Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 ‘Last Hurrah’ For Mark Hamill

While most people who know the name Mark Hamill might remember him as Luke Skywalker, the role that he’s truly owned more than any other is that of the Joker. He lent his voice to Joker for Batman: The Animated Series and helped define the character to a whole generation.

“I played The Joker from 1992 to 2004, for the entire run of the series,” he says. “I did everything, even the talking toys. They weren’t going to hire me, they were going to get another guy and I got very protective of the character. They said, ‘Well, we can’t pay you what you expect, we can only pay a scale.’ I said, ‘Look, I’d rather not let anyone else sleep in my sleeping bag.’ I would do all those things for scale. I even did the voices on the Australian Batman rollercoaster ride, I’m totally into it.”

Still, Hamill was somewhat reluctant to return to the role for Batman: Arkham Asylum. “When they said, ‘We want you to come back [to the role of The Joker] and do Arkham,’ I said the same; ‘I left on a high note, I don’t think we could ever top that.’ But they said, ‘We got Paul Dini,’ who was my favourite ever Joker writer, ‘and Kevin Conroy,’ who I love. This was a real reunion and a very pleasant experience. So of course I relented, but I had no idea it would have the impact it did.”

Ironically, that translated into even more reluctance to do the sequel. “My answer to [developers Rocksteady] for the sequel was, ‘Guys, we’re never going to be able to top the original.’ It was so claustrophobic. There were so many abilities like the stealth mode, and all those things you can do with the new technology. I wanted to be able to say I’d gone out on a high note.”

Eventually, he relented to their request. “I got on the phone with Rocksteady and they really reassured me and told me what they were going to do with the sequel. But I’m sworn to secrecy!”

“This will be my last, there’s no question about that. But it’s the last hurrah,” he said with a touch of finality.

Source: IGN

ModNation Racers: Mod Your Date

Emphasizing the mod heavy nature of ModNation Racers has been a major point of emphasis for Sony. This viral video shows how much better real life would be if modding was as easy as it is in ModNation Racers.

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Sex In The City 2: 60 Second Summary

Sex in the City 2 will no doubt be a big draw when it releases in theaters, becoming a date movie guys “want” to go to whether they want to or not. For those who can’t wait to see the movie (and for those who will be forced to sit through it) here’s a clever and knowledgeable parody of the movie in 60 seconds.

Facebook Unveils New Privacy Settings

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently unveiled the new privacy settings for Facebook, while emphasizing that the company listens, though he said the response was blown out of proportion.

The new announced changes are set to not alter privacy settings whenever a new update comes out. We’re really going to try not to have another backlash, said Zuckerberg. Facebook is not a solved problem, there’s so much more we have to do.

Currently the cycle Facebook goes through after launching a new feature and changing the user policy results in shock due to the lack of warning, confusion and anger from the userbase and then a retroactive apology and modification by Facebook. A change would generally be in Facebook’s own self-interest, though the features remain mostly opt-out rather than the other way around.

“The kernel of what we do is that people want to stay connected,” said Zuckerberg. “There’s a view of the world that all information should stay private. That s not what the users have told us they want. We really do believe in privacy and giving people control.”

The key will be for Facebook to compartmentalize privacy and new features if both keep coming up simultaneously, there’s a real chance the social network could hurt itself in the long run.

Source: ZDNet

Online Game Asks, ‘Who Is Salt?’

Columbia Pictures today announced that it has made an immersive gaming experience to complement the upcoming movie Salt. For nine weeks, espionage-themed missions will be given out detailing the world of Salt, by bugging suspects, tracking enemy operatives, and decrypting messages.

“This game is built on a series of cliffhanger moments that enhance the moviegoing experience by allowing audiences a unique and truly fun glimpse into the movie,” said Dwight Caines, president, Worldwide Digital Marketing for Sony Pictures. “While the missions are serialized, it was also important to create an environment that allows players to join midstream or follow at their convenience. We believe the mystery and action that surrounds the Day X plot, which is central to the film, will keep web fans coming back to the central question – Who is Salt ”

In the Salt Day X Exists game, players must help CIA Operative Evelyn Salt, who is accused of being a spy. Every week, they’ll receive a new video from Salt, and will seek to get more details in the plot. Find out more at www.DayXExists.com.

Prince Of Persia Criticized As ‘Whitewashed’

In a few days, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will release and possibly roll on to be one of the most successful movies based on a game franchise ever. Yet the casting in the movie, particularly of white actor Jake Gyllenhaal for the title role of Prince Dastan, has rubbed some critics the wrong way.

“This part really needed to go to someone who’s Persian,” said Jehanzeb Dar, a blogger and independent filmmaker. “It’s not only insulting to Persians, it’s also insulting to white people. It’s saying white people can’t enjoy movies unless the protagonist is white.

“It becomes very clear that it’s part of the historical pattern of Hollywood and it’s not an isolated incident and it’s not because they happen to be fictional characters,” said Michael Le of Racebending.com. “It’s because this is the standard procedure for Hollywood films, and it really shouldn’t be. It’s 2010.”

Despite the mythical Middle-Eastern setting for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, practically all of the main cast members are Caucasian. Ben Kingsley (who plays the antagonist Vizer Nizam) is half Indian and is probably best known for playing Gandhi.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

Natal Priced $149, Says Report

According to a trusted source, Microsoft’s Project Natal will have a standalone price of $149, with an Xbox 360 Arcade bundle featuring the motion sensing camera retailing for $299.

The price is higher than some original estimates that put Natal at below $100 for launch. The device is expected to release October 26 (though that time may shift a few weeks) and the name Natal will apparently be changed at E3.

Microsoft expects to sell millions and millions of Natal units in its first year on the market so you can expect the software launch line-up to target non-traditional gamers, said the source. A major marketing campaign will also play a key role in attracting and educating the expanded audience about Xbox 360 s controller-free revolution.

Source: Edge

Ninja For Hire: Stuff You Can’t Make Up

Craigslist has always been on the periphery of Internet culture, and the old tales that emerge out of there are being turned into a web series. Using posts from the Los Angeles area, Craigslist TV will see a new episode every Tuesday. Below is a taste of the Ninja for Hire episode.

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