What up?!?! Here’s what’s going on.
Well, Assassin’s Creed 3 is OUT!!! So go pick up a copy. As I am typing this, I have not been able to pick up a copy. But that’s a whole other thing. So last week I gave you the UK Launch trailer for the game. This week I have the US launch trailer! Which rules!!
Oh man is that gorgeous! Seriously, go get this game!
Alright. Halo news. We are officially less than a week away from the release of Halo 4! I talked about this on this weeks episode, and here it is if you haven’t seen it yet: Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 4!! Now with live action Master Chief!
Now, as you may or may not have heard(lets face it, if you listen to our show, you’ve heard), Disney has bought Lucasfilms, and all the properties associated with it, including Lucasarts. So yeah, Disney will be making Star Wars now. We’ll se what happens there. Now, some of you gamers out there might be wondering now what the future of Star Wars 1313 will be. Well, don’t worry, the development of 1313 will not be affected by Disney’s latest purchase.
Finally, for those who have not heard, we are having a contest! Here’s your chance to win a copy of Red vs Blue Season 10 on Blu Ray!! Here’s all you have to do!
Send a tweet of your favorite Red vs Blue line to @oldmanbittergal, include the hashtag, #ombgcontest with your tweet….AND THAT’S IT!! It’s easy!
That’s it for now! Later!
Like the rest of you, I heard the news today about 4pm central time that rocked my news feed. I had been debating on starting to write again, but really wanted to wait for something important or to rile me up to make me write something that made me think… and rant.
Than this came along: “Disney Buys Lucasfilm for $4 Billion”
That didn’t phase me until I read: “Episode 7 due out in 2015″
I remember the Marvel buyout. How everyone freaked out (including me) but y’know… Over the past few years, Marvel hasn’t lost their identity. As a matter of fact, the movies have been pretty good, and I’m still reading. Like the video suggests, Disney has let them keep their identity, so I am hoping that they do the same with Star Wars. My brother sent me a text that is sums up everything:
Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst
Yup. That’s about it…allow me to elaborate
WHY I LOVE STAR WARS
You see… Star Wars is life for me. It’s important and I love it. I’m not just a fan, I love it. I’m not a cos-player, I don’t own every toy or collectible that came out. I do not believe these are things that are needed to show my love for these films. My best childhood memory is watching Empire during a matinee and then my parent’s saying “stay seated” as the movie started over again. I remember waiting the three year wait to see what happened to Han, and instead of cowboys and indians, the kids outside played “Rescue Han from carbonite” as we all debated and schemed how the Alliance would save him. Then I remember the day, sometime after 3:30 in the afternoon (Laverne and Shirley was on) when the movie trailer hit the airwaves. My brother and I jumped and screamed for joy on the bed as we watched our little black and white television set in my parent’s room. I remember that wait more than any of them. It was important and it was also the last great thing of my childhood because after ROTJ, Star Wars only lived in my heart for many years. There were no VCR’s (we couldn’t afford one) and as I got older, my mother sold my toys in garage sales. But it lived on you see… in my heart.
It sounds silly to you I guess. I do not expect most people to understand. But I was a kid, living in a rural town which he hated and saw something that lifted me up and made me happy, I cannot put it into words. I have written about Star Wars so many times I have NEVER gotten it right. These movies shaped me. They made me a better person. They taught me to always save the princess (even if she didn’t think she needed it) to always stand up for myself no matter the odds, the Jedi way taught me more about being a good person than years of Catholic education, and here I am… Still looking to the stars. Still trying to take my shot. Still believing that one person can make a difference. I do not apologize for that. So while some may think it’s just a movie, and I am over reacting. Fine. You do not know what it means to me. You can’t ever know, and I am not saying you don’t have a right to not like SW, I’m saying that you can’t possibly hold it in the regard that I do. It is sacred to me. Sacred. I will demonstrate.
1) I don’t give two flying shits about Disney buying Lucasfilm. There. I said it. I don’t. They can make all the movies they want. Despite my momentary lapse in anger when I saw that Disney bought Lucasfilm (I’ll tell you why later)I was worried about Episode 7 and the rest of SW. But then I remembered my Star Wars.
