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Braga regrets lack of gay people in Star Trek

January 25, 2011 News 1 Comment

Image: Star Trek: The Next Generation. Copyright CBS Paramount Studios.

The overseer of Star Trek for many years (some would say co-ruiner), Brannon Braga, has confessed “it was a shame for a lot of us” that there were no gay characters in the series. I guess Dax’s fanboy-pandering kiss with Lenara doesn’t count.

Berman makes a good point. For a series that gave us the first inter-racial TV kiss, you would think they would have been further ahead on the issue.

My source expresses curiosity at what Data might have been looking to get up to in his quest for humanity. Geordi was very clearly into ladies, but maybe helping the android out could have staved off desperation a little.

For now, those looking to see some serious same-gender Star Trek action will have to do what they’ve been doing for 40 years, close their eyes and think really hard about Kirk and Spock.

Source: EW

Nintendo immune to Bieber fever

January 25, 2011 News No Comments

Image: Cover art for Baby by Justin Bieber. Copyright Island Records.

Teen pop infestation Justin Bieber, or someone working on his upcoming theatrical holocaust Never Say Never, was hoping to use a 15 second clip of Super Mario Bros.‘s iconic music. Nintendo, unlike the wallets of so many unsuspecting parents, was able to turn him down.

John Chu, director of Bieber’s moving-image thing, recently complained on Twitter:

aw C’mon Nintendo! Y won’t u let us use the Mario theme for 15 secs in the @Justinbieber movie…talk about free advertising passed up. Oops.

I’d love to know Nintendo’s exact reasoning for the decision. In my mind, it involves Iwata politely laughing, followed by Reggie leaping out of nowhere to “escort” Bieber from Nintendo’s secret underground layer of quality.

Source: MTV

Surprise! Gutted Infinity Ward having trouble finishing Modern Warfare 3

January 24, 2011 News No Comments

Image: Call of Duty Modern Warfare box art. Copyright Activision.

Activision is finally feeling the effect of trying to produce large annualized games with studios gutted of their top talent. It’s hardly terrible enough to call karmic revenge for Bobby Kotick’s years of shenanigans, but it’s a start.

The company has brought in Seldgehammer Games to collaborate with Infinity Ward to develop Modern Warfare 3‘s single player component. Meanwhile, Raven Software has been tasked to work on the game’s multi-player. This is all to get the shooter ready for an expected November release.

As a bonus to the clusterfuck Acivision is now dealing with, the Call of Duty spin-off Sledgehammer was supposed to be working on has been delayed thanks to their involvement in this other project.

Source: NeoGAF

Duke Nukem Forever launch date, trailer

January 22, 2011 News No Comments

Image: Duke Nukem Forever boxart. 2K Games

Duke Nukem Forever will launch May 3, 2011 in the United States. This is it folks, this game is real, it’s almost done, and it’s coming out.

In addition to the announcement of the release date, a new trailer was released. It shows off plenty of Duke gameplay, Duke one-liners, and Duke ladies.

I’m finally getting my mammoth

January 21, 2011 News No Comments

Majestic awesome.

Mammoth cloning. It’s something I’ve been fantasizing about at length since I could first pop an erection. Japanese researchers are now claiming I have just five more years to wait before my giant-tusk related dreams are fulfilled.

The team is hoping to nab some DNA from a well preserved mammoth that Russian researchers have been holding in a laboratory, wastefully. The team thinks they’ve got the problems caused by freezing, which damages the genetic material needed, figured out. The heroes were able to clone a mouse from matter frozen for 16 Earth years.

The researchers plan to jab an elephant egg with mammoth nuclei and give the world back its precious arctic Elephantidae.

It is currently unknown if the cloned animal will be available for rides or exhibition, but membership in a super-hero team seems likely.

Source: Google/AFP

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