The summer gaming community has been given a new game to sink their teeth into for the heat of the summer. LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes officially hit shelves in North America (Canada & United States) on June 21st, Europe will get it on June 22nd, 2012 and Australia will finally get it on June 27th, 2012.
Most major gaming platforms are covered with the production of this game with Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Playstation Vita and even a PC version are all available. The game is almost available for all ages with a rating of E 10+ and it seems some slight violence of the LEGO characters puts it at that level.
A comic book sequel to the original title and is built around trying to save the presidential election that is set to be rigged by no one other than The Joker. The villain characters Lex Luthor and The Joker aim to take the election by storm and win by gasing everyone in the country with Joker Gas.
The game has had a pretty extensive set of reviews done on it at this point since it’s been out for a couple of days. One of the more interesting reviews we have seen is a full guide & tutorial that is providing a scene by scene walk through of the game play in Lego Batman 2. The Lego Batman 2 guide is provided by GameZone and is being updates with details every single day, certainly something not to pass up if you want some tips on playing this great new installment of Lego game titles.
This time around Lego Batman 2: with the DC Superheroes uses a fully array of comic characters for you to experience. Characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Robin and Green Lantern will be the good guys against the evil Lex Luthor & The Joker. The storyline will reward you with something actually to follow and an in depth list of things to do, accomplish and get will keep you digging for more action. All in all, this new installment of the Batman Lego franchise looks to keep summer gamers happy & cool from the heat.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes First Look Trailer [HD]
In LEGO Batman™ 2: DC Super Heroes, the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin join other famous super heroes from the DC Universe including Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern to save Gotham City from destruction at the hands of the notorious villains Lex Luthor and the Joker. Batman fans of all ages will enjoy a new and original story filled with classic LEGO video game action and humour as players fight to put the villains back behind bars.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Review
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LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes Walkthrough – Part 1 Theatrical Pursuit
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Lego Batman 2:DC Super Heroes GLITCH -Chemical Cris
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How ‘Adam Savage’ Built His Personal ‘Iron Man Suit’
Adam Savage, a former host of Mythbusters, has successfully created his fully-functioning Iron Man suit through 3-D Printing. This fun project is for his new Discovery TV series titled Savage Builds.
Savage collaborated with Colorado School of Mines for the 3-D printing of the suit, Gravity Industries for the suit’s flight feature, and a whole crew for the assembly of its approximately 280 pieces. Instead of iron, the entire suit was made of titanium.
Savage recounts that the project started when he went to Colorado School of Mines to deliver a speech. Craig Brice, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Program, shared about their campus’ facilities as Savage talked about a new show in Discovery.
“They said, ‘We got these really big 3D printers that can print Titanium,'” Savage recalls, “If you want to print something weird, let us know.” What’s the first idea that popped into his head? Iron Man Suit.
The Colorado School of Mines has the leading program on Advanced Manufacturing and building an Iron Man Suit was just the right type of fun project they were interested in.
Building the Iconic Iron Man Suit
To start building the Iron Man Suit, Savage needed to acquire design plans. The show has contacted Marvel Studios, and they sought for the design plans for the Iron Man Suit. Savage received the digital model files from Legacy Effects Studios.
That’s right, Savage’s suit is based on the original Mark II prototype Iron Man suit.
After gaining the design plans, Brice and Savage started working on printing approximately 280 pieces of Iron Man suit parts. “I swear if Tony Stark was not fictional and he was making an Iron Man suit right now, this is precisely how we would do it and this is the exact technology he would use.”, Savage remarks in his behind the scenes interview with CNET.
Assembling the suit was a difficult feat. According to Jennifer Schachter, one of the members from Savage Builds, the Iron Man suit had numerous rivets and bolts that hold the 3-D printed pieces together.
Richard Browning, the founder of Gravity Industries, steps in after the assembly of the suit. He then helps to build the jetpacks for the Iron Man suit. It’s strapped with a total of five jet packs: two jets in each arm and one jet at the back.
