I’m back with another Loot Crate unboxing. I didn’t post about March’s Loot Crate because I honestly didn’t have anything good to say about it. It was a spy theme and besides a kind of cute James Bond tee shirt I found the contents to be rather immature. I literally gave all of the stuff to my kids and they were happy. I considered cancelling my sub, but it was only my third box and as a subscription box vet I’ve learned that giving up after one box will come back to bite you. And I’m glad I got the April box because it definitely contained some of my favorite stuff so far, but it was smaller than previous boxes.
From left to right:
Princess Bride playing cards from Albino Dragon
Sweet gracious, yes. I love The Prince Bride and with kids running amok we never seem to have a full deck of playing cards. I immediately put these up on a shelf so they’re around for those occasions when we have company over and we’ve exhausted our board game supply (rare, but still nice to have).
Stark Direwolf 4GB USB Stick from Custom USB
I’m more of a Baratheon girl myself, but this Stark Direwolf USB stick is pretty cool. 4GB isn’t a lot of space, but it’s enough to move stuff around, and isn’t that the point of USB sticks?
Game of Thrones magnet set from Dark Horse
I’m always on the look out for decent magnets. With all of the stuff we have on our refrigerator, from kids’ art projects and school notices to coupons and pictures, decent magnets that can hold up are kind of hard to find. These ones are nice and heavy, not like those magnets that feel like they’re printed on tissue paper and can’t even hold one thing.
9 3/4 luggage tag from BioWorld
This is pretty cool. It’s a Harry Potter themed luggage tag that’s great for making your bag stand out at luggage claim. There’s a place on the back to write your name and information, as one would expect, so it’s just as useful as it is cool.
Dungeons & Dragons tee from Wizards of the Coast & Loot Crate Labs
Aww yiss. I love D&D and though I haven’t had a chance to play since college I’ve got big plans after our move to Durham. I know some people in the area who have a good campaign going and there’s always dnd.meetup.com for finding a group to join up with. So basically I’m going to start rocking this shirt.
So the guide that comes with the box said this bow tie was made by Spotted & Tied, but the tag on it says Black Tie Geek, and they are the ones that made the Space Invaders tie in the January box. This is a nice red bow tie with a golden griffons and jewels print, but Spotted & Tied ties are $85 a piece, and honestly this doesn’t feel like an $85 tie. I’m thinking the guide was a misprint and this one is from Black Tie Geek as well. Which it is a nice handsome tie. My husband would rather be strangled than wear a bow tie, which is okay because he’s got a beefy neck1. Logan has taken a liking to this bow tie, like pretty much all bow ties he’s ever seen, so it’ll go to him. Definitely thinking of some awesome Christmas cards.
Inflatable Crown by Loot Crate Labs
I didn’t get another good picture of this because the kids pretty much immediately claimed it. It’s a cool little inflatable crown, but it doesn’t hold air that well. Kids love it and have already incorporated it into their imaginary play. I believe it’s most recent use was to crown Logan as king of the Build-a-Bears. Much fun!
So yes, while there wasn’t as much in this box, I did like all of the things in this box, so that’s a win in my book.
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I got my Loot Crate last week but we’ve been laid up with a stomach bug in these parts. I don’t know why I waited so long to subscribe to Loot Crate. I’m kind of addicted to sub boxes, so you’d figure a sub box with geeky awesomeness would be way up on my list. To be honest I assumed that the stuff I’d get would be trinket sort of stuff that’s only good for clutter and I certainly don’t need help acquiring that. I finally caved and ordered my box for February and I am very pleasantly surprised. Not only did I get stuff I can actually play with and use and enjoy, I got a book. That’s basically like sending me a jar of Nutella. I’m hooked. I’ll order Loot Crates from now until they physically force me to unsubscribe.
I’ve actually already read this on my Kindle, and bought it in hardback because I totally have tons of room on my overflowing bookcase. </sarcasm> Books are my crack, I always want more. Even duplicates. Now I have a copy of this book that I really enjoyed reading that I can safely lend out to people and if I don’t get it back it’s not that big of a deal1.
