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Still sick, but look Transfromers transforming

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Well that moment last week, when I was feeling better, didn’t last and I am back to sleeping, coughing, and sneezing. Going to see the doctor today, hopefully she can figure out whats going on. Ugh.

In other news I found the only Transformers movie that really matters over on io9. Its a compilation of all the transforming scenes in all the movies. While I do acknowledge that the movies are not the height of quality, I just don’t care, because I love Transformers transforming (aka big robot pr0n). Basically this youTube video is all the transforming money shots a girl could want. Enjoy.

Kickstarter Funded Projects

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Despite the lack of Kickstarting update posts, I still have quite an unhealthy habit of tossing my money at hopeful projects. Time for a quick update of my current funded projects. (Am leaving out the ones I have already posted about, oh and a few of the less nerdy ones.)

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Next Gundam Suit Model

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

gundam model choices endless waltz image - token female gamer girl gamer female gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerdNow that I finally finished my first Gundam Model, its time to pick the next, more challenging, project.

These are my two options, both are master grade and 1/100 scale, and both are from Endless Waltz, which is one of the super popular Gundam series. (My favorite is StarDust Memories!)

The real question is which one to pick. Wing Gundam XXXG-01W (pictured on the right) sports massive wings and seems to be able to perform a minor transformation into bird mode. Gundam Heavyarms XXXG-01H (pictured on the left) is the heavy infantry model with Gatling gun and missile launchers.

Both are quite awesome and I’m sure both will get done eventually. Maybe I should look at this as a chance to rewatch Mobile Suite Gundam – Endless Waltz and see which one is more badass in action. It has been an awfully long time since my first viewing.

Just checked and they dont have it on Netflix. I might check my local anime store, but they have been carrying fewer and fewer anime. K-Drama and J-Drama’s are taking over.

I do own Stardust Memories, on VHS. Yes I’m an old, old anime nerd. Might just have to dig out the VCR.

Geek and Sundry Season 2

Monday, April 29th, 2013

geek and sundry youtube channel your judgement is not my problem taking back the geek titel - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd i love gamingIn other fabulous April news (quick before the month is over!), Geek and Sundry has  been renewed for season 2 and its already begun airing brand new shows!! The announcement went live very close to April 1st, thankfully it wasn’t a joke and Geek and Sundry will remain alive and youtubing for another year. (Yes, I just turned youTube into a verb!)

Much of the show line up has changed and though I’m sad to see Sword and Laser go, I am super happy that Space Janitors finally has new episodes. It is by far the most entertaining show I’ve seen on youTube, probably ever. Then again I don’t go in for most of the reality based stuff that youTube panders.

But the best thing to come out of this announcement was the message that Felicia Day shared in her announcement video. After lamenting the commodification and hate mongering that has become the Geek online life, she made a call for taking it back, to honor the Geek we want to be regardless of anyone else’s opinion. “Your Judgment is not my problem” sums is up quite well and is a sentiment that I can fully support. Go Felicia Day!

Studio Ghibli’s Live Action Short Film

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

The trailer for this short film, directed by Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s Shinji Higuchi, from Studio Ghibli aired last summer, but now we can actually watch the whole thing. It was announced not only as the company’s first foray into live action, but also as an attempt to capture an old style of Japanese kaiju filmmaking. Including: no CGI. The God Warriors are the ultimate danger in the world of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and they’re no less ominous for being placed in Tokyo. [via The Mary Sue]

A really stunning debut, I just wish I spoke Japanese.

Kickstarting Wish

Friday, April 26th, 2013

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Oh Kickstarter, another sucker punch to my wallet. Zach Braff, of the very fabulous Scrubs, is kickstarting a movie called “Wish I was here”. As of this writing, the campaign has been live for all of two days and has almost reached the $2million goal. Its safe to say this movie is getting funded. =)

I was quite charmed by Scrubs, but Garden State wasn’t my favorite movie. Probably because I like my funny a little more happy. Which is why I waited two whole days to support this new venture! Actually once they added an advanced screening near me all my excuses for not spending money vanished in a very convenient puff of smoke.

Which means I now have a date to see a movie in 2014 sometime. I hope its good.

Veronica Mars Movie is a go!

