Time again for the latest in Tech, Geek, and Gamer news that has piqued our interest of late.
Stop it, Hollywood…
Sony Pictures announced they were going to make a feature film about Emojis-those little happy faces and tiny pixelated stickers we all send in our texts. Pandering? Maybe. Stupid? You betcha. How does one convince financial backers to FUND such a bomb, much less actually MAKE it?
Well, the answer to the question no one cares about is animation. The ‘action’ occurs within a smartphone. Apparently the premise is that emojis are alive-ish, and live their lives within the realm of the smartphone world.
I smell product placements abound and a possible box-office bomb to the tune of ‘Food Fight’.
Or not. Nothing can suck THAT HARD, right? We’ll find out August 2017.
Also there will be 4 Avatar sequels that will be filmed simultaneously according to director James Cameron and OH MY GOD NO ONE CARES. Seems a little late to cash in on that particular title, but what do I know? Hollywood is weird.
One of the first Neil Gaiman novels I ever read was 1990’s Good Omens, a collaboration with fellow author Terry Pratchett (who sadly passed away last March). Both these authors are great, and together they created a book I could barely put down.
Neil Gaiman was in London last week to attend a memorial event in Pratchett’s honor, where he announced plans to make the book into a six-part television series, with Pratchett’s posthumous blessing, of course. As Pratchett and Gaiman had a deal that anything Good Omens related would be a collaboration, Pratchett had sent a letter, to be delivered after his passing, to give Gaiman the green light to carry on without him.
Not sure who will carry the series, but I can’t wait to see it. I may have to re-read my dog-eared copy of Good Omens once again.
Archer is back, and better than ever!
I love James Bond, don’t get me wrong, but Archer is my favorite spy ever. Well, he’s not a spy anymore in the new 7th season because of what went down in season 6 (not to mention the whole illegal activity of season 5), but as a Private Investigator at the Figgis Agency, Archer kicks butt.
We’re seeing the development of the on-again-off-again relationship with Lana, Archer’s childhood, and character development of nearly all the staff at the P.I. office. I really hope we see more Pam, Cheryl and Krieger this season!
If you haven’t seen Archer, go watch the previous seasons on Netflix. With a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, an 8.8/10 on IMDb, and a rabid fan base, you know it’s doing something right. This show puts the ‘fun’ in dysfunction.
Last week, Blizzard shut down a fan-made vanilla WoW server, Nostalrius, leaving 150,000 fans of original World of Warcraft angry and sad. Reddit and YouTube is filled with farewell posts of the last minutes on the server before everyone was DC’d, unable to reconnect.
Blizzard has heard fan requests for Legacy servers for years, and have denied the plea of so many, going so far as to tell fans ‘you think you want it, but don’t’.
I wonder if the DDoS attacks that temporarily took down WoW and Diablo III servers were coincidence or related to the backlash of the forced shutdown of Nostalrius? Hmm…
Well, as Blizzard ignores one potential cash cow, another potential one looms, with the anticipated release of the Warcraft movie on June 10th. Orcs and Humans have to unite to fight a new foe, or both sides will suffer and die. I REALLY hope it isn’t a flop. Love me some Warcraft lore.
Blizzard has just announced the release date of the upcoming WoW expansion, World of Warcraft: Legion, to be August 30th, months ahead of the anticipated late fall release. There’s a first time for everything, apparently. I’m not complaining, mind you, but I am curious as to why Blizzard upped the release.
I hope it’s fully playable and not in dire need of patches straight out of the gate.
…I already preordered mine months ago. Don’t judge me…or do. I don’t care.
Twitch released anticipated banned games list, with no surprises.
All the titles are either thinly-veiled sex, gore, or violent assault games. If you want to watch someone else play a sim game where they have the 3-D models have awkward sex, just go watch porn like every other normal person on the internet.
It’s cheaper and, in most of these titles’ cases, much, much less creepy.
If you are curious and choose to research the titles, be warned. Some are silly sim games, like Huniepop, but others depict sex acts and assaults.
ON THAT NOTE…
Okay, to get happy after reading that last bit, go play the newest simple game since agar.io; its spiritual sequel (or clone), Slither.io. It’s free!
GO have fun and wreak havoc. May you experience no server lag and may your snake grow mighty indeed.
Maybe I’ll be that one snake that tries to get cocky, only to crash into you and die, giving you all my glowy-ball goodness.
…that will make a LOT more sense once you play the game, I promise.