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One of the best WWE Promos/Shoots is not on TV…It’s Videogame-related!

We have an interesting situation upon us. For everyone who has been watching American pro-wrestling for the past two decades, it’s obvious how it has changed for the worse for most hardcore followers. Reason being is that it’s aiming for PG most of the time. For people like me who have grown up with the WCW/NWO era and WWE’s Attitude era, I miss the old storylines which blur between reality and real-life conflicts. Also, the wrestling back then was definitely a lot better and more technical than today’s short matches. There are a few exceptions though. CM Punk, one of today’s top WWE wrestlers, is such an exception. He has shown a lot of talent in the ring and on the mic…reflecting the Attitude mid-90s era of WWE. He would’ve fit so well with the likes of The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. So everyone keeps asking, “What If?”. That’s where the brilliance of this promo video and upcoming videogame shine.

Wrestling games are definitely included in the rise and fall of the fandom for me. Nothing beats AKI’s n64 wrestling games; WCW/NWO World Tour, WCW/NWO Revenge, WWF No Mercy — man, the gameplay mechanics were simple to learn yet hard to master. The multiplayer was extremely addictive. I’ve fallen out with the Yukes-developed games…and believe me, I’ve tried a lot to like them…but I always end up disappointed. Flash forward to the recent revamp of the games, starting off with WWE ’12. I skipped on it, but heard a lot of good things. It truly tries to recapture some of the classic moments of videogames and wrestling, but I’ve always felt it was missing something. Well, WWE ’13 seems to know what is has been missing — the Attitude Era. Yeah; there’s a whole mode and roster of wrestlers dedicated to the old days when everything was cool. Additionally, pitting the old-school against the new-school is a brilliant way to grab an audience. This clash rarely happens in today’s real pro-wrestling as the Attitude wrestlers have moved on with their lives (with the exception of last year’s The Rock vs. John Cena). This video is simply brilliant from a marketing and actual WWE reality TV standpoints as it brings CM Punk and Stone Cold Steve Austin face-to-face to shoot at each other and talk about the “what ifs” of the game. They also manage to make the tension between them very life-like, yet not too over-the-top and cheesy like current WWE programming. It’s a balance that’s very delicate, subtle and extremely hard to attain…because this shoot promo shows that both of them respect each other, yet they don’t mind to shoot jabs at each other for the sake of promoting the game itself. In a word, brilliant. Simply brilliant. While it’s a huge oversight that current WWE TV programming did not take advantage of having a promo similar to this viral YouTube one (current WWE TV ratings are in an all-time low), I’m happy that gamers and videogames are actually getting the attention they deserve. It goes to show you that whoever’s in charge of marketing WWE’s games and online-related media outlets are a lot more competent than WWE’s current writers and bookers, including Vince McMahon himself.

After watching this promo, WWE ’13 has certainly gotten my attention. The TV writers would be stupid to skip out on the opportunity to make Stone Cold vs. CM Punk a reality after the awesome chemistry they’ve shown in this video.

Just Discovered – Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

After perusing the inter-webs, I happened to stumble onto something I thought you’d all enjoy.  It’s an independent fan film that brings classic Star Trek  actors Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig back together, along with fan favorites Tim Russ (Tuvok), Garrett Wang (Harry Kim), and many others.  The film was made with virtually no budget in 2006.  For long-time fans that’s not what’s important.  It’s the fact these actors were willing to put something together for the 40th anniversary of the series and take no money for doing so.

The story takes place in an alternate dimension, which explains how all these characters meet up.  It should be noted that not all the actors reprise their famous roles, some simply wanted to be part of the film, so they play different roles entirely.  Here’s a teaser trailer for the project.

The movie was directed by Tim Russ in three acts, back in 2006.  The first act was released on December 22, 2007.  Today you can watch all three acts on the official website.  The reason for the significant delay was due to the special effects.

