Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Drunk Facebooking is Preventable

Don't let it happen to you! Don't be another statistic!

Developer Webroot has a little something ready to follow up it's successful Social Media Sobriety Test. They'd like to remind you that "nothing good happens online after 1am.

Sideshow Holiday Sale is GO

Sideshow Collectibles is a favorite for fans of dozens of the biggest entertainment properties on the planet- they've got some stuff on sale right now that you might be very interested in.

Monday, December 12, 2011

IDW SHakes Things up With New Company Pres

IDW is one of the largest comic book publishers outside of the big two that you're going to find- and the company is only getting bigger.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's Christmas Time for the Mighty Fin

This game just keeps on getting better- A brand new update for The Mighty Fin from Launching Pad games has just emerged from the iOS App store, unsurprisingly it's got new levels (themed for the Holiday Season) and new hats.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Go Behind the Scenes with EA's NFL Blitz

What does a Blitz sound like?
EA's newest take on the hard hitting NFL Blitz franchise is right around the corner (set for release in January '12), and the gaming giant is counting down the days with some behind the scenes video features.

Hyundai Stuns with 8-Bit Flavored 3D Art

Okay, so technically, this is an advertisement. But it's a freakin awesome advertisement filled with holographic, 3D modeled nods to some of the most awesome '80s era videogames of all time

Friday, December 2, 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gets Collected

Old slayers never die... they just become comic books.

Right from the pen of series creator (and genre icon) Joss Whedon and Dark Horse Comics, 'season 8' of the show, uh... comic, is set to be collected into a hardcover edition book in the spring. For those unfamiliar, this is an actual 'in canon' continuation of the popular superhero/horror tv show- when they say season 8, they mean it.

The Hess Truck's back and it's... an App

Yes nothing is safe from the swath of destruction carved into our world by the App-monster.

It's a Dark Horse Kind of Holiday

Looking for a special gift for that comic or sci-fi fan this holiday season? Look no further good reader as Dark Horse Comics has you covered.

It's hard to believe that the comics giant has turned 25 years old this year isn't it? Well, believe it you should because much like fine wine (and unlike a fine whine) the publisher has had quite a four quarters for itself- celebrating with some of it's best and biggest releases to date.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Prepare for Drop - Week of 11/28/11

Woo- okay so we're a little late on the PfD this week. Between the Thanksgiving hangover and the total dearth of games being released right now, can you really blame us? Then again, knowing you, you'll find a way- *sob*

Miners and Ninjas go Free on iOS

Developer Venan is readying their newest iOS RPG, Book of Heroes, for a December 1st launch. To celebrate BoH's availability, they're giving something of a early Christmas present to their fans.

How Will You Survive The Strain?

Dark Horse Comics wants your best survival ideas on how to withstand the coming vampire plague a la The Strain.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sideshow Toys Posts it's Black Friday Deals

Looking for some savings this Black Friday on some of Sideshow's awesome offerings? Get those clicking fingers ready-

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dark Horse Digital Cyber Monday Deals

DHD is getting in on the post Thanksgiving deal-a-palooza with a pretty big sale on all digital titles- but only for the first 500 customers to pass through the virtual checkout counter.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review: The Strain #1 (comics)

Standard Cover

Guillermo Del Toro is maybe one of the biggest horror/fantasy/sci-fi influences that the world of pop culture has seen in the last 25 years. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that, is it? Now he's on the creative team for one of the newest comic series' from Dark Horse- The Strain. Interested yet?

Spend Black Friday With Darth Vader

Screenshot from Battlefront II
Dark Horse comics has a pretty good digital deal going with it's Black Friday special- the force is strong with this one. (sorry)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Max Payne Gunplay Explained

Lock and load- Check out the ins and outs of bullet time and just how it is that Rockstar has worked their shootin' magic in Max Payne 3.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Prepare for Drop - Week of 11/14/11

What's that you say? There were a lot of big games released over the last few weeks? Oh  buddy, you have no idea.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dark Horse teases at Big Things in 2012

With an official release scheduled for next week at some point, Dark Horse comics has put forth a pretty big tease for some big time BPRD/Hellboy event in 2012. Stay tuned true believers.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Nova Debuts in SuperHero Squad Online

Marvel's SuperHero Squad Online is Marvel Comics' MMO for the younger set. But even so, this cartoony take on the Marvel U is pretty popular with fans in general.

