One of the biggest video game related news items over the past week came from Valve games. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Half Life 3 (damn you Valve), but for those that don’t own one of the best multiplayer shooters of the past five years, it was the next best news. Team Fortress 2 recently became “Free to play”.
First of all some background. If you have never played Team Fortress 2, you have no idea what you are missing. It is one of the last few “classic” shooters out there. Everything about the game is “easy to learn, hard to master”. There are a couple of different game types, a couple of different (official) maps and only nine character classes. In this day and age of Battlefield and Call of Duty and insane customization, it seems underwhelming.
IGN is at it again with a great list for us to enjoy. They are doing Top 100 Modern Games. Modern meaning any of the new generation systems. If you are itching to buy a new critically acclaimed game for your system, check out this list. As of right now they are #41 Which is Sid Meier’s Civilization IV. This is a great list because there are videos accompanied with every game. Weather you agree with their pickings or not- all the games are highly rated so you can be sure they will be a good buy.
Here’s the link
Entourage is synonymous with HBO and summer premium television programming and with the 8th and final season hot on our heels (release date: July 24th, 2011) it is hard to know what to expect from this show that once dazzled and hit the funny bone every time. Honestly, the perennial summer television highlight from HBO, steadily over the last two seasons has become nothing more than mediocre, and with my expectations as high as they were last season in particular, it was really nothing less than terrible.
What makes great television? In great shows the acting and writing stay consistent from the first episode to the final episode, working off of each other to build significant character arcs and, in the case of most, engrossing plotlines. It is hard to do this for most, which is why most TV is bad. Writers have to keep in mind how their characters acted in season 1 when writing season 10, and there may have been 10 years of down-time in between there. This makes it hard to a) keep in mind the characters former flaws/traits and how they have changed over the course of the show and b) keep things fresh. It’s a constant battle for TV writers who I believe have the biggest pressure-cooker job in show business.
Recently, one of our writers, Nick Rajan, wrote an article about the greatest ‘Movie Runners’ of which Tom Cruise may be the best on the list. Shortly after, a trailer was released for the new Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
J.J. Abrams is jumping on board as a producer.
A lot of the old cast is back, but will be joined by Jeremy Renner.
Check the video above (obtained from Youtube.com)
If you are in a relationship you know how difficult it can be sometimes when two people decide they want to go out to the movies. The boy wants to see True Grit, the girl wants to see Blue Valentine. It is an age-old dilemma that sadly we all must face. Fear not I have put together a comprehensive list of movies that (hopefully) the two of you will enjoy.
BEST MOVIE RUNNERS
Ok this list is self explanatory, but keep in mind im not actually talking about how good the actor would be at running- Im talking about how well they run in the film, how believable it is that they are running fast (and with proper form I guess…)
* I take no credit on any of the links posted to this blog
Today, the Supreme Court defeated the state of California’s ban on the sale of violent video games to minors citing that video games are no different from books, movies, comics and other forms of art, and are therefore protected under the First Amendment. This comes as great news to all fans and developers of video games ever, as once and for all they can say that their creations are works of art. The vote passed with a motion of 7 to 2.