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When confronted with fantastic technology, the first impulse a person has is usually to figure out a way to waste hours of their time doing something nonproductive with it. The very first video game was the Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device developed in 1947, though most people consider the 1972 game, Pong, to be the first traditional video game. The public has had a long and checkered past with video games, sometimes treating them as toys for children, and other times welcoming them as a hobby for adults. According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board, the average age of a gamer is currently 34 years old, and the average gamer has spent 12 years gaming.

The 1970s: Motown, Bell Bottoms and the Atari
Video gaming emerged as a true industry in the 1970s. Although arcades were extremely popular throughout this decade, home video game consoles were also introduced. There were a multitude of different consoles, but only one would end up standing head and shoulders above the rest: Atari. The Atari Video Computer System retailed at $199 and according to Video Game Console Library, there were a total of 418 games released for the platform. At this time, video games were mostly the domain of children and teenagers.

The 1980s: Big Hair, Legwarmers and Mario
Arcades grew tremendously in popularity throughout the 1980s–often known as the Golden Age for Arcade Games. At the same time, IBM PC compatible computer games were being developed, and home computers were starting to become more accessible. The Nintendo Entertainment System was also released in 1983, and quickly became the most popular console on the market. According to Examiner, the popularity of the NES system skyrocketed due to a single Italian plumber named Mario.

The 1990s: Dot-com, Beanie Babies and Shareware
The decade of the 1990s was marked by a release of many portable gaming systems, as well as an increase in the overall home computer market for video games. Shareware played a huge part in this, because it enabled home computer users to download, play, and release video games into the community. Sega managed to break into the console industry with Sonic the Hedgehog, though Nintendo still captured a large amount of market share. Meanwhile, iD’s 1996 FPS Quake completely revolutionized the video game industry and ushered in a new model of Internet-based gaming.

The 2000s: High School Musical, Freedom Fries and Counter Strike
The 2000s saw console and online gaming becoming rapidly more popular among adults. As laptops for the classroom, office and even home use became more popular, a shift towards casual games that required less powerful systems also developed. A simple casual game called The Sims dominated market share and opened the door for more female gamers. CNN reported that The Sims was the best-selling PC game from 2000 to 2003, and has now sold more than 125 million copies. At the same time, the market stabilized to show a total of three major video game systems: the Sony PlayStation, the Microsoft Xbox and the Nintendo Wii.

The 2010s: Zumba, Dog Shaming and the Next Generation
The next generation of video game consoles are being eagerly awaited, including the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Video games are pushing forward with motion-based and voice-based technology, which is leading to far more inventive methods of playing. Independent developers are also attempting to break into the game business, such as the Ouya, which is an Android-based video game console. The games on the Ouya are intended to be completely free, as noted on the Ouya website. The market has shifted towards more casual and accessible games, especially among the female demographic.

This guest post was written by Jessica Lyman, a freelance reporter who covers the gaming industry.
Posted on September 19th, 2013 by MHD | Leave a Comment (1)
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How does Mad Max meets Grindhouse by the way of Kill Bill sound to you? Pretty darn good if you as as much of an action junkie as I am. Kristanna Loken, Eve, Beverly D’Angelo, Christian Pitre, and the one and only Gary Busey star in Bounty Killer, currently in theaters and VOD. The movie is based on graphic novel of the same name. In a post-apocalypse future, where the government has been taken over by corporations, the people have begun to fight back. Death warrants have been issued for all white collar criminals , and Bounty Killers compete against each other for “body count, fame and a fat stack of cash.” The action comedy follows Mary Death (Pitre), the top “Bounty Killer” in the world.

Check out the movie’s trailer in our speical Bounty Killer app, check out some “Killer GIFs” and take the”Are You a Bounty Killer? Quiz to find out just how awesome you are at fighting the enemy in a post-apocalypse. Then check out the details below the app to find out how you can win Bounty Killers on DVD!

Win Bounty Killer on DVD!

Entering the contest is very easy. Post a reply comment to this post with what your “Bounty Killer” name would be. Would it be as cool as “Mary Death”? Would I be known as Pit Chainsaw or Pit Killer? Also, as usual we have two ways to earn additional entries into the contest! You can tweet about this contest with the hashtag #BountyKillerMovie #MHD #Contest and this link. And you can leave a comment (any comment) on our Facebook post for this contest. That is right, you can earn up to three entries into this contest!

