You guys, I never thought this day would come. No, like, literally, I never thought this day would come because Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 already ended with all the protagonists saving the world, and there was even a terrible Harry Potter-style epilogue in which all the wrong people got married and had kids.
Although the first trailer for this movie was only released recently, I feel like I’ve been hearing about the film forever. This is arguably because I follow Jim Beaver (Bobby from Supernatural) on Twitter, and he’s part of the cast, so I’ve been seeing tweets about it all through filming.
This Trailer Tuesday might be a little self-indulgent, but bear with me here. While I’ve dabbled in Harvest Moon, I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself an expert in the game. Indeed, my interests usually end up being mining and cooking as opposed to filling my entire farmland up with crops and livestock. Luckily, the series lets the players play however they want without punishing them for, say, spending all their energy digging up precious gems and then fishing instead of talking to people. This freedom of choice is something that makes the series great. And this precedent of choice is what made A New Beginning one of the worst Harvest Moons I’ve ever played. I find no joy in a Harvest Moon game that’s all tutorial and forcing the player to do uninteresting tasks to get more people in their town. As such, I haven’t really been into the series for a while. However, despite getting badly burned on ANB, I can’t help but be excited for the upcoming installment: Story of Seasons.
It isn’t a surprise that Hollywood is obsessed with stories centered around white guys and the same old myths and stories, over and over again. We have three superheroes played by white guys named Chris, and we’re going to be getting three Spider-Man reboots in a span of fifteen years. Even beyond the geek realm, we have biopics about famous white men of history, like Lincoln and the Founding Fathers. Though we did recently have an excellent biopic about Martin Luther King Jr. (Selma), Hollywood all too often focuses on white guys as if they comprise the whole of the human experience. And stories from outside America don’t seem to enter Hollywood’s collective consciousness, so maybe it’s best if we go outside Hollywood for more diversity. Enter the upcoming movie, Bilal.
Well, everyone, it’s that time of year again. Game of Thrones’s fifth season is almost upon us. Beware, book readers. Inconsistencies are coming.
Many of us are already aware that the television show is quickly catching up to where the books are, so it comes as no surprise to me that Game of Thrones is going to start heavily deviating from the source material. We’ve already started learning about things that haven’t even happened in the book yet—such as what the White Walkers are doing with Crastor’s babies. And quite obviously, the show has done things the books haven’t. Certain characters who are alive in the books are dead on the show, other characters have been cut entirely, and then there are the characters on the show who have no book counterpart at all, such as Ros.
Game of Thrones is going to end after the seventh season—and let’s face it, the last book in the series will not be out by 2017—and as such, this season is going to mark some pretty drastic changes from the source material. It’s also going to start killing off characters who aren’t supposed to be dead yet.
I don’t think anyone would disagree that last year was a hard year for gaming, both in terms of titles not reaching their assumed potential and various controversies surrounding the problematic portions of gaming culture. By no means am I already writing this year off, but on the more mainstream side, this year is already getting off to a rocky start with game developers being exposed (further) for their shitty practices and ridiculous DLC offerings like that of Evolve. Though I’m still looking forward to the no doubt good things this year has yet to bring (such as No Man’s Sky), I’m tired. I’m tired of people still thinking Gamergate is a legitimate soapbox to stand on; I’m tired of female developers being harassed out of the business; I’m tired of companies shilling out the same fucking game with a different skin and a different white scruffy dude with brown hair—as voiced by Troy Baker—protagonist. Luckily, I can still find hope in the indie scene.
Lordy, lordy. It seems like forever since the dramatic and murderiffic finale of Hannibal‘s second season aired, and in the time that’s passed I almost forgot how hyped I can get about this freaky-ass show. Continue reading →