Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What Coming to the Marvel Universe Means For Spider-Man


   I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie. Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years.  
   Those are the words of MCU president Kevin Feige after news broke tonight that Spider-Man would be merging with Marvel's movie-verse.  Between the rumors over the last few months, Sony's financial and image troubles after the hack, and the underperformance of Amazing Spider-Man 2, this move might not be very shocking to some.  But what does it mean exactly?...


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Horrible Pilot for Jordan's 'Wheel of Time' Magically Appeared Last Night


  So, apparently Red Eagle Entertainment, the company that bought the television and video game rights to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series back in early 2000's, was about to lose those rights come February 11th if they did not have the series aired by then.     
  A couple weeks ago, they shot a "pilot" for the series on the cheap in a couple of days, a move they admit was done to just hold onto the rights.  It looks like most of the money was probably spent hiring Billy Zane, presumably because infomercial master Billy Mays is no longer available, which should tell you plenty about the budget.  Then, they bought time on FXX after midnight like an infomercial would and aired the pilot. 
  Just in case you missed it last night, here it is:

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

George R.R. Martin's Original Outline for 'A Game of Thrones' Released


 Earlier today George R.R. Martin's publishers decided to tweet out the original outline for A Game of Thrones, or as it is known to readers: A Song of Ice and Fire. 


If you choose to read through these notes, despite how vastly different the finished product turned out, still beware of possible spoilers, though the ending of the outline has been redacted...



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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Elder Scrolls Online: Update 6 – Nightblade Preview


 Hey ESO fans, today ZeniMax published the baseline Update 6 Patch Notes, which are a truly massive collection of changes. In this article, @Xaraan continues a series of discussions that examine the potential impact of 1.6 changes on gameplay.  Here we will focus on the Nightblade class, which received several skill changes and even the addition of a new skill. The list of Nightblade changes are as follows:
The biggest difference you’ll see here is the addition of a brand new skill: Grim Focus.  This will replace the often complained out Haste.  Though some will miss the stamina regeneration bonus from Haste, with siphoning strikes still available from the siphoning tree and the passive bonus from the Refreshing Shadows passive, Haste wasn’t always worthwhile enough for a spot on the bar.  Grim Focus however will provide an increase to light and heavy attack damage for the duration and charge up a magical power attack you can choose to fire when ready.  The big question here will be how worthwhile the magical attack is for stamina based Nightblades if it scales off of spell power and spell crit.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Joss Whedon says 'Probably Not' to Avengers: Infinity War Return


  Remember that Sony hack, where an email popped up with Captain America: Winter Soldier directors, the Russo brothers, mentioning negotiations for Spider-Man to take part in Captain America: Civil War? In that exchange the Russos came up as possible directors for the next Avengers movie(s), the two part Infinity War. What about Joss Whedon we all wondered? Well, maybe Joss happened.


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Reddit’s ESO: Tamriel Unlimited Ask Us Anything Summary


  Matt Firor opened up the AUA with this statement on the next patch:

A quick note about version 1.6. It has a ton of new features and items that we have talked about, but also some things that we haven’t talked about enough. Here’s a general list, in no certain order. I’m sure I missed some, but these are the larger ticket items:
Justice System
Champion System
Crown Store and Collections
Combat animation and timing fixes – this was one of the most requested features over the last seven months. We’ve done many months of tweaks and fixes to animations, timing, and overall “feel” to make combat feel better and weightier. These fixes go live in 1.6, you’ll see them on PTS and will be included in the console release.
More player separation fixes: we’ve gone back through quests and reduced the phasing as much as possible that results in players being separated from one another.
Provisioning Update
Re-balancing player abilities to be more consistent and better balanced across different builds

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Elder Scrolls Online Drops Subscription Model, Console Release Coming June 9th


  We tried to tell players that Elder Scrolls Online looked like it might be moving toward a Free-to-play or Buy-to-play model (both versions that let players play without paying a subscription fee), but in discussing the possibilities we were often dismissed as hack journalists or just haters.  This is the Outhouse after all, so those are often apt descriptions, but it doesn't mean what we say is false, whether one likes it or not.

   ESO players have been dealing with haters making "Free-2-play soon" style comments since before launch, so they had unfortunately built up a sort of armor against the comments that prevented rational discussion.  This means that many fans of the game have been ignoring the possibility while non-fans were the only ones absorbing the news.  How this will effect the roll-out of the news remains to be seen, but so far it seems many players are shocked despite previous evidence and the various ES forums are currently melting down over the change.
So let's get to the change and why you shouldn't panic...


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Fans Probably Will Not See George RR Martin's 'Winds of Winter' On Shelves This Year


  Pretty soon fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels will have the tables turned on them.  For years now we have laughed while watching Game of Thrones show watchers experience the Red Wedding, the fate of Ned Stark, and dozens of other tragic events.  With season five coming April 12th the series will start to cross into the gray zone where they are reaching the end of Martin's writings for certain plot lines and starting into their own version of events. 

   There has already been quite a deviation with certain aspects of the story here or there, but overall the focus has remained the same with the story.  Without the novels to offer a clear path however, the show creators sat down with Martin last year to fish out the final details of the story.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Elder Scrolls Online Removed From All EB Stores, F2P Rumors Continue


  Free-to-play (or Buy-to-play) rumors have been going around about Elder Scrolls Online for several weeks now due to Zenimax dropping the six month subscription option from their site.  In typical Zenimax/Bethesda fashion they have not bothered to comment on the rumors despite inquiries through press channels or customers on their forums.  Anyone that follows news from the developer won't be shocked at their silence, they are often tight lipped until they decide to make an announcement and not much budges them.
   The rumor has picked up a bit more steam tonight after Kotaku ran an article on EB Games removing all ESO SKUs from their store.  Though they responded to inquiries with a statement that it was part of a normal inventory recall with other games, other games are only having excess inventory recalled, ESO is having everything removed.

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