The Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison announced at Gamescon that the new installment in the popular Tomb Raider franchise will be an Xbox exclusive. There’s no word on whether things will change or stay that way. It’s slated to debut “Holiday 2015,” and if anybody knows what that means, please chime in. Last year’s Lara Croft adventure was a great success and played across wide platforms, so it’s a mystery why Microsoft would shut out loyal gamers for the sequel. Especially since the series has arguably been more associated with Playstation than any other console. Whatever the case, deals such as this one are few and far between in recent years because they do test player loyalty. Even if the status quo shifts, the damage of betrayal is done and documented. And gamers are rioting over the internet. (more…)
18 years. That’s how long it took one player to retrieve the so-called “Impossible Coin” from an infamous level of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64. By comparison, it took them four years to build a prototype atomic bomb, and it took them 10 years to (allegedly) go to the moon, but to spend nearly two decades trying to collect one singular coin that may have been left in the game by mistake? Well that’s a level of dedication that’s not merely obsessive compulsive, but it puts obsessive compulsive in the rear-view mirror and keeps driving till it ends up somewhere completely unrecognizable. So how did this dedicated gamer finally do it? Read on. (more…)
In it’s early years, a little company with big dreams manufactured arcade games, which they called “capsule computers.” Then somebody decided to combine the two-fold term into their new name “Capcom.” It wouldn’t be long before we’d be introduced to the golf-swing uppercut that made Ken and Ryu famous. Back then we rocked the typed of technology that modern day kids point at and laugh. It’s a fine enough history to be proud of…unless you’re Capcom, who is out to change the past. Desperately trying to put the pixelated humiliations of the 1980’s behind them, the video game behemoth has announced that they are remastering the original 1996 ‘Resident Evil’ video game for 2015 audiences. Hey, when money’s burning a hole in your pocket and you’re not motivated to build something new from scratch, just jump in your time machine and fix something that ain’t broke. (more…)
As a fan of documentaries, I am very much looking forward to this one. As I’m sure you all heard by now, director Zak Penn and the film crew for Atari: Game Over, proved earlier this year that the urban legend was right, and that all the unpurchased cartridges were buried in a New Mexico landfill. But of course, that’s just part of the story. Later this year, fans and curiosity seekers will relive the journey of the nascent days of video gaming, where the sky was the limit, programmers were rock stars, and a video game based on the most popular movie of all time nearly killed a billion dollar business while it was still in its crib. (more…)
Marvel Studios have demonstrated they have the tools, talent and know how in delivering quality super hero movies – comic to screen adaptations that service fans and appeal to mass market audiences. It took their partnership with Disney, however, to be champions of the market place. The house of mouse has allowed Marvel to become a powerhouse in brand recognition across all demographics, well beyond the original target audience of 20 something year old’s livin’ in their parents basements. This is largely in part to extending properties across multiple platforms and revenue streams. Marvel makes a hit movie… and ready are the mountains of merchandise, new animated series, video games and more.
With Guardians of the Galaxy garnering more and more attention lately – damn near reaching critical mass – from eager and cheerful fans, you can bet Marvel/Disney are ready to keep the tidal wave of excitement and subsequent profits going.
Waiting in the wings of the films August 1 release, comes a new animated series and a Disney Infinity video game add-on. Both of which are sure to please fans and keep the property pulsing. (more…)
A young actress from one of the most critically-acclaimed TV shows starring in a film based on one of the most critically-acclaimed video games ever? Makes sense.
Hot off his announcement about a possible Evil Dead TV series, Sam Raimi dropped another bombshell on San Diego Comic-Con: he is producing a film adaptation of the insanely-loved video game The Last Of Us. The film was announced months ago but now Raimi is producing, adding a hefty dose of star-power. No director or cast has been announced but apparently the team (Raimi and writer/Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann) have met with Maisie Williams, a.k.a. Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. We can hear fans rejoicing already.
Is this is a done deal? Who would Williams be playing? (more…)
Firefly, Joss Whedon‘s show that would not die, made the move from the small screen of television to the big screen of Hollywood years after its untimely cancellation. Now the show makes another jump back into the computer game monitors of online video game players everywhere. That’s right, Firefly is getting an online video game, but that’s not the big news. The big news is that the ENTIRE cast is returning to voice their characters! (more…)
The busy first day of San Diego Comic Con is coming to a close, and if you’re at all interested in Xbox and Microsoft’s latest experiment in home entertainment, than this one’s for you. After years of attempting a Halo movie for the big screen, the fine people at Microsoft said screw it, let’s make it a series and put it on our own Xbox network. And voila! Halo: Nightfall is coming this fall, and the first look is here after being first looked at earlier today in San Diego. So what’s it about, and what does it look like? Let’s see some images and watch a teaser trailer. (more…)
Here’s your first official look at the new film version of Hitman. You remember the 2007 film Hitman, don’t you? It starred Timothy Olyphant and Olga Kurylenko and was directed by Xavier Gen (who’s also made the ‘X’ segment of The ABCs of Death). If you don’t then that’s okay, because the producers of Agent 47 certainly hope you don’t end up recollecting it. The official Facebook page and twitter handle for 20th Century Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 have gone live. To help kick things off they’ve released the first official image of Rupert Friend (Homeland) as the title character. (more…)
This Fall, Batman will again be the talk outside of Gotham when his new Kevin Conroy-voiced game debuts. Yesterday, GameStop teased a playable story within Batman: Arkham Knight, but you have to pre-order the game in order to access it. Inside the tweet was a blurred out image (ABOVE) of the character they were featuring. This information comes behind the already announced challenge maps and “story pack” of Harley Quinn‘s playable avatar. The pixelated image could actually pass as Pitfall Harry (how cool would that be??), but the color scheme is completely wrong. It still produced a good amount of fervor over the interwebs, even though you’d have to be a real noob to not know who it was. There aren’t too many Bat-friends wearing red things on their heads. (more…)