Gallery: Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man

pac-man-machinesGallery: Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man

In 1977, 22 year-old Tōru Iwatani started his career with a computer software company called Namco. He had an idea about creating a video game based on the concept of eating. Over the course of 1979 Iwatani and a nine-man team would work on “Pakkuman.” The original Japanese title was inspired by the Japanese onomatopoeic slang phrase “paku-paku taberu” where paku-paku describes the sound of the mouth movement when widely opened and then closed in succession.

Among his team was programmer Shigeo Funaki, a hardware engineer and Toshio Kai who worked on the sound and music. With this game, Iwatani wanted to appeal to a wider audience beyond the typical demographics, primarily women who weren’t often seen in arcades at the time.

At the same time of development, Namco was creating “Rally X,” both “Rally X” and “Pakkuman” were demonstrated at a Tokyo game show. People were head-over-heels for “Rally X,” and many people didn’t have high hopes for this bizarre game about eating dots. Namco launched the game in Japan in 1980, where it received a lukewarm response. “Space Invaders” was the most popular game at the time, and “Pakkuman” wasn’t changing that anytime soon.
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Top 10: Upcoming 2014 Films you may have not heard of, but should have

Selma Movie (2)Top 10: Upcoming 2014 Films you may have not heard, but should have

Now that all the big summer blockbusters are simmering down, we can begin to settle into the warmth of studios putting their best films on display to garner awards-attention. December is jam-packed this year, and many potentially great movies have yet to even produce a trailer.

What we have put together here is a list of ten films that are either receiving too little advertisement, or no advertisement at all. However, some have been seen at festivals and given strong reviews, and others have a lot of potentially gifted talent both in front of and behind the camera.

So here are our Top 10 Upcoming 2014 Films you may not have heard of, but should of, keep in mind with such little advertisement so close to release, sometimes studios push their films forward into next year, a lot of films on this list could have that happen to them at any given moment.
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Analysis: Is “Destiny” a disappointment?

Destiny-E3-2014-Story-Trailer-largeAnalysis: Is “Destiny” a disappointment?

On June 19, 2000, Microsoft announced that they had acquired Bungie Software and that Bungie would be part of the Microsoft Game Division under the name Bungie Studios. “Halo,” originally planned to be released solely for PC gaming, would become a Xbox exclusive. The greatest exclusive franchise to ever land on the Xbox consoles. Acquiring Bungie would be, financially, a strong decision for Microsoft. The sequel, “Halo 2,” also left a legacy on the video game industry, and made more than $125 million on its release day setting a record in the entertainment industry. “Halo 3″ would break that record, earning $170 million on its opening day.

On October 1, 2007, Microsoft and Bungie announced that Bungie was splitting off from its parent and becoming a privately held limited liability company named Bungie LLC. Microsoft would retain a minority stake and continue to partner with Bungie on publishing and marketing both “Halo” and future projects, with the “Halo” intellectual property belonging to Microsoft.
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Golden Globes: 2015 Golden Globe Predictions post-TIFF

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You wouldn’t think it, but there is a significant different in the mind of an Academy voter and a Hollywood Foreign Press voter.  To end an excellent festival, “The Imitation Game” went home with the TIFF Audience Award. One of the runner-up films was “St. Vincent” another Weinstein film that should farewell in the comedy categories at the Globes.

We went ahead and updated everything, including television categories as we start seeking into a new Fall season for shows.

Click on the category to see our full list of ranked predictions with alternatives and dark horses. Contenders are listed here alphabetically. You can see all of our full predictions here.

Motion Picture – Drama
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Unbroken

Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
The Skeleton Twins
St. Vincent
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Oscar: 2015 Oscar Predictions post-TIFF

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Now that the Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close, we have to all look back and reconstruct our Oscar predictions. The next big festival is the New York Film Festival where mysterious Paul Thomas Anderson film “Inherent Vice” will premiere.

We’re still quite early into doing all of this. But contenders are starting to fill out in various categories. Next Oscar update will include Original Song, Foreign Film, and Documentary as well.

So here is where we stand with our current predictions. Click on the category to see our full list of ranked predictions with alternatives and dark horses. Contenders are listed here alphabetically. You can see all of our full predictions here.

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Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
Interstellar
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
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Analysis: Television Mysteries

Leftovers-episode-5Analysis: Television Mysteries

On June 29th, a new show premiered on HBO called “The Leftovers.” It was met with moderately positive reviews, critics only faulting it for its overbearing, depressing tone. The finale will air on Sunday and the show is a mystery, asking a lot of questions and answering very little.

The ads for “The Leftovers” were intriguing, so I jumped over to Metacritic to see if it’d be worth my time. The critic’s reviews were alright, but the user reviews were brutally negative, which was odd because only critics had screened the first few episodes. There were several 0/10 reviews from users, without first-grade grammar education, condemning the new show simply because Damon Lindelof was involved.
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Festival Circuit: Oscar potentials “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game,” and “Wild” rock Telluride

birdman-trailer-keaton-nortonFestival Circuit: Oscar potentials “Birdman,” The Imitation Game,” and “Wild” rock Telluride

Every year the summer blockbusters begin to simmer down. September comes along and studios start the long campaigning for their chosen films. Historically, the Venice Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival can  jump the award season.

Last year, Oscar rivals “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” exploded out of Telluride with rave reviews. This year there are two films sharing the word “Oscar” in many tweets from Colorado. Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman.”

Other notable films that met some positive feedback were Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild” and Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater.”

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