Monthly Archives: August 2013

Geek Links of the Week

All Things Digital’s (AKA AllThingsD) partnership with the Wall Street Journal ends at the end of this year. It’s believed that they can get a massive cash injection if they find a new partnership for the site. [Fortune]

I haven’t been keeping up with Game Informer’s Dragon Age: Inquisition preview/paid coverage like articles but I thought their roundtable about the future of BioWare was pretty interesting. [Game Informer]

Grand Theft Auto V will once again have another trademark GTA soundtrack. This time, Rockstar has over 240 licensed songs and what they estimate to be 20 movies worth of score. It literally sounds fantastic. [Rolling Stone]

I’ve been a fairly long-term fan of the Football Manager franchise so naturally I would be interested in the new improvements for FM2014. Here’s an interview with developer Sports Initiative director Miles Jacobson about the changes for this year’s iteration of the game. [Digital Spy]

Bomber may have won the StarCraft II World Championship Series Season 2 finals but the big story was Canada’s Scarlett who took Bomber to a deciding final game in their series and showed that foreigners can hang with the best Korea has to offer. [PAR]

Breaking Thrones with Walter White

What would happen is Walter White was on Game of Thrones? I’ve never really wondered but someone at Pleated Jeans has and put together this mash-up of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

SimCity for Macs Doesn’t Work Either

simcity-headerWe’ll it’s only been about five-and-a-half months since the launch of SimCity for Windows but it doesn’t look like the teams at EA or Maxis have learned their lessons.

There are widespread reports online that SimCity for Mac is plagued with a number of issues that has rendered it unplayable for a large number of users despite being delayed from a March launch alongside the Windows version to August 29th.

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Best and Worst of Fan Expo 2013

fan-expo-canada-headerI promised a recap of my first ever convention / Fan Expo experience and here it is. I spent the blog’s downtime in downtown Toronto attending the 2013 edition of Fan Expo in downtown Toronto along with over 100,000 of my closest friends. I was just completely overwhelmed by the number of people there and I’ve been to a NASCAR race with 110,000 people and thought this place was packed.

So let’s look back at Fan Expo with a little bit of Best and Worst.

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Building (Critical) Consensus: Lost Planet 3

lost-planet-3-box-artRemember Capcom? Weren’t they a great developer and publisher back in the day? Whatever happened to those guys? Oh, that’s right. Capcom is still in business and making games that do nothing to help their iconic legacy in the industry. The company that brought us Street Fighter, Mega Man, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry and more have hit a bit of a dry spell recently.

The latest disappointing game out of Capcom is Lost Planet 3 which, despite the name, is actually a prequel to the first Lost Planet game. The critics aren’t very fond of this one. The general consensus is that the gameplay is tired, dull and repetitive, even if it does a better job with the narrative than its predecessors.

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Trouble When You Warped In

Viva La Dirt League is a group who make StarCraft themed music videos. Their latest is a Protoss themed parody of a Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble. As an aspiring Protoss bronze leaguer, I found this hilarious so I decided to share it here with you guys.

Nintendo Announces the 2DS

nintendo-2ds-bannerMicrosoft followed Nintendo into the realm of motion controls and now Nintendo is following Microsoft in naming new consoles with a lower number than the previous one. The difference is that Nintendo’s new console name makes sense.

Launching on October 12th (the same day as Pokemon X & Y) is a 2D-only entry-level version of their 3DS portable console called the Nintendo 2DS.

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This Fan-Made Batman/Superman Trailer is Your First Look at Batfleck and Walter White

Love it or hate it, Ben Affleck is Batman now. Okay, he’s Bruce Wayne. We’re still not sure how he’ll do as Bats. Now, reports say that Bryan Cranston will get his wish to play Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman/Superman movie (AKA Man of Steel 2). With that info, it’s never too early to see how Batman/Superman could turn out. We have this pretty cool trailer by Soylent Brak 1 that gives us our first almost-look at Batfleck and Walter White in the DC-verse.

EA Says They’re All-In on Free-to-Play and Out of Offline Experiences

ea-logo-headerBefore a panel at Fan Expo about the state of the gaming industry (my column on my experience is coming soon), someone said that free-to-play was the future of gaming industry for the foreseeable future. I thought about it and disagree. I think Titanfall eschewing the traditional single-player campaign for multiplayer matches bracketed by some story components is going to be more common going forward.

It turns out that EA COO Peter Moore said that we’re both right. In fact, going forward, Moore says that we’ll see more free-to-play elements in the major franchises while offline experiences will be no more.

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Comic Book Pull List for August 28, 2013

justice-league-23This week is a big one for DC Comics fans. The Trinity War comes to an end in Justice League #23. The teaser says that this won’t end well for the Justice League. I only have all five parts to catch up on before I get to reading this. Yeah, I’m a bad DC Comics fan.

Elsewhere, Dark Horse has something for the kids with the launch of a new series called Itty Bitty Hellboy. In the Marvel-verse, the Thanos Rising miniseries that’s a prelude to the Infinity miniseries comes to a conclusion after Infinity #1 was released in Thanos Rising #5.

And one other important note: DC’s Collider is now known as FBP Federal Bureau Of Physics. I liked the old name better.

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