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The World(s) of Entropic Horizons - Nations


Originally posted by discovergreatbritain

A rocky earth-like Planet, Ferelden  is at the outer habitable edge of the Thedas System and has a moderate to cold weather overall, with both poles capped with ice. Ferelden cities often make use of geothermal energy and hot springs are popular with travellers and locals alike. Ruled by King Alistair and Queen Rythlen, Ferelden exports natural resources such as steel, fresh water, and lyrium that is mined by Orzammar transplants.

Noteworthy Locations

  • Haven - A station dedicated to serving and hosting pilgrims to the Temple of Sacred ashes that was on Frostback, Ferelden’s lone moon. Both are now destroyed, and debris periodically falls into Ferelden’s atmosphere causing blazes of light as they burn up. These are now called ‘Andraste Tears’ and are rumoured to be signs of the dead passing into the Maker’s arms.
  • Denerim - The Nation’s capital and seat of power. Home to the Royal Couple, both veterans of the Fifth Blight.
  • Redcliffe - Ferelden’s primary mining city, near to Kinloch hold, a former circle.
  • The Blight Lands - (including Lothering and Ostagar) Lands ravaged and poisoned by the Fifth Blight

Noteworthy Fereldens

  • Rythlen Theirin - Queen of Ferelden and Hero of the Fifth Blight, Rythlen’s become somewhat of a celebrity in Thedas as footage of the heroic (and beautiful) woman saving her planet spread to Orlais and beyond. Now married to fellow Grey Warden and Blight Veteran, Alistair Theirin, Rythlen is back in the fray, working with the Inquisition to make her planet safe once more.
  • Haylan - A former Templar Hound, Haylan was born in Ferelden but was transferred to a Starkhaven Circle when her magic appeared. She now works with the Inquisition as their main doctor and healer.
  • Leliana Nightingale - Spymaster of the Inquisition, veteran of the Fifth Blight
  • Garrett Hawke - Former Champion of Kirkwall and instigator of the Great Mage Rebellion
  • Carver Hawke - Grey Warden and reluctant brother of Garrett


Originally posted by fragments-of-a-hologram-dystopia

Ferelden’s nearest neighbouring planet, Orlais is closer to the Sun, and is significantly larger and richer. Formerly spanning both planets, the Orlesian Empire contained to it’s titular planet and it’s two moons. Officially ruled by Empress Celene, Orlais has been embroiled in a brutal Civil war as General or the Orlesian army Gaspard attempts to take the throne.

Noteworthy Locations

  • Val Royaux - The Capital of Orlais and seat of the Divine, Val Royaux is a picturesque city. Everything about it is manicured and ornate. The slums are kept in an undercity, kept out of view. Elves are rarely seen above ground.
  • Halamshiral - The true heart of Orlais. Halamshiral was built on the blood of elves, and had one of the worst alienages among the outer Thedan planets. Unlike Val Royaux, Halamshiral’s slums are still above ground, although Celene had the Alienage purged shortly before the War of the Lions broke out. Construction to tear down the Alienage and build a gentrified neighbourhood has ceased in the meantime.
  • The (Hissing) Waste - The larger of Orlais’s two moons, whatever greenery and life once covered this moon, now there is only poisoned sand and ruins from the Second Blight. It was renamed after the Blight.
  • Approach - The smaller of Orlais’s moons, Approach is similarly tainted by the Second Blight and little survives on the arid surface. However, there is an oasis on the far side of Approach where something has kept the Blight’s Poison at bay.
  • Adamant Fortress - A station built above The Waste by the Grey Warden Corps ages ago, Adamant was one of many staging grounds the Wardens used to fight back and defeat the Second Blight.
  • L'Emprise du Lion - A province-continent towards the northern Orlesian pole, L'Emprise is temperate, and was formerly known as a resort getaway for Orlesian Nobility and the nouveau Riche.

