Jurassic Fandom: An Ethnographic Study
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News Archive - August 2012
Happy Birthday to Lord Richard Attenborough today!
Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 17:36 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
JPL would like to wish Peter Stormare a Happy Birthday! Many of us know him not only as Dieter Stark in TLW, but also from roles in many other films, TV shows, and video games, including The Big Lebowski, Armageddon, Entourage, Transformers Animated, and Command & Conquer Red Alert 3. We hope you have a good one!
Date: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 10:53 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
I've been hard at work trying to bring things back in order after our downtime this week. People can now comment on the news on the main page, post on the board again, navigate the site properly again, posted some JP news last night about David Koepp, and now you all can visit our section on Ludia's new Jurassic Park Builder game available for iPad/iPhone! Check out the new section here!
Date: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 0:45 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
Jurassic Park IV may already have script writers, but David Koepp was apparently approached according to CommingSoon.Net.
"We did talk about it and if I thought I had a great idea, I'd sign up in a minute but I did the first two and two movies on one subject is a lot, ‘cause it's hard enough to do one movie on a subject. I did two and I just felt like I used up all my good ideas and if I had something really valuable to contribute, I'd love to, 'cause I love those guys and I had a great time doing those movies. I just felt like I never had very much to give to it."
This is rather interesting, because it shows he was approached. He just thought he had nothing to contribute to the overall project. Interesting!
Site Navigation Back Online AND Forums Back ONLINE!
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 16:56 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
Had some time this week to get our site navigation back online. I also just got the site forums back online! Please be sure to notify as soon as you receive an error and PM it to me on the forums. The news system now features a commenting system as well.
Forums Down/Some Site Content Inaccessible: No ETR, Please Use Chat!
Date: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 8:55 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
Unfortunately, due to a forced upgrade by our hosts the forums and portions of the main site are down and will be until I have the ability to find an alternative forum solution and some time to work on it. I am in the middle of a move, so all of this will have to wait until I resettle. I would advise everybody to login to our chat room at this time and give it a try. If no one is responsive, hang around for a while (don't be afraid to idle), and wait. We apologize for the issues. You can join the chat here. The encyclopedia should also be active as well for those that need it.
Frank Marshall says "Two years" for JP4 and Jurassic Park: Park Builder from Ludia
Date: Saturday, August 4, 2012 - 21:40 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
Frank Marshall is at it again, giving us some "news" about JPIV's development and eventual release that has yet to happen, if at all ever at this point. Pardon my cynicism everybody. Over in an interview at Collider, it's the same song and dance a bit, but this time we have an alleged release time.
During Steve’s interview with Marshall, he asked the producer for a status update on Jurassic Park 4, to which Marshall replied: “I would say that it will be on the screen within two years.”
While it's a lot better than being called a "pipe dream" like Marshall referred to it a while back it's something after another news drought since the new writing team was appointed. Back in June, a new writing team was hired (Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver) to work their magic on the fourth film. Personally, I'm to the point with JPIV news that I won't believe anything until I've seen a press release about it physically from Universal direct. We have all been told it's "coming soon" for the last decade, actually since Jurassic Park /// came to theaters. All this back and forth is really, collectively, on the fandom's nerves or at least it's on mine. Given, good sequels take time and by far JPIV should have a story that's worthy of an award at this stage, at least that's the hope. We need a good sequel and if it's one of those "back burner projects" to milk the franchise the quality for that is going to speak for itself sadly. I urge Universal and "The Powers That Be" (Spielberg and company) to make a film worthy of the older and newer generation of fan's heavy applause and that even the general audience can also enjoy. After all, TellTale was capable of a great story that supplemented the film's franchise despite the gameplay issues the game itself unfortunately faced. I hope Spielberg and company can do the same. Show this franchise a lot of care as it's been under-utilized heavily where there is a lot of potential still for it.
Speaking of someone utilizing JP to its potential, Ludia (a mobile gaming company) created a Jurassic Park: Builder game. JP:Builder is available on iPhone and iPad and allows one to connect to their Facebook (part of a social game) and build their own Jurassic Park. I've been playing this about a week or so and I honestly have to say it's graphically nice and appealing and a lot better than Tap Jurassic and other "Dino Zoo" games on iPhone. There's some cheap elements to the game, such as "bucks" that you have to pay for (got to make money somehow) and the exclusivity of some items under these "bucks". You can also earn bucks by moving up in "levels". There's also the fact Apatosaurus is referred to as Brontosaurus. Overall the game exceeded my expectations and does give one that Operation Genesis feel while on the go. The ambiance of the game relies on sounds from the film, unfortunately when you tap on all of the carnivores, save for Velociraptor, they make the infamous Tyrannosaurus roar. Check out the description from the iTunes app store:
*** Welcome to YOUR Jurassic Park!*** Based on the ground breaking film franchise “Jurassic Park,” experience your own thrilling interactive journey on the mysterious Isla Nublar!
Here's your chance to build your own Jurassic Park from the ground up! As a Park owner, nurture and grow various dinosaur species through the discovery of amber filled with dinosaur DNA. With help from your friends, turn the DNA into eggs, place them in your park and grow them until they reach adult size. To evolve, your dinosaurs have to be fed plants or meat depending on their respective diets. As a Park manager, you'll need to make sure your park is constantly fueled with enough goods to feed all the dinosaurs by managing the flow of imports at the port. Finally, build a road for your visitors so they can go around and explore your creation.
To entertain your guests and collect more funds, you will have to be creative and decorate your parks and build various attractions and buildings such as amusement centers, hotels, restaurants, and security offices. ‘Code Red’ mode allows you to maximize your gains further and also prevent the dinosaurs from escaping and wreaking havoc on the island. But to access that mode, you'll have to grow at least 5 carnivores!
Along the way, you'll encounter familiar characters from the Jurassic Park movies such as, Dr. Ian Malcolm, or John Hammond, who will help you advance in your journey by giving you missions to fulfill.
Jurassic Park Builder features: • 30 different dinosaur species to collect & grow. • Live multi-player gameplay with Facebook friends and other Jurassic Park fans • Built-in social features (ability to visit, help and gift friends). • Stunning visual & audio effects with 3-D animations.
Begin your wonderful adventure and start building!
Worthy of a download on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone especially since it's Jurassic Park!