Video Games v. Comic Book Cannon

Can you just create a major villain in a video game after 50+ years of Character Development in the comic books and expect him to be welcomed with open arms? The video game creators Rocksteady Games says, “YES!” With the success of Arkham Aslyum and Arkham City, Rocksteady Games looks to bring Arkham Knight to the forefront; both as a great game and a sinister Villain.

But back to the question; how or why do creators think they can just create a new villain outside of comics and have them placed right into mainstream cannon. Alec Ward co-creater of Nerd Management and host of Point Blank Games Review here on the Nerd Management Network is a video games enthusiast who has played all of the Arkham games. Alec adds, “I’m beyond excited for them to return to this franchise. If the character (Arkham Knight) is really well put together and flushed [out] then I would be happy to see him in [the comics].”

Warner Swopes co-creator Nerd Management also reminded us, “Harley Quinn was first introduced to us in the Batman Animated Series.” She is now a wildy huge character. So yeah if the character is good and fans love them they can probably make the jump from Video Games or Cartoon and go to the comics and become a canonized character in the lore of the mythology.

This all circulates around this character being a good or great character if they can make the jump to the comics. But does DC even what this character to make the jump? Is it a current villain that dons a new suit in the minds of the Rocksteady development? No one knows until this amazingly visual of a game Arkham Knight comes out.



Assassin’s Creed IV: A Franchise Has Lifelined

Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag (Pass!)


Ever since playing as Altair in the first Assassin’s Creed I fell in love with the storyline of Desmond and the Assassin’s trying to save the world from Abstergo. I loved the game play and it was so fluid and fun, it was unlike any other game I had ever played. A few glitches in the original but the story and play more than made up for it. Being a history buff and a religious studies minor in college, the Holy War aspect at the centre of the story really drew me in.

It quickly became my game of choice as Assassin’s Creed 2 (AC2) came out introducing Ezio as the main historical Assassin replacing the aging Altair in Desmond’s flashbacks. Better game play and fixed bugs made AC2 the quintessential game to date for my repertoire of gaming.

With Brotherhood and Revelations following more story from Ezio through Desmond and the crew fleeing from Abstergo the game kept drawing me more and more in. The Game play getting better and better and the storyline so much closer to perfect than any game I have ever played.

Assassin’s Creed 3 came out and changed everything. Not the best storyline, you had to play as a Templar without know knowing it to start off. Then the majority of your time you don’t even know who the Assassins are until a frail old man guides you a little ways. The hunting and free roam were lack luster and it almost was as if the franchise took a step back.

The creators added the Sailing/ Piracy feature into AC3 to try to get people to play different styles. This caught on a little bit but was more confusing and hard to navigate than I was used to from a once great franchise. So I avoided it at all costs, I skipped intrical parts of the storyline as much as I could and it made the game feel different than I thought it should.

The way it ended with Desmond, and the final secret mission at the end made me feel like I was done completely with the franchise. It ended on Dec 12, 2012 and that was supposed to be that. Well here comes Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag which dropped last night at midnight and it features Pirates and the sailing the open water scene that made me cringe from AC3. So I said no and I will pass on my old flame. I am done with Assassin’s Creed and it’s unfortunate because I once considered the franchise my favorite of all time.