Throwback Thursdays: Zoo Tycoon

Well, originally, this was not the Throwback I had planned for today, but after watching Jurassic World, I’ve found my interest in dinosaurs reinvigorated. And what better way to get my Jurassic Park kicks off than by building a park of my own filled with dinosaurs? Unfortunately, I can’t find my copy of Zoo Tycoon, and even if I could, it wouldn’t run on my current computer anyway. GOG also does not sell it, for some reason. So it looks like I’ll just have to go without for once. (My life is hard.)

Zoo tycoon 1When I was younger I used to play Zoo Tycoon daily, and I had both expansion packs, which meant that I could build my own Jurassic Park. And then, once my park had a significant amount of tourists, a fully grown T. rex, and a dozen velociraptors, like any responsible park owner, I deleted all my fences and allowed my dinosaurs to eat everyone.

Also, if you build a ditch around the park entrance, no one can escape.

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Jurassic World and the Lost Potential

Jurassic World BannerWell, I’ll give this movie that it has dinosaurs, and dinosaurs almost always guarantee that a movie will be awesome. That is no exception here. Jurassic World was all kinds of fun, but it unfortunately didn’t quite capture the nostalgic feel of the first movie and it was certainly a step back in terms of representation. Jurassic World is the most sexist installment in the franchise and it’s very clear that the writers didn’t know what they were doing with their female characters. It also doesn’t help that its main bad dinosaur is completely nonsensical.

Spoilers ahead.

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Trailer Tuesdays: Jurassic World

It’s finally happening! We are finally getting a fourth installment to Jurassic Park! Taking place and coming out twenty years after the first one—twenty years, I feel old—the park has finally been opened, because as we learned in the previous three movies, putting a bunch of tourists on an island filled with dinosaurs is a great idea. But who cares about that leap in logic? Jurassic World looks awesome.

Jurassic Park is responsible for my childhood obsession with dinosaurs that continues to this day. Out of every franchise I’ve ever been part of, this is the one that makes me happiest and launched any interest I have in science. Because it’s got dinosaurs. And I can only hope that Jurassic World lives up to the hype.

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Trailer Tuesdays: Jurassic Park 3D

Hey, listen!

This is more like a public service announcement than a preview of a new movie, but who cares?! Jurassic Park is back out in theaters in 3D!

I personally am quite okay with movies being re-released in 3D. I love seeing things on large screens, so I really appreciate it. However, if I’m going to be paying $20 to see a movie a second time, it better be a darn good high-quality movie. I don’t want to see the Little Mermaid 2. Give me the good movies. Jurassic Park counts as one of those good movies. So do most Disney movies, just not Little Mermaid 2 (which I’ve never seen by the way). The 3D should also contribute in some way. With other movies, like The Lion King, I hardly noticed that 3D was even there. If you are going to bother re-releasing a movie in 3D, you better use 3D well. Or else don’t even bother putting it back in theaters.

How much more can I say about Jurassic Park? Everyone knows what it is, everyone loves it, and if you don’t love it you have your priorities in the wrong order. I love dinosaurs and action movies, so put the two together and I’m a happy camper. If you don’t love either of those things, I’m not sure I can be your friend.

It came back out last Friday, April 5th.

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