The newest addition to the roster? Nova.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Clutter Magazine Announces Toy Scavenger Search

Clutter Magazine covers some of the coolest designer toys on the market in their publication, and now they're giving you the chance to win big.

Age of Enigma Comes to the Mac App store and iOS

Indie adventure spookfest Age of Enigma has been out for a while now on the PC, but developer Casual Box is bringing some ghostly mayhem to Mac gamers next month.

Game of Thrones Goes Dark

Dark Horse that is. The publisher announced today that they've secured the rights to the HBO series based on George R.R. Martin's immensely popular books. What merch will we be seeing from this collaboration?

As you can see in the promo- pretty much everything.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dark Horse Unveils Alabaster

The latest from author Caitlín R. Kiernan, Alabaster is set in a dark fantasy universe full of very bad things. Set against them? A young girl with a talent for hacking demons into little, bitty, pieces. 

Prepare for Drop - Week of 11/7

This Holiday season of huge releases just keeps on rolling as something for just about everybody was released this week- even the 3DS got a little love. And maybe it's killer app.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Star Wars... Cufflinks?

Yep. Makers of fine cufflinkery, Cufflinks Inc,  have released some pre-order info today for their new line of Star Wars 'links.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Review: Hellboy: House of the Living Dead (comics)

Hellboy returns to comics in a tale loaded with monsters, moody artwork, and luchadores... wait, what?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Grand Theft Auto V Trailer

Released from Rockstar today, we present for your approval- the first trailer for one of the most highly anticipated games of all time.

Dark Horse Digital Update gets all Manga-tised

Right along with the usual digital offerings from Dark Horse comics, their digital app will now stock a full supply of Manga books.

Tom Morello's Orchid Sells Out

No, not that way- the good way.

Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave's Tom Morello recently produced his first original comic book with Dark Horse comics. Today, DH is happy to announce that the book has sold out at shops across the country.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Amala's Blade Comes to Dark Horse Comics

Called 'steampunk with swords' by writer Steve Horton, Amala's Blade has a sword fighting, pirates, civil war, and more action than you could shake a stick at.

Prepare for Drop - Week of 10/31

It's PfD- Halloween edition!!!!!

On second thought, this is only the second entry in this... uh... series... so I think it may be a tad soon for '_____ editions' of it. So, lets just say that there are some monster games dropping this week. Oh, wait, that's a Halloween reference isn't it? Monster, I mean.

Hmmm, oh well, just click through for this week's releases and deals... OF DOOOOOOOMMMMMM!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pics from the Dark Knight Rises Set in NYC

Christopher Nolan's (maybe) final bat-film will be all set to launch into theaters this July (7/20/2012 to be exact) but as of right no, final filming is still underway in New York City.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

True Blood Expands with an Ongoing Comic

IDW, best known for their awesome revivals of '80s properties like Transformers and GI Joe, will be launching a brand new ongoing series next year based on the True Blood modern fantasy universe.

Usagi Yojimbo Celebrates it's 200th

Full time rabbit samurai, part time Ninja Turtle accomplice, Usagi Yojimbo sure has been around for a while now. So long in fact, the popular swordsrabbit has crossed the threshold of a comic book milestone- 200 issues from publisher Dark Horse.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Prepare for Drop - Week of 10/24/11

Welcome to the inaugural edition of what will be a weekly staple on the Spark.

