You can build a lot of things out of cardboard, but Lexus is probably the first to build a working electric car out of it.
The carmaker, or rather, the five person team from LaserCut Works and Scales and Models, took on the project to celebrate how talented they are, while also proving how much work and dedication goes into making a Lexus. The team, which also works on Lexus' production line, spent three months and 1,700 laser-cut cardboard sheets to build a cardboard version of the IS saloon; people can drive it as well, all thanks to its electric motor.
As you might expect, building a modern day car out of cardboard isn't easy, and when the time came to put the cardboard Lexus together, it had to be done correctly the first time. The water-based wood glue used during assembly needed 10 minutes to dry after each application, and once it was dry there was no going back if something went awry. Fortunately, any and all necessary changes were made during the initial creative process.
Welcome to IGN's NXT: TakeOver blog. It's our first time covering an NXT event like this, so hopefully y'all are game. The idea of not honoring Bayley vs. Sasha Banks getting that prime, coveted main event slot didn't sit well with us, so here we go.
Aside from the big 30-minute Ironmanwoman match, this two (and a half?) hour event is really about tag team action as they'll be crowning the winners of the Dusty Rhodes tournament. And, of course, a couple of preliminary matches featuring (once again) Apollo Crews and new-to-NXT Asuka (formerly Kana).
So let's dig in and show some RESPECT...
The SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) union has today confirmed its strike referendum was a “resounding success” with over 96% of its members voting in favour of a potential strike.
SAG-AFTRA notes that this result does not mean its members are currently on strike, but it does give the union the authority to declare a strike if they remain unhappy with their ongoing negotiations with the video game industry.
The union’s list of demands includes residuals for games that sell over two million units, stunt pay for vocally stressful recording sessions, and a stunt coordinator on set during performance capture. These demands can be viewed in full on their website.
While Star Wars: Shattered Empire started off with an impressive opening issue, the follow-up leaves a lot to be desired. The story has two strange time-jumps, which throws off the momentum generated by the cliffhanger from Issue #1. More troublesome is the sudden focus on Princess Leia, leaving protagonist Shara Bey without anything meaningful to do. The first chapter skillfully avoided focusing too much on the original cast, but this time it’s tipped too much in their favor. With Shattered Empire only being a four-issue mini-series, one underwhelming issue is too much.
The issue begins on a high note, that’s for sure. A mysterious Messenger from the Emperor makes a strong, unsettling entrance, demanding blood from a Star Destroyer captain and delivering an Order 66-esque codeword that triggers yet another evil master plan. This setup is foreboding and creepy as can be, from the strange lettering of the Messenger’s dialogue to his red robes resembling the Emperor’s personal guards. Unfortunately, the result of that codeword comes way too quick and feels a little too much like the scheme of a Captain Planet villain.
Based as it is on the monstrously popular book series from the 1990s, it wouldn’t be surprising if Goosebumps the movie played best to a very specific demo -- the Millennials who so cherish the last decade of the last century and were raised on R.L. Stine’s spooky anthology tales as well as the TV show based on the same.
But Sony’s Goosebumps, which stars Jack Black (as a fictional version of Stine) and was directed by Rob Letterman (Black’s, ahem, Gulliver's Travels helmer), does not require such generation-specific fandom in order to be enjoyed, and is in fact an all-inclusive monster romp that’s fun and spooky and just a little bit touching too.
While a Goosebumps movie has been rumored since the ’90s, one can see the potential difficulties of adapting the books. As a series of anthology stories, there is no set protagonist or villain for a screenwriter to latch onto. (See Twilight Zone: The Movie for an example of a beloved anthology series gone wrong in movie form.) But the notion of making Stine a character in his own series, and pitting him in a single tale against a host of some of his most popular monsters, fiends and ghouls from across the pantheon of Goosebumps books, proves to be the key to unlocking the series’ big-screen potential.
Amazon is reportedly working on an online television service that would exist alongside its current programs available through Prime Streaming.
According to a report on Bloomberg, Amazon has reached out to major media companies, including CBS and NBCUniversal, about carrying content from those company's channels.
Bloomberg's sources say the talks are preliminary, but some of them do go back several months. Analyst Dan Rayburn thinks its possible Amazon is sizing up the economics of such an undertaking "which would involve them talking with content owners about costs."
