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Anyone who’s ever played an RPG of any kind knows that a significant portion of the game’s mechanics rely on leveling up your character to prepare them for the challenges ahead. It becomes especially repetitive when you’ve been playing whatever game for long periods of time, so one can easily imagine that the WoW faithful of the gaming world would be a little bored of the typical grind, even after all of the changes introduced in the game’s expansions. Still, Blizzard expects gamers to play fairly and go through the slog like everyone else and they don’t take kindly to cheating, as demonstrated by the banning. (more…)

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For you folks eagerly awaiting news of the long-promised and much-delayed World of Warcraft flick, it looks like things are finally moving in the right direction.  The powers-that-be at Legendary Pictures have decided that they’re on-track enough to give us an official shooting date for the film and it looks like it will be coming up pretty quick.

According to the Legendary boss-people, they’re going to start shooting sometime in early 2014.  In addition, they’re hoping to have the film ready and released sometime in 2015 (most likely summer).  So in just a few years, we’ll get the chance to see this Duncan Jones (Moon) directed and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) written adaptation, along with all the orcs, elves and chainmail bikini-clad heroines that such an undertaking entails.

Personally, I’m not a WoW fan, but this team-up has me greatly intrigued.  Hopefully, we’ll see a video game movie that doesn’t make us want to cry.

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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Because some people still insist that video games can be turned into movies that don’t totally blow, Blizzard has elected to work with the moneybags-that-be to produce a World of Warcraft film.  And while the news has been mostly rumor thus far, it now looks like there’s an official confirmation that it will begin shooting in 2014.

According to producer Charles Roven:

First quarter 2014 we’re going to shoot that movie. We’re moving forward; obviously Legendary is making that film and I’m having a great time with Duncan.

Yup, it’s a-go, folks.  The only saving grace of this idea, at least to me, is that Duncan Jones will be directing it.  He’s the guy that did that amazing fkn film called Moon.  If you haven’t had the chance to see it, you should hit up the Netflix immediately.  If Duncan can bring even a fraction of the deep story that Moon possessed to WoW, we might finally see the world’s first non-crap video game movie!

 

Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.

In the handheld gaming wars, a new challenger enters.

Nvidia has announced that they will release a new handheld gaming console called Shield. A device that will surely catch some early buzz… and then eventual fizzle out when the next big thing is announced.

Here’s some  specs:

  • Custom 72-core NVIDIA GeForce® GPU
  • Quad-core A15 CPU
  • Ultimate control and precision with a full-size console-grade game controller
  • 5-inch 720p retinal multi-touch display for high fidelity visuals
  • Custom, bass-reflex, tuned port audio system delivers fidelity and custom range never before experienced on a portable device
  • 802.11n 2×2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi provides high-bandwidth, ultra-fast wireless for seamless game streaming
  • Android OS – Jelly Bean

Unless your a spec junkie, all that’s probably flashy gibberish. Basically, this is what happens when you leave your 360 controller, and portable DVD in the same room together.

The real stand out feature here, is the ability to play your PC games on it. Oh, what, did that make your head turn? Well, it’s true, and it’s freaking revolutionary.

Provided you have a GeForce GTX-powered computer, Shield can connect to that computer and stream the game directly to the device. This means you can finally be able play WoW while taking a crap. *Que up Beethoven’s 9th Symphony!

When not playing your PC games through the device, you can acquire games from both Nvidia TegraZone and Google Play stores.

Pricing has yet to be revealed, but Nvidia says Project Shield will ship in Q2 of this year.

I’ll leave you all to discuss the ups and downs of this device.

 

(gratuitous half-naked WoW girl included for shameless self-promotion)

Adapting video games into films is almost always a bad idea, and a long trail of the dead exists to prove that fact. Still, people persist in their belief that a decent film can come about using a video game world.  One of the die-hard attempts to make movie dollars from an already cash-rich title is that of World of Warcraft.

They’ve been working hard at it now for… what, about six years?  A number of writers have been brought on board and then lost.  In 2009, Sam Raimi (!!!) was set to direct the film, but recently he too abandoned ship.  Sitting in pre-production limbo with hardly a chance of being made, what ever shall World of Warcraft do?  Why hire another scriptwriter and start the whole thing from scratch, of course.

The latest news has Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) set to try his hand at making the script into a workable and desirable object that may convince the gods to stop stepping angrily all over the project.  Providing the rewrite doesn’t take yet another 6 years, we may see the folks at Legendary looking for another director and then, eventually… casting!

What do you humble (or not so humble) Nerdreaders think?  WoW movie – good or bad?  Chance in hell?  Doomed by evil forces to permanent pre-production?

 

Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up on this one.

Sam Raimi Logs Off ‘World Of Warcraft’ Movie

In the world of “News that no one really gives a crap about anymore” Sam Raimi is no longer set to direct the World of Warcraft movie.

Yes Virginia, someone actually planned to make a movie about that online game world . . . go figure.

The World of Warcraft movie has been officially in the works since 2007 and seemed to gain some steam in 2009 when Sam Raimi was attached to direct the film. He’d just finished the first two widely successful Spider-Man movies and he could pretty much write his own ticket on his next project. The honeymoon lasted until 2010 with pre-production writing and news bits about the movie that Raimi trickled out to the Internet quickly ran dry.

It soon became apparent that Oz: The Great and Powerful was Raimi’s go to project and while World of Warcraft fans may have held out hope that Raimi would return and finish, everyone else figured that Raimi and Activision would move on with their separate lives. Raimi confirmed this during an interview with Crave Online while at Comic Con.

“Actually, they don’t have me directing World of Warcraft anymore because when I took the Oz job, they had to move on to another director, they had to start making it.”

Activision Blizzard hasn’t stated publicly how their search for a new director is going or if they are even still considering the production. Is there a market for a movie about a waning online game? A majority of the gamers have moved on to new games and online worlds and Activision Blizzard admits that subscriptions are down.

Does anyone care anymore about this project? Did anyone read beyond the title of this post?

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: Completely impractical for fighting crime, but if you’re just wanting to look good and maybe catch the eye of your own Nightwing, this Batgirl latex ensemble should do the trick. [FashionablyGeek]

 

Because apparently devoting hours upon hours to World of Warcraft online isn’t enough, now spend hours playing some of the longest board games all steeped in Word of Warcraft-iness. [Geekologie]

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