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Is there ever going to be a good movie adaptation based on a great video game? Well, with the next couple of years looking set to provide us with a bountiful mix of ‘video-game-come-movie-adaptations’ – with releases such as: Ratchet and Clank, Hitman: Agent 47, Angry Birds, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and Splinter Cell – the odds are stacked in our favor that a good movie will come from one of these titles, so yeah! You still not convinced? Well, there is one game that has been laying low amongst the deluge of titles scheduled for release within the next two years, a game that came bursting onto the scene in 2014 at San Diego Comic-Con. This one seems certain to lift the video game curse. The game we are referring to; is, Blizzard Entertainment’s massive multi-platform game World of Warcraft, and this looks to have the biggest potential to live up to expectations of the fans.  (more…)

Activision has a new trailer out for it’s upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II game and they’ve upped the celebrity bar with none other than Robert Downey Jr.You might remember that Activision used Jimmy Kimmel, and Kobe Bryant in their last Black Ops commercial in 2010.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II hits store shelves worldwide on November 13, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The game story line and soundtrack was created by David S. Goyer (co-writer of The Dark Knight Rises) and Trent Reznor (Academy Award-winning composer of The Social Network).

The single-player campaign will feature two connected storylines, one set in the 1970s through 1980s and the other in 2025. The protagonist of Black Ops, Alex Mason returns as the protagonist in the Cold War section, where he will be fighting in proxy wars for the United States in the Cold War. Known locations for this section of the game include multiple sites in Central America and in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion. This section of the game will also see the rise to infamy of the game’s primary antagonist, Raul Menendez. Mason’s friend and colleague Frank Woods will also return, and narrate the story into the 2025 section of the game. The 2025 section of the game features Alex Mason’s son David as a protagonist. In it, a new cold war has broken out between China and the United States after China bans the export of rare earth elements following a cyberattack that cripples the Chinese Stock Exchange. In this era, war is defined by robotics, cyber warfare, unmanned vehicles and other modern technology. Taking advantage of this stand-off, Menendez attempts to bring the two powers to a full-blown war by inciting conflicts between the two. Known locations for this section of the game include Los Angeles, Singapore and Socotra, Yemen.

In the 2025 section of the game, the player will have access to special ‘Strike Force missions’, that feature permanent death and the outcome of which can affect the course of the campaign’s storyline.It has been hinted at that the side-plot of Viktor Reznov and his relationship with Alex Mason, which began in Black Ops, will be continued in Black Ops II.

Comic Icon Stan Lee is the maker, the master, the dreamer of dreams. It’s absolutely necessary that the man cameo in blockbuster movies based on his creations. Fortunately, his slicked hair, well groomed mustache and the rest of his old man swagger, has indeed been a presence in many comic-book films (check out this montage of Lee’s cameos) . However, what about video game adaptations? Where’s the Polygonal love? Yes, I know Polygon-base graphics are so 1990, but you get my point. Stan “The Man’ Lee should be in every video game adaptation of movies based on his creation! ‘Nuff said!

Well, it looks like times are a changin’, because Mr. Lee is finally getting some playable character love.

At the London Super Comic Convention, Lee revealed that players will be able to control him in The Amazing Spider-Man, developed by Activision Blizzard subsidiary Beenox.

It’s not yet clear whether you’ll be able to play the whole game as Lee, or whether he’ll just be available in some kind of DLC bonus mission. It’s also not known whether Stan the Man will have the same powers as his creation, or have moves of his own.

The Amazing Spider-Man game is due out June 26th.

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Swan Song: Activision Drops Guitar Hero

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Put your mullet away and tell Slash to go home — Guitar Hero has strummed its last note.

Activision Blizzard announced Wednesday afternoon that it will close down its music video game division, which means the Guitar Hero franchise is toast. GH dies because of the massive declines in consumer purchases of music-genre games. You kidz ain’t buyin’ no mo’, apparently.

The Guitar Hero title that was scheduled for release this year has been shut down.

The Blizzard side of the company will see growth, however, as Activision Blizzard tackles a new MMO as well as Call of Duty projects.

What’s your take? Will you care about Guitar Hero’s demise? Do you still play Rock Band? Or have you transferred all your music energy to Dance Central and Just Dance?

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WoW Video: Avatar Days

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Have you ever imagine what it would be like if you were walking around town as your create-a-character from a video game. Well, Gavin Kelly had that idea  and went on to make a short film about it. Avatar Days puts 4 WoW players walking around and going on with their normal life as their avatars while talking about their live and certain things that would bring peoples attention to them. The thing about this nicely made video, it was all done in four days for a film festival and have to say the result is nice. Check the video out as it is only 4 minutes long and is interesting.

Source: Bob’s House of Video Games, YouTube

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