Archive for July, 2012


Welcome to the very first Pandaren Ponderings! Thats right, from now until I deem it “done” this will be a semi regular article I will be writing on World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. As of this moment the game is in a closed beta state and anything and everything I report on is subject to change. The good thing here is that I have no NDA so whatever I see or do I can talk about and show off to you fine people, so lets strap in and talk about my favorite MMO and hopefully yours too if you’re reading this!

Where to begin, this whole expansion is rather overwhelming to be honest. I’m honestly not sure if we’ve ever seen this much new content going into the game at once. But I suppose we’ll start this week with the logical and most obvious addition. The Pandaren themselves. I’m not going to bore/spoil story for those of you who don’t know or want to know how we get here so here’s the juicy bits. Continue reading

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Warcraft: Pandaren Invasion Date!

9-25-12! Mark your calendars put in for your time off or plan your ‘sick’ days. Thats when the fourth expansion for World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria shall be released into the wild! But they’re not invading us oh no it’s US invading THEM! Eeep! Anyways on to the goodies. The game will be available for the first time ever in 3 flavors!:

Standard Box/Standard Digital: for 39.99 you will get the standard edition game just the content with no fluff in your choice of a digital download or a box copy if you prefer the retail route.

Digital Deluxe: New for the first time it’s basically a digital version of the collectors edition. For 59.99 you’ll get the standard game via digital download as well as the Imperial Quilen flying Mount (WoW’s version of a Fu dog + wings if you ask me), the Lucky Quilen cub vanity pet a smaller way too cute version of the mount to follow you around.  Also included are other Blizzard game bonuses a banner accent and sigil set for Diablo III and a set of profile pictures for Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, Infested Orc and Night Elf Templar.

Collectors Edition: Finally ringing in at 79.99 (and my box of choice since I started, can’t help it) the boxed collectors edition gives you everything listed above as well as : A dvd/blu-ray behind the scenes and making of info, a CD soundtrack (worth the price of admission alone here, seriously always good music on this) and a mouse mat featuring my favorite Pandaren and yours, Chen Stormstout.

Good to finally have the details on all this. Now navigate either physically or via the interwebs to your store of choice and make your preorder!

Keep tuned in for more Mists of Pandaria news here. August 16th will see the premier of the games cinematic at Gamescon!  I’ll be sure to cover that and I’m slowly working on an ongoing feature for the game as best I can with my currently gimped beta access. Hoping to have more out soon!

Trailer: Branded

Looks like we have something a bit fun and different for you all today. Here is a trailer for the new film, Branded starring Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor, and Max von Sydow:

Here is a synopsis for the movie:

Branded (which stars Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor, and Max von Sydow) is set in a surreal, dystopian society where mega corporations have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population disillusioned, dependent and passive. One man, however, is finally able to see the aliens behind the scheme. His quest to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with the hidden forces that really control our world.  Branded is in theaters September 7th. Continue reading

If you asked me a few years back who Freddie Wong was, I would be at a loss for words. I was only exposed to his work a year or so ago. Stumbling upon an amazing Portal gun video, I immediately looked up all of his other now famous works. From Rocket Jump to his Real Life Mario Kart, all his effects based comedy videos are wonderfully produced and a joy to watch for gamers and indie film enthusiasts. His most recent work is a continued collaboration with Brandon Laatsch and titled Video Game High School, an episodic, comedic action oriented  web series based on a fictional High School for video game characters, was extremely well received by the throngs of normally very critical reviewers known as the common internet viewer. (Editor: Ha! Wordplay.) A second season, we are told, will soon follow.

But that is not why Freddie and Brandon were there at RTX. Well, it is, and it isn’t. They, similar to the ladies and gentlemen at Rooster Teeth, have made a name for themselves and are now (at least semi-)famous from their work online. Their keynote was on how to make and market media for the masses and the upcoming area of media of creative independent media. Continue reading

RTX 2012: Interview with Grace Helbig

Daily Grace
First off, let me apologize for the audio situation. Due to a huge pre-interview mix-up Steven ended up working with someone who clearly over-estimated their filming equipment; thus we have been left with lessened audio and an awkward filming angle. To clarify, this person is not and will never be affiliated with Constantly Calibrating or SilverHam Media.

Still, do not let these facts discourage you for if you do you will miss out on a highly entertaining interview from the master of charismatic encounters, Mr. Steven Needham (@DarthSir).

While I wasn’t present for this interview, let me just say that it ranks as one of my favorite from RTX. It’s a travesty that we don’t have better audio and video for it, but I’m sure we’ll talk to Grace more in the future. She is a sweet, hilarious, and overall amazing person. You should go check her out in all the places she resides: Twitter, YouTube, & Tumblr.

RTX 2012: Burnie Burns

Burnie Burns

Burnie Burns voices Church, Lopez, Epsilon, and many more on Red vs Blue.

Shortly after our interview with Gus we were given a few minutes to chat with Burnie Burns, CEO and Co-Founder of Rooster Teeth. You might also know Burnie as Church, Vic, Epsilon, and many, many more characters on Red vs Blue. Burnie is also the writer of RvB.

I have said this numerous times over the last week, but Burnie is the nicest person I have met in my entire life. I’m blown away by how friendly and forthcoming he is with any and all fans; media included.