Apr 062012
 

Publisher: Kongregate.com

Developer: Toge Productions

Website: Infectonator:World Dominator

System: Web Browser

Length: 2 hrs

Release Date: 2/14/2010

Genre: Zombie Domination and Geography

Type: 8 bit top view.

Cast: Zombies and humans from all over the world.

Synopsis: Pick a spot in a city and let the zombie virus loose and try to infect everyone and collect money for upgrades. Eventually you’ll dominate the world with your zombie army!

Analysis: This game is really fun at first, but after awhile it becomes too easy and you destroy cities without much effort, but that can be good for an afternoon distraction.

Pro:

  • Zombie versions of Michael Jackson, Venom, Ronald McDonald, and Colonel Sanders
  • See how many people you can infect with one shot!

Con:

  • Hard to tell who are the good guys and bad guys when the action gets going.
  • The games knowledge of geography is foggy at times.

Conclusion: Give it a shot, it is easy to play and fun!

Bonus Tip: Upgrade your zombie’s speed and damage resistance as much as possible at first.

Frank’s Ratings

(1-5)

Characters

1

Story

1

Upgrades?

5

Replay Value?

4

Average

2.75

 

Apr 052012
 

Author: Max Brooks

Pages: 342

PublisherThree River’s Press

Release Date: September 12, 2006

Genre: Horror, Zombie, Mock Journalism

Characters: Nearly every chapter focuses on a different character, a Chinese doctor that finds Patient zero, a soldier that fought in some of the greatest battles in America, and a deep-sea diver battling underwater dead long after the rest of the world has gotten back to normal and many others.

Synopsis: When Max Brooks wrote the Zombie Survival Guide in 2003, he included a few short stories about historical Zombie attacks in the last chapter. In World War Z, he has taken his skill with narrative zombie stories and expanded it into a vivid alternate future 20 years after a massive outbreak of the living dead. In each chapter, the narrator interviews the people who fought in and survived the zombie apocalypse.

Analysis: I’m a great fan of zombie movies, novels and almost any other format you can find. Occasionally, I will find myself thinking about what I would do to avoid being the first guy to die in an outbreak. It appears that Max Brooks has also done his fair share of thinking and has come up with solutions to this problem. He has created a fantastic and entertaining series of short stories tied together and advanced by placing himself in the novel as the interviewer. I think one of the best parts about this novel is that in taking place after the war, it promotes the idea that humanity can pull together to overcome a large problem and avoid extinction. Despite the gore and zombies it is hopeful in the end.

Pro:

  • The interviewer does not directly contradict his subject, but the footnotes often do.
  • Funny little details:“A guy who I’m damn sure was Michael Stipe, although I never got him to admit it.”- Todd Wainio
  • Very good advice if you are in that situation: “Don’t write their eulogy, don’t try to imagine who they used to be, how they came to be here, how they came to be this.” -Christine Eliopolis

Con:

  • Brooks needs to give a better of description of things like the Lobo.
  • Several times he mentions several songs in a way that makes them seem common and popular, but I did a poll and barely anyone I know has heard of Roxy Music, much less their song “Avalon”.

Conclusion: This is a very decent book that entertain, shock and get you thinking about what you need to do to get ready to survive World War Z.

Trivia: Max Brooks is the son of actor, director and comedian, Mel Brooks.

Frank’s Ratings

(1-5)

Characters

3

Plot

4

Imagery

4

Read Again?

5

Average

4

 

Apr 042012
 

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Rating:PG-13 

Running Time:106 minutes 

Release Date:9/9/11

Genre: Medical Thriller

Cast: Dr. Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard), Mitch Emhoff (Matt Damon), Dr. Ellis Cheever (Laurence Fishburne), Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law), Elizabeth “Beth” Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow), Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet), RADM Lyle Haggerty, PHSCC (Bryan Cranston), Dr. Ally Hextall (Jennifer Ehle), Dr. Ian Sussman (Elliott Gould), Sun Feng (Chin Han)

SynopsisElizabeth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) dies of a mysterious disease after a trip to Hong Kong. Mitch (Matt Damon), her husband tries to keep their daughter safe during the rapidly spreading plague. At the same time, many medical professionals try to find a cure and fight misinformation produced by junk science spewing conspiracy nut Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law)

Analysis: I was really excited to see this movie because I had heard that it is a medical thriller told in a scientifically accurate way and had more input from the scientific community than other similar films. I think that there isa good mix of entertainment and science in this film, but occasionally some of the medical jargon was a bit over my head. I think that something like subtitles would have helped. The movie isn’t 100% fun, but it does make you think about how an epidemic situation would be combated.

Pro:

  • Feeling that any of the characters could die at any time.
  • Seemingly realistic steps health professionals take to find cause.
  • Seeing Minneapolis, my home city, basically dying on-screen was weird.

Con:

  • More time spent explaining medical terms.
  • Turning footage from surveillance camera into narrative scenes was strange.

Conclusion: I think this was a pretty good film that tells a complex story about an epidemic and doesn’t step over the line into a doomsday scenario.

 

Frank’s Ratings

(1-5)

Characters

3

Story

5

Special Effects

3

Would Watch Again?

4

Average

3.75