Somone Has Built A Life Size AT-ST – Cockpit And All

If you’ve ever seen Star Wars, the sight of the AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) is probably a familiar one. With it famously being destroyed by the cute little Ewoks and their wooden traps, they had to do something with the spares and leftovers didn’t they? Well, it would seem someone has taken the initiative and built a life-size AT-ST.

The Imgur user who “discovered the AT-ST” calls himself the “Kuat”, a planet known for its starship creation in the Star Wars universe. With the original engineer seeming to have gone to great depths in recalling its detail you can see just from the outside image the scale and size of the model.

With so much detail going into the outside design, you can only expect the same on the inside, and that expectation is not disappointed when you explore within the head of the life-size AT-ST.

If you can’t believe your eyes then check out the video showing the AT-st with functional turrets (sorry no lasers, just moving parts) and closing “eyelids” to protect the pilots as they conquer the galaxy. Just looking at these images makes me want to pick up my lightsaber and conquer/save the galaxy, a dream that was only recently reawakened by the latest film, The Force Awakens, set for release on Blu-Ray and DVD April 18th.

EDIT: Re-added the video after it was found to be missing.

 

Star Wars: Rogue One Trailer Drops

The story trailer for the first film in the Star Wars Anthology series, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, dropped today, and it’s taking us all the way back to 1977. The movie, helmed by Monsters and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, is set prior to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and tell the story of the rebel team tasked will stealing the Death Star plans that Princess Leia was delivering when intercepted by Darth Vader in the opening scene of that very first film.

We have old-style Stormtroopers, AT-ATs, and the classic Death Star itself but, despite its retro vibe, the trailer shows this familiar world through a more modern, dynamic filter.

“It’s exciting because we’re not held to anything and we can be a bit more free, more brave,” Edwards revealed in an interview with IndieWire last year. “And what’s great about everyone at LucasFilm is that they’re encouraging that.”

Rogue One is designed to be “its own self-contained story,” he added, which didn’t “have to tee-up another film.”

Edwards even revealed that he nearly turned down the opportunity to direct Rogue One, saying, “I was honestly hoping I hated it because I needed a break”. I was like, ‘Please be rubbish.’ … But I couldn’t sit in a cinema and know someone else had made this film. If you believe in the Force, it was like everything was destined for this moment.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is due for general release on 16th December, 2016.

What Happens When Batman Meets A Imperial Scout?

We’ve all wondered about the what if’s, what if your favourite superhero teamed up with someone from a different series, what if someone hadn’t been killed off so early in a series. The questions tend to plague us, but there is now one you don’t need to worry about. What happens when Batman meets an imperial scout from Star Wars, the answer is he creates an awesome looking helmet!

As part of a charity auction, artists are creating unique pieces of art based on the iconic Imperial Scout Helmet from the Star wars franchise. One of the first results was inspired by none other than the caped vigilante Batman. Creator Julian Checkley calls it the “Wayne Industries (Applied Sciences Division) Advanced Pursuit Helmet” and the design does nothing but pay tribute and honour both franchises.

With the piece set to be one of forty auctioned off in July this year, the proceeds of which will go towards the charity Star Wars: Forces Of Change. The charity is a global project to help groups like Unicef and supplying food to countries in need and should be recognised for the support and work they do.

For a full 360 tour of the helmet, you can check out the video below.

If that wasn’t enough awesomeness for one day, you can watch Batman fight off against Darth Vader in the Super Power Beatdown below and the alternative ending here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj23dwWHukY

Turtle Beach Star Wars Battlefront SandTroopers Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Turtle Beach are back with their second Star Wars branded headset today, with the release of their Star Wars Battlefront Sandtrooper Gaming Headset, a multi-platform stereo headset that comes well equipped for the multi-platform gamer. Of course, some of you may also remember we recently reviewed another Star Wars headset, the Turtle Beach X-Wing headset. The X-Wing was the more budget friendly model of the Star Wars/Turtle Beach deal at £29.99. While the Sandtroopers isn’t overly expensive, it’s certainly the more premium of the two at £69.99.

“The Star Wars Battlefront Sandtrooper is a feature-rich universal gaming headset for Star Wars fans and collectors. The Battlefront Sandtrooper offers crystal clear multiplayer chat when connected to the PlayStation®4 controller and other console controllers, and the 3.5mm connection makes it perfect for mobile/tablet devices. Fans will experience amazing sound through booming 50mm speakers, and the headset also includes in-line controls for Mic Mute and Volume, plus an adjustable, high-sensitivity boom mic that can be removed when watching movies and listening to music.” – Turtle Beach

Equipped with powerful closed-back drivers, a detachable microphone, lightweight design, multiformat support, in-line controls and, of course, that sleek new Star Wars inspired detailing, the Sandtrooper is certainly sounding like a competitive headset, so let’s move on and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

Full-Range Audio
Booming 50mm Neodymium speakers deliver sound the way Star Wars was meant to be heard.