Like so many parodies before it, Crackle's stop-motion cartoon SuperMansion -- you can watch the premiere via YouTube below -- satirizes the superhero genre with themed observational humor and crude antics. Think The Awesomes or Drawn Together but in the style of Robot Chicken, whose executive producers Matthew Seinrich, Zeb Wells and Seth Green also developed this show. But while SuperMansion definitely has its moments, most of the jokes have already been done before in other projects -- including Robot Chicken's own DC Comics Specials.
On the plus side, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston voices the main character, Titanium Rex, the geriatric leader of the League of Freedom, whose "Golden Age" is well behind them. Now they all live in a mansion together, struggling to stay relevant in a world that's sick of superheroes.
A glorious technical wizard has re-created a Nintendo Entertainment System built right into one of the system's cartridges for portability and convenience.
Reddit user KevlarYarmulke shared an image of the creation below in the subreddit r/gaming.
It's one of the finer examples of people taking older hardware and fitting it into a new casing or device, as was seen last year in the hacked Canon printer running a playable version of the classic FPS Doom.
On this week's Xbox show, we celebrate news that the creators of Burnout are bringing the series back (albeit under a new name), rejoice at the Stone Age setting of the just-announced Far Cry Primal, calculate the crazy value proposition of the Fallout 4 Xbox One bundle, take credit (not really) for making the icky Deus Ex: Mankind Divided pre-order campaign go away, check Destin into a rehab facility for his Destiny problem (also not really), and more!
Oh, and Unlocked now has its own snazzy new homepage! Bookmark this: go.ign.com/unlocked
In today's Star Wars: Shattered Empire #2 by writer Greg Rucka and artist Marco Checchetto, which takes place after Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens, we learned that Emperor Palpatine has yet another special military codeword that triggers an evil plan.
Warning: beware spoilers for Star Wars: Shattered Empire #2!
Even though Emperor Palpatine is dead, we see that the Empire's forces are still active and desperate to restore their rule. On the Star Destroyer Torment, we see Captain Lerr Duvat clearing the bridge to receive the Messenger, who wears a red cloak not unlike the ones worn by Palpatine's personal guards. He plays a message from Palpatine, assumedly recorded before his death, which commands Duvat to begin "Operation: Cinder" in order to quell the resistance, rebellion and defiance in the galaxy. It definitely has a similar vibe to "Order 66," which was the secret command he gave the Clone Troopers to destroy the Jedi.
Next week, on Monday, October 12th, IGN is publishing our selections for the 100 greatest games ever made. It's the result of months of meetings, planning, arguments, and lots and lots of old-fashioned hard work. The last time IGN made a list like this was many years ago - way back in 2008. We decided it was time to revive the tradition.
This project has involved virtually every single content creator at IGN, including global collaboration with our U.K. and Australian offices. As Executive Editor in charge of Features, it was my job to shepherd and project manage the whole shebang. You're always asking for it, so this time we decided it might be fun to give everyone a peek behind the curtain at how a list like this comes together.
New York Comic-Con 2015 is almost upon us, and IGN is preparing to hit the show hard. Though not quite as big as its San Diego sibling, NYCC 2015 still promises to deliver a ton of new info and footage of some of the most highly-anticipated television shows, movies, comics, video games, toys, and wacky crap of 2015 and beyond. Here’s what we’re most excited about during the October 8-11 convention.
We expect to see our first actual chunks of footage from Marvel’s upcoming Jessica Jones series. The brief snippets we’ve seen so far are pointing towards Krysten Ritter being the perfect casting for the role. Seeing her drunkenly smash an alarm clock, or walk through a bar after she’s completely obliterated a whole gang of goons provided incredible teases, but we’re looking forward to seeing what her character is like when she, you know, actually speaks. Likewise, though Jones is probably the focus at NYCC, it’d be rad to see some footage of season two of Daredevil, particularly of Jon Bernthal’s Punisher. Sticking with Marvel, we’ll be seeing a brand-new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before it airs, plus expect some news regarding the upcoming season of Agent Carter.
Plenty of things have changed with the All-New, All-Different Marvel relaunch, but not when it comes to the creative team on Amazing Spider-Man. Can you blame Marvel for not trying to fix what isn't broken? But even though Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli's names are fixtures on this series in its various incarnations, Peter Parker's new status quo is different enough that ASM once again feels fresh and new.
In hindsight, the previous volume wasn't nearly ambitious enough about exploring Peter's status as an industrialist and CEO (in part because Spider-Verse pushed those elements to the background). With this book, Slott seems intent on making up for lost time. Peter's life has taken a dramatic turn. He's a world-famous icon now, marketing new tech to both S.H.I.E.L.D. and the general public. He's operating on a scale heretofore unseen for our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. If anything, he's more Batman than Spider-Man at this point right down to having a sexy militarized car).
