TV & Film
(Above) In honor of Ultimate Spider-Man coming to an end, the cover to Ultimate Spider-Man #1 by Fiona Staples. [image via]
Some of you may have already heard, but if you haven’t, then here is the news: The Last of Us, the hugely successful PS3 game developed by Naughty Dog is being made into a film.
Some of you may be excited, but the more leery of you are probably a bit apprehensive, especially with the history of video games becoming movies. It’s also a bit worrying for the movie’s success when you have a highly praised show like The Walking Dead, and plenty of other post-apocalyptic and zombie movies and shows out there. Still, just by being an adaption, I’m sure plenty of loyal fans will buy themselves a ticket.
Some good news, however, is that some of the people who worked on the game are actually going to be producing the film (with creative director Neil Druckmann writing the screenplay) with Sam Raimi. I’m a big fan of some of Raimi’s work, and hopefully they find a good director to get this story across as best as possible.
One thing that I find sad, though, is that we won’t be seeing Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson’s wonderful performances. Their work on the game is really a big part of what made it such a success. I’ve played tons of games, and to this day I still think that The Last of Us is one of the best story-driven gaming experiences I’ve ever had. If you’ve never played the game, go play it, or at least watch a good play-through of it. It shows that video games can be just as good as film when it comes to storytelling.
MIT Media Lab students Travis Rich and Kevin Hu have created an awesome GIF search site. GIFGIF lets you search for the perfect GIF based on emotion. When a visitor comes to the site they are immediately presented with an emotion and two random GIFs. The viewer can then select which GIF displays the emotion more accurately or if “neither,” allowing GIFGIF to categorize them.
You can also search a specific rage of emotion and they’ll give you a shorter list based on your criteria. They’re still looking to enhance the site, according to the creators:
“We’d love to find some data measurements that show this variation quantitatively,” they told BuzzFeed. “We would also like to answer questions like, how are angry GIFs different from sad GIFs? Why are some GIFs ambiguous while others are clear?”
The site is clean, simple, and mathematical. Of course they’re still working out the bugs and there are currently only 1,024 GIFs, but it seems to be one of the best GIF search sites I’ve run across lately.
Use it. Love it. Bookmark it! Yay!!!
In case you didn’t know HBO released Catch the Throne, an official album of 10 rap tracks all about and inspired by the world and characters of Game of Thrones.
1. Big Boi – “Mother of Dragons”
2. Magazeen – “Iron Throne”
3. Bodega Bamz – “Win or Die”
4. Kilo Kish – “Magical Reality”
5. Daddy Yankee – “Born to Rule”
6. Dominik Omega – “Arya’s Prayer”
7. Snow – “Fire”
8. Dee Goodz – “The Parallel”
9. Common – “Interlude/The Ladder”
10. Wale – “King Slayer”
The free compilation is available for download via SoundCloud at SoundCloud.com/CatchTheThrone! Here’s ‘King Slayer’ by Wale:
Westeros is representin’!!
From the YouTube description:
In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever.
Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.
Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and will be available exclusively for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. The game is scheduled for release worldwide in 2014.