Saturday, May 7, 2011

Linkage: To the Past and for the Future- 16 Bit Marvels// Thor Preview (middleaisle)

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Excerpt: As Thor sets out into Theaters this weekend I have set aside time, at work no less, to familiarize myself with what appears to be a very complicated comic mythos. I had never really read The Mighty Thor comic books when I was a kid, and for the most part was always kind of oblivious to his existence. About two years ago when I read that Kenneth Branaugh (Sleuth, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V) was taking direction of this project, I was at taken aback. The classically trained Shakespearian actor/director doing a movie for Marvel Studios? And maybe more importantly, its starring who again?
I think that my confusion was shared by many moviegoers, especially before the trailer was released last fall, but perhaps this could turn out to be something actually quite unique in a landscape of upcoming traditional superhero films.

Chris Hemsworth, the father of young Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams re-envisioned Star Trek franchise, leads a cast including recent Academy Award winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Oscar winner Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Tom Hiddleston (a relatively unknown British actor here stateside), Stellan Skaarsgard (Good Will Hunting), Kat Dennings (40- Year Old Virgin), Idris Elba (The Wire), and out of nowhere- Rene Russo (Get Shorty), who hasn't appeared in a major studio film since the terrible 2005 family comedy, Yours, Mine, and Ours. Thor represents a big risk for Marvel Studios, who first premiered with 2008's Iron Man, directed by Jon Faveru and starring Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, and Gwenyth Paltrow....
The rest of this review can be found at tomorrow evening around 10 o'clock (central standard time). Please show your support.

The Site: Thor: Bring the Thunder (16 Bit Promotional Game for Summner 2011's Thor  

The Concept: Although pretty self explanatory, Thor: Bring the Thunder is an online flash game that throws us back to the heyday of side scrolling, 16-bit adventures while adapting a simple arcade style reminiscent of games like Capcom's Mega Man. The game features four playable worlds with 3 levels apiece, and at the end of each one- a boss battle! Many familiar faces, in the Thor community, make an appearance and attempt to act as a companion piece for the upcoming film. Unfortunately, neither Oddan nor Loki make an appearance, and although the game relies on a scoring system for individuals, it does not feature any kind of global listing.

What you do: Thor discovers that Asgard (the immortal world of the gods) and Midgard (the unimmortal world of humans, a.k.a. Planet Earth) have been overrun by the destructive forces of evil! Wielding the mighty hammer Mjilnor (see: Mjilnor: wikipedia article) and the power of storms (Thor is the god of Thunder who also controls thunder, lightning, and powerful winds), you must go from the celestial cityscape of Asgards capitol (world 1), to the dark rocky mountains of Svartelheim (world 2), underneath the fiery volcanic ruins of Muspelheim (world 3), and finally across the concrete jungles of Midgard (world 4) to rescue both Jane Foster, Thor's earthly love, and the warrior goddess Sif, who happens to also be in love Thor. Looks like the son of Oddin has got it pretty rough...

What you need: Nothing really save for the required internet access. The game is not that difficult of a challenge and will probably take you between 20 minutes and a half and hour to complete. There is no life count so game overs are not a possibility, and the game utilizes its basic side scrolling atmosphere to create an enjoyable showpiece of Thor's classic 1970s look and feel. The boss battles are the highlight of each world and some can actually be quite a challenge for less experienced gamers.

Thor and Thor: Bring the Thunder are registered trademarks of Marvel Comics, Marvel Entertainment, and Marvel Studios. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Linkage: Desktop Gremlins

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Hello Readers, have you ever thought back to your childhood and sat reminiscing about pop up books? yeah me neither, but if you are into graphic design and interesting art projects, as I am, you will find Desktop Gremlins paper craft to be a nice distraction! The sites variation of Legend of Zelda baddie, Ganon was recently featured on the gaming website IGN as a participant in Hyrules Most Wanted, an arts and gaming community collaboration focusing entirely on artistic interpretations of classic 8bit/16 bit/ and 64 bit villains from the series.


The Site: Desktop Gremlins
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The Concept: To create printable art sheets for assembling popup characters for parties, bragging rights, and fun!
What you do: Its actually quite simple, you simply print, cutout, and assemble these little art projects to display anywhere you want! They look difficult but actually are quite easy to put together.

You will need: a printer with photo paper and color ink, some scissors, and perhaps some scotch tape.
Note: All files are PDF's and can be downloaded to your desktop or printed straight off the web.

Desktop Gremlins is a registered trademark of David Landis and Landis Productions.