Monthly Archives: December 2011

The World In 2011: A (Brief) Year In Review

2011 was a huge year in world events. Social change was the biggest theme that permeated all throughout the world; from the Arab Spring revolutions in the Middle East to the Occupy movement in the Western world. Because of these events, TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year was awarded to “The Protester”, beating out prominent candidates like Ai Wei Wei, William McRaven, and Kate Middleton. Now, besides widespread protesting and struggles for social change, there were other key events that unfolded the past year; the “Occupy” movement, deaths of major figures in society, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, end of the Iraq War, and the world’s population reaching seven billion people.

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Jumping to Conclusions – Paul Christoforo vs The Internet

Recently, Paul Christoforo, a PR representative from a small PR firm by the name of Ocean Marketing came under fire for a series of hilariously unprofessional emails that were sent in response to a customer by the name of Dave and published by Mike Krahulik, whom you might know as the founder of the hugely popular Penny-Arcade. In an article written by Kyle Orland for MSNBC’s In-Game, Christoforo hopes of clearing his name and stepping away from the internet infamy he unwittingly created for himself.

Little does he know that some of his words from the interview have done wonders to further tarnish his already soiled name.

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Gunpoint: Celda 2

 

Before the Powers-That-Be shuttered me off to a column so I couldn’t do any real damage, I wrote a first draft of a review for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It sounded quite a bit more negative than I had intended, and I’d also managed to explain absolutely nothing about the game. Not to mention the damn thing was 1,000 words shorter than the eventual final draft which appears on the site.

In the interest of keeping things somewhat positive, I left out some of the smaller negatives and shortened a handful of my ravings. So, in no particular order, here are the (not so) fun parts.

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Review – The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

The big question about Steven Spielberg’s latest film “The Adventures of Tintin” is will it manage to strike a chord with American audiences who are oblivious to the character? Let’s face it, Tintin, the beloved intrepid reporter created by Belgian artist Herge, is famous across the Atlantic, but not many here in the States know of him. I wasn’t even aware of him before this collaboration between Spielberg and Peter Jackson was announced, and even though I’ve read a bit of the comics since, I wouldn’t exactly say that I was up on the whole Tintin phenomenon when the lights dimmed. However, the thing is, he should catch on, because “The Adventures of Tintin” is an compelling adventure yarn that anyone can have a good time watching, whether you know anything about him or not.

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GUFUyourself Brocast – Episode 3 | Happy Holidays Edition

Happy Holidays everyone!

No matter what you celebrate, even if you don’t celebrate anything at all, this is a time for spreading joy and happiness. And what better way to do that than with an all new episode of the GUFUyourself Brocast? In this episode, the GUFUyourself Brocast Crew discusses Persona 4, Saints Row: The Third, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Batman: Arkham City, favorite holiday moments from our GUFUyourself Forum members and the 2011 VGAs. So join Justin McBride, Phillip (Rayy) Hartmeyer, and three newcomers to the Brocast, Bruce (Ben) Minkoff, Sharat Virunchipuram and Brian Margheim along with your host, the electrifying Gagandeep Singh for another great episode of the often imitated, never duplicated GUFUyourself Brocast.

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Review – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

It would be easy to succumb to just comparing David Fincher’s English adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s wildly successful novel “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” to the superior Swedish original, but it isn’t necessary. Even when viewed on its own, the remake is at best a sub-par thriller, one that is well made from a technical standpoint but lacks any sort of substance that would make the mystery compelling or make us care for the people tackling it. Hell, it never really makes us feel like they are in any danger at all until the latter portions of the film. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo instead chooses to plod along and let things unfold because they have to, without taking time to shed light on characters or allow them to solve the mystery at hand.

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