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Weird Video Wednesday: I’m Han Solo, Solo

Celebrate the release of the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, by reliving classic Star Wars moments with Kinect Star Wars! Set phasers to “sizzle” for this strut down memory lane! Bring your best moves and test them against the might of the Empire in a Galactic Dance-Off!

I’m morbidly fascinated by this. The same goes for the other pop song conversions used in Kinect Star Wars: Princess in a Battle (Christina Aguilera’s Genie in a Bottle), Empire Today (Village People’s YMCA), Hologram Girl (Gwen Stefani’s Holla Back Girl), Kashyyyk (Jamiroquai’s Canned Heat). But I’m Han Solo, aka Ridin’ Solo by Jason Derulo, takes the awkward-funny prize.

That’s all I have to say. This stands alone. Kinect Star Wars, along with Angry Birds Star Wars, was one of the final Star Wars licenced games released by LucasArts before the Disney buyout. And if those two titles don’t signal the demise or something or other, I don’t know what does.

For this Wednesday’s Weird Video, all credit goes to Lewis Packwood (aka Lucius P. Merriweather) over at A Most Agreeable Pastime. His article on Kotaku which ranks almost every Star Wars game ever released on PC or console was most impressive, not to mention informative. I don’t know how I was able to avoid knowledge of Kinect Star Wars for so long, since the internet went nuts about it back when it came out, but somehow it passed me by. And if it passed me by, there must be others out there who have been kept in the dark for too long!!

Now if you’ll excuse me… I’m so happy the carbonite is gone / I’m movin’ on /I’m so happy that it’s over now / The pain is gone…

Reflections on the Zelda series: where did it all go wrong?

Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 2015 has come and gone in London. Many man tears were shed. The concert’s mix of big-screen montages of Zelda games and orchestral music melded so seamlessly that several times I forgot the orchestra were even there. What struck me during such forgetful moments was not so much the number of people at the concert – although the hall was jam-packed – but the sheer variety of people. I expected plenty of male teens, which there were, but there were also a surprising number of kids there with parents, and children-less adults, both male and female. And that set me off speculating about why the Zelda series is so popular with people worldwide, and how it has managed over the last 30 years to capture so many hearts and minds. Why is Zelda so good? What makes these games so timeless and universal in their appeal? Why are people so emotionally attached to the series, myself included? The video montages shown during the concert were really fascinating for what they chose to include – they tried, and succeeded in my opinion, in showcasing what makes Zelda so special and memorable as a series. Continue reading