My Star Wars is not tainted with Special Edition effects and bonus scenes. My Star Wars does not have Gungans and people who are starving on a lush green planet due to a blockade by the weakest droid soldiers in the system (I think Samsung made them). No… My Star Wars is pure. It is a farmboy and a scoundrel, a wookie and a crazy old wizard. It is a strong heroine who is strong for the sake of being awesome, not for political or gender reasons. It is a classic storytale in a future setting. It is perfect. It is the reason a kid in Kenedy Texas decides to race down the slope of the playground and skid with shorts on catching gravel in his knees and only then deduces it is because he did not use the force enough. It is my brother and I drawing on pieces of butcher paper in the back of my grandmother’s diner when we are about six or seven years old. It is when my siblings and I meet at the Star Wars museum for the first time when we are adults and embrace at the front of the door. No… you can make your movies. You can change them. You can sell them. But you cannot take my Star Wars away from me. My Star Wars is perfect and lives in the memory of my mind.
2) I am mad at George Lucas for selling. I know I know. Some of you are saying “Good, he won’t have anything to do with them.” But let me tell you something. You can be mad at George all you want, at least they were his. They were his to make and his to destroy. Now… they aren’t. This makes me mad and sad. Let me explain.
George invented this. He invested in it when no one believed in him. He became stinking rich. THIS is the ultimate American success story. America has lost it’s gumption. We lost our heroes. No one invents anything anymore. If you write a comic for Marvel, guess what… Marvel owns it. If a musician is not careful and signs a contract, their music becomes property of the label, if you invent something at your work, it becomes their intellectual property. That’s the whole reason Iron Man was written. It was an inventor in a corporate world. It’s all about keeping his invention and not surrendering it. George invented (and abused) his own creation. But it was his to do so.
Was George hurting for money? Nope. Were they foreclosing Skywalker Ranch? Nope. He just got rid of it. He says he wants to go and make his own movies now. I hope he does. I hope he takes his 4 billion dollars and makes those little movies that only 4 billion can make. But am I mad that someone would take his invention and give up? Yes. Yes I am.
3) I hate Mash ups and Memes and wish people would stop posting them. If you are doing this… I cannot stop you but let me tell you why I hate it. Remember that thing I said about Star Wars being sacred to me? I meant it. I revere it. I love it. I love collecting black and white photos of the set, and concept art for my walls, I love reading the extended universe and playing the video games. I love the pure Star Wars canon. What I hate is everything that cheapens it.
Spurs fans who wear “Obi Wan Ginobli” Tshirts, Star Wars M&M characters, Darth Vader helmets with Mickey Mouse ears, memes that have Yoda marrying an ewok and producing a mogwai… This is not Star Wars. This is a cheap ploy to sell a shirt or product or even worse, to get a cheap laugh off of facebook. There is no redeemable value in this other than someone thinks it’s “cute” or “funny”.
I realize though, that I am a small minority. People will continue to shit on the genre I love and also claim to be a fan, but in reality posting something like this does not pay homage to Star Wars, it does not revere it. It cheapens it, it makes it something that others can toy and scar. It lets the mainstream grab a better hold on it eat it and shit it out. Then… we get things like Star Wars dancing video games and Pluto Kenobi.
4) I weep for the younger generation. There I said it. I’m sorry to those that see nothing wrong with this. I guess it is age. (so what, the name of the podcast is old man and bitter girl, so get used to it) It’s not because I think I am cooler than you (I am) it is because you will never “get” what I’m trying to say. Even if you do.
I am sad that kids will never get to see it like I did. I have a memory that cannot be taken away. I’m sorry they have to put up with bonus scenes and Han being honorable. I am sorry they will not have that anxious feeling of driving an hour and a half just to get to the nearest theater. I am sorry they will not have that awesome feeling of the greatest Christmas ever opening that original Falcon. They will have to make do with their Harry Potter books and their Pokeman. That’s fine, but for me, there was only one love that opened into others, that paved the way. They will not have that, and that is a little sad.
Star Wars is for the kids. It isn’t for sad old men like me. It did inspire me to create, to write stories, to write for pop culture websites, to get into punk rock, to become a musician, and even to make this podcast. I hope that it does the same for new generations. This is why, if any money grubbing soul feasting corporation will steal it, I am glad it is Disney, who will do whatever it has to to make a profit, (which hopefully means keeping it in the same spirit) I can only hope for the best, and pray for the worst.
