Captain America: Civil War – Trailer World Premiere first impression

https://youtu.be/uVdV-lxRPFo

Amidst my chaotic exam period, I managed to snag this little gem a couple of days ago. I had originally planned to upload this post shortly after the release of the trailer but I was distracted by school work. Nevertheless I decided that I would still talk about the Captain America Civil War trailer no matter how late. Make sure to check out the trailer and read my thoughts on it. The trailer opens with a scene synonymous to the end credits scene from the Ant Man movie with Bucky Barnes being questioned by Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson as it becomes apparent to the latter that Bucky had gotten his memories back. The trailer also chronicles the return of Thunderbolt Ross from the Incredible Hulk movie, talking to Steve Rogers and stating that his heroic acts tend more towards vigilantism and advises him to stand down. Black Widow also calls Steve to give him the same warning. We also get a glimpse of the “accords” which seem to play a pivotal role in driving the main plot of the movie. The story of the movie seems to follow its comic book counterpart whereas in the comic due to a superhero stunt gone bad which leads to a massive loss of lives, the government passes a law demanding that all superheroes reveal their identities and succumb to a registered act leading to a fracture among the superheroes as a portion support the notion and another portion oppose. The movie would be adapting the story plot but with a slight change been the Sokovia Accords which is a law that calls for the accountability of every superhero due to the massive collateral damage that they inflicted in the Avengers: Age of Ultron. Clearly this law fractures the Avengers as Captain America and the Falcon oppose this law and see it as a means of suppression. Iron Man supports the notion and is sent to bring in the Captain. This evidently leads to the civil war and creates the basis of the movie.

The trailer really does a good job of giving us an idea of what it is going to be about. One thing I really like about the movie and didn’t expect was the use of Bucky as secondary driving point. After his sheningans in The Winter Soldier, he is hunted down by the government for his crimes, something Steve Rogers is clearly not a fan of, as he proceeds to defend his friend. Another nice surprise that came with the trailer was the reveal of Black Panther in his sleek black outfit. We get three shots of him and I can’t wait to see more in future trailers with further details of his involvement in the movie, but my guess would be that the Accords were affecting the state of his home country of Wakanda. The trailer shows us some really amazing fight sequences and a glimpse of who is on who’s team. We see Iron Man and War Machine on one side and then Captain America, Falcon, Bucky, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch on the other. I am guessing that future trailers will reveal more characters and showcase who’s side they are on. Ant Man and Spider Man were missing from the trailer which I’m guessing is also been kept for future reveals. Another really splendid aspect of the trailer was the dialogue with a particular one between Captain America and Iron Man where the former stated that he is fighting back in order to aid his friend(Bucky) to which Tony Stark replies ‘So was I’. That line really struck a chord as it presents trailer with the emotional depth that we are to expect from the upcoming movie. Finally my absolutely favorite part of the trailer has to be the last scene where Captain America and Bucky are tag teaming against Iron Man. It was a beautiful well shot scene that shows both the former passing the shield to each other in an effort to knock down Iron Man. Overall I loved the sombre tone of the trailer as it was similar to that of Age of Ultron(although not the Avengers sequel that I had hoped for). This was an excellent trailer and with the Russo brothers directing this movie as well(The Winter Soldier is my second favorite Marvel movie), I am very optimistic of the final product. I look forward to more trailers and information.

What did you think of the trailer? What did you love the most or dislike? Let me know in the comment section below. Right now I am busy with exams and working on my next short story which I will upload once it’s done. Don’t forget to follow and subscribe for more contents. Till next time. Szia.

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Weekend Matter

Hello my fellow readers, it’s been particularly too long since I have posted anything, mostly due to( and in all honesty) a particular one of the seven deadly sins called Sloth. Ever since I resumed school for this semester, I have been using it as an excuse to evade my blogging practices, also being trying to get a fully accessible website in order to expand from the minor limitations of a blog. Today, I will be uploading my regular dosage of movie news and I will try and hope to continue posting at a more consistent rate. Today I will be talking about another Ubisoft game property coming to the big screens, the shortlist of potential actors cast in a movie far, far, away and an announced sequel to one of the most beloved Pixar movies. In light of sending people to Mars permanently, let’s get it on.

