Critical thinking, an analytical quality that is required, at various lengths, of every existing video game. Before video games told complex interactive stories or pitted players from around the world, in an arena against each other, video games acted as mental tests, some more difficult than others.
“Tetris” was, and is, one of the greatest mental tests of its medium. It has, on several occasions, been the subject of academic research. Vladimir Polkhilko was the first clinical psychologist to conduct experiments using “Tetris.” It has been used in several fields including theory of computation, algorithmic theory, and cognitive psychology.
Preview: The Potential of “Evolve”
Valve Corporation published “Left 4 Dead” and the subsequent sequel “Left 4 Dead 2.” After acquiring Turtle Rock Studios in 2008, Valve would shut down the company. Some time after the release of “Left 4 Dead.” Turtle Rock Studios had only a few remaining team members who developed an iPhone maintenance app called “Garage Buddy,” shortly after this release they put up a new website declaring their reformation.
It wasn’t long after, in 2011, when Turtle Rock Studios begun aggressive hiring for their next major title. In May 2011 THQ acquired the rights to a “first-person shooter game” that was being developed by Turtle Rock Studios. THQ head Danny Bilson was enthusiastic and said “Those guys are really smart. They were the Left 4 Dead team and that was fun. This one’s wild. I can’t wait to share that one. People are going to go nuts. It’s the most well-thought out design from beginning I’ve ever seen.”
Top 20: Alfred Hitchcock Films
Alfred Hitchcock is the greatest filmmaker of all time. This is a claim that very few people would ever argue with. His films challenged the limitations of technology and delivered subject matter that many had never seen before.
The list, at a glance, displays some of the all-time greatest films. Many of them are downright masterpieces. So here is our list of the top 20 Alfred Hitchcock films of all time.
It was big news in 2012 when the esteemed Sight & Sound critic’s poll, coordinated by the British Film Institute, had “Vertigo” dethroning “Citizen Kane” as the best film of all time. “Vertigo” received mixed reviews upon its initial release, but is now widely considered one of the most defining works of Hitchcock’s career.
In 2008 it was ranked 40th to the best film of all time by Empire Magazine. In addition to implementing new, innovative filmmaking ideas, including the famous push-pull camera effect, the film is, to this day, regarded as a monumental cinematic achievement.
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Video Game Review: The Wolf Among Us
Telltale made a giant leap into the video game industry in 2012, when it’s five-episode series “The Walking Dead,” based off of Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel series of the same name, was christened “Game of the Year” from an assortment of publications. Shortly after they distributed another five-episode series adapted from another graphic novel titled “Fables” by Bill Willingham.
In “The Wolf Among Us” you play as Bigby, more commonly known as The Big Bad Wolf. In this story, characters who originated in many classic fables make appearances attempt to live normal lives in a New York-style city named Fabletown. In order to live these normal lives a fable must obey the town’s laws, which includes use a magic called “glamour” in order to disguise themselves as the average, run-of-the-mill citizen.
TV Gallery: Seinfeld In 1989 a group of two dozen NBC executives gathered in Burbank, California to screen the pilot of a television show called “The Seinfeld Chronicles”. The pilot was a 23-minute episode created by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, known then for his stand-up acts, an appearance in a Rodney Dangerfield HBO Special, and a small recurring role in “Benson”, and a popular “Saturday Night Live” writer: Larry David. During this screening there wasn’t explosions of laughter like in previous screenings with “The Cosby Show” or “The Golden Girls”, which made many executives pretty nervous. Warren Littlefield, second-in-command for NBC’s entertainment division stated “There was a sense this was something different. The room embraced the humor and the attitude”, while Littlefield’s boss Brandon Tartikoff was not convinced that the show would work. Continue reading
Preview: The Potential of “Big Eyes”
“Big Eyes” is good, or so say the small group of people who have seen early test screenings of the film. The consensus doesn’t exactly rave about, nor does it shame the film – it is good they say. Keep in mind you can never fully grasp the quality of a film from such a small group of people, it helps but we will only know “Big Eyes” full potential once it has premiered to a larger audience, perhaps at a festival.
The movie is based on a true story. We follow Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), a man who became a national celebrity after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kid kids. He claimed to be the artist, but he wasn’t. His wife, Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) painted them from their basement. This broke up their marriage and let to a court battle, Walter claiming that his wife was crazy. It all ended when the judge put up two easels, side by side, and challenged each of them to paint a “big eyes” painting. Walter claimed he had a shoulder injury and couldn’t do it, while Margaret drew a big-eyed painting right there.
Emmys: Early Winner Predictions
Hit “Continue Reading” to see all the winners we predict for the 2014 Primetime Emmys in EVERY SINGLE CATEGORY. From Technical Direction, to Costumes, to Choreography, every single winner is predicted here. Click here for a full list of nominees.
Best Television Series – Drama
Current Leader: Breaking Bad
Best Television Series – Comedy
Current Leader: Orange is the New Black
Best Lead Actor – Drama
Current Leader: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Best Lead Actress – Drama
Current Leader: Robin Wright, House of Cards
Best Lead Actor – Comedy
Current Leader: Louis CK, Louie
Best Lead Actress – Comedy
Current Leader: Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black