The Walking Dead returns to AMC this Sunday, October 11th at 9/8c, and - man - what a long, strange trip it's been. From the moment Rick Grimes awoke from his coma to discover the world had fallen to a zombie plague to all of the hell he, Glenn, Carl, Daryl, Carol, Maggie and the others have been through in the years since.
Trials and tests that were wrought with mutilation and devastation. Crucibles that have cost everyone dear friends and loved ones. Experiences that have transformed the remaining survivors into hardened, weary walker-wasters. Badlands badasses who've now, since the end of Season 5, have started to become a bit domesticated within the walls of the Alexandria township. Though not as much as you might expect since the show, this many years in, is still about who's truly fit to survive in this new world.
Marvel released their first wave of All-New, All-Different Marvel titles today, and a couple of these comics offer a glimpse as to the state of the Marvel multiverse in the aftermath of Secret Wars. Also, a familiar Daredevil character makes his return.
Warning: spoilers for All-New, All-Different Marvel Point One #1, Contest of Champions #1 and Amazing Spider-Man #1 follow!
Despite its complete destruction in the build-up to Secret Wars, the Marvel multiverse appears to be in better shape these days. Several comics showcasing characters travelling from one universe to another. One of the backup stories in Amazing Spider-Man #1 shows a team of alternate universe Spider-heroes (Spider-Gwen, Spider-UK, Spider-Man India, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Girl and Spider-Ham) traveling to the 1602 universe to battle that world's incarnation of the Sinister Six. This story is designed to set the stage for Mike Costa and David Baldeon's ongoing Web Warriors comic, which will continue to span different worlds in the multiverse.
With The Beginner’s Guide, The Stanley Parable creator Davey Wreden has delivered yet another fascinating musing on interactivity. This time, however, it’s a far more personal essay, and I was left thinking - for many, many hours afterward - not just about the process of game-making but about Wreden himself. In this regard, The Beginner’s Guide is an unforgettable experience.
The Beginner’s Guide opens in a charmingly illogical Counter-Strike map created by a developer named ‘Coda’. We are told this by Wreden himself, the emotive narrator of The Beginner’s Guide. Coda was a friend of his, he explains, who created many interesting games - not intended for public consumption - but has since stopped creating for reasons Wreden doesn’t understand. Wreden tells us he created The Beginner’s Guide in part as a message of encouragement for Coda to start creating again.
Marvel relaunched their ongoing Amazing Spider-Man comic today, and the first issue brought about a number of new changes in Peter Parker's world.
Warning: spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #1 follow!
Arguably the biggest twist in this issue didn't involve Peter at all, but the return of one of his most iconic villains. It seems Spidey will have to contend with the threat of Doctor Octopus once more. This issue closed with the revelation that a digitized backup of Doc Ock's brain is now hiding inside the body of his old robot assistant, The Living Brain.
UPDATE: Citing sources close to the project, Deadline claims the planned movie mentioned by producer Brian Grazer below is "too premature to announce at this point — that details weren’t even locked down from a project or contract standpoint."
The original report follows ...
Eddie Murphy will star in a movie project for Netflix that will be produced by Arrested Development's Brian Grazer.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his company is looking into augmented reality.
Speaking at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit, Zuckerberg confirmed his company is working on augmented reality technology, but it's "a bit farther out."
It's not Facebook's first foray into the world of alternate realities. In early 2014, Facebook bought Oculus VR for a tidy $2 billion USD.
Augmented reality solutions differ from virtual reality in that virtual reality tends to be wholly immersive, cutting off all sight and sound input from the outside world. Augmented reality simply adds a touch of flair to the real world.
The easiest comparison to make when talking about Dead Star is Geometry Wars. The two look somewhat similar, graphically, and you control your ship and fire your weapons largely the same way. Where the two diverge is in their approach to strategy.
Games like Geometry Wars will often throw a ton of enemies and missiles and lasers and whatever other weapons they have at you – all in a confined zone – to put your reflexes to the test. Dead Star – a multiplayer, team-based arcade-shooter with tons of depth, set in randomly-generated levels – in space! – can sometimes feel like a “bullet hell” game too, but it gives you more room to breathe and strategize with your team (which, in a full 20-player match, can be a sizeable 10 players total).