It was a long week for me, didn’t get in front of the computer a lot, but I did see a lot of interesting stuff going on with updates from Wondercon and upcoming movies (comic book and otherwise), SWTOR’s free weekend trial and more. If you have some time to kill, here’s what I found of interest this week:
- AMC Theaters is running a marathon of the Marvel Comics movie universe; leading up to, and finishing with the new Avengers Movie.
- ScreenRant.com has a photo of the what is purported to be the movie poster for the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine.
- Orson Scott Card’s classic science fiction novel is being turned into a movie. That movie, Ender’s Game, has a blog.
- More movie news, after Michael Bay’s big announcement about changes to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle origin, original creator Kevin Eastman chimes in as well.
- A spoilerific interview with Scott Snyder about Batman #7.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic is offering a free trial this weekend. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. The free trial goes until Monday morning. There goes your weekend.
- “Researchers have proposed building a nuclear clock that would lose only one-tenth of a second over 14 billion years, the current age of the universe. It would be 100 times more accurate than current atomic clocks…”
- A cool look at the way music is used in Mass Effect 3. Scroll down and look at the comments, Bioware’s Audio Lead gives his opinion!
- Just because we’re geeks doesn’t mean we have to live up to the old stereotype about our fashion tendencies. Lifehacker.com helps out.
- Finally, for all the info on last weekend’s Wondercon, ComicBookResources.com has you covered.
Another week and we bring you more exciting new releases from the worlds of video games, movies and comic books! This week includes Mass Effect 3, another spin-off from Vertigo’s Fables comic book and the complete first season of Game of Thrones on DVD!
The long-awaited final chapter to the Mass Effect trilogy hits stores on March 6th (for PC, Xbox360 and PS3). I know how excited everyone is to finish Commander Shepard’s story, so excited in fact that there have been reports of pirated versions hitting torrent sites over the weekend!
Also out on March 6th, Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season on DVD. The first book from George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga A Song of Fire and Ice hits the small screen in the series’ first season complete with extras including audio commentaries and character profiles.
In a world where I consider spin-offs a four letter word, here’s one that won’t piss you off. Vertigo’s Fairest #1 hits comic book racks on March 7th, starring the females of the award-winning Fables series: “Balancing horror, humor and adventure, FAIREST explores the secret histories of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, Snow White, Rose Red and others.”
On March 9th John Carter will open in theaters nation wide. Some people call it an Avatar rip off, I call them stupid because Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote this over 100 years ago, and it has appeared in multiple forms of media, including comic books. If Disney plays their cards right, this could be a massive film series, considering their were 11 volumes in the Barsoom series.
If you get a chance to check any of these out or we forgot something; let us know in the comments section, or on Twitter!
I have played Star Wars the Old Republic for about four days now. I was one of the lucky ones who began playing on day one (hour four) of the pre-release. I’m a fairly casual player and my guild was assigned (by Bioware) to a server called The SwiftSure. So I log on and create my toon and start enjoying the world. Now let me tell you, by all accounts, this game is wonderful. However, two days later I try to log on and find myself #1289 in line, with a five-hour wait. It’s not just my server that has this issue, but many others as well.
Two arguments come up:
1) We pay to play, not to wait. With this I 100% agree (even though this is pre-release, it bodes poorly for release time). A queue is unacceptable. If we are paying to play a game, we deserve to be able to play it. This means the company spends money on servers, on increasing caps, maybe even offering to move guilds and their members to lower population servers. This is only fair since many of those solutions are easy. Yes a large server is good. But six hour queues I will never pay for, actually, I won’t even pay for a 30 minute queue, but I will pay to play.
2) I have seen many people say on the forums “This happened with WoW, EQ, Warhammer, and Rift” and my thought is “…and still no company has learned?” Bioware claimed huge things about this game, and the sheer number of pre-orders shows that we bought in. They can’t see that data and still overload servers just with pre-launch guilds and pre-launch randoms. They have a unique opportunity to take action, open new servers now to get ready for the HUGE influx of even more players that will join in the next month. ESPECIALLY for a CHRISTMAS release. I mean really. I am stunned at the lack of planning and anticipation. I have school, a job, family, and friends. When I have a free hour to play, I want to log on and play, not log on and wait.
I understand that this “always” happens, and since it does, this “WoW killer” should have seen it coming. Get your act together EA/Bioware. Don’t blow your opportunity to shine in the MMO market. Otherwise you’ll become just another DCUO….