For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few months, the country has recently seen the rise of a new protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street (seriously, if you haven’t heard of this yet you need to put down that Xbox controller right now and go outside for a few minutes). This movement takes the stance that the top %1 of the country controls well above 90% of the wealth and political influence in the country.
As someone who is concerned with all things geek, it is rare that I find myself in the world of politics (in my writing, at least). I certainly didn’t expect to find myself there when I ventured to my local theater tonight to see In Time, the new dystopian sci-fi film starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. But there I was, as this movie could just has easily have been titled Occupy Dystopian Future, or something similar. Read more
As a simultaneous shout out to True Believers and to ornithologists, Threadless has released a design they’re calling “The Incredible Hawk”. As a fan of Jay & Silent Bob Get Old, I have to assume designers Peter Kramar and Nathan Pyle were inspired by Jason Mewes’ well documented inability to pronounce the word “hulk”. And, while it’s not exactly my style, I hear yellow is in this season. Unless you’re Sinestro. Zing!
Get it here, for the Hulk fan or avian enthusiast in your life.
I don’t really know how to react to this news, as it is a little too awesome to process. Joss Whedon has apparently just finished principle photography on a completely secret film project called Much Ado About Nothing, based on the William Shakespeare play of the same name. Until links to the film website were tweeted out by some of the film’s actors last night, nobody knew this project was even happening. So let me get this straight: Joss Whedon adapted one of the most well-known plays of all time into a movie he’s directing and just finished shooting, while at the same time he’s is directing (and wrote!) what will probably be the highest grossing film of next year? Just…wow. Check out the full press release (which is worth reading, because it is funny) and casting details after the Jump.
So you worked yourself up into a New 52 fever and bought every debut issue you could get your hands on. Now, the adrenaline high of seeing so many new titles simultaneously has worn off, and you’re wondering which are still worth pulling. And, since no one other than Bruce Wayne can afford to buy all 75 Batman titles DC puts out, you’re going to have to make some Bat-Choices.
Does Detective Comics suffer from a sophomore slump? Or does it remain a perpetual paragon of parables? Should you keep consuming this classic chronicle? The dynamic duo of Tom and Jon, the Boy Wonder, are back to let you know! Same nerd time, same nerd channel!
It’s a really good thing that I completely forgot that BlizzCon 2011 was this weekend until about five minutes ago. If I hadn’t, I would probably have spent the entire week reading everything there is to read about Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm (again) in anticipation of all of the announcements to come. Since I did forget, however, I got a nice surprise on a Friday with a new game trailer showing some unbelievably badass demons about to lay down the hurt on the world. I have no words left for how excited I am for this game. 2012 cannot come fast enough. Check out the video after the Jump.
DC made several announcements over the weekend, including titles coming out over the next year and just who’s going to be working on them. But let’s be real: what we all wanted to hear about was the publisher’s response to fairly fervent fan furor about the portrayal of women in a few of the New 52 titles. They certainly had a response, and it was disappointing, promising, and hilarious all at the same time. Hit the jump to get the details.
New York Comic Con featured a ton of video games this year (including Max Payne 3). It seems to me that some of the booths are even approaching E3-before-the-fall proportions. Admittedly, I’ve never been to E3, so I’m largely making that up as a way of telling you these booths were huge. Square-Enix in particular knows what’s what: they’ve got Deus Ex, Deux Ex: The Missing Link, Dead Island, and a couple of other games all set up to play demos on beautiful 56″ HD displays. Capcom was also running major tournaments of Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs Capcom.
I spent several hours trying to hit up as many of the games as I could. Most of the demos were multiplayer, but there were a couple single player as well. Some of the games were viscerally good, some of them were maddeningly bad, and some were potentially good but we’ll have to wait and see.
Chris and I had the opportunity to visit the Rockstar Games booth at New York Comic Con this weekend, where we got the rundown on the company’s newest project, Max Payne 3. Today we are going to be giving you a Nerd News And Reviews first: Chris and I busted out the camera and put our preview on video. We’d love to know what you all think of this new format and how you’d like to see us use it in the future. Check out the video after The Jump.