It’s easy to cynical about virtual reality until you actually give it a try. Sure, you look like an idiot when you have one of those headsets on, but when you’re engaging with the right material, the experience can be breathtaking. It’s not going to replace traditional gaming and it certainly won’t change the way we watch movies, but it’s a fascinating new medium and a thrilling way to experience stories.
As expected, this year’s E3 conference hasn’t been shy about teasing upcoming VR experiences and the next step for game developers and publishers is pretty clear. The faithful and the adventurous gamers are in the bag for this technology, so how do you go about convincing normal people to give this stuff a chance? The answer may lie in making games based on already beloved universes and characters, as new VR games based on Star Trek, Star Wars, Batman are on the way.
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I’m not sure if we’re living in a golden age of horror video games or if good horror video games are just abundant right now, but gamers who want to jump out of their seats and yell at their televisions after getting the crap scared out of them by a jump scare have plenty of options. While these games may vary wildly in style and execution, they all tend to have one thing in common – they put you in control of the victim. You are the hunted, looking to survive an encounter with something much more powerful than you that means you harm.
And that’s why Gun Media‘s upcoming Friday the 13th video game, which just revealed five new minutes of gameplay footage, is so intriguing. While it will offer you the opportunity to run and hide and cower and everything else you do in modern horror games, one lucky player gets to step behind the hockey mask of Jason Voorhees himself and hunt down everyone else.
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Warcraft isn’t actor Toby Kebbell’s first rodeo with motion-capture. Following up his performance in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, in which he played Koba, Kebbell stars in director Duncan Jones‘ fantasy film as Durotan, a noble orc more interested in peace than war. The Blizzard adaptation shows both sides of a war — and Durotan is unquestionably the moral compass on the orcs’ side.
It’s this nobility and thoughtfulness, as Kebbell explained to us, that informed the physicality of his performance. Below, read our Toby Kebbell interview.
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Are you a customer of T-Mobile? The mobile phone company is giving you a freebie: a free ticket to Warcraft via Fandango. Sure, this could easily be seen as a desperate move by Universal to inflate the box office numbers, but this kind of thing has been done for many blockbuster movies, usually through movie cash included in DVD and Blu-ray releases. So I wouldn’t look negatively upon this promotion. These kind of deals usually work to help word of mouth. Plus, if you get a free ticket you’re probably going to invite someone else or possibly a group of friends to the movie screening — who of course will actually have to pay for their tickets.
This deal specifically is part of a much larger “#GetThanked” campaign by T-Mobile, which is a nice promotion to reward their longtime customers. It appears this promotion was planned for a long while now, so don’t make any assumptions that this promotion was added to combat last minute box office tracking. The film has already made $70 million overseas from a couple dozen territories, but has yet to open in China (where its expected to make some big money) and the United States (of course). Read the full press release to find out how you can get the free Warcraft ticket and much more, after the jump.
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The video game Fallout 4 has become a great tool for fans with a lot of time on their hands who want to recreate movies trailers or other scenes from movies and television using the characters and world of the game. Usually it’s superhero movies getting this treatment, but one dedicated Rick and Morty fan decided to recreate scenes from the Adult Swim animated series in Fallout 4, and it’s just plain awesome.
Plenty of your favorite characters pop up, but the real treat is when they recreate the trailer for Alien…Invasion Tomato Monster Mexican Armada Brothers…Who Are Just Regular Brothers Running…in a Van from an…Asteroid and All Sorts of Things: The Movie. Or if you want to go by its final title, Two Brothers.
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Even though the early buzz on the Warcraft movie hasn’t been that great, that didn’t stop Halloween and Freaky Friday star Jamie Lee Curtis and her son from showing their excitement at the premiere. The mother-son duo showed up in full orc wardrobe, with Curtis dressed up as an orc shaman and her son Tom as an orc warrior. As you can see, we’re not just talking about throwing on some armor, but full face paint too.
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The documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters from 2007 is one of the most entertaining documentaries I’ve ever seen. The film from director Seth Gordon (who has gone on to direct films like Horrible Bosses) followed two grown men competing for a new world record for the highest score on the Donkey Kong arcade game. Now another arcade rivalry will come to life in a new documentary called Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler.
As the Man vs Snake trailer below illustrates, the film sets the stage by introducing us to Tim McVey, the man who set a world record in 1984 by becoming the first person to score over a billion points on a single video game. That game was Nibbler, which may be better known as “Snake” to today’s crowd. But now one man has stepped up to challenge Tim’s score, and he just might have the goods to back it up. Read More »
Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t fare very well with the big screen adaptation of Ubisoft’s video game Prince of Persia, but that’s not stopping him from teaming with the video game company for another movie based on one of their recently popular titles. Tom Clancy’s The Division is getting turned into a movie, and Gyllenhaal is attached to lead the film.
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Co-writer/director Duncan Jones‘ adaptation of Warcraft, Blizzard’s online role-playing game, is a huge movie that juggles multiple characters and storylines. But the two-hour fantasy film is arguably too brisk, and could use more breathing room to tell its ensemble story. An early cut of the movie was two hours and 40 minutes in length, and perhaps that extended version fleshed out certain side characters and conflicts — where the film is sometimes lacking, according to some of the early reviews.
Below, learn more about the Warcraft deleted scenes.
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