Namco Will Open a Pac-Man Restaurant in Chicago

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Woodfield Mall

When I think of Pac-Man, I think bright colors, loud beeps, and...not that drab gray thing in the artist's rendering above. Shouldn't the entrance be through Pac-Man's mouth or something?

Points for the nicely nerdy name: Level 257, which is one more than the 256 original levels of the game, and will confuse the hell out of casual players looking for "That Pac-Man Place" online.

That said, Pac-Man and eating are a perfect match. Though to be truly accurate to the Pac experience (Paxperience?), they should make you eat while on a treadmill.

h/t Chris Ward

Kim Jong Un Video Game Resurfaces on Kickstarter, Now With Interview Tie-in

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm


We've written about this one before - a Contra-style game where you play as the "Glorious Leader," riding on missiles, unicorns and narwhals. The game was greenlit on Steam, but evidently its creators underestimated the costs. Now they're back on Kickstarter looking for the rest, featuring fun perks like posters and T-shirts, and suggesting that the final two levels could feature Seth Rogen and James Franco.

They're also making it available in actual Genesis and SNES cartridges, for those who prefer physical media (like, say, everyone who owns a DVD of Team America: World Police, which you may not get to see again elsewhere for a long, long time).

Raising $55,000 in a month would normally seem unlikely, but maybe people are mad enough right now...

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First Posters for Pixels Are the Greatest Things Adam Sandler Will Ever Be Connected to

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:00 am


Pixels might end up being a terrible movie. Given that it stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James, odds are better than even that it will suck Donkey Kong balls. But these posters, depicting '80s video game icons attacking world landmarks, are beauties.

In the movie, aliens misinterpret signals of old-school video games as a declaration of war, and only the now middle-aged masters of '80s arcades can help the world fight back. It's loosely based on a short from 2010. That's a good premise, with unfunny dicks in key roles - though Peter Dinklage is in it too. I don't plan on rushing out to see it, but I do plan on enjoying these posters, which are fucking awesome.

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Weekstarter: Mark Hamill's Balls, Vaginal Phone Charging and Sriracha Beer

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:00 am


DC's doing a bunch of comic-book covers based on classic movie posters...and 20 other stories you might have missed this weekend. Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are some of the best reader submissions from the weekend open thread. This week's tipsters include SlyDante777, NebulaJack, Gallen_Dugall, troi, Rx79immigrant84, Timley Flower-Hermit

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Guile's Theme From Street Fighter II Sounds so Damn Pretty on Piano

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 10:00 am


Composer / Pianist Sonya Belousova has previously played such themes as Akira and Tetris on her arcade-inspired piano, but for her latest inspired creation, she's decided to do a theme that will kick Bison's ass so hard, the next Bison wanna-be will feel it. Yes, it's Guile's music, the inclusion of which would have made the Van Damme movie substantially better (not that it doesn't RULE, but it could rule harder).

You can probably even dance to it if you like. Perhaps a waltz might be your choice, but for Bison it's a two-step.

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7 Terrible Lightsaber Designs From the Star Wars Expanded Universe

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

Jedi Academy Training Manual

On November 28, the entire world waited with bated breath for the new Star Wars trailer to give us our first glimpse into a Lucas-free galaxy far, far away. Despite the lack of story or character information, the trailer showed that they at least got the aesthetic of the film right, although they didn't really have to: even if the film were just two hours of C3-P0 lost in a Walmart shouting "R2-D2, where are you?", it would still make a billion dollars at the box office. But with all of the good will that the trailer has gathered, there is one annoying thing that is causing fans on the Internet to complain...

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Julia Reviews a Mobile App: Cut the Rope Time Travel

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 1:17 pm


This week's review was suggested by Greggory Basore.

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Here Are the Big Reveals of the PlayStation Experience...

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 8:00 am


Well, we might as well start with the one everybody's talking up the most - Street Fighter V. It definitely looks like a Street Fighter game, albeit one with flashier graphics and the ability to crash through one background into another. I guess "If it ain't broke" syndrome rules here, but unlike Bison, I don't think players want their days of the week to be forgettable.

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The 17 World Premiere Trailers From The Game Awards 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

Artwork by CitrusKing46

So this weekend gave us one of the year's biggest gaming events. A relatively new event designed to show off some of the absolute best and most innovative games the industry has to offer, and act as a celebration of the medium with plenty of terrific games for everyone...

...Unfortunately, that event was the PlayStation Experience (which we'll get to later today). Sadly, I had bet on the wrong pony and opted to cover The Game Awards instead.

Why, you may ask? Well, after the extremely awkward VGX last year, everyone's hopes were high that without Spike, Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards (re-christened with the most generic name possible) would end up being a vast improvement. Plus, at the very least it was boasting over a dozen World Premieres consisting of major new game reveals and brand new footage. So while the show itself still turned out to be a dud (in my opinion), let's at least go over what trailers we got out this supposed shebang...

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Hadouken! Wrist-Worn Device For Sale Lets You Shoot Fireballs From Your Palm

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm


It's not cheap, but it's less than a Hot Toys figure. And it can make your toys - and everything else - pretty hot.

Like the fireballs that pro wrestlers used to throw in the ring at times, these are powered by flash paper, but far more precise, and controlled by devices that look like Spider-Man's web-shooters. It is designed for use by magicians, and not for aiming at the face of nine-foot Muay Thai sadists; nor are there any guarantees it will fend off third-world dictators with electrical powers. But damn, it looks cool. I mean hot. Goodness gracious.

via CBR