, when I first heard Nightcrawler was going to be in X2, I wondered how they would depict it on screen. I like the black shadowy cloud he leaves behind; it really adds to his “mystique” (intentional reference XD).
- The slow motion effect near the end was well incorporated; we got to see exactly what was going on a midst the chaos. However, I’ve always wondered why that one guard just opens fire in a small room. I’m sure he was freaked the fuck out, but seriously, he could have killed a friendly or even the President himself if he started spraying like in Call of Duty. If it was in real time, it probably would have looked worse than it did in slow motion (i.e. moar reckless).
- And going back to that point about the small room, if the President’s secretary was able to get out when they told her to leave, why couldn’t they get the President out too? You don’t just coop yourself up in a very small and vulnerable room. The Secret Service are meat shields, so if there was an attack in the hallways, they would just throw themselves in front of the Pres. Logic fail.
- Nonetheless, when you turn off your brain, this scene rocks.
Hey everyone, it’s Judge here. Haven’t been posting much due to Guild Wars 2, so I decided now would be a good time to start posting again (really need to be moar focused on getting columns out on time XD). My girlfriend pluffei and I were discussing the Final Destination film series recently, and I thought to myself, “What are the 10 worst death in the series?” Here are my top 10.
10. Final Destination 3 — Lewis Romero
Death by: Head crushed by falling weights
This one is a bit personal; one of my worst fears when I was extremely active in the gym was injuring myself with heavy weights. Getting smashed by a few sends chills up my spine.
If you think I’ve found another movie to review, then you’re are both right and wrong. If you just came in with an open mind, then blessed are you by the magical tree log. So, yes, the original movie I WAS going to talk about was The Box, the 2009 Cameron Diaz picture but then I realized my entire review would look little bit like this: OH GOD THIS IS THE STUPIDEST, DUMBEST, MOST CONVOLUTED CRAP I EVER WATCHED. THE ACTING IS CRAP. THE SCRIPT IS CRAP. It looks pretty. ONE STAR, DUH END.
But, I mean, really, why would you want to read that? I mean, I’m sure some of you do, and I guess I’ll force myself to cover it next week unless some other movie comes along. But I had to wonder WHY this particular episode of the epic Twilight Zone was chosen. Yes, this movie was based on the episode from the 1985 Twilight Zone called “Button Button.” In fact, there are a lot of episodes that should never, ever hit the big screen, even though everyone’s fixated on the ones they do want to see on there. Well, being the Debbie Downer I was born to be, I want to talk about the ones that should not be touched by a movie producer with a trillion foot pole.
Guys, this week and me have not been very good friends, which is why I have pumping up the tunes and writing all my lovely master-opi of music reviews this week. And no, there will be more coming, and there’s nothing you can do about it other than destroy the Japanese/Korean music industries. I would like to see you try.
And much like me and this week, August and movies are not friends either so a lot of the new releases are movies the studios thought were too one thing or another to be featured during times of heavy summer traffic. The thing is, in a world we had The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises smash through the glass ceiling of what was once the pre-conceived notion about superhero movies and sleeper hits, and how much the box office could go up overnight, any movie premiering afterwards was going to have the worst time trying to make bank. Because whether its week one, or week four, most often than not people will be going to see Batman, and not Hope Springs or Sparkle. And that leads to the problem I face currently – I have nothing to review, and what there is… isn’t worth the watch. Except maybe The Campaign…maybe…
So what to do? More music reviews? No I’ll catch up with it later. My Stay Tuned? Eh, not feeling it. That means its list time. So, top best original horror monsters of all time. Let’s be clear – no humans, no mythological beasts, nothing that’s be copied from something else. LET’S DO THIS!!!
6) Tomie – Tomie franchise
When the Lord of the Rings were released in theaters, they were a phenomenon unmatched – even by the Harry Potter movies. Everyone loved the exciting, action packed adventures of four little hobbits, a wizard, two princes, a dwarf, and an elf. No longer were the book held up as a shining example of obsessive geekdom and social awkward incarnate – everyone was reading them like they would soon be out of style.
But they haven’t gone out of style. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is one of the most anticipated movies of the winter season, with a sequel on its way. But Peter Jackson just announced that we’ll be getting three feature length movies, not two, or even one like was expected. So, this is move a way to make an adaptation of The Hobbit that’s never been seen, or just a way to make money on an already highly successful franchise?
Once upon a time, when I was still a wee-child in high school, I got a call over winter vacation from a friend asking if I was interested in seeing something called The Dark Knight which I personally had heard very little about. But my friend, and others in the group, were very vocal about their need to see the film, all of them for a second time. Except me – I hadn’t even thought to see it.
Now, the phenomenon has reached its peak with the finale of the Nolan Batman films with The Dark Knight Rises. People are fighting to get tickets opening weekend, it’s on the tip of everyone’s tongues, and no one whose anyone is going to not see this movie “just cause”
But here’s the problem – will the movie experience because of all the fan enthusiasm?