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Hey! Look! Listen! #51

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Well! Things may have began somewhat awkwardly this week, but we’re certainly on track now. Or, at least I am. No idea where that bumbling fool Ethos is hiding out. Hopefully you’ll see something from him today.

As you’ve already been informed, Hey! Look! Listen! is now a once-weekly affair. Ethos will be providing Friday news in the form of his deranged Tingle-themed column. I think the arrangement is mutually beneficial, and should keep things varied around here. And, maybe in the future, Ethos will find the time to include more than one news story.

Heh heh. Anyway. On to the topics of interest!

Apple’s iPhone 4.0 Lost, Recovered by Gizmodo

That’s right. An Apple employee managed to lose an iPhone 4.0 in a bar, and Gizmodo ended up swiping it for $500.

Gary Powell is a software engineer for Apple. About a month ago he was celebrating his 27th birthday at a bar in Redwood City, California. He had with  him a next-generation iPhone, cleverly disguised as a normal 3GS. Unfortunately for him, when he left the bar, he left the phone behind. The phone ended up in the hands of some unnamed guy who eventually sold it to Gizmodo for $500.

Gizmodo, of course, proceeded to blow the lid off of Apple’s next-generation iPhone. They were unable to turn on the device, but they managed to glean plenty of information nonetheless. Check it out at Gizmodo.com.

I personally think it looks pretty damn sweet. The flatter, sharp-edged new design is a huge draw to me, I think it looks far better than the curved models. The increased screen resolution is a huge plus, and even the new frontal camera could be neat. (Video chat calls, anyone?)

Ugh. My internal smartphone conflict remains unresolved. Apparently, Apple was pretty eager to get their prototype back, and it’s been returned to them. Hopefully they won’t go too hard on the poor schmuck who lost it in the first place. (Gizmodo)

Ubisoft Getting Rid of Paper Game Manuals

Yep, that’s right! In the interest of being eco-friendly, Ubisoft is doing away with paper manuals for their games. Instead, you’ll access an in-game digital menu. From their official statement on the matter:

Ubisoft internal data shows that producing one ton of paper used in Ubisoft’s game manuals consumes an average of two tons of wood from 13 trees, with a net energy of 28 million BTU’s (equivalent to average heating and energy for one home/year), greenhouse gases equivalent of over 6,000 lbs of CO2, and wastewater of almost 15,000 gallons.

Shrug. Hard to find fault with this, I suppose. But, at the same time, I kinda hope this doesn’t catch on. It reminds me of when DVDs stopped coming with paper inserts. Sure, they were fairly useless, but they made it feel like you were getting more for your money. DVD’s felt much… chintzier when they stopped coming with them. (VG247)

Three New Villains Revealed for Arkham Asylum 2

Hell yes. I can’t wait for Arkham Asylum 2, and it’s great to finally get some new info on it.

First, actress Stana Katic, who stars on ABC’s Castle tweeted that she was voicing Talia al Ghul, the daughter to classic Batman villain Ra’s al Ghul.

“I’m voicing Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Ra al Ghul (played by Liam Neeson in ‘Batman Begins’)”

She took the tweets down quickly, but plenty of people saw them thanks to Google’s cache.

Second, we have Maurice LaMarche who’s probably best known for voicing Kif Kroker in Futurama. He spilled the beans while speaking on the Geekcastradio podcast:

I’m about to go in and do Mr. Freeze for Arkham Asylum 2 … He’s out for blood right now because, err… I can’t tell you the situation, but he’s actually somewhat a sympathetic character within the framework of the game.

And finally, we have the voice of Batman himself, Kevin Conroy, speaking during a panel at the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo. According to Mr. Conroy, Arkham Asylum 2 will be “really, really dark.” He went on to compare Arkham Asylum 2’s “tone” to Batman: Return of the Joker. A bit strange, seeing that it’s Sega Genesis title from 1991.

