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Pride and Predator

Sorry we’ve been away. You’ll see why shortly. Busy stuff. Now we play catchup.

  • Well, we told you about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies at the beginning of December and the rest of the net appears to be in catchup mode. I say that because not a day goes by where somebody doesn’t send the Chronicle Books entry to me. One day, my site will be cool enough for people to actually read it. Anyway, io9 does report, however, that it’s already got a bidding war going and the damn thing’s not even published yet. And what’s more now there’s Pride and Predator? When it rains, it pours, I guess.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:05:46+00:00 February 22nd, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know, Thursday, July 17, 2008

    Chopper Zombie
  • Okay, so Audible just did a bit called “Dueling Narrators” where they put audiobook readers of the same work up against each other in a kind of Iron Reader sort of deal. The much beloved Jim Dale beat out Tim Curry for reading Peter Pan…but Christopher Hurt beat out Uncle Ray reading Uncle Ray’s own Fahrenheit 451? Holy shit. This I have got to hear now.
  • So how do you roll out a multi-platform zombie project? You get in bed with Devil’s Due on a graphic novel called Chopper Zombie, about a motorcycle builder killed for his superfuel who comes back from the dead to provide beatdowns to the corporation who had him killed. Then you produce a movie based on the comic. Then you launch the book at Comic-Con next week where you’ve got a “custom zombie chopper” created by the folks from Monster Garage. This is all because you are Thom Beers, the producer of the show. Again, not a bad strategy if you ask me. One of the films I saw early on that shaped me was Demons, in which our hero rides a motorcycle through a cinema infested with zombie-esque demons while he lops off their heads with a katana blade to the melodious strains of “Fast as a Shark.” So I’ve always had a fondness for the crotch rockets when it comes to anti-zombie work. Official site is live here.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:15:31+00:00 July 17th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|6 Comments

    EA to Take-Two: No More Mr. Nice-Megacorp

    Electronic Arts logo

    EA’s buyout offer to Take-Two has gone hostile. The software titans, having been rebuffed on a more congenial buyout offer, has gone with a straight offer to shareholders at $26/share…they’re attempting to just buy controlling interest out via the open market. Despite the timing, this deal isn’t just (or even mostly) about Take-Two/Rockstar’s marquee Grand Theft Auto franchise, whose fourth (or sixth or eighth, depending on how you count ’em) installment is just around the corner. I suspect, as do others, that GTA is a smokescreen and a nice bonus from EA’s perspective in this deal. The real juicy acquisition is T2’s competing sports franchises. If EA sews up this deal, they will be the sole licensed purveyor of video games based on any and all professional and collegiate sports. So now all you basketball and hockey fans can come to know the agony that the football side of the house has struggled with since EA got cozy with the NFL. Further analysis after the jump.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:21:13+00:00 March 13th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Today, GTA: San Andreas. Tomorrow, High School Football!

    Everything Bad is Good For You

    If you’ve been rolling your eyes at the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas kerfuffle, then we highly recommend checking out this piece, written by Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good for You. Here’s a snippet:

    I’d like to draw your attention to another game whose nonstop violence and hostility has captured the attention of millions of kids — a game that instills aggressive thoughts in the minds of its players, some of whom have gone on to commit real-world acts of violence and sexual assault after playing.

    I’m talking, of course, about high school football.

    I know a congressional investigation into football won’t play so well with those crucial swing voters, but it makes about as much sense as an investigation into the pressing issue that is Xbox and PlayStation 2.

    We like this guy more and more all the time. Found via Boing Boing.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:56:34+00:00 July 27th, 2005|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments