EA Shutting Down Maxis Emeryville

EA is reportedly shutting down Maxis Emeryville, the gaming studio responsible for creating such hit games as The Sms. The news was broken on Twitter by EA Designer Guillaume Pierre. Pierre noted that it was a fun 12 years for the company, but it was time to shut it down.

The studio has faced a number of challenges over the past several years. Paul Mathieson said that notably, the launch of SimCity in 2013, one of the companies flagship games as reported by CNN. That game, which was meant to be played online, faced a number of server-related issues that made gameplay nearly impossible. The botched release caused a lot of backlash for the studio from fans.

The launch of SimCity was followed several months later by the launch of The Sims 4 by the studio. That release didn’t have quite as many technical issues, however, sales were not as high as the company hoped or expected.

In a statement about the closure, EA remarked that closing the studio doesn’t have any impact on the company’s commitment to the games or its players. EA plans to still continue Maxis products in its Melbourne, Helsinki, salt Lake City, and Redwood Shores studios.

Tom Rothman Is New Chairman At Sony

The Sony hacking scandal has caused a lot of reorganizing and chaos at the company, but with the hiring of Tom Rothman as Amy Pascal’s replacement, things should be settling down soon. The new chairman of Sony’s Motion Picture Group is not new to the company nor to the industry. Since 2013, he has been running TriStar Productions at Sony, and his previous experience is even more impressive. Rothman spent in excess of a decade with Fox Filmed Entertainment, overseeing such releases as “Titanic” and “Avatar”. He is a man well known for his passion for the genre, even hosting classic movie screenings on the Fox Movie Channel.

Michael Lynton remains chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and will be around as Sony has also recently announced the extension of his contract. Lynton will be the official to whom Rothman will report and said in a recent statement “Tom’s creativity, strong talent relationships, and track record of enduring films and commercial success are unparalleled in this industry and exactly what we are looking for to grow our film business.” It doesn’t seem an exaggeration when one looks at Rothman’s tenure at Fox achieving around 150 Academy Award nominations and $40 billion in worldwide box office. This is also the man who founded Fox Searchlight, the organization that brought us “12 Years a Slave”, “Black Swan”, “Whip It”, and “Little Miss Sunshine” alongside a host of other acclaimed movies.

His predecessor will be launching a new venture with Sony, where she will produce the studio’s “Spider-Man” movies in addition to other ventures.

Dr. Rod Rohrich uses his plastic surgery experience to teach others

Dr. Rod Rohrich has worked at a number of respected hospitals and teaching establishments in a bid to become one of the World’s top plastic surgeons, something he has achieved and been recognized for as a former President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The vast amount of the research, academic writings and educational opportunities Dr Rod Rohrich has headed up have been completed since he arrived at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1986. In 1991, Dr Rod Rohrich become the leader of the Plastic Surgery Department at UT Southwestern and began to develop a series of techniques and new approaches that have made him a respected figure throughout the World in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

In the many roles Dr Rod Rohrich has taken in voluntary positions and those that Dr Rod Rohrich has completed at UT Southwestern, the surgeon has created a vast catalog of high quality work that is used by organizations around the World to teach surgeons the best and latest techniques. Dr Rod Rohrich has been a strong supporter of the phasing out of dedicated procedures that are used without alterations to suit the needs of the individual patient, his work in the field of rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation takes a unique approach to each case he is faced with. In these areas, alongside the surgical techniques pioneered by Rohrich in breast augmentation the surgeon is a World leader whose techniques and practices stand as a guiding light for Surgeons everywhere.

Dr. Rod Rohrich now splits his time between the operating table and the many teaching opportunities Dr Rod Rohrich is given in different areas of the World. The Dallas, Texas resident has given over 100 lectures and seminars in different parts of the World and has become one of the most sought after speakers amongst plastic surgeons on the planet. During his time as a teacher, Rohrich has also delivered over 900 presentations to various groups on the techniques he uses in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

The White Stripes to Release ‘Get Behind Me Satan’ on Vinyl

Jack White and Meg White may no longer perform together as The White Stripes, but the band still has a loyal following. Jack, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the band’s album ‘Get Behind Me Satan,’ will release the first vinyl press of the album through his Third Man Records label in Nashville.

According to reports, ‘Get Behind Me Satan’ will be released as a two-album set. One album will be done in red vinyl while the other will be white. The White Stripes were known for their red-white-black color scheme preference. Fans like Marcio Alaor BMG has read that a new cover will also adorn the release. The vinyl album cover will feature the original cover which will transition to two stand-in models.

