Oct 232014
 
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Play Write

For those of you who enjoy a great story, is there anything better than a narrative that engages you from the very start? Imagine a world so rich you can almost smell the scents in the air, a delivery so clever it forces you to think in a way you never thought you would. I’m Ryan J. Hodge, author, and I’d like to talk to you about…video games.

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Oct 232014
 
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dragon ball z, the dead zone, movie

Man, Dragon Ball’s a bunch of bullshit. I’m trying to properly articulate how much bullshit, but every time I start to count I end up somewhere else, in some field with my pants down and more money in my pocket than I should have. The short of it is, I read all of DBZ over about a week, and I was either shaking in anger or anticipation for almost all of it.

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Oct 212014
 
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movie novelizations, laser time

Film novelizations are a bizarre beast. Book-to-movie adaptations make a lot of sense–moving from the page to the screen, adding a visual element, expanding the audience to include casual moviegoers–but the reverse is conceptually questionable at best. How many people watched the Matthew Broderick Godzilla movie and thought, Hey, I wish I could read 100 pages of inner monologue about how Godzilla makes Ferris Buller feel?

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Oct 212014
 
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sonic the hedgehog, the wacky sonic fun zone, sega, sega genesis, sega mega drive

I’ve taken an odyssey of sorts: watching a charity event streaming nearly every Sonic the Hedgehog game ever. In my boredom, I have seen chunks of basically the entirety of all the Sonic series, awakening something within me. I am the prodigal son, returned, wealth squandered. But as I watched the cornucopia of rings and spikes unfold before my intoxicated gaze I began to wonder…had Sonic really fallen so far? Had he really fallen at all?

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Oct 212014
 
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measuring mature, M rating, laser time, ESRB, rating system

The “M” rating is somewhat of a badge of honor among many games, never to be confused with a “seal of quality” but, at the very least a “seal of legitimacy.” Inside, we know this game isn’t out to mess around. Drugs, harsh language, gory violence, and–of course–sex is what we’re in for, and that’s deemed “mature.” But is it?

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