Bethesda CAN’T Make Any More Pip-Boys

by Joey Pedras (@joeypedras)

Pete Hines, Bethesda’s marketing VP, told the folks attending Quakecon that the factory making the Pip-Boys reached their absolute production limit. The demand for this special edition replica is just too high to meet what the factory can produce while also satisfying its other customers. Bethesda says they made as many Pip-Boys as they possibly could, but there comes a point where the producers just aren’t able to make anymore. So anyone who ordered one will definitely get theirs. For those of us that weren’t able to get our hands on one, we’ll have to hope we can find some floating around somewhere (most likely for outrageous rates on eBay.)

Don’t fret though, you’ll still be able to use the Fallout 4 app for smartphones despite not having the Pip-Boy. We’d all love to have one, but now what seemed like an awesome reality is slipping back into a simple dweller’s dream. I know you tried, Bethesda. That’s all that matters, right?

(Source: Gamespot)

Mark Hamill WILL Voice The Joker In THE KILLING JOKE Animated Feature

by Joey Pedras (@joeypedras)

After DC announced they would be making an animated version of the classic Batman story, The Killing Joke, Mark Hamill loudly voiced his interest in reprising the role. Collider reports that he wish has come true, and will be playing the role which, after almost twenty years, seems rightfully his. According to the source, Hamill has actually already recorded all his lines for the film which will be released sometime next year. Fantastic news for fans of the original animated series cast. The last time we heard Hamill as the voice was in the Batman Arkham series of games (besides Origins.) We’re glad he’s still as interested today as he ever was to fill the role. Kevin Conroy, who played Batman in the animated series, and Arkham games has also shown interest in reprising his role alongside Hamill.

If the animated films DC has been releasing the past couple of years is any indicator, this film will be spectacular. The cast is surely shaping out to be, and I’m sure will pack with lots of talent the Batman/DC universe is familiar with.

(Source: Collider)

China completely lifts 14-year video game console ban

by Denis Ricardo (@deniricardo) 

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that China is lifting it’s ban on video game consoles completely, via a statement by the Chinese Ministry of Culture.

The ban was instated in 2001 by the Chinese government, but rumors of it’s lifting had been talked about since 2013. China had temporarily lifted the ban in January of 2014, but only if the consoles could meet government approval.

The ban was instated because the Chinese government believed video games to have a negative effect on children’s behavior, however the PC gaming market was unaffected by the ban. 

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The Return of Rick and Morty

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

Last night saw the return of the polarizing Rick and Morty, the warped science fiction themed cartoon from the minds of Justin Roiland (House of Cosbys, Channel 101) and Dan Harmon (Community, Harmontown). Rick and Morty premiered it’s second season on alt. comedy channel Adult Swim with an episode that defies standards and promises an even better second run. 

The strange dynamic we see between Morty Smith and his alcoholic, narcissistic, devil may care scientist Rick Sanchez is challenged once again as chaos ensues in a way only they could manufacture. From the first few minutes, we’re at a standstill. Time has been stopped to clean and fix the house in order to keep peace within the Smith household. Only when time begins again does the problem arise, of course. As time begins to literally fracture and split, creating first two realities, then four, then eight… Rick and Morty along with sister Summer must try to set things right.

I don’t want to give away too much more, as the episode is a true spectacle in terms of animation, concept, and depth. In this return to prime time, we see not only another wacky, crude adventure punctuated by Rick’s belching and Morty’s incessant nervous whining. There is also a redefining of the relationship between the two titular characters through the strangeness. Despite irrefutable mathematical evidence that Morty and Summer are actual, literal shit, Rick finds himself deeply incensed to both, grandfatherly love projected through a broken prism to rain down on Morty.

The clear Doc Brown/Marty McFly parallel is ever present but consistently takes a backseat to deeper, more clearly defined unique characters. Going back to the future is nothing at all for these two, neither is changing the present. Whether or not Rick and Morty becomes the next mammoth adult-oriented cartoon to take television by storm remains to be seen, if it doesn’t,  the outlandish approach to long-standing conventions will remain a legend spoken of in hushed tones in the hallowed halls of cartoon reverence.

Rick and Morty airs on [adult swim] on Sundays at 10 PM 

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SEM Project Day 3

Ecological Footprint: What is your impact upon the Earth and how can you lighten your foot falls?

More information on the damage done and recovery by way of lessening the load can be found at the following links:

http://myfootprint.org/subscription.php

http://ecologicalfootprint.com/

http://footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/calculators/

http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/

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