The 19 Nerdiest Submarine Adventures

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:00 am

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Among nerdy modes of transportation, submarines may be underrated. I suppose that the spaceship - or maybe the TARDIS - is the ultimate dream vehicle for nerds, but the submarine would still be high on the list, and it has, abetted by comic book advertising, a sense of plausible attainability the others do not.

So with Black Sea, Kevin Macdonald's heavy-handed but agreeably tense submarine thriller, out on Blu-ray this week, here are a few of the many submarine adventures with nerd appeal. I've focused only on vehicles, by the way, not undersea stations, even though it meant skipping such favorites as Destination Inner Space and DeepStar Six...

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Nintendo Rides and Characters Are Coming to Universal Studios

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

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King Kong, meet Donkey Kong. Mario, meet Minions. Universal and Nintendo just signed a deal to license game-based rides, attractions and costumed characters to Universal theme parks. There are no further specifics announced, aside from the deal featuring "Nintendo's most famous characters and games."

So what would you like to see in a Nintendo Universal Park? Donkey Kongfrontation? Pikachu's Seizure Spinner? The Legend of Wiener: Hot Links to Repast? Mario's Mamma Mia Pizzeria? Starfox Simulator?

I'd settle for a really good arcade. But they won't.

ROBOTIC GAMING MONTHLY - The Cancelation of The Mod Squad

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Welcome to yet another edition of Robotic Gaming Monthly, Topless Robot's look into whatever accolades and troubles the gaming world has gotten itself into this time around! For this go-around, we have some words on the controversy surrounding Steam's now-deceased paid mods, a fresh batch of trailers that includes Max Rockatansky wreckin' things up, and for those of you who want to kill about six hours of productivity, new game reviews that includes a full Let's Play of Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China! So step on in and prepare to gleefully waste some time as usual!

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Star Wars, Ultron and Actual Tron Join Disney Infinity 3.0

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10:34 am

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Amusingly, the Star Wars content will be focusing on the original trilogy and the Clone Wars era, with NO prequel movie-specific stuff (except obviously that which was in Clone Wars). So Jango Fett and Shmi Skywalker probably won't be showing up super-soon.

Game Informer has video on more. Now, for 4.0 we need Muppets and Indiana Jones, please.

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Star Wars Battlefront Reveals Possibly Spoileriffic Details About Jakku and The Force Awakens

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 2:52 pm

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The key news is that if you preorder the game now, you'll be able to get access to the Battle of Jakku DLC a week early on Dec. 1st.

But once you make what you will of the lightsaber images above, there are some other details about the battle that, in combination with what we already know, cast a new light on what may happen in the next movie...

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The Perils of Kickstarter-Created Video Games, Animated

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm

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For everyone who has ever funded a game that didn't quite pan out, Dorkly has an animated tale of your woe that may help take the pain away.

Obligatory: #NotAllGames.

#ButALot.


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50 Songs That Should Be In Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero Live

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Yes folks, it's time to finally dust off those plastic instruments (or cough up $80, depending on your preferences), because the boys are back in town. With Rock Band 4 having been announced by Harmonix last month (complete with a way to suggest what songs should be in it), and Guitar Hero Live being revealed just last week, the twin juggernauts of rhythm games have finally returned, with RB4 taking a back-to-basics approach (no keyboard anymore, alas) and Guitar Hero once again focusing solely on the guitar and deciding to take on the appearance of an FMV game from 1993.

I kid, but I am pretty excited to experience these games again, and extremely curious as to what songs I get to jam out to this time around, as you can see by the...um, rather large number in the title there (don't expect descriptions here that are too detailed, unsurprisingly). What can I say, I'm a rhythm game fan, a veteran of all the main games in both series, a fairly big music fan (though not as good an expert as Bryce or Luke), a disc jockey from my university days, am kind of obsessive, and so forth. Honestly, I have even more potential tracks to include waiting in the wings, but these are the first ones that sprang to mind for me. Mind you, I tend to lean towards more relatively lesser-known fare ever since Guitar Hero II kind of inspired my tastes (and I hope I don't come off as someone like Jack Black in High Fidelity), but let's see what my dream setlist for either of these games would look like...

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The Shining, Retold as an Atari 2600 Game

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

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It's a stretch to call this a "game," since up until it froze on me there was no challenge element at all - just hitting the same buttons to make the story move forward. But "Minimalist Take in the Aesthetic of a Vintage Game" doesn't make for quite as snappy a headline, though I would propose that it's a perfectly valid art form. And being interactive puts it a step ahead of all those YouTubes of 8-bit movie games that don;t exist and aren't playable.

I mean, barely. But it does.

Telltale Games Is Doing a Marvel Series

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 12:14 pm

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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

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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.