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E3 2011: Role-playing game round-up!

Magic spells. Character development. Mayhap a duel with a malevolent knight, possibly a love triangle or two, customization up the yin-yang, and sometimes hair spiky enough to dent a car door. Role-playing video games have been my life-long genre of choice, so I spent a bit of my Wednesday sniffing out some choice RPGs at E3 in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Many RPGs lurk on the showroom floor: Ruin, for Sony’s upcoming portable, for example, or the much-anticipated Mass Effect 3, which will use RPG elements. But here are a few highlights that especially raised our Interest and Excitement stats six or seven points each: READ FULL STORY

'Groovy!': Check out the trailer for the new 'Evil Dead' video game iPhone and iPad app


They say evil comes in many forms. And so does the Evil Dead! Since Bruce Campbell‘s Ash and his pals made the mistake of heading out to the woods in Sam Raimi’s original 1981 horror classic, the movie has inspired sequels, comics, a notoriously generous number of DVD editions, and even a musical. Now Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures company has partnered with Trigger Apps to produce an Evil Dead shooter game for the iPhone and the iPad. The gore-drenched, boomstick-featuring, Deadite slaughterthon goes on sale today and you can check out the not-for-kids trailer below.

Take a look and tell us what you think. READ FULL STORY

'Red Faction: Armageddon' review: In which you save Mars by smashing it to pieces

While playing Red Faction: Armageddon — the new Martian spelunker-shooter about an exceptionally dim-witted space miner who accidentally causes planet-destroying natural disasters and then tries to fix them with a very big hammer — I found myself thinking that, in hindsight, Rampage has turned out to be one of the most important videogames ever. In Rampage, you played as a giant ape who was totally not King Kong, a giant lizard who was totally not Godzilla, or a giant werewolf who was totally not stolen from any famous movie franchise, because, for some ungodly reason, there has never been a movie about a giant werewolf. The gameplay was simple: You smashed things. Specifically, you smashed buildings, punching them into oblivion until their foundations crumbled. When you were done crushing one city, you moved on to another one. READ FULL STORY

'Candy Land' screenwriters: 'We envision it as 'Lord of The Rings,' but set in a world of candy'


Admit it. You think the Candy Land movie is one of the worst ideas in Hollywood history. A movie based on the children’s board game that itself seems specifically designed to numb the adult mind with its winding rainbow path past the domains of the nefarious Duke of Swirl and Lord Licorice and into King Kandy’s scrumptious kingdom. But what if the Cupcake Commons were, say, the Shire, and the Chocolate Mountains were Mordor? Because that’s what the Candy Land writers have in mind. Jonathan Aibel, who co-wrote Kung Fu Panda 2 with Glenn Berger, told EW at yesterday’s Hollywood premiere that they have ambitious plans: “We envision it as Lord of The Rings, but set in a world of candy.”

The Lord of the Rings. In a world of candy. READ FULL STORY

Scrabble now accepting 'thang' and 'grrl'

Scrabble, I’m with you on Indian words like “keema,” “alu,” and “gobi.” I’ll even back you for gak — slang for cocaine — if only because it also happens to be the name of my favorite ’90s toy. But “thang” and “grrl”? No, as much as I would love to string together all my Scrabble consonants in times of desperation, I am not happy about the new slang being acceptable in the game. But acceptable it is: Apparently, the Collins Official Scrabble Words has updated its dictionary to include the tween Internet lingo. This is dangerous territory, PopWatchers. We are just years away from watching our great-aunts score 20+ points with BFFLNMW. (That’s Best Friends for Life, No Matter What. Since this is the first time I’ve ever typed this, I’ll assume I have no friends. Thanks a lot for the sad self-discovery, Scrabble.)

Seriously, Scrabble: Stop giving credence to the May 21, 2011 end-of-the-world theory. There are enough Signs of the Apocalypse out there.

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On the scene at Time To Play's toy fair: 'Cars 2,' 'Green Lantern,' 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' and more!

