Saturday, October 8, 2011

UFC Middlewight Champ Chosen by Fans to be on the Cover of UFC's Undisputed 3 **UPDATE**


Well, it was left up to the fans to choose who they wanted on the cover of THQ's third installment of the UFC's Undisputed line.  Fans were able to choose between UFC champions Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, and Cain Velasquez.  UFC President Dana White revealed earlier today at the main stage of the UFC Fan Expo Houston 2011 that Middleweight Champ Anderson "The Spider" Silva had been chosen by the fans to grace the cover.  He follows former Heavyweight Champ Brock Lesnar and fan favorite Forrest GriffinUFC Undisputed 3 has included a "PRIDES rules" mode, added the featherweights and bantamweight classes, and will sport over 150 fighters.  UFC Undisputed 3 will be released in January 2012.  Click HERE to see the cover and for more info on the game.

Source: MMAJunkie

**UPDATE**
Middleweight Champ Anderson Silva tweeted a picture of the cover of UFC Undisputed 3:



Hulk Hogan's Main Event, Brother!


Here's a look at the Hulkster's game exclusively for the Xbox Kinect called Hulk Hogan's Main Event.



Why is the kid in the commercial wearing the old WWF championship belt?  Hogan doesn't work for them any more.


Friday, October 7, 2011

The Simpson Renewed for 2 More Seasons


As reported earlier this week here on 8bit Spit, The Simpsons seemed to be on its final legs with both 20th Century FOX and the voice actors at a stalemate on contract negotiations.  Well, both sides have reached an agreement and are set to work together for 2 more seasons.  You can read the official release announcement Fox made on The Simpsons:

Mario Kart 7 Tanooki Tail and Shy Guy Revealed


One of the new items that's going to be in Mario Kart 7 is the Tanooki Tail from Super Mario Bros. 3. In that game, the Tanooki Tail allowed you to fly for a short period of time. I imagine that it will do the same thing in Mario Kart 7 as well.  Click HERE to see some screen pics of the Tanooki Tail and of Shy Guy riding a Kart.  Miis will also be allowed a part of the game.

Source: IGN

By Paranoid Droid

Trailer for The Raven!


Here's the first trailer The Raven starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe trying to solve murders inspired by his writings.  It is directed by V for Vendetta's director James McTeigue.



Source: Apple

IndieCade Festival This Weekend



If you happen to be out in the L.A./Culver City area this weekend, do yourself a favor and check out Indiecade- The International Festival of Independent Games.

"The IndieCade Festival is the only stand-alone independent-focused game event in the nation. It is open to the industry and to the public.

IndieCade is held in multiple locations across downtown Culver City (Los Angeles). The Festival offers a unique opportunity to play and preview the latest innovative indie video games and rub shoulders with the creators of the newest games, as well as legends from across the industry.

IndieCade features independent games of every genre and platform from around the world! Come to IndieCade 2011 to experience an action-packed festival full of gameplay, previews, networking, workshop sessions, awards, and so much more...."
 
For more info and schedule check out their site www.indiecade.com.

ThunderCats- Season 1 In Review *Spoiler-Free*


What a way to finish a off a season!  Cartoon Network's ThunderCats reboot has been one of the best reboots I can remember.  I would have loved to have sat in on the pre-production meetings for this show.  They must have had huge brainstorming sessions where the head dude-in-charge gave all his assistants weekend homework: "What do geeks love and how much of those geek-loves can we cram into this show?"

Anime? Check!
Fantasy and Swordfighting? Check!
Mechs? Check!
Hot Anime Chicks? Check!
Spaceships? Check!
Well written episodes? Check!
Half-Animal, Half-Human Characters? Check!

Yes, you read correctly.  ThunderCats had  all these things and more in its first season and it wasn't a jumbled mess of a show.  It was a fantastic ending to a great season and perfect way to lead up for the second season.  Look I loved the original, it was great and one of my favorites of my youth.  But lets be fair here, this new cartoon surpassed it in quality of art and quality of story!

I hope all you nerds out there are savoring every minute of this show because we are living in the golden age of geekery!  Videogames are mainstream! Shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are huge hits.  And Comicbook movies ruled the the summer.

