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Posts tagged “fan

Is it okay to pirate Minecraft?

The creator of Minecraft gives fans permission to pirate his game if they can’t afford it.

Swedish independent game developer, Markus Alexej Persson, known as Notch, received a comment on Twitter from a fan that said, ‘I really like the game but lack the money to buy it.  I thought I might at least ask for a free account before piracy’.  A lot of people would have reacted negatively to this, or at least rejected the request for an account, but Notch simply told the fan to download it illegally ‘Just pirate it.  If you still like it when you can afford it in the future, buy it then.  Also don’t forget to feel bad. ;)’.

This response reinforces statements he’s said in past interviews regarding piracy.  He believes that if game companies are smart then they would be able to turn pirates into customers rather than just scold them.  Notch has done things differently from the start, even letting players into Minecraft before it was finished, thus making enough money to quit his job and focus completely on Minecraft, which has since made him a millionaire.

What do you think?  Do you play Minecraft?  Would you if you had enough money?  How do you feel about piracy?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, like this post (if you liked it) and, if you have a Twitter, feel free to follow me, I don’t bite or I do whichever is cooler.

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Quest to Join Pottermore

Though both the film and book series of Harry Potter are over, the story lives on and not just in the memories and hearts of the fans, Harry’s hitting the web.

Pottermore is a site where fans of the series can go to rediscover the stories as well as read additional information that J.K. Rowling has never revealed before.  It will also distribute Harry Potter eBooks and audio books.  This will be the first time the series has been, legally, turned into eBooks.  To a Potter fan the website is very exciting, but it won’t be officially launched until October.  However, each day for seven days, five of which have already past, a clue has been put on the site.  The people who solve the clue will be able to go to a different page to search for the ‘magic quill’.  If they find this, they will be one of the lucky few that get to enter early and help shape the site.

Every weekday I wake up at half eight in the morning to walk my dog, but today the first thing I did was turn on the computer and check Pottermore.  The clue had not been posted yet.  I only learned how to try gain access to Pottermore last night, after the clue had already been and gone, so this was my first real try at getting in.  As I got ready to leave, I refreshed the page many times, but still no clue.  I returned from my walk, which takes about an hour, and there was still nothing.  Through some quick googling, I found out that a blog had given the exact time the clue would go up on day 3, which was two days ago.  As the day went by, it was announced that, in my time zone, the clue would be posted at some point between half four pm and eight pm.  I didn’t trust it so I continued to refresh the page, basically every few seconds, until finally, at around six o’clock, the clue pops up.

‘What is the house number of the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, then multiply you answer by 21’, I almost had a heart attack when I realised the clue had appeared.  Knowing that, since it was day five, the clue would be related to the Order of the Phoenix, I had the book at hand.  However, I didn’t need it as that was actually one of the questioned at suspected and even said to my friend.  Once I had the answer calculated, I struggled with my dad’s iPad trying to get the URL in, but it didn’t seem to want to work.  My friend, seeing my frustration, used her iPhone to go to the URL.  She handed me the phone which I end discarded as the iPad finally worked.  I was brought to a page to search for the quill which was in such an obvious play that I thought it was just an example of what to look out for, but I clicked it and it said I had successfully found the quill.  Also my friend, using the iPhone, which I’d so mindlessly dropped on the bed, also found the quill.

We were given usernames and a few hours later we both received e-mails to complete the process.  Now my friend, Amy, and I have joined the ranks of people who get to see Pottermore before it officially opens.  If you are trying to solve to gain access I wish you luck.  Just keep on refreshing.  In completely unrelated news, Amy got accepted to DCU today and is probably going to kill me for putting this in.

What do you think?  Will Amy be popular among her new class?  Is DCU lucky to have her?  Was getting into Pottermore a bigger achievement than DCU?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


E3 2011

Are you currently pacing the floors of Google in a desperate attempt to find out more information about a game that’s being developed?  Well you may be in luck as E3 is just around the corner.  E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo.  It’s an annual event were game developers show off their latest projects and make announcements.  It’s not a buy a ticket at the door kind of event; it’s for people in the gaming industry and press.  I know what you’re thinking ‘Adam you are so lucky to be going’, well unfortunately my invite must have gotten lost in the mail because I didn’t get it.

Though I won’t be there, I will still be stalking people who where and finding out all of the great revelations that are made at the show.  Personally I’m most interested in seeing if Capcom release new details on the upcoming punch in the face to Devil May Cry fans.  I say that knowing full well that I will most likely buy whatever the end product of their treachery is, plus I’ve kind of embraced the changes (at least for now).

