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Syfy’s Brave New World: “Defiance”

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If you haven’t heard about it, odds are you’ve been living under a rock or you just haven’t been paying attention (or you don’t watch TV). Syfy’s obnoxiously promoted new show, Defiance, is finally just around the corner. The post-apocalyptic series premieres this Monday, April 15, at 9/8c, and Syfy is really banking on this being a success. They’ve been advertising out the wazoo on their sister networks, including USA, and slipping promotions into some of their already popular shows, like Face/Off. If Defiance doesn’t take off, it’s not for lack of network support.

Face/Off contestants were challenged to create hybrids of the alien species in Defiance – since co-mingling means breeding, I guess.

Face/Off contestants were challenged to create hybrids of the alien species in Defiance – since co-mingling means breeding, I guess.

The series is set in the future after an alien race came to Earth to escape their own planet’s destruction. A war erupts, as it’s want to do, since humans are not known for their ability to share. Well, during the war, a cataclysmic event terraforms the planet, turning it into something barely recognizable. Fast forward a bit, and we have the city of Defiance – once St. Louis – a city of diversity, populated by humans as well as different alien species, where the inhabitants struggle to protect their home from invaders as well as just get along with each other.

Can't we all just get along? What a diverse group of people.

Can’t we all just get along? What a diverse group of beings.

What makes Defiance so unique, however, is the show’s integration with the gaming culture. Other shows have had games based on their premise, but Defiance creators, Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape), Michael Taylor (Battlestar Gallactica), and Kevin Murphy (Caprica), hope to incorporate events from the game into the actual show, to make the show into “the first interconnected video game and television series”! Defiance: The Game, developed by Trion Worlds, launched a couple weeks ago to give players a sneak peak into the world of Defiance. The game is set in post-war San Francisco, but players get to interact with characters from the show, and events from the game and what players do “will actually cross over into and continue further in the television episode” says Nathan Richardsson, Trion’s vice-president of development and executive producer of Defiance: The Game.

The game is set in post-war San Francisco (hence the Golden Gate Bridge).

The game is set in post-war San Francisco (hence the Golden Gate Bridge).

The game is an open-world shooter, in which you can play solo or with up to four players. BUT there are also dynamic events called “Arkfalls,” where pieces of alien ships fall to Earth, and players have to work together in teams to battle a large enemy to reach the resources and technology left in the ship. All of these events, and how players respond to them, will eventually effect the television series. The first season is already relatively set, such is the nature of television production, but Richardsson has said, “when we are done with all the crossover events with each episode of Season 1, what happens between Season 1 and Season 2 is driven by events in the game and that affects what happens in the next season of the show.” So viewers/players will actually help to create the future of Defiance, which is pretty cool…assuming everything works out. Syfy seems optimistic though, with all the promoting and already planning season 2.

Good sci-fi storytelling isn't complete without exploding space ships.

Good sci-fi storytelling isn’t complete without exploding space ships.

I’m not really into gaming, so while I’m impressed by the concept and think it’s really neat to give viewers such an impact in a television series, I probably won’t be on Defiance: The Game, but I am curious to watch the show and see where it goes. It seems all the promoting has gotten to me, and I will be watching the premier on Monday, hopefully with a lot of other people as well.  You don’t have to be a gamer to enjoy good sci-fi storytelling.

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Great Games For Halloween Time Fun

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If you’re like me, you’re probably too old to go trick or treating, and too lame to go to a Halloween party on a weekday. So, how to celebrate this splendiferous holiday? With games of course! Here are some nifty ones to get you in that Halloween spirit…some of them literally so.

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Diablo III Patch 1.0.4 Preview: Wizard

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Diablo III will be unleashing a new patch at some point that seems to be focusing more on tuning and tweaking the classes more than anything else, which is great. I love me a good tweaking, as long as it doesn’t get crazy.

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