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Star Wars 1313 is LucasArts next big visual powerhouse

Star Wars 1313 is LucasArts next big visual powerhouse

This time around, it's personal, Star Wars fans - with no less than input from LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation Ltd., and Skywalker Sound, "1313" is set to be a video game of epic preportions. This game is set to be revealed next week in earnest at E3 while today LucasArts lets us know that it's about to go big. Star Wars 1313 will bring you in to a third person cinematic action adventure like you've never experienced before, complete with bounty hunters, the Coruscant underworld, and next-level media from all directions.

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R2D2 USB Flash Drive Cufflinks up for pre-order

R2D2 USB Flash Drive Cufflinks up for pre-order

A brand new pair of R2D2 USB Flash Drive Cufflinks are proving today that just because Star Wars themed technology can be cute, it doesn't mean it's going to be cheap. Silver plated with enamel, 2GB of storage on each cufflink, and made with an engravable whale back closure, these links will set you back $200 USD a pair. Should you just happen to be in the market for a pair of these lovely little droids, you'll be getting free shipping as a bonus.

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Prometheus: We talk Alien and tech with Ridley’s writer duo

Prometheus: We talk Alien and tech with Ridley’s writer duo

Prometheus has arrived with a bang, Ridley Scott's expansive Alien prequel, and SlashGear sat down with writers Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts to talk Quadrilogy canon, SpaceX and angry androids. Jointly responsible for a screenplay that has spawned intense debate and no small amount of controversy, both Lindelof and Spaihts have a history of creating science-fiction that's as cerebral as it is explosive.

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Chewbacca MIMOMICRO microSD Card Reader Review

Chewbacca MIMOMICRO microSD Card Reader Review

The Mimoco Chewbacca MIMOMICRO microSD Card Reader may well be the tiniest piece of hardware we've ever reviewed here on SlashGear, and I do dare say the cutest as well. What we've got here is a Star Wars inspired microSD Card Reader coming straight from the folks who are now famous for creating the most excitingly vibrant USB flashdrives on the planet. Here instead of calling them Mimobots, they've called them MIMOMICRO due to their slightly changed functionality - and wouldn't you know it, they world just as fabulous!

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Prometheus Movie Review and Red Carpet Coverage

Prometheus Movie Review and Red Carpet Coverage

Alien was all about dark, ominous spaces and a sense of intense claustrophobia and mounting tension - in part due to Ridley Scott's withholding of the final Xenomorph in all its glory as the film reached its climax (along with hiding its comparably low-tech costume). Prometheus is the CGI-overspilling, determinedly 3D and generally expansive movie Scott could never make back in 1979. It's a fraught process, returning to a story that not only helped make a career but shaped a genre, and Prometheus swings between sensation, horror and a sometimes uncomfortable philosophy.

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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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