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Game of Thrones – Season Finale

Warning: Spoilers! Spoilers! Spoilers! If you haven’t watched Game of Thrones and you don’t want to know how the season ends don’t read this article.

“You win or you die” – Cersei Lannister.

That phrase resumes Game of Thrones perfectly. After finishing its first ten-episode season, Game of Thrones has reached a position between my top ten series of all times. I know that all the people who haven’t read the books are still shocked by the brutal end of the chapter nine “Baelor”, even though I knew what was going to happen I couldn’t avoid the feeling of unpleasantness.  Eddard Stark had been the most rightful character in this season, even when confronting his trial and certain death; he only decided to put aside his honor in order to try to preserve his sons and daughters life.

It is obvious that the series producers had great confidence in its success, because the series finale is just the beginning of new and deeper arguments and storylines; obviously this is a consequence of the way the books are written, but anyway, they made a great bid taking the decision of making a series following the book’s structure.

What happened in the last chapter? The war has just started, Robb Stark is the new acclaimed King of the North, Jaime Lannister is a prisoner of the Stark, a sadistic King Joffrey is acting in his own agenda, and Jon Stark has just departed to the north of the wall, where the White Walkers live and hunt.

A beautiful girl and a dragon = EPIC!

But the greatest scene of the season finale came in the last minutes with Daenerys confronting the loss of her husband and her unborn child. When I watched her entering to the pyre where Khal Drogo’s body was burning, my heart started to beat faster. The last scene was perfect, with Daenerys emerging from the ashes like a phoenix, with three new baby dragons and all the remaining people of her tribe proclaiming her as their new Khaleesi. A naked beautiful girl with a dragon over her shoulder was the perfect definition of the most pure medieval fantasy.

Since we have to wait for the start of the second season until 2012, it seems like a very distant future. Game of Thrones was perfect most of the time, with only minor flaws eclipsed by the great work of actors, writers and all the staff. I suppose that is time to start reading the next book.

Don’t forget: Winter is coming…

Stark's House

Stark´s House - Click to enlarge

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Game Of Thrones

House MD, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory and Californication are good examples of series that always give you a feeling of emptiness when a season ends, and let you eager to watch a new season as soon as possible. In the last weeks, a new TV series has joined this group of special and unforgettable series (for me): Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is an American medieval fantasy television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, featuring a predominantly British and Irish cast. The series is based on author George R. R. Martin‘s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of seven planned fantasy novels, the first of which is called A Game of Thrones. The series debuted in the U.S. on April 17, 2011 (Extract from Wikipedia).

Game of Thrones, HBO Series

Game of Thrones

The epic-fantasy-medieval stories have always been very attractive for me. I grow up reading Jules Verne’s novels and J.R.R Tolkien’s books, so when I heard about a new series about a medieval world with dragons, princess, wars, and all the common elements in a good fantasy story I was a little doubtful about how good this new series could be. I hadn’t read any of the books yet, so my knowledge of the Martin’s books was almost zero. Anyway, I had read some excellent critics about the series from the people who had watched the first six episodes in a private play for the critics, so I decided to wait for the premiere and give an opportunity to this new fantasy world.

It was love at first sight, or at first chapter to say it properly.

The series is all I could have wait from an epic medieval world and even more. Every character is well constructed, with his/her own ambitions, motivations, fears and desires, it’s almost impossible to guess what is going to happen and sometimes you can’t even tell if somebody is totally mean or totally good, that is the best sign of the richness of every character’s personality. The landscapes selected to recreate the book’s world are incredible, every location presented in the series reminds me more a stage for a movie than a stage for a TV series, every detail is treated with carefully and the some scenery like the wall are breathtaking.

Characters of Game of Thrones

Relationships between characters

Seven Kingdoms, a horde, a giant ice wall, old castles, an unknown menace, dragons, sword fights, sex (yes, the series is for ages 14+), and a lot of little elements and details that make the series world unique. Well, we have seen these elements in other books, movies and series before, but this time they are mixed and recombined in a very special way that make them feel fresh and attractive for old and new fans of epic worlds.