When I was assigned to cover yesterday’s Time To Play’s Spring Toy Showcase in New York, my brain immediately changed the lyrics to Lady Gaga’s “Boys Boys Boys.” As I walked from display to display, I couldn’t help but think, “Toys, toys, toys, we like toys from Cars.” One, because I was a little proud of my version, even if it lacked much creativity; and two, because the toys from Cars 2 were actually really awesome! I even got to take home a few things for myself. (Try not to be too jealous.) Here’s an on-the-scene look at the new toys coming to a playroom near you:

CARS 2 (June 24) The Cars franchise has continued to grow since Lightning McQueen won his first Piston Cup in 2006’s smash hit. Jim Silver, editor-in-chief of TimeToPlayMag.com, told reporters that he expects the Cars franchise to surpass the Toy Story franchise in terms of toys sold. (There’s irony at its finest.) One new character caught my eye — British master spy Finn McMissile (voiced by Michael Caine). I wasn’t completely impressed until I saw the Zero-Gravity McMissile in action. The car can drive on a flat surface, and then transition up a wall! (See below.) Color me impressed, along with everyone else who flocked to see the demonstration. The other new character on display was Francesco Bernoulli, the Italian race car voiced by John Turturro. READ FULL STORY

Who's voting for Michael Vick as the 'Madden NFL12' coverboy? Can you say jinx?

For this year’s edition of its billion-dollar football video franchise, Electronic Arts teamed up with ESPN to let fans vote on which stud athlete would grace the cover of Madden NFL12. Thirty-two stars were slotted in a tournament bracket, and the contest is now down to two finalists: Peyton Hillis and Michael Vick. Meaning that this year’s coverboy will be either a convicted dog-abuser, or a relatively unsung player you wouldn’t recognize even as he ran you over on his way to the endzone. Though I’m sure the Madden folks believe that their product would sell even with O.J. Simpson on the cover, I’m guessing Vick and Hillis weren’t their top choices to be the face of their game.

It’s tempting to see Vick’s impressive showing as a sign that he’s finally moved past the illegal dog fighting and horrible treatment of animals that landed him in prison for 19 months, but Hillis’ candidacy indicates that the cover vote isn’t exactly a pure popularity contest. (The last two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, Drew Brees and Aaron Rogers, have been eliminated.) READ FULL STORY

Candy Land adaptation nabs 'Kung Fu Panda' writers. Now, let's cast the movie!

Looks like the Candy Land movie is jumping ahead a few green spaces: Universal confirms with EW that Kung Fu Panda writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger are set to write the adaptation of the popular board game, while Kevin Lima (Enchanted) is attached to direct the film. It’s tasty news for those of us who are not allergic to the idea of a board game on the big screen — though I understand a Candy Land film mostly gives studios the opportunity to profit off of merchandise in Target’s game aisle or at your local theater’s snack bar, I can’t resist the draw of a project that aims to present all of the game’s sugary, nostalgic images in a fantastical, color-laced feature. It will be just like Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” except with fewer whipped cream boob guns! But now that we know the project is skipping along, let’s get to the important stuff: Let’s cast Candy Land, The Movie! READ FULL STORY

Got Glue? We do!

As any reader of this site knows, being fluent in pop culture has its own rewards. But those Type A sorts among you will be excited to hear that Entertainment Weekly has partnered with GetGlue to actually reward you for checking out the recommendations in our weekly Must List. READ FULL STORY

'Cougar Town': Happy Big Present Day

cougar-town Our favorite cul-de-sac crew returned last night to embrace their inner child (well, Jules’ inner child) with a game of Sardines in a Can. After the gang’s movie night got canceled, Travis told his wine-loving companions that a great way for adults to reduce stress levels is to embrace activities they loved as children. (If this is true, I demand a Lite-Brite be stationed at my desk from here on out.) And although I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get to see Jules feel smart and depressed about the world instead of dumb and happy like always, their game of hide-and-seek was clearly a better idea than movie night. READ FULL STORY

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