Stories That Inspire Us
We're not going to beat around the bush, the November 8th election left many of us at Fanpup feeling bruised and scared. A man clearly unfit to serve has ascended to the highest office in our land, and we may now have to work extra hard to preserve some of the rights we care about. As we lick our wounds and figure out how best to move forward...
Star Trek 3: Beyond Expectations or Another Disappointment?
Star Trek at its best has been about exploring strange new worlds while finding out more about humanity and the human condition as it goes along.
Each and every one of the Star Trek shows over the decades has touched on this theme; it’s an important trope to hit in sci-fi, one that The Original Series helped to pioneer. Full Article
Heroes Who Would Be Insufferable in Real Life
There's something about heroes that's just cool. They're skilled, courageous, and always ready to kick some ass. But what would it be like to actually interact with them? See, what can be compelling on-screen for two hours at a time, might just get a little annoying in real life.
So Fanpup presents our list of characters who's heroics are undeniable...but who would be insufferable to hang out with.
Clone Wars Watch Guide
With announcements of Saw Gerrera in Rogue One and Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels, a lot of attention is focusing on the CG-animated Lucasfilm shows. Mainly, folks are starting to think:
“Hey! I should watch Star Wars Rebels! And also The Clone Wars I guess? Wait, do I have to watch ALL of The Clone Wars?”
Nope! Fear no longer. Full Article
Winners & Losers of SDCC
San Diego Comic Con 2016 has come and gone, and after a whirlwind weekend of geekery, we thought we'd examine what was great, and what wasn't so great, about this year's convention. We present our picks for SDCC 2016's winners & losers.
Sulu & Sexual Orientation
Let’s recap quickly. Recently it was announced that Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, would be revealed as gay in the upcoming film, Star Trek Beyond. A wide flurry of reactions rippled out from this announcement; ranging from praising the move as positive representation in the most historically progressive and diverse franchise ever, to outrage at changing an essential piece of this character’s identity.
A Look Back at Independence Day
20 long years after President Whitmore rallied humanity to kick E.T.’s ass in Independence Day, we finally have a sequel, for better or worse. The film bombed at the box office and didn’t fare much better with critics. Among the kinder words I’ve heard spoken of the sequel...
The Changing Face of Game Demos
Over the past three or four console generations, there have been massive developments, both inside the video game industry and outside of it, that change the ways we consume our video games. Vast leaps in internet technology have made
10 Cloverfield Lane: The End of the Road
I saw 10 Cloverfield Lane, and I loved it. It’s probably my favorite horror movie to come out in the last few years. I feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve watched a film that kept my attention as well as 10 Cloverfield did. The story is well-written and hard to predict, the acting was great, especially Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle.
Netflix Release Schedule: Good or Bad?
Is Netflix's full season release a good method, or does it serve to diminish the impact of the show by subtly pressuring everyone to watch it so quickly? Fanpup writers Cody Olsen & Casey Hayden share their thoughts.
Deadpool: Kind of a Mixed Bag
This week, the Merc with a Mouth blasts his way into theaters, ending the incredibly long and convoluted process that led him from his role as the worst part of 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, to his first genuine cinematic debut. The fact that this film is even being made (by Fox no less) is still a little surreal, but how does it stack up?
The Realism & Idealism of the Star Wars Military
The galaxy far far away to which we love to escape isn’t referred to as “Star Wars” for no reason. Military conflict and mass destruction are the backdrop for multiple iterations of our heroes’ journeys. What aspects of the Empire’s war machine mirror our real world concept of war? How do our heroes approach war? Is it in a way that echoes our own goals and tactics, or have they found a higher moral ground?
Yo-kai Watch and Westernization
Following in the footsteps of the old anime favorite Pokémon,Yo-kai Watch has fallen back on a westernized translation in order to appeal to a wider audience. Both its game and anime give the protagonist, Keita Amano, the westernized name of “Nate Adams”. In addition to character names,
Overthinking It: 'Do, or do not. There is no try'
“Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try,” Yoda proclaimed to an agitated Luke Skywalker in the swamps of Dagobah. This line has since achieved a sort of immortality; even if you don’t remember much about Luke’s training in The Empire Strikes Back or his green, diminutive teacher, you probably remember this line.
