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Thought of the Day: Video Games and the Human Heart

By Carla B.

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“One thing we must acknowledge as a leader in this field is our responsibility to shape our society. If you look where we’ve come, or arguably where we’ve fallen to, you have to ask yourself, what happened to our humanity and where did it go? In my new position, my focus is to return the spotlight to the gamers. I find that the single most important thing. And hopefully if we’re smart enough, we can remind our consumers to engage in balance, to remember what makes them human in the first place. In between missions of course. ” — Movie: Beta Test (Character Max Troy played by Larenze Tate)

“Any ambitious man would dream of reaching the top. To deny that would deny my own humanity, I think. Andrew Kincaid was a god in his own world, and any god who is obsessed with his own power sets himself up for his own demise. And that power falls on his angels. Someone had to take up the reigns. All we can do is hope for a fresh perspective. Ultimately it’s up to us to enter this world, to take up that controller, to make those decisions. Ultimately it’s your quarter.” — Movie: Beta Test (Character Max Troy played by Larenze Tate)
 

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      Compassion and Empathy is something Humanity must not lose…

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Today, video games play a big role in many of our lives — as it is often the go to source of entertainment. It’s been proven that in a large number of American households  there is little fun time spent -aside from playing sports outside -without an X Box, Nintendo or Sony controller in the hand — and most recently, smart phones….and for good reason…?? As there is no denying that for many, video games can be incredibly fun to play. I still remember to this day how immersed I became in games such as Super Mario and Pac Man — all of which managed to preoccupy countless hours of my childhood. With the gaming industry capabilities consistently improving I find it interesting to explore just how big of a role video games play in our modern society and whether or not they are having any lasting effects on those who play them. According to a study released by statista in September of 2014, global video game revenues exceed $100 billion, with $6.1 billion of that being generated by video game sales in the United States alone.(1) These already staggering numbers become even more surprising when one takes into consideration the state of the US economy. How much of that $100 billion is being spent by families and individuals who cannot comfortably afford to buy that $59.99 game or that $349.99 system? In terms of time — which is arguably our most precious commodity -in 2013 the average US gamer over the age of 13 spent 6.3 hours a week playing video games -which is up from an average of 5.6 hours spent in 2012.(2) Violence, in some way shape or form has been a predominant theme in the world of video games for quite sometime. The numbers support the basis whereas the action and shooter genres, which account for a combined 51.9% of video game sales in the US in 2013. Even if masked under the intentions of playing a hero whose sole purpose is to destroy a series of “enemies” to save the world, violence is violence and gamers seem to love to engage in it virtually.

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So, it would not be presumptuous to add that many of the  video games we see and interact with today allow gamers to be as brutal as they like — within a very realistic scenario. Users can simply go up to someone — on any given street and attack them, use their vehicles to run a person down, and or even carjack them. Sexism, violence and hatred are the video game industries biggest proponents today. It seems the goal is to systematically desensitize and erode our natural empathy, our innate state of being — of oneness. Sadly, what we are seeing today are individuals being brutalized on any given street corner by someone — and passerbys simply standing by and doing nothing. In many of these cases there is hardly ever anyone coming forward to help. Why is this? Could all this violence that is engaged in virtually by so many of us worldwide be creating some sort of dark effect on us? And most importantly, is it desensitizing us? Why are we allowing this to happen? I can remember back in the day, before all this new technology arrived whereas our very own pocket communities banned together to assist one another in times of need. We sought out, maybe only **subconsciously— to be a service to others, our neighbors, friends and humanity as a whole. With this being said, I guess the only question that really needs answering is: What can we do to reconnect with our heart?? A 2011 study out of the University of Missouri-Columbia looked at the long recognized belief held by many scientists that playing violent video games can cause players to become more aggressive in their daily life. The researchers measured brain responses as they showed the participants a series of neutral and violent photos. The final stage allowed the participants to compete against an opponent in a controllable task that allowed them to choose how aggressively they would blast their opponent with sound. Researchers found that those who played a violent video game were more aggressive in their blast by comparison to those who played a non-violent game. Another study in the publication Social Psychological and Personality Science, found that aggression triggered by video games can last for up to 24 hours after the game is played -if the player continues to think about the game. The authors of the study noted that violent gamers often play for a lot longer than the 20 minutes they were allotted in this particular study, making it more likely that they let thoughts of it marinate within their mind habitually. Several authorities, including the US Supreme Court, the US Surgeon General, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission all stand on the side of there being no causal link between violent video games and violent behaviour. Any theories to the contrary they state are a myth, and in response have compiled a list of research to support this stance. They do advise however that individuals -especially parents -make informed decisions about what they do and do not choose to expose themselves to. Each game is subject to a rating and suggested age range, and all major gaming systems are required to have programmable parental controls. As with so many other things in the world today, I’m finding that the best solution always lies within. When deciding whether or not to expose yourself to violent video games, observe how you feel when you play them. Scan your heart. Are they purely an entertaining experience that you are easily able to disconnect from? Or are they an escape that allows you to release frustrations, negative feelings and emotions? I’d also advise to look within when deciding whether or not play video games at all. Observe your behavioral patterns to see whether you are simply engaging in an available form of entertainment or if it has become a habitual decision. Be sure to be honest with yourself when analyzing this as well, as you won’t be doing anyone a favor by masking how playing as much as you do makes you feel. I personally do not think that video games are inherently good or bad. They aren’t for everyone, and there is a time and place for them for those who enjoy them. It’s up to us to decipher just how much and when that is, if at all. Ultimately, it should never be okay to advocate any kind of violence in video games — regardless of how the 1 percent spins it. Thoughts? Please share below in the comments.

