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G.I. Joe Retaliation Looks Good

I’ve never made it a secret that I was not a fan of the first G.I. Joe movie.  I thought it was a fun summer popcorn flick but it was not faithful to the G.I. Joe that I grew up with.  I won’t go as far to say the film raped my childhood like Transformers, but it was close.

Imagine my surprise when I watched the first trailer for the new Joe movie and found myself enjoying it.  Well, it got even more impressive after this latest trailer.  The movie looks like it will be fun and seems to better embrace the G.I. Joe concept I remember from the cartoons and comics growing up.  That and The Rock is in it, and I have always been a fan of The Rock.  Check out the trailer and let me know what you think.

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All Things Good And Nerdy Episode 1

One of the things I mentioned in my return post last night is that I had become involved in a new podcast called All Things Good And Nerdy.  The podcast focuses on a variety of topics and records weekly.  We have been setting up livestreaming and the plan is to livestream each new episode.  Afterwards, the recordings will be placed on YouTube and the audio uploaded to an RSS feed.  As soon as Apple approves it, the podcast will be carried on iTunes.

My friend Josh has spearheaded the effort going into this podcast.  We’ve been making use of his channel on Twitch.tv for the livestream.  He also livestreams video games on a regular basis so make sure to check out his stream for some gaming fun.  It can be found on Twitch.tv.  Also, Naki from OneNerdyCupcake and ScienceFiction.com is onboard as a regular panelist.

This week on the podcast we started off talking about a variety of topics.  Those topics included The Avengers movie, Diablo III, the opening of Pottermore to the public, the future of Halo 4, and much much more.  The entire podcast was about 2 hours long so there were a lot of subjects covered.  It was a lot of fun to do, and I hope you all would be willing to give it a chance.  The YouTube version of the video is embedded below.  As soon as I have the audio available I will post it too.

Big News aka I’m Back

I know things have been quiet here around the Nerds of the Round Table.  First off, I would like to apologize.  I’ve gotten the opportunity spread out and become involved in some new nerdy projects.  While I was getting started with these new projects I let things slide here.  Well, my intent is to come back and start posting once more.  Right now I’m looking at 2-3 posts a week on this site.

In addition to my work here I have started working over at 411Games as a games reviewer and a columnist.  I’ve had the opportunity to review a couple games now.  One was an Xbox Live game entitled Diabolical Pitch and then MLB 12: The Show.  These reviews gave me the chance to play games I wouldn’t normally play and then tell people what I thought about them.  It has been fun to work on.  I’ve also got a weekly news column that I write on 411Games.  The column is called Around The Gaming World and I try to cover news topics for all the major consoles plus a story I deem the news of the week.  The column is posted weekly on Friday and it would be great if you all wanted to check it out. Due to my work on 411Games I expect that the bulk of my video game coverage will take place there.

In addition to starting work with 411Games I have just become a regular panelist on a new weekly podcast called All Things Good And Nerdy.  So far we are only one episode into the podcast but it’s been a lot of fun.  We are doing the podcast live and then putting the video stream on YouTube.  In addition to that we recently started the process of getting the podcast listed on iTunes.  All of the audio podcasts are online now too.  Look for another post detailing the podcast.

Needless to say, its been a busy couple of months.  But I think things are calming down now and I can start putting some time back into Nerds of the Round Table.  Thanks for sticking with me folks!

Take Back The Earth In Mass Effect 3

Update: BioWare has released the extended cut of the trailer.  Its even better!

During The Walking Dead there was a new commercial released for Mass Effect 3.  I will say this much, it proves that Commander Shepard is a certifiable badass.

The Avengers Super Bowl Trailer

I love this trailer.  Marvel released an extended cut of the trailer shown during the Super Bowl and it is awesome.  Robert Downey Jr. continues to own the role of Tony Stark and the scene with all of the Avengers back-to-back preparing to fight looks like something straight out of a comic book.  I cannot wait for this movie!

Mass Effect 3 Voice Cast

BioWare has been releasing some pretty cool video documentaries leading up to the release of Mass Effect 3.  The latest video features the voice cast of the upcoming game.  Is anyone else as surprised as I am that they got so many Hollywood names to participate in the game?  Check out the video below, it seems to be spoiler free to me.

 

 

Empire Magazine Covers The Avengers

Empire Magazine has gotten some big scoops on upcoming superhero movies like The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers.  They continue this trend by getting exclusive magazine covers for the upcoming Marvel movie The Avengers.  Probably one of the coolest is the ‘subscriber only’ cover featuring a chunk of the ensemble cast in costume.  It looks pretty cool to see a collection of The Avengers in one place.

