Television Update – The Dark Tower

Thanks to my favorite Podcast, The Geekshow.

http://www.thegeekshowpodcast.com/

They just gave an update to the Darktower movie/television show in their “Broken News” segment.

Apparently they will be releasing three feature films, and a limited television show in between said films.

So, we might have it look a little like this:

Movie 1 ( Book 1 ), Season 1 (Book 2), Movie 2 (Book 3), Season 2 (Book 4), Movie 3 (Book 5), Season 3 (Book 6).

Interesting approach on completing the series, but I believe it will work.

Ron Howard has a large task at hand. This will also be Javier Bardem’s role of a lifetime as Roland.

Om nom nom.

Treachery Mania!!

This is a big month for television. Like fantasy settings? Like treachery and intrigue? Like large scale battles?

Then look no further.

This month, we have seen Shotime and Starz begin their new television seires.

The Borgias, and Camelot.

I know a lot of people out there really like Jeremy Irons. Well, he is the head honcho in the Borgias. So definitely tune in.

Next, we have Camelot.

Guinivere is hot. I believe this is the first thing I have seen her in since the re-make of Casino Royale. I wonder if this goes along with the BBC series Merlin?

Don't think so.

But, the big news come here.

On Sunday the 17th, Game of Thrones begins on HBO.

As I’ve stated before, I am currently reading book one of the series. And I absolutely love it. I’m really intrigued to see how they translate a lot of the things from the books into a television show. I’ve got high hopes for this show, and since it’s on HBO, you can definitely expect high quality.

It’s awesome to see such an amazing series become a television show. I wonder if this a sign for things to come if it’s succesful?

Wheel of Time series maybe? Drizzt? Kingkiller Chronicles?  We can only hope.

And, on a side note, just to go a long with all of the fantasy settings, this past Friday, Your Highness. If you’re not expecting anymore than just a typical “stoner” comedy based in a Medieval setting, you should get a few laughs from it. It’s not the beset thing in the world, but it’s funny when it’s funny.

Also, with all of my reading and with all of these television shows popping up, it really makes me want to go to Medieval Times. I’ve never been.

http://www.medievaltimes.com/

I wonder if it will be anything like this…

Grieving

Death comes.

Whether we like it or not. We all know, but we just don’t talk about it too much. We focus on living, just as we should.

A thought in particular is that in our society, that when someone passes away, we mourn and weep the person we have lost. It takes time to heal the wound, and in some cases time doesn’t even help completely.

But in other cultures, people celebrate their dead. Not celebrating that the person is gone and away from this world, but celebrating the thought of the person escaping this world filled with hate and pain. Being free.

Polar opposites.

Yesterday, I lost my Grandmother. I took it pretty hard. The memories of her fill my head throughout the day as I think of the great times we had. I’m in mourning.

But my Brother brought up something yesterday at the hospital that has stuck with me, and in many lights given me relief.

“It’s not goodbye. It’s see you in the morning.”

Being born to a Christian family, we do believe in an afterlife. And in that gives us hope to not only be in paradise with our Lord and Savior, but to see family members we have lost over time due to death.

When I was young, my Grandmother and I had a little saying. She would ask “Matt, do you want a Yoohoo?” and I would reply “Not today!”

“Not Today!”

That stuck with us, and even before she passed she would bring that up every time I would visit. I won’t have a chance to say that anymore to her.

That day will never come now, well, maybe in the morning it will.

It’s hard to deal with grief. I’ve really tried to incorporate the grieving process of Asian cultures during this time. She’s gone, and away from this life. She’s in a better place. Celebrate!

Harder said than done.

My Granny’s gone. But only for the night.

I will see her in the morning.

In memory of Lois Young

 

Losing Power Sucks

Last night I had one of those nights where everything possible that could go wrong in thirty minutes did.

We had some bad thunderstorms last night, so to lose power in my neck of the woods was to be expected. Well, it didn’t happen when the storms came. It didn’t happen when the storm passed. I was excited.

So I finished printing off some things for a open note/book exam for a class the next day, finished my studying for another exam, and I began playing some games.

I started playing League of Legends with a few friends of mine. The storm had been gone for roughly an hour and a half. The NCAA Basketball tournament was over (the storm was at it’s worst during the tournament). Things were looking good.

I hopped into the skype call and we began playing. The game was going well, and all of the sudden…

Flicker… Flicker…

The power goes out.

