Over two years later, the legal battle between Bethesda and Interplay over the rights to Fallout is over, with Bethesda emerging the victor, reclaiming the rights to the name and the Fallout series. Interplay did come away with $2 million in compensation, but that probably only really covers their legal fees at this point.
In this first episode of Retro Game Master, our hero, Shinya Arino, faces off against grueling Nintendo Entertainment System game Ninja Gaiden.
Starting this summer, the publisher will re-number its entire DC Universe of titles, revamping famous characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and others from its 76-year history for a more modern and diverse 21st century.
The first book to be released under this new era: Justice League No. 1, out Aug. 31, a series by writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee that reunites the famous lineup of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
Johns promises a focus on the interpersonal relationships within DC’s trademark superteam. “What’s the human aspect behind all these costumes?” he says. “That’s what I wanted to explore.”
In September, more than 50 more first issues will debut, introducing readers to stories that are grounded in each character’s specific legend but also reflect today’s real-world themes and events. Lee spearheaded the redesign of more than 50 costumes to make characters more identifiable and accessible to comic fans new and old.
via USA Today
ComicsAlliance Convo: What Will Happen to the DC Universe in September? [Poll]
There’s been a lot of discussion and speculation recently about what’s coming in the DC Universe this September, sparked by some curious news coming out of the August comic book solicitations and DC’s blogThe Source:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of its impact on the DC Universe, FLASHPOINT #5 is the only title that DC Comics is currently soliciting to arrive in stores on August 31.
Long-time readers may remember, of course that all of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again; in 1994, the final issue of DC’s Zero Hour event shipped alone as well, the conclusion of a mega-crossover that altered or rewrote significant parts of DC Universe history. As we previously noted, this single issue shipment in late August also coincides with the end of nearly every significant storyline in the DC Universe. So what happens in Flashpoint #5? And even more importantly, what happens afterwards?
Doctor Who's the highest rated show in BBC America’s history, and the time-traveling alien is such an icon, people are calling for him to be Britain’s new patron saint. But what’s Doctor Who really about? How can you appreciate it?
Top image: The TARDIS by Disent on Deviant Art.
It may sound daunting when you hear that Doctor Who is closing in on its 50th anniversary in just a few years. It’s a long, sprawling saga, with characters and creatures that turn up again and again. How can you possibly understand what’s going on, without watching classic episodes like “Rider From Shang-Tu,” “The Snows Of Terror,” “The Day Of Armageddon” and “Horse Of Destruction”? (Those are all individual titles from the show’s early episodes.)
The good news is, Doctor Who has a pretty simple format, and usually keeps all of the backstory under wraps. The other good news is, when the show was relaunched in 2005, it was a pretty clean break, so you can just start watching with the first episodes of “Series One,” starring Christopher Eccleston. You can even start from scratch with the first episodes of “Series Five,” starring Matt Smith.
Once you’ve watched the current series, if you want to start delving back into the “classic” series, which ran on BBC from 1963 through 1989, that’s pretty easy too. Here’s our complete guide to getting into classic Doctor Who for people who’ve been watching the new series.
That said, Doctor Who is a show with a rich universe, and a lot of quirky traits have been added over the years. If you want to get more out of the show, it’s helpful to know a bit more about what’s going on. So here’s our complete guide to the series for newbies (and curious fans.)
Call it the Curse of Raised Stakes and its corollary, Villain Oversaturation Syndrome. It’s a particular kind of sloppiness that disproportionately affects the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and it’s taken down successful franchises before. The Curse works like this: you’ve made a good or great movie or two, and people want more. But you can’t give them the same dish all over again. So you up the ante: your hero saved the girl last time? Now he saves the city. Did he save the city? Make him save the world! And if it’s the final film in a trilogy, you know you have to go out with an epic bang, and nothing says “epic bang” like one man taking on five dudes at once. As anyone who’s seen Boot Camp Boys 3can tell you, that kind of action ends in a mess.
Videogamers and conspiracy nuts share a lot of common ground: both spend most of their time indoors, both post long, meandering tirades on internet message boards, and both stare at flickering screens all day. The only difference is that one group is playing Xbox, and the other is flipping frame-by-frame through Obama’s inauguration speech trying to spot his lizardman tail. But sometimes the groups overlap, and we end up with some crazy theories about our favorite games. Strap on your tinfoil hats, sheeple: here are six of the weirdest videogame fan-theories out there