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Mike Williams, Washington, DC

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News Editor at USgamer. M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 14 days ago

    @Maxbeedo "the ultimate corporate shill series"

    Here are all the Star Wars games:
    http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Video_game

    And the novels:
    http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_novels_by_release_date

    Everything before 2012 is Lucasfilm.

    Here's the Phantom Menance launch in terms of toys.

    http://www.rebelscum.com/episodeI.asp
    >"It was May 3, 1999 and Hasbro released the first collection of action figures and toys from the first Star Wars movie in almost 20 years, Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Fans across the country rushed to the "event" dubbed Midnight Madness. Toys "R" Us and other retailers opened their doors at 12 am to begin selling what was perhaps the most highly anticipated toy line ever. Hasbro was able to debut nearly 30 characters in the span of two months."

    https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-groundbreaking-history-of-star-wars-toys-1706298670
    >"When George Lucas and 20th Century Fox were trying to market Star Wars, they planned for something almost entirely unprecedented at the time — a marketing deluge, and a full scale licensing project that would see t-shirts, posters, lunchboxes and yes, toys, covered in the movie’s characters, hit shelves. In a move that, in hindsight, was incredibly shrewd, Lucas negotiated with Fox to take the bulk of revenue from merchandise sales, with neither side believing that the movie’s tepid response before release could lead to much in terms of profit."

    A lot of this is also covered in the Netflix series, The Toys That Made Us.

    Lucas' collaborator on American Graffiti, Star Wars, and Empire:
    http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/star-wars-was-born-a-long-time-ago-but-not-all-that-far-far-away-in-1972-filmmakers-george-lucas-and-gary-kurtz-wer/

    >“I could see where things were headed,” Kurtz said. “The toy business began to drive the [Lucasfilm] empire. It’s a shame. They make three times as much on toys as they do on films. It’s natural to make decisions that protect the toy business, but that’s not the best thing for making quality films.”

    >He added: “The first film and ‘Empire’ were about story and character, but I could see that George’s priorities were changing.”

    >“The emphasis on the toys, it’s like the cart driving the horse,” Kurtz said. “If it wasn’t for that the films would be done for their own merits. The creative team wouldn’t be looking over their shoulder all the time.”

    All that's changed is hands and the increase in films made. Hell, the toy and book operations continue with damn near no changes whatsoever.

    Posted in Star Wars Should Do for Video Games What It's Doing With the Movies

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 20 days ago

    @mikehiscoe Well right now, assuming I score it, the network issues would lower the score. So I'm giving them some time to implement the fixes they've promised.

    Posted in Dragon Ball FighterZ Review-In-Progress: A Perfect Cell for Dragon Ball Fans

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 20 days ago

    @kuni-nino@dard410 I can agree that Mario probably doesn't need a film at all. But if it's going to happen, the pick Nintendo made is a good one.

    Posted in The Super Mario Movie is in Fine Hands at Illumination Entertainment

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 29 days ago

    @VotesForCows Two on the playable cast, but one is a bad guy. The list of female fighters they could add is sadly still pretty small: Chi Chi, Videl, Pan, Caulifla, and Kale.

    Posted in Dragon Ball FighterZ Review-In-Progress: A Perfect Cell for Dragon Ball Fans

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams A month ago

    @kidgorilla I actually have screenshots from that exchange in our CMS, just couldn't fit them in the review.

    Posted in Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition Review: Finally Ready For New Challengers

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams A month ago

    @mouse-clicker You can buy all the characters with Fight Money, but it's not something the average player will do.

    Posted in Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition Review: Finally Ready For New Challengers

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams A month ago

    @NateDizzy She'll always be Karate Sakura in my heart.

    Posted in Street Fighter Character Poll Led By Sakura, Makoto, Juri, and Q

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams A month ago

    @INSOMANiAC If they're companies offering services for gaming devices, yes, we can keep track of that. Given that's what we do here.

    Posted in Netflix Has "No Plans" For a Switch App [Update]

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams A month ago

    @mattcom26 YOU SPEAK THE TRUTH!

    The bidding war will be glorious.

    Posted in The USgamer Podcast: What We Played on Our Winter Vacation

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams A month ago

    @thereal-Neolit I didn't forget about it. I don't expect to it until 2019 or 2020 at the earliest. Hell, it's still listed as "Working Title" on the official PS site.

    Posted in What We Want From PlayStation in 2018

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