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Nintendo/Disney

Disney making pan-media partnership with Nintendo, according to rumour


Tarzan remake starring Donkey Kong
Jun 26
// Joe Parlock
Disney and Nintendo have never really had a good relationship. Sure there was Epic Mickey, but then Epic Mickey 2 was released on every platform. Then there was Wreck-It Ralph, which ­­only featured a few minor Ninten...
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By your favorite person alive, me!
"Better than anything David Cage has been making" - Edgar Velasco (MoonSpiderHugs) "You've gotta be squidding me." - Zainré Fang "So Nintendo hired David Lynch to create a Splatoon commercial?" - quetzalcoat...

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Sonic short film

Sonic lets Robotnik die in this sad short film


I'll never call him Eggman
May 14
// Jed Whitaker
I've seen a lot of disturbing Sonic the Hedgehog content online, but this one is probably my favorite. A boy dressed as Sonic wanders around his town looking for adventure until he spots a very Dr. Robotnik-looking fellow wi...
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Yes, a Tetris sci-fi movie is currently in production


No, really
Sep 30
// Dale North
Mega entertainment company Threshold Entertainment has the green light from The Tetris Company to create a live-action Tetris movie. That alone is crazy. But Larry Kasanoff and Jimmy Ienner are planning on turning the puzzle ...
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GOG.com adds DRM-free movies


Bonus site redesign
Aug 27
// Dale North
GOG.com isn't just that last 'G' anymore. They've now added DRM-free movies to their lineup. The lineup now is mostly focused on gaming and internet culture films, available for streaming and download for one price -- $5.99....
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The Players' Score: A Videogame Music Documentary


Kickstarted
Aug 26
// Dale North
The Players' Score: A Videogme Music Documentary comes from indie filmmakers Kory Caldwell and Keaton Slansky. Their goal is to explore game music's impact through interviews with composers, chip tune acts, cover artists and...
Another World photo
Another World

Another World makes for a good live-action short film


Project 23
May 30
// Jordan Devore
Another World had such an iconic beginning, one that rapidly showed this was a game that wasn't going to screw around, and you'd better pay attention. Even knowing full well how to escape the four-legged beast, it's still a ...
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Adam Sandler's 'Pixels' film dated: May 15, 2015


Stop looking at me, swan!
Apr 29
// Dale North
That Adam Sandler film about aliens that find footage of 1980s arcade games and think that Earth is about to declare war on them is actually going to come out. Pixels is based on a short film by Patrick Jean -- now it's a ful...
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WATCH THIS: KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide


Kazunori Yamauchi's 15 years of work
Jan 23
// Dale North
Kazunori Yamauchi, the man behind the Gran Turismo racing game series, is the subject of documentary KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide. Director Tamir Moscovici worked with Sony to tell the 15-year story of Yamauchi's work, pu...
BioShock movie photo
BioShock movie

Here's some concept art for that dead BioShock movie


It captures the games quite well
Jan 17
// Chris Carter
The folks over at Comic Book Movie have picked up some concept art for the defunct BioShock film, which was set to be directed by Gore Verbinski, and written by The Last Samurai's John Logan. The project fell apart over ...
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No new Tekken movie

The live-action Tekken prequel is not happening after all


Tekken advantage of
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
A couple days ago, we heard word of a new live-action Tekken film that would serve as a prequel to the last live-action movie. This movie is not happening, Joystiq reports. Actor Kane Kosugi, reported to star in the film, ann...
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Film Pixel Poetry makes a case for games being art


Jumping back in...
Dec 18
// Dale North
Game designer and filmmaker Richard Cook is working on a project called "Pixel Poetry: The Case for Videogames as Art." Slated for a summer 2014 release, this film tackles the popular gamer's debate once again, sup...
Portal short photo
Portal short

GlaDOS kills everyone in this live-action Portal short


Spoilers! You monster.
Oct 10
// Steven Hansen
Is GlaDOS killing everyone really a spoiler? Anyway, this live action Portal short is fairly well done. Some nice lighting. A scientist gets exaggeratedly bumped into so he can spill papers off a walkway so the floating papers can be shot from underneath all art-like. It all checks out. Little portal use, though.
Dante's Inferno photo
Dante's Inferno

Evil Dead director tied to Dante's Inferno film adaption


Go to Hell ... Again
Sep 17
// Kyle MacGregor
Universal Pictures is looking to bring Dante's Inferno to a theater near you. The movie studio is reportedly in talks with Fede Alvarez, the director behind the recent Evil Dead remake, to adapt Electronic Arts' act...
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New Vegas fan film

Fallout: New Vegas fan film is bloody, scantily clad


Lanius-ly done
Aug 30
// Steven Hansen
I've yet to go through Fallout: New Vegas after being less than enthused by Fallout 3 -- though people keep telling me New Vegas is better, particularly if you didn't like Fallout 3 all that much. Accordingly. watching this ...
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Gran Turismo film follows the life of racer Lucas Ordonez


