From the moment it was announced, HBO’s Westworld was unfairly trumpeted as the one true successor to their biggest show Game of Thrones, whose impending demise has given them more than enough time to get their affairs in order.But HBO, once the premiere destination for prestige drama, has somehow managed to drop the ball in finding their next big thing. Twice. Much like AMC floundered about after the quick one-two blow of both Mad Men and Breaking Bad ending within a couple of years of each other, and began churning out anti-hero dramas quicker than Walter White produced meth.I write this on the eve of the season finale, with Westworld’s numerous disparate storylines zig-zagging confusingly in mind, with alluring fan theories beckoning me into seedy corners of the internet, but with surprisingly little excitement for the answers the finale is going to provide.The issue, you see, is that there … [Read more...] about Westworld review: So, has HBO finally found its Game of Thrones replacement?
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A world where ubiquitous AR and VR exist? ZDNet's David Gewirtz tells TechRepublic's Karen Roby about what a future of ubiquitous AR and VR could look like, and the potential pros and cons it would present. Read more: https://zd.net/2ChwIGX With Black Friday and Cyber Monday in their full, week-long glory, many gifts will be bought for deserving (and sometimes not-so-deserving, but still beloved) folks the world over. Among the gifts bought will be drones, 3D printers, and -- somewhat less frequently -- AR and VR kits, mostly for the gamers who have everything. Of course, gift-givers aren't the only purchasers. Geeks, makers, and early adopters will take advantage of the sales to procure the gadgets for themselves. Whatever the purchase motivation, the population of drones, 3D printers, and AR/VR rigs in consumers' hands will increase measurably in the next few weeks. For some, these new purchases will be the beginning of something special. But for many, these classes of gadgets … [Read more...] about Drones, 3D printing, and AR/VR: Unrealized potential, competent results, and worrisome futures
Ready Player One author Ernest Cline realized that geeks essentially took over the entertainment industry after he wrote his 2011 novel. The biggest films in every theater are mostly based on superhero comics or the Star Wars canon, and it seems every TV network is trying to get its hands on geeky, ultra-lucrative franchises. In fact, being a geek is such big business that it feels useless to try to separate the posers from the true fanboys, which Ready Player One, both the novel and 2018's film version, attempts to do.Getting too excited about certain movies and TV shows just isn't as stigmatized as it used to be when Cline was growing up, collecting Star Wars action figures and dressing up as a Jedi. "Well, I don't know that Star Wars kids were ever completely uncool," Cline told Newsweek. "I was a child when A New Hope came out, and among most young men and women, jocks and stoners and brainy academic kids...they all loved Star Wars. It was just that some of us took it a little … [Read more...] about Is ‘Ready Player One’ for Fanboys Only? Screenwriter Ernest Cline Decries Gatekeeping
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