February 29, 2012

CVG Shares the First 20 Minutes of Diablo III

CVG show what altruism means and shared the first 20 minutes of the incoming RPG hit Diablo III beta, which is sure to fire up even more anticipation in all those who traveled through the first two Blizzard classics.

I didn't, because I was too busy playing the more relaxed BioWare RPGs back then, but I have to admit that the gameplay footage looks pretty sweet.

Here are the hot 20 minutes of fresh Barbarian gameplay:

Diablo III – First 20 Minutes

via 4Player Podcast

February 25, 2012

New Hodgy Beats EP is Delightfully Delicious

It's almost impossible to follow the more-than regular output of Odd Future, everyone's current favorite hip hop collective. But sometimes, I have to take a few days off and snatch a batch of their recent and mostly free recordings, which I did last night when I discovered that Hodgy Beats just released a new EP.

The untitled 9-track package is quite a slick combo of old-school beats and chilled-out vocals, the perfect thing for a slow Friday or Saturday night. You should totally get it, not only because it comes with some smooth work by The Alchemist. I'd only love to hear a bit more of the beautiful tracks, since half of them don't run for more than two minutes, which still turns the EP into quite a delicious snack.

Grab the free EP over at Odd-Future.com!

Hodgy Beats – "Lamented"

HBO's First Look at the New Game of Thrones Season

HBO has revealed their official first look trailer for the much anticipated second season of their hit series Game of Thrones, and it's awesome! Lots of new faces, dragons, fighting and foreshadowing included. Hell yeah!

Take a look for yourself and get even more excited for the new season of Game of Thrones, which returns on April 1:

Game of Thrones – Season 2 First Look

via SpoilerTV

MTV IGGY's Dir en grey Feature

MTV IGGY has shared a four-minute clip of their Dir en grey special, which features the guys talking about their latest album, their work in the midst of the recent Japan catastrophes, and their fans overseas. Nothing that you haven't read a few times before if you're a fan, but fun nevertheless – especially Kyo and his defiant stance.

Check out the clip below:

Dir en grey – MTV IGGY Feature Clip

There are still no updates concerning Kyo's vocal cord problems, unfortunately.

February 21, 2012

Monk Runs for Mayor in New 2-Hour TV Movie

Being a die-hard fan of Tony Shalhoub's quirky detective Monk, the following piece of today's news surprised me in such a positive way: Monk will return to our TV screens and show creator Andy Breckman was eager to spill some more details about it:

Breckman says, "Just today as we did this interview, I just finished writing a Monk movie." [...] "I'll even tell you the title of it. 'Mr. Monk for Mayor'. He runs for mayor of San Francisco." Breckman expects you'll see the new Monk show this December, and he's hoping it will have a sequel.

The show, which came to an end after eight seasons in 2009, averaging almost 5.2 million viewers during its final run with numbers climbing up to 9.4 million during a touching two-part finale, was one of USA Network's most popular weekly outings with a total of 125 episodes.

And I missed it ever since the finale.

Monk – Square Tomato

via My9TV and SpoilerTV

February 15, 2012

Jonny Lee Miller is Elementary's New Sherlock

Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a show about the classic stories about Sherlock Holmes taking place in our modern times? Oh, right, I forgot there already is a show about a modern Sherlock. And it's great! So...CBS, why would you make just another one based on the same premise?

CBS' new show Elementary indeed goes for just the same thing as Sherlock and wants to bring the classic stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into today's times (probably set in the U.S., though), and they signed Dexter and Trainspotting baddie Jonny Lee Miller for the leading role as the next Sherlock Holmes.

I'm not a big fan of Miller (probably because he tends to play unlikeable characters) and I loathe the idea of CBS copying BBC's established and highly acclaimed premise. The internet seems to think the same for now, and I wonder if they will actually deliver something unique or just blatantly rip off Mark Gatiss' and Steven Moffat's series. What do you expect?

via The Hollywood Reporter

February 14, 2012

Awake: NBC Debuts the First 8 Minutes Online!

I already wrote about this new show called Awake back in August 2011, when it wasn't scheduled for a premiere date yet. After months of waiting, NBC has finally set the premiere for March 1 and even revealed the first eight minutes of the pilot episode!

