A Princess Bride Mobile Game Suddenly Exists

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 11:30 am

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Did you think such a game was...hmm, I don't know...What's another word for "extremely unlikely"?

Currently, the $4 app features four mini-games, one of which - wrestling Andre the Giant - has been done a time or two before. "Play the world of The Princess Bride and experience all of your favorite scenes!" proclaims the ad copy for the trailer (below), and, well, free downloadable content involving the battle of wits with Vizzini and the Fire Swamp are promised, but if that's as far as it goes, this purchase might be as ill-advised as a land war in Asia. I guess the assumption is that "your favorite scenes" all happen early on. Me, I'd like to see a game that has you play as Fred Savage trying to selectively block his ears every time Peter Falk says "kiss."

Though I'd totally watch a cartoon that used these designs.

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That Kim Jong Un Video Game Got Hacked and Isn't Coming out Any More

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Not everyone has the resources of James Franco and Seth Rogen, nor the force of the presidential bully pulpit prodding them onward. Glorious Leader!, the game we've written about a time or two that has you playing as the Korean dictator, and ironically kicking the world's ass, has been canceled.

Below is the email they sent out to their Kickstarter backers...

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TR's 10 Absolute WORST Videogames of the Year

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 5:00 am
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2014 was the worst year in videogames since the modern HD era began. Think about it: how many truly original, amazing experiences did you have with controller in hand? I'll tell you. While Sunset Overdrive was a blast, and the new COD pretty good, and ditto Forza Horizon 2, most of the best moments in gaming came from "definitive," and/or "ultimate" editions of previously released titles from the prior generation: The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Diablo III, and, the best of all, GTA V.

The closest we have to a new experience was P.T., the terrifying demo from Hideo Kojima to introduce Silent Hills, which only takes twenty minutes to finish. Tops. (Here's one more: Telltale Games Tales From the Borderlands ep1 was a fun, hilarious three hours.) Everything else ran the gamut from massively disappointing, meh, or just plain broken.

Here are the worst games of the year...

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ROBOTIC GAMING MONTHLY - The Best-Looking Games of 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Hello and welcome to another edition of Robotic Gaming Monthly, Topless Robot's monthly look at what the gaming world has to offer recently! Well, now that the new year is officially here, the most logical way to kick things off is with a preview of some of the most interesting games coming out in 2015! Yes folks, this edition contains a little bonus list for the day to top things off! Let it not be said that we don't offer you the best bang for your buck, after all! So come on in and a take a gander at what the new year has to offer when it comes to video games, along with new game reviews and trailers!

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Classic Nintendo Themes Played on Traditional Japanese Instruments

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Famikoto, a band whose name is an amalgam of "Famicom" and "koto," blend old and new with a medley of tunes from Fire Emblem, Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. (skip straight to the seven-minute mark for the familiar Mario theme)

If that's not enough for your 8-bit starved ears, and you'd like to hear them do "Let It Go" among other things, RocketNews24 has you covered.

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Funko Announces Legacy Rocketeer Figure, Retro ReAction Fight Club, Much More

Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

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I just saw the 3-3/4" ReAction Rocketeer figure at Walmart today. It was pretty close to what we all wanted in 1991, but for me, not quite a cigar. Which is why I'm psyched that Funko is doing one as part of their Legacy series, a la the Game of Thrones action figures. Also in that style: Evolve, Fallout, Firefly (which was previously promised) and Skyrim.

Meanwhile, the ReAction line will expand to include such unlikely licenses as Fast Times at Ridgemont High (can we get an abortion-doctor playset? Or Phoebe Cates with removable swimsuit?) and Fight Club (because Fight Club merchandise doesn't miss the point of Fight Club at all).

That's not all. Check out Toy News International for the full list.

TR's 10 Best Video Games of 2014 (With Honorable Mentions)

Monday, December 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Well, 2014 was kind of a challenging year for video games, to say the least. Between the numerous bugs, delays, next-gen hype, and pissed-off audiences, it was rough on triple-A gaming this year. And while I almost skipped out on doing this list due due to the fact that the year's highest-rated games are ones I haven't gotten around to yet (Bayonetta 2, Shadow of Mordor, Super Smash Bros., etc.), I felt it was my duty to shine on a light on those that stood out the most. After all, there were indeed still a lot of quality games this year, both triple-A and indie (though I tended to lean more towards the latter myself), and while I'm guessing a good chunk of you have already predicted my top picks, let us still dive in and celebrate the best video games of 2014!!

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"Arkham Batman in Adam West Costume" Will Be a Mattel 4-inch Figure

Monday, December 29, 2014 at 5:00 am

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This is an odd duck indeed, and I presume it's Mattel's weird version of the way NECA used a videogame loophole to make a Michael Keaton Batman. It's not Adam West Batman - it's Arkham Origins Batman as he appears with the downloadable 1966 skin.

Di-a-bolical. And, I must say, a far less interesting way to dodge likeness rights than NECA pulled off.

UPDATE: Clearly my point about the likeness is misunderstood. OF COURSE I know they've made Adam West figures. But that doesn't mean they can now make them in a different scale for no extra money. Not to mention that there's a very good chance their deal has run out, since there haven't been any new 6-inch, Barbie, or other '66 Batman toys announced in a while.

via ActionFigureInsider

Namco Will Open a Pac-Man Restaurant in Chicago

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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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

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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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