- ‘Starcraft’ 20th Anniversary: What Fans Are Most Interested In
- How to Get Every Egg in the ‘Roblox’ Egg Hunt 2018
- 8 ’80s Movies Every Millennial Needs to Watch
- ‘Drag Race’: Exclusive Exit Interview and Power Ranking the Remaining Queens
- How ‘Agent Carter’ Connects to ‘Cloak & Dagger’
- ‘Arrow’ Bids Farewell to Core Cast Member
- ‘Fortnite’ Season 3 Has Unearthed Some Sneaky Strategies
- The Most Obscure Games References in ‘Ready Player One’
- ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’: Who Makes the Better Count Olaf?
- ‘Ready Player One’ Sequel Will Answer Movie’s Biggest Question
Posted: 30 Mar 2018 10:43 PM PDT
Starcraft, Blizzard’s massively popular real-time-strategy game, turns 20 this weekend. Millions of players worldwide have spent countless hours playing the solo campaigns and multiplayer matches.
The original Starcraft was released on March 31, 1998, An expansion pack — Brood War — followed in November of that year. A spin-off, Starcraft Ghost, was announced in 2002 but was never made. Fans had to wait over a decade for the sequel. Starcraft 2 was eventually broken up into three games: Wings of Liberty (focusing on the militaristic Terrans), Heart of the Swarm (focusing on the ever-evolving Zerg), and Legacy of the Void (focusing on the purity-obsessed Protoss).
A co-op mode, featuring notable characters from Starcraft 2, was introduced in Legacy of the Void, and is regularly updated with new commanders and missions.
This content, along with recent remaster of the original game and pro tournaments (especially in South Korea), has sustained fan interest even though the last title — Legacy — came out in November 2015. Players continue to visit FANDOM’s Starcraft community to read up on franchise lore, characters, and gameplay tips. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Starcraft, here are the top 10 most visited Starcraft pages on FANDOM from the last five years (only a quarter of how long Starcraft has been around, but our wikis weren’t online back then!).
As the franchise’s antagonist turned protagonist, it’s no surprise Sarah Kerrigan is at the top of the list. Kerrigan was a Terran ghost (special ops agent) who was captured and transformed by the Zerg into the deadly Queen of Blades. She was temporarily defeated and depowered, only to willingly be transformed again to combat an ancient alien threat. By the end of Legacy, she underwent another dramatic change. She is one of the most complicated and compelling characters in the franchise, if not all of gaming.
The aforementioned ancient alien threat that sought to bring all life to its end and remake it in his image. It takes the combined might of the Terrans, Zerg, and Protoss to defeat Amon. Several major characters are lost along the way — notably the dark templar prelate, Zeratul.
List of Starcraft II Units
As new units were introduced, altered, and nerfed during the various campaigns, fans wanted the latest specs on the numerous units. Interestingly, there was significant interest in the unit quotations, as well (if players click on a unit more than five times, they say funny or nonsensical things). The units that fans looked up most? Protoss immortals, followed by dragoons.
The enigmatic Xel-Naga originate from the Void. Their mission is to study and populate the universe with sentient life. The Zerg are seen as the purity of essence, while the Protoss are seen as the purity of form. Amon is a fallen Xel’naga who creates the Zerg-Protoss hybrids that are viewed as abominations. At the end of Legacy, the Xel-Naga empower Kerrigan with celestial abilities to destroy Amon once and for all.
There was plenty of interest in the co-op missions and gameplay strategies. The most-searched co-op commander? Fenix, followed by Dehaka. This could because they’re two of the newer commanders or the fact they have unique gameplay — Fenix is three hero units in one, while Dehaka and his units evolve by consuming essence.
The Protoss edged the Zerg as the most-searched race, undoubted as the most recent game focused on the psionic-based race. There was lots of interest in its leaders, namely Artanis and Zeratul, and the Tal’darim — a fanatical set of Protoss under the leader Alarak.
