Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar. 9-15): Dark Souls II, Captain America 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toys, and More

Wasn’t the biggest week in terms of development. Nevertheless, here we go:

1) Dark Souls II and Titanfall were released, with Dark Souls II landing more press coverage.

This, to me, shows just how much brands matter. I know that Dark Souls II has also been reviewed to be the better game (92 on Metacritic vs. 86 for Titanfall) but being a sequel has really helped Dark Souls II gain more attention than Titanfall. It also helps that Dark Souls II was released for last-gen systems (weird to say that) and Titanfall was pushed on the Xbox One: a system that does not sound like it is selling as well as Microsoft hoped.

At least this man was marginally excited for Titanfall's release.
At least this man was marginally excited for Titanfall‘s release.

2) Captain America 3 is set to battle the Superman/Batman movie at the Box Office.

Guess that means that Cap isn’t dying in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Producers have already revealed that they are willing to shift the Superman/Batman movie release date yet again: such confidence.

I'm still waiting for a movie where this legitimately happens.
I’m still waiting for a movie where this legitimately happens.

3)Action figures spoil designs for the Ninja Turtles and Muto.

Well, how much can you really spoil the Ninja Turtles? Here they are (warning: they look like turtles! But somehow ninjas? And teenagers? AND MUTANTS?! Mind blown). One of Godzilla’s foes (from the upcoming film of the same name) was also spoiled. Muto, enjoy the picture below for a first, albeit low-quality look at the monster.

Again: words fail me with how excited I am for this movie.
Again: words fail me with how excited I am for this movie.

4) Do people not like to make sequels in the same decade as the originals anymore?

Seriously, first 300 (cause soooo many people wanted another one of those) and now Sin City?

5) Americans rush to re-embrace Cold War attitudes on Russia.

Evidently it wasn’t fun enough the first time.

6) In an era of unprecidented technology and communication: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanishes without a trace.

This is a tragically fascinating story that has been developing over the past week. Everyone is blaming someone else. My thoughts go with the families involved in this upsetting story.

7) Obama appeared on “Between Two Ferns”

WHAT?! So wonderful.

But not everyone thought so.

 

Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar. 2-8): Oscars, Trailer Park Boys, Watch Dogs, Sanctions, and More

Here is the news recap from the past week:

1. The Oscars happened.

Yeah, really not much to report here. Gravity won a lot, 12 Years a Slave won the big one, rich and famous people celebrated themselves for being rich and famous, and the internet got to hear yet another rendition of “Let it Go“.

Haven't seen the movie yet but I'm sure it's deserved.
Haven’t seen the movie yet but I’m sure it’s deserved.

2. Netflix renews Trailer Park Boys for two more seasons.

I loved Trailer Park Boys. It was a great show (the lovely Ellen Page got noticed there). That being said: seven seasons, three movies and a Christmas Special were enough. The jokes have gotten a bit tired and those guys must be getting on in years. Two more seasons, Netflix? Yeah cause everyone just loved it when you brought Arrested Development back.

Fun fact: this show started in 2001.
Fun fact: this show started in 2001.

3. Watch Dogs finally gets a release date.

After being unveiled two years ago, Watch Dogs inches closer to reality. No word yet on when it comes out for the Wii U. Here’s hoping Ubisoft can match the hype they’ve created around this game.

Remember when everyone was hyped up to play Watch Dogs? Remember 2012?
Remember when everyone was hyped up to play Watch Dogs? Remember 2012?

4. Idris Elba to voice Shere Khan in Disney’s new live-action Jungle Book adaptation.

Idris Elba is a bad ass. In my opinion, this guy should be playing Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman/Batman movie (sorry Social Network). There have already been a number of adaptations of this particular piece of Kipling. Time will tell if this version will be worth it.

Get ready for more cg tigers (Life of Pi needed company)
Get ready for more cg tigers (Life of Pi needed company)

5. Nintendo gets fancy with a “blue shell” edition of Mario Kart 8.

Maybe next they’ll make an edition of Wii U with adequate game support.

Perfect to throw at your friends while you're racing!
Perfect to throw at your friends while you’re racing!

6. Obama tours the United States to gain support for raising the Federal Minimum Wage.

The President embarks on yet another hard fought battle to do something that 99% of the population wants.

Seriously people, freaking Canada is beating us on this one. Are we going to let Canada beat us... outside of Olympic hockey?
Seriously people, freaking Canada is beating us on this one. Are we going to let Canada beat us… outside of Olympic hockey?

7. Russia – everyone is sanctioning that shit.

Again: still don't approve the use of children, even if it's an opinion I agree with.
Again: still don’t approve the use of children, even if it’s an opinion I agree with.

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

Here is the news recap from the past week:

1. SWEET JESUS THIS GODZILLA TRAILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

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6. Russia Invades the Ukraine

Well shit.