Each Tuesday, we'll post up the date for all the major releases of the week and any stand out deals for each of them-

Back to the Future Warps onto Store Shelves

If you missed out on any of Telltale's excellent time-traveling graphic adventures release over this past year (or you just really like boxed copies of your games) you're in luck.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wizard Ops to Cast It's Spell on iOS

The first title from developers Phyken, due later this year, Wizard Ops reminds me an awful lot of Space Harrier. If Space Harrier had Michael Winslow (crazy noises guy from Police Academy).

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fact: Worrywoos are Great Dancers

Familiar with Worrywoos? The up and coming children's property is winning awards left and right and they made and extremely musical appearance at the recent NYCC show.

Warning: There are dancing monsters after the jump. DANCING. MONSTERS.

Project Triforce Impresses With Top Notch Props

One of the coolest company's we've ever encountered, Project Triforce is the maker of some of the finest videogame props on the market today.

Aside from the supremely awesome Chainsword (from Warhammer 40k Space Marine) that you see hanging to the right, they've also added 1:1 replica's of weaponry from Gears of War and Mass Effect to their arsenal.

Monday, October 17, 2011

NYCC: Final Ghostbusters Items

Most everybody who follows the toy industry knows that the Ghostbusters subscription only line from Mattel has been cancelled. The company sited a lack of interest in what would have been it's third year of offerings. It's a shame, because if the display at the New York Comic Con was anything to go by- there was some cool stuff on tap.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

NYCC: Transformers Kre-O

The Kre-O series of building toysis a relatively new one for Hasbro, but it seems to be going pretty well with Transformers fans. Each set includes enough bricks to build either robot or vehicle mode of the featured mech as well as a few tiny 'tooned up versions of Autobots and Decepticons clad in their G1 likenesses.

NYCC: Yo Joe!

What's more exciting than a Toxo-Zombie Zombie Viper? Slaughter's Marauders and Drednok Collector Packs.

A crushing tide of pics await across the break-

NYCC: Hasbro Brings a Marvel-ous Tidal Wave

Hasbro continued to impress with it's upcoming offerings on both the 3.75" and the new (sort of) 6" lines.

NYCC: DC Universe Lineups- Retail & Subscription

So it looks like the first Club Infinite Earths series is going to have a few repaints.

The good news is that it's not all repaints, and there are some genuinely cool figures to be had for those who subscribed.

Also debuting at the New York Con were the next few series of the retail product that you'll be (hopefully) finding at your local Toys R Us' before the Holidays. Hopefully.

Jump that break for a load of shots-

NYCC: Three Decades of Power

30 years is a long time for a toy line but Matty Collector's Masters of the Universe Classics line shows zero sign of slowing down.

With not one, but two subscriptions (regular old MOTUC and the 30th Anniversary) going for 2012, it should be a banner year for fans of the the Most Powerful Man in the Universe.

Click on through the break for a look at some of the coolest sculpts seen yet for the Classic series-

Saturday, October 15, 2011

NYCC: Club Lion Force Revealed

 Matty Collector's newest subscription only toy line celebrates the one and only Voltron.

NYCC: Green Lantern Parallax Shown Complete

Hector Hammond and final Parallax packaging
Just in case you were wondering, Matty Collector is most definitely going ahead full steam with the completion of the Green Lantern movie figures line.

This week, at Comic Con, the DC toy makers unveiled the completed look for one of the biggest collect & connect figures to ever grace the DC toy universe- Parallax.

Friday, October 14, 2011

NYCC: DC Direct Green Lantern Animated Series Maquettes

DC Comic's newest foray into the world of animation will come in the form of an animated series (in the style of the classic Batman and Superman toons) starring the Green Lantern of Earth- Hal Jordan.

NYCC: DC Direct Shows off it's Batman: Arkham City Toys at NYCC

Batman: Arkham City is coming to stores everywhere next week and DC Direct is getting a brand new set of action figures ready to go right along with it.

These figs won't be out for a while yet, but you can click through the jump to check out Robin, Bane, Catwoman and more- straight from the New York Comic Con show floor.

