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- Category Cinemabuzz
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One of the biggest stories surrounding the upcoming 'Man Of Steel' sequel, 'Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice,' is that Wonder Woman is joining the story. Naturally this idea has been celebrated as the first appearance of a full-fledged female superhero in modern film, as well as a general expansion of DC's cast of characters on the big screen. For those reasons, many will probably love Wonder Woman no matter how she's depicted by director Zack Snyder and his crew. But beyond her mere existence, here are a few reasons the new Wonder Woman character will rock.
To begin with, there's the fact that the creators of the DC films are under a great deal of pressure to deliver a compelling character. Not only are fans ready for a female superhero, but according to Variety, Gal Gadot (the lucky actress who snagged the role) has signed for three movies in total. Those three movies are expected to include the aforementioned 'Dawn Of Justice,' the eventual 'Justice League,' as well as a standalone 'Wonder Woman' film that will presumably delve more thoroughly into the character's backstory. With this kind of deal in place, Wonder Woman will have to deliver in her initial appearance in order to drive up interest for the ones to come!
- Category Game On
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If we're going to talk about people who shaped the future, names like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs get thrown around. But to gamers all over the world, there is but one to whom we owe much - Ralph Baer, the father of video games.
And today, we say goodbye to him. Ralph Baer has passed on.
Ralph Baer lived a very interesting life. He was born in 1922. He fled Nazi-controlled Germany, and moved to America, right before the attacks on Jewish stores and homes in 1938. In 1940, Ralph graduated from the National Radio Institute. From 1943 to 1946, Ralph served in the US Army, where he became a recognized expert on military small arms.
In 1946, Ralph went back to school and graduated from American Television Institute of Technology. From 1950 onwards, Ralph would go on to design and invent a multitude of devices including surgical cutting machines and analog computers to track submarines.
It was in 1966 when Ralph had the idea to use a television for gaming. On Sept. 1, 1966, Ralph pretty much wrote the very first video game document (so I guess he's the dad of GameFAQs also). And only 5 days later on Sept 6, 1966, Ralph drew up plans for the world's first video game system.
On May 7, 1967, the first ever 2-player video game was played. It's unfortunate that during this game, Ralph Baer actually lost, which makes him the very first person ever in the world to get pwnd.
First ever rage quit.
On June 14, 1967, Ralph demonstrated the world's first light gun.
November 9 to 13, 1967 - the first video game console was born. The first fully functional Pong game was demonstrated. It wasn't until Jan. 15, 1968 that he received the patent for it, though.
In July 17, 1970, he sealed the deal with the Magnavox TV-set, the world's first home video game console - the great, great, great grand father to your iPhones and PS4s.
In March 1972, the world was introduced to video gaming.
All of this, thanks to one man's ingenuity and dedication. All those hours you spent enjoying the hell out of your favorite video game was thanks to Ralph Baer's curiosity.
Good-bye, Ralph Baer. And thank you.
- Category General Geekery
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Ever see something cool on ThinkGeek and go "Ooh, I want one!" only to realize that you would need a credit card, you'd pay shipping fees, and you'd probably end up having to pay tax so you end up not buying anything at all. A lot of the stuff I would love to own I found on ThinkGeek.com, but due to the restrictions, I would only be able to get my fill of geeky stuff if it was locally available somehow or if a relative from the States was coming home.
Enter Abubot.ph. A new local online store, Abubot.ph, brings the ThinkGeek experience to our shores! Their prices are in pesos, they accept local credit cards, PayPal, bank deposit, and Western Union Money Transfer. They currently ship to Philippine addresses only, and their rates are reasonable. Of course, ThinkGeek still has more stuff, but that's because Abubot hasn't really hit its stride yet. It's up to us to make that happen.
Check out some stuff that they have that would be abso-freakin-lutely perfect for a geeky Christmas.
Yeah, they have dice.
- Category General Geekery
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Growing up, I wanted to be a lot of things. One of the things that I pursued somewhat actively is animation. I even have a demo reel. Of course, with my general lack of artistic talent, it was never something that would pan out. But it's still something that interests me greatly. So I'm glad the Philippines is still a potential destination for animation studios looking for some fresh talent. We, as Filipinos, have long been known to be great animators. Did you know we did tweening for Dragon Ball Z, Johnny Bravo, and even X-Men? We did some stuff for The Last of Us, too, if I'm not mistaken. I guess the lower cost of living and cost of doing business doesn't hurt.
Every year, the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. holds something called Animahenasyon. This year, they are presenting it together with iAcademy. Animahenasyon is a celebration of the Filipino animatior.
The festival will be held on November 25 to the 28th at iACADEMY Plaza at 342 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. In that time, there will be talks about finding a place for animation in cinema by Jacques-Rémy Girerd and how to pitch to Cartoon Network by Yoshiya Ayuga. There will also be exhibits, film viewings of creations of the top animators (of course), and showcasing of the Animahenasyon finalist videos. You'll see things like this there.
Check out the full schedule here.
If you've ever wanted to be part of the $120 million industry in the Philippines, or if you've just loved animation your whole life, then you will want to be at this event. Don't miss it.
- Category Comicology
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Couple months back, a friend of mine and editor-in-chief of the esteemed publication Baddieverse, Gino (Baddie is his supervillain name) put together a comic book fan group on Facebook called We Read Comics PH.
While it isn't the only or first comic book fan group around, it's certainly a refreshing one. The people are interesting and everyone is there to take part in something they all love. Sure, you've got your usual "I am too cool for mainstream comics" guys who criticize everything and can only seem to appreciate things if only twelve people on the planet have read about it, but there aren't a lot of them there. For the most part, everyone there is there to enjoy comics. Plain and simple. It's just a fun time all around.