Check Out The Visual Effects From Game of Thrones Season 4

Posted by Ben Huber on Sep 1, 2014 in Television

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Every year when Emmy season comes around, the VFX studios drop their behind-the-scenes videos to show their expertise at creating the special effects that enhance the shows we love. Rodeo FX has posted their effects video from Game of Thrones season 4, and it is always neat to see how everything is done. And yes, there are some spoilers for the season,  so beware when watching! I’m a little disappointed in the very small amount of dragons, though. Perhaps next season we’ll get some more dragons? I’ve embedded the full video below. Read more…

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The First Trailer For Firewatch Impresses

Posted by Ben Huber on Sep 1, 2014 in Videogames

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Firewatch is the first game from new indie developer Campo Santo, and it looks amazing. Granted, the developers aren’t exactly newbies — Sean Vanaman, Jake Rodkin (of Walking Dead game and Idle Thumbs fame), and Olly Moss (popular graphic designer) along with several other talented individuals created the company. Firewatch follows a man named Henry stationed at a watchtower in the Wyoming forests, who keeps in contact with the outside world via radio. Heavy on the story and beautiful visuals, I’m blown away by how good this game looks. I can’t wait to play it next year. Check out the trailer below! Read more…

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Angry Birds Transformers Trailer Nails That ’80s VHS Feel

Posted by Ben Huber on Aug 31, 2014 in Animation, Videogames

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Never thought I’d be saying this about Angry Birds Transformers, but this trailer is pretty neat. Spoofing off of the original Transformers cartoon, it features the various birds duking it out all in VHS glory. The audio distortion, the fade-in frames, poor tracking, and fuzzy visuals drag me back to watching classic cartoons on tape as a child. Plus, the theme song says “birds disguised as robots in disguise,” so that’s pretty funny. I wonder if the actual game will be any good? Hopefully! Check out the video below. Read more…

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Could The Tick Return Thanks to Amazon?

Posted by Ben Huber on Aug 31, 2014 in Television

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Rumors are swirling around, as People Magazine (of all places) is claiming that The Tick live-action TV show will return as an original series on Amazon. Yes, Patrick Warburton and all. The comic’s original creator, Ben Edlund, is also involved. This would be an unexpected get from Amazon, but also very smart. Their attempts to create original shows hasn’t really taken off yet, so using an established property could help them get their footing. Let’s hope this news gets confirmed soon. Read more…

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Shulk Confirmed For Smash Bros, Xenoblade Port For New 3DS

Posted by Ben Huber on Aug 30, 2014 in Videogames

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Despite some leaks confirming this much, much earlier than intended, Shulk is now officially confirmed for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS. His intro trailer features his swappable Monado Arts that alter his abilities, which he then uses against Bowser, Link, and Marth. He also comes with a swimsuit alternate costume! In related news, Nintendo also announced Xenoblade for the New 3DS, taking advantage of the new system’s upgraded processor. This port of the Wii game will hopefully let more people have a chance to experience it (given how hard it is to find a copy of the Wii game now). It’s definitely a good time to be a Xenoblade fan! Both trailers and more images below. Read more…

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Nintendo Announces New 3DS and New 3DS LL

Posted by Ben Huber on Aug 30, 2014 in Videogames

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Nintendo surprised everyone (sort of… well, not really) by revealing two new iterations of their 3DS handhelds yesterday, titled simply New 3DS and New 3DS LL. Almost identical to the existing systems, except with improved 3D capabilities, a faster processor for speedier menus and downloads, ZL and ZR buttons, NFC support for Amiibos, and a new right-side nub for emulating that dual-joystick style you all love so much. While the LL (called the XL in the US) stays mostly the same, the New 3DS opts for a matte styling this time, taking its design cues from the LL. The smaller version also features exchangeable cover-plates so you can customize your system however you’d like! They arrive October 11th in Japan and sometime in 2015 for US and Europe. Read more…

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Here’s Your First Clip From Pixar’s Short Film, Lava

Posted by Ben Huber on Aug 29, 2014 in Animation, Cinema

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It’s not coming out until next summer, but when Pete Docter’s INside Out arrives in June, you’ll be seeing Lava before it. James Ford Murphy, the short film’s director, was inspired to create the short by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” Thus, the whole short is told through song. It features a jolly volcano looking for love… over millions of years. It sounds adorable. Check out the clip below, along with the previously-released poster for the short film. Read more…

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Doctor Who Character Skins Come to Minecraft on Xbox 360

Posted by Ben Huber on Aug 29, 2014 in Dr. Who, Videogames

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Are you one of the zillions of children playing Minecraft on Xbox 360? Maybe your own kids are into it? Well, time to get them into Doctor Who, too, with several new skin packs for the game soon. On the PC version of Minecraft, you can use and create any skin you can imagine, but on the Xbox 360 version, you’re limited to what Microsoft and Mojang offer. This has given rise to many licensed skin packs for the game, like these Doctor Who packs. The skin packs will start in September. Read more…

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Stand-Alone Kinect For Xbox One To Be Sold For $150

Posted by Bob Muir on Aug 28, 2014 in Videogames

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One of the reasons why the Xbox One faltered after launch was that many consumers just didn’t want to be forced to buy the new Kinect camera, bundled with every console for $500. Microsoft has since made a Kinect-less version for only $400, which has brought in more gamers (though still not as many as Microsoft wanted, since many have already purchased a PS4). But what about those who bought the system and soon wanted the Kinect after all, perhaps after realizing the confusing UI is best navigated with relatively-reliable voice commands? They will soon be able to purchase a stand-alone Kinect on October 7. Read more…

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Mario Kart 8 Gets Massive, Cheap DLC With More Characters, Courses, And Vehicles

Posted by Bob Muir on Aug 28, 2014 in Videogames

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Nintendo has been slowly releasing more DLC in its games, which would normally be reason to be concerned about getting nickel and dimed. Opinions were split on the three free Mercedes cars (well, karts) that just got released in Mario Kart 8; while getting more content for free was a good thing, the sponsorship had many wary. But the latest Mario Kart 8 DLC announcement should put concerns to rest. There will be two upcoming DLC packs, one in November 2014 and one in May 2015. Each pack will come with three new characters (including Link from Zelda and the Villager & Isabelle from Animal Crossing), eight new courses, and four new vehicles. The courses will be partially based on other Nintendo games like Excitebike, F-Zero, and more. As a bonus, if both packs are purchased, you’ll get eight color variations for both Yoshi and Shy Guy — and you can use them right now if you preorder the packs on Nintendo’s eShop. Read more…

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