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RELATED: The Heart Chakra and its meaning for the human body My prayers and hopes today, right now… is for us all to take a step back, look within and exude our true power in light and love. Connecting with our heart is what we should be doing…not disconnecting from it….regardless of what life experience we may be working through. We must not lose our humanity. Peace and blessing, Namaste. Thoughts? Please share below in the comments. SEE ALSO: The Universal Law of Freewill

Our Truth is not Out there…. it is Within.

**Subconscious: acting or existing without one’s awareness: subconscious motive. noun. 2. (psychoanal) that part of the mind which is on the fringe of consciousness and contains material of which it is possible to become aware by redirecting attention Compare preconscious (sense 2), unconscious

Sources: (1) http://www.statista.com/topics/868/video-games/ (2) http://time.com/120476/nielsen-video-games/ (3) http://www.statista.com/statistics/189592/breakdown-of-us-video-game-sales-2009-by-genre/ (4) http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/16/100-best-selling-video-games-of-2013-revealed-4265929/ (5) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110525151059.htm (6) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100920094620.htm (7) http://www.theesa.com/facts/violence.asp

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Sony Pictures surrender will strengthen hackers, report

By Tanya Blake

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Sony’s shock decision to scrap the Dec. 25 release of its controversial movie “The Interview” will strengthen hackers, experts warn, fueling debilitating cyber attacks on other high-profile firms.

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Still reeling from a crippling Nov. 24 hack, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Wednesday that it had canceled “The Interview’s” Christmas Day release after a number of movie chains said that they would not show the film. “The Interview,” which pokes fun at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is believed to have prompted last month’s devastating attack on the studio and subsequent threats to movie theaters.

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The FBI has connected Pyongyang to the cyber attack, a federal law enforcement source told Fox News Wednesday.

Experts warn that Sony’s decision could spur politically motivated hackers to launch even more ambitious assaults against corporations and governments.

“Capitulation to cyber extortion will incentivize other actors to achieve political gains via cyber intrusions and threats,” Sean Doherty, president of security firm TSC Advantage, told FoxNews.com, in an email. “This situation is not dissimilar to what we’ve seen with kidnapping situations, where paying ransoms to terrorists and criminal actors has increased the threat to potential victims.”

Nir Polak, CEO of big data security company Exabeam, agrees. “Sony’s capitulation to these government-sponsored attackers means, in this case, they’ve allowed another government to censor freedom of expression,” he explained, in an email to FoxNews.com. “This sets a bad precedent.”

“It looks like the North Koreans have been able to intimidate [Sony] into buckling under, and that’s a big thing,” added Roger Kay, president of research firm Endpoint Technologies. “It’s a big loss of face for Sony, quite frankly.”

Even after scrapping the movie’s release date, Sony’s cyber woes could continue, according to Polak.

“Appeasing the Sony attackers [reportedly government sponsored] isn’t a good idea,” he said in an email. “There is no guarantee that more of the same damaging material, such as employee private data or more internal communication emails, won’t be disclosed even with the film having been pulled from release.”

The hacking group calling itself Guardians of Peace released yet another round of data leaks earlier this week, the latest in a flurry of cyber blows aimed at the studio, which have included leaks of confidential data and unreleased movies, as well as threats against Sony employees.

Although specific details of the hack have not been released, its effects have been compared to the powerful Stuxnet virus that crippled Iranian nuclear systems in 2010.

Fox News is told that the Sony malware has two destructive threads: it overwrites data and it interrupts execution processes, such as a computer’s start-up functions.  The FBI warns that the malware can be so destructive that the data is not recoverable or it is too costly a process to retrieve.

