Borderlands & Duke Nukem are finally coming to theaters!

For decades filmmakers have been trying to make decent films based on popular video game franchises, but there has yet to be a single movie that would qualify as legitimately good, although the Resident Evil movies continue to make money.

Most of us recognize that video game movies could be good though, right? Many games have an interesting premise, exciting characters and are overflowing with violent action—basically all the ingredients for a successful modern film.

Well, that’s what Gearbox Software seems to think, and they’ve announced that two of their biggest franchises — Borderlands and Duke Nukem — are coming that much closer to their big-screen debuts. At E3, Gearbox CEO, Randy Pitchford, had a livestreamed sit-down with video game journalist, Geoff Keighley, to discuss the forthcoming adaptations. On Borderlands, Pitchford said, “We’ve been developing scripts and the strategy that we’re on right now is, that it’s obviously in the Borderlands universe, but rather than retell the stories that were in the game, we’ create new stories so that the films will have their own film canon … We’ll use all the characters and scenarios, it’s similar to what Marvel is doing. You can read any particular film plot in a comic book, but there’s a lot of characters, themes, and in fact, some of the situations are represented.”

Then Pitchford revealed that a Duke Nukem movie was actually really happening! “We’re working on Duke Nukem! I can’t announce it, but it’s blown my mind, there’s been a lot of production companies have come at us. We’re putting together a deal right now with a major motion picture studio; I’ll tell you off the record if you want to know. It’s the exact right people that should be doing a Duke Nukem film and we’ll see what happens. It’s unbelievable, I think that’s very likely a thing.”

Regardless of what happens with these two films, it’ll be awhile before they hit theaters. Though it IS something to look forward to!!!

Wynncraft! The new Minecraft MMO

Yes guys and gals…. A REAL Minecraft MMORPG! You can level up your characters, go on over 100’s of quests, join guilds, raid dungeons and a helluva lot more! I almost fell over when I found out about this. Wynncraft is 4 years in the making. The best part about it is if you have a copy of Minecraft than you can play for FREE RIGHT NOW! All you have to do is add the server. (Under server name type Wynncraft. For server address just type play.wynncraft.net)

The world of Wynncraft is absolutely ginormous. You can check out the map at http://map.wynncraft.net

If you want to learn more about Wynncraft and all it has to offer, check out their official website! If you have a copy of Minecraft than check out Wynncraft for yourself. I promise you won’t be disappointed! When I play a bit more I’ll have a detailed review for you guys to check out, so if this is something you’re interested in than keep checking back.

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Michael E Michael

Aaron Meyers recently made a game called Michael E Michael and it features the late Michael Jackson battling against himself in an isometric, eight-direction fighting game. Siliconera picked up the news after the game recently went live over on the indie game distribution service itch.io. The game was designed as part of a challenge to not only include doppelgangers in the game, but also tread dangerously close to infringement territory.

The rules of the challenge were quite simple, reading…

The game must tread dangerously into the intellectual property of an existing game or game franchise, but be cleverly altered and culturally mangled enough to not be worth the effort to sue.

In this case the game Michael E Michael is pretty damn close to the official Michael Jackson game for the Sega Genesis called Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker”. Like a lot of games back then it sucked pretty badly, but the music was great!

In this case the game is very similar to old SNK classics like King of Monsters, where both players will battle it out using eight directions and a handful of moves to beat their opponent into a pulp. You can see it in action with a video from YouTuber Alpha Beta Gamer.

It’s a strange but functional game, as players will be able to utilize Michael’s signature kick to knock down the other Michael, or throw a punch, or charge up and shoot out various specials, including unleashing an army of miniature Michael Jacksons against their opponent.

The game really does walk straight up to the line of copyright infringement, spits over the line but doesn’t bother to take that final step across. Since the game is called Michael E Michael and doesn’t actually mention “Jackson” next to the name it’s technically not Michael Jackson. And the fact that it’s a fighting game and not a music game removes any semblance to the character pulling off dance moves as opposed to just fighting and defending himself. The only thing that really could be construed as copyright territory is the 16-bit remix of “Smooth Criminal”. Then again, it could be construed as a cover and not actual copyright infringement.

Either way, the project really does come close to that barrier without actually breaching it.

