July 18, 2017

Out with the old, in with the old - Casey Hudson is back at Bioware


The GM of Bioware Edmonton Aaryn Flynn has decided to move on and Casey Hudson is returning like the proverbial prodigal son to fill the GM role.

Here's the official word:

After 17 years with BioWare, today I announced that I’ll be leaving the studio at the end of July, and that Casey Hudson is returning to Edmonton to take on the role of General Manager for BioWare.

I joined BioWare in Edmonton right out of University. I was privileged to get a chance to join a group of people working on the coolest, most creative things I could imagine. Growing up at BioWare, the events in my life are intimately intertwined with events at the studio. I got married just after we finished Neverwinter Nights. My first son was born while we were wrapping up Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, while my second son was born right after Jade Empire.

From my first day until now, I have learned much, met great colleagues and friends, and got the chance to help give players some truly incredible experiences. Every time I think I’ve found a favourite game making experience, we start something new and somehow find fun and satisfaction in the new challenges.

I have been contemplating changes in my own life for some time, but when I heard that Casey had confirmed he was up for the task, I realized the opportunities before us. I will be working with him over the next couple of weeks to help catch him up and do my part to set him up for success to be the best GM he can be.

In closing, let me thank our players for everything they’ve given us over these many years, and to say from the bottom of my heart how important you are to me and the rest of BioWare. I have gone to work every day knowing that I am fortunate to have all of the opportunities I have had at BioWare because of you. Doing whatever I could to help our developers create some of the best games in the industry for you all has been the most humbling experience of my life. Now, I’ll be playing BioWare’s games in the future from an exciting new perspective – yours

Aaryn


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Hudson left after a brilliant turn with Bioware but eventually left with a big black mark against his name for the much maligned ending of Mass Effect 3.

We know he's good but hope he's learned the art of consultation...

July 12, 2017

This Peebee cosplayer looks better than the in game version!

A keen group of cosplayers got together to form Ryder's squad from Mass Effect Andromeda and the team did an amazing job.

Their version of Peebee is amazing and arguably looks even better than the in-game version of the Asari character!

peebee cosplay costume masseffect


We love that shadow across the face, it gives Peebee a more serious tone that she generally exhibits in game! Have you played it? It's a lot of fun, despite some poor press.

Check out more of this cosplay 'Twin Flame Fabrications' on their Facebook page.

July 6, 2017

Ironman's Ironettes take off like a rocket

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Ironman and the Ironettes
The Japanese have a lot to answer for.

Panties from vending machines for example.

But we'll let everything slide because the Japan 2011 Comic Con has given us this wonderful dance demonstration by the Iron Man's Ironettes. Basically it's an excuse for a whole lot of exy women to run around in red bikinis exalting the big Iron fella's glories.

We'll take your sexism Japan, thanks.

How many dudes you know roll like this? Not many, if any

Turns out the Ironettes from Ironman 2 movie have inspired a whole legion of sexy girls to dress up as Tony Stark's personal cheer leaders and show the love:

Is that Ironette on the left your sister bro?

ironman girls in bikinis
Ass you were ladies

Cosplay loving Ironettes
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Cheers Tony!

Is this the sexiest Cortana cosplay ever?

Is this the sexiest Cortana cosplay ever?

This might just be the sexiest cos play effort to emulate the beauty of Halo's Cortana ever....

Some crazy scary Bioshock cosplay pictures


The Bioshock series of games has given cosplay fans the opportunity to dress as several of the characters found in the game. The clear winning cosplay choice is adorning a Big Daddy costume or a Little Sister dress. Those girls in game were pretty evil but turned out to be sweet little dears in the end.... right?










Adrianne Curry as Christie from Tekken Cosplay

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Adrianne as Christie

Adrianne Curry cosplay as Christie from Tekken 


You might have heard that Top Model, Adrianne Curry loves her cosplay - she's upped the anti in the costume stakes this week with a near nude Christine from Tekken outfit.



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Curry as Christie
That bikini reminds me of a certain gold bikini Ms Curry has been known to wear from time to time....


Tramp stamp of the week?

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Is this the tramp stamp of the week or a great UNSC Halo tattoo?

Where's the Flood at?

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This an awesome cosplay photo of the Master Chief.

Where's The Flood at, I need some target practice... 

May 28, 2017

EDI from Mass Effect as a paper craft model

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This guy is back new a paper craft version of a Mass Effect babe, this time he has crafted EDI, the the Normandy's A.I. that adopted a robot form in the third game. Here's an amusing video...

