Comic Book Pull List for October 1, 2014

thor-1Thor is the Asgardian God of thunder and utilizes his hammer, Mjolnir, to defeat his enemies. Well, that is until he is no long able to wield Mjolnir and hands it over to a worthy successor. And her much awaited debut comes this week in Thor #1. Marvel is keen to point out that the new Thor is Thor and not She-Thor, Lady Thor or “Thorita.” Not to sound like a cynic but I’d be much more excited if this becomes canon in the movies at some point too. That would take real balls from Disney/Marvel.

Elsewhere, Lobo is getting his own comic series and heads will roll. One’s already come off its former body on the cover of Lobo #1. And Sherlock Holmes and Harry Houdini join forces as someone is trying to destroy Houdini’s career. However, the title indicates there could be trouble afoot in Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1.

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Assassin’s Creed with Cats

Apart from pirate adventures, it’s not too controversial to suggest that the annual iterations of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise are getting a bit stale. Sure, Unity looks to be the first AC game to try to push the next-gen hardware with big crowds, fancy graphics and co-op gameplay but is that really what we want from our Assassin’s Creed games?

I think we really want Assassin’s Kittens Unity. Wouldn’t Assassin’s Creed be better if you played as assassin cat? That shouldn’t even be a question. That’s a fact. Did you play AC3?

Haven: Spotlight Review

haven-season-5-headerMara might have taken over Audrey’s body and be randomly murdering people about town but that doesn’t mean that Nathan is giving up on Audrey. While the rest of Haven has given up hope of getting Audrey back, brief glimpses of Audrey still being in there seems to be the only thing keeping him going.

This week, the battle lines are drawn. It’s Nathan against the rest of Haven as he tries to get Audrey back.

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Game Trailers Roundup for September 29, 2014

Once again, we have quite a few trailers for you this week. A pair of those are launch trailers. Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor has been getting near universal praise from critics and comes out tomorrow. Crimes & Punishments: Sherlock Holmes is our other launch trailer and that’s already been out for a few hours now.

There are a few trailers for other upcoming games. Metal Gear Solid V, CoD: Advanced Warfare, WWE 2K15 and The Witcher 3 all have new trailers. Perhaps most exciting is the announcement of United Front Games’ new game, Triad Wars. After Sleeping Dogs, I was looking forward to the next kung fu action game from Vancouver’s UFG.

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Sony Closing PlayStation Home

playstation-home-headerSony’s take on a virtual world experience for PlayStation 3 users is finally coming to an end. After launching PlayStation Home in 2008 and spending the last six years trying to get people onboard, Sony has scheduled PlayStation Home to condemnation on March 31st, 2015.

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Doctor Who: The Caretaker Review

doctor-who-the-caretaker-headerOne thing that tends to happen when you tag along with The Doctor on the TARDIS is that you leave your real-life behind for a few months or years. That’s not the case if you’re Clara Oswald. Though she’s done many, many things while a travelling companion on the TARDIS, the one thing she hasn’t done is pack her things and move in.

This week, we finally gotten some semblance of payoff to Clara’s dueling lives as The Doctor becomes The Caretaker (who likes to be called The Doctor) at Clara’s school. Now she has to juggle maintaining her sanity while her personal life and time traveler life collide.

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Geek Links of the Week

Did you hear about how 4chan members wanted leak Emma Watson nude pictures for speaking at a gender equality conference? Well, it wasn’t 4Chan as was widely reported and going largely uncorrected. A viral marketing company pulled the stunt to get 4chan shut down. It’s not often that 4chan can be portrayed as a sympathetic entity but these guys have pulled it off. [ABC]

YouTube star Sam Pepper is facing sexual harassment complaints after “prank” of his involved grabbing women’s posteriors. He says there was a message to the “prank.” Here’s a message: Don’t grope women! [The Independent]

Many media websites are using the same principles in their visual redesigns. Why is that? [Mashable]

Andrew Spearin of Insurgency fame talks about the big impact that the update to the Steam store has already had on his game. [Medium]

A lawyer looked at Riot’s LCS contracts that players are required to sign to see if it’s fair to the players. [Daily Dot]

The iPhone 6 Plus Has a Bending Problem

iphone-6-plus-bendingEarlier this week, I told you not to microwave your iPhone 6. Today, I’m going to have to tell you not to put your iPhone 6 Plus in your pockets. This has nothing to do with any hoax ad. It turns out that there are multiple reports of iPhone 6 Pluses bending under sustained pressure while in someone’s pocket.

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MLG Building eSports Arena in Columbus

mlg-tv-columbus-arena-bannerMajor League Gaming is going to add a third major production facility to its portfolio of studios. With a studio and headquarters in New York City and the recently announced MLG Gaming Arena in China, MLG is going to add to its footprint by constructing a new flagship venue in Columbus, Ohio, called the MLG.tv Columbus Arena.

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eSports Weekend Calendar: September 26 – 28, 2014

If you’re a MOBA fan, you have your choice of action from the big two this weekend. Star Series action is happening all weekend in Dota 2 while the League of Legends World Championships continues with Group C and D action.

Two more eSports are in action at DreamHack Stockholm this weekend. StarCraft II has another mega 96-player tournament with a trip to the $75,000 DreamHack Winter tournament and the even more valuable WCS Points on the line as we run up on BlizzCon and the World Championship Series finals. Also at DreamHack (and making its first appearance on the eSports Weekend Calendar) is an eight-team Counter-Strike: Global Offensive invitational tournament with $10,000 on the line for the champions.

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