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LittleBits: James MacAvoy is the New Crow, ‘Wind Waker’ Inspired By 60’s Cartoon, and More!
James McAvoy is the new Crow? Man, that guy really loves superhero movies. [via]
Paperman producer kicked out of the Oscars for throwing paper airplanes. Don’t worry, they let her back in. [via]
J.J. Abrams wanted Mark Wahlberg to be in Star Trek, but the actor turned the job down because he didn’t understand the script. Obviously, he now regrets his decision. [via]
The Wii Mini is set to drop in Europe next month. So if you live in Europe and planned on getting a Wii sometime soon, congratulations. [via]
Jay & Silent Bob have a new animated movie and it’s touring the U.S. I hate to say it, but I kind of feel like I grew out of these guys in my early 20’s. [via]
Marvel Comics is teaming up with horror movie legend and godfather of zombie flicks George Romero for something zombie related that will release this fall. [via]
Not really news, but check out this trailer for the 1963 Japanese animated film The Little Prince and the Eight Headed Dragon. It’s art style inspired two little titles you may have heard of: Samurai Jack and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. [via]
Nintendo Direct 2.14.2013: In Which Satoru Iwata Rocks A Luigi Hat
Highlights from this month’s Nintendo Direct.
- Nintendo has dubbed 2013 the Year of Luigi. Not only is Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon coming out, but there’s an all-new Luigi game coming out this summer - Mario & Luigi’s Dream Team. AND there’s a new large-scale DLC for Super Bario Bros. Wii U called Super Luigi Wii U which completely changes every level in the game and features Luigi as the main character.
- New Legend of Zelda open community for Miiverse
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf coming June 9
- Two new Fire Emblem maps available today! Plus, a special SwapNote for North American owners of the game.
- Ninja Gaiden 3 FREE DLC pack coming this month with new costumes and 25 new Ninja Trial mission
- Oh, hey! You can check out WiiStreetU powered by Google on the Wii U right now
- New eShop music-based sidescroller by Pokémon creators Gamefreak called HarmoKnight.
- Buy & register a 3DS XL plus a copy of either Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity between March 21 and April 30 and get one of five free downloadable games for FREE!
- You can download a video showing off the 3D-ness of Donkey Kong Country Returns in the eShop today.
Video: What Do Those Often-Cited Studies Really Say About Video Games and Violent Behavior?
With the media storm scrambling to find a scapegoat for the all too often occurrences of gun violence (instead of looking deep within the rooted issues of our culture) video games have once again come under fire for being violent.
Luckily, the fantastic news show The Young Turks is here to shed some light on what the often cited-by-conservative-news-monkey studies really have to say.
Spoiler: The studies actually go as far to cite the problematic testing techniques and hard to define aspects of the studies. Even more surprising is the fact that these studies, which are cited quite a lot, even note that there are many other factors that attribute to violent behavior.
One of those factors is access to guns.
Again, the same pundits that try to use video games as a scapegoat in order to A) keep the gun lobby strong and B) prevent people from looking deeper at the real issues, are in fact citing from a source that notes that guns are more of an important factor in violent behavior than video games are.
However, i think that the real thing to take away from this is the fact that there needs to be more research into the issues of violent behavior and video games. The more hard facts we have, the easier it will be to defend ourselves.
Adam Sessler Talks To Fox News About Violence In Video Games
Respected video game journalist Adam Sessler spoke to Fox news about the much-discussed topic video games making people violent. Sessler conducted himself like a true pro in every sense of the word while remaining completely honest and informative.
“Games are not made for children. If a game has the name of a felony in it, it’s probably unwise for your children.”
Preach it, brother.
I haven’t touched my WiiU in about a month, but I’m pretty stoked for this game. The free controller just sweetens the deal even more.
LittleBits: ‘Community’ comes back, Wii U Deluxe deals, ‘Captain America 2’ & more!
- Community returns in 2013! February 7th is the new October 19th!
- Wii U Deluxe owners will get 10% back on their digital purchases.
- Frank Grillo to play Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson) Voices Axe Cop. (VIDEO BELOW)
- Cruise the concrete jungle in style with GLOBE’s Jungle Cruiser Skateboards.
- Graffiti legend and wildstyle pioneer TRACY186 passes away at the age of 54.
- Hiyao Miyazaki scored a Japanese Cultural Merit Honor.
- Tetris + a pumpkin = Pumpktris.
Nintendo Announces 3DS XL For $199.99 On August 19th.
Weird how the newest episode of Nintendo Direct brought way more exciting news than their E3 conference. The 3DS XL rocks a 90% larger screen, more battery life, and comes packed with a 4GB SD card. Still no second analogue stick or Animal Crossing 3DS news, though. What the eff Nintendo?