DISCLAIMER (and other Details)
This contest is only open to everyone with a valid address. Prizes can not be sent to a PO Box. All comments must be made with a (working) email address, so we are able to contact you if you win. Once contacted, you have 24 hours to reply with the requested details. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parents permission. Prizes have been provided in promotion of the movie Bounty Killer. A winner will be chosen on September 26th, 2013.

So, what is on TV Tonight?

8PM
For Better or WorseOWN: Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse (comedy)
ION: WWE Main Event (wrestling)
FOX: X-Factor (competition)
CBS: Big Brother (competition)
NBC: Million Second Quiz (game show)
CNN: Anderson Cooper 360 (news showcase)
FUSE: Fuse News (entertainment news)

9PM
Royal PainsUSA: Royal Pains (medical drama)
FOX: MasterChef (reality)
NBC: Americas Got Talent (competition)
SYFY: Paranormal Witness (docu)
HGTV: Property Brothers (reality)
SCI: The Unexplained Files (docu)
OWN: Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse (comedy)

10PM
NFL Football LogoNBCSP: NFL Turning Point (sports)
NBC: Camp (family)
TNT: The Bridge (crime drama)
SYFY: Ghost Mine (docu)
ID: Surviving Evil (docu)
MTV: The Challenge: Rivals II (competition)
SYFY: Ghost Mine (docu)

Posted on September 11th, 2013 by pjflip | Leave a Comment
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There is a quite understandable reason why the movies with a mark “based on a true story” occupy some special place in the cinematograph. It is irrelevant how astoundingly talented, witty and intelligent is the director, no matter what is the scale of literary talent of a screenwriter and no matter whether the actors are able to conquer the viewers around the world with their sincerity and charisma. Movies, base on actual events, posses a kind of special charm, incomparable to any of all the fictional stories. Perchance, the enthralling attraction of many of these films is explained by the fact that they are similar to our life situations. Others are probably shocking and striking with the realization that this story actually happened with someone in real life.

Every feeling, every word, every thought and every gaze – it seems as if it is happening right around us, and we are taking a direct part in the lives of the main characters. After the great success of The Queen, Stephen Frears, a born genius of cinematic drama and a winner of two awards at Berlin festival presents to the world another masterpiece featuring Judi Dench. A touching, tender, poignant Philomena trailer – is a story that actually happened once with some ordinary people and can easily happen again with any of us. The details of the drama has not yet been disclosed the wide audience. However, some key moments of the story line could be seen in the Philomena trailer.

So here is a story of a failed journalist, who worked as a representative of the BBC in Moscow many years ago, relives a breakdown after a breakdown and gradually becomes a laughing stock among all of his friends and colleagues. He fell into despair, he suffers from severe depression and it seems as if there is no way back on the top. Until one day, completely at random, someone gives him an idea of ??writing a story about a living person, the story of human interest. Previously, he was opposed to expose details of the personal lives of others to the public, but now, out of desperation, he agrees. What happens next was a complete abruptness for everyone and for him firstly. He gets acquainted with Philomena, whose history touches him so profoundly, he not only writes it down to the tiniest detail, but follows her on the search of her son, who she have not seen in fifty years, since the day he was born.

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan have unsurprisingly created a beautiful harmonic duo in the movie. Obviously, this subtlety has been fully appreciated be the greatest connoisseurs of cinematographic art – after the premiere of the Philomena at the Venice festival this year, the audience stood up and applauded to the masterpiece and its creators on their feet. If even the professional met the movie this way, we can only wait for November 1 with bated breath and crave for something what will restore our faith in humanity.

Posted on September 11th, 2013 by MHD | Leave a Comment
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Catfish the TV Show

In 2010, a very mysterious documentary named catfish started making the rounds. It was labeled as a “shocking true story” and the advertising pushed for people to keep the secret of the movie. Ultimately the movie chronicled the story of Nev Schulman and a woman he fall for over the internet without meeting in person.  As Nev tracked her down, he realized that he had been lied to for months and that she was not the person that she said she was. As so a new term was phrased; Nev had fallen for a “catfish,” aka someone who creates a false online profile and pretends to be someone they are not. The movie spawned a reality docudrama for MTV, dubbed catfish: The TV Show, where Nev and his friend Max travel around the country and help people find out if their online love is real or if they have a catfish. The series is not only fun and intriguing, but it is also addictive. They are currently in their second season, whose story does the new episode tell?