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

veronica mars movie kickstarter total image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek nerd gamer i love gamingThe Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter has won kickstarter. By the end it reached a total of $5,702,153 and broke the record for most backers. Woooot, MOAR Veronica Mars!!! <3<3<3

While I am clearly excited that this will actually happen, the over all feeling surrounding this particular Kickstarter seems to be ambiguous. Though this is not the first movie to be Kickstarter funded, it is the first one backed by a major studio. Why does a movie studio need to get crowd funding if it then receives all the profits? Are they receiving profits?

It will be incredibly interesting to see what happens when the movie is released. Clearly the studio has no faith in it making any money as they looked to crowd funding for much of the budget, but what if it does become a huge hit?

Maybe they would make a sequel. =D

Happy Veronica Pi Day

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The Veronica Mars thing has been so distracting I totally forgot about Pi day. FOR SHAME! So happy Pi day everyone. (Thats all I got, pitiful, I know!)

In other Veronica Mars news, the Kickstarter offered more bit parts in the movie for exorbitant amounts of money and once again they are all sold out (over $3million now). My yearly budget is very happy that I wasn’t able to snatch any of those up, but my inner dreamer is crying. ~sob~

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Was just wondering, is there a movie you guys would pay $10k to have a small speaking part in?

Veronica Mars, $2 Million in a Day

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Holy shit, the Veronica Mars Movie Project is happening and all it took was a day. I can only imagine the scrambling that is going on behind the scenes trying to figure out some interesting stretch goals. Not that the fans don’t have plenty of suggestions, it is the internet after all.

With thirty more days to go, it will be interesting to see how much they end up making. As it stands right now there are still so many people giving money, you can literally watch the numbers increase. Its rather mesmerizing.

Someone tell Joss Whedon! Who knows, maybe a Firefly movie will show up someday on Kickstarter. Better start saving my money now!

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This movie is happening!

Power to the fans. =P

The Veronica Mars Movie Project – Kickstarter

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

OMG WHY AM I NOT FILTHY RICH?!?!!? Probably because I would spend it all on frivolous things like being in the Veronica Mars Movie!!!

In all seriousness I am completely happy with my financial standing, but every now and then a spare $10,000 would really be sort of nice for random dream fulfillment moments like getting the chance to be IN the Veronica Mars movie!!!!! Yup the top tier Kickstarter reward is a speaking part in the movie. Clearly I am not the only crazy fan who is willing to throw money at this project because EVERY tier above $500 is sold out. Ever single one.

This movie is happening!

Now I have to go rewatch the show. I might not be in the movie (sniff sniff) but I can at least support its awesomeness. =D

Derailed-olutions

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

I always try to do the whole new years resolution thing, but find, like most people, that I simply don’t manage. Mostly old habits are hard to overcome, but its also the time of year. Why is it so crazy after new year? Didn’t we just leave the crazy Winter Holiday time behind?

Well, I can say for certain that the whole stomach flu put a wrench in things and now my whole life is about a week behind. Thankfully I’m feeling all better. Now to find motivation. Isn’t that always the thing, finding motivation. Thus failed resolutions are the norm.

My usual resolution for TFG is to do more reviews and this year is really no different. Looking at my to be reviewed list, it occurs to me that maybe its time to change the name of this blog to ‘games I played last year’ since my delay time seems to run about a year. But those changes also require motivation. (Ha!) But a by line is easy to change.

Thus I shall continue onward in my quest to find motivation and finish all those darn reviews. (Double HA!)

I leave you with this awesome video of Mindstorm genius (LEGO!) Watch it! http://youtu.be/QwGM-DxJwTg

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Kickstarting into 2013

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

~sigh~

Clearly, I’m in a full fledged writing slump. Not that I’m very surprised by my apparent apathy. The end of thirty days of posting seems to have this effect on me. Pair that with holiday hangover and I can barely manage to drag myself out of bed, much less scrape together the brain power to write something worth reading. (I’m seriously trying here!)

But its time to get back in gear, lest what little skill I do have atrophy, so I’m going the least brain power required route with the Kickstarter update!

