Movies, Comics, Gaming and more on this weeks…Age of the Surly Nerd!
Is this the Ouya end times?
Greetings adventurers, and welcome to this weeks installment of The Surly Nerd! After our prelude we jump into comics, telling you why you should pick up the new Humble Bundle, we find out who is working on the new Drax series and go into Frank Miller coming back to The Dark Knight. We close up level one going over the new “female focused Transformers” any why it’s simultaneously a great thing and a horrible thing to happen to comic books.
The Video Game Industry highlights this week are about state of the Ouya as well as the state of MMO’s and why they are a dying art. We also cover the newest Kickstarter success by the Banjo-Kazooie and close up level two with a comprehensive discussion about the Steam “paid mods” store. Our Entertainment news highlights include: The Universal movie monster shared universe, a remake of the Cube horror franchise, and the legal action Hollywood is taking against Torrent sites. Our entertainment topic of the week is about advertising over-saturation and what that means to us.
Our epilogue this week is about Konami and what their recent decisions mean to the global gaming market at large. As always, we appreciate all our adventurers who listen to our show every week and we look forward to your feedback on what we discuss! (firstname.lastname@example.org!)
Grab a drink and settle on in for this weeks action packed episode of…The Surly Nerd
Episode 135: Age Of The Surly Nerd
In Comic Industry News – Humble Bundle, Drax, Frank Miller’s Dark Knight, Female Transformers
In Game Industry News – Ouya failing, MMO’s, Yooka-Laylee, Steam Paid Mod Store
In Entertainment News – Universal Movie Monsters, Cube remake, Hollywood vs Torrents, media over-saturation
Epilogue – The fall of Konami
Some people are O.K. paying for horse armor
Read about the things we love to talk about!
Check out the Ouya: https://www.ouya.tv/
Learn about the HUmble Bundle!: https://www.humblebundle.com/
Video Game Food!…: http://www.gourmetgaming.co.uk/
Holy Batgirl controversy adventurers, it’s time for an all new episode of The Surly Nerd!
The progressive Batgirl title is under fire this week
Greetings adventurers, it’s time for an all new episode of The Surly Nerd and what a news-filled week it has been! After the prelude we roll right into Comic Industry news and talk about the retirement of one of the industry greats Jack Davis. Also on the comics docket is the relaunch of the Archie brand and Marvel putting a pin in the Fantastic Four’s stories.
Over on the gaming side of things, we talk about the importance of DOOM and how it turned 21 this week as well as Microsoft’s plan to take over China and a look back at an MMO that we believed was destine for failure: Final Fantasy 14. SEGA kicks things off in entertainment news with our theories on what would make a great video game adaptation followed by Sony wanting to make a Men in Black crossover and we give you all the details about Simon Pegg’s new flick where he plays the Devil: The Gathering. We wrap up this week discussing the controversy around the latest issue of Batgirl that is not for the easily offended. As always, we appreciate all our adventurers who listen to our show and we look forward to your feedback on what we discuss!
So grab a drink and settle on in for this weeks action packed episode of…The Surly Nerd
Episode 118: Batgirl Be Trippin’ Summary
In Comic Industry News – Jack Davis, Archie Reboot, The end of the Fantastic Four
In Game Industry News – DOOM’s anniversary, Microsoft in China, Final Fantasy XIV
In Entertainment News – SEGA movies, Men in Black Crossover, The Gathering
Epilogue – Batgirl Controversy
The legend, Jack Davis
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All about Jack Davis here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Davis_%28cartoonist%29
Learn about the History of DOOM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doom_%281993_video_game%29
Batman Cookies!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GtYQdId9Uw
“It will be then, in the darkest of days that the final lights of SEGA’s love will disappear into the Aether once and for all and the most united of states will feel the cold discombobulating nothingness that is life without Phantasy Star.” –PSO 13:5
For many older gamers, the name Phantasy Star is one spoken with a certain amount of reverence. For those of you too young to remember, before Square released the first installment of Final Fantasy on to the console world in 1990*, there was a game trying to garner popularity for the role-playing game (RPG) genre way back in 1988. This title, released on the Sega Master System was quickly overshadowed in the U.S. by anything released on the Nintendo Entertainment System – but in the wake of its launch, still managed to manifest a cult following that lives to this day. This game was known simply as: Phantasy Star.
