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Ahoy, mateys, and welcome to the Game Buoy podcast – your twice monthly port of call for gaming news and views that maybe aren’t on your radar, but most definitely should be! On this episode, recorded Sunday, March 9, 2014, the Podcast Pirates look at the past, present, and future of video game adaptations for the silver screen.
– Ken Melville, of Night Trap and Sewer Shark fame, has passed away.
– Brandon Boyer, chairman of the Independent Games Festival, is struggling with costly hospital bills.
– Rise Against DLC is available for Rocksmith 2014.
– Kiss DLC is available for Rocksmith 2014!
– The team behind Rune Factory is making the 3DS strategy RPG, Forbidden Magna.
– Lightning Returns DLC prices have been revealed.
– BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is coming to Vita this summer.
– Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost has proven to be very profitable for Namco Bandai.
– Over 1 million players have bought Rust.
– TXK, a Tempest 2000 remake, is now available for Vita.
– GaymerX2 has been funded!
– Ryse is NOT getting the co-op challenge editor that was initially announced.
– Broken Age’s split release was a success, and the second half has been funded.
– La-Mulana 2’s Kickstarter has finished!
– The retail versions of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes has been dropped to match the digital prices.
– A Killer Instinct soundtrack is coming this month.
– South Park: The Stick of Truth has undergone censorship in many parts of Eurasia.
– Atlus has confirmed all four new Persona games are coming to North America.
– The massive Diablo 3 patch has arrived, bringing Loot 2.0 and other features.
– Trials Fusion arrives on April 16.
– DC’s Infinite Crisis, a new MOBA from Turbine, has started its open beta.
– Zynga’s IPO lawsuit has been dismissed.
– Darksiders 2 has reappeared on the European Wii U eShop.
– Shadowrun Dragonfall is now available.
– Some seasons of the Pokemon cartoon and some Pokemon movies are available on Netflix.
– The Last of Us is adding a new difficulty level in its upcoming DLC.
– Nosgoth has entered closed beta.
– The Silver Screen Lexicon DLC for Typing of the Dead: Overkill features famous lines from movies.
– Ouya Everywhere is an initiative to put Ouya games on TVs and PC by making Ouya an Android-based platform.
– Fez hits PS3, PS4, and Vita on March 25.
– Ultra Street Fighter 4’s Edition Select will let you choose between various Street Fighter 4 versions of characters.
– Peggle 2 is coming to 360 in May, and the Xbox One version now features Local Duel mode.
– Project Spark’s Xbox One beta has begun.
– Raiden 4 Overkill is coming to North America next month.
– Guacamelle Super Turbo CE is hitting PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U soon.
– Marie Rose is joining the Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate roster on March 25.
– Dark Souls 2 makes it way to PC on April 25.
– Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse has been delayed until the fall.
– Release Date Buoy: Watch Dogs, May 27
– Mario Kart 8 will get a spiky blue koopa shell statue bundle in Europe.
– Alucard returns in the new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 DLC this month.
– Tomb Raider has now officially sold over 6 million copies.
– Buying an Xbox One this month will earn you a free copy of Forza 5.
– Aksys is localizing Arc System Works’ visual novel, Xblaze: Code Embryo
– Inizimals PS3 and Vita games are on their way to North America.
– Xbox 360 chrome series controllers are available at Walmart, Best Buy, and the Microsoft Store.
– The slimmer Vita is coming with Borderlands 2 in a $200 bundle.
– Diancie, one of the mystery Pokemon in the X & Y code, is the star of the upcoming Pokemon movie.
– Octodad: Dadliest Catch hits PS4 in April.
– Kenji Eno’s final project is to be developed posthumously with the help of crowdfunding.
– Oculus Rift is running out of stock on its dev kits as some components cease production.
– Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is not currently planned to feature microtransactions.
– Keifer Sutherland has confirmed his involvement in a new Mortal Kombat game.
– Moebius: Empire Rising is out on April 15 for Mac and PC.
– Registering a console in the 3DS family plus one of six games with Club Nintendo this month will net you a free download of Pokemon X or Y.
– Deus Ex: The Fall is out for PC on March 25 via Steam.
– Tulpa is a new spoopy two character platformer.
– Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn hits Europe and North America this summer.
– Asheron’s Call has gone free to play and allowed players to run their own servers.
– Team17 of Worms fame has revealed their new IP, Flockers.
– Point-and-click thriller Gods Will Be Watching releases on PC, Mac, and Linux this June.
