The state of animation based entertainment according to popular culture
In the modern world, entertainment forms have greatly changed with the advancement of technology. Some of the major forms of entertainment for today’s generation include video gaming and dark animated comedy series. These two forms of entertainment have become more popular with adults than children due to their strong content that is satirical and a potent commentary on the different aspects of modern society, while creating an alternate universe for an escape from the same.
Video Gaming has moved beyond the realms of one person sitting in front of their computer playing a single game. With the rapid advancements in technology, there has been an unprecedented growth in the type of video games as well as the video gaming technology that has made it a hobby or even a profession for adult males. Starting from strategy shooting games all the way to different types of sports gaming as well as multiplayer storyline battles, there is a wide array of video games for players to choose from, ensuring something for every taste. Video gaming technology has also improved to help the player be completely immersed in the world of the video game and ensure maximum impact.
One of the most popular video gaming franchises in the world is Halo. This military based game is from the sci-fi genre and was created originally by Bungie and is now managed by Microsoft Studios. The main story follows an alternate interstellar war between mankind and an alliance of alien creatures known as the Covenant who worship their ancestral civilization called the Forerunners, who had died in combat with a parasitic Flood. The franchise builds on experiences of a character called Master Chief John-117, a supersoldier from the Spartan guild and his AI companion, Cortana. The name Halo is derived from the names of the Halo rings which are large and habitable super-weapons that were originally used to destroy Flood. The series has the following games, in the order of release, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo Wars, Halo 3: ODST, Reach, Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 4, Halo: Spartan Assault, The Master Chief Collection, Spartan Strike, Guardians and Halo Wars 2.
Sketch comedy in stop motion is a pretty old concept with series like The Simpsons and South Park being some of the most recognizable in the genre. The appeal lies in the presentation of a dark concept in a sugar-coated manner, through cartoons, thus making the irony more poignant. One of the latest and most popular dark sketch comedy in stop motion is Robot Chicken.
This series was created and produced by Matthew Senreich and Seth Green along with co-writers, Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root. The writers also voice over as many of the characters and the show has won an Annie Award and four Emmys. Based on a humorous photo-comic strip that appeared in ToyFare:The Toy Magazine. The show is used to mock and parody popular culture like toys, relevant movies, TV shows, games as well as anime cartoons like other comedy shows. The show is created with stop motion animation for toys, clamation, action figures, as well as daily objects like tongue depressors and popsicle sticks. A core attraction is also derived from the placement of fantastical characters like Stretch Armstrong, Optimus Prime and Godzilla in everyday, humanistic situations.
With the popularity of video games like Halo and Sketch comedy shows like Robot chicken , the world of entertainment is entering a new genre of animation based entertainment that is directed at adults.