Regardless of what you think of the series as a whole, you have to appreciate everyone who was involved with this project.  Talk about being real diehard believers in the franchise.  So what do you all think of Of Gods & Men?

Quick Thoughts on Mortal Kombat: Legacy’s Raiden Episode

The last time I posted about Warner Bros. pet project is back when it was officially announced. I was basically skeptical about Kevin Tancharoen since he’s not a well-known director, not to mention the fact that the recent reboot of the game series wiped the floor with all past Mortal Kombat projects (be it games, TV shows, or movies) in terms of plot and cinematography. Thankfully, since the series started I’ve been pleased. There are some highs and lows, but the director manages to stay consistent with the quality and cinematography. The first two episodes took awhile to build up, but as soon as Johnny Cage came into the picture, I felt that vibe that Mr. Kevin gave us last year with his pitch trailer. Kitana and Maleena’s episodes were artistic and unique due to the inclusion of hand-drawn animation, but felt derivative because they didn’t take liberties with the plot; it’s basically word-for-word with the recent Mortal Kombat videogame reboot. Today’s episode, on the other hand, raises the standards to an all-time high. Echoing the risk-taking nature of Johnny Cage’s installment, the setting of this episode brims with originality and grittiness, weaved with the epic character of Raiden. Actor Ryan Robbins (most known for his role in Battlestar Galactica) doesn’t look the part but plays it so well. Thanks to these elements, this episode is by far my favorite in the series. Looking forward to more awesomeness. The demand for Sub-Zero and Scorpion-centric episodes has been so high ever since the series launched on YouTube, and from the way things are going right now I’m positive that Mr. Tancharoen will deliver.

Smallville Comes To A Bittersweet End

After ten years of ups and downs, yesterday evening Clark Kent finally donned the tights and flew becoming Earth’s greatest protector, Superman.  If you’ve been watching for the past decade it was a bittersweet ending to a show that’s sole mandate was “no flights, no tights.”  While many people will be sad to see the series come to an end, I found the show’s final scene to be a perfect way to bring the series to a close.  I wanted to hear what you all thought about finale and where the Superman franchise will go from here.

For the naysayers, no one can refute the fact that Smallville was on the air for an astonishing ten years, making Tom Welling the actor with the longest run playing Clark Kent.  That’s something to be proud of, and it makes Smallville an American mainstay whether or not everyone agrees.  Looking ahead Warner Bros. has big plans for Superman starting with next year’s The Man of Steel, which is supposed to be completely different than all Superman movies, and TV shows that came before it.  The end result will be quite interesting if all the rumors about it are correct.  It’s supposed to be a much more action-orientated film compared to the Christopher Reeve movies, and the recently released Superman Returns.

Yes, it's finally here...the tights!

Returning to Smallville, last night’s finale was a two hour episode that was essentially thirty minutes long.  I say that because the first hour and a half was dealing with season ten’s loose ends.  For anyone who hasn’t watched this season, this whole portion of the finale could be ignored.  The typical Smallville annoyances such as huge battles being over in two seconds remained intact throughout.  This has always been in no small part due to the budget constraints, but the last thirty minutes made up for it, big time.

If I have one complaint it’s that we never get a great shot of Tom wearing the tights, and I think that’s in large part because he would have had to work out for weeks on end for what would have amounted to literally one shot at the very end of the show.  As a result we’re treated to some low-budget CG, and what appears to be a shirt of the suit.  I really don’t want to spoil anything, but you’ll understand what I mean once you actually check out the episode.  Was that a little disappointing, you bet it was, but the way the final scenes were handled was very impressive just the same.

As a longtime Superman comic reader, the show has always taken liberties with characters and various plot points, but the way everything came together felt quite natural at the end.  Lex became the man he was destined to become, and Clark became Superman.  What else is there to ask for?  Like I said countless times already, the last few scenes are where you finally get to witness Smallville become Superman if only for three minutes.  That alone should make millions of people around the world happy, but are you one of them?

