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A retrospective of Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi on Green Lantern

For the past 9 years, (starting with Green Lantern: Rebirth in 2004) Geoff Johns has been a key writer on Green Lantern titles. If you've noticed a lot of Hal Jordan in DC lately, it's because of Geoff Johns. That whole multi-colored lantern spectrum? That was him, too. And then there's Peter Tomasi, who first worked as an editor alongside Johns, then as a writer, primarily of the Green Lantern Corps books. Between the two of them, Green Lantern's universe has been expanded and changed in ways that will last for decades. And now, these two architects are stepping down from their luminous Lantern legacies. New creative teams are taking over all of the GL books. It's the end of an era.

As we move forward into the next chapter of the Book of Oa, I want to celebrate some of the great moments of the last 9 years of Green Lantern, the state of the franchise now, and the future of the Corps.


Sony announces the PS4 for Holiday 2013

Yesterday, Sony officially unveiled its PS4. The console will feature 8 GB of memory, an x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" 8 core processor, an AMD Radeon-based "next-gen" GPU, a "large" built-in hard drive, Bluray, and all that jazz. Sony-owned Gaikai is present in a major way with remote-play, instant streaming of your game play, and instant access to game demos from the store, among other things. A new Killzone and inFamous were announced, along with a new IP called Knack. Third party contributions include a new IP from Capcom Deep Down, a Diablo 3 port from Blizzard, Jonathan Blow's The Witness and Bungie's new persistent world FPS RPG Destiny.

Discuss this and other Sony news in the Bosskey forums! Stay tuned for more articles about the PS4 and the next generation of consoles in the near future.


by Joshua Whitman on Feb 21, 2013


Transcript of Zelda talk at Nintendo Direct presentation: HD Wind Waker due Fall, Wii U Zelda will "rethink conventions"

This morning at 9 AM EST, Satoru Iwata addressed the general public on the future of the Wii U. Along with a decent amount of news, we learned that a new Zelda that "rethinks conventions of Zelda" is in development. Also, an HD Wind Waker will come this Fall.

On the full page version of this article, you can see a direct transcript of the English translation of Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma's presentation, as well as Iwata's follow-up remarks.

Most notable of the details revealed are that the new Zelda will revisit ideas like linearity in dungeon completion and the idea of playing alone. If they're willing to make Zelda a multiplayer game (beyond, perhaps the extend of Four Swords), we may be in for something legitimately new. There is also some mention by Iwata that we will get to see some of the challenges the Zelda team will face soon, as in an Iwata Asks, though this could be a mistake of language.

As for the Wind Waker HD release, it sounds like the game will be adapted to the Wii U control scheme and potentially given a slightly-more-than-cosmetic overhaul on the level Ocarina of Time received with its 3DS release. My only fear is that the true beauty of Wind Waker may be lost behind bloom effects and soft lighting as seen in the released screenshots (which are not necessarily of the HD remake, but rather of a test case put together by the Zelda team while experimenting with Wii U hardware).


Skyrim DLC gets PC and PS3 release after many month delay

A blog post Friday from Bethesda announced an actual date for the release of not only the PC version of Dragonborn, but also a TBA release in February for the Playstation 3 (preceded by the 1.8 patch). The Dragonborn DLC (downloadable content) will be available for PC users on February 5th, and sometime later in February for PS3 users. Later in the same month, the first and second DLC packs Dawnguard and Hearthfire will be released on PS3. Each of these DLCs including Dragonborn will be priced at 50% off for the first week of release.

For PS3 users especially this will be either a very exciting prospect or too little too late.


Pokémon X & Y announced for worldwide October 2013 release

This morning Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced two new entries into the Pokémon series: Pokémon X and Y for the Nintendo 3DS, coming October 2013 worldwide! For the first time in the franchise's history, there is a simultaneous (or near-simultaneous) release date for most major markets. For a text-heavy RPG, this will be a great accomplishment of localization. Hearing this news was well worth my waking up early.

The announcement is unusual for the quantity of information we were given. Rather than the usual slow trickle of title, followed by vague screenshots and silhouettes of new Pokémon, we had a full trailer showing gameplay, starters, and version-exclusive legendaries. There is a lot of room for speculation in said trailer, and I have a few ideas.

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Judge denies THQ's initial sale plan; its assets will be sold off title by title

THQ's initial attempt at a quick sale to an appointed buyer was denied by a judge who said the plan did not give potential bidders enough time. THQ's plans would have allowed its assets to stay together in one group, but now they will be auctioned off title by title. Warner Bros, EA, and Ubisoft have all expressed interested in properties.

UPDATE: THQ has said that the a la carte sale will only occur if the amounts garnered for individual assets exceeds their existing purchase agreement amount.


by Joshua Whitman on Jan 7, 2013


THQ files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, sells assets to holding company

THQ has managed to remain afloat a while longer by filing for bankruptcy and selling their assets to an investment firm that will allow them to continue development of games like South Park: The Stick of Truth, Metro: Last Light, and Saints Row 4. No layoffs and no pay reductions are planned, and all projects will continue forward. THQ is essentially now owned by another company, and the bankruptcy was a way for them to shed some debt and become a cheaper sale.


by Joshua Whitman on Dec 19, 2012


Gabe Newell confirms Steam Box will be happening

In an interview at the VGAs, Valve's Gabe Newell confirmed that Steam is working on hardware options for Steam as a living room experience, possibly using Linux as its primary OS. Additionally, he "expects companies to start selling PC packages for living rooms next year" that can compete with the upcoming next-gen consoles. This news follows on the heels of the official release of Big Picture mode, Steam's solution for PC gaming in a living room.

Discuss in the Bosskey forums!


by Joshua Whitman on Dec 10, 2012


THQ Humble Bundle has 5 days remaining as the company continues to struggle forward

UPDATE: 2 days left and Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War has been added if you pay over the average price.

The first non-indie Humble Bundle features THQ games: Darksiders, Metro 2033, Red Faction: Armageddon, Company of Heroes, CoH: Opposing Fronts, and CoH: Tales of Valor. Saints Row the Third, Titan Quest, and Armageddon DLC are available by paying over the average price, which stands at $5.61 currently. With 5 days to go, the bundle has reached over 700,000 sales, earning nearly $4 million shared among developers, charity, and the Humble Bundle service.

The top contributors include CEO Brian Farrell and president Jason Rubin, whose entire contribution went to charity, but tweeted that his choice of split "should not be interpreted as a recommendation."