Telltale Games Is Doing a Marvel Series

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 12:14 pm


They just announced it with the image above, which isn't much to go on - but it will be an episodic game, like the kind they're generally known for.

So what should it be? What would you want it to be? Honestly, I'd like to see them go out on a limb and set something in the Netflix Defenders universe - it's tonally closer to The Walking Dead than most other Marvel stuff.

h/t Anyone00

Previews Exclusive Mortal Kombat Figures Include the Bloodiest Scorpion EVAH!

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:00 am


When I think of all the subpar Mortal Kombat figures I collected over the years because they were the only option, and then I look at these Mezco versions, I curse myself for being as impatient as my namesake in The Empire Strikes Back. These are what we should have been getting all along. And at just under $60 for all three of these variants - a frosty Sub-Zero, a blood-drenched Scorpion and a phasing Raiden/Rayden (seriously, dude, pick a spelling) - they're somewhat reasonable by today's standards.

Now, if they'd only "Get over here!" into my toy room, I'd have a Geekgality.

The 9 Worst, Most Exploitative Nerdy Crowdfunding Campaigns

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 5:00 am


Crowdfunding is a huge breakthrough for the arts and technology worlds. Done correctly, it enables artists to make something that would not otherwise exist. Creating is hard work, and making stuff for free with the hope that somewhere down the road you'll be able to use it to do fun shit like "eat" or "pay rent" was an obstacle that left thousands of projects dead at the idea phase. Crowdfunding makes art into an entirely new experience for fans, too - it lets people get in early on the creative process and gives them a sense of ownership over that material, a beaming, proud sense of responsibility for the existence of that art. Crowdfunding is unquestionably a great tool and a benefit to the art and technology worlds.

Unfortunately, it's also created an entirely new way to abuse customers. Kickstarter, Patreon, Indiegogo and the like have enabled an entirely new world of online grift: crowdfunding somebody's whims, making money on both ends of a project, or in some cases, outright theft. Crowdfunding abuse typically falls into one of three categories: rich people who have the money to do what they're asking people to fund, but run a Kickstarter to try and get someone else to cover their costs for the hell of it; campaigns with no forethought whatsoever, projects so ridiculous or so half-assed that they would have been laughed out of the room had their creators' names not rhymed with seal nephenson; and corporations trying to figure out a way to make a profit off of the production phase of a project. Here are eight of the most egregious, most nerdsploitative crowdfunding campaigns.

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Mortal Kombat Classic Techno Theme Sung A Cappella, Like We All Used to Do (but Better)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm


I used to imagine some sort of comedy skit where there's a "Name That Tune" type game show, and the person singing the song that has to be guessed just goes "Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo...MORTAL KOMBAT!!!" Obviously the contestant then guesses wrong.

So when the Warp Zone posted this multi-part a cappella rendition of that exact music, it warmed my heart, and made me think I should have gotten off my lazy ass and made that skit when I thought of it. Of course, when I had that idea there was no YouTube and my only camera was VHS, so it would not have been as good.

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Contra, but With Chewbacca

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:15 am


He's a larger and theoretically less mobile target than the dudes who fought the Alien Wars, but he's a lot more experienced in actual alien wars. Make your Contra game (and they flat-out call it a Contra game without any kind of TM, so I guess that's a generic term now) a bit more hairy with this new minigame, now available as part of The Force Collection for iOS and GooglePlay.

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First Screenshots From Adventure Time's First 3D Game, Finn and Jake Investigations

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:30 am


I know graphics don't necessarily make a game a winner. but the job Little Orbit has done here turning one of the most 2D modern cartoons there is into 3D is quite handsome. In this new title for XBone, PS4 and WiiU, "Finn and Jake decide to carry on the profession of Finn's foster parents, who were Professional Investigators. Confronted with mysterious Land of Ooo disappearances and strange events, players will interrogate colorful inhabitants, dispatch evil doers in fast-paced combat, solve mind-bending puzzles, explore new and familiar locations, and genuinely feel as if they have stepped into their own personal episode of Adventure Time."

Dunno about all that, but it sure is purdy...

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(Almost) All the Lego Licenses Combine for Collectible Figure Video Game Dimensions

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 8:30 am


Talk about your timing! Mere hours after we rant about amiibos, Lego jumps in the fray with a new launch trailer for Lego Dimensions, a cross-license game that involves buying collectible minifigs that come with DLC.

Starring Gandalf, Batman and Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie. And already including The Wizard of Oz, Ninjago and Back to the Future as additionally announced licenses - with a hint of Ghostbusters to come. I'm guessing you won't see Marvel characters alongside DC, but other than that, presumably the possibilities are as open as in The Lego Movie itself.

You can bring up to seven characters into the game at once - for $99.99, the starter pack comes with dimensional portal, mini-Batmobile, and the three aforementioned lead characters (curiously, Gandalf and Wyldstyle sound like their respective normal voice actors, while Batman does not - you wouldn't think Will Arnett would be the heard one to get). So yeah, this collectible figurine DLC trend is only going to get worse, y'all - it's the '90s collectible comic cover market all over again. At least Lego toys will always be compatible with one another, so you have something left at the end of all of it.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

Artwork by CitrusKing46

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Robotic Gaming Monthly, Topless Robot's monthly column devoted to the recent happenings, reviews of recent releases, and trailers in gaming! And after what felt like a particularly lengthy month with a lot of notable releases, news, happenings, and whatnot, there's a lot to get into this time around, including seven reviews, twenty trailers, and a lecture as to why tiny figures of plumbers can actually be bad for you, so let's go already!

(Sorry about the two-day delay, by the way: A combination of WonderCon, Easter shenanigans, and suddenly having to move to a new residence cause a slight bump in the road.)

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Mickey Mouse Gets a Wacky Races-Type Show

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm


Mickey and the Roadster Racers is aimed at preschoolers, though like every other part of pop-culture today it will be somehow claimed by self-centered Gen-Xers and Millennials. But I'm not sharing this because I'm interested in a kids' cartoon - I'm sharing it because I think the inevitable tie-in racing videogame will be amazing.

Seriously, the teaser clip below already gives you a sense of what one of the game's gimmicks might be, and if we throw in Star Wars, Muppet and Marvel characters in their own custom car creations, Mario might have to watch his ass on the Kart track.

I'm also looking forward to Donald Duck's inevitable road rage.

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Five Nights at Freddy's, the "Evil Chuck E. Cheese" Game, Gets a Movie

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 6:30 am


Honestly, I'm not sure why some version of this pitch hasn't been made before. Hell, back in my film school days, there was a kid in my class who was pitching a horror version of Chuck E. Cheese as his student short (I've no idea where he would have found the money to build an animatronic - and in the end I don't think he made it. But still).

Five Nights at Freddy's, the game that has you working night security at a pizza place full of scary animatronics, has just been optioned for a movie by Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith, who intends to work closely with game creator Scott Cawthon. Honestly, Hollywood could easily have just ripped off the notion, so buying the actual IP feels like good sportsmanship. Now, how to expand the story so it's about more than opening and closing doors at the right time?

If it were me, I'd mash-up this franchise with Paul Blart, and have Freddy Fazbear's be part of a much larger mall at night. Just so long as Kevin James agrees to pull a Janet Leigh and get surprisingly killed off 20 minutes in.