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The future of gaming is LIVE! E3, also known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, returns for its 21st year on Tuesday, June 14th and runs through Thursday, June 16th. The event will feature press conferences and reveals from some of the biggest names in the video game business: Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, Bethesda, EA and more third-party developers! The expo, known for its history of being the event where major developers unveil new and upcoming projects, is already gathering a fair amount of buzz. With talks of new consoles from Microsoft , Nintendo (Nintendo NX) and Sony (PS 4.5) possibly being introduced or discussed, virtual reality (VR) devices for gaming systems, and a slew of games coming in the second half of 2016, you can be certain that video games will be the major focus of E3 this year. (more…)

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So not only is Tetris the Movie going to come to a theater near you in 2018, it’s going to launch the Tetris trilogy, which will likely be part of the Block-Toy Cinematic Universe along with LEGO and Jenga. Okay, that last part is a joke (for now), but that first part is not. Last fall, there was discussion about turning Tetris into an “epic sci-fi” project, but now there’s money behind it. A U.S.-China co-production between Threshold Entertainment’s Larry Kasanoff (Mortal Kombat) and Chinese media mogul Bruno Wu will see the pair sink a combined $80 million into the movie. (more…)

It’s Official: Nintendo is Planning Movies

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Despite a lengthy history of epic failures, Hollywood is hoping to resurrect the concept of movies based on video games. In the past, projects like these have been cursed with insufficient budgets, studio meddling and inexperienced filmmakers that don’t understand how to translate one popular art form to another. Even recent videogame-related projects like Hitman: Agent 47, Pixels and Ratchet and Clank have failed to resonate with critics or the general public, and all faced dismal runs at the box office. However, with anticipated projects like The Angry Birds Movie, Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed hitting theaters this year, gamers may finally get a chance to see watchable movies based on their favorite franchises. What’s even more exciting is that one of the biggest video game companies of all time may be getting in on Hollywood’s latest ambition.

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Movie adaptations of video games aren’t always met with the most positive criticism. Like a reboot of a beloved franchise, fans feel as if they are owed something when a game they have committed a massive amount of time to is turned into a blockbuster movie. If you can remember back to October of 2011, Sony Pictures finalised talks with Ubisoft Motion Pictures to begin development of the Assassin’s Creed movie and people became a little bit excited. A year later, fans received the news that Michael Fassbender would be the film’s protagonist and people went wild. That seemed like an age ago but today we were given our first look into the world of Callum Lynch (Fassbender) and his silent killer ancestor Aguilar. The Assassin’s Creed game series has a rich tapestry of stories, characters and action to follow up on and the trailer looks like it won’t disappoint.

For those viewers who aren’t familiar with the story of Assassin’s Creed, the trailer explains within the first thirty seconds exactly what the premise of the film is. This is essential for any adaptation, not to just expect previous knowledge. So if you’ve ever played the games… You can enjoy this too! The action across a beautifully set 15th century Spain looks incredibly slick and has the classic Assassin’s Creed feel to it. That classic feel being hidden blades, plenty of flips and kicks and more parkour than you’ll know what to do with. The trailer also introduces parts for Marion Cotillard (who played Lady Macbeth alongside Fassbender in Macbeth) and the ominous Jeremy Irons.

One of the most interesting points about the film isn’t even indicated in the film and that is the question of where this film lies in the Assassin’s Creed lineage and if it is even set in the same universe already created by the games. The good news is, is that it does fall into the same universe. The even better news is that Sony and Ubisoft aren’t trying to create a sequel or a remake of an existing title. The story of Callum and his 15th century Spanish ancestor Aguilar will run alongside the games, in a place and period not yet tackled by it’s interactive counterpart.

Assassin’s Creed will be released on December 21st, directed by Justin Kurzel.

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When the newest iteration of the Star Wars: Battlefront  video game came in 2015, it was a certified hit. Of course, everyone remembers the commercials with everyone “force-ghosting” into the video game, but it took the industry on by storm this past year. The video game sold more than 14 million copies and went on to be the 4th best-selling video game in 2015. Thanks to downloadable content and expansion packs for the game it continues to be a top seller. With such a massive success on their hands, it’s almost a no-brainer that Electronic Arts (EA) would make a sequel to this game.

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Fire birds, grass goats, water snails, dolphins, owls, crococdiles – fan theories about what fans can expect from the new Pokémon Sun and Moon games have been raging practically since February, when it would first announce that there would be more games in the series. Some of them seemed pretty convincing. A few had some sneaky back stories about journalists taking surreptitious photographs of sketches from inside the Game Freak building. There were some fine pieces of fan art that a lot of people really wanted to be real, some Pokémon that looked like they would be a lot of fun to play with. (more…)

LEGO Gives Star Wars Fans A Treat For May 4th

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Lego Star Wars has been an unwavering element of Lego‘s adaptations and it doesn’t look like slowing down. If anything, Lego Star Wars is picking up speed, as they develop Lego sets, films, TV series and video games. The video game series has been ongoing since 2005 and is releasing another title next month. The title of the latest installment is Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens and in celebration of Star Wars Day, Lego have released a trailer for the upcoming game.

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If you’re still playing Fallout 4 since the November 10th, 2015 release date, or have taken a breather from the game like this NerdBastard, it might be time to strap on that Power Armour and grab your weapon of choice, because the newest DLC Far Harbor is just on the horizon. Far Harbor promises to be the largest DLC landmass and characters that Bethesda has ever produced in the Fallout franchise. It seems things aren’t quite the way they seem in Far Harbor and it’s up to you to get to the bottom of it. (more…)

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Over the last week the word leak has bounced around the internet concerning one particular franchise. Five days ago the title Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare leaked onto the PSN site and was stumbled upon by a curious player in the trending section of Playstation’s store. Not long after that, the release date and front cover was released into the world for the game. This all seemed very speculative until today when Activision and Infinity Ward quashed all rumours as they dropped the reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. What is even more exciting is that with the news, players also found out that those who purchase the Legacy Edition of the next Call of Duty game will also receive a remastered version of the globally adored Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

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From The Floor Of PAX East 2016

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While you’re sitting at home reading this, PAX East 2016 is currently underway in Boston. Also known as the Penny Arcade Expo, the show highlights some of the best games in the industry. Some are already out and some will be coming out. Either way, this is one of the best chances to get your hands on them before anyone else does. In addition to video game, attendees can also learn some of the best board games in the world and watch as people dress up as some of their favorite characters from video games and other media.

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