The former Terran admiral plays a pivotal role in the first game and makes a surprise reappearance in Heart of the Swarm as an infested Terran. Alexei Stukov’s transformation is far more dramatic than Kerrigan’s; his body is covered in a Zerg carapace and his jaw and eye sockets are filled with swirling energies.
The Zerg are the second most-searched race, after the Protoss. The Terrans trail third, with less than half the page views. This could be because the Terran campaign, Wings of Liberty, was the first released and therefore fan interest is less (also, for this feature, data only goes back five years; Wings was released in 2010). However, fan interest on human characters — outside Kerrigan — is noticeably less. The Terrans with the most interest? Jim Raynor and Nova Terra.
Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void
It should come as no surprise as the latest release rounds out the top 10 most searched Starcraft wikis. The franchise comes to a climatic end in Legacy, and there’s been no word from Blizzard on a Starcraft 3.
For now, there’s another legacy for fans to enjoy — the 20-year-one that is the Starcraft Universe. Dive into the Starcraft community to learn more. Happy 20th anniversary, Starcraft!
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Posted: 30 Mar 2018 04:25 PM PDT
The Roblox Egg Hunt is the biggest annual event on Roblox, and this year it’s bigger than ever. With 45 different eggs, and multiple worlds to explore, it can seem like a pretty daunting task. So we’re making video guides to help you find the trickiest eggs, and sharing some tips on how to pass the more difficult parts of the game.
Whaaaat, where you been? Roblox is one of the biggest gaming platforms around. For many players, it’s a free gaming site where they can live out their fantasies of escaping from jail or murdering all their friends, but like, in a cute way.
It’s a massively popular place for kids and teens to play games and socialize. It’s a massive community that is pretty unique from other corners of the internet. They’ve even got their own creepypastas.
Want more Roblox Egg Hunt 2018 videos and tips? We’re constantly updating our YouTube playlist, so check it out!
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Posted: 30 Mar 2018 03:17 PM PDT
There are just certain movies throughout history that everyone needs to see. But for millennials (born roughly between 1981 and 1996), there’s a chance that they may not have been old enough to catch all the classic movies from the 1980s. And that’s just not okay.
Always here to help, FANDOM is providing a list of the eight ’80s movies that are essential viewing for anyone obsessed with pop culture.
The 1980s were filled with coming-of-age stories featuring a group of young best friends, but none make as big of an impact as The Goonies. The film tells the story of kids who embark on a treasure hunt — based on a map from a pirate named One-Eyed Willie — and have to fight off scary fugitives in the process. Even if you’ve never seen the movie, chances are good you’ve heard of the Truffle Shuffle or the quote, “Hey, you guys!” courtesy of the monster-faced Sloth. There’s a reason we’re still quoting the film more than three decades after its release, so do yourself a favor and add it to your watch list.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Mixing cartoons with live-action actors has never been as fun as in this 1988 film about 1947 Hollywood. A-list Toon Roger Rabbit is framed for murder, so he teams up with down-on-his-luck private investigator Eddie Valiant to clear his name. Between the sexy siren Jessica Rabbit, the cursing cartoons, and that Judge Doom melting cartoon scene, it’s hard to believe we watched this movie as kids. But it’s easy to see why it’s still so good as an adult.
John Hughes was the king of ’80s teen flicks, and his 1985 classic The Breakfast Club is the perfect example of why. Set inside a high school during Saturday morning detention, the film brings together five teenage stereotypes — the jock, the princess, the rebel, the brain, and the outcast — and teaches them that they’re not so different after all. Detention has never been so fun — or more like a group therapy session — than in this must-see movie.
Horror fans who came of age in the ’80s have a special place in their hearts for Ghostbusters — just look at the uproar that was made when they announced the all-female reboot in 2016. While the hate was unjustified, the passion at least makes sense, as the film’s charismatic stars helped make it an instant classic. The special effects may look cheesy today, but they were a big-budget spectacle back in 1984. And when you add in the nostalgia factor, Ghostbusters absolutely still holds up.
