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‘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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Main events scheduled for Wednesday, May 18
More inclusivity at Wednesday Market could create larger event
The city’s downtown market will have a new look this year.
For the first time the brick-and-mortar businesses surrounding the Wednesday Market will be allowed to participate in the event, without any cost.
The downtown core businesses can set up small displays — tables, booths or racks — outside of their businesses during the Wednesday Market at no cost in order to capitalize on the increased traffic on market days by showcasing their wares. The displays would be limited in size to the linear frontage of the business.
The opportunity will be provided to all businesses in the downtown core, thereby creating an area that is broader than the market area.
Nelson director of corporate services Sarah Winton said in previous years where the farmers’ market was located on Baker Street, vendor stalls and tents were positioned facing outwards towards the road, while customers walked down the middle of the street with vendor stalls facing in.
Three years ago vendor stalls were turned to face toward store fronts, meaning people could walk down the sidewalk and could access both vendors and stores.
“This ensured that the brick-and-mortar businesses were visible and accessible to pedestrians and not hidden by vendor stalls,” said Winton in her report to council on May 3. “It also redirected pedestrian traffic to ensure they walked alongside brick and mortar business and vendor stalls rather than just the latter.”
Winton said there was positive feedback from businesses regarding that change.
A successful farmers’ market is a market that satisfies not only the needs of vendors and its customers, but also of the brick-and-mortar businesses in the downtown core, she explained. And participation from downtown businesses could result in a more “robust” market experience for everyone.
In April city council gave third reading to a proposal to move the Wednesday city farmers’ market to the 600 block of Baker Street and the Hall Street Plaza.
At the May 3 meeting council adopted the bylaw that permanently positioned the market — that has bounced around for years along Baker Street and even to Cottonwood Park, in the plaza — to the area specifically designed to host such events.
The market had bounced around for years, said Nelson and District Youth Centre manager Jordan Martin — the youth centre manages the market for the city — and when Hall Street was re-furbished several years ago the intent was to create a space that could host a market.
“This location had a number of clear benefits as the central location drew a significant number of residents and visitors, furthering the ultimate goal of directly connecting residents to local food producers and artists,” she said in her report to council.
The Youth Centre had conducted a ThoughtExchange soliciting the community’s input on the location of the Farmers’ Market for Wednesday market days.
The pandemic forced both the Saturday and Wednesday market locations to migrate from Baker Street to Cottonwood Falls Park, alleviating challenges that businesses and the City of Nelson were facing due to the pandemic (e.g., social distancing, space constraints, entry and exit points, COVID-19 safety planning and cleaning protocols).
“While the Cottonwood Falls Park location does provide a desirable location for the Saturday market, it has proven challenging for the Wednesday Market,” said Martin. “The Wednesday market more heavily relies on ‘mid-week traffic’ from residents who can stop in at the market as part of their workday.”
However, Cottonwood does not draw as many people on a Wednesday since it is not in the downtown core.
“The Saturday market does not appear to have this problem as people are more easily able to make the market their main destination,” Martin explained in her report.
The results indicated that the general community and key market stakeholders would prefer a more central location within or close to the downtown core for the Wednesday Farmers’ Market
Vancouver’s 4/20 event returns to Art Gallery location Wednesday | Globalnews.ca
Vancouver’s annual 4/20 event will be held Wednesday at its original downtown location but new organizers will be running it.
A group called the 4/20 Market has come together to plan its own event at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
These organizers say they need to protest against the Canadian government, saying they believe cannabis has become too expensive for B.C.’s most vulnerable population.
The organizers told Global News they see this event as an opportunity to speak up.
Annual Vancouver 4/20 event moves online
“It’s a protest just like every year,” Adilynn McArdle, one of the event organizers said.
“(The) Supreme Court of Canada says every Canadian citizen deserves reasonable access to cannabis and unfortunately our federal government hasn’t yet given us reasonable access. While they’ve legalized it, they’ve kind of locked out all of the people who were standing up in the first place.”
The previous organizers, who shifted the event to the Sunset Beach location, say they were unable to organize their annual April event because COVID-19 regulations were not lifted in time.
The return of 4/20 is certain to reignite the heated annual debate over whether the event is a protest or an unlicensed festival.
According to a leaked memo from Vancouver city staff, the 2018 event cost taxpayers more than $583,000.
The now-28-year-old event has grown to attract tens of thousands of attendees and high-profile musical acts like Cypress Hill, who performed at Sunset Beach in 2019.
