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‘Firefly’ cast reunites for ‘Firefly Online’

- July 25th, 2014

Let’s face it, Whedonites, this is the best we’re going to get.

The entire cast of Firefly, Joss Whedon’s science-fiction show that ran for only one season on Fox but created a cult like following nonetheless, announced they would be lending their voices to the official online game at San Diego Comic Con on Friday.

io9 reports that each actor will be reprising their roles from the show for the MMORPG game.

Remember when Star Wars tried to do their MMORPG sans the original actors? Kind of like that, but hopefully better.

The site also reported that fan favourite Alan Tudyk will be lending his voice talents to a variety of characters, so keep a keen ear out for hilarious accents and sad coverup attempts.

There is currently no release date for the game, so until then, just run free, space cowboys and cowgirls.

Remember, they can’t take the sky from you.

‘Halo: Nightfall’ first look

- July 24th, 2014

Gaming and sci-fi fans at San Diego Comic-Con received a surprising treat opening day.

On Thursday, 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions unveiled the first trailer for Ridley Scott’s digital series Halo: Nightfall.

Based on the first person shooter title from 343 Industries, Nightfall follows legendary marksman Jameson Locke (Mike Colter) and takes place between Halo 4 and the unreleased Halo 5: Guardian.

According to Xbox, Locke and his team are on a mission when they are ambushed by a terrorist organization on the planet of Sedra.

Captured, Locke and his team must fight their way back to freedom, but after being drawn to a “sacred artifact,” must endeavor through a hell they weren’t aware existed.

Although not much else is known about Locke’s character, Xbox have confirmed he will have a major role in the upcoming Halo title, which is due to release sometime in 2015.

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From the looks of the trailer, fans of the Halo franchise may be getting a live action series that incorporates all of the mythology and alien life presence they could have hoped for.

At the same time, it does feel like an expensive marketing ploy to amp up anticipation for the fifth title. We’ll see if it’s any good relatively soon, though, as the series is scheduled to premiere on Xbox One platforms sometime in November.

I mean, it’s got Ridley Scott, so there’s some hope for it yet.

Sigourney Weaver back as Ellen Ripley in ‘Alien: Isolation’ DLC

- July 9th, 2014

Ellen Ripley and the rest of the Nostromo crew are back in video game form.

While the upcoming Alien: Isolation takes places 15 years after the events of the original 1979 Ridley Scott film, there are two missions starring the original cast that will be available if you pre-order the game, Sega has announced.

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“Last Survivor” DLC for Alien: Isolation. (Supplied)

Sigourney Weaver, who played Ripley in the film, told The Associated Press:

“It was eerie how quickly it happened. Honestly. I had to start with this sort of sign-off, ‘This is Lieutenant Ripley of the starship Nostromo.’ You know, that paragraph. I felt like no time had passed. It was really strange, actually. If anything, it was more affecting to me to read it again 35 years later.”

But not only does Weaver return to voice Ripley, her co-stars Yaphet Kotto, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and Ian Holm are also returning to voice their film characters, according to the game’s IMDb page.

In the so-called Nostromo Edition, the first mission picks up after Kane (John Hurt in the film) and Brett (Stanton) have been killed. You can play as Ripley (Weaver), Captain Dallas, (Tom Skerritt in the film, whom AP says also reprises his role) and Parker, the chief engineer (Kotto).

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“Crew Expendable” DLC from “Alien: Isolation.” (Supplied)

Though since Ripley and the cat are the only two that survive, it seems kind of foolish to pick anyone other than her.

It’s the first time Weaver has provided her voice for an Alien game. However, it’s not the first time she was asked.

She told AP:

“The ones I turned down — I remember one of them, anyway — was shoot the alien, shoot the marine, shoot anything that didn’t move. That didn’t make any sense for my character. Ripley was more interested in protecting life than annihilating it. It just didn’t make any sense for me to be part of that.”

But she found reprising her role here an “interesting idea.”

The main plot of Alien: Isolation focuses on Ripley’s daughter Amanda who is briefly mentioned in James Cameron’s 1986 sequel.

Weaver added in the AP interview:

“I feel like they followed through. Emotionally, what would Amanda want? She’d want to find her mother. She’s drawn to the same line of work. There are a lot of things that were arresting to me. I have no idea what the game is like. I hope it’s creepy and suspenseful and engaging in a way that other games are not — an experience.

The Verge reports to get the first mission “Crew Expendable” you simply just have to pre-order the game. But to get the second mission “Last Survivor,” you specifically have to order the game through GameStop.

Alien: Isolation will be released Oct. 7 on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

‘Super Mario Bros.’ beaten in under 5 minutes

- June 28th, 2014

You’ve been playing Super Mario Bros. wrong your entire life.

Okay, maybe not your entire life. I mean, the game only came out in 1985. But I doubt you’ve ever played it like this.

YouTube user LordSaradoc posted a video of himself breaking the speed run world record for the Nintendo classic.

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“Super Mario Bros.” world record speed run. (Video Screenshot)

If you are not familiar with speed runs, they are exactly what they sound like. The point is to beat the game in the shortest time possible. The score is irrelevant. LordSaradoc, or Blubbler as he’s known on the Speed Demos Archives Forum, managed to beat the game with a time of 4:57.69. (The previous world record time, according to Kotaku, was 4:58:09.)

The player, of course, got this low time in part due to skipping over levels. As is largely known among Super Mario players, you can warp to world 4-1 from 1-2 and to world 8-1 from 4-2. (The record for not skipping levels in 19:12.)

But also key to the run is the player didn’t concern himself with getting coins or killing minions. He completed the game with a score of 102,150 but only collected a measly 25 coins and killed a paltry eight baddies – nine if you count King Koopa (aka Bowser).

He also took advantage of a glitch in world 8 that allowed him to run over a few short gaps, instead of jumping. Also in world 8-2, another glitch saved him a second or two, as Mario didn’t have to run from the flag to the castle. (As these programming errors, taking advantage of them is not considered cheating.)

All in all, it’s a pretty impressive feat. You can watch the run below.

How am I supposed to drown my Sims now?

- June 26th, 2014

In an announcement on Thesims.com blog Wednesday, Sim Guru Ryan confirmed that it will not be possible to build swimming pools in The Sims 4 when the game launches in September.

In addition, the game will not include toddlers. This development I am less concerned with as, ultimately, the toddlers were just a nuisance that interrupting my Sims’ partying. (Though apparently you can create teens and babies, so I’m not sure why toddlers are out.)

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“The Sims 4.” (Supplied)

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