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Oct 29 2013

Unreality’s 3rd Annual Halloween Costume Contest!

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Halloween is just two days away, can you believe it? Well, it’s entirely possible that you celebrated this previous weekend, as the holiday is on an inconvenient Thursday. But no matter what the case, I want to see your costumes, and you can win stuff.

Whether you’ve worn them already or are about to wear them this week, send your best costumes to me at paultassi@gmail.com. The winner will get his or her choice of a video game for any system ($60 max value), and will be featured as the best costume here on the site. But even runners up will show up in the gallery post featuring your submissions, so don’t worry about being the best necessarily. Just send it in!

I see about a trillion Halloween costumes on the internet every day, so you won’t fool me with something you pull off Reddit or Tumblr (like above, which is awesome). Make sure you’re sending in your own costumes, or those of your friends and family please. Rule breakers have to buy ME a video game.

I really, really look forward to seeing what you guys have in store, and this probably my favorite site contest of the year.  See the results of the last two years here and here. Contest will end this upcoming Sunday, which should give you plenty of time to get pictures together. Can’t wait, and I’ll have my own to share soon enough…

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Oct 10 2013

The Exiled Earthborn, 2nd Edition: Now with Less Typos

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Yeah, yeah, I know, shameless self-promotion, but that’s the sort of thing you get to do when you run a site, so bear with me here. As most regular readers know, I’ve been attempting to write a sci-fi novel series over the past few years, and I’m now done with two out of three books. The first was the post-apocalyptic The Last Exodus, and the sequel, published this summer, was The Exiled Earthborn. Both have been well received by many of you guys, and it warms my heart every time I get a new review.

The main problem with self-publishing books is that you don’t get your own copy editor. As a result, I read through my last book at least a dozen times, even reading it out loud to try and catch typos. But even then, and even after having friends and family read, you still miss some.

Well, I bought The Exiled Earthborn for Kindle, and recently did yet another read through. The change in format allowed me to catch a lot more typos that were hiding when I was reading on my computer screen, and I’ve uploaded an entirely new draft of the book online. I figured this was as good a time as any to suggest that some of you may want to try the sequel if you read the first book, or give the whole series a go. I don’t really care about the money, which is why both books are priced at $1.99, I really just want people to read them.

I’m about 25% of the way through the third book, so unlike George RR Martin, I’m planning to finish the series in a timely manner. But also unlike George RR Martin, I don’t have millions of fans and his books are way better than mine. But I do like my series, especially this second book, and I’d love for you to give them a read and let me know what you think. Okay, now we return to our regularly scheduled programming.

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Sep 19 2013

“The Final Girls” is the Coolest Show Concept I’ve Heard in a While

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I came across this description for an upcoming cable show yesterday, and damn, does it sound like a good idea. It’s called “The Final Girls,” and is being put together by Jamie Lee Curtis.

“[The] drama revolves around a group of girls who have, in essence, survived their own personal horror stories and are brought together by a mysterious older woman (Curtis) to channel the stress and scars of their experience for some greater good.”

In case you still don’t get it, “The Final Girls” is referring to the one girl left alive at the end of every horror movie, you know, the one that gets to come back for three or four or nine sequels after? Jamie Lee Curtis was one of the original Final Girls, and I wonder if she’ll be playing her Halloween character.

My only concern that this is on ABC Family, the network of Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, etc. Not that those are bad shows, but I’m guessing it just won’t have the tone I’m looking for. We’ll see, however. The idea itself might be too good to pass up, no matter what channel it’s on.

[via io9]

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Sep 18 2013

Ben Affleck Finally Talks About Being Batman

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At long last, Ben Affleck finally broke his silence on being Batman on Jimmy Fallon this week. Video here, but more easily, a transcription is below via UnleashtheFanboy.

“It’s so awesome. I’m so excited. They called me up and asked me if I wanted to do this. And I thought I’m not 25 man, are you sure about this. And they said “come down we wanna show you what we’re doing”. Zack Snyder’s directing it and he has this amazing vision. Obviously you can’t do what Christian Bale did, those movies were amazing. But Zack wants to something different but in keeping with that.

And I thought this was a brilliant way to do this. I know how to hook into this. And I said “I wanna do this”. The people from the studio were so excited and they said “Listen, we want to talk to you. People go through this process and it can be trying. We want to show you some of the reactions that past cast members received on the internet.” So they send me info, and people (on the internet) were like “Kill him!”. And he was amazing!!! You can’t say anything before the movie comes out. It doesn’t matter what you think before, it matters what you think after the movie comes out.

