19 items from 2010
Are you sitting down? You need to be… because this geek is going to take you on a magic journey into an utter nerd world!
‘The Dungeon Masters’ follows three people who have devoted a big chunk of their lives to the game Dungeons and Dragons. They are all Dungeon Masters, which means that they control the game in their individual gaming circles. Richard is a sanitation worker by day, devious master who likes to kill off his players by night. Scott is in the middle of writing a book, while also filming a cable access show. Both of his projects have to do with the same type of entertainment as D&D. Elizabeth doesn’t start out with a job, and her life is a bit rocky after Hurricane Katrina, but she still finds joy in life by dressing like a black elf. She has her own formula for the paint and everything. »
- Melissa Howland
Slightly long/dramatic cover story title for a picture of Katy Perry hanging out in lingerie? “Sex, God, & Katy Perry – The Hard Road & Hot Times of a Fallen Angel”? Is that a Rush lyric? Writer: For my Katy Perry cover story, how about “Here’s Katy Perry in Lingerie – Look At Her Boobs”? Editor: Ehhhh… can you throw some ampersands in there and turn it into a Dungeons and Dragons campaign? Writer: Uh, I can, yeah, but… »
- Dan Hopper
The sitcom writer and director joined us to talk about his hilarious show. Here's how he answered your questions
The live session is now over
The fourth series of The It Crowd has been another delight. We've watched Roy keep a girlfriend for more than one episode. Moss has joined a secret society of Countdown winners. And Jen has continued her doomed efforts to climb the corporate ladder. Perhaps if she spoke better Italian...
Graham Linehan, the creator, writer and director, has announced there will be a fifth season – and next time he'll have a Us-style writing team to help him craft the script. But what will this mean for the direction of the show?
Here's a summary of how he answered that question and your many others. Click the links to see his full replies:
How about a cameo from Robert Pollard?
We can but dream.
Does "a Us-style »
- Graham Linehan
Hey Gaymers! This month I bring you some hot boys street fighting in the new Super Street Fighter IV and my complete review of Final Fantasy Xiii.
Some of the hottest guys in gaming can be found in head to head fighters. These are games where you use a series of timed button combinations to pull off techniques to decimate your opponent. The cream of this year’s technical fighters is the re-release of 2009’s Street Fighter IV.
Essentially a director’s cut of the original, Super Street Fighter IV rebalances the strength and techniques of its diverse cast, adds some new moves, and improves online tournament play for those of you brave enough to take on the world in live matches.
Now, the Street Fighter series has always been known for its colorful characters with storied pasts and over the years, developer Capcom has introduced a few fighters that »
Four Torches (Out of Five) Last year, the massively multi-player roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons Online reduced its price to ... free. Sure, additional features like potions, armor, and weapons are available through the Ddo store, but they're also attainable through game-play -- unlike a lot of other downloadable games. It's worth, well, much more than the price you pay. It's an extremely enjoyable online role-playing experience. Once you've downloaded the game and created your account and character, you have a total of seven worlds to play in: Argonnessen, Ghallanda, Khyber, Sarlona, Thelanis, Orien, and Cannith. Character creation is reminiscent of the actual role-playing game, but different too. »
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com:The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (**1/2 out of 4)
Some interesting parallels exist between the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” film franchises.
Of course, both started as beloved, and best-selling, literary series that dabbled in the supernatural or the occult. Movie adaptations were inevitable, and each series retained its acting core as they transitioned from page to screen. Also the film franchises have retained the same screenwriter (Melissa Rosenberg for “Twilight,” Steve Kloves for most “Potter” films) while substituting directors at regular intervals.
The main difference between the series, so far as I’m concerned, is that the “Potter” films have been joyous, harrowing, emotionally stimulating, character-driven, special-effects-laden masterpieces, while the “Twilight” movies, to date, have sucked. Hard. Catherine Hardwicke’s original, humdrum teen romance was as dreary as its Pacific Northwest setting, as colorless as the pale-skinned Cullen clan, and as stiff as a corpse. Chris Weitz »
- Sean O'Connell
Maybe it's the genetic lineage from "Dungeons and Dragons" and J.R.R. Tolkien, but the role-playing genre in video games tends to take itself way too seriously. The trope of the earnest and plucky young lad who ventures forth from a small village into a world-saving destiny gets recycled several times a year with a completely straight face.
