If I had any artistic talent at all, there's a pretty good chance that I would do nothing all day but draw pictures of Bulbasaur and Snorlax and their best friend Chris Sims -- who teaches them as much as they teach him. It's basically my dream life, but given my inability to draw anything more complex than, say, Voltorb, I've long since given up on it.
But now, Nintendo is trying to rekindle my dreams -- or at least, they would be if I was in Japan -- with the new Pokémon Art Academy. Set to be released on June 19 in Japan, Art Academy is designed to give players step by step instructions on how to draw your favorite Pokémon, including what appears to be the single greatest portrait of Charizard ever.
A new version of Disney Infinity is coming this fall, and it's going to focus completely on Marvel superheroes. Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Hawkeye, the team from the first Avengers movie, will be the first batch of heroes available in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. There will be 20 playable figures released in all, with potentially more to follow.
Not only that, but the Marvel version of the game will feature stories written by Brian Michael Bendis.
Metal Gear and Kinnikuman (a.k.a. M.U.S.C.L.E.) fans have some heavily-articulated action figure options on the horizon. Following a few years of concentrating on mid-to-larger-scale action figures, Kaiyodo's Revoltech line is returning to the more miniature market with "Revolmini" Solid Snake and Kinnikuman toys standing about 4.33-4.5" tall, respectively.
I've been thinking a lot about video games lately, and how I'm better at getting around imaginary worlds like Super Mario World or CastleVania: Symphony of the Night than I am with streets in my own hometown. As Tom Scioli put it once, there are these characters and ideas that we spend so much of our life with, but never really think about in those terms.
Or at least, Ididn't. Mikaël Aguirre, an artist whose incredible work specializes in frescoes and paintings that recreate those familiar scenarios the way we remember them, more than the way they actually were. Check 'em out below!
If you are of a certain age, you may recall the feeling of being really excited for Mega Man 3, while also being very, very confused about the game's plot. Not the thing with the eight killer robots and their weapons that you needed to get, we were all used to that by that point, but definitely the thing about how Dr. Wily had "reformed" and everyone was just totally cool with him building a gigantic "peacekeeping" robot with lasers and ninja stars. I mean, if you try to destroy the world twice and somehow still regain the trust of the people, that must have been a heck of a trial to prove your innocence.
And now, we get to see exactly how that goes down. In Mega Man #36, Ian Flynn, POWREE, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms finally reveal the story of how Dr. Wily was cleared of all charges, including two counts of Attempted Murder Of Literally Everyone. Check out a preview below!
So hey, have you heard about these Arkham games starring Batman? It seems they are pretty popular, friends -- so popular, in fact, that in addition to there being four of them in the video game series, we are now getting a full-length animated movie based on the Arkham Games in which Kevin Conroy reprises his role as Batman. It's called Batman: Assault on Arkham and will see Batman take on the Joker and his plot to detonate a dirty bomb in Gotham City.
Unlike the games, though, Batman won't be a solo act in this mission, as he's joined by Task Force X, better known to comic book fans as the Suicide Squad.
As Batman: Arkham Knight, the next entry in the popular video game franchise about Batman beating the criminally insane into submission in asylums of increasingly improbable sizes and complexity, draws nearer, we're starting to get to the point where we're getting a steady stream of information about the game. Today, with the release of a new set of screenshots, we got some of the most interesting news of all.
According to the latest screens, after appearances as a voice in a headset in the past three games, Barbara Gordon will finally be appearing as Oracle. That's big news for fans fans, but to be honest, that stuff about the Batmobile shooting you out of the roof like James Bond's ejector seat will probably have a bigger impact on gameplay.
Remember how a big chunk of the game map was frozen and icy in Arkham City? The new DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins, "Cold, Cold Heart" extends that idea a bit, with the ice seemingly extending throughout the city as Penguin and Mr. Freeze terrorize the landscape on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC (but not the Wii) on April 22.
A leaked video reveals the first half hour of the DLC, the first Arkham DLC that actually adds single-player, storyline-driven gameplay instead of challenge packs and multiplayer maps. Much of it takes place in Wayne Manor as Bruce Wayne charges to the Batcave to pick up his batsuit. (Another toyetic iceproof costume shows up later.)
The first two episodes of Telltale Games' Fables prequel, The Wolf Among Us, had clearly served as homage to a very particular genre, neon noir. The third episode, "A Crooked Mile," which hit Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC and iOS this week, keeps the neon but seems to drop the noir.
What the developers and writers offer up instead is a bloodier, more aggressive story this time around. It feels pretty strongly like the a hat-tip to the gun-driven revenge and exploitation films of the 1970s, particularly by the end, and it gives the game a sense of welcome unpredictability.
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