EA Selected by Disney/Lucasfilm for Future Games

I’m excited to hear that Electronic Arts has been selected to produce the next wave of Star Wars games after the shuttering of LucasArts. The news that DICE, BioWare, and Visceral will be doing Star Wars titles should please most gamers.star-wars-logo

Now, I probably shouldn’t post this, but I just got hold of a secret document outlining EA’s 2015 gaming lineup, and I had to share the excitement!

  • Battlefield: Hoth
  • The Sims 5: Tatooine
  • Jane’s Combat Simulations: Incom T-65 X-Wing
  • Need for Landspeeder
  • Sarlacc Age: Origins
  • Blasterstorm
  • Kingdoms of Alderaan: Reckoning
  • B.A.N.T.H.A.
  • Command & Conquer 27: Corellian Dawn
  • Force Effect
  • Medal of Honor Spaceborne
  • American McGee’s Leia
  • Madden NFL 16
  • Archon III: The Light and the Dark Sides
  • Plants vs. Wookies
  • Trash Compactor Keeper
  • MySims Podrace
  • Privateer 3: Millenium Falcon
  • Rock Band Cantina

Oblivion: A Movie for Science Fiction Fans

Went to see Oblivion today and I was really surprised at how much I loved it. As in, one of my favorite science fiction movies in recent years.

This really felt like a much faster-paced version of an early 70s (2001 era) SF film. The clean, utopian machines and architecture, the lack of aliens lurking in the ductwork or old-west style shootouts with lasers… It’s not perfect, but science fiction fans should really dig it.

My neighbor mentioned that some of the more negative reviews he’d read cited sequences as derivative or reminiscent of other films. Perhaps, but this isn’t some sort of Frankenstein focus-group assemblage of popular sequences. With 111 years of science fiction films behind us now, it’s a bit hard to craft a completely original experience. The story is interesting, original, and not predictable.

My 10-year-old son, who would be asleep in the first 15 minutes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, loved it as well.¬†Halfway through he asked “Are all real science-fiction movies this good?”

I’d suggest NOT reading reviews, and avoiding trailers if you haven’t seen them, as there are some moments in the movie that are much more enjoyable if you see them unfold, without expectations as to what will happen. Just go see it. If you’ve ever enjoyed a science fiction book, I think you’ll like Oblivion.

Caveat: If you’re looking for a more typical Tom Cruise action flick, this might not be the movie for you. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol this ain’t.

There are mistakes, and there are MISTAKES…

I custom-designed a t-shirt, including my avatar and the awesome #NASATweetup logo created by the awesome artist Lar DeSouza, for next week’s Shuttle launch.

This is what I ordered:

The shirt I ordered from Zazzle.com

A #NASATweetup-appropriate shirt...

THIS is what I received:

This is what I received...

NOT a #NASATweetup-appropriate shirt.

Do I really have to mention I am not amused by this?

I’ll refrain from posting the company’s name until I see how they handle the customer service issue. If they can get me the shirts I ordered by Tuesday, hey, mistakes happen, and no need to call them out.

Let’s hope… I’d just really, really rather wear the top shirt.