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This Deal Is Getting Worse All The Time – Disney Shuts Down Lucasarts

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This Deal Is Getting Worse All The Time – Disney Shuts Down Lucasarts

Few studios have made a lasting and important impression in the gaming industry. Some of the biggest franchises of the last two generations are new IP’s from upstart studios, and while they produce brilliant work, I really don’t feel anything when names like Naughty Dog, Bungie or Treyarch are thrown around.

But if you say Bethesda, Bioware, or Lucasarts, my eyes light up. I’m ten years old again, earnestly clicking through dialogue in my parents’ computer room. My big eyes are awash in the warm glow of a gigantic monitor with a two-liter of soda tucked between my knees, a soft blanket wrapped around my shoulders, and not a care in the world.

Today another part of that childhood is forever cemented as past. Disney has announced that they’re shutting down Lucasarts, and I have to say my feelings are more than a little hurt.

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Interview with Kinect Star Wars Composers, Gordy Haab and Kyle Newmaster

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Interview with Kinect Star Wars Composers, Gordy Haab and Kyle Newmaster
Gordy Haab (Left) and Kyle Newmaster (Right)

Gordy Haab (Left) and Kyle Newmaster (Right)

Whether you love or hate the game, the musical score for LucasArts’ Kinect Star Wars is impressive.

And, before anyone says anything, I’m talking about the actual orchestrated pieces, not that infamous “I’m Han Solo” song.  With a musical feel that evokes the feeling of the films themselves, you’d probably be surprised to learn that the tracks were not composed by Star Wars composer John Williams.

Recently, I had the chance to talk to the composers of Kinect Star Wars, Gordy Haab and Kyle Newmaster, about their history in composing music, their inspiration for the Kinect Star Wars score, and their love of the Star Wars franchise.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic to be Released December 20

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Star Wars: The Old Republic to be Released December 20

Finally, after months of waiting with baited breath, BioWare and LucasArts have decided to keep us is the dark no longer. According to the official Star Wars: The Old Republic news site, this highly-anticipated MMORPG (not to mention potential WoW-killer) will be released on December 20 in North America, and the 22nd in Europe.

I’m pretty excited about this for two reasons. First, it’s sure to be a phenomenal game. But second, it means the release date rumor we heard from a BioWare rep all the way back at PAX East turned out to be entirely true. And who doesn’t love being right?

 

You got Star Wars on my Xbox Avatar

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You got Star Wars on my Xbox Avatar

I will admit I have not played my 360 in a while, as TF2 and Dragon Age have been taking up most of my time, but I may need to dust it off soon just to make my avatar geekier.

Friday, May 30th, is the 30th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back, and to celebrate, Microsoft and LucasArts are teaming up to make sure your avatar is ready to take on the empire, or rid the galaxy of rebel scum.

Here’s a look of what will be available. In total, look out for the following: Imperial snowtrooper (male and female), Boba Fett (male and female), Lando costume with cape (male), Chewbacca (male and female), Rebel snowspeeder pilot (male and female), Han Solo Hoth outfit (male), Leia Hoth outfit (female), Bossk (male and female), C-3PO (male and female), AT-AT pilot (male and female), and props like a tauntaun pet, a ballcap with Yoda ears (male and female), and a lightsaber!

The new items will be available on Thursday, the day before the actual anniversary.

Also, I would spend 800 MS points just for a Tiny Tauntaun.

[StarWars.com via Kotaku]

Star Wars: The Old Republic Beta Sign ups bring SWTOR.com down

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Just this morning, the official Star Wars: The old Republic twitter account, tweeted:

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting tester applications for STAR WARS: The Old Republic! http://tinyurl.com/y9fywkz

This was very exciting news to everyone. So exciting that the whole internets broke the poor little webserver.  5 hours after the initial announcement, they tweeted with this:

We are making adjustments to the site due to the overwhelming response to the testing announcement. Please be patient and check back later.

But still, the web server is still down.  Was anyone of our readers able to get through today and sign up for beta access?  If and when the server comes back up again for sign up’s, we’ll let you know. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: ITS UP! http://www.swtor.com/tester GO GO GO! It’s still kinda slow, so good luck.

PAX 2009 – First Demos of Star Wars: TOR, Splinter Cell Conviction, Assasin's Creed II

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The Penny Arcade Expo just released some awesome news through the tubes via electronic mail! OH BOY!  In the release there is the usual panels of Red Vs. Blue, an opening keynote, and some news about some guy named Wil Wheton. Don’t get me wrong, hes awesome.  But The first public US demonstration of LucasArts’ Star Wars: The Old Republic and Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Assassin’s Creed® II is definitely hot news.

The PixelatedStaff (Jamie, Raul, and I) will be at the event to give you our hands-on review of each of the 3 games.

Stay tuned!

Full press release after the break
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Full Throttle – The Movie

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Remember when adventure games on MS-DOS were good? Remember Sam ‘n Max, Kings Quest, Space Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry? Yea, those were the good ol’ days.  If you remember those games, then you must of heard of Full Throttle by Lucas Arts.  If you want to take a trip back down memory lane for an hour, click past the break to watch the whole game as a movie.

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