LucasArts and Unreal Engine 3

April 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Star Wars News, Video Games | 1 Comment
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It was announced today that LucasArts has signed a licensing agreement with Epic Games in order to utilize the Unreal Engine 3 for multiple projects. The “long-term” agreement doesn’t offer any details of what projects we can expect, and there was no mention of any Star Wars games that would be utilizing the new game engine. That said, I’m going to wildly speculate that Star Wars Battlefront III is going to be redeveloped utilizing Unreal Engine 3. Though it’s possible we could see The Force Unleashed III, I think it’s more likely that LucasArts would take advantage of rebooting the Battlefront franchise, adding new content from The Clone War series.

What game would you like to see LucasArts make with Unreal Engine 3?

Posted By: Skuldren
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God Particle: Memo Not a Hoax

April 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Science News | 2 Comments
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While this may seem straight out of Angels and Demons, the God particle (aka Higgs boson) memo is genuine, and it’s created a lot of excitement in scientific circles.  When the memo was leaked, the speculation was that someone had perpetrated a hoax, but James Gillies, a spokesman for Cern, confirmed that the memo at least is the real deal.  However, you shouldn’t be expecting to see Tom Hanks running through the streets of Rome.  As Gillies cautioned, they’re still a long way away from proving the existence of said God particle.

“It is far too early to say if there is anything to it or not,” he told the paper.”This is an internal communication that highlights something interesting, but it has to go through several stages of assessment by the scientific team before it will be released as an official result by the collaborative team.”

And then, just in case anyone was getting excited about science for the first time since Mr. Wizard went off the air, Gillies added: “The majority of these things turn out to be nothing at all.”

Cern is home to the Large Hadron Collider where all this work and theorizing is taking place.  And make no mistake: while the Higgs bosun is a key component of the standard model used in physics to describe how particle and atoms are made up, it’s still very much a theory.  Still, there is some good news.  Ewan McGregor won’t be setting himself on fire again any time soon. (via)

Posted By: Synlah

How Paul S. Kemp Got His Start

April 26, 2011 at 10:41 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Author Paul S. Kemp (Crosscurrent, Deceived) updated his blog today with an interesting post that answers how he got his start in the writing business. If you’d like to know the answer then head on over to his blog and check it out. It seems his beginnings were a mixture of Dungeons & Dragons, and trial and error. We’re just glad he got bit by the Star Wars bug as well.

Posted By: Skuldren

SFF Writer Chat with Paul S. Kemp Tomorrow

April 26, 2011 at 8:44 am | Posted in Interview, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat (sffwrtcht) will be talking with Star Wars author Paul S. Kemp tomorrow at 9:00 PM EST (8:00 PM CST). The chat will be conducted on Twitter and they will be discussing Mr. Kemp’s Forgotten Realm and Star Wars books. Fans are invited to follow along and join in.

Posted By: Skuldren

FOTJ Allies Paperback Release

April 26, 2011 at 8:30 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Christie Golden’s Fate of the Jedi: Allies is available in paperback today. You can pick it up at your local bookstore, or on Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com for $7.99.

Posted By: Skuldren

The Latest E-reader News

April 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Posted in Books, Star Wars News | 1 Comment

  • PC World says that there’s a price war looming between e-reader manufacturers, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
  • Starting April 25,  the Nook Color will receive software updates, including a free email app, Angry Birds, and Android 2.2.  CNET reviewed the updates, complete with video.
  • According to Engadget, Amazon is working with Samsung to launch an Android tablet this summer that could arguably compete with Apple’s iPad.
  • VezTech USA plans to have a universal reader app available in the iTunes store by summer 2011 (via).
  • Educational platform Xplana expects that 25% of college textbooks will be digital by 2015.
Posted by:  Dancelittleewok

Peter Mayhew’s New Book: My Favorite Giant

April 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca, has written a new book entitled My Favorite Giant that deals with the issues of bullying. The book is geared toward children and offers scenarios and advice on how to deal with the subject. Lately bullying has become a fairly serious issue and many children struggle to deal with it on a daily basis. In My Favorite Giant, Peter Mayhew tells a story using himself as a character and his conversation with Katie Johnson. Like Peter Mayhew, Katie Johnson is also a real person. Her father was the founder of the 501st Legion, and Katie’s struggle with brain cancer started the R2-KT project. Though Katie passed away, the R2-KT project carries on, and with My Favorite Giant, she will now be able to inspire and help other kids in need. If you’d like to purchase the book, or would just like to find out more information, feel free to check out the My Favorite Giant website.

Posted By: Skuldren

Stargate: What the Heck Happened?

April 25, 2011 at 11:01 am | Posted in Stargate, Television | 1 Comment

I’m going on the record here.  I love Stargate.  It’s my second favorite sci-fi franchise, and it’s a close second behind Star Wars.  I suppose I should qualify my statement a bit by saying it’s specifically SG-1 I love, and I love it for a lot of the reasons I love Star Wars.  In my mind I refer to the (original) SG-1 team as the Big Four.  They do remind me of the Big Three, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence.  There was a lot homage to Star Wars in SG-1.  Besides all the Star Wars references and the famous trench run recreation, there’s the same camaraderie, the succeeding against real evil against all odds, the humor and most importantly the chemistry between O’Neill (two Ls), Jackson, Carter and Teal’c.  There are great villains (you gotta love Baal), great allies (genius bringing in the Roswell aliens), and that very cool stargate.  The folks involved did, in my opinion, a great job of expanding on the original movie by working in all kinds of Earth mythology; not to mention creating an entire race out of what was in the original movie some guys standing around in strange looking armor.  I guess I’m not the only one who liked the show because it lasted ten seasons, beating out X Files as the longest running sci-fi show on television.  If the last couple of seasons weren’t as good as the previous eight, they were still pretty darn good; good enough to spawn a couple of dvd movies.  And a spin-off.

