Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Dark Knight's Flying Do Hickey has an Official Name


Wireless Goodness has the scoop on what Batman's newest flying "wonderful toy" will be called in The Dark Knight Rises.  It will not be called Batwing, Batcopter, or BatJet.  It will simply be called "The Bat."

3 New Images for Justice League: Doom

Warner Bros. has released three new images for there next animated movie Justice League: Doom which releases February 28.  Check out the images below.

Movie Trailer: Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Hasbro and Marvel Unveil Marvel's The Avengers Action Figures


During a liveblog chat over at Marvel, Hasbro unveiled the new 3 3/4 action figures for Marvel's The Avengers.  Check out the images below.

Star Wars Uncut: Director's Cut


This is pretty cool.  This is a fan based re-imagining of Star Wars.  back in 2009, fans were encouraged to recreate scenes from the fan favorite movie and then it was spliced together to make a patchwork Star Wars.  It's pretty cool idea So, if you have about two hours to kill, sit back, relax, and enjoy!


Movie Trailer: New Snow White and the Huntsman

         

Valentine Makes Her Gameplay Debut in Skullgirls

ScrewAttack - Thank You for Standing Together



-video courtesy of ScrewAttack.com

Advertising that Finally Offended the Japanese

Apparently these images offended the Japanese Gaming Community.  I've seen my share of twisted material from the land of the rising sun in many types of different media.  But compared to what I've seen this is pretty tame.  Nevertheless these two fine specimens of effective advertising did their job well because I know for sure I'll be buying the next Soul Calibur.




Source: GammaSquad

Friday, January 20, 2012

Boogie's Random Thought: Business in the Front, Party in the Back


Ahh... the mullet.  What a fantastic amazing hair-do that has brought many a-chuckle and pop culture remembrance.  There have many face people who sported this look without remorse or a care in the world.  Let's take a look at some of the various mullets that have rested upon some very famous heads.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

CW GREEN Lights ARROW

 Last week we brought news that CW had been planning on making a Green Arrow live action show.  Today, Deadline is reporting that the CW has gone ahead and given a pilot order for the show.  The show will will be titled Arrow and will not have Justin Hartley-- who played Oliver Queen/Green Arrow on Smallville for several years-- attached to it.  Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, and Marc Berlanti executive producing and writing the script.  David Nutter is set to direct.

DC Officially Reveals Their New Logo


Here is DC Entertainment's reveal of  their new logo followed by images showing the logo courtesy of Super Hero Hype.  Personally, I am not a big fan of the new look.  It looks too corporate and bland.  It takes away the comic book feel the prior DC logos had.

DC Entertainment, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company and home to iconic brands DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD, revealed today a new brand identity.  The new identity is reflective of the company’s mission to fully realize the value of a rich portfolio of brands, stories and characters, distinguished by incredible breadth and depth across publishing, media and merchandise.  A new logo for DC Comics was also introduced, closely aligning with DC Entertainment’s new mark.

Movie Trailer: Resident Evil: Retribution


You can click HERE to see the game trailer for Resident Evil 6.

It Seems I'm Not the Only One That Hates GameStop!!!!!!!!!

I'm not sure if Boogie Knight or Skhul Leader sent this to me via email, but nevertheless, I had to share the GameStop hate that this young man expresses with all of you.  I've had my share of bad experiences at my local GameStop but I will not take a direct hit to brain to show how much I hate them.




Now I know this video is just an advertisement for Glyde.com and I'm pretty sure this guy is wearing a cup, but I definitely wouldn't take this approach if I had the time to protest GameStop.   And just for kicks here are a couple other crazies that support the cause.

Resident Evil 6 Officially Revealed


Real zombies + Vanquish influenced gameplay = MY HYPE METER HAS GONE THROUGH THE ROOF. Its not the Resident Evil we know and love but I actually like what I saw. Especially the Leon sections. I'm not sure what to think of Mr. Bald Space Marine dude though.