So Superfight is a card game comprised of two decks: one contains characters like zombies, pageant queens, former presidents; the other contains situations and attributes like armed with a flamethrower or superspeed. You use these two decks to create your fighter and then argue about who would win in a battle. Now that I have the exclusive Loot Crate deck I kind of had to order the core game and now there are all these expansions I just have to have and look at that I have a new addiction.
My son Logan loves these little Hexbugs and they kind of weird me out so I was quick to pass it off to him. He’s had a lot of fun watching it do whatever it is that it does, I don’t know, I don’t want to know. I’m sure it’s great but I think it’s squicky.
I once bought one of these in an insomnia-induced Funko Pop! buying frenzy and when I got it I was so confused. Why would I buy a blank figure? What does this mean?! I guess it means that my sleep deprived brain was desperate for a creative outlet because these little guys don’t seem like much but they are so much fun. You can do so much to them: color on them; decorate them; dress them up; make them look like your enemies and then force them to kiss pictures of Dick Cheney. Or you know, whatever. But then you can just clean them off and start over! Or put them on a shelf to always admire. This little mini dude is a welcome addition and sure to be lots of fun. Now to think of something to do with him…
I’ve had my eye on the Firefly MMO for a while, and the February Loot Crate came with a code to redeem for a nifty spaceship. Now if they’d just hurry up and release the game.
A Pacman poster by Manny Peters who does tons of awesome work.
Rock, Paper, Scissors Dice
I’m not sure why I would need dice for a game of rock, paper, scissors. After all most of us have all of the required equipment with us at all times, which I think is one of the reasons for the game’s popularity. This is kind of what I meant by useless knickknacks, but considering the fact that it’s one thing and it’s really not even useless, I’ll take it. And add it to my dice collection. That sits next to my eraser and washi tape collections. Yes, that’s also what I meant by I didn’t need any helping amassing more stuff that some would consider clutter.
Overall I enjoyed the contents of this month’s Loot Crate and I’m pretty excited to see what’s coming in March! Want to check out Loot Crate? I’d really appreciate it if you signed up with my referral link!
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A recent article by Priceonomics explains a brain teaser known as the Monty Hall Problem, as well the sexist backlash against the world’s smartest woman, Marilyn vos Savant, when she answered the problem in her weekly column in Parade magazine, Ask Marilyn, in 1990.
What is the Monty Hall Problem?
Let’s say you’re on a game show and you’re presented with three doors. Behind one door is a shiny new car and behind the other two are goats. You select the first door, but don’t open it. The host, who knows what’s behind the doors, opens the third door to reveal a goat. The question is: do you open the first or switch to the second? When asked in her column vos Savant answered: “Yes; you should switch. The first door has a 1/3 chance of winning, but the second door has a 2/3 chance.”
That answer doesn’t make a lot of sense to our brains. After all, if you have three options and remove one, aren’t you left with a 50/50 chance? That’s what many people, including several Ph.D.s, believed and were quick to point out in the 10,000 letters vos Savant received following the column. The fact is that Marilyn vos Savant is absolutely right. Frankly the Priceonomics article explains it in rather excessive form. Here’s a simple and visual explanation for the problem:
How many doors do we have? Three, of course. Which means that there can never be a 50/50 probability
because that would ignore the existence of one of the doors. Even if one door is opened to reveal a goat, the probability of the door’s contents still factors into the probability of the remaining doors. So, we start with every door having 1/3 chance of the new car being behind it.
You’ve selected the first door, which has a 1/3 chance, and the two remaining doors have a 2/3 chance.
When the third door is opened to reveal the goat this does not remove the third door from the equation, nor does it reveal anything about what is behind the first door. But it does tell us something about what’s behind the second, hence why the second door’s odds increase to 2/3.
So, if you really want that new car, you’ll have better luck switching to the second door. Now, this does not offer an answer as to which door the car will really be waiting behind. If the doors are randomized no answer can be offered, but that’s okay because that’s not even the question posited by the Monty Hall Problem. The question is: Should you switch? And as Marilyn vos Savant informed us, yes you should. So, if you’re ever on a game show, keep that in mind.
So over on the League of Legends forum a board was posted titled Open Letter to Parents of League of Legends Players.
The Crux of the Open Letter to Parents of League of Legend Players
The author’s issues lie with the consequences other players might face if a young player suddenly AFKs because mom or dad have decided it’s time to do homework or eat dinner with the family or go to bed so they can get up on time and actually learn something in school. Or something super lame like that.
