We know it's sometimes difficult for people to keep things like celebrities, comics publishers, and superheroes straight, so maybe this new Ant-Man figure is sort-of understandable? Hot Toys is generally known for the amazing likenesses of their figures. However, as HitFix points out, their new Ant-Man figure looks more like...Ben Affleck's Batman.Read More
Buzzfeed has some images up from the new book The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and I absolutely advise checking it out now to see some really rad early concept art for Rey.Read More
Remember that short Wonder Woman fan film from a couple years back? That was the work of Rainfall Films, who've now made another short film about one of genre fiction's notable heroines: Samus Aran of the Metroid game franchise.Read More
The geek world thinks itself too smart to be affected by prejudices like transphobia. This is blatantly, harmfully untrue.
The most harmful, damaging argument by far is that by claiming Samus is a transgender woman, I am somehow taking away her legacy as a strong female character. This, put bluntly, is blatantly transphobic and terrible.Read More
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the lack of women protagonists in videogames. But our problems with diversity don’t stop there. As one article recently noted, shockingly, there have only been 14 playable black women in videogame history. Gamers who aren't cisgender white men often find themselves lacking characters they can rally behind.Read More
Metroid music FTW!
When I first began working on my Metroid EP at the end of 2013, my persistent anxiety had hit an all-time high.Read More
If even indie titles with female leads like Bloodstained can get the massive support they do, that seems like a pretty clear indicator that actual consumers aren’t bothered by women leading their games. So until big name companies stop with the lame, antiquated excuses, let’s talk more indie titles starring kick-ass women!Read More
Developers, publishers, and marketing professionals, take heed.
Just as many girls as guys are playing video games these days. That means developers have to step up to the challenge of appealing to both genders. But they sure do miss the mark in figuring out What Girls Want. So get out a pencil and paper and take note. It’s not that hard, I promise.Read More
But what happens to her when she goes into morph ball mode?
Cosplayer Talaaya's two-year quest to build her own Varia Suit from Metroid has clearly been well worth it. (Videos and more after the jump.)Read More
You may have you own opinions on graffiti but this one, spotted by scrambler90, features badass Samus and I wish someone had done it on my wall.Read More
We Can Be Heroes
This Super Metroid animation is so serene and well drawn that you could almost forget that there is a giant monster bearing down on our hero. Of course, the visuals combined with the monster fighting power of Samus Aran are what make me think that this needs to become a feature length animation. The short animation was created by artist Dave Rapoza, who, sadly, did not animate it as a sign of more Metroid movie magic to come, but as a means of learning more about animation.Read More
It Came From Outer Space
Things We Saw Today
If you've been waiting all your life to see a 6'10 papercraft Samus Aran, today is the day your dreams come true and you'll have to find some new dreams. Flickr user IAmThatOneGuy made this awesome, tall Samus figure out of nothing but paper and glue. He used the Samus model from Metroid Prime 2, of the stellar Metroid Prime trilogy. Unfortunately, rolling this Samus into a ball would pretty much be irreparable. Head on past the break for some more pictures of this gargantuan paper Samus.Read More
Originally commissioned for used games retailer JJGames, Metroid's Samus Aran has been recreated using Nintendo cartridges from a few of their older systems, including the Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, and the Nintendo 64. The seller is claiming the piece is life-size, and measures Samus in at around 5 feet 8 inches, accounting for her diagonal pose. If you act quickly, the piece can be yours via electronic bidding magic.Read More
Metroid's Samus Aran is a popular cosplay character, partly because Samus was the first iconic female video game character who wasn't a helpless princess, partly because Samus is awesome and you know it, and partly because pretty girls like to dress up as various incarnations of Samus -- one of which happens to be Samus in a blue leotard with long blond hair -- and this is the Internet. Dan Cattell and Krystal Belcher, however, took the cosplay in a different direction. Krystal dressed up as the pixelated Samus of old when she made her bones in a big suit of armor rather than a leotard (not counting a certain famous cheat code), and when her gender didn't matter, which is what made it matter.
Along with Krystal as the retro Samus, Cattell whipped up and hopped into a pixelated Chozo, the iconic keepers of Samus' suit and weapon upgrades. The cosplay is featured in the latest issue of Nintendo Power, a magazine you may be surprised to hear is still around.Read More