Bunch of gamers gather at Night Marathon streaming videos of them playing horror games nonstop, from October 11 till October 14 to raise money for Prevent Cancer Foundation. Plus there are cool prizes to be won depending on how much you've donated. What an awesome thing to do. They did it last year as well. Go and visit their site and support their cause.
They have just beaten Ghostbusters on Sega Genesis and playing Ghosts and Goblins on NES right now. Oh my Cthulhu.
That's what Ender's Game is to me for all these years.
The movie is based on a book with the same name and it was written by Orson Scott Card. It was first published around 1985. That was my second book that I read when I was a kid. I just couldn't remember the name and I lost the copy when I moved to another place around the 90s. I didn't finish reading it at that time, but I know it's about kids that were specially created to defeat the aliens.
Few years back, when I was cleaning the "attic" of my house, I found a torn cover of the book and it all came back to me. I went mad looking for the book and I even troubled the lady that was working at Kinokuniya(A book store in my country) to find it for me.
This is the most accurate representation of the way I read books when I was kid. I don't. I day-dreamt about it though. [Source]
Skip forward few weeks after that, I finally got the book and I was happy, and I read the book practically everywhere. I love it to the teeth. I know it's written for children(I am 26 years old by the way), but IT IS a great book that is written for children; it doesn't treat the children like a Saturday morning cartoon would. For a science fiction book, it tackled real issues that many of the children(and surprisingly young adults) were, are and will be facing e.g. Expectations, Doubts, Arrogances, Loyalties, etc.
But in all honesty, the book is basically about a convincing version of kid Napoleon, leading kid soldiers to go to war with the aliens. And of course, this is the bloody Bible for most of the strategy games fan that loves futuristic warfare. And the movie adaptation is just so damn good(even though it is just a sneak peek).
Is there anyone else besides me that is looking forward to Harrison's Ford comeback in sci-fi flicks?
To be put simply I love the book and I'm split to find out that the author of the book is... well, a bigot and a homophobe. I'm sure many of the Enderverse fans are feeling the same way as I am. But in all fairness, I will watch this movie with a rainbow t-shirt. That, and I will do a Torchwood marathon with my buddies. And hold a sign on the street saying "Sorry that I watched Ender's Game. Love the movie, Love the book, not the author".
I leave this picture as a speculation to what I was trying joke about the author. [Source]
Besides movies and TV series, I really enjoy video games as a mean of entertaining myself. While others might dismiss it as a form of media that should not be taken artistically and seriously, I see it as the holy grail of immersive experience. Don't get me wrong, I love movies and TV series and they can be really immersive. But both of them approach it in a different way.
For the sake of comparison, when i said video games, I mean video games like Bioshock or Beyond Good and Evil aka "You know what I mean video games". I can't imagine anyone would be so "disconnected" to think that I would start talking about Tetris here.
For example, a movie or an episode of a TV series requires nothing but your attention. You have a bag of chips in your hand and you gobble it down as you watch the antagonist reveals his trump card and completely putting any of the protagonist attempts of defeating her or him to a halt. While in video games, it requires your interactions and your dedications. Some, even requires time. You are the protagonist. And in some game, you are the antagonist.
I meant what I said about it being the "holy grail" of immersive experience. I don't want to start giving history or fairy tales lessons here. And also, I would like to assume everyone that actually care to read this article are intellectual individuals. But just think about it for a moment. What does immersive experience in a video game have in common with the holy grail?
What I have said/written(plus extremely summarized) here, is what have been said/written by other people that are more intellectual and more qualified than me(e.g. Roger Ebert, Doug Walker, Anthony Burch, etc). I just want to let it off my chest. Now, back to the what I REALLY want to say.
This fan film of Fallout is fantastic.
It sets a brilliant example of what fan film has become; Taking the source material seriously with detail. Although the fan series Nuka Break is great, Red Star exceeds it by leaps and bounds.
And what we have here is a deep, emotional, visually engaging story in a post-apocalyptic world. It may not be for everybody, but it is certainly a treat for the fans of the game series.
Watch it here:
p.s. I mean seriously, how many fan films have you seen a woman holding a jar of bottle caps dropping a line like "This is all that I have?" without it breaking into a comedy?