Okay, I’ll admit I was not quite as enamored with Stargate: Atlantis.  I liked the pilot quite a bit.  The Wraith were particularly creepy (much better, in my opinion, than the Ori as villains), and I love me a good villain.  The lost city of Atlantis was way beyond cool, and the puddle jumpers were a nice switch up from just walking through the gate.  I liked the cast/characters of Atlantis well enough, but for me there was no real chemistry there.  I didn’t love them, and that’s a problem.  A show can have the coolest tech and the greatest plots, but if you’re not invested in the characters, ultimately you’re not going to care, and you’re going to quit watching.  I still have not watched every Atlantis episode.

Can’t say the same thing for Stargate: Universe, although I’d like to.  I wish I hadn’t watched a lot of those episodes.  I did because frankly they were the only Stargate game in town, and I needed my Stargate fix.  But slapping the name Stargate on a show doesn’t a Stargate show make.  It might make a bad version of Battlestar Galactica, but it isn’t going to be the Stargate the fans actually flip the channel to watch.  I know the new rage is for grittier, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to achieve that.  Battlestar Galactica (and the current Being Human) got it right; Stargate: Universe failed.  It’s just not enough to isolate a bunch of people (who don’t even seem to like each other) in a dire situation on a gloomy ship with enough angst going on to choke a herd of horses, and pace it funereally slow to make outstanding Gritty.  Heck, forget outstanding; I would have settled for good.  I didn’t get it.  And by the fifth episode I was screaming at the television to bring up the lights on the Destiny.

What happened with Universe?  Well, I think I can sum it up pretty simplistically.  I don’t care what happens to these people.  They can wander around the galaxy on that ship for the next decade, and I couldn’t care less.  Oh, I’m slightly invested in a couple of them.  I was invested in Matt and Chloe until they made Chloe the stupidest person in any galaxy.  I mean who walks right where the enemy is drilling a hole in your ship and just stands there waiting to get grabbed?  No one is that stupid, but apparently Chloe is.  Of course, Matt is now just about as stupid because after the girl he loves massively betrays him, he thinks he was in the wrong.  I think those two actually deserve each other, and there went that character investment.  That whole mutiny thing pretty much for me negated all the civilians.  I don’t know how that bunch are smart enough to figure out the ship.  It doesn’t take a lot of brains to figure out that going up against people who are actually trained in how to make war might not be a winning scenario.  But apparently this bunch couldn’t even get that far in their thinking.  So anyway the only character investment I have now is Eli, and I want to see him somehow get Ginn, and get off the ship, preferably with T.J. and Varro because seriously they are the only redeemable characters on board.

Unfortunately Stargate’s problems started long before Universe.  I think they actually started with the decision to spin off Atlantis.  Now, they don’t call me the retcon queen for nothing, and if I’d been in charge, this is what I would have done: no Atlantis.  Before you start throwing stones at me hear me out.  Wouldn’t it have been a lot better to, instead of having to come up with a new villain (and that whole, somewhat lame Ori story line), to send SG-1 to the Pegasus galaxy to take on the Wraith?  That’s what SG-1 does.  They go through the gate, get into trouble, get out of trouble and go back through the gate.  Think of the fun (not to mention the extra seasons) we could have had watching SG-1 go up against a new really good villain.  And the whole thing didn’t need to remain confined to the Pegasus galaxy like Atlantis was.  They slipped the Ori into the Milky Way; they could have done the same for the Wraith.  I realize I’m handing someone a golden AU RPG here, but even that is better than the pale SG-1 clone that Atlantis turned out to be.

If you think “pale clone” is too harsh a criticism for Atlantis, well what does it say when you have to insert original SG-1 cast members into your spin-offs to boost the ratings and keep the shows alive?  The best of Stargate always came from the original series and the inclusion of Richard Woolsey and Rodney McKay in a recent Universe episode not only brought some much needed oomph to the show, it revealed just how dismal Universe really was.  However, by the time Woolsey and McKay showed up, it was too late.  And I was used to the oomph factor and that particular revelation.  While I loved seeing all the old SG-1 people, your show should be able to stand on its own without Sam Carter, Daniel Jackson or Jack O’Neill.  If they have to be brought in, you should realize you’re in some serious trouble here, and maybe your show should be called SG-1, and not something else.

And by the way, where the heck is Teal’c?

To be continued…What Star Wars Can Learn From the Demise of Stargate

Posted By: Synlah

Monday Funny: Fly on the Wall

April 25, 2011 at 10:32 am | Posted in Humor | 1 Comment
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We here at Roqoo Depot are always striving to achieve the highest quality for the discerning Star Wars fan.  In that vein we now present an original production for your viewing enjoyment.  Roqoo Depot is proud to be associated with this fine production by Huggin My Monkey Productions.  So without further ado… Fly Wars!

Drew Karpyshyn Revan Update

April 25, 2011 at 7:31 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Following the official announcement that Drew Karpyshyn’s third TOR novel is Revan, Mr. Karpyshyn updated his website with another short Q&A. This Q&A addresses issues that some extreme fans might have with worries concerning KOTOR and turning the videogame character Revan into a full fledged novel character. Regardless of where you fall in the fan spectrum, all the news concerning Revan has been very positive and there isn’t much more fans could ask for.

That said, I can’t wait to see what the cover will look like.

Posted By: Skuldren
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