The Amazing Spider-Man Press Conference in Japan



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Resident Evil 6 Leaked and New Details Emerge

Gamestop leaked promotional ads for RE6. According to IGN, Resident Evil 6 will feature multiple playable characters such as Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy from previous Resident Evil games. Each character will have their own story arcs and once they are completed more characters will be unlocked. The game is being developed by the same team behind RE5.

Capcom recently opened up a viral site and is expected to reveal more info about the game very soon. Resident Evil 6 is expected to release this November.

By Paranoid Droid

Bioshock Infinite "1999 Mode" Announced

Back in December, there was a survey from us here at Irrational to better understand how you play games. We had a hunch about a new feature for BioShock Infinite, and we built this survey to see if it’s something that our fans wanted. The results of the survey are in and we heard what you want loud and clear, which is why we’re proud to announce something new for the game: 1999 Mode!

BioShock Infinite’s 1999 Mode will feature an especially demanding gaming experience, forcing you to examine your decisions while going through your adventure in Columbia. With every choice you make, there are irreversible implications, and if your choices guide you down a path not suited to your play style, you will suffer for it. It’s not simply a matter of adjusting the difficulty sliders in the game – the team went much further than that. Resource planning? If you’re to survive this mode, proper planning will be crucial. Combat specializations? You’ll need to develop them efficiently and effectively throughout the story; any weapon will be useless to you unless you have that specialization. Combat? You will need to carefully target every shot, and your health will be set to an entirely different baseline. Game saves? Well, yes, there will be those, but according to Irrational Games Creative Director Ken Levine “there are game saves, and you’re gonna f***ing need them.”

“We want to give our oldest and most committed fans an option to go back to our roots," said Levine. "In 1999 Mode, gamers face more of the permanent consequences of their gameplay decisions. In BioShock Infinite, gamers will have to sweat out the results of their actions. In addition, 1999 Mode will demand that players pick specializations, and focus on them."

Source: Bioshock Infinte

This option is made just for the hardcore System Shock 2 fans. Honestly this should've been Bioshock Infinite's default setting.

By Paranoid Droid

Max Payne 3 Trailer



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New Skullgirls Character Painwheel Trailer


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Volkswagen and Star Wars Tease



This is just a teaser for their Superbowl ad.  It worked last time, so why change a good thing.  Now if only Volkswagen can make an X-Wing.

--Skuhl Leader

Journalists Threaten to Boycott E3


     E3 has been the ultimate gaming convention since the first incarnation and for gaming journalists this is where the biggest stories are found. But all that may be put on hold this year as several prominent journalists are saying that they won't attend or report on E3 until the founders of E3, the Electronic Software Association, withdraws their support of the SOPA and PIPA bills. Last year the ESA spent $190,000 lobbying for PIPA and with E3 being the largest source of revenue for them, the easiest way to show a distaste for the organization's political views may be to ignore E3 altogether.

Check out this video for more information.


 This article is written by 8bitSpit writer Logan Via.  Logan is an aspiring video game journalist as well as the guy behind #8BitSongOfTheDay.  You can follow Logan on Twitter at @Raurik.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stopping SOPA and Me

Admittedly I didn't know much about the Stop SOPA movement until today.  I really only started this blog last year so I didn't know how this would affect me in any way.  All I really wanted to do through this blog is share and comment on the things I love: comics, games, movies, etc. Geek culture. Never did we start this blog to make money (which we still haven't) or to make some kind of radical declaration on life.  It was purely for the fun of sharing what I enjoyed with others.

It's why I consider the internet to be the greatest invention of my lifetime and possibly of all time.  The sharing of information with anyone, anywhere, is really a remarkable thing.  Sometimes I feel we really do take this for granted.  I mean I can wake up this morning, and see instantly on my phone what the weather is in Prague and what somebody in Prague thinks about it. Crazily enough I can do this at any time and it's quite ordinary of me to do so.  If this were the dark ages we would all be considered wizards for having this type of power.

Because of the exchanging of information through the internet we have seen some questionable, and even horrible stuff, but also it has been a part of great things happening in our lifetime.  With the help of the internet and social websites, oppressive regimes in the middle east have taken a big hit.  Not even a bullet or bomb, could do what instant communication did in impacting that part of the world.  The most powerful thing in the world then, in my mind at least, is communication. An exchanging of ideas.