I haven't found the time to watch the clip below yet, so I can't say much more about Awake right now other than that I've been excited for this one since its first teaser trailer appeared online. It seems to have quite a decent cast and thrilling story behind it. If you didn't know anything about Awake yet, here's a little summary:

Police detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) regains consciousness following a car accident involving his wife Hannah (Laura Allen) and his son Rex (Dylan Minnette). Michael moves back and forth between two realities: In one, Rex survived while Hannah is dead; in the other, Hannah survived but Rex did not. Trying to keep both his loved ones alive, Michael starts living a "double life," moving back and forth between the two realities, dealing with different personal conflicts and police partners. He also starts noticing strange links between the two realities.

Seems like the audience will be tasked to figure out what's going on or which reality is real – or if anything is real at all –, what sounds like a sweet premise. If you're curious now, check out the first eight minutes here:

Awake – First 8 Minutes

via SpoilerTV & HuffPostTV

Gackt: PV for New Dragon Age Theme Revealed

As I earlier reported, Japan's golden throat Gackt composed the theme song "Until The Last Day" for the upcoming Dragon Age anime Dawn of the Seeker. Today, the full PV for Gackt's latest single arrived, and it features a lot of scenes from the movie Dragon Age fans are eagerly anticipating.

The video not only looks just fine, but the song actually belongs to Gackt's more awesome recent efforts, which is why I think you should just check out the clip below and enjoy!

Gackt – "Until The Last Day"

February 10, 2012

Composite Sketches of Literary Characters

I agree with Nerdcore's René on this one, because it's really one of the best ideas to sprout online lately: Brian Joseph Davis' tumblelog The Composites, which features "images created using law enforcement composite sketch software and descriptions of literary characters." Awesome!

There are not that many examples online for now, but I'm sure the site will grow fast and pretty interesting soon. And I also agree with René in that the images could be a little bigger, but anyway, I have so many characters I'd want to see there...should probably prepare a long mail for Brian. Let's say, what about Drizzt Do'Urden? =)

Leave a comment and tell me who you would like on Brian's site, but first take a look at The Composites for yourself.

Double Fine Adventure Collects $1,200,000+ Kickstarter Funding

Yesterday, news went around the net that renowned adventure game designer Tim Schafer along with his crew posted a new point-and-click project on Kickstarter, tentatively called a Double Fine Adventure, since no big company is backing or releasing adventures professionally anymore, apparently.

If Schafer's name didn't ring any bell, his famous projects of the past certainly will: Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle – need I say more? And here's the awesome thing: It took only 8 hours for the project on Kickstarter to reach its goal of a $400,000 sum funding. Even more awesome: The project has actually racked up over $1,200,000 in the last 24 hours!

To me, that shows that there are indeed way more people than me craving the return of some good old point-and-click goodness, and that there are enough people who haven't forgotten Schafer's genre landmarks of the past, which are still loved way more than any modern game about warfare will ever be.

You can find a lot more interesting stuff about the upcoming game on doublefine.com or at the Kickstarter project page. And here's Schafer's funny announcement clip:

Double Fine Kickstarter Promotional

February 9, 2012

Super Mario Crossover 2 Released, Makes My Retro Heart Bounce

Exploding Rabbit are the folks who made you replay the classic Super Mario Bros. with other famous characters like Mega Man or Link in their great Super Mario Bros. Crossover retro mashup. And guess what, they just released their brand-new SMB Crossover 2.0 update last night, which blasts you with even more nostalgic awesomeness!

Besides two new playable characters and lots of new power-ups and music, the flash game is now skinnable with various visual retro styles:

The two big things added are skinnable graphics and a new power up system. There are about 800 tracks of music in the game now. We also added Luigi and Bass as playable characters, and because of the skinning system, it seems as if there are many more characters.

Watch the trailer below to get a quick impression of what that means – or get right into it and show them koopas!

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 2.0 – Official Trailer

via Nerdcore

House to Conclude After Current Season

The day House followers have been dreading for months has come – the producers have officially decided to conclude the show after the current 8th season and explain their move in an open letter to the fans:

After much deliberation, the producers of House M.D. have decided that this season of the show, the 8th, should be the last. By April this year they will have completed 177 episodes, which is about 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004.

While all this comes as a full package of sad news for those who have loved the show for the last eight years (me included), it's probably for the better to end the show now, after the previous season as well as the current one have already seen quite a decline in writing and quality compared to the years before.