--Silverback Bonk

pic courtesy of www.animeultima.tv

Thursday, October 6, 2011

UMvC3 - Improved Online Experience


#1 Spectator Mode added! Up to 6 players can watch battles while 2 battle.
#2 Before having a match, you can check out your opponent's information and decide whether you would like to battle against him/her or not for Player Match and Ranked Match.
#3 In the last game, it was difficult to tell who had bad network manners, but in UMVC3 skull, silver, gold icons will be shown.
#4 Looked over the retry features for matching and made matching better than the last game.
#5 In the last game, if matching was unsuccessful, you were brought back to the top menu screen, but in this game, it will bring you back to the screen where you can search again.
#6 In the leaderboards, there's a new button/feature which will take you to the rank at which you are positioned, and a cursor to make viewing easier.
Source: Capcom Unity
This is cool and all but did they fix the netcode? The original version suffered from horrible lag.

By Paranoid Droid

Superfan has Plastic Surgery to Look Like Superman


Um,  this is taking fandom bit extreme. But, whatever... Hector Chavez, a 35 year old Filipino man has been undergoing plastic surgery since 1995 to look like his favorite superhero-- Superman.  To see more pics of Hector Chavez as Superman as well as how he looked like before he turned into "Superman," click HERE.

Source:  Robot6

XBox Live Seems to Have Taken a Big Step Over Sony's PSN


Microsoft has announced that over 40 providers such as BBC, Bravo, Verizon FiOS, and HBO GO have joined Xbox Live.  Microsoft's hope is to make the Xbox 360 the one stop entertainment place where you can easily switch from gaming to music to on demand television.  Here's the official release:

Happy Feet 2 Trailer


Here's the trailer for Happy Feet 2...

New Pics of Lois Lane and Clark Kent

 
Man of Steel has moved their productions over to Vancouver.  Earlier this week, we caught a glimpse of Russell Crowe as Jor El.  Today, we get a look at Henry Cavill as a bearded Clark Kent and of Amy Adams as a red-headed Lois Lane courtesy of the dailymail.  Just click on the link to check them out.

Marvel's The Avengers Trailer is Coming!


Marvel Studios have said that Marvel's The Avengers trailer will be released online on Tuesday, October 11th.  Check back here at 8bit Spit to view the trailer when it comes out.

Gotham City Impostors Animated Trailer



By Paranoid Droid

Sonic Generations Modern Era Trailer



-Video Courtesy of IGN

Crisis City (Sonic 2006) and Planet Wisp (Sonic Colors) have been announced to be in the game.

By Paranoid Droid

Batman: Arkham City Robin DLC UK Trailer



By Paranoid Droid

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Batman Year One: 2nd Clip

Eliza Dushku: voice of Selina Kyle/Catwoman

 Warner Home Video has released another clip for the upcoming Batman: Year One release.  Here you see Batman vs. Gotham SWAT!  It's cool seeing a story I've read over and over again come to life!

Batman: Arkham City - Sony's Qore Reveals A New Villain



-Video Courtesy of MrKQGaming

Pause at 3:37

By Paranoid Droid

Too Cool PS3 Ad!



This ad is just too cool. Check it out.
--Silverback Bonk

Great Underrated Games of All Time- Ice Hockey!


Released in 1988, Ice Hockey is one the best games ever!  No really-- EVER! Ok maybe not really, but it is definitely one of the most underrated games of all time. Made for the original NES, Ice Hockey was of course based on hockey.  But it was a fairly dumb-downed version of hockey.  Besides icing, not many of professional hockey's rules were a part of the game.

Each team had one goalie and 4 players.  You can choose from 6 national teams, but to be honest, the change of national teams only adjust the colors of your uniforms.  You can also adjust the speed of the game from 1-5, with 5 being the fastest.   You can also adjust the time of each period from 7 minutes to 10 or 15 minutes per period.

The only other adjustment you can make to differentiate you from your opponent is probably the most fun adjustment.  You can choose the size and therefore the strength and speed of your players. Picking the lanky, skinny character gives you great skating speed but less control of the speed and slapping power of the puck.  Picking the regular character gives you average speed, average control and average power.  Finally, picking the hefty hockey player will give you slow speed, heavy controls but a killer slap shot.  Oh, and the heavy character also can fight his pants off and can have the other players bounce of his body! He is in a sense your team's enforcer.

