When I was a kid, we didn’t have any actual videogame consoles in my house, which meant that my early years were spent playing floppy-disk games on our aging Macintosh computer. Most of these games reeked of stealth education: the math-inducing Number Munchers, the undersea non-adventure Odell Lake, the surreal fairy-tale romp Mixed-Up Mother Goose. (The lone exception to all the edutainment was Sid Meier’s Pirates, a very proto proto-Grand Theft Auto which still has the coolest videogame cover art ever.) At some point, my parents broke down and got me a Game Boy, and I spent almost every car ride from ages 6-10 playing Super Mario Land, Super Mario Land II, and the overlooked masterpiece Wario Land: Super Mario Land III, where you got to play as the bad guy and thus learn a value lesson about moral relativism. READ FULL STORY »
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The dog days of summer are officially over! This week on our podcast dedicated to all things geek-tacular, Jeff Jensen and I take a good hard look at the upcoming season of videogame sequels. There is one game we’re excited about (hint: It’s about assassins who have a creed) and a new console we’re skeptical about (hint: it rhymes with P.U.) But that’s just a warm-up for a big conversation about the epic finale to this season of Big Brother, which already inspired yours truly to write a 4000-word recap. (If you’re a Big Brother fan, be sure to check out Big Daddy Dalton Ross’s Inside TV podcast this week, which functions as a hilarious and sad epilogue to the season.) We wrap up this week’s podcast with a conversation about Last Resort, the new ABC nuclear submarine drama. Bold predictions are made, boldly!
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Nintendo announced the official release date for its new console, the Wii U, which made a big splash when it was announced at E3 and made a smaller splash at E3 2012 — meaning that the device will either be an underdog success story or a hubris-soaked fall from grace. The Wii U will officially begin the eighth generation of console gaming on Sunday, Nov. 18, assuring that your Thanksgiving family reunion will be dominated by your mouthy nephew explaining how to use the touchscreen and then laughing when you talk about the good old days of controllers that only had two buttons, dagnabbit. READ FULL STORY »
Prince Harry’s nude photo scandal has done anything but stay in Vegas. First, the photos were leaked online, then they were published on the cover of a British tabloid. Of course, no one actually seemed to be scandalized after the pics surfaced. If anything, many were all too eager to join in the fun.
The fun reached a new high this week with an online video game based on the royal’s Vegas adventures. Yes, you read that right. A game.
Every great story has a hero and a villain, and the vast majority of stories are told from the hero’s point of view. And yet, it is only natural to wonder what those same stories would look like from the villain’s perspective. Indeed, many of the most important works in our cultural history adopt the point of view of the antagonist: Think of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, or John Gardner’s Grendel, or Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, or Nintendo’s nihilistic masterpiece Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3. To that list we can now add Bad Piggies, the upcoming spinoff to Rovio’s ludicrously successful videogame Angry Birds. READ FULL STORY »
Recently, we found ourselves in the midst of a marathon playing session of Disney’s Aladdin — the Super Nintendo classic, which we were playing on an actual SNES because Keith is a hoarder. We got to thinking: What if the biggest movies of today got turned into videogames?
And we’re not talking about the typical brand of modern movie videogame, with horrible animation and bargain-bin gameplay and disinterested celebrity paycheck voiceovers. What if they became old-school, charmingly mistranslated, multiple-of-8-bit videogames? What if Avengers was an RPG from the 8-bit Nintendo era? What if The Expendables became a coin-op arcade fighting game? We put our heads together with EW Design Guru Jef Castro: Check out the results below. READ FULL STORY »
Darksiders II is not very original, but it deserves credit for imitating some of the best games ever made. The clearest inspiration here is God of War, another apocalyptic button-masher set in a robo-mythic fantasy universe. But there’s also Prince of Persia platforming, and light RPG flavoring that suggests a less overcomplicated Elder Scrolls. Like its predecessor, the new Darksiders is fundamentally indebted the Ocarina of Time action-adventure model: dungeons, side-quests, wild creatures who drop retail items when you kill them. There are times when Darksiders II feels like a greatest-hits compilation for this entire gaming era: A better title might have been Now That’s What I Call The Seventh Generation of Videogame Consoles! The game lacks personality, but it possesses a pure brute-force thrill. It feels like you’re playing the best game of 2007. READ FULL STORY »
There are already too many hyphenates affixed to Jay-Z’s already hyphenated name to reasonably list here, but that isn’t stopping the music superstar and NBA franchise co-owner from adding one more: Videogame executive producer. Over the course of this year, Jay-Z has been working with 2K Sports on the latest annual iteration of their bestselling NBA series, NBA 2K13, and when the game hits shelves on Oct. 2 (for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, and PSP), “Executive Produced by JAY Z” will appear prominently on the packaging.
But what does that ultimately mean? Is this simply a vanity project? “Jay is so obsessed with authenticity,” says Jason Argent, VP of marketing at 2K Sports. “He really didn’t want to just put his name on a product. Neither did we. We wanted a true collaboration with him.” While Jay-Z’s involvement with the gameplay itself was indirect, Argent says he directly oversaw “everything off the court in the game.” That included the graphical flow of the game, as well as its intro and outro videos. “It’s much more music [and] cultural oriented,” he says. “There are visuals of musicians and him interwoven with game play. It’s really basketball within an entertainment and music package.” READ FULL STORY »
The trailer for Halo 4: Foward Unto Dawn, the live-action series based on the popular Xbox franchise debuted at Comic-Con on July 12.
Set at the beginning of the human and Covenant war in the Halo universe, Dawn tells the story of cadets in training at the United Nations Space Command, leading up to the events of Halo 4, the game.
The five-episode series will premiere on Oct. 5, setting up the launch of the videogame on Nov. 6. Watch the trailer below.
The post-apocalyptic adventure game The Last of Us cemented its status as the Great Hope for the end of this videogame generation on Tuesday, winning five Game Critics Awards handed out as part of this year’s Best of E3. (Entertainment Weekly was a voting member in the awards this year.) Last of Us claimed the awards for Best in Show, Best Original Game, Best Console Game, Best Action/Adventure Game, as well as a special commendation for sound. The other multiple winners were Dance Central 3, Halo 4, and Ubisoft’s mysterious Watch Dogs, which each claimed two awards. A full list of the victorious games follows: READ FULL STORY »
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