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Because Monday is Apparently Classic Video Game to Movie Day

Posted in Film, Games with tags , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by joeylabartunek

Since I was already in a mildly simmering rage over the silliness of the incoming Asteroids movie, I was amazed to stumble across even more pointless video game adaptations in the works.  From Dark Horizons:

Warner Bros. Pictures has landed many of the assets of the now defunct Midway Games via a bankruptcy court fire sale reports Variety.

For a cool $33 million, the studio now own the rights to various popular video game franchises such as “Mortal Kombat,” “Spy Hunter,” “Space Invaders,” “Pac-Man,” “Rampage” and “Joust.” The Chicago-based developer was amongst the first firms to manufacture video games over three decades ago and declared bankruptcy earlier this year.

Warners has not revealed what plans they have in store for potential film development of the properties, though they did not purchase the company’s two development studios which would indicate they’ve little interest in continuing on the company’s game franchises.

A film version of “Spy Hunter” and a long in development relaunch of the “Mortal Kombat” film franchise have both been hampered in recent years in their attempts to get made.

I’m really sad to hear that Midway is gone, they did produce some of the best games of my youth, ones that just funneled quarters out of  your pocket.  But…

Fucking Pac-Man and Joust?

Well hell, now I’ve got to get back to that ‘Burger Time’ screenplay I’ve been itching to write for the past few years.

I will admit, that looking at this poster makes me a little more excited about a Joust flick. Who doesnt like buzzards and lava, I once had a buzzards and lava themed birthday.

I will admit, that looking at this poster makes me a little more excited about a 'Joust' flick. Who doesn't like buzzards and lava, I once had a buzzards and lava themed birthday.

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Page and White Talk Down Music Video Games

Posted in Games with tags , , , on June 23, 2009 by joeylabartunek

I’ll be the first to admit 2 things:

1) I love music video games.  I don’t care what the haters  say (read on), I like rocking out to songs I love without having to train for years do be good at a skill that doesn’t really apply to my existence.  Sure I love playing my bass, but its more of an occasional zen pastime than something that I’d like to focus my life on.

2) I think that any method that brings music, whether it be new or classic, to the general masses, especially kids who already have it rough filtering through the dribble that bleeds through the reality shows that flood music television is probably a good thing.

Page apparently prefers black magic and fancy guitars over good fun and new fans.

Page apparently prefers black magic and fancy guitars over good fun and new fans.

But speaking of haters, apparently some musicians don’t think much of it.  From Kotaku:

During a press conference promoting the documentary It Might Get Loud, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and The White Stripes‘ Jack White had some harsh words for music-based video games.

It seems that the two famous guitarists, both starring in the documentary on the history of the electric guitar along with U2’s The Edge, aren’t too keen on people discovering new music through video games, which is sad, because that’s almost exclusively how I discover new music these days. For Page, it seemed to be a question of oversimplifying an action that is better left to more skilled hands.

“You think of the drum part that John Bonham did on Led Zeppelin’s first track on the first album, Good Times Bad Times,” Page said. “How many drummers in the world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning?”

Basically a variant of the old why not just play a real instrument argument. White, on the other hand, seems a bit put off that some feel that bands have to be in a game like Guitar Hero or Rock Band to find their audience.

White went on to say that “It’s depressing to have a label come and tell you that [Guitar Hero] is how kids are learning about music and experiencing music.” While he added that he doesn’t try to limit “which format people should get their music in…if you have to be in a video game to get in front of them, that’s a little sad.”

I think the world of Jimmy Page, he’s a bit crazy and evil in his own way, but he’s a genius, and White has certainly had his good moments, but these quotes make these two sound like two old codgers clearly out of touch with the new media and how it gets spread these days.

So I guess this means no Led Zepellin song on RB or GT anytime soon.  How sad.

Look Ma No Hands?

Posted in Games with tags , , , , on June 2, 2009 by joeylabartunek
Wait, is THAT why Spielberg was there?

Wait, is THAT why Spielberg was there?

What’s all this about Microsoft looking to upgrade the 360 to use no controllers at all?  AND recognize face and voices?

That’s just madness.

Harmonix/EA Booth Babes Look Strikingly Beatle-esqe

Posted in Games with tags , , , , on June 1, 2009 by joeylabartunek

I guess all it takes to get the remaining Beatles together is a video game release.  Who knew it was so easy.  From Variety:

This photo was taken just seconds before Ringo ate several children who were hanging outside the LittleBigPlanet booth.

This photo was taken just seconds before Ringo ate several children who were hanging outside the LittleBigPlanet booth.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are coming together to promote the upcoming “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game.

The two surviving Beatles, along with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, appeared at Microsoft Corp.’s presentation Monday at the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles.

In the game, fans will be able to follow the band’s career beginning with their early days in 1963 Liverpool through their final rooftop performance.

Forty-five Beatles songs will be available on the game disc. Another, “All You Need Is Love,” meanwhile, will be released on the Xbox 360 for download, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.

Don’t take my saracsm to mean I’m not very excited for this release, because I’m already marking time off the calendar so I can lock myself away with this game for a little while.

Even an Infant Can Battle The Apocalypse

Posted in Games on May 25, 2009 by joeylabartunek

Stealing from Wired again, here’s a video for anyone else out there interested in playing Fallout 3 as a baby.

More Taffering and The History of Such

Posted in Games on May 16, 2009 by joeylabartunek

Thief and it’s sequel were two of the greatest video games ever unleashed on the PC.  My friends and I have spent untold hours hiding, skulking, and sapping guards concerned with who was “Taffering” nearby.  So to find that Eidos has announced a brand new sequel to the franchise comes with mixed reaction.  I personally love the idea of a new Thief game, on one hand, hoping that it will live up to the promise and quality set by it’s predasessors, but cautious about a brand new team coming on to do it.

BB’s Offworld has a great article detailing both the history of the series as well as what the announcement from Eidos Montreal could actually mean.  Go check it out here!

Buenos Dias!

Posted in Funny Stuff, Games with tags , , on May 12, 2009 by joeylabartunek

Behold! Custom Grim Fandango figures? What the hell, I need to meet someone who can make ME custom figures:

My scythe... I like to keep it next to where my heart used to be.

"My scythe... I like to keep it next to where my heart used to be."

Manny, until now we scraped along the ground like rats, but from now on, we soar. Like eagles. Yeah. LIKE EAGLES... ON... POGO STICKS.

"Manny, until now we scraped along the ground like rats, but from now on, we soar. Like eagles. Yeah. LIKE EAGLES... ON... POGO STICKS. "

Thanks to Offworld for making my morning a little brighter.