Monday, October 10, 2011

NYCC Ticket Updates

Thinking of attending the New York Comic Con? Well, if you haven't already, you might want to get your tickets because there are some changes in the wind as we approach the opening of the show.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

From the editor:

If you're somehow unaware, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away yesterday at the age of 56. Although the details are scarce as of right now, Jobs did have a history of  cancer which may have played a part in things.

Jobs was an innovator, a tech genius that understood where things were and where he wanted them to go. He had an impact on so many, me included, that I don't think we even know how wide his influence was felt. And that goes not only for the tech industries, but for wide swaths of the public mindset as well... I understand he was an all around nice guy too- you left this world way too soon Steve, but we all appreciate what you did while you were here.

Just a little note, boingboing.net and apple.com (among many others) have some very nice tributes. Go check 'em out.

Dark Horse Digital at NYCC

Dark Horse Comics has a few digital releases all lined up for the New York Comic Con next week including a Mass Effect book that was previously available through third party outlets.

Also at the Dark Horse booth, those looking for a game of chance can try their luck at the Digital Prize Wheel. With a spin (and some luck) show goers can win digital offerings from the publisher as well as take home T-Shirts with more chances to win attached.

Sounds like a good time, full release post break-

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tom Morello and the Nightwatchmen Play NYCC

Tom Morello, of Audioslave and Rage Against the machine fame, will be playing a special concert at the New York Con next Thursday, October 13th.
"The core of The Nightwatchman is dark matter," says Tom Morello. "But at the heart of every struggle, there's hope. So this is an album of rousing hopelessness—it's part Johnny Cash andpart Che Guevara, part beacon light and part arson fire."
Sounds like, you know, light poppy stuff. I kid, I kid! Morello is appearing as part of the NYCC kick-off concert courtesy of Dark Horse comics, with which he's working on his first graphic novel- Orchid.

Full release with details after the break-

Her Universe Invades NYCC

But don't run- because this stuff is actually pretty cool. And it's made by Jedi! Well, 'a' Jedi.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Trials Evolution Playable at NYCC

The next entry in the popular arcade/puzzle/dirtbike racer, Trials will indeed be playable on the show floor at the New York Comic Con.

To celebrate this momentus event, developer RedLynx is putting the chart topping Trials HD on sale. From now until October 3rd, THD will cost you a mere 600mspts. That's like nothing!

Read on for the full release-

Dark Horse Comics Officially Announces a Billion Signings at NYCC

Well, it might just seem like a billion- but one thing's for sure, Dark Horse has a lot going on at the New York  Con. Signings for Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Falling Skies, Star Wars, and a load more are all on the books.

For more of what's going on at the Con, read on- (I do not like green eggs and ham...)

Friday, September 30, 2011

So... What is the Darkness Anyway?

The sequel to the cult hit FPS, The Darkness, is just a little over a year away and it's already looking in fine form. Due next October, the further adventures of series star Jackie Estacado will be bringing it's signature demon arms and brand new quad wielding features to the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Not familiar with the first title or the comic series it's based upon? click on through dear reader for a crash course-

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pantheon Books has Free panties at NYCC

Yes, you read that right. Free. Panties.

Pantheon Books, who'll be showing off The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Anne Rice's The Wolf Gift among other properties, will be giving out a load of freebies to fans stopping by their booth at the NYCC October 13-16.

Among the offerings are free panties that were quite the hit at the San Diego show. For the record, the undies are emblazoned with the Yiddish word 'unterzakhn'. Which means 'beneath the surface' or 'underwear' in English. It's to promote the book of the same name by Leela Corman.

So stop by booth #1041, say hi, and get a pair of bloomers. Oh, and read on for the full Pantheon NYCC2011 lineup-

Jawbone's Jambox 2.1 Update Released

Fan of the Jambox by Jawbone? The little bluetooth boombox that could already provides for an awesome sound experience, but now it just got a lil' bit better.

