It’s a time of change in the anime and manga worlds. The mega-popular Naruto manga ended recently, and its anime counterpart isn’t far behind. Even Bleach will be drawing the curtain soon, with a new anime series presumably rapping up the current Wandenreich arc once it finishes. Fortunately, there’s a ton of other fresh manga out there to fill that void. And top of my list right now, is One-Punch Man. It’s a crazy series, that’s about to be adapted into anime form.
Remember the Saxxy Awards - Valve’s equivalent to The Oscars for Source Filmmaker animations? They recently announced the winners for 2014. All of the nominated videos were rather good, and it amazes me just how much of that content was produced in people’s spare time. One of the entrants, Palingenesie, entered a short about Dota 2’s Tidehunter and his questionable tactics into the comedy category. Sadly, he never won, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing his series. A sequel has just recently been released.
I’ve got a lot of love for the two Darksiders games from Vigil games. Pinching the best parts of other games and wrapping them in a completely unique look based on designs from comic book legend Joe Madureira resulted in a fantastic hybrid of style and substance. Pity the franchise is dead. Or is it?
If there’s one platform that just doesn’t get gaming, it has to be TV. From outlandish episodes where actors jam controller buttons like a monkey on a typewriter, to gamers being able to hack anything attached to a plug, the view of gaming and the industry around it is rather skewed. And proposed TV shows like this, didn’t help either.
No matter how old you are, you’ve been exposed to Transformers in at least one format. From the classic cartoon, through to Beast Wars (YEEEEES!) and the recently concluded and absolutely sublime Prime series, the robots in disguise are staying around for many more years to come. A new series is on the way, and this time Optimus isn’t in charge.
And that’s saying something for an animation series from Japan, which is practically fuelled by madness. For those of you who grew up watching Gurren Lagaan, good news! The creative geniuses behind that acclaimed series recently debuted Kill La Kill, which looks like a spiritual successor to that iconic reality-destroying series.
One of the games made the original Xbox such a hit was Halo. Last year we saw Halo 4 kick off the latest trilogy, and Microsoft have just announced the next step of the series.
I admittedly know nothing about Halo past the first one, but the cinematic shown shows Master Chief in a distant desert setting, observing the rise of something huge from beneath the sand.
If there’s one thing that I have learnt from playing The Walking Dead episodic quick-time event, it’s that I am a horrible, horrible person. Even though I insist that using Clementine as a strap-on zombie shield would have been brilliant. Decisions made in that game carried weight, and with a sequel on the cards, Telltale Games is looking to carry the impact of those choices, into season two.
Mortal Kombat was, without a doubt, the fighting game to own in 2011. The nostalgic return to traditional gameplay, mixed in with new technological advances made for one outstanding game, but it also brought with it a great promotional tool, in the form of Mortal Kombat Legacy, a web-exclusive series of short episodes that gave a familiar universe a real world spin.
And it’s returning for a second season.
Master Chef Chief returns later this year, kicking off an all new trilogy for the decade old Halo series of games. Truth be told, I’m kinda excited for it, unlike certain other grouches in the office. And what better way to get reacquainted with the helmeted one, than with some live-action, er, action!
Despite the wide-spread popularity of gaming, there are very few movies and television shows about the industry itself. Sure, there was that film made on the industry called Grandmas Boy, but it’s more polarising than a Star Trek versus Star Wars debate, while other features such as Pure Pwnage are cringe-worthy disasters at best.
Meanwhile, over at the Sundance Film Festival, the documentary film about actually getting an indie game, Indie Game: The Movie, proved to be a big hit with festival goers, and has in fact been picked up by HBO to be optioned into a TV series.
Now here is some awesome news that quite possibly pushes itself up to the status of groovily splendiferous.
It has been announced that there will be three ten to fifteen minute live action short films made as a prequel to the events that take place in Assassins Creed 2 and follow the story of Ezio's father, titled Assassins Creed: Lineage.
The Lineage films will be available later this year and should be distributed individually and digitally, with a disc compilation coming a little later.
So then, what's this I hear about a Halo Anime?