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Mon
Nov 28 2011 3:30pm

I mean, just look at it. That world is just waiting for a lost gamer to wander through it’s lovely twists and turns.

Studio Ghibli is well-known to American audiences for being behind such classic films as Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, as well as My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Tales from Earthsea (an animated spin-off of Ursula K. Le Guin’s much beloved series of fantasy novels) and director Hayao Miyazaki’s art style is immediately recognizable for its simple charm and timeless characters. Marrying that art style with a video game and placing it on a platform with the juice to do Miyazaki’s imagination justice seems like a no-brainer.

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Wed
Nov 23 2011 3:00pm

Paint Splatter Superheroes by Arian Noveir

Everybody has a favourite superhero. Whether you love the vulnerability of Batman, Superman’s struggle with what it means to be human, or Spider-Man’s fight for Mary Jane, it’s easy to connect with these super-powered humans (well, human in most cases!) and recognize that despite their superhuman abilities, they’re as damaged and vulnerable as the rest of us.

And that’s what makes these paint splatter portraits (which are actually produced digitally) by artist Arian Noveir so wonderful; not only do they look great, but they manage to capture that unguarded side that so many superheroes possess. They’re a beautiful, subversive look at the traditional hero-figure.

[See more splatter paint superheroes]

Wed
Oct 26 2011 9:30am

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t understand using a live-action trailer (which are notoriously cheesy) for a videogame when the publisher can commission beautiful CG to do the job. It’s worked for Skyrim in the past, and the 80s and 90s proved that live-action video and videogames don’t mesh well. Still, the production values are sky-high for a project like this and it’s better than Dragon Age: Redemption, so that’s a win for hardcore Elder Scrolls fans. Thankfully, for the rest of us, the release of Skyrim is just around the corner and we can soon all be lost in its digitally rich, lovingly crafted world without fear of real flesh and blood actors.


Aidan Moher is the editor of A Dribble of Ink, a humble little blog that exists in some dusty corner of the web. He hasn’t won any awards, or published any novels. But he’s, uhh... working on that.

Tue
Oct 25 2011 5:35pm

Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER, to be adapted by HBOFor anyone who’s read Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, it probably seems suitable that the television and film adaptation has long been in limbo. For a few years now, news of the adaptation has popped up at various times as news (both good and ill) surfaces, from vague promises to casting announcements to budget cuts. Now, it seems like fans finally have some news that’s worth getting excited about. The Dark Tower is heading to HBO.

Most recently, Universal Pictures shelved the ambitious project, citing growing costs as a major concern for the series, which will consist of three films, each being bridged by a television mini-series. The project was set to star Javier Bardem, the Academy Award-winning Spanish actor best known for playing the ruthless killer in No Country for Old Men.

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Mon
Oct 24 2011 5:00pm

Since its release in 2004, World of Warcraft has stolen lives, spawned marriages, sated curious adventurers, raked in cash and changed the face of online gaming forever. It’s with no small amount of impatience that millions of gamers the world over anticipate new expansions for the game and Blizzard Entertainment has just blown the lid off the latest at BlizzCon 2011. It’s called Mists of Pandaria and finds its roots in an old practical joke.

The big news? A new race. A new class. A new zone.

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Fri
Sep 16 2011 12:32pm

Screenshot from Skyrim

Excited for Skyrim? The next installment of the immensely popular Elder Scrolls series is set to debut on November, 11th (11/11/11, right?) and promises to suck away the social lives of millions of fantasy-buffs all over the world, inspire countless misadventures, and spawn an equal number of horrifying hilarious glitches to amuse Youtube users until the next game from developer Bethesda Softworks.

Can you imagine, then, that Skyrim was almost a game based on George R.R. Martin’s equally (and enormously) popular A Song of Ice and Fire series?

