10 Ways The Video Game Industry Takes Advantage Of Its Biggest Fans


Though video games are an artistic medium, the industry itself is a business like any other, concerned first and foremost with making back its investments. A lot of the time, this means the market is being constantly flooded by the same genres and formulas; those that prove time and again that they make the most money.

A consequence of the tenacious pursuit of profit is that gamers themselves are often left out in the cold, straddled with ‘optional’ (to varying degrees) micro-transactions and forced to purchase day-one Dlc in order to really get the full experience.

Of course, publishers wanting to make their money back, pay their employees and please their shareholders is completely understandable, but sometimes even this ideology goes a step too far. Instead of treating the audience with the respect they deserve, they treat them like cattle; they make them wait in the cold for special editions of the latest games,
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Mad Max review round-up: Does Max's console adventure match up to the movie?

Mad Max review round-up: Does Max's console adventure match up to the movie?
With the Mad Max video game releasing today (September 1) in North America and later this week in the UK, reviews for the open-world extravaganza are dropping faster than a gang of War Boys without any blood bags.

If it's even half as good as Mad Max: Fury Road, then Just Cause developer Avalanche Software will be staring at a surefire hit.

Mad Max game vs Mad Max Fury Road: What are the biggest similarities & differences between the two?

Early reviews are mixed for the Mad Max video game, with some critics calling it "exciting, thrilling fun", while others describe it as shallow and repetitive. We'll have our own review up later this week.

Brandin Tyrrel - IGN

"Mad Max is a juxtaposition of exciting, thrilling fun set in a world of disgusting, primal depravity - like a singing telegram informing you of a death in the family, or an ice-cream
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The Art of Total War Published

Games artwork book The Art of Total War was released this week.The hardback features images plotting the 15 years that the Total War franchise has been preoccupying budding generals all over the world.The book features images from Shogun, Medieval and also includes a look at Attila and Arena.Journalist Martin Robinson penned the book and as well as the art work it has interviews and commentary from the art team who produced the work. There is a limited edition version of 500 copies. It has a different cover, a premium slipcase and includes a signed print but Rado Javor, who worked […]
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BAFTA Awards Announce Rising Star Nominees

BAFTA Awards Announce Rising Star Nominees
BAFTA has announced the nominees for the 2014 EE Rising Star Award, which consists of actors and actresses who have "demonstrated exceptional talent" and are "destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema." This year’s nominees are: Dane DeHaan ("Kill Your Darlings"), George MacKay ("How I Live Now"), Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), Will Poulter ("We're The Millers") and Léa Seydoux ("Blue Is The Warmest Color"). Notably the much more established Seydoux was chosen over her "Blue" co-star Adèle Exarchopoulos. Previous honorees have included James McAvoy, Eva Green, Shia Labeouf, Noel Clarke, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, Adam Deacon and Juno Temple. Nominations for the BAFTA Film Awards will be announced on Wednesday. The nominees were selected by the Ee Rising Star Award jury, made up of the following film industry figures: Mark Kermode, Kirk Jones, Peter Czernin, Charles Gant, Chris Hewitt, Priya Elan, Martin Robinson, Gemma Arterton,
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2014 Ee BAFTA Rising Star Nominations Revealed

For some years now, the Ee BAFTA Rising Stars have celebrated key talent on the path to glory in the film world. Past recipients include Juno Temple, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Noel Clarke, Eva Green and James McAvoy. It is the only BAFTA award to be voted for by members of the public, however, a selection of key figures in the industry put together the five nominees. This year, actress Gemma Arterton joins the select jury, alongside jury chair Pippa Harris, Deputy Chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee, film critic Mark Kermode, casting director Karen Lindsay-Stewart, producer Pete Czernin, director Kirk Jones, film publicist Kate Lee, Chris Hewitt (Empire), Priya Elan (Grazia), Charles Gant (Heat), Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Metro) and Martin Robinson (Shortlist).

