Weekly Nerd News: February 4


By Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Have you fallen behind on your nerd news? Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are a few stories to bring up at the water cooler this week:


Sony has announced a software update for the Playstation 4 in addition to a new surround sound-supported headset called the Gold Wireless Headset. The update should arrive sometime tonight. As for the headset, it will be compatible with the PS4, PS3, and PC wirelessly and thanks to an included audio cable, it will work with the Playstation Vita and most other mobile devices as well. The battery is said to last for eight hours of gameplay. The headset will retail for $99 and be released early this month.


Minecraft has cemented itself as one of the world’s biggest gaming franchises with its latest milestone – it has now sold over 14 million copies on PC. As it has sold over 10 million copies on Xbox 360 and over a million on PS4, plus more on other platforms, that brings its total to, at the least, over 35 million copies sold.


Two big names have been cast in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, currently referred to as Batman vs. Superman. Jesse Eisenberg will play Superman’s most notorious foe Lex Luthor in the movie while Jeremy Irons will portray Bruce Wayne’s butler (and yet so much more than that) Alfred. They join the previously announced Gal Gadot who has been cast as Wonder Woman. As of right now, the film is set to come out May 6, 2016.


Titan Comics has inked a deal with BBC Worldwide to publish new Doctor Who comics starting this year. The comics will focus on the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), and the upcoming Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi). A release date and creative teams have yet to be announced.

Two skulls of crocodile-like “swamp monsters” have been found in an oxbow lake in West Texas where they were entombed for centuries. The creatures were said to have died 205 million years ago and were probably about 17 feet long with a 2 foot snout. The first skull was found in 2001, but after the discovery of the second skull, scientists were prompted to do further research. They have now formally named it a new species in the Triassic phytosaur family.

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