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All content by Daniel Woodhouse

Fun with geopolitics: The forces behind the new treaty with Iran

February 24, 2014

Times are changing again. Enemies are becoming friends, and friends are becoming enemies. Old alliances wither and die, and new ones are born. A few weeks ago our old Persian friends of the Islamic...

Protagonist Emmet in The Lego Movie.Photo courtesy Facebook

Lego franchise hits it big on the big screen

February 19, 2014

After being in development for six long years, The Lego Movie has finally been released to theaters. It’s been hyped up for the past year now. The story takes place in a generic nameless Lego city...

State of the industry: YouTube copyright scandal

February 13, 2014

True or False: Internet piracy is impossible to stop? False. The short answer is that the Internet is a complicated and bizarre place that Hollywood and the music industry don’t fully understand....

Worst games of 2013

February 3, 2014

We’ve reminisced on the adventurous horror in **Metro: Last Light** and the great graphics in **Grand Theft Auto 5** in Best games of 2013. Now let’s brave a look at the opposite end of the spectrum,...

Best games of 2013

January 31, 2014

Another year in the 21st century has come and gone. Let’s take a look back at the best games plies and building a survivor community to be proud of from 2013. # 5 State of Decay: Who enjoys some good...

2014 gets off to a mediocre start with Lone Survivor

January 30, 2014

January is nobody’s favorite month in movies as it has been the traditional dumping ground for films Hollywood could care less about. Surprisingly, there have been quite a few critically acclaimed...

Worst movies of 2013

January 29, 2014

Each year has its high points and low points in cinema. Yesterday we looked at last year’s best films; now we’ll take a glance at last year’s worst films. The Worst: # 5 A Good Day to Die...

Best movies of 2013

January 28, 2014

Each year has its high points and low points in cinema. Let’s take a look at last year’s five best films. # 5 Evil Dead: If you get the sense that modern scary movies seem to be copycats of each...

Mainstreaming games backfires

January 22, 2014

I’d like to use *Battlefield 4* to give insight to a trend that has been popping up in the game industry the past few years: publishers have been adding on unnecessary features in an attempt to make...

Training children in the art of war in Ender’s Game

November 25, 2013

Before I start this review, let me mention the controversy that has been swirling around this film. I realize that the author of the novel Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card, has extreme homophobia and...

‘Captain Phillips’ Faces off against Pirates

November 16, 2013

When we typically think of pirates, we imagine the fortune seekers we’ve been told of since we were kids. They don eye patches and peg legs, and utter the timeless phrase “Arrrggg.” While modern...

‘The Counselor’ is a Bust

November 15, 2013

  The Road and No Country for Old Men are two of the most unique fiction novels of the modern era. Cormac McCarthy seems to have slipped up in his latest work The Counselor.   From what...

Retro review: Medieval 2 Total War

November 6, 2013

**Total War** is my favorite strategy game series of all time. Though many consider **Rome: Total War** to be the best in the franchise, I prefer **Medieval 2.** The game takes place, as expected,...

Carrie remake proves some movies should be left alone

November 6, 2013

Remakes: They’re either used as a crutch for Hollywood when they run out of new ideas or for producers who feel like milking a few more bucks out of an old classic. Either way, this movie reminded...

Getting experimental with Armored Core 5: Verdict Day

October 29, 2013

If there’s one genre of gaming I haven’t treaded on, it’s mech action games. Even though this mech action series has 14 titles to its name, I’ve only ever met one **Armored Core** fan. From...

“Gravity” presents a great case for astrophobia

October 29, 2013

“In space no one can hear you scream.” If that quote sounds familiar, it’s because it is -- it’s the famous tagline for "Alien," the 1980 sci-fi horror flick that first gave audiences a reason...

Retro review: Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

October 11, 2013

The Ace Combat series is set on a parallel Earth called Strangereal -- where the continents have been reshaped and the countries have names unlike those of today. Zero takes place in 1995, fifteen...

The thrills of Formula One racing: Rush

October 9, 2013

Hazardous speed, rivalry and women. “If there’s one thing men love more than women, it’s cars,” one character in Rush said. Rush takes place in the 1970s and follows the famous rivalry between...

Return to the sunny beaches of Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto 5

October 4, 2013

The GTA saga is one of gaming’s oldest and most recognizable staples, and has returned for the fifth time so players can lose themselves in limitless freedom once again. Set in the city of Los Santos...

Insidious: Chapter 2 a chilling, creative film

October 3, 2013

Horror fans often get the short end of the stick when it comes to ingenious movie plots, but every once in a while a horror flick will come along that knocks us off our feet. Insidious: Chapter...

Return to the frozen tundra of EDN III in Lost Planet 3

October 2, 2013

While I was playing Lost Planet 3, chills ran throughout my body. The game takes place in an arctic environment and even though I played it from the comfort of my non-arctic air-conditioned room, I...

State of the industry: The future of Nintendo

September 26, 2013

Corporations, like empires, rise and fall. Game companies are not exempt from this trend. Released in 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System introduced kids to Mario, Link, and many other notable...

