Saturday, January 14, 2012

Avengers Vs X-Men Tie in "VS"


With Marvel's 12 issue crossover Avengers Vs. X-Men starting up in April, Marvel has been releasing teaser images of VS, the tie ins that will expand on the battles that will occur during the main story.  Check out the 12 images below by some of Marvel's great artists courtesy of Newsarama of the battles that will be happening when The X-Men and The Avengers clash.

The Walking Dead Season 3 is a Go with 16 Episodes


AMC has given the third season of their popular hit TV series The Walking Dead 16 episodes.  That means we get more zombie killings, zombie chasings, zombie dodging, and wondering which member will be next in line to become zombie food.

Source: Hit Flix

DC Comics is Getting a New Logo

DC has submitted the two above images for trademark protection.  Hmm... I know it's bland because color isn't necessary when submitting an image for trademark protection but the new logos look kinda bland.  Besides, the current one is becoming even more well known as it is promptly shown in front of DC based movies. 

What do you guys think?

Source: Bleeding Cool

Marvel's The Avengers will be Seen From Captain America's Perspective

Joss Whedon spoke with EW and revealed that Marvel's The Avengers will be seen from the perspective of Captain America.

All that means is Captain America is the lens through which much of the story is seen. It doesn’t mean he’s the main character. The heroes in the film — Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson’s spymaster Nick Fury — carry about equal share of the movie. “You get them in a world, the world of S.H.I.E.L.D., where they fit in. And you say upfront, these are monsters. These are freaks. These are not you and me, and what are they doing here? How are they human beings?” Whedon says. “Let’s just investigate that.”

Should be cool.  Here's hoping there is a balance of screen time for all the heroes or that it just doesn't feel all forced on screen.

Marvel's The Avengers hits theaters May 4.

Silent Hill HD Collection Trailer


Chronicle Director Being Eyed for Fantastic Four Reboot


Variety is reporting that FOX is in discussions with Chronicle director John Trank to helm a Fantastic Four reboot.  It is also reporting that it is waiting to see how well Chronicle does in the box office during its Super Bowl weekend release.  Fox is also waiting on Michael Green's (Green Lantern) latest draft script for the film.  Tim Story directed the last two Fantastic Four films which earned a combined $260 million and starred Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Julian McMahon, and Ioan Gruffudd.

Click HERE to see the trailer for Chronicle.

5 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D Posters


Here are five Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D posters courtesy of Coming Soon.  The 3D version of The Phantom Menace hits theaters February 10.  Check out the other four below.

Movie Trailer: Casa de mi Padre Theatrical Trailer

The Walking Dead Season 2 Part 2 Promo Poster



AMC has released a midseason promo poster for the return of The Walking Dead on February 12.  We won't have to wait too much longer to see what ramifications (if any) there will be on the group.

Canceled "Gotham By Gaslight" Game Concept Art


Here are concept art for a cancelled steampunk style Batman game titled Gotham By Gaslight. It was being developed by Day One Studios and it was based off of the graphic novel with the same name. A steampunk Batman game would've been a cool idea.

Friday, January 13, 2012

TeBowie on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon



Click HERE to see "The Doors" perform Reading Rainbow.
Click HERE to see "Bob Dylan" perform Charles in Charge.
Click HERE to see "Neil Young" perform Fresh Prince of Bell Air.

Sumioni: Demon Arts Trailer



-video courtesy of Playstation Blog

What the heck is this? The game uses the same paint brush mechanic from Okami to attack enemies and make platforms and its a sidescroller for the Vita. I can't believe I haven't seen this one before. Another reason I must own a Vita.

By Paranoid Droid

John Dies at the End One Sheet and Official Synopsis


I've read John Dies at the End and it's one of the weirdest, trippiest, fun books I have ever read in a long time.  I hope the movie is able to capture the insanity and the trippiness that is JDatE.

Here's the official synopsis followed by the trailer.

Movie Trailer: Moonrise Kingdom

         
Source: Ain't it Cool

The Amazing Spider-Man Unmasked


Here is a pic of Andrew Garfield as a maskless Spider-Man in the upcoming franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man.  I hope this isn't going to be like Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movie where Spidey was constantly losing his mask and everyone sees who he is.  The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters July 3.

Source: Super Hero Hype

MAGFest X: Random Facts


MAGFest was a lot to absorb at one time, so here are some cool facts about this year's MAGFest!

This year there were 6100 people in attendance at MAGFest.

There were approximately 120 arcade cabinets.

Over 2400 people filled the concert hall during Nobuo Uematsu's band, the Earthbound Papas, performed making it the largest concert that has ever been held at the Gaylord National Hotel.

