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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Office
« on: May 16, 2013, 08:05 AM »
Remember when people here actually gave a **** about The Office?

Remember when the people that made The Office actually gave a **** about The Office?

Series finale tonight.

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The best Star Wars game of this entire generation was made out of Legos.  That's why neither of the recent stories involving the license bother me.  Looking forward to seeing what DICE and especially Visceral have planned.

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The Walt Disney Company and EA Announce Multi-Year Star Wars Games Agreement

BURBANK & REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.

Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.

“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive. “Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.”

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. “Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.”

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Out this October.

Several rare pics here.

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NYtimes.com: ‘Tonight’ Show Expected to Return to New York, With Fallon

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A plan is in the works to bring NBC’s “Tonight” show back to New York.

While the network has yet to complete a deal, it has made a commitment to Jimmy Fallon, the current host of its “Late Night” program, to have him succeed Jay Leno as the next host of “Tonight,” according to several senior television executives involved in the decision. The show would move from Burbank, Calif., back to New York, where it first started in 1954 with Steve Allen as host.

Some details remain to be worked out, including an exact timetable for the switch, though it is expected to take place by the fall of 2014 at the latest, the executives said in interviews this week.

NBC has quietly begun work on a new studio in its headquarters building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza as the home for the new “Tonight” show. The studio is part of a general reconstruction of the building being undertaken by Comcast, which this week completed a full takeover of NBC Universal.

An NBC spokeswoman declined to comment on the move, other than to say the network was building a new state-of-the-art studio for Mr. Fallon.

I hope Conan doesn't find out about this.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jim Ward / Lucas Arts petition
« on: March 3, 2013, 02:20 PM »
What do her looks have to do with anything?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jim Ward / Lucas Arts petition
« on: March 2, 2013, 09:57 PM »
So you're saying they're actually two different people?  Are you sure?  I'm not trying to, like, doubt you or anything, but that's what I heard from a lady I was standing in line with at Target, and she seemed like she really knew what she was talking about.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jim Ward / Lucas Arts petition
« on: March 1, 2013, 01:11 AM »
I heard that Jim Ward's reputation was so badly-damaged after his stint at LucasArts, that he couldn't get anyone else to hire him.  So he changed his identity by dropping the first two letters off his first name, and now he plays in a band with that girl from Elf.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: February 28, 2013, 11:54 PM »
SW.com: Star Wars Blu-ray Trilogies to Be Released in Limited Edition Steelbook Packaging

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Since their release in 2011, the Star Wars trilogy collections have become two of the bestselling Blu-ray Disc catalog releases of all time. Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that these beloved Star Wars sets, presenting the classic films in stunning HD, will be re-released in limited edition steelbook packaging at select retailers in the UK, Australia, Japan, and Spain. There is no US release currently planned.

Release dates for the steelbook sets will be announced shortly.



Still not buying. . .

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars 1313
« on: February 28, 2013, 04:45 PM »
Uh-oh.

Kotaku.com:  The Strange Status of Star Wars: 1313, A Hot Game With an Uncertain Future

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The silence around Star Wars 1313, LucasArts' seemingly next-gen game that wowed onlookers at last June's E3 show, is nevertheless unusual. The game's disappearance, our sources say, has hidden the latest in some tumultuous turns in the game's development—turns that, frustratingly, cloud the future of what could be an amazing game.

Three unrelated sources familiar with game development at LucasArts have all told us that development on the game has been frozen or put on hold since the Disney company's November acquisition of Star Wars creator George Lucas' media empire. That freeze has caused a game that was slated for a late 2013 release on next-gen platforms to potentially miss this year's E3 and to slide into next year.

The backstory.  A lot of this is new to me.

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The game was conceived in 2009, we've been told privately, as a tie-in to a planned live-action Star Wars TV show. The show was set to take place between the prequel Star Wars trilogy and the classic one, as was the game. The game was called Underworld, according to one of our sources, and was, like the show, going to be for an adult audience. The 1313 title, after all, refers to the seedy underworld on the planet Coruscant, where crime, violence, drugs and other seedier elements exist. That underworld would be the setting for the show and the game.

In what will surely drive fans of great Star Wars games a bit mad, Underworld/1313 was, we're told, originally going to be an open-world role-playing game similar to the beloved BioWare title Knights of the Old Republic but with episodic character updates delivered regularly over DLC. Story arcs would go to some dark places, touching on terrorism, the dealings of crime families and prostitution.

We're told that the game was scaled back in 2010 after budgetary concerns put the TV show was put on hold. The game was re-written with a new story that was disconnected from the TV-show material. And this is where what our sources say gets even more interesting. LucasArts supposedly was set to reinvent itself in 2011 under then-studio-president Paul Meegan, attempting to make Star Wars-style games in popular genres. There would be a Star Wars riff on FarmVille and a Call of Duty-style first-person shooter codenamed Trigger. 1313 was switched from codename Underworld to codename Hive and given platforming elements, similar to Sony's hit series Uncharted. A LucasArts rep declined to comment about any of this.

Development on the game began to proceed quite well going into either 2011 or 2012 when George Lucas himself apparently saw the game. One source mentions that Lucas "loved" the game and encouraged the developers to weave stories and characters from the TV scripts. The game's storylines would answer such questions as "Who is Boba Fett?", "Why was Han working for Jabba?" and "Who were the Bothan spies?" Lucas' requests were not to be ignored, that source says, leaving the developers of the re-named 1313 with a game that had backing from the man in charge but without a concrete story or characters. A new story was still in the works when the game was shown at E3 2012.

The game dazzled at E3 and then, as any observers have noticed, went dark.

One likely venue for 1313's re-emergence was last week's PlayStation 4 event. There, finally, LucasArts could stop being coy and admit the game was next-gen. But 1313 was not shown at Sony's PS4 event, though LucasArts was listed as a developer for the Holiday 2013 console.

For weeks we've heard from multiple sources that the Disney purchase of LucasFilm (which includes LucasArts) has reoriented the company's gaming division. The focus is on the new trilogy, not on material that is unrelated to the planned JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII. 1313's developers may still be fervently plugging away, for all we know. As LucasArts says, the game "continues production." But it sounds from our sources like it's not currently moving forward in any official capacity.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: February 25, 2013, 05:25 PM »
Just wanted to wish a happy 48th birthday to this handsome son of a bitch:


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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars Movie Spin-Offs?
« on: February 15, 2013, 02:08 PM »
My Han Solo focus collection just groaned at the idea of having to collect an entire movie line worth of Han Solo figures - fast blasting Han Solo, Tech Armor Han Solo, Battle Damage Han Solo, Freeze Armor Han Solo, etc.   :-X

I originally read that as "Fart Blasting Han Solo."

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How much snot can the body produce? Or...
« on: February 5, 2013, 10:04 PM »
Do yo have a guy dressed like a CIA operative administer it?  Kinda make it an experience?

Funny, the other day I actually hired a guy on Craigslist to show up at random, unexpected times to give me trea

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How much snot can the body produce? Or...
« on: February 4, 2013, 02:15 AM »
Definitely a good choice if you're stopped up all the time like I am.  Kinda like waterboarding, without all the intrigue, though.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How much snot can the body produce? Or...
« on: February 4, 2013, 02:05 AM »
I bought (and used) my first neti pot yesterday.

How much snot can the body produce?  A **** of a lot more than I ever thought it could.




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