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Sunday, October 1

Are we ever going to see a live-action Halo movie?


Are we ever going to see a live-action Halo film?



That was the question put to Frank O’Conner by IGN.

In short, Halo fans are going to have to keep watching District 9 reruns for a long time.

Frankie: "It's important to say that the partners that we were connected with before were great – they were awesome to work with; I talk to those guys almost daily – and you can go read the details about studios grappling with each other," said O'Connor. "I do work every week connected to when a movie, or if a movie, is eventually made, are we ready to go? And the answer is very much so, yes. But we can afford to bide our time and wait for the exact perfect time and the exact perfect partner."

Exact perfect partner? They had him! His name was Peter ‘Look at all my Oscars and we made those films in New Zealand!’ Jackson.

"One of the most depressing things as a fanboy is the example of Dune. Peter Berg was going to remake that film. I love the original, so I'll just keep consuming it, but I thought, 'Okay, maybe Berg could do this.' So either he pulls out or they don't accept his script or they don't like the direction.

Whatever. I don't know.

I'm not a Hollywood gossip. And then it goes away. All big films do this. Look at Avatar. It's heading for the biggest grossing film of all time and it was mired in production hell. Ours was heavens compared to what they've gone through. You have a guy like James Cameron who just sits there, tenaciously saying, 'I'm going to make this and I'm going to make it right,' or he moves on to the next one.

Avatar.

It.

Was

Awesome.

But if they made Halo like that, fanboys would have a big bonfire outside Bill Gates house, setting red bricked 360’s alight with copies of Combat Evolved.

At least Frankie recognised this:

"And we're Microsoft," said O'Connor. "We're muscular. We can afford, much like James Cameron, to sit here and wait for the best opportunity…And by the way, can you print, right after I said that, I do not think that Halo is going to be the next Avatar? Cuz I will be dragged through the streets, bleeding, unless I caveat that!"

Check out this post I wrote a while back about why the Halo movie didn’t get made.

Wednesday, July 12

Amazing cosplay costumes from Mass Effect Andromeda


Bioware managed to find some awesome cosplayers portraying Peebee, Drack, Ryder and Jaal.

This team has done and amazing job! The Pee Bee at the end arguably looks better than the on screen version!

Bioware did a wee interview with Ryder's Squad:

Tell us about your cosplay group

We all came together over our shared love for the Mass Effect series. When we heard a new game was in the works, we knew we had to make something. Adam (our Pathfinder), reached out to everyone with his crazy idea to make a Mass Effect: Andromeda group before we had any reference pictures. 

We have all been cosplaying separately for several years, but this was our first cosplay as a group.

How did you work together for this build?
We all came to the group with different strengths and weaknesses, which benefited us greatly. Having people who excel in armor making, crafting props, creating prosthetics, and sewing, all in one group, really helped ensure all of our costumes were something we were really proud of! 

It truly was our shared passion and team effort that allowed us to complete this group in 90 days.

Have you received any attention?
We were honored to take home Best in Show at the 2017 Calgary Expo. The support and love we have received from our local community of cosplayers and fellow Mass Effect fans has been astounding.

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jaal cosplay costume

mass effect andromeda costume ideas

peebee cosplay mass effect andromeda

Thursday, July 6

Halo: Retribution novel coming August 29



On Aug 29th another new chapter in the Halo universe will be unfurled – well, several of them, technically – as Halo: Retribution by Troy Denning makes its way to store shelves and lore-loving hands. 

Here's synopsis:

'December 2553. Less than a year after the end of the Covenant War, a string of violent incidents continues to threaten the tenuous peace in human-held space, culminating in the assassination of UNSC fleet admiral Graselyn Tuwa and the abduction of her family. It is a provocation so outrageous that the Office of Naval Intelligence must retaliate swiftly and ferociously—but only after its operatives identify her killer and rescue the hostages.

This mission will be the first for homicide-detective-turned-ONI-operative Veta Lopis and her young team of Spartan-IIIs, and something feels wrong from the start. The obvious suspect is an infamous Brute who leads the Keepers of the One Freedom, an ex-Covenant splinter group in fierce opposition to the UNSC. 