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First in a series of events in Durham in support of Ukraine happening Wednesday
A series of events in support of Ukraine are happening in Durham.
The group organizing the events is called United For Ukraine.
At these events money is being raised for UNICEF Canada.
Organizer Shawn Neveu says they chose UNICEF because they are supporting the more than 7,500,000 displaced Ukrainian children.
Click here to make a donation towards these events and support for Ukraine.
The first event is happening in Ajax on Wednesday.
Wednesday April 20 – Fionn Maccools – 7:30 p.m. – $25/person – Casual attire – Live band – 50/50 draw – Door prizes – Tickets available pre-event by purchasing a ticket OR at the front door. 165 max capacity – Tickets are first come first serve – MC – KX96 Morning host Jerry Archer
Click here to view all upcoming events.
DSG debates funding Students for Justice in Palestine speaker events at Wednesday meeting
Editor’s note: Several individuals featured in this article were concerned about experiencing harassment after publication. In a recent column, Duke Student Government President Christina Wang highlighted some of her experiences dealing with extensive bullying over the last few months after she vetoed recognition of Duke’s chapter of Students Supporting Israel, citing inappropriate social media conduct by the organization in her veto.
The Chronicle is committed to maintaining journalistic standards and credibility in our coverage. After speaking with students featured in the article, we have elected to grant anonymity to a student who requested it due to fear of harassment. We have confirmed the accuracy of the quotes published through our own recording of the meeting.
Duke Student Government senators debated awarding funding for two speaker events hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine after senators raised concerns based on the definition of antisemitism unanimously adopted by DSG senators in February.
SJP submitted two applications for their speaker events, “Palestine 101” with Dana Alhasan and “Narrating Resistance and Agency: Shifting the Discourse on Palestine” with author Mohammed El-Kurd and journalist Ahmed El-Din. Both events would include honorarium payments for the speakers.
“They’re both very well known, very well-renowned names, internationally acclaimed and have a very well-established presence in the Palestinian organizing community. Additionally, Alhasan is a local community organizer,” said a member of SJP, who wished to remain anonymous. “We were hoping to bring a global, large-scale movement to campus with a local aspect as well.”
First-year senator Alex Dray observed a quote in Mohammed El-Kurd’s book Rifqa, in which he wrote that “[Israelis] harvest organs of the martyred [Palestinians], feed their warriors our own.”
Sophomore senator Nicole Rosenzweig added to Dray’s example, mentioning El-Kurd’s tweets, one of which stated that people were “KRISTALLNACHTING [Palestinians] IN REAL TIME.” El-Kurd has also tweeted that Zionists have “an unquenchable thirst for Palestinian blood,” which Rosenzweig remarked feeds into the blood libel trope.
“Would this not send the wrong message and potentially promote violence against Jewish students on campus by providing $5,000 for this individual to speak, despite his antisemitic tweets and statements?” Rosenzweig asked.
Members of the SJP executive board said that they did not agree with all of the speakers’ views.
“The club has done its research, and the club is also simultaneously still willing to extend an invitation for [El-Kurd] to come speak on campus,” the anonymous SJP member said. “The honorarium and invitation to speak are by no means an endorsement of everything the speaker has or ever will say.”
During the questioning period, junior Drew Flanagan, Student Organization Finance Committee chair, and President Pro Tempore Devan Desai, a junior, clarified SOFC and DSG procedures regarding hate speech. Desai noted that the SOFC bylaws included an anti-discrimination clause that addressed group actions, but not speech by individuals.
After a three-minute unmoderated caucus, senators opened the floor for a public forum.
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“The point of an educational campus like this university [is] you can pursue discussion, education, enlightenment, and encouragement,” the anonymous SJP member said. “We are being diligent to ensure that this remains a safe space and not offensive at all. And I think because of that, we as a club that has a long history here at the campus, and as part of a national organization, we have the ability to keep this dignified and to keep this respectful.”
Following a series of protected speeches, senators allocated the proposed $16,835 for the “Narrating Resistance and Agency: Shifting the Discourse on Palestine” event with a raised hand vote. Of the 58 Senators in DSG, 17 approved the funding and eight opposed.
Regarding the “Palestine 101” event, first-year senator Preston Nibley pointed to a March 11 retweet by Dana Alhasan describing NATO as “an arm of Western imperialism and white supremacy.”
“It’s one thing to have a speaker and host, another to pay for their travel expenses, but to give them an honorarium and essentially endorse that view?” Nibley said. “I’m just not totally sure that’s probably supported by the majority of the constituent body.”
After some debate, senators allotted $1,605.00 for the “Palestine 101” event with a voice vote.
In other business
DSG senators allocated $8,570.02 for Delta Sigma Theta’s Rhapsody in Red charity ball, $9,437 for duARTS’s Mural Durham event, $4,632 to DukeAFRICA’s Jabulani event, $3,040.00 for Mi Gente’s Latinx Awards Night, $4,500 for the Muslim Students Association’s Spring Kickback, $2,500.00 for Shave and Buzz’s fundraiser, $7,309.90 and $2,766.33 for Duke Dance Council and Devils en Pointe’s respective spring showcases, $10,123.40 for the Duke Dhamaka Nachde Nashville Dance Competition, $2,205.70 for Out of the Blue’s Women’s History Month Acapella Concert and $6,457.63 for Phi Beta Sigma’s Soul Lounge event.
Senators also allocated $150 for gift card incentives for a survey of students’ voter engagement.
DSG changed the statuses of Lady Blue and the Duke Boomwhackers Club from recognized to chartered.
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Audrey Wang is a Trinity first-year and a staff reporter for the news department.
From Banksy art to COVID’s impact on music, SXSW events to check out Wednesday – KXAN.com
Greg Norman Says Rival Saudi Golf League Will Announce First Events Wednesday
LIV Golf Enterprises and the proposed new league being fronted by Greg Norman has taken several hits in recent weeks, namely a few top PGA Tour players professing their allegiance to the PGA Tour and saying no to lucrative guaranteed overtures to compete in the new circuit.
But Norman has not given up.
In a letter he sent Tuesday to players and obtained by SI.com/Morning Read, Norman expressed his plan to “offer additional exciting tournaments in which you can play,’’ and stressed that “this is in addition to, not in place of, your current Tour schedule.’’
His letter stated that information about the first events will be shared on Wednesday when a larger announcement is expected.
In October, Norman was named CEO of LIV Golf Investments, which struck a deal with the Asian Tour to commit $300 million over 10 years to help fund a series of events that would offer more and better playing opportunities.
As part of that deal, the Asian Tour agreed to be the sanctioning Tour to the to-be-named LIV Golf league that has yet to announce its business plan but that loosely would include 14 with 48-player fields over 54 holes with no cuts. Purses would be $20 million per week, and there would be a team component with team owners.
Players such as Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson were among several who were believed to be in serious negotiations with LIV Golf, and expected to receive nine-figure commitments just to sign on. The league would be funded by the Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.
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DeChambeau and Johnson have since backed off, as have several other players who said they would be sticking with the PGA Tour. Mickelson, who has not competed since the Saudi International in early February, announced three weeks ago that he would be taking a leave to deal with personal issues after there was severe pushback to his criticisms of the PGA Tour and trying to gain leverage with LIV Golf Investments.
So far, no players have been announced for the new league, nor has a schedule, but Norman is poised to disclose a few events that will likely be staged with big purses and no league affiliation required.
Last week at the Players Championship, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said: “The PGA Tour is moving on. We have too much momentum and too much to accomplish to be consistently distracted by rumors of other golf leagues and their attempts to disrupt our players, our partners, and most importantly our fans from enjoying the Tour and the game we all love so much.’’
But another plan emerged Tuesday that would integrate alternative formats into the PGA Tour schedule. SI.com/Morning Read obtained a letter that the Premier Golf League sent to the PGA Tour Policy Board last month it which it outlined its plan.
Norman, meanwhile, is pushing on with an alternative idea.
“We consider ourselves a start-up,’’ he said in the letter. “We may start with a modest number of players, but we won’t stay that way for long. I fully understand some players may choose not to play with us right away. But after we get going, I believe many of those who aren’t with us now will be with us later. I want to thank you for your patience, but know, it will be worth your while.’’
Norman said in the letter that his concept has “always been designed in deference to the majors and heritage championships. LIV Golf has been consistent in its desire to complement the annual tour schedules and wider golf ecosystem. From the beginning, we designed this so players have the choice to play any tour, and in LIV Golf events, and actively encourage you to do so. We will not ask you to choose one or the other. This is in addition to, not in place of, your current Tour schedule.’’
Norman added: “You should know that we are launching, and we will continue to drive this vision forward. We will not stop. We believe in our mission and will announce information about our first events (Wednesday).’’
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