Arkham City

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In a case of film imitating video games imitating comic books, the next DC Comics Animated Universe movie has been revealed to be based on the Batman: Arkham video game franchise. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time a comic book movie’s been inspired by a comic book video game, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Arkham games have inspired this shift given the influence they’ve had on the comic books. So when might you be able to put this new artifact of modern cross-promotion, Batman: Assault on Arkham, in your Blu-ray player? Read on. (more…)

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All those rumors about the next installment in the Batman: Arkham Asylum/City game franchise have come true. Announced today, Batman: Arkham Origins from Warner Bros. Games Montreal, will be released on October 25th for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. The announcement video, which you can watch below, comes from Game Informer who will also feature the game in their May issue with complete, in depth coverage on what we can expect from this Arkham prequel.

More info, plus a look a the front and back cover of Game Informer featuring Bats and Deathstroke, below the cut.

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Sexy Wookie Halloween costume. While the model is quite beautiful, I think there is nothing sexy about a walking carpet. Btw, that is the shortest skirt ever. It looks more like a merkin.  [GAS]

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SDCC 2012 Coolest Exclusives

San Diego Comic Con 2012 is quickly approaching (July 11th-15th). As another year of nerdy goodness comes our way, so does a slew of new and exciting exclusive toys/collectibles.

Having scoured the net for  SDCC items, I can’t say I’m that impressed with this years selection. Past years have been better. Still, there’s enough desirables to break a toy geeks wallet. I for one, want the He-man power sword letter opener, Hasbro’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier and the Star Wars Special Edition Carbonite Chamber Collectors Pack. Oh, and I want the (resurrected) JEM doll by Hasbro. What? Jem is contagious. Jem is outrageous! And I expect you, the reader, to buy them for me. Come on, I supply you with news and entertainment everyday. The least you can do is buy me a few toys. Eh, I kid. You don’t have to buy me toys. Naked pictures of your mom would be adequate recompense.*smirk*

So, I rifled off the 4 biggest collector items, but there’s a lot more product. So much so that Comic Con should be renamed Collectible Con. Meh, lame joke. How about we get to the toys, shall we?

Hit the jump for a list of the things you want, the things you need and everything you can’t have.

 

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I don’t consider myself a super hard-core gamer, but I have, for a time, discounted the ability of Nintendo to service my gaming needs. In all honesty, the N64 was the last Nintendo system that I had any love or respect for as a gaming system (the Wii is to be respected for its ground breaking motion controller though), so while the technical advances that were promised with the Wii U pad were intriguing, I’d be lying if I said that anything shy of a miracle could have convinced me to invest money into a Wii U. As you can tell from the title of this article, that miracle didn’t come, and instead I found Nintendo’s presentation lacking in announcements that would convert even the most open-minded gamer.

For one thing, the games were an epic failure. More kid friendly originals (like you’d expect) that don’t speak to a lot of adult gamers (unless I can figure out how to kill shit in Scribblenauts) and ones that actually would, like Super Mario Bros. U, Zelda, or Smash Brothers, that were either extremely disappointing (Mario, which looked like a game that should live as DLC, not a stand alone disc) or non-existent at the presentation.

There were games that peaked my interest, like Zombi U, but unlike Sony’s The Last of Us, the game didn’t seem to have an interest in shaking up a familiar concept, and instead it seemed like a standard FPS zombie game that was only unique because of the Wii U pad. Now, admittedly, holding up the pad to use a sniper scope in the game was pretty cool, but this “new way of gaming” doesn’t feel very intuitive, and it actually seems like it would be awkward, distracting, and time consuming. All things that every gamer loves in the midst of a fast paced zombie game.

Third party games like Arkham City: Armored Edition, Mass Effect 3, and Darksiders 2, seem like simple ports or ports with a few extra bells and whistles. That’s something that Reggie Fils-Aime seemed to take issue with after the presentation when Spike’s Geoff Keighley made that observation to him, but those denials, assurances, and requests to, essentially, get people to overlook what they saw with their own eyes aren’t likely going to work.

Honestly, and Keighley alluded to this with Fils-Aime in the chair — these are tough times, and people can’t afford to drop $60 on the same game that they’ve already beat, and they can’t afford to buy a system that offers nearly no advantages over it’s (most likely) lower priced competitors either.

Luigi's Ghost Mansion... or Pac Man...

That price is another thing, we still have no answer from Nintendo on how much this thing will cost, and what specs will be inside of it — information that might help position the system as competition for the big boys.

Really, what we know from the Wii U is that they have 3rd party support on some new games, paltry exclusives, and nothing that promise to knock anybody out. If that wasn’t bad enough, they also have a piece of hardware which may be, at once, an inch above and a mile below it’s competition.

Sure, the Wii U pad will have Hulu, Youtube, and Netflix, but as someone on the @NerdBastards twitter pointed out during our tweet and watch, we all have numerous devices that do that. Right now, I’ve got 3 of them within 10 feet of me, including a year old cell phone.