Testing the Iron Man Suit
Savage’s goal was to build a fully-functioning Iron Man suit. Minus Jarvis and the weapons, of course. After components of the suit has been created and assembled, it was time to test if the suit can fly.
Savage starts the tests by using the jetpacks without the Iron Man suit. Coached by Browning, Savage is nervous as he wears the heavy jet packs. For safety, he is secured with multiple harnesses to prevent severe injuries during the test flights. After a few attempts, he landed on the launching pad, prematurely banging his legs to the pad’s metal sides.
After some test flights, Savage decided not to test drive the Iron Man suit due to his lack of flying experience. He notes that feeling the power of the jets on his arms were a little disorienting which affected his maneuvering. Browning stepped up and donned the Iron Man suit and flew the suit from outside the garage to a safe landing pad inside.
Next, Savage checks if the suit is bulletproof. Similar to a Mythbusters episode, Savage films as he shoots guns on their newly created Iron Man armor captured with slow-motion cameras. The team went to Alameda County Sheriff’s Shooting Range in California to perform this experiment.
Savage and the team build a remote gun stand that allowed them to fire the guns at a safe distance and from behind bulletproof glass. Their cautionary setup prevents possible bullet ricochets when it hits the suit. Various gun models and bullets were used to check if the suit is truly bulletproof.
More from Savage Builds
Creating the Iron Man Suit is part of the Savage Build’s first episode. Released last June 14, it is available to watch for free on Discovery’s website. The show focuses on Savage building massive gadgets based on comic books, tv shows, and movies.
After Mythbusters, Savage joined Norman Chan and Joey Famili as an editor and host of Tested.com. Savage has a segment titled “One Day Builds” in which he shows viewers how he re-creates movie and comic books props. In his recent video, Savage shows how he built an armor stand.
Taylor Swift is back, and she wants equality for all.
The controversial country-pop singer is back after long months of hiatus to urge everyone to sign a petition to pressure lawmakers into passing the Equality Bill. As an artist as Swift is, she made her case by releasing the music video of her newest single, “You Need To Calm Down,” today.
The song was debuted on Good Morning America, Monday, as part of her celebration of the LGBTQI Pride Month and did not disappoint to make a strong political statement and a convincing call to action.
“Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all our citizens equally,” reads an on-screen message at the end of the music video. Swift also started a petition campaign to support the Senate move for Equality Act and urged her audience to sign the petition as solidarity to the LGBTQI community.
“Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on Change.org” further reads the on-screen message.
The Equality Act could be the answer to the long-lasting discrimination against the gay community in America, and if passed, the new legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The video was released by the renowned pop-country singer amid the Pride Month, held every June in commemoration of the gay liberation movement and the Stonewall Riots, where members of the LGBT community stood in front of the Stonewall Inn to protest and resist police brutality against the gay community.
A star-studded music video, it is
Swift’s video, in itself, is very political. It features numerous gay icons and celebrities and the different aspects of the life of every gay person in America, including gay marriage, arts, and performance. The star-studded music video included gay icons like RuPaul, the host of the widely-watched RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Porter, Todrick Hall, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Adam Lambert, Ryan Reynolds, Hayley Kiyoko, Chester Lockhart, Dexter Mayfield, Hannah Hart, among others. Adam Rippon, the first openly-gay American Olympic medallist, also made an appearance in the video.
Interestingly, RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni, Trinity the Tuck, Adore Delano, Delta Work, Jade Jolie, Trinity K Bonet, Tatiana, and A’keria C. Davenport, were also featured in the music video as they impersonate popular female singers and artists like Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Adele, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift herself (by Jade Jolie). Queer Eye’s Fab Five, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness also appeared in the Gayville themed music video.