I will never be that guy who claims Lucas ruined my childhood. I had an awesome childhood thanks to these movies. I am not the guy who hates things because I liked them first. I am the one who hates things who become ruined because the mainstream latches on to them and changes them. Every year, I deal with it happening. I see as comic conventions get worse every year (Dallas’ comic con last spring was crap and last weeks Wizard World Austin was the most expensive waste of money ever) Shows like “Arrow” are made and shoved down our throat, and great creators are pushed aside so Wizard World can put out “The Situations” comic book. THIS is what bugs me. We let it happen.
I hope that Disney does not take the bait. I hope that things still stay cool. I am the sucker who will still keep buying the ticket no matter what, so I guess they win anyway.
They win. You win. They all fucking win.
Hope for the best, expect the worst.
Get off my lawn.
Sup guys? Here’s what’s been going on in the video game world over the past week.
First of all, as you can see in the nifty artwork at the top of my article, the first peace of DLC to come with the season pass for Assassin’s Creed 3 will be a single player mission entitled, “The Tyranny of King Washington.” This will take place in an alternate reality in which George Washington, the hero of the American Revolution, actually decided to become king of the newly independent union. And he becomes a tyrannical king at that. Now, it’s up to our new assassin, Connor, who helped during the revolution, to bring down the evil King of the United States. I, for one, am very intrigued by the concept of this mission. As you may or may not know from US History, George Washington was offered the title of “King” after the Revolution but he declined saying that the new union would not be ruled by a king. I love how Ubisoft puts twists on actual historical events.
Anyway, in other Assassin’s Creed news, there’s been a new trailer released that shows some of Connor’s back story. Him as a child having his village destroyed, to him being trained to become an assassin. And here it is.
Very cool stuff.
Alright, on to Halo 4. Well, to be more specific, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Yes, the miniseries made it’s premier last Friday. And here is episode 1!
I’m digging this series so far. And I really enjoyed the Master Chief teaser at the beginning of the episode and I really can’t wait to see a live action Master Chief!
In other Halo 4 news, I mentioned the other week that the Flood will be making it’s return in Halo 4. When that was originally announced, all we had was a screenshot. Now we have a gameplay demo thanks to the guys at IGN! Enjoy.
Ok, now some stuff that has nothing to do with Assassin’s Creed or Halo 4. Well, it seems that the hit game Angry Birds is going to a galaxy far, far away. Yes, on November, 8th, there will be an Angry Birds Star Wars game. And here’s the teaser trailer for it.
Yep. That’s happening.
Finally, so last week was the release of Resident Evil 6. I was looking forward to this game. It looks great both visually and gameplay wise, and the story looks pretty cool too. It seems that both the stories of Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield will intertwine as they take one both the classic T-Virus zombies we know from the first few RE games, and the crazy parasitic foes we know from recent titles. I haven’t had the chance to pick up a copy, but here’s the launch trailer for the game!
Man. I forgot how good that trailer is. I really wanna pick up a copy now.
Anyway, that’s it for now! Check back next time for more stuff!
Here are some of my favorite game trailers and previews from E3 2012!
First off, Assassin’s Creed 3.
Assassin’s Creed 3 is going to be amazing! Here’s some gameplay that was shown off at E3.
The gameplay looks so good! Love the free flow fighting system now!
Star Wars 1313:
Yeah, that’s game engine, not a cinematic. There’s no way this game is coming out and the current generation of consoles. But who knows?
Here’s one more for Star Wars 1313
And last, but certainly not least, Halo 4!
Here’s what kicked off Microsoft’s E3 press conference, a live action Halo 4 trailer that goes into a campaign game demo!!
The other day, Ty Burr posted an article for the Boston Globe called “Why Superhero Movies Leave Me Cold”. You can find it here:
I should note, that while I am a sci fi elitist, a purist and a bit of a jerk when it comes to my genre of choice, I am also a fan. It is because I am a fan that I come down so hard on comic book companies and movie production teams to do it right. And, while I will almost surely find things wrong with every movie to come out, and while I know that I have to sit in a theater with mouth breathing idiots who think they know who Thor is just because they saw the movie, I know that in order for the genre to survive, we have to get Joe Windowlicker and his bratty kids who can’t shut up in the crowd to come see this movie or my genre will die.