STOP SOPA Game Jam


Courtesy of Sosowski and http://www.ludumdare.com/


Hate SOPA, but can't seem to channel your anger into something creative and meaningful? If so, then maybe you might be interested in SOPAJam. The good people responsible for Ludlum Dare are doing a 24 hour game making jam session in protest of SOPA. The rules are simple, make a game about SOPA or PIPA and submit it. You can find the submit location here. If you are like myself and are not much of a coder then check out a neat little program called GameMaker. It will give you a lot of versatility and not require you to type one semicolon.  You can find GameMaker by Yoyo Games here.

Special mention is required for the man behind this, Sosowski. The one man show behind McPixel and active member of the indie game community, Sosowski is the king of the strange and unique. He was also responsible for the Obnoxious Friday Bundle. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sosowski.

 
This article is written by 8bitSpit writer Logan Via.  Logan is an aspiring video game journalist as well as the guy behind #8BitSongOfTheDay.  You can follow Logan on Twitter at @Raurik.

Internet Bands Together in Protest of SOPA and PIPA

America is trying to dictate the worlds largest forum. Will you let them?



     Welcome to the International Blackout Day! Basically, today hundreds of sites too numerous to mention are joining together in one giant blackout to show the world what the internet will be like if SOPA passes. Each site has made most, if not all, of their website unavailable for today in protest of the SOPA and PIPA bills currently up for vote in the Senate and for good reason. If you don't think this bill will affect you, you're wrong. The SOPA act will give an immense amount of power over the holder of an IP that could effectively shut down sites you use every day. Rebecca MacKinnon, activist as well as a journalist and cofounder of Globalvoicesonline.org, said, 

     "The intention is not the same as China's Great Firewall, a nationwide system of Web censorship, but the practical effect could be similar," she says. The Electronic Freedom Foundation(EFF) warned that websites Etsy, Flickr, and Vimeo all seemed likely to shut down if the bill becomes law. Policy analysts for New American Foundation say this legislation would enable law enforcement to take down an entire domain due to something posted on a single blog, arguing, "an entire largely innocent online community could be punished for the actions of a tiny minority." -Wikipedia

     If SOPA goes into affect sites from as small as 8bitSpit to giants like Kotaku could potentially be sued based on what they are reporting about. As a news source on the world wide web, our number one defense against infringement is to give credit to any and all work that we may use. For instance, if I use a Youtube video that someone else made on Youtube it is important that we credit the work of the video to them. However, if the bill passes, someone like Ben Croshaw of Zero Punctuation could be sued on the grounds that he uses images in his videos that are copyrighted and because Escapist Magazine does pull revenue from their ads, the owner of the copyrighted material could step in and insist that they were using their intellectual property for monetary gain without permission. On top of that the law permits the court to cut the website's advertisers from it until the matter is settled, effectively creating an embargo until the website caves from pressure. This is terrible and to make matters worse, I'm not done. Afterwards, The Escapist could then be considered for a Blacklist because it is a foreign website. This is the same kind of Authoritarian Censorship that caused Google to leave China and we could be next, but there is still something you can do. Go to https://blacklists.eff.org/ where the Electronic Freedom Foundation has an automated email system allowing you to send a message to your senator urging them to oppose SOPA. Go make your voice heard because if you don't, you might not get a second chance.

Below is a large list of some of the websites that will be blacked out for today, January 18th, from http://nlb-creations.com.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Clip from the MidSeason Premiere of The Walking Dead

--AMC
Here is a teaser clip from the midseason premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead titled "Nebraska."  The Walking Dead returns February 12.

New Street Fighter X Tekken Trailers





-Videos Courtesy of Capcom

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8BitSpit Rant: 3D Movies Suck


Yes really they do and it's about time they went away.  I don't think I have ever seen a movie in 3D that was worth the price of admission.  Ever.  That includes the much hyped Avatar 3D.

