Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb. 23-Mar. 1): Godzilla, Nintendo, Twitch, Minecraft, and More

Here is the news recap from the past week:


I am a die-hard Godzilla fan, I will make no secret of this. I grew up with the big guy, there’s just something wonderful in those old man-in-suit monster films. That being said 1998 will always be a year of disappointment thanks to Roland Emmerich’s lackluster, Godzilla (Godzilla in name only). 2014 looks to be the year of awesome. Seriously, check out this trailer. Also twenty minutes of the film have already been screened with people loving the OTHER MONSTERS (what?!) in the movie.

2. Nintendo closes down Wi-Fi support for the Wii and DS.

Seriously, what will all those people still playing The Conduit online (yes there are people, check out our video) do now? Really this move is not unexpected. While it is happening slightly quicker than I thought, remember that Microsoft ended the original Xbox Live after the 360 was released. My question is this: would Wii games Wi-Fi abilities still work on the Wii U (same for DS games on the 3DS)?

Play it while you can... or until Mario Kart 8 comes out.
Play it while you can… or until Mario Kart 8 comes out.

3. Twitch Plays Pokemon

Okay, I may write a full article on this in the future but for now I’ll keep it brief. For those out there not in the know, Twitch Plays Pokemon was an incredible social experiment. Thousands of people playing the same game (Pokemon Red) at the same time. The results have been astronomically entertaining, with whole lore being created to go along with the play-through. While yesterday Twitch did it. Twitch beat Pokemon.

Twitch Plays Pokemon spawned a mythology richer than most recent religions.
Twitch Plays Pokemon spawned a mythology richer than most recent religions.

4. The Minecraft Movie

Warner Bros. has optioned the rights to bring Minecraft to the big screen. That could work, right? I mean Minecraft is essentially virtual Legos and look at how great The LEGO Movie turned out! Or it could just be a cheap cash-in, one of the two.

I can only imagine it will look something like this.
I can only imagine it will look something like this.

5. The great Harold Ramis passed away

Harold Ramis (1994-2014) was a phenomenal force in comedy. The man wrote and directed Caddyshack and Groundhog Day. He also had a hand in writing films like Ghostbusters, Meatballs, Stripes, and National Lampoon’s Animal House. We think Bill Murray is funny in large part because of Harold Ramis. He died too young for all the laughter that he brought to the world.


6. Russia Invades the Ukraine

Well shit.

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