A soldier’s perspective on Call of Duty and its ilk (interview)

It’s no secret that first-person shooters — in all their Hollywood-inspired clamor and spectacle — don’t simulate the realities of war very well. From basic rules of engagement, to gun safety (i.e., don’t flag your buddies), and the dynamics of combat, FPSs are more akin to interactive action flicks than a proper recreation of armed conflict.

My Wife is Retarded producer working on Electronic Arts movie

Electronic Arts is reportedly working toward a Hollywood adaptation of its long-running Need for Speed franchise. Brothers John Gatins (a writer of Real Steel) and George Gatins (producer of She’s Out of My League and My Wife is Retarded) have been attached and are allegedly helping EA to shop a script around. Thus far, Warner Bros., Sony, and Paramount are said to be interested — presumably hoping to create a rival to Universal’s blockbuster The Fast and the Furious franchise, which currently has its sixth installment in pre-production.