Tag: The Escapist

It really was Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

by on May.27, 2011, under Articles, Comics, Entertainment, Videos, Visual Media

Long time readers will know I like Scott Pilgrim. I like the comics. I like the movie. Long time readers will also know that like is an understatement when it comes describing Scott Pilgrim and me. Scott Pilgrim was not the perfect film ever but it was one of the best films to come out of the year 2010 for a variety of reasons, the primary one being that the creators of the film actually cared. They took time, and lots of money, to provide everybody with a movie that cared as much about giving us an entertaining story as anything else it tried to do, including making money.

And Scott Pilgrim flopped, financially. The estimated markets still say it only did half of its budget internationally, and numbers aren’t good on the DVD/BRD sales either. I’m going to let Movie Bob explain why this is a bad thing.

Get it? We vote with our money and we’ve been repeatedly telling Hollywood that movies like Transformers and The Expendable are the only way to make money and movies like At the Mountains of Madness die.

I don’t have the answer to this problem but I’m hoping this point gets across.

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Video: Extra Credits: Gamification & Gamifying Education

by on May.09, 2011, under Articles, Entertainment, Gaming, Video Games, Videos, Visual Media, Writing, Writing Group

So I thought I posted the below video weeks ago but I can’t find it in the archive, for which I very much apologize to all of you. So you get a double-header of Extra Credits today!

Today’s topic talks about what lessons we can take away from gaming as a whole and apply to other tasks in our lives to make them more productive. Particularly in work and education. The first video touches upon ideas in general. The second focuses on education in specific but still has great ideas for group-based activities.


Gamifiying Education

The second video gave me a great idea for something to do with the achievements system I am creating for Anomalous Writing, my writing group.

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Video: The Big Picture: Maddening

by on May.06, 2011, under Articles, Videos, Visual Media

Movie Bob talks about a topic I wasn’t even aware of since I don’t follow sports games. A animal abuser Michael Vick will be featured on the cover of Madden 2012. Here is a fairly good rundown of how he kept a dog and cock fighting ring. I, for one, agree with Movie Bob. Kids buy these games, and parents buy these games for their kids. Why can’t EA pick someone who might be an actual role model both on AND off the field?

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Video: Daily Drop: Crowbar fail!?

by on May.04, 2011, under Entertainment, Videos, Visual Media

That was just… amazing. I know I don’t post a lot of Daily Drop videos but the entire concept is to watch something fall in slow motion. If the item doesn’t break (or at least fall in an interesting fashion) then the crowbar is employed. The crowbar, obviously, isn’t used all the time. But what happens when the crowbar doesn’t work?

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On Video Game Reviews

by on Apr.27, 2011, under Articles, Entertainment, Gaming, News, Video Games

On Video Game Reviews and the Power and Influence of Marketing [wilwheaton.typepad.com]

Wil Wheaton drew attention to a blog post I found interesting. It’s a post by No High Scores, a video game reviewing blog, and the post talks about the heavy influence marketing and point pressure has on modern game journalism.

Fighting with PR over review copies. Being told that we can’t post a review of game X before the embargo “unless the grade is at least an 85 on Metacritic.” The sites to DO score that high get all the pre-release traffic so we’re forced to ether inflate a grade or lose the hits.

I remember the when the Escapist started adding numeric values to their reviews due to media and game industry pressure. I still look to them for previews and reviews primarily because I find their written articles and video summaries to be well done but it is still a disturbing trend.

So keep that in mind while you’re reading a person’s review. Is it inflated because the site needed hits?

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Video: Top 5 – Red Heads

by on Apr.18, 2011, under Entertainment, Videos, Visual Media

Personally I think she actually looks better as a red-head. That might be my personal bias.

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Video: Extra Credits: Metrics

by on Apr.15, 2011, under Entertainment, Gaming, Video Games, Videos, Visual Media

Also you only have a few more days to submit your video game for the Extra Credits Innovation Wards. April 20th is the deadline!

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Extra Consideration: Controller Evolution

by on Apr.09, 2011, under Articles, Gaming, Video Games

Extra Consideration: Controller Evolution [ The Escapist]

Awhile back I linked to an The Escapist article where some of their well-known content creators discuss topics about video games. This is the continuation of the prior topic regarding video game consoles and controllers.

Since then another topic has been released in the article series, this time tackling the state of stories in video games.

Extra Consideration: The Story [ The Escapist]

Extra Consideration: The Rest of The Story [ The Escapist]

I do find the titles of their articles amusing.

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Did you make a video game?

by on Apr.07, 2011, under Entertainment, Gaming, Video Games, Videos, Visual Media

Have you made a video game recently? Want to submit it free to possibly win an award for innovation? Here’s your chance. The LOGIN 2011 conference is hosting an awards ceremony presented by The Escapist and the guys from Extra Credits, yeah those guys who keep talking about improving the video game industry whose videos I post every once and awhile. The awards they will be presenting focus primarily on unique awards such as innovation and narrative delivery.

Any game made is eligible including student projects to triple A titles. You can find more details here about the rules of the contest here and a full write up here.

The escapist will be streaming the awards live on their site and additionally, LOGIN has provided a special registration to allow people who wish to attend just the ceremonies a discounted rate.

If you didn’t feel like reading all of that, here is the announcement in video form!

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Video: Loading Ready Run: Synchronize

by on Mar.31, 2011, under Entertainment, Videos, Visual Media

The payoff was probably the most hilarious part.

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