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The Throw Away Character Paradigm

“What’s your name, crewman?” If you were asked these dreaded words on the set of the original Star Trek series you knew you were dead. Not so much has changed since then as entertainment has maintained the throw-away character paradigm. Why? Well you need to kill somebody, right? The audience no longer has to question whether or not there will be a throw-away character but must ask itself, who can we expect to be killed off? Take a look at these examples and see if you’ve noticed these patterns. Unknown Face. This is your first giveaway. If you don’t recognize the face then they are probably a dead man walking. In fact, many famous actors got their start being the “throw-away death” in their earlier films. Who can forget Kevin Bacon’s death at the hands of Freddy Krueger? He gutted him through the bed with...

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Setting The Mood: The Effect of Soundtracks in Video Games

Sometimes video game soundtracks make us feel like Batman, other times, they fall short and we miss out on an amazing experience. Douglas Cole looks at the Batman Arkhman Games, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution and the soundtracks for those games and how they make or break the experience. Arkham Asylum Soundtrack made the game, where as the Deus Ex Soundtrack fell short....

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