Even if you haven’t seen Dirty Dancing, you know the film’s most iconic scene, in which Jennifer Grey leaps into Patrick Swayze’s arms to the sweet sounds of the movie’s theme song, “I’ve Had the Time of My Life.” Since it debuted in 1987, the legendary moment has been parodied non-stop in commercials and films, including a memorable moment between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Dare to tell a child of the ’80s that you’ve never seen Dirty Dancing and prepare to see a meltdown of epic proportions.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
When it comes to inspiring kids to live their absolute best lives, no movie compares to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Matthew Broderick’s titular character had every student’s dream day when he played hooky from school with his beautiful girlfriend and neurotic best pal. It was a master class in pretending to be sick while serving up magical moments like joyriding in a Ferrari and performing “Twist and Shout” on top of a parade float. When it comes to being cool, no one did it better in the ’80s than Ferris Bueller.
The Princess Bride
This movie has it all: pirates, princesses, monsters, magic, sword fights, danger, and romance. It is a classic adventure from start to finish and captivated kids of the ’80s in inexplicable ways. While those who have seen it would benefit from an additional viewing for a nostalgic trip back in time, adults watching for the first time are guaranteed to appreciate the movie’s epic story and classic characters.
Tim Burton directed some of the creepiest, coolest movies of the late ’80s and early ’90s, and the era seemed to officially kick off with Beetlejuice. Michael Keaton plays the titular ghost who comes from the Netherworld to help a recently deceased couple scare away the new inhabitants of their countryside home. Hilarity and chaos ensue as the characters deal with an assortment of otherworldly characters. It’s also Burton’s first team up with Michael Keaton, making it the perfect introduction to the duo’s next project together, Batman, the following year.
Posted: 30 Mar 2018 02:31 PM PDT
Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from Episode 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10. Proceed with caution.
The queens performed in a musical challenge about the pharmaceutical industry on RuPaul’s Drag Race this week and it ended in a battle of the big girls when Eureka and Kalorie were forced to lip sync for their lives.
Ultimately it was Kalorie who was forced to sashay away, but the queen from New Mexico said she’s feeling much better than she was when she first got the boot.
“This morning, waking up, I have felt such an abundance of love and support from family members, community members — it's definitely a whole different mental state for me,” she told FANDOM.
The Kardashian-loving queen said that being on Drag Race is a completely different experience than what it seems when watching as a fan from home.
“It was so much harder than I thought it was going to be,” she said. “I thought it was just gonna be this super fun kiki time, you get to hang out with everybody, but no, it was literally just like on-the-go, on-the-go, next challenge. It was a lot of work.”
“The best way that I can compare it is when you order a Coke and then they give you a Diet Coke,” she added. “You’re like, ‘Oh well, okay, that’s different. That’s not what I was drinking, but I’ll still drink it anyway.'”
With Kalorie gone, only 12 contestants remain, but ranking them feels nearly impossible. The Season 10 queens clearly came to win and very few seemed to struggle this week.
But one by one, they’re going to start dropping off, so here’s our best guess at who has what it takes to go all the way, and who might be the next to sashay away.
12. Eureka O’Hara
Eureka has the talent and charisma to make it all the way in this competition, but she’s going to have to get out of her head to last another week. The Elephant Queen spiraled after being picked last for a team this week and then had flashbacks to her knee injury that occurred in the same episode of last season. She seemed to have snapped out of it by the time the lip sync came around, but she’ll need to do a complete 180 to move forward.
11. Blair St. Clair
It felt weird putting Blair so high up in the rankings last week, but the judges placed her in the top three, so who were we to disagree? But this week, Blair struggled a lot during the rehearsals of the musical. And considering she calls herself a Broadway queen, it’s not a great sign that she couldn’t keep up in the musical challenge. It felt like Blair would stick around for a few weeks through the acting challenges before stumbling, but if she already can’t keep up on challenges that play to her strengths, then things don’t look good for the young ingenue’s future in the competition.
10. Yuhua Hamasaki
Alyssa Edwards really had to push Yuhua to go bigger during rehearsals, and although she eventually got there, it makes you wonder if she’s able to get there on her own. Plus, Michelle was not feeling Yuhua’s runway look, which is never a good sign when the queen considered it her best drag.
