Monthly Archives: April 2014

Doctor Who Fan Proposes During a Matt Smith & Karen Gillan Photo-Op

Every so often, someone going through the conveyor belt that is the celebrity photo-op booth at a convention does something memorable. One of the all-time most popular posts on this site is when Norman Reedus photobombed a convention photo-op with Lean Headey and Peter Dinklage.

This Doctor Who photo-op might just be cooler. A couple went to Louisville Comic Con to have their picture taken with Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan but the man had another idea. He proposed to his girlfriend mid photo-op with Karen and Matt standing right there. Their reactions are priceless.

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From Software Acquired by Japanese Publisher Kadokawa

dark-souls-2-headerSometimes, it’s better to be a master of one trade than a jack of all trades. Just ask Japanese developer From Software who have parlayed their painfully hard, old-school action-RPG Dark Souls into a purchase by Japanese publisher Kadokawa Shoten.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced

star-wars-episode-vii-cast-photoThe news that Star Wars fans have been waiting months for has finally been announced. LucasFilm has officially revealed the stars of the upcoming, untitled Star Wars: Episode VII. Along with some old favourites, some new actors and Hollywood legends have been added to the Star Wars universe.

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Comic Book Pull List for April 30, 2014

the-amazing-spider-man-1You know what happens when you fall behind on your comic reading? Marvel ends the series that you were reading and quickly starts a new one from that series’ conclusion before you had a chance to pick up Superior Spider-Man #30 from the comic book shop. The long and short of that rant is that Peter Parker is back in The Amazing Spider-Man #1.

Meanwhile, over at DC Comics, they give us a one-shot called Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs. Bane #1. There’s just one problem with that: Forever Evil isn’t done yet. You can’t have an aftermath if you don’t actually finish the story. The whole of DC’s release line-up this week is thin so I’m guessing that they were really caught off-guard by the delay of Forever Evil #7.

Elsewhere, just because Star Wars is going to Marvel doesn’t mean that Dark Horse isn’t going to start a new miniseries with the four-issue Star Wars: Rebel Heist starring Han Solo. Finally, Image brings best-selling supernatural horror novelist Jonathan Maberry to comic in V-Wars #1.

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EA Adding Microtransactions to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-headerIn a move that will surprise absolutely no one that has played an EA game in the last few years, they’re adding microtransactions to one of their games. This time, it’s Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare that will see the addition of microtransactions to the game this week.

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Game of Thrones: Oathkeeper Review

game-of-thrones-jaime-lannister-wallpaperAfter last week’s very controversial episode, we had an episode that I would accuse as being set up to capitalize on said controversy by making the character at the heart of the hubbub if it wasn’t for the fact that this episode was written and filmed ages ago.

This week’s focus was on the life and times of Ser Jaime Lannister, also known as The Kingslayer and the guy who raped his sister in last week’s episode. At least he was put in some more redeeming situations this week.

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Game Trailers Roundup for April 28, 2014

I’ve been meaning to find a way to wedge in trailers and other studio produced content for a while on the blog and I think I’ve finally found a way to do it without blatantly shilling for big publishers for free. Granted, a lack of preview coverage is one of the more frequently cited reasons for not getting review copies of games so consider this working on that. So for a while, until we all get bored with it, I’ll end Mondays by doing a roundup of some of the various game trailers that were released over the previous seven days.

This week, we get our first look at in-game footage from Dragon Age: Inquisition. If nothing else, it looks very pretty. It also looks like it has some more Skyrim and Dark Souls influence in it too, the latter of which I wasn’t expecting to see from a Dragon Age game but one could also say that pulls from Mass Effect 3 too.

We also saw trailers for Bungie’s upcoming Destiny, an eSports-style Evolve trailer, the first reveals of Grid: Autosport and Skylanders: Trap Team (with even more stuff to buy) and another gorgeous in-game trailer for Project CARS.

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GameStop to Close 120 Stores, Switch Focus to Mobile and Apple Products

gamestop-logoGaming is a growing industry with a record launch of next-generation consoles with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One outpacing their predecessors’ sales. Don’t tell that to GameStop, though. The biggest gaming retailer in America is planning to close some GameStop stores and expand Apple and AT&T retail chains.

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The Legend is True: Copies of ET Found in a New Mexico Landfill

et-landfill-digMost urban legends are just that: Legends. However, gaming’s most legendary tale turned out to be true. A documentary crew doing a documentary on the history of Atari found the legendary resting place of thousands, if not millions, of copies of the failed E.T. game for the Atari 2600.

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Geek Links of the Week

With Irrational Games closing down and moving on to smaller projects, why not take a look back at this behind the scenes look at the development of BioShock. [Eurogamer]

Some indie games have become such a big mainstream success that the rise of indie game millionaires is getting covered by mainstream publications. [The New Yorker]

You can spend as much on a new gaming PC as you can on a console and still get better performance. You just have to put together the right combination of parts and retailers. [GameSpot]

This week’s Steam Gauge project: Is there are correlation between game ratings and sales? Okay, they don’t go as statistically intense as I would have liked with correlations and regressions and the like but does give you a little insight. [Ars Technica]

You’ve fallen victim to the viral sensations that are / were Flappy Bird and 2048. Now, try both at the same time in Flappy48. [Flappy48]

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