The narrative of Phantasy Star was a surprisingly deep one for the time of its release, from political assassinations, to revenge plots and even an elder god manipulating humans so that he could rise to power after hiding in the shadows for centuries. This, coupled with a an overhead map, a rich battle system and a faux-3D first person dungeon view set on the sci-fi/fantasy solar system of Algol – proved to be more than Americans were ready to embrace. This did not, thankfully, dissuade SEGA from releasing the subsequent titles in the series here in the states…for a while.
As SEGA made the transition from the 8-bit generation to 16-bit universe, so too did Phantasy Star. The next three installments of the Phantasy Star series would all take place on the Sega Genesis with each game building on the last in terms of visuals, sound and story depth. Phantasy Star III alone spanned several generations of characters stories all within the course of one game, a concept that is rarely seen at all in modern games and a complete version (mint in box) of Phantasy Star IV is still a highly sought after treasure for game collectors.
Phantasy Star was notably absent for the handheld and 32-bit era in America, with only a series of remakes and spin-offs available only in Japan. However, SEGA was not content to let their beloved RPG go silently into the good night. At the beginning of 2001 Phantasy Star Online (PSO) burst onto the scene, cementing its place into the hearts of gamers everywhere on SEGA’s newest gaming platform, The Dreamcast. Phantasy Star Online was a wildly successful game, and one of the first real online console gaming experiences. PSO eventually was released for the Xbox, Nintendo Gamecube and even PC markets.
With a version update, an expansion and a card based video game spin-off under their belt, Phantasy Star had finally hit the prime time even in the midst of the Dreamcast’s short-lived lifespan. In 2006 Phantasy Star Universe, the next title in the online Phantasy Star series, was released on several consoles and PC to a lukewarm reception. For many, it was so vastly different from PSO that it lost most of the magic of the original PSO experience and the game suffered for it in terms of ratings and sales.
In 2011, the U.S. got their first glimpse of the game that had been waiting years for, a true sequel to Phantasy Star Online. Elegantly called Phantasy Star Online 2, it promised to give American gamers everything they loved in the original PSO and more with features such as more simultaneous players for larger boss fights and a more complex and rich character creation system. The message boards across the internet lit up, eagerly anticipating the next installment of the franchise and year after year when SEGA was asked when PSO2 was going to get released to western shores the only response given was “soon”. With the Phantasy Star festival now over in Japan, we found out that there is a new Phantasy Star Online 2 spin-off dubbed Phantasy Star Nova, in the works and that it is more than likely going to be a Japanese-only release. This announcement, alongside the repeated delays of the American release of PSO2 ultimately begs the question: What does SEGA have against America, when it comes to releasing more Phantasy Star content on our shores?
If we look back to the franchises history, the decision to not release the remakes and spin-offs of Phantasy Star on western shores does start to make sense . Japan has always fostered the Phantasy Star market in terms of sales where systems like the Game Gear and Saturn under performed in America, at best. This means that the creation cost-to-profit margin is much slimmer when you take into account the amount of resources SEGA would have to spend to have those games translated on top of marketing and publication. SEGA took a risk on releasing Phantasy Star Online to the states when non-PC internet gaming was in its infancy. This gamble did ultimately paid off for them, which leaves many people scratching their heads as to why Phantasy Star Online 2 has yet to see a western release.
Unfortunately, at this time all we have is wild speculation. With SEGA still holding firm to the idea that PSO 2 will be released “at some point” in the west, we can only look to the amount of time it has taken the game to even leave Japan. Reports are saying that around early 2014, PSO 2 had finally entered closed beta in Southeast Asia – nearly two years after the launch of the game in Japan. In 1988, a gap of years like this was commonplace when it game to translation and publication. These days, it can be a death sentence for a game. Gamers who wait too long to play their favorite titles can become disillusioned over time, knowing that the game they have waited to play for so long can never live up to the hype they have built up in their minds.
Another factor could simply be the overall cost of releasing the game here. While in 1988, translation and publication times were much wider, (Final Fantasy I was released by Square Japan in 1987 and not released in the states until 1990) those games ultimately had a large cost associated with release such as paying for the localization teams. Phantasy Star IV alone retailed for up to $100 when it launched in 1995. Phantasy Star Online 2, is currently a free-to-play game with buy-in options as a central game mechanic. Most of these in-game purchases are purely cosmetic since there is a physical copy of the game available for purchase should you prefer a non-digital distribution platform. When you take into account the X variable which is “how much does this game make per day?”, it may not be financially feasible for SEGA to take a risk like translating, distributing (bandwidth costs money) and establishing servers for every region. If this is the case, it would only make sense that SEGA would not be willing to take a chance on Phantasy Star Nova here – considering it is a spin-off of the Phantasy Star Online title we have yet to receive.