9. Monique Heart
Personally, it felt like Monique was one of the most dynamic performers on the stage this week, but the judges disagreed. They placed Monique at the bottom, accusing Ms. Heart of fading into the background. We can disagree all we want, but it’s Ru making the final decisions so Monique was forced to slide down the rankings this week based on her unfavorable critiques.
8. Kameron Michaels
Watching Kameron’s performance, it is clear that the muscle queen is more than just a pretty face. She brought lots of passion and personality to the role and was fun to watch. But even with a good performance and colorful runway, she’s not getting much airtime overall. She’s definitely going to have to serve more personality to stand out from this pack of charismatic queens.
7. The Vixen
How was The Vixen the winner of this week’s challenge? Aside from being the captain of the winning team, did she bring anything else? And why was her plastic flame dress allowed to be considered “best drag”? Although we may disagree with the judges, the fact that she did win the challenge, combined with the fact that she seems more than happy to start drama, likely means the producers are keeping her around for awhile.
It was clear during the first episode that Aquaria is able to serve looks, but we weren’t sure if she was going to pop in performance challenges. This week she proved that she absolutely is a performer, which means she’s going to be a force to be reckoned with. The only problem is that she seemed more concerned with being pretty than with playing an old woman. But if she dares to break out of her comfort zone, she’s a definite contender for the crown.
5. Dusty Ray Bottoms
Dusty didn’t really deserve to be in the bottom last week and she proved why during Episode 2. The queen shined in her performance and felt, based on judges’ critiques, that she would have won this week if her team landed on top. She appeased Michelle by not putting dots all over her face, while still being true to her aesthetic by placing them lightly around her eyes. She serves strong looks and seems more deserving of the “Broadway queen” title than Blair. Placing her in the bottom last week may just have been the start of an underdog arc that takes Dusty to the top.
4. Asia O’Hara
Asia really shined this week, helping her team land a victory while also managing to stand out herself. She really popped during the ho-down mini-challenge and kept that momentum up the rest of the time. Michelle was right when she pointed out that the queen really understands her skin color and the way she paints her face is intoxicating. She was definitely one of the strongest of the week and we bet it won’t be long before she has a win under her belt.
3. Monét X Change
While Monét didn’t necessarily do anything special in the musical number or on the runway this week, she certainly didn’t fade into the background. And seeing her face constantly pop up in the confessionals is a good sign that this queen will be around for weeks to come. It looks like she knows how to play the game and we likely haven’t even seen the best of what she can do yet.
2. Mayhem Miller
Since there was no clear winner this week — and since we’re ignoring Vixen’s win completely — Mayhem is still riding high from being the first winner of the season. For every season that Mayhem tried and failed to get on Drag Race, she clearly spent the downtime honing her craft and becoming a polished, confident queen. We haven’t seen what her weaknesses are yet, but it’s easy to see her many strengths, and she’s likely just getting started.
1. Miz Cracker
Cracker may not have won this week, but the loss certainly didn’t dim her shine. The queen rocked a unique runway look, nailed every moment of her performance in the musical challenge, and continued to endear the audience with her quick wit and charming personality. While producers may be focused on her brewing feud with Aquaria, this queen is going to continue to rise to the top based solely on talent.
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Posted: 30 Mar 2018 12:55 PM PDT
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know that everything is “all connected”. All of the films, shows and one-shots have threads that bind them together, whether it’s Hydra being revealed on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury showing up at the end of Iron Man, or the “incident” AKA the Battle of New York from The Avengers being referenced on Daredevil. Marvel TV’s newest show, Cloak & Dagger, is no exception and features a striking reference from Agent Carter.
Since you can see the Roxxon logo in the Cloak & Dagger trailer, FANDOM asked Marvel TV President Jeph Loeb about Roxxon at WonderCon. Loeb teased the oil company’s involvement in Cloak & Dagger, as well as just how “connected” the show will be to the rest of the MCU. “There are large themes, not necessarily characters, but maybe an organization that you have seen before that would only exist in the Marvel Universe.” As for Roxxon, Loeb says that fans will know by watching the first episode just how important the company is.
