Sonic the Hedgehog

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Earlier this month, it was revealed that the director of Deadpool, Tim Miller, would not be returning to the sequel. This was due to creative differences not with the studio but with Deadpool start Ryan Reynolds. The two were apparently at odds over how big and stylized they wanted to go with the sequel, with Ryan Reynolds wanting to keep things smaller and kitschy, and Miller wanting to go far grander. The split was amicable. Ryan Reynolds and FOX are fine in finding a replacement director – Deadpool 2 will carry on. It is Tim Miller, however, who’s career trajectory is far more interesting to watch out for. Here’s a middle-aged guy who, prior to Deadpool, was known solely for directing video game trailers. Tim’s directing projects include Warner Bros. Batman: Arkham City, Sony’s DC Universe Online, and Dante’s Inferno. He made his first motion picture debut with Deadpool. And as history goes, it became the highest grossing Rated R movie of all time. He proved himself and then some. He’s earned the right to make whatever the hell he wants and be given an almost blank check.

So what does Tim Miller want to do, what’s next on his list? Well, Sonic The Hedgehog, of course!  (more…)

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Last night, Sega held a 25th anniversary party for their famous brand character, Sonic the Hedgehog, as part of their presence at San Diego Comic-con. During the event, they had promised to make several reveals about the future of the character and share those reveals with the world at large; many had suspected that Sega would announce a new game in the Sonic series. To everyone’s surprise, however, Sega didn’t announce one new Sonic game—they announced two. Now, we’ve got trailers to show off, so buckle in and get ready to go fast, because the blue blur is coming in at top speed.  (more…)

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Sonic the Hedgehog has become a household name since he sped onto the SEGA scene. His legacy took a turn for the worse, however, when last year’s Sonic Boom title took a hard nose-dive as the worst-selling game in the franchise. Sonic may be down, but don’t count him out. SEGA has teamed up with Sony Pictures in hopes of creating a live-action hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which might hopefully help reverse this tail-spin. (more…)

Sega Apologizes for Sonic Sucking Lately

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Way back in the 90s, the Console Wars were a tight fight between Nintendo and Sega, and their primary warriors were Mario and Sonic respectively. When Sega went down after the dual failures of the Saturn and Dreamcast systems, Sonic continued life on other platforms becoming just another licensed character, but something happened when Sega wasn’t exclusively in charge of Sonic’s fate anymore, the games he was featured in started sucking. That’s simplistic of course, but one can’t deny that while Mario continues to enjoy life with a variety of fun and innovative games, Sonic is still stuck in the glow of past glories. Now, Sega is saying sorry. (more…)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.
Read more at http://nerdbastards.com/2014/02/28/nerdy-bits-playable-game-boy-cosplay-van-damme-zero-gravity-split-godzilla-vs-heisenberg-and-moar/#GTDcgGJ0JBixYY4B.99 Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com. (more…)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: This chainsaw carved T-Rex is so epic it will blast you all the way back to the Cretaceous period! Yes, that’s right, I did say chainsaw carved. Scott Dow carved this giant wooden terrible lizard with a chainsaw! You can’t get any more badass than that, can you? Actually, you probably can, because Dow has other animal carvings on his site Animalistic Art. [Obvious Winner]

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Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is quickly becoming the animated movie to see this November. With stars like John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, and Sarah Silverman voicing the characters, this movie is sure to please kids, their parents, and gaming fanatics like myself. The attention to detail shown so far in the trailer and clips has been incredible.
Producer Clark Spencer sat down with Sam Ashurst of Total Film to talk about the project how the project was able to get the rights to use all of our favorite video game characters that belonged to a myriad of competing video gaming companies.

“It was interesting part of the process, we talked early on about making the film authentic and the only way to do that was to have real game characters in the film as well as the characters we’d created, otherwise it would fell like an artificial environment.

But when you do that, you don’t know the reality of what characters you’re going to be able to license for the film.

Rich [Moore, director] and I went to E3, and pitched the movie to all the different game companies, talking about the concept.

