Dragons in the News

Little Girl’s Dragon Wish Granted

I wish I had been paying attention last week when this story began. Apparently, a seven-year-old girl sent some scientists a letter, hoping that they could make her a live dragon. Needless to say, they couldn’t do it. However, they got a lot of attention by posting her letter and their apology on their blog. Now,  a week later, they’ve reached a compromise: a 3D-printed dragon that may not really breathe fire, but will make an awesome gift nonetheless.

You can take a look at the full story HERE.

If only everyone took children’s requests so seriously–the world would be filled with so much more wonder.

Personally, I’d have wanted MY new dragon a bit bigger…

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Dragons Everyone Talks About (3): Record-sized Robot

I meant to finish out my series on dragon news articles with one of the other most regular results, like sports teams or music groups.  However, when I saw an article on a dragon who just made the Guinness Book of World Records 2014, I just had to share.

According to this article by NBC, the dragon in the video above is the world’s largest walking robot. Weighing in at 11 tons, it is 51 feet long with a 40-foot wingspan. It was built to replace an old mechanical dragon in a yearly German folk play.

Way to represent your species in the world record book, dragon!

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Dragons Everyone Talks About (2): Video Games

It’s time for another pile of articles from the good old Google News search on the topic “dragons.” Today’s common topic is video game reviews and announcements–a topic that shows up quite regularly, thanks to the huge number of games that are out there for the choosing these days! I set the news search to only search articles from the last 24 hours, so these four game articles that showed up on the first two pages of results are fresh. Let’s take a look and find out what they are:

Dragon Fantasy Book II: This review called the game a JRPG. I knew that an RPG was a Role-Playing Game, but I didn’t know that the J stood for Japanese until I looked it up. In this particular JRPG, characters get to move around a colorful map, killing monsters and leveling up as they follow the storyline, which wasn’t really explained in the article. This game was made for the PS3.

Dragon Age: Inquisition: The article shares how this upcoming game is not an open-world game–and then proceeds to share how it is similar to (not different from) a game of that sort. I’m a little bit confused now–I thought I knew what an open-world game was, especially since the article calls Skyrim (whose predecessors, Morrowind and Oblivion, I have played) an open-world game. So what makes this game different? The article says that it has a huge world map, big regions to explore, and gameplay that is influenced by what you do or do not explore.  So what’s missing? Unfortunately, it explains itself by comparing the game to two others that I have never played (Baldur’s Gate and Origins), so that didn’t help much. Maybe I know less about game types than I thought I did.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z: This article is brief and doesn’t say much. From what I gather, it is an XBox/Playstation 3 game that is based on a crossover between two anime series: Dragon Ball and Naruto. I’m not familiar with too many common anime series yet, not having grown up on them, but I have seen a little of the Naruto Shippuden series. Maybe I’d recognize some of the characters in this game!

Puzzle & Dragons x Dragon’s Dogma Quest: This article talks about some crossovers between smartphone games about dragons (other crossover games are also mentioned, but the focus is on the dragon games). Apparently, each game will be featuring creatures that come from the other one, and some of the maps and classes in each will also be affected. This must be fun for people who enjoy those games; for me, though, it doesn’t mean a whole lot. I don’t have a smartphone, so I can’t play smartphone games! Still, it looks fun, so to each his or her own.

The games that show up on the Google searches change as fast as people can come up with ideas for new ones. If you’re a serious gamer, you are probably already in the know about what comes out when. If you’re like me, though, and enjoy games without taking the time to keep on top of every development in the gaming world, do a quick search now and then–you might find something you’d never heard of before–I know I did! If you’re lucky, it will even be something you want to play. Do I want to play any of the above games? I’m not sure. I don’t have time for new games right now, but if I get an itch for a dragon-titled game, I know where to look!

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Dragons Everyone Talks About (1): Dragon Boats

As promised, I’m going to give you a look this week into some of the dragons that show up most frequently in my Google news searches for “dragon.”

