LFL pushed the nostalgia angle – not surprising with the DVD release and 30-year anniversary.
The big news is LFL flying in 200 501st members and other costumed fans to take part in 2007’s Tournament of Roses Parade. Not much new about Celebration IV – at least the one in L.A. But it was announced that LFL plans to hold another con next year – Celebration Europe, in London next July.
And we finally get something to go on with one of the TV shows – the animated show will take place late in the Clone Wars, and Anakin, Obi-Wan, Yoda and others will appear.
And it looks like the Secrets of 07 mystery is indeed a game. Focused on the Force and set between ROTS and ANH, it’ll contain both existing and new characters.
In short, there’s a lot going on, so be sure to read the starwars.com report. There are several video clips from the Spectacular available for Hyperspace members as well.
The New York Times takes a look at Jim Ward’s turnaround of Lucasarts.
Clive Thompson thinks science fiction comes across better in games than film, using Star Wars as his example. As a SW fan who has never really played a Star Wars game – or most other sci-fi themed games – I’m not really qualified to agree or disagree. Thoughts? (via SF Signal)
Gamasutra talks to Michael Rubin, the author of Droidmaker: George Lucas and the Digital Revolution. This being a game site, the interview is mostly about LucasArts, but interesting nonetheless.
Also, Ballblazer has to be the funniest game title ever. (via Wookieenews)
Changes made to Star Wars Galaxies are alienating the games’ long-term fans. Among other things, the game redesign took place two weeks after the release of the Trials of Obi-Wan expansion pack, which promised upgrades to several character classes that ended up being terminated. Harsh.
The double-punch of the Revenge of the Sith DVD and Battlefront II have generated $210 million dollars so far.
ETA: Records! Shattered!
Star Wars characters from the ROTS video game will rock out to Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Take Me Out’ on MTV2’s Video Mods tomorrow. The video features Anakin on vocals, Obi-Wan on guitar, Mace Windu on bass, Yoda on drums, and is sure to be a favorite of drunken JadeCon audiences come August.
Star Wars: A Video Games Saga is an overview of GFFA electronic games from the Golden Age to the latest release.
If you got a bit lost in the flurry of fanboy love that came with the movie trailer, you might have missed the release of the trailer for the ROTS video game. More fleshed-out on the actual game than the earlier previews, it gives us an early glimpse of what to expect from Lucasfilm in the way of CGI sets and weaponry… And some VERY interesting possibilities for the finished film itself. But it IS only a video game, and these things ARE variable… but it’s a gold mine of nebulous hints to poke and prod at, and isn’t that part of the fun of the spoiler penthouse?
I’m not quite sure what to think of this, but Dungeon Majesty features four women who not only play Dungeon’s & Dragons, but allow themselves to be filmed in costume. (Sorry Karrdes – I don’t see any chainmail.) The teaser is very Land of the Lost. On crack. (via Metafilter)
While I’m here, apparently October 15th was the 30-year anniversy of D&D. Whoo? Yay?
And if while this has absolutely nothing to do with D&D except for being, well, another RPG, White Wolf has relaunched their popular Vampire system. This is notable as looking at the pictures in Vampire: The Masquerade is the closest I’ve ever come to an actual RPG. (Well, outside of all that WEG stuff I bought back in my fangirl days.)
Obviously, we need someone who knows something about gaming to blog about it.