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What I feel could’ve made the New Ghostbusters better

01GHOSTBUSTERS1-COMBO-master768                         First Off I want to say I thoroughly enjoyed the new GhostBusters. It was funny,quick and had some really decent scares. While a few jokes fell flat, the chemistry of the cast more than made up for it. Also the jokes were pretty rapid fire, so your cheeks were still in the proper position to take in the next chuckle long after the funk of that previous dud wore off. All in all the movie was a great time at the cinema, and will be thoroughly enjoyed as the summer popcorn film it was intended to be. Which is why I ache when I think about what they could’ve done to make it perfect. It was just so ‘there’, and yet…. So many remakes, and really most action movies as of late have been so incredibly hollow. You watch, enjoy, and move on.. Rarely are there moments where you say.. Wow I loved how they worked this element in, and the creativity behind it. The best example of a really creative reboot was easily Stark Trek. Which I say isnt nearly aped enough in these remakes. So I unabashedly cite this reference as my starting point for what I think would’ve made a simply fun Ghostbusters movie into something more akin to a memorable film…


For people who haven’t seen the movie. Go watch it first since I’ll be spoiling stuff here.

OK here we go. Mind you, this is less of an actual review and more of a rant on some missed opportunities,


First lets address the futility of adding original cast cameos to a movie that is a re-imagining… Its often does the opposite of paying homage, and just creates a sad, bitterwseet feeling that goes against the grain of the movies intentional vibe.. Be creative and make the cameos mean something. Why not make them part of the story?

Keeping the movie  as it is, with all the same beats and introductions to the characters. 
Move up the Dan Aykroyd  taxi cameo.. Possibly to the point where they needed a ride to the heavy metal concert.
(delay the introduction of the hearse)
Have Aykroyd make his off handed remark about not worrying about lower class specters, and maybe have the new cast look at each other.. (even as a cameo how would he know that?)
Keep Bill Murray’s cameo as the Ghost debunk-er the same. But instead of killing him off, end with a wonderfully awkward moment where he thanks the ladies for their time,and walks casually away covered in slime….(squishy shoe sound for comedic effect :-p )  But as he exits he takes his phone and  whispers ‘this might be it boys’.. Erin runs to the window to see hes getting picked up by the same Aykroyd cabbie.
Have  a Scene where Patty  is collecting food for Abby, and shes confronted by her Uncle.. (this is after they stopped North the criminal.) But we dont see her Uncle, you know by the voice who it is. Shes going back and forth in his kitchen collecting  food and complains about the house arrest everyone is under. Her uncle tells her there is something  she needs to see, for her to meet him at a cemetery.  “and bring your friends” . She tells her she cant help with the shop, and he explains, its much more important… Instead of  Abby getting possessed… Make that scary scene for the big dumb Kevin.. (could be funny to see a scene where a kevin is oblivious to a ghost trying to haunt him) Erin at this point has reading Norths notes and has run off to harass the mayor.

Meanwhile Abby, Patty and Holtzman go to the cemetery, and find. Winston, Venkman, and Stantz.  They are talking near a tombstone that reads Spengler..
Winston reveals they had followed a someone into a dimensional vortex… Leading them to an alternate universe where this laws of  physics simply rendered their equipment inoperable.. Spengler spent a large portion of his remaining life tuning their equipment to go back, but became ill before finally cracking the code.. Stantz was trying to finish his work but just couldn’t do it without Egon’s help..  Essentially sticking them in this alternate world for the remainder of their lives.. They all took on jobs and simply waited for this criminal who stole their tech to surface. And hoped that Spengler’s last theory and hope was that the introduction of this criminal to this new universe would in turn change its course and cause it to create new ghostbusters.. Their hope was with the criminal revealed they could once again attempt to capture him and force him to bring them all back… They had all but lost hope until they had came across Abby and Erins book.. Positioning themselves closer to the creators..With Venkmans fake Hiess character created to get closer to you guys, and Winston playing the role of a long lost brother from a war,.. It was all very elaborate but they had nothing but time originally, and now that time is running out.  Speaking of Erin Stantz asks where she is, and we then cut to her scene with the mayor..
(this whole scene does a couple of things for me.. for one its a great analogy for the struggle Both Aykroyd and Ramis had trying to get their 3rd GB movie out of limbo… It also adds a nice heavy tone to a comedy which is something that hasnt been done in a very long time,much less a GB movie. Just makes the choices the characters make feel more meaningful, and the humor have a bit more punch)

They all return to the  shop, and encounter the Possessed Kevin. after everyone gets knocked on their asses the new crew gear up to stop him. From here we get a nice montage of Holtzman reverse engineering the original crews tech.. They agree that since they couldn’t close the portal with just the 4 of them, then maybe seven will do the trick.

Then we get a nice set action sequences with the 7 of them doing their thing. Compliments from the original crew on the new crews tech etc.

