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Critics of Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” canned the film as a barely linear collection of action set pieces whose stakes and melodrama were undercut by threadbare story logic — in short, dismissing it as a video game — but some enterprising graphic artists have turned the movie’s simplicity it into an asset by adapting its major scenes in the fashion of a throwback, 8-bit video game.
Even as Disneyland and Disney World prepare to break ground on their Star Wars-themed areas, video game developer BioWare has announced that its own sci-fi epic, Mass Effect, is on a course for California’s Great America theme park.
Produced through a partnership between publisher Electronic Arts and California’s Great America, the attraction is described as a “first-of-its-kind guest experience,” combining live performers, special effects and “4D effects.” The “4D holographic experience” is set to open in 2016 at the Santa Clara, California park’s newly renovated Action Theater.
A network engineer from Chicago, the 44-year-old Camberis spent two years building the gargantuan machine, which stands 4.41 meters high — or, as Guinness so helpfully offers, “taller than a fully grown African elephant.” The glass track ball is 16 inches in diameter. It’s fully functional, too, loaded with more than 200 classic arcade games; it’s also compatible with all game platforms.
Ubisoft, the video game publisher behind such blockbuster franchise as Assassin’s Creed, Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell, has announced plans for a theme park in Malaysia.
Spearheaded by the company’s Ubisoft Motion Pictures division, the “next-generation” park is scheduled to open in 2020 in a 10,000-square-meter indoor complex in Kuala Lumpur, with rides, shows and other attractions based on Ubisoft properties.
Legal | Game company SNK Playmore has dropped its charges against manga publisher Square Enix and will allow the manga Hi Score Girl to use its characters without penalty. Last year, SNK filed a criminal complaint against Square Enix, charging that the manga, a comedy about gamers, included more than 100 instances of unauthorized use of SNK Playmore’s characters. As a result, serialization of the manga was suspended while police pursued charges against 16 of the people involved in its publication. Today, Square Enix announced that the two companies have reached an agreement: SNK Playmore has dropped its claim, and the two companies will work together with regard to sharing their characters. [Anime News Network]
When Spencer Kern decided to build a PC from scratch, he turned to Minecraft for inspiration. After all, if the sole purpose of the computer for playing the wildly popular sandbox video game, it should look the part, right?
And so began the Redstone PC, a beautiful cube that resembles the Redstone blocks from Minecraft. That in itself would probably be enough for most people, but not Kern, who also crafted a custom keyboard, controller and mouse. As he explains in his breakdown of the project, there’s even a Steve minifigure.
As incredible as the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront video game looks, it wouldn’t seem right to play it on just any PlayStation 4. You need something like this, a custom R2-D2 themed PlayBook 4.
Constructed by Eddie Zarick, with some assistance from the folks at Astromech, it’s effectively a scaled-down, rectangular version of the fan-favorite droid, with a 3D-printed case and realistic sound effects. As you can see in the video below, the console features an R2-style red/blue light and makes appropriate sounds when certain buttons are pushed.
If you always wanted to know what a conversation between the Dark Knight and Shaggy — yes, Shaggy of “Scooby-Doo” fame would sound like, a new video promoting the upcoming “LEGO Dimensions” has you covered.
TT Games, Warner Bros. and The LEGO Group have released a new promo that features Batman and and Shaggy talking cars. Always looking out for his image, the Dark Knight questions the always-lovable Shaggy about his new ride, wanting to know if it has shields, bulletproof paneling and, most importantly, if it comes in black. But it might not be the car you’re expecting.
Udon Entertainment announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego that it has acquired one of the most sought-after manga licenses ever, Ryoko Ikeda’s “Rose of Versailles,” as well as two other series: Moyoco Anno’s “Sugar Sugar Rune,” which was previously published by Del Rey Manga, and “Stein’s Gate” based on the “Steins;Gate” video game.
“Rose of Versailles,” set in the court of the French queen Marie Antoinette, is one of the most popular and influential manga of all time, and became a shared experience for a generation of Japanese women. The main character in the story is Oscar Francois de Jarjayes, the youngest daughter of the leader of the palace guard, who is raised as a man so she can succeed her father. The story mingles real historical events with romance, drama, and palace intrigue, with Oscar in the center and Marie Antoinette, her paramour Count Axel von Ferson, and Oscar’s childhood friend Andre Grandier all playing major roles.
“2015, after 7 years … The Legend of Zelda manga series returns! Please support it!” the duo wrote on their website, as translated by Anime News Network. “Which version of me can you meet this time? Look forward to finding out!!” They also posted a new piece of art, below.
Akira Himekawa produced serialized adaptations of The Legend of Zelda video games, from 1999’s Ocarina of Time to 2009’s Phantom Hourglass. They returned to Hyrule in 2011 with a stand-alone prequel to Skyward Sword.
Fans of Super Mario Bros. 3, the owners of CatastrophiCreations wanted to come up with a way to incorporate their favorite video game into their apartment, in a practical way. They ended up with a terrific Chain Chomp-inspired cat bed, attached to wooden storage box — although that’s definitely not where they started.
“At first, I really wanted to make a litter box, because in my opinion most litter boxes are very ugly,” one of CatastrophiCreations’ owners explains on BoredPanda. “I liked the thought of people showing off their litter boxes, rather than hiding them in some back room or closet. Once I started on the Chain Chomp, however, I realized it would be a little too small for a litter box. It was the perfect size for a covered bed, though!”
Image Comics partner Jim Valentino has filed a copyright- and trademark-infringement lawsuit, claiming a company released a video game based on his signature creation ShadowHawk without his permission.
In a documents filed last week in Los Angeles federal court, and first reported by Courthouse News Service, Valentino accuses Rose Colored Gaming of acquiring materials produced in the early 1990s by Nintendo for a never-released ShadowHawk 16-bit game, and then selling its own “finished” version earlier this year. What’s more, the filing insists, the company used panels from one of Valentino’s comics for the packaging.
If the wait for a live-action Legend of Zelda television series seems unbearable, you should probably take a couple of minutes to watch this impressive new trailer “The Final Battle,” a short-film collaboration between Player Piano and The Zelda Project.
The film promises Legend of Zelda fans “a live-action recreation of the epic fight between Link and Ganondorf. ” If the teaser is any indication, it’ll be something well worth watching.
Hey! Listen! If you have ideas about proposing to taht gamer in your life, you’d probably score serious points by doing it with this Legend of Zelda-inspired treasure chest, complete with Red Rupee engagement-ring box.
Created by IndyFurniture, the handmade 12-inch by 9-inch by 10-inch chest includes interior lights, and makes an “iconic sound” when opened. It costs $200, so you have to make really sure this person is the Link or Zelda for you.
Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today Wade shows us his action figures and more!
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