Noteworthy Orlesians

  • Milliara Lavellan - Unwilling Herald and reluctant Inquisitor, Milliara is a former 'pet’ bard (a bard sponsored by a singular patron and looked down upon by others in the profession). She grew up in Halamshiral’s Alienage before meeting her Patron and eventual lover, Frederic. When their son, Nils, exhibited magic, she abducted him and fled to reconnect with her father’s Dalish clan. Bargaining for them to instruct Nils in magic and take them both in, Milliara offered her services as spy to the clan, and wound up at the Conclave. Brusque, short tempered and bitter, Milliara has a soft spot for family and a habit of throwing herself headlong into danger.
  • Nils DuLion - The son of Milliara and Frederic, Nils is sweethearted and kind. Like all Half-elves he exhibits no elven traits aside from slightly more pigmented irises and a predisposition to magic which he revealed at a young age. He’s currently being tutored in magic by Peanut Adaar, Dorian Pavus and Solas.
    • DuLion is a common name given to bastard children of nobles.
  • Frederic Rousseau - A Captain of the Chevalier Legion and Baron in his own right, Frederic is loyal to Gaspard, and even considers him a close friend. However, Frederic’s love for his son drove him to renounce his ties to the Orlesian Empire and join the Inquisition so he could spend time with Nils. He holds Milliara accountable for stealing away their son, but old feelings resurface the longer he’s around her.
  • Empress Celene - The Empress of Orlais (contested).
  • Grand Duc Gaspard - The General of the Orlesian Army and head of the Special forces the Chevaliers Legion.
  • Galaren DuMarc - a bastard son of the nouveau riche family the DuMarcs, Galaren was sent away to live with a great aunt rather than bring shame to his family. He’s been rather forcibly recruited into the Inquisition.


Originally posted by pixel8or

Stronghold of the Inquisition, Skyhold is a large and ancient fortress found in the asteroid belt beyond Ferelden. Built before Tevinter influence, it runs on spells and mechanisms that have been lost to time but maintain a planet like atmosphere and barrier to help protect those that live inside. Now it’s home to the remnants of the Lavellan clan, and other wayward souls that have joined forces with the Inquisition.

Noteworthy Skyhold Residents

(Who are not otherwise listed as part of another nation)

  • Clan Skyhold - What’s left of Clan Lavellan
    • Fiowyn Lavellan - 'Auntie Fi’ to Nils and often the volun-told babysitter, Fiowyn is actually Milliara’s cousin, not her sister. Sweet, awkward, and with a love of books and pretty people, Fiowyn’s happy to stay in Skyhold caring for the residents. After all, there’s bears out on Orlais and Feredlen
    • Aldes Lavellan - A hunter and consummate flirt, Aldes and his sisters survived the purge of Lavellan’s clan by being out on a salvage mission when the Marcher nobleman’s forces attacked.
    • Karya Lavellan - The youngest of the lavellans, Karya is shy around strangers. Quiet and thoughtful, she’s still reeling from losing her family, although being at Skyhold helps. Especially around so much knowledge and this sweet android who she keeps seeing around.
    • Kalieth Suryana - A warden mage, half sister to Aldes and Karya, veteran of the Fifth Blight. 


Originally posted by sheikh-that-ass

The closest habitable planet to the Sun, Tevinter is only habitable in sub-polar lattitudes and above due to the proximity of the Sun’s rays. once the centre of an empire that conquered nearly the entire Thedan system, now Tevinter is a crumbling shell of the glory it once was.

Noteworthy Tevinters

  • Dorian Pavus - Pariah Altus, wonderful, sparkly, sassy man.
  • Kenslynn - a half-elf from Tevinter, she’s now joined the Inquisition. Often seen hanging out with Clan Skyhold.

The Free Marches

Originally posted by flyngdream

Composed of different stations and colonies scattered throughout the asteroid field between Nevarra and Orlais, the Free Marches are a collection of independent nation-states that often band together to bargain with and defend against the larger planetary nations. Each colony has it’s own culture, from Kirkwall’s reputation as a Sin City (and now anarchy and terrorism) to Ostwick’s trade hub and Starkhaven’s…. accents.

