M10s: 2017 M10 Award Winners

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Best Film
Arrival
La La Land
The Handmaiden
Hell or High Water
Jackie
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
OJ: Made in America
Silence
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2017 M10 Award Nominations

oj2017 M10 Award Nominations

Film Categories

Best Film
Arrival
La La Land
The Handmaiden
Hell or High Water
Jackie
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
OJ: Made in America
Silence
Toni Erdmann
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How “Life is Strange” devastated me

maxresdefaultHow “Life is Strange” devastated me

“Post-Game Depression” is what I heard it referred to on the “Life is Strange” subreddit where people shared their feelings of hopelessness and despair following the Dontrod hit game series.

I’ve experienced this before. It happened when I finished the “Mass Effect” franchise as well as when one of my favorite shows “Community” concluded. There have been games and shows that I’ve loved more, and I could definitely rank several games over “Life is Strange,” but even with those I haven’t felt this kind of post-depression.

For those who’ve played, “Life is Strange” lets you pick between two tragic endings. And the endings aren’t bad like it was for “Mass Effect 3,” or even the saddest outcome I’ve seen in a video game. No, it wasn’t the ending, it was the world. I was brought into Arcadia Bay, I was nosy and explored everything and everywhere, read every journal entry, conversed with all the characters. The characters were diverse, unique, and I got to know them.

Then it was over.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, when post-depression happens, it’s not a result of the destination, but of the journey. Back when I was crippled by not being able to visit the “Mass Effect” characters anymore, I learned that to cure this depression you have to keep playing. You have to keep watching.

And though I could replay “Life is Strange,” I will never experience it for the first time again, but that’s okay. It’s rare, but there will be other games, and other shows, that will have a world worth the depression. I am continually astounded at how art can change and evolve us at an emotional level.

It wasn’t perfect, but I loved “Life is Strange.” I will recommend it with caution to my friends and family. I will likely never play it again, but I will find that same kind of rare investment in the future. And I can’t wait for that to happen.

Pokémon Go – changing the way you play smart phone games

pokemon-go-nick_statt-screenshots-2.0Pokémon Go – changing the way you play smart phone games

I was, and still am a huge “Pokémon” fan. So it warms my heart to see the franchise reinvent itself in what could be the most popular Smart Phone game since “Angry Birds.”

Pokémon was met with insurmountable popularity in the late 90s. I know, I contributed greatly to its popularity. I loved the card game, the series, the Gameboy games, pretty much everything about the mysterious world. But with popularity invariably comes controversy.

The franchise was met with hate by church groups, episodes of the show were censored, and soon, accompanied by popularity, it became one of the most controversial franchises of its magnitude.

The controversy, and even the popularity probably weren’t in executive director Satoshi Tajiri’s mind when he sculpted the franchise. The idea for Pokémon stemmed from Tajiri’s fascination with insect collecting, which he loved to do as a kid. Continue reading

Initial Reaction: “Overwatch” Beta

Overwatch-29Initial Reaction: “Overwatch” beta

I’ll be honest. I grew up with Macs, so therefore, I never became much of a PC gamer.  In result, I never played many of the classic games from Blizzard Entertainment. I never played any of the “Diablo” franchise, nor did I ever fall for the “World of Warcraft.”

In fact, the last Blizzard game I played, and absolutely loved, was “Lost Vikings” for Sega Genesis. That games was sick.

Anyways, “Overwatch” is nothing like “Diablo” or “World of Warcraft.” In a way, Blizzard has moved from MMO RPGs to a versus multiplayer game in “Overwatch.” So far, my initial reaction from the online beta, is that this game is great, but could overstay its welcome.

Blizzard Entertainment co-founder Michael Morhaime said the intention of “Overwatch” was to “create an awesome FPS experience that’s more accessible to a much wider audience while delivering the action and depth that shooter fans love.” From my experience shooters without campaigns or story modes have action, but lack depth.
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Gallery: Sonic the Hedgehog

soniccartridgeGallery: Sonic the Hedgehog

You can’t tell the story of a company’s mascot without knowing the history of the company first. The story of Sega begins where most good stories begin – World War II.

During WWII the number of men stationed at military bases had increased. Businessmen Martin Bromley, Irving Bromberg, and James Humpert saw a potential market regarding how soldiers spent their spare time.

They formed a company called “Standard Games” in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their company provided military bases with coin-operated amusement machines most of which were slot machines.800px-Slot_machines_at_Wookey_Hole_CavesAfter the war the company changed their name to “Service Games” when they started seeing Japan (which was under Allied occupation) as a potential market. Well, in 1951 the government of the United States started outlawing slot machines. The company moved their base to Tokyo and changed their name again to “Service Games of Japan.”
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2016 M10 Award Winners

mad-max-fury-road-image-tom-hardy-52016 M10 Award Winners

The full list of 2016 nominees and winners are below.

Check out previous M10 Award Winners:
2014 Nominees and Winners
2015 Nominees and Winners

Film Categories

Best Film
Anomalisa
Carol
Ex Machina
45 Years
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Son of Saul
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
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SN: Video Game movies need to make money this year

Assassins-Creed-1SN: Video Game movies need to make money this year

I’m talking specifically about “Warcraft” and “Assassin’s Creed” to films coming out in 2016 that are based off of very successful games. Both of which are likely to make little money, especially given the history of Video Game movies.

“Prince of Persia: Sands of Time” was the most financially successful video game movie, and it was still considered a box office bomb. And after so many failed attempts can we really expect the film industry, which is about business first and art second, to invest more money into these adaptations?
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Annoucement: 3rd Annual M10 Nominations

maxresdefault-1Announcement: 3rd Annual M10 Nominations

Film Categories

Best Film
Anomalisa
Carol
Ex Machina
45 Years
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Son of Saul
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
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SN: “Halo 5: Guardians” and the lack of split-screen.

halo_5_warzone_gamescom_2015_3SN: “Halo 5: Guardians” and the lack of split-screen

Played “Halo 5.” Had fun. Played next to my fiancée, on our separate televisions, our separate Xbox Ones (that took awhile to save up for), with an unfortunate digital copy so we could share the game between consoles (all my other “Halo” hard copies now look lonely).

Being an older, more nostalgic, “Halo” player; initially hearing about the lack of split-screen multiplayer was shocking, and at the time I had been pretty verbal about my disappointment in 343 and the franchise.

I forgot.
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