This is an online game. In most cases, your child is playing with real people. Please take a moment to understand how this game’s person-to-person interaction functions.
While it is admirable that you are teaching children some responsibility to schedules, please stop neglecting to teach them responsibility to other people.
If you have given your child a strict cutoff time for play, do not allow him to begin a game if he has less than an hour left.
First of all, I just rolled my damn eyes so hard I think I might done permanent damage to my superior oblique. Child, and I am 94% certain this is a child or someone barely past the age of adulthood but certainly having never been tasked with molding a tiny human into a productive member of society, I do not give a shit about your online video game. And that is coming from a veteran of not only video games but MMOs that require significant amounts of team work. WoW 40-mans were the heyday of my endgame raiding. You think getting 25 people to be in the same place at the same time and not have any bio/lag/personal issues is a toughie? Double it and come talk to me. There’s a lot of pressure when 39 other people are depending on you to show up when you say you will, and I can 100% sympathize with losing a battle simply because another player flaked, but none of that shit matters when it comes to parenting.
Luke Plunkett over at Kotaku seems to have entirely missed this point. He’s all like, “Hey this is kind of sensible. Teach your kids to be mindful of others.” But I’m all like, “Are you fucking kidding me?” If a teenager starts a game that requires a thirty to sixty minute commitment ten minutes before he has prior responsibilities then he isn’t going to get to finish that game. His responsibilities will come first and maybe then he’ll learn to respect other people and their time. The issue is not parents doing what parents are supposed to do but in fact shitty teenagers. Which to be honest most teenagers are shitty. Not in a purposeful way, but in a “My brain isn’t fully developed and I just don’t get it” way. I was that way when I was a teenager, big time. There are things I look back on and just shake my head because I just can’t even with myself.
The OP of the forum thread offered these helpful tips:
- Bedtime in 30 minutes? Don’t allow him to start a new game.
- Dinner in 45 minutes? Don’t allow him to start a new game.
If a game is in progress, do not interrupt it unless it is an emergency. You are affecting up to 10 people, not just your child.
No. All of this no. Here’s how it should read:
- Bedtime in 30 minutes? Well if you’re playing an MMO and have a bedtime then you’re old enough to manage your own time and yet still young enough to do as you’re told so you should make better choices and not start a game right now.
- Dinner in 45 minutes? Your parents bought that damn computer and pay for that internet and you will listen to them and eat dinner with your family so don’t even think about starting a game right now.
This is just a video game and stats are not more important than you learning to effectively manage time, personal responsibilities and maintain commitments to other people. Sorry others are affected by you learning that the hard way, but try to do better next time.
Here’s my closing point: Life is more important than a video game and so are real world commitments and that is how I will raise my children and if you can’t comprehend that then you need to play with team mates who don’t have bedtimes. I want my kid to be successful and happy and go on to do great and big things, and your stats in free to play game are dwarfed in comparison. Don’t take issue with parents parenting, OP, take issue with your teammates. They’re the ones being disrespectful of your time and energy.
Also, this Penny Arcade comic, because exactly.
Five Fandom Friday is an awesome meme from Megan over at The Nerdy Girlie. I’ve been meaning to jump on this meme for a while but I always seem to be a day late. I couldn’t pass up this prompt though!
Favorite Funko Pop! Figures
I have quite a few of these because they’re ridiculously cute and so easily collectible, so I’ll do my best to whittle it down to five but I’ll probably have to give the ones left off the list some extra cuddles so they know they’re still loved.
Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I’m a Whedon fangirl, but Buffy will always have a special place in my heart. I remember watching reruns on FX after school with my twin sister, and of course being on the couch every Monday night to catch new episodes on the WB (And later the CW, who remembers that merger?). Spike started out as a bumpy forehead jerk, but his character had so much development! And a really awesome leather jacket. Seriously, it was great.
BMO from Adventure Time
And that’s really all that needs to be said.
Jayne from Firefly
Man walks down the street in that hat, people know he’s not afraid of anything.
