Could it be true – is Hollywood starting to get the whole ‘hire a good director = half-decent film’ idea finally?
I wish my beard looked as cool as that…
Duncan Jones, director of the superb “Moon” and “Source Code” has signed on to direct the long-stewing adaptation of Blizzard’s MMO powerhouse, “World of Warcraft” (why, you don’t suppose that the runaway success of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” had anything to do with this surprising development, do you?) and that’s clearly brilliant news.
He’s played “WoW“ and is a self-described gamer (fan of the property, formerly in a Brit-based “Call of Duty“ clan) which indicates that he might just have an idea of how best to marry the disparate worlds of live action film making and the wibbly-wobbly, digital realm and not just default to knocking together some sub-Tolkein tropes and letting the CG guys do the real heavy lifting. Make no mistake – it’s perfectly possible to make a good movie from video game material and I suspect that someone who knows the culture might be in a better place to helm an adaptation than some dude hopping up from commercials and music vids to his first feature gig.
Nerds – stand up and be counted! Who doesn’t love a bit of raiding?
IMDB lists an Ian Fleming biopic on Jones’ to-do list, but producers are apparently keen to get this rollercoaster on the tracks this autumn for a bow sometime in 2015 – strike while the +10 to Melee Damage Iron Sword of Sundering is hot, and all that. Is it too much to hope for for a Leeroy Jenkins shout-out?
You’ll be unsurprised that Gabe and Tycho have some good advice on what not to do with this movie…
Filed under Films, Geekery
If you’re at all interested in the world of video games, this week sees an interesting stop on the international show calendar, Cologne‘s annual GamesCom shindig.
Gamescom – Germany’s finest gaming show.
Sitting between the all-out industry showcase E3 and the nerdier, Penny Arcade-affiliated PaxPrime, GamesCom differs in being held in Europe and offering a big shop window before the Autumn games releases start to drop (increasingly, it seems, the long-established Tokyo Game Show is being shut out of much of the action and becoming less relevant, which is a real shame).
Already today we’ve seen E-Sports integration into the critically important multiplayer section of “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2”, which is one of those proverbial games changers and a flurry of rumours preceding the predictable no-show of venerable Valve vapourware, “Half Life 3“. My interest, however, was drawn to Eurogamer.net’s story on new Capcom sci-fi action game, “Remember Me” (Facebook link).
Capcom game “Remember Me”, clearly as in love with “Blade Runner” as anybody else with a soupcon of sanity.
Ass-kicking, post-Whedon/Cameron female protagonist? Check. Futuristic setting in a recognizable European capital city (Paris)? Check. Gameplay which suggests a blend of “Uncharted” platforming, combat playing homage to Rocksteady’s “Batman” games and some hide-in-the-shadows stealth sections which all third-person action games must include? Chiggedy-Check-Check.
A third-person action platform adventure with a charismatic protagonist in a glossy setting – I’m in.
The game’s scheduled to release next May – hopefully there’s enough sci-fi action included to get me through next Summer’s inevitable games drought (which might be worse than usual if the hints about next-gen consoles arriving next Autumn turn out to be correct).
Filed under Gaming, Geekery
Earlier in the year I told you about the Australian shop who chose to insult and belittle potential customers rather than assist them and encourage them to, you know, buy stuff. We laughed about it and thought that nothing could top such an example of retail stupidity.
A concept apparently alien to shops these days...
Oh, how wrong we were.
Penny Arcade today runs down the sad tale of PA reader Dave and his travails with the PR representative for the Avenger video game controller company.
Not only does the PR guy – who might want to look for an alternate line of work, as his unique gifts don’t appear to fit with his current vocation – diss his customer’s legitimate complaint about a lack of contact and updates on his long-delayed order but he then rounds on PA when they tell him that his crappy attitude means that his outfit is not welcome at future PAX events. Hilarity ensues.
In this perilous economy should companies really be acting in such a customer-alienating way? Especially when your e-mail conversation is going to end up online on a site patronised largely by the client base that you which to attract?
Never seen a Simian wield one of these...
…because such outright douche-baggery makes you wonder how any developer sticks working in the industry for more than twenty minutes.
Recoil in horror!