The expo is held in the Los Angeles Convention Center each year around the end of May or the start of June.  This year it will be from the 7th to the 9th of June.  From what I can tell, there are going to be thousands (and I mean thousands) of companies exhibiting at the show.  A full list of all these companies is available on the E3 website, so go check and see if the game you’re stalking has a chance of being featured.

What do you think?  What game are you obsessed with at the moment?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


That Two and a Half Men Show

How can you replace a tiger blood filled 45 year old comedian?  You just call someone younger and more stable, which this time means Ashton Kutcher.

Kutcher first gained a following playing Kelso in the sitcom That 70s Show, but has since gone on to star in movies.  Landing a role in Two and a Half Men will mark his return to the wonderful world of sitcoms, but will he be a welcomed addition to the show?  Let’s face it no matter how you feel about Charlie Sheen his character is the better of the leads.  Its art imitating life, but when you take out drunken Uncle Charlie and add in someone much younger the whole dynamic of the show is changed.

Two and a Half Men has a huge fan base.  The younger fans will probably give Kutcher a chance, but he may find it hard to appeal to the older male audience, which is definitely a large percent of the shows fan base.  As I said before, the dynamic of the show will have to change significantly, so they’re probably going to try to obtain a younger audience in the process.  Maybe Charlie won’t be the only character that leaves the show.

I have to say I was surprised by the casting choice, it’s a bold move.  I guess they figured that trying to literally replace Charlie with an identical character wouldn’t go down well.  Also, from a financial point of view, Ashton works out better as he is cheaper than Sheen.  Kutcher is reportedly going to receive 1 million per episode, opposed to the 1.2 million that Charlie Sheen got.

What do you think?  Do you think Ashton Kutcher was a smart choice?  Will you give the show a chance?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Cowboys and Aliens

When I first put up the ‘westerns’ category, I had no idea if I’d ever get to use it again, yet here I am using it for the third time in five months.  Is this a sign that westerns are making a comeback?  I hope so.

Cowboys and Aliens will hit American cinemas on the 29th of July and then waddle its way over to Irish, and UK, cinemas on the 19th of August.  If you’re a comic fan, you might think that the name sounds familiar, and you’d be right about that.  However, the name is one of the only things that the film has in common with the 2006 graphic novel that it’s based on.  Producer, Robert Orci, has said that they didn’t want fans of the comics to feel like they’d already seen it.  Clearly this guy doesn’t know fans.  The closer it is to the source material the happier the fans are, hasn’t he ever read a Resident Evil forum.  Not even the characters names were brought over; basically they just thought that a familiar name would bring in fans.

The premise of the film is that a loner named Jake Lonergan (yeah that’s right LONERgan), who is played by Daniel Craig, wakes up with a mysterious device on his arm and no memory of his life.  He soon learns that he’s a wanted criminal and is locked up by Colonel Dolarhyde (yes the names are terrible), played by Harrison Ford.  When aliens attack, the two must put their differences aside if they want to protect the world from the invaders.

The trailer doesn’t look all that appealing and I’m pretty sure I seen a wire at one point pulling a guy off a horse.  I’m not saying that the movie won’t be good, but even the names don’t sound western to me.  To make the film more western they shot it on film rather than use digital so why couldn’t they spend a little more time thinking of names.  I hope I’m wrong, I really do, but for the time being, I have to say, I don’t see bright things in this films future.  I think it’s going to have to be really really good to avoid being rip apart by fans of the comic.  However, people might go to see it for the cast alone.  Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde all star in the film and all have a pretty good fan base.  Only time will tell whether this film will sink or swim.

What do you think?  Are western films making a comeback?  Will comic fans tear this film to pieces?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Insidious

After a 12 year break, Phantom Menace star, Darth Maul makes an appearance in James Wan’s Insidious.

Okay so it may not be Darth Maul, but it’s pretty damn close.  Anyway, Insidious was made by, both, the creators of Saw and the creators of Paranormal Activity, which are two very different types of horror films.  Saw is all about the visuals, the traps, gore, etc, but Paranormal Activity focuses more on suspense, as a result, Insidious, falls somewhere in the middle.

The story follows a couple, Renai and Josh, and their three children as they move into a new house.  One of their sons, Dalton, is scared of his new room.  One night he hears a noise in the attic, which he explores, but a step on the ladder breaks causing him to fall.  He seems fine, besides being terrified by something in the corner of the room, but the next day they find he has slipped into a coma.  The strangeness in the house increases so much that the family, who are taking care of Dalton at home, decide to move.  However, the move proves fruitless and they are forced to face the truth; it’s not the house that’s haunted it is their son.

