Despite a million and one rumors, Verizon still doesn't an iPhone. Big whoop, we can do without the janky antenna design anyway. Perhaps more appealing than an iPhone is the limited edition Droid R2-D2 by Motorola, which we're told will be available online through Verizon on September 30.
The specially designed phone will come in a custom box resembling carbonite and include a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset. You can also expect a spattering of exclusive pre-loaded content, including R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones, four live wallpapers, R2-D2 clock widget, "The Best of R2-D2" video with the original Cantina music, and an exclusive binoculars app.
If you already own a modern smartphone, don't fret, you can still get your Star Wars fix.
"To celebrate 30 years since the film hit theaters, customers with Android devices running Android 2.1 or higher will soon be able to get the Empire Strikes Back app from Android Market," Verizon said. "The app, only for Verizon Wireless customers, allows Jedi Masters to browse, preview, and download Star Wars content related to Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back."
The premium content carries a one-time charge of $2.99. As for the R2-D2 phone, that will run $249 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and with a new two-year service agreement.
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Good news for Star Wars fan who, after picking up various VHS copies, DVD releases, special edition DVD releases, and every other version of their favorite sci-fi flicks, feel as though they need yet more copies to add to their collection, they'll soon (and finally) be able to watch the classic series on Blu-ray.
"Blu-ray is the absolute best way to experience Star Wars at home -- in pristine high definition," said George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars saga. "The films have never looked or sounded better."
All six movies will ship in the Star Wars Blu-ray Box Set in Fall 2011, and of course you can expect plenty of extras, like documentaries, behind-the-scenes shots, interviews, retrospectives, and never-before-seen footage from the Lucasfilm archives.
For about two-hundred bucks, you can pick up the closest thing you'll ever get to a real-life lightsaber, that being the S3 Spyder Arctic from Wicked Lasers. A tad on the pricey side, sure, but totally worth it to wield "the most dangerous laser ever created," as Wicked Lasers warns.
Sounds a lot like the lightsaber found in the Star Wars flicks, and according to George Lucas, it looks like one too. So much, in fact, that Lucas and his firm, Lucasfilm, sent a cease and desist order to Wicked Lasers.
"It is apparent from the design of the Pro Arctic Laser that it was intended to resemble the hilts of our lightsaber swords, which are protected by copyright," the C&D order states.
The letter goes on to call the S3 Spyder Arctic "a highly dangerous product with the potential to cause blindness, burns, and other damage to people and/or property."
That second part actually appears to be true, and to address safety concerns, Wicked Lasers made a number of changes to its device, such as adding an adjustable power mode, adjustable wave mode, secure lock/unlock mode, and a training lens that reduces the power output by 80 percent to prevent accidents of untrained Jedis...er, customers.
Check out the alleged lightsaber lookalike here, and then tell us if you think Lucas and Co. have a legal leg to stand on.
It's been thirty years to the day since two very important events ruptured the fabric of space and time in the nerd world.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes back debuted, giving Star Wars fans and movie lovers alike arguably the most coveted sequel (other then the Matrix: Reloaded....pffffft) in movie history. Makes sense too. The battle of Hoth, the introduction of Yoda, the Vader/father revelation, Boba friggin' Fett, Lando's epic stache, whats not to like? Let today be a reminder of just how awesome the original Star Wars trilogy was, and let us collectively join 'forces' to try and forget the fact that Episodes 1-3, Jar-Jar Binks, and young Mannequin Skywalker ever existed. While we're at it, lets try and forget there was ever an Indy 4, too. It's soothing to simply pretend certain things never happened.
That's right, today marks the thirty year anniversary of one of the most ground-breaking games in history. Ignoring the fact that you probably have an iteration of this game on your cell phone (or did at one point), take a couple of brief minutes out of your day to head over to Google for a couple of rounds of good ol' fashioned, blue-ghost-chasing fun. Happy anniversary Pac-Man!
“You heard about them Wookies, right? They say those giant furballs will tear your [socks] off and [tickle] you until you’re [not dead from having your arms ripped off].”
Like that? Well then, you -might- be happy to hear that LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment -might- be working on a Star Wars MMO for this generation's impressively impressionable younglings. Citing an "inside source," TenTonHammer revved up the rumor mill:
“While we have not yet learned the title of the upcoming game, it sounds like SOE is planning to use the browser-based Free Realms engine to power the game, and the game’s setting will be the Clone Wars,” the site reported.
Obviously, then, this game wouldn’t be attempting to undercut Star Wars: The Old Republic – or even Star Wars Galaxies, for that matter. Rather, it would serve as another portion of Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ multimedia barrage.
That’s not to say that we entirely approve of this potential product, however. Maybe we’re old-fashioned, but we think the original trilogy’s the only way to go when kickstarting a child’s unhealthy obsession with Star Wars. Clone Wars, though? If we see any of that watered-down stuff in our house, you’re grounded like yesterday. And no more homework until you finish watching the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, got it?
We don't get excited about much these days. When all we could muster over Deus Ex 3 deets was a guarded "Neat," it began to dawn on us that we might be suffering from chronic peace of mind, and that made us kind of upset, but not really. Fortunately, the kings of inapproPriate capitaLization have alerted various media outlets that they plan to trot out their highly anticipated collaborative effort on October 21. It's been all but confirmed that the LucasArts-BioWare tango has birthed a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic MMO. And we're totally stoked.
The invitation, stamped with both LucasArts and BioWare's respective logos, boasts that "The wait is over," and gives members of the press a come-hither look with promises of "the official unveiling of the game that's been rumored about for years."
Gamasutra notes that the public may not see the game until a few days after the unveiling, thanks to embargos. Even so, we're marking down the minutes until BioWare and LucasArts yank the curtain off their latest (final?) group project. We'll make sure to give you a heads-up when it happens, assuming our keyboard doesn't malfunction while it's floating in a puddle of our drool.