The Darkside of Fairy Tales

Winsen factory workers

Who doesn’t love Star Wars toys? I have loved them all my life, since as far back as I can remember. Even in my college years and post-college years; after eras of student/community organizing, after reporting in a war torn region, after starting my own business, after living with my lover, deep in the dark forest of adulthood, I still couldn’t resist going to the toy section of any department store chain, just to see what Star Wars was up to. And I wasn’t alone. We have all seen someone from generation X, standing there just to see the Star Wars toys with the occasional child also checking out the magic. In the mid 90’s and late 90’s I read disturbing accounts of Disney abusing overseas workers and even children to make their products. I never bought those products as presents for family members and friends in fear of supporting…

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Google Invites You to Choose Your Side


The crew at Google are big fans of Star Wars just like the rest of us. VP of Product Management, Clay Bavor made a great post today on the Google Blog telling us his own personal story of becoming a Star Wars fan. He goes on to tell us a little about the Star Wars fans behind the scenes at Google offices, and then he tells us about something really cool from Google, teamed up with Lucasfilm and Disney. You can find it at google.com/starwars. It’s a place for fans, by fans, and starting today you can choose the light or the dark side, and then watch your favorite Google apps like Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome and many more transform to reflect your path. Here’s a snippet from today’s blog: It probably isn’t a surprise that there are tons of Star Wars fans like me here at Google. You can…

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New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Photos in EW Exclusive


If you are just itching to see more of The Force Awakens while we await the actual release of the movie, you’re going to love this exclusive from Entertainment Weekly. While we’ve seen one or two of these in the trailers already, most of the imagery is new, giving us another little taste of what we can expect from the film. The Marketing for The Force Awakens is in full swing and from now until the big reveal day, we can expect to see many more little goodies released. In these exclusive images, we see some amazing scenes from the film. There’s a Resistance X-Wing flying overhead as two Stormtroopers are met with demise. “We had women in stormtrooper costumes in the movie,” Abrams says, so audiences will be seeing a mixed gender fighting force from The First Order whether they realize it or not. (The armor isn’t form-fitting, of course.) We see some amazing scenes…

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‘Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company’ Review: The Story The Game Forgot

Star Wars Battlefront Twilight Company

If you’re reading this review, then we are sure that you are impatiently waiting until you are able to play Star Wars: Battlefront on your console or PC. You might also be aware that while Battlefront looks like an online multiplayers dream, the game will not have much of a story. Instead of going the traditional route where creators weave a classic Star Wars story into an amazing game, Battlefront is happy enough with its multiplayer hook and no original plot or characters to speak of. Well that may not be entirely true, because Battlefront does have an actual story, it’s just actually playable. In the new book, Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company, the author, Alexander Freed, gives life to the war that is happening between the Empire and the Rebellion by focusing on the 61st Mobile Infantry unit, while it battles for freedom against Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, and Star…

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Star Wars Battlefront: Practice Training Mission and Darth Vader is Playable Character


Star Wars Battlefront is on the way soon (finally) and it’s no surprise that people are looking to learn more about the game, what they can expect, and what to make of the rumors. With beta testing concluding, we now have a bigger picture of what to expect from the actual release of the game in less than a month. While critics still abound, there is no shortage of fans who have great things to say about the game, the beta, and the upcoming release. If you want to have some of your questions answered direct from the source, you might appreciate this. Viktor Lundberg, the Mission Scripter for Star Wars Battlefront has answered some of the questions regarding the Training Mission on their website. It’s worth the time to read it all for yourself but here’s a snippet: What do the Training Missions consist of? There are five different Training…

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Lucasfilm Thank You Letter to All Star Wars Fans


Is it really any surprise that fans everywhere are super excited about the new Star Wars film? I, for one, knew it would happen. I don’t think anyone would really argue that point. But after the full trailer released, my social media feeds were filled with Star Wars talk. Websites crashed, hashtags soared to the top of trending topics… it was being discussed in schools and workplaces everywhere. That is the power of Star Wars and the new film has people everywhere excited. This did not go unnoticed with Lucasfilm (and likely not unexpected either) so they took time to write up an official Thank You letter to fans. In this post, they explain just how strong the Force is with fans across the globe: After two record-breaking teasers, the full trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted earlier this week, and we are humbled by the response. The…

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Knights of the Fallen Empire Feels More Like A Classic BioWare RPG, and that’s a good thing!

Knights of the Fallen Empire Face Your Destiny Launch Trailer

The new 4.0 for Star Wars: The Old Republic has changed everything, while a fresh expansion to one of the craziest multiplayer games is changing things too. Last year, a writer at kotaku asked developers that were working on the game, what their plans for the future were. What they told him is a phrase that they told him was “a return to BioWare cinematic storytelling.” However, he didn’t believe them at all, but they actually did what they said they were going to do. BioWare was responsible for last year’s expansion, Shadow of Revan, and it gave many people no hope for the games future. The expansion was really just an odd mashup of BioWare RPG and massive multiplayer online game tropes, with much lower production values. The writer from kotaku recently started playing Knights of the Fallen Empire, and it officially came out for all Star Wars subscribers…

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The average Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan will be 34-year-old male


The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie has been predicted that it will be one of the highest grossing films ever, and some experts are suggesting that box-office revenues in excess of the current record, Avatar’s gross of $2.78 billon are within reach. Researchers have now showed us who exactly will be purchasing the tickets. According to cinema marketing data firm Movio Media, the average person to purchase a ticket in advance for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be a United States 34 year old male. It’s predicted that 70% of ticket owners are men between the ages of 18 and 49. The average advance ticket purchaser is a typical movie theater goer and usually travels in order to see big-budget fantasies like Jurassic World or Avengers: Age of Ultron on opening night, according to Movio Media. Also, these in particular individuals spend 2.6 times more than the…

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