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Skyward Sword Gets Orchestral Accompaniment

More details are slowly filtering out concerning the November 20th release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  Amazon is now offering a pre-order on two different packages.  The game itself is $49.99.  If you’re willing to shell out another $20 (for a grand total of $69.99, Euclid) you get the game and a golden, Triforce emblazoned Wii Remote.  If you need another controller, that’s not a bad deal, considering Wii Remotes currently retail just upwards of $30.

The most exciting part about this (besides, you know, a new Zelda game) is that both packages include a compact disc “featuring select orchestral arrangements of iconic music spanning the history of the franchise”.  Nintendo has been previewing said arrangements in anticipation of the upcoming 25th anniversary of Zelda, and they’re awesome.  You’ve probably already heard it, but for those of you who missed Nintendo’s E3 presentation this year… Read moreRead more



Only two of the above words are capitalized because they are (punctuation lacking) acronyms.  The other one is capitalized to show how excited I am about the first two being used in conjunction and because that’s how Lana says it.  Khal Shariff, CEO of Project Whitecard Inc., has put together a Kickstarter page for Astronaut: Moon, Mars & Beyond, the official NASA MMO.  And, despite the nigh unforgivable lack of an Oxford comma in its title, the project looks pretty dang legit.

Keep reading for project details and a few glimpses of in-game footage.

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Nike MAG is “Back For The Future”

In what is probably the coolest charitable effort ever, Nike is producing a 1,500 quantity run of the sneaker from Back to the Future Part II.  Dubbed “Nike MAG”, the shoes are being auctioned off on eBay via Auction Cause, with all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Whether you’re in a position to drop a couple thou on shoes or not, you can still enjoy the star-studded, Nike produced promo video after the jump.

And, seriously, if we don’t get hoverboards by 2015, I’m boycotting science.

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Myst and Riven on Crazy Sale

The utterly confounding Myst and it’s sequel, Riven, are on sale over at  You can pick up both for $2.99 each, this weekend only.  For those of you unfamiliar with the site, GOG stands for Good Old Games, and they offer quality retro titles (and some new ones, like those in the Witcher series) entirely free of DRM.  Good stuff.

The beauty of a game like Myst is that, unlike an unfortunate percentage of newer titles, it doesn’t live or die with its graphics.  The incredibly well-crafted mystery is what will pull you in and keep you there, years after its original release.  I personally challenge anyone to complete both of these games without any sort of outside help (internet, game guides, etc.).  And if you have the constitutional fortitude to attempt such a task, may God have mercy on your soul.


District 13 Mockingjays

While I’m unsure of the use of the hyphen in this design, you can now support your favorite district tributes/rebel uprising just by wearing a shirt!  Which, as we’ve had to tell Wade repeatedly, you do have to do sometimes.

Read the book, buy the shirt (today only on TeeFury), see the movie.  And may the odds be ever in your favor.


Diablo Strike 3: No Mods, Always Online, Microtransactions

Further reinforcing my suspicions that it won’t be THE dungeon crawler of 2011, PC Gamer is reporting some very disappointing new facts about Diablo III.  I’m not even really surprised that the threequel will require a constant internet connection or ban LAN play.  Blizzard has demonstrated an increasing disregard for the players/their customers, and there have been signs all along that Diablo III would follow in the footsteps of their other recent releases.

No, what hurts is the microtransactions.  Now, instead of running the most difficult bosses for hours hoping for those epic drops, people will be able to buy themselves better equipped characters and (consequently) spots further up the Ladder, using real world money.  Show me a game that microtransactions have improved, and I’ll show you a…wait.  You can’t show me a game that microtransactions have improved.

As was confirmed yesterday by Runic Games via Twitter, Torchlight 2 “will still support mods, LAN play, and will be a one time purchase” without “subscription fees, item sales, [or] DLC”.

I’ve said it before, but Torchlight II is looking pretty good right about now. What do you guys think?


Weekend Watch: 7/29/2011

Don’t know what to do this weekend?  Don’t worry, we do.  We’re professionals.  Just copy one of us.

And, for the record, Kriss Kross will make you… jump, jump.


Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame Trailer

Adapted from the eponymous book by Lin Qianyu, Detective Dee and The Mystery of The Phantom Flame is a slightly fictionalized account of Tang Dynasty official Dí Rénjié.  And, by slightly, I mean they’ve turned it into a steampunk kung-fu supernatural detective story.  Wait, what?

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2011 Eisner Award Winners List

Named in honor of Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit and visionary in the field of sequential art, the Eisner Awards are presented annually at the (ongoing) San Diego Comic-Con, honoring artists and works of art in the medium.  If you’re looking to get into comics, but you don’t know where to start, any given list of Eisner winners is a pretty good place.  Without further ado, we humbly present the winners of this year’s Eisner Awards.

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New Trailer for Frank Miller’s Holy Terror

Legendary Entertainment has just released a motion comic-esque trailer for Frank Miller’s upcoming graphic novel Holy Terror.  Originally titled Holy Terror, Batman! (Burt Ward’s Robin FTW), the book was meant to be a story in which The Caped Crusader fought Al-Qaeda.  Yes, you read that right.

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