For several years, videogames have been the subject of heated debates on whether they cause or influence people to perform criminal or violent acts. Every time, it seems, that there is a tragedy, the finger pointing begins with the gaming industry often on the other end of those blame-casting fingers. Now, it seems, veterans of the gaming industry are ready to take on these misconceptions in a film of their own: Video Games: The Movie.
Featuring several high-profile developers, Video Games: The Movie will give viewers some solid information about violence and videogames and the effect it can have on people without rampant speculation and finger pointing. It’ll be nice to see the people who put together the games we all enjoy defend the medium.
Video Games: The Movie is scheduled for release this September.
Beloved Autobot Bumblebee has a new look for the upcoming Transformers sequel. Still a Camaro, but not a new one anymore, this updated Bumblebee is a modified ’67 Camaro. Not quite a VW Beetle, but it’s a sexy car, so I can be okay with that.
Electronic Arts recently announced that their future games will no longer incorporate the much loathed online pass. It seems now that existing online passes are available to gamers for free. Going through their past library of games, EA is allowing existing gamers who purchased the games used or are borrowing them from friends to get into the online action at no additional cost. This discount is currently only available on Xbox 360 but will be heading to other systems shortly. Additionally, it’s worth noting that American McGee’s Alice download for Madness Returns is also available at no cost. EA released a statement regarding this move:
As we discontinue Online Pass for our new EA titles, we are also in the process of eliminating it from all our existing EA titles as well. We heard the feedback from players and decided to do away with Online Pass altogether.
Players will see it first with some EA Sports titles, where a prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear in-game; with other titles we are simply making Online Passes available free of charge online.
These are rolling updates that are taking effect over the next several weeks. We hope players continue to enjoy our games and online services for a long time to come.
Remedy Entertainment posted the official box art for their upcoming Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break. The game will be an innovative new IP that blends gaming and television with the television show in the works supposedly being tailored to the way gamers play the game.
Because giving movies and shows to Fred and The Annoying Orange were terrific ideas, someone saw an opportunity to further cash in on some internet success. It’s been confirmed that a movie based on the one and only Grumpy Cat is in the works; it’s said to be a Garfield-like feature. It’s not really surprising given the cat’s popularity and the fact that movies based on other questionable sources of inspiration for films (like Angry Birds) are in the works. No word on whether this will be live action or CG or whether or not the grumpy feline will be playing herself in the film. But a film is in the works. Be excited, I guess.
After Tom Cruise stepped away from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in favor of Mission: Impossible 5, a new leading man was needed before production on the film begins this fall. Well, they’ve found their replacement in the Man of Steel himself: Henry Cavill. As stated, the film is set to begin production this fall and is being directed by Guy Ritchie.
Sonic: Lost Worlds is heading exclusively to Nintendo consoles later this year. It follows the announcement of an exclusive Sonic deal between Sega and Nintendo; Lost Worlds is first game in that partnership and it now has a trailer. Fans of Sonic games may see some Sonic Xtreme DNA in this upcoming title–Sonic Xtreme was the canceled 3D Sonic game for Sega’s short-lived Saturn.
Microsoft has been receiving a lot of bad press lately surrounding their Xbox One reveal. They weren’t exactly open with certain platform policies (such as an always-on connection, locking out used games, and blocking borrowing) which has drawn a lot of criticisms and gamers have sworn their allegiance to the PlayStation 4. While a lot of the speculation surrounding the Xbox One has been unfounded rumors (the system won’t be “always-on” but will require a periodic connection to authenticate games; used games are a part of the business and will not be blocked, though Microsoft and publishers will now see a cut of the profits; and borrowing and lending games is still much alive), it still looks, for many consuemrs, as though Sony is the better choice. It’s worth noting that Sony was equally elusive after the announcement of the PS4.
Little details beyond the fact that the PS4 is coming and it will, indeed, play games were confirmed. Sony, after the conference confirmed that the system will play used games, but didn’t specify anything beyond that. While Microsoft was a bit foolish in, well, talking and breeding speculation, Sony took what might be the smarter route by being quiet in not stating any potential scenarios. While many believed this to be a confirmation that Sony won’t be trying to get their slice of the used game pie, it may have easily been omission to make themselves more appealing.
GameTrailers’ Geoff Keighley has stated that it’s unlikely that developers would allow one platform (Microsoft’s Xbox One) to enable them to retain some of the profits of used game sales without the other embracing such a feature. There’s been a lot of hubbub surrounding this speculated used game DRM and fans have been crying out to Sony to not allow such a feature in the PS4. It’s worth noting that whether or not the developers and publishers see a cut of the used game sales, the consumers will likely be completely unaffected by this implementation. Business will carry on for us as usual–we will be able to buy, sell, lend, and borrow games as we normally would, just the workings behind the scenes would make the selling and buying of used games more ideal for the people who actually made the games.
Personally, I haven’t made any sound decisions on either console. I know I’m likely going to end up with both of them, but there are too many uncertainties to be, well, certain. I love gaming and I prefer doing it on a console, so I’m going to continue doing that until it is made incredibly undesirable to enjoy my games from my couch. E3 is right around the corner, so I’m sure a lot of these rumors for both systems will be cleared up soon.
It’s been twenty years since the critically panned and commercial bomb Super Mario Bros. hit cinemas, and it’s been twenty years since that cliffhanger ending has gone unresolved. Now, after the film’s twentieth anniversary celebration, comes the exciting news that the story continues in a webcomic with a story by Parker Bennet, one of the writers responsible for the film.
While it might not have been the best movie ever, with many fans of the game complaining about, amongst other things, its radical departure from the source material. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve watched the movie but, as dumb as it is, I’ve always found some enjoyment out of it. I’ll not defend it in any way, but I do like it when an adaptation takes creative liberties with a property because I usually don’t want to experience a rehash of something that already exists. With that said, if you enjoyed the reptilian cyberpunk take on the Marioverse, check out the webcomic sequel.
Chirs Seavor is apparently working on a game for Nintendo’s WiiU. With all the buzz surrounding Microsoft and Sony’s next gen consoles circulating the web, it’s nice to see that Nintendo’s console hasn’t been forgotten. Seavor served as Rare’s project lead on Conker’s Bad Fur Day and has since gone on to start his own indie studio dubbed Gory Details. Seavor teased on his Twitter that Gory Details will be needing some WiiU dev kits and promised some gameplay footage in the coming weeks.