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25 May 19
Jill's Book Blog

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, […]

25 May 19
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AdVind alles over downloads snel & eenvoudig op Startpagina.nl! Ramboat 2 – Soldier Shooting Game 4 Apk + Mod for Android Money Offline. A new Ramboat shooter adventure, a new war where to prove you’re the hero soldier who will defeat the Coronel and his army! Star Chef: Cooking & Restaurant Game Apk v + […]

25 May 19
The AIM Network

By Dr George Venturini   The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle is another example of stage-managed event, from the announcement of their engagement to their union. It may be worth considering it not so much because of the un-usualness of the bride, but above all for the extravagant display which seems inconsistent with […]

25 May 19
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Download this game from Microsoft Store for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Team (Surface Hub), HoloLens. See screenshots, read the latest customer reviews For these games to work on Your Wii You must have it Unlocked with a special software tool OR a Mod-Chip has to be force you to enter Capcha images […]

25 May 19
PPGuru

Here I am with another journal entry into the world of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. For the past two weeks, I have reviewed half the offerings of this year’s stack which worked out to 51 titles given away in various categories, plus a DC added another title called Year of The Villain that costed a […]

24 May 19
K at the Movies

Currently the lightning mouse detective is taking the world by storm. So far, the initial response seems vaguely positive which as a video game adaptation…we take those. Video game film adaptations have a notorious history of being less than stellar. Most for reasons spanning from failing to understand the value of player autonomy in certain […]

24 May 19
The Social Butterfly

For me, last night was one of the best nights so far at The Grand Social. The night was filled with some truly great music that had the crowd in great spirit!

