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Chicago – In May 13, 1996, I didn’t know what an RPG was. That all changed with “Super Mario RPG: The Legend of The Seven Stars”. The term was right there in the title! Not only did they popularize the genre, Square Enix streamlined the numbers heavy RPGs of the past into something challenging, charming, thrilling, and accessible. The combat was required timed button presses, and the story was oddly touching; bittersweet moments supplementing the generally upbeat and zany antics. It was almost a kid-friendly water-slide prelude to the pop-culture Tsunami that was to be “Final Fantasy VII” only a few months later, at which point pretty much everyone knew what an RPG was and what to expect to from one.
Video Game Rating: 4.0/5.0
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It's another installment of the weekly Tubefilter Chart of the Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide and PewDiePie is back on top. Chart Toppers Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg's PewDiePie channel is back in the #1 spot in the world this week in a very big way thanks to the release of South Park: The Stick of Truth video game. (For the uninitiated in the audience, every time there is a major video game release, the viewership numbers of the YouTubers that upload footage from that major video game go way up. The South Park video game based on the Comedy Central cartoon now in its 17th season is definitely a major release and PewDiePie's made a handful of videos featuring its gameplay.) The 24-year-old Swedish gamer's YouTube channel jumped up 29% in views to top out at more than 74.7 million views in the last seven days. Katy Perry rode her "Dark Horse »
- Joshua Cohen
South Park: Stick of Truth has undeniably been crafted with a lot of love and respect for the brand name, including references to nearly every episode across the show’s 17 year history in some fashion. For a game with quite a lot to be applauded for, the love letter feel the whole experience evokes might just be the greatest trick up Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s sleeve.
Admittedly, the majority of references will be blatantly obvious to anyone familiar with South Park, and considering that there are so many references – whether they’re found as junk items, usable items, loading screen icons, side quests, and more – it’s likely that many of them will be found and instantly recognised for a laugh.
This article won’t be going for the obvious references however, but rather the ones that are tricky to find, and may actually even »
- Robert Kojder
After suffering through years of development hell, South Park: The Stick of Truth has finally hit store shelves, thankfully turning out to be one awesome game. And one of the driving factors behind the game’s success is just how many beloved iconic characters – whether they are original creations or spoofs of actual people – are crammed into the game.
What’s equally staggering however is that there are also quite a few characters missing – some of which that even played a key hand in furthering the show’s success. A few characters on this list even seemed like surefire bets to make an appearance due to how easily it would have been to insert them into the story, but alas they’re nowhere to be found. The rest, well it’s just plain disappointing that they didn’t make the cut.
It’s also worth noting that »
- Robert Kojder
Benedict Cumberbatch is a lovable guy. When the "Sherlock" star protests that he's not, that just makes him more attractive -- the guy can't win. For the rest of us, however, it's lovely. A recent interview in T Magazine offers a whole bunch of reasons to adore Cumberbatch.
Here are 10 of the best.
1. Cumberbatch, who has previously compared himself to an otter, also thinks that he looks like Sid from "Ice Age." Judge for yourself.
2. Coffee makes Cumberbatch talk really quickly.
3. Did you realize that Cumberbatch has never really had a romantic lead? "I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers," he says.
5. Although most actors want their characters to return in movie sequels, Cumberbatch thinks not killing Khan at the end »
Mike Judge’s new HBO comedy series Silicon Valley could be described as Office Space meets The Social Network. The show debuting April 6 follows a group of programmers who start their own company amid the NorCal tech-campus playgrounds. Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-Head) sat down with EW at the South by Southwest film festival just a few hours before Silicon Valley has its world premiere screening.
Entertainment Weekly: The biggest comedy on TV is about a group of ultra-brainy socially awkward guys — Big Bang Theory. Did that occur to you at all, that this would appeal in a more R-rated way? »
- James Hibberd
The conversations that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone must have had with developers Obsidian regarding South Park: The Stick of Truth had to have been a riot in itself. The mere thought of someone contracting a video game development studio to design things like interactive abortions where you must mash X to clench to your sphincter is nothing short of disgusting, hilarious, and brilliant. And that’s not even anywhere near the apex of the absurdity on display.