So where do we go from here?  Clearly making a Superman movie isn’t an easy thing to do.  Brian Singer thought he was onto something with Returns, but it appeared as though people wanted something different, something new from the franchise.  Even I, who thought the movie was well done, believed it was Superman 3 and it should have stared Christopher Reeve.  Is that really the best approach for a generation of new fans who likely didn’t get into those classic movies?  I doubt it, and that’s why moving forward this new Superman movie won’t have anything to do with the previous films.

This is part of the best scene in the entire finale, enjoy it.

To answer my own question, I think the only way to make Superman more relatable and therefore more enjoyable as a movie is to do what the television shows have done, focus the attention towards Clark.  Clark was raised a human for twenty years before he realized his true potential and found his place in the world.  You don’t just suddenly ignore where you came from.  Sure Clark becomes the mask, but as Smallville proved with yesterday’s finale, in order to become the greatest hero the world has ever known, you can never forget your roots.  I think that message needs to come out very clearly in the movie, that Clark can be our savior, but at the end of the day he is also a man.  Oh and for goodness sakes give the man an adversary he can hit.  I’m a little tired of enemies he simply pushes or objects he lifts out of the way.  I want to see a real Doomsday style battle where someone can stand toe to toe against him and actually threaten him.  Mix these elements together and I guarantee you, you’ll have a winner on your hands.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to let us know what you think the future of Superman holds.  Did you enjoy last night’s finale?  Were you like me, understanding with the budget constraints, but still enjoyed the last moments of the show?  I want to hear from you, so tell me!

After Ten Years Smallville Comes To An End On Friday May 13th

Alright so I know not everyone is into the show, but this trailer I was shown the other day will make even diehard haters get a few goosebumps.  Take a look.

Tell me that wasn’t inspirational.  I love how they incorporated the John Williams classic theme in there.  Very good job to whoever put that together.  The thing with Smallville that always irked me was that it could have been a show like Batman Begins, in that we could have seen the boy slowly grow into the man he was destined to become.  Instead the show transformed into a giant soap opera that went on and on.  That being said, watching this trailer makes me think that perhaps the producers may actually turn everything around and end the show with one heck of a bang.

What I find really staggering is the fact that the show has remained on the air for ten years.  That makes Tom Welling the longest actor to play Superman in the history of cinema.  Christopher Reeve played the role in the four motion pictures from 1978 until Superman IV in 1987.  Regardless of what you may think of the TV show, there’s a lot the producers can be proud of, namely the fact they were able to continue making the show for that long and that the finale is being hyped and anticipated by millions of viewers around the world.  I’m pretty impressed when I stop to think about it.

Hard to believe it all started with this one comic.  Now the franchise has become one of the biggest in Hollywood history.  Having several extremely successful television programs including the George Reeves Adventures of Superman series which ran from 1952 until 1958.  There was also Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman which aired from 1994 to 1997.  As you can tell, while all of these projects were successful, none of them had the longevity that Smallville has endured for these past ten years.  One thing is certain, the Man of Steel isn’t going anywhere and next year the movie with the same title will be released hopefully ushering in a new age for the oldest superhero.

What are your thoughts on the trailer, the TV show or the legacy of Superman?

Adrianne Palicki Cast As Wonder Woman

Adrianne Palicki has been cast as Diana Prince in the pilot episode of Wonder Woman. The pilot was written by David E. Kelley, who is also co-producing the pilot.  WW will be a re-imagining of the series in a similar fashion to Smallville.

Adrianne Palicki, the new Wonder Woman

I’ve never really been a huge fan of either the comic series or the old television series, which starred Lynda Carter in the title roll.  As such I don’t really have much to say about this news.  I suppose the re-imagining route is the smartest thing to do, otherwise they’d somehow have to pull this off…

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman!

