Monthly Archives: March 2014

EA Eliminated in First Round of 2014 Worst Company in America Poll

worst-company-in-america-2014-headerThe two-time reigning and defending Golden Poo winner as Consumerist’s Worst Company in America won’t be scoring the three-peat. Electronic Arts was bounced from the 2014 Worst Company tournament after suffering a close first round exit at the hands of Time Warner Cable.

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Facebook to Buy Oculus VR for $2 Billion

oculus-rift-dev-kit-2The company that is bringing the virtual reality headset back to gaming is now a part of the evil empire. The company behind the Oculus Rift, Oculus VR, has been bought by Facebook for a staggering $2 billion.

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Comic Book Pull List for March 26, 2014

rocky-and-bullwinkle-1I keep doing these pull lists every week but I keep forgetting to make time to get to the local comic book shop. Maybe that’s a good thing since my wallet is going to hurt a bit from being about two months behind on picking up my file. That’s not going to be a fun visit.

Anyway, Dynamite has what might end up being the most divisive comic of the week. It’s a Brony parody one-shot called My Little Phoney: A Brony Adventure. Shockingly, there aren’t any My Little Pony comics to counter with this week. Otherwise, I would have had one here.

Two of DC’s Forever Evil companion series come to an end this week. Forever Evil: ARGUS and Forever Evil: Rogues’ Rebellion both conclude in their 6th issue. Marvel continues to bring back classic comic series with Silver Surfer #1. And IDW has my pick of the week with a rather authentic looking Rocky & Bullwinkle #1.

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Infinite Crisis Beta Impressions: The MOBA You Want, Not The MOBA You Need

infinite-crisis-bannerI’ve never played a MOBA before but with the release of the open beta of the DC Comics MOBA, Infinite Crisis, I thought now was a good time to get into the genre. Most people are judging compared to the big MOBAs, League of Legends and DOTA 2. Without that comparison base, what would I think of my first MOBA?

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Apple and Comcast In Talks to Bring Streaming TV to Apple TV

apple-tv-comcastJust one month after signing a deal with Netflix to give preferential network treatment to Netflix data, Comcast is working on another streaming content deal. This time, they’re not just the network provider looking for a cut. They want to stream content to Apple TV to allow the both companies to compete with Netflix.

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StarCrafts is Back for Season 3

For those of you who haven’t heard of Carbot Animations probably think that I’ve made an embarrassing typo in the title but I haven’t. StarCrafts is a StarCraft parody animated series that features some cute looking and acting characters. You might not get some of the humour if you’re not a SC player/fan but I think everyone would appreciate the look of StarCrafts.

Critics Corner: inFamous: Second Son

infamous-second-son-bannerJust a couple of weeks after Microsoft got its first potential Xbox One system seller onto store shelves, Sony has one of their flagship first-party exclusive franchises out on the PlayStation 4. The inFamous franchise may not have the mass appeal of a first-person shooter like Titanfall but the two inFamous games are considered to be among the best superhero games ever made.

And it looks like if you loved the first two inFamous games, you’ll love inFamous: Second Son. Some critics don’t like the story as much as the previous two and they don’t think the gameplay is “next-gen” enough (which is something I want to discuss in an upcoming column). Many more love the game for what it is.

But enough of my summary. Here’s what the critics think of inFamous: Second Son.

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Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed 5 Leaked

Ubisoft may not have been planning to let the cat out of the bag on two of their more popular franchises but that hasn’t stopped info from coming out. Late last week, word started leaking fast about the upcoming iterations in the popular Far Cry and flagship Assassin’s Creed franchise. In fact, Ubisoft was caught so off guard that they admitted that they weren’t expecting to have to officially confirm AC5 yet.

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Geek Links of the Week

With Captain America 2 coming out in a couple of weeks and Spider-Man 2 (2?) due in May, let’s take a look at the unmade movie history of Marvel Comics. [io9]

It’s not just console wars now. There’s an engine war going on. Crytek is fighting back against the deals for Unreal Engine 4 and Unity 5 with a better deal for CryEngine. [CryEngine]

And there appears to be a game API war brewing. AMD has Mantle. Microsoft was pitching the next DirectX at GDC. And the show had NVIDIA, AMD and Intel trumpeting the merits of OpenGL. [NVIDIA]

David Fincher has only one actor in mind for his and Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic: Christian Bale. He’s even threatening to walk if Sony Pictures doesn’t let him have Bale. [The Wrap]

In news that will surprise absolutely no one, EA will be publishing Titanfall 2 and it won’t be a Microsoft exclusive. [GameSpot]

A Look Ahead to Season Four of Game of Thrones

We’re just three weeks away from the start of Season Four of Game of Thrones. For this week’s Friday of Ice and Fire, we have HBO’s 15-minute preview video of the upcoming season that features cast interviews and clips from upcoming episodes. This video got me more excited for this season than any of the trailers did.

By the way, there are spoilers in this video. You probably guessed that, though.

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