It’s not all gross-out humour and shock value though, for a fantastic game drives the insanity. There have been hundreds of TV shows and films turned into games, but it’s a tiny fraction that are actually worthy of their namesake without being glitchy rushed messes churned out to meet the release schedule of the original property. Stick of Truth may have fallen into development hell once or twice, »
- Robert Kojder
“The Book of Mormon” is headed straight for the lion's den. The satirical musical sends up all things Church of Latter-day Saints, but that won't stop it from playing less than a mile from the organizations Salt Lake City headquarters next year. A touring production of the Tony-winning hit from “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker will play at the Capitol Theatre from July 28 to Aug. 9, 2015. Songs such as “I Believe” do a pretty effective job of highlighting the more outlandish aspects of the religion — although it should be noted that other faiths have their own »
- Brent Lang
The long-awaited, long-delayed South Park: The Stick of Truth is finally out, and boy, what a game it is. Quite possibly the greatest video game adaptation of a TV show ever, The Stick of Truth never feels like anything less than a 15-hour episode of the show, with its art style reflecting that of the show’s perfectly, while bringing with it the signature sick sense of humour.
Functioning as both a parody of the RPG genre and a fine example of it, The Stick of Truth may well be one of the very best games we end up playing all year.
There are too many moments of insanely bad taste to list them all, so we’re opting for the 15 best and most offensive ones. We’ve got scatological humour, Nazi jokes, reinforced gender stereotypes, excessive nudity, fetus abuse, pedophilia and so on, such that entries »
- Jack Pooley
Hold us. The second round of battles on The Voice are now just hours away, and we're feeling pretty nervous. We've already tried to predict some Team Kylie and Team Ricky results, so now it's time for Team Tom. Step up Elesha Paul Moses and Gary Poole - it's time to find out who knows Tom best! Oh, and have a bit of chat about their actual battle, too...
Fighting Talk - we're going to test your knowledge of Tom.
Elesha: "Oh no!"
How many UK number one studio albums has Tom had? (Answer: 2 - Delilah, Reload)
Elesha: "I'm going to have a joke here with you! I'm going to say... I don't know. Ten?" Points: 0
Gary: "Oh God! Number one albums... Three!" Points: 0
Do you know any of the names?
Elesha: "No! It's Not Unusual?" Points: 0
Gary: "No... It's Not Unusual? Green, Green Grass of Home? I'm completely just making this up! »
Have you tuned into Comedy Central lately? I mean, besides The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and South Park? Because you really should be obsessed with some of their scripted series and sketch shows. Two hilarious New Yorkers just moved in on Wednesday nights, a bunch of lazy cubicle mates are still making terrible life choices, and Nick Kroll's stable of characters is shamefully good. Here are five good reasons to binge-watch the network on demand tonight. Source: Comedy Central View Slideshow › »
- Maggie Pehanick
Martha Stewart would like to be closer friends with Snoop Dogg. That's just one of the tidbits fans learned on Thursday, when the domestic diva and TV personality stopped by Reddit for its "Ask Me Anything" series. Stewart bravely tackled topics such as sex advice, her time in jail, tacos, tattoos and her supposed feud with Gwyneth Paltrow (spoiler: there isn't one!). Stewart, 72, was promoting her two TV shows, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School and Martha Bakes, which return to PBS in April. Here's what we learned about her. 1. She changes her bed sheets every day."Yes. It’s a luxury. »
- Melissa Locker
Matt Stone and his creative partner Trey Parker have spent years perfecting The Stick of Truth – the video game version of their hit adult cartoon. In an interview, Stone talks about moral choices, comic timing and censorship
• South Park: The Stick of Truth – review
• Why has the South Park game been censored in Europe?
Pairing boyish, gross-out comedy with biting parody, they are two of the darkest satirists in Us media.