Ausiello teases that we can at least look forward to a satisfying series finale, which will air this May and which might see some of the earlier regulars like Liza Edelstein, Jennifer Morrison or Olivia Wilde return for a final appearance. I'm really looking forward to an awesome finale and let's keep our fingers crossed that they'll finish the series in style.

We're gonna miss you, Greg!

The Rum Diary: Fun, Though Not Fantastic

I finally managed to watch the Johnny Depp's Hunter S. Thompson adaptation The Rum Diary last night, and while it certainly is much more low-key and less weird than Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it's still a pretty enjoyable affair, not only because of Amber Heard's stunning beauty.

Johnny Depp, who discovered Thompson's semi-autobiographic and yet unpublished novel back when he became close friends with the author during the filming of Fear and Loathing and convinced him to release it, stars as a younger version of Thompson's alter ego Paul Kemp, who moves to Puerto Rico to work for a fictional newspaper, but gets entangled in a blur of politic schemes, rooster fights, loads of alcohol, and the beautiful girlfriend of the rich and powerful Sanderson.

Since The Rum Diary was written in the early 1960s, you shouldn't expect another LSD-fueled craze like Thompson described in the more popular and hilarious Fear and Loathing here, but Depp's latest adventure already starts with Kemp in full hangover mode even before he meets his new boss for the first time. The rest of the movie is more about Kemp's moral struggle with Sanderson's ambitions (and girlfriend) than about drug trips, but there are quite a handful of funny scenes that will certainly remind you of Thompson's Las Vegas alter ego Raoul Duke, especially the one scene below, which is a direct nod to Thompson's later escapades and features Johnny Depp's trademark acid gaze.

Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Michael Rispoli and Depp all deliver some fine performances, but your favorite character will probably be Giovanni Ribisi's Moberg, a super-hilarious Hitler freak and total crackhead, who distills "470-proof" alcohol and slurs some of the best lines in the movie. And while the fun is there, the story somewhat suffers from the underdeveloped characters and the feeling that they probably held back a lot of their intended hilarity to provide the movie with a more authentic flair.

But since you couldn't expect them to make another Fear and Loathing anyway, you should give The Rum Diary a chance. Not only to enjoy the great acting and the adorable Amber Heard, but also for the scene below:

The Rum Diary – Tongue Scene

"Your tongue is like an accusatory giblet!"

February 7, 2012

Dir en grey's Kyo Diagnosed With Vocal Cord Nodule, Tour Canceled

Pretty sad news today for Dir en grey enthusiasts: As tokyohive reports, the band has canceled their upcoming March North American tour after vocalist Kyo was diagnosed with vocal cord nodule, already leading to voice disorder:

According to his agency, Kyo needs to have an early surgery due to the deterioration of his pharyngeal polyp, and he will consult with his doctor for more examination, including about the surgery.

That's pretty awful if you consider that Hizumi, singer of the beloved and popular J-rock band D'espairsRay, suffered from similar problems a while ago and had to quit his activities altogether, putting the band on "indefinite hiatus." Famous British singer Julie Andrews is another notable victim of the condition.

I guess we can't do much about all of that except hope for skilled people at the scapels and a quick recovery for Kyo's furious vocal chords. The guy just has to keep going...I hope he grants himself some quiet time off for now.

Dir en grey – "Drain Away"

via Travis

Edit: The band has issued another statement:

[...] with respect to the results of Kyo's physical examination, DIR EN GREY will also momentarily stop activities from there on until further notice.

It is said that in his everyday life the conditions of Kyo's throat are not very severe, however, it is of great importance that he does not use his voice excessively. With regard to the further development, it might become necessary to perform surgery for full recovery, which is yet uncertain.

"We are deeply sorry for all our fans and with regard to all acquaintances. We hope everyone understands that this decision is of great bitterness to us. We are very grateful for the continuous support of all fans."

via musicJAPANplus

February 2, 2012

Breaking Bad Recap as Retro RPG

Last August I already blogged about CollegeHumor's awesome 8-bit Game of Thrones recap, and now they've done it again and transformed Breaking Bad into yet another hilarious RPG-style video.

Gosh, how I wish someone would go and make those games a reality...aren't there enough RPG Maker veterans out there? Nevertheless, I'd say CollegeHumor's clip is pretty much spot-on, but convince yourselves below!

– Beware of possible spoilers! –

CollegeHumor: Breaking Bad RPG

A wild BRAN spotted your incest!