News from the Empire

News from the Empire

Wednesday August 19, 2015 Written by Smith

In the unlikely event that the near-daily updates about Star Wars Episode VII aren’t enough to tide you over until its opening in December, may we present Word Wars: a program that plucks war-related stories from the New York Times and converts them into short films that mimic the opening crawl from the Star Wars films.  

Depending on how you look at it, Word Wars is either: a) a sad comment on how comically war-like our times truly are; b) a way to make reading the news fun; or c) an insult to the important work done by the Fourth Estate. What it certainly isn’t, though, is an insult to the good standing of Star Wars: even articles about war are less depressing than the actual opening crawl for Attack of the Clones.

If you'd like to have a go creating your own news-based opening crawl, programer Julien Deswaef has made the source code available for free here.