A few years ago when Arkham Asylum was first coming out I was skeptical, I mean here is a genre that doesn’t do well. The super hero game. Batman has a bad track record in the video game industry, see his Batman Begins game and other outings. The fact was people were scared of what Asylum could end up being and not busy thinking about what it could really be.
I remember years ago when Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas first came out I had the idea of an open world Batman game, one that would feature a vast majority of the villains from his history and have you do a certain amount of levels that were oriented towards the villain, sort of like all those missions you do in the GTA series for your new found friends. The game was going to be called something like Batman: The Streets of Gotham or something lame like that. I was 16 at the time.
Now I am 24 and my idea is essentially one of the most hyped up games of 2011. This would be awesome if I had anything to do with it. Batman’s latest foray is not only highly anticipated but also one that may or may not deliver the hype. With a list of star powered villains including Two-Face, The Riddler, Mister Freeze, The Joker, Poison Ivy and then even some B-List-esque baddies like Bane, Zsasz, Deadshot, Black Mask all make appearances including a ton of others. People often were wondering if this game would be intense and long as hell. But what is the true verdict on Arkham? Is it a fun open world similar to Assassin’s Creed with a darker thematic element? Or is it just Asylum on a grander scale that flops at times?
In a recent interview with VH1 the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith let slip a hint that he might not be returning to the show after the next season. Granted while this may all just be him blowing smoke or trying to get more publicity I highly doubt anything will truly come from this other than it being a rumor.
“I’ve got another year of Doctor Who, but then I’m certainly going to come and give it a shot – come and hang out in LA … As you say, people like Andy [Garfield] have come over, and he’s a mate of mine. I’m very proud to see him doing Spider-Man, ’cause we did a play together, and, you know, Spider-Man now.” Smith was quoted as saying. Now if Smith were to leave that would mean come the 50th anniversary we could be entering on what was labeled as the final incarnation of the Doctor, or maybe there is 13 total reincarnations. But right now Smith might be one of the largest celebrities over in the UK, aside from the Harry Potter gang, but even still I doubt he would have that much fame over here in America in Hollywood.
A few weeks or maybe it was days ago FOX execs were preparing to renew the Simpsons for another season. Well they wanted the main voice actors to take a pay cut of about 25-30%. The voice actors obviously were like no, since it is for a majority of them their only source of income. The voice actors came back and said we’ll take the cut if you give us a cut in the merchandising. See, what happens when the show is said and done and in syndication is that the voice actors will only get a small portion while FOX makes a huge killing in the long run, they can still sell merchandise from the show, shirts, toys and games. But the voice actors are clever enough to say give us a piece, FOX said no. So there is a giant stalemate going on but the show’s producers have taken the pay cuts to get the show on for a 23rd season. Both sides have until Friday to reach an agreement.
It was last night, people will remember where they were when the last great American innovator died. Me, I was either at work slicing up deli meats or sitting at McDonalds eating my Big Mac and staring at the TV when the breaking news sign appeared, Steve Jobs died. How hard is it to put to words that one of the greatest technological people of not just our time but all time, is no longer with us. Jobs was dead, at the young age of fifty six. Sure I bust on the people who strictly use Apple products, but you know what, those people are snobbish, and if that is what Jobs’ last legacy is, the creation of a generation of snobbish Apple users then I would too be turning around in my grave.
Don’t get me wrong, I have great respect for Jobs or did, since he’s gone but when you keep churning out the same product every year with mild updates you begin to lose that innovator status and just become a corporate tool. In college I used a Mac everyday, simply because they could handle video and audio editing better than a PC. The problem with that though is PC’s are more built to handle everything, while Mac’s handle multimedia creation (video, audio, photoshop etc…). The iPod wiped out Microsoft’s Zune quickly, it was a sleek design, it was easy to use, but at the same time it became too generic. The iPhone did the same thing.
While Jobs innovations were vast it was everything else he did with his life that we’ll most likely miss. Jobs had pancreatic cancer. He had just recently removed himself as both CEO and a member in the Apple company. He was looking frail. The internet was buzzing for months, almost everyday with Steve Jobs is dead rumors. The fact was, he pretty much was. I know that sounds cruel but the man removed himself from the company he co-founded, was looking exceedingly frail and everyone knew about his poor health condition.
Logging onto Facebook this morning led me to see a slew of comments regarding his death, there were jokes like the recurring: the economy is bad, we lost Jobs! I’m not sure if people are saying that out of spite being PC users or what not. But let’s not talk about opinions or anything else for the remainder of the post.
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So after coming home from a long day of work I find myself checking on the many news sources that fuel this blog as well as my own personal amusement. The one piece of news that reached me and made me giggle like a little school girl was that the announcement of Arrested Development‘s return to TV. That’s right, a new season will air on TV. Almost a decade after the show was pulled off the air a 9-10 episode season will air that precedes the rumored movie that was in the makes. The show launched the careers (or further made them larger) of Jason Bateman, Michael Cera and David Cross as well as Will Arnett. The show continues to maintain popularity amongst fan forums and on DVD and in syndication.