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The Grand Combined Game

The game Lego Dimensions just came out, and they have already listed their first six waves of Lego sets and characters that will be coming out for the next several months. And the list is amazing. Here’s some, between characters and levels:

  • Ghostbusters
  • Back to the Future
  • Jurassic World
  • Portal
  • Doctor Who
  • The Simpsons
  • Scooby Doo
  • The DC Universe
  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Lego Movie

Some of these we’ve already gotten to play as Lego games – and loved. Some of these, meanwhile, were our favorite guesses for which intellectual property would become a Lego game next. And then there’s Portal, which effectively makes for Portal 3… It’s tempting. Now that it’s out and all announced, we can see the prices, and yeah… it’s a lot of a commitment.

All the things! Actually, probably not even all... From http://www.us.lego.com/en-us/

All the things! Actually, probably not even all…
From http://www.us.lego.com/en-us/

There’re other games like this, games where you pay for a toy that unlocks things in the game. One of the others is Disney’s Infinity. It just released wave 3 – this time, Star Wars characters. Wave 2 was Marvel characters. Wave 1 was Pixar characters. So that’s another game that’s a huge crossover of properties and worlds.

And it makes me wonder: is the best way to see something like this to pay a whole bunch for it? To pay for each of the elements, to help pay for the licensing? Or is it that we love and want to see these sorts of crossovers – and they’ve realized it, and are making money off of us for it?

There’s another big crossover coming, without having to pay for it in parts. Kingdom Hearts 3. That’ll be Disney again, but also Square Enix – Final Fantasy characters. And we’ve been playing the previous Kingdom Hearts games – in their great remastered and gathered up Final Mix form, with all the additional games (6 games on 2 discs!). And they’re great, but there’s so much more they could do. More Disney stuff, like new things (Big Hero 6 is confirmed).

But then – there’s so much more Disney owns, as their Infinity games prove. So much more they could shove in – and that we would love to play. And maybe the game we should be playing is just Infinity – or Lego Dimensions. And really, of all these games, Kingdom Hearts 3 would actually be the most expensive – it’ll require that we buy one of the new consoles.

We loved Wreck-It Ralph. We loved Ready Player One (and we’re highly curious about the movie – how many real references will they have?). We loved Kingdom Hearts. We loved The Lego Movie. Clearly, combining pop culture references and intellectual properties is fun and entertaining. What do you think – will there be more of this to come? Is it too expensive? And more importantly – which worlds do you want to see collide? Let us know in the comments below!

Can We Talk About Lego Dimensions?

Maybe it’s just me, but the hard part about talking about this game might actually be avoiding the all caps response… like OH MY GOD THIS GAME LOOKS AMAZING HOW DID THEY EVEN?!?!?!?!

I’ve started following them on Instagram, and it’s just increasingly breaking my brain. For one thing, the game looks like it is going to have access to basically all of the intellectual properties that have been Lego video games. Certainly Lord of the Rings, DC, and just about anything that made it into the Lego Movie. Also Jurassic Park.

However, it’s the new properties – ones that we secretly hoped would get their own individual games, or else never even imagined – that have me so excited for this game. So after the jump, have three amazing trailers for things that you’ll see in Lego Dimensions! And then I’ll lament the problem with the game…

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Science Fiction Today – Corporations

CWhile they often get a bad rap in today’s world for being too big and powerful, they usually get an even worse rap in the future – having spread beyond national boundaries and governmental controls. I’m of course talking about Corporations. Love ’em, work for ’em (and therefore can’t express an opinion), or hate ’em, Corporations are a fact of modern life.

Corporations are not inherently evil, but instead are dictated by a whole lot of people’s opinions and choices, between management, share holders, and all the individual actions of the employees. Just to throw out one really recent example of how a Corporation can be an interesting entity, take Starbucks – between their #RaceTogether initiative, and their support of same sex marriage in their home state of Washington, they’ve gotten a whole lot of press, and a whole lot of people both for and against them. Big actions, big consequences; so what might this look like in the future?

Corporations and Peace?

So you’ve probably heard of these theories from economist Thomas Friedman: the Golden Arches theory, and the updated Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention. Basically, the idea is this: two countries that both have the same Corporation doing business within their borders will not go to war with one another. It’s somewhat both cause and effect: they are likely peaceful or stable countries to begin with, and they would not immediately want to go to war and risk their relationships in terms of what these Corporations bring to their country.

So while they may not be the most sound theories, more of an educated assumption about national decision making – they are interesting theories taken into the future. As Corporations, and their related business and supply chains, increase their business and how many countries they are in – so too could spread world peace. Certainly at least, these theories would suggest that there’s much more chance and time that would be given to diplomatic means of peacekeeping!

Those Evil Multi-National Corporations…

Umbrella Corporation LogoOf course, then there’s the sorts of futures where we see Corporations evading all of the laws, evading taxes, taking over, out of control. And really, there’s no better example than the Umbrella Corporation.

Created a super-plague that turns people into Zombies? Check. Unleashed it on the world to see what happens, and maybe create super-soldier in the process? Check. Totally unable to stop what you’ve caused? Check. Totally survive the ensuing apocalypse and continue to cause problems? Check. I guess I’m basing this more on the Resident Evil movies than the games, as I’ve seen more than I’ve played, but it’s pretty much Umbrella’s deal that no one can stop them, and they do bad things because they can. Like GLaDOS! In fact, I’ll leave you with Still Alive. We do what we must, because, we can.

This post is part of the April A to Z Challenge, and also part of our occasional series on Science Fiction Today. You can read an explanation of both here. We are striving to keep these posts short, and know that we have not covered every example or angle – plenty of room for discussion!

All the Mutants! – X-Men: Days of Future Past

After my LitFlix of Amazing Spider-Man 2 yesterday, I wanted a bit of time before writing my next one on X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, I have a lot to say about this movie (well, I had a lot to say about Amazing Spider-Man 2 as well…) and so I am breaking it up into three posts. So consider this my X-Men: Days of Future Past week! I have X-Men related posts queued up all week on our Tumblr as well, so check them out!

Despite having a lot of known characters used again, there were a lot of new characters in the film as well. While they weren’t exactly pivotal to the plot, they were phenomenal additions, given a chance to use their powers, to have great scenes, and made for a really fun summer blockbuster. 

So between these known characters and new ones, there were a number used really well – and a number that weren’t. Here are some of my thoughts on all the mutants! (Spoilers!)

all the mutants!

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G is for GLaDOS

GDavid and I have both loved the Portal games and one of the greatest characters in both games is GLaDOS. She is the evil super computer that just wants to keep running tests and doing science because that is what she is meant to do. In Portal 2 you are introduced to the co-op mode where you are playing two robots going through the test. The robots were created by GLaDOS so she could test without humans around. The interesting thing about this character is her single minded purpose, as well as her insults, and uncaring whether you actually survive. She honestly makes for such a great part of playing the game. Continue reading