This morning, The Hollywood News attended the announcement of the five nominees for the prestigious award for 2014, at BAFTA HQ in the heart of Piccadilly. They are:

Dane DeHaan
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Gemma Arterton Announced As Juror For 2014 Ee BAFTA Rising Star Award

Thn have received news the delightful Gemma Arterton has joined a prestigious panel of industry experts to help draw up the shortlist for the Ee Rising Star Award 2014. The jury met yesterday to decide the five nominees who will be put up for public vote in January. The nominees will be announced on Monday 6 January 2014 at BAFTA HQ and the winner will be announced at the Ee British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 16 February 2014. The award is the only one at the ceremony voted for by members of the public.

Juror Gemma Arterton had this to say:

“I’m honoured to be part of this year’s Ee Rising Star Award jury. I know industry support and recognition is crucial for success when you are starting out. This is always an exciting category and I’m intrigued to see who will take the award in 2014”.

The Ee Rising Star Award
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Book Review: The Art of Dead Space

Author: Martin Robinson

Hardcover: 192 pages

Publisher: Titan Books

Isbn-10: 1781164266

Isbn-13: 978-1781164266


The Art of Dead Space is the ultimate gallery of the Dead Space universe, with over 300 images including sketches and concept art by acclaimed artists from breathtaking spacescapes to terrifying necromorphs, character designs to creating a religion, plus commentary from the artists themselves. Includes art from Dead Space, Dead Space: Extraction, Dead Space: Ignition, and Dead Space 2.

I have no history with Dead Space so this was a completely new experience for me. This book chronicles all of the Dead Space games and even touches on the graphic novels.

I read this book in ebook form and once again I am confronted with a completely breathtaking work of art. This book must be experienced in this digital format. The commentary from art directors Ian Milham and Alex Muscat, creative director Ben Wanat, and VP
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Book Review: The Art of Dead Space

The Art Of Dead Space

Written by Martin Robinson | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 192pp

When it comes to games there is a balance that needs to be found. It’s fair to say that graphics aren’t everything, some can fail miserably because they simply to look amazing and forget that game play is almost all of the experience. There are some though that get the game play right, but also create an atmospheric experience which is truly something special. When Dead Space came out, it brought us one of the most atmospheric experiences found in a game so far. It could be argued that it brought us everything we would want from an Alien game, but so far have lacked. In The Art of Dead Space, Martin Robinson looks at the what makes the games so special and provides us a book that not only looks at
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Exclusive: Ellen Greene on 'Little Shop of Horrors,' The Creation of Audrey, and Bryan Fuller’s 'Hannibal'

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Exclusive: Ellen Greene on 'Little Shop of Horrors,' The Creation of Audrey, and Bryan Fuller’s 'Hannibal'
If you’re a horror fan (or a DVD collector) you probably know all about the infamous “original ending” of the 1986 musical adaptation Little Shop of Horrors. Previously released as a bonus feature on a DVD release before being pulled from circulation, that DVD has long been one of the most sought-after out-of-print titles in collector’s circles. Well, those DVDs about to lose their value on October 9 when Warner Bros. finally releases Little Shop of Horrors: Director’s Cut on Blu-ray with that original ending in tact and in full, glorious color. The release is a film and musical lover’s dream come true and Little Shop of Horrors truly stands the test of time.

FEARnet recently sat down with Audrey herself, Ellen Greene, to talk about the lasting appeal of the film, what it was like working with geniuses, and her upcoming role on NBC’s Hannibal.
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DVD Review - Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, 2011.

Directed by Constance Marks.


A documentary on the man behind the Muppet - Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.

I have little doubt in my mind that The Avengers will end up being my favourite movie of the year, but one film has come really close to taking the top spot in the form of Jason Segel’s attempt to bring The Muppets back into the public eye. But there was another Muppet related movie that made the headlines at film festivals around the world last year and did well amongst some film critics during its very small theatrical run a few months back. That film was Constance Mark’s documentary on Muppet legend Kevin Clash – the puppeteer behind Elmo.

