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In the world of video games, action figures and game related toys were considered an afterthought. They were something that you would buy only if you were obsessed with a certain series or wanted something physical from your favorite game. Nintendo has now given a reason for every gamer that owns a Nintendo 3DS or Wii U to want to own their figures called Amiibo.
Epic Games, responsible for the Gears of War franchise, has recently announced a new funding initiative – an initiative that could supply a small, independent video game developer with between $5,000 and $50,000 in funding for a new project.
The latest cinematic satirical look at the apocalypse, This is the End, comes from the narcissistic angle of Hollywood stars playing themselves, or at least caricatures of themselves, as they deal with the end of the world by getting high and exuding childish humor as if it were just another day on the playground. Some of this is funny, but it’s mostly just pretentious and inane.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is over, and the world must find something else to watch on TV. The banners are being pulled down, TV displays are being pulled off of mounts, and stands are being broken down. Within a few days the hundreds of video game developers and thousands upon thousands of gamers will be making their way home. During three days, the slate of upcoming video games grows exponentially as developers like Ubisoft and EA showcase what they hope will be the best previews and gameplay trailers at the conference. This year’s E3 took place in Los Angeles June 11 through June 13.
A man in love with his computer’s operating system. It’s an odd premise, especially for anyone who ever purchased Windows Vista, but somehow writer/director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) was able to turn this idea into Her, one of the best sci-fi movies of the year and a thought-provoking commentary on love and human relationships in the time of technology.
When most people think of George Lucas, they are hurtled along a prestigious history of inspiration, creation, and creativity the likes of which have sparked the imaginations of millions around the world. Lucas, and his entities LucasFilms and LucasArts, have been responsible for some of the most innovative and groundbreaking creations in the past decades. Both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchise empires were birthed from the mind of Lucas, and their successes have been nearly unparalleled in modern culture. The Lucas empire stretches beyond movies, though. While LucasFilms is responsible for the classic films we all know and love, LucasArts has been supplying the gaming world with games as impressive as the movies.
Expanded universes, world building, these are terms most movie nerds are familiar with. They refer to an extension beyond a single stand alone film. Star Wars and The Avengers are prime examples of movie franchises that spew forth television spinoffs, sequels, prequels, novels, comic books, video games, etc. For better or for worse, this upward trend is not going anywhere, and it has begun to affect classic movie franchises that have been a part of untampered cinematic history for decades.
O ver the past few months, the Internet has been abuzz with anticipation regarding Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V. Last Wednesday marked the release of the long anticipated installment in the Grand Theft Auto series — a series steeped in controversy amongst families, politicians, and even the gaming community. Grand Theft Auto V is the last release in this current generation of video game consoles and Rockstar will not be sending this generation off quietly.
In a surprise announcement last week, Microsoft revealed a new model for their Xbox One home gaming console to be available to the public June 9. This Kinect-free unit will be on sale for $399. This change in the console’s hardware and an improved price tag will allow the Xbox to compete with the superior sales of Sony’s Playstation 4. Both of the consoles were released in time for the holidays last year after an exciting marketing war. Late last month, Sony released a figure stating that nearly 7 million units had been sold in the 5 months since the console’s release. Comparing this to the reported 5 million Xbox One units sold by Microsoft, a clear winner has emerged in the next generation of home gaming consoles.
The age of technology can be a scary one. While it seems, on the surface, being able to share, store and access your personal information, financial records, videos, and photos from nearly any internet-capable device is a huge convenience for people, it also comes at a price.
The fall season does not bring drastic climate change, browning leaves, or even the need for jackets to the Tucson desert. In fact, more adventurous Tucsonans might still be braving the dropping temperatures of their swimming pools in this weather. What the new season does bring, however, is a long list of seasonal activities for the community to enjoy. Pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and public picnics are in high demand, as parents and children alike are seeking a more interactive form of entertainment outside of television and video games. It is true that getting out of the living room and into the fresh air is ideal for body and soul, but what about the mind? What if someone is looking for a more cerebral, even educational form of entertainment this fall season? If this is you, look no further than to Tucson’s indie movie theater, The Loft.
