Posts Tagged ‘Thor’

Marvel Universe MMO to be “Free to Play”

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Gazillion Entertainment held an event in San Francisco this week and revealed a few tidbits on what we can be expecting from the new Marvel Universe MMO. “Free to Play” seemed a bit of a suprise to us, but with all the other power MMO’s (besides WoW) heading to free subscriptions (relying on in-game “microtransactions” only) this seems to be the safest route of attack for a game that has to compete with other hero games like NC Soft’s City of Heroes…anyhow here’s a few confirmed goodies.

What we know for sure:

  • Marvel Universe will be free-to-play, and was planned that way from its inception.
  • It’s being developed by Secret Identity, a sub-group of Gazillion that was formed in late 2009 specifically to build Marvel Universe.
  • You can play as Marvel characters, and other players can be the same hero as you at the same time, which the devs believe creates “lots of problems and lots of opportunities.???
  • You won’t have to choose only one character, but will be able to play as all of them.
  • Some of the characters you will play as are: Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Thor, Spiderman, Nova, and Squirrel Girl.
  • Doctor Doom will be the game’s main villain (at least at launch).
  • You will play through existing stories that are told in the comic books.
  • The game world exists within the canon Marvel Universe–this is not an alternate reality scenario.
  • Marvel Universe is being made primarily for adults (as opposed to Gazillion’s other kid-focused Marvel MMO, Marvel Superhero Squad). They want to target core gamers first, and also make it accessible for everyone else.
  • So does that mean I can’t make my own super hot hero chick that flys around in lingerie saving lives and kicking ass? Looks like it. /sadface


    Thor: God of Thunder C2E2 Preview

    Monday, March 21st, 2011

    Thor - God of Thunder

    Last week out in California, most games press got the chance to fly out and check out the new Thor and Captain America video games. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to fly out. In Chicago at C2E2, I was able to demo the final build of Thor: God of Thunder for the Xbox 360 and the Wii. The footage I was able to capture was off-screen with a Flip-like camera. With experiencing the controls on both consoles, I can clearly justify their port to each console. For once for a multi-platform game, I think the Wii version plays the best. Though the graphics look terrible comparing to the Xbox 360 version, the controls for god powers work so much better. The motion controls feel natural and don’t take much time getting used to. With the Xbox 360 version, all of the god powers are on the yellow Y button.

    Without further delay, enjoy looking at some gameplay from my demo with the games executive producer:

    Racists Protest Thor Movie

    Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

    Personally, I wouldn't mess with the dude.

    I remember a discussion I had with my father when I was but a wee lad. We had just seen one of many science fiction movies we watched when I was a child and being the inquisitive (and somewhat intelligent) child I was, I had questions which my father took his time to answer as best he could. One, however, may have been much more embarrassing to my father than the rest had we been in public at the time.

    “Why would there be black aliens????

    Keep in mind I was asking a serious question. I wasn’t being a pre-teen jerk or anything. I honestly wanted to know why an alien species would have races that so closely resembled our own. I could have asked why there would be Asian aliens or Spanish aliens but that day, it was “black??? aliens.

    Growing up, I realized that suspension of disbelief was a major part of watching movies or even reading books. Actors are chosen to play a role because they gave the best performance in their audition or because a director thought they would be “perfect??? for a role. This doesn’t always match up with our, the audience’s, ideal of who should be cast in a specific role. But I’ve learned that an actor’s skill and talent is necessary for me to be able to suspend my disbelief and for the most part, especially in the case of very talented actors, they succeed. Not everyone has an easy time with this, however.

    Enter the upcoming Thor movie.

    I’m excited about it. I think they nailed the choices for the lead characters (and I mean Thor, Loki, and Odin) right on the head. The story looks like it has potential, the special effects look great, and it’s really starting to look like Marvel is getting the hang of this whole move to the big screen thing down. Well, at least initially. They’re still working on the whole sequels thing. And sometimes they let the screenplay writers take some pretty big liberties. Yes, I’m looking at whoever made Galactus a cosmic cloud…

    Now, those of us who are looking at this movie with a cautious eye have, at one time or another, picked up a Thor comic and have the perceived right to be critical of cast choices. We base our critique on what we’ve read in the comics, what we know of the characters from the comics, and on the stories we’ve read on those pages. So long as some basic rules are followed, we’re going to be happy. After all, this is supposed to be fun, right?

