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A Live Action ‘Tetris’ Movie Is On Its Way (Seriously)


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Of all the video games you could imagine making the leap onto the big screen, Tetris would have to be pretty low down on that list. After all, it is a game which involves shapes, just shapes and really how good of a movie could that possibly be?

NintendoTetris was a staple of Nintendo's Gameboy console

Well it appears we’re about to find out as Threshold Entertainment have just announced plans for a live action movie based on the game. Threshold do have experience transferring games to the big screen, having previously given us Mortal Kombat in 1995 and its sequel.

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Here's Why 'Dead Island' Shouldn't Be A Movie


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If at first you don't succeed, try again! Unless what you're trying is a really bad idea in the first place. Then maybe you should give up and focus on other some other things. Especially if it's the proposed movie adaptation of the video game zombie franchise, Dead Island.

Dead IslandThe hit video game franchise, Dead Island, is going to be made into a movie

Dead Island was a mega hit when it first debuted on PlayStation 3, XBOX 360, and PC platforms in 2011, and it wasn't surprising in the least. Hype reached massive levels prior to the game's release with its reveal trailer, depicting a vague but intriguing cinematic/movie-like look into a family vacation gone wrong. The game itself hardly matched the trailer. Though it had a fun level-up system and crafting mechanic to it, the hack-and-slashing of zombies provided its fun for only so long until it got boring. Dead Island's follow-up, Dead Island: Riptide, was even more disappointing; it offered nothing new to an already stale franchise, and it was time for the developers to go back to the drawing board.

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Elite: Dangerous Is Coming To Xbox One and PS4, Probably


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Elite: Dangerous has raised many eyebrows over the past few months, mainly due to an incredibly promising scope and a hefty £100 beta price tag. But Frontier chief David Brabe has probably won back a few friends with his non-announcement that the sci-fi epic will be hitting consoles.

Elite: DangerousElite: Dangerous. Photo: Frontier

We say non-announcement because Brabe himself was keen for it not to be an official unveiling.  "I've just got to watch out," he smiled as he talked to Eurogamer. "I don't want to do something that constitutes an announcement, but we would be stupid not to support other platforms, including console."

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Borderlands 1 & 2 Were So Good, The Gearbox President is "Scared" Of a Third


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Completing the Borderlands trilogy, and even going beyond that, is a must for Gearbox. Their open world shooter, which boasts an incredible amount of content in the form of quests, loot and enemies, have been a welcome addition to the RPG/FPS landscape. Too welcome, perhaps?

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That’s where Randy Pitchford – president of Gearbox – is at right now. Having presided over two of the best games to hit the previous generation of consoles, an exciting opportunity to develop the third Borderland title for the XBOX One and PS4 awaits. The pressure, though, comes hand-in-hand with success. 

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New World Record: Someone Completed Super Mario Bros. In 4:57.69


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While many gamers bemoan paying $60 for an 8-hour campaign with modern AAA titles, there’s a lot of fun to be had with speed runs. ‘Blubbler’ has mastered the art, clocking his record breaking Mario Bros. run at 4:57.69.

That’s a new world record, by around a second. 4:58.09 was the previous best. And it’s hard to see how anyone can better this speed; every time is perfectly timed; every shortcut is used and every enemy is either expertly squashed or avoided. 

Super Mario Bros.Can you do Super Mario Bros. in under 5 minutes? 

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The Spiritual Successor to S.T.A.L.K.E.R Hits Kickstarter, Earns Half of $50k Goal


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Ariel, a new game from much of the dev team behind the post-apocalyptic cult hit, S.T.A.L.K.E.R, has hit Kickstarter. Described  as “the definitive spiritual successor to the cult hit S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series,” Ariel is another first-person, open world game set after a catastrophic event causes life as we know it to change irrevocably. 

StalkerAreal has amassed almost half of its Kickstarter goal

“Areal depicts a future where civilization has fallen apart due to an unearthly material called Metamorphite, which eventually spreads, corrupts and infects the whole world. The source of Metamorphite comes from a meteor that impacted the earth long ago, and it is the site of constant conflict and bloodshed,” reads the game’s Kickstarter page. 

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'Sniper Elite 3' Arrives to Positive Reviews; Positive, Not Glowing


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Sniper Elite V2 had its problems, but the seemingly never-repetitive killcam, which gruesomely detailed entry wounds in painful slow motion, giving us a comprehensive look at ever bone break and skin laceration suffered, would – rather cheaply – remain the game’s strongest appeal.

Sniper Elite 3 screenshotSniper Elite 3 - pic: Rebellion

Of course, that killcam is back, and with a new African setting and an open-world map, Sniper Elite 3 looks to build upon V2’s limited success with a new chapter in the Sniper Universe. But what do the critics think?

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Destiny's Public Beta Will Run Nice And Smoothly... Hopefully


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As an online-only shooter, with a massively shared world – not to mention being one of the year’s most anticipated games, it’s not hard to foresee a situation in which Destiny’s beta release is a buggy affair.

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But according to Bungie, everything is in place for a smooth release.  "We have been actively preparing," Bungie COO Pete Parsons said. "It's always scary and exciting and to put your work out in front of people who are judging it but it's also scary to put it out there because you're testing whether it's going to work or not."

