Level 5 Trolling
If this is old news, forgive me I just found it and thought it was hilarious:
Level 5 Studios (the company most noted for the Professor Layton series) was having their 15th year anniversary this week. Along with discounted game prices, part of the celebration was to make a wallpaper featuring player voted favorite characters. Unfortunately for Level 5, the voting of these characters quickly came under attack by trolls who hijacked the results and submitted obscure minor characters instead. The final list included the airplane from Aero Porter in first place with 46,000 votes.
Rather than toss out the votes and start over, Level 5 just rolled with it and produced the wallpaper with the skewed results anyway. You can download the wallpaper here: www.level5.co.jp/15th/vote/
I think what I love most about this is that they actually went with the airplane. The inanimate object from the Aero Porter games gets TOP BILLING on the poster. That's hilarious. Kudos to you, Level 5 Studios. You guys are awesome.
Pacific Rim Beaten by Adam Sandler Sequel
Guillermo Del Toro has had it rough. He was kicked out of the director's chair for The Hobbit when MGM's financial problems collapsed, his big budget horror movie At the Mountains of Madness was canceled because he refused to compromise on the R rating, and his most recent big blockbuster epic about giant robots fighting sea monsters Pacific Rim was beaten out by a shitty Adam Sandler sequel and Despicable Me 2.
I... don't even really know what to say about that. This is like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter being beaten out by a Rob Schneider movie. This is almost like when Scott Pilgrim got beaten out by The Expendables. It's just such a sobering reminder that for however awesome and "in" our geek creed has become to the mainstream, we're still very very niche to the "average" American audience.
This isn't to say the movie has done poorly, it hasn't. It's done quite well actually. But the symbolism behind this is just too depressing. www.escapistmagazine.com/news/…