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Bill Nye is back to talk about video games… and Save the World

Calling all “90s Kids,” Bill Nye the Science Guy is coming back to TV! His upcoming talk show, Bill Nye Saves the World, will makes its Netflix debut on April 21.

Nye’s show will introduce the amazing world of science to a new generation (or rather, the same generation that grew up idolizing him a few decades later), and he’ll be joined by a ragtag team of correspondents including model Karlie Kloss, Xploration Outer Space host Emily Calandrelli, comedian Joanna Hausmann, science reporter Derek Muller, and actor Nazeem Hussain. Celebrity guests such as Zach Braff, Rachel Bloom, Tim Gunn, Wil Wheaton, Joel McHale, and more will also show up to lend their expertise to the show.

Bill Nye Saves the World will cover a wide variety of topics in its first 13-episode run including sex, alternative medicine, global warming, and video games.

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Udon will release Bloodborne Official Artworks in May 2017

Udon Entertainment has announced that the bone-chilling and blood-curdling monsters of Bloodborne will get their chance to shine in Bloodborne Official Artworks, an artbook scheduled to be released in May 2017.

Bloodborne Official Artworks will be released as an oversized softcover book, and the game’s gothic inspirations will spread out over 256 pages of “creature designs, location illustrations, character concepts, and weapons, as well as an item and Trophy glossary… and more!” This behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the cursed city of Yharnam will also include material from Bloodborne’s expansion, The Old Hunters.

Bloodborne was developed by From Software and originally released in March 2015. Bloodborne Official Artworks will be available at “finer comic book stores, book retailers, and various online retailers” for $44.99.

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8-Bit Cinema reimagines Star Wars: Rogue One as a simplistic 8-bit shooter

You knew it was only a matter of time until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story received the 8-Bit Cinema treatment… and here it is… reimagined as a budget-priced NES shooter by Cinefix.

I’m not going to lie, even though it’s a pretty simplistic-looking adaptation, I teared up again after K-2SO’s death. That droid was definitely a leaf on the wind.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has earned more than $516 million at the US box office since it was released on December 16, and it recently pushed past Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace to capture 7th place on the list of highest-grossing movies of all time. There’s still time to catch it in theaters for a second (or third or fourth) viewing, but Lucasfilm is also expected to release the first “Star Wars Anthology” film as a DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download this Spring.

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Joe Carnahan has finished the script to the Uncharted movie

After years in development, Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian, and No Man’s Sky all launched in 2016. With that trio of games now available in stores, we might have finally reached the point where all the vaporware-adjacent video games have either finally been released or officially canceled. Thankfully, the Uncharted movie is the gift that keeps on giving.

The film adaptation was first announced in 2009, and since then, Naughty Dog has actually said “goodbye” to Nathan Drake with the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Before that, but after the Uncharted film was first announced, they managed to produce three sequels to the original game and multiple spinoff titles. Several directors and writers have taken a crack at the franchise over the years, and all of them eventually stepped away. But it looks like director Shawn Levy and screenwriter Joe Carnahan will finally be the ones who bring the franchise to the big screen.

Carnahan got on Instagram this weekend and revealed that the script for Uncharted is finished. This is an accomplishment in itself, but he also seems rather proud of his work. Carnahan referred to the script as “a BEAST” and claimed “[there’s not] a more monstrously cool action script in Hollywood right now.”

The Uncharted movie will begin filming sometime this year, and you can find Carnahan’s Instagram post after the break. (more…)

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Warp Zoned’s 2016 Golden Pixel Awards: A Look Back at the Year in Video Games

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In a very real way, the game industry wiped the slate clean in 2016.

After nearly a decade of development difficulties, Square Enix unleashed Final Fantasy XV on the world. Fumito Ueda and Sony Japan Studio overcame similar troubles to finally release The Last Guardian. Id Software shook off the past and was reborn after the launch of the fourth game in the Doom franchise. Blizzard closed the book on their failed “Titan Project” with the release of Overwatch. Naughty Dog said goodbye to Nathan Drake, but gamers said hello to altered realities that were both “augmented” and “virtual.” Nintendo found new kingdoms to conquer with Super Mario Run. And the launch of No Man’s Sky taught us that while the hype machine sometimes fails to deliver, the chance for a brighter tomorrow is always there.

But before we venture off into that great unknown, let’s look back at some of gaming’s highlights from 2016. (more…)

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Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer segment is being developed as a standalone series

Conan O’Brien has produced some of the best television of the last few years when he’s taken his eponymous TBS talk show on the road to visit far-flung locales like Cuba, Comic-Con, and Armenia. But the host can also score big laughs by playing video games (badly) in a small non-descript room as part of his regular Clueless Gamer segment. The segment works so well that Team Coco and TBS have decided to get together and produce a standalone series based on it.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the Clueless Gamer spinoff will start next month, though O’Brien won’t be hosting it:

“We’re going into production next month on a new series, Clueless Gamer, based on the viral video [Conan O’Brien has] done where he essentially makes fun of video games, gets celebrities to play and makes commentary on them,” TBS president Kevin Reilly told THR during an interview about the future of the late-night talk show. “We’ve gotten to the point where video game companies are sending us their new product for us to play and make fun of because it’s been such a huge success. We’re going to go into production on a series of that.”

The most recent Clueless Gamer segment featured Conan sitting down with Terry Crews to play Battlefield 1. But the comedian has also recently fumbled his way through Overwatch, Mortal Kombat X, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Doom, and many others.

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Home Alone gets the 8-Bit Cinema treatment in their latest video

Maybe it’s just me, but the “set traps to capture bad guys” genre of games seems like it should be bigger. There’s Night Trap and Tecmo’s Deception series, but I’m having trouble coming up with any others.

Even though Christmas was a few days ago, it’s still a great time for Christmas movies, and 8-Bit Cinema has gifted us their latest video… Home Alone. This time, the “What If It Was A Game?” troupe has transformed Kevin McAllister’s battle against the Wet Bandits into an overhead action RPG similar to The Legend of Zelda (naturally, The Old Man is portrayed by Old Man Marley).

While 8-Bit Cinema normally gives new and classic movies the game adaptations they never had, several different games based on the Home Alone franchise have been released over the years, including one for the NES. The real game is a side-scroller, but it’s functionally identical to 8-Bit Cinema’s adaptation.

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Animated interquel Gravity Rush: Overture (The Animation) is now available

Gravity Rush 2 will be released exclusively for the PS4 on January 20, but fans who want to know what happened after the end of the first game should check out Gravity Rush: Overture (The Animation), an animated interquel that fills in the gaps between the sequel and its predecessor. Part 1 is embedded above and Part 2 can be found after the break.

And if you can’t wait to try out Gravity Rush 2, a demo is now available to download from the PlayStation Store. (more…)

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