Downstairs, where my computer is, has no windows or anything. Just odd office style ceiling lights.

So I’m sitting in complete darkness. I get up, manage to make myself to the door to go upstairs and…

Biiiiiiiiiing.

The power comes back on.

I text my friend, tell him what happened and get back into the game as soon as my computer booted back up.

We surrender that game because of that and decide to try one more game of League of Legends.

The power was on for fifteen minutes, so I assumed that nothing was going to happen.

The game begins and everything’s going well again. Awesome!

Flicker. Flicker. Flicker.

Power goes out.

I text my friend, hoping he wouldn’t be overly mad, telling him what happened and that I was done for the night.

I make my way upstairs in the darkness and go into my room.

I can hear the wind gusting outside. A tree must have fell on some power lines.

Okay. It happens.

I start thinking to myself of things to do since I’m not really ready for bed.

Can’t read my Kindle since there is no light. I didn’t feel like lighting a candle and bringing it into my room either. So I gave up on that.

Oh, I know! I’ll get my DS out and play some of Pokemon Black. Great plan.

I pull my DS out of it’s case, and notice that it’s got a red light near the power button. Great.

I start playing, and about three minutes after I began, the DS died.

So no DS fun time.

What do I do now?

Well, be an awesome boyfriend and call your girlfriend of course!

We talk for a bit, and she needs her beauty sleep.

Great.

The fates are dooming me to just go to bed.

I tell her goodnight, and look at the Twitter feed on my phone and see a few tweets from a couple of my favorite comic book writers: Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman. The tweets are tagged with #Gameofbones.

AKA porn tweets related to Game of Thrones.

Hilarious stuff.

Bad night.

 

Also, in the light of the

The Electro-Social Bind

post.

I found an article on Kotaku.com that also sheds some light on a similar issue.

http://kotaku.com/#!5789033/why-dont-i-lose-myself-in-games-anymore

Check it out. It’s a fantastic read. Great article.

Electricity is involved in almost everything we do, it’s scary.

EMP!

Yahoo Answers says:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090628234703AAFvoWC

Music and its Impact on the Gaming Industry

Does a video game’s soundtrack go hand in hand in making a game succesful?

Yes.

Music can influence emotions in such a drastic way that it’s amazing really.

My first memory of a game with a memorable sound track would have to be the phenomenal Final Fantasy VII.

Even now, I find myself humming a song from the game unknowingly. But the soundtrack to that game, as well as the story telling and the dialog, made that game a success. The music of Final Fantasy VII has been turned into orchestral arrangements and symphonies play them around the world. The same can be said for the Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64. The music of that game haunts me on occasion and brings back great memories of my brother and myself playing through it together. The sound track to that game also influenced it’s success too I believe.

But today, I think we are beginning to see a lack of the emphasis on the importance of the video game sound track. Games now are not really about the music while they are more about the intense realism of the graphics and game play. How many times can we hear a generic war theme in every Call of Duty installment?

This saddens me, because game music is just not what it used to be. There are still a handful of companies that still keep their music on a high standard, such as Blizzard, Bioware,  Bungii, and Rockstar when we talk about original scores. But Nintendo tends to just re-use the same scores over and over again and just remix them. I don’t think I have heard an original Mario song since back in the day with Super Mario World. How many times can you just re-use the typical ba-du-ba-da-ba-ba– ba?

Right now as I write this, I’m listening to the Minecraft sound track by C418. Absolutely phenomenal stuff. It’s all synth based mixed with piano, but it suits the game so incredibly well. It makes me want to go build.The sound track is so simple, but like Final Fantasy VII and Ocarina of Time, it encompasses the essence of the game that makes it so addicting and wonderful.

Music has a surprisingly large impact on video games, and I hope that video game companies now recognize this when creating their games. The music potential now is so much greater than it used to be just fifteen years ago. We don’t use anymore 8-bit, 16-bit, or 32-bit music anymore. Now, the music is symphonic based. Epic. Large. Impactful.

But is this better than what can be found on the Super Nintendo or Playstation? Are we losing the tight and simple theme music that we once had because of this?

It’s an interesting thing to think about.

Dooo be doobie doooo

My Epic Book Disorder.

I love high fantasy.

I love a good ‘ol knight and magic story.

Always have and always will.

But, I have a tendency that, to when I get into book one of a big series, I HAVE to finish the first book, no matter how good it is.

Even if it’s not good, I always tell myself “Keep reading, there’s twelve more books! It has to get good at some point!”

