Tuesday, June 25

Why the Halo movie failed by Jamie Russel

Here's a pretty succinct article by Jamie Russel on why the Halo movie fell over. It's acutally from his book: How video games invaded Hollywood

The short answer is money but it's a good read. Here's a snippet from the article:

What was apparent during the Halo deal-making was that Microsoft was far from home, perhaps even surrounded in enemy territory.

In the middle of the Halo negotiations, as all parties sat around the table, Shapiro recalls the discussion between Microsoft’s Hollywood liaison Peter Schlessel and Jimmy Horowitz, Universal’s co-president of production, taking an aggressive turn. “Schlessel was getting really tough on some of the terms with Horowitz: ‘Come on, don’t be a jerk, blah, blah, blah…’. It was getting really heated. The guy from Microsoft [Steve Schrek] was like, ‘Wow, this is really good.’

Then we took a break and Schlessel goes to Horowitz, ‘Are you coming over for Passover?’ Because they know each other. You don’t have those kinds of relationships in videogames. In Hollywood you can be getting at each other but then you’re playing golf together the next day.”

Even after the deal was struck, the misunderstanding over how the movie business operated continued to be a problem. Microsoft wanted a big-name director, but Peter Jackson, helmer on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, decided to sign on as a co-producer alongside Peter Schlessel, Mary Parent and Scott Stuber.

Jackson wanted his new protégé, an up-and-coming commercials whiz kid called Neill Blomkamp, to direct. With Jackson’s fee running to several million dollars the studios knew there was an advantage in hiring a cheaper, less well-known talent to sit in the director’s chair. Microsoft was reputedly not happy with the decision.

The joke is on them as Blomkamp and Peter Jackson went on to make District 9.

To err is human; to curb stomp an Elite, divine


Neogaf member highlaw drew this wicked fan art inspired by Halo 4 - featuring the Mantis wreaking havoc on an elite who is surely out for the count.

Sunday, June 9

Halo Infinite is a 'spiritual reboot' of Halo

halo infinite

The finally announced Halo 6 which is actually Halo Infinite has a trailer and has been described formally by the studio head as a "spiritual reboot"

"The Master Chief is our hero and Halo Infinite will continue his decades long saga. While we plan to introduce important new characters -- like the resilient Pilot you already met in the video -- this story is the Master Chief’s. 

The universe will continue the continuity of Halo 5 and in that sense contain the adventures that led up to this moment, but in the pursuit of our “spiritual reboot” and the launch of a new console, we also want to make sure that this is a perfect starting point for new players too. This story will mark the beginning of a new chapter and challenge for the Chief, but it will also respect and continue threads that led to this point. If you’ve never played a Halo game before, this will be a great place to jump into the story.

You’re arriving in the middle a universe at war, with a sense of history underlying your entry into the world. But it will also feel fresh, full of potential, and new adventure. We will weave in context and guideposts to understand your place in a new universe. 

But if you’ve invested in Halo for all these years, you’ll feel immediately at home – and some of our story moments will spark a different resonance for your investment."

- Chris Lee

Studio Head of Halo Infinite

That sounds like a fine balance is being sought between retaining the Halo that made Halo but also to ensure that Infinite is a game that is relevant in this modern age where games can live or die by their sales in their first week based on what the 'fans' dictate on social media.

Watch the lengthy trailer which shows this is indeed a new spin on the beloved franchise:

halo infinite master cheif

Halo Infinite will be the game that launches the new version of the Xbox which is currently code named "Scarlett".

Monday, May 27

Wondercon Cosplay Heroes and Villains

super heroines babes supergirl
Super babes

Wondercon Cosplay Heroes and Villains

Backbreaker Bane
Cable from Xmen!
captain america cosplay
Captain America

Darth Vader cosplay

Female Magneto

Justice League?

Cobra Commander cosplay

Chewbecca and friends celebrate St patricks day
It's all about the Wookie!

judge dredd cosplay
Mario and the Princess and Luigi

penguin cosplay

planet of the apes cosplay

Harley Quin and Poison Ivy

power girl
Power Girl

Images wonderfully taken by Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

Tokyo Game Show Cos Play

You'd expect the best cosplay costumes to be on display at the Tokyo Game Show and this year's cosplayers totally delivered - from Monster Hunter to Mario Brothers, there was plenty of weird and wonder characters on offer for fans to check out.

What's in the box Mario?

An assassin and a pirate

Morrigan cosplay
Girls just wanna have fun

The Chief visits Tokyo

Streets ahead

Friday, April 12

Cortana coloured as a human

cortana coloured human

oomnine has re-coloured Halo 4's Cortana to a more human hue.

What do you reckon?

I prefer my A.I. holograms blue myself...

"What is Halo?"

If you ask the Cortana assistant on a Windows smart phone,"What is Halo?", you'll get an amusing answer! Nice work Microsoft!

Wednesday, February 13

Captain America Cosplay Pictures

The adaptation of the Captain America comic to the silver screen is possibly going to be one of the most epic translations from one media to another since Superman in the late 70s. I mean this in the sense the Captain America by his very name embodies the 'American Identity' as much as Superman ever did - so film director Joe Johnston has a lot of pressure on him but he's had hit movies before so fingers crossed eh?

Anyways, I ramble to much. Here's some cosplay pictures of fans of the Captain dressing up as their hero. I think the one of the young kid is bloody cute!

Red Skull  looks pretty calm, yes?
Captain Cute of America
God Bless the USA - Cheer Leaders for Captain America who may have made an appearance

Captain America and his girlfriend , Jean Gray.
Captain America can save the nation and be sexy at the same time
Here's a Captain America made of cardboard doing his bit for the planet. Don't confuse him with Captain Planet. 

To finish off, here's a picture of two Captain Americas - these chaps were at the Wellington Sevens Rugby Tournament - it's basically a massive weekend where everyone dresses up in their favorite costumes. My favourite is of course these Optimus Prime costume outfits.

Saturday, January 19

Top 11 Worst Cosplay Costumes Fails

Darth vader sexy leather cosplay fail

Top 11 Worst Cos Play Costumes Eve

We were in two minds about this post actually in that some of the people here are just honest good folk, being earnest in their endeavours and possibly are ridiculed for that.

But then I thought - If you are posing for a photo then, in the internet age, your cosplay fail is simply going straight to the internet:

terrible princess leia fan
Princess Leia in full costume. 

Super Girl and Super Lara Croft