'Not just a silly car movie' says Yamauchi
Aug 21
// Dale North
Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi explained today at gamescom that their newly announced partnership for a full-length Gran Turismo movie didn't come out of thin air. In fact, he says that studios have been sending them m...
Zelda CGI movie photo
Zelda CGI movie

The Legend of Zelda was almost a CGI movie


Check this film pitch from Imagi Studios
Aug 02
// Tony Ponce
The Legend of Zelda is a series that's ripe for a movie adaptation, but aside from the odd fan film here and there, we'll likely never see an official project materialize. That doesn't mean attempts haven't been made, howeve...
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Video Game High School

Class in session! Video Game High School 2 Ep. 1 is live


Oh, hi there, CliffyB and Stan Lee!
Jul 26
// Tony Ponce
The first episode of Rocket Jump's Video Game High School Season 2 was supposed to go up yesterday, but some last-minute tweaking pushed the launch back to earlier this morning. It's now ready for your scrutinizing eyes, and...

Cat stunts! The secret sauce in Video Game High School 2

Jul 25 // Tony Ponce
Freddie Wong directs "The originally series was essentially a two-hour movie that was snipped up for online," Freddie explained, addressing the first season's filming process. "At the time, that's what a lot of people were pushing for... because people only want to watch things in 10-minute segments. As we were putting it out, we were realizing that the user comments were suggesting that people wanted to see much longer things, that people used to Netflix and Hulu sit in front of the computer for 20 minutes, 30 minutes at a time. So with this season, we're doing basically a TV show, so six TV-length episodes. Our shortest episode is something around 24 minutes, our longest episode is around 34 minutes long." Whereas Season 1 was shot in 19 days, Season 2 lasted 29. Whereas Season 1 had a budget of just over $600K, Season 2 more than doubled that. As a result, the overall run time of Season 2 promises to be much longer. It's structured less like a movie and more like a TV show, giving plenty of opportunity to flesh out side characters and give them meatier supplementary story arcs. Josh Blaylock as Brian D One of the big complaints about Season 1 was that it spent too much time on FPS gaming. This time, there will be plenty of focus on a range of genres, such as Skyrim-like sword battles, and go kart racing. As Freddie described, "Essentially, if you took a sports analogy, the first season's kind of about football. It was like Friday Night Lights. Everyone was like, 'The only sport you show is football!' Well, it's kind of like the big sport in this universe, but we wanted to expand that out for the second season." The Big Bad from Season 1 was The Law, played by 5-Second Films' Brian Firenzi. The Law was the best FPS player in the world who suffered a humiliating defeat by Brian D early on. He then spends the rest of the show making life at VGHS hell for Brian, culminating in one final, no-holds-barred showdown. Chase Williams as Shane Pizza Things aren't looking hot for The Law at the start of Season 2, when he's caught in the middle of a cheating scandal and spirals towards rock bottom. Replacing him as antagonist is Shane Pizza, the smartly dressed captain of the real-time strategy team. He's played by newcomer Chase Williamson, who says of his character: "I dress like a businessman but I talk kind of like a bro." There will be other fresh faces, but the bulk of the original cast has come back. Missing, however, is FPS class instructor Ace, played by Chuck star Zachary Levi. His absence can be chalked up to his extremely busy schedule -- if you were asked to hold Chris Hemsworth's cape in Thor: The Dark World, you'd probably go out of your way to make some time, too! STUNT CAT! But who needs Zach Levi when you've got cats running all over the set! Apparently, stunt cats were a big thing for Season 2. Stunt cats typically only learn one or two tricks, and the VGHS crew used them to their full capabilities -- riding on cars, getting tossed onto faces, and generally stealing other actors' thunder. Jimmy Wong, whose character Ted is supposed to be a drift car game racer, jokingly expressed his feline frustration: "The cat probably drove more than I did!" Jimmy Wong as Ted Wong From stories about cats and the amicable vibe between cast mates, I could tell that this was a project everyone involved enjoyed doing. VGHS as a whole was built to be fun and not be taken too seriously. Perhaps the tone doesn't tickle some people the right way, which is fine. Others may find it disingenuous, which couldn't be farther from the truth. Both Freddie and Matt Arnold, the other co-creator of VGHS, are acutely aware of their own shortcomings, but they don't let that stop them. As Freddie said, "We always look to tell a good story, have good characters, have an arc for those characters, and follow that through. That's our primary concern, first and foremost. Especially nowadays, it's very easy to put something out and get feedback back from it. We put something out, and we are not unrealistic. We know that there are going to be people who love it, there are going to be people who [say] it's not for them. There's no reason why I should ever expect anything that I ever do to appeal to everybody ever. For us, this is what we really enjoy doing." Brian Firenzi as The Law There is a segment in the first episode of Season 1 in which Brian gets harassed by a pair of bullies. After the confrontation, the bullies fly away on a hover bike, which exists in this universe for no explicable reason. That scene right there is the litmus test: if you can accept the hover bike, you'll enjoy the show just fine. "As soon as you as accept the reality of that world, it just sort of comes out," Chase said regarding trying to find the right balance of cheese for Shane. No matter the characterization or visual gag, "it always just fits in the universe," according to Jimmy. If you enjoyed the first season of Video Game High School, you should have loads of fun with the second. If you were turned off before, maybe give it another chance. And if you've never seen it before, give it a shot on Rocket Jump or YouTube.
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Chatting with Freddie Wong and the VGHS crew
In May 2011, independent film studio Rocket Jump launched Video Game High School, a web series about a talented FPS player and his struggle to fit in the videogame equivalent to Harry Potter's Hogwarts. Now with over 55 milli...