  • GREEN, YELLOW, RED, MARK AND EXECUTE

Ubisoft seems to be getting a lot of Hollywood traffic as of late, it has been reported that Doug Liman, the director of movies such as The Bourne Identity and Mr and Mrs Smith is set to helm a movie adaptation of the popular spy-thriller videogame Splinter Cell. Warner Bros and Paramount Pictures have picked up the franchise and they are set to produce it. Tom Hardy(The Dark Knight Rises, Warrior) is set to portray the trident goggle wearing superspy Sam Fisher. This will be the second upcoming movie adaptation from Ubisoft following the Assassin’s Creed movie set to hit theatres next year. Are you a fan of the videogame and do you support the notion of a movie adaptation? Let me know in the comments below.

“Splinter Cell: Bane Theory”
  • IN A CASTING CALL, FAR, FAR, AWAY

One of the biggest movie news circulating is the news about the casting news regarding the upcoming sci-fi epic Star Wars: Episode VII. It has been previously confirmed that Adam Driver(Girls) is going to play a villainous role in the movie, more actors have been rumored to play various roles as well namely, John Boyega(Attack the Block), Jesse Plemons(Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights) and Edward Speleers(Downtown Abbey, Eragon). Micheal B. Jordan and David Oyelowo were also rumored to be casted at some points as well. Are you a fan of any of these actors, and which roles do you think fit them?

“One fought aliens, one was as evil as an alien and one had an alien”
  • THE MOST AWESOME FAMILY IS BACK

Finally after ten long anticipating years, news has broken out of an Incredibles 2 movie under development. One of cinema’s most beloved family is back, Brad Bird, the director of the first movie had stated for a long time that he was interested in directing the sequel. Disney’s CEO and chairman, Bob Iger has also confirmed the news. Cars 3 is another Pixar property that has been set to be produced. Ever since I was a kid, I have been anticipating this movie for a long time and I am exceedingly glad to see it in the works. Are you excited for this news? Which other Disney sequel are you hoping to see? That is all for today, but as an avid videogamer, I plan on also adding a videogame category to my blog. Please do not forget to like and subscribe for more mouth watering news. Till next time. Szia.

“Prepare for a sequel of epic proportions”

Weekend Matter: Movie Adaptations

Hello my fellow readers, I know its been a while since I uploaded a post, but when you are a chemical engineering student that is due to resume school in a week’s time, preparation has a way of keeping one busy. I would like to talk about a particular topic that has been bugging me for a while, it also causes a series of arguments among my friends. I would like to talk about Movie Adaptations, and just how true should they be to their source materials, I will list some examples of movie adaptations and how successful they have been. Let’s get it on.

  • THE PLOT TWISTER

A lot of movies nowadays, that are based on pre-existing novels or comics tend to rewrite the whole story to the extent that the only similarity left is the title. An example of such issues is the zombie infestation movie, World War Z, I actually have not read the book, but a couple of my friends that have read have lamented at the absolute difference between the book and the movie. I was not a huge fan of the movie, but since I never read the book, I couldn’t decide its originality on my own. When it comes to comic books, it is usually easy for screenwriters to develop a script due to the vast world of comic books, but at times the studio does a huge twist that sends fan boys retching in despair, an example would be Iron Man 3, this was a movie that I personally loved, irrespective of its twist, whereas most fan boys were pissed off, this did not stop the movie for making over a billion dollars at the box office. This just goes to show how little the number of fan boys are to the vast majority of regular movie going audience. What are your thoughts?

“Syke, I’m British”
  • THE FAN PLEASER

This is the opposite of the previous point, this is when a movie studio adheres as much possible to the source material. A worthy example would be the 2012 remake of Dredd, this was a movie I personally liked, it was a better step up from the 1995 movie with Sylvester Stallone. Unfortunately I was part of the 5% of the fan boys that loved the perfect adaptation of the movie to its source material, as the movie performed poorly at the box office, despite its high ratings( with a 78% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes). So this just confirms my point that no matter how accurate a movie might be to the source material, and no matter how beloved the movie may be by fan boys, this does not guarantee a box office success, because fans only make up about 5% of the total movie going audience, and studios are after the box office numbers overall.

“Screw the box office, I am the Law”
  • THE DOWNRIGHT FAILURE

This is a movie that does nothing right, either to the fan boys or the average moviegoer. This is the example of movies that have not stuck to the source materials and do not even hold out to be called good as movies on their own. A bloodcurdling example would be The Last Airbender, I was a huge fan of the cartoons when I was growing up, so hearing about this movie kept me on my toes. Then the movie came out and it was horrendous, it didn’t stay true to its cartoon counterpart and it was horrible as a movie on its own, with a lackluster story, bland acting and poor direction. This was one of the greatest disappointments to me in film history, the movie is also responsible for effectively wrecking the career of M. Night Shyamalan. Although the movie made a substantial amount at the box office, the negative feedback seems to have halted the release of a sequel, though Shyamalan has been talking about doing a sequel. What are your thoughts?