Official Description, “Aaliyah & Alica”: Can Aaliyah Close The 70-Block Gap That Separates Her From First Love Alicia?

The new episode airs tonight on MTV at 10pm. What else is on tonight?

8PM

msqNBC: Million Second Quiz (gameshow)
PBS: American Master (docu)
GSN: Minute to Win It (gameshow)
OXYGN: The Bad Girls Club (reality)
ANML: Hero Dogs of 9/11 (docu)
DSC: Amish Mafia: The Devil’s Cut (reality)
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance (competition)

9PM

Americas Got TalentSYFY: Face Off (competition)
NBC: America’s Got Talent (competition)
CW: Capture (competition)
USA: Covert Affairs (spy drama)
TNT: Rizzoli & Isles (cop drama)
HIST: Top Gear (reality)
CNN: Piers Morgan Live (interviews)

10PM

TV Logo - Sons of AnarchyFX: Sons of Anarchy (biker drama)
USA: Suits (law drama)
LIFE: Double Divas (reality)
SPIKE: Ink Master (reality)
SYFY: Heroes of Cosplay (reality)
TLC: The Little Couple (reality)
TNT: Cold Justice (crime drama)

Posted on September 10th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Probably, every man on this planet has his one image of a brilliant film. In the memory of his recently deceased brother, Tony Scott, Ridley Scott seems to have fulfilled everyone’s expectations. Here comes the new masterpiece by Ridley Scott, Counselor, due out on the 25th of October, will most likely respond even the most demanding images of the work of cinematic art. The author of No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy wrote the screenplay for the Counselor and this fact by itself alone suggests that the film will surely be worth special attention. The Counselor Trailer reveals only the key moments of the story line and does it pretty niggardly, so we can only guess, but the basis is extremely promising.

It all start with a usual story of a gifted lawyer, who, being familiar with the law shortcuts, exceeds his authority in the chase for something extra and gets caught up in some criminal schemes, related to the traffic of a fantastic amount of drugs. Of course, there are some menacing and dangerous villains, the power and blood lust of which has no description, and terrible secrets, the disclosure of which threatens with some dire consequences. Unsurprisingly, the Counselor trailer has a story of a tender and bland, yet very unhappy love, the illusion of a happy life, which is not destined to ever come true, an odd and unfaithful friendship and, of course, dashed hopes and dreams. The Counselor trailer would not have anything so tremendously amazing in it, if not for Ridley Scott and his impeccable status of a great director, for Cormac McCarthy and his reputation as a talented writer, and, evidently, for the actors who has been chosen for the leading roles. The hapless counselor, who has been mercilessly betrayed by his fate, is performed by the matchlessly handsome in his dispassionate manner Michael Fassbender, his naïve sweetheart is tremendous Penelope Cruz. Other characters are not yet completely identified because of the mysterious trailer of the Counselor, but the reputation of the actors speaks for itself. On the secondary roles wicked Ridley Scott has chosen none other than Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Cameron Diaz.

The Counselor Ridley Scott could become a legend among American cinematic thrillers. The cast is flawless, the script is from a talented writer, the reputation of the director is admirable – so the recipe of a genuine cinema masterpiece observed strictly.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer S9 Issue 25

After 24 issues of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 25 issues of Angel & Faith, spinoff limited series for Willow and Spike, we are at the end of season 9! Issue 25 of Buffy is here and with it Dawn’s very existence is on the live along with the lives of Buffy, Xander and Willow who are fighting for their lives in the Deeper Well against the original vampire, the newly turned ex-slayer Simone, and the time bomb waiting to explode Severin. Who be making it to Season 10?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #25
Official Description, “The Core, Part V”: Buffy can’t ever just be a vampire Slayer, can she? Always, the world seems to want more, and as the lives of her loved ones are threatened, Buffy shows why she is the Chosen One. Whatever is thrust upon her, she can handle it! Er… sometimes with a little help from her friends. Executive produced by Joss Whedon!

The issue is published by Dark Horse Comics and was written by Andrew Chambliss with art by Georges Jeanty. It comes out Wednesday, September 11th!


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Posted on September 10th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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