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20
Apr
Diablo III

Diablo III Open Beta This Weekend

It’s (almost) the moment we’ve all been waiting for.  As you know, the release for Diablo 3 is just around the corner.  With this in mind, Blizzard announced today that they will be opening up their Diablo 3 servers this weekend to anyone with a valid (and free) Battle.net account, so that they might experience the game and run the servers through their paces.  The servers will become available at 3:00pm EDT on Friday April 20th – yup, that’s TODAY. Read moreRead more

15
Mar
Diablo III

Diablo III Gets a Release Date

Fanboys and fangirls everywhere have been waiting for this moment for more than decade: the moment when we would finally get a release date for Diablo III. That moment is now, and the release date is May 15, exactly two months from today.  If you are anything like us, this means you have exactly two months to get your affairs in order, say goodbye to your loved ones, and finish up any other games you may be in the middle of, because once that date hits, we won’t be doing anything but playing this game non-stop. Full press release after the jump.

9
Jan
I'm sure this is the tune that Luke was actually humming as he watched the sky that night.

The (Electro-)Force Will Be With You

There’s no other way to put this – we found an electro-house remix of “Binary Suns” by John Williams from the Star Wars: A New Hope soundtrack. This will greatly please some, enrage others (Tom will probably fall into the latter category), but it will intrigue nearly everyone. So hit the jump and take a listen. And may the (electro-)Force be with you. Read moreRead more

21
Dec
The Hobbit

Official Hobbit Trailer Released

Yesterday, the first official trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Part 1 was released.  We here at NNAR, to put it modestly, are really frickinexcited for Tolkien’s prequel to LOTR to hit the big screen.  Those cast members new to Middle Earth include Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Evangeline Lilly.  Many actors are returning to work with Jackson on this project, namely Ian Mckellan and Andy Serkis (who is also co-directing). Over the next year, re-reading of Bilbo’s epic tale is a must.  But for now, wet your whistle with this short video. Read moreRead more

9
Dec
Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger Now Available for the iPhone

This news is huge.  Ever since I first got my iPhone and discovered I could purchase and play the original Final Fantasy (and then over time, FF2, FF3, and Secret of Mana), I have been clamoring for Square Enix to release Chrono Trigger, one of the best role playing games of all time.  That day has finally come.   Read moreRead more

5
Dec
Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin’s New HBO Series Gets a Name

The newest series from Aaron Sorkin about the behind-the-scenes action at a fictional television program has just gotten a title, MediaBistro reports.  Sorkin’s newest is said to be titled Newsroom and will star Jeff Daniels as the lead anchor of a popular cable news show called “News Night.”

We first reported on Sorkin’s latest back in June when Tom’s hero Sam Waterston signed on to the show (at the time known as More As This Story Develops).  Since then, we’ve learned that HBO has ordered a full series.  I haven’t been able to find any info about when we can expect to actually see this show hit the air, but I do know that I feel much more confident that it is on HBO and not a major network.  We will of course follow additional news about Newsroom as it develops.

5
Dec
Rooftop Meeting

He Does That

We all know that Batman is a master of stealth, and that’s great when you’re sneaking up on Gotham’s criminals, dispensing justice with your fists.  But, Batman also has a well documented penchant for using his stealth capabilities against his own allies.  When was the last time you heard Batman say “goodbye”?  The answer is never.

This past weekend on SNL, Andy Samberg (as Batman) and Steve Buscemi (as Commissioner Gordon) took that appearing/disappearing act and followed it to it’s inevitable, horrifying conclusion.  Did we really think it could end any other way?  Embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

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28
Nov
Marvel Spidey Book

Disney Releases Marvel Childrens App

iPads and other content consumption devices have changed the way we approach comics with the help of companies like Comixology. Disney has apparently caught on to that idea, with a twist, and is going to release a Spiderman themed children’s book on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch today.

The ‘book’ is intended for kids, and is different from a traditional ebook in that it will be interactive. Apparently one of those interactive features is to have the book read to you… by Stan Lee! Now that’s badass. I imagine there will also be games and videos to accompany the story.

All in all, it looks like a pretty cool item if you have a couple of kids who like comics, although the price point of $6.99 is a bit disappointing. I’m also not entirely sure about the decision to make an entire app for a single book, but maybe they’ll manage to platformize it into something more like iBooks in the future.

 

23
Nov
Bandcamp

Go to Bandcamp

Let’s get straight to the point.  HULK HATE DRM.  He hate it whenever and wherever it rears it’s ugly head.  But now there’s Bandcamp, a magical place where awesome artists like Adam WarRock and 8in8 (a rocking “supergroup” comprised of Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, and Damian Kulash) can sell their music to their fans in high quality formats (320kbps, FLAC, etc).  And that music is totally DRM free.

You can spend hours (and I have) just clicking around, finding great music on the site.  We’ve even written about some of it.  And, since we’ve been so keen on Zelda music lately, I thought I’d share some that I discovered whilst perusing Bandcamp…

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22
Nov
Humble Introversion Bundle

Humble Introversion Bundle

These guys just don’t stop.  Hot on the heels of the last Humble Indie Bundle comes this newest iteration which features some great games from indie studio Introversion.

This bundle features Uplink, DEFCON, Darwinia, and Multwinia.  Anyone who spends more than the average (currently around $3.25) will get  Aquaria and Crayon Physics Deluxe as well.  I own most of these titles already, so I can vouch for their awesomeness. DEFCON and Darwinia are two of the best indie games I’ve ever played.  Also, until you’ve played the Cold War-esque DEFCON on a 35 foot projection screen, you haven’t really lived.  But enough out of me.  Check out the always funny Humble Bundle video after the jump, and then go buy those games. Read moreRead more