Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This Week in Nerd News

Writer's block strikes again! I took a break from posting last week, and I had hoped to come back with both a vengeance and a comparison of DC's New 52 and Marvel NOW!. But it was terribly uninteresting, and I'd never put out an article that's only half decent. Here's an article about things happening that isn't decent at all.

Yesterday, GameInformer broke the story that the next Batman: Arkham [something or other] game was coming, and quickly. On October 25th of this year, we'll have our hands on Batman: Arkham Origins, a prequel to Asylum. The title features a younger, less experienced Dark Knight taking on eight assassins in Gotham City, the most notable being Deathstroke the Terminator. I'm pretty open about the fact that Arkham City is my favorite game of all time - it has a great story, terrific gameplay and feel, and it's disturbingly beautiful. It's just one of those games that clicked for me personally. Naturally, you'd think I'd be the first to pre-order; however, something has me a little cautious of the new title: It's developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal and not Rocksteady (the studio that put out the other two). Apparently, they developed the Wii U port of City; but only six people in the US bought a Wii U, so I haven't played it. More information can be found in the new issue of GameInformer. It's a magazine with, you know, paper and words, so be careful and don't hurt yourself.

Jimmy Fallon is set to take the reins of The Tonight Show from Jay Leno.

In "Making News Out of Stories that Aren't Really News" news, Apple banned today's 12th issue of Saga on the Comixology iOS app for its depictions of gay sex. Apparently, this is somehow more offensive than its depiction of straight sex, which happens every other issue and doesn't seem to have any boundaries.

Just kidding, they didn't ban it. Apparently, the boys at Comixology just kind of...messed up. Now don't we all feel silly?

For the second year in a row, The Consumerist has named Electronic Arts the "Worst Company in America." EA beat out Bank of America in the March Madness-style bracket by a landslide. It wasn't pretty. One can only assume this comes from EA's use of deadlines to detract from game quality, as seen in games such as Mass Effect 3 and the recent launch of SimCity. The new micro-transactions like those found in Dead Space 3 probably just added fuel to the fire. Congrats, EA. Let's go for a hat trick next year.

That's about it for this week. Next week, I'll do my best to give you something a bit more substantial with a review of Injustice: Gods Among Us. It's the one game I'll buy this month, so I might as well talk about it.

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