But Lopis and her team soon realize that the truth is much more insidious than they could ever have imagined, and with Fred-104, Kelly-087, and Linda-058 of Blue Team for combat support, they must stop a plan hatched in the bowels of the secret research station Argent Moon—a plan so sinister it could destroy all those still reeling from thirty years of intergalactic conflict…'

Halo: Retribution is slated for release on August 29, and you can preorder your copy right here!

Check out our June 22nd Community Update for more info on the upcoming novel. 

Halo games are going to be backwards compatible !

343 annouced a BACK-COMPAT BLOWOUT!



The big wigs at 343 have seen the light and are making it easier for us to play our beloved Halo games on the new spec X Boxes.

Here's the official word:

Today we’re thrilled to announce four more very special additions coming later this year to the Xbox One back-compat program: Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: CE Anniversary!

Each of these games will include campaign and multiplayer, and will even support LAN play on Xbox One – including LAN play between Xbox One and Xbox 360! Once released, you’ll be able to pop in your original disc or purchase a digital copy of the game via the Xbox Store and jump right in.

Best of all, once these titles are added to the program, every Xbox 360 Halo add-on map pack in the Xbox Store will be made available for free, ensuring you have everything you need to achieve maximum enjoyment in online matchmaking or custom games. We know this is something you’ve been asking for, and we’re excited to make these map packs available for all players.

We’ll have more details on the release timing soon but in the meantime, join us at RTX Austin 2017 for an exclusive hands-on preview with Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST running on Xbox One!

Tuesday, May 23

Destiny 2 game play reveal trailer

I watched the Destiny 2 game play trailer and I pre-ordered the game straight away.

I have never ever pre-ordered a game after watching a trailer.

Seriously.

But I was simply impressed.

Destiny 2 looks to be the game that the original Destiny so desperately wanted to be but took 2 years to be fully realised by Bungie.

Check it out:



The lessons of Destiny 1 have been learned. Bungie has listened. They came right with the last couple of rounds of DLC. Destiny 2 is going to be the real deal.

For the love of Oprah Winfrey, this game better have a compelling campaign!

Can't wait until the Beta!

Speaking of the Beta, if you pre-order the game on Amazon, you can get into the Beta early.

Thursday, May 4

Shane Salerno to write the Gears of War movie script


So how is going to play Marcus and Dom?


Deadline reports:

Universal and Microsoft announced their collaboration on the game in late 2016. At the time, Rod Fergusson, head of Microsoft subsidiary The Coalition that develops new Gears Of War content and the franchise co-creator, said the film would not be based on any particular game but instead be a new story set in the universe. 

That universe is the fictional planet of Sera, where a squad of beefed-up commandos living in a bombed-out postapocalyptic society battle swarms of alien creatures called Locusts.

The first game, developed by Epic and released in 2006, has spawned sequels that have put the game series at north of $1 billion in grosses. It is considered one of the most iconic video game success stories that defined the first generation of HD gaming and is played by more than 45 million gamers worldwide. 

Microsoft acquired the franchise in 2014, when co-creator Fergusson returned to lead The Coalition, the Microsoft development studio focused exclusively on Gears Of War.

Salerno’s current writing credits include the four sequels to Avatar for director James Cameron, which begin shooting in August, as well as writing and producing The Cartel for Ridley Scott to direct at 20th Century Fox, based on the bestselling Don Winslow novel. That film is eyeing a tentative January production start. His other credits include the Michael Bay-directed Armageddon and the Oliver Stone-directed Savages.

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One question, if the story is not based on the three games will the movie feature Marcus Fenix or Dominic Santiago? And the rest of the gang?

Thursday, March 30

Rally the Troops with Destiny 2 announcement video

Destiny 2 logo

Fans have been wanting it, naysayers have been saying they don't want it but EVERYBODY must see this announcement of Destiny 2.



This announcement will become fabled over time - a rallying call to arms from Cayde-6 and Zavala looms large over of a Cabal invasion which has destroyed the Tower.