Jayne was a mercenary and came off as kind of gruff and dumb, but Firefly fans know he had more brains than most gave him credit for and a really big heart, especially where it concerned his mother. That’s why I love this Pop! figure so much. It was a truly ugly hat, but it didn’t matter to Jayne. He wore it because his mother made it, and I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for secret softies like that.
What’s not to like about Deadpool? He’s funny, deadly, and a mostly good person. Even as a mercenary he lived by his own morals, refusing to take assignments for people he didn’t feel deserved to be assassinated. Ryan Reynolds will be reprising his role as Wade Wilson/Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverines in a standalone movie slated for late 2016 finally. Honestly I think Reynolds is the perfect actor for this role. While I can’t comment on Green Lantern because I have yet to be able to watch it all the way through without falling asleep, his character in Blade: Trinity always reminded me of Deadpool. The smartass that can totally kick your ass. I keep this Deadpool bobblehead on my desk and whenever I feel like I need a bit of reassurance I’ll ask Deadpool a question and make him nod in agreement with me.
Me: Should I watch another episode of Peaky Blinders even though it’s 2am and I have to start my day in 4 hours?
Me: I totally deserve another sleeve of Thin Mints, don’t I?
Me: I don’t actually need more shoes, but these are 3% off and how can anyone say no to that steal? Should I get them?
I mean really at this point he’s basically my best friend.
Samwell Tarly from Game of Thrones
My newest! Samwell is a part of a new batch of GoT characters available at the HBO store. He just came out three days ago so I’m still waiting for him to be delivered, but I can’t wait to put him next to Jon Snow!
What are your favorite Funko Pop! figures?
Recap of Supernatural “About a Boy”
The episode opens with a ‘then’ montage about: Rowena, Crowley’s mom the witch; Dean as teenager; Cain, and Dean’s acquirement of the Mark; and Dean going all aggro on Bad Charlie. So obvs lots of stuffs going to be happening in this episode.
We cut to a guy being forcibly ejected from a bar. After being a total jerk to a homeless dude he’s turned into a smoking pile of clothes by Sandor Clegane with a statement necklace. Said homeless guy sees the bright light and is understandably weirded out.
And it’s another montage, this time with more voice overs and music. Sam comes into let Dean know they have a case, people mysteriously disappearing and leaving behind only their clothes. Dean is unsure about going on a hunt what with the Mark being all cray. Sam of course convinces him to get “back in the game.” Also we learn Sam believed in the Easter bunny until he was
twelve eleven and a half. That’s so Moose.
So Michael Fassbender has been selected to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. Which confuses me because Ashton Kutcher already did that and while the movie wasn’t great he looked pretty good so why do we need another one? I don’t hate Steve Jobs, but I do take issue with the fact that he so successfully cultivated this image of a visionary and genius.
I honestly don’t think Jobs was a genius, but I do think he was very good at recognizing the genius in others. Like his old friend Steve Wozniak. Did you know that Jobs used a game of Pong that Wozniak designed to get himself a job at Atari? It seems Nolan Bushnell, an Atari cofounder, was pretty aware of the fact that Steve Jobs didn’t know how to code or engineer anything and thus put him on the night shift since Wozniak worked days at HP. As Bushnell put it, “If I put Jobs on the night shift, I’d get two Steves for the price of one.” So even then it was pretty well known Jobs wasn’t any good at doing his own work, but could certainly capitalize on others’. Like when Jobs told Wozniak he would split the pay he received from Atari if Wozniak helped him design a game, but only told Wozniak it had to be done in four days (Jobs’ own timetable as he wanted to help pick apples at a farm) and with as little chips as possible. When Jobs turned in the game, Breakout, he kept the bonus worth about $5,000 for it having so few chips to himself. Apparently Steve Wozniak cried when he learned of that from a book, saying, “I just wish he had been honest.”
An FBI report that was compiled when Jobs’ was up for a position in the government that has since been released shows that everyone around Jobs felt honesty was a stumbling block for him. An interesting quote one of the interviewees said about Jobs1: “A visionary and charismatic individual who was at the same time shallow and callous to the people in his personal relationships.” The report itself says, “Several sources questioned Mr. Jobs’s honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals.” And former Apple employees stated: “Jobs possesses integrity as long as he gets his way.” So yeah, smart guy but loose on the morals and determined to get his way. All the trappings of someone bound for glory.