First, there are the dragon boat festivals and races that regularly pop up in one country or another. I must confess that until I looked more deeply into it for this post, I didn’t have a good idea of what a dragon boat actually was. What I found is that they are a long, wooden boat powered by human paddlers, as pictured below. They come from China, where traditionally, dragon boat racing has been practiced since the times of the original Olympiad games in Greece. (See Wikipedia for more of the history.)

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Dragon boat in Budapest, Hungary. Image from Wikipedia.

So what does the news have to say about these boats this week? Here are two of the articles that popped up for me:

(1) In this article, I learned that an area of Malaysia is looking for approval to be a viable location for international dragon boat races. Apparently, international events are very carefully regulated to make sure that all boats, locations, and teams meet the requirements.

(2) In this article, I learned that the Montana Dragon Boat Festival in the Midwestern United States had to be called off early this past weekend when bad weather started to capsize the boats. Luckily, it wasn’t a dangerous situation–everyone had life jackets and knew the protocol to follow.

I’m not a big boater (mostly from lack of experience and opportunity), but I think dragon boats look like a lot of fun. I’m curious now if one can take a casual ride in one just to get the feel of it, or if they are only used by racing teams. I would love to try one out even though I’m not into physical competition!

What about you? Have you heard of dragon boats or seen their races? Is it something you would ever try, either casually or competitively?

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Dragon Hoodie: Creepy or Cute?

Every so often, I do a Google News search on the word “dragon” to find out what people are saying about dragons these days. A few topics pop up on a regular basis, and I’ll probably set aside my Dragons for Young People series temporarily (no time to read!) to look at some of those dragons in the news this upcoming week.

The weirdest thing I found tonight was a link to a tech blog article on dragon hoodies. I’ll point you to the original post to see the photos and descriptions, but suffice it to say that you’re about to discover a rather unique design with a choice of black or white-and-rainbow dragon hoodie, complete with wings, ears, spikes, and a tail.

Here they are: http://technabob.com/blog/2013/09/06/dragon-hoodies/

What???

(^That’s my reaction–what’s yours?)

If I were still about fifteen years old, I’d eat it up and wear it. If I saw someone else wearing it on a special occasion, I’d think it was cute in a hilarious way. However, I’d give a funny look to anyone who casually wore it in public, and I’d never wear it myself (at least, not in front of people… wink).  I noted with interest that it’s shown on a female model in both cases, leaving me wondering whether it is specifically marketed to women or if they just decided the female form would sell it to a wider crowd.

Got thoughts?

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How to Train Your Dragon: coming live to North America

Chances are you’ve watched Dreamwork’s animated masterpiece How to Train Your Dragon. If not, you really should—the story of Hiccup, the scrawny Viking boy who would rather tame than kill dragons is entertaining, and the dragons in the movie are really cute.

I found a news article today that said How to Train Your Dragon is coming to North America this week in the form of a live arena show. The same production has apparently been successful in Australia and New Zealand, and it will kick off its American/Canadian tour in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania this Wednesday (June 27th). They’ll be traveling the United States and Canada at least into next year.

Their website, dreamworksdragonslive.com, has information including ticket prices and locations, photos and video of the show, and listings of the cast and crew. It boasts 23 animatronic dragons with wingspans of up to 40 feet, complete with smoke, fire, flight, and live Vikings.  The good bit? The dragons look well done (see the trailer below), and it sounds like they put a lot of work into this show. The not-so-good bit? The average ticket price is $58.

Even if the show were coming to my city (it’s not), I’m not sure I would go see it at that price. In my mind, it falls into the category of things-that-sound-exciting-but-aren’t-worth-paying-for. After watching the preview below, I’m curious to hear what other people are thinking. Do you think this will be a decent representation of the original story? Is this kind of live show worth all the money? From the pictures on the website, I’m also somewhat skeptical of their rendition of Toothless—even if all the other dragons do look pretty convincing. What do you think?

 

 

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