Convenient Controls
In-line controls conveniently place Mic Mute and Master Volume right at your fingertips.

Crystal Clear Chat & Audio
Use the high-sensitivity adjustable boom mic for in-game and online chat, and then remove it when listening to music and watching movies.

The packaging is typical Turtle Beach design and has plenty of cool graphics on the front showing off the design, as well as the Battlefront/EA branding which the headset was designed for.

Around the back, a little technical information, but nothing we won’t be able to see for ourselves when we get it out of the box.

In the box, you’ll find all the usual documentation, a detachable boom microphone and some backplates for the drivers; It all comes very nicely packaged too, which is always a welcome bonus.

Under the top tray of components, you’ll find the headset and it’s cables all neatly tucked away and well protected.

Daisy Ridley Confirms Talks About Tomb Raider Movie

Video games and movies have tricky relationships. Some movies based on video games have been successful, others have been less than well accepted by the public. One series that has recently been rebooted in the video game world is the Tomb Raider franchise, and it looks like a reboot of the movies may also be in the wind with confirmation coming from none other than Daisy Ridley herself.

Daisy Ridley is known for her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the leading lady of the new film. In recent talks with the Hollywood Reporter, Ridley confirmed that there “have been conversations” about the part of Lara Croft in a new Tomb Raider film. Ridley also mentioned that there wasn’t a script for the film yet, leading us to believe that the film is still in very early concept with people debating if the film would be successful.

If it goes ahead the film has big shoes to fill, with the previous Tomb Raider films featuring Angelina Jolie earning $274.7 million and $156.5 million respectively for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

There are some movies based on video games that do well, some are known as being failures and some you need to forget the game and enjoy the movie as a movie (yes DOOM we are looking at you). Would you like to see a new set of Tomb Raider movies? Would you pay to go see it or would you wait till it’s on DVD before checking out the series?

Galaxy in Turmoil is a Fan Made Remake of Battlefront 3

Even though there are quite a few gamers out there that are currently enjoying EA’s Battlefront, this is not the game that diehard Star Wars fans have been waiting for. The successor to Battlefront 2, namely Battlefront 3, was developed by a company named Free Radical Design, which eventually cancelled it back in 2008. Shortly afterwards, a gameplay video surfaced online, but this only added to the fans’ disappointment as they knew that they would never be able to actually play it. However, it is refreshing to see that some fans have not given up completely on Battlefront 3, and that they are actively trying to bring the game back to life.

A Russia-based group of Star Wars fans named Frontwire Studios has been working on a project named “Galaxy in Turmoil,” which aims to resurrect Battlefront 3. Even though we don’t know too much about the project so far, it’s a strong possibility that it includes maps based on Tatooine and Hoth, and it definitely supports vehicle-based combat. The team members behind the project have stated that they will not charge anything for the game if it will ever be completed, but that’s a big “IF” considering that it’s extremely likely Disney might get involved with a cease and desist letter. We’ll just have to wait and see.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XJwctjRZ7I

J.J. Abrams Wife Told Him To Stop Using Lens Flare

J.J. Abrams is known for a wide range of movies, from the latest Star Trek films to Cloverfield. Out of all of his films though there is one thing that is constantly missing, and that is special effects. To be more precise I don’t think I’ve seen a single one of Abrams films which feature Lens Flare, that could be because I’m blinded by its overuse in his films, though. Seems I’m not the only one with everyone including his wife telling him to stop using lens flare.

In the below video Abrams explains how it was during a scene from Star Trek Into Darkness that his wife demanded he stopped using the effect in his films.

If you disagree with her point there might be something you should watch, two and a half minutes of lens flares courtesy of Star Trek Into Darkness.

If that wasn’t enough you could just watch some of his other films, with the effect seeming to be synonymous with his name in the credits. While he’s not the only one who uses the effect, sadly you will often find it in a lot of video games as well, he is definitely known for it but even with all of these facts we just can’t seem to figure out why his wife would tell him to stop using the effect.

Storywriter Cameron Harris is Leaving BioWare

BioWare is known for their stories, from the magical world of Dragon Age: Inquisition to the space-faring scenes the of Star Wars and Mass Effect. One of the people responsible for these tales of adventure is senior editor, Cameron Harris. That is until April when she will leave BioWare.

In a series of tweets, Harris announced that she would be leaving the video game industry for “new opportunities”. Entering the video game in 2007, Harris has worked for everyone from Microsoft to Nintendo and ArenaNet but is clearly looking for something a little different.