Video Game High School photo
Video Game High School

Video Game High School season 2 kicks off July 25


You can't escape The Law
Jul 16
// Tony Ponce
The first season of web series / movie Video Game High School was the campy tale of a skilled FPS player who gets accepted into a prestigious institution that values gamer cred over academic cred. It wasn't without numerous ...
SMB2: The Movie Sequel photo
SMB2: The Movie Sequel

Mario movie has a pseudo-official comic sequel


Like Luigi said, "Nothing's impossible"
May 27
// Tony Ponce
The Super Mario Bros. movie 20th anniversary celebration continues! After holding a special midnight screening of the pleasantly schlock film, during which John Leguizamo delivered a special pre-recorded message to attendees,...
Words from Luigi Mario photo
Words from Luigi Mario

Mario film 20th anniversary message from John Leguizamo


"May the fungus be among us!"
May 26
// Tony Ponce
May 28 marks the 20th anniversary of the infamous Super Mario Bros. movie. Whether you love it or love to hate it, it's nonetheless a landmark film that holds a special place in gaming history. To celebrate the grand occasio...
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Horror

John Carpenter wants to direct a Dead Space film


Could this be a Ghosts of Mars sequel???
May 08
// Allistair Pinsof
Sci-fi/horror mastermind John Carpenter (The Thing, Escape from New York ... uh, Ghosts of Mars?) told Game Informer that Dead Space would make for a great film and he'd make for a great person to direct it. "I maintain that ...
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Here's a 'bootleg' trailer for Beyond: Two Souls


"Bootleg"
Apr 24
// Dale North
As you may have heard, Beyond: Two Souls is an official selection for the Tribeca Film Festival. Sony has sent along a fake bootleg to go along with that massive fake script.  After watching a bit of some fake (but well...
Roger Ebert photo
Roger Ebert

Film critic Roger Ebert teases videogame film adaptation


"Once completed, you can engage me in debate on whether you think it is art"
Apr 03
// Allistair Pinsof
Roger Ebert, influential film critic and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within defender, has quietly announced intentions to make a film adaptation of a videogame or "mobile app." "And gamers beware, I am even thinking about a mo...
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Videogamer: The Film Seeks Funding


Bringing you closer to the games you love
Mar 22
// Caitlin Cooke
"Through our numbers we can get the world talking about innovation. The gaming industry revolution is now." Videogamer: The Film is a neat little project with a huge undertaking -- a full-length film which pulls back the...
Beyond: Two Souls photo
Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls to appear at Tribeca Film Festival


Games not films? Ha!
Mar 21
// Dale North
Think David Cage's films are just movies with button prompts? I don't, but upcoming PS3 game Beyond: Two Souls is at least film-y enough to appear at the Tribeca Film Festival. The game will be an Official Selection -- a firs...
BioShock film photo
BioShock film

Ken Levine killed BioShock film due to Watchmen's failure


Universal decreased budgeting altered project
Mar 12
// Allistair Pinsof
Ken Levine has come out about the BioShock film, first announced in 2008 with Pirates of Caribbean director Gore Verbinski attached, admitting to personally cancelling the film. After the poor box office reception to The Watc...
Wreck-It Ralph scene photo
Wreck-It Ralph scene

Here's a deleted scene from Wreck-It Ralph


A new scene in sketch form
Feb 12
// Chris Carter
A deleted scene found on the Wreck-It Ralph Blu-Ray has been made available for your viewing pleasure -- and don't worry, it is video game related! Despite the relevancy, I can see why the scene was cut. The "bro" jokes in t...
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Half-life & Portal films are happening, J.J. Abrams says


"As real as anything in Hollywood ever gets"
Feb 06
// Allistair Pinsof
Director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Valve are cooperating on film adaptations of Half-Life and Portal, with early ideas already being tossed around Hollywood. Abrams also dropped hints that a game collaboration might be in d...

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