“Alright, Dev time to ruin a franchise”
  • THE ULTIMATE WINNER

This is my final point and it refers to those movies which have both satisfied the fan boys and the movie going audience. A livid example would be Marvel’s The Avengers, which as being called the father of all comic book movies. This was a movie that served up what everyone had been waiting for. From the direction to the casting to the acting and to the action sequences. This is a movie worth watching for all ages, a movie adaptation that stayed true to the comics and still delivered to its average moviegoers. I can’t wait for the sequel. This is my view on movie adaptations, what are yours? Feel free to leave a comment below. Till next time. Szia.

“We’ve got the billion dollar smile”

Weekend Matter: Movie Inaccuracies

Hello there my fellow readers, I have gotten some complaints that my previous posts on Weekend Matter can not be seen so I am going to be reposting them every weekend. Please bear with me. Welcome to yet another new segment in my blog sphere, I plan on talking about a specific topic every weekend. Today I would like to talk about a particular topic that sparks controversies among people today, that is movie inaccuracies, honestly i am not to bothered  with the authenticity of the premise of a movie as long as the actions taking place are plausible. When it comes to historical inaccuracies in the case of movies based on true stories, the same notion holds for me. I would like to delve into three points as to why I think movie inaccuracies should not be taking too seriously. This is a subjective matter, so feel free to interject and leave your own comments. In light of the Superbowl commercials, which is what most people go to see. Let’s get it on.

  • ENTERTAINMENT NOT EDUCATION

My first point is based on the sole reason that we all whisk ourselves into movie theaters in the first place, one does not go to see Fast Five because they want to learn about the different types of car suspensions, although I agree that a movie should have a base sense of realism in order to relate with the audience. If one wants to learn about cars they can simply go watch a documentary on cars. Directors like Quentin Tarantino go under fire for their takes on alternate realities, I had a friend who went to see the Inglorious Basterds and was angry because Hitler was shown to have been shot and killed by those Americans rather than commit suicide like he actually did, as it remixes the truth about what happened in real life, so I told him that Quentin’s take on the movie was simply set in an alternate WWII era. But of course there are some seriously themed movies that require one to relate with characters on screen, a definitive example is the award winning Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, it tells the tale of Tony Mendez, a CIA operative who is tasked with leading six U.S. diplomats out of Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Although there were several controversies, from the larger role of the Canadians to the Iranian authorities roles, but one particular point I would like to bring out is the chase at the runway that occurs in the movie. In reality the actual people that were involved said that there was no imminent danger at the airport but when the scene was thrown in the movie, it created a perfect wave of adrenaline as the audience secretly wishes the safety of the diplomats. This is an example of what I mean by entertainment not education, if all movies based on true events were shot scene for scene, we might have ourselves a plethora of documentaries that people might not find very captivating. If any one wishes to know what actually took place in Iran, they could read the book written by Tony Mendez himself titled Master of Disguise, and stop complaining about how inaccurate the movie was.

“Argo make some meth”
  • BENJAMIN’S BOYS

Another factor that is put into consideration is the monetary factor, a movie studio is all about making money from a movie or TV project, of course whenever they are dealing with biopics, they have to stay as true to the material as possible, although at times, when a studio is shooting a biopic on a certain person that is acknowledged by most as an epitome of bravery and leadership, the studio often tends to bend the story a bit in order to spice up the tale of the character in the movie. It goes as far as family members of the icon paying the studio to only showcase the memorable and charismatic side of the person in the biopic. Movie studios have been doing this for a very long time, and it seems to always fetch them the right amount of money. If one wants to know all about the story of Princess Diana for example, then they should read online or watch a documentary that showcases her life, rather than bank on the upcoming Diana movie starring Naomi Watts, which showcases her controversial love life.