The documentary charts Clash’s childhood obsession with the work of Jim Henson and his desires to be a puppeteer. From creating his very first puppet
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Snuffleupagus Speaks! It's Master Puppeteer Martin P. Robinson

You know Martin P. Robinson. While his name might not be instantly familiar, chances are you've seen his work. For the last 30 years he has been part of The Jim Henson Company, where he began when he took over the role of Snuffleupagus on a little show called Sesame Street. Other characters on the venerable kids show he has embodied through his puppetry include Telly Monster, Slimey, and Buster the Horse.Outside of that well known neighborhood populated by the Muppets we all know and love, Robinson was also the man behind designing, constructing, and operating Audrey, the man-eating plant in the original Off-Broadway adaption of The Little Shop Of Horrors. He landed on Broadway itself, when he helped design and build sets for...
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The Fantastic Array Of Puppets On Film At The BAMcinematek In NYC Continues This Weekend

Oh you lucky New York readers, how I envy you. This weekend you can make your way to the BAMcinematek for the second round of their Puppets On Film program, co-presented by The Jim Henson Foundation. Experience the wonderfully diverse world of puppetry with films like the classic fantasy The Dark Crystal, or the Gerry Anderson on crack inspired Team America, and a screening of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with rod and animatronic pupet master Martin P. Robinson in attendance. Robinson's credits also include many characters on Sesame Street, as well as the original Off-Broadway production of Little Shop Of Horrors. And that is just Friday. Puppets On Film continues Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to check the schedule below for...
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Book Review: Halo – The Art of Building Worlds

Halo: The Art Of Building Worlds – The Great Journey

Written by Martin Robinson | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 192 pages

“The award-winning Halo series of video games is 10 years old. Having sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, millions of fans have spent billions of hours with the Master Chief and Noble Six, defeating the Covenant and saving the Universe. Now, for the first time in a single art book, Halo: The Great Journey: The Art of Building Worlds brings together a lavish and spectacular collection of groundbreaking art from the entire range of Halo games. This is the ultimate gallery of the Halo universe, with over 400 images including sketches, commentary, and concept art from all stages of development, including characters, weapons, and sweeping landscapes as envisioned by more than thirty of the amazing artists behind the first ten years of Halo including Isaac Hannaford, Shi Kai Wang, Frank Capezzuto and Jaime Jones.
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Titan Books To Release Halo Art Book In October To Celebrate the Game’s Tenth Anniversary

This October, Titan Books will be releasing Halo: The Great Journey: The Art of Building Worlds, a lavish and spectacular collection of groundbreaking art, published to celebrate the franchise’s 10th anniversary. Check out press release below for all the details!

See larger image Halo: The Great Journey: The Art of Building Worlds (Hardcover) By (author) Titan Books

List Price: $29.95 Usd New From: $19.77 In Stock

This title will be released on October 18, 2011.

Press Release:

Halo: The Great Journey: The Art of Building Worlds

Titan Books Signs Up 10th Anniversary Halo Art book.

Titan Books have acquired exclusive worldwide rights to publish Halo: The Great Journey: The Art of Building Worlds. Charting the glorious decade that gave us Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo Wars, Halo 3: Odst, Halo: Legends and Halo: Reach, Halo: The Art of Building Worlds is a lavish and spectacular collection of groundbreaking art, published to celebrate the franchise’s 10th anniversary.
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Dallas Iff Announces Honoree, Centerpieces, Target Competition Line Up

The Dallas International Film Festival presented by Cadillac Announces Ann-Margret to receive the Dallas Star Award

Beautiful Boy, Ok Buckaroos and Soul Surfer named as the Centerpiece screeningsAll Selections in the Target Documentary and Narrative CompetitionsThe Dallas International Film Festival presented by Cadillac announced today that award-winning actress Ann-Margret will be honored with the Dallas Star Award at the upcoming festival (March 31 . April 10, 2011). This marks the first announcement of the prestigious Dallas Star Award Honorees.

Poignant dramas Beautiful Boy and Soul Surfer and the world premiere of Ok Buckaroos will be featured in the coveted Centerpiece screening slots. Fourteen films will vie for the unrestricted $25,000 Target cash prize in both the Target Documentary Feature and Narrative Feature Competitions.

The selection of Ann-Margret as a recipient of the Dallas Star Award follows a Dallas Iff Honoree Hall of Fame that features esteemed greats such as Sydney Pollack, Lauren Bacall, Adrien Brody,
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