In her tweets, Harris thanked everyone at BioWare for everything they’ve taught her, followed by everyone in the games industry as a whole and then thanking everyone who was a fan while she did her “games thang”.

https://twitter.com/camharr/status/705875693951791104

https://twitter.com/camharr/status/705875814106050560

This isn’t the first time someone’s left BioWare, and the third time this year alone. Previously Dragon Age’s lead writer, David Gaider, left in January followed by the lead writer for Mass Effect’s latest game, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Chris Schlerf in February.

Yet another great writer leaves the industry. I personally love the games where every minute you play drags you into their world more and more, with you eventually hating the bad guy and wishing you could have saved everyone from their fates. We wish Harris all the best in her future pursuits and hope she understands how much her tales have helped shape our smiles and lives.

Turtle Beach Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Turtle Beach are one of the biggest names in the gaming industry, having had many years experience catering to both the budget friendly and enthusiast ends of the gaming audio market, as well as everything else in-between. With that in mind, I’m very happy to see their new special edition Turtle Beach Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Gaming Headset on my desk. Given the seemingly endless success of the Star Wars franchise, a colossal pile of official merchandise following the new movie was to be expected, but a gaming headset certainly stands out as the obvious addition to that. With Battlefront keeping many people sat at their gaming system of choice and the fact that you can wear a headset that has a heavily inspired design from the movies, it just seems like something a Star Wars fan would want in their collection.

“The Turtle Beach® Star Wars X-Wing Pilot headset features a unique design inspired by the Starfighter Pilots of the Rebel Alliance. Engage in battle with full-range audio delivered through 40mm Neodymium speakers, and call for reinforcements using the high-sensitivity boom mic which provides crystal-clear chat. The lightweight design provides hours of comfort, and the 3.5mm jack connection is compatible with PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PC, Mac mobile/tablet and portable gaming devices. May the Force be with you!”

Of course, the performance is what we really care about the most, although since this is a special edition, the design is a big factor for this review. The headset appears to be based around the budget end of the Turtle Beach range, and with a £34.99 price tag, that seems to be a safe guess. It looks like a tweaked Recon 50 type design, so I’m eager to hear how it performs overall.

Star Wars Design
The X-Wing Pilot headset design is inspired by the signature orange jumpsuits worn by the Starfighter Pilots of the Rebel Alliance.

Full-Range Audio
Hear Star Wars the way it’s meant to be heard through the X-Wing Pilot’s high-performance 40mm Neodymium speakers that deliver sizzling highs and thundering lows.

Convenient Controls
The X-Wing Pilot’s in-line controls place Mic Mute and Volume conveniently at your fingertips.

Be Heard Loud & Clear
Team-up with friends and chat in online multiplayer games with the X-Wing Pilot’s adjustable, high-sensitivity boom mic, which can quickly and easily be removed when listening to music and watching movies.

Lightweight & Comfortable
The X-Wing Pilot features Turtle Beach’s latest lightweight and comfortable design, ready to provide hours of comfort during those long, marathon gaming sessions.

Versatile
Fans can use the Star Wars X-Wing Pilot headset for playing games like Star Wars Battlefront, and also use it to enjoy their favorite movies, music and more.

The packaging is very nicely designed, although with it being Star Wars branded, it’s obvious that Turtle Beach would need to capitalise on this as much as possible. Detailed on the box, we can see that it sports a comfortable fit, removable high-quality microphone and in-line volume controls.

Around the back, more details about the multiformat support, design and the in-line controller; but we’ll take a closer look at all this shortly.

The first thing we find in the box, a detachable boom microphone. It comes with a large foam head as well as a flexible arm that should allow for easy positioning.

Next, we have the headset, which comes hard-wired with a fairly standard cable that joins to both ear cups and ends with a 4-pole 3.5mm jack.

On the cable, a small in-line controller. It’s pretty basic, offering a microphone mute switch and a master volume wheel, but that’s all you’ll really need anyway.

Communicate like Star Wars Droids with these Amazing Helmets

Unless your name’s Michael Winslow (no? Watch Police Academy, kids), it’s unlikely that you can bend your tongue enough to sound like everyone’s favourite chirping droid, R2D2. With the help of the Droid Translator Helmets, though, not only can you speak like a Star Wars astromech, but you can understand the tonal language, too. Kind of.

A Canadian electronics engineer, working under the name AE Innovations, developed the Droid Translator Helmets as an entry into a Star Wars competition on Hackster.

So, how can two people communicate with each other in droid beeps? Well, they can’t, but the helmets effectively give the illusion that they can. Each helmet contains a two microphones and an earpiece. Two helmet wearers, connected via WiFi, can speak to each other through one of the microphones and the ear piece, with their voices masked by the astromech language.