24 May 19
VentureBeat
Paramount has delayed the Sonic the Hedgehog movie from November 8 this year to February 14, 2020. This is so the animation team has time to redesign Sonic’s look following backlash from the film’s first trailer, which featured an oddly realistic take on iconic Sega character. As a Sonic fan since my early childhood, I’m glad this fix is happening. But a lot of people don’t share my sentiment. I see colleagues and friends on places like Twitter saying that this is another example of “whiny fans” throwing a tantrum and getting their way, making unfair work for artists that are forced to abandon their original vision. This perspective in part comes from our experience with video games, where we’ve seen things like Mass Effect 3’s entire ending change after backlash from fans. We’re also becoming concerned (rightly) about the amount of crunch happening in game development. We’re hearing stories about stressful and unhealthy working conditions at studios like Rockstar Games and BioWare. But the idea that this change will resulting visual effects crunch was always an assumption. Sonic’s design change for the movie was announced weeks before the film delay. At that point, the idea that this would result in crunch at visual effects studios seemed plausible. But it always felt more likely that the movie would be delayed, and now that’s exactly what has happened. That could give the FX artists time to implement the new Sonic in the film without working extra hours. I don’t know how this change will impact the working conditions of film people. I’m not a movie person, that’s not my field. It is my understanding that visual effects are one of the few sectors of Hollywood that is not unionized, so those artists do not enjoy the same protections as actors or other on-set workers. That’s a good reason for people to feel anxious about all this in the first place. Director Jeff Fowler is aware of all this. He addressed these concerns directly in his tweet announcing the delay, including a hashtag that reads “no FX artists were harmed in the making in this movie.” Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right.#novfxartistswereharmedinthemakingofthismovie pic.twitter.com/gxhu9lhU76 — Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 24, 2019 That’s not exactly a legally binding promise, but it’s something. But when it comes to the labor behind this change, we just don’t know. A history of dumb redesigns But as for the artistic integrity of it? I have a harder time sympathizing there. Someone made a bad decision when they created or OK’d Sonic’s redesign. Bad decisions have consequences. Sonic’s original design is still the best. Sonic’s first design is my favorite. He’s likable, readable from any angle, and oozes personality. This version of the character took inspiration from classic cartoons like Mickey Mouse and (especially) Felix the Cat. These round, simple characters are appealing. But Sega just couldn’t leave well enough alone. Sonic’s first major redesign happened for Sonic Adventure’s release in 1999, giving the character longer limbs, extending his spikes, and smoothing out his appealing roundness. Sonic Generations, which has this newer take on Sonic onscreen at the same time as the original, makes it painfully obvious which one looks better. Sega hasn’t stopped fussing with Sonic, sometimes going back to that original, classic look, and sometimes taking things even farther like with the bizarre, lanky version of the character made for the Sonic Boom line of games and cartoons. When fans first saw this version of the character, the reaction was mostly negative. Now that the cartoon is over, we’ll probably never see this ugly take on Sonic again. Ugh. When making a Sonic movie, you have all of these designs to pull from. An artist, even one tasked with making an original take on the character, should be able to have an idea of what has worked and what hasn’t. But the first version of Sonic made for the movie is such a monster that it makes the Sonic Boom design look great by comparison. Sonic has an unsettling musculature and human teeth, but he still manages to have proportions that don’t look “realistic” or anything like his video game appearances. It’s a mess. And when people saw this version of the Sonic, they reacted. They said it was bad because it is bad. I’m not sure how that is whining. Art and money It’s also a stretch to play the “will someone please think of the artistic vision” card for what looks like such a soulless Hollywood cash grab. We likely got this Sonic abomination design because he’s the product of a committee. He was made by number-crunchers who badly miscalculated how attached people are to Sonic’s video game appearances. That’s the only reason why this redesign is happening. It’s all numbers and money. The people in charge of making this decision saw that the first trailer had more likes and dislikes on YouTube and panicked. They ran the numbers and figured that the movie would likely bomb if released as it is, so it would be worth the extra money it would cost to redesign the character and delay the film. This kind of move isn’t unprecedented in films. The original Shrek had to change a bunch of animation for its lead character when, at the last moment, Mike Myers decided he wanted to give the titular ogre a Scottish accent. Look, I love Sonic. I don’t want his first movie to be a laughing stock. If this change can make the film better, than I’m all for it. Artists should be free to alter things based on public feedback. If I was working on this movie, and then saw everyone say it looked awful, I would like the opportunity to fix it. That’s why I don’t understand the idea that they’re being bullied into this change. First off, forgive me for not feeling too bad about the corporation Paramount Pictures (and its giant parent company, Viacom) having to spend more money. But it also doesn’t seem fair that people can mock and deride the original look of Sonic in this movie and also criticize the decision to change it. Again, if this leads to unhealthy crunch, then that is of course bad. But we can’t assume that’s what’s going to happen. If it does, then I’ll agree that making this change was a bad idea. But this decision was motivated by money, not whiny fans. If you want to blame someone, point the finger at the people who thought this design of Sonic was ever OK in the first place. The RetroBeat is a weekly column that looks at gaming’s past, diving into classics, new retro titles, or looking at how old favorites — and their design techniques — inspire today’s market and experiences. If you have any retro-themed projects or scoops you’d like to send my way, please contact me.
24 May 19
Focus News Agency

The best-selling album of 2019 so far is also one of the year’s best: Ariana Grande‘s thank u, next delivers joyous pop hooks over sterling production. But many of the year’s other strongest records have come from outside pop’s center and deserve just as much attention. This list includes two debuts, two bracing collaborations and […]

24 May 19
The Richardsonian

The best-selling album of 2019 so far is also one of the year’s best: Ariana Grande‘s thank u, next delivers joyous pop hooks over sterling production. But many of the year’s other strongest records have come from outside pop’s center and deserve just as much attention. This list includes two debuts, two bracing collaborations and […]

24 May 19
Outside The Know

The best-selling album of 2019 so far is also one of the year’s best: Ariana Grande‘s thank u, next delivers joyous pop hooks over sterling production. But many of the year’s other strongest records have come from outside pop’s center and deserve just as much attention. This list includes two debuts, two bracing collaborations and […]

24 May 19
Current News Vista

Andrew R. Chow and Raisa Bruner The best-selling album of 2019 so far is also one of the year’s best: Ariana Grande‘s thank u, next delivers joyous pop hooks over sterling production. But many of the year’s other strongest records have come from outside pop’s center and deserve just as much attention. This list includes […]

24 May 19
World Best News

The best-selling album of 2019 so far is also one of the year’s best: Ariana Grande‘s thank u, next delivers joyous pop hooks over sterling production. But many of the year’s other strongest records have come from outside pop’s center and deserve just as much attention. This list includes two debuts, two bracing collaborations and […]