World of Warcraft has reportedly shed another 1.3 Million subscribers in the last three months.
While there is some theorizing going on about why this may be, as a current World of Warcraft player myself I can tell you exactly why: “Daily Quests”. The latest expansion went too far in forcing the players to do these “Daily Quests” every day to advance. The animosity many players I know feel towards this new model is very deep. It’s no wonder they are losing subscribers hand over fist – they took an entertaining game and made it a daily chore to do. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
If I wasn’t involved in a guild with people I like to hang out with, I would have hit the eject button myself a few months back.
Diamond Comics Distributors will release exclusive spins on the classic board games Monopoly and Risk with an undead twist: they contain the Walking Dead. Buy and trade property and then fortify it to keep the zombies off your lawn (and your braaaaain intact). Pre-order at your local comic book shop.
You really have to go see this thing to fully appreciate it. It is the “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Collection” limited set. I could try and describe it but the pictures are worth a thousand words. Also, the rich, creamy awesomeness of this swag overwhelms me.
Clawing its way onto web pages everywhere is the full trailer for The Wolverine. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as X-Man Wolverine in the film to be released this summer, July 26.
Related: Jean Grey returns in The Wolverine.
A couple of trailers for the sequel to the film Kick Ass are out for viewing, including a red band trailer. Kick Ass 2 will be in theaters this summer and includes the original cast returning to their crime fighting roles.
As work continues on the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Marvel has also relaunched the property in comics as a new series. Guardians of the Galaxy #1 is on sale now.
Gamers may remember the very challenging and very awesome 1993 game Space Hulk for the PC set in the Warhammer 40k universe where players controlled space marines attempting to clean genestealers off a wrecked vessel. Game maker Full Control will be releasing a new Space Hulk turn based game for the PC which is said to be both challenging and hardcore.
Story details for the sequels of the 1996 film Independence Day are emerging. Independence Day Forever parts 1 and 2 will take place twenty years after the first film as the aliens return loaded for bear.
That wily cannibal Hannibal Lecter (first seen in the film Silence of the Lambs) is getting his own series on NBC. The show will explore the younger years of the character. A graphic red-band trailer is available to whet your appetite…
Rumors abound on the sequel to the Alien prequel Prometheus. Some say that the film Prometheus backed the franchise into a corner from which there is no workable premise for escape. Meanwhile, screenwriter Damon Lindelof says all is well. Hmmm….
Hot on the heels of my post mentioning that Dredd was doing well in the home video market comes the news that a sequel is completely out of the question. Producer Adi Shankar says “It’s because the movie totally bombed and R-rated movies are a tough sell to begin with“. The film made $35 million globally in theaters on a $50 million budget.
Cartoon Network’s decision to cancel Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Young Justice and Green Lantern has fans of the shows already looking back fondly. See: Best Scooby Doo series ever comes to an end and Five things we’ll miss about Young Justice.
Fans of the Marvel Comics character Deadpool know that the anti-hero is hardly a role-model. The team working on a Deadpool movie feel the same way about it and they are determined the character should get his full due in a film rated with a hard ‘R’. The producers may be concerned that an “R” rating would dampen the box office, but they might want to take a look at the film Dredd (based on the character Judge Dredd) which absolutely slayed in the home video market.
The sequel to the film RED (based on the comic book series) is set for a July 19th release. Producer di Bonaventura recently discussed the film and it’s cast. RED 2 stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-hun, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.
Leaping on-board Captain America: The Winter Soldier is UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre who has been cast as Batroc the Leaper. The character Batroc is skilled in the martial style of French kickboxing (savate).
The Massive Multi-Player space game Eve Online will release its 19th free expansion for the game June 4th. The game has been going strong for ten years and is one of the few MMOs to successfully remain a subscription only service. Despite its age, it’s subscriptions have been increasing.
Eurogamer has a detailed review of Bioshock Infinite which releases tomorrow (March 26). They are giving the highly anticipated release 10 out of 10 and use the word “Amazing” liberally. It looks like it is going to be a wild ride. Should unlock for download on Steam at midnight.
Titled Brave New World, the expansion pack has a release date in July. Besides several new game play features it also apparently features a crossover with X-Com.
Zombies seem to be all the rage and Amazon Studios is working on a series based on the hit movie Zombieland. The series will follow the further adventures of the four survivors seen in the movie as they outwit zombies and seek new sources of Twinkies.
A new TV spot shows Pepper Potts getting her own suit of Iron (Woman) armor in Iron Man 3.
Director J.J. Abrams will be taking the reigns on Star Wars: Episode VII. Abrams has been instrumental in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise and now will be bringing those talents to Disney’s recently acquired Star Wars universe. In this interview he shares some thoughts on it.
Bruce Campbell who starred as the character Ash in the original Evil Dead and Army of Darkness films discusses the soon to be released remake of Evil Dead. Campbell acted as a producer on the forthcoming film which will be massacring audiences world-wide on April 5th.
The game will be free-to-play online, however for a nominal fee more Marvel character options will be available for use to the player. I have been told from friends in the closed beta that it plays like Diablo and that it is great fun. Go check out the new trailer.
Hyperkin unveils the RetroN 5 which plays Nintendo, Japanese Famicom, SNES, Genesis (plus Mega Drive), and Game Boy Advance games with up-convert for HD screens. Also supports saved games like an emulator via SD card slot.
R.I.P. Peter Scott at age 82. Over the course of his career as a cat burglar Scott nabbed upwards of 30 Million British pounds in jewels, furs and artworks. He took pains to select targets from the ranks of royalty, film stars and the aristocracy. In his prime he lived a high flying life of fast women and cars but ended broke saying “I gave all my money to head waiters and tarts”.
A growing number of fans and developers are keeping the classic console systems alive and well. Platforms such as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) which ended production in the Nineties yet remain a viable customer market for new games. The 2009 game of Rush Rush Rally by game makers Senile Team saw the retro Dreamcast version outselling its Nintendo Wii counterpart.
Related: check out the new RetroN 5 console cartridge player
Vin Diesel’s latest film in the Riddick series has a teaser trailer available to watch. The new film finds Riddick stranded on a planet fighting to survive against ravenous predators. This will be the third film in the series following Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick.
Wizards of the Coast continues development of their forthcoming re-vamp of the Dungeons & Dragons pen and paper role-playing game. Their last installment, the Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition was not exactly a fan-favorite while the Third Edition of the game had its own unforeseen side-effects.
Today is William Shatner’s birthday and to celebrate Hulu is making Every Star Trek Episode Ever made from every series free to watch March 22 – 31st. Includes The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise series.
Blizzard, the creator of the World of Warcraft series of games, will release a Collectible Card Game set in the Warcraft universe. It is expected to be free to play with digital collectible cards.
Marvel’s has cast Robert Redford in a role for their forthcoming film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Trivia: Robert Redford turned down the lead role in Richard Donner’s Superman, which was then filled by Christopher Reeve.
Additional cast has been announced to join Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in a forthcoming film on the classic Greek demi-god Hercules. Based on a graphic novel, the film portrays Hercules leading a band of mercenaries into high adventure.
Related: Dwayne Johnson discusses a Fast and Furious spin-off.
The New York Times reports that writer Neil Gaiman will be returning to work for Marvel Comics. In the move he will be transitioning a character written for Spawn and Image Comics over to the Marvel Universe. Gaiman has won custody of his creation Angela (the martial angel often seen in Spawn comics) and Marvel is apparently going to give her a home. She will make appearances in the Age Of Ultron miniseries.