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To Timidly Go: Are Sci-Fi Film Tropes Holding Back Sci-Fi Gaming?

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To Timidly Go: Are Sci-Fi Film Tropes Holding Back Sci-Fi Gaming?

With souped-up graphics and processing power, Playstation 4 and Xbox One will bring us one step closer to truly “cinematic” video games. But could game developers’ long quest to emulate silver-screen cool actually limit the creative potential of next-generation console titles?

This question came to mind after the recent burst of publicity for Destiny and Titanfall, two of the “most anticipated” next-gen games. They are also both science fiction titles — a gaming genre that leans especially heavily on Hollywood-derived tropes.

A quick glance at the current console era shows just how often such games mimic cinematic sci-fi — and how limiting that approach can be when designers with a blank virtual slate fall back on the constrained conventions of film.

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[Review] William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

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[Review] William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

When I first saw the cover for this book, I thought it was just someone’s clever illustration of Darth Vader drawn in Shakespearean clothing in a wood-cut style. I thought it was very pretty. Then I noticed the amazon link and realized that it’s a real book. Ian Doescher rewrote Star Wars, the entire movie, in Shakespearean English. And lo, mine eyes did stop and stare in awe!

(Okay, I’ll quit that now, and leave the iambic pentameter to the experts. Verily.)

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For Star Wars Fans, Is No News Good News? Why a little less info could be great for the franchise and its followers

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For Star Wars Fans, Is No News Good News?  Why a little less info could be great for the franchise and its followers

When Walt Disney executives refused to release new Star Wars: Episode VII details during last weekend’s D23 conference, millions of (fan) voices suddenly cried out in terror.

In the audience, there were boos and moans of disappointment; on social sites like Twitter, there was an outpouring of indignant rage.

“How are they not even announcing the title of Episode VII? Why isn’t JJ on stage right now? So lame,” one tweeter huffed. Another quipped that “Disney proves they understand the modern Star Wars fan by disappointing them and taking their money.”

Now hold on a minute. Is this just pent-up anticipation, or has the D23 reaction from Star Wars fans crossed a line into something more like “entitlement”? The most outraged complaints seem to assume not only that Disney has an obligation to release new Episode VII details whenever we expect them, but that failing to do so somehow bodes poorly for the quality of the final film.

The past several decades of geek/fan cultural ascendancy (spurred in no small part by Star Wars fandom) have surely contributed to this response. Expectations for constant streams of pre-release news are at all time highs — thanks not just to Hollywood but the gaming and tech industries, too.

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Emperor Palpatine Returns in Star Wars 7?

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Emperor Palpatine Returns in Star Wars 7?

Thanks to The Latino Review, the Internet is running rampant with rumors that Emperor Palpatine is retuning for the new Star Wars movies, due to start 2015. And if it is true that pure evil is coming back to fight our heroes, it’s said that he will not be a clone, but rather perhaps a spirit ghost, or whatever else they come up with as long as he’s pure Palpatine.

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Comic Issues #131 – Book Geeks and Geeky Books

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Comic Issues #131 – Book Geeks and Geeky Books

In this extra-special episode, the podcast crew starts out with a dramatic reading of Star Wars! Shakespeare-style! With sound effects!

This week Comic Issues presents a books-only podcast. (Well, we talked about comic books too, we couldn’t help it.) What better way to kick off the episode than with Ian Doescher’s amazing book “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.” Join our heroes and heroine and special guest Leland from Movie Issues as they fight their way through Shakespearean English in a trash compactor, and ponder the eternal question: what the heck was MacGyver’s real job anyway?

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Comic Issues #124 – Stay on target

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Comic Issues #124 – Stay on target

We’ve had our fair share of that Galaxy Far Far away. Though it seems we are getting yet another animated series.

Join our heroes and heroine as they talk about what’s new with the Star Wars casting call, share old war stories (Jaws style), check out the new Lego Movie, and much much more!  Find out what shameful movie someone has in their digital collection and who has no feels for Pixar’s Up!

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Movie Issues: Fanboys

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Movie Issues: Fanboys

This week it’s time for some Star Wars love.

As fans begin to get ready for the new films, Leland and Spooky found themselves feeling just like Fanboys (2009), full of hope and wonder as new films arrive. So they sat down to watch and relive their own personal fanboy moments in life. Please, indulge the little fanboy I’m sure we all have inside. Read On

Walt Disney and EA join forces for Star Wars

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Walt Disney and EA join forces for Star Wars

Walt Disney and Electronic Arts announced plans to develop and publish a new series of Star Wars game titles for the next few years.

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. “Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.”

While Electronic Arts’ component teams handle the console market for Star Wars titles, Disney retains certain rights to the mobile, tablet, and online spheres. While the agreement will span years, no financial details were disclosed.

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Comic Issues #106 – Spoiler Alert

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Comic Issues #106 – Spoiler Alert

You ever had one of your favorite shows spoiled for you?

Join our heroes and heroine as they talk spoilers, not in just a general sense but establishing the Official Comic Issues Rulebook when it comes to spoilers. How long do you wait? What’s the proper spoiler alert etiquette?  We also sit down to discuss those ultimate spoilers, from movies that were made before we were born.

What’s your general rule on spoilers?

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Comic Issues #103 – JJ-ing

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Comic Issues #103 – JJ-ing

It’s time to return to a galaxy far, far away.

Join our heroes and heroine as they make a hyperspace jump to the new Star Wars film, touching base on J.J. Abrams as the new director. We also talk about other directors and what they might have brought to a hypothetical film. Then we swing around and talk Superior Spider-Man, and wrap up with some discussion of Joseph Gordon Levit and Shia LeBouf.

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