But I thought “I’m a big boy. I can handle any snub. I can handle anything”. They said don’t use the internet for a few days, but I handle my shit. So I went to the announcement and looked at the first comment and it says “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”. And I was done! We’re going to be Luddites for a while.

Part of it is when you see the material, when you see the takes, it’s hard to describe without giving it away. But I feel like I have a lot of opportunities.”

So there you have it, even Ben Affleck isn’t immune to the giant tidal wave of hate the internet can produce. I’m guessing that the “past cast members” referred to means everyone bashing Heath Ledger when he was casted as the Joker, but I think it’s kind of a false equivalency to compare EVERY new casting complaint to him. I don’t know what Affleck will do with Batman, but I do think he’s a bit too “known” for the role, and will just act too much like Ben Affleck, as opposed to Heath acting nothing like Heath. But we’ll see, I guess.

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Sep 13 2013

JK Rowling Writing a Harry Potter Spin-Off Movie?

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Well I guess JK Rowling has gotten bored writing books that aren’t Harry Potter-related (crime, yawn), so she’s heading back to the wizarding world to adapt a Potter spin-off book she’s already written.

She’s going to turn “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” into a movie for Warner Bros. She wrote the title under the pseudonym “Newt Scamander,” and he’s the star of the story, which is set 70 years before the events of Harry Potter. Here’s what Rowling had to say about the project:

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”

I’m guessing he won’t STAY in New York, as how many beasts are there really hidden there, but it’s a far cry from the English setting of the other films to be sure. So it’s set in the Harry Potter world, just with none of the characters we like because none of them have even been born yet. Perhaps we’ll get a sneak peak at toddler Dumbledore, but that’s probably about it.

I don’t know, more Harry Potter is good, even if it’s lacking Harry Potter. More pressingly, it’s lacking Hermione, which is obviously the bigger tragedy.

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Sep 12 2013

200,000 People Signed Up for a One-Way Mission to Mars

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I’m pretty skeptical about Mars One, a project which promises to set up a colony on Mars in 2023 with the help of civilian space flight outfit, Space X.  I’d love to believe it’s going to happen, but I’ve sort of lost faith in our planet’s desire to explore the galaxy as we’re too preoccupied with our own terrestrial squabbles.

But if they did it? Amazing. And 200,000 other people think so too. That’s how many applied for the mission to Mars, so there are a lot of would-be explorers out there.

The catch?

It’s a one-way trip.

That’s right. While it may be possible to get to Mars, it’s not in the cards for them to come home. And 200,000 people still want to do it. Would you?

A few years ago, I would have probably said yes in a heartbeat. I’m more than obsessed with space, and you would become an eternal legend as a Mars martyr. But now that I’m married, and looking to start a family at some point, it’s a lot harder to put glory and adventure before those who count on me.

What I don’t quite understand is how long this mission lasts? I’m guessing they’re not going to die of old age out there. When they run out of food, water or air, they just what, take a cyanide pill? As amazing as it would be to have humans land on Mars, it might crush the world’s spirit to watch them commit mass suicide afterward.

That said, I hope this happens, I really do.

[Salon via Geekologie]

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Sep 05 2013

There’s Now a Walking Dead Class at UC Irvine

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This isn’t the first time a TV show has been turned into the subject matter for a college class, but this is the first college-related Walking Dead thing I’ve heard of that wasn’t a zombie themed underwear fun run.

UC Irvine is offering a class called  “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead What’s covered? Well, I’m glad you asked:

  • Maslow’s hierarchy of needs—is survival just about being alive?
  • Social order and structures—from the farm and the prison to Woodbury
  • Social identity, roles, and stereotyping—as shown through leaders like Rick and the Governor
  • The role of public health in society—from the CDC to local community organizations
  • The spread of infectious disease and population modeling—swarm!
  • The role of energy and momentum in damage control—how can you best protect yourself?
  • Nutrition in a post-apocalyptic world—are squirrels really good for you?
  • Managing stress in disaster situations—what’s the long-term effect of always sleeping with one eye open?

You know, that’s actually kind of an interesting array of subject matter. A mix of psychology and medicine that could be applied to actual pandemics, should they occur in the future. Also, I’d like to know if it’s okay to eat squirrels.

So what’s the required reading here? The entire comic series plus three seasons of the show?

