“Game of Thrones” set to Surpass Novels

This has been a concern for some time now. With HBO cranking out a new season of the hit show every spring, and George R.R. Martin releasing a new installment of the hit series once a Westeros Winter, the threat of “Game of Thrones” overtaking “A Song of Ice and Fire” has always loomed on the horizon. This has led to all sorts of speculation…will the show wait for Martin to finish the story? If they do, will Martin write at near-record speeds? Or will they make up their own story?

Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently announced that they sat down with Martin and came up with a road map. The battles, the character arcs, the final conflicts, and the answer to the ultimate question…who wins the throne?

There has been mixed reactions by fans. Many are glad that the show won’t spin its wheels for a few years as it waits for Martin. A portion of fans, mostly those who have read the novels, are upset that they cannot continue the story through their preferred medium. Both reasonable complaints.

As for Nerdy, Inc…Alex is a show watcher and Steve is a book reader. So if you don’t get a new installment of “This Week in Nerd” next week, it’s probably safe to assume that there was a battle to the death.

Bond is Back

We got our first official look at the new James Bond film “Spectre” last night. Check out the teaser below!

We didn’t see a whole lot of action, but it certainly raises a lot of questions. In other words, the teaser was a teaser. What we do know based on this footage, however, is that this movie will deal with some of the aftermath of Skyfall, delve a bit into Bond’s past, and give us quite a bit of fan service, harking back to some old-school James Bond films.

Return to OASIS

Remember that one time when you opened your February Loot Crate and saw a book? If you tossed that book aside because book, you made a pretty big mistake. The novel, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, is a really fun read and a great love letter to nerd culture. Set in a dystopian future where people use a virtual reality video game called OASIS, a teenager named Wade Watts needs to be the first one to find the hidden Easter Egg and win the creator’s immense fortune.

There have been rumblings about whether or not this book would get adapted for the big screen, but we got confirmation on Thursday that an up-and-coming indie director is going to be at the helm of the project.

Some guy named Steven Spielberg.

We are super excited about this announcement, since Spielberg is a fantastic director and it has been a long time since we got an action-packed adventure movie from him. The film will be produced by Warner Bros., which is actually extremely important to know. The book features references, iconography, and characters from all sorts of popular media. With WB bankrolling the project, we can potentially see Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, and other WB intellectual property in the film. Unfortunately, this means we probably will NOT see Star Wars, Marvel, Star Trek, Firefly, and the countless other franchises that show up in the novel. So it will certainly be interesting to see how this pans out on the big screen.

20th Century Fox Accidentally shows us The Thing, Purposefully shows us Deadpool

Fox executives thought it would be a good idea to keep images of The Thing hidden, since the depiction of a big rock monster can be a make-or-break thing for a franchise that isn’t particularly loved. That’s fine…if you want to keep it under wraps until “Fantastic Four” comes out this summer, it makes sense. But what doesn’t make sense is to then put his picture on a giant banner in a foreign country.

Props to random Instagram guy!

Instead of releasing a high resolution picture of the character, without the dude standing in the way, they decided to distract people by allowing Ryan Reynolds to release an official picture of Deadpool, from that forthcoming movie.

They both look pretty good, so we are on board for both movies for now.

X-Files Officially Brought Back for Limited Run

Your favorite paranormal crime fighting duo is back! The tense atmosphere, vague alien plotline, and smuldering sexual tension will all return for a limited six episode run that begins filming this summer. Series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be reprising their roles as Fox “I Want to Believe” Mulder and Dana “Maybe Not So Much a Skeptic Anymore” Scully.

The series ended without any real closure in 2002 after nine excellent seasons and a movie, followed by a second outing on the silver screen that answered no questions whatsoever. Chris Carter, series creator, will return to pen the six episodes.

Half Life 2: Update Arrives on Steam; Is Basically the Same

A very dedicated modding community has remade Half Life 2 with some…minute changes. While promising to keep the core gameplay and style intact, modder Filip Victor made upgrades to the lighting and environmental designs. There’s some more reflective water and fog and stuff of that nature. You can check out a comparison video here. To be honest, the changes don’t look like all that much, especially compared to that other Half Life mod released a while ago. Although in our experience, any reason to go back to Ravenholm is a good reason to go to Ravenholm.

Shameless Plugs

Yes, we have some updates for you as well.

On YouTube this week, we made some tough choices in Season 2 of Telltale’s The Walking Dead, continued our playthrough of Metroid Prime, and opened our March Loot Crate.

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