Another year come and gone, with its requisite glories and frustrations, with its ups and downs and to’s and fro’s, and its incredibly prosy introductory paragraphs. So with ANY ado to speak of, We at Pixelated Geek are proud to present to you our End of Year Awards! The PG End of Year Awards are intended to recognize the best in the industry in their respective categories. While we’re busy crouched over a dimly lit table in the secret war-room beneath PG Headquarters fighting for our personal favorites in 2011, we’ve put together a reader poll so that our loyal Pleekers will be heard!
Howdy everybody! I know it has been a bit since the last Friday Fix but hopefully I will once again be able to administer your weekly dose of all the most newstastic news the site has to offer. The dry season for gaming that is summer soldiers on, but the movie theaters appear to have taken up the torch of geekiness. Yet another superhero movie will be gracing the big screen — the purposefully retro Captain America – while Harry Potter’s finale is breaking all kinds of records. If you have never read The Fix, it is easy to follow: I gather up all the greatest news from around the site and then I pick a band for your listening pleasure.
The band for this week is going to be The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The band is comprised of the stars of the award winning documentary Dig! along with The Dandy Warhols. BJM has a unique retro quality to their sound that never sounds forced or contrived. Be sure to check the video to see what I mean. Also if you like music at all, you should watch Dig!, which is both heartbreaking and uplifting and overall just a phenomenal film.
Now on to the news!
Twisted Pixel is back again and better than ever. If you have been thinking this summer could use some more ‘splosions, then you’re in luck. If you were thinking there were already enough ‘splosions this summer, then you should probably reevaluate your meter.
April fools everybody! Wow, we sure had you going didn’t we? I know that the ‘new look’ was sleek, shiny, difficult to navigate around, and … white, but it just wasn’t us. Why would we want to look just like our competitors, especially when we already look awesome? Never you worry loyal readers, the Pixelated Geek layout that you know and love is back, and make sure that you keep checking in to see all the geek news and articles that we’re constantly writing for you guys. I hope you got some laughs out of our joke and give us a shout out and tell us some of the pranks that you did or that happened to you yesterday!
First things first, if you haven’t seen the new cinematic trailer for The Old Republic then watch it here.
It’s enough to make any Star Wars fanboy large in the pants. However the trailer reveals little about the actual game. After a behind closed door game play demonstration and interview with LucasArts I can report on some nerdgasmic details about the game.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is a PC exclusive, MMORPG set in the Star Wars universe 3,700 years before the events of the Star Wars movies. Bioware (developer) and LucasArts (publisher) have stated that the game will be heavily story-driven. Each line of dialog between characters will be fully voiced, a first for an MMO. Not having to read quest descriptions or conversations really enhances the cinematic feel of the game.
Along with a fully voiced game, LucasArts revealed that each class in the game will be faction specific and have their own unique story line. As of now only three classes and two factions have been officially announced. The smuggler will be aligned with The Republic and the bounty hunter and the Sith will be aligned with The Empire. Other than humans, there is no official news on playable species. However word on the street is that Wookies will be an option. Stick that in the rumor pile for now.
Live out your Boba Fett wannabe fantasies.
Bioware and LucasArts have confirmed four planets that will be visitable: Korriban, a Sith inhabited planet, Ord Mantell, home to smugglers and mercenaries, Nal Hutta, a Hutt controlled planet, and Tython, a Jedi homeworld where The Force was discovered. With the expansive size of the Star Wars universe expect many more planets to be announced. LucasArts has also stated that space travel will certainly be part of the game, however details are scarce.
Tython, where The Force was discovered
The game will also include your standard MMO elements such as guilds, raids, crafts, and PvP. Perhaps we will get to play massive Jedi vs. Sith battles like in the trailer? I certainly hope so.
LucasArts is being tight lipped about subscription fees, level caps, and a release date. Rumors have been circulating about a possible one time price for a life time subscription but that is unconfirmed. With no official release date, don’t expect to see Star Wars: The Old Republic in stores anytime this year.