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Aug 23 2013

Rambo’s Back! And This Time … It’s Televised!

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I took August 21’s press release from Entertainment One and Nu Image citing the creation of a Rambo TV show with more than a grain of salt: they said that screen legend Sylvester Stallone was considering returning to one of his seminal characters on the boob tube, of all places.

Of course, it didn’t take even 24 hours for someone to set the record straight: Sly would most definitely NOT be joining the TV production. The correction even somewhat mildly poo-pooed his participation in some kind of creative capacity, and that was a wet blanket fandom didn’t need. While I certainly wouldn’t doubt that the Italian Stallion himself might want to provide some subtext for the further adventures of everyone’s favorite Vietnam veteran, I never once thought from the beginning we’d actually see the man doing it on behalf of the networks.

For those of you who may’ve missed it (or spent much of your adult life on an island), the character of John Rambo stems from the David Morrell book (and the subsequent motion picture) “First Blood.” Plans to follow the book’s narrative were completed – (spoiler alert!) Rambo actually dies in the end.  (You can check out the special features on any of the latest DVD releases to see for yourself). However, rumor has it that ending never tested well with audiences, and Sly and the producers kinda/sorta thought maybe they had a good thing in the character of Rambo. The veteran survived, if for no other reason than to wage a one-man-rematch of the entire “Vietnam Experience” in Rambo: First Blood, Part 2. Continue Reading »

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Aug 20 2013

Good News: Sansa Stark and Lady Lived Happily Ever After

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Even though there have been many tragic moments across three seasons of Game of Thrones where beloved characters have been cruelly slaughtered before our eyes, I still don’t think there’s a more soul-crushing scene then when Ned Stark is forced to kill Sansa’s direwolf, Lady, because Arya’s direwolf bit Joffrey after he almost murdered her. It was unfair on so many levels and was the first time we really started to hate Joffrey. If you want to make a character despised, have him be responsible for the death of an innocent animal.

In any case, things actually worked out rather well for Lady. Real life Sansa, Sophie Turner, actually adopted the dog after the pup was killed on the show.

“In between her hectic filming schedule, Sophie likes nothing more than to relax at home with her family and pet dog Zunni, who the family adopted from the series. She adds: “Growing up I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one. We kind of fell in love with my character’s dire wolf, Lady, on set. We knew Lady died and they wanted to re home her. My mum persuaded them to let us adopt her.”

So there you have it, Sansa and Lady are currently living in peace, and you don’t have to be sad anymore. Hit the jump for one more picture of the pair of them, and yes, direwolves are CGI-ed to be much bigger than they actually are for the show.

Thanks to Postal for sending this in, who is currently trying to adopt Grey Wind after the whole incident at the Frey’s. Continue Reading »

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Aug 13 2013

I Got Married!

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No Pokemon or Disney Princesses here, just an actual princess, my new wife! I got married this weekend, in case you missed that memo, and it was an absolute blast.

I’ve written before about how “the unreal life is better,” when we use media as a form of escapism from everyday life. But trust me, in the end, real life wins out. There’s nothing that can top the experience of what I felt this weekend with all my family, friends, and of course, my new wife. It was simply incredible.

Anyway, I’m only sharing this with you all because you’re my internet family who was too big to fit on the invite list. Much thanks to Benny for holding things down while I was away, and she’ll be doing the same thing when I leave for my honeymoon in two weeks.

Love you guys! Okay, time to watch the premiere of Breaking Bad and start playing catch up..

 

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Aug 02 2013

Benny’s New Website: Gamemoir!

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Frequent readers will know and love our own Benny Bedlam, and I’m proud to announce today that she’s launched her own site! In addition to her duties here (she ain’t leaving!), she’ll be running Gamemoir, a gaming site entirely devoted to editorials, free of fluff news or biased reviews. All editorials all the time. As she explains it:

“Gamemoir is a website dedicated to publishing thought provoking editorials about video games, and our culture and lifestyle as gamers. We don’t publish news and reviews, because seriously we have IGN and a million other sites for that. We encourage content that opens our readers’ eyes to aspects and themes in video games that they might have missed.”

I think it’s a cool idea to have an entirely editorial-based site, and Benny is in good company with co-founder Stephen Daly of Gameranx writing as well. You might even see a piece there from me from time to time. And lastly, I believe it’s pronounced “Game-Mwarrr,” if it was giving you trouble.

Best of luck to Benny with the new venture.  Head on over and read their first few articles.

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