But wouldn’t an un-helmeted observer hear the pair’s voices from beneath the masks? Nope. Unlike official Star Wars voice changer helmets – which filter the user’s voice, meaning that both filtered and unfiltered voices can be heard together – the droid beeps are created via a throat microphone (Laryngophone), which picks up on the tiny vibrations of the larynx and translates them into a loud series of beeps and bleeps. It is the secondary microphone, mounted near the mouth, which transmits the human voice to the other helmet’s earpiece. Because the secondary mic is independent of the droid output, the wearer can speak quietly to ensure their voice is not heard over Droidish chiming.

While the helmets are not commercially available, AE Innovation details their creation over on his blog, for anyone who wants to imitate the design.

Disney Reveals First Glimpse at “Star Wars Land”

Disney has revealed the first batch of concept art for its proposed “Star Wars Land” attraction, to be built at both Disneyland and Disney World during ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 televised event. Harrison Ford – Han Solo himself – introduced the reveal over a montage of beautiful concept paintings.

“I’m so blessed that I had the opportunity to be a part of it, to walk in these iconic locations,” Ford said. “And soon, you will be able to do that as well, not in a galaxy far, far away, but a place close to home.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsYoCoKBJRM&feature=youtu.be

The attraction was first revealed at D23 last year, during which Disney promised a Tatooine-esque Cantina, a Mos Eisley-inspired market, and a full-size recreation, inside and out, of the Millennium Falcon, plus the opportunity to live-action roleplay during some of the Star Wars Saga’s most iconic moments.

“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” Disney Chief Bob Iger said at the time (via /Film). “Through each new attraction and new land we create, we push the boundaries of what is possible. And as you can imagine, with Star Wars, we are taking that to a whole new level, with a whole galaxy to explore.”

Restored Original 35mm Star Wars Print Released Online

A group of fans have managed to get their hands on an original 35mm film print of Star Wars from 1977, which they have restored and released online. The team of five, under the name of Team Negative1, have released a digital HD version of its restoration – under the banner of Star Wars: The Silver Screen Edition – online, which can be found *ahem* well, you know…

A member of Team Negative1, operating under the pseudonym Mr. Black, told Movie Mezzanine that he and his colleagues managed to obtain a low-fade copy of the film reels, which originated in Spain, on eBay, of all places. “If you’re missing something, or you’re looking for something, that’s where you go to find stuff,” Mr. Black said.

“[The original prints of Star Wars] all had to be destroyed after they were shown. So the ones that still exist, somebody just dug them out of dumpsters and managed to hang on to them,” he said. “They’re all in very, very poor condition. They’re all very beat up. Even the best one, even the one that was used as a reference for the Special Edition was in terrible shape. The colours are there, but the damage is just insurmountable.”

Lucasfilm has long dug its heels in regarding HD releases of episodes IV, V, and VI, with George Lucas insisting that his much-criticised Special Editions are the definitive versions of the movies. “I’m sorry you saw half a completed film and fell in love with it,” Lucas passive-aggressively told the Today Show in 2004. This sentiment flies in the face of what Lucas told US Congress back in 1988, while defending film preservation and protesting against tampering with movies. “People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society,” he said.

Unlike the recent Harmy “Despecialized Editions” of the original Star Wars trilogy, which were pieced together from numerous official releases, including the Laserdisc editions, the Silver Screen Edition is the closest one can get to experiencing Star Wars as it was first released in cinemas.

Fans Remaking KOTOR in Unreal Engine 4

A website for a new fan remake of BioWare’s 2003 RPG classic Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) launched over the weekend, with the team involved hoping to “breathe life back into a wonderful game.” The game, under the name Apeiron – presumably named after the part of the Force that affects the physical world – is being developed by indie gaming group Poem Studios.

Poem Games describes Apeiron as “a remake and remastering of the [KOTOR] with added content, new worlds, missions, HUD, inventory, items, and compainions [sic],” built in Unreal Engine 4.

Now, on the matter of the legality of the project, Poem Games says:

“Can you make a Star Wars game? Remakes of games have been around since the 80’s and some have become very sucessful [sic]. Games like Black Mesa did it with Half Life and Renegade X rebuilt Command and Conquer in the Unreal Engine 3.

Since the game is still under intellecal [sic] property by Disney we are allowed to make the game, but we are not allowed to sell it. So the entire game will be 100% FREE!”

