Wikipad coming to US on June 11


The 7-inch gaming tablet finally hits North America

Wikipad

Wikipad, Inc has announced that its 7-inch Wikipad gaming tablet will be available in the United States on June 11, 2013, for $249. The tablet features a 7-inch 1280×800 screen, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, and WikiPad’s tablet controller dock.

“The launch of the Wikipad 7 tablet signals a transformative turning point in the direction of the mobile gaming industry. Wikipad’s tablet combines the latest range of features found in a premium Android tablet together with the unrivaled console video game experience only available with a gamepad,” said Wikipad chairman Matthew Joynes.

“There is no other mobile device on the market that possesses Wikipad’s unique functionality and versatility and all available with full warranty and customer support at an entry level price point,” said Wikipad president of sales Fraser Townley.

The first retailers to carry the tablet will be online outlets: Wal-Mart.com, BestBuy.com, and TigerDirect. Wikipad will be announcing further retailers and launch dates for other territories after E3.

The Wikipad was originally envisioned as a 10-inch tablet with gaming controller, but changes in the tablet market forced the company to switch to a 7-inch model. The current model was originally planned for spring 2013 launch.

 

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Gears Of War movie signs up Battleship producer


Scott Stuber to write script alongside Epic Games

Gears Of War movie

The troubled Gears Of War film adaptation is showing signs of life again, as Scott Stuber, the producer behind Battleship, Ted and Love And Other Drugs has signed up for the project.

Variety reports that Stuber will develop the script in partnership with developer and publisher Epic Games. The company have been looking for producers and a new film company to pick up the right for 6 months or so.

News of the film first circulated in 2007 with Len Wiseman (Total Recall, Die Hard 4.0) signed up to direct. In 2010 there were rumours that the scale and the budget of the project had to be scaled back, Wiseman left to focus on an apocalyptic thriller called Nocturne, and New Line gave up the rights to the title.

 

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Schwarzenegger Returns as Conan


Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the big screen playing his classic role of Conan the Barbarian, reports Deadline. Universal, who has world rights on the film has waited until the actors second term as Governor of California concluded in 2011 before furthering the project.

“The Legend of Conan” will be produced by Fredrik Malmberg, of Paradox Entertainment who holds the rights to Conan and Chris Morgan, the Universal-based writer and producer who worked on the “Fast and The Furious” series.

‘The Goverrnator’ made his acting debut in 1982 as Conan the Barbarian, sparking his career, which was amplified shortly thereafter with his starring role in the Terminator series.

The Legend of Conan, which will feature the aged Nordic warrior nearing the end of his life and is slated for 2014.

 

Lazlow Saved Grand Theft Auto’s Radio Station Master Recordings from Superstorm Sandy


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Lazlow Jones co-wrote the radio scripts for all the Grand Theft Auto games (save Chinatown Wars, of course) going back to III, and appears as a radio personality in all of the games. He also, evidently, has all of the master copies of the recordings. In his home. Which is on Long Island. Or, well, a barrier island off Long Island.

Ordinarily this isn’t much of a problem until Hurricane Sandy came barreling in late October, and Long Island was whomped particularly bad by the mega storm or whatever it was at that stage. In a visit to the Opie & Anthony Show last week, where Lazlow’s a regular guest, he related what his priorities were as the storm came barreling in.

1. Get the GTA III master recording.
2. Get the GTA: Vice City master recording.
3. Get the GTA: San Andreas master recording.
4. You get the idea.

“My studio is on the ground floor,” he said on the show. “That’s where GTA 3, Vice City, San Andreas, all those masters like the full recordings with Axl Rose and everything. I mean, all this stuff,” he said. “I started freaking out and grabbing, just boxes of masters and putting it up on the second floor. Cause I was like ‘I’m not going to let this stuff get ruined.'”

Asked if he was storing the recordings elsewhere, Lazlow said he’d learned he shouldn’t “keep a lot of amazing masters from some epic video games on the ground floor near a sand bar.”

If you’re curious if he said anything about Grand Theft Auto V, he did, but only to say the game was due in the coming spring.

 

Newtown shooting reignites violent games debate


Lieberman, Axelrod and others raise questions about violent entertainment in wake of mass shootings

Newtown shooting reignites violent games debate

In the wake of Friday’s Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting, the big question for politicians, pundits, and the public is what can be done to prevent tragedies like this from happening again. The loudest, most frequent calls for change have come on the topics of gun control and mental health, but the influence of violent video games has also been brought into the conversation.

One of the longest-standing critics of media violence, Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, discussed the shooting in an appearance on The Wall Street Journal’s The Markets Hub. After access to guns and proper mental health care, Lieberman brought up violent games as a third issue in need of addressing.

“We’ve got to again start the conversation about violence in the entertainment culture,” Lieberman said. “Obviously not everybody who plays a violent video game becomes a killer, but the social science is pretty clear here. Particularly for people who are vulnerable because they do have mental problems, the violence in our entertainment culture stimulates them to act out.”

Time political columnist Joe Klein raised his own concerns with violent entertainment in an appearance on ABC’s This Week.

“We not only have a Second Amendment in this country, we also have a First Amendment that protects Sylvester Stallone’s right to fire thousands of bullets in any given movie,” Klein said. “What we need to do in this society is treat people who create violent movies and violent video games with the same degree of respect we accord pornographers. They need to be shunned.”

David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, expressed his own misgivings on Twitter Monday night, saying, “In NFL post-game: an ad for shoot ’em up video game. All for curbing weapons of war. But shouldn’t we also quit marketing murder as a game?”

It’s possible that the National Rifle Association, already on the defensive over gun control in the wake of the shootings, may try to shift some of the focus to violent media. Fox News today cites an “industry source” with news that the group’s scheduled Friday press conference will see it “push back” against those who look at gun control as a silver bullet solution to the problem.

“If we’re going to have a conversation, then let’s have a comprehensive conversation,” the source told Fox News. “If we’re going to talk about the Second Amendment, then let’s also talk about the First Amendment, and Hollywood, and the video games that teach young kids how to shoot heads.”

Outside of the gaming industry, the debate over violent games has been largely quiet since the US Supreme Court last year struck down a California law that would have prohibited the sale of violent or sexually explicit games to minors. Within the industry, it has continued unabated after an assortment of particularly violent trailers at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.

 

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