Lex Luthor and Alfred cast in Batman Vs. Superman

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I was having a pretty solid day until the news broke that Jesse Eisenberg will be donning the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel.  The Zack Snyder directed superhero flick of 2013 was easily one of my favorite films from last year and I was looking forward to more from within that universe.  The news that the actor well known for filling awkward teenager roles will be playing one of the most iconic villains in comic book history is something that, well, disappoints me.

Additionally, well known villain actor Jeremy Irons will be filling the shoes of lovable butler Alfred.  Yep.  So, we’re off to a solid start on this 2016 film.

I could be wrong in all of this.  Maybe I’m just overly concerned and this fear of miscasting is unfounded.  I was fine with, in fact excited for, seeing Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne… but Jesse Eisenberg as Lex and Jeremy Irons as Alfred worries me.  I’m sure you can all understand why.  Fingers crossed and a few prayers that I’m wrong.

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Neill Blomkamp may direct the Halo pilot

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Neill Blomkamp has a history with Halo:  he was attached as the director of the Peter Jackson produced Halo film that fell apart some years back and he directed the live action Halo 3 promotional film.  He knows the universe and his style is a perfect fit for the Haloverse.  That said, it’s very exciting that Blomkamp may be directing the première episode of the Halo television series that was announced for Xbox One.  While this has yet to be officially confirmed, the thought of a Blomkamp directed episode of the Halo TV series is exciting.

San Andreas is now available on Windows Phone

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Rockstar Games has finally brought Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to Windows Phone 8 devices.  Currently, the game is only supported on the following Nokia Lumia devices: 1520, 1320, 822, 820, 810 and HTC’s 8XT.  Consumer reviews on the game indicate that it is running fine on the Lumia 920 and 928 devices.  The game is available on the Windows Store for $6.99.

While it’s great that Rockstar is supporting Windows Phone, it is a bit disappointing to note that this release of San Andreas doesn’t take advantage of Windows Phone’s Xbox support.  Yep, no Achievement support for GTA on your Windows Phone.

Microsoft now wholly owns Gears of War

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Gears of War is a big franchise – one that’s managed to stay exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox platforms for 8 years due to a close partnership with Epic Games.  Each game in the franchise was published by Microsoft, but the intellectual property still remained in the possession of Epic – meaning that Epic, after fulfilling their agreement with Microsoft, could have potentially brought the franchise to Sony’s platforms.  This has now changed as Microsoft is now the IP owner of the Gears of War franchise – a win for Microsoft who, since the release of the Kinect, has been struggling to boost their library of exclusive titles.

As an avid gamer, I would like to see Microsoft pursue more new franchises, but a Gears game on my Xbox one is mighty tempting.  On the other side, while I have yet to play Judgment, I felt that the third game was a solid conclusion to the franchise.  As much as I love playing Gears of War, I do feel like sometimes it’s okay to let a franchise end – especially when the end pretty well concludes the story.

No plans for Project Spark on Windows RT

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After (finally) getting an invite to Microsoft’s game creation application Project Spark, I was excited to dive in and start creating worlds with my Surface 2 (as it’s the only computer I own with a touch screen).  After encountering an error when trying to download the game from the Windows store, I contacted Microsoft support regarding the error and was informed that Project Spark has only been announced for Windows 8.1, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.  While this is something I’ve known, I assumed that the “Windows 8.1” part of that would include their tablet OS Windows RT – this is not the case.

In response to my query, Microsoft responded with:  “Project Spark beta is currently available only in Windows 8.1.  Eventually, Project Spark will also be on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  We have not announced any plans for Project Spark on Windows 7 or RT.”  So, there you have it, Surface RT and Surface 2 owners, there are currently no plans for Project Spark on your tablet.

That said, if you’ve received a beta invite for Project Spark, you can still access the game on a Windows 8.1 PC and will be automatically granted access to the Xbox One beta when that rolls out in February.  Microsoft has assured beta participants that a new set of codes will also be sent out to beta participants for the Xbox One beta release in the event that they gave their beta access to another user.

Vikings Season 2 has a new teaser

The History Channel, now just History, has really gone down hill in the past decade or so, in my humble opinion.  Sure, there’s still some good stuff on there that I’ll go out of my way to watch, Ancient Aliens being one such show, but it’s less to do with history and more to do with bad reality television (and you can dispute Ancient Aliens’ historical accuracies, but it actually has history in it with some very interesting theories and perspectives).  That said, the other show I’ll go out of my way to watch on the channel formerly known for its great historical documentaries is Vikings.  Now, it’s not a documentary, but this drama series is historical in nature and just genuinely awesome.  If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it (seriously, it’s much more worth your time than watching poor bastards being screwed over in a pawn shop because they’ve never heard of eBay or craigslist).

Next Halo coming to Xbox One in 2014

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Halo for the Xbox one has been confirmed for a 2014 release. The game was announced at this past E3 as simply “Halo” and Microsoft states that the reason we haven’t heard a confirmation regarding a release window for the next entry in the Halo saga is due to the newest game not having an official title just yet – suggesting Microsoft doesn’t want to commit to Halo 5 for the Chief’s next battle.

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Introducing Duskland: The Webseries

I know my activity on here has been sparse lately, and it’s truly regrettable, but I’ve been actively working on a couple new projects – one of which I’m ready to unveil today.  Some time ago, I started writing a collection of short stories thematically inspired by The Twilight Zone and dubbed this collection of stories Duskland.  While I’ve only published two tales under the Duskland banner (Freefall and The Tale of Another Job), I’m always brainstorming new ideas for when I have the time to commit them to paper.  Despite only publishing two Duskland tales, it’s something that is always on my mind and something that I’m always looking to expand.  It is for these reasons that I’m excited to announce a web series based on my Duskland tales.  The first episode will be an adaptation of The Tale of Another Job – which is available for reading and download from the Duskland blog – and production is already underway.  The web series will be produced in cooperation with Unity Films with future episodes being original stories crafted specifically for film.

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