ABC goes up the River...
Much like Lost, we have flashbacks along with a weird jungle area that's forbidden, or, as described in subtitles, "[UNTRANSLATABLE]." This was said by the daughter of what I'd say was the show's Chief Engineer (he's even given a Captain Kirk-esque impossible deadline to fix the ship). She's got some psychic mojo going on and identifies the show's version of the Smoke Monster as a vengeful spirit. There's even a conspiracy afoot to sabotage the rescue of the lost explorer, a pile of mysterious tapes to reveal plot directives over time, and even a mysterious-looking snake logo to replace the Dharma symbol. The setup is a mix of Evil Dead, Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, and Ghostbusters all mixed together what looks to be the "ghost mystery of the week" formula from Supernatural. It had a few pretty shocking images, something I'm not used to on ABC. It also has a fairly small cast at the moment, so I can't see the series having too many red shirt moments for the actors after the pilot. All in all, I enjoyed what I saw and am intrigued enough to keep with it for a while.
Video games are about to get even more realistic-looking, it would seem. That's nice, I guess, as the uncanny valley is something of a problem for games that want to appear realistic, but I don't think the visuals are where games are falling down these days. I'd rather there be more intricate plots with a larger variety of possible outcomes in games, but that's not something that can be automated at the moment. I'm sure code could someday make a game's plot structure and response of NPCs more complex and responsive, but until then, we're going to have realistic-looking people uttering the same three combat taunts and handful of conversation options. Ah, well. That's what one's imagination is there for, to fill in the blanks, I guess. Oh, and speaking of Skyrim, Valve and Bethesda got together and released a mod that delivers a small package from beyond those two moons you see in the sky every night. I hope the happy fun ball in question appears on IRQ soon...
Sadly, I won't be able to make it to Bashcon this year, especially now that I have jury duty (grumble-grumble). However artist extraordinaire Tony Steele will be there, and his illustrations appear a new book, so don't miss your chance to get some of his prints or a commission done before he becomes the next Matt Groening. I did design the t-shirt, and I hope everyone likes the new take on pirates vs. ninjas I came up with; as far as I know, it hasn't been done before. And just because I can encourage bad behavior, be sure to ask Tony to sing/perform one of his many romantic ballads. :)
Now I'm off to pop some cold medication and just try to record an episode of two of IRQ, so accept the following as a make-good for any coughing:
- How did I miss this when it was uploaded? Comedian Tim Minchin performs the Doctor Who theme at the BBC Comedy Proms on a keytar while wearing a Prince Charles mask.
- With the excitement of seeing Thor and the Hulk in a movie together soon, it's good to remind ourselves how far we've come.
- You can now purchase your own Aperture Science Combustible Lemon that doesn't actually combust, but it's the thought that counts, right?
- Bryan Singer wants to make a Star Trek TV series. Given how he made the last Superman movie, I'd fear we'd just get a shot-for-shot remake of the original series.
- Crumpled is a stick-figure platformer that has you and your blob overcoming obstacles with some controls that take a little getting used to, but is otherwise a decent time-waster.
- I joked about it in ps238, but someone has gone and made an app that lets you see what you're about to walk into as you use your phone or tablet.
- All that copyright and trademark stuff aside, it's pretty difficult to prove someone ripped off your game.
- And the new Spider-Man movie has a trailer, though I'm not sure who'll chew up more scenery; Spidey or Dennis Leary?
- As if it's a surprise, they've hired a writer to rewrite the script for Karate Kid 2.
- An astronomer has made some meteorite-aged wine. I predict the superhero created from a bottle of this stuff will wear a monocle.
- From the "life imitates Fallout" files comes MIT's photonic crystals that could lead to "nuclear reactors" in every gadget.
- We've had little to no actual winter in my vicinity, and I think it's because this cat got it.
- The last known veteran of WWI passed away just 2 weeks before she turned 111.
- Here's a handy list of medieval occupations, though I can't see George R.R. Martin ever typing the word "eggler."
- Political candidates need some kind of primer that has, among other things, a few facts about the internet like "The Onion is satire," "think before you tweet," "it's out there forever," and "don't have someone who works for you edit your Wikipedia page."
- It may be a big ball of timey-wimey, but that doesn't mean this gallery of old timelines can't be enjoyed.
- Netbots is a fun little puzzle game where the challenge is to connect spherical bots in the patterns shown on the left side of the screen.