Cloak & Dagger’s showrunner, Heroes alum Joe Pokaski, also mentioned Agent Carter during WonderCon, saying, “There’s obviously a couple of moments in Agent Carter that we made sure we watched, to make sure that everyone understood that it is all connected, like Jeph said.” You can see FANDOM’s WonderCon interview with them above.
Agent Carter ran on ABC for two seasons. The show starred Hayley Atwell as S.H.I.E.L.D. founder and Captain America’s love from Captain America: The First Avenger, Peggy Carter. During Season 1 and 2, Peggy went up against big oil company Roxxon. She broke into their lab, stole some of their equipment and even discovered some of the nefarious testing they were doing with Nitramene.
In the comics, Roxxon was almost as notorious as Hydra. While they were originally investors into S.H.I.E.L.D., they also smuggled weapons, engaged in illegal experiments, and were implicated in a number of deaths. Based on the pilot episode, which was screened at WonderCon, Roxxon clearly has a huge role to play on this new show.
Cloak & Dagger hits Freeform on Wednesday, June 7.
Posted: 30 Mar 2018 11:53 AM PDT
SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Arrow episode "The Thanatos Guild". Proceed with caution.
After six seasons, Arrow finally said goodbye to Thea Queen. After the League of Assassins came looking for Thea in “The Thanatos Guild”, Thea saw her exit and left Star City with Roy Harper and Nyssa al Ghul. Thea’s exit comes on the heels of her miraculous recovery from an injury that left her in a coma for most of the season.
The episode kicked off with a flashback to the Season 2 finale, where Thea agreed to let her biological father, Malcolm Merlyn, train her. That moment set Thea on her quest to not only become a superhero, but the future daughter of Ra’s al Ghul. The episode then cut to the former daughter of R’as al Ghul, Nyssa, taking her fight to the lingering members of the League of Assassins. These members then decided it was time to find Thea and use her to uncover a League map.
Farewell to Thea
Thea and Roy were ready to leave Star City at the beginning of the episode. Their plans were thwarted when Athena, a League follower, attacked them. Nyssa came to their rescue and explained Malcolm’s hidden map. Team Arrow recovered the map, and after Nyssa tried to solve it on her own, Thea and Felicity agreed to help her. They found the map, but it was blank. Unfortunately Athena knew what the map required: Thea’s blood. After defeating Athena, Thea used her blood to reveal the location of three Lazarus Pits.
Thea and Nyssa’s shared bond as daughters of the demon outweighed Thea’s desire to live a normal life. So Thea and Roy decided to help Nyssa destroy the remaining Lazarus Pits together. This exit left the door wide open for both Thea and Roy to return to Star City, if they chose to return. Thea and Oliver exchanged one last family goodbye, and Thea left Oliver as the last original member of the Queen family in Star City.
First Daughter of Arrow
Thea’s presence on the show has been felt since day one, when she ran down the stairs and into her big brother’s arms as he returned from the island. Since then, Thea has owned her own night club, she’s suited up as a hero alongside her brother, and she has had her world rocked by witnessing the deaths of her mother, Moira, and her father, Malcolm. Thea also served alongside Oliver in the Mayor’s Office and played a key role in his election.
Thea’s emotional journey on the show has been a profound one. While she began as an innocent, kind, and distraught teenager, she blossomed into a full-blown superhero. Her journey was not easy, however, as she had to endure League of Assassin training and resurrection by the Lazarus Pit. The pit gave her an uncontrollable blood lust, but she was able to overcome it.
While Thea’s exit from the show is sad, she can always come back. If one thing is true about the Arrowverse, it’s that familiar faces never stay away for long. Until then, Thea will continue her mission with Nyssa and Roy. Hopefully she can experience her own kind of happily ever after with Roy while tracking down the remaining Lazarus Pits.
Arrow airs Thursdays on The CW at 9PM.
