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Movie Critic: Dead Silence Comments

This isn't going to be a review per se. In that I'm not going to go over the acting or the direction or the production design or any of the things about the movie that work. No, I'm just here to point out a couple of story points that not only don't work in the film's favor, but actually render it dramatically incoherent and in the end, totally unsatisfying.

Video games don't make us more empathetic?

Film critic Roger Ebert says that video games are not art. A movie, he says, involves "total authorial control": filmmakers tell their stories, and we in the audience follow their leads. But in a video game, the audience are the storytellers to a large extent. So how can there be a cohesive vision of anything?

Movie Critic: Transformers review

In this season of summer movies, few movies will gleefully target and pander to it's audiences with politician-like precision as obviously as . We're talking broad strokes with bright crayons. Much like its male protagonist Sam Witwicky, this is a movie that wants to be liked by everyone and tries hard to win over ALL its audiences.

Fight Critic: What’s next for Pride?

Since the press conference announcing the sale of the Pride FC to UFC owners in May and Pride holding its final show under its former company Dream Stage Entertainment, Pride has been inactive to present date. The lack of any information from the new owners has left the Internet-driven "MMA media" to speculate on its future.

Comic Critic: Infinite Crisis vs. Civil War

Read blog postThis past year saw both Marvel and DC both launch epic events-driven series: Civil War with Marvel and Infinite Crisis with DC. Now that the cosmic dust has settled and the trade-paperbacks are in, it's a good time to examine both series as a whole and see if they lived up to the hype.

Toy Critic: Big boys, little boys, and the Transformers that love them

Read blog postIt may have taken a few decades, but I'm happy to say that Transformers are now fully accessible to all ages. What do I mean? Aren't they already *toys*??? Let me explain...

The Morbid Gamer

Greetings, and welcome to the first installment of "The Morbid Gamer", in which I, the titular character, provide an accounting of all the lives taken over the course of popular videogames. Today's subjects are: Lost Planet, Gun, and Just Cause.

The death of hardcore?!?

There are a lot of sides to this issue and I'm sort of thinking out loud here, but the first thing that struck me when presented with this idea is… so what is it that hardcore gamers want? What games qualify as hardcore and which don't?  Does there even need to be a distinction?

Geeking Out: Heart-Shaped Box, Jonestown, and Vampires

Time for another installment of Geeking Out—the blog that people occasionally read when they want to know what I'm reading/watching/playing or just a cursory update on life here at Casa de Bracken.

Softcore Wars: Rumble Roses vs the DOA Girls

Read blog postWhat is it about softcore porn games lately?  It seems like the better the technology gets, the worse these games are.
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