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MMORPG King of Acronyms

Ever walked into a book store and seen those “sci-fi” literary versions of WoW (World of Warcraft)?  I’m sure there is some WoWfreak out there freakish enough to actually buy them and read them (and worse enjoy them!).  I had a friend who read Halo books for fun (so they do exist).  However, the book I bring to you guys today is not as shamefully nerdy as a WoW book but it definitely mentions things that only WoW gamers would understand!

Today, I bring to you For the Win (by Cory Doctorow) a book about gamers from all around the world uniting to receive better wages.  What are they getting paid to do?  Well, to play of course!  In For the Win, gamers are hired by big time factory owners to “gold farm”. Gold farming is when players get together to make as much “in-game” gold as possible then “sell” it for real money (like dollars or yuans or laks/rupees).   Gold is the in-game currency a player buys things with within the game.  The more in-game gold the more real money you can trade it for.  However, those players are paid minimum wages while the owners gain the most revenue.  Well those players fight back and try to unionize the gold-farming industry.

It’s an interesting book in my opinion, however, there are strong economic references that can confuse the hell out of a reader who isn’t familiar with the inner workings of supply and demand and/or product value.  Also for those who aren’t so much the gamer type there are many words and references to MMORPGs (massive multiplayer online role playing game) that can also confuse readers.  He does a good job of explaining or inferring the meaning of some of the lingo being used here, but mostly to really like this book you have to have some knowledge or some understanding for MMOs (and why/how they can be so addicting).  Those would really be the only cons to this book.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Hunger Games Movie Updates (6)

I was traveling through the grocery store, looking at the gum at the check out when I glimpsed what I thought was Katniss. I shook my head thinking that I was imagining things, but alas- another look showed me that:

It IS Katniss! I’m happy with how she looks. I also bought that magazine and read the article, and its ironic, whether she was just saying what we needed to hear, or telling the truth, how much she’s LIKE Katniss. I also understood what she meant about not wanting to get into a movie that becomes popular like Twilight popular. I am REALLY hoping that they make the movies as dark as the books so that it kind of– stops certain ages from being able to watch it… I maaaay let my kids read the books, because maybe they don’t have the imagination I do- but I’d think twice about letting scaring them about there very probable future. haha

Its been months since I read it and I still have nightmares similar to it- or find myself thinking about it and getting freaked out. She told the director though that if they didn’t hire her they better find someone who knows that when Katniss kills she doesn’t act bad ass, she acts broken. This woman knows who she’s playing.

Also, for those of you who that haven’t come across it- our Haymitch:  Woody Harrelson. Ummm, I can deal with it. Not at all what I imagined for him when I read the book, but- obviously not everything can be as I pictured. I am basing that on looks though- I’m possitive that he can pull of the drunk of a teacher that is Haymitch.

They also have a few of the other region kids too- which you can find on the updates IMDb HERE. It doesn’t have who I am most excited about though, which is Rue- Amandla Stenberg. I am actually really happy with both of the 11 tributes.

As I was looking around today, I came across this– which I found interesting. This is what Jennifer has to say about her Peeta and Gale-

“PEETA (Josh Hutcherson): “Josh is so charming,” she says. “He’s so charming! And when you read in the books about Peeta being able to manipulate anybody — I mean Josh could get, well, I don’t know a metaphor for [this scenario] except for dirty ones. But he’s charming, he’s sweet, he’s down to earth, he’s normal. He embodies all of it and brings it all to Peeta. So when you meet him he’s got all of these great qualities and every single one of them come across in every line he says out loud as Peeta.”

GALE (Liam Hemsworth): “Liam is just a solid brick of muscle and you look at him and you’re like ‘Oh, okay great!’” she says. “But he’s got depth and he’s interesting and at the same time he’s natural and he flows.””

I found this to be interesting because, if again she is saying what she truly thinks and is being rightly quoted, our other characters are being played by people similar to themselves.


ZOMBIES!! RU- …

Ever thought about what you’re going to do when the government finally screws up and accidentally releases its TOP secret BIOWAR viruses and weapons??  What are you going to do when people start losing their minds and start eating each other? Are you going to be prepared to SURVIVE??

Now now don’t panic my young ignorant! There is a way for you to learn and apply the knowledge of “How to beat the shit out of a zombie before he eats your brains.”

The Zombie Survival Guide is a complete literary guide (obviously) on surviving a zombie epidemic (again obviously)!  Ever since its release back in the year 2003 this guide has served the purpose of teaching even the most dimwitted pacifist the way of the zombie killer. Learning which weapons to use most effectively against zombies, where to shoot a zombie, and many more things have never been made easier.

Note, however, that because this literary work is dated common knowledge on what is known about zombies has change and you must use extra precaution when applying the tactics in this book.

So with that said ladies and gents, grab your rifles, crowbars, and panties its time to train before the going gets rough!


