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Renaissance Blood THD Review

Renaissance Blood THD Review

This week the folks at NVIDIA have teamed up with BRIDEA and NCsoft to bring a twisted first person shooter by the name of Renaissance Blood THD for Android devices working with Tegra 3 quad-core processors. This game sets you up with a crossbow, a spiked mace, and what's essentially a steampunk machine gun. You've got infinite arrows, a limited amount of bullets, a strong arm, and hall after hall of gladiators, mummies, machine/man hybrid beasts that want nothing more than to cut you down and devour your flesh.

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Men in Black 3 VFX pros describe “an onion” of imagination

Men in Black 3 VFX pros describe “an onion” of imagination

This week we got to sit down with the Visual Effects Supervisors from Sony Pictures Imageworks behind Men in Black 3, premiering in the USA tonight. As any Men in Black fanatic knows, the two main characters, J and K, have their single-letter names taken from their original civilian titles - oddly enough, the two men we interviewed this week go by the names Ken Ralston and Jay Redd - working equivalents of those two protectors of the universe working here to bridge the gap between reality and utterly insane fiction in the Men in Black world. What we found was that not only was this film captured with several different types of cameras and techniques, it was done in a specific Men in Black style, with time travel, fully digital copies of Will Smith and Josh Brolin, and none other than a completely re-imagined Cape Canaveral, not to mention New York city itself.

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Star Wars TOR staff cut as player population falls

Star Wars TOR staff cut as player population falls

Though BioWare has not tied the two situations together as thus, the fact that Star Wars : The Old Republic has already lost 400,000 players since launch and that they've got a new set of layoffs in their staff on the books is fairly clearly connected. What we're seeing this week is the CEO of BioWare Ray Muzyka announcing with co-founder Greg Zeschuk that they'd be saying "farewell to some talented, passionate, and exceptionally hard-working people" from the Star Wars staff. Hopefully this does not point toward an end-of-life sequence for the game itself.

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Battleship Movie Review

Battleship Movie Review

While this summer has no lack of action adventure movies going for it, what with the likes of The Avengers, Prometheus, and The Dark Knight Rises on deck, Battleship is prepared to be the cleanest selection of the group. The blockbuster category requires that a movie be spectacularly large in its on-screen scope, and the movie Battleship does this - and little else. Like each of the interviews you may have heard thus far on the film, including our most recent interview on Battleship with Industrial Light and Magic, this movie is definitely a "popcorn" flick - that means you should come prepared to quite simply sit back and be entertained, and entertained well.

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ILM speaks on Battleship: “the bar has been raised” for visual effects

ILM speaks on Battleship: “the bar has been raised” for visual effects

Expanding on what we learned earlier this week from NVIDIA's talk with effects group ILM, Visual Effect Supervisor Pablo Helman let us know that their work on the film Battleship's effects and production took place on a global scale. With technologies like what we saw this week from NVIDIA with their cloud-ready GPU power with Kepler, the teams at Industrial Light and Magic and the extended Battleship film crew were able to work from not just one set location, but many at the same time. ILM artists and crew worked from different parts of the Earth all at once - this dramatically decreasing the amount of time it took to create such a giant vision as this blockbuster film, Helmen letting us know that the film industry world in recent years has certainly "become a lot smaller" in many ways.

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Prometheus Yutani viral addresses deceased Weyland

Prometheus Yutani viral addresses deceased Weyland

A brand new viral advertisement has been released today for the blockbuster science fiction film Prometheus, taking on this time the hereto-unmentioned Yutani corporation. Fans of the original Alien series will remember that the company that acts as antagonist in many situations goes by the name Weland-Yutani, this the combination of the company headed by Peter Weyland (played in this film by Guy Pierce) and the not-yet-mentioned (until now) Yutani group. This video shows the main protagonist of the film, researcher Dr. Elizabeth M. Shaw addressing none other than Weyland himself even though by the time she's the age she appears in the video here, Weyland should be long dead.

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Prometheus “terror” trailer brings spoilers galore

Prometheus “terror” trailer brings spoilers galore

This week a trailer has been released of Prometheus - the Ridley Scott Alien universe movie coming out this summer - which shows more than its fair share of terrifying elements thus far kept under heavy wraps by the company. The company I'm speaking of is not Weyland Industries, but it may as well be since the press materials released for the movie up until now have been a straight up graphic design fantasy straight from the minds of the future science industry which will be sending our heroes to a far away planet to explore our past.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic sees sharp player decline

Star Wars: The Old Republic sees sharp player decline

EA launched Star Wars: The Old Republic just before Christmas to positive reviews and a warm reception from the MMO community, positioning it as a competitor to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. Is the galaxy far far away starting to falter already? During a recent earnings report, EA announced that SWTOR’s subscriber base has dropped from 1.7 million to 1.3 million in just two months.

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R2-D2 plays Tupac – it had to happen

R2-D2 plays Tupac – it had to happen

It had to happen. Just days after Coachella played host to the other-worldly return of the legendary rapper Tupac Shakur 16 years after his death, (Star Wars) Rebel Alliance member R2-D2 has been found to have played a part in his resurrection. Created in part by Sethward Productions, you Star Wars fans are about to get a taste of exactly what everyone was thinking about when they heard a holographic rapper was heading to the stage for this year's concert lineup on the 15th of April, headlined by none other than Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg. The video you're about to see is not licensed by Lucasfilm, nor has it been approved by Aftermath records in any way.

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WoW considered for iPhone while creators play Star Wars

WoW considered for iPhone while creators play Star Wars

This week one of the makers of World of Warcraft at Blizzard Entertainment has let it be known that not only he plays Star Wars, his co-workers do as well. Speaking on why it seems that the most popular online role-playing game at the moment WoW seems to be losing subscribers, he noted that it's not just the wait for the upcoming expansion of the game Pandaria that's holding players back, it's the excellence of their competitors. Not only Star Wars: The Old Republic has been named in this case, it's Skyrim as well!

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