Update 2.1 is now live for MyTalk users and it provides for some pretty cool upgrades to the system. Although it isn't all that beefy, 2.1 provides a few new bells and whistles including an enhanced sound clarity feature that controls distortion and a LiveAudio option that, when switched on, will simulate live listening.

Full release with all the new stuff (but that is kind of all there is) post jump-

Dark Horse Comics Announces Their Schedule for NYCC

Dark Horse is offering a panel for every taste as they'll be featuring Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mike Mignola (Hellboy), and Mass Effect. The icing on the comi-cake? Every panel has a boat load of goodies for fans to take home.

Why? Because Dark Horse loves you! (Now read on for the full listing)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Back to the Future Goes on iSale on iPad

Telltale's Back to the Future series of adventure games is a favorite of mine. They're packed with classic BttF stuff and the voice work is outta this world. But if you've been on the fence about them, now's the time to get on (hover)board. The game's are available on PC, Mac, PS3, and iDevice- but from now till September 30th, the iPad versions are on sale for $2.99 each.

I can't recommend these games enough if you're a BttF fan, or even if you just like adventure titles. You can get 'em (starting with episode 1) right here.

Review: Driver: Renegade (3DS)

The long running, and recently resurgent, Driver franchise makes it's debut on the Nintendo 3DS. But does a portable Tanner still have the skills of his console cousins?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Comikaze Gets Cracked

Like comedy site Cracked.com? maybe you'd like to go see a live panel with added comedy at the LA Comic-Con, Comikaze?
Comikaze Expo, the largest multimedia pop culture, comic book, horror, anime and gaming convention in California, has announced it will host a series of panel events with award-winning online entertainment destination Cracked.com, including the first ever public table read by the cast and creators of the hit web series “After Hours.” This premiere experience is just one of many exciting panels and crazy events that Comikaze has lined up for this one-of-a-kind expo taking place on November 5-6, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

LACC Welcomes Nickelodeon

The Los Angeles Comic Con, now known as Comikaze, is coming up shortly. Don't really know  what Comikaze is? Don't feel bad, just let the helpful folks from the 'con tell you themselves!
Comikaze Expo is the largest multimedia pop culture convention in Los Angeles.  The brainchild of Southern California siblings, Regina and Mario Carpinelli,  this unique event brings together the best in comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi,  fantasy, anime and all other cult programming. Comikaze takes place November  5-6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and offers a slate of innovative  programming, panels, contests and other activities that provide fans access to  their favorite artists and creators in this adventure-packed weekend. Featured  appearances include the father of modern comics, Stan  Lee, and Comikaze’s official “spooksperson,”  horror icon Elvira, in her final convention appearance. For more info, visit ComikazeExpo.com.        
The big news of the day today is that the show will be welcoming kid programming channel Nickelodeon in a big way. In particular, the cast of the channel's (former) long running sketch comedy show, All That, will be all present.

Read on for the full release-

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cartoon Network Announces it's NYCC Schedule

The Cartoon Network, home of Adventure Time and Adult Swim among other things, has announced it's complete (and pretty beefy) lineup of panels and presentations for the upcoming New York Comic Con.

Click on through for the complete press release experience- 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Inhale Your Fruit with Kirby

Nintendo's very own pink puffball, Kirby, has a brand new 3DS DS title about to debut called Mass attack. In the game, Kirby can not only employ his usual method of bad guy elimination (eating them) but he can also multiply himself up to ten times by chomping (natch) on fruit.

While you're working on digesting that disturbing image, why not digest something else? Nintendo is celebrating the launch of the newest entry in the series with a roving snack truck. The iced treat wagon will be making appearances in Huston, San Francisco, and right here in NYC.

The New York meet will, of course, take place in Rockefeller Center at the Nintendo Flagship Store. There you'll be able to get some hands on time with Mass Attack and enjoy some comped frozen fruit treats. Eating the fruit bars will, in all likelihood, not allow you to clone yourself in any way though.

Just thought that was worth mentioning.

