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28
Nov

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

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

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

22
Nov

Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I play a fair number of video games. I’m pretty selective about the ones I actually want to bother spending money on, so while some are bad, most are good. However, it’s rare that I’d actually classify a game as dangerous. Skyrim might just fit the bill.

How can a game be dangerous, you ask? Well, I would classify playing a video game for over 10 hours straight a level of addicting that borders on dangerous. That’s what Skyrim does to you – you play and you play and you play until you just can’t any more. Then you decide you’ll just go to town one last time then quit, and along the way you run into a cave and go exploring. Pretty soon you’ve been playing for another hour in the blink of the eye. This happens repeatedly.

So what makes Skyrim so good?

21
Nov

Awesome Zelda Violin Medley

I know a lot of you out there are probably already playing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  I haven’t had a chance, since I don’t have a Wii, but rest assured that I plan to take control of the one at my parents’ house over Thanksgiving.  For the rest of you who, like me, need your Zelda fix, you should check out this video featuring a violin medley of many songs in the Zelda canon.  Also featured: a gorgeous Lindsey Stirling in a blue Link costume. Check it out after the jump.

10
Nov

Down with the Capitol!

Pin on your Mockingjay and nock an arrow, ’cause the Capitol is going down! Many of us have had the brief pleasure of speeding through the Hunger Games trilogy, and if you haven’t..well, you really should.  It is a blast.

Tap into your inner Katniss with this one-day-only Hunger Games shirt from Teefury.com.  It’s pretty ballin’.  And keep your eyes peeled for more news on the upcoming Movie, The Hunger Games, set to release March 23rd, 2012.

9
Nov

Review: The Alloy of Law

Brandon Sanderson had an interesting thought one day: why is it that fantasy worlds stand still chronologically? Sure they often have great and epic histories, but the world itself doesn’t seem to advance over time. As the Wheel of Time so eloquently puts it:

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.

What if, instead of this kind of stasis, a fantasy world lived and grew over time just like our world does. How would the growth of technology effect magic? Would they become anathema to each other and cause wars that sundered the world, or would they combine harmoniously and create miracles never before considered?

It’s an interesting question, and it’s exactly what Brandon Sanderson has set out to explore with The Alloy of Law. Set in the same universe as his Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial, a world where certain people are gifted with the ability to transmute metal dusts into various powers, this book tells its tale hundreds of years after the conclusion of The Hero of Ages.

8
Nov

Someone Old, Someone New: Detective Comics #3

Is third time really the charm? Last month’s issue of Detective Comics left both of us wanting more. With such a strong start in issue #1, our hopes have been high that the return to greatness will come sooner as opposed to later (…if it comes at all).  With Tom as Someone Old and Jon as Someone New, we resume our quest in search of the brilliant Detective Comics turnaround.

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31
Oct

The Humble Bundle Is At It Again

It seems the fine folks who are responsible for the many iterations of the Humble Bundle are back at it with a special Halloween edition, of The Humble Voxatron Debut. This time you aren’t really getting a bundle, because there’s only one game, but since you pay what you want, that hardly matters, does it? This newest iteration is for the world premier of Voxatron, which looks pretty awesome in the video on the HB website (and embedded below). This is currently only the alpha version of the game, but Humble Bundle promises that those who buy will receive all future updates (including the final release) for free with purchase.

So go forth and purchase. Support indie gaming, because it’s awesome. And check out the preview video after the Jump.

31
Oct

Review: Wonder Woman #2

Widely heralded as one of the best of DC’s New 52, Chiang’s and Azzarello’s Wonder Woman combines costumed superheroics with mythological horror.  Azzarello’s initial description of the book as “horror” gave many pause, but that unlikely combination of genres has proven to be a decidedly successful one.  And, while some of DC’s New 52 slipped in quality this month, Wonder Woman is holding the line at excellent.  Spoilers to follow.

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