I’m not playing jack right now. Sure, I could continue grinding in Destiny 2, but I just can’t. I think I need a break from playing as heavily armed space wizards for awhile.
We’re in a gaming drought right now with new consoles on the horizon. Not that I’m complaining, as I have been using this time off from gaming to binge watch TV. Been mainlining every episode of Narcos which is an amazing show. I’ve also really improved my vernacular of Spanish curse words.
We’re in a TV renaissance right now. There are so many amazing shows right now that it is impossible to keep up. With that said, HBO and Sony has announced that The Last of Us show is in the works.
Craig Mazin, show creator of the amazing HBO mini seriesChernobyl, will adapt the acclaimed Sony exclusive. Neil Druckmann the writer and creative director of the game, will collaborate Mazin write and co-produce the series. Druckmann also cheekily announced an initial list of characters, with one omission.
Game related movies and shows can be hit or miss. The recent Sonic movie was surprisingly good. In the case of The Last of Us, this appears to be in good hands and I’m excited about the prospect of this show.
Last week, Microsoft confused a lot of folks when they tweeted some some cryptic Windows 1.0 related shit. Sure some smart folks were able to put the clues together, with most settling on some sort of Stranger Things 3 tie-in. Turns out that those people were “dead on balls accurate.”
Today, Microsoft announced the release of the Windows 1.11 app, which users can fiddle around with to unlock Stranger Things 3 related easter eggs.
Details from the Microsoft app store:
Experience 1985 nostalgia with a special edition Windows 10 PC app inspired by Windows 1.0—but one that’s been taken over by the Upside Down from Stranger Things. Explore the mysteries and secrets plaguing Hawkins, unlock unique show content and easter eggs, and play retro games and puzzles—all building off Stranger Things 3. Join Eleven, Steve, Dustin and gang as they seek to save Hawkins and the world. Embrace the 80s and grab your hairspray, because it’s basically the raddest show companion experience ever. But fair warning: beware the Mind Flayer.
Microsoft is also giving away a Stranger Things arcade cabinet to a lucky fan.
As a child of the 80’s I thoroughly approve of these tie-ins. With the wife and kids away for a few days, I plan to enjoy a binge watching session of this great show.
The Witcher is one of the series that I always wanted to get into, but I never had the time to invest in it. You can tell that a lot of effort went into making the games and the fanbase who follows the franchise is pretty strong. Also, the game series is a fucking national treasure in Poland, based of the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, so it has that going for it too.
The franchise is also making the big leap to television with a Netflix series. It has a decent cast, with Henry Cavill playing the witch fucker Geralt. The cast is rounded out by Freya Allan as Princess Ciri and Anya Chalotra as the sorceress Yennefer.
Looking pretty good. I was apprehensive when I first heard the news that Netflix was doing this, but it seems like a high quality production. Maybe inspired a bit by Game of Thrones? With that series ending, there’s a void of hot fantasy based sex on TV.
The USA Network has ordered a pilot based on author David Kushner’s entertaining book, Masters of Doom, with James and Dave Franco helming as executive producers.
Kushner’s Masters of Doom is one of the finer examples of video game non-fiction, telling the story John Romero and John Carmack and how the changed the video game industry forever by creating Doom.
According to Variety if the series gets picked up, the rise of Doom would be the first installment of multiple integral moments in video game history. So perhaps the rise and fall of Atari, rivalry between Sega and Nintendo, the making of PlayStation, etc… could be future topics covered.
Let’s hope that this is treat with a certain amount of seriousness. Having read multiple books about the history of games, the subject is filled to the brim with fascinating stories.
For a pastime as popular as gaming, one would think that there would be more shows and movies on the topic.
There’s Grandma’s Boy, a serviceable comedy with one of my personal favorite scenes ever.
There was the short lived sitcom I Feel Bad on NBC, which starred a mother who was a designer at a video game developer, but that show got shitcanned.
Ubisoft however, along with the creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are looking to make the leap and create a new show about my favorite hobby.
The new show in the works by Rob McElhenney is named after a fictional video game called Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. The game is apparently the most popular MMO in the world and the show covers the shenanigans that goes on in the background as the devs try to launch an expansion.
The is going to be exclusive to Apple TV, so…. yeah. Good luck.
If you live in the northeastern United States, you’re experiencing prime Netflix binge watching weather. Too bad the Castlevania animated series is not out yet, so I’m forced to watch bad daytime television as I wait for things to calm down, so that I can go out into the elements and throw out my back clearing the snow from the driveway, like an animal.
Adi Shankar, who produced Dredd and The Grey has announced via his Facebook page, that a Castlevania animated series in indeed in the works.
Castlevania is a Netflix Original Series with Season 1 launching in 2017 and Season 2 in 2018. Furthermore, I personally guarantee that it will end the streak and be the western world’s first good video game adaptation.
P.S. A.V. Club, stop saying mean s*** about me.
P.S.S. Kevin Kolde is the man and Seasons 1 & 2 were written by Warren f’ing Ellis.
I have high expectations for this. Netflix has been on a roll with their content, but we’ll have to wait a to if this new animated series continues the trend.
Conan O’Brien is a funny guy and his Clueless Gamer segments are a favorite of mine. Well it looks like these segments resonate with a lot of people, because it’s being spun off into its own dedicate show.
“We’ve gotten to the point where video game companies are sending us their new product for us to play and make fun of because it’s been such a huge success. We’re going to go into production on a series of that.”
Hopefully these air at a decent hour. Conan’s current show is way past my bedtime.
Variety is reporting that film and TV adaptions of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive classics Altered Beast and Streets of Rage are in the works. Stories International has partnered with Circle of Confusion to produce film and television adaptations of the games.
“These are some of the most well loved SEGA games, and we are thrilled to be working with Stories to adapt them into major film and television franchises,” Lawrence Mattis of Circle of Confusion was quoted.
I find it whimsical that one of the production companies taking on this project is actually called Circle of Confusion, because that is exactly where I found myself upon hearing this news.
I’m being a pessimist though, I’m sure this is going to turn out great, right? RIGHT?