Now I’m not saying Jobs was a terrible person. Like I said, I’ve never hated him. I just wish people would appreciate him for his true talents, such as the ability to see great things where others see nothing. Take Pixar for example. In 1986 Jobs bought the Graphics Group from Lucasfilm, which eventually became the amazingly successful Pixar. Pixar’s early years were rocky but it hit big with Toy Story in 1995. While most people wouldn’t have bothered with a sinking ship that George Lucas was trying to get out from under, and they probably wouldn’t have had the fortitude to stay course for a decade while things worsened, Jobs knew he was onto something, and that’s a pretty great talent to have.
They’ve also got Seth Rogen playing Steve Wozniak, which personally I think Josh Gad was pretty well cast in the already done biopic.
But that’s what got me thinking about an old engineering professor who used to always tell us, “be a Woz not a Jobs.” Occasionally tacking on the refrain, “unless you’re a business major.” No, Steve Jobs couldn’t program anything, but he could sell water to a drowning man and market pretty much anything so well everyone felt like it was the first time they’d seen it.
So while I don’t understand why we need another Steve Jobs biopic, I’m assuming this go around will take a more clear-eyed look at the late innovator. Especially considering the screenplay is written by Aaron Sorkin, based on former TIME managing editor Walter Isaacson’s biography, and directed by Danny Boyle.
2015 is upon us and there are many titles to look to which we look forward, but before I start waiting (very impatiently) let’s take a look back of some of the best games of 2014. Now these are the games I consider to be the best. I don’t have a real stringent rating scale, what with stars and decimals and what not, so these are in no particular order. These are just the games I had the most fun playing in the past year.
Dark Souls II
Dark Souls is quickly shaping up to be one of my favorite action RPG franchises, and this newest installment is definitely living up to Namco’s promises to maintain the difficulty level in the series. While casual gamers might not appreciate the increasing difficulty found in the DS games, I love the challenge. I was a bit disappointed with the PC controls in the original game, and even broke down and bought a USB controller to finish the game, but that wasn’t an issue with the sequel. Comparing the console and PC versions I have to say PC came out on top. Not only are the graphics and performance more impressive, but there’s far less loading time1 and the controls have obviously been designed with a mouse and keyboard in mind. This wasn’t simply a game designed for console and ported to the PC; the developers, From Software, were clearly thinking of PC players in designing this version. This is the sort of courtesy developers used to afford console players when porting PC games to Playstation and Xbox, but the recent trend has been to simply design for the base system, consoles, and release it to all platforms even if it’s crap on PC. I’m hoping titles like this can show developers like EA that you don’t have to sacrifice PC franchises to the Gods of Console to make a decent game.
Divinity: Original Sin
A prequel to Divine Divinity and a Kickstarter I was excited to get behind, Original Sin comes with the game’s actual editing tool with which to create single- and multi-player adventures. Maybe it’s the turn-based fighting or the plot and and characters I actually care about, but something about this game harkens back to the RPGs of yesteryear that were actually fun to play. It’s massive as well. I spent a solid three hours in the first town, and I didn’t even complete all of the sidequests before I decided to move on. It’s the kind of game you can get lost in for hours. It just has the certain something we haven’t seen in games in a very long time, but it still feels relevant and improves on the RPG genre.
