Convention

NYCC 2010: ‘DC Universe Online’ Interview with Jim Lee

(c) 2009. Gage Skidmore.Jim Lee, highly venerated artist of Batman: Hush, All Star Batman and Robin, and many other DC, Marvel, and Image properties, was also at the Javits Center for New York Comic Con this past weekend, and he was kind enough to speak with a handful of journalists to discuss the recently-delayed DC Universe Online.

Mr. Lee, Executive Creative Director for the upcoming MMORPG, fielded questions about character creation, art direction, Shotgun Elvis, and more.  Each reporter at the roundtable was given a chance to ask a question, and, while not everyone followed that rule, we had a great discussion about the nature of the game and where it’s going, even though most of us were trying to stifle our fanboyism.

Open the Fridge would like to thank Mr. Lee and the people at Sony Online Entertainment for letting us have a chance to sit down, talk with them and, of course, drink the free beer that came with it!

Check out the sizzle trailer here that was discussed shown at the DCUO panel at NYCC and then read on for the interview!


What made you want to go from the written word in the comic to actually spearheading something like an MMO?

Jim Lee: I got into comics because I loved comics as a kid; I was very passionate about it. Same thing with games. I always played video games – Pong, at the beginning, Space Invaders – but the one that really got me hooked was Everquest. I just found something in an MMO that was very different then in a “normal” video game experience:  that’s community and playing against other people and having that kind of challenge of outwitting, outplaying other real people.  So when this opportunity came up at DC, when I heard they were interested in making an MMO, I said “Well, I have to be involved. This is something that I love playing, and I feel like I can contribute something meaningful.” So I guess they wisely let me come in. I think they needed someone to oversee the creative direction of the game, and obviously I knew something about DC Comics so that helped out. So here we are.

Hit the jump for the full interview!

NYCC 2010 Report: The Women of Battlestar Galactica

Ladies of BSG, from left to right: Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff, Nicki Clyne, Michelle Forbes

Four of Battlestar Galactica‘s most iconic characters gathered at NYCC on Saturday for a panel highlighting their roles on the now-dearly-departed sci-fi series.  Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck), Tricia Helfer (Number Six & other incarnations of herself), Nicki Clyne (Cally Tyrol), and Michelle Forbes (Admiral Helena Cain) sat down for a chat with the audience about motorcycles, pie, and strong women on television.

The moderator brought Katee and Tricia out first, and the two discussed their upcoming charity motorcycle ride from LA to New Orleans on behalf of the Gulf Restoration project.  They established their charity, Acting Outlaws, after an idea to make a film about the Van Buren sisters, the first women to ride across the US on motorcycles.  As Katee and Tricia pointed out, a female-driven historical film generates very little interest, so rather than have the opportunity to play them on the big screen, they will ride for charity in the spirit of the Van Burens.  Katee and Tricia are obviously very tight friends, that much was clear during their panel!  They’ve been riding motorcycles together for several years, and got started because they were tired of “riding bitch” (as Katee put it) behind their menfolk!

Read more about the panel after the jump!

NYCC 2010: ‘Captain America: Super Soldier’ First Look

Gameplay video of Captain America: Super Soldier. Please disregard the child. Please.

As events were winding down at NYCC on Sunday, OTF stopped by at the SEGA booth to talk with Next Level Games’ Brandon Gill, game director of the upcoming third-person action platformer, Captain America: Super Soldier, slated for release July of next year.

Stars and Stripes!

Captain America: Super Soldier is, at its core, a third-person action/platformer, intentionally grounded in reality (“We’re not doing anything like air combos or things like that,” Gill tells us) but rather is focused on melee fighting, the vibranium shield, and serum-aided acrobatics.

The game takes place entirely in a “massive castle complex in the Bavarian mountains where Hydra’s set up shop,” says Gill, but refrains from saying much more than that about the setting.  “The castle’s former owner is a well-known World War II Captain America character, I’m not going to tell you who it is, but you can probably take a guess. Hydra and Red Skull have taken over, and he’s kinda pissed about that.”

Do I feel Baron Zemo in our future?

Hit the jump for more details!

NYCC 2010: Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Hands-On!

After getting our hands on Marvel vs. Capcom 3 at NYCC last weekend, I think I can safely say that all of us here at Open the Fridge will be picking up the game when it comes out next spring.

The biggest thing that struck me is how tight the game is — and I mean that in many respects.

Shinkuu Hadouken!

