New trailers: Black Mirror, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and more

I’ve never really been able to do the whole laughing at bad movies thing. I realize this is a little bit like saying “I don’t enjoy fun,” but I don’t know, I’ve mostly just found the movies to be bad in a boring kind of way.

Point is, I’m not a huge fan of The Room. But I went to see The Disaster Artist anyway last week because it looked too fun to pass up. It really is a nice movie — and I think it succeeds largely thanks to one very smart decision: it never looks down on Tommy Wiseau. Even when Wiseau is being unreasonable and kind of a jerk, he’s still made out to be worthy of admiration for putting himself out there in order to live his dream.

It’s a nice message, and it really starts with scene one. James Franco opens the movie on…

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The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom poster is just a single nostalgic callback

Thanks to a brand-new poster, we now know the title for the Jurassic World sequel: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. We have no idea what that means, though it may suggest that dinosaurs were royalty at some point? Who knows? Look, the new Transformers movie opens with a King Arthur battle. Literally anything can happen and I wouldn’t be surprised.

Anyway, I’m more concerned with the movie’s tagline: “Life finds a way.” The marketers and producers really want us to know that Jeff Goldblum is coming back.

The tagline is a callback to Dr. Ian Malcolm’s meme-friendly line in the original Jurassic Park:

Goldblum, who…

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Snap stock has fallen back to its $17 IPO price

It has dropped 30 percent in value since it closed on its first full day of trading.

Snap stock hit an all-time low on Thursday when it briefly touched $ 17 per share, which was the company’s IPO price. As of Thursday afternoon, it was hovering just slightly above that, at $ 17.07 per share

That means that pretty much everyone who bought Snap stock in the days before it hit public markets is back to even on the deal. But anyone who bought the stock on its IPO day or after is in the red. Snap’s stock has dropped 30 percent in value since it closed at $ 24.48 on its first full day of trading.

There doesn’t appear to be any particular catalyst for Thursday’s stock dip, but people are concerned about Snap’s user growth and weren’t thrilled with its Q1 revenue, which came in below analyst estimates.

This doesn’t mean Snap is necessarily doomed. Facebook stock, if you will remember, spent its entire first year on the public markets hovering below its IPO price. It’s now worth almost four times its IPO price.


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PC RTS-Inspired ‘Planetstorm: Fallen Horizon’ Out Now

Viscerin and Aykiro have announced the releasae of Planetstorm: Fallen Horizon [Free] on iOS and Android. The developers were heavily inspired by the golden age of real-time strategy games on PC when Command and Conquer and Starcraft ruled, and wanted to adapt that kind of experience to a modern mobile game. You pick sides between the Terrans or Alterians, choosing between raw power or superior technology, respectively. You will build your base to protect from assaults by hostile forces, while upping your resources and units. Then, you go on missions throughout the galaxy, utilizing familiar energy and troop systems from modern mobile strategy games, combined with some advanced control and weaponry options, to spread your faction’s dominance through the galaxy.

Planetstorm: Fallen Horizon isn’t quite as user-friendly starting out as most mobile strategy games, so I suggest paying attention to the tutorial. Or, just skip it entirely, as you can do, if you want to figure all this stuff out yourself. It’s a lot to dive into, but there’s some potential there. Check out Planetstorm: Fallen Horizon right now on iOS and Android.


‘Fallen London’ and the secret to writing an infinite gothic game

Writing a video game is nothing like penning a novel. But writing a never-ending, nonlinear, text-driven video game about a hellish alternate London stuffed with gothic intrigue and nearly a decade of backstory? That's a different beast altogether….
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