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UK toy and gift store Hawkin’s Bazaar have put together another interesting infographic, which this time takes a look where many video games have originated from, and from where they get their inspiration. The games include many classics, like Donkey Kong, Mario, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and many more.
The infographic also states that out of the millions of gamers in the UK, 52% are female and the industry in this country is worth a huge £1 billion a year. There’s loads of other tidbits in there, so check it out.
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- The Hollywood News
Viacom Chairman and CEO Sumner Redstone is in the middle of a legal war, with his ex-lover/caregiver fighting in court to regain control over decisions that will keep him alive ... and her arguments involve sex. Manuela Herzer claims in legal docs she was once romantic and for a long time a close friend and confidant with the 92-year-old Redstone -- who also started Midway Games which produced Mortal Kombat -- and in September of »
- TMZ Staff
For decades, the fabled studio of Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis maintained its dominance in the Hollywood pecking order, and held the promise of staying there — in recent years on the backs of such lucrative franchises as “Harry Potter” and “The Dark Knight.”
But in today’s high-stakes, competitive landscape, sustaining that lofty perch has proven excruciatingly difficult.
R. Kikuo Johnson for Variety
In the 2½ years since Tsujihara was named chairman and CEO, and took command of Warners’ massive ship, the company has been riding a sea of fundamental change. Entertainment is being consumed around the globe at record levels, but exactly when, where and how that happens has become more fluid in a rapidly shifting industry — making the job of any Hollywood chieftain more complex and perplexing than ever.
Consequently, Tsujihara »
- James Rainey and Cynthia Littleton
The Tracking Board are reporting that the untitled movie will focus on Alexey Pajitnov, the Russian creator of Tetris, who developed the game alongside Dmitry Pavlovsky and Vadim Gerasimov for a Soviet-funded company. Because of his Soviet connections, Pajitnov didn’t recieve royalities on the game until 1996, despite it being sold with every Game Boy.
Ratner will possibly direct the movie and will produce it with partner Jeremy Packner with their RatPac company. Their previous titles include Horrible Bosses 2, The Arrested Development Movie and The Revenant. The movie is being described in the same vein as The Social Network, which told the story of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook.
- Luke Owen
Back in 2011, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen stole our hearts with Knife Party‘s first Ep, 100% No Modern Talking. Aggressive, horror-stricken dubstep was what the people wanted, and that’s exactly what they delivered. Having played a pivotal role in dance music as members of both Pendulum and Knife Party, these two producers have nailed an iconic sound. Their newest Ep, Trigger Warning, is a valiant attempt to return to their roots, but falls a bit short, and has left us wondering what took so long.
Continuing with their satire on all of Edm, the Ep opens up with “Plur Police,” a big room tune with belching lines of irony. It’s got all the requisite vocal samples and raucous behavior of a Knife Party production, centering around poking fun at Edm’s current state of affairs. But remember, Knife Party dropped a little track called “Lrad” which sparked the entire craze, »
- Tim Kusnierek
After last week’s show with title changes and a main event for the next Takeover special set, Nxt seemed rather quiet this week. But the Women’s Championship is on the line in the main event of the show, and the build towards Nxt Takeover: London continues…
1. Carmella vs. Nia Jax
Poor ol’ Carmella, this will likely suck for her. Carmella tries to get some offense, but Jax just kills her. Jax hits a nasty looking back breaker and then locks in her devastating bear hug, but Carmella escapes by locking in a choke hold of her own. Jax goes to kill her with a Samoan Drop, but Carmella escapes again and then mounts a comeback. Crowd finally pick up for Carmella’s comeback, but Jax cuts her off and hits her spinebuster than had Carmella land right on the small of her back. That had to suck. »
- Luke Owen
If you’re a fan of Mortal Kombat (who isn’t?), then boy, have we got a blood-soaked treat for you! Back in July we interviewed Christopher Barcia as he was trying to raise funds for his Mortal Kombat: Fates Beginning fan… Continue Reading →
The post Fatality! Watch Brutal Fan-Made Mortal Kombat: Fates Beginning Online Now appeared first on Dread Central. »
- David Gelmini
As we reported earlier this month, The Game Awards will be live on December 3rd, on a bevy of streaming sites. Now, here are the nominatees and the categories.