My wife made a nice find at the supermarket!

My wife made a nice find at the supermarket. Not that she understood why it had to be shared with Halo fans....

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The 1.17 was the price of the pumpkin. It reminds me of the time I spied this similarly numbered 117 license plate....

May 23, 2017

Destiny 2 is the real deal that the original Destiny wanted to be

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I caught the the Destiny 2 gameplay trailer today and I pre-ordered the game straight moments after.

I have never ever pre-ordered a game after watching a trailer.

And that's truth.

But I was simply impressed by how comprehensive this game felt.

Destiny 2 appears to be the game that the original Destiny game so desperately wanted to be but took 2 years to be fully realised by the Bungie crew.

Check it out the game play video:



The lessons of Destiny  have been learned. Bungie has listened and honed their ideas. They came good with the last couple of rounds of DLC.

I'm firmly of the hopeful view Destiny 2 is going to be the real deal and that for the Holy love of Oprah Winfrey, this game will have compelling campaign!

Can't wait until the Beta!

Speaking of the Beta, if you pre-order the game on Amazon, you can get into the Beta early.

Game on Bungie, game on.

May 14, 2017

Star Wars references in the Mass Effect trilogy

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Star Wars references in Mass Effect

During my Mass Effect 3 run through I noticed a sweet Star Wars reference and thought it might be a good idea for a post so here's what I've found and what other kinds of easter eggs and reverential nods people have found in the campaign of the three games in the series.

The Original Game
  • There are several instances of "I have a bad feeling about this."  being uttered.
  • The Krogan Wrex say's "It's a trap" after being ambushed by Geth, being the classic line uttered by Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi.
  • Upon seeing the Sovereign, the line "Look at the size...", is dropped, a probable reference to A New Hope when Luke sees the Death Star for the first time.
Mass Effect 2
  • Miranda's loyalty takes leads you to docking bay 94, which is the same number for the docking bay the Millennium Falcon was found in A New Hope.
Mass Effect 3
  • When Sheppard helps the Cerberus scientists escape the line "The first transport is away.." is uttered and is a reference to the Rebels escaping the planet Hoth. In fact the whole scene is a homage.
  • A lot of the characters that can be found in the Docks on the Citidel have the costumes and colours that appear to be inspired by the Star Wars universe - such as the orange jump suit Luke Skywalker wears in Empire Strikes Back.
  • If you look at the Rachi ravagers (the ones with sacs) side on, they kind of look like those Droideka robots that 'roll' around in The Phantom Menace, kinda:

And if you liked all that, why don't you check out some Star Wars cosplay or just skip to Leia in a bikini...or read these lines by Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens.

Leeloo from The Fifth Element cosplay

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"Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass"

Leeloo costume play from The Fifth Element movie


The best thing about the film The Fifth Element was Gary Oldman chewing scenery as the super villain whilst being adorned with perhaps the most horrible hair do in history. The second best thing about the film was the emergence of  Milla Jovovich as the perhaps the most famous red headed character ever, Leeloo.

With her good looks, hot body and rather interesting attire, Leeloo was instantly became one of the most recognisable heroines that the movies have offered and thus she is always a fair target for the cosplay queens of this world. 

First up is Top Model Adrianne Curry, featured with a friend from the Dark Side

Adrianne Curry as Leelo and Bobba Fett

Ashley Williams cosplay from Mass Effect

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Fan cosplay of Ashley Williams from Mass Effect


Mass Effect fans will surely appreciate this fantastic version of Ashley Williams from Mass Effect. Nice work! If you want to see more ME cosplay, check out this ultimate Mass Effect cosplay page.

Is this the best ever Star Wars cosplay?

best ever star wars cosplay

Star Wars is a world that's just ripe for cosplay. There's your Bobba Fett freaks. There's your iconic Princess Leias wearing golden bikinis and we always appreciate a sexy storm trooper getting felt up by Darth Vader.  Your Star Wars fails are amusing enough and we really like it when the Jedi and Sith make their peace.

But this photo is the best Star Wars cosplay we've have ever seen. It's a beautiful homage to a beloved set of characters done with a mood of, this us, we're doing it like this and if you don't like it, go back to your cave, troll!

We love the R2D2 - it's like Jack Black as his own prom date. C3PO looks pretty grand and as for Han Solo, never have we seen her look so sexy...

March 31, 2017

Dead Space 4 announced, Tom Cruise to do a voice cameo


With the success of Dead Space 3, you could have bet the farm that Dead Space 4 was going to happen and Visceral Games and EA made a brief announcement today in response to a early morning leak by an employee on Twitter.

The release said "Yes, Dead Space is returning for a fourth round of guts and glory. Despite what you may have read Isaac Newton will again be featuring as the lead protagonist."

There was the usual yada yada and then this wicked gem near the end of the release.

"Dead Space can be a game that can be taken a bit to seriously at times so we wanted to have a bit of fun with the player so Tom Cruise has been cast as a renegade Unitologist who has finally seen Unitology for what it really is. Given the similarities to Unitology and Tom's own religion of Scientology we thought it would be a pretty meta thing to do, and give the game's players some further food for thought as they slice and dice their way on planet Earth."

Tom Cruise was quoted as saying, "Yes, it's a pretty clever joke. The idea threw me at first but I played Dead Space 1 and 2 right through in the same weekend and thought I really should delve into video game acting so I signed up."

That's pretty crazy, almost jump on the couch worthy kind of news. Let's see how this pans out.

Dead Space 4 will be available for purchase on 1 April 2017.

Correction: Tom Cruise was actually cast as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One and made a cameo appearance.

Sarah Palmer to replace Cortana in Halo 6 as Chief's love interest

The Chief is Palmers's new love interest in Halo 6

The Chief is Palmers's new love interest in Halo 6


It was also announced by 343 Industries today that Halo 6 was on its way.

Which is pretty cool and you can get details elsewhere. But of real note, quietly hidden away at the bottom of the press release was this telling revelation:

“Halo 4 was about the Chief finding his humanity and we felt that story worked out really well. What we didn’t count on was the fan reaction to Commander Sarah Palmer’s character in the game and the role she took on during the two seasons of Spartan Operations. Fans have been extremely vocal in their support for the character and asked for more of her. 

Accordingly, we have taken the step of featuring Palmer’s Spartan as a lead character in Halo 6. Obviously with the death of Cortana in Halo 4 we needed a strong female lead and Palmer was the obvious choice.

Jennifer Hale will return as the voice actress and Veddette Lim will again model for Palmer.”

That’s a pretty massive change to the game, I hope they get the character right as she’s a bit ‘terse’ for my liking. God, I hope the Master Chief doesn't fall in love with her now that he's found humanity! 

What do you think? Do you agree that Sarah Palmer should replace Cortana in Halo 6?

Halo 6 will be released on 1 April 2017

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For clarity, this was an April Fool's that some people took way too seriously!

March 30, 2017

His name is Gary! Gary the Ghaul

Gary from Destiny 2

Do you think Cayde-6's 'Gary' reference to the bad guy of Destiny 2 is going to stick? Why don't we just call him Gary the Ghaul...

What is the release date of Destiny 2?

When is destiny 2 being released?

Destiny 2's release date is officially:

8th September 2017. 


That's right, Destiny 2 is going to be released this year, in full glory as Cayde-6 and the other guardians battle the new threat of the Red Legion and their leader Ghaul.

September 8th. Is the release date.

May be it will take take time to explain why it didn't have time to explain why it didn't have time to explain time...

Mark in your calendars, get that day of annual leave requested and pre-order Destiny from Amazon.

Watch the Destiny 2 announcement video

Watch the Destiny 2 announcement video

Fans have been patiently waiting for it, naysayers have been saying they don't want it at all but EVERYBODY must see this announcement of Bungie's Destiny 2.



Watch the Destiny 2 announcement video


You've watched it? Good.

It's obvious then that Bungie is stirring the pot up to make a new brew. Maybe even they are intended to deliver an actual story based campaign?

There's actually no doubt they are going to do so following their excellent last two DLC expansions  in response to the muted initial campaign that was offered.

Bungie have also clearly listened to the fans and it's clear that Cayde-6 will be focal point of the game, a welcome gust of bravado.

Here's the official description of the game from Bungie:

"Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion.

He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. 

To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home."

Destiny 2 will release on September 8th 2017. Check out the prices on Amazon for Xbox, PC and PlayStation.

March 23, 2017

The Best Indianna Jones cosplay you will ever see

Indiana Jones chased by a rock cosplay

Found on the Humans on New York Facebook page, the greatest Indiana Jones cosplay around - featuring the classic rolling ball from the opening act of the first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Halo's The Silent Cartographer Map is real and can be found in Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

A Reddit user is pretty sure that somewhere in NZ there’s a real life Halo CE - Silent Cartographer beach…. I think they might be on the money! Below is the real life photo from Catherdral Cove in New Zealand and beneath that a screen grab from the Halo game that started it all!

cathedral cove new zealand

Do you agree they look similar?
silent cartographer halo ce beach


The best EDI cosplay you'll probably come across

EDI cosplay from Mass Effect


We previously thought this EDI cosplay was great but here's some excellent cosplay from Mass Effect's larger than life A.I., EDI.

