Peter Molyneux, Hubris, and Emotions

Peter Molyneux

Love his dog as much as he loves his dog, or your pixels will be sad. Or something…

Perhaps Peter Molyneux could be seen as the M. Night Shyamalan of the video game industry:

  • Both had some rather excellent starts in their respective industries
  • Both created some very unique classices (P. M. and Black and White, M. N. S. and The Sixth Sense, etc.)
  • Both are strangely consumed by narcissism, “passion” and hubris
  • Both have fallen from their good graces and repeatedly created lackluster entertainment in the latter halves of their careers
  • Both have become a joke (more or less) in their respective industries

The only real difference is that one makes movies and the other makes video games. Continue reading

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Pacific Rim and Other Terrible Movies

Pacific Rim

Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots on steroids.

What did I say? Did I not call this out before?:

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“R.I.P.D. wasn’t the only comic book movie to have a disappointing debut this weekend. The Bruce Willis-led ensemble action comedy Red 2 had a soft fifth place opening of $18.5 million, a lower gross than the original film had.

Meanwhile, Pacific Rim continues its domestic box office slide, falling to sixth place in its second weekend with just shy of $16 million. The movie, which cost almost $200 million to make and millions more to market, has a current domestic cume of $68.2 million. It has, though, made nearly twice that overseas.” Continue reading

Hideo Kojima and the Movies: Ironically Missing the Point

Hideo Kojima

Hideo Kojima is watching you.

Hideo Kojima, the director of the Metal Gear Solid video game franchise, gives his two cents on the new film Pacific Rim:

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“It’s no surprise that Hideo Kojima, maker of games about people, giant robots and war would like a new summer blockbuster about people, giant robots and monsters. (Hey, two out of three…) It is nevertheless refreshing to see how gleeful the Metal Gear mastermind is about next week’s Guillermo Del Toro action flick, Pacific Rim.”

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In the original article, several of Hideo Kojima’s tweets giving the film praise are shown, where he describes the movie as something he “never imagined he would be fortunate enough to see […] in [his] life,” and even compares it to cult classic 2001: A Space Odyssey and an actual classic, Jurassic Park. One tweet of his was particularly enlightening: Continue reading