Game of the Year
Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Developer of the Year
Bethesda Game Studios
CD Projekt Red
Best Independent Game
Axiom Verge (Tom Happ)
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)
Rocket League (Psyonix)
Best Mobile/Handheld Game
Downwell (Moppin / Devolver Digital)
Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios | Behaviour Interactive / Bethesda Softworks) Lara Croft Go (Square Enix Montreal / Square Enix)
Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate (Capcom)
Pac-Man 256 (Hipster Whale / Bandai Namco Entertainment)
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Deadline is reporting that Mark Dacascos is set for a “heavily recurring role” in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where he’s set to play Mr. Giyera, a character said to be the new head of security at shield.
Dacascos has previously experience with comic book properties, having appeared in The Flash in the 90s, as well as the TV series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven. His other credits include the likes of Double Dragon, Mortal Kombat, Brotherhood of the Wolf, and 1997’s Drive (which may just be my all-time favourite straight-to-video actioner).
See Also: Follow all of our Marvel Cinematic Universe coverage here
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesday nights on ABC.
- Gary Collinson
Say Mk fans, do you remember how much fun it was sinking hours into Mortal Kombat 3 whilst struggling to beat Motaro and Shao Kahn after what felt like upwards of a gazillion attempts?
What? It wasn’t fun at all? Hmm, that’s strange, because NetherRealm clearly still think creating overpowered characters is what everyone wants in their Mortal Kombat. I mean, did they even try to maintain even the smallest semblance of balance before shipping Mk X?
Sub-Zero’s Grandmaster variant and everything relating to Erron Black proves they’d rather cackle maniacally at us trying in vein to succeed, than create a fair experience right away. In all seriousness though, NetherRealm clearly underestimated how abusable certain characters would be in the right (or wrong) hands.
With that said, creating 20 plus vastly different characters with eclectic playstyles and keeping them balanced was never going to be easy, but »
- Joe Pring
Exclusive: Hawaii Five-o alum Mark Dacascos has booked a heavily recurring role on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Dacascos will play Giyera, the head of security for S.H.I.E.L.D. In addition to his role as villain Wo-Fat on CBS’ Hawaii Five-o, Dacascos played the Chairman on Food Network’s long-running Iron Chef America competition series. His other TV credits include Mortal Kombat and Chicago P.D. He’s repped by Global Artists Agency and Mary Putnam Greene… »
Director: Kyle Newman
Running Time: 98 minutes
It’s got a cast with kudos, including Samuel L. Jackson and Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld, yet a title which belongs to a dubious top shelf magazine. Kyle Newman’s Barely Lethal is a film with an identity crisis, not only confused by who its target audience actually is, but also what it wants to be when it grows up. Teen comedy? Action? Ironically self-aware cult teen drama? Barely Lethal has all of these elements, but it just doesn’t gel.
Steinfeld stars as Agent 83, brought up in a secret government run Academy where orphaned girls are trained to be black ops agents. Yes, you heard. If you were wondering where Samuel L. Jackson fits in, well he’s (rather typically) the bad-assed, hard man trainer, called…Hardman. 83 is his star pupil, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Time Warner reported third quarter earnings on Wednesday, beating Wall Street expectations thanks to growth from HBO and Warner Bros. The company delivered $1.25 per share on revenue of $6.56 billion; Wall Street analysts expected $1.09 per share on revenue of $6.51 billion. Warner Bros. showed significant growth, up 15 percent at $3.2 billion in revenue. Video games helped boost WB, as the release of “Lego Dimensions”and “Mad Max” delivered gains. “Mortal Kombat X” and “Batman: Arkham Knight” were also revenue drivers. Also Read: Time Warner Beats Earnings Expectations on Turner, Warner Bros. Growth TV licensing was boosted by the initial cable and off-network availability of “2 Broke. »
- Jordan Chariton
Imagine a world where games developers were infallible. Boy, wouldn’t that be just dandy? Games would never ship with endless streams of bugs, controversial business models would be scrapped before the public even got a whiff of their existence, and terrible fighting game characters would never be conceived.
Sadly, that pressing first-world concern is likely to remain an unreachable pipe dream for the foreseeable future, because, you know, humans are pretty stupid sometimes. And lazy, let’s not forget lazy. Mortal Kombat X has since washed away the terrible scars left behind by the series as it went from weakness to weakness with Armageddon and its related games, but there’s only so much you can do to bury the past.
