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Police say they’re ready to keep huge events such as San Diego Pride and Comic-Con safe

Police say they're ready to keep huge events such as San Diego Pride and Comic-Con safe

When it comes to reasons to be worried over the coming weeks, local law enforcement can take its pick. The deadly attack on Fourth of July paradegoers in Highland Park, Illinois, is still fresh in people’s minds. And, in June, during Pride Month, there were a number of disturbing incidents, including what police say appeared to be a plan for a sizable attack on a Pride event in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. Police arrested 31 members of a white nationalist group.

On Thursday, San Diego police sought to reassure the public about security at events happening here this month.

“Safety is our No. 1 for the San Diego Police Department,” Lt. Jonathan Lowe said.

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The Pride Flag is shown in Hillcrest on July 7, 2022.

In the shadow of Hillcrest’s massive Pride flag on Thursday, Lowe provided a note of reassurance, talking about security preparations for San Diego Pride next week and Comic-Con a week later.

“We’re going to have uniformed officers and nonuniformed officers in the crowd, always watching over the parade route, the festival and the associated parties around Hillcrest. Same goes for Comic-Con as well,” Lowe said.

In the case of Pride, police are getting some extra help from the Hillcrest Business Association. Ryan Bedrosian, the owner of Rich’s nightclub, sits on the association board.

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Artwork is shown on the patio of Rich’s in Hillcrest on July 7, 2022.

He said he and his fellow Hillcrest business owners had been talking recently about how to make sure security this year is tighter than ever.

“Our exits are clear, properly well-lit. Our security staff is on point. We have extra security guards — they’re trained. So those are things that we always take into consideration, but obviously more so on Pride weekend,” said Bedrosian.

The security of big events came up this week when San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria appeared on KPBS Midday Edition.

“It is frustrating to have this threat of violence across the nation impacting this event,” Gloria said.

But the mayor also said he was confident in law enforcement’s ability to keep people safe.

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One of many fire hydrants painted in pride colors around Hillcrest is shown on July 7, 2022.

“I have full faith in our San Diego Police Department, as well as our regional law enforcement partners,” Gloria said.

But, even with all the reassuring words, there is still that nagging reality that a person with a gun determined to cause mayhem and violence — can. That’s why the words that came into our lexicon after 9/11 still ring true today: If you see something that doesn’t look right, say something.

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‘The Thing’ Theatrical Release from Fathom Events Was a Disaster But They’re Making It Right for Wednesday Night

‘The Thing’ Theatrical Release from Fathom Events Was a Disaster But They’re Making It Right for Wednesday Night

Spooky narratives tend to be scarier when experienced alone, and that’s why I’ve always preferred single-player horror gaming. That being said, there’s no denying that multiplayer has taken over videogames over this past decade, captivating players with the unpredictable thrills of online cat-and-mouse matches. Now that horror juggernauts like the Friday the 13th franchise and even Evil Dead have gotten in on the action, lesser-known properties like Full Moon Features’ massive catalogue of B-movies have also been getting the multiplayer treatment with projects like October Games’ upcoming Puppet Master: The Game.

Of course, there’s still an untapped well of memorable scary movies that could be translated into entertaining interactive experiences, and that’s why we’ve come up with this list of horror films that deserve their own multiplayer videogame adaptations.

While this list is based on personal opinion, there are a couple of ground rules. First of all, no movies that have already been turned into licensed multiplayer videogames (though other kinds of games are okay). We’ll also be focusing solely on direct adaptations, so no licensed DLC for titles like Dead by Daylight. Lastly, these entries have been selected according to the potential entertainment factor of a licensed videogame, not necessarily the overall quality of the movies themselves.

As usual, don’t forget to comment below if you think we missed any entertaining horror flicks that would make for entertaining multiplayer games.

Now, onto the list…

6. A Quiet Place (2018)

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While you have to accept quite a few logical inconsistencies in order to enjoy John Krasinski’s insanely popular A Quiet Place movies (like how survivors never have to deal with noise-producing bodily functions and the flimsy reasoning for how the aliens differentiate human sounds from natural ones), even the harshest critic has to admit that the films’ sound-based paranoia would make for a great videogame mechanic.

An online title where players are tasked with outsmarting the so-called “Death Angels” during hazard-filled levels sounds like a nail-bitingly intense experience with lots of replay value. You could even have some players take on the role of the blind invaders, searching for prey via some form of sonar-vision.

Another film that could be adapted into a game with similar mechanics would be Tremors, though the underground nature of the iconic Graboids means that they would probably be less fun to play than A Quiet Place’s Death Angels. On that note, a single-player experience based on A Quiet Place is actually in the works from Saber Interactive, last we heard!

5. Poltergeist (1982)

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Masked killers and monstrous creatures can be scary, but what about inanimate objects coming to life and trying to eliminate players as they attempt to rid a seemingly ordinary house of paranormal activity? This thrilling setup is why I think Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist could be the perfect basis for an online multiplayer horror experience where parapsychologists team up to battle a hostile environment taken over by unseen spirits.

Think Luigi’s Mansion meets Ghost Hunters as an online Poltergeist game could allow players to explore haunted houses and perform exorcisms while a phantom puppet master pulls invisible strings and tries to eliminate the investigators. Hell, you could even have a “this house is clean” message pop up onscreen after a successful match-up against the spirits!

4. Child’s Play (1988)

Don Mancini’s iconic killer doll has only ever showed up in a single videogame, starring in a disappointing endless runner titled Chucky: Slash & Dash that was released exclusively for iOS back in 2013. However, with the recent success of SyFy’s Chucky series, I think this is the perfect time to bring Charles Lee Ray back for some pint-sized serial-killing mayhem.