Noteworthy Marchers

  • Theseus Trevelyan - formerly a Templar of Ostwick, Theseus, the 'spare’s spare’ of the Trevelyan family was attending the conclave when the Breach exploded, destroying Ferelden’s moon Frostback. He joined the Inquisition shortly after.
  • Maeve Trevelyan - A distant cousin of Theseus, Maeve is one of the two Heralds that emerge from the Breach after the Conclave is destroyed. A trained assassin, Maeve worked for a time with the Antivan Crows. In a relationship with the Commander.
  • Peanut Adaar (and brother Tanim) - A Vashoth mage, Peanut was always an apostate, but she’s as far from the snarky tourtured stereotype as you can get. She’s sweet and prefers baking to fighting. Often seen giving hugs to those who need it, like Clan Skyhold. Part of Team Nanny with Aunti Fi.

Par Vollen

Originally posted by dimensao7

A large flotilla of stations and ships that appeared in Thedas in recent times. In an endless war with Tevinter, with the Tevene moon Seheron as the main battleground.

Home of the Qun.

The Dalish

Originally posted by headlesssamurai

A nation with no homeland left to them, Dalish elves travel in clans, using special ships with solar sails called aravels. The main ship’s systems are powered by magic-infused animals called Halla, who are sacred to the Dalish.

Dalish elves are easily identifiable compared to 'city’ elves by their glowing facial tattoos called vallaslin that are made with luminescent ink that often will visually pulse in time with their heartbeat.


Originally posted by earthstory

A dwarf planet (hah), Orzammar is between the Astroid belt of the Free Marches and Orlais. It’s surface is barren and the residents live in vaults and cities carved out of the planet’s caverns. However the continued excavation over millennia resulted in an unstable crust, and after a massive quake, Darkspawn erupted from an undiscovered cavern, overrunning most of the Dwarven kingdoms.

Now, only a few cities remain, and the dwarven diaspora has spread across the whole Thedan system, with many dwarves creating new cities in the crust of other planets. Unfortunately, it appears darkspawn have followed.


1. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow.
2. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.
3. More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast.
4. In 1880, Melbourne was the richest city in the world.
5. Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman, earns $1 million every half hour, or $598 every second.
6. In 1892, a group of 200 Australians unhappy with the government tried to start an offshoot colony in Paraguay to be called ‘New Australia’.
7. The first photos from the 1969 moon landing were beamed to the rest of the world from Honeysuckle Tracking Station, near Canberra.
8. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first).
9. Each week, 70 tourists overstay their visas.
10. In 1856, stonemasons took action to ensure a standard of 8-hour working days, which then became recognised worldwide.
11. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success.
12. The world’s oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia.
13. Australia is very sparsely populated: The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre.
14. Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts.
15. Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.
16. There were over one million feral camels in outback Australia, until the government launched the $19m Feral Camel Management Program, which aims to keep the pest problem under control.
17. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia (mostly for meat production).
18. Qantas once powered an interstate flight with cooking oil.
19. Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation.
20. In 1832, 300 female convicts mooned the governor of Tasmania. It was said that in a “rare moment of collusion with the Convict women, the ladies in the Governor’s party could not control their laughter.”
21. Australia is home to the longest fence in the world. It is 5,614 km long, and was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land.
22. Australia was one of the founding members of the United Nations.
23. Melbourne is considered the sporting capital of the world, as it has more top level sport available for its citizens than anywhere else. Narrabri, NSW is Australia’s sportiest town.
24. Before the arrival of humans, Australia was home to megafauna: three metre tall kangaroos, seven metre long goannas, horse-sized ducks, and a marsupial lion the size of a leopard. It is theorised that it was also covered in rainforest before humans applied a burning style of hunting.
25. Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backward, one of the reasons that they’re on the Australian coat of arms.
26. Speaking of, Australia is one of the only countries where we eat the animals on our coat of arms.
27. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all.
28. Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek population outside of Athens.
29. The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure.
30. And it has it’s own postbox!
31. The male platypus has strong enough venom to kill a small dog.
32. And when the platypus was first sent to England, it was believed the Australians had played a joke by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat.
33. Before 1902, it was illegal to swim at the beach during the day.
34. A retired cavalry officer, Francis De Grootstole the show when the Sydney Harbour Bridge officially opened. Just as the Premier was about to cut the ribbon, De Groot charged forward on his horse and cut it himself, with his sword. The ribbon had to be retied, and De Groot was carted off to a mental hospital. He was later charged for the cost of one ribbon.
35. Australia has 3.3x more sheep than people.
36. Prime Minister Harold Holt went for a swim at Cheviot Beach, and was never seen again.
37. Australia’s national anthem was 'God Save The King/Queen’ until 1984.
38. Wombat poop is cube shaped! This helps it mark its territory.
39. European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per capita than any other society in history.
40. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland.
41. A kangaroo is only one centimetre long when it is born.
42. Sir John Robertson, a five-time premier of NSW in the 1800s, began every morning with half a pint of rum. He said: “None of the men who in this country have left footprints behind them have been cold water men.”
43. The Box jellyfish has killed more people in Australia than stonefish, sharks and crocodiles combined.
44. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
45. The average Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per year.
46. 63% of Australians are overweight.
47. Australia is ranked second on the Human Development Index (based on life expectancy, income and education).
48. In 2005, security guards at Canberra’s Parliament House were banned from calling people 'mate’. It lasted one day.
49. In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the right-hand side of a footpath.
50. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
51. Aussie Rules footy was originally designed to help cricketers to keep fit in the off-season.
52. The name 'Kylie’ came from an Aboriginal hunting stick, similar to the boomerang.
53. 91% of the country is covered by native vegetation.
54. The largest-ever victory in an international football match was when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in 2001.
55. There are 60 designated wine regions in Australia.
56. Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most liveable city for the past three years.
57. If all the sails of the Opera House roof were combined, they would create a perfect sphere. The architect was inspired while eating an orange.
58. Australia is home to 20% of the world’s poker machines.
59. Half of these are found in New South Wales.
60. Moomba, Australia’s largest free festival, held in Melbourne, means 'up your bum’ in many Aboriginal languages.
61. No native Australian animals have hooves.
62. The performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony was actually a prerecording- of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
63. The wine cask (goon sack) is an Australian invention
64. So is the selfie.
65. Durack, Australia’s biggest electorate, is larger in size than Mongolia.
66. The world’s first compulsory seat belt law was put into place in Victoria in 1970.
67. Each year, Brisbane hosts the world championships of cockroach racing.
68. In 1932, the Australian military waged war on the emu population of Western Australia. Embarrassingly, they lost.
69. Canberra was created in 1908 as a compromise when Sydney and Melbourne both wanted to be the capital city.
70. A gay bar in Melbourne won the right to ban women from the premises, because they made the men uncomfortable.
71. In 1992, an Australian gambling syndicatebought almost all the number combinations in a Virginia lottery, and won. They turned a $5m purchase into a $27m win.
72. Eucalyptus oil is highly flammable, meaning gum trees may explode if ignited, or in bushfires.
73. In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again.
74. A bearded Australian was removed from a darts match in the UK, after the audience started chanting 'Jesus!’ at him, distracting the players.
75. There have been instances of wallabiesgetting high after breaking into opium crops, then running around and making what look like crop circles.
76. An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.
77. In 1940, two aircraft collided in midair, in NSW. Instead of crashing, the two planes became stuck together and made a safe landing.
78. The male lyrebird, which is native to Australia, can mimic the calls of over 20 other birds. If that’s not impressive enough, he can also perfectly imitate the sound of a camera, chainsaw and car alarm.
79. Some shopping centres and restaurants play classical music in their car park to deter teenagers from loitering at night.
80. Despite sharing the same verbal language, Australian, British and American sign languageare all completely different languages.
81. In 1979, debris from NASA’s space station 'Skylab’ crashed in Esperance, WA. The town then fined NASA $400 for littering.
82. There have been no deaths in Australia from a spider bite since 1979.
83. There currently a chlamydia outbreak among koala species, which has led to a 15% drop in koala populations.
84. In NSW, there is a coal fire beneath the ground which has been burning for 5,500 years.
85. An Australian election TV debate was rescheduled so it didn’t conflict with the finale of reality cooking show Masterchef.
86. Chinese explorers travelled to Australia long before Europeans arrived. As early as the 1400s, sailors and fisherman came to Australia for sea-cucumbers and to trade with Indigenous peoples.
87. The first European to visit Australia was Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon, in 1606. More Dutch explorers visited the country over the next hundred years, plotting maps and naming it 'New Holland’.
88. Captain James Cook first landed on Australia’s east coast in 1770. In 1788, the British returned with eleven ships to establish a penal colony. Within days of The First Fleet’s arrival and the raising of the British flag, two French ships arrived, just too late to claim Australia for France.

