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Episode 19: DICE are the Good Guys, also Mark Hamill is not Helping

This week we’re talking about Mark Hamill’s comments on Twitter regarding the Force “killing” Luke Skywalker, meanwhile The Last Jedi is holding the lead in U.S. Blu-Ray sales. Also, Kotaku’s recent article on Rockstar Games and ‘Crunch’ in the Video Games industry, and how it may explain why DICE seems slower with updates than other companies. Lastly, Jade Raymond recently left EA Motive, the studio she founded, and the coverage may provide some clue as to why. But this seems to be a problem at EA, with execs and directors leaving Star Wars titles with alarming regularity. It’s almost like they don’t know what they’re doing with the Star Wars IP.

The Force “killed” Luke? Mark Hamill’s comments on Twitter

Rockstar Games, Crunch and DICE


http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2018/10/23/inside-rockstar-games-culture-of-crunch

The Last Jedi is still number 1 in Blu-Ray sales in the U.S.
https://www.the-numbers.com/home-market/bluray-sales/2018

Jade Raymond leaves EA Motive

Jade Raymond Has Left EA’s Motive Studios

Jade Raymond Leaves EA, Star Wars Video Games As Lost As Star Wars Movies

Samantha Ryan

Boba Fett is only MOSTLY dead
https://ew.com/movies/2018/10/26/star-wars-producers-halt-boba-fett-film/

Episode 18: The Balance of the Force and Saving What we Love

Three ideas that launch this week’s discussion. It all comes down to the lesson of The Last Jedi, a lesson that the Geeks and Gamers crowd sadly missed. Within lies a cautionary tale lest we miss the lesson ourselves.

First, will Kylo Ren be redeemed, and could Leia be the one to do it? Speculation on redemption and the balance of the Force. Second, a little more on the editor who fired Chuck Wendig from his Marvel comics, which springboards into a discussion about how to come together in the center between the extremes. Finally, a legal disclaimer from Lucasfilm replaces a list of fan sites and podcasts. What does that mean for the future of the Star Wars fan community? It probably means that professionalism and civility are rather important.  

Check out The Lost Prince of Alderaan: The Fall and Redemption of Ben Solo Part One

Excerpts from TheForce.Net’s interview with Mickey Capoferri, Senior Director of Online Content & Programming for Lucasfilm.

 

Episode 17: Chuck Wendig and the Feeding of Trolls

Chuck Wendig was fired from Marvel Comics on Friday, October 12th, and I have thoughts and opinions! I don’t like it, but I do understand it. Spoiler: It’s not really about politics, sorry about your feelings otherwise. Also, talking about how it was George Lucas himself who was making notes on Droid Autonomy–or as has been postulated for decades now, Artificial Intelligence and Sentience–as far back as 2002 during the production of Attack of the Clones. This is not a new idea, and it’s not the insertion of some new far-left ideology into Star Wars. Maybe you should read I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, published in 1950.

Episode 14: Redemption Stories and Mob Justice

This is a serious episode Talking about Anakin Skywalker’s redemption story and whether or not it still resonates with us. Why do we celebrate Vader’s killing of rebel soldiers in Rogue One, yet other evil deeds on film are considered gratuitous or glorification? Why do we accept violence and murder and consider that part of high art, yet other things are verboten? Also taking a hard look at this social media-fueled mob rule that has become so prevalent. What can the Star Wars saga teach us that can help us navigate today’s culture? A few ideas await your listening ears.

Episode 13: The Real Truth About Battlefront 2

I’ve got a comprehensive review of the Battlefront 2 Beta! But first, taking on the misinformation and confusion regarding Battlefront 2’s loot crate system. Be sure to read my full breakdown of one example of poor journalism from Forbes, of all places, listed below in the shownotes.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2: Answering Pay-to-Win Claims and Other Nonsense

Electronic Arts’ Thank-you Message to Fans

Source articles at Forbes:

‘Star Wars Battlefront 2’ Reveals Sweeping Changes After The Beta’s Pay-To-Win Accusations

Star Wars Battlefront 2’s Loot Boxes Seem Like They’re Going To Be A Serious Problem

Loot Boxes Aside, Battlefront 2’s Broken Star Cards Must Be Fixed Before Launch

Episode 12: Star Wars Rebels and Battlefront 2

Talking about the upcoming final season of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD, and the impending release of Battlefront 2 from Electronic Arts. Should we expect the impending doom of the Ghost Crew? Will any of our beloved Jedi survive? Perhaps they are not technically ‘Jedi’ at all, and that will be Lucasfilm’s continuity ‘out’ for surviving Darth Vader’s wrath, and they will avoid making Yoda a liar. There’s a new trailer out for Battlefront 2! It looks like a fantastic and massive game, but the jury is still out on it’s future development. How much will they expand it, and should they add the beloved Galactic Conquest feature down the road?

(Despite what I said in the episode, I have resurrected the voicemail line! Call in with your comments, questions or snide remarks!)

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Episode 11: How to Survive Director Drama

The sky(walker) is falling! Another Star Wars Director fired, and Kathleen Kennedy has no idea what she’s doing! Or does she? What are we to make of Colin Trevorrow leaving episode nine, and the return of J.J. Abrams? This episode takes a closer look at each situation. Is something wrong at Lucasfilm, or is it just a lot of drama?

