Getting Started with Unreal Development Kit–Book review

A couple of weeks ago I ran across a post requesting a review of a new book coming out ‘Getting Started with UDK’ by John P. Doran from Packt Publishing.   In the post it was stated that this book was geared to those that have never touched the Unreal Development Kit (UDK) before or even had experience using the Unreal Editor.    This is right up my alley, for I am (still) interested in creating my own games and do have some experience in creating levels for Unreal Tournament.

This 140 page book can be either downloaded (PDF, Kindle, among other formats)  or as a printed copy and shipped to your door.   Within those 140 pages you are treated to the wisdom of the authors knowledge of the unreal engine. 

The book then outlines creating a Tower Defense style of game from the humble beginnings of how to construct new geometry to how to use Kismet to visually design action sequences.   Each section of the book builds upon the last, adding more content and information and reads like a cook book with simple, easy to follow, instructions.

If you are looking for an intro into designing First/3rd person style of games, this would be a great addition to your library, and at ~$13 bucks you can’t go wrong!

"Warcraft" movie to begin filming Early 2014

Blizzard has wanted to make a Warcraft movie possible for a very long time, and there have been quite a few bumps along the way. The biggest bump was the possibility of Sam Raimi directing the movie back a few years ago, but he eventually dropped or was dropped from the project, leaving Blizzard and Legendary Pictures to find a new director.

They eventually found Duncan Jones, the director of well-recieved scifi hits like "Source Code" and "Moon". He seems to be passionate about the project, and has said on his twitter that if you’re going to make a video game movie, you need to make it about the video game, and not change it – so promising words from the director. It’s also important to note that it is not a World of Warcraft movie- it is a Warcraft movie, so we probably won’t see Leeroy Jenkins, /dancing Gnomes, or random people in a town shouting "LOOKING FOR GROUP!"

The movie is set to begin filming Early 2014 and possibly release in 2015.

[via SpawnPoint]

Castlevania movie is happening, Worf is in it

Rumors of a Castlevania film have been swirling around for years. I know at one point there were talks of doing a Castlevania III animated adaptation. On the live-action front, Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson was on board, but those plans fell through as well — he probably couldn’t find a way to shoehorn Milla Jovovich into it.

Recently, the Nerdist Podcast welcomed special guest Michael Dorn, best known for playing Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He revealed that a Castlevania movie is finally happening and that he has a small role: "They finally got the OK from the owners, and so they’re doing that. It’s a fun little part. It’s four days, and I’m playing a werewolf that’s been around for a gajillion years who works for this vampire. It’s not too far from Worf because there’s a lot of killing and jumping and sword fights and everything. So that’s what I’m doing now."

The only werewolf of any significance I can think of is Cornell from the N64’s Legacy of Darkness. I highly doubt whoever is in charge even remembers what the N64 was, so I’m guessing this is an original character. But considering how far the Castlevania cast extends, I feel very uncomfortable learning that the first announced character of the first Castlevania movie is neither Dracula nor a Belmont.

Oh well. Videogame movies. Whatcha gonna do?

‘Castlevania’ film confirmed by cast member Michael Dorn [The Verge]