Lazy Thursday Night Links (Smash Them Open, Find Treasure)

Whoops.  Went out after work for *one* beer. You know how that goes <sad trombone>. Never fear though; I’ve found a couple of interesting things totally worth checking out while I check out from this evening.

– Wrap up of today’s unveiling of Amazon’s trinity of Kindle Fire devices.

– Nuke the Fridge reports that the Blu-Ray Director’s Cut of The Dark Knight Rises will feature the origin of Bane! Venom or GTFO.

Another Game We Should Have But Don’t: The Wire RPG.  You leave Ziggy alone!

– Batman: The Animated Series debuted 20 years ago! You’re old now.  Relieve your misspent youth by watching the pilot, “On Leather Wings”.

15 Things you’ll never hear gamers say.

OH MY GOD WHATEVER DUDE I TOTALLY SHOT YOU

 

A Super Mario Bros. Summary: Every Super Mario Bros. level summarized in a single screen sheet. Like so:


Play it in your browser instead of doing work tomorrow! That’s what I’m planning on doing.

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Lightning Strikes, Not Once But Thrice

On the 25th anniversary of the franchise, Square Enix announces 2013 will bring a new Final Fantasy with Lightning once again at the helm.  It will be the third version of FFXIII and will wrap up her long and oh so confusing time shifting story.  According to the official release the game will include new characters, costumes, and transforming weapons.  I could not even begin to tell you the chronology of FFXIII-2,  so God only knows where this one is headed.  Even though I found the previous two installments in the FFXIII franchise confusing on the story front, the gameplay was stellar and both games had different variations of combat, strategy, and exploration.  Sadly, despite sinking countless hours into the effort, I just couldn’t beat the last game.  Even on the easy setting, Square Enix gave me a battle that just could not be won.

The newest addition of the game centers around exploration, with a day-night cycle with which you can encounter and interact (YAY for not ending a sentence with a preposition).  It’s looking like a mix between the FF lore and the Skyrim style of exploration.  All the best components which make a game super addicting all wrapped into one.  Sign me up!!

KRA-KOOOOM

Did NBC Steal The Idea For Revolution From A Bunch Of Indie Producers?

Interesting post about the new JJ Abrams series Revolution on Tumblr the other day. It points out two things: (1) that, months before Revolution was announced, low level NBC execs enthusiastically screened a pilot for Powerless, a proposed series created by indie production company Dinosaur Diorama, and (2) there are a number of astonishing similarities between the concepts for Powerless and Revolution. If that alone doesn’t raise your hackles just a little, you probably work for NBC.

To be fair, the concepts are both fairly broad, focusing mainly on a strong female lead and a small group of people surviving after a mysterious global blackout. And there are certainly some differences (Revolution has 10 letters, Powerless only has 9! LAWSUIT AVERTED). But the connections don’t end with the concept (the leading lady in Powerless, a former Dinosaur Diorama regular, is now a star on NBC’s Law & Order, for example). The full post is worth a read.

Even if something truly dastardly has gone down here, NBC would surely be careful enough to skirt any actionable signs of theft, likely replacing whatever cleverness the Powerless writers might have created with big boobs and infuriating, unresolved tangents a la Lost. You can judge for yourself if you care to search for the full pilots, which are both online. For now, here are the trailers. Can you guess which one has more shots of huge airplanes falling out of the sky?