The Hunger Games Katniss Chosen

 We now have our Katniss! Jennifer Lawrence. I thought I remembered posting about her previously, but I guess not. I remember thinking that she was the only one suggested so far that I would be fine with, but also assumed that she wasn’t actually being considered… But anyway, I am completely content with her being Katniss. Her character in Winter’s Bone is practically Katniss. We know she’s beautiful, but we are also aware that she is able to act hard. And most happily, I heard her say in an interview that she needed to learn to skin squirrels for Winter’s Bone!

A lot of people are annoyed that they picked a 20 year old to play her, but- they’re going to pick older people to play Petta and Gale too. You don’t want some child kissing 20’some year olds, do you? Besides- she looks pretty young. I think we’re lucky she doesn’t look forty or something. The book has some mature content that she would be better off playing over a 16 year old anyway.

For some reason, fans were also concerned about her being blond. Why? I don’t know. If she can act, she can be MADE to look like Katniss.

Read the original article. It seems that this Jenniffer is quite a strong and powerful, maternal– all that, person. She is also aware that this is one of those books like Harry Potter and Twilight with many hardcore fans- and that she will be in it for three movies. The casting person said it was the easiest decision she ever made casting her. This makes me very happy. Now then, it is time for me to go watch Winter’s Bone. haha

Source: Ew.com


The Hunger Games (2)

They have on IMDb that Gabriel Liotta will be playing Petta in the Hunger Games movie, but Im pretty sure that has something to do with the ‘edit’ button next to it.

I found that picture on Jabberjays.com– though IMDb itself no longer has that Chloe person as Katniss. She can’t be our Katniss. I also think NO for what I found on that Gabriel guy… Katniss needs to be really pretty, but have hard features, she needs to just look kind of mean…

But because I was very scared for a moment about that, I decided to go see what other actors fans have chosen to play their favorite characters. My favorite is probably THIS one, as far as looks. I dont know how all these people are as actors though, and- as much as I would appreciate if we had some not so famous cast in here- I dont want it to be like the Avatar: the Last Airbender movie fiasco of fail acting.

Anyway, a lot of people have basically decided that they want Alex Pettyfer to play Petta. At first, I thought that I wouldn’t mind that but now… Well, he just looks to old… Petta is supposed to be 16– Alex is 20- Look at him, here. And, even to play the 16 year old, he would have to work out a lot– However, he would make an amazing Dean Robillard… (From Natural Born Charmer) The other two people a lot of fans have chosen have REALLY big mouths. I would prefer someone my age over someone with a giant mouth…

A lot of people had that Chloe Mortez as Primrose, which I find acceptable. She looks like she could pull off a supper adorible good little girl– one person suggested Jackson Rathbone as Cinna, which, I am also fine with. I know his acting, I thought his Sokka was the only good thing about AtLA. A lot of people said Willow Smith for Rue, but- she doesn’t look like she should be flying through the trees… And I would kind of prefer if they didnt have to make the tree climbing look fake and fail like in Twilight. (They dont ever have to actually show her jumping through the trees, cause Katniss only hears it- just in case the director thinks this is necessary…) I am very VERY fine with Robert Downey Jr. as Haymitch.

So Basically:
Haymitch: Robert Downey Jr. or Hugh Laurie
Foxface: Emma Stone

I guess Ill add or repost as time gets nearer.

Also:

This makes me want to move east. haha– Freaking region 8? Maybe I will like it better once Petta and Katniss have visted it, but what could they POSSIBLY contribute to the capitol. We dont have anything! Thanks to ilovezuko123 (spaz! Avatar fan!) For working that out. She also seems to be team Petta and has a couple works based on the books.

Braved a snowstorm and getting my car stuck in the snow to go buy Catching Fire and Mockingjay today, I guess I better actually get back to reading them.


Natural Born Charmer – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

You know a book is good when, even though its nearly 400 pages, I read it every moment of my free time- (an maybe even when Im not supposed to be.) Set it down only to sleep and eat. (Turns out Im a VERY slow reader) Natural Born Charmer is probably one of the best books Ive read in my lifetime so far. Every page I read I was practically rolling on the ground laughing. If you like romantic comedies, then you would love this book.

Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips tells the story of Dean and Blue, two people who grew up without families. Blue is working as a Beaver when Dean comes driving through town. Hoping to be distracted from his own depressing thoughts, he stops the car and asks her if she needs a ride. Blue and Dean are instantly inseperable, needing and using eachother before they even know each others name.

Dean and Blue are witty and constantly ripping on each other. Dean is always telling Blue she cant dress, and Blue is constantly calling him gay. Other main characters include a crazy old lady who is determind to hate everyone and a little girl who needs a family. The story takes place on a farm, in a small down in Tenessee. I would think thats enough to make you want to read it.

I find myself constantly thinking about it. Just about every song has some sort of line that reminds me of something they said or did. (reminds me that I want what they had) The characters were also dancing all the time.