Where Should Star Wars Go Next?
The Force Awakens provides a worthy batch of successors who were arguably the strongest points of the new movie and with two more films to go, their stories are still wide open.
Here’s a recap of the new characters who made the biggest impact, where they could go, and where the story hopefully won’t take them. Full Article
The Strange Duality of The Force Awakens
After years of anticipation, Star Wars The Force Awakens has finally hit theaters, and by all accounts everyone is loving it. It made $238 million in the first weekend alone, crossed the $300 million threshold after only 5 days in theaters, and currently holds a 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. If you don’t like this movie, something has to be wrong with you. But as the final credits rolled and the audience cheered, I found myself a little disappointed at what I had just seen.
Fallout 4 & Gameplay Aesthetics
As the current generation of gamers obsess over graphics, there is something that a more critical player will pay attention to: the gameplay aesthetics. Though aesthetics is normally viewed as visual appeal, game critics often refer to gameplay aesthetics as how a game evokes emotions in its players. How the world of the game makes the player feel.
Solarpunk, Gardening, and Quiet Revolution
Between the ecological disaster in Brazil, terrorist attacks in Nigeria, Paris, Lebanon, and Iraq, the constant reminders of global warming, and the never ending stream of mass shootings and police violence in our own country, it’s a hard time to be hopeful as a 20-something in America.
How the Most Original Thing About Halo 5 is a Podcast
Halo 5: Guardians is out, and for those who remember the intriguing ads and marketing underscoring unreliable narratives during war, the single player campaign is a bit lackluster. IGN wrote about it, stating their disappointment that the weighty themes of competing narratives and potentially traitorous heroes were isolated to the ads themselves.
What Makes a Good Action Movie?
While large-scale action movies are a common and beloved part of our cinematic lexicon, too many action movies just aren’t as exciting or coherent as they could be. It’s not an easy balance to strike between a worthwhile script, well-directed action, and enough emotional heft...
Fear The Walking Dead: What's Wrong & What Could Have Been
Fear the Walking Dead, AMC’s companion show to the highly successful The Walking Dead, recently completed its first season and, well, the show isn’t good. For a variety of reasons too, it’s not just the sub-par dialogue, many other shows (usually on the CW) manage to overcome imperfections and still tell a decent tale, but Fear is boring on basically every level
YouTube Gamers & Jimmy Kimmel
Not all that long ago, Jimmy Kimmel made some jokes about the new Youtube Gaming site that some gamers, myself included, considered to be insensitive. In response the internet went berserk—I mean, literally insane—with rage. The range included everything from mild insults, to callous threats, and even a few people straight-up threatening to kill the late-night host
The Creepiest Villain in all of Geekdom - Vote Now!
We've narrowed it down to 16 of the absolute creepiest foes spanning all sorts of fandoms. Now, we need YOUR votes. Let us know whom you're backing in this 4-round tournament bracket to determine the definitely creepiest villain ever!
Overthinking it: 'Great Power, Great Responsibility'
In the past few weeks, a firestorm of controversy erupted over the internet celebrity known as “The Fat Jew,” aka Josh Ostrovsky, and his failure to attribute comedic material posted on his popular tumblr account to the original posters. Stealing someone else’s material is nothing new to the internet, and while The Fat Jew’s theft is a particularly egregious example, this article isn’t about him. During an exclusive interview with Vulture, something interesting and hyper-meta happened Full Article
Opinion: The MCU plays it too safe
Marvel has followed a pattern in its film making where the goal seems to be: make the film as family friendly as possible. Kevin Feige, Marvel's top executive, promised no dark turns in this cinematic universe. While few want an entire universe filled only with depressing superhero stories, to mandate that none of the multiple films Marvel releases each year will be dark seems to be limiting their storytelling choices.
Once Upon a Time Review
Once Upon a Time is a storytelling card game with a simple, yet creatively challenging, goal: improvise the narrative of a fairy tale based on a hand of randomly assigned plot devices. On their turn, players narrate the fairy tale off the top of their heads while trying to incorporate their hand of plot devices as key story elements.
StemBox: The Girliest Toy of All
The fact that women are underrepresented in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is well documented, with some estimates putting women’s role in these fields as low as 25 percent. Unfortunately, identifying that there is a problem has proven far easier than eradicating it (like most things in life). But one Kickstarter campaign seeks to combat this underrepresentation.
