Star power


Wednesday, May 9, 2007 | 05:42 AM | by
Ok, forget the SM3 time trials. The tougher ones are next to impossible when you're fighting a time limit and the camera.

I'm sure a good number of you have heard about the Planet Earth documentary series. The Discovery Channel has been promoting it pretty hard the past few months. If you haven't seen any of it, you really should check it out. The footage is absolutely stunning. I watch these episodes and I'm sitting there stunned that this is the world I live in. I mean, it's a world I will most likely never see first-hand, and it is so vastly different and more beautiful than sometimes I think we realize.

A lot of people don't know that Planet Earth is actually a BBC series, which you can already get on DVD. The Discovery Channel took the series and re-recorded the narrative with Sigourney Weaver. I saw about ten minutes of this version on TV and... no. Just... no. If you don't mind spending the $50-60 for the full set on HD-DVD or Blu-Ray, I highly recommend you get the original versions narrated by David Attenborough. His narration, enthusiasm and depth is unmatched. And really, the series should be watched in HD anyway, for the full effect.

CellFactor has finally been released. This game was the primary reason I bought an Ageia PhysX card, and for the last year my only CellFactor fix was in the form of the rough and unfinished tech demo, which CellFactor originally started as. They've finished turning it into an actual game, and thank god. So far when people ask me if the Ageia card is worth the purchase, I have to tell them no. I love it when I have a game that supports the card, but for the average computer user I just can't recommend it as a purchase without more title support. It made G.R.A.W. and City of Villains more enjoyable and visually attractive, but unless you're diehard into either of those games...

Not that CellFactor, a free game, is going to justify the card, but it's a step closer. Vanguard was originally listed as using the card, but that disappeared somewhere along the line. If Unreal Tournament 3 maintains use of the card, then we'll talk.

In the meantime... the physics in CellFactor are a blast if you have the card.


Wednesday, May 9, 2007 | 10:14 PM | by
How does future Peter have that nasty scar across his face when he clearly has Claire's healing ability? Maybe the nuclear detonation damaged him so bad that he couldn't heal properly?

Whoa, ok, there is not an "alternate time line"

Thursday, May 10, 2007 | 12:13 AM | by
Heroes spoilers ahead, watch out!

I'm getting a lot of people suggesting that in the future we saw Peter had never saved Claire or absorbed her power, and that Sylar had killed her. So Peter didn't have the regenerative power, thus the scar.

Sorry, but that's wrong.

First of all, in the events as they originally ran their course, Future Hiro tried to stab Sylar but it had no effect because Sylar had killed Claire at the homecoming and taken her power. So Future Hiro said fuck that, went back in time and told Peter to save the cheerleader. He went back to his own time expecting things to be right as rain, except now the only thing that's different is that Claire is alive and in hiding (which is why she's now alive for Sylar to take her power when we saw it five years in the future), but Sylar is still alive. Fortunately for Future Hiro, Present Hiro shows up on his doorstep. So Future Hiro sends Present Hiro back with the second part of the mission. Now that Claire is saved, Present Hiro needs to kill Sylar. Presumably before he assumes Nathan's identity and they lose track of who Sylar really is (just a guess on my part there).

So there aren't "multiple time lines". There is a single time line, changes in the now cause changes in the future. They changed the future by saving Claire, but not enough to stop the bomb. That's why Hiro and Ando were confused that New York was still devastated, and went to Isaac to find out what happened in the days leading up to the election that they did wrong. So they could go back and fix it.

As far as Peter's scar, I have received word that it is not in fact a mistake, and that it's just something that hasn't been explained to us yet. Peter does have regeneration, and yet he still gets the scar, and we'll find out how/why later on in the series. So that takes care of that question.

(I'm not just hypothesizing here. This stuff is paraphrased from a Q&A with some of the show's writers/producers.)

One last spoiler alert

Thursday, May 10, 2007 | 09:04 PM | by
By far the most common "Peter Scar" theory showing up in my inbox is that the Haitian's power blocking abilities are somehow involved. Which could account for Peter taking damage and not being able to heal.

However I wanted to point out that, assuming Peter survived whatever trauma caused such a nasty scar without his healing powers, a wound like that will take weeks to heal. So unless the Haitian hung around with Peter 24/7 for weeks until it was scarred over, Peter's regeneration would probably kick in as soon as the Haitian was far enough away.

But again, at some point it will be explained to us, so we'll see.