Posted: 30 Mar 2018 10:00 AM PDT
Epic Games has given Fortnite fans a massive update with the recent release of Season 3. Both the 'Battle Royale' and 'Save the World' gameplay modes have added plenty of new features — and removed some old ones, as well. These changes have resulted in both positive and negative reactions from fans.
Regardless of how fans feel, these changes are here to stay. So, here’s everything you need to know about how Season 3 has changed the playing field.
Possibly the biggest change is the newfound ability to continuous build. Previously, players had to click every time they needed to build. Now, building is as simple as a click and hold of a button, which means players can build much faster than before. Players can now also build through most objects, instead of having to find a clear, open space to construct. Both of these changes have given rise to new strategies, which we will discuss later.
Another change that benefits everyone is the ability to see the Battle Bus path before the match starts. This change allows players to better plan their landing point and route well in advance. On top of that, we found a subtle but fun hack. Top players may have already noticed, but players can continue moving for up to ten seconds after a match ends. This gives players a chance to celebrate their Victory Royale with some smooth moves.
Season 3 has also added an entirely new weapon, the Hand Cannon. Probably best compared to the shotgun in terms of damage, the weapon also has a much longer range and a relatively fast reload time. However, this new addition can only be found as an Epic or a Legendary, which means your chances of finding one is not high.
Another new weapon that Fortnite added is the brand new Hunting Rifle. This fantastic weapon is a combination of nearly all the weapons in the game. With a slow reload time best compared to the Pump Shotgun, and damage that is even higher than the Hand Cannon, this weapon changes the game. It may not have a scope, but it has a greater zoom than weapons like the Scar or SMG.
Coming in Uncommon (green) and Rare (blue) rarities, the rifle has to reload in between each shot. That means it’s better suited for long-range fights rather than close-range ones, which is where the Hand Cannon shines.
This was not the only change made to the weapons field. The crossbow changed its coloring and the drop frequency for pistols has changed also. (That's why you see so many blue and green pistols now.) Another big change is grenade damage. Previously, a single hit from a grenade could knock a player out. Now, grenades no longer do the same damage.
Everyone Can Be a Pro Builder
Several changes to the building field have made it easier for less experienced players to erect massive towers on par with Fortnite‘s best players. As a result, we’ve seen new building techniques become widespread, such as speed building to get higher than a fellow player in a match.
Players are also creating quick towers with launch pads to stay outside of the eye of the storm for longer than previously possible. If you haven't already been doing this, try clicking and holding down the button to quickly build cover and get an edge on your enemies.
The ability to build through objects is another subtle change that brought with it a new strategy. Players can now create traps exciting and unexpected places, from chests within trucks to hidden caves. Beware any unopened chest, and take a second to scout out the possibility that someone has already visited that spot.
Stop Getting Stuck in Close-Range Fights
Although Impulse Grenades aren't the newest addition to the game, one new strategy that has been discovered is the ability to use them on yourself as well as on enemies. If you prefer taking potshots at your enemies from hundreds of meters away, get out of a shotgun battle by throwing an Impulse Grenade on the ground and speeding away. Stuck in a storm? No launch pad? Just throw a couple Impulse Grenades down.
Now, this hack does take a little bit of practice, but once you master it, you’ll have an edge on any other player. If you need help getting used to this difficult weapon, simply try using it on other players. Once you discover the right throwing angle to move them in a certain direction, propelling yourself across the map becomes an easy feat.
Using the New Weapons
Although the double-pump strategy that was ever so popular in Season 2 was removed, there is a workaround that allows you to still utilize the shotgun to a greater effect. The shotgun makes up for its long reload time with an ultra-powerful shot. If you speed up the reload time, you’ll gain an edge in close-range fights that just might save you.
Now, this method is nowhere near as effective as it once was.Many players have opted to try double tactical, double AR, and even double Hand Cannon — if you are lucky enough to get your hands on two of those mighty weapons. So just how you do it?
Now, get out there, and get your next Victory Royale!
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Posted: 30 Mar 2018 09:00 AM PDT
WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Ready Player One. Proceed with caution.
Ready Player One is a giant celebration of pop culture. The movie centers around a virtual world where players can create avatars that look like their favorite characters. Everyone is trying to win a mysterious game that will make them extremely rich and give them control over the virtual world.
