Lionsgate Looking to Make Borderlands Movie With Avi Arad

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10:10 am


Yes, the Spider-Man producer who had to get booted off the Spider-Man series in order for the Marvel deal to happen and who also brought us the Bratz movie, is now planning on taking a game most distinctive for its stylized animation and pointlessly make it live-action. Lionsgate promises "a bold, provocative, no-holds-barred motion picture phenomenon" with "the same in-your-face attitude that has made the series a blockbuster mega-franchise."

Or maybe they just want to have trailers mentioning a planet called Pandora by the time the Avatar sequels are out.

Oh, wait, here's the best part of the press release (I'm assuming it's a press release because I'd think an actual written story would be more skeptical about Mr. Arad): "Avi Arad founded Marvel Studios in 1993 and resigned 13 years later to form his own production company, where Ari Arad is the president. He's continuing to produce some of the Marvel films, such as the 'Spider-Man' titles, along with videogame adaptations such as 'Uncharted' and "Ghost in the Shell.""

Yes, that groundbreaking video game Ghost in the Shell. I've heard of that. Am I being overly cynical here?

Star Wars: Battlefront Reveals a First Good Look at the Battle of Jakku

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Is this how the Rebels ultimately lost the war? Or did they win? Either way, Rey's planet in The Force Awakens didn't just get filled with rubble from the original trilogy by accident.

You'll get to fight a land battle while the consequences of the one in space send debris hurtling down on you. As both Rebels and Imperials fight on a planet that's unfamiliar to them, Star Destroyers crash as combat rages in the skies.

Are you ready to preorder yet? EA is waiting to Jakku for all the money you've got.

Assassin's Creed Movie Pulls a Resident Evil, Reveals Totally New Lead Character

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

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That's Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch, the all-new Templar fighter who will go back and forth between the present day and 15th-century Spain via the memories of his ancestor Aguilar.

Yes, present-day - I know the premise allows for it, but it sounds to me a lot like they're trying to save money by not having the whole movie be a period piece. Still, Fassbender certainly looks the part.

The movie opens Dec. 21st, 2016, but parts of it will be out of focus and include some temp shots - the fully corrected version won't be available to watch till months later. I mean, if they really want to recreate the game experience.

Adi Shankar, Producer of All Those Bootleg Dark Reboots, Is Finally Doing One Officially

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 8:00 am


He's done unofficial short movies featuring Venom, the Punisher, Judge Dredd and the Power Rangers, all grittier and more violent than the cinematic versions. He then told us that his movie The Voices was his dark and gritty take on a Garfield and Deadpool crossover. But now he finally has the rights to do an actual gritty reboot...and it's Castlevania.

Shankar says his version will be an animated series that's "super violent" and "dark, satirical, and after a decade of propaganda it will flip the vampire sub-genre on its head." (Note this is close to what Tommy Wiseau says about his own proposed vampire movie, except Shankar is actually good at what he does.) In a brief interview with Collider, he also mentions that he wants the show to be "America's first animated series for adults" (I can think of a few that beat him to it, like Todd McFarlane's Spawn show on HBO, but whatever), it'll be based on Castlevania III, and the music will be in a similar vein to the original games.

I give the guy props for doing what he likes. But I'm curious exactly what network he thinks will air his video-game-based Dracula cartoon for adults.

h/t Sly Dante

25 Games to Check Out At PAX 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 5:00 am


Well, this year's Penny Arcade Expo is happening this weekend in Seattle from Friday to Monday. It's one of the year's biggest, most prominent, and most notable gaming festivals chock full of several amazing new and upcoming video games for the public to try out...which only saddens me further when I remember that I don't have the budget to actually attend it this year.

But just because I lack the necessary travel funds doesn't mean that I can't still get involved in some way. After all, it would still be my honor to spotlight several of the amazing pieces of electronic entertainment that will be on display at PAX this year, maybe possibly help those who are able to be there by highlighting some noteworthy titles for them to check out. Because we at Topless Robot are dedicated to providing you the best coverage possible of nerdy events no matter what, because we are determined to feature as many of the most promising and unique games that deserve more attention as we possibly can, and because we are totally not just hoping to have lightning strike twice and end up replicating the success of our E3 2015 list.

I kid, though. Regardless of whether or not you're going to be attending the show, hopefully our little showcase here will allow you to discover any upcoming games to look forward to. So without further ado, let our little preview of some of the most interesting games set to appear at PAX 2015 begin!

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Check out Rick and Morty Doing Commentary on Dota 2, in Official Game DLC

Friday, August 21, 2015 at 9:20 am


it's an odd crossover for a fantasy game, but less so for Rick and Morty, who can conceptually appear in any p-BURRRP-ossible reality, anywhere.

If you're a Dota 2 player, this will be the best eight bucks you spend today, unless you somehow found a hooker who charges exactly eight bucks.

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Live-Action First-Person Shooter, in Real Time Over Chatroulette, is THE Coolest Thing

Friday, August 21, 2015 at 6:30 am


I've seen a lot of great stuff in the past few years as I've trawled the World Wide Web for the best content. I've seen fan fiction, fan films, fan games - but as a calling card for an independent film studio, this one takes the championship. Big-time.

These guys set up a first-person shooter scenario in their backyard, then randomly went on Chatroulette to see who would play it. When they found a user willing to type in "Start," the show began, with said user controlling the first-person point of view via voice commands in a live battle against zombies and demons. I don't know how many times they reset and did it all again, but the final edit suggests at least four and probably more.

No snark - I am blown away by this like a head-shot zombie on coke.

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How Did I Not Know That Some Amazing Killer Instinct Toys Now Exist?

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm


I haven't actually played Killer Instinct since the '90s, but I'm really digging this new character based on Kayako from The Grudge.

The line comes from Ultimate Source Toys, a company with whom I'm not super-familiar, and they look to be like old-style McFarlanes - super-detailed with a basic pre-pose and a few points of articulation to customize it slightly. Toyark, where I first heard about these, has some disagreement over whether they're 6-inch or 9-inch.

More pics from Ultimate Source below...

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The Top 10 Triumphs of Tracey Walter (Bob the Goon is #6!)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 5:00 am


With the smashing success of our recent list of cool Clint Howard credits came a suggestion from one of our regular readers, John Hanna: that we ought to give a similar treatment to character actor Tracey Walter. Honestly, we're a little bit embarrassed that we didn't think of this ourselves.

Who, after all, is more deserving of nerdy adulation than Walter, who has lent his keenly squinting, weathered face and weird lovability to movies from Rumble Fish and City Slickers to Erin Brockovich and Death to Smoochy, and TV from Amazing Stories to Reno 911! to Airwolf to Alf? Here are a few, a very few, of his nerdiest, most memorable roles:

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GIVEAWAY: Link's Hylian Shield From

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm


This Halloween, get high and, I mean, get HYRULE, with this shield to make your Zelda cosplay pop. You might say it's the missing Link to giving your get-up some greatness. And you won't even need Rupees to own it - you can win one for free.

Let's make this one an art contest - create some Legend of Zelda fan art, of any kind (except pornography, please), host it on an image site like Flickr or Imgur, and post a link below in comments. The date of uploading on that site must be between now and the contest close date/time of Sept. 1st, 2015, at noon. Sheer drafting skill is not necessarily going to win the day; if you do stick figures with pointy hats and a really funny joke, I might choose that if the mood strikes me.

Please note also that this a shield for costuming, not a heavy prop replica to be used as any sort of actual shield. Ships to US and Canadian addresses, but potential Canadian winners would be responsible for paying postage fees, if any.