2015 is on track to be the geekiest year ever— just ask Jessica Chobot.
Chobot, host of Nerdist News, spoke to EW about all things geeky to come in the next year, from the biggest hits at the recently wrapped 2015 Consumer Electronics Show to the summer blockbuster movie season.
To kick off 2015, Chobot attended the Consumer Electronics Show and had a chance see what technology companies are promising will be the next big thing.
“Everybody’s pushing 4K,” Chobot says, referring to the ultra high-definition resolution previously only available to those with thousands burning a whole in their pocket. “And now that they all started showing more mid-range priced televisions in 4K, I think that’s going to be our next big, ‘everybody’s going to purchase’ [item].”
One of the other standouts of the show was Samsung’s integration of Sony’s Netflix-style game service PlayStation Now into its Smart TVs.
“I thought that was really interesting that Sony was attacking…a unique demographic,” Chobot says. “Someone like my father, who dabbles in gaming but doesn’t play enough to justify buying a $600 console. But he will plunk down a lot of money for a good TV.” For those who are willing to spend that much on a game system, Chobot says virtual reality sets will become “one of those viable, legitimate peripherals” for gamers.
But whether VR hits in time to take the gaming world by storm in 2015, Chobot still pointed to a number of big traditional games on the horizon worth watching, including The Order: 1886 and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U among them—and in particular, No Man’s Sky.
“The whole idea for me and the charm of [No Man’s Sky], for me, is to have this gigantic expanse of space that I have no idea what might be out there, and so I can go ahead and just wander off to the furthest points of the galaxy by myself,” she says.
While No Man’s Sky has the potential to fill dozens, if not hundreds, of hours, there are two other games Chobot would make sure to leave room for this year: Silent Hills and The Last Guardian.
SIlent Hills was teased in last year’s PT: The Playable Teaser, and Chobot, a longtime fan of the Silent Hill franchise, was thrilled by the teaser’s possibilities of returning the franchise to its former glory days, even with the shock of a lifelike Norman Reedus popping up at the end of the teaser.
And yes, she’s “still holding out hope” that The Last Guardian, from the makers of Shadow of the Colossus and Ico, will finally see the light of day after a reveal back in 2009.”Honestly if they can’t make it good, I’d rather they just not come out with it at all,” says Chobot, who admitted she loves the series enough to even have a Shadow of the Colossus tattoo.
Speaking to all of the blockbuster, nostalgia-infused films debuting in 2015, the one that most piques her interest may be Mad Max: Fury Road, saying, “That trailer, even if the movie is terrible, that trailer alone deserves to win somebody some awards.”
Another film on her radar, unsurprising for the horror-loving fan and Bizarre States host, is Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.
“I love scary, suspenseful movies. I like the ones that are a little bit more suspenseful and not blood and guts gory,” she says. “And Hiddleston and Chastain, not going to shake my finger at those two.”
Outside of 2015’s major releases, there is a 2016 release that may be the make-or-break pop culture moment for Chobot. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will finally bring one of her favorite superheroes, Wonder Woman, to the big screen, with a solo film to eventually follow.
Chobot is approaching how Warner Bros. will portray the character with cautious optimism, admitting that the actress portraying her, Gal Gadot, hasn’t had the opportunity to prove herself in such a major leading role.
“She hasn’t not proven herself, but she hasn’t proven herself either,” Chobot explained.
“I just really hope they treat her well,” Chobot said. “She’s a warrior. That’s what I think people forget. They’re like, ‘Oh Wonder Woman, she’s into peace and helping mankind and giving everyone a chance,’ but she’s also a warrior who’s been trained to kill people and defend things. So I want to see her be as brutal when necessary as the other members of her group. She’s a warrior. Let her be a warrior.”
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