It is not clear how long the malware needs to be in the system before it brings on an almost complete paralysis. In the case of Sony, support functions — including emails — were knocked off-line, seen as a distraction while the more destructive attack was launching.

The digital attack on Sony’s servers bears all the hallmarks of North Korea’s infamous “Bureau 121,” an elite group of highly trained cyber spies, experts said.

Andrei Lankov, a Russian expert on North Korea who studied at Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung University in the 1980s, told Fox News the paralyzing attack on Sony is similar to other hacks carried out by the communist dictatorship.

“It is in their style,” the Seoul-based scholar said.

Lankov cited a recent hacking attack on banks and media organizations in South Korea, prompted by criticism of North Korea. They were hacked reportedly with a similar “code” as that used in the Sony cyberattack, and accompanying threats warned of “obliteration” of the South Korea firms. South Korean investigators confirmed it was Pyongyang.

Despite North Korea’s well-chronicled poverty and isolation from the rest of the world, the reclusive regime has poured millions of dollars into a cell called Bureau 121, which is part of a military-run spy agency and includes 1,800 cyber soldiers, according to the cyber security site Tech Worm.

A defector who worked with Bureau 121, Jang Se-yul, told Reuters the elite squad of cyber warriors were the most talented and rewarded personnel within the North Korean military.

Experts said that even though it seems clear North Korea was behind the hack, in which private and damning emails between executives were released and health and financial records were disclosed, it is highly doubtful that the accompanying threat of “September 11”-style attacks on cinemas that showed the Seth Rogen-James Franco flick were a real possibility.

And Sony’s decision to pull the movie sends the worst possible message, according to Lankov.

“Sony was stupid to make a movie about killing Kim Jung-un, but it was even more stupid to cave in to pressure,” he said.

Capitulation by the major studio gives North Korea every reason to believe America — or at least its corporations — are vulnerable to blackmail, Lankov said. That all but guarantees more attacks in the future, he said.

“The Interview” had been set to debut on thousands of screens.

News Source: Fox News


Interview: ‘Where Evil Dwells’ Director ‘Massimiliano Cerchi’ on his Film’s Rise to Cult Classic Status

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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: ‘Massimiliano (Max) Cerchi ‘ Brings Horror To Life In ‘Where Evil Dwells’

 

Carla B. of EOTM chats with award winning director and producer Massimiliano (Max) Cerchi , about his latest film Where Evil Dwells, originality in the horror genre, the direct-to-video market and how he is helping bring new life back to the spine chilling films. In the true spirit of all things horror.

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“Cerchi makes his living bringing to life things that go bump in the night. Distributing horror in the most visceral manner possible, with amazing detail. Nobody at the moment can make a horror film like Max. His movies are successful because they play on people’s fears and I think he enjoys it,” Carla B. of EOTM Media said.

“I am eagerly anticipating the release of his new films,” she added.

Audiences will be able to get a taste of Cerchi’s horror Friday, October 18th @ 8pm PDT 11pm EST via Horror Movie Radio, (HMR) which is powered by the EOTM Radio & Media Network.

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Submit Your Film for the 2013 Hola Mexico Film Festival in Los Angeles

Published by EOTM News Editor on January 17th, 2013 - in Film, Film News, Film Premiere


Film Submission Period now open for the 2013 Hola Mexico Film Festival in Los Angeles (via Diversity News Magazine)

Los Angeles, CA (January 15, 2013) – Now on its 5th edition in Los Angeles, California; the Hola Mexico Film Festival (HMFF) continues to showcase narrative and documentary feature films and short films by Mexican directors and film production companies. The festival will take place from May 15th…

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‘Les Misérables’ will make you sing and cry

By Moira Macdonald

(Seattle Times) The long-awaited film of the Broadway musical, “Les Miserables,” directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried, will make you sing … and cry, too, writes Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald in this review.

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Resistance is futile to Tom Hooper’s “Les Misérables.” It is going to sing at you until you succumb — and you just might.

“Les Mis,” as millions already know, is a sung-through musical tale (based on Victor Hugo’s sprawling novel) of love and death and revolution in 19th-century France, in which nearly every song is a catchy ballad and nearly every character we get attached to dies — generally immediately after singing an especially pretty and catchy ballad. The long-awaited screen version of the hit stage musical (now in its 28th year on London’s West End) makes things difficult for itself, with one key miscasting and a clunky opening sequence seemingly designed to clear the cinema of anyone not already a fan. But sit back and wait for this film — and these actors — to find their rhythms. This isn’t a great movie musical, but it’s a good one, with a couple of truly transcendent performances.

