2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon Franchise. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since I was down at my local video game store (mind you this was the mid 90’s so GameStop and Best Buy weren’t a thing yet) breaking open my piggy bank to purchase the newest craze in gaming for the Gameboy, Pokémon Red and Blue. To this day I consider it the best $26 dollars I have ever spent. It jump started my love for this series and introduced me to a new genre of gaming all together.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a bildungsroman (coming of age story) set in the near future, which feels much more Mad Max’s Australia than Bill & Ted’s San Dimas. The title itself is a reference to old arcade style games where you would insert a quarter to commence game play. Any gamer who grew up in that era has instant nostalgia for that phrase. The title is apt given the nature of the book and its reliance on gaming culture to propel the action forward.
It’s October again which of course means it’s horror season, and one of the shows I always look forward to the most is American Horror Story. Season 7, Cult, is currently airing new episodes but I want to take a look back at my all time favorite season, last year’s offering “Roanoke”.
When you think of the name Jim Henson you think of puppets, muppets, and really odd things all around. This is very much the case with The Dark Crystal. The Dark Crystal was a 1982 project directed, produced, and starring in many of the roles Jim Henson himself and was co-produced by Gary Kurtz (who also produced The Empire Strikes Back).