“Yup, the queen is going to have my head for this movie”
  • SCIENCE, BABY

This is one of the controversial issues in movies nowadays, especially when it comes to sci-fi or fantasy based movies, most times they are rapidly panned for scientific discrepancies. For example, the recent sci-fi disaster movie Gravity which scored big at the box office and with critics alike, was panned by astrophysicist guru, Neil deGrasse Tyson who pointed out some inaccuracies, from the different altitudes of the various space stations, the unnecessary and implausible sacrifice of Matt Kowalski played by George Clooney to the lack of hair suspension when Ryan Stone played by Sandra Bullock was in zero gravity. Although some of the accusations are grounded, this did not matter to most of the target audience who were too blown away by the visuals to notice. Another example is that of G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, although this movie did not perform well enough, it was because of the movie’s story and not its scientific inaccuracies, most critics panned the sinking of the ice fortress, which would be impossible since ice is lighter than water, but that does not matter to the targeted demographic. This is all I have time for, please feel free to comment and air your thoughts. I still stand on my opinion that movies should be seen more as conduits of entertainment rather than strongholds of education. Till next time. Szia.

“Oh, oh, shouldn’t have eaten that bean burrito back on Earth”

Most Anticipated movies of 2014 part 2

Hello my fellow viewers, and a very Merry Christmas to you all, I would like to conclude my list of anticipated movies today, I already wrote down five of them in my last post. So without any other further delay, let’s get it on.

  • TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

This is a movie franchise in which I had partly given up hope on, although I do not think the last two movies were as terrible as some people might think, I do agree that there was a lost of substance since the first film. News of the fourth installment have been great so far, with a new lead actor, Mark Wahlberg who takes over from the overly hysterical Shia LaBeouf. The new movie is set to be a sequel to the third movie and not a reboot, as former rumors stated. The movie also has star studded actors like Stanley Tucci(The Lovely Bones) and Kelsey Grammer(Frasier). It has also been confirmed that the Dinobots from the cartoon series will be featured in the movie. With all this development news, I must say that the next movie has gotten me stoked a bit. Transformers: Age of Extinction unleashes on the 27th of June 2014.

“This is only the tip of the sandberg”
  • GODZILLA

Come on, who isn’t excited to see Japan’s beloved city-crushing monster on the big screen again. This is a movie that I had been personally waiting for ever since the mess of 1998(I see you Emmerich). The new trailer, though esoteric, still packed a whole bill of suspense, this is one of the most famous characters in cinematic history and cannot wait to hear his epic roar on the big screen once again. Godzilla releases on the 16th of May 2014 in North America.

“Oh my, I thought that was a mountain while on the plane”
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Okay to be honest, I was not very familiar with this franchise until after the release of The Avengers in 2012 and the post credit scene that revealed Thanos’ face. But ever since then, I have been wrapped up in the world of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. It is such a vast and enormous world, that it could have its own live action tv show. Often referred to as the space Avengers, the team consists of Peter Quill/Star Lord, the human leader and skilled marksman, Gamora, an estranged daughter of Thanos, who turned against him and has vowed to destroy him, Groot, a size-manipulative tree creature, Drax the Destroyer, a resurrected being that was killed by Thanos and now seeks retribution, and my favorite Rocket Raccoon, an anthropomorphic raccoon that wields a massive gun and a no nonsense attitude. The cast has also been revealed which feature actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper respectively, with other tons of supporting actors. Guardians of the Galaxy takes over on the 1st of August 2014.

“Move aside Avengers, there is a new face of justice in town”
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Another highly anticipated sequel, this is a movie that really pleased me despite my initially dislike for the main character, but with a stunning new cast and a new villain, this looks like it is going to be a very promising second act. The story follows the Captain as he still tries to adapt to the modern world, a new threat emerges that could put S.H.I.E.L.D out of business, our beloved captain must team up with the Black Widow and Falcon, as they try to stop the uprising terror, meanwhile the Captain encounters an old pal with new modifications. Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the addition of Anthony Mackie and Hollywood legend Robert Redford. Captain American: The Winter Soldier comes out on the 4th of April 2014.

“I look ready to end my virginity”

Before I mention my number one, I would like to list out some runner ups that were to epic to make the final list.

  • THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2
  • ROBOCOP
  • FAST AND FURIOUS 7
  • THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY
  • THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN

All this movies listed above are also huge blockbusters coming out next year, and I really can’t wait for them.

  • X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

This is undoubtedly my most anticipated movie of 2014, especially with the surprising success and awesomeness of the prequel, X-Men: First Class. The trailer looks mind boggling and with the return of the old and new cast this is a movie that looks to please, although my constant worry is the number of characters in this movie(*ahem* X-Men 3), I can only hope that they are all utilized appropriately. The story cuts across two time period in which the first class team of X-Men must team up with their older versions in order to change the past and preserve their future. X-Men: Days of Future Past presents itself on the 23rd of May 2014.

