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Life is Strange Demonstrates the Strengths of Episodic Gaming

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With last week’s release of “Episode 4: Dark Room,” Dontnod Entertainment’s Life is Strange solidified its position as my favorite game of the year. There’s still one more episode to go, but after four solid outings I’m no longer quite as worried that the game will fall apart before the finish line. I’m just disappointed that I’ll have to wait two more months before I get to see the conclusion.

What’s odd is that I don’t think I’d appreciate the game as much without that wait. The episodic release structure has added to my enjoyment of Life is Strange because it leaves me with more time to talk about the game, and that’s proven to be just as much fun as the game itself.

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George R.R. Martin is right to think Marvel’s cinematic baddies are boring

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We live in a golden age of super hero movies. What Marvel, and now DC, are doing with their cinematic universes is pretty special. The idea of taking the shared universe concept that is seen in many comic books, and applying it to film, was nothing short of brilliant. Since Marvel started this trend with Iron Man in 2008, we’ve gotten film after film ranging in quality from okay to excellent. Marvel has yet, by most accounts, to release a film that is generally considered to be bad. However, that doesn’t mean that their movies are flawless. In fact, almost all of their movies seem to have one glaring issue: the villain.

For years now I’ve been waiting for a truly great villain to show up in a Marvel film. Sadly, it just hasn’t happened yet. We either get villains with cheesy or unoriginal motivations, villains that share the same abilities as our hero, or villains that are just nameless, faceless masses of aliens and drones that pose no threat to our heroes. I was hoping Ultron would buck this trend, but I was left disappointed by him as well (Skynet anyone?) I mean, don’t get me wrong, their villains aren’t terrible, but none of them are very memorable. Out of all their villains, Loki is the probably the only compelling one. However, while he may be compelling, he just isn’t very intimidating.

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Making Peace with Peter Dinklage in Pixels

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Pixels is a bad movie, and after a dismal opening weekend it would seem that almost everyone agrees. However, a lot of people have argued that Pixels is beneath Peter Dinklage, and while that’s technically true, it also misses the point. Pixels is beneath everyone, and it diminishes the abilities of the rest of the cast to suggest that only Dinklage is superior to the film.

Dinklage has attracted the most attention simply because he’s best known for an excellent part that he plays extraordinarily well. In our minds, that (rightly) makes him a great actor, and his involvement in Pixels is disappointing because we know he can do better. We don’t extend the same benefit of the doubt to someone like Michelle Monaghan because we’ve never seen her steal a scene in a show like Game of Thrones.

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Fight for the Iron Throne in the Inevitable Risk: Game of Thrones Edition

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Think you’re a better strategist than Tywin Lannister (or at least Robb Stark)? Here’s your chance to prove your mettle.

In what can only be described as the most inevitable crossover of all time, HBO has announced that the Risk: Game of Thrones Edition will hit store shelves in August, combining the classic board game about backstabbing and military power with the beloved George R.R. Martin series about backstabbing and military power. The new set includes more than 650 pieces, seven armies, and two game boards, as well as 28 unique character cards with four representatives from each army.

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5 Great Book-To-TV Adaptations

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If you’re like me, you can’t resist a good book-to-screen adaptation. One of my favorite things to do is compare what happens in the books to what plays out on the screen; I love the debate it can inspire. The best fodder for this is found with television adaptations, of which there are quite a few that I could go into. But I’ve narrowed it down to just five. Read on and see if you agree with me.

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Game of Thrones Iwan Rheon’s best role was on Misfits

Iwan Rheon as Simon Bellamy in Misfits.

Iwan Rheon as Simon Bellamy in Misfits.

Another season of Game of Thrones has come and gone, and with it, another ten weeks of exuberant hate for Iwan Rheon’s despicable, vile, blood curdling Ramsay Bolton.

Ramsay Bolton may just be the most universally hated character since JR Ewing on Dallas, but Rheon’s portrayal of the manically deprived sadistic psychopath has been one of the most consistently brilliant portrayals of a character since the show began.

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The difference between Game of Thrones’ White Walkers and wights

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Who is the real villain in Game of Thrones? Could it be Cersei, who wants her brother dead, and would do anything to remain in power in King’s Landing? Or is it Peter Baelish, whose schemes and machinations are known only to himself. Or perhaps it’s Melisandre, who has no problem convincing her “King” to burn his own daughter alive. Or just maybe, it’s that stable boy we only see for about three seconds in season two, episode five (I’m on to you!)? If I was a betting man, I would say it’s the terrifying White Walkers, and their army of wights.

Why the distinction? Aren’t they all just the White Walkers?

Nope.

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Why Penny Dreadful Is One Of The Most Underrated Genre Shows

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Over the past few years, with the advent of TV extravaganza shows like Game of Thrones and Hannibal, genre television has evolved and expanded to the point that it has become mainstream, reaching more people than perhaps their original intended audiences. It’s now cool to be into science fiction or fantasy, and even being into horror is not considered as weird anymore. We hear about what happened every week on The Walking Dead, which Stark kicked the bucket on Game of Thrones, and the latest drama unfolding with the Winchesters on Supernatural. One genre show that a lot people really aren’t talking about though is Penny Dreadful — and that should change.

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