One of those comes from Hugh Jackman, who overcomes a rocky start (why does his voice sound so oddly tinny at the beginning?) to deliver a moving depiction of Jean Valjean, the saintly former convict now trying desperately to overcome his past. Jackman, a stage-musicals veteran, knows how to make singing seem as natural as speech, and his emotional connections with factory-girl-turned-prostitute Fantine (Anne Hathaway) and her daughter Cosette (played as a child by Isabelle Allen, then by a sweet but thin-voiced Amanda Seyfried) give the movie its heart. Russell Crowe, as Valjean’s nemesis Inspector Javert, is less successful: Crowe has a small, tight singing voice and — worse — he seems to stop acting when he sings, making the two an uneven match.

Hathaway, though in the movie briefly, is utterly riveting — in a performance that wouldn’t be possible onstage. Singing much of “I Dreamed a Dream” in a voice so tiny you fear it will fade away, like breath on a cold night, she makes Fantine’s pain immediate and real, and the way she curls her mouth into scorn on the song’s last line (“Now life has killed the dream I dreamed”) is devastating.

Hooper’s direction isn’t particularly imaginative; most of the songs are shot in tight close-up, which gets repetitive (as do all those ballads — though Samantha Barks as Éponine and Eddie Redmayne as Marius are particularly good at delivering them). But “Les Misérables,” with its ever-soaring music and ever-dreaming characters, has a grandeur to it, and the final interaction between Jackman and Hathaway would take a heart of stone to resist. Yes, I cried, and yes, I’m still humming; you might, too.

Source: Seattle Times

Tom Cruise Film Premiere Postponed In Wake Of Newtown Massacre

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‘Jack Reacher’, a new action film starring Tom Cruise, has been rescheduled and several networks have pulled episodes of shows in the wake of Friday’s shooting in Connecticut, which left 28 people dead, including 20 young children.

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Paramount Pictures postponed the premiere set to take place in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, because of the tragedy. The film stars Cruise as a detective who hunts down a sniper killer who murders five people.

Statement released by Paramount:

Due to the terrible tragedy…and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing tomorrow’s Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher. Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones.

The SyFy network announced it had pulled Friday night’s premiere of an episode of the show Haven, entitled Reunion, which depicted fictitious school violence, the Huffington Post reported. According to a tweet posted on HuffPost from Craig Engler, a senior executive at the network, the episode would be rescheduled and a the holiday episode episode of the show Eureka ran in its in its place.

Fox also rescheduled two shows. Entertainment Weekly reports that Family Guy and American Dad are rescheduling their episodes of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and Minstrel Krampus because they contain “sensitive content.” Instead, Fox will air repeats of both shows.

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Barry Manilow also cancelled a charity concert in Palm Desert, California, on Friday night and rescheduled it for Sunday afternoon. Manilow said he canceled the show as a “gesture of solidarity” with the victims.

The Huffington Post contributed to this report.

What Did You Think of Breaking Dawn – Part 2



Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is finally here! The film’s finale hit theaters on Friday and it is without a doubt, the moment Twihards have been waiting for – or maybe it’s the moment they’ve been dreading.

Why? Well, the long-awaited film is the final installment in the popular five-part series.

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This is presumably the last time that Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner get to share a screen together.

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Whether you caught a midnight screening or a matinee this afternoon, tell us, Twilightfans: Did the blockbuster, based on the popular Stephenie Meyer novel, live up to its hype?

Leave in our comments below.

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‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ Los Angeles Premiere & Kristen Stewarts Dress

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There is nothing like a revealing dress to distract people on a Hollywood red carpet, and Cullen’s newest vampire Bella Swan did just that.

Kristen Stewart, 22, showed up at the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night alongside co-star Robert Pattinson in a daring Zuhair Murad gold corseted gown, which featured a completely sheer skirt and Pattinson was dapper in a Gucci suit.

It is one of the first joint public appearances of the couple, who recently rekindled their off-screen romance after news of Kristen’s affair with director Rupert Sanders broke earlier this year.

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The pair set fans into a frenzy as they signed autographs and posed for photos with the ‘Twi-hards’.

MORE TWI-HARD NEWS: Twilight Madness: ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2′ Is Already Breaking Records

Some of the die-hards spent days camping outside the Nokia Theatre in LA in order to catch a glimpse of the Twilight stars and the rest of the cast.

It was a beautiful day — Twi-hards were basking in the joy…I’m sure.

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France’s Ozon takes top honors at Spain film fest



France’s Ozon takes top honours at Spain film fest (via AFP)

French director Francois Ozon won the top prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival for his psychological thriller “Dans la maison” (In the House). Ozon’s film tells the story of the relationship between a world-weary French teacher and a disturbingly gifted student. It is based on the play “El chico…

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