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An epic rematch more than 45 years in the making, actor and original Captain Kirk William Shatner comes face-to-face again with The Gorn as they play the new Star Trek video game in this viral video from Namco Bandai.

In the spot, The Gorn (taking a break from haunting Sheldon’s dreams) takes on against Shatner as they play the game. One misunderstanding leads to a fight and… Well, you can see the results for yourself. The video pays tribute to the classic original series episode “Arena,” which featured the first appearance of The Gorn and his often discussed and parodied showdown with Captain Kirk. The Gorn reappears in the new Trek video game as an enemy. In the game, they attack the new Vulcan colony and Kirk and Spock have to stop them.

“What better way to spotlight the adventure and fun everyone can have actually playing as Capt. Kirk in the new game, than to team up the legendary former captain himself to play one of his old foes,” said LeeAnne Stables, President of Consumer Products at Paramount Pictures, in a press release. “Mr. Shatner is such a great sport and that Gorn had absolutely no chance of coming out on top this time.”

“It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me about that scene,” added Shatner.  “It’s 46 years later, and he hasn’t aged as well as I have.”

The Star Trek video is available for pre-order now and will released on April 23, 2013 on X-Box 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The promotional video is below along with the original Kirk/Gorn face-off from 1967.

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We all know it’s hard enough to maintain movie set-secrecy in the age of internet journalism with potential spies and secret spillers everywhere, but et tu, Google?

Yes indeed, if you want to not be spoiled about a key set in this fall’s sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, then avert your eyes now. In other words: SPOILERS!!!

For the rest of you, you may or may not know that Catching Fire brings us the 75th edition of the Hunger Games, the Quarter Quell. In the book, champions from all previous Hunger Games are entered to be competitors, including our hero Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). The layout of the arena is, shall we say, unique. Check out the view from Google Earth:

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If you’re curious, and you haven’t read the book, the arena is clock shaped, like a giant sundial. New horrors are unleashed at the top of every hour as the light of the sun or the moon moves across the sky. You can click to embiggen if you like.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer opens November 22nd.

Source: Collider