Explosions are cool. Couldn’t say why of course, but they are and everyone knows it. They’re big, pointless and unnecessary and unless you’re a bad-guy in the A-Team then it’s usually fatal to be in one.
But they’re awesome, they appeal to a very primal (and stereotypically male) part of the mind that likes bright lights and loud noises. And that part of society is deeply profitable. I’ll show you what I mean:
Oatmeal creator Matt Inman joined in with game creators Shane Small and Elan Lee to create a card game. They decided to fund printing and distribution costs through Kickstarter! It worked. Oh my word, did it ever work! Over four million dollars before the first few days have even passed, storming it straight into the top ten most funded kickstarters of all time, and still with so much time to make it to number one.
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Explosions AND kittens? Sounds like a recipe for internet success waiting to happen, and success it already has. At the time of publishing this article there are 23 days to go
The reaper of childhood joy has one thing going for him. Explosions, and lots of them.
We joke about it, but they’re the most expensive and tricky part of any production to get right, and if it goes wrong it can’t be redone. And yet the explodiest director of all time  has built a career almost entirely on the back of hashing licensed products from the ’80s and explosions. Lot’s and lots of explosions. It’s an expensive hobby that gets him a lot of flak, but gets him a hell of a lot more money.
Old Spice: I honestly have no idea what Old Spice smells like. All I know is that Terry Crews is a glorious madman who really likes yelling and explosions! And apparently explosions are a fantastic advertising method, the ridiculous series of surreal adverts are amongst the most memorable campaigns in television history, spanning nations, and oddly reminiscent of the Powerthirst parody adverts.
Cool Guys: They do not look at explosions. We all knew that before the Lonely Island pointed it out, but damned if they didn’t make a good song out of that fact.
MR TORGUE: WOOOOWOOOOHOO!! EXPLOSIONS!! The Torgue manufacturer in Borderlands fires miniature rockets instead of regular bullets, and the CEO of the corporation Mr. Torgue High-Five Flexington is explosion mad. Also generally mad.
Explosions are everywhere in media. They are attention grabbing, destructive and terrible, and yet weirdly awesome. A lot of time has been spent trying to make explosions in games look as realistic as possible and the simulation of physics itself to create worlds that fall apart realistically when we blow them up. The technology is advancing so rapidly that many films even use computer-generated explosions more frequently so that scenes can be repeated if necessary.
And yet nothing can beat the real thing, at least not yet. Practical effects have their disadvantages, like the need for actual explosives on set, but they’re amongst the few things that computers still can’t replicate with near-perfect accuracy. Jamie Anderson, for example, was disappointed in ITVs choice of CGI over marionettes, and even went so far as to include a bigger explosion amongst the Firestorm Kickstarter stretch goals.
The real question is “Why write an article on explosions?” and the answer to that question is “MORE EXPLOSIONS”
Damn that’s pretty…