    Apparently someone at the Council of Conservative Citizens didn’t get the memo about this being fun. The CCC is up in arms that Idris Elba is going to play Heimdall because he’s not… white. Somehow I think the fact that he’s not white wasn’t missed by the people running the auditions and thus far, from what I’ve seen of his acting, I’m actually looking forward to seeing Idris playing the role of Heimdall. If you’re not familiar with Idris’ work, check out 28 Weeks Later or Losers. He’s really good at playing a tough guy and aside from Thor, who else in Asgard was such a badass?

    The Council of Conservative Citizens. Sheesh, guys. Hire a PR person... and some stand-ins.

    The CCC, however, is really upset that Idris isn’t a Nordic looking Viking dude and says that “Marvel has declared war on Norse mythology??? by casting him as Heimdall. Because that’s what Marvel does… declares war on mythologies. For fun and profit.

    Seriously though, we’re talking about a mythos here, not some historical event or living religion. It’s not like Marvel is doing the “Adventures of Jesus and the Apostle Squad???. Now that I write that, I could see myself reading a title with that name and probably enjoying it. Don’t get any ideas, Marvel, copyright pending.

    Among the CCC’s “noble??? goals is the opposition ofall efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called “affirmative action??? and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.???  Straight from their website.

    Here’s where I’m confused. Mentioned in their “Statement of Principles??? is this little Tidbit: “We believe the United States is a Christian country.??? I might be a little bit of a stickler but doesn’t that mean your group should be protesting the movie as a whole because, you know, it’s about a race of Gods who don’t appear to be mentioned in the bible?  But nooooooo, you’re going to protest the fact that a black man is playing a Viking God. Way to pick your battles there, guys.

    This isn’t the sort of thing I would typically legitimize by writing about it but the humor here writes itself. It’s hard to believe you’re going to pick a movie about mythological beings to protest ONE whole cast member as a means to make your principles known. Seriously.

    I wonder what they’re going to think when I cast Idris as the main character in my movie adaptation of “Jesus and the Apostle Squad???.

    Gritskrieg – End of Line

    Puttin’ the hammer down on THOR….

    Monday, July 19th, 2010

    Great Odin's raven!

    He may be the God of thunder… but he needs a new agent.
    Marvel was really excited to release a picture for their upcoming THOR movie… which for the fist time showed Thor, Odin, and Loki in full costume. So when I clicked to look on it… I got… well…. this picture.

    Don’t get me wrong… this looks fine… if I was going to see a movie called “X-men” (which by the way sucked) and I’m only tolerating it because The X-men are little more than a boy band of Superhero teams, and don’t try to sugarcoat it either… they guest in more comics than Jay-Z does songs two years ago. The movie always looked a little cheesy. I always just blamed the fact that Marvel sold their rights away to another movie house and that’s why X-men looked like… well… crap. I mean, I guess if I liked my superheroes in generic sportcycle leather hugging outfits with no personality it would be fine… but c’mon man… I READ comics… I’m not Joe Dumbass. (Right now Wolverine fans are fluffing up their muttonchops to write me a bunch of hate mail… feel free suckers..)

    So where was I? Oh right… so now Marvel comes and puts out Iron Man.. which was amazing.. and it looks like things are going ok. Then they put out The Incredible Hulk… which was a little lacking, but still not too bad… then they put out Iron Man 2 which was like that girl in high school… just a big tease, all hype and no follow through. So Marvel has slowly been letting me down….

    Then THIS picture comes out. And instead of a cool movie about a Thunder God living among mortals… I have visions of… Well Odin with a golden eyepatch (that better be real bling.. he’s freakin Odin) and a suit of armor that looks… plastic.

    Sure it’s only a picture. I know I may be overreacting, but c’mon… you can’t tell me from this picture alone, this looks to be on par with Iron Man.