In the Brainholes: iPhone 5, Resident Evil, Comikaze

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It’s been a really busy week in terms of freelance and other obligations, along with preparations for various projects and this weekend’s panel at Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2012. We’re excited. There’s a lot to do.

Meantime, this was a week of notable things. Apple finally unveiled its new iPhone and the fifth film in the Resident Evil series hits theaters today, about both of which I have a professional curiosity.

New iPhone, same as the old iPhone?

Something I can’t really wrap my head around is the reaction to the iPhone 5, which seems to fall into the realm of, “That’s it?” The device has been improved in almost every single aspect, and yet that doesn’t seem to be enough. I’m no Apple fanboy, believe me, but the iPhone 5 looks to be a pretty impressive device. Is it just that, because the specs were basically all leaked ahead of time, and there were no surprises, it’s just not good enough anymore?

Wired had an interesting article to that effect this week. Its headline: The iPhone 5 is completely amazing and utterly boring, which pretty accurately sums things up. I’ve been somewhat out of the loop on iPhone 5 rumors because it’s no longer in my tech blogging purview, so perhaps I’m more positive on the device than others. But as Wired points out, the iPhone has become commonplace. It’s not magic anymore — it’s just a tool. That’s kind of a sad turn of events.

Anyway, I’m working on ordering mine anyway. Something I noted on Twitter is that Apple’s devices always excel in making me think about what I could potentially make with them. The improvements to the iPhone 5 make it sound like it could do some very cool things in the realm of video and photography. And I’m very excited to see the continued evolution of the phone as a game-playing device.

Oh God, a new Resident Evil movie

As I mentioned earlier this month, I just had a new book hit shelves: The Unofficial Resident Evil Trivia Challenge. It’s especially relevant today because the fifth movie in the most successful video game-to-film franchise ever is hitting theaters. I’m probably going to go see it, even though in researching that book, I watched the former four movies more times than I’d care to remember. I like zombie movies, but 15 viewings of each in a month is…too many.

Still, I can’t…resist.

Anyway, if you’re a Resident Evil fan, more on the Trivia Challenge right here. It has 800 questions. I’d like to hear what people think of it. I’ll be talking more about the process of creating that book — and the insane amount of research that went into it — next week, probably.

Prepare yourself for Comikaze

Sunday is our So You Created a Wormhole panel at Stan Lee’s Comikaze here in Los Angeles. It’s at 11 a.m. Show up and talk to us about stuff. We’re doing a bit of a giveaway also, so in addition to snagging an autographed copy of the book and quizzing me about Marty McFly, games journalism, writing books or any combination thereof, you might win something awesome. All the details are here.

That’s it for today. However: new Contact page!

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