Umm…yeah.  I don’t see the producers really going down that road.  Nope, instead the show will be about Diana Prince being a LA crime fighter at night, and a powerful business woman during the day, running a huge multi-billion dollar corporation.  Emotional impacts will be made as she tries to balance her vigilante lifestyle with her corporate one.

I think this is by far the smartest thing for the producers to do.  There’s simply no way the real Wonder Woman costume would work with today’s TV market.  An invisible aircraft, that getup, yeah I don’t think so.  Smallville has proven to be extremely successful, lasting ten seasons, so this whole re-imagining thing seems to be the wisest move Warner Bros. could make.

What are your thoughts on this?  Remember right now it’s just a pilot episode.  If it does well the first season will be ordered, if not…it’ll end up in obscurity with millions of other TV shows.

Mortal Kombat Rebirth Picked Up as a Webisode Series!

Not all dreams are picture perfect, but you’ll surely gain something when you aim high. That is what newbie director Kevin Tancharoen has achieved when he set the mood for a film (in the form of a trailer) based on Mortal Kombat. It’s been almost a year since its viral release…and the internet has not stopped promoting it. Over three million views on YouTube, not to mention the buzz surrounding it, practically begs for this project to be picked up by Warner Brothers. Kevin’s directional debut and critical flop (but commercially successful), a remake of 1980’s Fame, is almost nonexistent because of one measly trailer.

While Warner Bros. aren’t giving him a full movie treatment, there’s the next best thing; a 10-part webisode series. In my mind, this may flesh out his ambitions even more since they’re not confined to a specific theater screen time. Additionally, I can understand Warner Bros. being wary despite the trailer’s critical acclaim. Put into account the following: video game movies typically flop critically & commercially (including the old Mortal Kombat films), and Kevin doesn’t exactly have weight behind his director status. The franchise has waned over the years, and during this important time of rebooting it under WB’s label everything has to be perfect. Mortal Kombat doesn’t need another wide flop or failure, so webisodes are the next best thing in my mind. Even if disaster strikes, it won’t be as bad and people will most likely forget about the whole thing in time….just like Dead Rising Sun, a poor and even campier adaptation of the Dead Rising franchise.

Head over to Kevin Tancharoen’s twitter and congratulate him for this amazing feat! Your words may encourage him to make the best videogame screen adaptation ever!

Source: Kotaku

PBS Showcases Videogames Live – Don’t miss it!

PBS sent along a press release for those interested in checking out a performance of Videogames Live. If you don’t what this is about, you should be ashamed! It’s where you get to hear your favorite videogame music performed by some truly talented performers. Be sure to check it out if you can. You’ll respect videogame music more than you ever though possible before.


July-August 2010 (check local listings)

— Special Features Music from Mario™, Zelda™, Sonic™, Halo®, Warcraft®, Chrono Cross®, Castlevania®, Guitar Hero®, God of War™ and Final Fantasy® as Performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra —

In VIDEO GAMES LIVE, a new PBS special, the world’s most beloved video game franchises come together to celebrate gaming culture and the incredible music surrounding it. An immersive event featuring the best game music performed by top-notch musicians and choirs combined with synchronized lighting, video, live action and audience interactivity, this performance was taped at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The lineup consists of never-before-televised live musical performances from the Mario, Zelda, Sonic, Halo, Warcraft, Final Fantasy, Castlevania, God of War, Civilization, Chrono Cross, StarCraft and Guitar Hero franchises, including a musical journey through classic gaming. VIDEO GAMES LIVE is part of special programming airing in July-August 2010 (check local listings) on PBS stations.

“We are introducing a whole new generation to the music of a symphony orchestra,” said veteran video game composer and VIDEO GAMES LIVE CEO/executive producer and host Tommy Tallarico. “Never before in history have kids been dragging their parents to watch a symphony.”

The VIDEO GAMES LIVE CD and DVD/Blu-Ray release will coincide with the nationally televised special and will be available in North America exclusively through PBS until November 1, 2010. The CD features 16 musical performances, and the DVD/Blu-Ray includes more than three hours of bonus material, including additional and extended music segments, composer and game developer interviews, exclusive game trailers, “making the game” documentaries, behind-the-scenes footage and composer commentary.