An idea like the Mverse is a neat enough idea, the secondary screen could be cool, and Nintendo Land is a nice enough concept whose novelty wore off before the show was even over, but really, this is a system you buy if you are a Nintendo loyalist, or someone looking to come off of a Wii who hasn’t yet discovered the superiority of an Xbox 360 and the PS3.

The problem with Wii is the same problem Wii U looks like it will face, and it is an interesting parallel with the other two companies that presented at E3 — Sony wants to be a game system, Microsoft wants to be a media hub, and Nintendo doesn’t know how to do either, so it tries to be both and it fails miserably.

At the start of this presentation Reggie Fils-Aime proclaimed that the Wii U would change our lives, but in the end, I don’t think the Wii U presentation changed a thing — try as they might to re-court gamers, Nintendo lost this war a long, long time ago.

To take a look at our thoughts on Sony’s E3 presentation, click here. For Microsoft’s, click here.

 

 

 

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Some of you probably have fond memories of The Rocketeer. Others might be like, wha-? Either way you really can’t deny how fantastic this gender-swapped cosplay is. The retro-ness is perfectly accented by those garters, as well as  a few other things. Photographed by gsrho. (CBM)

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First, Rocksteady Games took the Batman franchise and turned it into one of the single best video game franchise of all-time with Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Doning their utility belt of success, the game developers have decided to resurrect another gaming franchise, four mutant turtles and their talking rat master. Maybe you’ve heard of them?

The rumor going around is that Rocksteady may possibly be developing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game called “The Manhattan Crisis”, no relation to 1992′s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project. While this is only an Internet rumor right now, no one at Rocksteady has publicly denied the rumor either.

As far as we have can gather:

– All four Turtles will be playable, with flashbacks played as Master Splinter/Hamato Yoshi.
– Gameplay and story/stage progression will be similar to Batman: Arkham City.
– Bosses include Bebop and Rocksteady, Dr. Baxter Stockman, Shredder (Oroku Saki), and Krang. In the case of the humans-turned-mutants, you fight them in both forms throughout the story.
– The Turtle Van and Turtle Blimp will be included.
– The game will use Arkham City‘s graphics engine.
– The game is expected to be more dark than slapstick.

Having a five-star developer working on what most NerdBastards grew up watching is outstanding. If Rocksteady can somehow manage to repeat the magic act they pulled with Batman while keeping the game interesting including multiple player input, Rocksteady could be the king of the gaming mountain for years.

Just no Vanillia Ice, we’ve had enough to deal with after TMNT.

Source: You Bent My Wookie

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

When Eric Smith was dumped by his girlfriend, before he about to propose to her, he did what any recovering nerd would do. Sold the engagement ring and bought a Master Chief suit. Best rebound ever. (TDW: Geek)

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Every week the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Every Monday (Oops, Tuesday. Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day!) we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

This week’s edition: the Grillenium Falcon, Dungeons & Dragons cake, Free Portal 2 soundtrack, Star Wars in Lego diorama, DC and Chuck Taylor team up, Lt. Data; soft spoken rapper, Pac-man created with light, Star Wars in 3 minutes with action figures, Green Lantern concept art, Marvel ladies in 80s glam, I choose you, Facehugger!, Chewie Bento Box, learn Klingon, Gamestop’s Batman: Arkham City pre-order bonus, smooth out 8-bit animation, shower with Droids, SNES style Doctor Who intro, Super Mario Bros. soda display, the Doctor’s newest companions, Indiana Jones meet Han Solo.

 

Image of the Day: Awesome Star Wars-themed mobile food truck

Food trucks are all the rage right now. There are taco trucks, cupcake trucks, even trucks with food based on hit television series (HBO’s Game of Thrones). But can those food trucks make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs and deliver on tasty grilled cheese? (blastr)

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Dates For Arkham City Announced

Holy merciless mammaries Batfans, did you here about ‘Batman: Arkham City‘ yet? No, well then lace up your boots, put on that cape and strap on that utility belt; the sequel to Arkham Asylum is locked in. After months of teasing screenshots and ass kicking trailers the sequel to the smash Batman video game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment finally has a release date. Just when is the gritty world of Gotham city’s criminal underbelly going to get bataranged onto consoles this year?

Riddle me this…

Developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City is ready for a release at various points during the month of October 2011. Being released October 18th in North America, Australia on October 19th and in Europe and the remainder of the world on October 21st. The game will be a cross-platform release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC (the Wii can’t handle the Bat).

Building off the success of it’s predecessor this sequel will expand on everything from Asylum, bringing in expanded gameplay features as well co-op gameplay. Taking the experience from the first game and making it 5x larger is going to not only expand your experience, it’s gonna mean you’ll be spending a bit more time in your very own Batcave surrounded by cans of Pepsi and Doritos. No longer are you facing the rogue gallery of villians in a jail cell, the home of Gotham’s criminally insane is now an entire section of one of DC’s most recognizable cities. New game, same Batman, more bitch slapping from the god damn Batman. It’s gonna be EPIC!

Via: Geek Tyrant

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