When they said well-placed shots would bring down a zombie, who knew they meant this? Alcohol does kill brain cells, so I suppose if you give a zombie enough vodka over many years, these "head shots" will bring it down...it's the friendly way. Of course if you read the book Warm Bodies, you know that it's super-dangerous to get a zombie drunk if there's a chance he might ever unzombify out of love (the alcohol part was conspicuously omitted from the movie version, when it was decided that giving the hero a murderous, booze-fueled rampage in the middle of his humanizing would make the audience less sympathetic).
I imagine in a pinch, vodka also makes a good preservative for floating heads in tanks. After all, the Governor prefers whiskey when it comes time to drink.More >>
Capcom's Dead Rising series helped kicked off the last console generation with the Xbox-exclusive first entry and promises to do the same with the release of Dead Rising 3 alongside the newly-released Xbox One. And across three games so far - Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and the digital prequel, Dead Rising: Case Zero - what a curious series it is, full of fratricide, odd eroticism, plague bugs, killer clowns, and, uh, photography?
Although reviews are indicating that Dead Rising 3 might take a darker tack with its open world zombie-killing formula - Kotaku says the current game attempts to keep the narrative "grounded," while IGN isn't sure if the game knows it's a parody - we thought we'd revisit some of the stranger choices in the first three games. Let's celebrate the weirdness of the dead, from the stories, to the mechanics, to the question everyone will ask: why are you so needy Otis, oh god won't you leave me alone?!More >>
Speaking as we were of Robert Rodriguez - it seems extremely hard for filmmakers today to emulate grindhouse movies properly. Not that almost every single one out there hasn't tried. All too often, things get way too tonally inconsistent, or involve conspicuous green-screening that no vintage low-budget film would have had.
The folks at Silvermania, however, have captured that '80s Troma shot-on-VHS vibe completely - and even nailed the bad acting without overplaying its badness. I watched a lot of Troma back then, and this nails it - though it is also a better movie in three minutes than 90% of the ones I used to see. Legalities almost certainly prevent it, but if these guys were to Kickstarter Paperboy 3: The Hard Way as a feature, I would support it.
See what you think...More >>
Bringing you abbreviated highlights of the best reader tips from the weekend open thread (minus gifs, copyrighted images and some other stuff like that).
And yes, I realized that different keywords each week, actually describing the content, are a good idea. Web genius me.
-Grumpy Cat versus Oscar the Grouch (SlyDante777).
We've known for a while that YouTube videos can be made into interactive chains, where you click on different choices to show different "sequel" videos - but rarely do people take the time to make them into a decent run of decisions that actually feels like you're playing an adventure. Certainly it's rare for big companies to do it, as opposed to obsessive fans who've made their own 8-Bit RPGs of Saved by the Bell.
Not so with Xbox. In "Find Your Path to the After Party," you must traverse the various different city neighborhoods of Dead Rising 3, choosing weapons as you go. Weapons like a flaming samurai sword, or lightsaber, or electrified lawnmower, or fire-extinguishing traffic lights....okay, dammit, you're selling me on this game quite nicely, thankyamuch.
Hit the jump to play, but be warned: it can take 17 steps or more to complete!More >>
I guess we've moved from the era of the TED talk to the era of the TED talk parody. You can probably thank/blame Patton Oswalt for this.
I like Official Comedy's take, though - the bullshit buzzwords and life-as-computer metaphors sound extra-silly when placed in the mouth of a flesh-eating corpse.
You'll have to suspend your disbelief about zombies being able to listen and take this all in, though. Because I'd hate for your acceptance of such realistic notions as the walking dead to be affected by such a scientifically unconvincing conceit.
Click through and enjoy. I did.More >>
Highlights from the weekend's best reader submissions.
-I can't be arsed to watch the entirety of "Butthoven's Fifth Symphony" (Timely-Tardis-Lego)
If you seem to be suffering from an unexplained sense of ennui this morning that's perfectly understandable. You see, this past weekend was the 2013 New York Comic Con, and with its end comes the unofficial conclusion of the convention season. As you may have noticed if you read the Topless Robot Twitter feed over the weekend, I attended the event. My findings? The words "somewhat organized chaos" and "clusterfuck" spring to mind most immediately. During the height of the convention on Saturday afternoon, the main floor of the Javits Center in New York City was so crammed that it took an interminable amount of time to get from point A to point B. (However, the traffic jams did result in the birth of a new convention game: Count the Heisenbergs). For all of my yammering about how packed the con was, the fact remains that it is a hugely successful event that is slowly nipping at the heels of its San Diego rival. Need proof? Just check out some of the news that came from NYCC. Tatiana already told you about the Star Wars: Rebels panel and Luke gave you the details on the Marvel Universe Live stage show (something I am unreasonably excited about), but what of the other newsworthy stories from the 2013 NYCC? Read on to find out.
What's this? What's this? It's what Jack Skellington might have actually sung, were he not trapped in a Disney movie.
Coincidentally, it's also what I say every time I hear about whatever remake it is Tim Burton's doing next with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
Inspired by an oft-reblogged Tumblr post, Jack's signature song is now called "The fuck?" And it is a thing of beauty.
Watch after the jump, but don't play it aloud at work or anything.More >>