Linux, Hannah Montana style. Really.

PC penguins have something new and exciting to look forward to in Linux land.

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Only in Japan: Virtual Pop Star Sweeps through PS Home

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Most PC gamers know the film “Wargames” and chuckle at seeing Matthew Broderick hook up a synthesizer speaker to hear what a PC would sound like if it could talk. At the time, though, the crude, halting sounds were state-of-the-art stuff.

Now, more than two decades later after WOPR nearly gave everyone a permanent orange afro and Max Headroom had entered our living rooms, we have synthesized pop divas.
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Mechwarrior Returns

A few teaser videos have led up to an official announcement and interview on IGN that Piranha Games are developing a new Mechwarrior, unleashing howls of cautious joy among the FASA faithful. Jordan Weisman, one of the original co-founders of the Mechwarrior franchise and FASA’s RPG workshop, will be teaming up with Piranha on rebooting the mechanized series for newcomers. With over twenty five years of lore, Weisman and Piranha’s president, Russ Bullock, hope to ease players back into the world without having to rewrite it.

From Weisman’s take on the idea, you won’t have to know what the Third Succession War was, who the Clans are, or why the game takes place in 3015 to enjoy the feeling of piloting a walking war machine several stories high. Instead, the game takes place during a crisis point in Mechwarrior’s long and storied history at just the right time for new arrivals to get a crash course on how to survive the world around it. Sounds like fantastic stuff and to read the interview, Weisman sounds just as dedicated to keeping Mechwarrior exciting for both veterans and the current-gen of players who may have never picked up any of the series’ sourcebooks.

Anyway, here’s the trailer courtesy of Youtube. The wait is almost over.

Another MK movie? Get over here!!!!!

San Gabriel Valley Tribune writer Maritza Velazquez set some geek boards ablaze with her profile of Chris Casamassa, the lead man of Red Dragon Karate, which has studios spread out over SoCal. He was the man who played Scorpion (he of the spear attack) in the first Mortal Kombat movie, and Maritza’s piece contains this gem:

According to Casamassa, he’s set to start filming the third Mortal Kombat film in September.

Now, the third MK movie is supposed to be a rebooted film version of the franchise, what with Warner Bros. purchasing Midway Games and its assets, which include the Mortal Kombat universe.

Slamming video-game movies seems to be the vogue thing to do, but I actually enjoyed the first one, in all of its cheesy glory. It had characters loyal to the franchise (although Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa laid on a little too much sneering evil as Shang Tsung) and some decent martial arts work on the part of Robin Shou (Liu Kang). As for the second one … not so much. Here’s one reason why.

I’m curious to see what kind of “reboot” awaits this newest incarnation. The IMDB page doesn’t tell me much, except that Christopher Lambert still gets to play a Chinese god. Sure. Why not?