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Mortal Kombat: Legacy II is here at last


All ten episodes online!
Sep 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Machinima's live-action Mortal Kombat series has returned with season 2. Unlike with the first season, all ten episodes are live right now. That's pretty sweet, especially as I couldn't just stop with one episode here. The p...
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Mortal Kombat Legacy

Mortal Kombat: Legacy trailer teases Season 2


MOOOORTAL KOMBAAAAAT!
Sep 13
// Chris Carter
Remember Mortal Kombat: Legacy? That Machinima series that was pretty polarizing. Well guess what -- it's baaaaaack! Instead of taking place in the past and explaining the combatant's motivations, season 2 will instead focus...
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High School Video Game

High School, the Video Game High School videogame


NES-inspired Flash game based on the web series
Aug 17
// Tony Ponce
In last week's episode of web series Video Game High School, the character Ki created a videogame based on lead protagonist Brian D's troubled first week of class. In other words, it was a game adaptation of VGHS Season 1, ap...
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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...

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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 ...
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SEGA mascot contest

SEGA wants YOU to design a new mascot!


Winning design will become the star of a new SEGA-produced web show
Apr 27
// Tony Ponce
[Boxer Hockey by Tyson Hesse] You think it's easy to just poop out a new character design and turn it into the new face of your company? Think Sonic The Hedgehog was whipped up, red shoes and everything, with as much thought ...
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Bravoman cartoon

Osbcure Namco game Bravoman gets a cartoon


And it stars Rob Paulsen of Animaniacs and TMNT fame!
Mar 08
// Tony Ponce
I know you're looking at that headline and saying to yourself, "What the hell is Bravoman?" It's a fairly unknown Namco arcade game from the 80s that was later ported to the TurboGrafx-16 -- and incidentally is also available...

Teenage Pokemon: Don't Try This at Home

Mar 03 // Jonathan Holmes
Character Design: Lindsay Collins Animation: Michael McCartney Ditto: Jim Sterling Note- We're hoping to get the unedited content from this episode available to you soon. The detail in that close up is pretty amazing. I look forward to showing it to you.
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New Teenage Pokemon every Sunday morning
[Teenage Pokemon is a cartoon show about Pokemon in their middle stage of evolution -- they take your weak resistance and throw it in your face. New episodes every week.] While last week's Teenage Pokemon was a cautiona...

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Teenage Pokemon

Teenage Pokemon: Online lust rage golden magic boy


New Teenage Pokemon every Sunday morning
Feb 24
// Jonathan Holmes
[Teenage Pokemon is a cartoon show about Pokemon in their middle stage of evolution -- looks like their luck has changed it's time to rearrange. New episodes every week.] This episode of Teenage Pokemon is based on a tr...
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Castlevania: Hymn of Blood Ep. 4 has no monster slaying


Series ties loosely into Lords of Shadow
Nov 14
// Tony Ponce
Four episodes into the IGN-hosted web series Castlevania: Hymn of Blood, Simon Belmont has yet to do battle with so much as a mud man. All he does this week is ride on a horse and drink wine. I want to see some violence, man...
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Castlevania: Hymn of Blood web series bares its fangs


What a horrible night to have a curse
Nov 11
// Tony Ponce
Remember how I told you there was a Castlevania movie in the works and that Michael "Worf" Dorn would play a role? Only the latter half was true. The project, entitled Castlevania: Hymn of Blood, is actually a fan-made web s...
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Check out Fistful of Rupees, the three-part Zelda western


Aug 10
// Tony Ponce
If Sergio Leone had directed a movie based on Zelda... it probably wouldn't look anything like this, actually. It's a lot closer to the cheese that Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django oozes out. Still, a western that bor...
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Skyrim feels the wrath of Conan O'Brien and Mr. Buttons


Aug 03
// Tony Ponce
A month ago, talk show host Conan O'Brien decided to throw his hat in the game reviewers' ring with a new web series called Clueless Gamer. After ripping apart Michael Phelps: Push The Limit, he has ticked Kinect Star Wars a...
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Sociologist: 'Internet/games/porn causing demise of guys'


