Sometimes I get worried about the future of video games. When I walk through the halls of a place like E3 or PAX, I tend to get bombarded with spectacle. Blaring music, flashing lights, and gigantic statues flood the senses. Everywhere I turn, people are trying to hand me flyers, post cards, and lanyards. Explosions, murder, sequels, and remakes fill the air.
Don’t get me wrong – there are a lot of sequels and remakes filled with explosions and murder that I’m absolutely stoked to play, and I have no doubt that they are going to devour my free-time throughout the rest of 2015. But like I said, sometimes I get worried about the future. Sometimes I ask myself, “Is this it?”
I think that very question is why I appreciated my brief time with Wattam so damn much. Developer Funomena’s debut, Wattam is the brain-child of Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi and Robin Hunicke, who produced Journey over at Thatgamecompany before leaving to found this new studio. The crudest, simplest way to describe Wattam is Viva Pinata through the lens of Katamari Damacy.
Both Thor: Ragnarok and Captain Marvel may film in Australia, following Disney's positive experience shooting Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on the Gold Coast, which wrapped production just last month.
"The big bosses were very pleased throughout the year it took to shoot out here and now they’re looking at bringing out one of the Marvel films," an unnamed technical specialist told Yahoo! News.
"It was a great experience for the studio who were able to familiarize themselves with the set-up at Village Roadshow (studios) and the crews here. They were also able to work across a lot of different locations which has saved them scouting for the Marvel movie."
Owlchemy Games' Job Simulator is one of my favorite games to play using HTC Vive -- and the weird, hilarious, Kwik-E-Mart-esque convenience store job is exactly why. The original kitchen demo had me making soups and sandwiches and microwaving butcher knives as I explored the possibilities of a tiny kitchen. The convenience store job is a bit more in-depth, at least in terms of quirky opportunity.
Today Marvel released a new teaser for their upcoming series Totally Awesome Hulk, one that continues to play up the mystery of this new hero's identity. Once again, the new Hulk's head and left hand are obscured, but he appears to be wearing a ninja mask of some sort:
The mask immediately brings to mind Iron Fist. Is Hulk's fist obscured because he's busy charging up his ki? With Kaare Andrews' maxi-series Iron Fist: The Living Weapon recently wrapping up, could this series be the start of a radically different status quo for Danny Rand?
The 2016 Academy Awards will feature a pair of hosts for the first time in five years.
Speaking to EW, Oscar producer David Hill confirmed there won't be just one single person hosting next year's awards show. "There will be multiple hosts for sure – there will be two," he said. "Two is better than one."
There's no word on who the two hosts will be, as Hill declined to reveal the selection. That said, rumors suggest comedic duos like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, or Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell may be in the running.
The last time the Oscars had two hosts was back in 2011, where Anne Hathaway and James Franco served up an infamous performance that most would deem less than stellar.
Thor director Kenneth Branagh looks like he is set to direct the Artemis Fowl movie.
According to The Tracking Board, Walt Disney Pictures and The Weinstein Company have chosen Branagh to direct the book adaptation. Variety reports that Conor McPherson is in talks to write it, but a deal has not yet been made.
Artemis Fowl is a novel from 2001 by Eoin Colfer, focusing on a 12-year-old criminal genius and his plan to exploit the magical fairy people.
Commercial-free Hulu has become a reality, with the streaming service announcing they are offering a new pricing plan for those who wish to bypass ads, effective immediately. The commercial-free version of Hulu costs $11.99 a month.
Hulu chief executive Mike Hopkins told the New York Times, “You can split people into two categories: ad avoiders and ad acceptors. There are clearly people who just are not going to buy Hulu because there are ads. We think we can bring them back into the fold with new content and this new choice.”
While complaints about the ads on Hulu are not new, Hopkins tells the Times they did notice an uptick of people bringing it up this summer, when they added the entire library of Seinfeld to their service.
NBC has a pilot production commitment for a new show called Brides.
According to Deadline, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti will be working on the Warner Bros. / Berlanti Prods. project, with Sarah Schechter also on board as an executive producer.
Brides is a "sexy reimagining of Dracula as a family drama with a trio of strong, diverse female leads." It follows the story of what would happen if Van Helsing had not killed Dracula's three brides, and they were now living in modern day New York City.
This year’s Pokemon World Championships in Boston was the biggest in Pokemon history, measured by both turn-out and prize values. Competitive Pokemon itself, however, remains a relatively quiet scene. Is it just for kids? Is it an eSport? The truth, as it often does, lies somewhere in the middle. Pokemon is in a competitive gaming category all its own.
I talked to two competitive video game players while at Worlds, brothers Aaron and Brendan Zheng. Aaron, 17, is a partnered Twitch streamer and finished in the Masters top four at this year's Nationals event, while Brendan, 13, was the Juniors division World Champion in 2013 and is a veteran of the scene — he’s been playing seriously for five years already.
You may know Shane Davis from his work on the Superman: Earth One graphic novels or his many covers for both Marvel and DC. And if you know his work, then you know his wife Michelle's work, who frequently inks his pencils. This comics duo has taken a bit of a break from the Big Two to work on Axcend, a creator-owned series at Image Comics, out October 7.
Axcend is the couple's love letter to video games that also explores a troubled teenager who we meet on the anniversary of his twin brother's death. Eric Morn soon enters a virtual reality video game where he can escape the drama of his life, but like in so many comic book origin stories, an accident happens where he can access his super-powered video game avatar in reality.