Many times this is true, but sometimes it’s not.

I love the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Granted, I have book ADD so I’ve not completed the series yet.I tend to read one book of a series, then read another book of another series. If I don’t do this, I burn myself out and will never finish a series. I remember the third book of the Wheel of Time took me like a half a year to finish because I was burnt out on the characters and setting. But anyways.

Thirteen books are in the series so far, and the final book comes out at the end of this year.

The Wheel of Time series has gone on so long, that the original author, Robert Jordan, actually passed away while writing it.

Crazy stuff.

So, Jordan’s son chose a author to complete the series: Brandon Sanderson.

I’ve heard good things about Sanderson from one of my co-workers, so I was pretty excited when I heard this.

He releases part one of this three part conclusion, but then he also releases part one of his ten book epic.

Way of Kings.

What set me back here is that a typical Wheel of Time book is around anywhere form 600-800 pages.

Way of Kings is 1000 pages.

1000.

That’s a brick. A door stopper. HUGE.

He’s finishing one epic, and beginning his own epic.

Wow.

The Wheel turns as it wills.

So I bought the hardback edition of Way of Kings excited. I was intimidated by the size, but something told me that this book was going to be a grand experience.

The reviews I read were good. The beginning of each chapter had pretty pictures. There were beautiful drawings depicting things that Sanderson described throughout the book.

So I loved it right?

A Highstorm is brewing...

Yes and no.

This was one of those books where 500-600 pages could have been shaved off, and I would have loved the book ten times more.

Sanderson had to build a universe from scratch. So he had his work cut out for him, and that’s where a lot of the filler comes in from.

He has to build the environment, the culture, and the religion.

He did a fantastic job.

But, there’s just so much I can take of reading about people waking up, feeling bad for themselves, and complaining about it. There’s quite a bit of that, no matter if there are a slave, or a noble.

The world is plagued by Highstorms.

Highstorms, in our world are basically just super cell thunderstorms. They cover the world, and are devastating.

The Highstorms generate Stormlight, which is used in the gems they used for currency to make them more valuable (i.e. when the gems glow).

The Stormlight is also used for dangerous weapons known as Shardblade, and fantastic armor known as Shardplate.

The Shardblades are essentially summon-able light sabers. Shardplate is kind of like putting on a robotic exo-suit that gives the user incredible strength and agility.

Only a handful of people have these two things. And if you do, you are the elite of the civilization, and most likely a leader in the military.

There are also people that have been Stormblessed.They can “lash”, which means they can control gravity around them.

Think of the book as a mix of Star Wars, The Matrix, and any high fantasy environment.

In the end though, if you’re looking for a long book with heavy dialog with a few good action scenes, this is the book for you. It is very dialog heavy… Very.

But, still a good book. I enjoyed it, even though I just wanted to get to the end. So give it a look, but don’t let the size discourage you.

Currently, after hearing many rave comments from friends of mine, I’m reading Game of Thrones. Hopefully I can get through it before the television show starts, but we’ll see.

Epic books, ❤

I know, I’m late. But save some cake!

Last night I beat Portal.

What a little magnificent gaming gem.

I’ve heard it was good, and I’ve seen all kinds of things about it online, but I just never got to playing through it.

I did it last night in one sitting. The game is a pretty short game, I believe I clocked in completion at right around two and half hours or so. But it was a fantastic experience.

For those who have not played it, you are a “test subject” in the labs of Aperture Science. You are set through a course of nineteen tests in order to test your skills in puzzle solving when dealing with portals.

Your “guide”, GlaDOS, talks to you as you progress, and drops a few subtle hints about having a “party” once you complete the tests.

This is where, as many of you I’m sure have heard already, “The Cake is a Lie” comes from.

I’m not going to say anymore because if you haven’t played it already (like me as of last night), you should.

Also, when I first heard of Portal two years ago, I did some research and found that the company that created Portal (which were bought by Valve) created a game prior to Portal that compasses the same idea.

Barnacular Drop.

You still have a portal gun, except think of a more fantasy setting. You are a little girl (possible a princess, I forget) that is captured and put in a castle. You must escape, and that’s where the portal gun comes into play. Almost exactly like Portal.

But, if you’d like to play through it, it’s free.

https://www.digipen.edu/?id=1170&proj=501

Play Portal. Savor it and enjoy it.

Get ready for Portal 2 which comes out next month.

Grab a buddy, because there is coop in it! (last video)