I saw this and thought it was a joke, but nope. Apparently this is a real thing that people will be able to buy with real money.
That’s…weird. Also, doesn’t it kind of miss the point of Final Fantasy VII? You know, considering that a pretty big number of the bad guys work for a giant power company that owns basically everything, is fucking up the planet, and is one of the root causes behind everything bad that happens in the game.
It’s going to be released sometime next year, it looks like. You can pre-order it at Merchoid, if you want to drop $50 for a board game.
So, when I said in my last Alice post that that episode was the end of part one, it turns out I was wrong. The episode after this one is actually going to be the end of part one. The creators have stated that there will be a part two, but as they are also working on other projects and other jobs, they aren’t sure when it will be. However, you can click here to make a donation to the show if you so desire.
That out of the way, holy fucking shit.
I feel like I should point out that this film doesn’t have anything to do with the 1915 silent movie of the same name. In fact, it’s sort of the opposite of that film.
This The Birth of A Nation (written, directed, produced, and starring Nate Parker), rather than being a love letter to the KKK, is actually about slave and Baptist preacher Nat Turner. In August of 1831, Nat Turner lead a slave rebellion in Virginia after seeing a solar eclipse the previous February that he took as a sign. I’m not going to go too much into the history of the rebellion here, but I’ve linked the Wikipedia article above if you would like to know more about it.
The trailer is simple, but effective. We see clips of the movie that help to illustrate what had happened to lead up to this rebellion. The music (especially the use of Andra Day’s “Rise Up”) also works to its advantage.
I would also like to say that this is a very important story about an important (and horrible) chapter in US history. In the grand scheme of things, the slave trade wasn’t really all that long ago (and in some respects is still happening), and it still affects the lives of African-American citizens to this day.
I also really enjoy that Mr. Parker took the title of one of the most racist films ever made and applied it to the story of a black man.
The Birth of A Nation premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, and will be getting a theatrical release on October 7.
So. Blizzard made a first person shooter. It’s not really a genre that they’re known for (mostly they’re best known for real time strategy games and dominating the MMORPG market), so that kind of piqued my interest. How did they do?
Pretty well, actually.
In this episode of Alice Isn’t Dead, the narrator makes it to Victorville and makes a fairly shocking discovery.
So, not only is Final Fantasy XII getting a re-release next year, but now we finally know when Persona 5 is coming to the US? It’s like RPG fan Christmas.
The game will be hitting US stores on (for the PlayStation 3 and 4) on February 2, 2014. This is, of course, Valentine’s Day, in case you care about that sort of thing. There is, of course, a special edition of the game that will be released as well, which includes things like the game’s soundtrack, a plushie of one of the characters, and even a book bag for those who want to shell out the extra money.
I’m actually pretty excited about this. While I didn’t really get much of a chance to play the first two games of the series, Persona 3 and 4 are two of my favorite games. And seeing as how this entry was announced in 2011, it’s about damn time.
Now if only we could get an actual release date for Kingdom Hearts III, that would be great.
Fun fact: I love Final Fantasy. It is probably my 2nd favorite game series, after Silent Hill. And while Final Fantasy XII isn’t my favorite game in the series (hello Final Fantasy X), it’s still pretty high on the list.
So imagine my utter joy at learning that it’s getting a PlayStation 4 HD re-release.
Titled Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, it’s set to include improvements to the visuals, as well as the score. It’s also going to include certain elements that were in the game’s International version that was not released in the US, mainly a tweaked leveling system that allows you to choose certain classes for the characters (in the original, all the characters could learn every skill, causing the party to feel somewhat homogenized after a while).
We don’t have an exact release date yet, besides being sometime next year. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this, though, and will definitely be buying it whenever it’s released.