The studio, though, seems to be under the misconception that, just because the copyright holders Half-Life and Command and Conquer didn’t object to the fan remakes cited above (with Valve later giving its blessing for Black Mesa to become a commercial product), the two projects were entitled to exist. Had Valve or EA (which now owns the rights to Command and Conquer, following its purchase of Westwood Studios) wanted to, they could have shut either fan remake down with a cease and desist letter. Since Disney is rather trigger-happy with cease and desists over anything it thinks violates its intellectual property (just ask Deadmau5), Poem Games should expect to hear from the Mouse House very soon.

Anyway, it looks quite nice.

Star Wars: Episode VIII Starts Shooting – New Cast Members Confirmed

Following hot on the heels of the global event that was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney has confirmed that the sequel, currently operating under the name Star Wars: Episode VIII, has started shooting. The latest major entry in the Star Wars saga – not including the forthcoming Anthology movies, with Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One hitting cinemas this December – is written and directed by Rian Johnson, best known for time travel caper Looper and high school film noir Brick.

To celebrate filming commencement, Disney has released a short production teaser:

Disney also announced the film’s cast, both returning actors and new additions, confirming the previously-rumoured involvement of Benicio Del Toro. On the official website, the video was accompanied by the following announcement:

“Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.  New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.”

Star Wars: Episode VIII is released in cinemas on 15th December, 2017.

Podracing Mod for Halo 5 Isn’t Perfect but a Lot of Fun

Star Wars is an awesome book and movie series and one of the things that a lot of people would love to experience from the series besides the light sabers are the pod racers. I’m also sure that most agree that it was also one of the best things in Phantom Menace. Up until now there hasn’t been much in that direction for us gamers, sure there was the Podracing game for N64, but that’s about it. Luckily there are a lot of games that feature a great modding ability and where fans can are able to create their own pod racing games.

Modder CaptainDireWolf must be one of the people besides me that love the idea of pod racing and thanks to Halo 5’s Forge Map tools he created an almost working mod. While the mod is buggy and doesn’t fully work as a racing game, it’s still a great idea, fun to watch, and the video below is at least worth to watch.

The designer created a playable, yet limited, pod racing multiplayer mode that reminds us a lot of the Star Wars Episode 1: Podracer game for the N64. You’re able to use multiple pod racers in this mod called Boonta Eve, but you can’t really win the game. You can kill your enemies or you can just enjoy the fun of the race. One of the problems arises when you die, you can’t respawn with a racer again. All in all, it’s very simple, but that’s due to the limitations of Halo 5 more than anything else.

While this isn’t the ideal mod nor the best platform to make it on, I hope that it will inspire someone else to create a proper pod racing mod in another game, a game that is more suited for a racing mod like this. I would surely like a fun and fastpaced pod racing game for PC and I’m sure that I’m not the only one.

Star Wars: Episode VIII Causes Avatar 2 Delay

It’s a tough time to be a fan of James Cameron’s Avatar movies, although it for those who followed the release of the first movie in the series, it’s always been somewhat of a bumpy road anyway. The movie was first revealed as a project from James Cameron back in 1996, and it wasn’t until 2009 when we first got to see it; 13 years is a very long time, even in the world of movie development. Avatar 2 was originally planned for a Christmas 2017 release, so we’ve already been waiting quite a few years anyway, but there’s obviously hope that it won’t be pushed back by 13 years.

So what’s causing the delay? Star Wars: Episode VIII! It seems the studios don’t want to take on what would be an epic big screen battle for viewers, not only because it could hurt the profits of either, but it would likely limit each to a certain number of IMAX screens around the world, something neither studio would want. Disney would be mad to get locked into a competition with this movie too, given that they even have a planned Avatar installment coming to their park around the time of the movies release.

So with Star Wars taking the December spot for a major release for the next few years, it looks like 20th Century Fox will take Avatar into a summer release window for 2018. With Cameron wanting to wait till all three of the new Avatar movies are done before pushing them to market, allowing him to release each one just a year after the other, so expect to see Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and if rumours are to be believed, Sigourney Weaver, throughout 2018, 2019 and 2020.

It’s a bit of a long wait, but with Cameron pulling out all the stops for one of his biggest blockbusters yet, the end result is likely going to be a spectacular cinematic treat.

Can’t wait all that time for the new movies? Takes a step back and enjoy the original trailer on more time.

Fancy Building a Life-Size Millennium Falcon?

Just when you think you’re free from Star Wars it drags you back in! After a long break, the Force Awakens came out and fans have been excited since. With news that the next film is delayed, what else could fans do but build a life-Size Millennium Falcon?

The US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville wanted to do just that. Why would you settle for just seeing it on the screen when you can sit in a replica cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Based off the version seen in “The Empire Strikes Back”, the entire display weighs over a thousand pounds (that’s around 454 kilograms).

https://youtu.be/kXrvYRfFiAU

With around 300 volunteers from around the world, tasks are separated so that if you can be there to help build it or if you are at your computer designing that little lever to jump to hyperspace, you can help.