Summer Games Done Quick 2015
This is Summer Games Done Quick, also known as SGDQ for those who want to retain the “gotta go fast” attitude that drives this charity event. This annual event, along with its sister get-together, Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), are around not just to showcase the speed-running community but also help raise money for really awesome charities
Adaptation in Name Only, No More.
While adapting novels into movies has long been a staple in Hollywood, it’s getting more and more popular to quickly produce films based on best-selling novels and promote them heavily to the already-established fan base of the book or author, especially in the case of Young Adult (YA) fiction. How did we get this strong trend? And is it likely to continue?
The Gaming CEO: Memoriam of Satoru Iwata
Satoru Iwata, was a man who loved video games. He loved creating memorable experiences with video games, and most importantly, he wanted to assure the best gaming experience was available to everyone. His never-ending passion, exceptional palate of programing skills, and steadfast leadership permanently defined his legacy in Nintendo's history books.
Terminator Genisys: It Doesn't Suck
When the movie was announced, there were plenty of mixed reactions from die-hard fans: some saw it as an opportunity to right the wrongs the franchise had accumulated over the years, while others thought it would dig itself into an even deeper hole that even Hollywood hand-waving couldn’t save.
Skull and Roses
Can you look your friend in the eyes and read them like a book? Can you get in their head and make them question their every decision? Are you ready to watch your friends shake in anticipation and fear as they are forced to slowly reach out their hand and make a choice that could either spell victory or a crushing defeat for them? Let me tell you about Skull.
Blizzard and Strong Female Characters
Like many writers in the same position, Blizzard seems to regularly confuse “strong” with “powerful”. As such, we wind up with many of the same female archetypes, just wielding infinite cosmic power.
Your San Diego Comic-Con Video Roundup
Thanks to San Diego Comic-Con, SO much wonderful new footage from trailers, previews, and panels surged forth onto the interwebs this past weekend. Wouldn't it be nice if someone just made a video playlist with all the greatest hits from SDCC 2015?! Your wish is our command...
Let's Be Better Fans
San Diego Comic-Con is upon us. The Expo floor, Hall H, inhumanly long lines, and beautiful celebrities await many of our fellow geeks as they make their way South towards one of the nation's biggest celebrations of geek culture. But before all the fun starts, I wanna facilitate a brief moment of introspection, and examine of how we can be better audiences...
Adapting Lazarus for TV
On March 24, Legendary TV announced it had acquired the rights to Greg Rucka’s Lazarus. The project is in the very early stages of development, as the company still needs to find a network interested in the show, but Rucka said he is determined to hand Lazarus over to someone who will be as faithful as possible with the adaptation.
Affordable Space Adventures: Developer Q & A
Tired of buying games that don't satisfy your need for a brand new adventure? Thinking about going on a vacation to a city (or a planet) you've never been to before, but struggling to raise the needed funds? Well, look no further, future explorer! The ambitious teams of KnapNok Games and Nifflas' Games have developed the answer to all your problems! Introducing, Affordable Space Adventures!
Mad Max: Fury Road is Near Perfect AND is the Most Feminist Blockbuster Ever Made
There’s already a glut of reviews out there touting how great the movie is and how well it handles its feminist themes. But you won’t find another one as spoiler-filled and in-depth as this one. So, get comfy and put your thinking cap on. And do only read this if you’ve seen the movie already..
Game of Thrones Deja vu
Like many people who watched last Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, I was upset by the direction they chose to take with Sansa’s plot. Once it was revealed she was going to Winterfell to marry Ramsey Bolton, we all held our breath, knowing what was likely to happen. But as I watched, the horrible feeling of déjà vu crept over me as another rape scene unfolded where there previously was none.
Best & Worst Moments of Avengers: Age of Ultron
Now that we've had some time to digest what we saw in theaters, here's our pick for Age of Ultron's best & worst moments. Massive Spoilers below.
How Was That Batman v Superman Trailer?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While the movie is still a year away, the first trailer was leaked online and then officially released. We saw our first shots of Ben Affleck as Batman, briefly heard Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, and got to see Henry Cavill looking as Superman-y as ever. So is the trailer any good?