Another Kickstarter I stumbled upon that produced amazing results. The original Wasteland was developed by Interplay in 1988, and though its planned sequels didn’t pan out you might be familiar with a little game Interplay released in 1997 that was based on it, Fallout. Another turn-based game with tactical camera, the awesome part of this sequel is the morality. The decisions of the four playable, and customizable, characters in your party have an effect on the world and plot. I’ve played through it a few times and the plot is so nuanced that it didn’t get old.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Okay, it’s entirely possible I should have called this list “Best RPGs of 2014″, but it’s my list and I like RPGs so whatevs. I’m a bit iffish about whether Inquisition deserves a place on this list. It’s not Dragon Age 2, but it’s also not Dragon Age: Origins. I can’t decide if I like this game simply because the bar was set so low or if it’s because it’s actually a decent game. If there had been no Dragon Age 2 and we’d gone straight from Origins to Inquisition, would it still be an enjoyable experience? I can’t say for sure, but I can say I have had a lot fun and I’m already on my third play through.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Full disclosure: This is the first LotR game I’ve ever played. I was just never really interested in the previous incarnations, and the MMORPG came out right around the time I was getting burned out on WoW. I have of course read the books – even The Silmarillion, ’cause I got nerd cred – and seen the movies – even Battle of Five Armies, which was about 60% closeups of Tauriel and Kíli looking at each other intensely. Y’all know to which scene I’m referring. The other 40% should have just been Lee Pace looking all hot in a wig. Anyways, this was a phenomenal game. My favorite part were the Nemeses, randomly generated orc NPCs that have the ability to rise through the ranks of the Uruk clans and become your greatest foes; your nemeses, if you will. Your actions in the game affect their standing in their tribes, they’ll have different responses to your excursions into Mordor, and they’ll even interact with each other and other NPCs by developing rivalries and acting as bodyguards. You can kill these guys to earn runes for improving your weapons, and the runes you earn depend on how powerful they are. It’s interesting to resist cutting them down when they’re up and coming and waiting for them to rise to power so you can kill them when they’re worth more. It’s a fascinating mechanism and adds a lot of depth to the game, which is already fun to play and explore.
Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
I got the original Binding of Isaac in a Humble Indie Bundle and was surprised by the fear such a cute game could inspire. All around creepy and enthralling , Rebirth is a remake of the original plus the Wrath of Lamb expansion and some additional new content. As well as a new final chapter and ending that was cut from the original due to development constraints there are also new playable characters, bosses, and rooms to explore. The main reason for the remake is to boost the original from its rather limiting Flash platform, and I’m pretty happy with the results. It’s the same creepy and fun game, but a little better. And if you haven’t played the original you definitely have to play Rebirth. Though you should play it no matter what.
Why? Why not? Goat Simulator was bound for glory. You’re a goat and your sole purpose is mess stuff up. You can destroy buildings and kill people as a goat, so of course it’s one of the best games. With ridiculous objectives that are mysteriously compelling, like landing awesome flips and causing insane damage, it’s easy to lose some time to this sim.
Since bidding au revoir to Craig Ferguson on December I’ve had zero reason to bother DVRing any late night talk shows to watch the next day at a reasonable hour1. But alas, my DVR will not be overrun by Supernatural, though that’s totally cool, too. Neil deGrasse Tyson is going to be astrophysicist-in-chief of National Geographic’s first late-night talk show!
Sharing a name with Neil’s totally awesome podcast you should totally have been listening to the for the past five years, I can only imagine this new Star Talk show is going to be like the original Star Talk on steroids. Maybe I’m ridiculous but I’m pretty sure National Geographic’s budget is bigger than Fox’s, and look at the glory that is the Cosmos revival. If you’ve never heard the Star Talk Radio podcast you should totally go listen to some shows, because there’s no way you won’t be so stoked for the late-night show after hearing some of the fascinating and amazing science-y goodness discussed with some pretty cool celebrities.
One of my favorite recent shows was a segment called Cosmic Queries, where Neil and a guest field queries from Twitter, and this one was all about superheroes. What would Neil do with Magneto’s power? Could Superman survive a black hole? Why don’t you find out?!
Also follow Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter! Not only does he field questions for Cosmic Queries, he also tends to hang out and talk with people and post things you didn’t know you wanted to know and/or find out. Case in point:
Do I post about Marvel too much? Probably. I love comic books as much as I love video games and I think it’s pretty obvious where I fall in the Marvel versus DC debate. But this trailer is cray! Things are getting real in Age of Ultron. Plus we get to see more of the Hulkbuster suit, and in action. Lots of soft music and eerie montages, basically an expansion of the teaser trailer, but that’s kind of the point of teaser trailers so there you go.
Not that the Ultron trailer isn’t great and all, but I also want to take this opportunity to share the Ant-Man trailer. YouTube suggested it and I realized I hadn’t actually watched it before because I was infuriated by Marvel’s “ant-sized” Ant-Man teaser trailer. Not even kidding. Oh aren’t you so clever Marvel, it’s like they just wanted the internet to blow up with Ben Stiller memes.
But anyways, the Ant-Man trailer.