Meyers should actually consider making a full fledged fighting game out this. The groundwork is already there and it just needs a few more cast of characters… maybe a 1980s Bobby Brown, an early 1990s M.C. Hammer and Paula Abdul… heck he could throw in The New Kids on The Block, Prince, Milli Vanilli, Salt ‘n Pepper, Vanilla Ice or Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch to round out the roster while he’s at it.

If you’re keen on playing Michael E Michael feel free to grab a digital copy from itch.io.

Fallout 4 Has a Bunch of New Features

No cameras were allowed in the gameplay demo, but journalists were allowed to live update their social media sites to talk about whatever they found interesting. Using the live blog on IGN, gaming site Dualshockers have compiled a list of all the new features. There are a lot of new features, so check them out below and try not to get too excited! 🙂

  • Mr. Handy’s internals have been modelled, as you can see his parts if he’s destroyed.
  • A large number  (over 1,000) of character names have been recorded, and will be spoken, including “fuckface.”
  • The dog “Dogmeat” in the game is modeled after “River,” belonging to the the Lead Level Designer.
  • Preston Garvey is the Leader of the Commonwealth Minute men. He has only five men left to lead.
  • One of the environments of the game is Diamond City, built in the ruins of Fenway Park (the stadium of the Boston Red Sox).
  • Preston Garvey can be a companion, alongside the female Piper, Dogmeat and Mr. Handy. There will be about twelve different companions in the game.
  • Human companions can be romanced regardless of gender.
  • The terminal hacking and lock picking systems are included in the game. They look similar to Fallout 3 and New Vegas.
  • The strength stat will allow the player to carry more items.
  • A series of videos will be released showcasing each stat.
  • There are perks, chosen by the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. menu (that looks like a poster), and you can pick one every time you level up. There are seven categories and ten rows of increasingly better perks.
  • Examples of perks are “Attack Dog” and “Intimidation.”
  • Looting works with a smaller list view that pops up and can be scrolled through.
  • More environments of the game are the town of Lexington, the Corvega power plant.
  • The laser musket reloads after each shot by cranking a lever on the side.
  • It’s possible to check out the cover of books and comics books by zooming on them and rotating the view.
  • There are battles between different NPC factions, and the player can stand back and let them kill each other, or intervene.
  • The Fallout Brotherhood power armor is back, alongside the Fat Man launcher. There are also airships. The Fat Man was used in the demo to blow up a Behemoth mutant.
  • Gore is included, and heads can be blown up.
  • Ghouls can climb through windows.
  • You can look at the Pip-boy in combat. It pauses the game.

Pro Video Game Players to be Tested for Performance Enhancing Drugs

Yes, you read that right. It’s not just professional sport leagues that are testing for performance enhancing drugs. It’s not exactly something you may think could play a part in gaming. Performance enhancing drugs are usually associated with physical strength and energy, but alertness and mental energy can also be enhanced. Even chess players get tested for doping.

The biggest professional video game league, the Electronic Sports League, will be introducing anti-doping tests at the ESL One Cologne event next month.

Here is an official statement from the ESL:

“As the world’s largest and oldest eSports organization, ESL has an ongoing commitment to safeguarding both the integrity of our competitions and that of eSports as a whole – we wish to ensure we can provide a fair playing field for all participating players.

We will be administering the first PED [performance-enhancing drug] skin tests at ESL One Cologne this August, with a view to performing these tests at every Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One and ESL ESEA Pro League event thereafter as soon as the official PED policy is established and tournament rules updated accordingly.”

This move comes while there’s an ongoing drug scandal in eSports, with pro teams admitting to using Adderall, an ADHD treatment drug that’s known to boost concentration. It’s often used by college students as a study aid.

Brand New Character Necalli Revealed in Street Fighter V

During EVO this year, Capcom has confirmed it’s first new fighter Necalli who is set to appear in Street Fighter V. Capcom has released a trailer and screenshots to show off their new character.

Capcom also detailed Street Fighter V as a Street Fighter Service, meaning that there won’t be any paid balance updates like Street Fighter IV, as all post-launch content like characters are free and can be earned by playing the game through ‘fight money’ or can buy them with ‘zenny’ as in-game currency.








