The title says it all, it’s a nerds wet dream, watching massive starships slugging it out. It doesn’t matter if there is a reason for it or if they are just there because they can be. It’s exciting and entertaining and today we are going to take a look at some of the best games and movies to play and watch space battles in and we are going to link you to all of the best space battles videos that we can find in one spot. While this does stray from our usual article style I think everyone here loves space battles so I don’t think we will have any complaints!
I am one of ‘those’ individuals that could watch a 2 hour movie that consisted entirely of spacebattles and I would watch it over and over again. I’ve actually gone on youtube and spent hours searching for random videos of space battles that I can find. What is it about space battles that entertain us so much? Is it the flashing lights? The majestic sight of million ton starships slugging it out for supremacy or perhaps it’s just the notion of an epic firefight in space. Whatever it is it has lead to the creation of usermade videos and websites such as SpaceBattles.com which has a very large user base and games dedicated entirely to space battles such as Gratuitous Space Battles and Star Wars: Empire at War. The ways space battles are portrayed has changed drastically over the past 40 years. The original Star Wars films used individual models for their space battles and large sets and self made and timed explosions. Creating a space battle such as one seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi would have been extremely labor intensive and if you messed up you would have to rebuild a model and that could be expensive and time consuming. Now fast forward 25 years and we have CG generated space battles and they can be created from small to large scale without having to setup scale models and filming them one by one. This allows companies and fans to generate large scale space battles at almost no cost. Granted the ones you see in cinema cost a great deal of money to create but they also look a great deal better then ones you might see in a fan made movie.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – this was the first space battle that I was ever exposed to as a child. My father told me I should watch these movies and that he thought I would love them. I believe that I was 8 at the time and he was correct. I loved the movies and still watch them to this day and even though it was made over 30 years ago it still looks amazing
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – the intro this film is intense and probably one of the best in the series
Serenity – this is one of those movies that you either love or you hate and it’s sadly a underrated title and really good film based in the firefly universe. Firefly for those of you who don’t know was a very short run show that was cancelled very early during it’s run. If you haven’t watched it you should do yourself a favor and pick it up at your local store. Serenity coincidently contains one of the best space battles in current live action cinema.
*I apologize for the bad music*
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Probably the best space battles a Star Trek series has boasted if not the most grand. Deep space nine actually sported several large space battles including two sieges on Deep Space Nine, one by the Klingons and one by the Dominion and several other large engagements
Mass Effect – The battle of the citidel is the best example of a space battle rendered in game. It’s also one of the best I’ve seen as well.
Babylon 5 – One of the best Sci-Fi shows ever to see the light of day and it also has some of the best space battles. There were many space battles through Babylon 5’s five seasons and several made for TV movies. I’m going to pick the ones that I thought were the best.
EvE Online – The creators of EvE and fans have created several impressive space battle movies. Here are a couple for you to enjoy.
Battlestar Galactica – While the name suggests there would be alot of space battles in this show there really isn’t. That being said it has some truly gorgeous ones that shine when they come about. I pulled a couple of videos that I think really showcase this.
Fan made – I’ve gone around and collected a group of what I consider to be the best fan made space battles. I’m sure there are more out there and if there are more that I don’t have and you think that they should be on this epic list I would encourage you to post them in the comments and I will try to add them.
May 19, 2011
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Step 1. Be of the female species. This is very important. Sex changes do not count unless you were predisposition towards the feminine as a male. Also, please ensure that you are homo-sapien as bovine, lupine, or any other form of mammal, avian, reptile, or plant life is unacceptable due to the lack of cognitive thought and/or opposable thumb. Once you’ve determined if you are indeed a homosapien female, you may proceed to step 2. If you cannot prove that you are so, then this guide will simply be humor to you rather than something of use.
Step 2. Remember that as in all walks of life, gamer chicks can be beautiful or ugly, fat or skinny, nerdy or preppy (rare, but it happens). It matters not to the game or those who you talk to on chat what you look like. All that matters is how you play. Throw aside your prejudices and play with confidence!
Step 3. I call this step “The Baby Gamer Chick.” If you have not gamed before, begin with something stupid simple, like Farmville. If you cannot handle the simple task of running a pixelized farm, then you have no business sniping down the enemy. Graduate slowly to Bejeweled Blitz and Zuma Blitz to test your adaption to speed. Once mastered, play this game (http://members.iinet.net.au/~pontipak/redsquare.html). Once you can go for 18 seconds, you’re ready to graduate to real games.