Thankfully, the developers at Hothead Games know how ludicrous RPG clichés can be and are all set to lampoon many of them in their upcoming "DeathSpank." When I got my hands on the game earlier this week, the goofiness of it all immediately pulled me in. The gameplay rotates around typical features like side quests, incremental storytelling and upgradeable skills and weapons, but killing evil chickens and bantering with sassy witches make it all feel fresher. Hothead developed the game in conjunction with legendary designer Ron Gilbert - who helped birth the beloved »
- Evan Narcisse
Last week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced (recently purchased) Turbine, Inc. would be updating and changing the popular massively mutiplayer online game Lord of the Rings Online, making it a .free-to-play. game. This follows the success of Turbine's Dungeons and Dragons Online being offered for free, and many gamers are excited. There are both positive and negative aspects to this gaming model, however. There will be three tiers of players: VIP, premium and free. Each of these will have different features available, and each will expand the game in some areas for the player. Naturally, the big advantage for free players is that they can play this game with no cost if they desire. According to information on the game's website, free players can attain level 50, »
In exciting news today, Square Enix announced that Obsidian Entertainment will develop Dungeon Siege 3, the latest installment of the popular RPG series set in the Kingdom of Ehb.
And rejoice, console gamers, because the franchise will be coming to both Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 in addition to its traditional PC platform!
Obsidian brings a strong RPG resume to Dungeon Siege 3′s table, including: Neverwinter Nights 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords, and the highly anticipated wasteland saga Fallout: New Vegas. Also, fans of the first two installments of the franchise should assume that Obsidian will attempt to stay faithful to the original Dungeon Siege world, as series creator Chris Taylor of Gas Powered Games is already on board at Obsidian as a key adviser and collaborator.
Feargus Urquhart, the CEO of Obsidian Entertainment, confirmed his excitement about his company’s new agreement with Square: »
- Matt Weeber
Words cannot express my overwhelming love for Joss Whedon’s WGA-strike brainchild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. It combines the snappy dialogue that Whedon’s shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel were known for with the musical and comical sensibility inherent in the inclusion of Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion in a production, respectively. Felicia Day continues her online streak of terrific productions after endearing herself to online fans with the still-running series The Guild. Every element that went into the creation of Dr. Horrible makes it an instant fan-favorite. However, what made the DVD release so great is the same thing that makes its Blu-ray release so terrific: for a production with a mere 42-minute runtime, it has more extras than a film two-times its length typically does. Not only that, but the featurettes included are hilarious and the audio commentary, which films usually include as little more than a formality, »
- Lex Walker
Frank Frazetta's death hit Twitter pretty hard last week, but when news broke that former Black Sabbath frontman Ronnie James Dio passed away last night, writers and artists alike were hit with a second round of shock. In fact, the last 12 hours of tweets in the comics Twitterverse has been totally dominated by personal experiences, appreciation and occasional expressions of indifference from those who never really clicked with Dio's message of dragons, magic and metal.
Click on down past the jump and you'll find out not only who loved Ronnie James Dio and who didn't, but also where the Charles Manson/Ronnie James Dio/Idw connection lies, and who wants to play a round of Dungeons and Dragons in memory of Dio and Frazetta.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is your Twitter Report for May 17, 2010.
Ronnie James Dio pt. 1: @mattfraction Dio ascends into the realm of elder wizards. Please »
- Brian Warmoth
Video Game Rating: 3.0/5.0
Chicago – Those of us that are wildly addicted to “Bejeweled Blitz” and played through “Puzzle Quest” like a gleeful toddler with a new toy were pretty psyched that the developers of the latter, spectacular Nintendo DS title were releasing a Dlc game called “Puzzle Chronicles”. Once again, our puzzle-loving persona could meld with the kid inside us who misses the days when he played Dungeons and Dragons in his basement. Sadly, “Puzzle Chronicles” only barely delivers.
The first impression is always a physical one and “Puzzle Chronicles” simply doesn’t look good. It has the graphics and general aesthetic of not just the last generation but possibly the one before that. Developers often underestimate the appearance of a game that doesn’t rely on it for gameplay. The hideous appearance of “Puzzle Chronicles” doesn’t effect the gameplay of the title but who wants to spend their »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
After watching the short film “Enigma” by independent filmmakers, Jason and Matt Shumway, I came away with a greater appreciation for independent sci-fi films. Don’t get me wrong, I’m from the era where the channel formerly known as SciFi had low budget goodness on every weekend. I delighted to see some of the films they had acquired like the Dungeons and Dragons sequel, “D&D: Wrath of the Dragon God,” and the action horror film “Darklight.” But even before the change of name the quality of the movies they would get seemed to diminish. I bring this up because “Enigma” is far superior to most things they put on the channel barring “Battle Star Galactica,” “Caprica,” and “Eureka,” just to name some of their good stuff. On the movie front however, the channel is sorely lacking, unless “MegaGiantSuper Shark vs. UberGiganticUltra Piranha” is your type of film. Clocking in at just under 45 minutes, »
This past weekend, the gaming community from Ontario to Hawaii descended upon the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Ma for Pax East 2010, the first Penny Arcade Expo on the East coast. Pax Prime, a mecca for all things gamer, has been held since 2004 in the home of Penny Arcade, Seattle Wa, so this was the first chance for us this side of the Mississippi River to attend this epic experience.
