TL;DR – It was a fantastic experience from an execution, experience and price point perspective
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
These days, video games can be created by vast teams with hundreds or even thousands of people working to bring a vision to life. However, there are still those games, or in that case more of an experience, that is the focus of a single creator’s vision. Today we look at just such a case with Matt Newell’s Mýrdalssandur, Iceland.
Now I should make clear right from the start, this is not a game, but more of an experience of walking around the titular Mýrdalssandur that you can find on Iceland’s southern coastline. It is a place of wondrous beauty and stark contrasts of green moss and black volcanic rock. If this sounds familiar to you, then it is likely that you have seen it before in Rogue One or other similar films.
In this thread we will be documenting all the new additions for Humankind from Amplitude Studios.
TL;DR: You can layer from 60 different civilizations from history to create your own unique narrative. It will stretch from the Neolithic to the Modern age. In the end, the civilization with the most Fame will be the winner. Full of Humanmade Wonders, Natural Wonders, Units, and Buildings for you to construct.
Note: all images are created by the team at Amplitude Studios
TL;DR – Unfortunately this is a film that mostly falls flat in-between shout outs to Olive Garden. Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
For a long time, there has been a drive to find a great adaptation of a video game, and on the whole, the best we have gotten is mediocre. Well, today we look at a film that is trying to break through that history and alas it does not quite get there even though it is clear that all the cast is giving their all.
So to set the scene, in a magical kingdom far away, there was a young blur bouncing across the green world with in-built loop-d-loops. His power is almost limitless, but that comes with danger and one day that danger comes home to roost. As they are attacked, Sonic’s (Ben Schwartz) adopted mother Longclaw (Donna Jay Fulks) helps him flee by giving him rings that allow him to jump from world to world keeping ahead of the kidnappers. Well, many years later, one of those jumps leads him landing on Earth where he watched the residents of Green Hills, Montana like the local sheriff Thomas Michael “Tom” Wachowski (James Marsden) go about their lives. All is good, until one day when he accidentally sets off an EMP, drawing danger in the form of Dr Robotnik (Jim Carrey) right to his door.
TL;DR – A really good film up until the point it gets bogged down in its own worldbuilding
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a post-credit scene
It has been a long road trying to adapt video games to the big screen and so far there have not been many (if any) that have actually pulled it off. Some have got close and today we take a look at one that also is very close, even if it just does not quite get there.
So to set the scene, in Japan, there are three good friends Kotona (Abby Trott), Haru (Alejandro Saab), and Yu (Max Mittelman). Kotona and Haru are a couple and Yu is the third wheel, but not really, though he is confined to a wheelchair after a childhood accident that killed his parents. Life is great, school is good, however, all is ripped apart when one-day Kotona realises that she is being stalked by a creep. Yu and Haru rush to help her but they are too late when they arrive a masked figure stabs Kotana with a weird blade. They rush to try and get her to a hospital when in the middle of the street they are ripped into another world and now Kotona is missing, their phones are compasses, and everything is different.
Because of circumstances in my personal life, these last couple of weeks have
been a real drag, to say the least. So I have been struggling to find the
motivation to write anything of late as I binge cooking shows on TV. However,
you can’t stay stuck on the couch forever, and I thought if I was going to
write it should be on something I care about a lot, so bring on those video
games. Much like my personal
top 10 films list I needed to come up with some criteria to be able
to sort through all the really good games I have played in my life.
Games that are beautifully constructed
(art, story, etc)
TL;DR – An interesting look at the rise of one of the world’s most played video games, even if there are a few rough edges to the presentation.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
When you think about sporting spectacles, you think about Wimbledon, or Superbowl, or The Olympics. However, as time is going on, Esports is a growing phenomenon drawing in more people and more money than ever before. In this world of Esports, one of the biggest and fastest-growing games is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) that goes by the name League of Legends. This documentary explores the history of Riot Games’ League of Legends, its growth and its potential future.
The fact that a game created in 2006 is still around today, is one of those quirks that rarely happens in the video games industry, the fact that it continues to be one of the most popular games in the world makes it more so. For that very reason alone, it makes this documentary interesting because it is really engaging watching a game go from being working out of a basement to having a grand final in the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing. This is coming from someone who does not actually play the game. I have tried to get into MOBAs like LOL and DOTA before and while I like watching them be played but I have no skill in playing them.
TL;DR – This is a really good
resource for parents wanting to know more about video games to help understand
and engage with their kids on the issue
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Video games, they are the latest hotness in the world, but like a lot of new
technologies, there is a lot about them that can be difficult for people to
understand if they are not familiar. This is amplified when it is parents
trying to understand the world that their kids are living in. Today we look at
a series that is trying to de-mystify some of the real issues around gaming and
to give parents the tools needed to understand and help kids develop.
Each episode of the show revolves around one aspect of the video games industry
and how it applies to children and then talks to the experts to help parents understand
the issue. For example loot boxes and microtransactions. This is all presented
in a form that is easy to digest which is important when dealing with very
complex issues where there are quite often no straight forward answers. I feel
that this show is really important because it does not shy away from the problematic
aspects of video games but it also does not lean into the sensationalist
reporting that you get from most of the Australian media that does not know how
to write stories unless it is about “insert game is the new addiction” like we
saw just last week with untitled goose
game. There are real problems and concerns with video games, but these are
no different for any other types of media and as a parent it is important to be
across these issues.