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Tue
Sep 6 2011 5:29pm

Dragon Quest X Online: Rise of the Five Tribes

It’s a cultural phenomenon in Japan (though, no, they don’t take a holiday for its release, as popular sentiment seems to believe) and has a successful cult following in North America, so when Square Enix made a promise to announce a new title in the Dragon Quest series on Sunday, September 4th, gamers on both sides of the pond took notice. The game “announced” (for it had already been announced, months earlier), though, ruffled some feathers and took everybody by surprise.

[Old school RPG fan? Read about the change]

Fri
Aug 5 2011 12:24pm

Do you pine for the days when RPGs were simpler? Do you look back fondly on grinding against T-Rexes in Final Fantasy VI (or III or whatever you want to call it these days), or the time-travelling antics of Chrono Trigger? Now you’re all grown up, though, and can’t get enough of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire or HBO’s Game of Thrones, right? Well, have you ever been curious what the videogame version of A Game of Thrones might’ve looked like if the series had found superstardom when it was first released in 1996? Thanks to College Humor, we don’t have to ponder any longer!

It’s a terrifically funny little homage (which has its tongue planted firmly in cheek); the absolute highlights being Jaime Lannister’s infamous run-in with Bran Stark, Dany and Drogo’s rhythm-based mini-game, and the MIDI rendition of the Game of Thrones opening theme song.

As with all things Game of Thrones- or College Humor-related, it’s NSFW!


Aidan Moher is the editor of A Dribble of Ink, a humble little blog that exists in some dusty corner of the web. He hasn’t won any awards, or published any novels. But he’s, uhh... working on that.

Mon
Jun 20 2011 4:00pm

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

On the surface, Leviathan Wakes, volume one of The Expanse, appears like any other space opera—spaceships duke it out in the silent vacuum of space; down-on-their luck security officers spend their time policing backwater space stations; terrorist groups cause mischief in the name of freedom and equality; various factions exist within an uneasy peace, always on the edge of inter-planetary warfare.

So, Leviathan Wakes set itself apart not by its weird aliens, nor its so-cool-I-gotta-have-it technology, but rather by its lack of such genre staples. You see, instead of plumbing the depths of the universe and its trillion stars, author(s) James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym worn by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) decided instead to explore a future where interstellar-travel is still only a pipe-dream. Reminiscent of the long-dead population of Easter Island, humanity is stuck in a solar system-sized bubble and, as time ticks away, they can’t help but cannibalize everything good in their ever-failing quest to leave the solar system behind.

[Explore the Solar System with Holden and Miller after the jump]

Fri
Apr 29 2011 11:33am

Speculation ran rampant on Wednesday when George R.R. Martin posted a photo of a dead King Kong on his blog Not-a-Blog. Was A Dance With Dragons finished? Really?

Yes, yes it is. And Anne Groell, Martin’s editor, has some ground-shaking proof on film.

[More info and some a few (small) spoilers!]

Thu
Mar 24 2011 3:36pm

A screenshot from Minecraft

Minecraft is an open world, retro-styled videogame that places the player in a never-ending and dynamically-created game world, gives them the ability to build (nearly) anything they want and then sets them free to explore.

Quaint, huh? But like a plain canvas, Minecraft just oozes potential and awaits an ambitious artist to unlock its secrets. Needless to say, there have been some incredible constructions, many drawing inspiration from some of our favourite science fiction and fantasy universes.

I’ve gathered together some of the Minecraft creations that have impressed me the most, whether from their accuracy or their scope—they include a 1:1 scale model of the USS Enterprise, a perfect replication of the overworld from The Legend of Zelda and even Laputa from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.

[Jump into the world of Minecraft]

Wed
Mar 2 2011 12:41pm

Brian Dettmer the Book Surgeon

I recently stumbled across these amazing constructs by artist Brian Dettmer and fell completely in love. As someone who won’t even dog-ear a book (and god help someone I find using one of my novels as a hard surface to write on!) I should be appalled by such rampant destruction of beautiful words... but I’m not. I’m smitten. These repurposed books are wonderfully inventive and stirring, and would be the perfect muse to sit on my writing desk at home.

