video games, new horizons in the world of serials

On a divided planet, conglomerates struggle against billions to recruit troops and chain them to their sails. This would be great promotion for a sci-fi novel, but it’s a brief summary of the forces rocking global audiovisuals in 2023. Over the past five years, the combined arrivals of Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV+, and Co. “current war” is more barbaric than hand-to-hand replica combat. Main testimony, the rise of the HBO Max platform. Made in 2020 in the United States, the baby giant Warner Bros. Discovery will launch this year in Latin America, and in Europe in 2024.

For more than twenty years, the HBO series (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Succession…), is the best in the world. In France, OCS has been broadcasting it since 2008 and sees this partnership ending in late 2022. Waiting for the arrival of HBO Max, who will distribute this gem in France? Last Thursday, the news dropped: Prime Video launched a Warner Pass covering the series and twelve Warner Bros. channels. Invention. The price hasn’t been announced but is in addition to a Prime Video subscription (€6.99/month). For passing pills, a platform is included Last of us in it and not in the Warner Pass.

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Therefore, this adaptation by HBO of the eponymous PlayStation game is definitely the losing leader. For the 37 million people who have bought the game since its release in 2013, it’s a lot more than that. Considered a masterpiece by the gaming press, it takes place in the year 2033 in a post-apocalyptic world, twenty years after the plague-ravaged civilization. Evil is called Cordyceps, an entomopathogenic fungus that turns humans into zombie monsters. To give us goosebumps, the series chose to place the action in… 2023 and not 2033. In the ruins of Boston, a survivor named Joel lives in a pinch. Until one day he is entrusted with Ellie, a 14 year old teenager who is immune to infection…

Horror road movie

As the recent failures have proven Halo Where devil’s residence, adapting video games into television series is dangerous. If their visual identities are rich, narrative material is often limited. Additionally, their sequencing within levels makes it difficult to write fluid scripts that leave room for character psychology. Last of us broke free from this straitjacket thanks to showrunner Craig Mazin (Chernobyl). The first episode lasts 1 hour 20 and takes the time to introduce us to Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey).

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This terrible road movie in the United States will also explore the relationship between a father who has lost his daughter and an orphan. It’s the perfect complement to successful action scenes accentuated by high-contrast lighting. So everything will be for the best in a ravaged world? This is computed in the absence of any production which is only slightly successful: The Walking Dead. In eleven seasons, the AMC series has made us sick with cities ravaged by viruses and monsters that make humans their daily snack. Therefore, though Last of us so well done, the feel of severe deja-vu dominates. However, we trust Craig Mazin’s know-how to falsify, over the course of nine episodes, his own personality down to his being.

It didn’t take too long because of the trampled competition. In the coming months, another top-selling video game recycling will be announced. The two most anticipated are fall out and Assassin’s Creed. The first, still on Prime Video, will feature a Cold War aesthetic entrusted to Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, producers of Western World. The second, 200 million sales on Netflix. Based on washington postthe latter is trying to build an economic model” creating a synergy between what people watch and what they play “. It’s beautiful like Jean Baudrillard.

“Last of us”. Available on Prime Video. New episodes every week.

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