EDI Costume Play

This keen cosplay action pose was brought to you by Crystal Graziano.

Best Ever Wonder Woman Cosplay?




You might have heard of Meagan Marie, she's pretty big in cosplay circles. Here's her latest effort, a truly fantastic version of Wonder Woman.

Wonder woman amazon cosplay

The costume is less All American Diana and more Amazonian Warrior Princess. What do you think, is this the best ever cosplay version of Wonder Woman?

We're pretty sure the release of new movie starring Gal Godot will increase fan worship and increase cosplaying action!

March 19, 2017

A boy's best friend is his mother OR this is a post about Destiny that talks about Star Wars and Hitchcock


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Matt Soell describes himself as a “Writer, Raconteur, Man About Town” but for context, he’s an ex-‘Bungie Community Guy’ so probably knows a thing or three about how Bungie works, its mindset and how it likes to slowly build things up until their endeavours are available for the world to consume.

In an article titled “Transparency is overrated’ Matt eloquently responds to some criticisms that Bungie did not reveal enough detail when they first officially announced Destiny.

Here’s his opening:

“When I see articles in the video game press complaining that Bungie’s reveal of their upcoming title Destiny was frustratingly light on details, I wonder why they care. If I had a quarter for every time the game press mangled quotes, described nonexistent product features, and confused internet speculation with fact-checked confirmation, I could melt all those quarters down and put in a new driveway made of solid copper.  People who write about games (not all of them, but more than enough) are light on details quite regularly. And that’s for the games they care about, the ones they write about themselves instead of just cutting-and-pasting from a press release.  Now Bungie throws a party and the game press can’t fill in all the blanks in their Mad Libs Game Journalism booklet right away, and you’d think some of them had been slapped.”

I tend to agree (and probably that’s why I’m posting this for a bit of self confirmation bias ;) and in terms of wild speculation and rumour one only has to look at the announcement of the new Star Wars trilogy. Zack Synder is directing! No he’s not. It’s going to be about the Skywalkers. Han Solo’s in it. The old guy from the television show Fringe is in it. It will feature Optimus Prime as a part of a Transformers cross over.

The reality is all we know is that Lucas sold the golden goose to the guys that made Bambi and they’ve engaged JJ Abrams to direct.

And that’s all Bungie have done, they've basically said “JJ Abrams” albeit in the form of Jason Jones saying, here’s a vidoc featuring some cool things (filled with lots of little details actually….) and you’ll just have to wait and see what falls out of the tree.

Soell draws a nice comparison to Hollywood (back to film again? Ed) and a certain classic movie:

“It’s showbiz.  It’s part of the experience.  This is the entertainment software industry and we are, whether or not we look the part, entertainers.  The men and women of Bungie follow in the footsteps of Alfred Hitchcock, who had the unmitigated audacity to introduce Psycho with a trailer that featured nothing but empty environments and lots of him talking.  No clips from the actual film, no major plot revelations…and that lady in the shower wasn’t even Janet Leigh!  (It was Vera Miles, who plays Leigh’s sister in the film.)  What a rip-off!  What a waste of his fans’ time!

What a surprise that it’s remembered fondly, decades later, as one of the greatest movie trailers ever.  It’s as if Hitchcock knew what he was doing.”

It was as if Hitchcock knew what he was doing.

Well history shows Hitchcock took a huge gamble making Pyscho and that he used his own money to finance it’s production. But he knew he had a great story to tell and tell it he did and that story is now so well remembered they are making a modern day television show about the Bates family.

Bungie has a story to tell too, they have just at this time given us their trailer. Their true Box Office is just around the corner….

The best Elizabeth of Bioshock cosplay you'll ever see

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Find the girl and wipe away the debt...

The best Elizabeth of Bioshock cosplay you've ever seen


This is possibly the best Bioshock cosplay we've seen. Popular cosplayer Vera Green has taken on Bioshock Infinite's Elizabeth, modeled on the very popular Burial at Sea DLC.

You can check out Elizabeth costumes on Amazon if you want to recreate the look.

bioshock infinite costume play

elizabeth and booker cosplay


We'll always have a soft spot for Elizabeth, particularly this cosplay effort of the lass!