Nintendo Download- 9/8/11

This week's Nintendo Download showcases another lineup of so-so offerings while we all await the second wave of 3DS Ambassador offerings. Honestly, the Big N has been so generous with the 20 freebies that it's hard to disparage them for the week after week of ho-hum that the eShop has been churning out.

Hard, but not impossible...

Kneel Before (Giant) Zod!!

Really interesting little story picked up by superherohype about the filming of General Zod in the Superman reboot- Man of Steel.

In a nutshell, Michael Shannon (the actor playing Zod) confirms the fact that Kal-El's nemesis will be motion captured and that director Zach Snyder said the final visual will be "so badass when we're done. Trust me, it's going to be wicked.'"

Now in earlier behind the scenes pics, Shannon was seen wearing a mo-cap suit with a giant pole coming up out of his back that stretched a good distance above his head. It easily doubled his height. We're left to wonder just what the final design of Zod will be. If he is, in fact, that tall- might this be a melding of the original Zod with the suit of powered armor worn by the second Zod (a Russian experiment in creating their own Superman) in the comics.

Either way, Zod's look is likely to be one of the big surprises held back until the film debuts. If there's anything more to tell in the meantime, we'll have it here.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ghostbusters 3 Official?

Series star Dan Aykroyd says that "Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray" (Murray has yet to read the script)

So the long awaited third film in the popular supernatural comedy series is at last, a 'go'. It's about time- Fans have been itching for a real threequel  for quite some time. The release of the Ghostbusters videogame last year (which did feature Bill Murray, by the way) was greeted enthusiastically by fans but was largely assumed to be the only way that a third adventure would get produced at all. There just seemed to be little to no interest in making an actual movie.

The game focused on the original team, still in their prime and in the year 1991, as they started a franchising scheme to bring in new members. It's unclear at this point if the movie will acknowledge any part of the game, which had been thought to be an 'official' part of the fiction.

Read the full interview here on comingsoon.

Xbox Marketplace Snapshot

Major Nelson has been kind enough to post up the sights and sounds for the Xbox LIVE marketplace for the rest of the month. Among the highlights: some nice discounts on Borderlands, Bioshock 2, and Bulletstorm DLC and the release of the new Deathspank (the Baconing), Mortal Kombat Arcade Collection, and Street Fighter 3.

Click through to his blog for the full list of deals and releases.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Temple Bags Makes Some Awesome Stuff

I truly didn't know how better to word that headline. They're not cheap and they seem to sell out pretty regularly (so you might have to wait for the one you want) but watch this vid and tell me you don't want one right now. I dare you:

Temple Bags: Made in America from McManus Studios on Vimeo.

Told you. Click here for their shop.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Razer Posts It's PC Gaming Manifesto

For some reason, Razer (maker of high-end PC gaming peripherals) has posted a letter on the virtual door of the internet. This Lutherian declaration of computer games is targeted straight at the console manufacturers of the world, says so right in the title.

More than likely, this is for a new product. The letter mentions that "will seek to end 
the silence and bring a new age of openness and innovation to all gaming" on August 26th- but it's interesting to note that, while Razer rails in defense of of the PC side of the industry, it does so while it just began production on a series of console (specifically Xbox 360) control pads and headsets. Interesting indeed... click through to read the letter-

Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Captain America (Xbox 360)

Given Sega's history with movie licensed games, particularly superhero movie licensed  games, it really wouldn't come as too much of a shock to me if the majority of gamers ignored their adaptation of Captain America. It might come as a shock to you though, that you shouldn't have swept the First Avenger away quite so fast.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Mighty Fin for iOS Gets a Mighty Update

Mega adorable iPhone/iPod Touch game The Mighty Fin has now become mega adorable universal App The Mighty Fin. And that's not all- with 8 new levels and a massive 32 new costumes for the lil' guy, this is one beefy update. It's almost like getting a sequel as a 'thank you very much.' Well... it's free if you already own the game anyway. If you don't, you still have to pay for it.

But it's  only .99 and he's adorable! Cuter than Nemo, I say...

