Geekly World News – February 19, 2016

Welcome back to Geekly World News, our round-up of all the biggest news from the world of comics, video games, movies, and more. Today we have the latest on Assassin’s Creed, Daredevil, and Deadpool.

Ubisoft recently announced that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed released this year, and that the next instalment of the franchise will come in 2017. You may be wondering why this is news, since it’s essentially an announcement that something isn’t happening. However, this will be the first year that an Assassin’s Creed game hasn’t come out since the release of Assassin’s Creed 2 in 2009. I have personally been burnt out on the series for a while, having loved AC2 and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood but getting diminishing returns from then on. I still haven’t gotten around to finishing 2013’s game, and I’m not particularly eager to get to the ones from 2014 or 2015.
assassins-creed-syndicate-et-alI think the series could really benefit from a longer development cycle and more time between releases, and it looks like Ubisoft agrees. Gamespot has some quotes on the matter from Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO. He said, “The goal is not automatically to come back on annual cycle but to come on a regular basis. We saw it was time to give it lots of time so [developers] could really work on the property and all the mechanics to make sure we could take [the series] to another level.” I want to be excited about these games again, so I’ll be hoping that this new strategy works well for them.

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This week on The Rogues’ Gallery podcast, The Prodigal Son, Wes, returns to the fold!

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Joined by the long-absent member of the original five, Shan and Vince kick the tires on our fancy new mic with a really interesting discussion on the tricky subject of introducing cultural mythologies into media (movies, games, etc), as well as geeking out on a number of subjects, including, but not limited to:

  • The awesomeness that is Suits, and why watching it will immediately make you a better person.
  • Shan brings us up on the season premier of Avatar: The Legend of Korra
  • VIDJA GAMES!! We talk Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Infamous: Second Son, and Beyond: Two Souls.

 

The Long Road: The Portrayal Of First Peoples In Video Games (Guest Blog by Former TRG Guest, Shanleigh)

Ever since video games became something even resembling mainstream, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether they’re bad for the people who play them. Games have been blamed for everything from poor eyesight, to ADD, and even rises in gun violence. Anyone who’s gamed for any significant period dismisses these concerns outright.

However, games don’t exist in a vacuum. They, like other forms of art and entertainment, are part of a give-and-take conversation we have with society. One often overlooked aspect of this conversation is the one non-Native people have about the First Peoples of North America.

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On The Rogues’ Gallery This Week: Sandy, Noah, and Vince talk Avengers, E3, Firefly and Indie Games!

TO RELEVANCE, AWAAAAAAAAY!!!!

This week, the common theme seems to be stuff we FINALLY got around to doing. Talking about Avengers, watching Firefly for the first time, playing Portal 2… this recording… >.>

Regardless, it took us a while to phenagle (how do you even SPELL phenagle? finagel? Finnagle?) our schedules into a recording session, and we had a lot of fun doing it. We hope you guys enjoy the results!

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Running Time: 1h38m

 

Spoileriffic Avengers movie discussion, the potential for disaster in Justice League, Ant-Man, and shared comic universe movies in general–> 2m35s-56m29s

E3, in all it’s gamey glory!!–> The Last of Us, Watch_Dogs, and Beyond: Two Souls, and Assassin’s Creed III: 56m30s-1h16m48s

Noah talks the Humble Indie Bundle (including quickfire reviews of Bastion and Amnesia): 1h16m50s-1h24m41s

Vince FINALLY watches Firefly, and Noah plays Portal 2, and a quickfire review of Mark Allen Smith’s book The Inquisitor: 1h25m01s-End