The massive LEGO Yoda Chronicles tent sitting in the middle of Manhattan's Times Square this morning was more than just an ad for the upcoming Cartoon Network special (airing Wednesday, May 29, at 8:00pm). It was hiding something inside, something very awesome indeed. As the crowd began to (ahem) build around the area, a LEGO/Cartoon Network emcee -- dressed up as the cutest Rebel pilot you ever did see -- polled folks as to what they thought was under the tent. The most common answer? A giant Yoda statue. Not quite…
To great fanfare, the tent was opened and the crowd was asked to "use the Force" to pull forth its contents… and a full-sized 1:1 scale replica of an X-Wing Fighter emerged. A replica made entirely of LEGO pieces. Damned straight, you'd have to use the Force to be able to afford this set as well.
Reus isn’t quite the god game it appears to be. On the surface, it looks like a 2D take on the likes of Populous and Black and White, and to some extent it is. You’re the spirit of a barren planet, using four elemental giants to make it suitable for human and then manipulating the world to control them and lead them to greatness. The longer it goes on though, the more that feeling fades in favour of the realisation that this is something far closer to a puzzle – an endless series of cogs whirring and clicking at your fingertips in an intricate planet-shaped machine. If a team of watchmakers set out to make Populous, Reus is the god game they would create.
As an idiom, “The Law of the Jungle” is as contradictory as they come. On one hand, Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book poem, Law of the Jungle, established that “the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack." The other side of the coin, however, emphasizes an every-man-for-himself sense of survival.
Bungie writer and head of community Eric Osborne tells IGN that The Law of the Jungle “strikes a really good balance” between building your personal legend while zeroing in on the wolf-pack nature of Destiny's co-op. Today's CG promotional trailer draws on Law of the Jungle not only to hype Destiny's gameplay debut at E3, but to underscore exactly what Osborne and Bungie are bringing to the table as well.
Later this year, Ray Stevenson will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the bushy-bearded Volstagg in Thor: The Dark World. In a recent interview, the actor discussed the state of Asgard in the upcoming sequel and how it compares to the 2009 film.
"In the first Thor Asgard had this tremendous peace among the 9 realms," Stevenson told the Wall Street Journal. "They were riding at the heights. Everything is working and looking as it should be. In this one, the realms are being whipped up into various rebellions. There is a darker malignant force out there and we are in the process of engaging in long protracted skirmishes and battles. The luster and shine of the city has been taken off and it all leads to a huge assault, an attack at the heart of Asgard. It could be completely wiped out, the stakes are a lot higher."
Holy crap, fanboys. In either a sign of cooperation between Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox or a gauntlet being thrown by the latter against the former, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer announced today via Twitter that Quicksilver is in his film and will be played by American Horror Story star Evan Peters.
Last night, word leaked to me that a special screening of Brad Pitt's zombie movie World War Z was taking place in Hoboken, New Jersey. This was to be the first public showing of the movie anywhere, so it seemed worth it to trek all the way to the Garden State to check out Mr. Pitt and director Marc Forster's take on the undead.
And you know what? It was totally worth the trip.
Paramount isn't ready for reviews of the film to run, but I can write this short reaction piece. As I noted on Twitter last night, World War Z is a big, solid zombie movie. Its globe-spanning story and reams and heaving mountains of ghouls give it a scope that I don't think any film in this genre has seen before. We've come a long way from having to hole up in a farmhouse to fend off the living dead.
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Chillingo presents an endless runner that puts you on a motorcycle in the middle of a zombie apocalypse (and gives you some guns, too).
Nvidia is certainly carving an interesting niche for itself that transcends beyond simply supplying graphics cards. Today, the company not only announced its latest graphics card, the GeForce GTX 780, but also a pleasant new feature for its software optimization service, the GeForce Experience: ShadowPlay, a new gameplay recording tool that promises higher efficiency than FRAPS.