Gameplay Footage of PSVita's Resistance: Burning Retribution

The PSVita is already looking like it's going to be quite the little juggernaut on the portable scene. It's certainly got the hardware down, and the software that's been unveiled this week at the Gamescom show is shaping up to be equally impressive. Take Resistance: Burning Retribution for example.

When you watch the PS Blog's look at RBR below, you will be surprised- I can almost guarantee it -by some of the uses for the PSV's touch screen. Really, really smart stuff- watch... and be amazed!!1!

The Nintendo Download -- 8/18/2011

Nintendo continues to underwhelm with it's weekly 3DS downloads as the eShop welcomes Urban Champion 3D this week. UC, originally a NES game, has been given a 3D makeover in the spirit of Excitebike and Xevious. The only difference being that, while you probably remember those titles, you more than likely have only vague recollections of Urban Champ.

So it's new to you! Anybody remember that slogan? Ugh... read on for the full update-

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Avengers Let Loose on the Streets of Cleveland

Preeminent superhero movie lexicon, superherohype.com has a bunch of amazing shots from the set of the Avengers. Marvel's big boys hit theaters next summer with an as yet unknown villain opposing them.

The speculation is that Loki will be the main threat, something that fits with Marvel Comics lore- he was the first baddie they faced in the comics after all. But take a look at the pics and tell me if you don't get the feeling that there's something else going on too.

Maybe something a little more... alien?

Spoiler Images From The Avengers

Captain America on the Cleveland Set of The Avengers

Chris Evans is Captain America the same way that Hugh Jackman is Wolverine and  Christian bale is Batman. Turned out to be amazing casting.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SQUIDS are Coming...

The infection is spreading. The only way to stop it is with... cuteness? 

The Game Bakers, a French developer that lists among it's members some pretty impressive (former Ubisoft Talent) talent whose credits include Splinter Cell and the Tom Clancy Series, has unveiled their first title- SQUIDS.

We'll have a look at SQUIDS when it releases later this Fall on PC, Mac, iOS, & Android, but it already looks like it might be a lot of fun. Full release is post break-

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises' Selina Kyle/Catwoman Revealed

Busy week. First we got to see what Bane, in at least one of his costumes, looks like; then we got to see the brand new movie Superman in action. And now- Ms.Kyle shows up with Batpod in tow.

Click through to head over to SuperHeroHype and check out the first pic of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

First Shot of Henry Cavil as Superman

It's been known that Henry Cavill (maybe best known as King Henry's pal on the Tudor's) had been cast as Superman/Clark Kent in Zach Snyder's reboot for a while now. We've even seen him in CK attire in some 'on set' pics a while back.

Now we're getting the main course to that appetizer, as Warner Bros has released the first look at Cavill in costume. Click through to see MTV's coverage of the Man of Steel.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Avengers Trailer Up Online

The teaser trailer for the Avengers that ran at the end of the recent Captain America film is now pretty much everywhere online. If you missed it, here's the link.

Just a note on the vid- I wouldn't watch it if you haven't seen Cap yet, there's some of the end of the movie patched in before the teaser starts.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hasbro Brings Back Marvel Legends in a Big Way

When Toy Biz was removed as the primary source of Marvel Universe toys and creators of the uber-popular Marvel Legends series, fans the world over groaned. At first is was with good reason as the new license holder, Hasbro, didn't seem to have any idea on how to properly continue the line.

But now, after a few years worth of pretty nice 3.75" toys, Legends is set to make it's return. With two series announced so far, ML is looking pretty sharp for it's grand re-introduction.

Wave 1 is looking pretty good!
Click through for the complete/incomplete list of what next year will bring for Marvel fans.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

PSN Update -- 'Limbo!' edition

The XBLA hit title Limbo comes to Sony's network this week along with a few other notables- like the zombie smashing tower defense title Dead Block and King of Fighters '95, one of the best in the long running fighting series.