What was great about that was we developed a one-on-one relationship [with the people at the game companies], and people warmed to the idea.

So they felt like it could be something interesting, but they were still a little skeptical, as they were giving their own creative characters over to Wreck-It Ralph.

And so we said we’d keep them involved in the process, and give them the script pages. We showed them the models, we showed them the early animation tests, and even the final animations.

We brought them along the entire way, and it made companies willing to participate, because they felt like we were going to be true to their characters.

As a result we got pretty much almost anything we wanted, because the companies started feeling the momentum and everybody pretty much said yes to us.”

Getting all those video game companies to agree is an amazing feat in itself, it must have looked like an almost impossible task in the beginning. I’m sure once one company agreed that the others most likely went with it so that their video game characters weren’t excluded from what could be a huge Disney movie blockbuster.

Spencer then went into detail about how specific those video game companies were about the use and appearance of their characters and how the production and animation team worked to include everyone in just about every step of the production.

“The games companies were very specific – there’s a scene in which Bowser drinks a cup of coffee, and they were very specific about how Bowser would drink coffee.

The other thing that was fascinating to me was that all of the companies know how tall their characters are.

There was lots of conversation about which character would be the biggest character in that Bad Anon scene. Even to the specifics of centimeters, but that was helpful, because we wanted it to be authentic.

We had a scene where we wanted the rings to come out of Sonic, and SEGA said the only way that happens is if he falls over, and we didn’t have him fall over in the scene, so we actually went back and re-animated it.”

There will be one HUGE video game character that won’t be making an appearance in Wreck-It Ralph, Mario will be curiously absent. Spencer addressed that issue by saying:

“The hard thing was, we were trying to work out the right way to use a character like Mario. It had to be organic to the film, we didn’t want to just paste him in there.

For Bowser, it made perfect sense for him to be a member of the Bad Anon group. For Mario himself we couldn’t think of the right way to incorporate him into the film, and so we didn’t do it.

Now we get to the human cameo in the film, Skrillex. It was announced at Comic Con that Skrillex would be contributing to the soundtrack for Wreck-T Ralph, but know we also know that Skrillex will be making his animated movie debut as well. When asked about this particular detail Spender said:

“We asked him if we could do it,” Spencer said. “We went to him first and said, ‘Hey, we have this party scene in the world of Fix It Felix Jr, and we have a DJ and we think it would make a nice cameo if we put you into it.’ And he was ecstatic.

We built his model, we put on his look, and we sent it to him to have him give us comments. And he said he would never wear non-black tennis shoes. He said “My tennis shoes will always be black.” So we changed the tennis shoes to black.

You don’t see them in the film, as he’s behind the DJ booth, but they were in the model. He has seen the animation, and he’s very, very excited about it.”

Who wouldn’t want to be in a Disney animated movie? This movie just keeps sounding better and better.The latest trailer is below, check it out.

Wreck-It Ralph hits theater screens on November 2nd, 2012.

Via: Total Film

Impressive Sonic the Hedgehog Flipbooks

I have fond memories of playing the Sonic the Hedgehog games on my Sega Genesis back in the day.

The key things for those games were speed and very fast button-presses to get you through the level as fast as possible. And Youtube user BloodyRenegadeX perfectly captured this in a series of animated flipbooks, embedded below, showcasing the speed and sheer fun that the games provided.

Enjoy!

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Geek art can be very cool, especially when it is accessible to everyone (not just geeks).

Artist Kody Christian has created a bunch os posters showcasing popular comic book and video game icons using words within their shapes (known as “typography art”). Christian created tributes to such characters as Superman, Super Mario, Master Chief from Halo and more!

You can visit his Society6 pages here to view all his art and even order prints of each of the posters as iPhone cases, t-shirts and more!

Check below the jump for all the different works of art he’s created. Personally, my favorite is Pac-Man, as it just seems to lend itself to typographical art, doesn’t it?

Which is your favorite?

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