I’m not just thinking for myself here, this is for the public good. America NEEDS the superhero now more than ever. Superheroes on the big screen are not a new phenomenon. They go back as far as the 1940s with old Superman and Batman serials before main features would start. And it is important to note this because almost every decade, the world has faced a situation that has threatened the US globally and forces us to think about what we need to do. We need to focus on the “good guys” because more often than not, we can easily find ourselves playing the villain role. Movies have taken on a life of their own since their inception. They are modes of escape for some, a canvas for indie film makers to make art, but also our current way of storytelling. Yes, before movies, they told stories by books and oral tales. Now in our days of facebooks and twitter, nooks and ipads, we have replaced that interaction with movies. It is then safe to say, that the superhero genre has now become our modern fairytale. It is the fantastic, it is the strange, and there is almost always a point to it.
I am sorry if Burr thinks that all superheros are dumb. I am sorry he thinks that grown ups don’t go to these movies anymore. Indeed, that is probably why I can never become a “film critic” and will just settle to be a critic of people, because I happen to like these movies. (Even if they are done bad). Burr does a good job of name dropping comic book characters and indie books in his article throughout the evolution of the comic, but I don’t think he knows what he talks about when he tries to put it together. Yes, Indie books have their place in comics. Yes superhero books do too. Yes the writing has gotten more complex over the years, so has our situations over the years. But a hero is more than just someone in a pajama suit (ugh I get tired of hearing people who want to make light of comic books as referring to heroes wearing “pajamas”). I tire of people saying that being a real hero is much more boring. We all know that, that’s why there are not a lot of heroes in the first place. The series must constantly change and evolve. Toby Maguire could not be the new Spider-man again. Sam Raimi was done with his trilogy. Now… it is time for someone else to take over. Why does the series need to reboot? Because the first Maguire Spiderman movie came out 10 years ago that’s why… let’s let someone else have a crack at one of the greatest iconic heroes of all time. If we didn’t keep rebooting hero movies, Ang Lee’s Hulk would have stayed as the current example of my favorite Marvel characters movie, and I’ll be damned if that happens.
Burr asks that if we know evil can’t be rid of the world by having Superman spinning the planet backward, then why waste time thinking about it. He states that an industry built on daydreams and wish fulfillment can be the motor of a billion dollar industry, then what are we NOT thinking about. And I say, the world does have problems, this is true, I address them in this blog all the time. I also address that in order for America to be great again. We need great examples. If we can teach our kids fundamentally good examples of doing the right thing, even if it is a guy in a costume, what is wrong with that? The world is tough. Our heroes need to be tougher than it.
Let me tell you a little bit about this kid. He grew up in a rural setting. There wasn’t much for him to do in the land of dirt. One day, his parents took him to see a little flick called “Empire Strikes Back”. He knew that no matter what happened in the coming months, like Luke Skywalker, when he was old enough, he was going to get the hell out of Karnes County and go out in the great big galaxy and make something of himself. As he got older, he got into comic books. The Avengers were his first book and he read it faithfully. One of his favorite characters, was Captain America, who always went with the motto that “One man can make a difference.” Another was The Incredible Hulk, which taught him that he wasn’t alone in his dual personalities against the world. He kept looking to the stars for the fantastic and the strange because the world around him was so dark, untrustworthy and cold. It stank with other people’s contentment of their situation, and he could not wait to prove he could do more. As time went on, this kid became a man. Spurred by the motto of Captain America believing one man can make a difference, he created his own zine. That zine grew into other zines, then he started to freelance write, that grew to a few other gigs, and now, that kid who became a man is an old man, he co owns this nationally recognized podcast, he interviews cool and interesting new people all the time, and he has truly become a self doer, small business owner, and loves what he does on his own terms. That’s the American success story right? Being your own boss and loving what you do?
Guess what? Captain America taught me that.
