Daily Archives: 11/30/2011

2011 – a completionist’s tale

Yep, that's me that they're shooting. Fun times...

“Gears of War 3”, “Uncharted 3”, “Warhammer 40K: Space Marine”, “Singularity”, “Bulletstorm” – campaigns done and dusted, multiplayer mostly left untouched (still making progress through “Uncharted 3”, really should try out some more “Space Marine”).

What have you finished this year – and is finishing games important to you?  If you’re not enjoying something, do you just put it down or persist with it in the hope that it gets better?

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“Doctor Who”, Christmas Day, 7pm anybody?

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This year’s Christmas episode of “Doctor Who” finally has a place in the schedule.

After you’ve eaten yourself insensible on the banquet of your choice, avoided doing the washing up and fallen out with all of your family, you can settle down to “The Doctor, The Widow & The Wardrobe” at 7pm on BBC One in the UK.

And play Twister (c) with your Cyber-Mates, too. Yay!

 

 

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“Ender’s Game” movie happening, whether you like it or not…

Don't let Keith Vaz get his paws on this book...

Empire is reporting that the long-gestating adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s “Enders Game” novel might be getting some serious star power.

Harrison Ford starry enough for you?

The film has been in proverbial development hell for a good few years now – I believe that I recall hearing talk of an adaptation back when Card’s novelization of James Cameron’s “The Abyss” was published back in 1989 – but technology seems to have caught up with the novel’s themes and can now do Card’s future world justice.

Ignoring some of Card’s predictably Conservative politics and focussing instead on the film to come – which already has a release date in March 2013 – what can we expect of this tale of small children being trained to wage war against an alien menace?

Well, the fact that Gavin Hood is directing it may give some pause for thought.  He last brought you the not especially well thought of “X Men Origins: Wolverine”.  I know, not a good outing but not entirely his fault – that film was anecdotally micro-managed to the point of absurdity (repainting bits of the set to make them brighter, anyone?) and was probably not the movie that anyone – fans or creative folks – wanted to make.  His other work – which includes “Tsotsi” and “Rendition” is better and more representative of him.

It’s a brave man who takes on a movie project like this – Card is not celebrated for his ability to keep himself to himself and the violence in the book would make this an untenable film unless it was significantly toned down – it’s a movie focussing on genocide, with predominantly child actors beating the crap out of each other in a hellish military school.  We’re talking R-rating territory here.

I’ve seen more unlikely pitches for movies, but none that were on quite this scale.  Time will tell, I suppose.

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