We’re Moving!

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Hello all,

I hope this finds you well. The Nerd Press is currently in the process of moving from one web host to another. While I’ve enjoyed my time with WordPress, I’m looking for something a little different.

You can check out all of the new content at http://www.thenerdpress.wix.com/thenerdpress until I get the domain updated, and once that’s been done, the link to this site will automatically move you over to the new one!

Thanks!

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Mafia III Officially Revealed

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Earlier today (overnight for many of us) Mafia III was revealed at Gamesome in Germany. This official reveal comes after many rumors and a bit of teasing on the part of the publisher, 2K. Said teasing seems to be in the vein of the way Bethesda handled the reveal of Fallout 4, and I wouldn’t be surprised if more games are introduced in this fashion.

It appears that this entry into what is, in my opinion, one of the most under-appreciated video game series’ of the past few generations, will place us in the bayous of Louisiana following the Vietnam War. According to GameSpot, Mafia III will tackle issues surrounding racism and war, and will also turn the tables on the series, gearing a focus more toward dismantling the mob rather than serving it. Very little is known so far, but it looks like the main character will be Lincoln Clay, a war veteran who seems to have turned to crime after living life on the frontline, not unlike Vito Scaletta, the protagonist of the most recent entry into the series.

I found a few things worth noting in this trailer, the first of which being that the main protagonist is biracial, which is something that is still criminally underrepresented in the gaming industry.

Second, it appears that this entry into the Mafia series may not just focus on the Italian mob, but may also delve into other crime syndicates considering the appearances of the other characters featured in the trailer.

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Mafia III’s new “family”.

Third, the gray-haired fellow in the trailer appears to be Vito from Mafia II, which makes me (and I’m sure other fans of the series) very happy.

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I’m very excited for this game, and it’s almost instantly been catapulted into my most-anticipated list for the near future.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think!

Final Fantasy XII Apparently Getting a Remake

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Though I’m not a massive Final Fantasy fan by any stretch of the imagination (always fancied myself as much more of a Chrono Trigger guy), and I’ve never even picked up a copy of FFXII, I felt the need to report on this bizarre bit of news because it occurred in the strangest locations… my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

Apparently, at the Distant Worlds concert Saturday night, composer Arnie Roth let it slip that a remake is coming.

While it’s definitely possible that Roth confused the term “remake” (think the recently announced FFVII remake) with “remaster” (more along the lines of 2013/2014’s FFX HD port), either direction this story takes will be of interest to fans of the series.

It’s certainly not hard to imagine that this would be a nice piece of fan service, as well as a way for Square-Enix to generate some buzz for the other Final Fantasy titles coming in the future.

I still just find it completely bizarre that this slipped out in what used to be one of the most blue-collar, hard-nosed, steel towns in the country, and not some super technological epicenter like Japan… but I guess Pittsburgh has always kind of been a little different.

Final Trailer for the Fantastic Four Reboot Released

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The newest, and apparently final, trailer for the Fantastic Four reboot is looking much better than many suspected given the relatively quick and mum nature of the film’s production.

The teaser is definitely worth the watch, and you get to the see the family of superheroes use their powers a bit more liberally than any of the other promotional pieces that have been released.

Given some of the drama surrounding the film, as well as the less than lukewarm audience expectations, the new trailer prods one to wonder if they’re pulling back the curtain a bit to drum up interest from potential viewers.

Check it, let me know what think. Hard to believe August 7th is already right around the corner.

Warner Bros. Releases Comic-Con Teaser for Suicide Squad

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Earlier today, the first-look for Suicide Squad that was shown at San Diego Comic-Con was officially uploaded YouTube in all of it’s HD glory. This, of course, comes after a second-hand video shot from a phone was released over the weekend, as well as an action packed trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

This is the first time we’ve gotten a good look at all of he main characters in the flick, and it looks like a cartoonishly manical romp. Still processing my feelings on Harley Quinn’s voice and the Joker’s new look, but I think I’m going to reserve judgement until we see more in-depth footage.

Check it out:

The Comic-Con Teaser for X-Men Apocalypse Has Leaked

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UPDATED 7/13/15 8:59 AM EDT:

Predictably so, some shaky cell phone video of the X-Men Apocalypse teaser shown to the lucky folks at San Diego Comic-Con has leaked.

If what I’m seeing is correct, it looks like Storm, Archangel, Magneto, and even Charles Xavier Psylocke may be the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse.

Check out the video while it’s still available, as there are never really any promises with these kinds of things. The video isn’t hosted by YouTube though, so it may stick around a little longer than others of its nature. Maybe if it’s shared enough, Fox will release the clip to the public? Wishful thinking.

Trailer Here

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Has Passed Away

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Sad news for the world of video gaming today as Nintendo officially released a statement earlier today that company president, Satoru Iwata, has passed away due to complications from a growth on his bile duct.

Iwata was forced to miss last year’s E3 festivities due to health concerns over said issue, and showed up to an investor’s meeting in November looking alarmingly thin, sparking concern from those in and outside of the company.

Originally joining Nintendo as a programmer for HAL Laboratories in the 1980s, Iwata worked his way up from being one of the contributors to the games Balloon Fight and Earthbound, to taking the reigns as president from 2002 onward.

During Iwata’s tenure, Nintendo saw the release of the Gamecube, Nintendo DS, Wii, 3DS, and Wii U, each to varying degrees of success spanning the gap from disappointingly unsuccessful to cultural phenomenon.

Iwata was 55 years old.