I know it seems pretty simplistic, but just this form of picking your teams makes the game wildly fun.  You can have 2 skinny guys and 2 chubsters, or 3 average dudes and 1 skinny guy, or even have all 4 on your team be chubbies.  It just depends on what you want. You can be a slow defensive team, with all three chubbies.  Or be a quick shooting team with all skinny dudes.  You can't choose your goalie though.  Somehow you make it work. from there, the game of Ice Hockey is just a blast. Scores of 8-10 are a common occurrence and losing a player to penalties happens a lot because you are always looking for a fight. The game is just fun! Absolute fun!

Countless of hours were spent playing this game in my house when I was younger.   I would beat my cousin and he would beat me.  We would ask for rematches upon rematches, upon rematches.  To this day, I can pick this game up and still enjoy it in the same way.  One of the all time greats, and if you haven't tried it yet do yourself a favor and download on the Wii Virtual Console.

--Silverback Bonk

The Adventures Of Tintin International Trailer


Steven Spielberg's next project is The Adventures of Tintin which is based on a popular European comic by Georges "Herge" Remi (1907-1983) that told the tale of a young reporter and his dog going on all these extraordinary adventures.  You can watch the international trailer below.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Avengers & Ghost Rider to Have Panels at NYCC


Word comes in that both Marvel Studios' Marvel's The Avengers and Sony Pictures' Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will be at the New York Comic Con this month.  The Avengers panel will include producer Kevin Feige, Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), and Cobie Smulders (Agent Hill).  The panel is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th, from 6:30-7:30pm and will feature never before seen footage.  Meanwhile, the Ghost Rider panel will feature directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine and is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th, from 4-5pm.

Dark Souls C.E. (Yes Again) Having Supply Problems


I mentioned before that Best Buy hadn't received their copies of the Dark Souls C.E. and there's a reason why they didn't:
An employee searched around for a few minutes before presenting a company memo which stated that Best Buy had, according to Namco-Bandai, 'oversold' its limited editions of the game, and the games publisher decided that they would ship zero limited editions to Best Buy stores as a result.
And it isn't just Best Buy. Online stores like Amazon and Newegg have been reporting that they are no longer selling the C.E.s anymore due to the fact that they don't have any copies of the C.E.s left. This isn't the retailers' fault. The publishers decided to promote the game by saying all pre-orders would be upgraded to the collector's edition. Turns out that was bull crap.

Basically, it looks like the publisher didn't supply the retailers with the promised "Collector's Editions," and now retailers and gamers are having to eat it.

If that's the case, then I apologize to Best Buy.

Source: Destructoid

-By Paranoid Droid

Dexter Season 7 in Jeopardy *UPDATE*


I know that the Sixth season of Dexter has just started but Michael C. Hall and Showtime are at a stalemate in contract negotiations reports Deadline.  Showtime is offering $20 million for 2 more seasons while Hall is countering with $24 million.  So with this, contract negotiations have broken down and Dexter's future has been put on hold.  We'll just have to wait and see if this is indeed the last season for America's Favorite Serial Killer.  I certainly hope that some sort of agreement can be reached.
*UPDATE*
Click HERE to read about season's 7 and 8 of Dexter!

The Simpsons in Danger of Being Canceled Once Again


Deadline is reporting that the voice cast and 20th Century FOX are having difficulties in coming up with a proper contract for the upcoming season.  The cast is willing to take a 30% pay cut (about $4 mill a season) if they can get a piece of the back end.  FOX countered with a 45% salary reduction.  The Simpsons have been a staple on FOX television for 23 seasons.  Guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.  D'oh!

Disney Re-Releasing Old Favorites in 3D


With the success The Lion King 3D had in its 2 weeks of showing, Disney has decided to re-release 4 other favorites in 3D.  They are:

Dark Souls - I'm Raging So Much Right Now Because Best Buy Screwed Up


When you pre-odered the game at certain retailers, it was suppose to automatically upgrade to the collector's edition. Today I went to pick up my copy of Dark Souls Collector's Edition at Best Buy only to find out that Best Buy never received any copies of the Collector's Edition, just the standard editions! A lot of gamers, myself included, are incredibly mad right now. I canceled my pre-order and never bought the game. It turns out that the Best Buy I went to isn't the only one with this problem. Now I have to call Best Buy every 10 minutes asking them if they have received the Dark Soul's C.E. copies now. This is the first and last time I'll ever pre-order anything from Best Buy.