One last pub crawl in The World’s End

September 19, 2013

No one does British comedy like filmmaking trio Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. The movie follows the story of Gary King, a man who never really grew up after graduating high school. In...

Retro review: Secret Weapons over Normandy

September 18, 2013

If there’s a gaming genre that seems to have lost some of its public appeal over the years, it’s the arcade flight simulator. Set in the backdrop of World War II, Secret Weapons over Normandy...

The struggles of racism in The Butler

September 12, 2013

Race: America’s favorite controversial topic. The Butler tells the tale of Cecil Gains, an African-American who starts out working in the cotton fields as a boy and works his way up to being a...

The future looks bleak in Elysium

August 24, 2013

Elysium takes place in the year 2154 where Earth has become a dump. All the affluent people have left and gone to a space station in orbit called Elysium, while the poor have been left to suffer. Enter...

2 Guns has terrible aim, no ammunition

August 24, 2013

Buddy cop movies are getting old. They’re predictable and follow the same formula over and over again. 2 Guns is no different.  The plot involves a stereotypical DEA agent and a moronic Naval Intelligence,...

Friends are few, enemies are abundant in The Last of Us

August 18, 2013

The Last of Us is set 20 years in the future. We are introduced to a man named Joel, who is living in one of several cities still being kept safe from the zombie pandemic that has devastated the world....

Lost in space with Capsized

August 5, 2013

Once again we return to the XBLA for one of the smaller titles that often go unnoticed. Capsized is a 2-D platformer/side-scroller that tells the tale of an astronaut and his crew, who are forced to...

State of Decay: A guide to surviving zombie apocalypse

August 4, 2013

Zombies have made a comeback to popular culture in the past ten years. Considering the mass amount of movies, books, comics, games and TV shows involving zombies, it doesn't look like they’re going...

The Conjuring: a good old fashioned ghost story

August 4, 2013

Just because a girl with the ability to dislocate her own joints worked one time in the 1976 masterpiece The Exorcist, doesn’t give horror movies the right to beat the concept to death. Thankfully...

The East: A tale of mystery, complicated morality

July 23, 2013

Indie films provide a breathe of fresh air from the more generic Hollywood blockbusters, but they can be a bit pretentious. In The East, a former FBI agent, Sarah Moss, is working undercover in an “eco-terrorist”...

Pacific Rim: perfect summer blockbuster

July 22, 2013

Anyone miss the old Godzilla movies where giant titans with superpowers would tear each other apart while laying waste to entire cities? Well, the new Godzilla reboot won’t be out ‘til 2014, so until...

Deadpool: below average, still fun

July 19, 2013

After many years in the comics and several appearances on the silver screen, Marvel’s famous “Merc with the mouth” gets his own game. Deadpool starts out with Deadpool realizing that game developer...

Mercs take over Pennsylvania Avenue again in White House Down

July 19, 2013

We’re not even half way through 2013 and the White House has been bombed in two movies this year. White House Down’s story involves President James Sawyer (an African American president) attempting...

The next generation of gaming consoles

July 6, 2013

The eighth generation of console gaming has finally arrived, though they're not for sale just yet. Before I begin, a disclaimer: This article is about the hardware, not the upcoming games (for more about...

Superman’s second reboot is slightly more successful

June 27, 2013

Superman has been rebooted again in the latest film titled Man of Steel, and this time you at least won't be bored. Superman’s origins are more or less the same in Man of Steel. His birth planet Krypton...

Fuse proves that sometimes you should stick to the original idea

June 27, 2013

In 2011 Insomniac Games released a trailer for their latest game Overstrike. The trailer showcased a game with a humorous tone and a possibly interesting four-player co-op game. In 2012 Gameinformer...

Remember Me fails to leave positive experience

June 22, 2013

What is the morality of having the ability to alter your or someone else’s memory permanently? This is the main theme of Capcom’s single-player video game, Remember Me. In Remember Me’s world,...

The Purge: A $3 million “snuff” film

June 13, 2013

Don’t you just love it when a movie trailer shows a film with an intriguing concept that turns out to be a let down? Then again, The Purge’s main idea of legalizing crime for 12 hours does feel...

Hope for the first person shooter genre survives with Metro: Last Light

June 9, 2013

  It’s funny how fictional post-apocalyptic settings are presented to be dismal and depressing -- yet they have this aesthetic beauty about them, which inspires awe and wonder in the viewer. The...

Star Trek: Into Darkness Review

June 8, 2013

Reboots of old franchises tend to be either hit or miss in the film industry. The recent Star Trek films attempts to be apart of the former rather than the latter. Picking up sometime after the...

First impressions of “Defiance”

April 15, 2013

MMOGs’ (massively multiplayer online games) have never really gotten along with consoles, mostly due to the fact that consoles simply don’t have the hardware to handle these huge online games....

“Evil Dead” rises from the grave to a new generation

April 10, 2013

It’s a general opinion among both fans and moviegoers that remakes tend to suck. Bad remakes usually rehash the original scene for scene (The Omen 2006), or destroy everything the original stood...

