Who Put Star Wars In My Angry Birds?

Because the world simply can not get enough Angry Birds, and even after 30 years, enough Star Wars – the two brands are about to collide.  Yep, ‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ is headed to your  iOS device, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone or Windows 8 on November 8th.

The game is reportedly a whole new game and not just, “Angry Birds dressed up as Star Wars characters,” says Paul Southern, vice president of licensing and consumer products marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd. “They are characters in their own right.”  An example is that the Red Bird will have a Luke Skywalker look.

It seems that this game will be a spinoff of the Angry Birds Space game that is a wholly different from the original Angry Birds by adding gravitational physics into the mix.  The design will add Star Wars theming throughout as other Star Wars characters will be represented like Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi and the famously evil pigs will be Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and the “dark side”.

The release of this game falls on the heels of the successful release of the current iTunes store leader, Bad Piggies.  There will be both free and paid versions.

And if you think there is a plethora of Angry Birds toys now, just wait till there are Star Wars versions.

Simply the Nerdiest Xbox Ever

Microsoft has announced the release of a new bundle pack for Xbox360 that achieves a higher state of nerd than Halo, CoD, or any other game brand bundle has before.

The Kinect Star Wars Bundle will go on sale April 3, 2012 it celebrates the release of the Star Wars game, Kinect Star Wars.  Yes, that means there is now going to be a game where you are the motion controller, using your whole body for:

Space battles: As you travel the Galaxy to face an evil that threatens to undermine the fabric of the Republic, you’ll engage with forces of the Empire in intense space battles

Speeder Bikes and Landspeeders: Pilot iconic Speeder Bikes and Landspeeders on your epic journey

New duels: Battle opponents like Count Dooku and Darth Vader on your journey to become a Jedi

· New Duels of Fate mode, a battle-by-battle experience to sharpen your Jedi skills against the Dark Side.

· NewGalactic Dance Off mode loaded with Star Wars-themed pop tunes where those still honing their Jedi skills can take a break to battle Darth Vader on the dance floor or bust a move “Solo style.”

Yes, there is a dancing Jedi segment of the game.  In fact, there is a C-3PO dance mode exclusive to this bundle.

Of course the console is dressed up in the R2D2 colorway, and the controller is a wonderfully shiny C-3PO gold.


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Star Wars Uncut Is Ready and Awesome

Since 2009 Casey Pugh has been asking the general public to re-film 473 different 15 second segments of the original Star Wars movie.

Now, the final version, the “Director’s Cut”,  is done for you to watch online and it’s such an achievement it might make you cry.

A version actually won an Oscar last year in the ‘interactive media’ category, but this is a newer, final version that is a great collective of fan-art.  Every 15 seconds the movie shifts, seamlessly, from one person’s version to another.  You will go from a crude CGI created scene to people acting in their office space to one with cats acting all the parts.  The variation of the same character’s costumes from scene to scene alone is worth watching.  Really, someday someone will write a doctoral thesis on this thing.

You can even go to the main site and just watch a random scene and sample the variety..

Here’s the full two hour movie.

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The Darth Vader You Didn’t Know Has Died

An uncountable number of Star Wars fans have fantasized about swinging a light saber as deftly as Darth Vader.

What many don’t know is that in, “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”, the person actually doing the swinging was a 60 year old world renown fencer, Bob Anderson.

Anderson died at the age of 89 at an English hospital and was the man behind the mask for the famous duel between Vader and his soon-to-find-0ut son, Luke in the beloved second movie of the series.  David Prowse, the man that was the actor behind the mask of Vader was unable to get the sword moves correct and ultimately it was left to Anderson to do the job.

Anderson represented Britain in the ’52 Olympics and ’50 and ’53 World Championships.  He went on to become a well respected stunt performer and appeared in everything from Bond movies, to The Princess Bride, to even appearances in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

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