In a memo to staff, Microsoft’s head of Xbox and Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer said that the company will close Xbox Entertainment Studios in the coming months.
The executive team at XES, including Nancy Tellem and Jordan Levin, will stay on to finish some of the projects that Xbox is already deep in production on, including the digital feature “Halo: Nightfall,” the “Signal to Noise” documentary series (which launches with the Zak Penn-directed feature “Atari: Game Over”), and the “Halo” TV series, which will continue as planned with 343 Industries.
“Wow…I think we’ve reached the epitome of butthurt here. All of you are pissed at this guy because he made observations? Great work, people. Truly amazing how big of a shit fit you all had over a single YouTube comment.”—(Good) YouTube comment of the day - via tuxandashotty
But it’s three hours long. How can it be about nothing?
Because Michael Bay has somehow perfected his technique of turning a major summer action movie blockbuster into a high school graduation. It’s three long hours of things happening that you don’t care about. Oh, sure, eventually the person you’re there to see will be called to the stage (likely this student’s name is Grimlock) and you’ll be excited to see him get his moment of recognition, and then the rest of these goddamn kids you don’t know or care about have to get their diploma too. Even though Transformers 4 has less of certain problems that have plagued the live-action franchise, watching it is an obligation, a joyless, interminable slog where all you do is wait for Grimlock to get his diploma, metaphorically speaking, and go home and have a beer.
Take a closer look at the workings of androids, cyborgs, and giant mechanical beasts with this collection of technical—but fictional—illustrations. Everyone from the lowliest droid to the most murderous Termintor breaks down to hydraulics and wire.
“Pain is physical, suffering is mental. Beyond the mind there is no suffering. Pain is essential for the survival of the body, but none compels you to suffer. Suffering is due entirely to clinging or resisting; it is a sign of our unwillingness to move on, to flow with life. As a sane life is free of pain, so is a saintly life free from suffering. A saint does not want things to be different from what they are; he knows that, considering all factors, they are unavoidable. He is friendly with the inevitable and, therefore, does not suffer. Pain he may know, but it does not shatter him. If he can, he does the needful to restore the lost balance, or he lets things take their course.”—Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (via lazyyogi)