Step 4. Be not ye wary of violence. While games like Farmville and Hello Kitty Island Adventures can be the gateway, you cannot stop there. If the concept of head shots, zombies, portals, and assassinations make you queasy, then stay at the “The Baby Gamer Chick” stage of Farmville and Bejeweled. For those of you ready to move on to the Big Girl games, my suggestion is to play with a group of friends who know what they’re doing. Make sure that at least one of them is willing to actually TEACH you what each button does, and then prepare to be cremated by them in the weeks following. Do not expect mercy, and do not ask for it. You must experience the pain of being a newbie.
Step 5. Practice. Alone on campaigns, with your uber leet friends, however you want as long as you are improving. Do not stay on the easiest level possible. Jump right in at insane mode as soon as you’ve grasped the basic game mechanics. Don’t be afraid of failure. Shoot failure in the face with your developing skills. You’ll soon be kicking ass with all your friends.
Step 6. Branch out! The world is your playground! FPS, MMO’s, table top games, try them all and have fun! That is the point of being a gamer chick, after all.
I suppose as a former almost-educator, I should touch on the educational aspects of gaming. I have had to defend my playing World of Warcraft, Halo, even Mario Cart and Super Smash Bro’s on my old N64 to my mother, a firm believer in activities that develop mental clarity and knowledge. So, while this topic may not be about the newest game or an exciting review, it has to potential to be helpful to the younger readers that find themselves trying to defend themselves to the parental figures in their lives. Now, I want to make something clear so I don’t have hate mail. I am not going to make a clear cut list of what is educational about each game. Instead, I am going attempt to help you learn to discern what parts you share with that nosy parent and what you don’t.
The idea that gaming can actually teach kids valuable skills for their future is most assuredly not mine. I have heard a couple of wonderful talks from TED that support video and computer games that involve leadership skills, listening skills, the ability to work together as a team to complete the objective, using the feeling of euphoria you get from saving the virtual world and channeling that feeling to save the real world, and many others. The games range from PC games with MMO’s such as WoW, Guild Wars, Aion, EQ and LotR online to the obnoxious Facebook games such as Farmville and Mafia Wars, and between the console games such as Guitar Hero and Halo to phone games like Angry Birds.
In explaining the “violent games” such as Super Smash Bro’s, all my brother and I had to do was say “hey, at least we aren’t trying to kill each other in real life.” We managed to convince our parents that smashing each other off the platform with the KO bat or the singing, smashing hammer was healthier than attempting to push the other down the stairs or throwing real hammers at each other because playing SSB gave us an outlet for our frustrations with each other. As adults, we still play our N64. However we’ve graduated to sniping each other in Halo and cursing the other’s skills good naturedly when the urge to throw the other off a roof gets too strong. And no, I haven’t yet discovered an argument for FPS games that satisfies my mom’s passive nature.
Whenever I am home for a visit, I get (cue intense music) “The Lecture”. You know what I’m talking about. And it always begins like this:
Mom: Why are you wasting your time with that game?
Me: It isn’t a waste.
Mom: Prove it.
The last time we had this discussion, I had my proof ready. I began to describe how the raid is run, how we have a raid leader who calls out who has what task, where ranged is supposed to stack, and so on. The remaining 9 (or 24, depending on the size raid) have an important job as well: listening to our instructions. We have to work together to defeat the raid bosses and the mechanics are different for each boss. You are also required to show up for raid on time, a concept that a few members of the raid I’m in have a hard time understanding. I explained that we all realize that yes, this is indeed a game. But when you make a commitment, be it in real life or in the game for a raid, it is important to be prompt and be ready by the time 6:30 (our set raid time) rolls around. My mom was surprised.
Mom: So it isn’t just staring at a screen and killing things?
Me: Sometimes it is. But in order to be successful at World of Warcraft, you have to be willing to work as a team and to be on time, otherwise you are going to be stuck running random raids with people who are nasty, mean, and self-serving – and you’re going to be the one who gets the short stick every time. Patience is also very important, because unless everyone in the group understands the boss mechanics, you will wipe. And if you’re like me and a grammar nazi, resisting the urge to correct every other sentence becomes easier every night.
Mom: Maybe I’ll watch part of your raid tonight.
And she did.
And while she still holds to the idea that I play too much WoW (which I do, haha) she now understands that there are important things that games can teach us, without us even realizing it sometimes. I hope I haven’t sucked the fun out of the games, because that most definitely wasn’t my intention.