Check the full Nintendo Direct video below.
And for those of you without patience, here’s convenient links to the highlights:
Nintendo 3DS XL - 00:27
Upcoming 3rd-party Games - 02:33
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask - 06:12
Super Smash Bros. - 07:11
Art Academy - 08:13
Kirby’s Dream Collection - 08:55
Pikmin 2 - 09:46
New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 10:34 and 14:35
Fire Emblem - 14:08
Nintendo eShop - 15:58
Pokémon Black Version 2 Pokémon White Version 2 - 17:34 and 20:07
Pokémon Dream Radar - 18:35
Pokédex 3D Pro - 19:21
So, what are you guys pumped for? Anyone plan on scooping a 3DS XL when it drops later this year?
Chinese News Station Does An Entire Story On A Mysterious New Mushroom, But It’s Really Just A Fake Vagina.
China, I love you. Full vid embedded below.
(via Dangerous Minds)
Mercenary Kings - It’s Like Metal Slug with Weapon Crafting.
Mercenary Kings is the latest upcoming shootfest from Tribute Games. A lot of the dudes who made the Scott Pilgrim game are involved with this, so you should totally keep it on your radar. Also: Paul Robertson. Check out his rad dog/tank/thing at the end of the reveal trailer below.
AlbotasTV: So I Gave Hideo Kojima A Munny Over The Weekend.
Hideo Kojima is a legend. He’s created iconic gaming series such as Zone of the Enders, Boktai, and, most notably, Metal Gear. The godfather of stealth action was at Uniqlo in New York this weekend celebrating the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary by doing a fan signing along with Metal Gear character designer Yoji Shinkawa.
See it on the bottom left? I gave Kojima-san this Old Snake Munny I made about four years ago that was featured on Kotaku. That’s right, spreading vinyl love everywhere I go!
Peep the video up top and let us know what you think in the comments. We also have an album full of pics from the event on our Facebook page.
Did anyone else hit up either of the NYC signings this weekend?
Walking Dead Watches Now Available From Vannen.
What time is it? Zombie killing time!!! Vannen’s Walkers 2.0 watch is officially on sale as of right now! The first edition of this watch sold out in minutes and crashed their servers, so get on this before it’s too late and you hate yourself forever.
This time around, the timepiece is bloodier and cheaper at only $75. To make it even more awesome, the packaging is signed by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman!
Virgin Mobile’s $30 Unlimited Prepaid iPhone Plan Will Make Your Wallet VERY Happy.
That’s right, on June 29th Virgin Mobile will be offering iPhones with prepaid plans. You’ll have to buy the phone at full price since you’re not locked in with a contract, but the pre-paid plans are so cheap that you’ll be saving mad money long-term.
Even though you don’t get contract pricing on the phone itself—Virgin will be selling the 16GB iPhone 4S for $650 and the 8GB iPhone 4 for $550—it’s still an incredible deal that can save you buckets of cash: At least $500 over two years if you’re using Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon. Check out this handy chart produced by Cult of Mac. If you sign up for Virgin’s $40 per month plan you’ll pay only $1610 for two years compared to $2400 (AT&T and Verizon) and $2120 (Sprint).
You can also pay an extra $15 a month for tethering so you can turn your iPhone into a hotspot. You hear that? That’s the sound of every current iPhone user collectively dropping their current contracts.
What do you guys think? Will you guys be switching to Virgin Mobile? If you don’t already have an iPhone, is this deal good enough to make finally get one?
Ninja of the Month: Sandstorm Ninja
Shawnimals’ limited plushy ninja for the month of June is Sanstorm Ninja. The scarfed ninja comes with the normal bonuses like a card and pin, but he’s also paired with his cactus friend, Sandy. Get one at Shawnimals’ online shop for $30. Plushy Shai Hulud not included.
‘Django Unchained’ Doesn’t Look As Quentin Tarantino-y As I Thought It Would.
I’m a freaking HUGE Tarantino fan, but I was a little let down by this trailer for Django Unchained. It doesn’t look terrible, but it definitely seems a bit tame compared to Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds. But this is just a trailer, so let’s hope the actual trailer delivers a bit more of the over-the-topness that we’ve come to expect from a director like Tarantino
I get that it’s a buddy movie/western/blacksploitation flick - which is totally cool - but maybe it’s just that I’ve never been a Jamie Foxx fan.
Oh, and that whole “Kill white people and get paid for it? What’s not to like?” line probably seemed way better on paper, but it just comes across as corny as hell; like something you’d hear in a Brett Ratner flick starring Martin Lawrence.
While I’m sure Django Unchained won’t suck in the least bit, part of me is scared it will just be a bunch of 90’s comedy racial cliches with elaborately witty Tarinto banter and violence sprinkled in between.