Here’s Why You Should Get Unlocked: The World of Games

What do you get when you stick a bunch of celebrities in a room with a bunch of gaming nerds to talk about video games? One pretty awesome documentary!

Unlocked: The World of Video Games, Revealed follows 8 celebrities around to see how video games has influenced certain aspects of our society. Rather then bore you to death with facts and charts, Jeremy Snead opted to instead take you behind the scenes of how video games are made and how games are being used in hospitals to help heal patients, as an example.

Now I’m going to be frank and let you know upfront that I was granted a media pass to watch all the episodes before they were released to the public. I haven’t been able to see them all yet, so I can only report on what I’ve learned so far. I’ll update this article as I finish the remaining episodes. I’m also going to see about getting an interview with the director as well, so if you have any questions you want me to be sure to ask him, let me know in the comments!

So far, I’m very impressed with this documentary. If you want an honest review of video games and the positive effects it is having on society, this series delivers. I’m tempted to just buy a copy and give it to my parents for a Christmas gift so that they can “finally see the light” when it comes to video games. I’ve talked and argued with them at length on the validity of video games and the importance it has in my life. Had this documentary come out years ago, it would have definitely eased the stress levels in the household because they would finally understand gaming for what it truly is, the other day they got mad because I got the best gaming monitor right now, but who wouldn’t want to get it? But don’t worry, my parents understand alot more now about gaming but still stress the balance between it and enjoying life “offline”.

Unlocked wanted to add some spice by pulling in some BIG name celebrities. Sean Astin; of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Michael Rooker; of The Walking Dead series, Penn Jillette; of Penn & Teller, William Shatner; of Star Trek, and so many more are part of the lineup. Each actor looks at a different area of gaming, such as its influence in helping hospital patients heal and explosive growth of competitive video gaming, also known as esports. It seems to me that as each actor tackles their respective area, they come to a better understanding of just how transformative gaming can be and the influence it can have on our culture, for both good and bad. The media in some ways has negatively influenced our view on video games, all because one nutjob went for a joyride in a stolen car and caused a horrible accident. What Unlocked wants to show is that even though bad things happen, and should be dealt with in the correct way, it should by no means cut off the flow of creativity and the good things that can come from video games.

If you’ve watched the trailer and read this far in the article, I think it is safe to say that you are probably interested in this documentary. Never fear, I have two final things to share with you.

1: Unlocked is now available to order on-demand! (Released December 15, 2016)

2: You can order it on Amazon Video, iTunes, Steam or Google Play.

One more thing before you go, what do you think of this documentary? Will you watch it?

Is this the end of Facebook vs. Yahoo!?

Ceasefire! We might see an end to Facebook and Yahoo battling it out over patents.

According to Yahoo’s legal team attorney Kevin Smith, “The parties are currently engaged in settlement negotiations to resolve this dispute. The parties believe that a further extension will facilitate settlement.”

Yahoo! filed a suit against Facebook last March at the US District Court in San Francisco, alleging the latter of infringing 10 patents.

This includes infringing patents in advertising, messaging and advertising.

Yahoo asked the court to issue an order stopping Facebook from infringing their patents and to assess unspecified damage.

Facebook vehemently denied the accusation of Yahoo.

Last April, the two company’s argument heated up with Yahoo accusing Facebook of buying patents from other companies in retaliation on the formers suit.

A Facebook spokesperson said, “We remain perplexed by Yahoo’s erratic actions. We disagree with these latest claims and we will continue to defend ourselves vigorously.”

There have been a number of cases filed by one company to another in relation to copyright infringement. Apple has been aggressively defending what they think is their intellectual property while other companies are trying to defend themselves from these suits.

When will the time come when we can all be together?

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