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The new pop culture fad since the end of the last decade

Comic book movies have become the new pop culture fad since the end of the last decade. There were comic book movies before the like of Iron Man and The Dark Knight, but none were particularly stellar until Spider-Man 2, and even then they weren’t very consistent. Comic book heroes and villain’s big cross over territory was generally video games, with hundreds of title spanning 8 console generations. The bar for what a “good” comic book game is was consistently raised over the year, and even though they aren’t as popular as they used to be, these comic book games will stand the test of time.

2013’s Deadpool game was a labor of love for everyone involved. High Moon’s Sean Miller is a big fan of the character and always wanted to make a game based on the him, but didn’t want to do it without the right elements in place. Those elements being Deadpool writer Daniel Way and voice actor Nolan North, who plays the character in pretty much every other video game staring the Merc with a Mouth. The game itself is a rather generic hack and slash, but there’s a palpable appreciation for the source material in every inch of the title. It’s funny and frantic and had a lot of sequel potential, but tepid sales (by Activision standards) really put the brakes to that. Also, the Marvel’s publishing agreement with the company ran up without being renewed, causing it and other games to be removed from digital marketplaces. It’s since been restored to Steam, but it’s hard to sell a game that isn’t on the shelf.

The Hugh Jackman Effect is probably the only factor in the anomaly that makes Wolverine movies keep happening. The Wolverine was an awkward movie that was mostly forgettable, but still all around better than the movie before it, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Oddly enough, the silver lining of that travesty of a movie was the tie in game it produced. A straight forward hack n slash ala God of War, putting you in the shoes of a formative Wolverine was great fun.  It was also extremely violent and full of naughty language, which was actually perfect for the character. It also elaborated on some of the movies plot points, allowing a bit more story to leak in here and there, as well as provide big set piece moments that the movie never achieved, like dismembering a Sentinel prototype as its being launched into the atmosphere.

 

Master Chief Riding a Scorpion

Back in August 2016, Microsoft released the Xbox One S and as usual iFixit did a teardown of the refreshed console. At the time there was a limited release 2TB model, and what iFixit found hidden inside was a Halo Master Chief figure etched into the optical disc drive bracket. Microsoft decided the Xbox One X also deserved a hidden Master Chief.

As Windows Central reports, Spanish-language YouTube channel Unocero got a close look at a disassembled Xbox One X. What they found inside is another Master Chief in updated form. You may remember before Microsoft decided on the name Xbox One X, the new console was known as Project Scorpio. So it’s fitting to discover Master Chief riding a Scorpion as an etching on the motherboard.

As very few gamers end up taking apart their console, especially when it costs $500, it’s nice that someone found it so owners know it’s there without going searching for it. It’s also a nice easter egg from Microsoft that reminds us of the naming history of the machine and how important Halo continues to be for Xbox. As the video above shows (11 minute mark), Microsoft also printed the Microsoft name and logo on the inside for the casing.

We are assuming the Master Chief scorpion image features on every single Xbox One X motherboard, but it could be just the Project Scorpio editions that include it. We won’t know until someone gets a hold of a standard edition Xbox One X and decides to open it up.

The Xbox One X launches on November 7. All Project Scorpio editions were pre-ordered as soon as they became available, with Microsoft claiming it is the fastest selling Xbox pre-order ever. Since then, Xbox One X standard edition pre-orders have opened. However, it looks as though all allocated stock has been taken leaving the console sold out for now.

Microsoft doesn’t like to talk about specific sales figures anymore, but maybe it needs to do what Nintendo just did and pull out all the stops to increase production in the coming months.