Tom Clancy, author of dozens of novels and 17 New York Times best sellers in his long career, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Clancy’s hometown. His passing leaves massive shoes to be filled in the espionage/war genre.
The summer movie season is upon us, and with it comes all of the anticipated hoopla of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Most film producers save their best efforts for the months when sitting in a cool movie theater sounds the most appealing, making it the best time of year for movie fanatics. But for every box office success, there are a few films that fail to hit home with viewers and critics alike. The following are a few of the films most likely to leave the audience regretting their $12 and two hour investment.
Over the past 37 years, Apple has transformed itself into a trend-setting and trail-blazing conglomerate of cool. The company’s cream of the crop, the iPhone, has helped not only shape the world of technological gadgets, but also the world of broad entertainment. iPhones have become more than phones and more than computers. The pocket devices have helped pave the way for entirely new avenues of entertainment. It grants users instant access to celebrities, state of the art video games, sporting events, downloadable music, etc. But there is much uncertainty within the post-Steve Jobs era. Questions of whether or not Apple will continue its magic streak of success are looming, and all eyes were on Cupertino on Sept. 10 when Apple held a conference for a special announcement.
Video games based on television shows tend to have a pretty low expectations, anticipation founded on hordes of poor video game adaptations of TV programs. Luckily, South Park: The Stick of Truth is a gem of a game in a field of absolute failed potential.
What hasn’t been said about South Park? Known for their twisted humor and dark satire, the story of four potty-mouthed boys in South Park, Colorado has entertained millions of viewers and angered just as many others since the show began in 1997. Originally thought up as two animated shorts in the early 90’s by the show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show has come a long way since its cardboard cutout origins and VHS viral video days. Now the show holds some of the most consistently high viewership numbers of any basic cable program and remains one of Comedy Central’s most successful programs of all time.
Fans of the Borderlands series will finally have another chance to sate their never ending desire for more as Gearbox Software and 2K Games have announced that there will be a third installment into the shoot-and-loot phenomenon that is Borderlands. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has been in development for over a year by the two companies and is slated to be released sometime before the end of this year.
A recently announced the implementation of its EA Access program; a service that will be exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox One and will allow players access to EA’s “Vault” of video games. This service will cost $5 a month, $30 a year and will allow members unlimited access to a host of EA’s gaming catalogue, a 10% discount to other EA games and downloadable content, as well as the ability to start playing new games a week before they are released to the public. These are just the features that are being released with the Access service, EA intends to add even more benefits for subscribers in the future.
It’s hard to imagine a situation in which a videogame console is deemed “too popular”, but it seems as though the Playstation 4 may just have found itself in that situation. North American video gamers may have access to an abundance of consoles, but this doesn’t seem to be true for people across Europe. Sony has announced that they are continuing to struggle with producing enough units to fill the demand for the Playstation 4 all across Europe.
The end of 2013 was marked by a much needed wrench in the cogs of the video game industry, a console war. After the long lives of the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, the gaming world needed a breath of fresh air. Sadly, we didn’t really get that. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 are both impressive consoles in their own right, but neither has brought truly innovative positive changes to the gaming world. Both Microsoft and Sony plagued social media networks with unending ads, Microsoft tried to bribe YouTube users to endorse the Xbox One, and a stream of negative media ruled supreme as the two companies seemed to be arch rivals. During all of the news storm, redesigning of consoles, and removing controversial features (Microsoft), one company was surprisingly out of the spotlight.
March 29, 2006 - In five years, lumber and cars have given way to tile and furniture.
Many adults complain that today’s youth is dominated by video games and iPads. But no matter how advanced technology becomes, Lego will always be there to provide the building blocks for good, old-fashion fun. Every Lego box is a treasure chest of infinite possibilities, allowing us to construct castles, cars, and entire cities. Lego has fueled our imaginations ever since 1949. Sixty-five years and 560 billion Lego pieces later, we get “The Lego Movie.”
With Thanksgiving coming so late this year, the holiday shopping season has been cut short, meaning some consumers took advantage of stores opening early.