And what an experience it was. In between concerts by Jonathan Coulton and Mc Frontalot and panels with geek gods like Will Wheaton there were tabletop games, demos of huge upcoming titles like Skate 3, Red Dead Redemption, or Dungeons and Dragons tournaments.
Whether you were looking for someone to play Rock Band with or you just wanted to connect your Pokemon with someone else’s Pokewalker, there was never a shortage of things to do at Pax East. And while »
- Cortney Zamm
Sex And The City. Mamma Mia. Beaches. The first Harry Potter. Our writers have been watching the movies they’d otherwise had crossed the street to avoid…
We set our writers a challenge. We're all likely to have films that we turn our nose up at every time we come to watch a movie. The task our writers faced was this: locate that movie, watch it, and see if it was as scary as you feared. Obviously, the choice of film was a personal one - some of us would leap at Timecop, for instance - but every film here has been avoided by the writer concerned for one reason or another. And now it was time to face those fears head on.
Here's how they got on...
I'm really not a fan of Abba. The closest contact I have with their music is normally at work Christmas parties, »
The story of three individuals who have built their lives around the role-playing game, “Dungeons And Dragons,” director Keven McAlester's documentary “The Dungeon Masters” is being released on Amazon VOD. The film, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, follows its protagonists as their baroque fantasies clash with mundane real lives and they find it increasingly difficult to reconcile their fear, loneliness, and disappointment with the game's imaginary triumphs. Keven »
The Hollywood Reporter announced that IFC Films has acquired North American rights to the Berlin International Film Fest title, Puzzle, directed by Natalia Smirnoff. The Argentine film will be released this year after the fall festival roundup via IFC's In Theaters platform--making the VOD version available the same day as the theatrical premiere.
Puzzle follows forty-something housewife Maria del Carmen (Maria Onetto) who has doted on her husband and children for the past twenty years. When she receives a puzzle as a birthday present, she suddenly discovers she has a gift for assembling them at lightning speed--something her family ignores. As her passion for puzzles grows, the bonds of her relationships are tested.
We can add this title to the long list of narrative films and documentaries that pay homage to the geeky hobbies and games many of us love. Puzzle takes its place alongside fictional films like Mazes and Monsters, »
- Alison Nastasi
We’ve been known to be kind of hard on James Cameron’s Avatar, given how much money and praise it’s gotten over the past two months. Given that, there are some die-hards still out there that believe that “Pandora” is the greatest place in existence, and wish it was real. Leave it to the internet to find a way to make that humorous.
Many people have become aware of the lives of LARPers over the past few years. Some even got to see a few films, including Role Models and the little-known Darkon. It’s basically acting out a scenario that most people play using dice and boards, such as Masquerade or Dungeons and Dragons. This time, the focus is set on Pandora and the Na’vi.
After the jump, check out what a group of Hometree Wisconsin pulled together using toilet paper, wigs, and tons of blue face paint. »
- Matt Raub
The Dungeon Masters (2008, dir: Keven McAlester) An evil drow elf is displaced by Hurricane Katrina. A sanitation worker lures friends into a 'Sphere of Annihilation.' A failed super-villain starts a cable-access show involving ninjas, puppets and a cooking segment. These are the characters, real and imagined, of Keven McAlester's documentary The Dungeon Masters. Against the backdrop of crumbling middle-class America, two men and one woman devote their lives to Dungeons and Dragons, the storied role-playing game, and its various descendants. As their baroque fantasies clash with mundane real lives, the characters find it increasingly difficult to allay their fear, loneliness, and disappointment with the game's imaginary triumphs. Soon the true heroic act of each character's real life emerges, and the film follows each as he or she summons the courage to face it. Along the way, The Dungeon Masters re-imagines the tropes of classic heroic cinema, creating an »
19 items from 2010
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