“I am Charles “McAvoy Stewart” Xavier”

As we all wait in eager anticipation for next year I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Weekend Matter: Most Anticipated movies of 2014 part 1

Hello out there my fellow readers, a Merry Christmas in advance, and I wish you all a festive season, as this year wraps up we should not forget the amazing movies that various studios presented us with. I will be uploading a list of my favorite movies of 2013 next week, but for today I would like to highlight my top ten movies that I would be looking forward to next year. Let’s get it on.

  • EDGE OF TOMORROW

Let us begin with the unfamiliar titles first, this is a movie that I have been looking forward to ever since I heard of its synopsis. The story follows Lt. Col. William Cage(Tom Cruise) who is dropped into a horrific battlefield with a war going on between the humans and an alien race known as the Mimics, but he seems to be caught in a time loop, as every time he dies he comes back from the beginning of his deployment, this causes him to hone his skills and prepare harder after every death. To my fellow avid videogamers, this definitely sounds familiar and appeals to us, but with the release of its recent trailer, I can see this been a very promising sci-fi with various twists for everyone. Tom Cruise is also aided by Emily Blunt who plays Rita Vrataski, a Special Forces soldier. The movies releases on the 6th of June next year.

“Hmm, Emily are you free later today”
  • NEED FOR SPEED

Okay I know movie adaptations of videogames have not worked out so well in the past, but I have some faith in this movie, because to begin with, unlike most other videogames, Need for Speed does not have a close narrative unlike other games like Halo or Prince of Persia, so all that this movie as to deliver are high octane car chases and a compelling story-line. It is also nice to see Aaron Paul in his first lead role in a movie after escaping the grip of meth-lord Walter White from his role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad. The movie also features actors like Dominic Cooper(The Devil’s Double),Imogen Poots(28 Weeks Later) and Micheal Keaton(Beetlejuice). Need for Speed releases on the 13th of March next year.

“Yo, Driving is like science, bitch”
  • 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

Now we are getting to familiar territory, this is one movie that I was initially hesitant about, as I felt that the original film which came out in 2007 had a satisfying conclusion, but due to the recent trailers that I have seen, I must say that my interest has been peaked a bit. The film continues the story from the prequel, as Queen Gorgo(Lena Headey) is preparing to avenge her fallen 300 soldiers, but new characters are introduced namely Themistocles(Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia(Eva Green) who are locked in a naval battle, the film will also reveal Xerxes’ backstory to reveal how he became known as the god king. The movie comes out on the 7th of March 2014

“I could probably go surfing or continue fighting”
  • 22 JUMP STREET

The original movie was a surprise hit and success, and a sequel was definitely a no brainer. With the release of its recent trailer, it seems to follow a similar plot from the first movie but this time it takes place in a college which they must infiltrate. Schmidt(Jonah Hill) and Jenko(Channing Tatum) return as the undercover cops who are trying to bust a drug ring. With returning acts from Ice Cube, Nick Offerman and Rob Riggle. The sequel looks really promising and I can’t wait for its release. 22 Jump Street is set to be released on the 13th of June 2014.

“We are back for more finger popping action”
  • DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

This is actually one of my most anticipated movies of 2014 because the prequel blew me away, I remember being initially worried for the first movie, as it was a reboot and we all know how most reboots turn out, but the movie surprised me, especially with the role of Andy Serkis as Caeser, the sequel is set to take place 8 years after the events of the first film in which a virus has spread around that is killing off the human population and now the apes are battling against the humans for dominance. A trailer was released recently and it showed Caeser leading a charge of simian warriors. The movie looks amazing and captivating so far. The movie introduces new characters that would be played by Gary Oldman(Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jason Clarke(Lawless), Keri Russell(Waitress) and many more. The movie comes out on the 11th of July 2014.

“King Kong ain’t got shit on me”

These are the first five movies that I am personally anticipating for next year, stay tuned for the continuation, please do not forget to comment and subscribe for more movie related news. Till next time. Szia.

Weekend Matter: Video-game Influences

Hello there fellow viewers, today’s weekend matter is going to be focused on the influence of video games and the various myths that have befallen them. I am here to debunk some myths, although there are obvious draw backs to playing video games, but what source of entertainment in this world doesn’t have its disadvantages. I am going to split this posts into points in which I would highlight the major pros of playing video games.