The action is solid, responsive, and familiar, as the game maintains that fast-paced, over-the top action that you’ve come to expect from the MvC series.  The “Evolved VS. Fighting System,” as the combat is called, is crisp and precise, which juxtaposes nicely against the graphical onslaught to which you’re otherwise subjecting your eyeballs.  The 3-on-3 tag fighter is, fundamentally, the same game you know:  choose three fighters, choose three assist types, and let the fists fly!

Hit the jump for more of our impressions…

NYCC 2010: ‘X-Men The Arcade Game’ Coming to XBLA, PSN

At NYCC’s Marvel Games panel this past weekend, Marvel announced that Konami’s brilliant side-scrolling beat ’em up X-Men: The Arcade Game will be remade, arriving on the Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network. The title will feature multiple difficulties and drop-in/drop-out, online co-op gameplay (could we add more adjectives

NYCC 2010: So A Bionic Commando, A Pantsless Knight, A Master of Magnetism, and a Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing Walk Into a Game…

Get over here!

We keepers of the Fridge have returned to our respective headquarters, and we have plenty of New York Comic Con news to share!

First up, Capcom announced another four new characters that will be playable in the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom 3:  Nathan Spencer (Bionic Commando), Sir Arthur (Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins), Magneto, and – brace yourself – M.O.D.O.K.

The big question: how many hits until the armor comes off?

Yes, you will be able to play as the self-conscious, giant-headed Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, M.O.D.O.K.  I cannot say I was expecting that one at all, but I can say that it excites me when a game of this calibur can surprise even a jaded gamer like me.

While this officially nixes that rumored full roster, a lot of the names have indeed come up, like Spencer, Arthur, and Magneto, so I’m not discounting it entirely yet.

Sean, Tek, and I had a chance to play the long-awaited game; stay tuned for our hands-on impressions!  For now, though, hit the jump for gameplay videos of Arthur and Spencer!

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is slated for release in Spring 2011 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

“The Walking Dead” Sizzle Reel

AMC has just released a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel for its upcoming television adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.  Opening with a few words from the series’ creator (slumped underneath a pile of zombie bodies, of course), the video features a ton of new footage and some great insight from

Avengers, you may now Assemble.

With all of the news coming out of San Diego over the past few days, it’s hard to decided where to begin.  Marvel was the powerhouse presenter, and they had some great news. To kick off the Marvel panel on Saturday the 24th, Kevin Feige, Marvel’s President of Production, presented a

Searching for PAX in All the Wrong Places

[Thor and I were not the only ones who went to PAX East, of course.  According to estimates, over 60,000 PAXers were in attendance.  OTF guest contributor, Jay (3eeve), shares his thoughts on the inaugural East Coast gaming convention, both inside and outside the doors of the Hynes. –Ed.]

The Penny Arcade Expo. PAX. These words are synonymous with the gaming industry. The most important companies in electronic and tabletop gaming are all here, displaying their newest and most polished demos. Gaming rock stars like Chris Avellone happily imparted wisdom from one of many panels. Perhaps even more importantly, indie developers get a shot to strut their stuff. You can see real instruments, modified for use in Rock Band. You can find the most stunning Xbox Live Arcade titles. And more so than any other industry event, this one is for the fans. Basically, if there’s some sort of gaming medium you enjoy, there is a reason for you to attend. If E3 is the Mecca for our people, PAX is surely Medina.

This year marked the very first PAX East. Held in the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik brought their unique, wonderful, and influential event to the other side of the continent. They did not disappoint. The weekend kicked off with a stirring keynote speech by Wil Wheaton, followed by an immediate Q & A session for Gabe and Tycho. Then we were off to the races. Massive rooms of console and PC freeplay for all. Sign-ups for Dungeons & Dragons on two floors. Demos everywhere. Entire hallways devoted to tabletop games both famous and obscure. Any number of panels about all aspects of the industry.

I saw almost none of it.

PAX East: Fridgemaster’s List

As you probably suspected, there was much for us to do over the weekend.  PAX East is a rather sizable event, after all (moreso in population than in content.  For now.)  Still many opportunities presented themselves, and, while my attention was pulled all over Boston, I did what I could

PAX East Achievement GET!

What a weekend! More detailed posts will be coming soon but for now, I present, The Awesome List. Xbox 360 breakfast at the Msoft NERD (New England Research and Development) Center. Hands on with StarCraft 2 (Spoilers: It’s amazing) Hands on with the Microsoft Surface and the D&D tech demo.

Open the Fridge Heading to PAX East!

Dearest reader(s), I hope you’re ready to gorge, because this weekend Open the Fridge will be filling the shelves with a slice of the PAX East pie!  Thor and I will be heading up to Boston (I currently write this at the airport; I suspect Thor’s on his way tomorrow)