Shut Up And Take My Money: Bioware Announces Release Date For Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Earlier today, BioWare released information on their official website, finally giving us a release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Yes, us lucky North Americans will be able to experience the next installment of the Mass Effect series on March 21, 2017, with the rest of the world getting it on March 23.

Mass Effect: Andromeda, which is set 600 years after the Mass Effect trilogy, will feature an entirely open world. Like with the previous games in the series, the player can choose to play a male or female character, Scott or Sara Ryder. Unlike in the previous games, however, the two characters are actually siblings and both will play a major role in the action.

I’m actually quite excited about this. As I’ve said before, Mass Effect is one of my favorite series, and the trailer that was released on November 7 looks absolutely fantastic.

Brace Yourselves: A Babymetal Webseries Is Coming

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I’m not going to lie: I’m a pretty big fan of the band Babymetal. This fusion of high-energy J-Pop with what is actually pretty hard metal seems like it was custom-made to appeal to me. The band is actually enjoying some well-earned popularity outside of Japan as well, with some of rock and metal’s luminaries being fans of the group, as well as performing their single “Gimme Chocolate” on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert this past April.

So, naturally, the group is teaming up with Blue Ribbon Content (Warner Brothers’ digital studio) to create a webseries.

The series follows the three teenagers (called Su-metal, Yuimetal, and Moametal) who are recruited by a god named Kitsune to save the world of heavy metal. from what I’ve read online, it sounds like the parts taking place in the real world will be live action, while the bits in the metal world being animated.

Personally, I think that this concept sounds 100% amazing, kind of like if Brütal Legend were a magical girl anime. I haven’t seen a release date so far, or where it will be streaming, but I will most likely be watching it whenever it does come out.

To get us all in the mood, here’s the aforementioned Late Show performance.

The Trailer Park: Wonder Woman

So, yeah. Not sure how I’m going to be able to really write this post without devolving into complete and utter fangirlism.

Admittedly, I haven’t seen very much Wonder Woman-related media. I’ve watched episode of Justice League and do have some familiarity with the 70s TV show starring Lynda Carter. My oldest sister is actually a huge Wonder Woman fan (largely due the aforementioned TV show), but I’m still familiar enough with the character to be really excited about this.

See, while there have been a TV series as well as animated Wonder Woman movies, there have never been any live action, theatrical films about the character. Which is a shame, seeing as how she’s one of DC’s most popular heroes.

This film, simply titled Wonder Woman, stars Gal Gadot as the titular princess of Themiscyra. She had played the role previously in the Batman V Superman movie, but didn’t really get the spotlight there. Apparently, people are starting to realize that women-led action films can actually do well, so hopefully we will be getting more in the future.

I also like what they’ve done with the costume. I haven’t seen BvS, but in the trailers for that one her outfit seemed kind of dull. In Wonder Woman, it looks very colorful and like her most well-known costume form the comics. Also of interest is that it is also being directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins.

Judging from the trailer, it looks like it’s set during World War 2, which makes sense since Diana first appeared in comic form in 1941. Chris Pine is also in the film as Steve Trevor, who is frequently appears as a love interest for Diana.

The current release date for Wonder Woman is June 2, 2017. And I will definitely be seeing it. 

The New Star Trek Series Now Has A Title

Shiny logo.

Remember how a new Star Trek series was announced last November? Well, we finally got a title for said series, and that title is Star Trek: Discovery.

Quite interestingly, the series is not set in the alternate universe of the reboot films, but rather in the “prime” universe (i.e., the one that all the other series take place in). It follows a brand new ship (the USS Discovery) with a brand new crew. According to the article above, “[t]he new series will not be episodic, but will instead tell stories like a novel chapter by chapter.”

They also released a short teaser, which gives us the first glimpse of the new ship (though, as also noted in the linked article, this isn’t necessarily the final design).

I am ridiculously excited for this. As I may have mentioned before, Star Trek was a huge part of my childhood. Seriously, the last time I got together with my sisters, we spent a not inconsiderable amount of time watching the movies. So, upon hearing more news about this series, I basically had this reaction:

OH MY GOD

Star Trek: DIscovery (being abbreviated as DSC, basically to avoid obvious STD jokes) is set to air January 2017. The premiere is going to air on CBS, after which it will exclusively stream on their All Access service.

Shut Up And Take My Money: NES Mini

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As I may have mentioned before, my dad likes to post interesting things about video games he comes across to my Facebook page. Today, he posted this, an article about a miniature NES console. And now I need it in my life.

The NES Mini, as it’s currently being called, comes pre-loaded with thirty classic NES games. According to the above article, the games are as follows:

-Balloon Fight

-Bubble Bobble

-Castlevania & Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

-Donkey Kong & Donkey Kong Jr.

-Double Dragon II: The Revenge

-Dr. Mario, Excitebike

-Final Fantasy

-Galaga

-Ghosts’ N Ghoblins

-Gradius

-Ice Climber.

-Kid Icarus

-Kirby’s Adventure

-Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, & Super Mario Bros. 3

-Mega Man 2

-Metroid

-Ninja Gaiden

-Pac-Man

-Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream

-StarTropics

-SUPER C

-Tecmo Bowl

-The Legend of Zelda & Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

I’m especially excited about the original Final Fantasy. I do have the Final Fantasy Origins edition that was released for PS1, but have never really had a chance to play the original version.

The NES Mini is set to release on November 11 for $59.99, which actually isn’t that bad of a price. Before seeing it, I would have expected it to retail for $100 or more.

YouTuber Gives Undertale to the Pope

I am honestly so amused by this. So, a YouTuber named MatPat (who is one of the people behind the Game Theorists channel on YouTube) got the opportunity to go to Rome and (amongst others) talk to Pope Francis about the Internet and how it brings people together. Now, it’s tradition for people who go to see the Pope to bring a gift of some sort.

MatPat gave the Pope a Steam code for Toby Fox’s Undertale.

The above video detailing why is actually quite interesting. He talks about out-group homogeneity bias and how Undertale actively subverts it by giving the group designated “monsters” their own personalities and through its emphasis on non-violence. You can play the game as a standard RPG, where you basically kill every monster you meet, but that nets you the bad ending, whereas playing as a pacifist nets you the best ending in the game.

So, he gave it to the Pope largely because of this focus on solving problems without violence. This makes sense. I wonder if the Pope actually played it? I’m thinking probably not (MatPat himself says that it was mostly a symbolic gesture), but still it’s a pretty amusing image.

And all this makes me want to play Undertale now.

They’re Making A Final Fantasy VII Themed Monopoly Game

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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.