Casting Update: Half-Life: The Movie

Back in January, threeandahalfthumbs was first to report that comedian Louis C.K. had signed on to play crowbar-wielding theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman in Warner Brothers upcoming adaptation of the popular video game series Half-Life.

Four scripts and two directors later, Producer Michael Bay is only too happy to shine the spotlight back upon what he is calling a “cast for the ages.”

“We’ve just signed Rosie O’Donnell,” Bay said, outside the New York premier of Transformers 4: No Fear In Fourth Gear. “She’s Lamarr, Gordon’s sarcastic pet headcrab. She’s kind of a Robin to Gordon’s Batman. Their relationship really gives the film its narrative thrust.”

When asked if O’Donnell would be suiting up as the mutated pest or simply voicing it, Bay responded, “You’ll have to wait and see.”


The Jazz Age–In Stunning, 8-Bit Graphics Technology

Experience the thrill of the roaring twenties in…The Great Gatsby, for your Nintendo Entertainment System!

You are Nick Carraway, a World War I veteran, now caught up in the hustle and bustle of High Society. With your trusty newsboy cap, fight your way through a sea of drunks, debutantes and even the ghosts of your own past!

Drama, Romance, Bootlegging and Murder. Can you escape the divine, gazing eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg? Do you have what it takes to reach the green light at the end of Buchanan’s dock–representing the ideal vision of your true love, Daisy? Only those with strong moral character will witness the exciting conclusion of…The Great Gatsby.

Strategy guide available from CliffsNotes.

Play The Great Gatsby.

“It’s a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too–didn’t cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect?” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nintendo Power magazine, April, 1925.

Enjoy, Old Sport!


Saturday Nostalgia Trip

Nothing beats sleeping in on a Saturday and then waking up to relax with some video games. In my youth, it was cereal and Mega Man games. Now it’s coffee and Mass Effect 2. Well, I still have cereal too.

I love starting my Saturdays watching¬† Screw Attack and AVGN. Today’s were especially fun as they were all about Mega Man and old-school Star Wars games.

The Screw Attack guys have no love for Mega Man 10’s Sheep Man. I found it to be a clever nod to Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? He even shoots electricity at you. Mega Man got literary and no one cared.

Top 10 Robot Masters

And of course, you gotta love The Nerd. Today he took on the early Star Wars games. Yes, I actually played these games. I always looked forward to those weekend trips up the street to the video store. Walking down the aisles trying to pick out a game based on how cool the cover looked. Of course, with Star Wars games, they were Star Wars. It didn’t matter what the cover looked like. That’s what I was picking out to rent.

Fair warning, The Nerd is as foul-mouthed and NSFW-Language as you can get. Also, he is a big fan of scatological humor. Don’t say I didn’t warn you:

Star Wars games








So, enjoy your Saturday, play some games with friends or loved ones.

Choose The Force


Unitology, Necromorphs and Zero-G Basketball

Dead Space is just one of those games that is just as fun every time you play it. Perfect atmosphere for its dark sci-fi/horror tale of religious zealotry breaking out among a mining population. These problems began to escalate when the crew of the planet-cracking starship found a mysterious “marker” on the planet below. The subversive cult saw the mysterious power of the marker as a sign from their god in their already established religious doctrine.

The first time you play the game, you’re just like: “Holy Sh–, thing just tried to eat my eyes out!” and “Sever the head! sever the head!” But then the second time it’s like: “Oh there are some crazy cult people on this ship…” Then, when you are sorely anticipating Dead Space 2 and you’re pretty sure you won’t have enough¬† money to buy it so you then decide to just play through the first one again. At last you see, “Oh. This is obviously a satire of Scientology,” and then of course, “If it’s so obvious, why didn’t I notice it the first two times?”

Like any good sci-fi series, the second book is all about bigger and better. So, I was very pleased to see this article. The irony of a new science-fiction series directly attacking and satirizing a real-life religion actually founded by a famous science-fiction author: priceless.