Kotaku has reported that apparently a user on Reddit has been posting content of an unfinished version of the fabled Battlefront 3, which was more than halfway completed when it was dropped due to financial troubles. From leaked footage that came up over the years the game looked amazing, featuring the ability to fight on the ground, in the sky, in ORBIT, and then INSIDE the capital ships in ORBIT all in ONE MAP. It’s debatable how this would have ran on the consoles of the day, but it certainly looked nice. Regardless what’s new here is that the reddit user purportedly has the first playable version, although reddit moderators took it down since it was copyrighted material. The embedded video houses some the aforementioned features.
A cool look into the film-making brilliance of TFA.
Film producer Mike Seymour goes behind the visual effects that earned Star Wars: The Force Awakens an Oscar nod. See how Industrial Light & Magic crafted complex action sequences, detailed environments and realistic characters with the help of advanced motion-capture technology and performances from actors like Lupita Nyong’o.
The latest episode of WIRED’s popular digital video series,Design FX, and just went live on WIRED’s channel on THE SCENE, the premiere digital video storytelling platform from Condé Nast Entertainment.
Check out this humorous take on which Star Wars character represents which state, by Estatley. It seems they also but quite a bit of thought into it, as is shown in the link below.
Estatey just published this map and article depicting which Star Wars character best represents each U.S. state and I thought it might be of interest to your audience. We used a wide variety of statistics to determine each selection. For example…
Washington state—Chewbacca (most Bigfoot sightings) California—C-3PO (most translators per capita, most college robotics programs)New Hampshire—Han Solo (most outbound cigarette smuggling)
Review: Star Wars Poster Activity Book (or, The One Where I Forget One Of Those Things)
You know, for a slim book this thing packs quite the punch. You may be tempted, like I was, to think little of the Poster Activity Book, published Egmont UK, and, well, you’d be right. What? It’s an activity book. No one really pays much attention to them. But this book knows this – that’s right, books have become sapient now. We’re doomed – and it’s evolved, becoming more than a mere collection of puzzles.
It. Has. Posters. Stickers, too.
Stop laughing. I’m serious.
Okay, okay. I see you’re sceptical, so let’s take it one thing at a time. Continue reading
Review: Rey’s Survival Guide (or, Is It A Spoiler That She Survived Jakku?)
SPOILER WARNING: Due to the nature of the book, and the closeness to the release of the film, you should treat this, with regards to spoilers, as you would any other article about The Force Awakens (this book does cover the events of the first third of the film, as well as some of Rey’s backstory). THIS IS YOUR LAST SPOILER WARNING.
‘Before you came to Jakku,’ writes Rey, ‘I bet you thought it was small and unimportant. And you were right. But up close, every planet is gigantic and full of mysteries – including ones that will kill you.’ And thus is the book summed up. Thank you, and good night.
Okay I should probably includes just a few more words here. As the name suggests, Rey’s Survival Guide, published by Egmont, details what it takes to survive Jakku. Written from the perspective of, well, Rey*, and addresses the reader as though they were new to Jakku – and to scavenging. It’s a neat touch that better helped me to feel like all this was real and that I could really go there (although the Aurebesh ‘wish you were here’ postcard did stretch credulity a bit). And that I could be friends with Rey and we’d go scavenging and we’d talk about flying and, erm, sand. And stuff, I don’t know what people talk about.
*Honestly how dare this book have such a descriptive, concise title that clearly demonstrates what it’s about, thus making my job of writing what it’s about all the more superfluous? Oblique names are clearly the way to go. Continue reading