The Humble Bundle has made a name for itself by collecting together several indie games, letting you pay what you want for them, and giving a huge chunk of money to charity. In more recent bundles we’ve also seen Linux and Android embraced. But now the Humble team are trying something new, and calling it the Humble Weekly Sale.

The Weekly Sale differs from the bundles by focusing on a single game and offering different content tiers dependent on what you are willing to pay. Cough up at least a dollar and you get the game. Beat the average price everyone is paying and you’ll get a bunch of digital assets linked to the game. Pay over $25 and you’ll unlock some physical merchandise that ships worldwide for free.

It’s an interesting experiment, and one that’s sure to prove popular simply because it’s being done using the well-known Humble name and continues to give money to charity.

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This first Humble Weekly Sale is for the excellent Supergiant Games title Bastion (which has previously featured in a Humble Bundle). The average price currently sits at $2.56 and nets you the digital soundtrack, digital art pack, sheet music, and iPhone/Android ring tones. Things start getting interesting in the merchandise tier, though. It’s $25, which is pretty steep, but in return you get the following:

    • Bastion Bandana
    • Bastion Original Soundtrack CD
    • Bastion Postcard
    • Supergiant’s next game called Transistor Postcard

Is that worth $25? I guess it depends on how much of a Bastion and Supergiant fan you are, but I am guessing most gamers will select the Beat the average tier and walk away with the digital freebies.

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The competition to land the role of Marvel’s Drax the Destroyer in the sci-fi/action/adventure film “Guardians of the Galaxy” was difficult. Competing for the part were actors such as Isaiah Mustafa, Patrick Wade, Jason Momoa, and mixed martial artist and WWE wrestler Dave Bautista. Momoa was a frontrunner and sure winner with the “Game of Thrones” and “Conan” behind him, but Marvel has closed the deal with Bautista to play the resurging character.

Bautista is the second actor to join the project along with Chris Pratt, who will portray lead character Peter Quill/Star-Lord. “Guardians of the Galaxy is linked to last year’s wildly popular hit “The Avengers.” The last scene in that film revealed the villainous “Mad Titan” Thanos. Thanos is Drax the Destroyer’s sworn enemy. In fact, Drax’s sole purpose is to kill Thanos. His involvement as part of the Guardians is essential.

So, who is Drax?

Drax was an Earth man named Arthur Douglas. While laying low on Earth, Thanos encounters Douglas and his wife, and fearing they have seen him, kills them both. The being known as Kronos placed Douglas’ spirit into a powerful new body. Drax’s powers include enhanced strength and resilience, flight, and the ability to project energy blasts from his hands.

Bautista certainly has the physique to play the part. He has been very busy as of late as well. He appeared in RZA’s martial arts film “The Man with the Iron Fists,” and he will next be seen in combat against Vin Diesel in “Riddick” on September 6th.

Here’s a brief storyline of the film.

U.S. pilot Peter Quill ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” will be released on August 1, 2014. The film currently stars Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista. Chris McCoy, Nicole Perlman, and James Gunn wrote the screenplay based on the Marvel Comic by the same name originally created by Gene Colan, Arnold Drake, Dan Abnett, and Andy Lanning. James Gunn directs.

So this is an odd situation and a VERY strange reveal process. Samsung is selling the S4 on “feature upgrades” rather than harping on pure hardware upgrades (which this phone DOES have). I’ll admit that some of the new features are pretty amazing and do in fact make me want to upgrade to this phone (and HOLY BALLS, they upgraded the camera which is already better than a cell phone camera should really be allowed to be). The screen sharing via chat is something I could see being incredibly useful as I currently provide tech support and business development services for companies all over the world. All in all it seems to be a solidly good choice of phone even for those of us currently using the S3. If this works like it is being pitched I’d like to say, bravo Samsung.

There are going to be MANY armors shown to have been created by Tony Stark in Marvel’s upcoming Iron Man 3; here are a few:

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Inspired by Iron Man: Extremis, Tony Stark will be working with Extremis technology to create multiple new “contingency armor sets” and hopefully keep his many enemies from getting their hands on his technology. Tony will have once again upgraded his armor, this time from the Mark VIII previously seen to the Mark XLVII. The trailers have shown Tony in a room full of different armors some of which we have found listed. So, wityhout to much further ado, I present to you…

1. Mark XLVII

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Fans of the previous appearances of Iron man have seen Iron Man armors Mark I-VII, it is being stated that between the times in Avengers and Iron Man 3 Tony has created MANY new iterations of his core armor bringing us all the way to Mark 47  which is rumored to contain Extremis Nano technology. we have seen in the trailer that he can move this armor simply with a thought causing it to form around him seemingly at will.

 

2. HeartBreaker Armor :

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The second armor is more of an improvement to the base Mark 47 armor adding a giant unibeam to the chest. This will be used to take down other enemies “infected” with the Extremis nano tech as well as to face down Mandarin.

3.Deep Space Armor :

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Tony’s “Space Armor” has been shown in design images (above) and is believed to be a lead in to his appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It is rumored to contain a gel that will protect the wearer from the heat of gel which protects this armor from the heat and friction damage of clearing and reentering Earth’s atmosphere.

 

4. Ghost Armor:

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This is Tony’s upgraded  “stealth” armor. It is equipped with sound dampening technology, stealth technology to cloak him from radar AND it is rumored to be able to bend light making the wearer invisible (think predator style invisibility). Elements of this armor are also rumored to be incorporated into the armors that were created after it.

5.Stealth Armor :

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Said to contain no weapons technology at all this is a “downgraded” version of the Ghost armor. It is said Tony created this to be able to come and go freely without being able to be tracked via radar.

 

6.Hydro Armor :

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A suit for use underwater.

