how Transformers should look in the next movie

I’m a big fan of Transformers — the original series (G1).  I’ve ranted before at how disappointed I was with Michael Bay’s Transformer movies.   I’m not totally against modernizing it (it could’ve looked like this), but he took away the characters and personalities, which is what made them great.  Anyway, I won’t get started on all that again.

There’s a new Transformers game coming out June 22, called War for Cybertron.  Let me say this: if you like sci-fi / action movies but don’t play video games, you should still watch the videos below.  This is how the Transformer movies should have looked! The designs are modernized, but they’re still recognizable.  (And it should be expected that they look different — this is on Cybertron before they came to earth and were transformed for disguise here.)   And the graphics look incredible!  The story is of the civil war that began between Decepticons and Autobots.  There is a big story there from the original ’80s cartoon and the comics.  (I recommend reading the comic series “The War Within” if you want to know how it all started.  Really interesting and philosophical.)

The game director said, “I wanna make the game I’ve been waiting 25 years to play.”  And it only gets more awesome from there.   Imagine playing as some of the characters shown: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Soundwave, Omega Supreme.  And they brought back the original voice actor for Optimus Prime, which is great.

The first video is the interview with the people making the game, the 2nd video is the full trailer, and the 3rd video is the gameplay trailer.  They’re all good.  FYI, be sure to watch in HD, for the full effect.  (If the embedded videos won’t show HD, here’s the links to them: interview, full trailer, gameplay trailer.)

That makes me excited!  I will definitely have to try this game!  Hopefully the developers can pull it off and make it as fun as it looks to be.

If this had been a movie trailer, I’d be pre-ordering the DVD right now!  To whoever is making the next Transformers live-action movies, they need to look at this for an example of how it should be done.

Forklift Truck Simulator

There are some unusual video games that get made every year.  Most of the time, I understand — even if the game seems weird to me, at least the developers are using some creativity and trying something new.  There needs to be more chance-taking in game publishing.

But I heard of a game that just blows my mind when I consider how generic it sounds.  It’s called Forklift Truck Simulator.  Below is a screenshot from the game, showing how action-packed this game will be.

Uhh… Maybe there’s something I’m missing.  Let’s examine some of the press release about it:

Get behind the controls of a forklift truck in this highly detailed original simulator.

Your aim is to master the demanding range of tasks facing a forklift truck driver in every day scenarios. Load and unload Lorries and train carriages within a given time schedule or store goods in huge warehouses! …

To make the experience a bit more realistic you begin in a training mode to learn your controls and achieve your license in order to continue to the missions. There is also a “free play” mode which allows you to drive freely and choose where to go and what to do with the goods.

Robert Stallibrass of Excalibur Publishing says: “We are delighted to add Forklift Truck to our range of Simulators. The developers at Astragon have a great sense of detail and have worked hard to make this experience as realistic as possible.”

Again I say, uhh…  I hope there’s a LOT I’m missing, for the sake of the people who put money into this project.  The concept of “as realistic as possible” doesn’t seem like a selling point for me.  I usually play video games so I can do things I can’t normally do in real life.  (Granted, I don’t find myself driving forklifts on a regular basis, but that’s not high on my list of priorities.)  If these forklifts don’t have weapons or power-ups, it doesn’t sound too fun.

The only hope I see for this game is the “free play” mode.  If it allows you to get creative and/or go on a destructive rampage, there could be some fun involved.  But if it’s “realistic” and restricted to work-life experiences, I can’t see it being worthwhile — unless you plan to become a professional forklift driver, but still, real life experience would be a lot better.

But to each their own…

update to the FreeRice game

A while back I wrote about the FreeRice game, where by answering questions you donate food to help those in need.  It’s so simple, and it actually makes you smarter because you learn new words.

Well, now there are more topics to choose from, so if you got bored with the previous game, you can play other ones to donate rice.  Just click on “Change Subjects”.   You can test your knowledge of chemistry, geography, grammar, foreign languages, math, and even famous paintings.  They’ve also added more words and levels to the vocabulary section.

I know this blog is all about helping people laugh more, but this is a great cause to help people who don’t have enough food to eat.  Now there’s no excuse of not having enough money to give to charity — all you have to give is some time.   I encourage you to bookmark the site and go back there frequently.

Here’s the link: FreeRice.

Qwerty Warriors!

Today’s post goes out to all of today’s readers asking themselves the question:

…how can I beat back boredom and help pass the time?
…how can I improve my typing skills and thus my job performance?
…how can I play a game, save the world and still accomplish the above?

well today is your lucky day!

I now present to you …(queue echo effect)
QWERTY WARRIORS!!!! (click here to play)

The rules are simple:
simply pick your skill level and Destroy the oncoming soldiers, tanks, mech warriors and other enemies by typing words to shoot them (note: be sure to hit the ‘enter’ key to submit the word typed)

why don’t we start a friendly competition to see how well you do?
after playing leave a comment on this post with your name, skill level, and score.

(there is also a high scoreboard to see how well you place against other players online)