Gaming’s goriest beat ’em up has enjoyed decades of success since the early 90s, but with longevity comes baggage, bad decisions and a lack of imagination that deserves only ridicule. »
- Joe Pring
David Haddad has been named president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Wbie), the studio announced Tuesday. Haddad is responsible for all aspects of Wbie overall operations, which include publishing, operations, sales, marketing, digital/mobile games, business development and game production. Wbie is currently experiencing its most successful year ever due to the launch of hit games like “Batman: Arkham Knight,” “Lego Jurassic World” and “Mortal Kombat X.” Also Read: Warner Bros. Sued by 'The Conjuring' Homeowners Over Scary Fan Visitations “David has proven himself to be a leader who is equally adept at the creative and management sides of the games business, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Sufficed to say, Mortal Kombat X didn’t land with as much a bang as a damp squelch.
Coming off 2011’s exemplary ninth instalment that revolutionised the series’ core combat, spruced up animations and movesets considerably (even adding all-new X-Ray moves), NetherRealm decided it’d be better to double down on releasing a solid instalment of their premiere fighting series, rather than push the boat out and risk getting lost in a sea of experimentation.
Ultimately though, that backfired. Mkx was serviceable enough, with very little else to offer that we couldn’t do back in 2011. The story mode was disappointingly short, new character-splitting ‘variations’ on their abilities divided signature movesets across three options you couldn’t customise or combine, and with the Season Pass insisting some of the best content was yet to come, even that ended up being packs of skins and/or character additions nobody asked for. »
- Scott Tailford
Stars: Kane Kosugi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rade Serbedzija, Gary Daniels, Kelly Wenham, Paige Lindquist, Charlotte Kirk, Biljana Misic, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Ron Smoorenburg, Eoin O’Brien | Written by Nicole Jones-Dion, Steven Paul | Directed by Wych Kaos
Videogames… They’ve not had the best of luck when it comes to translating themselves from game to movie. Especially when adapted into live-action movies. You end up with films like Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead, Bloodrayne, Doom and 2007′s Hitman. But they’re not all bad… Mortal Kombat kicked plenty of on-screen arse and garnered many a film fan’s love thanks to a plot that didn’t mes around with the source material or with inconsequential new storylines and characters. The Resident Evil franchise has at least managed to find a fanbase and continuing budgets to keep going even in the face of derision from non-gamers and gamers alike. And the »
- Phil Wheat
Wall Street Journal has published a report detailing the yearly performance of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and, in particular, early sales figures for both Batman: Arkham Knight and NetherRealm Studios’ brawler, Mortal Kombat X.
According to the outlet, both titles have sold in excess of 5 million units, while Lego Jurassic World – buoyed by the barnstorming success of its parent film – has gone on to sell 4 million copies at the time of writing. In the report, WSJ states, “in the past few years, the studio has shot to the top, thanks to major hits including Batman: Arkham Knight and fighting game Mortal Kombat X, which have each sold more than five million units globally.”
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By the time Rocksteady’s trilogy-capper arrived on shelves earlier this year, anticipation was beginning to boil over, given that the threequel was postponed twice to iron out any remaining kinks. It »
- Michael Briers
20th Century Fox Television
Not everyone can handle the pressure of being a gamer’s significant other (or So). The pressure stems from knowing full well that you will be taking a backseat to every game that has ever kept them company though out their entire careers as amateur gamers, most of which started when they were six or seven years old. When you’re up against Kirby, Mario, Sonic, Pacman, Samus, or Link, a relationship can seem pretty daunting.
No one wants to forget who they were before getting into a relationship. Relationships are meant to bring two people together, not turn them into each other. Gamers know this better than any other type of boy/girlfriend.
They don’t care if you want to go to the beach when Mortal Kombat gets released for PS4. They don’t care if you want to watch a movie marathon when »
- Mallorie Halsall
The Assassin’s Creed movie has only just started filming and it’s already in the running for the best video game movie of all time. Mainly because there hasn’t been a single genuinely good video game movie adaptation yet. When the high point of your genre is Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mortal Kombat, you have a problem. So by […]
- Jacob Hall
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