Poor Destiny Reviews May Have Cost Bungie a $2.5 Million Bonus

destiny-headerIt’s been reported in the past that developers have big bonuses tied to slightly arbitrary metrics like aggregated review scores. Fallout: New Vegas was infamous for Obsidian falling 1% short of its bonus goal on Metacritic.

Now, one of 2014’s most anticipated games and the new record holder for number of pre-orders for a new IP will fall afoul of its own review score goal. Destiny might have made a reported $500 million for Activision but Bungie won’t be picking up a reported $2.5 million bonus for scoring a 90% aggregated review score.

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Comic Book Pull List for September 17, 2014

thor-god-of-thunder-25When I do pull list recommendations, I try to look for new or interesting comics that might be worth a read. This week seems a little harder than usual to pick out recommendations. I suppose a good place to start would be the series finale of Thor: God of Thunder. Issue #25 will be the final Thor comic before we get the debut of the new female Thor in a series to start in October.

And DC continues their Future’s End series of comics with this week’s offerings including Justice League, Batman/Superman, Superman/Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman.

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Microsoft Buys Mojang for $2.5 Billion

minecraft-xbox-one-edition-headerThe rumours are true. The biggest little indie studio in the world is being bought by the biggest evil empire in gaming (except for maybe EA… and Ubisoft). The earlier reports about Microsoft buying Minecraft developer Mojang was just a little off the mark. The US tech giant bought the Swedish indie studio for a whopping $2.5 billion.

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Haven: See No Evil Review

haven-title-card-bannerWhen we last left Haven’s version of the Scooby Gang, everybody was in rough shape. Dave shot himself thanks to Dwight’s trouble. Duke was bleeding from the eyes after all the Crocker family absorbed troubles came back on him and started tearing him apart from the inside. Jennifer keeled over dead because of evil supernatural door reasons. Oh, and Audrey’s body is now hosting her original incarnation, Mara. Just another day in the life of Haven.

So with all those plot threads left dangling at the end, there’s a lot that needs to be taken care of in the fifth season premiere.

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Game Trailers Roundup for September 15, 2014

It’s been far, far too long since I’ve done a roundup of recently released game trailers. When they come out, I add them to my watch later list on YouTube and that list has gotten embarrassingly long. Between triple-As, double-As and indie titles, there are scads of trailers that we need to catch you up on.

This week, we’ve got some upcoming releases including Forza Horizon 2 and Crimes and Punishments to help you put together an end of the month shopping list. If Pokemon is more your speed, we have a couple of trailers for that too. Maybe you’re a horror fan? There are trailers for Alien: Isolation and Resident Evil: Revelations 2. And that’s just some of the trailers we have for you.

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YouTuber Recreates Guardians of the Galaxy Opening in Destiny

It took me until Labour Day weekend but I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy. There really isn’t a whole lot else to do when you’re a tourist in Sudbury once you get Science North out of the way. I don’t really do movie reviews but I think I can sum it up as being absolutely awesome.

One thing that I really loved was the soundtrack of oldies hits. I wasn’t expecting it when Redbone’s Come And Get Your Love came on at the start of the movie but it made for a great opener. And one thing that everyone seems to like about Bungie’s Destiny is the ability to bust a move on a whim. Naturally, that leads to the epic mashup of epic mashups as Guardians of the Galaxy meets Destiny in this video by Somewhat Awesome Games.

Doctor Who: Listen Review

doctor-who-listen-headerSteven Moffat has two tricks that he really likes to use when writing episodes. The first is creating and/or solving problems through wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey time paradoxes. I’ve lost count of the number of times that we’ve seen that. The second is trying to scare little children of everyday things. We’ve done statues, shadows and this week, we’re supposed to be scared of being alone in the dark.

Moffat decided to hybrid timey-wimey with everyday horror in Listen. In many ways, it’s a spiritual successor to Blink, the first time we met the Weeping Angels. Maybe it was a bit too familiar, though.

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Geek Links of the Week

If you thought the North American games press was too far in bed with the publishers, it’s worse in Australia. In addition to massive perks from publishers, some prominent journalists are literally in bed with publisher PR. [/r/Games]

Grand Theft Auto V is coming to PS4/XB1 on November 18th and the PC version is coming out on January 27, 2015 (Yay! PC gaming master race FTW!). Before then, Rockstar gave GameStop managers a little preview of the next-gen version of the game. [NeoGAF]

The man who started the now-banned /r/TheFappening subreddit wants his privacy back. There’s just a slight irony to that. [The Verge]

And for something different: Before he was The Doctor, Peter Capaldi was a superstar as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It. Here’s a collection of some of the best Tucker quotes as motivational posters but be warned that Malcolm Tucker’s language isn’t anywhere near as family friendly as The Doctor. [BuzzFeed]

For something else on the light side, here’s a look at the evolution of console graphics over the last 37 years from the Atari 2600 to the latest generation of console. Bonus points for calling out Gran Turismo 2 as the best looking PS1 game. That was my favourite GT game and it has the best intro video of any game in history. [Ars Technica]

Star Wars Sure is Different without John Williams

There are a lot of things that you can say about George Lucas. He’s a great visual story-teller. He’s fantastic at pushing the bounds of visuals in movies. That doesn’t mean that he’s perfect. He can’t write dialogue to save his life. He’s not an exceptionally good director. And his overall writing is spotty at best. With someone to help interpret the vision (helping him write or direct) or some other limitation to force him to push the bounds of his creativity, his work absolutely shines. Just look at the Indiana Jones trilogy and the original Star Wars trilogy. Given carte blanche, it turns into the prequel trilogy.

His number one ally in making movies has always been John Williams. The greatest thing that Steven Spielberg ever contributed to film was making John Williams a superstar. But what happens when you take John Williams’ amazing soundtrack away from Lucas? It’s not pretty.

Which is More Popular: Star Trek or Star Wars?

It’s the age-old debate among geeks, nerds and other sci-fi enthusiasts. Sometimes it’s phrased as “which is better?” Sometimes it’s a debate over whether a Starfleet armada could topple the Imperial Fleet. I’ve even heard Captain Kirk vs. Han Solo. Either way, the timeless confrontation is Star Trek or Star Wars.

Our friends over at Movoto took to social media to find out whether Americans were Trekkies or Star Wars fans. Do Star Wars fans have a cute name like “trekkies?”

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