There are countless video game characters and references throughout the film, but we pulled out a few that might deserve a little explanation.
During the climactic battle of the film, we see an army of characters charge forward to assist our hero Wade Watts in his journey to win the game. Towards the front of the army, there are three anthropomorphized amphibians that some fans might recognize as the Battletoads.
Battletoads premiered on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991. The game was a success and spawned a number of sequels. The original game is known for its high level of difficulty and is often cited as one of the hardest games of its era.
The Battletoads have always had a cult following but never branched out into mainstream success like other video game icons. But, with their inclusion in Ready Player One, it’s likely that a whole new generation will discover these radical dudes.
Atari 2600 games play a big part in the story of Ready Player One, and there is one that’s mentioned very quickly that actually reflects the story of the film itself. When a number of scholars are trying to discover which Atari 2600 game might be the key to unlocking a vital part of the game, one of the games mentioned is the legendary Swordquest.
Swordquest was actually a series of four separate fantasy games — Earthworld, Fireworld, Waterworld, and Airworld — that were part of a contest Atari was running. Each of the games came with a comic book that featured clues for solving a puzzle. If you solved the puzzle, you could win a real-world prize. The prizes consisted of a talisman, a chalice, a crown, and a Philosopher’s Stone. The four winners of these prizes would eventually battle each other for an ultimate prize: a sword made of pure silver.
Only two of the games were released before Atari suffered financial problems and had to cancel the contest. Still, the idea of tying video games into a real contest is definitely a huge inspiration for Ready Player One.
During a pivotal scene in Ready Player One, we get to see a childhood memory of James Halliday, the creator of the virtual world where the game takes place. In that memory, we see his old bedroom and all the pop culture trinkets he’s collected. One of those is a poster for the 1982 arcade game Joust.
In Joust, the player takes control of a knight that’s riding an ostrich. The goal is to defeat waves of enemies that come at you. If you beat one, they turn into an egg which you can collect at the bottom of the screen.
This is a nifty nod to the original novel that the film is based on. In the book, the first trial that Wade must overcome involves defeating an artificial intelligence character in a game of Joust. While that doesn’t happen in the movie, it’s still a cool little acknowledgment to fans of both the game and the book.
The biggest trivia moment of Ready Player One happens at the end of the film when Wade has to play the Atari 2600 game Adventure in order to win the final trial. Other players try to beat it but Wade discovers the real way to win isn’t by winning. It’s by discovering the very first Easter egg in video game history.
In 1979, Adventure was released for the Atari 2600. The game’s designer, Warren Robinett, felt that it wasn’t fair that video game designers didn’t get credited for their work anywhere in the game or on the packaging. So, he devised a secret way to get his name into the game.
By following a specific path, obtaining an invisible dot, and bringing the dot into a certain room will unlock a screen that shows Robinett’s name. It’s a clever little trick and is considered to be the very first Easter egg ever placed into a video game.
What other obscure video game references did you see in Ready Player One?
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Posted: 30 Mar 2018 04:19 AM PDT
Season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events is upon us – and Neil Patrick Harris returns as the odious Count Olaf. But before the Netflix series began transferring the Daniel Handler novels to the screen, there was the 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey. Which begs the question: who makes the best Olaf?
Does Jim Carrey It Off?
Jim Carrey is an actor born to play a character like Count Olaf. He's known for his rubber face and high-energy, slapstick performances. His back catalogue of screen roles includes Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber's Lloyd Christmas and The Mask. All of which exploit his very unique talents.
A larger-than-life creation, Olaf is a villain, albeit a very fallible one. The books, although dark, come with a sense of humour that renders Olaf as comical as he is heinous. The story sees the money-grubbing 'actor' adopting a series of disguises designed to fool the authorities so he can get his hands on the Baudelaire orphans and, ultimately, their huge inheritance.