April 30, 2011
Gamer Charities… Changing the Lives of Children Forever
When we turn on the TV, Radio or even read articles on the web all we see are advertisements for the latest and greatest, news or horrors befalling some poor country or state, or any other number of atrocities that fall upon the living. The news only seems to recognize the rich and powerful or bad news. I think it’s time to recognize the people who go out and try to make a difference in the world and change it for the better. While I may not have the mass resources of a major broadcasting company or an Oil exec I think the recognition is important.
Many of you probably have never heard of ChildsPlayCharity or TheHumbleBundle as they are not advertised across the net and lets face it many of us, especially in the United States tend to forget how easy we have it compared to many other places across the Globe. We see so much death, violence,destruction and devastation that we’ve almost become detached and don’t think of it anymore as anything but white noise on the evening news. I myself had never heard of either of these two charities until one of them got some ‘lime light’ on EvE onlines front page. I’m not an emotionally driven person, I never have been and I never will be but for some reason Childs Play Charity touched my heart and it was at this point that I told myself “I’m going to stop saying I’m going to try and help and actually go do it”. I then proceeded to Child’s Play and anonymously donated. While my donation was nothing major, under $100 as I had very little money at the time, that small amount of money might give some child dying in a hospice some final moments of joy before they exit this world far too early. If my small donation can put a smile on a suffering child’s face for even two hours is it not worth it? Ever since first reading about Child’s Play Charity I’ve made it a personal mission of mine to donate whenever a CPC or Humble Bundle has a donation drive.
Shortly after donating to Child’s Play I ran into a group of Independent developers who threw together a product called “The Humble Bundle” . To diverge a little bit I think “The Humble Bundle” is the most innovative product marketing of the new millennium. What they do is give you a set of say 5 games that they want to sell. All of these games are DRM free and they can be activated on GoLive and Steam or you can just download them from their site with the cd keys they provide to you. They then, and here is the amazing part, let you set your own price for the games and in addition to that you can choose to donate a portion of the amount your paying to Child’s Play Charity. You can split the money between the developers anyway you like. You can give 100% of the money to the Devs or 100% to charity or split it evenly across the board. You can set the amount by moving the sliders as shown below.
While it’s true that many people will only pay $0.99 for the whole package (and yes I consider this to be ‘cheap’) there many people donate in amounts far greater. During the last drive someone paid over $2500.00 for ‘The Humble Bundle’. I’ve found that even though I might not like all the games, which I didn’t in some cases, that it goes to a great cause such as CPC, support Indie developers who promote DRM free games and I get to grab several great games for a crazy low price which if you’ve looked at the average release price of a new games these days is quite a bargain and I feel good about myself too and lets be honest we can all use an ego boost from time to time.
I understand that not all of us can afford to donate to a Charity or like Indie Devs who do the same thing but we all probably know someone who does and lets face it most of us could skip one of our morning Starbucks runs or evening beer run once a year and donate $5 dollars to a deserving charity.
In the end I just want to give some recognition, albeit small, to the men and women at Childs Play Charity and Humble Bundle who are trying to make the world a better place, and from me and the staff at TGB we thank you for all that you do.
I would encourage anyone who has been looking for a quiet way to help out a good cause to go check out “The Humble Bundle” and “Child’s Play Charity”. You can check them out at the links below:
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What’s up everyone? I’m the new kid on the block. I’ve been gaming my whole life. I’m part of the “younger generation”, so while most PC gamers were playing Quake 3 and CS, I was playing Pokemon and Super Smash Brothers. That said, I’ve got a whole different perspective. I have a stack of console games larger than most normal people would think exist, and enough consoles to wrap the entire living room up in wires. I’m a massive storyline nerd. I’m a sucker for any sort of emotion in a game, and RPG’s and the somewhat dead “Adventure” games are my favorite genres. However, I’m also big on competition. When it comes to competitive play, I enjoy DOTA-style games and arena shooters. I’m looking forward to bringing my opinion to all of you, and bringing to light some games you may not be too aware of.
What’s up people, I am AceOfNades69. I will be bringing you a new perspective on the world of gaming. I’m not the up tight, needs so many words per post type of guy that some of you may be used to. I am just a college kid who loves to game. I will bring you up to date on the latest in gaming. Everything from PC to the 360. I will also be reviewing the newest releases as they the come out and I play them. I’m not planning on buying them all. I will hit on the big titles mostly, but if there is any game you want a review for or something in the game world you want me to mention just shoot me a mail with your request. Hopefully you guys enjoy.