Studio "Leaks": How Technology Influences and Spoils Movies
With the leak of the first four episodes of the highly anticipated Game of Thrones season 5 followed by the Dawn of Justice trailer leak days later, the internet is ablaze with equal parts excitement and frustration. Some are happily exploiting the opportunity to view the episodes and the trailer early, while others...Full Article
5 Comic Book Movies that Stray From the Source
Comic book adaptations are now a massive sub-genre in Hollywood. But at the dismay of comic book purists, some of these movies stray away from their source material with varying results. Here’s our list of movies that strayed, what they got wrong, and what they got right (sometimes very little).
Comic Book Super-Ladies With Practical Outfits
Superheroine costumes have a notoriously bad rap for prioritizing form over function - even when the ‘form’ itself is questionable. Whether it’s the platform heels, physics-defying lycra bodysuits, or impractical boob windows (maybe all of the above?), something’s gotta give. Fortunately, not all of the super-powered women on the pages of our favorite comic books are plagued by impractical, over-sexualized costumes.
Does Pixels Actually Look Good?
A film by Adam Sandler in which he plays a home-theater installer who leads a team of old-school arcade champs to defend Earth from aliens who seem to be basing their offensive on 1980’s-era video games. If you’re still wondering if this film could be good, see what Robert and Becky have to say about it.
What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Post-Apocalyptic World Like This: Benevolent Sexism in Rust
I originally played Rust, by Facepunch Studios, back in the good old days. Back before the huge recent overhaul of this early access game that has fans fuming. And believe me, I tried to replay recently and missed the easy resource gathering and the old landscape of “Old Rust”.
How Is Fanpup Preparing for Emerald City Comicon?
This year is Fanpup's second year at Emerald City Comicon, and everyone on staff is stoked and working hard this week to get ready. So we thought we would ask our contributors what exactly they are doing to prep for 3 days of convention madness! Full Article
Fanpup's ECCC 2015 Panel Guide
With nearly 100 panels offered each of the three days of Emerald City Comicon, it can be a real challenge to make a convention schedule. What do you do when you get to the convention and realize you have no idea what time Hayley Atwell is appearing in the Main Hall or whether you will miss that awesome Marvel panel if you wait in line for Steven Yeun's autograph? Not to worry - we've got you covered with our ECCC 2015 Panel Guide! Full Article
Fanpup’s Geek Convention Packing Strategy Guide!
Whether it’s your first time at a geek convention or you are a seasoned pro, you have to be prepared. Geek conventions are long, exhausting, often multiple day quests, and they are entirely worth it. Take a note from your favorite geek heroes and learn to pack all the gear you are going to need on your journey by checking out Fanpup’s Geek Convention Packing Strategy Guide and spend your convention season prepared for any boss battle! Full Article
Crowdfunding some Geekery: Discussion
On March 10th Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk launched an Indiegogo campaign to produce Con Man, a series written by Tudyk, starring him and Fillion. They’ll play actors who once starred in a cancelled sci-fi series (sound familiar?). As we’re writing this, Con Man’s Indiegogo campaign has over $1 million, well above its goal of $225 thousand. The internet has spoken. Now Fanpup contributors Cody and Becky share their thoughts on this surprise geek project. Full Article
Oxford, Not Brogues: Colin Firth, the Perfect Gentleman Spy
When I saw the first preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service it had all the makings of a hilarious spy movie with plenty of eye candy and action -- that is except for Colin Firth. Up until seeing this action comedy, Colin Firth had landed on my periphery of actors to watch, not at all someone that I would seek out in a film.
Fanpup Predictions: Who Will Die in Season 5 of Game of Thrones?
George R. R. Martin sent Game of Thrones fans into a frenzy when he announced that some of the characters who are currently alive and well in the books may not be so lucky in the upcoming Season 5. Here is Fanpup’s predictions of who is definitely safe, characters who are a possibility, and some heroes who might already have one foot in the grave.
"Netflix for Comics": Sentiments on Scribd
Scribd, the online service providing readers access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks announced that it’s expanding its digital library to include comic books. The deal partners Scribd with over 10 comic book publishers including Marvel, Archie, IDW and Arcana. Marvel’s VP said they hope this move will bring comic books to readers who “otherwise wouldn’t find themselves inside comic shop.” So is this move a win-win for readers and publishers alike or could there be some unexpected cons to this deal? Full Article
How likely is the Robot-Apocalypse?
