6th August 2013
What’s happening gamers? Today’s video game news is about the possible confirmation of Left 4 Dead 3. We all know that the Left 4 Dead series is both for Xbox and PC, and both games turned out to be successful. This game had players fighting against a massive horde of walking corpses. Now, at a tour of Valve’s offices, there was a leak of Left 4 Dead 3’s possible existence.
A keen-eyed player from Dota 2 was touring the offices of Valve as part of The International 3 tournament, took a snap of an internal changelog that lists both Left 4 Dead 3 and Source 2 as current projects.
The picture you see here in the left, compliments a similar ‘leak’ via internal Valve documentation in June, although we have not verified the validity of either. Gabe Newell has been open (but unspecific) about Valve’s work on a next-gen game engine, development on Left 4 Dead 3 has yet to be confirmed.
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29th July 2013
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What’s happening Walking Dead fans? News of today is something that I have read yesterday about the upcoming season of The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead Season 4 is stated to come this October, and we have just heard that overwhelmingly fan favorite (although he’s not in the original comics), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) will be killed off by the show creator since everyone loves him very much.
I always thought Daryl was a BAMF (Bad ass mother f) and he was really, really cool. Now I can assume that everyone will be turning Super Saiyan 4 (slang for getting completely pissed off in riot mode). Now we all know that last season there has been a very high body count in allies and enemies. But who knows what will happen? That is something that we have to see for ourselves come this October.
If Daryl Dixon dies this season, then let the riots begin!
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25th July 2013
What’s happening gamers, movies, tv show and comic fans? Today’s news is about my reaction of this year’s San Diego Comic Con and I am planning to go to New York Comic Con 2013 like I did last year, and I promise to cover more of the convention of this year. Because I’m sure there is going to be a lot of awesome stuff in movies, comics, tv shows and video games to enjoy this year. Now we had many awesome movies this year so far with Fast and Furious, Man of Steel and so on. Now let us hear what I have to say about San Diego Comic Con. I hope next time that if I make MORE money, I promise you all, I’m headed there to the big Comic Con which is of course in San Diego, California.
I am highly excited to hear that there is going to be AT LAST, a Batman/Superman crossover in the big screen in two years. Man of Steel turned out to be a success after the failure of Superman Returns seven years ago. Now this is a movie that I would gladly pay to go see. Now last year, The Dark Knight Rises was an epic conclusion to the trilogy of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, but this one is gonna be even more epic. Will Batman and Superman join forces against common enemies or duke it out like in The Dark Knight Returns? Let’s see what happens folks.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks incredibly awesome so far. The First Avenger was spectacular, but this one is most likely gonna take the cake in an epic level. Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as the Black Widow, and this is the third time she has played such role since Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. Scarlett, you’re totally sexy I can’t wait to see how bad ass and hot you are once again in that hot outfit and kick ass attitude.
X-Men Days of Future Past is the sequel to X-Men First Class, which tells how Charles Xavier and Magneto were friends and how the X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants was formed. DOFP is based on the 1981 graphic novel of the same name from The Uncanny X-Men. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will reprise their roles as both Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr (Magneto). Characters included are Havok, Beast, Colossus, and Sy, and also features the return of many characters from the previous movies and actors will reprise their roles ones again.
TV Shows Reaction
Joss Whedon impresses me once again by making a show about S.H.I.E.L.D. We all know Joss Whedon’s genius with Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Avengers and so on. Thousands of people were very excited over the screening panel.
Fans have been anxiously awaiting for The Legend of Korra Book Two of the animated series for over a year now. Not only they found out that the show returns in September, but they also got to see the new episode which was really well received. The Korra creators also discussed what’s to come in Book Two, AKA “Spirits,” including revealing we’ll be meeting the first Avatar ever, voiced by The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun. They also debuted art and footage from upcoming episodes.
The Walking Dead is coming back for a fourth season, and after Season 3, looks like this one is gonna be even more interesting this year. Last year, many awesome characters died while others live on. Now, this season Tyrese will have a much bigger role and Rick will pass on leadership responsibilities in order to help Carl.
Doctor Who was yet another popular panel. It also served as a farewell, as Matt Smith was making his final SDCC appearance for the show, before his departure in this years Christmas special. The fans in attendance were given a very special treat, via the debut of a new trailer for the big 50th anniversary special, which will team up Smith and David Tennant. Suffice to say, the crowd went wild for this footage, showing the two beloved Doctors working together.
