Nintendo Creating Animated 3DS Shorts To Promote Pikmin 3

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 12, 2013 in Animation, Videogames


It has been a dry post-launch period for Wii U owners, with not a whole lot coming out. In hindsight, it’s almost good that Pikmin 3 got delayed until early this year, since at least there will be a must-buy game coming out for those desperate for new games. But before then, Nintendo has a small side-project to share: short Pikmin cartoons.
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Tags: 3DS, Nintendo, Pikmin, Wii U


Catch Up On Game of Thrones Season 2 While Waiting for 3

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 11, 2013 in Television


Can’t take the agonizing wait for Game of Thrones season 3? Maybe you missed out on season 2 and want to be caught up without having to marathon all the episodes? Or maybe you’re just looking for a quick recap to refresh your memory of all 200 characters? HBO has you covered. They’ve released an almost 15-minute recap of season 2, mixed in with some interviews and staff discussions. This will hopefully keep you occupied for a short while. But thankfully the wait is almost over, as the third season will start March 31st. It’s sure to be the most exciting season yet, and I say that as someone who has read the books. So I’ll stop taunting you – watch the video after the break. Read more…

Tags: Game of Thrones, HBO


Next Borderlands 2 DLC to Include New Playable Character

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 11, 2013 in Videogames


Gearbox has been having a rough time recently, due to all the hubbub around Aliens: Colonial Marines. Personally, I’m not sure yet how everything played out, but it does make me hesitant to support them. Borderlands 2 is incredibly fun, and I want to keep playing more games like it, so hopefully Gearbox make things right. At SXSW Interactive, they debuted a short teaser trailer, showing off a very shadowy character – a new melee-focused Vault Hunter that you’ll be able to play as in the next DLC. There have been rumors of the level cap being raised as well, but don’t hold your breath – Randy Pitchford has repeatedly said it’d be very difficult to execute. For now, check out the teaser below! Read more…

Tags: Borderlands, Gearbox


LEGO Bionicle Models Play Music for Your Entertainment

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 10, 2013 in Hobbies and Collections


YouTube user Opificio Sonico put together a really cool video recently, showing off his LEGO Bionicle models that are hooked up to a collection of motors and an Arduino Uno board. Their purpose? To help create some pretty awesome music. Partnered with the Clavia Nordbeat app for iPad, the models tap out the rhythms delivered via electronic signal. It’s a pretty neat usage of the larger LEGO Technic models and gives the impression of a little band jamming away on the desk. I fully anticipate LEGOs to be making all of our music in the future. Watch the video below! Read more…

Tags: Lego, Music


A Fresh Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 10, 2013 in Cinema, Star Trek


I doubt this needs much introduction at this point: here’s the latest Star Trek Into Darkness trailer that’s running in front of Oz the Great and Powerful. It looks fantastic, and they’re still keeping Benedict Cumberbatch and his definitely not known, so very secret character to the background. He certainly looks imposing and threatening for the 5 seconds he’s in the trailer, though. It also looks like there will be plenty of falling in this film. Very very fast falling. From space. I must also say, I love the visual look of the first scene shown – I can’t wait to see that on the big screen. Check out the trailer below. Read more…

Tags: J.J. Abrams, Star Trek Into Darkness


New After Earth Trailer

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 9, 2013 in Cinema


So I haven’t seen much hype for After Earth, and I can understand why. Let’s just say that post-Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan does not have much cred. I remember seeing Inception in theaters and when the trailer for Devil mentioned that it was produced by Shyamalan, the theater burst into laughter. I’m being honest here. But I’m willing to give him another chance, as some parts of his latest film, After Earth, do look interesting. I think going with a simpler story about a father and son is a good start, and having a script by Gary Whitta is a great booster. Hopefully the film won’t become an overblown tale about saving the Earth, and instead just focus on the relationship between Will Smith and his son – then I think people might start paying attention. Read more…

Tags: After Earth, Will Smith


Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar Confirmed for 2014

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 9, 2013 in Cinema


A while back we heard rumors that Christopher Nolan had chosen his next film, and that it would be a sci-fi adventure about interstellar voyage across the reaches of space. Appropriately titled Interstellar, it seemed like solid news but hadn’t been confirmed until now. Nolan also stated that the film would arrive on November 7th, 2014, in a joint release between Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures. His brother and frequent co-conspirator, Jonathan Nolan, will be writing the script and Emma Thomas will produce along with Chris. So: get your hype engines ready! This will be a huge film for 2014. Read more…

Tags: Christopher Nolan, Interstellar


Age of Empires II HD Coming to Steam in April

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 8, 2013 in Videogames


Feeling a bit nostalgic for PC games of yesteryear? Well, do I have some good news for you! Microsoft Game Studios has announced that Age of Empires II will be returning to PCs this year in Age of Empires II HD Edition. This version contains the expansion packs and updates in one package, as well as new fire, water, and lighting effects, along with Steamworks multiplayer, leaderboards, cloud saving, and of course, achievements. They’ll also be including Steam Workshop support so you can share user created content with other users. The game launches April 9th, but if you preorder now you’ll get it on the 5th. A perfect dose of old-school RTS gameplay! Read more…

Tags: age of empires, Steam


RIP: Toren Smith, a Manga Translation Pioneer

Posted by Ben Huber on Mar 8, 2013 in Anime


Some sad news for anime and manga fans everywhere: Toren Smith has passed away. He was an early translator of many popular manga titles and helped bring over many early works. He helped translate The Legend of Kamui, one of the first manga titles brought over, and went on to found Studio Proteus which aided in bringing over manga like Akira, Appleseed, Astro Boy, Lone Wolf and Cub, and Nausicaa. He also helped found AnimeCon 1991, along with Gainax’s Toshio Okada and John McLaughlin. Gainax even featured him (in name) in Gunbuster to recognize his accomplishments. His influence has been felt far and wide, and the anime & manga industry today would be very different if not for his impressive body of work. He will be missed. Read more…

Tags: manga, toren smith


Fan Creates Holographic Dr. Light Capsule From Mega Man X

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 7, 2013 in Videogames


The Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco is hosting a Mega Man art show this month, honoring the Blue Bomber that Capcom has been mostly ignoring lately, despite 2012 being the 25th anniversary of the original game. While there are many pieces on display, one in particular will draw the attention of Mega Man X fans: a “holographic” Dr. Light capsule. Read more…

Tags: Mega Man


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