The red and white album set will be available in limited release. The set will be available at Third Man Records and other Records Store Day retailers. ‘Get Behind Me Satan’ will be made available in larger numbers in black vinyl later this year.

The White Stripes, a Detroit-based rock duo, rose to prominence with hit songs such as “Seven Nation Army” and “The Hardest Button to Button.” The duo’s origins were originally shrouded in secrecy, as the then-married Jack and Meg presented themselves as siblings in the public eye. The pair had hoped that the facade would force fans to focus more on the “permanency” of siblings rather than their romantic relationship.

The two later divorced, but continued to perform together for years.

The White Stripes announced the group disbanded in 2011.

Iron Man to Help Kick Off New Spider-Man Franchise

As soon as Spider-Man was confirmed to be swinging back into the Marvel wheelhouse, rumors and hopes of the on screen adventures of the wall crawling hero started to pop up all over the internet. Luckily for fans, the wait to find out who will be heading up the development of the new generation of Spider-Man films and quite possibly what the adventure will consist of.

Fans like Alexei Beltyukov know that, since Marvel and Sony are sharing the franchise, at least for now, the person charged with writing and directing the film had to get approval from both studios. According to Screen Rant, Drew Goddard has won the approval of both film companies to kick off what is rumored to be “The Spectacular Spider-Man.” Fans of the franchise will realize that Goddard was originally tapped to helm the Sinister Six movie for Sony, but those plans have been scrapped. It also looks like Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr. will be featured in the film, for at least a short time to kick the next adventures of Spidey off with a bang.

With an official announcement due in the coming weeks, this latest leak of information should get the anticipation levels of fans everywhere kicked into high gear. Marvel seems intent on doing one of their most popular characters justice on the big screen, and bringing in the big gun that is Iron Man to get things moving is a great idea.

The Legend Of Zelda Movie

A member of Reddit.com asked an interesting question. The question was, if you could make any video game into a movie, what would it be? Personally, I would make The Legend Of Zelda into a movie. The game franchise is one of the biggest in the history of video games.

The Legend Of Zelda was first released in 1986, on the original Nintendo console and many fans like Ricardo Guimarães BMG fondly remember this game. The game followed Link, and his journey to save princess Zelda. Since 1986, there have been countless sequels to the game. The Legend Of Zelda is second to only Mario in terms of popularity.

The Legend Of Zelda would translate perfectly into a movie. Link could be played by someone like Leonardo Dicaprio. Link is a tough character, but he is not overly strong or tough. However, Link turns out to be the hero of Hyrule. Leonardo Dicaprio has made a career out of roles playing the hero.

The role of Zelda could be played by Jessica Alba. She is a beautiful and soft woman just like Zelda. Leonardo Dicaprio and Jessica Alba would be a great pair on screen. There is still the matter of the evil character Gannon.

Gannon could be played by Javier Bardem. Bardem was the bad guy in ‘No Country For Old Men.’ Gannon is a big character and Javier Bardem is a big guy. The Legend Of Zelda could be a great movie, but I don’t think it will be made anytime soon.

The Success of The Antique Wine Company and CEO Stephen Williams

Mankind has been making and drinking wine for thousands of years. There is evidence of wine consumption in 6,000 BC in the eastern European area now occupied by the country of Georgia. Wine is often used to enhance practically any type of meal. It is often used in religious traditions or simply for its intoxicating effects! People who cherish a fine wine need a good wine merchant such as The Antique Wine Company founded in 1982 by Stephen Williams in London, England.

 

Stephen Williams was born in the industrial town of Ripley in the Amber Valley district of Derbyshire, England. There his father sold cash registers which indicate that Stephen and his two siblings were brought up in a modest lifestyle. He grew up to become an insurance salesman which he found to be unsatisfying. People will buy one insurance policy and they are done, but people buy wine over and over again. Williams enjoyed wine tasting events so he eventually started <a href=”https://awc-wine.com/”>The Antique Wine Company</a> (AWC) which grew into a multi-million dollar company!

 

This wine company specializes in some of the finest wines on the planet. They do business with more than 20,000 clients out of over 70 nationalities. Clients include private individuals, upper crust restaurants and hotels, as well as the global wine trade. The company has more than 10,000 bottles of some of the finest vintages on Earth in its wine cellars. Services offered include master classes in wines, cellar planning, rare wine sourcing, and other events dealing with rare and fine wines.

 

The company sold an 1811 bottle of Chateau d’Yquem for 75,000 pounds (about $117,000) in July 2011 to self proclaimed sommelier Christian Vanneque. Mr. Vanneque said that he intends to show the bottle of wine behind bullet proof glass at one of his restaurant in Bali, Sip Sunset Grill. It is believed that only 10 bottles of this rare vintage still exist. This sale makes it the most expensive bottle of white wine ever sold according to Guinness World Records. Mr. Vanneque says he aims to drink his wine at some time in the future!