if anyone has a source for this, please add it!


blue mountains slicing sky / on edge
here a puzzle’s laid out backwards
the grounded helicopters
the sagging sandbag shelters

former viet cong / missing teeth
hawk medals
former marines / grinning guides
hawk tours

here still after base destroyed
victory / retreat / surrender / defeat
blue mountains still supporting sky
& over there // just over there

bride, bridegroom, & photographer
stand facing grounded helicopter
down the path from sagging shelter
artillery just out of frame

assistant lifts bride’s train
the white dress & the perfect cumulus
the perfect lighting & the perfect grass

look into each other’s eyes!
photographer’s gesture sez
imagine your beautiful future together
imagine you’re in a beautiful place

i mean / imagine that war couldn’t happen
in such a beautiful place!
imagine all that was ever shot here
is wedding photographs

It’s official.

I’m making Hawke a former ballerina in this modern au fic.

Mostly because she’s going to show off her crazy flexibility at some point during the mutual pining part because I’m a mean person.

anonymous asked:

I do have questions, like fair play I hate pk*ne too but like are all hawks players cancelled? And former or newly traded hawks players like oduya for example? No means am I attacking, just genuinely want to clear up and make sure I don't request anyone bad!

i definitely don’t want to cancel people just by association but also,,, if i do aesthetics for current h*wks i ALWAYS ( and i do mean always, every single time) get people with usernames like “19884ever” or “pkanesprincess” reblogging my stuff and putting my things on their pages with that rapist, and i’m not okay with that. so as of now all of them are CANCELLED because their fan base is too much for me, and they’re mean about it 9 times out of 10.

the number of times that happens with former h*wks players isnt nearly as bad so i haven’t stopped taking requests for them, it just always makes me a little wary and i have to prepare myself to start blocking accounts left right and center lol

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven is the kind of western that Hollywood never makes anymore. Most high-profile westerns of recent memory, apart from those made by Quentin Tarantino, tend to be flaccid attempts to revitalize the genre, perceived as outdated in the age of superhero blockbusters, by infusing it with the sci-fi and fantasy elements that modern audiences demand of their summer tentpoles.
The “Weird Western” is a sub-genre in its own right that, like its cousin, Steampunk, mainstream Hollywood can’t quite seem to get a firm grasp on, and misfires like Cowboys and Aliens, Wild Wild West, and the head-scratchingly ill-conceived Johah Hex have poisoned not only this particular niche, but the parent genre of the western as a whole, leaving only passionate auteurs like Tarantino to fill the gap with the occasional indie offering.

When you’re watching your movie’s hero inexplicably having a conversation with a resurrected corpse and you’re so bored that you’re wondering what Megan Fox’s character is up to, you’ve crossed the event horizon of bad filmmaking.