That's right before Destiny 2 even starts, the Tower has been destroyed!

It's clear then that Bungie is shaking things up. Maybe even they are intended to deliver a story based campaign? There's no doubt they are going to do so following their excellent DLC campaigns in response to the muted initial campaign.

Bungie have also clearly listed to the fans and it's clear that Cayde-6 will be focal point of the game, a welcome gust of bravado.

Here's the official description of the game from Bungie:

"Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion.

He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. 

To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home."

Destiny 2 will release on September 8th 2017. Check out the prices on Amazon for Xbox, PC and PlayStation.


Tuesday, March 28

Cayde-6 walks into a bar

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Here's the Destiny 2 reveal teaser. 

While some wags may joke how it has more story than the original Destiny campaign, we know that Bungie made that right with the subsequent DLC campaigns. And we can also expect that the campaign of Destiny 2 will be brimming with tales about robots, rogues and galaxies far far away.




We love how Cayde-6 has become a popular focal point following the DLC. We wonder just how mixed up in your Guardians adventure that he will have.

Monday, March 20

The Top Ten Most Bad Ass Cosplay Villains

darth vader grabbing tits
He's the boss....

The Top Ten Most Bad Ass Cosplay Villains


Every hero needs a counterpoint bad guy or gal. 

Spider Man to Venom.

Superman to Lex Luthor

Batman to Joker. 

Tank Girl to Kesslee.

David Dunn to Mr Glass. 

The problem is, every man and his dog wants to play the hero. It takes a bit of guts (and perhaps a sense of one for the team) to play as the bad guy. 

In the cosplay universe, it's a bit different where all kinds of villains and bad guys are up for cosplay action. 

Here's what I think are the most bad add cosplay villains I've seen. 
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Beware the beautiful charms of Poison Ivy!

poison iy cosyplay by Megan maire


A classic Batman villain, Ivy is bad ass in that she uses her seduction tricks to get what she wants, and in doing so, humbles powerful men such as Bruce Wayne. Look for her in the Harley Quinn spin off, Gotham City Sirens.


Here's a certain Street Fighter cosplayer which is bad ass.

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Any one that does Zangief cosplay must be bad ass
Destro from GI Joe cosplay costume
Destro
Sometimes Evil Sith Lords just wanna party all night long



Megatron and Galvatron? Need we say more? These are two of the most evil bad as robots that ever fired a gun in the Transformers universe.

Mystique

In the X - Men trilogy, Mystique was portrayed as quite the bad ass - she'd do anything to further the mutant cause. Despite there being a lot of hate for Xmen: The Last Stand, I really enjoyed Mystique's performance, especially her willingness to get the job done at all costs.

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The Hooded Cobra Commander
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By the power of purple....

 Any others you think should be added to the list?

One ring to bind them - an awesome wedding ring that only a Halo fan would want...

There's Halo fans and then there's Halo fans.

I'll leave you to ponder what kind of person the owner of this wedding ring is...

halo wedding ring

The bearer of the ring is of course probably going to be one of the coolest people around!

Mass Effect Andromeda campaign reviews

Mass Effect Andromeda campaign review


Mass Effect Andromeda campaign reviews



It feels like an era has passed since Commander Sheppard and his band of space aliens finished their long campaign against the Reapers and the Star Child in Mass Effect 3.

At that trilogy finished (falteringly in some respects) video game players having been hanging out for a new Mass Effect campaign. And so we finally have Mass Effect 4: Andromeda. Set an actual era after the age of Sheppard's story, Andromeda is a whole new spin on Mass Effect whilst retaining the critical game play and story aspects that made the game such a best seller.

The reviews are in an Mass Effect Andromeda has charmed the critics. Reviews are extremely positive and it is well worth you considering buying it.

Saturday, January 28

ME: Andromdea cinematic trailer released

mass effect andromeda

A full cinematic trailer for Andromeda has been released. Revealing the Pathfinder's crew and antonganists, it's a sumptuous feast of graphics.



Pretty epic eh?