The film has received fairly positive reviews, but a common complaint, among fans and critics, is that the end of the movie cannot possibly live up to the high standard that is set by the rest of the film.  The plot sounds like a rollercoaster ride and, if the reviews are true, you’ll be watching it with your eyes closed.  If you live in America, you may already have seen it, but for us Irish folk, and people in the UK, we’ll have to wait until the 29th of April, which is only two days away, but still.

Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne star as Josh and Renai, respectively, and it was directed by James Wan.  If you’re a horror movie fan then this is probably a must see, it’s already the most profitable film of 2011 and it’s not even out everywhere yet.  Let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


JJ Returns to Criminal Minds

A few months ago, Criminal Minds fans were devastated by the sudden departure of AJ Cook who played JJ, Jenifer Jareau, one of the primary female characters on the show.  Cook was let go in an attempt to prevent the show from becoming stale.  However, reactions were extremely negative, as JJ is a fan favourite.  After hearing that over 60,000 people had signed an online petition to bring her back, the studio rehired Cook, who said she was hurt after being let go but found the fan reaction very comforting.

Cook wasn’t the only cast member to be pushed off the show, Paget Brewster, who plays Emily Prentiss, was also removed from the show.  However, she was given the option to stay on as a recurring character rather than a series regular.  Her final episode was ‘Lauren’ which still hasn’t aired in some countries, including mine, so I won’t spoil it.

JJ will be returning as a series regular at the start of next season, but she says that both her and her character have changed due to the experience of leaving.  Being kicked off the show was a ‘wakeup call’ to just how harsh the entertainment industry can be.  The ‘new JJ’ will be more serious and mature but don’t worry ‘she still has heart’.

Brewster has also been offered the chance to return, whether it’s as a series regular or not isn’t clear.  After leaving the show, she did a pilot for a different show.  If the show doesn’t get picked up she may return, but if it does chances are Prentiss has left the building.

Are you happy that JJ is returning?  Do you want Prentiss to come back?  Is this the end for Rachel Nichols character, Ashley Seaver?  What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Capcom has announced yet another new release, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.  As with most of the others it is little more than fan service.  The game features multiplayer with up to four player co-op, giving fans the thrill of playing as part of a team.  Don’t get me wrong this would be great if it were part of the main series, but instead it takes place in an alternate reality where players can actually kill some of the main characters from previous games.

The game is set in Raccoon City, 1998, the same time as Resident Evil 2 and 3 took place.  Players will take control of a team sent by Umbrella to destroy all evidence of the outbreak and its survivors.  As well as zombies, Umbrella’s team will also be up against the government who have sent another team to retrieve the evidence necessary to expose the Umbrella Corporation. 

The game really sounds great apart from the fact that you can change the history of the game by killing off some of the old main characters, Leon Kennedy for example.  The multiplayer features alone are a pretty good reason to consider buying the game, but all the fan service in the world can’t save a game that goes against its own canon.

Competitive online modes will be included and it sounds like there will be a wider variety of online modes than previous instalments.  Let’s just hope for one without an annoying timer.  More information should be released at Capcom’s press conference next month, so we should know more then.  The game itself was developed by Canadian game company Slant Six Games and  is expected to hit shelves this winter.  It will be released on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

What do you think?  Do you like the sound of this game?  Is the idea of killing previous main characters a good thing or a bad thing?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Resident Evil 5 Movie Confirmed

The Resident Evil film series has, without a doubt, been a success, but should it finally be allowed to rest in peace?

From a financial point of view, the films are hit, but fans of the games often have different opinions.  Their main complaint is that the movies are not canon with the game series.  However, the films do keep elements from the game and give a fresh start to people who know the games story inside and out.  People less familiar with the franchise sometimes think that the movies inspired the games, rather than the other way around.  This isn’t entirely wrong as some bits of the first movie, the laser room and the red queen, have made it into the games.

So far, there are four live action Resident Evil movies, each ending in a cliff-hanger.  The writers claim that they take it one film at a time and never plan to have a sequel, but we know they’re lying and a fifth Resident Evil movie has been confirmed.  Personally, I’m relieved, because the way the last one ended was far too open to end the series, plus my favourites have been the odd number ones, one and three, so hopefully this will follow suit, that’s not saying I don’t like two and four, I do.

I’m sure there’s an army on each side of the fence, one that wants the movie franchise to die and another that can’t wait for this movie.  What I want to know is where do you stand?  Do you want this film to be scrapped or are you dying, and coming back to life, to see it?  Let me know my voting and leaving a comment below.