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I'm a big fan of J.J. Abrams' new direction for Star Trek. Abrams and the Bad Robot crew found a way to preserve this universe's rich lore, and also give it a fresh start. I hope Disney and LucasFilm find a similar approach for the new Star Wars films. I've read many of the Expanded Universe novels, and would hate to think that these stories don't matter. Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire trilogy is one of the best Star Wars stories to date.
Star Trek Into Darkness' teaser trailer shows plenty of eye-grabbing shots, but doesn't give away too many story details.
In two Iron Man films and The Avengers, Tony Stark has been a cocky prankster, capable of dishing out hilarious one-liners in the face of great evil. In the Iron Man 3 trailer, we're seeing an entirely different side of this character. He's fearful, sleepless, and it looks like his entire world is about to be turned upside down.
Don't expect to hear any hilarious one-liners in this trailer.
Yesterday I asked my Twitter followers to list off their favorite mobile games of the year. Super Hexagon, and Rayman Jungle Run were mentioned the most. A few people also listed a game called Fart Cat as a defining release of 2012. The name of the game obviously intrigued me. I downloaded it immediately.
It turns out Fart Cat lives up to its namesake
I played Borderlands 2 alone this morning. It didn't feel like the same game, not by a long stretch. I much prefer playing it with a full group of four. I reached out to the Game Informer community for Mass Effect 3 multiplayer participants and was able to assemble teams within a matter of minutes. I'm going to do the same thing for Borderlands 2.
Borderlands 2 is a fun game made better with friends. Join my lootfest!
If I had even an ounce of the mechanical engineering talent of Lego builder Akiyuky, I would quit Game Informer and spend my days trying to build functioning Dinobots. Akiyuky has assembled one of the most elaborate Lego contractions to date, which is similar to this blue ball machine, only louder and more expensive. This device runs a ball through its 17 different stations every second. Some of these sections are mind-boggling feats of Lego assembly.
Lego Group is celebrating its 80th anniversary this month. I always knew this company had a lengthy history, but I've never taken the time out of my day to read up on its pre-Lego days. I'm glad I didn't. Lego Group recounts its early days in the lovingly-crafted CG short film The Lego Story. While much of this company's success revolves around an inventor having a great idea, the road it took to get to that point is not what I expected. You can watch the entire movie below.
Lego Group recounts its early days in the lovingly-crafted CG short film The Lego Story.
I don’t think I’m fulfilling my nerd quota this year. I haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, or Prometheus. I’ve fallen behind on seasons of Primeval and Doctor Who. All of my time is going into my gaming and work. A spur-of-the-moment vacation may be needed to knock these necessary “must-see” movies and television shows off of my list. My nerd card shouldn’t be revoked yet. I did go see The Avengers twice, and no one in the Game Informer offices comes close to touching the number of games I’ve played this year.
Here are my thoughts on the games I played this weekend.
I woke up this morning energized and wanting nothing more than to build a new Lego set. Perfect timing. Mall of America's Legoland just received all of the new Star Wars sets, including the Sith Fury-Class Interceptor from Bioware's Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG.
Darth Malgus' Sith-Class Interceptor looks mighty nice in brick form.
Now that I have a game review on my plate, I no longer have the free time on the weeknights to catch up on my backlog of games. For those of you wondering what game I am playing, I won’t be able to talk about it until mid-August. Take that as your hint.
Find out what I'm playing, watching, and reading this week.
Thanks to Jane and director Phil Joanou, we now have a great Punisher film to watch.
Call of Duty launch day brings two different types of people out of the woodwork: those who stand in line at midnight to purchase the game, and those who look on from afar and complain about franchise fatigue.
Annual video game releases – like the Call of Duty series – take heat from consumers and critics alike. While I agree with people who want to see more intellectual properties
and fewer sequels, I’m also the hypocrite who is counting the days until
Assassin’s Creed III hits store shelves.
I'm a huge Judge Dredd fan. I've read most of his comic books (including both of DC Comics' series in the 90s), and appreciated roughly three minutes of the movie starring Sly Stallone (it all went to hell after he removed his helmet). DNA Films has a new reboot on the way, slated for theatrical release on September 21. Karl Urban steps into Dredd's boots, which means we'll actually understand what he's saying this time around. The always fantastic Lena Headey (playing Ma-Ma) is his target. She apparently makes drugs. You can get your first look of Dredd and Ma-Ma's feud in the trailer below.
A new Judge Dredd movie is slated to hit theaters on September 21.