Friday, January 13

Mass Effect - Tempest and Nomad Briefing Video



Welcome to the Andromeda Initiative’s Tempest and Nomad briefing. Hear from the Tempest’s pilot and familiarize yourself with this state-of-the-art scout ship and its all-terrain rover, the Nomad. Completion of this briefing contributes to all recruits unlocking exclusive equipment for use in the field.

Awesome facts about Darth Vader

Darth Vader doing the Force choke

11 facts about Darth Vader


We only needed to write those two words and you know exactly to whom's face they belong to.

The fallen Jedi and one of the great Sith Lords, Darth Vader is one of the most famous movie villains of all time.

His imposing presence, magical powers which include the infamous ability to force choke a man just by thinking about and ultimately tragic personal story have inspired all kinds of acclaim and a place in most Star Wars fans hearts.

But enough of this chit chat, here’s 11 crazy stories, facts and myths about Darth Vader that any Star Wars fan would be keen to know!

1. While Lucas had said post release of A New Hope that he had 9 Star Wars movies all mapped out, he didn't really. It was only on when developing the second draft of Empire Strikes Back with Leigh Bracket that Darth Vader became Luke's father. Indeed, in original drafts of A New Hope, Vader and Anakin Skywalker were different characters.


2. The famous reveal of the father and son relationship between Vader and Luke is often misquoted as "Luke, I am your father". The line is actually "No, I am your father". It's kind of like how Star Trek's Captain Kirk never actually said "Beam me up, Scotty".

Sebastian Shaw as Darrth Vader in Return of the Jedi
Sebastian Shaw as Vader in Jedi
3. The character of Vader has been played by several actors. In the original trilogy David Prowse is famous for wearing the suit and Sebastian Shaw as the 'face' of Vader in  Return of the Jedi. 

The prequels saw an idealistic Jake Lloyd tackle Anakin in The Phantom Menace and Hayden Christensen covered the next two movies as well. Bob Anderson also stepped in for sword fighting scenes and C. Andre Nelson helped out a bit with the redux versions of the original trilogy.

4. Hayden also appeared as the costumed Vader in Revenge of the Sith. He apparently begged Lucas to let him play him. The suit had to be designed to accommodate his smaller stature than Prowse's.

5. While Return of the Jedi saw Luke return the favour to Vader and cut his arm off, the idea for it actually came from the expanded universe novel, ‘Splinter of the Mind's Eye’. This book was intended to be turned into a sequel to Star Wars but when that movie became so popular, the idea was abandoned.

6. Vader was actually the only Star Wars film character to lose an arm three times! And both his legs as well. Obi Wan Kenobi got 3 of his limbs in Revenge of the Sith! (he had the higher ground...).

7. Darth Vader was referenced in the film Back to the Future by Marty McFly as being from the planet Vulcan. No one was sure who was more upset - Star Wars fans or Trekkies!

8. Vader has his own theme song written by John Williams. Known as the Imperial March it was introduced in the Empire movie and used in Jedi and in the prequels to show when Anakin was turning to the dark side of the Force.

Darth Vader concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

9. James Earl Jones is famed for providing the voice for Vader however he didn't do the famous breathing sound effect. This was done by the now famous Ben Burt placing a microphone inside the mouth piece of a breathing apparatus and recording it being used. Burt has since become world reknown for his sound recording skills and I believe he worked on every Star Wars movie to date.

10. George Lucas at one stage considered using the great Orsen Welles as the voice actor for Vader. Welles eventually voiced the planet destroyer Unicron in the animated Transformers movie.

11. Anakin Skywalker really is the ‘Chosen one’. While Yoda and Obi Wan may have thought a mistake had been made in the reading of the prophecy, Anakin was the one who actually killed Sith Lord Palpatine by throwing him down the Death Star’s reactor shaft in Jedi and thus restored balance to the Force.

Bonus fact - Darth Vader only appeared on screen in A New Hope for a total of 12 minutes. It's amazing that for such a short amount of screen time that his character become one of the most loved bad guys in movie making history!

We think these were some pretty cool bits of trivia about the Dark Lord.