Let’s talk current events in nerd world! Aaaaaand…GO!
So the new Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia, Hyrule Historia, has thrown the despicable E.L. James shitty-dialogue-with-porn-thrown-in 50 Shades of Grey off the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. And Hyrule Historia isn’t even available to actually purchase yet! You can only pre-order. It’s actually set for American release on January 29th of next year. But, at least for now, it has made Mr. Grey and the most worthless female character in all of literary history, Anastasia Steele, number two. Can I get an AMEN?
Speaking of ladies, Joss Whedon, along with the rest of the cast of The Avengers, are expressing lots of interest in more female characters joining the cast of Avengers 2. Me too! And they should give Cobie Smulders a bigger role, because she was a straight up badass.
Diablo III added the Paragon level system on Tuesday, which means you can go beyond the sixty levels you already get and into…I don’t know. The stars? A land only known to heroes and legends? The surface of Mars? Anyway, you get more levels to level up to. Go for it, I’ll just hang around down here in the forties with the rest of the losers and slackers.
If you are someone who loves beautiful illustration and animation and who saw The Secret of Kells and swooned all over your laptop about it, like me, you should be excited, because the same people are making Song of the Sea. The story is a taken from Irish folklore again, and focuses on the stories of the Selkies, which are generally beautiful women who live as seals and shed their seal skin to become human occasionally. The original myth is referred to as The Seal Wife, in which a farmer hides the seal skin of a Selkie and forces her to marry him only to come back one day to find that she has found it and returned to the sea. It’s all very beautiful and tragic until it gets weird, as folklore does. Go read it for yourself. (Although when I googled “Seal Wife”, Heidi Klum was the top hit. Is that why they divorced?) Anyway, the trailer for Song of the Sea looks amazing, and I am very excited.
EA , who acquired PopCap Games about a year ago, has announced lots of international and U.S. layoffs. The Seattle studios are fifty employees lighter, Dublin operations are completely shut down, and Shanghai has been “shrunk.” And that blows, despite the recent news of Plants vs. Zombies 2 being released next year. Have a drink for their former employees this weekend.
No one on my Twitter feed will shut up about Sleeping Dogs. And that’s all I have to say about that.
Dance Central 3 is due out on October 16, and along with new songs and moves, it will feature the most ludicrous story mode I have ever heard. Basically, you can join a top secret dance society called Dance Central Intelligence, and uncover an evil plot to destroy Dance Central forever by evil dance masterminds who are trying to combine the ultimate dance moves. And then you time travel back through different decades and learn dance moves. And foil the evil plans of the bad guys. Obviously. What the hell.
This appeals to my giant inner history nerd: War of the Roses, developed by Fatshark and based on the actual feud between House Lancaster and House York back in the ye olde times of the mid 1400s, is being released in October. I really want to go all history lesson on you all and tell the whole story, but I am refraining from that. Needless to say, I hope there’s a little bit of cool history in there between the stabbing and long-bow shooting. Apparently, there are going to be seven “historically inspired” battlefields for you to kill people on. So…does that mean they are going to be inspired by actual battles and settings from the War of Roses? I don’t know. I hope so. Go sign up for the beta!
Finally, the newest edition to the Fable family, Fable: The Journey, will have a demo out on September 17th. It’s Kinect only. Will that make it extremely frustrating and prevent people from buying it? Yes. Has that stopped Peter Molyneux before? No. There is also apparently a lot of emphasis put on your horse. Like…decisions you make affect your horse, who spends the whole game toting your lard ass around. Treat your horse well, because if you don’t, it will freaking up and die on you. I think.The bottom line is…HORSE. Anyway, the game looks pretty, but I will just wait for Fable IV, thanks very much.
I hope you feel all educated and informed now, or at least something interesting caught your eye. Because that’s all, folks. Make sure you’re checking back for more random news, here at NBF.