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Why Xbox One Users Will Need to Install a 10GB Day-One Patch for Sniper Elite 3


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XBOX One gamers looking forward to Sniper Elite 3 be warned: the game requires a mammoth 10GB first day patch, which replaces some of the mandatory install size.

The install size for the World War II sniper game, which is set in Africa, stood just under 20GB, but the day one patch will replace 14GB of it.

Sniper Elite 3 screenshotSniper Elite 3 - Picture: Rebellion

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PlayStation Now’s Pricing Needs to Change If It Is To Succeed


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Ever since the announcement back in 2012 that Sony would be acquiring Gaikai, a streaming service for video games, for $380 million, many anticipated how it would be implemented in the future for PlayStation products. When that service was revealed this past January as PlayStation Now, it finally offered a response to the PlayStation 4’s lack of backwards compatibility. PlayStation Now allows for the streaming of games that can be rented on PlayStation 4, 3, Vita, televisions, and mobile devices, and it’s been in a closed beta phase since January and will turn into an open beta in late July.

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However, what was never touched upon but always talked about was PlayStation Now’s pricing method. Essentially a Netflix for video games, would it be following a model similar to that, or something completely different? On June 18, PlayStation Now rolled out a price model for the service, and it’s absolutely outrageous. The website Game Informer has a chart that explains the gist of it for a select amount of games currently available. From the chart, you can rent a game from timespans of 4 hours, 7 days, 30 days, or 90 days, and the prices that go with that range from $3 for 4 hours, or $30 for the 90 day max.

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Those Hidden Watch Dogs Graphics Files Explained


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While PC gaming is generally more expensive than console gaming, it does throw up things like this that make it worth every penny. The secret graphics files found on the PC version of Watch Dogs have been explained by Ubisoft.

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These files, which improved the game’s visuals, but did damage overall performance, were discovered by modders earlier on this week. The unused options affect things depth of field, dynamic lighting, shadows and more. And now, the game’s makers have issued a statement to address their decisions. 

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After 'Ratchet & Clank,' These Games Need To Be Movies


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Video game fans were punched right in the childhood during Sony’s E3 press conference on Tuesday. In midst of all the announcements for upcoming games, a wild trailer appeared for a ‘Ratchet & Clank’ feature film, and man, does it look awesome. The minute long trailer gives some insight into what the plot is all about, as it will focus on the origins of Ratchet and how him and his robot buddy Clank came to be. Along with the movie, it was also announced that the first game of the series will be getting remade into a version for PlayStation 4, which basically doubles the excitement here.

E3A trailer for the Ratchet and Clank featuere film debuted at E3 [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Kevork Djansezian]

First released in 2002, the ‘Ratchet & Clank’ game franchise was essential in the growth of PlayStation 2 as it was one of the system’s highest selling titles exclusive to the console. Though over ten years old, the games are still being produced pretty often. Overall, there’s been nearly ten R&C titles with the most recent released in 2013, which was also the first year that the movie was said to be in development. Set for release sometime in 2015, the ‘Ratchet & Clank’ movie is shaping up to be as good as it was from the day it was announced. Director Kevin Munroe is manning the project, and he’s probably best known for his direction of ‘TMNT’ back in 2007. Additionally, Munroe is directing the film adaptation of another PlayStation 2 title, ‘Sly Cooper.’

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How's That? 'Diablo III Reaper of Souls' and 'The Last of Us' Combine


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Well, this is one of the more unexpected game mash-ups we could’ve imagined, but now it’s here, we can’t imagine a world without it. The Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls, will feature a special Last of themed dungeon, full of clickers, stalkers and bloaters. Oh, and it’s for PS3/PS4 owners only. Sorry.

Reaper of Souls

Of course, the new dungeons probably won’t have anything to do with the game’s extended story, which is set to add a solid four hours+ to Diablo III’s existing universe. But given that these two games were two of the most popular titles in 2013, the melding of the two will certainly go down well for gamers. 

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'Mass Effect 4': The Universe Is Expanding, But The Old Trilogy Hasn't Disappeared


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One of the key questions surrounding the recently announced Mass Effect 4 is where the franchise can go after Mass Effect 3’s ending – don’t worry, no spoilers here.

Mass Effect 4Mass Effect 4 will run on the Frostbite 3 engine

BioWare Edmonton and Montreal boss Aaryn Flynn has opened up to Eurogamer on how he and his team are going to handle this, suggesting the new adventure will reference the three outstanding games that precede it, but we still don’t know exactly where or when the new game will be set. 

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'Batman: Arkham Knight' Features Exclusive Scarecrow Treat For PS4 Owners


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Announced at E3 - where else? – the final instalment of the Batman: Arkham Knight trilogy will feature exclusive Scarecrow missions for PS4 users only. We also got to see a new trailer with plenty of good old fashioned beat ‘em up content, and, of course, a better look at the Batmobile. 

Batman Arkham Knight

"How many more bones would you crush," Scarecrow says in the frankly awesome gameplay trailer. "How many lives will you destroy in pursuit of what you call justice? You are the product of everything you fear: violence, darkness, helplessness." According to Andrew House, president and group chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment America, the Scarecrow nightmare missions will only be available on PlayStation – sorry XBOX folks. 

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