 

The AWC has other claims to fame. In 1994 they supplied wine for former President George H.W. Bush’s 70th birthday party! In 1997 they supplied 1912 vintage wines to celebrate the success of the film Titanic at the Academy Awards. In 2010 they released the first iPhone Wine App! Stay tuned for more!

 

What’s Your Ideal Game Length?

Gamerant.com recently asked players, how long should a video game be? My personal opinion may be different from a lot of other gamers. According to this dealmaker.com post,  a video game should last anywhere between 40-100+ hours. That may sound like an incredibly long game, but I disagree. I grew up on games that require a great deal of time and effort to beat.

Today, you can beat some games within 5-8 hours. That sounds like a complete waste of money to me. There are games like ‘Skyrim’ that can literally be played for hundreds of hours. There are also games like ‘The Order 1886′ which can be completed in only 5-hours. A game that can be finished in one sitting is truly not worth $60.

Again, I must admit I grew up playing games like the Final Fantasy series, Super Mario, and The Legend Of Zelda. All of those games require a tremendous amount of time to beat. The games I mentioned were not even $60 at the time. A game that can be played for a long time is definitely worth the money, but one that takes a few hours is not.

These days, gamers are not able to rent a game, beat it, and return it. Instead, most of us will purchase a game and finish it, but then we are stuck with it forever. There is always an option to trade the game in, but you will usually only get peanuts for it. I recommend purchasing games that can be played over and over.

Vijay Eswaran: A Man With Heart

Vijay Eswaran is a highly accomplished businessman. Vijay Eswaran may not be the first person that one would suspect of being a great charity man. Vijay Eswaran has opened up charitable efforts to help others learn more about the ways of business as he has learned them. Vijay Eswaran found this to be an important part of what he does because he wants others to know the joy of making their own living and being successful like he was.

Vijay Eswaran’s biggest claim to fame is the fact that he founded and operates the QI group. This group is engaged in a number of different businesses that range from hospitality to e-commerce. Basically, Vijay Eswaran is a man of all trades and has managed to be an expert in all of them. He was recently awarded the CEO of the year award for the country of Malaysia. It is something that Vijay Eswaran says was one of the greatest honors in his life.

All of this success and happiness did not just come out of nowhere. Vijay Eswaran had to put in a lot of work to get to where he is. Vijay Eswaran had to attend some of the top flight business schools in the world and have the motivation to make himself a successful. Vijay Eswaran also had to work some odd jobs along the way in order to make the kind of living that he is now able to enjoy. Vijay Eswaran was known to work jobs all throughout Europe that would be hard to imagine someone of his stature working today. However, Vijay Eswaran realized that these were nothing more than the stepping stones that he needed to use to get to the point that he is at today.

The most remarkable thing about this gentleman is the fact that Vijay Eswaran has used the power and money that he has obtained to put himself in a position to give back money to other people. Vijay Eswaran has done a lot of charitable work that has made a difference in people’s life. It is something that not enough people give him credit for, and it is certainly not something that enough people are doing. Remember, those in power often work only to consolidate the power that they already have. This is not the case with Vijay Eswaren. Vijay Eswaran works every day to ensure that others are able to follow in the footsteps of this great man. Vijay Eswaran works hard and tirelessly, and everyone should be thankful for the contributions that he has made.

Deadpool Movie Information Starting to Flow

 

Super hero films can build up anticipation and buzz that becomes prevalent across slideshare.net and other social sites. My friend Paul Mathieson related it as like a freight train before their release dates, which is a benefit and liability when it comes to fan expectation. However another valuable source of information that comes into play when a super hero franchise is being launched, is where producers are taking the next series of movies. The case of the coming Deadpool movie is revealing a few hints about what is coming down the pipe.

According to Screen Rant, a formal casting announcement has revealed a few more characters that will be appearing along with Deadpool in the film. While code names and secrets are being used to prevent leaks, but some knowledge of comic books can provide a bit of insight into what might be planned for future films. While most of the characters in the film are pretty much going to be replicas of the characters on the page, having Colossus stop by for the movie would a great treat for fans.

Until more information is confirmed by the Deadpool camp, which seems unlikely for a few months anyway, fans will probably continue to get excited by every bit of information available. The movie is being built up as a way to apologize for the treatment the character received in the forgettable “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” film. With any luck, this time around the Merc with the Mouth translates a little better onto the big screen.