EVEN MOAR NEWS! This week, we’ve a whole variety of things to talk about, from SimCity to Snoop Dog, Curt Schilling to Sam Raimi. Sure, you may have already gotten your fill of important news, but what about the UNIMPORTANT News!?
The film version of World of Warcraft has been an ongoing nightmare of failed attempts, leaving directors and curshed dreams. Blizzard makes,hands-down, the BEST trailers in the MMO industry, and I’ve known ardent WoW haters to sit down, watch a trailer for say Mists of Pandaria, and then had to have been held back from not reviving their long dead account.
This wasn’t me. Nope. It was a friend.
Sam Raimi, who was slated to direct the WoW film adaptation before Duncan Jones. recently game an interview to Vulture, and gave us a little insight into the issues surrounding this project:
Robert Rodat was working on the script, and it was taking a long time. I think they were getting a little antsy at Legendary, the production company. Actually, what happened was even more complicated, so let me go back a little bit. First, they asked me if I wanted to make it, and I said, “Yes, I love World of Warcraft, and I think it would make a great picture.” So I read a screenplay they had that was written by the guys at [Warcraft developer] Blizzard, and it didn’t quite work for me. I told them I wanted to make my own original story with Robert, so we pitched it to Legendary and they accepted it, and then we pitched it to Blizzard, and they had reservations, but they accepted it. Then Robert wrote the screenplay, and only once he was done did we realize that Blizzard had veto power, and we didn’t know that. And they had never quite approved the original story we pitched them. Those reservations were their way of saying, “We don’t approve this story, and we want to go a different way,” so after we had spent nine months working on this thing, we basically had to start over. And Robert didstart over, but it was taking too long for the people at Blizzard, and their patience ran out. Honestly, I think it was mismanagement on their behalf, not to explain to us that the first story was vetoed long ago. Why did they let us keep working on it? Were they afraid to tell me?
Okay, Okay, that’s all well and good Sam, but come on! This is a WoW movie! Do really expect Blizzard not to have a pretty significant role in the development?
You way have wished for it, even yearned for it. Society may not have been willing to accept your desires for it, but now, finally Snoop Dogg has his very own video game. Way of the Dogg is described as a “rhythm-action combat game”, whatever the hell that means, and will be coming to XBox Live Arcade, Playstation networks as well as iOS and Andriod Platforms.
Unfortunately, I think we are likely going to see more and more games like this one. Video Games are becoming more and more accepted parts of pop and normal culture, and as such are becoming targets for advertising, politics, and celebrities. Snoop Dogg creating a video game is not something new: look at Mike Tyson and Michael Jackson, but its still part of that sad fact that people will do anything for some modicum of fame.
George Lucas has gotten a lot of shit over the years. From making Han shoot second, to adding in Hayden Christensen to the old movies, from making the new movies to selling to Disney, the man attracted a huge fan base, and then has seemingly proceeded to piss them off. I’m not sure that this hatred is justified to be honest.
Well, now it appears he is trying to give something back by opening an art museum filled with all the artwork he’s collected over the many years:
“Decades before “Star Wars” made filmmaker George Lucas rich and famous, he became smitten with the power of visual storytelling.
Now he wants to create a museum in San Francisco’s Presidio that would be dedicated to this art form and house a collection he has been building for more than 40 years.
“At this scale, there’s nothing that has ever been done like this,” said Lucas during a recent two-hour interview at his 6,000-acre Skywalker Ranch in Marin County.
He submitted a 20-page proposal to the Presidio Trust on Friday, the deadline for bids on the former commissary site at Crissy Field now occupied by Sports Basement, which will relocate. Finalists will be announced in April, and an ultimate decision will be made this year or next, said Craig Middleton, the trust’s executive director.”
Lucas is an expert in storytelling. and has been studying the art of the heroic cycle for years. Art has been an integral part of that, and I have no doubt that this will be an amazing exhibit.
Curt Schilling, one time New England Baseball legend and founder of 38 studios, has been having a rough time. 38 Studios went bankrupt last summer, and has since been embroiled in a messy legal battle with the State of Rhode Island, who loaned the start up company $75 Million dollars. Well, this past week, he asked for everyone to just forget about all that.
Attorneys representing Schilling and others at his former start up 38 Studios, on Friday filed documents asking Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein to throw out the lawsuit alleging fraud, racketeering and conspiracy.
It is a damn shame that 38 studios went under. Kingdoms of Amalur was a fantastic game, and had a lot of potential to go places as a franchise. However, this is the way things work. Some sink, and some swim. Schilling is going to have to pay up one way or another, even if it is by selling his bloody sock.
If you’ve been alive at all this week, you’ve probably noticed the SimCity isn’t really doing all that well. People are peeved about the fact that you need to be always online, Service has been terrible, and EA has refused to offer refunds to those seeking them, even threatening to ban those customers.
Well, Amazon took it to the next level on Thursday, removing SimCity from its marketplace. While the game later returned for sale, I’m sure this was a severe wake up call to EA, as if they haven’t gotten enough of those by this time.
“The good news, sort of, is that Amazon is doing its part to spare other gamers from getting caught up in theSimCity train wreck by pulling the game from distribution. “Many customers are having issues connecting to the SimCity servers. EA is actively working to resolve these issues, but at this time we do not know when the issue will be fixed,” it wrote in a warning to customers. The game is now listed as “currently unavailable,” and Amazon says it doesn’t know “when or if this item will be available again.”
EA needs to learn. You can have an amazing game, full of beautiful graphics and stunning action, but if your customer service sucks and you treat us like sheeple, it ain’t gonna work.