Posts Tagged ‘video’

Can Your iPhone Do This?

I love my iPhone but I’d love it so much more if it could do this…

Gatsby Trooper

Danny Choo is one of those guys that I admire so much, I’m actually jealous of them. Native British he now lives and works in Tokyo, speaks fluent Japanese (along with speaking Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean), has had a successful career working for Amazon and Microsoft and now runs his own thriving web company. Top it all with the fact that he’s one of the most popular bloggers about and it’s enough to make you sick. He’s also one hell of a dancer as can be witnessed below…. yes, that’s him dressed as a Stormtrooper dancing on the streets of Tokyo. If it doesn’t fill you with joy then you must be dead inside.

Nazi Zombies? Must Be Dead Snow

I’m pretty big into zombies at the moment. I’ve theorised a MMORPG about them, I’ve read graphic novels about them and now I’m watching films about them… with a Nazi twist.

On Saturday night some friends and I watched Dead Snow, a Norwegian film about a group of medical students who decide to stay in a wooden hut in the middle of the mountains alone (clever) and manage to attract the attention of the evil undead Nazis who prowl the area (even more clever). And yes, the film is exactly as good as it sounds.

Dead Snow is an utterly over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek zombie romp flick filled with plenty of gratuitous violence, blood and gore and a fair mix of horror and comedy. It’s pretty much a mix of Evil Dead, Braindead and Shaun of the Dead. Hmm, I’m detecting a trend for the word “dead” in the title of these movies.

And did I mention it was gory? Yes, well, it is. Very. But it’s so exaggerated that it’s certainly more silly – or rather comedic – than terrifying and the film knows it. It doesn’t take itself very seriously and seems to emulate all of the “classic” zombie films that came before it whilst constantly poking fun at them.

Overall, it was a lot better than I expected it to be. I’m not a big fan of horror movies (I’m far too squeamish) but this one surprised me with it’s mix of comedy and craziness.

Trailer below. Note: although it’s the official trailer, it’s still a tiny bit gory and scary so please don’t watch it if you’re of a sensitive disposition.

You Don’t Need To Play EVE Online To Love It

I’ve got two confessions to make. One, I love EVE Online. Two, I barely play EVE Online.

I think I’m in love with the idea of EVE Online more than the actual day-to-day gameplay. This isn’t to say that I don’t like the gameplay mechanics, it’s just that they really aren’t as thrilling as the forces of nature that drive the game. The politics, the backstabbing, the huge intergalactic wars and they stories they tell. These are the things that inspire my love of EVE and what make me want to play it.

I think all MMORPGs are a little like this. Does anyone actually enjoy pressing a couple of buttons on a keyboard or moving a mouse around? I don’t think so, it’s not exactly thrilling stuff. I actually think the attraction of MMOs is not the gameplay, but the incentives of mental hubris they allow us to desire. If everyone was equal in World of Warcraft, would everyone play?

I don’t mind the fact that I don’t get to play EVE a lot. Sure, I play a few hours every week but that’s a drop in the pond compared to the gazillion of hours I pumped into Everquest and Everquest 2. But that’s OK. See, you don’t need to play EVE Online to love it. You can read about it, watch it, study it… it’s, quite literally, another world just waiting to be observed by MMO anthropologists.

To prove my point, here’s a series of great articles from Rock, Paper, Shotgun about life in EVE Online:

Or better yet, watch this:

Now if that doesn’t make you want to love EVE yet not play it, I don’t know what will.

The Ballad of G.I. Joe vs. Do You Wanna Date My Avatar

Couple of funny music videos are doing the rounds but which is better? Tell me!

The Ballad of G.I. Joe


Do You Wanna Date My Avatar

Here’s a little extra (pardon the pun) surprise video too.

But which is the best?!

Which of these is the best music video?

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World of Warcraft Miniatures

I get the occasional email from readers and yesterday I received one from someone called Ben telling me to check out a video on YouTube about the World of Warcraft minis game. I’m assuming he was Ben Gonyo, the creator of the movie, but he didn’t tell me his surname so I can’t be sure. The YouTube video had a link to Gamers Film, a website promoting a “humorous documentary film exploring the obsessed fan base of MMORPG games like World of Warcraft”. I watched the trailer on the site and it’s looks pretty interesting and funny.

Until I got the email I had no idea that a WoW minis game even existed although I wasn’t surprised to find out considering it’s got it’s own CCG too. Curiously enough though, my wife also mentioned the game to me today completely out of the blue as she’d seen the game being sold in a big craft shop and thought it was funny how it was being marketed to adults (she has absolutely no understanding of why grown men like computer games and toys – bless). I’m not sure if the game just had a big release or something – although I loved CCGs when I was younger and was hugely into them a few years ago, I’ve never had any interest in miniature games, part of the reason being that I think the paint jobs on them look rubbish.

Anyway, enough of my yacking, here’s that WoW minis video:

If you’ve played the minis game, let me know what it’s like. I’m curious to hear more about it.

The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out

Since I posted  an article about the documentary Another Perfect World a couple of weeks ago, I’ve wanted to post a BBC documentary called The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out. It was made in 1981 and is an interview with Richard P. Feynman, an amazing Nobel Prize winning physicist and hugely intelligent and inspirational individual.

After watching the documentary I bought his first book, a collection of anecdotes that sort of adds up to an autobiography, called Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman! (Adventures Of A Curious Character). At the risk of sounding melodramatic, this book changed my life. Not only is it filled with highly emotional stories, like how Feynman dealt with being one of the participants in the Manhattan Project (developing the atomic bomb which was used against Japan in World War II), but it’s also filled with some incredibly funny and bizzare anecdotes, like how Feynman used to play pranks on his fellow physicists and break into their filling cabinets, filled with top-secret research documents, and leave little notes for them.

Perhaps the most appealing thing about Feynman though is he views on learning and teaching. He believes strongly in learning by understanding, not by rote and his practical, logical and uncompromising views are eye opening and inspiring. After reading the book, I truly felt different and looked upon life in a different way. I’d highly recommend it.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s part one of the documentary. You can find the rest of the parts on YouTube. Enjoy!