He’s already got himself elbow-deep in the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises, but apparently even that isn’t enough for the soon-to-be legendary geek-lord J.J. Abrams. Since he’s got so much time on his hands, he decided that a venture into the world of video games and video game movies might be just the thing. According to a report by Wired, Abrams’ production studio Bad Robot will be teaming up with Valve in the near future.
The two had a few telling things to say while speaking at the recent DICE Summit. According to Abrams:
There’s an idea we have for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on.
And according to Valve bigwig, Gabe Newell:
We’re going to figure out if we can make a Portal movie or Half-Life movie together.
So it seems that the two see eye to eye on the inherit connections between video game and movie storytelling. What’s more, they look willing to put their money where their mouths are. With this pair working together, audiences may see some actual good video game movies in the future.
Of course, it might be a while if Abrams wants to keep that Disney-imposed Star Wars release date of 2015.
Fans of the The Walking Deadhave been witness to some new faces and shocking conclusions this season – and we’ve only just crossed the halfway point. Seeing as how the series has diverted from the comics there are some notable differences, but one fan favorite from the comics will be making his way to AMC.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, series creator Robert Kirkman teased the introduction of this new but already well-known character, saying:
“There’s a new character added. A big deal fan favorite from the comic book is introduced into the show in this episode, so be on the lookout for that,”
Check out just who it could be after the jump. (more…)
Yesterday we shared the exciting news that Valve would be releasing new Portal 2 DLC allowing players to easily create their own test chambers. Today, Cave Johnson, president of Aperture Science, released a video explaining all about the new Perpetual Testing Initiative.
What a sad little octopus. At least that octopus won’t have to suffer through what I’m sure will be the agonizing test chambers soon to be created. The DLC will be available via Steam for PC and Mac on May 8th.
All right, start planning now. It’s all for science…you monsters.
If you haven’t yet tried your hand at the Portal games, you’re missing out some of the most fun and ingenious gaming around. Portal and its even better sequel, Portal 2 are basically first person puzzle games, yet so much more. With a captivating and at times hilarious mystery you can only survive if you can solve all of Aperture’s test chambers. Now, if you have played Portal you know how frustrating some chambers can be. So much so you might say, hurl your controller across the room while you curse Wheatley’s name. Not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything.
On May 8th you to can create your own impossibly hard levels within Aperture with Valve‘s official Portal 2 level creator called the Perpetual Testing Initiative. Sadly, and I’m saying this as someone who plays on the Xbox, the creator is only available via Steam for PC and Mac. But it sounds so cool I think I’ll be checking it out anyway.
Valve says you’ll be able to “easily create, share, and play Portal 2 puzzles” with the new DLC, which lets you publish maps directly to Steam. Other players will be able to browse, vote, and download user-created maps to play in their own versions of the game.
What kind of evil puzzles will you think up? I imagine it would have to involve lots of turrets and maybe a few lasers thrown in to add some deadly circumstances.
The cake may be a lie, but now you can get your own Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device by NECA. NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) is producing full scale Valve Portal Gun replicas complete with orange (and/or)? blue lights, but we’re not sure about any sounds it might make at this time. Now you can have those late night Portal Gun versus Light-saber duels.
Here are the stats:
1/1 Scale Portal Gun
Manufacturer: NECA Scale: 1/1
Original: Valve Portal
Release Date : Apr (Feb. 6, Pre-order start.)
Regular Price : 15,239 yen about 199.12 USD
Sales Price : 12,953 yen about 169.26 USD
holy fuck-oly. I never thought a Portal fan-film would make me cry, but it just happened. I totally wept bitch tears at YouTube user faceofdoomness‘samazing stop-motion-animation video inspired by Portals “lab rat”.
Mixing 3D, Live-Action and Stop-Motion all to the tune of “Exile, Vilify” by The National, Faceofdoomness crafts a somber tale of loneliness, madness, unrealized love, sacrifice and redemption. It almost tells the story (the comic, Portal 2: Lab rat) better than the comic. Truly, it’s full of emotion, absolutely beautiful, and a reminder of the lack of skills I possess.
“Rat Man”, a lab worker at Aperture Science with a history of schizophrenia, who survives GLaDOS’ attempt to murder every employee in the Aperture Science facility when she is first turned on. Sneaking through the facility, he creates murals and scrawlings that guide Chell in both games.
Brett Driver obviously has a Nerd Boner for Valve’s Left 4 Dead video game, but then who among us doesn’t? Well it seems Brett took the power of his forbidden love and turned it into this delightful Fan Film Teaser. Watch it and you’ll find yourself polishing your shotgun, day dreaming about zombie filled days and escapes just a couple of blocks away. You can make it that far, there’s only about half a million zombies out there between you and safety. Go ahead. You can do it, besides, the restart button is only a mouse click away.
What’s Steam you say? It’s a online game platform run by Valve (Creators of Team Fortress 2, Portal, Left f4 Dead, Etc, etc.) where you can buy, play, try out demos of all the latest games and tons of older games. Steam also has a thriving gaming forums to find reviews, tips, strategies etc. Steam has always been one of my favorites, I got hooked by Team Fortress II, convinced by Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, and fell in love with Valve and Steam when I heard the Portal Cake song. It’s just so easy to buy games, give them as presents to friends and family, and check out the latest games.
So now there is no reason not to get online and try out Team Fortress II, it’s FREE for Pete’s sake!
Have you played Portal 2? And if so, did you notice any insensitivity within the game?
The game is rated “E” for everybody and lists itself as educational by its creator Valve, but a brief moment in the game put shocked a father so much that he had to shut off the game immediately.
A character in the game makes some jokes about being adopted and the father, who has an adoptive daughter, thought it was extremely harsh to single-out adopted children and their parents.
Personally, I absolutely loved the game (read my review here) while I can see his argument, I think it is taking it a bit too far. It is a game, and should be treated as such, not as a fact. If she thinks that is true, what about homicidal robots, portal guns and magical goo’s?
Check it out, and let us know what you think: Is the father’s argument valid or is he making mountains out of molehills?
In the videogame Portal 2, the co-op campaign is one of the best around (to find out my thoughts on the game, read my review here).
But, with any co-op campaign, you run the risk of being paired with an inexperienced partner, which can result in a lot of frustration. Or, even worse, you can end up with a partner who knows what they are doing and just wants to mess you up.
So, how can you avoid being that particular player that everyone hates to be paired with?
Thankfully, the lovely folks at IGN have made a video with five simple things that you should never, ever do in Portal 2. If you follow the simple steps, you can rest assured that you will not be a total douche.
Now if only the person you were playing with would watch it, right?
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