Disney shuts down LucasArts

April 10, 2013

Well, it seems even The Force couldn’t save gaming developer LucasArts. Disney announced the closure of the studio April 3. Around 150 LucasArts staffers have been thrown out of their jobs. The official...

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation:” return of the Hasbro toys

April 3, 2013

With films like G.I. Joe, Battleship, and the Transformers, Hollywood is really pushing the limits of the idea that ‘you can make a movie out of anything.’ Films based on toys and board games usually...

“BioShock: Infinite” twists the fabric of reality

April 1, 2013

The latest installment in the BioShock series departs from the 1960s undersea city of rapture in favor of a more vertigo inducing locale. Set in 1912, BioShock: Infinite puts the player in the role...

Rebooting the “Tomb Raider” series

March 28, 2013

The latest entry in what is perhaps one of the most iconic series in gaming is now on the market. Tomb Raider, despite a large fan base, critical acclaim, and generating enough revenue to buy a small...

‘Oz The Great and Powerful:’ high on visuals, low on substance

March 13, 2013

2.5 out 5    And so we return to the land of Oz, the classic setting of the L. Frank Baum’s children's novels. It’s quite a task taking on such a trademark of American culture, and the question...

“Aliens: Colonial Marines” deserves to be throw out the airlock

March 10, 2013

After suffering several delays and spending seven years in developmental hell, Aliens: Colonial Marines has been released to the disappointment of Aliens’ fans.According to the game’s developer,...

Fee-fi-fo-fum, Jack the Giant Slayer is the exception this once

March 6, 2013

What is it with this trend of “adult-themed” movie adaptations of classic fairy tales? There was Snow White and the Huntsman, which looked like it was trying too hard to be Lord of the Rings,...

Crysis 3 is nice to look at, hollow on the inside

March 3, 2013

The Crysis series is a graphical fashion show. Before anyone asks I did not play this game on PC. I have neither the time nor the cash to build a computer for the sole purpose of playing games that have...

A Snitch with a noble cause appears on the big screen

March 1, 2013

I’m always skeptical when a movie claims to be “based on true events,” which is what the trailer for Snitch claims. But it turns out, the movie was “inspired” by a Frontline documentary on...

“A Good Day to Die Hard,” but not a good day for “Die Hard” fans

February 20, 2013

Probably the most interesting thing about the fifth installment in the Die Hard series is that, originally the studio planned to call it Die Hard 24/7; this led to speculation among the press that Bruce...

No scares to be found in “Dead Space 3”

February 20, 2013

I remember, during my freshman year of high school, hearing about how scary this new game Dead Space was. Feeding my curiosity, I picked up a copy. Though I found it entertaining, it lacked the level...

The cure is worse than the disease in “Side Effects”

February 15, 2013

*Spoiler Alert: This review reveals something the trailers don't, but warns you before it does below. You know those commercials, advertising pills for severe conditions like headaches and whatnot?...

An old, but still great, gem of a game: “Rise of Nations”

February 14, 2013

Since my copy of Dead Space 3 has yet to arrive I decided this week to do a retro-review of one of my favorite games: Rise of Nations. Rise of Nations is a real-time strategy game from developer...

The death of a giant in the gaming industry

February 11, 2013

Gaming developer and publisher THQ declared bankruptcy and, as of Jan. 22, is defunct. For years, THQ brought us games like Saints Row, Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War....

Zombie in love, caught on film

February 11, 2013

Now that we’ve survived the month of attrition that is January we move on to the month of impasse that is February. Studios seem to release the movies that they expect to bomb at the box office at...

International renegade Jason Statham in “Parker”

February 4, 2013

January: the month that succeeds in providing moviegoers with some of the blandest and worst films of the year. Luckily, Jason Statham’s latest action-flick Parker salvaged an otherwise true-to-form...

“Mama:” Another film of a decidedly played-out genre

January 30, 2013

Is it too late to make a New Year’s resolution? It’s not a resolution for me — oh no, I never keep them — but for Hollywood. Would it be possible for them to make more than just one or two...

A Knight out of his element in the Xbox Live Arcade

January 29, 2013

Since my copy of the new Devil May Cry was delayed, I thought I’d do something different this week and download a new game from the Xbox Live Arcade: Black Knight Sword. The title basically...

Zero Dark Thirty: taking down bin Laden on the big screen

January 22, 2013

For those not aware, the term “Zero Dark Thirty” is military time for 5:30 a.m. — it’s used as a noun for an unpleasant hour to be awake. This is probably what Osama bin Laden first thought...

The best and worst video games of 2012

January 16, 2013

After some much needed R&R over the holidays I, like many others, have returned to greet the New Year. So, without further delay, here are my best and worst games of 2012. Let’s start...

The art of murder in ‘Hitman: Absolution’

January 10, 2013

On the outset of another adventure with my favorite contact killer, Agent 47, I must confess: I was concerned the Hitman series might be going too far in an action-oriented direction. A trailer for...

Coming up short in the call of duty: Black Ops 2 leaves much to be desired

November 28, 2012

And now comes Black Ops 2, the ninth entry in the most repetitive and boring series in shooter history. I wasn’t looking forward to this game. But, I have to admit, the game’s futuristic setting...

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