Expectation and hope are powerful agents. Sometimes a franchise installment becomes more than just a movie in the minds of its fans. This reviewer would dare to say that Christopher Nolan’s Batman films are to the latter half of this past decade as the Lord of the Rings films were to the first half. It’s the combination of a powerful story, a fantastic setting and visionary filmmakers that truly transcend demographic boundaries and whisper to newcomers, speak to fans, and scream in the faces of long-time followers.
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Philanthropy is important. Giving of your time, talent and treasure and serving something greater than yourself is an integral part of being a well-rounded person. It's one of the keys to 'winning' adulthood. There are uncountable merits to giving money, providing services, and helping others in need. However, what could be a more meaningful gift than the gift of life?
Just the other day I gave blood at a local blood drive and I feel damned good about it. For no cost to myself other than about half an hour of my day, and a tiny prick in the arm I potentially saved the lives of three different people. Let that sink in for a second, for the cost of half an hour of my time (which doubled as a needed break from work) I can return decades of life to three different people who would have otherwise lost their lives. Get this, let's say each person who benefits from my donation lives an extra 30 years after their emergency. Three lives saved multiplied by 30 years each equals 90 years. My half of hour given (which is only .0057% of my year) is multiplied 1,576,800 times to return 90 years. I dare you to find an investment that has a 1,576,800 return rate. I dare you.
Here's just a few more stats for you (courtesy of the Red Cross). In the United States someone needs blood every two seconds, that's 43,200 people per day. The estimate is the there is a 97% chance that someone you know will need a blood transfusion. Here's the kicker, if only one additional percent of the United States population gave blood annually, the need for blood would essentially disappear. One more percent of Americans and the problem goes away. Here's another dare, find me a government/health care/political problem that could be solved as easily or logically.
I have given blood 20 times in my life, and plan to do so at every opportunity (donating blood is on a 56 day cooldown) until they tell me not to come back. My 20 donations have saved 60 lives, that practically makes me Diet Batman. Be like me, be a superhero. Man or woman up and take the little tiny prick in the arm and spend half an hour giving a child their parents back. Spend half an hour returning a wife to her husband. This is my challenge to you: take a sore arm for the team and return three people their lives.
There are few things in the entertainment world I enjoy as much as Batman. Be it in films, comics, or games - Batman is a property that always goes down smooth. Ironically, Batman: Arkham City was the first game I previewed on Six Horizons nearly half a year ago, and it was actually the major prize for my sponsorship of The Morning Stream. Due to the PC version delay, and my own crazy schedule I just now got around to finishing Arkham City.
It's Thursday today and that means tis time for another treatment of Trailer Thursday. (+10 Alliteration)
But really, Batman must need some GPS in the Batmobile because he keeps returning to places he's already been. He's making it really hard for writers to come up with clever titles for Batman related articles. Batman Returns, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Begins, Dark Knight Rises (Again) are all on sale in the used bin.
Good superhero video games are tough to come by, surprisingly. I would think that it'd be a little more common given the abilities that superheroes posses and the bevy of villains at developer's disposal. The main issue of most superhero titles is their failure to make players feel like a superhero. 2009's Batman: Arkham Asylum didn't have that problem, and all (bat)signs indicate that it's successor Batman: Arkham City will follow in it's footsteps.