Robots: can’t live with them, can’t live without them. And you can’t shoot at them because then they may rebel. One of the classic staples of sci-fi is the robot revolution, wherein machines become self-aware and don’t want to take orders from humans anymore, so the robots revolt! We have all wondered which of the many robot takeover films would be the most likely to become reality, so to save you the trouble, we’ve analyzed a few for you. Full Article
Cosplay Roundup: Genderbend
What do you do when you want to cosplay your favorite character, but they don’t share your gender? Well, one option is to simply redesign the character to be what is known in the cosplay world as “genderbent.” These talented cosplayers saw opportunity where others saw an obstacle, and decided to cosplay their favorite character anyway. Here are some of our favorite genderbent cosplays. Full Article
The Fantastic Four Trailer Doesn't Look Fantastic
On February 27th, the world was introduced to the Fantastic Four (I’m sorry Fant4stic Four) trailer. After watching it, I’m sorry to say that it is probably one of the most cliche and uninteresting trailers to any superhero movie from the past couple years. For anyone who hasn’t seen the trailer yet, here is what you will experience:
In December, the release of The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies marked the end to Peter Jackson’s second Middle Earth trilogy. Now that we can compare The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies side-by-side, it’s unsettling to see that this new trilogy, with better technology than the first, looks and feels less tangible.
Find Your Callsign: Battlestar Galactica Personality Chart
The 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot has been called one of the greatest science fiction series of all time. It’s no wonder people loved it when it has such strong characters as Kara Thrace, Admiral Adama, and Gaius Baltar. Even the Cylons each had distinct personalities.
Top Dog Round Final Round: A Fanpup Geeky Dog Bracket
You may have noticed there is always a dog in the various media and fandoms you may enjoy, but we at Fanpup would like to see who is really the top dog of all things geeky and nerdy. Vote Now! Results will be posted every Monday!
Fanpup's Top 10 Gigabytes of Memory of 2014
Today is the official anniversary of Fanpup's website and the launch of this organization formally! Take a journey down memory lane with us with our Top 10 Moments of 2014. Can't wait for next year and thanks for being a part of it!
Opinion: Sony isn't at Fault
Over the past month, Sony Entertainment was the victim of cyber-warfare and threats intended to embarrass them publicly, and halt the release of their new movie The Interview. Unfortunately that's not the coverage we've had over the past couple weeks. Instead we saw a good deal of victim blaming and a solid dose of privacy invasion.
The Hobbit: Battle of the 16 Personalities
Professor Tolkien, in his meticulous creation of Middle-Earth, brought to the world iconic characters and archetypes that would be emulated and built-upon forever after. What better way to honor the final cinematic chapter of this high fantasy masterpiece than to apply modern-day personality theory to the characters and find out... Who Would You Be?
What Would the Women of The Walking Dead Do?
The Walking Dead used to have a huge problem in the first few seasons, and it wasn’t the zombies. Poorly written women was a problem that plagued the series, but now as things continue to get worse for Rick and the gang, the women have never looked better.
3 Stages of Watching the new Star Wars Trailer
It’s been over a week since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer dropped, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve been thinking about this trailer SO much it’s almost like you’re in a relationship with it. A passionate, yet tumultuous relationship. So to help you navigate these rocky waters, our relationship experts put together this list of what you might be going through.
Indie Game Revolution
Think back to your childhood: the hums and coin jangles of the arcade, the early weekend morning NES frenzies on the living room floor, and the ever-present dread of a save file accidentally being overwritten. The newest long-term exhibit at Seattle’s EMP Museum is called ‘Indie Game Revolution’ and focuses on highlighting the journey that video games have gone through to become one of the most pervasive and exciting media in the world today. Full Article
SpeakEasy: A Bold Pub Game Review
I recently got the chance to test out SpeakEasy, a new party game currently being crowdfunded via Kickstarter. It’s specifically designed to be played in bars, so the main obstacle was a matter of gathering some friends for a night on the town to test it out. Here are my impressions so far.
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