I reload my SCAR-H and check my corners. Nobody in sight, but I can hear their footsteps on the other side of the wall. The M-COM unit is behind me, and the enemy has tried to arm it with explosives twice already. I can’t let that happen… we have two armored units coming up behind our current holdout. The LAV-25 is acting as a mobile command center, and some teammates jumped into the Growler ITV and were peppering the treeline with gunfire.
I leveled my gun, and fired four bursts through it. The indicator says I hit something, so I pull out my pistol, an M1911, and swing around the doorway and empty my clip.
Ah yes… the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We all have, at one point, looked at things like the Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Pyramids of Giza with child-like wonder. How were they built by ancient societies? Could we build such things today? What purpose did they serve?
While the true answer lies in the past and may therefore never be found, our imaginations constantly draw on these things as inspiration for equally mysterious and wondrous fictional locations, people, and stories. Man’s mind did, after all, developed the actual wonders… and it is with equal imagination that fictional companions exist. They may not be real, but they have the same level of thought and care put into their creation and design.
I was inspired by the Star Wars movies to start this series of posts, as they alone contain dozens of fictional people, places, and ideas to fill an encyclopedia. I chose seven items from various works of fiction to put on my “Seven Wonders of the Fictional World” list, each item getting it’s own post and some great detail on them for those who may not be familiar with all of them. I realize that there are plenty of things that would qualify to be on this list, so don’t assume that I am any authority on this sort of thing. These seven items that I chose reflect the depth of imagination and wonder that the actual wonders of the world showcase.
Let’s start with a race of beings that are truly mysterious… and quite dangerous.
You’ve probably heard of the Foo Fighters. You may have heard of Rise Against. You almost probably haven’t heard about Mariachi el Bronx. That’s ok though, because I’m not going to talk about the mariachi band. I just wanted to swing by and fill you in on how great of a show I got to experience last Friday night, and if they are coming to your town, why you should pick up some tickets.
Do you enjoy tower defense games? Do you enjoy real time strategy games? Do you enjoy FREE games? Have you heard of a rapidly-growing game called League of Legends? If not…you definitely need to try it. If you were to take the hero concept of Warcraft III, remove the need to build armies, and add a turret defense aspect to a game, you would have League of Legends. Sound interesting? Read on.
I’m typically a Halo Guy. Since the advent of the previous generation of Consoles, Halo has been the top tier of all games. Everyone want’s to hit the level they have, and the non-Microsoft companies struggle to find that one game franchise that defines not only their console, but their company as a whole. Microsoft must have some kind of luck, because in 2006, they got a second franchise that can match the level of Halo that Sony and Nintendo simply haven’t been able to achieve. Now, 5 years later, Gears of War 3 might be the most polish, imersive, and emotional title I have ever played. Those Halo guys are lucky to have an ally like Gears of War. Sony and Nintendo… well… there’s always Greek Soldiers and Italian Plumbers… I guess…
Game over. The Summer movie season is drawing to a close, and we have a winner. Captain America, with relative ease, takes this summer’s prize as the most delightful movie, and stands with the other two big comic adaptions of the summer, Thor and X-Men: First Class. This movie has something those two didn’t, though… heart.
I have some pretty complicated feelings about this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it on opening night, but it left me with a somewhat lackluster taste in my mouth for reasons I’ll get to in a moment. I saw it a second time this past weekend, and enjoyed it just as much, and I felt better about the film in general as a result.
All that being said, this movie isn’t going to win awards for filmography or story, but it will forever be a film that championed the definition of a summer movie: “Fun”. Anyone who tells you different has no concept of what the summer blockbuster actually entails. Unlike some of the super hero movies, chick flicks, and drama-dies, released this summer, Transformers is one of the few that is actually fun to watch.