In an apparent effort to spread the message love and acceptance as part of the music video, Taylor Swift also featured Katy Perry, another famous artist who she had a widely publicized feud with. The beef became public when Taylor released the song Bad Blood, written about Katy Perry. Many suggest that reconciliation is also a recurring theme in Pride, and Taylor Swift just wants to show it in her music video.
Taylor Swift becomes more politically vocal
Swift has become more vocal regarding her political and social views in recent months and over the past year. The video “You Need To Calm Down” comes after days she performed a surprising number at the Stonewall Inn in New York, the landmark where the first Pride was ever held. Furthermore, for the first time, Swift endorsed not one but two political candidates, Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen, and Jim Cooper, while they were running for the Us Senate and House of Representatives in 2018.
Taylor Swift admitted that she had been very “reluctant” to express her political views in the past and credited a shift, “due to several events in y life and the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” she said in an interview.
Now with the new music video release, Swift is urging everyone to take part in fighting for equality and promoting the value of the community that has been oppressed for a long time. Pride takes place annually every year, and it could be expected that Taylor Swift, as the newest ally of the LBTQI community, will continue to support efforts to legislate the Equality Act. You can do your part as well by signing her petition here.
“Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable,” wrote Taylor Swift in the petition.
‘The Hunger Games’ Is Launching A Prequel And A Possible Movie
Almost fours years after the last The Hunger Games movie (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II) and almost nine years after the first book from the trilogy was released, Suzanne Collins is returning with the famed trilogy — but this time in a form of a prequel.
Scholastic, the publishing company that distributed Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, announced today that it is publishing a prequel novel to the series, currently untitled, which will hit shelves on May 19, 2020.
“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world-building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger said in a statement. “We are absolutely thrilled — as both readers and publishers — to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.”
Collins’ original Hunger Games trilogy—The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay—altogether, sold more than 100 million copies and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Moreover, The Hunger Games books appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 260 consecutive weeks (more than five straight years).
After writing the last installment in 2010, Collins teased in 2013 that she was working on a new series, but did not say whether it was related to The Hunger Games.
This time, the novel will be set in the world of Panem, 64 years before the events of the original Hunger Games trilogy—the morning where Katniss Everdeen volunteered as a tribute on the 74th Hunger Games. Presumably, Katniss Everdeen played by Jeniffer Lawrence will not be involved in the upcoming novel.
Based on the previous novels in the series, 74 years before the main novels, the 13 Districts of Panem already tried to initiate a rebellion against the Capital. In the aftermath of the failed attempt, 12 Districts remained to leave District 13 to rubbles. The Hunger Games was a result and served as a reminder that all the other Districts should obediently comply with the Capital’s rule.
The novel will take place 10 years after the first rebellion and will tell the story of Panem during the “Dark Days following a failed rebellion in Panem “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins told the Associated Press in the announcement. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”
On other news, the Lionsgate film studio, who adapted The Hunger Games trilogy into movies, is already looking forward to the next addition to Collins’ franchise given that it received praise and public attention for producing them.
“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in a recent statement to the Associated Press. “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”S
Lionsgate turned Collins’ Hunger Games novels into a series of four films, dividing the last novel, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, into a two-part finale. Over the course of the four movies, it earned almost $3 billion dollars an the worldwide box office with the last movie earning $653.4 million.
Collins helped with the movies as an executive producer and a co-screenwriter on the first 2012 movie but distanced herself after she finalized Mockingjay in 2010.
Lionsgate is also known to have produced Twilight, which is one of their platinum franchises along with Collins’ trilogy. The studio earlier licensed The Hunger Games to theme parks and live concert tours being built around the movie franchise.
Additionally, it starred Jenniffer Lawrence who played the main character as Katniss Everdeen in all of the four movies, which helped catapult her acting career in 2012.
Scholastic acquired world English rights to the prequel novel and it will publish in print, digital and audio formats in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand next year. The deal was negotiated by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio for Suzanne Collins and David Levithan, VP, Publisher, and Editorial Director, for Scholastic.
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