"Having eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge, we are separate from nature because we have acquired the ability to reflect on it and on ourselves - we are expelled from the garden of Paradise. And we can't go back, because an angel with a fiery sword stands in the way; if we want to regain the bliss we felt when we were at one with things, we have to go not back but forward, says Kleist, all the way round the world in fact, and re-enter Paradise through the back door, as it were." … [Read more...] about Picture books and video games: a backdoor into childhood
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Game Over Yeah! - Sega RallyIt's long been a belief of mine that more video games should have their own theme tunes, and Sega Rally's got one of the best of the lot - the absurdly titled, joyously upbeat My Dear Friend Rally. It's another ditty from Sega's mud-caked 1995 classic that's stuck in the collective consciousness, though - that syrupy 'Game Over, Yeah!' screen that echoed out across arcades of yesteryear. It's a weirdly upbeat way to let you know you've failed, but such was the sunshine goodness of Sega's output in its 90s pomp. … [Read more...] about Five of the Best: Game Over screens
The problem is, not all threats are characterised by moustache-stroking, suited villains. Sometimes maliciousness just exists, and is closer than you think. District X in the comics shows the grotty underbelly of mutant society and the impact they’ve had on humans. With Logan enjoying its own gritter setting, the mutant ghetto is a good opportunity to show just how grim a superhero movie can be. Drugs and superpowers aren’t incompatible, especially when humans have been buying Mutant Growth Hormone (MGH), a drug harvested from the blood of those with superpowers. Giving them the same powers as the mutant it was taken from, the comics show the markets crashing due to the X-gene disappearing from all the MGH vials and people get desperate. Remaining mutants can sell their blood to dealers for exorbitant prices, but the comics make a point of showing that they’re literally putting a price tag on their morals as MGH ‘burns out’ humans. A perfect crucible for … [Read more...] about The secret to saving the X-Men movie franchise is hidden in the comics – here’s how to do it
Shadow showdownSome of us are humble. Modest. Well, not really, but we do like to stay out of the limelight (or the sunlight, in Vampyr’s case) and pick off enemies as and when we choose. Say hello to the shadow branch, where you’ll be using the darkness and your vampiric charm to quell threats before they even know you’re there. Using shadows and hiding will allow you to escape detection. Possibly including a chameleon-type skill which allows you to blend into the darkness, Reid can survey his targets from the shadows using these abilities. … [Read more...] about Stop it Vampyr, you’re bloody spoiling us: 4 types of vampire (so far) and 3 ways to rip people apart?!