Jurassic Fandom: An Ethnographic Study
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News Archive - October 2007
Jurassic Park Explorer DVD Game
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 15:48 PM (Eastern Time)
I would like to first off thank the fine people at Highwater Promotional Group for sending the product images, fact sheet, and lastly sending the actual game out to me for the purposes of the "Jurassic Park Legacy" fan site and this review. It was an honor to have this immense and wonderful opportunity to review this game for the fans and dinosaur enthusiasts in our community. Community support is always important in anything and I thank Highwater Group and Brighterminds Media immensely for contacting me to represent the JP fan community's opinion in regards to this game. It truly is a privilege and makes me proud to be a fan of this franchise to see such coordination between fans and the people tied to giving us such fine products.
The game itself is fun, inventive, and I could see it being challenging as well as a refresher to dinosaur enthusiasts and Jurassic Park fans alike. Plot wise, the game draws interest as you are making a return trip to Isla Sorna to help Jurassic Park scientists bring back the past with various species of dinosaurs. The bestiary of the dinosaurs you can help the Jurassic Park scientists save in this game is that of the bestiary from Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. The CGI in use in this game looks to be on caliber with the CGI used in Jurassic Park Operation Genesis opening movie and looks great - especially the CGI used for the Triceratops. Musically, the game has it's own original score and nothing really musically from the films in the JP trilogy, which is somewhat unfortunate, but the musical score for the game is still a good choice with Safari-driven drum beats and various other jungle-based music that reminds one of visiting lost and unexplored jungles. Sound-effects wise the game is great and has additional sound-effects for dinosaurs not featured in the films. On the notes of game play I can say it's great game to be addicted in playing. The easy and even the expert settings still manages to keep your interest held as you answer questions, use reflexes, memory, and other various important skills to young children and "old kids" alike. The game play is relatively straight-forward, which is good in any game. This game draws interest with its visualizations and challenges and is expected and guaranteed to keep your interest in saving dinosaurs from extinction at an all-time high. The directions are accurately given and easy to follow. As said, this game truly relies on the player's reflexes, memorization capabilities, and their knowledge of the Jurassic Park films and dinosaurs alike so expect to have brain food! To sum it up this game is fun, easy, and addicting even if especially you have fun pulling on knowledge you already know.
I honestly could not ask for a better game, but there are two nagging issues I have with this game sadly. Carcharodontosaurus is misspelled as "Charcharadontosaurus". Secondly, the Allosaurus looks so much like a Tyrannosaurus it would lead potential dinosaur-learners (with no knowledge of dinosaurs) that the animals are both heavily related, when in fact Allosaurus is more closely related to Carcharodontosaurus and Acrocanthosaurus than to ceolurosaurids like Tyrannosaurus. Tyrannosaurus and Allosaurus are both from two very different and distant families and groups. These are just things to be aware of while playing the game that dinosaur enthusiasts will catch and find nagging.
All in all though this is a fun game and it is a great part of the Jurassic Park merchandise. I do highly recommend that Jurassic Park fans and dinosaur enthusiasts alike go out and purchase this product as it is fun, and if you're on the go traveling be sure to check into the Travel Version of this game also. If you're looking for more information about BrighterMinds Media please visit their site here and visit Jurassic-Game.Com for more information about the game itself!
Massive New Herbivore Species Uncovered
Date: Monday, October 15, 2007 - 13:32 PM (Eastern Time)
Yahoo! reports today of a new find in Brazil. Already a heaven for great archaeological and paleontological finds, the site where the new species of tintanosaur was discovered has also yielded 1,000 specimens, including 240 fossil plants, 300 teeth and the remains of several other dinosaurs.
The new discovery was named Futalognkosaurus (FOO-ta-long-koh-SOHR-us) dukei after the Mapuche Indian words for "giant" and "chief," and for Duke Energy Argentina, which helped fund the skeleton's excavation.
So far no limbs have been found and the tail section has just begun to be uncovered, but based on what has been found (a nearly complete find at that) they can estimate that the final length of the animal to be around 105 feet long, not nearly as long as several other Titanosaurs discovered in Patagonia such as Argentinosaurus (at around 115 feet long) and Puertasaurus reuili (115 feet to 131 feet long) but still quite the giant of its time.