But, I’m very happy to say, Antoine Fuqua’s 2016 remake of the 1960 classic (itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s iconic 1954 film, Seven Samurai) The Magnificent Seven is everything that a western should be, and an excellent film.
Featuring a star-studded cast in the tradition of its predecessor, the film stars Denzel Washington as a bounty hunter hired by a young woman to save her small town from the oppression of a ruthless robber-baron and his army of hired guns intent on driving the citizens off their land, either by getting them to “sell” for next to nothing, or by just having his men butcher and terrorize everyone into leaving.
Washington signs on to aid the townspeople in their plight, and sets about gathering a team of seven special fighters to assist him. He’s joined by Chris Pratt, a charismatic but uncouth gambler, Byung-hun Lee, a deadly sharpshooter and knife specialist along with his partner Ethan Hawke, a former Confederate sniper and unlikely friend of Washington’s. They also pick up Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, a wanted bandit that Washington is on the hunt for, a Comanche wanderer played by Martin Sensmeier, and Vincent D’Onofrio as a mildly eccentric tracker/survivalist.
D’Onofrio, like many of his roles, plays his character large, but never tips over the edge, as could all too easily happen with such an oddball character. He’s deftly talented at portraying eccentric characters but seldom taking them over the line into vaudevillian wackiness. His character could easily have been Jonny Depp in a ridiculous bird hat, but instead stayed firmly on the right side of just lovably weird.

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Chris Pratt, on the other hand, has, at this point, firmly cemented his action star persona. This is not to say that he’s not a terrific actor doing a terrific job, but yeah, he’s basically playing the same character he was in Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy.

He’s even wearing the same outfit. With all the CGI in Jurassic World, he might’ve just wandered onto the wrong set and not even noticed.

He’s settled into this charming rogue performance and he seems pretty content to stay there. And I’m perfectly content to see him stay there because he does it so well. His character here is considerably darker than his aforementioned roles, and is by no means “nice,” but he is nevertheless still just as charming and just as full of swagger.
And the rest of the cast acquit themselves very well. Denzel Washington is an inspiring leader for the motley group, a noble and driven man. Byung-hun Lee stands out with his incredible physicality along with a much more believable and real character than the more cartoony action roles he’s typically known for. And on the other side of the whole affair are the villains, led by delightfully sleazy, yet somehow still charming Peter Sarsgaard.
The film has a lot of action and a swift, compelling pace, slowing exactly where it needs to before ramping up to the prolonged gunfighting of the climax. It wisely keeps the violence restrained enough to never be disturbing, but real enough to have serious weight. One scene in particular involving a gatling gun really impressed me. When I saw the gun appear in one of the trailers I got nervous flashes of one especially nonsensical scene from Jonah Hex in which a pair of gatling guns were mounted to a horse. While gatling guns are appropriate to the period, their presence in western movies does not have a good track record. But here, though, we see one used exactly as one would be, to terrifying and brutally realistic effect. And it’s presence is payed off with one of the most heartbreaking acts of heroism in the film.
As I stated above, Quentin Tarantino may be doing a lot with the western genre, producing visually arresting, graphically intense, sensationally clever works of auteur cinema, but neither Django Unchained nor The Hateful Eight were really westerns. They were Tarantino film. The Magnificent Seven is a western. It’s a western in the true, old-fashioned sense but with the best of modern executions. It is a worthy remake of the original classic and a must-see film for anyone that’s been craving a legitimate entry in this once ubiquitous and long-dormant genre.

landofshame  asked:

Hello! Quick question, do the rights of a video game (characters, etc) belong to the publisher, or the developer of that game? (I tried to google search it but couldn't find a clear answer).

Usually the publisher owns the IP. Sometimes the studio can negotiate a deal for ownership, like how Bungie owns the rights to Destiny, and Respawn owns the rights to Titanfall. If it isn’t explicitly stated, however, the publisher usually gets the game by default. This was actually a bit of an important point when Guitar Hero hit it big.

Way back in 2005, Guitar Hero was an indie game developed by a studio named Harmonix and published by a small publisher called Red Octane. It hit it big and resonated with players, selling a lot of copies and putting little plastic instruments in homes everywhere. Publishers thought that they could get a piece of that pie, so they made their pitches and threw some money around. When the dust settled, Activision had purchased publisher Red Octane, and MTV had secured developer Harmonix. By buying Red Octane, Activision gained the rights to Guitar Hero and all associated intellectual property. MTV got Harmonix, the developers who made Guitar Hero, and who would go on to make Rock Band. Since Activision owned the rights to Guitar Hero, it could have any developer it wanted create the next Guitar Hero game… so they chose Neversoft, their former Tony Hawk skate game developer, who went on to create most of the subsequent Guitar Hero games. 

