Weekly Nerd News: September 17


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:

Jack Black is in talks to star in a Goosebumps-like movie adaptation. He would portray a writer whose characters leap from page to life and he must then escape his own creations. No word on what books would be involved in the storyline, but as Goosebumps is the second-most successful children’s series (behind Harry Potter) with over 175 titles and counting, there will be plenty to choose from.

The Assassin’s Creed series is getting two more titles. Assassin’s Creed: Liberation will be a remake of last year’s Vita game and will feature a graphics overhaul, remastered music and sound effects, and new missions that will give more information into Aveline’s story. It is set to arrive for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in 2014. Assassin’s Creed Pirates will be a new 3D mobile title that will be offered on smartphones and tablets this fall. In it, players will be able to manage their crew and search for treasure and recruit new members to join their team, plus ships will be customizable, and more.

The Playstation Vita is on its way to becoming a high-end gaming console in its own right. It’s not just its gaming capabilities leading it there, though. Yes, it lets you play over 1,300 games and stream said games to multiple TVs in the same household through the upcoming PS4, but it will also be able to play video as well, all while fitting into the palm of your hand. Though only available for now in Japan, the console should make its way to America soon, where it is rumored to cost $99.99.

Twitter has recently started rolling out a new filtering system for users with verified accounts. It will involve three tabs in users’ mentions – “All” for all replies, “Filtered” to attempt to cut down on spam, and “Verified” which only shows interactions with other verified accounts.

After posting a controversial contest online last week, DC Comics has apologized for any offense caused. The contest was originally posted as a tryout for potential artists and in one frame, Harley Quinn is supposed to be drawn naked in a bathtub seemingly about to commit suicide. DC noted in their apology that the bigger picture of the story is supposed to be over-the-top and cartoony and regretted not providing more context for the scene. However, they will still be continuing with their open talent search.

Julianne Moore has been cast as President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. In the best-selling books, Coin is the leader of the rebellion, formerly of the mysterious District 13 and new president of Panem. Coin and Katniss Everdeen are reluctant allies in the beginning, but soon Katniss grows to find her untrustworthy. Mockingjay Part 1 is set to come out in November 2014 with Part 2 arriving in November 2015.

Valve has announced a family sharing plan that will allow users to share their entire game library with other users on up to ten devices, regardless of whether the primary player is signed in or not. Secondary users will also be able to download content while logged in. Lenders will be responsible for any bad behavior conducted on their account, though, and will have the option of removing borrowers from their library.

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