Many people had a deep feeling of trepidation when they heard DC were producing a show about the early years of Bruce Wayne’s life as a child. Furthermore, this setting was to be used as the hub for the origins of all the classic villains of Gotham City; how they came to be. Watching Gotham, some of the characters trademarks – which will eventually become their raison détre – are done in such an in-your-face manner and with as much subtlety as a blacksmith with a ten tonne hammer (slightly exaggerating, …but you get the idea), that it becomes slightly irritating. The Riddler riddles a lot, Catwoman has the agility to swing and climb from rooftop to rooftop, the Penguin walks like he has webbed feet. We get it! (we also actually like Gotham, … and this is just for fun) (more…)
I don’t get to report on nerd news this awesomely adorable nearly often enough:
Miles is 5 years old and suffers from leukemia. His one wish in his difficult life is to be Batman. So the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the city of San Francisco, CA–and numerous other individuals and businesses–have banded together like a Justice League of charity and good will. And on November 15, Miles will get his wish.
It’s an age old debate, is Batman the cure for crime in Gotham City, or the cause? Obviously, Gotham was a mighty big shit hole before he starting jumping rooftops dressed as a bat, but, if we use The Dark Knight as a major argument against, crazy villains like the Joker only appear after Batman. And hell, if you want to go with the comic book origin, Batman literally created the Joker by throwing poor Jack Napier into a vat of acid. Maybe it was an accidental shove, but still, without a Batman there wouldn’t be a Joker.
It is this timeless fanboy headache the crew of Cracked’s After Hours bring to the table in their newest episode, Why Batman Is Secretly Terrible for Gotham. You might remember these guys (and girl) from Why Star Wars is Secretly Terrifying for Women, in which they made some pretty eye-opening remarks. But is Batman truly bad for Gotham?
As expected things get heated when debating the usefulness of the world’s favorite crime fighter. Then things get really heated. Like steamy. Watch for yourself and feel free to weigh in below. Me? Batman is completely necessary. Who else would I obsess over? Superman? Puh-leaze!
There’s a new Batman game in town and it’s concept might shock the crap out of you. At least for the diehard Batfreaks. It’s a first-person shooter set in Gotham City. That’s right, an FPS involving the ever vigilante, anti-gun, Batman. Crazy, right? Well the more I read it might just be the good kind of crazy.
Gotham City Imposters is a multi-player FPS set in Batman’s home turf where players can create heroes or villains inspired by the caped crusader or his nemesis, the Joker. Then players get to shoot the shit out of of each other, fun right? I think this concept is brilliant.
Recently Erik Eckstein previewed the game for G4 and he gives us some insight on the game play,
Picture your typical downloadable shooter like Blacklight Tango Down or Breach, yet before panicking, picture it full of customizable Batmen and Jokerites. Players can fully tailor how their particular hero or heroine looks, from cosmetic choices like gloves, capes, and cowls to weapon and gadget loadouts. Pick a Nimble body type, and you’ll move quick, but Tough bodies take more damage. Adopt a grapple gun, and you’ll be able to ascend to a high vantage point, but if you race around on roller skates, you’re a lot faster on the ground.
You’ll be able to choose from a variety of guns (shotguns, assault rifles, rocket launchers, sub-machine guns), support weapons like pipe bombs, boomerangs, and revitalizing energy drinks, and gadgets like the aforementioned grapple gun or glider rig, which lets you float further when jumping/falling. These weapons can also have mods attached to them, so you can tweak a rocket launcher to fire multiple rounds, for example. All of this is gained through various unlocks in the game; the more you progress, the more opens up.
You can join one of two gangs, the Bats or Jokerz, and then you simply waste each other in online matches. I couldn’t really allow myself to make a Bats gang member, I know guns aren’t his style. But a Jokerz member?! Oh, I’m all over that. I’ve already created my Joker-devoted villain in DCU Online, why not branch out into GCI? Plus, GCI sounds like a great pick-up any time game. You play whenever you feel like shooting things, ever have those days? I also can’t help but be sucked in by the promise of so much customization. Creating and developing my character in the DC Universe was, by far, my favorite part of DCU Online.
Created by Monolith Productions, the same guys behind FEAR, in a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive, and a storyline penned by none other than Jim Lee. This is full of win right? As of now no release date has been announced but it will be available for XBLA, PSN, and PC.
Intrigued by this Gotham-based FPS? I’m already hooked and I haven’t eve seen a bit of footage.We do have this great image of character concept art, available below the cut, check it out.
Finally, a new gameplay trailer has been unleashed for Batman: Arkham City!The highly anticipated game iscoming to the PlayStation 3, XBox 360, and PC on October 18th. It gives us our first look at Batman in action as well as characters like Hugo Strange, Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Two-Face.
Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City – five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum – and the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new, all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.
Looks amazing. If this game is anything like the first, we have nothing to worry about. On a side note, every video game trailer should be set to that song “short change hero” by “The Heavy”. It makes you want to snort some blow and kick some arse!
Everybody needs a break sometime, from the Man of Steel to Stormtrooper TK-471. It takes a lot out of a clone to shoot so much and hit so little. So where should the overtaxed and over worked Superhero head for a relaxing vacation? There’s a whole galaxy out there to choose from. With so many choices it could all boil down to that properly placed travel ad or commercial.
So grab your loudest Hawaiian shirt, money belt, passport, phrase book (You might need to find a restroom or contact the American Embassy) and click through the jump to check out the hottest fictional resorts out there according to Nerdbastard’s Travel and Tourism Board.