Now, Comic Con 2013 this year was an awesome one like every year. But next year lets see how better it turns out to be. In terms of comics, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are returning, this time in paperbacks and hard cover, and it’s going to be very cool for fans of the old series, Nightcrawler is coming back for X-Men, Harley Quinn gets her own series, and Dark Horse is exploring the new Tomb Raider. There are movies I can’t wait for, and television shows that look good, as well as new comic books.
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27th May 2013
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Greetings Gamers! Welcome to a special look back at the first movie based on a video game ever. That movie is none other than, Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros, is a 1993 movie that was based on the video game of the same name, and at the time of it’s release, the Super Mario franchise was one of the most celebrated video games of it’s time long before Crash Bandicoot, Ratchet and Clank and Jak and Daxter ever existed. However, when people heard about this movie, many were excited, but when they went to see it on the movie theaters, it was a whole different story as reviews were overwhelmingly negative. The 1993 movie portrayed a version of Mario, Luigi and Bowser that were worlds away from the vision of Nintendo. In this movie, the Mushroom Kingdom had been turned into a neon-lit cyberpunk city where dinosaurs had evolved into humans and strongly hated the humans of our world. Bowser was a leather suited politician who enjoyed mud baths and dinosaur pizza. The goombas were turned from mushrooms into eight-foot tall lizard warriors with shrunken heads and armed with flamethrowers. Super Mario Bros. stands as one of Hollywood’s worst adaptations, and it started the whole “movies based on video games” genre. Before the flop of movies based on video games that were Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Alone in the Dark and many more ever appeared, this is the movie that started it all. But there was an early script that could have been a success compared to the stupidity that is this movie.
What Inspired The Movie?
Now, before the live action movie was ever released, on June 20, 1986 in Japan, Super Mario Bros: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach (Japanese スーパー マリオ ブラザーズ ピーチ姫救出大作戦! Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Pīchi-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!) was released. The story of the movie was very faithful to that of the game, and many gamers who saw the live action movie, find this to be ten times better than the flop of a film we all know. The animated movie would predate the live-action movie.
The Abandoned Script
Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel
Before the flop of a movie we all know, there was an original script completely different from the actual film written by Barry Morrow, who wrote the Academy Award winning movie, Rain Man. This script was closer with Mario’s roots. In that story, Mario and Luigi traveled to a Wizard of Oz and Alice and Wonderland style version of the Mushroom Kingdom. In that world, the evil King Koopa – an actual green lizard king – had kidnapped a Princess named Hildy, and made her his bride, so he could obtain the magical Crown of Invincibility. The Mario brothers and their sidekick Toad set off on a quest to save the Princess and prevent the evil King Koopa to obtain the artifact.
In my opinion, that script would have had the potential to be a great Mario film, but unfortunately, Lightmotive already chose the husband and wife team Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel to direct the film. What a big mistake! Because they would water down the story and make the cheese of a film that we all know up until this day.
Lightmotive originally approached Danny DeVito to both direct the film and play as Mario. And the hilarious part is that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Keaton were approached for the role of King Koopa. When I read that I just laughed my ass off seeing that Koopa would be played by Terminator or the Batman, I just could not stop laughing for like five minutes even if I continued reading it. I always thought that Danny DeVito would play a great Mario, but unfortunately he passed on the project along Arnold and Keaton. After the three left the project, Tom Hanks was assigned to play Mario, but was fired after he asked for too much money. It was a good call, because, how in God’s name you’re going to hire a high ranking actor to play as Mario? The director would go broke before he would film the first scene.
Producing the Movie
Mario Bros in their original suits
By mid-1992 after the original director and screenwriter were fired, Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel were hired to produce and direct the film. According to Morton, he said the following: “I wanted the film to be more sophisticated. I wanted parents to really get into it. At that time, there was a very hardcore movement against video games, and a lot of anti-video games sentiment. I wanted to make a film that would open it up and get perents interested in video games.” Back then it was taboo to make movies based on video games.
Nine writers had worked on the film, and rewrites would continue long after the camers started rolling. The script ballooned into a rainbow of confusion as the production crew was continually handed new color-coded daily edits. The late Dennis Hopper told Chicago Tribune in 1992 the following “The script had probably been rewritten five or six times by the time I arrived here.”
When Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel took the role of directors, the husband and wife team heavily altered Mario’s roots, and turned the Mushroom Kingdom into a neon-lit cyberpunk city known as Dinohatten. As the story narrates at the movies beginning, the meteor that struck Earth Prime created a parallel dimension where dinosaurs evolved into humans and harbored a hatred for the humans of our world, and labeled them as “mammals”. Dinohatten.
The propaganda of Dinohatten’s sole dictator, President Koopa, was all over the city. However, certain references to games were there like names of items and lesser enemies from the games such as Bob-omb, Big Bertha, Boom Boom and the Mushrooms that were called “fungus”. The Mushrooms were recurring power ups that allowed the brothers to grow in the games, but these ones instead of making them grow, would be of help against Koopa’s de-evolving weapons and even entrusting them with the Bob-Omb.
A useful item in the movie was the Thwomp Stompers, based on the Goomba shoe from Super Mario Bros 3. These boots were used by Big Bertha, a huge woman who worked as a bouncer at the Boom Boom Bar, and helped the bros escape during the raid by giving them the boots. These boots were powered up by bullet shaped batteries resembling the Bullet Bills from the game.
The Cast and Characters
Bob Hoskins as Mario
British actor Bob Hoskins took the role of Mario, while Colombian-born actor John Leguizamo, took the role of Luigi. Dennis Hopper played as King Koopa and Samantha Mathis was Princess Daisy, Luigi’s love interest. Dana Kaminski played as Daniella, Mario’s girlfriend. The character of Daniella is said to be based on Pauline, Mario’s original girlfriend from the video game Donkey Kong and Mojo Nixon was Toad. The characters were greatly altered by the vision of the directors: Mario and Luigi were both plumbers from Brooklyn, and one thing not everyone remembers is Luigi being very brave, and despite his frightened personality he is still very popular among Mario fans. Koopa was the dictator who plotted to use a meteorite piece that the princess had on her to merge both Dinohatten and Earth Prime so he could conquer the world. Koopa usually de-evolved those who stood against his rule, and an example is Toad, who was de-evolved as punishment for singing anti-Koopa songs.
Toad as a Goomba
The recurring lesser enemies in the Super Mario Bros franchise were the goombas. Now, in this movie, instead of being Mushroom like creatures that our favorite Nintendo mascots stomped on for so long, these enemies were eight-foot tall lizard warriors with shrunken heads and according to Koopa they were “Loyal, lethal and stupid”.
A memorable scene is when the Goombas started dancing in the elevator, it was until the drill sergeant put them at attention. A Goomba that remained a good guy was Toad.
The character of Yoshi, instead of being Mario’s faithful mounted partner, he is a miniature dinosaur who is chained on a leash like a dog and he is mistreated by Koopa and wounded by his assistant Lena, when the creature helped Daisy escaped.
Yoshi in the games was always a mounted dinosaur and Mario and Luigi’s most trusted and faithful companion. Yoshi would later be playable in his own games such as Yoshi’s Cookie and Yoshi’s Island.
The Disastrous Reviews
The Super Mario Bros film was a major and complete disaster that even Rocky Morton himself admitted it. Bob Hoskins stated the following “The worst thing I ever did? Super Mario Bros. It was a f-ing nightmare. The whole experience was a nightmare. After many weeks of filming, even their own agent told them to get off the set.” I sure know that after that incredible flop is that Nintendo seemed to learn it’s lesson after that. And with Mario Bros being a film, that’s when Hollywood started to butcher many video games that I am about to mention right now. Other companies such as Capcom would be incredibly naïve to lend the rights to Hollywood to create a film based on a beloved video game.
And in conclusion, I believe that most video games don’t deserve the same fate as Mario Bros and other video games that were adapted into movies. Although some movies like Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil 1 and 2, and Silent Hill were good, the majority of other adaptations like Street Fighter, Doom, Max Payne and Hitman were disastrous just like Super Mario Bros. When I saw this movie as a kid I liked it, but years later as I grew up, I was like “This is not like Mario at all”. This movie is a disastrous, cheesy movie, and I am VERY sure that Nintendo learned it’s lesson after that.
God Bless and Play Hard Gamers!