It seems that in this cover art that Tony Stark is wearing an older version of the Iron Man armor as he once again has the round arc reactor in place.  At the end of Iron Man 2 Stark had created a new arc reactor that was triangular in shape.  I noted this irregularity in some of the earlier artwork for the Avengers and didn’t understand why Stark would be using old armor in the Avengers.  Turns out the folks at Empire Magazine can shed some light on that.

Now that sort of makes sense that Tony Stark would make use of multiple suits or armor in the movie and explains why a good deal of the promo artwork features the round arc reactor.  My theory is that something happens to critically damage the current Iron Man armor.  As such, Tony will be forced to use the older Iron Man armor and the arc reactor that will slowly kill him.

Empire also released covers featuring each individual character.  These are featured in the gallery below.  They seem to be the same character pictures just with different backgrounds.  Is it time for this movie to come out yet? I’m really ready for the Avengers on the big screen.

The Day the LOLcats Died (due to SOPA/PIPA)

I realize that yesterday was the internet blackout in opposition to SOPA/PIPA but I’m not done sharing my opposition yet.  But this time its in a funny video form that is just too good to pass up sharing.  Please everyone, lets save those LOLcats.

On Strike to Oppose SOPA and PIPA

I’m sure those of you in the United States have heard about the two pieces of legislation attempting to be passed.  This would be the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).  Both of these pieces of legislation threaten to fundamentally break the Internet.  But why should people be opposed to either SOPA or PIPA?

Here’s a simple takeaway of how SOPA will affect the internet courtesy of Wikipedia.

The originally proposed bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who makes the request, the court order could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a crime, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison for ten such infringements within six months. The bill also gives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable for damages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement.

The spirit of the law is to protect copyright holders which is a legitimate thing.  However, the method used to enforce these copyright protections is far too  punishing.  One provision, which seems to have been shelved for now, is the ability for the US government to blacklist DNS addresses.  Specifically if one of my writers posted an article that linked to a YouTube video or picture that someone makes a copyright claim on I am held liable.  This could even be held true if someone links a YouTube video or copyrighted image in a comment.  Not only am I held liable but the US can then choose to blacklist my domain name.  This means that if you’re in the US and you type in http://www.nerdsoftheroundtable.com or search for it on Google you will not be able to find the web-site.  The internet is fundamentally broken by this action!

There are many people who oppose both SOPA and PIPA.  This includes sites such as Google, Yahoo!, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla Corporation, Roblox, Reddit, the Wikimedia Foundation, and human rights organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the ACLU, and Human Rights Watch.

To show support for the defeat of SOPA and PIPA some web-sites are even shutting down for a day.  Earlier this month Reddit announced plans to shutdown their site for the entire day on January 18th.  Additionally, Wikipedia announced that in an unprecedented move they would shut down their site for the entire day on January 18.  WordPress has also announced methods to express you opposition to SOPA and PIPA.  I will be making use of their tools to this and if you use WordPress I encourage you to do so as well.

Personally, I think it would great if sites like Facebook or Google shutdown for the day.  Can you imagine the impact if people couldn’t update their Facebook status or search Google for things?  SOPA has the ability to damage both these sites and showing just how much they would be missed would have a great impact on people.

I have been opposed to SOPA since I first read of it and heard a good deal of background on This Week in Tech (TWiT).  To show my opposition to the act I even updated the site logo to reflect opposition to censorship.  Clicking on this link leads one to AmericanCensorship.org, a site dedicated to the opposition of both SOPA and PIPA.  This site also features multiple ways to oppose both SOPA and PIPA.  My hope would be that if you oppose these pieces of legislation check the site to see how you can help defeat the passing of these laws.

In an effort to express my support in defeating both SOPA and PIPA the Nerds of the Round Table will be going dark on January 18th.  No new posts, no tweets, no Facebook updates everything will be shutdown for the day.  I have no expectation that I have anywhere near the influence of Wikipedia or Reddit but I want to do my part to help defeat SOPA and PIPA.  Please join in and do that same.

The Dark Knight Rises Sweded Trailer

If you saw the movie Be Kind Rewind you are familiar with this concept.  A movie or in this case a movie trailer is recreated using little to no special effects or costuming budget.  However, the actors play it straight like this is a legitimate movie trailer.  The sweded version of The Avengers was quite funny and so is this one.

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