Jul 29
// Jonathan Holmes
This video has been out for close to a year, but we've never posted about it until now, so forgive us if it's "old" to you. Maybe if you got out and talked to another human being every once and a while, you wouldn'...
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Egoraptor & JonTron twiddle their sticks, play some games


Jul 18
// Tony Ponce
One does silly cartoons. The other does silly videogame retrospectives. Put 'em together under the same roof and watch out! Sounds like the premise to a wacky prime time sitcom. So Egoraptor and JonTron decided it was time f...
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Mortal Kombat: Legacy returns for a second season


Jul 16
// Tony Ponce
Mortal Kombat: Legacy was the fairly popular live-action series that ran on Machinima last year. I personally enjoyed it immensely, even though some folks were a bit lukewarm on the project. But, I mean, c'mon! Michael Jai W...
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HBO Go coming to home consoles


Aug 03
// Jim Sterling
HBO Go's increasingly popular service is soon to follow Netflix, providing its "TV anywhere" entertainment on home consoles.  The service has done pretty damn well in its current incarnations, with the mobile app for iOS...
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'Frelevant' to your interests: Penny Arcade launches PATV


Dec 29
// Nick Chester
Not content with dominating videogame-related web comics and then "reality tv" with Penny Arcade: The Series, the folks at Penny Arcade have launched PATV. Yes, as in "Penny Arcade Television," just in case you're having trou...
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This Spartan Life needs some support for next season


Nov 01
// Matthew Razak
Have you checked out This Spartan Life? It's a talk show -- in Halo. It was started in 2005 and they basically do all the interviews while shooting at each other and launching rockets with massive explosions and the like. Th...
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Pilot for Game Damage, aka 'that show with Yahtzee and two guys'


Dec 17
// Jim Sterling
Let's face it, that's what this show is. If it ever does get picked up, it'll be known as "That show with Yahtzee and two guys." This is a pilot for Game Damage, a show that Yahtzee, of Zero Punctuation fame, and ...
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Microsoft licenses "The Guild" for video marketplace


Nov 24
// Conrad Zimmerman
Reuters is reporting that the second season of popular web series, "The Guild," will be appearing exclusively on Microsoft's Independent Video channel. Sponsored by Sprint, it will be one of two additions to the new...
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Destructoid invades The Weekly Geek podcast!


Sep 20
// Nick Chester
Sometimes people make the mistake of letting us in their homes. It's usually bad news. We raid the liquor cabinets, and we tear apart the fridge. We leave the toilet seat up, and that's if you're lucky -- sometimes we just pe...
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Pure Pwnage episode 16 is now out


Mar 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The latest episode to the Pure Pwnage saga is now out. In episode 16, Jeremy starts getting addicted to Rock Band, has a Rock battle against some random guy on the street and celebrates his birthday. The main overall theme th...
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Pure Pwnage episode 15 is out. Also, Halo 3 rap song


Nov 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The latest episode of Pure Pwnage has a little of everything. It starts off with a hilarious Team Fortress 2 Machinima. From there, Jeremy confronts Tagi over the deletion of her WoW character and once he sees that he's in th...
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Destructoid interview: Pure Pwnage


Sep 30
// David Houghton
If you haven't seen Pure Pwnage yet, - and frankly you have very little excuse at this stage - stop reading this right now, head over to the site, and come back and resume once you've watched all fourteen episodes. Go on. You...
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Sony to turn PSN into XBL (and change its name to Microsonyntendo)


Jun 18
// Jim Sterling
First the PS3's controller looked at the Wii and said "me too," becoming the Sixaxis, now Sony's PlayStation Network wishes to do everything that Xbox Live does, finally justifying the price of a combined Wi...
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Better late than never: Pure Pwnage is back


May 04
// David Houghton
After a slight hold up due to the evils of Adobe Premiere (a pain I know all too well), the first episode of the new season of Pure Pwnage is online and ready for viewing. The internet premiere was scheduled for yesterday (t...
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Battletoads is not worth dying over


Apr 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Niero and I both love amateur filmmakers. Granted, Niero's taste is a little more ... Geoffy. Regardless, we love to showcase the best of the best the Internet has to offer. My favorite as of late has been Disappointed Pe...

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