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Most Recent: Books
Two weeks ago, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away. Our coalition government saw fit to spend £10 million of taxpayers’ money on her funeral. This was a woman who divided the country, and whose iron grip is still curled around Britain’s bleeding heart. The rich and powerful turned up to see her off, while poverty-driven protesters quite literally turned their backs on the funeral procession. The BBC refused to play “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” an anti-Thatcher song taken from The Wizard of Oz, after her haters propelled it to number two on the UK music charts. If anyone could suck the fun out of life, it was Thatcher.
A couple of days after she kicked the bucket, I learned that a humble New Zealand pub owner named Les Lisle had passed away. I met Les only once, in 2011, while travelling the globe with a ginormous backpack strapped to my back. It was customary to stop at the Mahinapua Pub, affectionately known as the Poo Pub, on the way to the town of Wanaka. The tour company I was travelling with booked the place out for a slap-up meal followed by a fancy dress party. When we arrived, old Les (who was 85 at the time) got on the bus and laid down the rules of his house in a well-practised and often funny speech. When we ventured inside his pub, we found the ceiling covered with hats; there were over 3000 of them, all tacked to the ceiling. Les told me some were his, and some were donated by the travelers who passed through. He was managing that pub of his before I was even born. I doubt he played many video games – there was a pool table and dart board – but he was an agent of fun, and probably managed to affect more peoples’ lives in a positive light than Thatcher did with her negative rule. They were both born in 1925, and died with days of one another. If anyone deserved a £10 million funeral, it was Les Lisle.
Unfortunately, I barely have £10, so in honour of his youthful spirit in the face of old age, I’m dedicating this month’s Kickstart This! to Les. Let’s see if we can channel some of that positive spirit into funding projects that are fun for all, such as the 2D upward-scrolling platform puzzler Brave Bit, hand drawn sci-fi adventure gameA Small Favor, 8-bit microorganism sim Bitcrobes, and underwater tower defense title Fish vs. Crabs. And just to shake things up, we also have the helpful app GameSnap, and last but not least, PWNED: A Gamers Novel, a romantic comedy adventure set within an MMORPG.
Let the games begin! (more…)
On the “Hardcover Advice and Miscellaneous” list that is. The top non-fiction book is actually Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beloved World, a spot its held for three straight weeks. But that doesn’t stop Dark Horse Comics from crowing about their “#1 New York Times Bestseller,” which they’ve begun to do on their official blog.
Dark Horse also revealed that the highly anticipated history of The Legend of Zelda series will have a record print run approaching 400,000 copies and that as long as the book continues to sell, they’ll continue to print it.
Hyrule Historia has everything a Zelda fan could ever ask for: “Never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and an exclusive comic by the foremost creator of The Legend of Zelda manga, Akira Himekawa.” It was released on January 29 and is available at retailers everywhere for a retail price of $34.99.
BioShock Infinite‘s Columbia seems like a complex world, and fans of the series are clamoring for more information. Lucky for us, Irrational Games wants to feed that need, and has announced an e-book prequel called BioShock Infinite: Mind in Revolt, available on February 12.
The book, written by Joe Fielder (writer at Irrational Games) and Ken Levine (creative director) will be $2.99, unless you pre-ordered the game from Amazon, in which case you get it for free.
Fielder said, “Since we first announced BioShock Infinite, our fans have asked for more information about Columbia and the complex cast of characters that inhabit the floating city… After reading the e-book, players will have a better understanding of BioShock Infinite’s world, the struggle between its factions, and the motivations of key characters, like rebel leader Daisy Fitzroy, without spoiling the mysteries of BioShock Infinite.”
Hopefully since it’s done in-house, BioShock Infinite: Mind in Revolt will be better than that terrible book, BioShock: Rapture. They would have to really, really try.
John Shirley returns to the world of Pandora with Borderlands: Unconquered, his second novel set within the Borderlands game series. Borderlands: The Fallen was based on the first game, and it was a good one. I was hoping this return to the world of the infamous Vault hunters would be another good one, but I was more than a little disappointed – in every way. (more…)
Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel, Ready Player One, was a massive gift to nerds everywhere (especially ones who came of age in the 80s). And it sounds like he’s gearing up to do it again with his next novel, Armada. The book has been described by publisher Crown as “The ultimate wish fulfillment to every video game fan on the planet.”
Universal was so impressed by Cline’s 20-page proposal that they’ve already purchased the film rights to Armada… even though the world only found out about it yesterday! The movie will be produced by Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films and Dan Farah’s Farah Films. Farah is also hard at work producing the Ready Player One film adaptation.
Obviously, it is much too early to discuss anything about Armada, book or film. But hopefully we’ll learn more soon.
The DC Universe one-on-one fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us is all set to receive a comic book based around events of the game, according to comments from NetherRealm Studios’ co-founder Ed Boon at the EB Expo in Australia.
“We’re working on an Injustice comic book to carry the story and tell the events that came before the game. With a game like Mortal Kombat, so many things spawned from there, like the movie. Obviously the extreme version is it would spawn a lot more things, but I know for sure we are making an Injustice comic.”
More things? Could he be hinting at the rumoured Justice League film as DC prepare to try and follow the success of Marvel’s The Avengers? Or is that just wishful thinking? Given DC’s excellent run of animated direct-to-DVD films, perhaps there could even be an Injustice film if fans of Batman and his brood show enough interest in the comic.
While there was no more information on the comic series, I’d expect it to emerge alongside the game in April 2013.
[Source: The Verge]
I’m always baffled when academics or authors choose a single video game platform as the voice of a generation. Take Generation Xbox, for example. The Xbox 360 has been extremely successful over the last seven years and will likely go down as the system that everyone remembers from this era even though the Wii was more popular and the PS3 was more powerful. In addition to that, the title doesn’t even have anything to do with the content of the book.
Thankfully, the book’s subtitle, How Video Games Invaded Hollywood, lays it all out for you. And if you’re interested in the continuing convergence of games and movies, then Generation Xbox might just be the book for you… even if you’re a PlayStation gamer. (more…)
Dark Horse Comics has announced that they will be bringing the Legend of Zelda history book, Hyrule Historia, to America early next year. The 248-page hardcover tome will be priced at $34.99 and include an introduction by Shigeru Miyamoto, developer interviews, pages of “never-before-seen” concept art, and a look at the franchise’s official timeline.
Dark Horse Books and Nintendo bring you The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, containing an unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise. This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an insightful introduction by the legendary producer and video-game designer of Donkey Kong, Mario, and The Legend of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto, this book is crammed full of information about the storied history of Link’s adventures from the creators themselves! As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creator of The Legend of Zelda manga—Akira Himekawa!
The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia will be available in stores on January 18, 2013.