The project is not cheap, with aircraft ejection seats being used to replicate the seats for the interstellar seat. This would be fine if it didn’t cost $20,000 a seat (that’s just for the used ones as well)!

In order to avoid legal issues with Disney the project is self-funded with volunteers and donations of materials and other items. If you’ve ever grown up and wanted to experience what it was like to live in a movie, this is the closest you may get to it.

Star Wars Episode VIII Delayed to December 2017

With Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens being a major success and a hit with most fans, many are already looking towards the next installment, Star Wars VIII. Unfortunately for fans though, the wait has just gotten longer by about six months. According to the latest information, the new release date is December 2017 instead of the previously scheduled May 2017. This is due to last-minute script rewrites by director Rian Johnson that pushed back filming.

While the reasons for the rewrite aren’t clear yet, there are suggestions that the screen time devoted to different characters is changing. One rumoured change is that popular characters like Rey, Finn and Poe are getting more screen time while other characters are getting their shrunk. The biggest hit will be the two new females characters Episode VIII was set to introduce who will have their roles cut back.

Honestly, I am not too surprised that Disney is taking the time to make sure the movie is done right. A two-year cycle seems more logical and the wait isn’t too much longer than expected. Making sure that Episode VIII is as good as possible is preferable to rushing things and bungling it. After all, Episode VII was a much longer wait.

Dress Like Boba Fett With This Custom Ballistic Body Armour

A joint initiative between AR500 Armor, Heckler & Koch, and artist Ryan B. Flowers has birthed a combat-ready, ballistic armour recreation of the Mandalorian suit from Star Wars. For the uninitiated, the Mandalorian armour is the suit of choice for Star Wars’ most infamous bounty hunter, Boba Fett. The prototype armour, developed under the banner of the GalacTac Project, was revealed on the AR500 Facebook page last week.

“GalacTac Project. A special project that we have been working on with other industry leaders,” AR500 Armor wrote on its Facebook. “We hope to see everyone at SHOT 2016 Booth #6605!”

The project was undertaken by Heckler & Koch, TEA Headsets, Sog Knives & Tools, Armasight, SureFire, Wilcox Industries Corp, and Team Wendy, in partnership with AR500 Armor, while the prototype pictured was built and designed by Flowers, who is a popular figure in the airsoft community with a reputation for producing quality recreations of the Mandalorian armour.

The armour is still in the prototype stage, with no word as to whether it will be made available for sale.

Boba Fett is still rumoured to be the subject of one of the three planned Star Wars Anthology films, the first of which, Rogue One, opens in cinemas this December, with the other movie covering the early years of Han Solo.

Hilarious and Sad Open World Star Wars Kickstarter Cancelled

Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and similar fundraising sites are a really great idea and they have helped a lot of projects to get off the ground, into production, and out to the end users. The idea is to give people with an idea and the skills to make this idea come to life a way of doing so by backing the person or group financially. There have been many great projects and more than one person got rich thanks to these sites. However, once in a while something hilarious comes along, among the thousands of campaigns running and this is one of them.

Let us just call it what it is right away, hilarious in every way but with a touch of sadness. The Kickstarter campaign didn’t really have a name in itself as it basically just was an idea by Devin: An Open World RPG “like” Star Wars Game. That’s the official Kickstarter title from the campaign that quickly got cancelled again. After having run just three days, the project was cancelled by the creator due to the feedback.

So what makes this so hilarious? Well, there are several things. Starting with the basic project information that is very short and comes with very bad grammar and spelling for a native English-speaking person. Basically, he had an idea, but no skills or real plan how to achieve it. On top of that, it’s doubtful that Disney, Lucas Arts, and who else has rights in the Star Wars world would have taken this sitting down.

Sadly the original project description has been replaced with his campaign cancel message, but that is equally hilarious – sent drunk from a bar and proud of it. Some might say he’s a Texan through and through. The full message is quoted in an unedited form below.

The sad touch that I mentioned earlier is the amount of funding that he received before the project got cancelled. He didn’t come close to the $200,000 he was looking for, but he did manage to collect a total $18,325 from 118 pledges ranging from $5 to $1500. Yes, you read that right, and even worse, there were four people pledging that amount to get “a small contribution inside the game, like your name appearing as one of the characters in the game or a planet named after you, or a special lightsaber that you help create.” Smaller pledges would give you a letter thanking you for either $5 or $10 while people pledging $60 would get the full game “when it becomes available.”

I’m sure there are a lot of people out there that would like an open-world (open-space) RPG star wars game, but Devin won’t be the one to bring it. Oh, and in case you wonder, the image above is the only thing he actually created for the campaign.