– Nintendo is pulling the plug for all online play for Wii and DS in May.
– Ubisoft’s The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is now in open beta.
– Swords and Soldiers 2 has been announced for Wii U and will be playable at PAX East.
– The original Shin Megami Tensei is making its way to iOS on March 18!
– Anomaly 2 has been confirmed for a spring release on PS4.
– The new Tony Hawk game is for mobile phones.
– Disgaea characters come together in Fiend Finder: Demon Gaze!
– Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition will feature a Stream+ mode that allows viewers to help or hinder gameplay.
– Cel Damage HD is coming to PS3, PS4, and Vita this spring.
– First person exploration game Ether One is due out for PC on March 25.
– 3D Realms has been acquired by Interceptor Entertainment, developers of Rise of the Triad.
– The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game is out on April 29.
– Vlambeer’s Luftrausers is making its way to PSN and PC March 18.
– Batman: Arkham Knight has been leaked on a game listing.
– Picross e4 is heading to the 3DS eShop in April!
– Goat Simulator is making its way to Steam on April 1.
– Xbox Music will bring 92,000 music videos to the Xbox One.
– Tropico 5 is coming to PC and 360 early this summer.
– Battleblock Theater is coming to Steam, with a closed beta beginning this month.
– Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville, available on Steam, is a Metroidvania!
– Burnout’s co-creators have started a new studio, Three Fields Entertainment.
– PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate HD Collection is heading to PS4 and Vita this summer.
– Shaq is returning in Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn…
– Xseed is bringing Akiba’s Trip 2 to North America this summer.
– Arkedo’s co-founder is working on The Next Penelope, a sci-fi racer inspired by F-Zero.
– Mugen Souls Z is launching May 20, with a limited edition package available.
– Azure Striker Gunvolt from Init Creates is coming to the 3DS eShop this summer.
– Galak Z, a top-down shooter described as Asteroids on psychedelic drugs, is now coming to Vita.
– Gamestop has raised the price of the PS4 camera by $10 due to dwindling supplies.
DOOM AND GLOOM
– Sega has slashed their profit forecasts by 36%.
– Disney ttp://www.polygon.com/2014/3/6/5478252/disney-interactive-lays-off-approximately-700-employees
– Eidos Montreal has laid off 27 employees.
– Sony Santa Monica has been hit with layoffs.
– Irrational Games is being refocused as a smaller company, resulting in massive layoffs.
– Over 60% of Sony Stores will be closing.
– Uncharted writer Amy Hennig is no longer at Naughty Dog.
– RadioShack is closing 1,100 stores nationwide.
– Jack Tretton has stepped down as the president of Sony Computer Entertainment America.
With the recent announcement of Sam Raimi producing a film adaptation of The Last of Us,
and Notch in talks with the producers of The Lego Movie to develop a Minecraft movie – plus some more video game franchises soon making their way to theaters – the Podcast Pirates take a look at what happens when video games make their way to the silver screen. Captain Spike and Slagkick start with the classic era of video game movies, from the eccentric Super Mario Bros. film to the action-packed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Then, it’s time to look at the “ghetto” of video game movies, which is primarily inhabited by Uwe Boll films, as the Pirates discuss these missteps that gave video game movies a bad name. After a look at the big budget rebirth of video game movies, including such films as Prince of Persia and Dead Or Alive, the Podcast Pirates discuss the future of gaming franchises in the cinema and a sidebar of notable anime adaptations and movies that are about video games.
SMASH OR TRASH
SMASH: The Death of Mega Man was Probably the Best thing That Could Have Happened to Mega Man (2 Dimensons)
On his personal website, Jeremy Parish examines what happened to the Mega Man franchises and concludes that its rebirth through projects like Mighty No. 9 is the best thing that could have happened after Capcom mistreated it.
SMASH : The final years of Irrational Games, according to those who were there (Polygon)
This great article takes an in-depth look at what lead up to the restructuring of Irrational Games and the rocky development cycle of BioShock Infinite.
Captain Spike shares his experiences with the Titanfall beta, Bravely Default, and Oculus Rift. Slagkick discusses his disappointment with Assassin’s Creed 4 and starting a game of Pokemon X, but his main focus is singing the praises of Bravely Default and the Final Fantasy 14 PS4 beta.
This week, we’re taking a look at movies based on video games. What’s your favorite? Or maybe we should ask: Have you ever seen a good one?
Facebook bonus question: With several much loved franchises slated to make the jump to the silver screen in the next few years, is there any particular one you’re looking forward to seeing?
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