August 11, 2005

Fantastic Formulas

Went to watch the Fantastic Four Movie a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it well enough. The Fantastic Four were never going to make for a movie with any real darkness. Always designed as the 'first family' of Marvel Comics their story is that of being a sugary sweet group of millionaires bent on saving the world and all things cute, while smiling for the press.

The geek tribe is currently bathing in a giant, luxuriant, milk bath of comic book tie in movies – from Batman through Elecktra to Sin City, all types of comic book licenses are being mined by Hollywood as fantastic cash making forumlas. These same licenses are then filtering down into the games market with a barbarian host of titles troubling the shelves at Game - mostly terrible. There are other signs too, of what amounts to a 'geekification' of current modern culture. Witness Neighbour's Lou playing Dungeons and Dragons. Witness too the transformation of geek character Seth (in popular teen drama The OC) to a modern sex symbol. I can see why a superhero character like Batman or Spiderman could easily become many a girls fantasy, and like spiritual fathers, these super hero's may have bestowed their mystique on those among us who speak geek.

With certain caveats.

The media geek, is the acceptable face of geekdom, he is the geek for the 22nd Century. Wacky like Jonny Depp, and with the same smooth skin and faultless smile, this new breed of geek may speak of hit points and wear glasses, but dress him up in a suit and he's ready to walk down a catwalk. This new breed of geek is careful never to tread too close to the edge of dark geekery. Furries – your time has not yet come.

So now, as with all trends, must surely come the backlash. As the pace of comic inspired output in Hollywood reaches fever pitch, there will surely rise and rise the dissenting voice who wonders if we shouldn't all just head outside, get some fresh air and play sports.

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  1. can't we like, do both? yes I think we can

    muse with me.

    11 Aug 2005, 16:17

  2. Mathew Mannion

    g33k? Awesome.

    11 Aug 2005, 16:19

  3. are you musing yet?

    11 Aug 2005, 16:20

  4. I mused all over the place, I'm not sure why though.

    11 Aug 2005, 16:52

  5. mmm geeks are sexy.

    11 Aug 2005, 18:33

  6. Mat went over the line with the 'g33k' thing… it's just not right.

    I think I juggle geekery with awesomeness pretty well. Are the sports mandatory though? I already have a physical activity of choice and it's pretty sweet.

    12 Aug 2005, 08:15

  7. play a geeky sport, and then you win. like ultimate frisbee.

    12 Aug 2005, 14:22

  8. No, keep your sport Nick, I'm pretty sure it's better than frisbee.

    12 Aug 2005, 20:54

  9. nothing is better than ultimate frisbee. nothing.

    13 Aug 2005, 00:10

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