Francis Ford Coppola has launched a Kickstarter to transform his classic 1979 Joseph Conrad-meets-Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now into a “psychological horror RPG” that’ll put you on the hunt for the renegade Col. Kurtz. Today, I’m joined by new daredevils, a team who want to make an interactive version of Apocalypse Now, where you are Capt. Benjamin Willard amidst the harsh backdrop of the Vietnam War. Coppola also posted a first look at prototype images from the game, echoing iconic images from the film.
The most iconic female video-game character ever is having a birthday. Tomb Raider‘s Lara Croft, the puzzle-solving, weapons-wielding archeologist with an uncanny knack for falling into supernatural adventures, turns 20 this year. To mark the auspicious anniversary, game publisher Square Enix is releasing a tricked-out updated version of the last Tomb Raider installment, Rise of the Tomb Raider, on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander, who grew up a fan of the game, will be suiting up for a film reboot arriving in 2018.
E.T. is a classic movie… and classically disastrous video game. Now, the little alien is back as a character in Lego Dimensions.
The toy brick slingers have assembled an expansive and adorable cast of favorite cinematic characters, many of whom have never been Lego-fied before — E.T., Tom Cruise, and the Goonies, for starters — to join the existing crew of 'Lego Dimensions.'
Adorable astromech stars in the latest character vignette from the Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game, debuting here and reminding us how he stole every scene in the most recent installment of the venerable franchise
Disney is getting out of the video game publishing business. The company disclosed Tuesday that it has scrapped its Infinity-branded console games business, resulting in a $147 million charge against its fiscal-second quarter earnings. The Infinity games venture bowed in August 2013 and was published by Disney Interactive Studios. The plan was to release a... Read more »
X-Men: Apocalypse just stepped up its marketing game. First up, there’s Mutant All-Stars Track & Field lets you go for the gold in Olympics events as either a human or one of three mutants (resembling Beast, Nightcrawler, and Jean Grey). The Pac-Man-like Mutant Conquest features an Indiana Jones-esque hero being pursued through a maze by Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen (War, Death, Famine, Pestilence) while collecting various Egyptian antiquities to power up.
In a podcast last week, as he was offering his critique of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, inveterate comic nerd Kevin Smith noted something about the performance of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader: “He moved the way that Batman moves and fights … [it was] the best cinematic presentation of Batman fighting you’ve ever seen in a movie. It looked like the video game, almost.” Smith was onto something with that tossed-off remark, something that explains the polarized reaction to film. Batman v Superman is more relatable as a video game.
There are people who will tell you that the Jenner sisters’ mobile game Kendall and Kylie (or KKgame, to borrow its more descriptive and useful hashtag), released last week and already breaking records, is an obvious re-skin of Kim Kardashian Hollywood — basically the same game with a fresh coat of paint. The people who tell you this are wrong and broken inside and they are not your friends.
To anyone whose parents ever made them shut off Grand Theft Auto (or Crash Bandicoot or Spyro, for those of us who liked our games a bit lighter) and “go the heck outside,” we feel your pain, and we’re here to tell you: You were right all along. New research shows that video games don’t actually melt your brain like we were led to believe as children. In fact, they can have serious cognitive benefits — provided you play the right kind. Related: 30 Photos Of Unretouched Butts, In Case You Forgot What They Really Look Like In the video below, Trace Dominguez from Discovery News breaks video games down into three categories: action, puzzle, and strategy.
The Batman: Arkham video-game series has been wildly successful, earning rave reviews, setting sales records, and creating a "hyperrealistic" aesthetic that has suffused not just comic books, but Warner Bros. and DC's television shows and films, including the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. The new book The Art of Rocksteady's Batman (Abrams, $40) provides insight into the creative process behind the groundbreaking games, from 2009's Batman: Arkham Asylum to this year's Batman: Arkham Knight, tracing the revamped designs of Gotham's iconic heroes and rogues, and their environs, from sketches to final renders. Here's an exclusive peek inside the so-called "Arkhamverse." The Dark Knight lives up to his name in the battle-scarred, amored Batsuit featured on the cover of Art of Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight.