So this bank holiday weekend Rooney and myself are doing a 24 hour gaming marathon on XBox One to raise money for Meningitis Now which is an incredible charity. Rooney will be doing his 24 hours on Friday through to Saturday and I’ll be doing mine on Sunday through to Monday.
At present the timetable is:
Rooney – 12pm on Friday 25th March (finishing 12pm Saturday 26th). Playing Elder Scrolls Online, Halo 5, SW: Battlefront.
Hibiscus – 9am Sunday 27th March (finishing 9am Monday 28th). Playing Witcher 3, SW: Battlefront, Elder Scrolls Online.
Please check out the link for more information and also feel free to donate and/or share the link. We will be sharing updates on Facebook and Twitter and will do a post on here after on how it went and so on. Any money raised will make a huge difference.
OK, so we all know the prequels… weren’t as good as the original trilogy (even though I really like the clones!). But what if we’re viewing them all wrong? What if they’re not a story showing a hero’s tragic fall from grace, but story shown from the viewpoint of that hero, with his own bias and misunderstandings seamlessly transposed onto the events and people transpiring around him? That’s exactly what a very clever (or very deluded) commenter – abbotabbotsmith -over at Topless Robot suggests…
This dark and grimy cantina is getting into the festive spirit. There’s a (mostly dead) pine tree in the corner with some decorations hanging on it (though I daren’t look too closely at what those “decorations” are), there’s some tinsel above the bar, and some ambitious soul has even hung up some mistletoe. So, in the spirit of the season, I thought I do something a little festive (actually possibly several things, but this is the first). I started thinking about jolly ol’ St. Nick, and all his Christmas shenanigans. Then I started thinking about other characters who’d do a better – or funnier, or more lethal – job of bringing presents and cheer to the worlds children.
So here we go, the Cantina Crowd’s Alternative Santa’s! Continue reading
When I read Death Troopers late last year, I had to jump on here almost immediately after I finished the book to review it, because I really loved it. So when I was scouting around for some new books to read the other week and I saw Red Harvest, the prequel to Death Troopers, written by the same chap, I bought it immediately, and once I’d finished one of the books I was reading at the time, I hungrily set to work devouring this instalment of zombies in Star Wars.
Unfortunately in the final analysis I was disappointed. Spoilers after the jump – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
When I first saw the post by Steve Sansweet on Facebook, I, like many, assumed it was aprank. We thought someone had hacked his account, or Steve was trying to be funny. Then someone posted a link to an outside site that claimed the same thing. A quick Google search later confirmed it; Disney are buying Lucasarts for $4.05 billion (half of which Mr. Lucas will receive in cash, the rest in Disney shares, which we hope aren’t like Disney dollars…). Another entertainment company being gobbled-up by Disney is bad enough, but this time it’s personal – they’re buying Star Wars.
And as if the thought of mouse ears on my trooper armour isn’t bad enough, they’re already talking about releasing Star Wars Episode VII in 2015. A new Star Wars film. Made by Disney. WTF.
I can see it now, they’ll either attempt to drag the few willing members of the original trilogy into the new film and have them “passing the torch to a new generation of heroes”, all of whom will be spunky but well-meaning teens/tweens with wholesome smiles and as much character as a paper bag who will deal with growing up and falling in love, blah, blah, fething BLAH!
Or they’ll go the other way, and ignore the massive, rich universe already created (much of it far too dark and edgy for Disney) by the films, books, games, and comics of the last thirty-five years, and just start telling their own story with little to no acknowledgement of the rest of the saga.
Ok, I may be being a tad melodramatic, but I am not a Disney fan – Tron is the best thing they’ve ever done – and Star Wars is very dear to my heart, so I’m dreading what they’re going to do to it. The Phantom Menace was enough of a blow, only partly redeemed by the latter two prequels (I now I’ll get flamed for believing they redeemed anything) and the Clone Wars series. If I see so much as a hint of Lightning McQueen or Mickey fucking Mouse I’m not sure whether I’ll go on a rampage or just curl into a ball and sob for the rest of my days.