Last week's episode of Lost, "Sundown," continued a string of solid, mostly enjoyable episodes. Yet still, it's hard to shake the feeling that this season is still finding its footing. We're a third of the way in now, and it feels like almost the entirety of that third has been spent strategically moving actors into different locations, all to presumably set up for the events of the rest of the season.
This year, the Academy expanded the Best Picture nominations from five to ten,
providing a glimmer of hope for the genre films -- it's a step in the
right direction, but the Oscar machine still manages to trample
multitudes of attention-worthy films. Why are so many deserving pictures ignored? Two major reasons:
That's right: KMFDM
Last summer, Harmonix announced a bold new strategy to enable artists, labels, management, or other authorized hangers-on to upload music to something called the Rock Band Network for sale as downloadable content in the Rock Band video game. Since then, business has turned a little sour for the music-game genre, but: the RBN is up and operational!
Valve, who are basically the best video-game development house, like, ever, have announced the sequel to their wonderful 2007 first-person puzzler Portal. We're excited, but we're not going to make any references to "cake" or "the party submission position" or the companion cube or anything like that, though, as GLaDOS's lines have been abused enough by the internet by now. Portal 2 will release this fall.
The doorstop-size fantasy tomes in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series should be on the bookshelf of every avid geek-lit reader. Martin's clever story-crafting might better be classed as magical realism rather than fantasy; it's as much about political intrigue as it is about dragons.
Last week's Lost was not a bad little episode; we got some nice character moments getting to know a not-excruciating parallel version of Jack, and we got to see that mirror device thingie, which may or may not be important going forward. The hot theory right now based on that episode is that, far from the savior everyone thinks he is, Jacob is actually the show's bad guy, and Locke/Smokey is the real hero.
Two years ago, Patrick Kierkegaard of the University of Essex asserted that video-games reduce violent tendencies. Today, there’s a new study making the rounds that claims video-games cause aggressive behavior. Craig Anderson of Iowa State has been studying this topic for years and has performed a variety of studies on gamers of all ages
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