Then we come to the final scene.. The portal is open, and they need enough energy to reverse the flow. But instead of exploding the car,  Stantz explains how crossing the streams worked before. So thats what they do.. At first it seems like its working.. but then it begins to stabilize again. Abby exclaims its just not enough power, and they getting pushed back from the force.. Then out of nowhere an 8th proton stream is introduced.. the portal is beginning to reverse… Everyone looks over and there’s a proton pack firing floating in the air.. and slowly Egon begins to materialize as a specter.. He winks and smiles, and everyone refocuses their attention on the portal with new determination….. The portal reverses.. Its slowly closes.. Egon gives a salute and thanks everyone.
Venkman thanks the ladies.. Erin says dont worry this dimension is in good hands Venkman states.. ” I never had any doubt” Winston, tells Patty to take care of the business, and gives her a big hug. They all leave through the portal.

now THIS wouldve made it the perfect GB movie, for me anyways..

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MindChamber in MineCraft? Sure!



User by the name of Kuroha  has created an awesome animated Mindchamber model for mine-imator  the minecraft equivalent of Source Filmmaker I imagine
Its always inspiring to see others reinterpret your work and come up with something fresh and distinctively theirs.. Kuroha did a great job and really is getting me inspired to keep working on my mindchamber project..  I only regret not seeing this sooner

Thanks again!



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Slowly getting back to creating

After an external harddrive failure.. I really kinda threw my hands up and said, wtf..
But after a reformat and a fresh perspective, Im back to helping the guys at TeamMadness with their awesome game.
I’ts nothing crazy, some props for the backgrounds , here and there, but its at least fun to do, and helps me not harp on all the work i lost on that harddrive

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Good Robot stories are hard to find


Review of ‘Robots; The Recent A.I.’

Being a fan of discovering new authors to follow I’m naturally drawn to short stories and whenever i can get my hands on a collection of shorts from various authors, I’m even happier. It’s a hit and miss game, but the odds are that I’ll find at least one or two intriguing writers that leave me looking up more of their work. My expectations were blown out of the water when I grabbed a copy of ‘Robots; the Recent A.I.’ at a local comic-con.

Edited by Rich Horton and Sean Wallace, the variety of A.I. inspired stories were clearly chosen for unique spin and expert writing. (I’ll ditch a story two sentences in if I don’t like the writer’s style and almost every story in this collection had me interested and hungry for more.) And by ‘unique spin’ I’m addressing the household A.I. units that chose whether to carry on with the daily routines when the humans didn’t return in ‘Houses’, by Mark Pantoja, to ‘Kiss Me Twice’ by Mary Robinette Kowal, about an A.I. program that chose to visually personify Mae West (in black and white, no less) to suit a particular detective’s preferences.

So here’s the wrap; if you like a good story, A.I or not, and you’re looking for some talented authors to follow, grab a copy of this collection. You’re guaranteed to come out the other side with a list of names and a pampered imagination.

Grab yourself a copy here

~review by Ella Qyint

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Casual Gaming is Leveling Up!

Casual Gaming is Taking On a Whole New Meaning


When Flash games first became popular in the early 2000s, they had the distinction of being quick and easy games you could boot up and start playing in minutes, and finish playing within a few hours. Unlike console games, they didn’t require too much involvement, and because Flash was so easy to understand and master, it allowed many developers to create good games from scratch and market them to intended audiences. These were the early days of casual gaming, and without realizing it, Flash game developers had sparked a trend that continues to this day.

Since the popularization of mobile gaming, Flash has seen much less use than it used to. Nowadays, many developers choose to develop content in HTML5 in order to ensure that their games are playable across different platforms, be they desktop computers or mobile phones. Casual gaming has seen renewed interest with this new trend as well, with many players wanting to be able to pick up a game on their phone in their spare time, and leave it just as easily.

This has given birth to many different games, with classic casual games being reinvented and rediscovered as the market continues to grow. Many developers have managed to recreate the mechanics of the traditional RPG (character development, equipment customization, and the like) into simple, classic games Frogger-like games like The Quest Keeper. Spin Genie aims to do the same, marrying action RPG elements with the simple mechanics of slot machines, and launching its products in HTML5. These efforts have resulted in a mobile market where there are games for just about anyone.90866

Oddly enough, this has also paved the way of a new kind of casual game to evolve: the zero-player game. Zero-player games are as casual as casual games get, requiring little to no player input at all for the games to progress, resulting in “idle games”. Just like most casual games, these originated in Flash games such as Idle Web Tycoon, which now sees a similar reincarnation in Bitcoin Billionaire. There are also games that have married “idle games” with text-based games, such as the popular ZPG, Godville. Transmutations of the popular “Progress Quest” genre where the human players are not more than spectators in the game, these ZPGs have become rather popular to mobile users, who increasingly prefer to play games that progress without their interaction. As we said, they are as casual as casual games get.

What could this mean for the future of gaming? Mobile gaming has often been said to be the realm of casual players, and with this ongoing trend, it seems likely that it will remain this way for years to come.


Article Contributed by  James Murphy

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