  • VIOLENT TENDENCIES

The first and obvious draw back on video games is the allegations made by various people, as to how violent they are, ever since the release of video games such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, that depict violence on a more realistic scale, lawyers and paralegals have been quick to blame them for the increase in crimes around the world. This is just an avenue for unsolved murders and other atrocities to be answered. For example, during the Cold War, Russians were blamed for everything, just like the Arabs were also blamed for everything following the events of 9/11, and just like how North Koreans are currently depicted in various movies and TV shows as megalomaniacs out to take over the USA. To be honest, there have been some games that are truly gratuitous and crude, like Ethnic Cleansing, which was a game that featured a Caucasian character killing people of different races, but that is what the ESRB(Entertainment Software Rating Board) is there for. They rate video games according to the sensitivity of its content from eC(early Childhood) which is good for kids from ages 3 to 6, E(Everyone) which is suitable for everyone, T(Teens) which is suitable for teens and might contain mild violence, M(Mature) which is suitable for people above the age of 17 because they contain gore, violence and sexual themes and then there is A(Adults only) which contain extreme and explicit contents, most of this type of games are usually banned in countries. Moving on, video games have been scientifically proved to have not been a direct cause of a specific act of crime or violence. To wrap up this point, most of the video games that have been alleged criticized have made over a billion dollars in sales e.g. GTA and Call of Duty, hence this just proves that most of this prosecutors are just after the cheddar(money).

            “Hmmm, just hunting for ducks”
  • STRONGER PLOTS

The undeniable fact about most video games especially of this generation is their complex story lines, that have even surpassed a lot of Hollywood productions. For example, the survival horror zombie game, The Last of Us has been credited for its in-dept story and narration and has been hailed has even surpassing the apocalyptic zombie flick, World War Z. Likewise with the Walking Dead, whose video game has a stronger narrative than its TV show counterpart. Other games like L.A. Noire( a police procedural noire) and Spec Ops: The Line have interchanging plot twists and engaging story lines. Batman Arkham City had such a complex story that I rate it higher than the Dark Knight Rises. To wrap up this point, I would like to leave you with a critically acclaimed game, Heavy Rain which had such a strong narrative that it was awarded a BAFTA and is being pursued for a movie adaptation.

         “Yup, our zombies actually eat people”
  • EDUCATIONAL EDGE

This is another strong fact about video games, they provide a lot of people with unconscious education. I for one can testify that I used the knowledge from Assassin’s Creed Revelations to compile a presentation on the Ottoman Empire for my history class. A lot of video games are based on historical facts, that can help enlighten an individual while they are playing. The story of The Last of Us  which features a known fungus called Cordyceps in its story, was actually adapted from the true life fungus. The more recent Assassin’s Creed 3 was loosely based on the American Civil War and it had a database of historic trivia that the player could access. To wrap up this point, there have been a couple of other game that have been inspired by true events and then used as a plot device e.g. Call of Duty, Rage( which is based on a foretold asteroid set to hit earth in 2029), Uncharted and so on.

      “I teach history in the best way”
  • TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH

This is one of the major advantages of video games, particularly the consoles, in this recent generation, the current generation consoles like the Wii and Xbox 360 had motion control which made video-games more fun to play, but aside from the entertainment factor, the Xbox Kinect as been said to be used by scientists to create new peripherals that can be used by physically disabled individuals. The more recent PS4 has been said to possess a processing power that surpasses that of the computers used by NASA. There are other various innovations that the presence of video-game consoles have brought. To wrap up this point, surgeons who play first person shooters have been proven to perform over 30% better than surgeons who don’t

           “Wii will, Wii will rock you”
  • EMPHATIC CONNECTION

Lastly, I would like to talk about the emotional aspect of playing video-games. It has been recorded that video-games that feature the protagonist in a quest to protect a younger and more vulnerable character positively affect the emotion of the player e.g. The Walking Dead, Bioshock, and The Last of Us e.t.c. Other games like role playing games, that feature the protagonist making choices that affect the outcome of the game have been proven to improve multitasking skills and decision making in the players, examples of games are Mass Effect, Infamous, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and more. In conclusion, I am simply saying that although video-games have their pros and cons much like any other thing on this planet, we shouldn’t be swift to judge the negatives and overlook the positives. I will leave you with the fact that video-games have never started pub fights or street brawls like sports or other forms of entertainment do at times. Which video-games have influenced you. Please feel free to leave a comment below. Till next time. Szia.