I don’t like Paul Rudd. I don’t know what it is, something about his face just makes me want to punch it. He seems like a pretty cool dude, but I just don’t like him. I’ll probably still see Ant-Man, but I don’t know how it’ll go if I spend the entire movie wanting to punch the main character in the face. Or maybe that will make it better. I don’t know. I’m not really into Ant-Man’s story line except when Hank Pym crosses paths with characters I actually care about. But there are still rumors circulating about the Wasp making an appearance, and that’d be awesome. I’d watch the movie even if all there is is a glimpse of her because she kicks ass. That’s not true. If the Wasp has nothing but a cameo on Ant-Man worlds will burn.
As was recently highlighted on Geeky Mama, the third Kingdom Hearts game may have some very special new characters thrown into the mix. In addition to those from Star Wars, there’s a strong possibility the game could feature familiar faces from the Marvel universe.
Of course, we’re talking about superheroes and, as anyone who’s followed Marvel’s moves over the past decade knows, this means there are a lot of options available. Why? Because the world has become incredibly familiar with superheroes through the release of a slew of comic book-based films. With Kingdom Hearts III inching closer—there’s no release date yet, though—it only feels right to begin speculating who the game’s special guests may be. For the sake of not getting crazy with it, let’s focus on who from Marvel should appear in the title.
Perhaps the most popular character in all of Marvel, it only makes sense that Spider-Man would appear in this game. And more so than most of his contemporaries in the comic book universe, he also has very popular enemies/supervillains looking to take him down. It’s for those reasons alone that Spidey should be in Kingdom Hearts III, but then look at the games in Spider-Man’s own franchise, which have been frustratingly unfun. OK, some of the ones in the ’90s were enjoyable, though the side-scrolling/beat-’em-up aspect did get repetitive after a while. Still, they’re way better than almost everything we’ve seen of Spidey since, except for the 2002 game Spider-Man: The Movie. Basically, the web-slinger deserves to be in a good title again, case closed.
The Avengers (specifically The Hulk)
Second to Spidey, the members of the Avengers are Marvel’s hottest commodities. And like the webslinger, everyone from the Hulk to Iron Man will remain popular in the coming years, thanks primarily to the ongoing film series. Not to be repetitive, but it’s a point worth repeating and holds true for everyone on this list: the Avengers are hurting when it comes to gaming. The sole exception is the Hulk, whose 2003 game was just OK. According to Metacritic, the Hulk (on PS2, in particular) has a 71/100, and that’s fine, but Bruce Banner’s angry side should have a more enjoyable game. And that goes for everyone else in the Avengers, for that matter.
In terms of crew-based movies, the Avengers definitely have more going for them than the X-Men. No one in the Avengers has had a bad film, relatively speaking, but the same cannot be said for Professor X’s team. They’re getting better, though, what with the complete disregarding of the Origins idea and the success of this year’s Days of Future Past. Given that film’s acclaim from critics and fans alike, you have to imagine that the developers behind Kingdom Hearts would want to ride that wave. Or, and this is probably more likely, they would want to have fun with the basically never-ending list of possible X-Men cameos.
OK, this one may be a bit of a stretch, if only because Blade comes from such a darker narrative than anyone else on this list. That being said, it’s not like Kingdom Hearts has been overly childish so far. So, why not give the third game an even more sinister feel with this vampire-hunting badass and, more importantly, give him the video game love he deserves. In fact, it’s worth noting that the only recent and relevant gaming option out there for Blade appears in the slots at Betfair, where he and other Marvel characters have expanded to another audience. Thus, if the comic book company has been able to increase interest through collaborating with that gaming platform, it only seems right that they would do so with Square Enix and, by extension, Disney.
This is a guest post by Don Richmond. He’s a longtime fan of Marvel, video games, and film. When he’s not writing, talking, and thinking about those topics, he’s spending time with his family and two dogs, Frank and Chance.
Benjamin Cabbagepatch. Bombadil Combyourthatch. Buttermilk Copperwire. Yeah, I can spend entirely too much time on the Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator. But let’s get serious people; this is a serious blog that reports on serious matters. SWEET MOTHER OF WAFFLES, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH IS GOING TO BE DOCTOR STRANGE.