When DC Comics character General Sam Lane makes his debut on Supergirl, he’ll be portrayed by an actor who has plenty of experience playing military men, as IGN can exclusively reveal that Glenn Morshower has been cast in the recurring role on CBS’s new fall series.
The Supergirl version of General Lane is described as a powerful military lifer -- and an overprotective father to both Lucy Lane and her sister, Lois. His arrival in National City stirs up trouble for Supergirl when he enlists her in a dangerous government initiative.
Activision has revealed pre-order bonuses for Transformers: Devastation.
Pre-ordering the upcoming brawler will secure bonus weaponry (the Dark Star Sabre sword, the Photon Disruptor cannon and twin pistols, Golden Hunter) and three extra character skins: Nemesis Prime, Red Alert, and Goldfire.
Transformers: Devastation -- which was inadvertently leaked the week before E3 -- will release on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC on October 9, 2015, and feature five playable autobot heroes, including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Wheeljack and Grimlock.
When I reviewed Tearaway on PlayStation Vita back in 2013, I loved it, giving it a score of 9.3 (‘Amazing’). Here’s what I wrote:
“Tearaway is a joy. Whether it was riding a pig towards the sunset or playing basketball with a super-powered accordion, it never failed to make me smile. It sincerely believes that imagination really is the most important faculty... It does this by using every aspect of the Vita, crafting an experience that I can’t imagine being realised elsewhere. It might be short but it’s very special.”
Tearaway Unfolded is a different experience, though. While the skeleton of the original can still be detected, Unfolded is best thought of as part-remake, part-adaptation. And it does a great job of realising the potential of its new hardware: familiar environments are generously expanded, made more bustling and beautiful; instead of the Vita’s assorted cameras and touch screens, the peculiarities of the DualShock 4 are celebrated in novel and enjoyable ways. The adaptations are smart, and go someway to realising the core experience on another, very different platform. Yet not all of the changes work as well. So much new content is added, the overall experience is altered, and the intimate charm of the original is lost in translation.
On Wednesday, September 9th at 10am Pacific (1pm ET / 6pm BST / Thu Sep 10 3am AEST), Apple will take the stage at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium—and one of their announcements presumably will be about the iPhone 6s.
What else can you expect? Given the tagline on the invite ("Hey Siri, give us a hint"), it seems a given that we'll hear more about iOS 9. It's also likely we'll hear more about a refreshed Apple TV, and possibly a streaming TV service. Less likely are an iPad Pro and an iPhone 6c, but it won't be long before we know everything.
For now, you can read up on what we expect from this September Apple event—but be sure to bookmark this page and come back on the 9th for breaking news as it's revealed!
It's that time of the year again. Last week, Apple sent out invitations for a special event to be held on September 9, exactly one year after the company revealed the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, its first smartwatch, and the Apple Pay service.
So what will Tim Cook and company have in store for us this time around? We have a few guesses as to what will be introduced in San Francisco next week.
Star Wars Battlefront will not feature a server browser.
Developer DICE confirmed the news via EA's community manager, Sledgehammer70, on the game's Subreddit page, stating that while a server browser will not be available it will use a "new skill-based matchmaking system" to match online players.
This moves away from server set-ups in games like Battlefield 4, where players can select from a variety of servers providing different maps, modes, player numbers, and the ability to find active games with their friends.
"I want to have specific, favourite servers with communities I know etc.," said one fan on the Subreddit page. "I want to have servers with one map only. Matchmaking won't offer me that."
Nintendo has revealed what will be the last item of its Club Nintendo rewards scheme for fans in Europe and Australia, the Goodbye Coin.
Available now on the Club Nintendo store, the Goodbye Coin costs 2,000 stars, and features Mario and Luigi waving a fond farewell along with the words "thank you" in Japanese.
It also comes with a 50mm x 60mm velvet drawstring pouch for safekeeping. The coin itself is around 40mm in diameter and 3mm thick.
Konami has revealed the licensed tracks that will be in Pro Evolution Soccer 2016.
PES 2016 will be out on September 15 in North America and September 17 in Europe for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.
The full track list is as follows:
You never know what to expect in any given level of Super Mario Maker, and that element of surprise makes playing the levels made with this robust course builder incredibly fun. Super Mario Maker is a unique celebration of Nintendo’s iconic mascot. It’s also an incredibly accessible level construction kit, one where you can easily spend hours creating stages or playing levels made by a passionate community of series fans.
You’ll see a genuine reverence for Mario’s history in the 10 Mario Challenge, a mode where you’re given 10 lives to complete sample courses. There’s 68 stages in all and each one is wildly different from the other. Some remix levels from past Mario games, others showcase interesting twists and challenges that transform Mario’s standard platforming mechanics into a puzzle to be solved. Overall, it’s a fun experience, even if it can be finished in one or two sittings, depending on your skill level.
Hideo Kojima and Konami have released a 10-minute mini-documentary about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
The Debriefing video features a look inside the world of MGSV from the perspective of the actors, developers, and media personalities. It also shows us what inspires Kojima to keep doing what he loves.
“I always felt that every chapter I made would be the last, and nothing would follow. But suddenly, before I knew it, 28 years had passed!” says Kojima.
The video later sees Kojima visit the family of Sean Paul Gillespie, who died at his home in Ventura after a long battle with cancer on February 8, 2015. According to Kojima, Gillespie sent an email to the Metal Gear team. Kojima – inspired by Gillespie’s story – then "shared Sean’s message with the team, and it motivated everyone to complete the game.”