Play as Robin in “Batman: Arkham City”


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One of the most annoying trends in video game marketing has to be the pre-order bonus. To gin up interest and stave off digital distributors like Steam, special content available only through certain retailers has been dangled in front of gamers for years now. This hucksterism usually takes the appearance of “Pre-order ‘Shooter X’ from ‘Game Retailer Y’ and get ‘Awesome Gun Z!’ Customers who plunk down $5 on a pre-order are more likely to commit to getting the game, and they’ll get an extra piece of in-game flair for their early loyalty. Apparently, publishers have either been offering exclusive pre-order content to retailers or the stores have been demanding it as an implicit guarantee for shelf space. It’s generally a practice lots of gamers view skeptically, especially since the exclusive content tends to show up in future editions of said games.

Robin_FullBodyRender_copy.jpgBut the appearance of the Boy Wonder in “Batman: Arkham City” will be the one instance where my pre-order-phobic self caves and reserves the game. Consumers will only be able to get the Robin pack by pre-ordering at electronics retailer Best Buy. From the Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment press release:

Robin will come complete with his own unique gadgets and special moves, and will be playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as two additional challenge maps that are included with the pack – Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape. The pack will also contain a bonus Red Robin character skin.

The above seems to mean that Robin won’t be playable in the main campaign portion of the game, unlike Catwoman who’ll be helping out Batman in his quest to shut down Arkham City. This version of Robin will be the modern-day iteration, a young man named Tim Drake who’s the third guy to wear the red vest. In recent years, he’s become Red Robin, a slightly older, tougher superhero and Bruce Wayne’s long-lost son Damien has since become Robin.

Rumors have been flying that Dick Grayson would be showing up in the game, too. Grayson, of course, was the original Robin until he left the shadow of the Bat and assumed the new heroic identity of Nightwing. For all we know, he’ll be available as part of another pre-order boondoggle.

So, Bat-fans, is the ability to play as Robin enough to get you to pre-order “Batman: Arkham City”? What other Gotham City characters do you want to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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