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Hoping The Warcraft World Is A Gateway To Other Film Opportunities

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Here we go again with another video-game movie.

Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that they had inked famed moviemaker Sam Raimi to direct the upcoming live-action Warcraft film.

I like Sam Rami, so if this earns him a hefty payday, then good for him. I don’t play World of Warcraft. There’s a reason for this. If I started playing, I would probably never stop. I know that already. However, there’s one thing that saddens me about all this.

Hearing this news only makes me wish for a Baldur’s Gate movie — the PC game, not the one found on the consoles.

I’m not much of a PC gamer. There are only two titles I play on the computer — Diablo/Diablo 2 and the Baldur’s Gate series. For those not familiar with Baldur’s Gate, here’s an overview.

The western shore of Faerun along the Sea of Swords contains a multitude of ecologies and terrain including mountains, forests, swamps, marshes, plains, cities, and ruins. Collectively called the Sword Coast, it attracts adventurers for good and evil alike, and provides the backdrop for this grand adventure. The region encompassed by this game is roughly bordered to the South by the Cloud Peaks, the East by the Wood of Sharp Teeth, the West by the Sea of Swords, and the North by Baldur’s Gate (the largest and most affluent city in the region). The characters travel the countryside, exploring the various areas such as towns, dungeons, mines, forests, castle ruins, and the city of Baldur’s Gate. The main story involves the characters investigating a conspiracy, confronting the clandestine plots of organizations like the Zhentarim, Red Wizards of Thay, The Iron Throne, Flaming Fist, The Chill, The Black Talons, and the Harpers, as well as finding out the main character’s own ancestry and history.

Long story short: It’s a great story with amazing characters. But while I liked playing the first game of the series, Baldur’s Gate 2 blows the first chapter away — especially in terms of character development. The dialog between a number of characters you choose to have in your group is oftentimes more entertaining than the actual game itself, which isn’t a diss aimed at the gameplay by any means.

Here’s a list of the characters from the Baldur’s Gate series. These recaps only scratch the surface of each NPC, especially in Baldur’s Gate 2. Hell, when playing the game all the way through for the first time, I nearly choked up upon reading Keldorn Firecam’s epilogue.

Keldorn Firecam thought his travels with marked the end of his active career, both as an adventurer and in service to the Order. He retired to Athkatla, hoping to live in as much peace as an old warrior can expect, but the call to serve came one last time. It was years later, and Amn was besieged by giants. In his 60th winter, Keldorn and five knights held a strategic pass until the main Amnish force could arrive. He won the day, but his wounds were severe and the old paladin fell on the battlefield. As his knights watched, the hand of Torm descended upon the scene, and when it departed, Keldorn was gone. From that day, visions of the True God were accompanied by the stalwart ghostly form of Keldorn at his right hand.

Now that’s a badass ending. It would also make an awesome movie scene, as long as the Torm CGI wasn’t over the top.

And then there’s Minsc and Boo. You have to play the game to understand the awesomeness of Minsc and his miniature giant space hamster. If you don’t feel like spending a shitload of hours playing the series, here are some Minsc/Boo soundbites.

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Written by kkktookmybabyaway

July 24, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Posted in Entertainment

Taped Delay

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So a few weeks ago I saw this LP/Cassette-to-CD Recorder on sale. With more than 100 old tapes that I haven’t played in years, I figured what the hell and got this stereo. I’m still trying to figure this damn thing out, but once I do my CD rotation is about to get a huge infusion of rap from the early 1990s. So far I know how to do the recording, but it’s going to take me some time to get my timing down for splitting up an album’s list of tracks. Right now I think I’m a bit late. Oh well, I’ll find out when this album is done recording.

For the record, the current album being recorded is Das Efx’s first LP. I caught a snuffleufagus and smoked a boogaloo spliff.

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

July 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Posted in Life