A multiplayer take on Child’s Play could see the villainous Good Guy doll try to complete a voodoo ritual while cooperating players attempt to thwart his bloody plans and destroy the plastic murderer once and for all. The franchise’s recent additions to the mythology could even justify the inclusion of multiple killer Good Guys in the game, not to mention fan favorites like Tiffany and Glen/Glenda!

3. Death Proof (2007)

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Not only is Death Proof one of Quentin Tarantino’s most underrated features (it’s like a car-based slasher and slasher sequel all rolled into one), but it could also be turned into a kick-ass videogame if put in the hands of a competent developer.

All they would have to do is borrow the hide-and-seek mechanics of titles like Dead by Daylight and combine them with the vehicular madness of classics like Twisted Metal or even Burnout, forcing players to survive thrilling car chases as a murderous stuntman attempts to bring them down in a more horror-centric take on the battle-racing genre.

Of course, there are other films that developers could look to for inspiration when crafting a game like this, such as Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive or even Christine.

2. Dracula (1931)

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There have been over two hundred cinematic adaptations of Bram Stoker’s Dracula over the years, with even more set to release in the near future. However, in the world of videogames, the character has only ever shined as the antagonist of the Castlevania series, with few legitimate attempts at bringing Stoker’s gothic yarn to gaming. I think that’s a real shame when you consider how easily this story could be gamified.

In fact, the more a hypothetical Dracula title adhered to Stoker’s original vision, the more fun the resulting game would be. An asymmetrical battle between a close-knit group of protagonists (featuring scholars, vampire hunters and badass doctors) working together to bring down an ancient demon with a fearsome array of supernatural powers could be ridiculously fun without losing track of the human element that made the original story so compelling in the first place.

1. Invisible Man (1933) / Invisible Man (2020)

H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man isn’t just one of the first literary examples of a psychopathic supervillain, he’s also an incredibly versatile character that could easily be inserted into a multiplayer horror game. Think about it: a group of ill-fated players are tasked with tracking down the invisible killer in a closed environment, looking for the faintest traces of an unseen presence as one murderous player tries to remain undetected and manipulates the level in order to defeat his pursuers.

An interactive Invisible Man game would be like virtual hide-and-seek on steroids, with players attempting to outsmart each other in a paranoid experience rivalling even the best matches of Dead by Daylight or Friday the 13th. You could even bring in elements from Leigh Whannell’s more recent adaptation, with the invisibility powers coming from a rechargable hi-tech suit rather than a mysterious serum, giving players more of a fighting chance against the invisible menace.

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They’re back! City of Cambridge providing full event calendar in 2022

They're back! City of Cambridge providing full event calendar in 2022
The Scottish Festival will be returning to Cambridge this year after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With most COVID-19 restrictions lifted in the province, Cambridge is booking a full slate of events through the spring to fall.

The events will follow provincial and regional public health restrictions, according to the City of Cambridge, and event organizers will be provided with a copy of the city’s COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor special events.

The city has also cautioned regulations can change at any time and organizers may be required to modify event plans based on provincial or public health guidelines.

Events on the docket for 2022 include:

KIN CARNIVAL — May 26, 5 to 11 p.m.; May 27, 5:30 to 11:59 p.m.; May 29, noon to 11:59 p.m.; May 29, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Riverside Park.

GRAND RIVER MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS WALK — May 29, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Preston Memorial Auditorium.

GO BIKE DAY — June 3 and Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 4 to 6 p.m.; Cambridge Bike Park, Riverside Park.

CAMBRIDGE TOUR DE GRAND — June 12, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Churchill Park.

CAMBRIDGE CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS — June 17, 4 to 11 p.m.; Civic Square, Dickson Street, Market Square.

GALT 100 OPEN HOUSE — June 18, 1 to 11 p.m.; Galt Arena Gardens.

GO SKATE DAY — June 21, 4 to 10 p.m.; Forbes Park.

HOT SPRINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL — June 25, 1 to 11 p.m., and June 26, noon to 4 p.m.; Central Park.

CAMBRIDGE CELEBRATES CANADA DAY — July 1, 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.; Riverside Park. Midway on July 1, noon to 3 p.m., July 2, noon to 6 p.m., July 3, noon to 6 p.m.; Riverside Park.

THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE PERFORMANCES — July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Mill Race Park Amphitheatre.

HESPELER VILLAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL — July 9, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Forbes Park.

CAMBRIDGE SCOTTISH FESTIVAL — July 15 and 16, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Churchill Park.

CAMBRIDGE BIKE PARK AND RIVERSIDE RAIL SKATEBOARD COMPETITION — Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 4 to 6 p.m.; Riverside Rails Skateboard Park, Riverside Park.

CAMBRIDGE ROTARY RIBFEST — Aug. 6, 8 8 p.m.; Hespeler Arena.

FORBES PARK MOVIE NIGHT — Aug. 18, 5 to 11 p.m.; Forbes Park.

CAMBRIDGE FALL FAIR — Sept. 8, 4 to 11 p.m., Sept. 9, 4 to 11:59 p.m., Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., Sept. 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dickson Park.

FREEDOM VENDOR FESTIVAL — Sept. 16, 4 to 8 p.m., Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sept. 18, noon to 6 p.m.; Riverside Park.

TERRY FOX RUN — Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Riverside Park.

WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES — Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; downtown Galt.

CCS CIBC RUN FOR THE CURE — Oct. 2, 6 a.m. to noon; Riverside Park.