Despite the decades that have passed since its release, it would be hard to argue that any film is as relevant to the way movies are made today than George Lucas’ 1977 space opera, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Kevin Feige, the Marvel head honcho who presides over what is the most lucrative and successful film franchise currently operating — including Star Wars — talks openly about how much of an impact the original trilogy had on him. The list of filmmakers who directly crib from Lucas would be like a census of Hollywood royalty. And the subsidiary industries that Star Wars has spawned, from toys to novels to video games, has changed how the entertainment business works. But when you eliminate the biases that come from living in a Star Wars-addled world and look back at the circumstances of its creation, what’s far more surprising is that the film got made at all. That a USC grad in his early 30s best known for a coming-of-age story about small-town … [Read more...] about What if Star Wars never happened?
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First, the bad news. Game of Thrones season 8 isn't getting a release date until 2019. So it's a long way away. Unless you're recapping season 7 you won't get your Jon and Daenerys fix until next year, see how the Iron Throne is claimed, or how humanity does - or doesn't - deal with the White Walker invasion. There are plenty of Game of Thrones season 8 theories to keep you busy, though, and it's fun to try and guess what'll happen in season 8. It's not all guesswork either - there have been plenty of news snippets, rumors, cast confirmations, and the odd social media leak. Sadly, and rather obviously, there has been no official trailer or footage releases yet.Below is every scrap of information we've gathered on the final season of the show. We may have left George RR Martin's books well behind by now, but there is still heaps of info and foreshadowing for us to work on. Over the months between now and its eventual air date, we'll gather everything there is to know about Game of … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones season 8
Far Cry 5 is not the game that many thought it was going to be. With its anti-government, gun-toting, religious cult and shift to a modern-day US setting, it seemed primed to tackle current-day issues — early gameplay footage suggested as much, with some dialogue playing off America's tense political climate. However, while the final game did reference US politics, as noted in our review its story is tonally all over the place, leading to some criticizing its approach to real-world themes. This has resulted in many admonishing games critics for factoring this facet of the game into their reviews, with us once again encircling the debate over politics in video games. Video games rarely tackle modern politics, and it's not difficult to see why. From a publisher's perspective, a significant portion of their audience appears to be vocally conservative, and with conservatism now being as divisive as it ever has been, approaching this subject without alienating … [Read more...] about Far Cry 5 Controversy Highlights Why Devs Don’t Tackle Politics
Cogmind Alpha Access is one year old! (One could optionally end this sentence with “!?!?”) “Year 1″ since release in May 2015 overlaps with some previous postmortems I’ve done, so rather than rehash that content here I’ll just be linking to it where appropriate. That said, there is plenty of fresh data to share, too :) The Year 2 of the Cogmind recap is a pretty good general summary of 2015, something I’ll do again at the end of this year. Since then a lot of the work has gone towards overhauling a few mechanics to improve gameplay, and adding more and more content to complete the full world as planned. So, yeah, eight major releases later Cogmind development is still rolling along. Today though I’d like to focus more on sales and other aspects specific to the alpha which haven’t been covered as much before. Also, this week I’ll be updating the Cogmind website‘s text and all screenshots. Here are some of the scenes … [Read more...] about Cogmind, 1 Year of Alphas
The upcoming Netflix movie Mute might fix one of the biggest problems with the future dystopias of many sci-fi flicks. At least personally speaking, one thing that's always bothered me about such films is that their worlds are portrayed as so different from ours that they become difficult to believe as real. The real world's strange, little quirks are often passed up in favor of big setpieces and larger-than-life spectacle when it comes to movies, and a place's unique history gets hand-waved for the sake of setting up egomaniac villains and mega-corporations. But according to a set visit and preview in the latest issue of SFX Magazine, director Duncan Jones' film Mute (coming to Netflix on February 23) keeps the weird and is better for it. First, there's the matter of our protagonist, Leo. Leo is on the hunt for his girlfriend, who suddenly disappears from his life after an emotional evening. It's not clear if she's been kidnapped, killed, or just ghosted him, but Leo is determined to … [Read more...] about Netflix’s Mute is set in a world where ‘sales reps look like SWAT teams’, says star Alexander Skarsgard