In the role of Olaf, Jim Carrey is menacing. He brings his trademark zaniness to the role, but there's a dark side to the actor that comes through in his portrayal of Olaf. It's a similar characteristic that you can see in his screen version of Dr Seuss creation, the Grinch. Carrey’s Olaf feels like a real threat, which brings a hefty dose of dramatic tension to the film. Carrey's performance effectively balances dark humour with palpable peril making Brad Silberling's version of ASOUE more than simply a comedy. There’s a dash of horror in it, as well as elements of thriller. The film adapts the first three books and ends with the onstage wedding between Olaf and Violet – which genuinely feels quite frightening and tense.
Ultimately, though, Carrey is always Jim Carrey. While he's indisputably well cast for a role like this, he never lets us forget that we're watching Jim Carrey.
Neil Patrick Harris For the Win
The Olaf-Violet wedding occurs during the opening episodes of Barry Sonnenfeld's Netflix series and has a different, less sinister tone than the film version. It feels more farcical, which mirrors the general approach to the series, and Neil Patrick Harris's portrayal.
Neil Patrick Harris's back catalogue includes teen-genius doctor Doogie Howser, MD and Barney from How I Met Your Mother. He isn’t as narrowly defined as Carrey when it comes to comedy, with Harris coming to the role less as a screen persona, more as a talented comedy actor. Which means we're better able to separate the actor from the role, instead of blending both together.
Harris brings his comedy chops and inherent likeability to Olaf, heightening the absurdity of the story rather than drawing out the menace. He's extremely watchable — and gets to adopt more disguises than Carrey since the entire series of books is adapted.
Musical Talents and More
Harris's costumes are more imaginative, bringing more for the eye to feast on, and the different personas he adopts are funnier and more entertaining. To the point where you're eager to see the next one, and Harris's transformation into each new persona. He takes on a series of different accents and personality traits, from the eyepatch-wearing, Irish-accented fisherman Captain Sham in Season 1 to interior designer Gunther's supercilious Karl Lagerfeld-alike from an undetermined European country in Season 2. Each guise is always peppered with a healthy sprinkling of Olaf, of course. The point being it's very obviously Olaf, even if the majority of the adult characters in the story can't tell.
Harris also showcases his musical talents in the role – we see him singing and dancing as he performs musical numbers integrated into the series. Which brings an extra, fun dimension that's missing in both film and book.
Ultimately, three seasons of A Series of Unfortunate Events have been greenlit, allowing Barry Sonnenfeld to complete adaptations of all 13 books with NPH in the role. In the case of a possible film franchise starring Carrey, it never got further than the first film, which adapted the first three books. That speaks volumes about which Olaf audiences prefer.
Neil Patrick Harris is clearly having a ball, and is a joy to watch — which makes him our pick for best Olaf. NPH FTW.
A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2 is available on Netflix from March 30.
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Posted: 30 Mar 2018 02:25 AM PDT
Beware of READY PLAYER ONE SPOILERS ahead.
The movie makes it clear that the version of Halliday Wade Watts interacts with in his childhood bedroom isn’t alive. But also states that the figure isn’t an avatar. So what is going on? We asked Ernest Cline — writer of the book and co-writer of the screenplay — to explain all.
Ghost in the Machine
Ernest Cline: “It’s a mystery, and I’m so happy about that because I talked to [director] Steven [Spielberg] about my potential plans for a sequel novel, which hopefully might serve as the basis for a sequel film, and that mystery of what is Anorak now that Halliday is dead.
“There are clearly NPCs in the OASIS — non-playable characters that are controlled by the system — but Anorak stands alone and he has autonomy, so it remains a mystery. Some sort of ‘ghost in the machine’ was always my idea.”
Plans For ‘Ready Player One 2’
Cline: “That idea is expanded on in the sequel I’m writing. So it’s still kind of a secret. I made sure to finish a very rough draft before I saw the finished movie because I wanted to have the whole story in my head and didn’t want the movie to influence it.
“Even though I helped make the movie and I knew what was going on, I wanted to write a sequel that would please fans of the book, and that they would feel like is a direct sequel to the novel, but something that could also serve as the basis for a film sequel.”
Ready Player One is in cinemas now.
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