The people responsible for the concert halls didn't buy the right adapters for the Earthbound Papas' equipment so in a desperate effort to make something out of nothing, one of their tech support guys made a list of adapters based on their voltage. The only one that matched their equipment was a NES power adapter which was then frankensteined onto another chord to power their pedals. That's right folks. Nobuo Uematsu played the original Final Fantasy's battle theme on a NES power adapter.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

MAGFest X: The Experience


Even though MAGFest was my first convention, I had tried to make sure I was ready. I had lists, schedule reminders, and even energy drinks to try to keep me going so I could capture as much as I could for you, our readership. But nothing could have prepared me for how insane MAGFest was. I believe from Wednesday morning to Monday night I probably only slept 18 hours. And even after that it has taken me two days to begin to put the experience into words. If you were not able to be there, you really missed something amazing. I still can't seem to be able to focus on just one part so let's go in chronological order from my experience.

Batman on the Cover of EW Plus New Pics!


Batman will be gracing the cover of this week's EW magazine.  Let's just get right to the pics and remember that The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20! 

Green Arrow TV Series Being Planned by CW

The CW is planning to bring Green Arrow to the small screen.  Green Arrow was last seen on the show Smallville played by Justin Hartley.  As of now, it is said that Hartley isn't being considered for the part or even if it the show will be a Smallville spin-off.  The pilot is being worked on by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg.

Personally, I would like to actually see this show be a Smallville spin-off.  It would be great to see the characters that have already appeared in Smallville appear in a Green Arrow show and be further developed.

Other comic book characters being considered for shows The Punisher, Deadman, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, and The Spectre.

Source: Super Hero Hype

Lollipop Chainsaw Swan Trailer



-video courtesy of Gamespot

Meet the goth kid who's responsible for the Zombie outbreak in Grasshopper Manufacture's upcoming game about a chainsaw wielding cheerleader.

By Paranoid Droid

Abobo's Big Adventure: Ready to Play!



Remember this trailer to the fan made game Abobo's Big Adventure?  Well the game is available to play now at www.abobosbigadventure.com. 

Quick thoughts: Wicked fun to play!

--Skuhl Leader

MAGFest + Mega Man 2 + Bit Brigade = AWESOMENESS



This vid has been making the rounds the last few days. It is truly awesome. If you have a moment sit down and watch the whole thing and let your ears rejoice. Listening to Mega Man 2 music played live by Bit Brigade is straight honey! Sugary sweetness.

--Skuhl Leader

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Play Arts Kai's Vanquish and God of War III Figures Has A Release Date


Square Enix Play Arts Kai will be releasing their Vanquish and God of Way III figures on May 2012 for $69.99. Just like the other figures Square Enix has made, there will only be a limited amount. If you want them, then you better order them now before its too late!


Source: Platinum Games & Play Asia

By Paranoid Droid

Platinum Games 2012 Show Reel



-video courtesy of Platinum Games

A video showing all the games PG developed.

MadWorld (Wii) 2009
Infinite Space (DS) 2009
Bayonetta (360/PS3) 2009
Vanquish (360/PS3) 2010
Anarchy Reigns (360/PS3) 2012
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (360/PS3) 2012
Every year, numerous games are released across a variety of genres and on various platforms, giving users the ability to suit their entertainment to their tastes. But as the games business has grown, it has also fallen into chaos.

We are PlatinumGames Inc.

Today, the sheer number of games on the worldwide market is reaching stratospheric levels. But these numbers hide the fact that it has become increasingly difficult to create brand new titles. It's only natural that a company's business plan revolves around creating sequels to popular series. However, we dare to challenge users by developing new and exciting original titles with a level of quality that matches our name.

Platinum never tarnishes. It keeps its luster forever. It embodies our passion to create high quality games that will never disappoint. A passion we hope will garner praise and trust from our users.

While Western studios now stand in the limelight, we hope to bring Japanese games back to the forefront of player's minds.

PlatinumGames. Developers of games with lasting quality.

-Tatsuya Minami, President and CEO of Platinum Games
This is exactly why Platinum Games is my favorite developer this generation. They are one of the few developers who can make new and original games that aren't focusing on making cinematic experiences.

By Paranoid Droid

DmC Will Be Using Avatar Tech



Ninja Theory just revealed that they will be using the same tech that was used to make James Cameron's Avatar for DmC's cutscenes.

“We do this to ensure that we’re bringing the true performances of our actors through into the game,” said Ninja’s Dominic Matthews.

