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How has ‘Evolve’ won over 60 awards?

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TV commercials for Evolve, a first-person shooting video game, have run hot and heavy lately. At least on the programs I watch. In the commercial it states that Evolve had won more than 60 awards.

That seems kind of hard to believe. It seems unlikely that there are over 60 awards a single video game is even eligible to win let alone just one video game winning all of those awards.

At best, this claim seems like hyperbole. At worst, it seems like false advertising. I decided to harness the power of Ask Jeeves and Altavista, the two most powerful Internet search tools known to humanity, to try to find any and all awards the video game Evolve has won.

Here are my results:

2014 Gamesom

  • Best of Gamescom Award
  • Best Console Game Microsoft Xbox
  • Best Action Game
  • Best PC Game
  • Best Online Multiplayer Game

E3 2014 Video Game Critics Awards

  • Best of Show
  • Best Console Game
  • Best Action Game
  • Best Online Multiplayer

That’s it. These were the only awards I could find that were racked up by Evolve. These add up to nine awards, impressive, but far short of the over 60 claimed in the commercials. Where are the other 51 awards?

 

Leonard Nimoy 1931 – 2015

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

Leonard Nimoy, the actor and director famous by his portrayal of Mister Spock on the original Star Trek television show, died yesterday. He was 83.

Star Trek was such a big part of my childhood. It was on TV then everyday in syndication and I watched each episode numerous times. I was Trekkie before I even knew what the term meant. I read all the books, first the James Blish adaptions based on the TV episodes and then the original novels. I built all of the AMT plastic models of the starships and had then hanging from the ceiling with fishing line in my bedroom.

Spock was just such a great character. He was the definition of what was cool long before Arthur Fonzarelli began showing up on TV in his leather jacket. Where Fonzi would constantly tell you how cool he was, and rightfully so, Spock was just Spock.

My love of Star Trek continued throughout my twenties. I owned many of the episodes on video tape. I continued reading all of the original Star Trek novels. I also attended a number of Star Trek conventions.

My interest in Star Trek began to wane in my thirties. Although I was a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation and watched it faithfully, I was not a big fan of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine or Star Trek: Voyager. I hated the last TV series, Enterprise. I forced myself to watch it because it was Star Trek.

I was aware that Leonard Nimoy was sick, so the news of his passing wasn’t a total shock. Plus, he was 83. It still makes me feel a little sad.

FCC approves Net Neutrality

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The FCC approved new rules on Thursday in a 3-2 vote to reclassify broadband Internet service as a public utility. This means, among other things, that we finally have Net Neutrality.

At least until Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, or someone beholding to the broadband Internet provider industry goes to court and gets the decision overturned.

Until this 3-2 decision by the FCC, the Internet was legally considered an information service. Because of this wacky and incorrect classification, the FCC was powerless to enforce Net Neutrality. Broadband Internet providers don’t serve information, they simply connect customers to an actual information service, like Netflix, Wikipedia, Amazon, or YouTube.

To use a really bad metaphor, broadband Internet providers aren’t the book store, they’re the road you drive on to get to the book store.

To further use this awful “road versus book store metaphor,” if the entity running the roads wanted its customers to drive to Barnes & Noble and not Books-A-Million, because Barnes & Noble paid them a lot of money and Books-A-Million didn’t, all they would need to do is increase the speed limit on all the roads leading to Barnes & Noble and lower the speed limit on all the roads going to Books-A-Million.

It’s not a really good metaphor. Roads are run by local, state, or federal government and most people don’t pay a monthly fee for using roads. The same cannot be said about broadband Internet. Most people pay a lot of money every month for broadband Internet. Compared to the rest of the world, we pay far too much.

Derrick Rose to have knee surgery… again

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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will undergo surgery to repair it. It’s the same exact injury he had in 2013. This was after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2012.

It’s unclear when he injured his knee this time. He had played well before the All-Star break, but not so much since.  He’s averaged less than 11 points a game with a 23.5 shooting percentage in the three games since the All-Star break.

Rose is 26. It’s clear at this point in his career that he has crummy knees, right?

Then again, maybe it’s something esle. He’s paid a lot of money by Adidas to wear their shoes. He even has his own line of shoes and clothing with Adidas. What if it’s not his knees that are the problem, but the shoes he’s wearing? When you hurt yourself and you don’t know how you did it or even when you did it, it just might be your shoes.

If and when Derrick Rose comes back, it might be a good idea to wear different shoes, shoes not designed by Adidas. Maybe he ought to wear Jordans. When was the last time someone blew out a knee wearing Jordans? It might be a good idea to take some of the millions Adidas has paid him to hire some lawyers to get him out of his contract with Adidas.

Don’t tell me ‘Birdman’ was the best movie of 2014

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I guess the 2015 Oscars had a real anti-superhero vibe to it. I wouldn’t know first-hand because I didn’t watch it. The Oscars have become totally irrelevant to me. I think they’ve always been a poor indicator of greatness, it just took me a while to realize it. For instance, according to the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization whose members vote for Oscar winners, the movie Shakespeare in Love was a better movie than Saving Private Ryan.

There’s a term for people who believe things like that, they’re called crack addicts.

This year’s batch of Best Picture nominees was a real head-scratcher. Missing from the nominations was Guardians of the Galaxy, by far the best movie I watched last year. I’m not alone. A lot of people went to the theaters to see Guardians of the Galaxy. It has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It grossed $774.2 million worldwide. Guardians of the Galaxy was a well-crafted and highly entertaining movie. The movie’s director, James Gunn, was able to bring life to a CGI talking racoon and a giant walking, sort-of-talking tree. The fact that it couldn’t even get a nomination for Best Picture speaks more about the absurdity of the Oscars than it does the greatness of Guardians of the Galaxy.

What’s even worse, Birdman, a terrible movie about a washed-up actor made famous for playing a superhero “birdman” in movies, trying to put on a Broadway play based on a short story by Raymond Carver, was not only nominated for Best Picture, it actually won.

Huh?

I thought Birdman was an overly pretentious, unnecessary middle finger to the genre of comic book movies. It was filmed in a way that made it look like one long continuous camera shot. At times, I was paying more attention to this stupid camera trick than I was to the performance of the actors in the scene, which is unfortunate because as awful as Birdman was, it had a great cast.

I’ll freely admit that Birdman was not for me. I was not its intended audience. To enjoy Birdman, you must hate superhero movies. I enjoy superhero movies, the ones that are well made. I enjoy a lot of movie genres.  Just don’t tell me that Birdman was the best movie of 2014. Because it wasn’t.

If you think Birdman was great, wait five years. In five years, even pretentious snobs will have forgotten about Birdman, just like they have already forgotten about 2011’s Best Picture Oscar winner The Artist.

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That didn’t even take five years.