[More images below the cut]

Wed
Feb 16 2011 5:02pm

Star Wars movie poster by Olly Moss

Star Wars movie poster via Olly Moss

Creating a good movie poster is an artform. A lot of the time, the professional designers get it right. They create works of art that perfectly capture our favorite movies. Sometimes, though, they get it wrong.

[More great posters after the break]

Wed
Dec 1 2010 7:39pm

The Big Picture 2010 Hubble Space Telescope advent calendar

Boston.com’s The Big Picture is my favourite web site. And so it was much to my delight to wake up this morning to find that they’d launched their 2010 Hubble Space Telescope advent calendar! What is it, you ask? Every day this holiday season, The Big Picture will be posting a gob-smackingly amazing photo taken by the famous Hubble Telescope. If you’re as much a space nut as I am, you can’t miss it!

Can’t wait? You can whet your appetite with the advent calendars from 2008 and 2009.

For fans of wonderful photography (and who isn’t?), The Big Picture is an absolute must-bookmark website. Between photo-journalistic coverage of all the current conflicts and social events going on in the world, to beautiful collections showcasing the wonders of our world and the people, animals and landscapes that define it, The Big Picture is sure to leave you at times cheered and humbled, melancholy and amazed.

 


Aidan Moher is the editor of A Dribble of Ink, a humble little blog that exists in some dusty corner of the web. He hasn’t won any awards, or published any novels. But he’s, uhh... working on that.

He is also a contributor at SF Signal and the lackey for io9’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

Mon
Nov 29 2010 12:44pm

Via Mary Robinette Kowal:

I think every writer, aspiring, or professional, has a friend like this!

(Video by David Kazzle and Xtranormal.)

Thu
Nov 18 2010 2:10pm

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Entertainment Weekly has 11 new photos from the upcoming television series adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s mega-successful (and mega-awesome) A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series:

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Fri
Nov 12 2010 9:45am

Two great captains yakking it up behind the scenes

Thanks to Slightly Warped, we get a peek behind the scenes at Star Trek: The Next Generation. In my opinion, one of the greatest strengths of the show was the obvious chemistry amongst the cast members and this series of photos really highlights that camaraderie.

[More photos after the cut!]

Mon
Nov 8 2010 6:33pm

Post-it Note Monsters © John Kenn  - www.johnkenn.blogspot.com

From the wonderful desk of John Kenn come these terrifying(ly charming) monster tableus doodled onto Post-It Notes. Why Post-Its? Kenn explains on his blog (linked above):

I write and direct television shows for kids. I have a set of twins and not much time for anything. But when I have time, I draw monster drawings on Post-It Notes. It is a little window into a different world, made on office supplies.

Below the cut, a couple more of my favorites:

[See more of Kenn's Post-it Note Monsters!]

Mon
Nov 8 2010 10:06am

Oh, the warm embrace of nostalgia.

Like many geeks my age, I cut my teeth on Videogame RPGs back in the 8-bit and 16-bit era and games like Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger and Ogre Battle still hold a spot high atop my list of favourite games ever.

Another of those games is a gem called Secret of Mana, originally released for the SNES back in 1993; so when I saw this video of its upcoming iPhone/iPod/iPad release, I got a case of goosebumps and marveled at the fact that these classic games, once the domain of the living room television, could now fit in my pocket.

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Wed
Nov 3 2010 6:02pm

Fable III (Xbox 360) by Lionhead StudiosUnder-promise and over-deliver.

It’s an old, faithful nugget of wisdom passed down for generations. It’s also a memo sadly forgotten (or never received in the first place) by Peter Molyneux, Creative Director at Lionhead Studios and creator of the Fable franchise. With each new iteration in its short but storied history, Fable has promised to move Heaven and Earth in its effort to revolutionize the RPG genre.

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