 

Play ‘The Flock’ Before it Disappears Forever

You may want to check out a game called The Flock before it’s gone forever! It’s a competitive online multiplayer horror game that has a ticking clock attached to it.  Every player is a monster collectively called the Flock, and they’re all after the Artifact, a light-filled item that transforms whomever holds it into a new creature. The goal is to hold the Artifact for the longest stretch of time, fighting off Flock monsters with the object’s light. Here’s the twist: For every player that dies, the Flock’s population number drops by one. When the population hits zero, no new players will be able to purchase the game. Only people who already own The Flock will be able to participate in the “climactic finale,” and once that’s done, the game will go offline for good. No one will ever be able to play it again.

“A multiplayer game can take players to incredible heights, but at some point gamers will start to play less, get disinterested and stop playing altogether,” Creative Director Jeroen Van Hasselt says. “In opposition to other multiplayer games, we want The Flock’s experience to inspire a sense of awe, to keep players eagerly anticipating what is coming next and to end with a memorable climax.”

The Flock is due to hit Steam for PC later this year. It comes from independent Dutch studio Vogelsap (which translates to “bird juice”), a small group of HKU and Utrecht University game program students. It’s already secured a few awards and was also featured in the Indie Megabooth at GDC 2015 in San Francisco California. The Flock will be playable at the Indie Arena booth at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from August 6th to the 9th.

Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata Passes Away from Cancer

Unfortunately, Nintendo’s President and CEO, Satoru Iwata, has passed away July 11th, 2015 due to a bile duct growth. The news comes directly from Nintendo, with instructions for the company following his untimely passing.

Born December 6, 1958, Satoru Iwata joined the Nintendo company in 2000, and quickly became President in 2002. In 2013, he became CEO for Nintendo of America, where his presence in both Nintendo Direct’s and Iwata Asks provided news and updates in regards to upcoming Nintendo games and consoles.

Prior to that, Satoru Iwata worked for HAL Laboratory as software coordinator. Games he helped create include Balloon Fight, Earthbound, and Kirby. He eventually became president of HAL Laboratory in 1993.

Satoru Iwata had to miss E3 2014 due to a previous tumor in his bile duct, and unfortunately little more than one year later, a second growth tragically took him at the age of 55.

Our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Iwata. You can read the official notice from Nintendo, here.

This Weeks Xbox Deals with Gold & Spotlight Sale

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 01 June 2015.

XBOX ONE

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Digital Pro  Xbox One Game 33%
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold* Xbox One Game 17%
Scream Ride Xbox One Game 33%
Alien Isolation Xbox One Game 60%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

*Valid for Xbox Live Gold and Silver members.

XBOX 360

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Modern Warfare 2  Games On Demand 50%
Modern Warfare Games On Demand 50%
Call of Duty: World at War Games On Demand 50%
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Games On Demand 17%
Alien Isolation Games On Demand 60%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

Battlefield 4 Patch with new Guns and Mode coming Tuesday

Battlefield 4’s spring update, which adds new guns and a new mode to the multiplayer first-person shooter, will release this Tuesday May 26, developer DICE has announced.

The update will hit all platforms according the following schedule:

  • PC: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 08.00 UTC / 1.00 AM PDT.
  • Xbox One: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 09.00 UTC / 2.00 AM PDT.
  • Xbox 360: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 10.00 UTC / 3.00 AM PDT.
  • PS4: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 11.00 UTC / 4.00 AM PDT.
  • PS3: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 12.00 UTC / 5.00 AM PDT.

In addition to the old Gun Master mode from Battlefield 3. The patch will add five new weapons, and while DICE didn’t share their exact names and look, it gave us a general idea for what to expect:

  • New fan favorite Assault Rifle – Picked based on its unique burst gameplay and massive fan desirability
  • New Carbine – A unique bullpup carbine with built-in vertical grip
  • New PDW – A unique PDW with built-in silencer
  • New Sidearm – Unique long range “sniper” sidearm using magnum rounds
  • New LMG – Magazine fed LMG, which with the new weapons balance, plays in between a belt-fed LMG and an AR – your “run and gun” LMG

Gun Master, which gained its popularity in the Battlefield 3: Close Quarters DLC, is like Team Deathmatch, but you only get new weapons every time you get two consecutive kills, and the first player to get a kill with the final weapon wins.

The patch will also “significantly improve client stability on all platforms,” fix a number of issues that cause crashes, and rebalance all weapons.

DICE said that it will release full patch notes once the update is released.