Firstly, they cost too much to go see-- close to $20!  Add in a small popcorn at $7 and a regular coke at $8 and you are down nearly $40 for 2 hours of entertainment.  Forget about it if you take a date.

Second, the glasses given at the theater are very rarely clean and most of the time they're oily.  I spend most of the time trying to clean the oil off the lenses when I should be spending time watching the flick.

Third, it darkens the movie.  The way the glasses are made they use a gray film on the lenses.  I went to go see Tron: Legacy when it came out.  It's already a very dark movie, but with the gray film on the lenses you lose the richness of the electric blues on the screen.  The only reason I saw Tron: Legacy in 3D is because it was only available in 3D at the theater we went to. Bummer.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Seth Rogen's Epic Golden Globe Appearance + Kate Beckinsale

 
Best opening line ever!  Way to go Seth Rogen!  Even better that you got Kate Beckinsale standing right next to you.

Shit Comicbook Nerds Say


I've pretty much said all of those.

Hello. Is It Me You're Looking For?


Hello from ant1mat3rie on Vimeo.

Here's a great version of Lionel Ritchie's stalkerish song "Hello" using movie clips.

Source: The High Definite

Playstation Network's 12 for '12 Game Sale


Buy 12 games at a discounted price in 2012. And here I thought it was buy 12 games for $12. What a horrible promotion name.
We’re offering a dozen incredibly varied games for this year’s sale: from Q-Games’ frenetic shooter PixelJunk SideScroller to Trendy Entertainment’s slick “tower defense” hybrid Dungeon Defenders, there’s something for every type of gamer out there. Without further ado, here are the 12 for ‘12!
PixelJunk SideScroller – Regular $9.99, Sale $6.99, PS Plus $4.89
PAYDAY: The Heist – Regular $19.99, Sale $13.99, PS Plus $9.79
Dungeon Defenders – Regular $14.99, Sale $10.49, PS Plus $7.34
Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection – Regular $9.99, Sale $6.99, PS Plus $4.89
Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition – Regular $14.99, Sale $10.49, PS Plus $7.34
Eufloria – Regular $9.99, Sale $6.99, Plus $4.89
BloodRayne: Betrayal – Regular $14.99, Sale $10.49, PS Plus $7.34
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken – Regular $11.99, Sale $8.39, PS Plus $5.87
Cubixx HD – Regular $9.99, Sale $6.99, PS Plus $4.89
Sideway New York – Regular $9.99, Sale $6.99, PS Plus $4.89
Rochard – Regular $9.99, Sale $6.99, PS Plus $4.89
Okabu – Regular $14.99, Sale $10.49, PS Plus $7.34
Not only are all of these titles some of the highest-rated PlayStation games of 2011, they’re also some of the newest titles to hit PSN! You may have seen some of these games featured in PSN PLAY and Only On PSN, and now you’re able to pick up these coveted games at their deepest discount yet.
Starting tomorrow, each game will be available at 30% off through January 23, and PlayStation Plus subscribers can purchase each game at 50% off.
Source: Playstation Blog
By Paranoid Droid

Official Synopsis for New Total Recall Movie Starring Colin Farrell


Super Hero Hype has the official synopsis for Sony's Total Recall remake starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, and Bryan Cranston.

"Total Recall" is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.
 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Poster, More Images, and More


A lot of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stuff has been coming out lately.  We got an image yesterday, and today we get the poster for the movie,  new images, and a behind the scenes video. Check out the video and the new images below.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits theaters June 22.

The Dark Knight Rises Trailer: TAS Style


Wow.  Amazing how great the trailer looks when they use clips from the animated series.
 

He-Man: He's Sexy and He Knows It

Men in Black 3 Pic with Smith and Brolin


EW has a new Men in Black 3 pic featuring Will Smith and Josh Brolin.  Click HERE to see the previously released image of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

Immense Demand for IOS in China

On Friday the 13th Shanghai's Mac Store was greeted with a daunting site. According to Jenova Chen (you may know his work from Flower or Flow on the PSN) 11 buses of people from neighboring towns were all waiting in line for the release of the iPhone 4S. Needless to say, that is a lot of iPhones.



It is also interesting to note who made this tweet. Jenova Chen is a pretty big thinker and a very ambitious developer. Hopefully this crowd of soon-to-be iOS consumers will encourage Chen to take his creative mojo to the iPhone. If you would like to see more on Jenova Chen, check him out at his personal website here. 

This article is written by 8bitSpit writer Logan Via.  Logan is an aspiring video game journalist as well as the guy behind #8BitSongOfTheDay.  You can follow Logan on Twitter at @Raurik.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Another New Men in Black 3 Image


Here is a new Men in Black 3 pic courtesy of the L.A. Times featuring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as Agents J and K, respectively.  MiB3 hits theaters May 25.

8bit Song of the Day #09


It is time for the return of #8BitSongOfTheDay! And what would be better than a song from the game that I've been playing nonstop, or at least until Megaman Zero 3 came back into my life. It's the original Mega Man X stage theme, Storm Eagle!




Now there are several reasons why this theme might have hit it off so well. For starters, the stage boss, Storm Eagle, is the first Robot Master (or in this case they're called Mavericks) in which you actually battle outside on top of a giant plane. It is a very fast paced and dynamic fight. Storm Eagle flys at your from above the screen and uses gusts of wind to try to move you around. He coughs up eggs King Piccolo style, which spawn baby birds, to distract you so he can come flying at you from behind! I mean, c'mon! His gun shoots tornados! Do I have to say more?


This article is written by 8bitSpit writer Logan Via.  Logan is an aspiring video game journalist as well as the guy behind #8BitSongOfTheDay.  You can follow Logan on Twitter at @Raurik



Marvel Releases Cover to Avengers VS. X-Men #1


Marvel has released the cover to their big crossover event of the year: Avengers VS. X-Men.  The cover is illustrated by Jim Cheung and as you can see it prominently shows Captain America, Cyclops, White Queen, Iron Man, Wolverine, Gambit and the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes and The Children of the Atom. 

This April, the most explosive event to ever hit the Marvel Universe touches down when Earth's Mightiest Heroes go to war with the Children of the Atom in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1!

Who's side are you on? 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Image

Here's an image of Benjamin Walker who plays the 16th President of the United States who also happens to be a vampire hunter.  Check out the synopsis below.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is based on the 2010 novel by the same which was written by Seth Grahame-Smith.  You can check out the synopsis below.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a re-imagining of the 16th President’s life that depicts him as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires — an obsession of his since those bloodsuckers supposedly took the life of his mother. Lincoln eventually learns that the vampires have fled to the southern states of the U.S. and are concocting a plan to conquer and enslave the entire country — this in turn leads to the Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy, the latter of which the vampires are aligned with.

The movie sounds promising.  I hope it is handled well.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits theaters June 22.

Source: Nerd Bastards

Green Lantern: The Animated Series to Return in March Plus New Pics


The Blog of OA is reporting that Cartoon Network's Green Lantern: The Animated Series will be returning in March with 26 episodes and will feature the Star Sapphires in the first season.  You can check out some new images below.

Bilbo Baggins and Sting


Hero Complex posted the above image of Bilbo Baggins and his trusty sword Sting in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.

This Week's Comics Release 1/18/12

Batman #5
Here are this week's comics release (1/18/11) courtesy of PREVIEWSworld.  As always check with your LCS for availability.

Coachella 2012 Line Up


In case you've been living under a rock, then you know that the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival line up has been released and tix are all gone.  But there are always ways to get tix if you really try-- and delve deep into your pockets.  Either way, you can check out the line up below and you can get more info by visiting the official website by clicking HERE.

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen Gameplay Trailer


3 Prometheus Images

Hero Complex has the following images on Ridley Scott's newest movie Prometheus.  Damon Lindelof talks about working on the script and all the "secrecy" that surrounds the script and the film.  The article goes on to talk about how 20th Century Fox has tried distancing itself from an earlier claim that Prometheus is suppose to be a prequel to 1979's Alien which starred Sigourney Weaver.  You can check out the other two images below.