If you followed the separation of Bungie from Microsoft, you’ll see a similar situation. Originally, Microsoft actually purchased Bungie entirely. Through a good amount of earning and saving, Bungie amassed enough money to buy themselves out from Microsoft and go independent again. However, even though Bungie could leave Microsoft, they had to leave the Halo rights behind. Microsoft handed Halo over to 343 Industries, who continue to work on it to this day. In a similar vein, Microsoft also owns the rights to Killer Instinct which they obtained when Microsoft bought Rare (the original developer). Since then, Microsoft had Double Helix create the 2013 reboot, and then shifted the development to Iron Galaxy after Amazon bought Double Helix. 

Sometimes the rights are licensed from other sources - movie studios, comic books, television shows, etc. Then it can get really complicated. In situations like that, you can end up with odd combinations of who owns what… like Capcom owns the rights to the concept of a Marvel vs Capcom game, but can’t actually sell any copies of the game or any DLC because the contract with Disney/Marvel to sell and distribute such things expired. It’s because of legal issues like this that ties up remakes or remasters of classic games like Goldeneye 64. In that situation, you have MGM and Eon Productions (who both own the rights to the character and world of James Bond), Nintendo (who owned the rights to Goldeneye 64), and Microsoft who own Rare. Appeasing all of the parties involved can be very problematic.

Becoming Hawking: How Eddie Redmayne Prepared to Play a Brilliant Scientist

In order to play the many sides of famed British scientist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” actor Eddie Redmayne kept a trio of images tacked up on the wall of his trailer for inspiration.

One, for genius, was a photo of Albert Einstein. Next was James Dean, because, he says, Hawking is “such a ladies man.” And third, a joker from a deck of cards. Why? So he never forgot Hawking’s wry sense of humor. “If you’re in a room with him, he’s definitely running the room,” Redmayne told the Associated Press.

The inspiration worked. Calling it “the closest I will come to time travel,” Hawking recently praised the actor’s performance in “Theory of Everything,” available to own now on Digital HD and Feb. 17 on Blu-ray/DVD. And Hawking is not alone.

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I figured out the problem with Erick Rowan.

Its 2014, he just doesn’t fit in. If ever there was a throwback to the territory days, it’s Erick Rowan. He should be coming out in trunks and a fur vest with Skandor Akbar as his manager. He seems so out of place teaming with Luke Harper against The Usos because he should be teaming with Nord The Barbarian against The Samoan Swat Team. WWE Tag Team champion? I guess, but really he should be going after the WCCW, UWF, and AWA belts. Eventually he’ll get signed to the WWF. He can go over there with Nord and they’ll be The Berzerkers, Nord & Ruud. After a feud with The Bushwhackers and a few failed tag title shots against the likes of Demolition, The Hart Foundation, and former AWA rivals Hawk & Animal, Ruud would get fired after a backstage dispute with agent Tony Garea. Worry not about our red bearded friend, he would be welcomed into the sweet loving arms of World Championship Wrestling. There he would be rechristened Ruud The Viking and he would make his debut by attacking Sting on an episode of WCW Saturday Night. He would spend the next five Saturdays destroying jobbers, sometimes two or three at once. He’ll finally have his first high profile match when he goes up against Flyin’ Brian on Saturday Night, but he wouldn’t get the victory this time as we see a recuperated and fresh Sting running to the ring at the speed of light *the crowd erupts* Ruud cuts him off with a knee lift and clubs to the back BUT TO NO AVAIL! Sting is having none of this, he blocks a right and begins to kick and chop the crimson bearded giant into the corner *STINGER SPLASH* he launches the Norse warrior into the opposing corner *STINGER SPLASH*. Sting howls and beats his chest as the massive Ruud ducks for cover… the stage is set, Sting vs Ruud The Viking: Halloween Havoc ‘91. What will happen when the Nordic giant goes one on one with The Stinger?

Ruud loses, we ignore him at conventions and I become the only person who ever posts about him.