Hello Everyone…

I’d like to start off by saying I’m sorry to Disney for using their logo and name. Having said that, I find it very disturbing that you want to report me to them. As if they didn’t already know. You truly want to see some be in debt for the wrest of their life because they had a dream for a video game that they never created. Very selfish, and very ironic. Disney was created because Walt Disney had a dream, was it not? I find it ironic because on a lot of the news and the forums there was a quote from something I said. It read ” I have talked to Disney, and they have informed me to contact Lucas arts”. I believe most of you said quote ” that’s like a father telling the kid to go ask their mother because they do not want to deal with them.” Yet I recieved emails from random people basically telling their dad to send me to timeout because they don’t like me.

Secondly, I am taking this kick starter down myself. Disney has not contacted me to tell me to shut it down for those of you who think you own Disney. I am taking this kick starter down, because I very much respect Disney, and I do not want this to get to big. I love all their pirates of the Caribbean movies. I always wanted to be captain jack, but I think Mr. Depp is to good to be replaced. I have faith that somewhere in the future, a game like the one I described, will be made by Disney/EA/LucasFilms/Bioware or whoever is going to do it.

Thirdly I know my spelling and grammar sucks, but all you need is the force and you will do ok in life. I wrote the entire thing on my phone while in Childress Texas with a JUAN bar. So I did not care for spelling mistakes, because of that and I really didn’t think I’d actually be doing this. As many of you pointed out I am highly unqualified. The point of this whole Kickstarter is to not let your dreams be dreams. Don’t say tomorrow just do it.

-Devin Tripp

Thanks for all the backers. It made this whole thing extra funny

“YAZI” Venator Class Star Destroyer Gaming Desktop Removed From eBay

Sander Van der Velden’s incredible reproduction of a Star destroyer is mind-blowing and one of the best case mods I’ve seen! The attention-to-detail throughout is hard to believe and constructed from aluminium pieces via 3D printing techniques. It’s certainly worth checking out the build log on here which provides a great insight into the techniques used to attain such a marvellous finish. After being showcased in the MSI suite, the creator listing the PC at a starting price of $2600.

However, the listing has now ended and is no longer available. This is because the item has been purchased by MSI as a showpiece for events.

In terms of its specifications, the device sports an MSI 780Ti lightning, MSI B150M motherboard, Intel Core i5-6600K, Avexir 16GB DDR4 memory, OCZ Vector 960Gb SSD, Thermaltake 1200 watt power supply and Thermaltake water cooling apparatus.

What would you pay to own this particular mod project?

Huge Star Destroyer Model Hides a PC Within It

Some of the most talented artists and craftsmen find their greatest inspiration in pop culture, with Star Wars having possibly the greatest influence on creative than any other property. While supreme modder Sander Van der Velden’s large and detailed home-built model of a Star Wars Star Destroyer is impressive on its own, it is made all the more eye-widening for hiding a PC within it.

The Venerator-Class Star Destroyer, as seen in the two Star Wars prequels Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, was constructed from aluminium cuts and 3D printed parts, and houses within it a top-end gaming PC. Van der Velden has documented the build process in great deal over on the MSI forums.

The PC case was built for entry into a modding competition run by MSI, the MSI Pro Mod, now in its third year.

During the building process, MSI was so impressed by the work that the company asked if it could “showcase the YAZI at the International CES 2016 in Las Vegas,” according to Van der Velden. Since CES 2016 is only a matter of weeks away, he had to work day and night to complete the project in time to ship it.

A Runner Celebrates Star Wars With Running Maps

The new Star Wars movie has become the fastest movie to pass the $1 billion mark in global box office sales which marks just how popular the franchise is and how many fans it has around the world. A lot of those fans have been celebrating the new movie in all sort of ways from baking their favourite character to cosplay and theme nights as well as much more. One fan who also happens to be a vivid runner chose to celebrate the new Star Wars movie by running maps that in return would show various Star Wars motives such as the Storm Trooper, Darth Vader, or a Walker.

Gene Lu from Portland, US used his fitness tracking app to record the routes he took before posting the results on social media where it gathered quite a bit of feedback. Darth Vader and the Walker are probably the easiest to recognize, but the Storm Trooper isn’t bad either.

Creating images with running apps and the streets at your disposal isn’t anything new and last year we even saw someone propose to their loved one by writing “Will you marry me” on the virtual streets with their fitness tracking app. Users who want to experiment with this phenomenon and post their own creations online should keep what start and stop locations they pick and what times they post it online in mind. You wouldn’t want to tell the burglar when you are out and even tell him where on the route you are located.

Are you one of the millions that already saw the new Star Wars movie and if so, did you celebrate this new entry into the popular franchise in any particular way? Let us know in the comments and photos are naturally also more than welcome if you dressed up as your favourite Star Wars character.