Marvel announced back in October there would be a Doctor Strange movie coming November 2016. Rumors have long swirled that it would be Cumberbatch portraying the comic book sorcerer on the big screen. Marvel and Benedict were mum on the movie and the casting for some time, and Ben seemed to put them to rest once and for all at Comic Con 2014 with the remark, “I don’t know if the Internet can manage my schedule and Marvel’s, but if they can, good luck to the Internet.”
In an announcement on their site on December 4th Marvel confirmed this fact, and fangirls everywhere were overcome with squeeee.
Now onto a bit of a mystery.
This is an amazing imagining of ol’ Cumby as Doctor Strange. I’ve seen it used, without credit of course, on multiple sites reporting the casting news, including i09
. Who made this?! WHO?!? It’s obviously a modification of this image:
And Google reverse image search is getting me nowhere. This is frustrating, as I would really like to properly credit this image! So if you know the origin of this lovely mashup please share in the comments before I lose my mind.
Maybe. It’s been nine years since Kingdom Hearts II
and in that time entertainment juggernaut Disney has acquired not only Marvel, home to the likes of Iron Man and the Hulk, but also recently the Star Wars universe. The Kingdom Hearts
titles are classic Square Enix/Disney crossovers that brought characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck toe-to-toe with popular Final Fantasy
names like Cloud, Sephiroth, and even the adorably long-eared moogles. According to a Kotaku interview with Tai Yasue
, co-director and game designer of Kingdom Hearts III, the Marvel and Star Wars universes are “not off-limits.”
“Yeah, I can’t go into specifics, but there’s a LOT of new Disney stuff and we have our plates full,” said Yasue. “Theres a lot to consider – we’re looking at all of Disney, the new ones as well, they have a lot of pull and draw.
“We have to come up with a world that has a lot of originality. We want variety in our new Kingdom Hearts, so we don’t want too many of one sort of world, that would look the same. For each world there has to be some meaning for it, in the plot; in Birth By Sleep, for instance, in the Cinderella scene, the characters learn something specific by relating to Cinderella. Also, gameplay-wise, is that world something that would make gameplay fun? There’s a lot I can’t say, but there’s so much to consider.”
I know plenty of people hate the idea of live-action characters being thrown into the mix, but I think they did pretty well with Pirates of the Carribean in KH2. It’s a mash up of Disney and Final Fantasy character, let’s be serious here. If Winnie the Pooh and Tron can be in the same video game, then I definitely think there’s enough room for Thor and Vader. Also, I really want Asgard to be on of the worlds and Loki to be an antagonist. I would play that game so hard.
The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens was released yesterday. If you haven’t seen it yet (What’s wrong with you?) it’s below.
My Thoughts on the Trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII
- Sweet waffle on a stick, we’re twenty seconds in and nothing has happened.
- Oh so there are at least two black people in the Star Wars universe: Lando and this random Storm Trooper.
- He looks appropriately sweaty for someone wearing full body armor in what appears to be a desert. Let’s hope that realism keeps up.
- Cute little robot on a soccer ball. Reminds me of DJ Roomba?
- More darkness. Pretty sure there’s more black screen than trailer here.
- Oh Storm Troopers in a kind of ominous setting. Are they going to actually present a threat to people in this one?
- Who are these people?
- These vehicles look vaguely familiar. Nice x-wings.
- That’s a bad ass lightsaber. I know tweeters have started calling it a “laser claymore”, and the inaccuracy of it rustles my jimmies a bit. First of all, lightsabers are plasma weapons. Second of all, claymores are two-handed swords that have quillons that point diagonally up and end in a quatrefoil design.
A one-handed sword with a symmetrical, cruciform hilt is an arming sword (though some cut-and-thrust swords would qualify as well). So this is a plasma arming sword, get it right people. Gosh.
- Anyways, I was watching a trailer.
- More darkness with voice over. Does Disney know that most people watch trailers to watch stuff?
- Aw yiss, the Millenium Falcon!
- Was that less than twelve parsecs?
- Oh, the logo. Is that it?
- I already know the name of this damn movie, we don’t need to dedicate this much time to a slow-motion animation of it.
- December 2015, a year from now. Great.
- So help me if they don’t release a trailer that has more than 37 seconds (yes, I totally counted) of content soon I’m going to rage out. I get it, it’s a “teaser” trailer, but at least tease me with something!