New gameplay video for Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter

sherlock holmes devil's daughter

Publisher Bigben Interactive and developer Frogwares have released a new gameplay video for Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter. The video focuses on the investigative gameplay, and for the first time in the series, you’ll be able to move freely through the several districts in London.

Here we see Sherlock helping out Tom Hurst, a young Whitechapel boy looking for his missing father, George. He’ll be investigating the streets of Whitechapel by checking out clues and using his observation and analytical skills.

Check out the walkthrough video below.

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on June 10th.


New Superman will be Chinese

In the world of comic books, there are many characters who can take on the mantle of a popular superhero. For example, we’ve had Bucky and Falcon take the mantle of Captain America, Amadeus Cho as Hulk, Dick Grayson as Batman, and X-23 as Wolverine. Now we have a new Superman, and his name is Kenan Kong.

Writer Gene Luen Yang and artist Viktor Bogdanovic will be working on DC Comics’ “New Super-Man”, a new title following the adventures of the Chinese superhero.

Yang talks about how the name of the hero came about on the DC blog.

“My mom’s family left Mainland China when she was just an infant. She spent most of her childhood in Hong Kong and Taiwan. My dad was born and raised in Taiwan. My family hasn’t lived in China for at least a generation. I’ve only visited China twice, so my understanding of Chinese culture is through echoes.”

“I would be writing about Chinese life as an outsider, but some American readers would assume that I was an insider simply because of my last name,” he continued. “It seemed like a situation fraught with peril.”

He decided to move forward with the project by taking his own advice about reading and writing “outside of their comfort zones.”

He did come up with some rules for naming the character:

  • The name would need to be a plausible Chinese name.
  • The name’s meaning should relate to the character’s journey in some way.
  • The English version of the Chinese name should be derived using Pinyin. There are different ways of Romanizing Chinese. A lot of what we see in American Chinatowns uses a system called Wade-Giles (or is “Wade-Giles-ish”). Pinyin is now the standard in Mainland China, so that’s what I want to use in the book.
  • The English version should have the initials K. K. I want to use this as a mnemonic device to help readers connect the new character to Clark Kent. I can’t use C. K. because there is no hard c in Pinyin. The Pinyin c is pronounced “ts,” like in “cats.”
  • The English version should be immediately pronounceable by American readers who haven’t studied Pinyin. This means I have to avoid certain letters like x (pronounced kind of like “sh” in Pinyin) and q (pronounced kind of like “ch”).
  • The Pinyin version cannot sound Japanese.

The last rule was added later after some confusion with the initial name idea.

“What would I think if I were a casual comics reader and I encountered an Asian super hero named Kenji Kong as a supporting character in a couple panels of a DC comic, without any context for the name? I’d probably assume some non-Asian writer had confused Asian cultures. I was only thinking about how I’d make this character and his name work in the particular story I was going to write… I had to change the name.”

And here’s the Chinese character of Kenan Kong:

“孔克南 Kenan Kong
南 Nan means “south.” Appropriate for a kid from Shanghai, since folks from Beijing like to call folks from Shanghai ‘Southerners.’

克 Ke means ‘to overcome.’ What could be more Super-Man than ‘to overcome’?

Kenan isn’t quite as easy to pronounce (in Chinese, it’s closer to “Ken Ann” than “Key Nan”), but it’s pronounceable enough. And it definitely satisfies constraint #6.”

What do you think of the new Super-Man?

“New Super-Man” #1 will be available on July 13th.


Prince dies at age 57

Prince Rogers Nelson, also known as Prince, has died Thursday at the age of 57, according to his publicist.

“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” said Yvette Noel-Schure.

There were signs of his condition, as it was reported that he had the flu earlier this month and had to cancel two concerts in Atlanta, according to Atlanta Journal Constitution. However, Noel-Schure told CNN that he was able to perform days later in Atlanta, but after the concert, his plane did an emergency landing. “He is fine and at home,” she said during that time.

People worldwide have felt the loss of a musical legend.

RIP Prince :(

Kevin Feige clarifies Marvel Studios’ role in Sony’s Spider-Man film

Spider-Man will be making his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Captain America: Civil War. This was made possible thanks to a deal Sony and Marvel Studios have arranged. Part of the deal was that Marvel Studios would have a helping hand with the production of Sony’s upcoming standalone Spider-Man film. So what kind of a role will they have? Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tells Collider that both studios are very hands-on and that Marvel is on the creative side and Sony is at a producer level.

“We’re working very much [together]. It is a— I don’t know exactly what the credits will be, but it is a Sony Pictures production of a Marvel Studios film. The agreement was that it is very much a Sony Pictures movie. Amy Pascal is co-producing it with us and [Sony Chairman] Tom Rothman is leading the charge for Sony and that we are the creative producers. We are the ones hiring the actor, introducing him in this film, and then working right now on the script and soon to be shooting the actual Spidey film.”

Feige has mentioned before that the new Spider-Man film won’t be an origin story, and here he repeats himself.

“We spend a lot of time as we work on these movies saying ‘Don’t take it for granted that the audience saw the other movies or that the audience is as versed in the comic books as we are.’ We take great pains to give you everything you need to know within the context of whatever movie you’re actually watching. However, we did say, if it’s safe to assume anything, it’s safe to assume that everybody knows how Spider-Man became Spider-Man and what that backstory was. We’ve seen it a number of times now, it’s its own well-known mythology. So we said, let’s reveal that there’s been a Spider-Man in the MCU and we meet him, as you see, in [Civil War].”

Then there’s also the hope of seeing familiar Marvel Studios characters in the Spider-Man film, so that’s a plus.

Erik Bauersfeld, Star Wars’ Admiral Ackbar, passes away at 93

Erik Bauersfeld // Admiral Ackbar

Even if you don’t know the name Erik Bauersfeld, you certainly know the name of Admiral Ackbar. Bauersfeld is the voice of the iconic Star Wars character and has sadly, passed away.

It’s always so sad when we learn some of our favorite characters have passed, especially when it’s unexpected.

He was most notable for his quote, “It’s a trap!” which I’m sure you all have heard regardless if you’re a Star Wars fan or not. Not only did he play Ackbar, he came back to the Star Wars scene in the newest film – Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He also did the voice for Bib Fortuna, who lived on Tatooine.

We will miss you, Erik Bauersfeld.