Shootin’ the Shit – November 2, 2012

Where the hell were we this week? So much happened, so many big pieces of news hit the internet. But we weren’t here. It’s possible we were just busy with Halloween stuff.. or perhaps there are other forces at work and secret plans being hatched… hmmm….

We weren’t completely silent though; we had an awesome new Halloween-themed episode of The Low Down featuring Casper, the friendly ghost! And I reported on my weekly gaming with this week’s Gaming Journal entry. But that’s not all that happened on the internet this week…

Things I Read

Obviously, first and foremost: Disney bought Lucasfilm, and the entire Lucas empire(Skywalker Sound, Light and Magic, LucasArts), for like a gajillion dollars; with the aquisition came the news that an entirely new trilogy — episodes VII, VIII, IX — were on the way, with Episode VII scheduled to hit sometime in 2015. Included in this annoucement was the news the George Lucas would be only filling an advisory position.  The internet went fucking NUTS over this news; People’s reactions have ranged from ecstatic  to scared, to pissed, to totally ambivalent because ho my god, Star Wars is old news. Personally, I’m kinda interested in three news movies. I like Star Wars, I dig the fiction and the universe, and I I’m excited to see what some new minds could do with the property. We’ve got no word on what to expect from this trilogy-trilogy, and probably won’t for a while. I wonder if it will be anything as good as KOTOR, though…

I read a bunch of Halo 4 reviews. I’m really looking forward to the game, and the universal praise is both reassuring and exciting.

Early PS4 dev kits have reportedly hit developers this week. Word is, Sony is insisting on calling the system “Orbis” instead of the somewhat obvios “Playstation 4.” I’ve already talked about my feelings on a new console generation, but between this, Microsoft “Durango” devkits being leaked a few months ago, and the Wii-U hitting in just a couple weeks, we might as well start getting excited for this new round of hardware.

Things I Watched

I watched the finale for the Halo: Forward unto Dawn live-action series. It was awesome. Watch the whole series here, and peep the finale below.

Speaking of Halo, the latest episode of Red vs Blue ONCE AGAIN knocks it out of the park. What’s gonna happen next? What do Church and Carolina have planned?

Converge, who released one of the best albums of the year last month, gave us a tour of one of the most disgusting venue bathrooms ever.

I watched a baby do kung fu and kill his stuffed dragon.

Awesome games that came out this week

The big one is Assassin’s Creed 3 — The reviews have been decent-to-good, and seeing as how I’ve only been marginally interested in the series before, I’m probably gonna hold off on this one until next year. Still, if Assassin’s Creed is your jam, pick it up!

Painkiller HD Painkiller is the modern-day DOOM. Guns, monsters, and non-stop action —  no more, no less. It’s over the top, and insane, exactly my kind of shooter (unless it’s Halo or Half-Life, of course).

Misc

There isn’t really all that much more to report on. Like I said, some big news but we’re nearing that part of the year where announcements slow down, games start coming out non-stop, and we start thinking about year-end lists, and our plans for next year. And my oh my, what plans we have…

See you next week dudes!

 

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Late to the Party pt II: Red vs Blue

I’ve been playing a lot of Halo lately, and been pleasently surprised by just how much fun I’m having with the series. In an effort to further my new-found Halo fandom, I decided to jump head first into the internet’s favorite machinima series, Red vs. Blue.

The series begins humbly, starting out with an hilarious, fun little plot, interesting characters, and enough story progression to keep you interested. Soon, plot lines unfold into a well-spun yarn of Halo-inspired quirkiness. But right about when you think you know what’s going on, RvB takes a sudden left turn into Inception-meets-Lost-meets-Advent Children, and becomes one of the funniest yet bad-ass mind bends I’ve ever witnessed — be it movies, games, or television — not to mention internet video clips inspired by a popular videogame.

There are some moments that even genuinely moved me, in between fits of laughter, or clutching my skull to keep it from blowing up. The final line of season 6 will send chills down your spine, and the finales for season 8 and 9 will touch you (bow chicka wa wa).

There’re some weak moments, sure, (season 3 drags a bit) but once the mysteries start cropping up, RvB invades your mind, and will drive you insane with wanting to know the truth behind the Freelancer Project, and the ultimate fate of the Reds and Blues.

Right now, I’m starting season 10, and have yet to be let down by this series. I was always a fan of Acheivement Hunter and the Rooster Teeth podcast, but now I have a new-found respect for Burnie Burns, Gus Sorola, Matt Hullum, Geoff Ramsey, Joel Hayman, and the rest of the RT crew as writers, actors, comedians, animators, and story tellers. This is truly some of the best content on the internet.

So hurry up and catch up with Sarge, Grif, Simmons, Tucker, Church, Tex, and Caboose here.