Monday, June 13, 2011

E3, Wii U and the Avengers

  • The latest Electronic Entertainment Expo has wrapped up. The internet is brimming over twith E3 coverage but I personally reccomend this first hand account of the sometimes harsh conditions that come with waiting in line to play a game demo.

  • The big news from E3 is Nintendo's announcement Wii U. The touch pad control is more than I was expecting. I think the ability to switch back and forth from playing on the TV to the handheld is neat, and it has the potential to revolutionize the way HUDs are implemented in games. Still it seems like a half-step. The ability to play the same third party games that the PS3 and 360 can play is important but that's really something Nintendo should have thought about back in 2006. I feel the Wii U is going to seem quaint once Sony and Microsoft unroll their new consoles. Of course there's no word when that wll happen.

  • At the 2011 Licensing Expo a promotional image of the Avengers gave us our first look at what the team will look like. Hulk, Thor and Black Widow look much the same. Iron Man seems to have a slightly different suit go armor. Cap's costume is modernized but still not that different from the first movie costume. And we get our first look at Hawkeye. It's not a great first look mind you. He's not wearing a mask, which isn't surprising.

  • NECA has announced they have the license to produce products based on Valve games. I thought I read Valve wasn't interested in licensing their properties but, according to the press release, it was Valve that approached NECA. Valve's games include Half-Life, Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead and Portal, which all have big fan followings. I'm curious which of these NECA will tackle first.

  • All titles of DC Comic's September relaunch of their comics line have been solicited. Maybe I'm naive but when DC first announced this I honestly expected it to be an attempt to make the DC Universe better than it was before. Rebooting the universe is a waste of time if Damian Wayne will still be existing. And the costume re-designs range from bland to terrible. The re-designs created forDC Universe Online were better than any of these.

    I'm disappointed Barbara Gordon is Batgirl again. There's no mention of Cassandra Cain or Stephanie Brown, which is particularly upsetting as they've seemed to bend over background to include every male former Robin. Jason Todd on a team with Arsenal and Starfire? Does this mean Jason was never killed in this continuity? DC cannot think Jason's magical resurrection caused by a Superboy from a different dimension punching a wall is fitting for a simpler, more reader friendly universe.

  • Mattel and Classic Media are teaming up to promote the 30th Anniversary of Masters of the Universe in 2012. We'll be seeing MOTU themed clothing, accesories, Halloween costumes and a 30th Anniversary DVD set. Classic Media are the current rights holder to the Filmation library which includes the original Masters of the Universe cartoon. Now that they have a working relationship with Mattel, it leads to speculation that we'll be seeing characters from the cartoon integrated into the Masters of the Universe Classics toyline. I can only think of a few Filmation characters I'd want as figures, but I still want to see it happen.

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