5 Great Moments in E3 History

This will just be a shorty today as I happen to have a fair amount of birthday drinking ahead of me, but with E3 coming up in just a couple days this is an opportune time to refresh your brain muscles on a few notable moments in the video game expo’s colourful history, starting above with my personal favourite: the Giant Enemy Crab from Sony’s disastrous 2006 conference.

Some of these clips may be less accessible than I would like for the non-gamers among you, so apologies for that. Maybe you just had to be there/watching on a livestream/into the little twists and machinations of the industry in general. Whatever the case, I’m sure Konami’s numerous failures should be entertaining to all, at least.

Incidents like the crab are fairly rare during the major pressers from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Thankfully we have the minor conferences to look forward to! Continue reading 5 Great Moments in E3 History

DC Comics Gays Up Green Lantern, This Time Literally

As this happens to be another news item combining topics that I generally have no real investment in, I’ll attempt to put aside my usual initial reaction to stories like this – that of a nearly-audible shrug and a mouse scroll to the next RSS item – and tackle it from a more intellectual perspective, if a rather detached and fairly cynical one.

Quoth KOMO for due diligence:

Green Lantern, one of DC Comics’ oldest and most enduring heroes, is serving as a beacon for the publisher again, this time as a proud, mighty and openly gay hero.

The change is revealed in the pages of the second issue of “Earth 2” out next week, and comes on the heels of what has been an expansive year for gay and lesbian characters in the pages of comic books from Archie to Marvel and others.

So, that’s great, right? No real reason not to do this and considering that the number on my calendar says “2012”, maybe a tad surprising that DC hasn’t already done it. Hats off to y’all! It’s a good thing to see more of. There are few caveats, however.

First, it’s a multiverse thing, which lessens the impact somewhat once you realize that this particular Green Lantern ain’t Hal Jordan but, uh, the other guy, James Robinson, whose name I wouldn’t even know off-hand without reading the article. Hey, I’m only a casual fan of comics, mostly Marvel stuff, so when I do dabble in DC it’s usually just to see whatever cameos Ambush Bug has been making lately. Continue reading DC Comics Gays Up Green Lantern, This Time Literally