To kick off the New Year, I look at the most anticipated moments for geeks, nerds, and anyone whose first inclination is to “write on my blog” about it. These events are likely to be the most exciting, controversial, and likely to happen in the coming year. From the coolest video games to secret online applications, our RSS feeds are going to be a-buzz all year.
10. Venice Project
They’re cryptic for sure. Currently in beta testing, the Venice Project plans to be a new service to share video. Developed by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the founders of Skype and Kazaa, the Venice Project has potential to explode as a new center for video distribution. What’s more, all the mystery makes me think there’s a lot more to this Project than Mentos filled soda bottles.
9. Spider-Man: One More Day
Mary Jane dies? Gwen Stacy’s back? Spidey’s a clone? Who knows what event is biggest enough that Marvel Editor-in-Chief can’t resist drawing it. J. Michael Straczynski completes his almost five year run on Amazing Spider-Man with One More Day, an event with more potential controversy than a drunk Grant Morrison. Quesada has already hinted One More Day means to fix Spider-Man, likely unmarrying him and probably giving him back his secret identity. And there’s likely more. Like characters returning from the dead, dying, or more. And what follows could be some of the most exciting Spider-Man news in years.
8. DC Animation
We’ve been burned before. But DC’s upcoming animated DVDs based on comic fan favorites like New Frontier, Teen Ttians: Judas Contract, and Superman vs. Doomsday, these feature films might offer more than catchy theme songs. It will be exciting to see these comics adapted for older audiences, using the talents behind the comics themselves. Unlike the youth aimed Marvel DVD’s, like the unbearable Ultimate Avengers, these cartoons, at least in the press releases, want to appeal to older, more comic book literate fans. Fingers crossed.
7. Halo 3
The juggernaut of video game franchises looks to stamped into the next generation. Amid a sea of next-gen releases, from Final Fantasy XIII, Grand Theft Auto IV, Resident Evil V, and more, Halo 3 looks the certain winner. Advanced footage has been skimpy on details, but who cares. Master Chief is back, ready to make us finally stop playing Halo 2 (yeah, we took that month off for Gears of War, too. Bored now).
6. Internet Applications
Tough to say what exactly this entails, but imagine your browser being the only application you ever open. Yeah, maybe not this year, but we’ll be closer. Google has several dozen projects in the works, from online television, apps for your domain, and GDrive, your online storage center. Adobe has Apollo, Microsoft’s Windows Presentation Foundation, and the aforementioned Venice Project which will only be one new player in the online video wars. And as Firefox continues to catch-up on Internet Explorer, expect open-source plug-ins to be a vital source of innovation.
Come back tomorrow for #5 – #1 of the Most Anticipated Geek-Out Moments of 2007.