Actors Patrick Stewart, Val Kilmer and TV’s original Dynamic Duo – Adam West and Burt Ward – join a long list of comic artists and media guests for the largest Dallas Comic Con yet on May 19 and 20. Presented by legendary comic book writer Stan Lee, the show will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the 300,000-square-foot Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas. “This is definitely our biggest show thus far,” said producer Ben Stevens. “Not only do we have a huge line-up of artists, actors and other guests, but we’re using every square foot of the facility so we can bring in some new and exciting surprises for our fans. There will be more things for them to do and see at this show.” Mr. Lee, a guest at last year’s Dallas Comic Con, signed up for this year’s show immediately afterward. In addition to being the former president of Marvel Comics, he’s well known in the industry as a writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher. Comic artists appearing at the show include Neal Adams, co-founder of Continuity Comics and legendary artist of Batman, Conan the Barbarian, Green Arrow, Superman and X-Men; Superman artist George Perez, also known for Wonder Woman; Len Wein, co-creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing; and Marvel artist Arthur Suydam, award-winning creator of the smash hit Marvel Zombies series. Mr. Lee charges a fee for autographs, and many of the artists draw small sketches for a fee. However, most artists will sign autographs at no charge Actor Kevin Conroy, the voice of “Batman/Bruce Wayne” in both animated film and video games, also will be signing at no charge throughout the weekend. Patrick Stewart and Val Kilmer top the media guest list that will appeal to fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Batman and even the recent hit movie, The Hunger Games. Mr. Stewart is best known to sci-fi fans as Star Trek’s “Capt. Jean-Luc Picard” and “Professor Charles Xavier” in the X-Men movies and video games. Mr. Kilmer took on the iconic lead role in 1995’s Batman Forever, played “Doc Holliday” in Tombstone, and nailed the role of “Jim Morrison” in Oliver Stone’s The Doors. Other media guests include actors Adam West and Burt Ward, aka “Batman” and “Robin” in the 1960s Batman TV series; actress Kristanna Loken from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines; John de Lancie, who starred in both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Stargate SG-1; and Dallas native Tim Taylor, who plays “The Gamekeeper” in the recent smash hit The Hunger Games. Star Wars fans will welcome back perennial favorites Dave Prowse, who played the villainous “Darth Vader” in the original trilogy; Jeremy Bulloch, portrayer of favorite bounty hunter “Boba Fett;” and Englishman-turned-Texan Peter Mayhew, best known as the gruff but lovable sidekick “Chewbacca.” During the two-day event, the actors will be available to sign autographs, talk with fans and answer questions during special panel discussions, which are free to attend as space allows. Guests charge a fee for autographs. In addition to meeting the actors and artists, fans may peruse more than 200 exhibitor booths featuring comic books, movie memorabilia, old and new toys, clothing and other merchandise. For an additional fee, fans also may have their photo taken with select actors by a professional photographer. Admission to Dallas Comic Con is $20 Saturday and $15 Sunday when pre-purchased online, and an additional $5 if purchased at the box office. Online sales end April 20. VIP and Priority passes for this show are sold out. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., is at the intersection of SH114 and Northwest Highway in Irving, Texas. For more information or to pre-purchase tickets, please visit the website at http://dallascomiccon.com.
Here’s the 5 minute demo of the upcoming Kinect Star Wars game that I was talking about this week.
The Millipede — Austin, TX
Members :: Frank: Aural Oral Pleasurings Jack: Six Stringed Depravity/Axe Murderizin’ Stephanie: Golden Throated Warblings/T’Pau impression Dan: The Round Notes, The Brown Notes, The Deep Underground Notes Derek: Keeper Of The Almighty Beat.
Bio :: The Millipede: A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a band… that does not exist. Five loners on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.
In a town full of game developers and other high tech types, they answer the call for a band with genuine nerd cred. In a genre associated with anemic vocals and cheap sounding synthesizers, they deliver to the masses what industry experts refer to as “Bad-Ass Rock And Roll”. Blending elements of Punk and Metal with subject matter such as the Karate moves of Captain Kirk, Cobra’s recruiting strategy, and the overly complicated rules of Dungeons & Dragons, along with a vocal style that has been compared to Jello Biafra, Lee Ving, and Gary Floyd of The Dicks by literally several drunken idiots downtown, [UPDATE-Now featuring lady singin'!] The Millipede is unlike any other band in Austin.
The band was formed by Frank (Black Panda) on vocals, and Jack (Black Panda, Get To Da Chopper!!!) on guitar. Later, Dan (bass, Lone Star Demons) and Derek (drums, Dead Haven) signed on when their former rhythm section departed to fight intergalactic crime, grow serrano peppers, and have babies. The band’s devastating awesomeness was now undeniable, but they needed one more member to form a proper Voltron, and so they added the adorable Stephanie to sing backups and give the nerds something to look at besides four sweaty, hairy dudes. Now, no power in the ‘Verse can stop them!