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Why Netflix Should Leave Avatar The Last Airbender Alone

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Last September Netflix announced that they would be creating a live-action Avatar The Last Airbender based on the hit kids show from Nickelodeon. It’s a cartoon that stood out in the 2000’s as one of the better shows of the decade if not ever. It had great storylines and just the right mix of drama and comedy. The characters were well fleshed out and fans grew attached to them over the several years it was airing. The reason Avatar was successful was because of its originality, depth, and character development. Studios remake good series and then change things to make it different and original, but this usually changes what made the series great in the first place.

Avatar follows the story of Aang and his friends as they journey to defeat the Fire Nation. Viewers see a diverse set of characters growing from a girl who is unsure of her powers or a boy that only wants to be accepted by his father transform into adults who learn what’s really important in life. Fans have an attachment because we’ve watched them through the whole process. We’ve watched them grow and become something more than what they were in the beginning. We were there for all of that. In a strange way, to us, we were a part of all of their adventures.

It’s hard to do a show justice when it switches mediums. This has already been seen with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender on the big screen. Most fans of the cartoon consider this a travesty of the big screen and sacrilegious version of their beloved series. To top it all off Avatar is not very old. Its only been ten years since the last episode aired. That’s not a lot of time in the grand scheme of things. Netflix would be better off by repurchasing the rights to stream and allow fans to rewatch the original series. Especially considering they already have had trouble transitioning animations to live actions adaptations. Now, that said, a TV series is different than a movie. They’re afforded much more time in a series than they are with movies so this might turn out okay. It’s doubtful that it will ever live up to the original unless producers wait to re-release it when millenials are old and grey.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Not everyone knows the difference between FM and AM radio yet

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With cell phones and easy access to digital broadcasts, you no longer have to fiddle with your radio and scare yourself when you switch from FM to AM by accident. Rest in peace to anyone who did this with their portable radio while wearing headphones. But what’s the real difference between them?

How does the radio work?
Before you can understand the difference between AM and FM, you need to know how radio stations receive signals. They still use old-fashioned ways to send signals to our stereos.

A station starts with a carrier signal, which is an electromagnetic wave (in this case, a radio wave) with a steady frequency and amplitude. These variables are changed when they play a song or when the host reads the weather report, for example. This adds the new information to the carrier wave.

The big transmitters that are attached to radio stations then send out this newly mixed signal. The receiver on a radio picks it up, uses a demodulator to decode the information, and turns it into sound waves.

What’s the difference?
Knowing what AM stands for gives you a clue about how it works. The amplitude of a wave is its height. To send information, AM stations change the amplitude of the carrier wave.

FM, on the other hand, stands for frequency modulation. As you might have guessed, this means that stations change the frequency of the carrier wave.

FM vs. AM
But is one better than the other? AM and FM are still used today.

People may not want to use AM because of one pretty big problem. Radio waves like those from AM come from many other places, such as power lines, lightning, and even the Sun. Waves can interfere with each other. In this case, the other sources can mess up the carrier signal and change its amplitude.

Because of this, our radios send out a lot of static, which scares the living daylights out of you when you switch to AM just to see what’s going on.

When you listen to an FM radio station, on the other hand, the sound is usually much clearer. This is because the information is stored in changes in frequency, so a little amplitude-changing interference doesn’t really affect the end result. It also helps to have more bandwidth options.

That being said, why do people still use AM radio?

It has a much wider broadcast range than FM because its wavelengths are longer. It can even get through areas with a lot of buildings. Radio is more than just music. AM’s ability to send messages to a large area can be very useful for alerting people to an emergency.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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