 

7. Hypervelocity Autonomous Personnel Protectorhappy armor

Armor :

Codenamed H.AP.P.Y  this is an AI infused armor to aid Tony should he need a hand in field combat. Many are believed to exist.

 

8. Godkiller Armor :

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Facially different this armor’s A.I is rumored to have been designed by Tony’s lovely  girlfriend Pepper Potts. Given the designation of this armor it is believed it may be a contingency for Thor.

 

 

9. HulkBuster Armor :

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A much larger armor, this is often used for dealing with Hulk related issues as it can take a lot more punishment and is also capable of hitting hard enough to at least get the Hulk’s attention.

As some of you may know, the first look at footage from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be included on the blu-ray/dvd release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey out March 19th. But here’s some info on where and how you can watch the trailer. It will be revealed via a live-streaming event at thehobbit.com/sneak on March 24 at 3 p.m. ET/12 PT. In order to get access to the live-stream you’ll need an UltraViolet code that’s only available through a purchase of copies of An Unexpected Journey. There’s no word on when or if the trailer will be released at a later date for those that don’t make the purchase and I imagine Warner Bros. will definitely have an eye out for bootleg uploads.

Also, you can submit questions for Peter Jackson to answer in a Q&A taking place directly after the trailer premiere through the film’s facebook and vine pages.

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Lara Croft is a younger, more vulnerable and less busty protagonist than in games past. She’s also the best-looking Lara Croft to date, both in terms of attractiveness and graphical fidelity. The games got a polished scheme of automatic controls that allow you to just run up to a ledge and begin to ascend rather than pressing a button for it . Crouching and cover are treated the same . The games engine also has a brilliant way of delivering fire and there’s a lot of it . The soundtracks is well adjusted to game play while camera angles never let you cheat and check out Lara’s assets ( damn it ! ) as in other installments of the game . Adventure is carried along with cut scenes that you take part in that feel like you might be trying to interact but to some might feel just like mindless button pushing . Graphics will blow you away at certain times during the game . And there is plenty of fight scenes and scenarios to keep you interested . Giving your character an edge by sneaking in and attacking or running and gunning your way through might mean a less favorable out come . Weapons are ok and aiming superb but nothing rings true or speaks more of a recent heroine more than Lara’s bow . Its really fluid and seems to fit her at this stage in this retelling of Lara’s story . We give it a 8 out of 10 .-Adam Royal

Activision has officially announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be have microtransactions.

The new in-game purchases are called “Micro Items” and will be made available on Xbox 360 tomorrow, followed by other platforms at a later date.

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Activision’s Dan Amrich calls the “Micro Items” either personal customizations or nice little luxuries”, which won’t “affect gameplay” but rather offer “small, specific ways to enhance your online experience”.

He goes on to say, ”At the end of the day, all of these items are completely optional, and were created for players who’ve asked for more customization options. If that’s not you, that’s fine; everybody gets Nuketown 2025 for free, so definitely take advantage of that.”

The items include:

  • Personalization Packs Like dress-up for your favorite weapons. Each themed pack contains a unique weapon camo, three targeting reticles (one each for the Reflex, EO Tech, and ACOG sights), and a custom player Calling Card. All that stuff comes as a set for 160 MS Points. One notable example: the Bacon Personalization Pack wraps your favorite weapon in the most delicious cured meat known to man.
  • Extra Slots Pack This one’s for the players who requested even more loadouts and/or are fans of Theater Mode. You can now get 10 more Create-a-Class slots (giving you 20 total if you’ve gone all the way up to Prestige Master) and significantly expand your media storage, allowing you to archive 20 more emblems, 32 more films and 40 more screenshots for 160 MS Points.
  • Flags of the World Calling Card Packs These packs include national flag-themed Calling Cards from countries around the world. Packs are divided by geographical region and costs 80 MS Points.

So, what do you guys think about this and Black Ops 2 in general! Sound off in the comments below!

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Says Deadline, “Despite turning 75, Scott continues to have an appetite for cutting-edge stuff and emerging technologies. He won’t direct any of these short films but will be a hands-on executive producer with RSA president Jules Daly. With Machinima, they will select directing clients of RSA and figure out what stories to tell.

“Machinima has provided a strong springboard for genre content on the web. The network distributed Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which revived the moribund Mortal Kombat franchise. It started with a short film and is now in its second season and led to a feature film in development. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn premiered last fall and the series has received more than 3.2 million views.”

According to the article, Scott’s RSA is working with over 80 filmmakers, among them Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow, Joe Carnahan, etc. The idea is that as a source for potential ideas, these filmmakers will be approached to see if they have any concepts they’d enjoy bringing to life. Daly is quoted as saying, “There is a plethora of great talent here and sometimes they don’t have a platform for great ideas that would work well in shorts. It could be an established director wanting to try something new, or a brilliant young director from Sweden who surprises us.”

In a statement, Scott said: “RSA has always been at the forefront of creating innovative work. With new media transforming the way audiences connect with films and filmmakers, Machinima is a great partner for us as we embark on this new model of delivering original content to fans. It’s a tremendous opportunity for pushing the creative boundaries for both our filmmakers and the audience.”

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Lucasfilm announced here today that with the new focus on Episodes 7-9 they were going to need to bring the clone wars to an end, opting not to renew it for a 6th season. This also meant that the newly announced Star Wars Detours was going to have to be postponed. Following is the main part of this announcement:

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After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series. While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a peek of what is to come in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

At Star Wars Celebration VI last year, George Lucas gave fans a glimpse at the animated comedy series Star Wars Detours from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we’ve decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date.

The bonus content they’re producing for The Clone Wars will likely end up as a web series on the official site. When The Last Jedi aired, it did kind of feel like a series finale; so at least the series went out on a good note.