Yup, Kickstarter sucked me back in and roped me into supporting two new computer games. I still can’t decide if I’m just being overly optimistic or totally wasting money, I mean computer games are notorious for running late and over budget. Frankly I’m still baffled by how little money all these developers are asking for. Yeah, sure, its millions of dollars, but lets just remember that SWToR cost over $250 million to make. This perspective makes me wonder if these games will ever even see the light of day. Okay, totally rambling. Onward!

godus Kickstarter project god game peter molynuex pledge image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geekGodus is a new God Game from Peter Molyneux at 22cans. The description makes the game sound like a reinvention of Populous with the ability to shape terrain and influence your followers. The main point being that you get to be a god and lead your followers to glory. This wasn’t really an instant sell for me. Curiosity is what finally convinced me to sign up; Peter Molyneux has been making various version of god games for a long time, which speaks to his experience with the genre, but it also makes me wonder what he is trying to achieve. Maybe this version will be the One.

war for the overworld game kickstarter project funded dungeon keeper remake pledge image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geekI am actually far more excited about War of the Overworld, which is to be a reinvention of Dungeon Keeper (ironically also a Peter Molyneux game). I was a huge fan of Dungeon Keeper back in the day, so anything even remotely related sounds interesting to me. My only (small) concern is that the developer is a new studio. I really hope this not only gets released, but that they do justice to the fun that was Dungeon Keeper.

Though both of these projects have already been funded, they are offering lots of post-kickstarter ways to still help contribute financially.

Lastly, another one of the projects I funded, Education Abroad: a Korean Drama, has completed and is now airing their shows on the youtubes. =D

Day 49 – Sci-Fi or Fantasy

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Both is really my preferred answer, but since that isn’t quite accurate I will attempt to be more specific. As I am a huge fan of both genres, in much more then games, it took a while to figure out that I do really have a preference.

In movies and TV I strongly lean in the Sci-Fi direction, while books are much more middle ground. But in games I seem to prefer the fantasy setting, its certainly what I play the most of.

This is very likely related to my proclivity for role-playing game, which are often in a fantasy setting, rather then the more sci-fi first person shooters. But I’m not sure if my preference is because of game mechanics or genre preference.

Whatever the case, my final answer is fantasy. =)

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Day 47 – Favorite game adaptation

Monday, December 17th, 2012

tom braider movie poster image game adaptation - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geekVideo game movie adaptations are pretty much universally terrible. Thankfully I really like bad movies, especially since many of these adaptations have crossed that line into ‘so terrible its funny’.

But there are a few that were enjoyable for simply being fun and entertaining. My favorite is probably ‘Tomb Raider’. Angelina Jolie does a great job of being an action star, and I’m always a sucker for an intelligent, kick ass, female heroine. My runners up are ‘Mortal Kombat’ and ‘Resident Evil’.

Let me clarify, these are not great movies, but they still managed to represent their games fairly well and be quite entertaining. Frankly, with the selection of game movies that are out there (~cough~ Dungeon Siege movie ~cough~) these three movies are masterpieces.lego star wars 2 the original trilogy box image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek

The TVtropes site has an interesting write up about why video game movies suck and how animated versions tend to be better received. Well worth a read for deeper insight.

While games don’t seem to adapt as well into other mediums, the opposite direction is often much more successful. Two of my favorites are Lego Star Wars and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. Both are super fun games that represent their various genres extremely well.

Double Fine’s Entertaining Package

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

It has been incredibly interesting to watch the transformation of Double Fine. I don’t know if this was happening before their Kickstarter, but since then they seen to be evolving into a full-fledged entertainment service. No more do they simply offer games, they are documenting the entire process of creating games and sharing it with all their lucky viewers.

Though lots of developers have been doing video diaries, Double Fine has taken that idea and blown it up into a full-fledged documentary. I would be tempted to call this transparent development, but I am really not sure how much of it ends up being scripted, how much gets left out, and how much is shown out of order. Video is a wonderful media, but lets face it, editing can really change a lot. =)

Now I realize one Kickstarter a trend does not make. It was this latest Double Fine contribution, the Amnesia Fortnight offering at Humble Bundle, which put solid weight on the transparent development idea. Then again, in this age of reality TV, it’s not surprising that a game development company would branch out into this medium.

Is this a bid for fame or a way to provide a more stable income for a small development company? I’m not sure. It does remind me of the Penny Arcade guys, who have expanded far beyond a simple web comic; in business terms, diversifying ones portfolio. It worked beautifully for the PA guys, so why not Double Fine.

It will be interested to see if this is sustainable. Being filmed takes time, which means time away from game development. Will production time be impacted by all the video work?

Ultimately if this helps a small developer like Double Fine stay afloat for longer, then good for them. And I will admit, even though I am not a huge reality TV fan, seeing the inner workings of how they create games at Double Fine is really interesting.