In their continued campaign to become masters of all the most beloved forms of pop culture the House of Mouse have purchased the House that George Built. That’s right, Disney now owns Star Wars alongside other acquisitions of the last few years such as The Muppets and Marvel Comics.
Alongside this announcement was the news Disney wants to have a new Star Wars movie in cinemas by 2015 followed by new movies “every two to three years”. That could be a good thing, away from the complete control of Lucas a new Star Wars film has the potential to be okay. Rumour also has it the first three films will be long talked about third trilogy focusing on the later years of Luke Skywalker and his compatriots. What’s less exciting is the fate of Dark Horse Comics acclaimed and excellent line of Star Wars comics which have long been considered the saving grace of the expanded universe, keeping fans happy while they spat popcorn at the screen during the prequels and brand relevant. In Disney’s hands the twenty year relationship between Dark Horse (also home to creator owned works like Hellboy and Sin City) could be in jeopardy with Disney perhaps keen to tie their new acquisition and all its comic assets back to its last acquisition Marvel Comics. We’ll have to wait and see.
In game news the purchase won’t affect the production of Uncharted mod Star Wars 1313 which is still lined up for a 2012 release.
In the final analysis, this is probably a good thing overall. While Disney may be largely distrusted and seen as a corporate entity by geekdom, that entity is extremely good at making entertainment. If you’re worried about Disney ‘diluting the brand’ by churning out movies and products, well you might have just woken up from a 15 year coma. This year for Halloween you could buy Sexy Chewbacca and Sexy Yoda costumes. Anything Disney does couldn’t be worse than that.
Xcom may be the greatest game this year, perhaps of all time, from now till the end of time, in short I really like it. It's super fun. I'll have a review that's basically a 500 word sentence about how amazing it is real soon, but in the mean time Firaxis have all ready announced new DLC for the title.
The first DLC will be titled Slingshot and feature three distinct missions on three unique maps that can be played at any time and star a playable Chinese operative named Zhang. Completing Slingshot early in the game will give you access to the uber powerful Blaster Launcher, a weapon that normally takes some late game research to gain access too. As far as I'm concerned, any excuse to play more Xcom is a good excuse.
Eli Roth, best known as torture porn autere and director of Hostel, went to the jungle and held a screening of Cannibal Holocaust for an isolated tribe of Amazon's because of course he did.
We're talking about the same Cannibal Holocaust about a group nature documentarians who run afoul of a group of amazon natives who slaughter and eat them. The film is largely garbage but has a greater reputation for the insane rumours that have surrounded the film, like an Italian court arresting and charging the director of the film with murder when authorities refused to believe the film wasn't footage of actual killing, lead actor Robert Kerman being a porn star having a stab at mainstream acting, the fact all the animals in the film were actually killed, including two monkeys as the monkey killing seen had to be reshot, and the main reason you probably haven't seen it, the film was completely banned in Australia until a few years ago with customs officers seizing and destroying any copies posted into the country.
So while scouting locations for his new movie (also about cannibals in the Amazon jungle) Eli and co met a remote tribe who would be perfect extras. To convince them to be in the movie they agreed to buy them a boat and a bunch of medical supplies, and to show them what a movie actually was, as the tribe had never seen one before, they screened Cannibal Holocaust for them. Although Eli doesn't credit the idea as being his own he was pleasently surprised to find the villagers though Cannibal Holocaust was hilarious. Personally that would be cause for concern.
I'm very excited for Assassin's Creed 3 Liberation, maybe even as equally excited as I am for Assassin's Creed 3 which I'm so excited for I'm even going to attend my first midnight launch to get a copy (and for an old man like me who falls asleep watching TV at 9pm this is a big deal, also likely dangerous).
The PS Vita game stars the first Assassin's Creed female lead in Aveline, a Louisana dame who attends parties and socialises when she isn't smuggling, wrestling gators or slicing the hell out of Spanish soldiers with her sugar cane machete. She looks like an amazing character and I'm looking forward to diving into her story as soon as I can scrape together cash for a PS Vita. Hopefully Aveline gets enough attention and moves enough units to graduate to a console release as well. Embedded below is the recently released story trailer but to really sell you on it seek out some gameplay videos.
Well it's been a far greater break than I expected, moving house and then no internet and then crap internet and then I was attacked by a giant lizard (it wasn't so much an attack as it was I just saw one as I left the bottle shop and then it ran under a freezer but it was really big, about three feet long, and I got excited and then forgot to write anything last night because I was telling everyone about the huge lizard attack I barely survived) but now I'm back to regularly schedule writing.
Expect more reviews and musings and random crapola very soon.
I was a late addition to horror film fandom. In pre-adolescent horror movies were... well, horrific, and people who liked them were very disturbed people. Not until being conned into a Friday the 13th marathon did I discover that horror films are a lot of fun. Stupid, exploitative and often terrible, or to use that terrific composite term so often applied to the genre ‘schlock’, they’re also hilarious and entertaining in the way absurd comedies and brainless action films resonate with certain dark corners of our brains.
So I was pretty excited to finally see Cabin in the Woods, a meta horror movie with a twist I’d studiously avoided spoiling for myself. As a schlock horror movie Cabin in the Woods falls short, but as a genre breaking twist film it succeeds massively. This is not a movie you want to miss.
Hey Guys! Been pretty flat out handling the PR stuff so far but I'm coping. Currently our lead writer, Aaron, is undergoing a change of location hence why he has been quiet with the gaming news. Here I am, trying to slip my feet into some fairly big shoes to keep you all updated with the world of gaming!
As we are only a short way into the gaming season of the year and we have already been hit with some big titles like Borderlands 2 and DOA 5. I'm here today to talk about a title not coming till later in the year and I must say I can't wait. HITMAN: ABSOLUTION has released a quick gameplay video going into the CONTRACTS missions of the game.
The 18-minute play-through includes commentary from HITMAN: ABSOLUTION game director Tore Blystad and Travis Barbour, part of the community team at IO Interactive.
CONTRACTS is a new online mode which allows gamers to create and share their own custom hit challenges within the HITMAN: ABSOLUTION game. Players will choose a level, targets, weapons and then set their own rules for completing the contract based on time, style and witnesses. There are no clumsy editors or complicated mechanics to learn; in CONTRACTS you simply play to create. As an asynchronous mode, CONTRACTS allows fans to compete against friends at any time, regardless of whether they are online. HITMAN: ABSOLUTION will also ship with many pre-set CONTRACTS, each designed by the very best assassins at IO Interactive.
HITMAN: ABSOLUTION is scheduled for global release on November 20, 2012 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.