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Nintendo Download -- '3D classics' edition

This week's DL from the big N brings a 3D version of a classic title with it- Xevious. An arcade shooting staple, Xevious has munched many a quarter and now it's been re-mastered in the third dimension- no glasses required.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Xbox Comic-con Schedule Posted

Major Nelson (Microsoft's Larry Hyrb) has been so kind as to grace all of us with the official listing of events surrounding the Xbox 360's presence at this year's Con. It's a pretty cool list of stuff with some excellent hands-on opportunities for some of the biggest releases of this Fall.

Check it out right here.

Nintendo Download -- 'People Want Movies' Edition

We all know it. You, I, and Nintendo know it- People want movies from their videogame handhelds, who cares about games?

With that in mind, Netflix heads up this week's offerings on the eShop. What games are there? Really? You want to know? Okay, but you probably aren't gonna like 'em too much.

San Diego Comic Con Complete Schedule

The San Diego Comic Con is one of the biggest entertainment events of the year- as a result, it can be more than a little overwhelming for attendees. With that in mind the SDCC crew has put together a quick reference guide for show-goers that can be accessed on publishing site issuu.com 

There's maps, room locations, all kinds of useful stuff to help you find your way around. Looking at the guide is suitably stringless, but if you want to download it, you'll have to set up an (free) account.

We'll be there covering the event this year so, airplane food willing, we'll see you at the show-

Friday, July 8, 2011

PSN Update -- 'Rapid Ape Escape' edition

A Playstation Move enhansed edition of Ape Escape, oddly enough named PlayStation Move Ape Escape. headlines this week's offerings. Just so you know, there are some great sales going on this week too, including Back to the Future and Dead Space Extraction.

Read on-

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Nintendo Download -- '' edition

Not a lot of big time releases this week on the eShop or in WiiWare. The standout is probably Just JAM, which has nothing to do with Basketball whatsoever.

Just JAM - Pick up that Wii Remote™ controller and get ready to mix, match and lay down your own tunes. Just JAM offers a live music experience featuring your favorite genres and cool artists. (For Wii™)

Nintendo eShop + Nintendo DSiWare™: 
Jewel Keepers: Easter Island - With mind-blowing visuals and an engaging storyline, this game will keep you entertained for hours as you travel across Easter Island and help to unravel its mysteries. (For Nintendo 3DS™ / Nintendo DSi™)

Nintendo eShop:
Fortified Zone - Originally released in 1991, this action game allows two characters to be used alternately. Secret agents Masato and Mizuki have been dispatched to infiltrate and destroy an enemy fortress. (For Nintendo 3DS)

Also new this week:

•  Qix™ (Nintendo eShop)
•  Make Up & Style (Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSiWare)
•  Roller Angels (Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSiWare)
•  Farm Frenzy (Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSiWare)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

PSN Update -- 'Beyond Deception' edition

There's some really good stuff to be had this week from the land of the PSN. Chief among the offerings has to be the long awaited debut of Beyond Good and Evil HD.

The classic (-ly under appreciated) action title has been on Xbox LIVE for a while now but has finally arrived on the PSN for all your talking pig needs. Also this week: the Drake's Deception Demo, some nice little sale items, and free Streets of Rage II for PSPlus-ers.

Read all about it.

Nintendo Download -- 'Virtual Dreamland' edition

This week's Nintendo Download features an old friend- Kirby's Dreamland, the original Gameboy adventure is now available on the eShop. There's also a motocross racer with Moto eXtreme and some classic SNES RPGn' with Final Fantasy III (FFIV to Japanese audiences) for the Wii.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Batman: Arkham City Box Art Revealed

Have a look at the most hotly anticipated superhero game of the year- maybe ever.

 These are the European pack shots, but the US version shouldn't be all that different. Interestingly enough, there's no information yet about a special edition, but that seems like it's probably a forgone conclusion based on the sales of the first game.

Arkham City launches this October, and remember that a pre-order at Best Buy will net you the Robin character for use in the challenge map mode.