“I’m hoping that this project will have a positive impact on the perception of video games by the non-gaming world,” said Tallarico. “We created VIDEO GAMES LIVE over eight years ago to prove to the world how culturally significant and artistic video games have become. The goal was to create a show for everyone whether they play games or not. The fact that all of the game publishers have come on board with this project to help our mission says a lot about the future of gaming and how much they believe in VIDEO GAMES LIVE.”

Filmed in New Orleans this past April in high definition with 5.1 audio surround sound, the concert features the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by VGL’s co-founder, Jack Wall; a 34-person chorus; a number of soloists including pianist Martin Leung, flautist Laura Intravia and singers Vangie Gunn, Kendrew Heriveaux, Ron Ragin and Cindy Shapiro; plus a rock band featuring Tallarico on guitar; and a full complement of state-of-the-art lighting, lasers and special effects.

There are also interview bites with actress and video game fan Jamie Lee Curtis and video game composers including Tallarico, Jack Wall, Russell Brower, Christopher Tin and Gerard Marino.

The video game music performed includes:

• Super Mario Bros.™
• The Legend of Zelda™
• Sonic the Hedgehog™
• World of Warcraft®
• StarCraft® II
• Halo®
• Final Fantasy®
• Chrono Cross®
• Castlevania®
• God of War™
• Civilization IV®
• Classic Arcade Medley
• Guitar Hero®: Aerosmith

PBS special programming invites viewers to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; hear diverse viewpoints; and take front-row seats to world-class drama and performances. Viewer contributions are an important source of funding, making PBS programs possible. PBS and public television stations offer all Americans from every walk of life the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content.

For Video Games Live images visit PBS PressRoom at

Don’t miss selected PBS programs streaming free online, the day after broadcast, on the PBS Video Portal (

Underwriters: Public Television Viewers and PBS
Producers: Tommy Tallarico/Mystical Stone Entertainment, LLC in association with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Executive producer: Jeff Rowland
Director: Allen Newman
Program Producer: Tom Case
Format: CC 5.1 Surround Sound HD

Toradora & Persona: Trinity Soul Now Available

I strongly believe in supporting the smaller game companies out there, like NIS America.  As such, it’s my honor to let you all know that they have just released two brand new games, Toradora, and Persona: Trinity Soul. If you’re interested in either title, be sure to hit up their online store.


Santa Ana, CA (Jul 06, 2010) –NIS America announced today that both “Toradora!” and “PERSONA”, an all new anime series from Japan has been shipped to selected online retailers in North America. Both titles are also available at the NIS America Online Store.
About Toradora!
Because of his scary looking appearance, Ryuji lives an unfortunate life. On the first day of his junior year of high school he meets a strange girl. The girl he meets, Taiga, is known as the Palmtop Tiger. Despite being a pretty little girl, she is extremely short tempered and nobody can stop her when she starts throwing fists. However, Ryuji learns something about Taiga that no one else knows…The dragon and tiger join forces to bring you a mega love comedy!
About PERSONA –trinity soul-

The story is based in AnayagiCity, which faces the Sea of Japan. It’s a futuristic city that survived the outbreak of “Mass Apathy Syndrome” ten years ago. Shin Kanzato(17) and his brother Jun (14) meet their eldest brother Ryo (28), who is a young Chief Officer at AyanagiCity’s police station, for the first time in ten years. Meanwhile, the city is facing a string of mysterious incidents. Ship crew members disappear from their underwater submarine. The Apathy Syndrome resurfaces, much like ten years ago. The Reverse case, a series of student murders, intensifies. Ryo investigates an organization involved in all of the above incidents. One of these incidents results in the awakening of Shin’s Persona.

The wheel of fate begins to turn for this family of brothers.