Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Study on Character

I’m very interested in Defiance the television show and somewhat interested in Defiance the game. They just came out with a live action trailer, it’s not too shabby but as I was watching it, it became clear to me that the trailer illuminated a clear lack of story focus for the video game. I don’t know how the show will play out, I hope it does well there is so little good sci-fi out there these days especially after some high profile failures like Tera Nova and Flash Forward, among others. But as I look at the game, it is a complete question mark to me.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

When the Love Has Gone Cold

It happens to all of us. You were enarmored with a game. It seemed to speak to us. Days later and everything is gone, gone, gone. Don't worry it happens to all of us gamers. Sooner or later the love goes cold. First of all there are three important steps to take: Stop, Drop, and Roll. Yes I know, that's what they told you to do if you caught on fire when you were kids, but bare with me.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Defining Greatness

Fringe ended last Friday. It still hasn't hit me that it’s gone. It's not as bad as the end of Farscape, but still. I know some people aren't going to be happy with this season but I'm satisfied. One of the things I always remember from the end of previous series finales of sci-fi shows I enjoyed, like Stargate Atlantis and even Farscape, was that the ending no matter how good wasn't what I remembered the most. It was the little things, the scenes that best exemplified the characters I had grown to love. Maybe a short lived show like Defying Gravity had a better series finale but Fringe has always been about looking at the whole.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Where Have All the Niche Games Gone?

There used to be a game called Phantom Dust. Well I say there used to be a game, its still there if you know where to look. Phantom Dust was a sort of arena-based Third Person Shooter except the game used the old school card game formula instead of guns. Suffice to say that the game was as difficult for its developers to explain as it was for me. While you will find people who played it loved it, by in large, it was ignored.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Anticipation and the Beginning of the End

I love movies. I love the movies I love. A good movie cannot be rushed or seen before the time is just right. I love to watch trailers. A trailer is a movie in its purest form. Before the hype, before the expectations, worries, disappointments; it is the essence of a movie. But trailers are a trap as well. Like anything, too much of a trailer will always lead to disappointment; it is too hard for anything that is created to be better than your own imagination.