While American Phantasy Star fans are eagerly awaiting another game release in their beloved franchise, for now they must be content with the videos being published out of Japan of the upcoming series titles until SEGA has finally announced that a new Phantasy Star is coming their way – or at the very least, finally told them why they will be unable to release it here. If the online fan base is any indication, they are willing to wait a very – very long time to once again step into the shoes of a hunter and try and save the galaxy from Faltz once again.-Until next time, goodnight and good game
1990*– All dates are based on the U.S. release windows
Comic-con, Comic-con, San Diego Comic-Con tiiiiiime!
How excited we are for the Deadpool trailer
Greetings adventurers, it’s an all new episode of The Surly Nerd! Join us as we wade through the plethora of news coming out of San Diego Comic-con. So much happened in the last week in the world of nerdy news but does ANY of it have to do with comic books? We kick our show off with that thought as we go into the winners of the Eisner Awards and from there move into what’s new for Superman in his comics as well as Marvels plans for their newest acquisition – Angela.
We slide from those comic topics over to the world of video games. John Romero tells us what he thinks about the PC vs Console war, we get deep into what makes HALO a true franchise and we bitch more and more about Ubisofts sexism. We try to talk about happier things in Entertainment News with Evil Dead television series but just end up angrier from where we started. Avengers theories, Batman V Superman rants and a discussion about the Deadpool “leaked” trailer close out our show. Get comfy with us as we get into super geeky comic discussions on episode 101 of The Surly Nerd.
Episode 101 Go **** Yourself San Diego: Summary and Time Stamps
(0:07:05) In Comic Industry News – The Will Eisner Awards, Superman’s new direction and what’s in store for Angela.
(0:30:30) In Game Industry News – Is the PC market stronger than the console one? Halo talks franchise and Ubisoft gets sexist.
(0:56:10) In Entertainment News – Evil Dead TV, Avengers rumors and the future of Batman V Superman
(1:31:20) Epilogue – Deadpool theories.
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More about Deadpool here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadpool
Who is Dogpool ?: http://marvel.com/universe/Dogpool_(Earth-103173)
Deadpools favorite food, Chimichangas!: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-chimichangas-recipe.html
More women in comics, the girl scouts go gaming and how fantastic can the Fantastic Four movie be?
Not Pictured: Female Thor
Greetings adventurers, it’s an all new episode of The Surly Nerd. We kick off the week with our prelude where we open with all the video games we have been playing and all the movies we have been watching that came out five years ago. We head into level one, comic industry news by talking about the changes in the Marvel U and DC U where women take center stage. Thor becomes female and Batgirl gets new writers and a new (read: practical) costume. It’s a fanboys (or fangirls!) dream!
From those diatribes we move directly into gaming news where the girl scouts open their doors to game development, Tekken decides to side with Unreal and Sony wants to get in Wii owners pants. We top the week off with more fantastic movie news, get down and dirty with what is new in the world of Halloween Horror Nights. It’s another fantastic week for nerdy news so get ready to strap yourself in for the week-in-review madness that is our show and don’t forget to send us your summer fun time pictures with your #nerdventure hashtag!
Episode 99: Summary and Time Stamps
(0:17:20) In Comic Industry News – Thor becomes a woman and Batgirl gets new duds.
(0:30:00) In Game Industry News – The Girl Scouts dive into game development, Tekken 7 is announced at EVO powered by the Unreal Engine and Sony believes they can win over Wii users.
(0:49:35) In Entertainment News – Locke & Key gets new writers, we get new news about 12 Monkeys, we hear what the new Fantastic Four movie is based on and From Dusk Til Dawn takes over Halloween Horror Nights.
(1:10:00) Epilogue – We get down with some monkeys.
Pictured: The All-New Batgirl!
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More about Your favorite Marvel heroes here: http://marvel.com/characters
Who are your favorite DC Comics heroes ?: http://www.dccomics.com/characters
Make a taco salad!: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/taco-salad-i/