In all of the subjects that I can think of that could be described as “touchy”, religion is close to the top of the list. The source of many arguments and misunderstandings, religion can be a joyous thing to talk about for some; painful for others. Recently, we were sent a set of DVDs from Twentieth Century Fox Entertainment called Little Angels, an animated series for preschoolers from executive producer Roma Downey. Roma is best known for her role in Touched By An Angel, and is also the president of Lightworks Media – a company dedicated to creating positive, uplifting entertainment.
While this is not typical fare for this site, I think it’s important to allow for representation of entertainment choices that some folks (especially parents) might find useful. As it happens, smallest thumb was asking questions about God anyway, making this a great opportunity to review these in the context of a young mind learning something new. I won’t get into the specifics of each episode (there are quite a few spread out over the DVDs); instead, I will talk about what this faith-based, educational series is like in general.
Anyone that knows my gaming personality knows that I tend to lean towards reconnaissance in first-person-shooters; in fact, I quite enjoy stealth-based third-person games like Assassin’s Creed and Batman. I never did play the original Sniper Elite; I regret my decision from time to time – but with so many other games to play, I don’t think I ever really mourned that loss properly. Of course, when I saw clips of Rebellion’s Sniper Elite V2 and I think I just found my second chance.
While it pains my X-COM-worshipping bones to admit it, the days of the turn-based strategy game may well be truly over. Sure, some standouts might still remain (cases in point: the intriguing Xenonauts and Dead State), but the sign of the times is glowing in massive neon letters: speed it up. That’s not to say some games haven’t taken the “speed it up” mantra and run with it to an exciting hybrid of turn-based and real-time game-play; Flotilla and Frozen Synapse are two solid examples which have done just that – with excellent results. Still, these are new
properties; can an established, classic turn-based franchise make the leap to a modern hybrid style?
In a year that has been full of awesome trailers and clips, this is surely in the top three for me. I can’t wait until this comes out next year.
Kalypso Media has been picking up momentum over the last while. Their upcoming title, Airline Tycoon 2, will only add inertia to this. Seriously, this looks like something that might cause Rituro to hogtie me and throw me off a bridge to play first…
When I saw this video, I had no words. Seriously, I tried to talk, but no sound came out of my mouth. If it was possible for my brain to cry tears of happiness, it would have. November is going to take forever to get here now.