Links:
Collider – Lawrence Kasdan talks about The Force Awakens

Indiewire – Michael Arndt talks about The Force Awakens

Empire – Q&A with Kennedy, Abrams and Kasdan

iO9 – Gareth Edwards’ take on Rogue One reshoots

Vanity Fair – Gareth Edwards talks about Tony Gilroy

Vulture – On the firing of Colin Trevorrow

Episode 9: Pablo Hidalgo and the Philosophy of the Force

I am joined by friend, voice actor, and mutual Star Wars aficionado S.W. Christopher. In this episode we’re tackling the recent spate of fan speculation brought on by Pablo Hidalgo of Lucasfilm’s Story Group, tweeting about the Force, Midichlorians, and whether or not Han Solo was Force Sensitive! What was Pablo actually saying? Will we ever actually know? And who is Supreme Leader Snoke? All these questions and more (except perhaps that last one)!

Episode 8: Sounding Like a Separatist

Michael O’Connor over at Retrozap has written an excellent piece on the politics of Star Wars. Trust me, it’s not boring. I think there is some excellent information in there. In this episode I go a little longer than normal, I review the piece, and offer my own commentary. I felt it necessary to provide a few clarifications from my perspective based on the article, but I really recommend you check it out for yourself. Very thought-provoking.

Links: Tolkien’s Vision of Liberty and Limited Government, Inside the VC and the NVA: The Real Story of North Vietnam’s Armed Forces

Episode 6: The Force Awakens

Now that the Blu-Rey* is out and I’ve had the opportunity to really absorb the film, where does it stand among the rest of the Star Wars saga? This is not a commentary or a review, but just me free-wheeling on the new characters, the old characters, my thoughts and feelings about the movie, and a little bit of speculation.

*swidt?

Episode 5: Star Wars Rebels

Finally back after a long hiatus! Apologies for the long delay, but I’m possessed with a new focus and new energy, and a solid idea of where the show is headed. This week talking about Star Wars Rebels and that wonderful Season Two finale, Twilight of the Apprentice! Is Ahsoka alive or dead? What happened between her and Darth Vader? Where do we go from here? Get all my theories here. You may hear something you haven’t heard yet!

Episode 4: Battlefront, Skellig Michael and After Many Maths

Star Wars Battlefront’ Beta Details Revealed: Dates, Multiplayer Maps And Modes

‘Star Wars Battlefront’: DICE Talks Casual Appeal, Space Battles, ‘Battlefield’s’ Differences

The Star Wars Underworld: EA Reveals ‘Drop Zone’ Mode For Star Wars Battlefront

Colin Trevorrow Has Begun Writing Star Wars: Episode IX

Star Wars Episode VIII: Filming on Skellig Michael

Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels on the new film and his life as C-3PO

Why Star Wars: The New Jedi Order Is Still Vital Reading

All 6 Star Wars films coming to Netflix and AMC theaters?

Episode 3: Betas, Bullies and Girl Power

Hope everyone had a good Force Friday! We’re still eagerly anticipating the release of a new trailer, though we don’t know whether that will happen out of Dragon*Con or perhaps later this month. My money is on early October, but we’ll see! Meanwhile, here are the links:

Battlefront Multiplayer Beta coming in October

Kylo Ren is not a Sith

Disney Infinity 3.0 review by IGN

Bullied girl gets support from ‘Star Wars’ fans

Collecting Gems: Star Wars the Expanded Universe

Women on shortlist for lead in Star Wars: Episode VIII

Episode 2: Battlefront, 9 Things You Didn’t Know and Let’s Be Friends

Talking about some really cool news about Star Wars Battlefront, David Collins shares 9 things you probably didn’t know about Star Wars music, and some advice at the end about how we can live as a community of Star Wars fans.  Here’s the links:

http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront/news/first-details-on-the-star-wars-battlefront-playstation-4-bundle

http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/08/18/9-things-you-didnt-know-about-star-wars-music

http://dorksideoftheforce.com/2015/08/18/star-wars-the-force-awakens-j-j-abrams-talks-about-the-first-order/

http://furiousfanboys.com/2015/08/drew-struzan-says-the-force-awakens-is-probably-the-best-star-wars

http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront/news/the-villains-of-star-wars-battlefront-boba-fett

Episode 1: Rogue One, Disney Parks and TV Rumors

A whole lot of news items and exciting details in this episode! Here are the links:

http://www.starwars.com/news/rogue-one-the-daring-mission-has-begun-cast-and-crew-announced

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/08/star-wars-themed-lands-coming-to-walt-disney-world-and-disneyland-resorts/

http://www.cinelinx.com/game-rumors/item/8086-knights-of-the-old-republic-hd-remake-coming-in-2016-exclusive.html

http://makingstarwars.net/2015/08/disney-execs-suggest-lowering-expectations-for-star-wars-the-force-awakens-internationally/

http://makingstarwars.net/2015/08/most-star-wars-changes-being-made-to-disney-parks/

http://www.cinelinx.com/tv/item/8034-star-wars-live-action-tv-update-netflix-bound-exclusive.html

https://twitter.com/indianajim/lists/star-wars