The series has been acclaimed for the critics and the public, and after watching nine episodes of the first season I have to agree with every positive critic I have read. It’s going to be a long time until the next season, so I suppose that I will have to buy the books to calm my anxiety to know what will happen next in this fantastic world.

The trailer for the series

Wii-U Nintendo innovating again

Wii-U, or how Nintendo is taking a new direction again. My feelings toward this new console are still unclear. I’m too shocked to give a verdict. It’s too soon and the presentation of Nintendo was only an introduction of the system’s capabilities  and its awesome new controller. Anyway, I’m going to wait until some real games be developed so we would have a better idea of the real power of this new system.

Controller and console

Controller and console

The Pros:

  • The controller: If the designers use it wisely, it can be a great addition to the game experience
  • Graphics: It seems that the graphics are going to be better than Xbox360/PS3
  • The games (ZELDA!!!), good third party games

Demo Zelda Wii U

The Questions:

  • Price: I don’t want to sell a kidney to buy one, how much is going to cost a controller alone?
  • Release date: 2012? It feels like an eternity
  • Games, we still haven’t seen a real game, but the announced list was

· The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
· LEGO City Stories
· Darksiders II
· Tekken
· Super Smash Bros
· DiRT
· Ghost Recon Online
· Assassin’s Creed
· Metro: Last Light
· Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
· Batman: Arkham City.

Technical Specifications:

* Graphical support for 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p y 480i. Compatibility with HDMI, S-Video components.

* AV Multi Out connector for audio and PCM or using HDMI.

* IBM microprocessor and multi-core

* Internal flash memory. Expandable using USB flash drives and external HD drives.

* Optical support for 12-centimeter high density discs and 12 centimeters Wii discs.

* Up to four controllers connected at the same time. The console supports Wii controller, classic controller Hasta cuatro mandos Wii Mote podrán conectarse al mismo tiempo. La consola soporta los mandos de Wii y los siguientes dispositivos: Nunchuck, Classic Controller, nunchuk and Wii balance board.

* Four USB ports and retro compatibility with Wii games.

My (Hi)story as a nintendoer :)

Today I entered to my room looking for an old magazine, I looked in my old magazine’s box and the first thing I saw was my collection of Club Nintendo magazines. Oh the old times, nowadays I read the news about video games and I watch press conferences about new releases on the internet. In some ways I miss the old times when you had to wait every month for the arrive of the magazine.

But I’m going too fast, I want to write about my history with Nintendo and the video games. Well, it all started with an old console, my dear Atari 2600.

Atari 2600

Atari 2600

I don’t remember the exact year my mom brought this to my house , maybe 1986, It was love at first sight. Its games were very simple, but everybody in my house wanted to play with that new machine, and Pacman was the favorite game of everybody.

A year later, a new console arrived to the town :). I discovered the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) in my cousin’s friend’s house. He had an uncle who traveled frequently to the U.S so he brought him a NES for his birthday. I don’t need to explain that all the kids in the block were surprised and amazed by this new system, and the couple of games that were included with the system, Mario Bros and Duck Hunt.

Tu run tun tu run tum (sing it with the tune of Mario Bros). Mario Bros, the starter of my long history with Nintendo. At that time, It was almost impossible to believe that such a thing could be happening in your TV.

Mario Bros

The first screen of a life with Nintendo

You just turned on your console, put a game cartridge in it, and you started to control a little man who jumped over little brown enemies, smashed turtles and took mushrooms to grow.  We used to have fiery arguments to decide our order to play, but I have a question for you Nintendo. Why it was possible to pause the game using the second controller? Whyyyyyyy? Do you imagine how many times somebody pressed start in the exact moment when you were jumping over a turtle or over a hole, or maybe trying to jump over Bowser?. I got my own NES a couple of years later, when my mother decided that it was time to buy me one as a Christmas present.

Mario Bros (1,2,3), The Legend of Zelda (1,2), Lolo (1,2,3), Battletoads,  Ninja Gaiden, Captain Tsubasa (in japanese), Tiny Toons, Nightmare on Elm Street,Double Dragon, Mission Impossible, and Terminator 2 are only a few games I remember having played. You did it great with this console Nintendo.

To be continued…