The only things certain in life are death and taxes, or so the saying goes. However, in this animated short film, death isn’t such a sure thing as a trainee reaper rolls in to a ghost town to claim the soul of the last inhabitant. Check out what happens in Reaping for Dummies below.
Reaping for Dummies was created by a group of five students as a graduation project for the 3D design and animation course at the Idèfagskolen school in Tønsberg, Norway.
I wonder if David Cage revels in being different? His studio Quantic Dream makes games different (and differently) from their peers. With the 2010 psychological thriller Heavy Rain, the studio orchestrated a coming-together of video games and film noir. In 2012, Kara the short film showed off their advanced graphics and motion capturing technology. And in 2013, Beyond: Two Souls they create their own concept of a modern adventure game that not only places emphasis on the themes of love, loss, and consequence but gets an injection of super-natural action, a top-notch Hollywood cast, and a story that spans 15 years. Seems like a great setup then, but is this form of interactive movie worth your time and money?
As they say, in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
When death is near and you’re about shuffle off this mortal coil, what do you think you final words would be? George Washington’s last words were an accepting “‘Tis well.” while American Civil War general John Sedgwick never saw it coming when he said, “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” And being his natural witty self, Oscar Wilde supposedly said, “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.”
If you’d like to get an early start on your final soliloquy and need some inspiration, have a look at this compilation of 50 famous last words courtesy of the vlogbrothers.
I loved the first Darksiders. From the whodunnit storyline, to the dungeon crawling, to the hacks and slashes, the experience was surprising as it was thrilling. I am a man of simple needs and when I heard that a sequel was in development, I would have been extremely happy to play one with mechanics similar to the first, just with a different character. But without change there is no progress as some people would say. And in Darksiders 2, Vigil Games were not horsing around when they added wholly new gameplay elements to the mix. Do these new elements dilute the experience? Do they welcome new types of players to the game but alienate others? Does bigger mean it’s better? Let’s dance with Death and find out.
Sigmund Freud’s theory of the Oedipus complex says that a certain neurosis where a male child unconsciously desires to kill his father and have sexual relations with his mother. His theory is based on the legend of Oedipus.
In his creative short film, Jason Wishnow tells the tragic tale of Oedipus using the most unlikely actors—vegetables. The stop-motion film took two years to create and starts in medias res where the adult Oedipus, played by a potato, is travelling to Thebes and encounters a piece of broccoli driving a chariot. Neither wants to let the other go first and a fight breaks out. Oedipus kills the offending floret and unwittingly fulfils the first part of a disturbing prophecy. See what happens next below, but be warned, the film contains scenes of vegetable sensuality.
Konami and developer Rebellion Developments have gone out on a limb with NeverDead and its bizarre mechanic. Without hearing anything else about the game, the ability to rip off your appendages and fling them at enemies had certainly piqued my interest. If you’re reading this I can assume you may be that way inclined too. So, has Rebellion Developments succeeded in converting this novel idea into a worthwhile game or has it shot itself in the foot? Let’s find out after the cut.
Ninjas are sneaky, except when they’re not. In this fantastic stop-motion short from animator Olivier Trudeau, two action-figure ninjas are locked in a duel to the death. Who will emerge as the victor? Find out below.
Until today, I never knew about Emily Carroll. And I have Google’s Jennifer Hom to thank for that discovery.
Carroll is an artist from Vancouver, British Columbia and in her latest comic, she draws out a tale of a prince who falls in love with an enchanting mermaid, and moves the earth to be with her. Hit the jump to see the first few panels of Carroll’s wonderfully-drawn romance comic, The Prince & The Sea.
Saying goodbye to one’s pets is a terribly sad affair. But for some people, it’s not necessarily a farewell, as the memory of their pet lives on, in their hearts, or in some cases on canvas.
Lars Marcus and Theo Tverteras from Skrekkøgle have a friend whose setter Susie passed on. The pet was cremated and the Norwegian designers wanted to created a memorial using the ashes. Their website doesn’t go into too many details but it seems the duo modified printer and experimented until they sure the ash would adhere to a dark canvas. See their remembrance photo of Susie after the jump.