“Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” won’t have multiplayer on the Xbox 360 or PS3?

That’s what one LucasArts rep is telling the folks at Total Video Games during a recent Q&A. That’s not necessarily surprising as some titles will lose multiplayer before release due to time constraints on the developers, but the reasoning provided was, to put it in a single word, stupid:

TVG: As you mentioned earlier, there’s no multiplayer in the game. Was there any specific reason for this?

To be specific, there’s no multiplayer in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, because there is on the Wii, PSP, and DS. As far as specific reasons are concerned, we don’t really like to get into the reasons why we don’t do things because I don’t think there’s really a satisfactory answer that people would really be happy with. So, there isn’t multiplayer and that’s kind of how it is…

Because the Wii, PSP, and DS versions of the game will have multiplayer they’re not going to put it into the Xbox 360 or PS3? WTF? Admittedly I can see how with the advanced physics engine being utilized on the higher end hardware it might make it difficult to implement multiplayer in a balanced way considering the ridiculously powerful force powers everyone would have. If that’s the case then just say so, but the above answer makes it sound like they expect us to buy the game twice if we want to do any kind of multiplayer. To say the least this makes me a bit less enthusiastic about buying the game at all.

Darth Vader plays the blues.

OK, one more video clip that cracked me up:

Found via Boing Boing.

“Soul Calibur IV” to have Yoda and Darth Vader as fighters.

Talk about making a geek’s wet dream come true:

Examining the fictional morality of “Star Wars.”

I have to admit that I really didn’t care much for the Star Wars prequels and I thought it was because of idiotic plot devices such as the “midichlorians” and JarJar Binks, but perhaps the reason I didn’t like them was more involved than that. Perhaps I didn’t like them because the morality they present just plain old sucks. And not just in the prequels, but in the original movies as well.

I came to realize this after reading Fictional Morality: Star Wars over at Action Skeptics which turns a critical eye on the “Jedi Code” and explains why it’s one of the worst moral systems ever imagined:

Even bigger problems arise when we look at the Star Wars universe as context. The biggest implication of this part of the Jedi Code is that Jedi are urged to be completely emotionless. On one hand, this allows them (potentially) to deliver impartial judgements. On the other, it denies them things that might well make them better people, put them more “at peace,” so to speak. Anakin Skywalker could have had a perfectly fine marriage were it not for this code. Instead, he hid his marriage and was wracked with (poorly acted) anxiety over his breach of the code. Were this tenet absent, he would have had emotion and peace. Instead he had emotion and emotional turmoil because he was breaking Jedi dogma.

This tenet is also inherently cruel given the structure of Jedi training. The Padawan learner inevitably builds a strong emotional bond with his teacher, all the while being told that such emotion is immoral and wrong. We have problems from the outset. It is almost reminiscent of the oft-told story about various militaries through time: the troops are each given a puppy and told to love it and take care of it, then once they have bonded with it are instructed to kill their puppies. The Padawans are thrown into a situation where emotion is inevitable but are led to believe that such emotion is wrong and should be eliminated.

I hadn’t really sat down to think about it, but seeing it spelled out by Akusai in this essay really brings home one what is arguably the most irritating thing about the whole Star Wars universe. Namely that its system of morality sucks and results in some pretty piss-poor storytelling as a result. In the original trilogy the Jedi mythology was kept murky enough that you could overlook it, but we become much more familiar with the Jedi in the prequels and it’s then that the problems with the morality become more pronounced. Why it never occurred to me prior to reading Akusai’s excellent essay about it is puzzling. It’s a good read and you should check out the full essay. Next up is the morality of Dungeons and Dragons and I can’t wait.

Um … Dad, Why is Aunt Beru So Crunchy?

Crispy Critters - Luke's Adoptive ParentsIf there’s a Star Wars Geek in your life, then he’s unlikely to have this particular bit of memorabilia: 

That’s right kids – it’s the official Kenner Star Wars Owen Lars and Aunt Beru (Charred) Action Figures.  Relive those exciting scenes from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in which the chemistry between Owen and Beru, Luke’s Skywalker’s adpotive parents, literally sizzles after they give some trigger-happy Imperial Stormtroopers a brief spot of target practice.  Join these intrepid Rebels as they stand up to the evil galactic empire with real “Smouldering Action!”  Be the first kid on your block to be able to accurately re-stage the first major crime scene set in the Star Wars Universe, and   conduct your own forensic analysis for the war crimes tribunal!

Fun for the whole family.  Recommended for Ages 4 and Up.

Reposted from SmugBaldy.com

New Star Wars Trailer Is All That and a Bag of Tatooine Fried Tubers

The trailer for Star Wars “Revenge of the Sith” is out and looking mighty fine. I wonder if purists will be pleased with the result. Chewie’s back (or before, or…I’m so confused) so that alone may save the day for Lucas. So is C-3PO. Yoda is too and this is what he had to say.

“See the movie you must. Pwned, it will. Feeling the force you will be.”

The little guy just might be right. We’ll know come May 19th. See it I will.

On a side note, I have an original poster of “Revenge of the Jedi” that fans hated the title for and caused to be changed to “Return of the Jedi”. Jedi apparently are above petty revenge but I guess the Sith aren’t. But who is really going to get revenge in this final(?) installment.

Revenge by any other name will still smell sweet in “Revenge of the Sith”.