“It’s not so much about realism but believability. Real actors – real people – move their hands and their body when they speak. We track the exact movement of our actors. We have 60 markers on their faces alone – on their eyes, their eyebrows, their mouths, their noses, their lips and so on.

“We are fortunate to have developed our own facial solver technology in house that allows us to track these movements and map them onto our models. Our technology is unique and something that we’ve been working on for several years, so we are ahead of the market in this regard.

“A hallmark of our games is the story-telling element. We want our users to become engrossed in a story; so we are not simply using the technology for technology’s sake. It really enriches the user experience and they become fully engaged.

“It was invigorating to shoot the scenes for the game in the same place as the Avatar shoot, using the same studios and much of the same crew.”

Ninja Theory used WETA Technology for their last two games, Heavenly Sword and Enslaved.

By Paranoid Droid

CES 2012: Sneak Peek at Nintendo Wii U



video courtesy of Associated Press

By Paranoid Droid

Game of the YEAR 2011!!!

2011 was a great year for gaming, but the last months(sept, oct, nov, dec) of this year is when most of the blockbuster titles were released.  I even had to take a break from my girlfriend just to catch up on my to play list.  Here are the picks of the who's who in the videogame review realm of the inter-nets.  I know there are so many game outlets out there that do this daunting task but I hand picked the sites that I visit regularly.

Gametrailers.com


Gametrailers chose Uncharted 3. Click here to see their video recap for the year.


1UP.com

1UP chose SKYRIM.  No surprise here, I can predict that this game is going to suck many game hours out of me as well. Click here to see what 1UP had to say about their pick.


Kotaku.com


In their own words "Portal 2 takes Kotaku's 2011 game of the year award for science, you monster." Read more about their decision here.


Gamespot.com


Gamespot chose Skyrim for their game of the year. Click here to see their video recap for the year.



Metacritic.com
Metacritic as you might already know is not a game review site, but they do take the scores of most of the well know game websites and averages them.  So does this mean that Batman: Arkham City is the big dog or should I say big bat of this year???  Unfortunately Metacritic forgets to add some the sites listed in this post.


GiantBomb

GiantBomb also chose Skyrim as game of the year.




Our Own Paranoid Droid
Paranoid Droid chose Dark Souls as game of the year.  Here was his review.




Ralfsterr

As for myself(camp Ralfsterr)Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, and Uncharted 3 were all played and completed in the course of three weeks.  All three were terrific games in their own unique way, but only one of the thanksgiving trifecta within 30 minutes into the game had left an impression on me so big that it made me forget about the other two.  If you hadn't figured out which game I am talking about just look up...  This was not just a game, this was an experience, it had me jumping out my seat with excitement, screaming at my TV at the top of my lungs, also making me feel queasy in that crazy ship stage, and most of all my father would want to just look at me play to see the action on the screen. The story was phenomenal and riveting, the action was just superb, and the graphics were just unbelievably beautiful.  So far the Uncharted series has not let me down. Naughty Dog is a powerhouse with many talented people, and I need to personally thank them for making Uncharted 3 such a pleasure to play.



The final tally for this year's game of the year 2011:
Gametrailers: Uncharted 3
1UP:  Skyrim
Kotaku: Portal 2
Gamespot: Skyrim
Metacritic: Batman: Arkham City
Giant Bomb: Skyrim
ralfsterr: Uncharted 3
Paranoid Droid:  Dark Souls

2011 is the Year For...


I'm into my 3rd hour of Skyrim and I can see why the inter-webs went gaga over it in 2011.  Bethesda keep up the good work!!!

The Last Remaining Arcades: UPDATE!

In response to this week's post on arcades, an anonymous poster brought this to our attention:

Running it back to the East Coast, on Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach, VA you can find Flipper McCoys! It still has a huge MVC2 crowd as well as classics like, Final Fight, Captain America and the Avengers, Time Crisis 3, Ultimate Mortal Kombat, Initial D, Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting, the list goes on and on.

Plus he also let us know about this handy-dandy site: www.arcadelocations.net. Yup, now you really have no excuses, go visit an arcade near you.  It will do your little gamer heart some good.



--Skuhl Leader

Monday, January 9, 2012

How The Dark Knight Should Have Ended

Craigslist Best of...



Craigslist, as we all know, is like the local penny saver publication.  The only difference is that its home is in the glorious inter-webs and it covers just about all major U.S. cities.  I've used it to get jobs, find an apartment, and I recently purchased an EVO from a lovely lady that lived in Koreatown.

But since you can write just about anything on your classified ad, it seems that people took the time to get silly and very creative with what they were posting about for the world to see.  I had to share this little web-gem with the 8bitspitters since it brought me a couple of laughs, it might just do the same for you.