1st Look at Crowe as Jor El


With Man of Steel filming in Vancouver, pictures of Russell Crowe as Jor El have surfaced.  You can view them by clicking HERE.  Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, and Diane Lane and is directed by Zack Snyder.  MoS comes to theaters on July 14, 2013.

Beware the Batman!


World's Finest is reporting that Sam Register, executive vice president for creative affairs at Warner Bros. Animation, announced that the next animated series that will enter the DC Nation Block on Cartoon Network will be Beware the Batman. BtB will be a CGI animated show and will debut in Spring 2013.

Salivating Item of the Day


With Halloween right around the corner, I figure I would recommend something that fell into that category.  With that in mind, the first thing I came up with was Jeph Loeb's and Tim Sales' The Long Halloween.  TLH was an epic 13 issue mystery story that took place early in Batman's career.  He teamed up with Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent in trying to stop a serial killer who that strikes on holidays.  All of Batman's infamous rogue gallery members make an appearance in this story

Monday, October 3, 2011

GOD HAND and Other Overlooked PS2 Classics are Coming to PSN!


Sony has announced that there are several PS2 classics coming exclusively to PSN tomorrow including criminally overlooked games such as God Hand, Odin Sphere, GrimGrimiore and even Maximo: Ghosts to Glory. After tomorrow, there should be NO reason why anyone should miss these games! Especially GOD HAND!

Source: Industry Gamers

Dexter Season 6 Premiere Full Episode!


In case you missed last night's premiere of Dexter,  Showtime has put it up (albeit edited) on their YouTube page.  Or... You can watch it here!



Universal Soldier and The Adjustment Bureau are Being Developed for TV


Deadline is reporting that Jean-Claude Van Damme's 1992 sci-fi hit Universal Soldier is being brought back to life as a TV series.  The rights were acquired by FreeMantle North America and will be written by Damian Kindler (Sanctuary, Stargate). 

Boogie Casting: Daredevil


With news of a reboot coming earlier this year (so the rights won't revert back to Marvel), I thought this would be a good time as any to come up with a cast for Marvel's Man Without Fear, Daredevil.  Who would play Matt Murdock/Daredevil?  How about Foggy Nelson or Karen Page?  Who can bring a menacing yet respectful presence to the role of Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin?  Let's have some fun and look at some possible characters could appear in Hell's Kitchen and who could play them.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Batman: Arkham City's Fourth Playable Character Leaked


Someone recently leaked all of the trophies and achievements including the DLC ones over the net. Two of the DLC trophies/achievement reveals a new playable character in the game that will later be available as DLC. Want to know who it is? Click this link to find out!

By Paranoid Droid

Dark Souls Pro Tip: Don't Rush Into Battles...

-Fan art courtesy of Vanipo

...or else this will happen to you a lot! Oh and blocking won't save you this time.

This Week's Games Release 10/3/11 - 10/7/11


Tuesday

Dark Souls (PS3, 360)
Rage (PS3, 360, PC)
NBA 2K12 (PS3, 360, PC, Wii, PS2)
Spider-Man: Edge of Time (PS3, 360, Wii, 3DS, DS)
Payday: The Heist (PC, PSN)
Age of Enigma: The Secret of the Sixth Ghost (PC)
Chrono Trigger (PSN)
Crysis (PSN, XBLA)
Eufloria (PSN)
Motion Explosion! (360)
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Game of the Year Edition (PC)

Arrested Develpment is Making a Comeback **UPDATE**


 Original Story:
Fans of Arrested Development rejoice!  Mitch Hurwitz, creator of the popular show, has announced that the show will return 5 years after it's cancellation for a limited season that will lead right into an Arrested Development movie.  I have never seen AD but I have heard great things about it.  It's nice to know that fans of AD will get to see their favorite characters back together again.  No word yet on where AD will air.

Source:  TMZ 

**UPDATE**
Deadline is reporting that Netflix and Showtime are two companies interested in airing the limited season of Arrested Development.  Furthermore, Jason Bateman, star of AD, got on Twitter and said the following:

It’s true.  We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!

Glad to see things are already rolling for Arrested Development.