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Gaming 4 Life: When Real World is Not Enough

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‘Escaping harsh reality or relaxing after a hard working day? A guilty pleasure or the only reason to wake up in the morning? Computer games are made for fun, but sometimes they cause one’s real life turning into a slaughterous level which inevitably results in Game Over. For gamers the computer is everything, so much so that they can even earn money through tournaments and sponsorships. Some even meet their future spouses online, but for others games can take up too much of their time and affect family life. Psychiatrists and psychologists argue whether or not the human mind can be negatively affected by games, but for many they instead serve to help bring people together. Published on Sep 25, 2016’.

 

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SNOWDEN

Snowden-2016SNOWDEN stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is written and directed by Academy Award-Winning Director Oliver Stone. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. Published on Apr 27, 2016.

Annalee Newitz writes that “it’s no surprise that Oliver Stone, a master of political thrillers, is turning the real-life version of Snowden’s experiences into a movie that feels—at least in the trailer—as tense and exciting as the latest Mission Impossible installment. Which is good but also means that you’ll need to forgive this movie for its unrealistic tech tropes. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, Looper) does a pitch-perfect impression of Snowden as a patriotic geek with smartass tendencies. Injured during military training, he sets his sights on intelligence work, where he scores off the charts on every task the government throws at him. And then one night, one of his fellow intelligence geeks shows him a tool that they can use to spy on everyone in the country. As Snowden has a crisis of conscience, we’re treated to one of those classic ‘hacking scene’ moments where a nonexistent piece of software behaves in ways that make no sense, swirling around and showing us random pieces of private data from all the social networks ever. I know, I know. This is not how it happened. Just go with it. Probably the best part of the trailer, which captures both the serious and mischievous sides of Snowden, is when we see him sneaking data out of the NSA contractor where he works by hiding it on an SD card inside a Rubik’s Cube. Then we see a rapid-fire series of scenes where the stakes get higher, Snowden meets with Glenn Greenwald (played by Zachary Quinto, AKA Spock), and the tension mounts as blinky lights illuminate everybody’s faces. It’s satisfying to see events that aroused so much passion around the world translated into an emotionally gripping story. But ‘story’ is the operative term here. Stone, who co-wrote the film, has taken a lot of liberties to turn this tale of people typing and talking into a suspenseful drama”.[1]

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[1] Annalee Newitz, ” Oliver Stone’s Snowden looks like the greatest techno-thriller ever” ars technica (27 April 2016). http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2016/04/oliver-stones-snowden-looks-like-the-greatest-techno-thriller-ever/.

Dawkins on Worlds Apart: The Islamic State and Video Games

‘Religion and politics have always been an explosive mix, perhaps never more so than in the case of ISIS. But is the brutality that we’ve seen a result of violent ideology or a reflection of the darker side of human nature? Oksana is joined by Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist and author, to reason on these issues (26 September 2014)’.

But one should not lose track of the fact that the Caliph’s beheaders are young men, arguably well-versed in the ways of the internet and arguably equally well-acquainted with violent video games. Games such as the following three, presented by David Houghton, a self-described ‘Associate Editor at GamesRadar UK. Future Publishing word-tamer. Fan of good horror, smart, interesting film, eclectic noises. Fashions semi-spectacular cookery’.[1]

God of War III – The Helios head-pull (2/16)

‘Decapitation method: An agonisingly slow, pornographically torturous twisting of the neck until muscle, sinew and veins eventually give way and snap like wet spaghetti, resulting in fervent spurts of the red stuff and a dripping, ragged neck-hole’.[2]

Mortal Kombat series – The triple-decap (6/16)

‘Decapitation method: Uppercut with the power of a medieval catapult. Overzealous love of repeated uppercuts. Possibly a glitch. Outcome: The head comes off. And then comes off again. And then comes off again. After launching his opponent’s cranium clean into the stratosphere, Johnny takes another swing at their neck-stump, miraculously finds a new head attached to his knuckles, launches that, and then repeats the process a second time. None of this makes sense. But it’s awesomely gratuitous, so in a way it also makes total sense’.[3]

Resident Evil 4 – The iconic one (9/16)

‘Decapition method: Chainsaw. Outcome: The head comes off, by way of one of the most graphically shocking death sequences in video games. The entire game becomes immediately 300% more terrifying due to the simple knowledge that the chainsaw guys exist. Shinji Mikami laughs like a cruel emperor at all who complained that an action-driven Resident Evil wouldn’t be scary, and the player involuntarily voids their bowels at the sound of a ticking engine for the rest of his or her life’.[4]

[1] https://twitter.com/david_h_esq.

[2] David Houghton , “The 13 most gruesome decapitations in video games” Games Radar+ (s.d.). http://www.gamesradar.com/13-greatest-decapitations-video-games/.

[3] David Houghton , “The 13 most gruesome decapitations in video games”.

[4] David Houghton , “The 13 most gruesome decapitations in video games”.