Block Star Wars Spoilers With a Little Help

Star Wars the Force Awakens is set to be one of the largest films of the year and with generations of followers waiting for the big release this Thursday it was only a matter of time before people started posting spoilers or concepts that could ruin the film if you can’t make it to the cinema in time. The BBC posted an article explaining several ways to avoid spoilers (or the film altogether), ranging from moving country to retreating from the online world as a whole.

We at eTeknix understand that this may not always be possible (who can go without their memes these days?). One approach someone has taken is a similar one to something people use every day, an adblocker. Adblockers detect ad’s on a website and unless whitelisted, stop them from loading avoiding the onslaught of sounds and videos that loud on most web pages. Force Block, a chrome extension, aims to do the same but with spoilers for the highly anticipated film.

With a white list function you can add websites you think are being flagged incorrectly but otherwise upon loading a page you are met with a dimmed web page and a warning stating that you could be ruining the film in one of many different messages inspired by the films.

Kid Banned From Wearing Star Wars T-Shirt in School

A 7th grade school student has been banned from wearing his Star Wars: The Force Awakens T-shirt at his US school. Colton Southern was told by faculty at George Junior High School in Rosenberg, Texas that he was not permitted to have the graphic on the front of his Star Wars T-shirt exposed at school as the Stormtrooper on the front is carrying a gun (or, in Star Wars parlance, a blaster), the boy’s father revealed to abc13 News.

“It’s political correctness run amok. You’re talking about a Star Wars t-shirt, a week before the biggest movie of the year comes out. It has nothing to do with guns or making a stand. It’s just a Star Wars shirt,” said Joe Southern, Colton’s father. “He’s a Boy Scout, active in church, volunteers at Brazos Bend State Park. There’s not a violent bone in his body. He’s just an excited kid for the movie.”

According to a spokesperson from the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, which is the jurisdiction George Junior High School falls within, the LCISD secondary school handbook lists “symbols oriented toward violence” as a violation of its dress code. The administrators add that Southern was not reprimanded, and was only advised to zip up his jacket.

Star Wars Battlefront Sold an Estimated 4.66M Retail Copies During First Week

Star Wars: Battlefront’s combination of unbelievable graphical fidelity and dramatic trailers made it one of the most anticipated titles in recent memory. While the experience is fun for brief periods, it’s difficult to look past the lack of maps, rubbish character customization and repetitive gameplay. Furthermore, success doesn’t really depend on skill level and the spawn system is completely broken. Nevertheless, according to VGChartz Global Weekly Chart, ending the 21st November, Star Wars: Battlefront managed to ship a total of 4,658,169 units during the first trading week. Please note, this only includes retail sales.

In terms of sales per platform, the PlayStation 4 came out on top with 2,939,473 units sold (63%), compared to 1,547,019 units sold on the Xbox One (33%). Windows PC retail sales are always a very niche sector as the majority of PC gamers use digital CD key resellers. As a result, Windows sales only accounted for 4% and reached a total of 171,677.

VGChartz also provided information about the game’s popularity throughout the world. As you might expect, the US reported the best sales numbers with 2,141,423 units sold (46%), compared to 1,561,240 units sold in Europe (34%), and 126,723 units in Japan (3%). In contrast to this, Star Wars: Battlefront recorded 412,930 units in the UK, 291,882 units in Germany, and 256,497 units in France.

What do you think of Star Wars: Battlefront?

Star Wars Battlefront Receives Balance Patch

Star Wars Battlefront is possibly one of the most shallow games I’ve ever experienced and suffers from a severe lack of content. While the game’s visuals are awe-inspiring, it’s difficult to look past the unbalanced multiplayer, poor map selection and terrible character customization. This results in one of the most disappointing titles this year and raises questions about EA’s ability to properly honor the Star Wars saga. On the other hand, EA has just released a patch including balance tweaks, enhanced optimization and improved physics. Hopefully, this helps to create a more enjoyable multiplayer experience but I’m not hopeful.

Here is the complete patch notes in full:

  • General bug fixes for vehicles and physics improvements

  • Game modes balancing tweaks

  • HUD UI adjustments

  • Audio optimizations

  • General crash and stability fixes

  • Online traffic performance improvements

  • Various text fixes for all languages

  • General bug fixes for both Missions and Multiplayer

  • Legacy Controls should now work as intended

There’s no need to manually apply the update as it will automatically install via EA’s Origin client. I’d love to hear feedback on this particular update and if it makes the game more playable. I personally find it a repetitive mess which doesn’t reward good players. Furthermore, EA’s pricing with the digital deluxe edition and season pass leaves a lot to be desired.