Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy... something?!?

I really don't know where to start on this one (probably should do a quote from one of the books)
  *runs to book shelf, ruffles through pages*
I got it!!

           " A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have."
(wait, how does that relate to what I am talking about)

           " forty-two"
(I guess people would get it, but it really doesn't make sense why I would have it here either)

Just, "Don't Panic" I'll get to what I'm talking about...

    hey!! I did it

Okay, moving past that, what I really want to talk about is that someone is doing something with The Hicthhiker's guide to the Galaxy. I really don't know what it is, all I know is that Hothead Games ( or has something to do with it but they never said what. If you like to use deductive reasoning, you might have figured that this is going to be a video game, but in both of the websites they don't say anything about it. I honestly, think it will be an app for tablets or smart phones where you can just access random, made-up information about different places in the universe. (and if they did that then it would sorta look the way it did in the movie)
So, if you like The Hicthhiker's guide to the Galaxy or find any of this interesting, you can sign up for the mailing list they have on

So, to any and all who are reading this (probably no one) stick out your thumb, comment, criticize, and all that other good stuff.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Video games now legally art!!

"What does this mean?" you might be asking yourself. (and I have no idea)
All I know is that last week The National Endowment for the Arts legally changed their definition of art.
The change will be beginning in 2012; stating:

       Projects may include high profile multi-part or single television and radio programs (documentaries and dramatic narratives); media created for theatrical release; performance programs; artistic segments for use within an existing series; multi-part webisodes; installations; and interactive games.

Now you guys probably have another question on your mind, "what the heck is The National Endowment for the Arts?" 
And I will answer said question by quoting the greatest source of all information, (Wikipedia)

       The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence; the NEA is "dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education"

So, what all of these quotes mean is...
Video Games are now legally considered an art form by the government. (suck it Ebert)
"And what will happen to video games and the gaming community as a whole?" you ask. (boy, you are just full of questions today aren't you) 
Now, no one is quite sure what exactly will happen, due to this change, come 2012, (you say apocalypse) but I say, since the NEA awards financial grants to artist and/or creative projects, we might be seeing a lot more independent game developers coming into the market. And with indie games sweeping away the competition lately, it might be interesting to see what people will be able to do with a little bit of extra money.

Well, to any and all who are reading this (which is probably no one) stay tuned, comment, criticize, and all that other good stuff.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thor: the movie review

I should start off saying that Thor can be reviewed two different ways

  1. being to review it as a stand-alone movie with no outside factors going into it
  2. being to review it as a part of a comic-book movie series
If I were to review it as a stand-alone movie it would get a horrible score. It has a forgettable, almost non-existent plot, everything is way over-the-top, and it doesn't  seem realistic at all. But, I am not reviewing it as a stand-alone movie, because it's not. It is part of a bigger comic-book movie series, and everything in it is justified  with that in mind.
And, with that being said...


Of course, the movie was ,by far, not perfect. The plot  really wasn't a big thing in the movie, it was separated into very different parts, and it made it seem very inconsistent. the beginning explained the origins of Asgard and Thor, and included what I like to call every super-heroes "bad-ass moment" (where he or she shows off what they can do and everyone says "that was bad-ass") but that one scene took about ten to twenty minutes, and it seem very prolonged and unessential. What happened in those twenty minutes could have been explained in about five, but the small things they did add into it helped create the world around them, and that is always a good thing.
The second part of the movie was goes a little bit like this: talk, talk, talk, mild plot twist, bad guy talks, and they all talk some more.
The third part of the movie was the big action scene/resolution. Before this part I was very disappointed in the movie for the above reasons. But at the start of the third part something so cliche and over-done happened, and I have no idea how, but it made me love the movie. I remember sitting in my seat, before it happened, thinking  about how disappointed I was, but then the moment happened and a giant smile went across my face.

Here would usually be where someone would rate the movie, but I'm not going to do that (ha, I being different internet) but I will give my final thoughts.

The movie had great acting and everyones role was believable. The scenery was exaggerated a bit, but when everything came together it justified all of it. I do recommend this movie, but only to people who are interested in it, and if you have a certain mind-frame going in.