These are the ones that made me giggle:

13 Sep 2011 - sea - Yoga mat for sale. Used once.
16 Aug 2011 - sfo - Best. Roommate. Ever.
11 Jun 2011 - inl - UGLY MEAN CAT-----FREE
26 May 2011 - dsm - Jogging Partner


The Ghost Rider/He-Man Mash Up


Courtesy of UpRoxx

Kenny Powers is Back! Season 3 Trailer for Eastbound & Down

New Doors Song "She Smells So Nice"


She Smells So Nice by The Doors Official

Here is a lost Doors track from the L.A. Woman recordings titled "She Smells So Nice."  Click HERE to read an interview Complex had with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek on his thoughts about this long lost song.  Pretty Good.  Pretty Neat.
 

JLA + SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES = JOY!



So yeah it's just a teaser. And yeah you can barely make out what's going on in the vid. But can you really go wrong with JLA and Sideshow Collectibles combining forces?  Sideshow Collectibles, in my opinion, makes some of the coolest premium format statues and figures out there! They are legit! So you know this has got to be dope.

-Skuhl Leader

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition Announced

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition, a content-rich version of 2011's award-winning Mortal Kombat videogame. The 2011 iteration of the legendary fighting franchise sold more than three million units worldwide and was recently named Fighting Game of the Year by Spike TV's 2011 Video Game Awards.

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition delivers the critically acclaimed game, all previously released downloadable content (DLC), plus digital downloads of the 2011 release of Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors album with a bonus track, and the 1995 Mortal Kombat film on the PlayStation(R)Store or Xbox Live Zune. The DLC includes fan-favorite warriors Skarlet, Kenshi and Rain, as well as the infamous dream stalker Freddy Krueger. The game also offers 15 Klassic Skins and three Klassic Fatalities (Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile). Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors is a collection of electronic music inspired by the game and is executive produced by JFK (of the DJ/ production duo MSTRKRFT and Death From Above 1979).

Developed by NetherRealm Studios and led by Mortal Kombat co-creator and creative director Ed Boon, the game will be available February 28 on PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

The 2011 release of Mortal Kombat was a triumphant return to the game's original mature presentation offering over-the-top fatalities and cringe-worthy X-ray moves. Going back to a 2D fighting plane, this latest iteration in the franchise introduced a number of new gameplay features including Tag Team, Challenge Tower, and a deep story mode. Players can choose from an extensive lineup of the game's iconic warriors and challenge their friends in traditional 1 vs. 1 matches, or take on several players in the innovative online King of the Hill mode.

For more information about Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition, please visit www.themortalkombat.com , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mortalkombat or on Twitter @MK_Mortalkombat

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition (C) 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Developed by NeatherRealm. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Mortal Kombat, NetherRealm Studios and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and (C) Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Source: Market Watch

The game will be coming in Febuary 28 in the US and March in the UK. Batman Arkham City complete edition shouldn't be far behind at this rate.

By Paranoid Droid

The Last of The Great Remaining Arcades

Today my buddy Ralfsterr sent me a pic of an arcade we used to frequent while attending college.  The two of us, along with a few other college buddies, would head down in between classes after lunch and drop down a few quarters at this particular place.  It seemed like it was an every other school day routine.  That pic he sent me is of the arcade, just as I remembered it, but closed down.

Just another closed down arcade...

It's nothing new. They have been closing down arcades for the past 20 years or so.  The Super NES and Genesis had gotten very close to arcade graphics when Street Fighter 2 was brought over to those systems. Basically, it was right around the time the Playstation and Dreamcast hit the scene that arcades where dying off. The graphics we craved for on our home consoles were the main reason that arcades started closing down.

I can't lie, its nice to turn on my system at home and have games that surpass those arcade graphics. But it's sad that so many arcades have shut down. It was a great feeling to go down to the local arcade after school and challenge a buddy or a stranger to a round of Street Fighter or drop that quarter right there at the edge of the screen where the arcade sticks meet and announce you got next.  Or even jumping on a 4 player button mashing game like Konami's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The point is that it's a bummer to see arcades go away so quietly. I spent a lot of my youth going to arcades and now a lot of younger kids won't know the joy of walking into one with an array of machines to choose from.  So if you are out there feeling like I'm feeling, and know there is an arcade that is still open, go down drop a $10 spot in quarters and support your local arcade. And while we're at it, support your local comic book shop as well. They might not be there much longer.

 Pic courtesy of roboawesome.com

PS. If you know a great local arcade don't be shy, post the location and name in the comment section and we can all enjoy!


--Skuhl Leader