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first_imgThe director of Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies, Guillermo del Toro has revealed he is a big fan of Valve as he’s hired the voice of GLaDOS to play a robot AI in his new movie.Ellen McLain plays the evil AI, GLaDOS in the Portal games, she also lends her voice to many other Valve games including Team Fortress 2 and Half Life 2. The trailer for Pacific Rim, del Toro’s new movie, shows that McLain is using the same voice filter she uses for GLaDOS so the robot AI she plays in the movie, sounds exactly like GLaDOS. It all seems a bit confusing…It’s likely del Toro purposely did this as a tribute to the Portal games. In fact he personally called Gabe Newell, the boss at Valve to make sure he could get GLaDOS’ voice in the movie. He’s been quoted before as being a big Valve fan and he said “Portal and Left 4 Dead have been instrumental family experiences at my house”.Pacific Rim is about an alien attack threatening Earth’s existence. The humans decide to pilot giant robots to fight off the alien attack, as one would when attacked by aliens. Basically, it’s your typical monster movie, though it does star Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and GLaDOS so what more could you ask for?Although I think Portal fans will be expecting McLain’s robot AI to go rogue and turn on the humans at some point, if she doesn’t then a lot of people are going to be disappointed. Pacific Rim hits cinemas on July 12, 2013.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

first_imgJuly Home Sales Stall Share August 15, 2014 428 Views Home sales for July decreased slightly from the previous month after increasing for four months in a row, according to the July 2014 RE/MAX National Housing Report released this week.Meanwhile, home prices fell marginally month-over-month but increased year-over-year.The number of home sales in July dropped by 3.1 percent  from June and decreased by 6.8 percent from July 2013.Though sales activity is down, the company asserts the market is still trending toward improvement.”After a slow start to the year, 2014 home sales have been improving,” said Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO.  “Sales are following the expected seasonal pattern and are approaching the levels we saw last year. As inventory continues to build the recovery continues at a more stable and sustainable rate.”According to the latest RE/MAX report, the median home price of $204,550 for July in the 52 metro areas was down 2.4 percent from June but up 7.9 percent from a year ago. July 2013 saw an 11.5 percent year-over-year increase in home prices, but growth was slower in July 2014 due to improved inventory.July was the 30th consecutive month in which home prices increased year-over-year, according to RE/MAX. Overall, 44 out of the 52 metro areas surveyed reported a year-over-year spike in home prices with the largest increase happening in Miami, Florida, at 10.5 percent.The average number of days on the market for each home fell by two days both month-over-month and year-over-year, RE/MAX reported. Low inventory combined with high demand has caused the drop in the number of days on the market for each home; the average days on the market has been below 90 in the 52 metro areas for 26 consecutive months.RE/MAX reported that inventory of homes for sale in July inched downward by 1.1 percent from June and dropped by 3.5 percent from July 2013. The months supply of inventory, which is calculated by dividing the number of homes listed for sale at month’s end by the number of contracts signed during the month, increased slightly from 4.1 in June to 4.3 in July. San Francisco had the lowest months supply at 1.5.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply RE/MAX 2014-08-15 Seth Welbornlast_img read more