Working with video-game developer Obsidian Entertainment, Stone has spent the last few years both writing and overseeing South Park: The Stick of Truth, a game that's far from the usual throwaway licensed cash-in. Instead it's an interactive extension of the South Park universe, with the same shocking and irresistible sense of humour. »
- Keza MacDonald
We have been experiencing some small technical problems with the chatroom. You can still access it easily by clicking the picture below and typing in the comment bar this command. /join #moviefancentral I love video games. I also love South Park. This week, both of those loves have been met with the new South Park game on the Xbox 360 and the PS3. So I figured, what the f*ck? This week's the perfect time to chat about South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut! Your's truly has been »
- James Orrell
Andy Naylor reviews South Park: The Stick of Truth...
Cartoon spin-off games, much like their movie counterparts, meet with mixed success. More often than not you get a poor tie-in that is designed to cash in on the popularity of the source material – see last year’s awful Family Guy game for a prime example of this. These games are usually written and made by, at best, mediocre writers and developers. On very rare occasions, something of great quality will surprised us all and fill us with glee - The Simpson’s games from 2007 was one of these surprising instances. However, even that strayed somewhat from the show. As enjoyable, and true to the source material as it was, it wasn’t quite the cartoon. It was a 3-D platformer set in The Simpson’s universe. Today, South Park: The Stick of Truth is released and you may »
- Gary Collinson
A few nights ago, I went to the screening of Troma’s hilarious new movie Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1. Texas Frightmare Weekend and Rue Morgue magazine were kind enough to sponsor the event at the historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. Texas Frightmare is an annual horror convention that happens every May in Irving, Texas, that welcomes both celebrities and fans to gather and celebrate the genre. Fearnet will be attending the event this year, so make sure to stop by their booth to say hello and grab some much needed hand sanitizer!
On Sunday, I was lucky enough to get a quick interview with the man himself; the legend who created Troma Entertainment, Mr. Lloyd Kaufman. We chatted about the remake of his cult classic Class of Nuke ‘Em High, what’s in store for Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2, and what it takes to make »
- Kalyn Corrigan
We’re back! Did you survive the Oscars? Are you looking for something to watch on Blu-ray, DVD, or streaming service? We have a few options for you released right at the end of February or the beginning of March, including a couple great animated shows, a Best Picture nominee, an FX sitcom, and a mega-blockbuster. Pick your favorites. All five are worth a look.
Photo credit: Paramount
What do Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, and Martin Scorsese’s latest films all have in common? While being multiple category nominees, they all went home empty-handed at the Oscars Sunday night. While the inferior “Dallas Buyers Club” took three trophies, Payne’s beautiful character piece about a man clinging to false hope when he thinks he has won a sweepstakes was overlooked. No matter. “Nebraska” will find the audience it deserves, and then some. This is the kind of »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
No horror movie to come along in recent years has been more talked about than Tom Six's 2009 film The Human Centipede (First Sequence). With a brilliantly bizarre concept, which sees human beings stitched together ass-to-mouth, The Human Centipede become a bonafide pop culture phenomenon, spoofed on South Park and watched even by those who normally wouldn't expose themselves to such grotesque cinematic imagery.
Six followed up the controversial film with a sequel in 2011, which upped the gross-out factor, and centered on a fan of the first film, who decides to build himself an even larger centipede than the sinister Dr. Heiter constructed.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Six is turning the sensation into a trilogy, and The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) is soon going to crawl its way into our lives. He's remaining fairly quiet about the plot, but the first image reveals that the stars of the first two films, »
- John Squires
While "South Park" and its nearly two-decade run have proved that creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker know how to make funny, insightful and grotesque commentary on society, the series hasn't been as successful in the video game world. But "Stick of Truth" seeks to finally conquer the gaming space by delivering a fairly solid interactive experience for die-hard fans. If you count yourself among them, it's a must-play. The New Kid on the Park ...
By Clint A. Mize »
In 2002, Trey Parker and Matt Stone wrote “The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers,” an All-Time Hall of Fame South Park episode which effectively retells the whole J.R.R. Tolkien Rings trilogy in half an hour. What makes the episode great was that, somehow, Parker and Stone had it both ways with their Rings parody: It simultaneously lacerates the inherent silliness of the phenomenon while glorifying the high-nerd excess of that silliness. (All this, and they still found time for the immortal line: “Backdoor Sluts 9 makes Crotch Capers 3 look like Naughty Nurses 2!”)
The new videogame South Park »
- Darren Franich
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