In addition to all that, however, Mr. Conroy managed to reveal that Two-Face will be a villain in Arkham Asylum 2. So, there you have it. Three new baddies that will grace our presence in Batman’s next adventure. Let’s hope to see more at E3 2010. (VG247, Kotaku)

Rumor: Nintendo 3Ds Coming This October?

Previously, Nintendo’s only given a window of “before March 2011″ for the release of their 3DS. But now, CVG is very confidently reporting that the handheld will be released a full two months before Christmas – October of 2010, to be specific.

According to “a very senior publishing source:

It’s a surprise – we were expecting it much closer to Christmas. But I suppose it gives Nintendo the opportunity to get it front and centre in people’s minds nice and early.

In my experience, you don’t launch a product that early to Christmas unless you’re confident in it – and going to spend a lot of money on it. We’re reassured that Nintendo is going to give it some decent backing in Q4.

Nintendo’s dismissed the story as “rumor and speculation,” but CVG seems resolute. I suppose I wouldn’t be too surprised, frankly; I mean, why wouldn’t they attempt to take advantage of the Christmas season? At any rate, we’ll probably know for sure when Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference rolls around. Until then, this is technically just a rumor. (CVG via Gizmodo)

QUICKIE: Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Announced – That’s right. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Spring 2011. Full title is Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.

Well, that was enjoyable. Hope you’re all having a delightful evening! Look for the kick-off of our stupid theme week-inspired lists soon.

Hey! Look! Listen!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

HLLwinterOoooh! Wintery!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Winter Wonderland edition of Hey! Look! Listen! What’s so special about this Winter Wonderland edition? Nothing at all, other than the special revamped banner seen above. That image was yet another rejected possibility for the background to the Winter Week banner.

I like snow scenes, okay? Makes me wonder why the hell I’m living in Tennessee.  Who am I? I’m your host, Oliver “Riddles” Motok, and I’m well on my way to having not one, but two stunningly unproductive days in a row. How does that happen? Ah well, the completion of this column will count for something.  Hopefully.

Arkham Asylum 2 Announced

Wow, talk about unexpected. Anybody else catch the VGAs this past weekend? I watched bits and pieces on the crappy TV at work with no volume, and found them largely uninteresting, aside from this little gem of a teaser:

Well. My hopes for 2010 just got that much higher. No, the game hasn’t been confirmed for release next year, but I’m going to place my bets that will see it sometime next holiday season.

New Prince of Persia Details Emerge

As promised, a trailer for Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands premiered at the aforementioned VGAs. I’ve included it below for your viewing pleasure, but frankly it’s not much to gawk at.

No gameplay, no hints towards the storyline, just some average-looking cinematics coupled with a dramatic voiceover. Oh, and Ubisoft clearly needs to decide if they want their prince to look like Jake Gylenhaal, or the Prince we know and love from the original trilogy. Right now he appears to be in an odd sort of limbo.

However, while the trailer did nothing to ease my fears that The Forgotten Sands will be an ill-conceived cash-in on the upcoming movie, this interview with Michael McIntyre, the game’s level director, offered some hope.

The Forgotten Sands takes place shortly after 2003’s classic Sands of Time, and before the controversial sequel, Warrior Within. The Prince leaves Azad to visit his brother’s kingdom, only to find it under attack. And… that’s about all we know about the story so far. “The Forgotten Sands is another chapter in the SOT series, and is not tied to the movie in any way,” McIntyre said. Thank god for that, at least.

Oh, and the Prince will somehow have power over “nature itself” in Forgotten Sands. No other details were offered, but McIntyre says it will be “worth the wait.” Will it? Will it really? I’m glad to hear that it’s not a direct movie tie-in, but the proximity of the release dates is still cause for concern.

As Mass Effect 2 Draws Closer…

Check out the latest and greatest cinematic teaser for Mass Effect 2:

Excited yet?

Well, I didn’t plan on it, but it seems we’ve had another video edition, of sorts. My apologies to all of you using dial-up; but seriously, get with the times.

Farewell and goodnight for now!