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Stephen King’s “The Mist” TV Series Coming To Spike TV

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Stephen King’s novel and then adapted movie, The Mist, is getting a TV seris from Spike TV, which marks the network’s first original series. Below you can check out the official announcement.

 

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SPIKE TV ORDERS “THE MIST” PRODUCTION PILOT FROM DIMENSION TELEVISION

Series Based On Classic Stephen King Novella

 

Spike has ordered a production pilot from Dimension Television based on the classic Stephen King novella, “The Mist.” The Spike original scripted series tells a harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates immense havoc. This will be the first production pilot for a Spike scripted dramatic series since the network’s shift towards general entertainment.

Christian Torpe serves as the Executive Producer for Spike’s “The Mist.” Torpe created the successful show RITA in Denmark, now finishing its fourth season, and has developed programming for both Showtime and AMC.

“We are thrilled to join forces with the incredibly creative Christian Torpe and Dimension Films to develop Stephen King’s enthralling novella to a compelling series unlike anything else on television,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike.

“We are excited to be in business with Spike on their first scripted production pilot and working with the very talented Christian Torpe to further explore Stephen King’s classic novella and bring this riveting series to television audiences,” said Bob Weinstein, Co-Chariman The Weinstein Company.

Megan Spanjian, VP of Scripted TV, was instrumental in finding and bringing Torpe to the table and will oversee the project for Dimension TV along with Matthew Signer, EVP of Production and Creative Affairs, and Keith Levine, SVP of Production and Development. Torpe is repped by ICM.

Levy, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Lauren Ruggiero, Senior Director, Scripted Programming will oversee the project.

Spike TV debuted its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut,” last July to strong ratings and has recently ordered to series, “Red Mars” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s award-winning “Mars Trilogy.”

Dimension TV debuted its first scripted series SCREAM, which was an adaptation of the hit horror film franchise, with MTV. With a successful first season, SCREAM TV was picked up for Season 2 and is in production.

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Watch New X-Men: Days Of Future Past Footage From Ink Master

Hugh Jackman recently appeared on the Spike TV show Ink Master where new footage from X-Men: Days Of Future Past debuted.

Check it out:

X-Men: Days of Future Past has a May 23, 2014 release date directed by Byran Singer starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Hugh Jackman reprising as Wolverine, returning cast members Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan, with Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask.

Synopsis:

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past Preview Coming To Spike TV’s Ink Master Guest Starring Hugh Jackman

Spike TV has announced that Hugh Jackman will be a guest star on Ink Master which will feature a special sneak peek preview of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The X-Men themed episode is set to air Tuesday, March 25th at 10pm ET.

See full details below.

 

Press Release

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HUGH JACKMAN TO GUEST JUDGE X-MEN THEMED EPISODE OF SPIKE TV’S “INK MASTER” TUESDAY, MARCH 25 AT 10 PM, ET/PT 

Superfans Of The Hit Franchise Get Tattoos With Iconic X-Men Characters

In The Series’ First-Ever Color Portrait Challenge. 

Episode Includes a Sneak Peek of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

 

New York, NY, March 19, 2014 –  It’s one of the most anticipated films of 2014 and on the next episode of Spike TV’s hit reality-competition series “Ink Master,” mutants and their superpowers will be etched in permanent ink with an entire X-Men-themed episode.  Premiering on Tuesday, March 25 (10:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT), the episode will feature a special guest appearance by Hugh Jackman along with a sneak preview of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

In the episode entitled “X-Men’s Hugh Jackman,” the remaining 13 artists in the competition are tested on their skill of technical precision.  Exact lines, shading and small details can take a tattoo from being just average to a masterpiece.  This skill is especially important when tattooing portraits of people and well-known characters.

Opening with a Flash Challenge, the artists are charged with creating and tattooing an original design of an image that represents a specific superpower their Human Canvas wishes they had.    In the follow up Elimination Challenge, the artists tattoo X-Men superfans with the character of their choice. 

Before voting in the final Elimination Tattoo takes place, both the artist and the X-Men superfans are treated to a sneak peek of the new X-Men movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” coming out on May 23 from Twentieth Century Fox. 

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future. 

The artists and superfans are even more surprised when Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Hugh Jackman, the only actor to have appeared in all six X-Men films comes out and joins “Ink Master” series host Dave Navarro and panel judges Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck to help select the winning design and artist in the Elimination Challenge. 

“Ink Master” was Spike TV’s top rated and most watched original series in 2013.  The series features top tattoo artists from around the country battle it out for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked magazine and the bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’  Each week “Ink Master” puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity,       where they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a ‘Human Canvas.’  Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing including realism, black and gray, geometric, neo-traditional, Asian and cover-up, among others.  The masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime, but so will their mistakes.  The series is hosted by Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and he’s joined on the judging panel by renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck. 

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Man of Steel Cast Images With Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Jake Gyllenhaal At Spike TV Awards

Below you can check out a batch of images from the Spike TV Awards with the cast of the Man of Steel on hand to accept Most Anticipated Movie of the Summer.

And we see Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jake Gyllenhaal pictured as well.

JGL was the “Robin” from The Dark Knight Trilogy movies, and has at one time been rumored to be playing Batman in the Justice League Movie.

Jake Gyllenhaal was also up for the role of The Dark Knight in the Nolan movies, and has been rumored to be a studio favorite for the Batman reboot.

The “Guys Choice Awards” featuring the Man of Steel cast will air Wednesday, June 12 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike TV.  

Man of Steel opens June 14th in IMAX 3D directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and Michael Shannon as Zod.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Man of Steel movie hub for more news, images and trailers.

(via Just Jared and USA Today)

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Electronic Arts To Announce Nex-Gen Games On Spike TV & E3

Press Release

TUNE IN ON JUNE 10 FOR THE UNVEIL OF EA’S NEXT GENERATION
“The Download: EA 2013 Preview” Will Feature New Video and Gameplay of EA’s Hottest Next-Gen Games
 
 
LONDON, UK – June 6, 2013 – The next generation of games from Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) will finally be revealed on Monday, June 10 at 1:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. ET) exclusively on Spike TV and streaming on www.ea.com/e3. “The Download: EA 2013 Preview” will feature the a first look at EA SPORTS™ UFC, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA LIVE, the latest from Need for Speed™ Rivals and the live world premiere of Battlefield 4™ all-out multiplayer warfare – and other surprises.
E3 attendees will be the first to get hands-on of Battlefield 4, experience next generation sports titles in the EA SPORTS IGNITE Lab, test drive Need For Speed Rivals and more all at EA’s booth #1601 in the south hall. EA will be showcasing titles for the Xbox One™, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®4 and PC. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) from June 11-13.

Media demos for upcoming mobile titles such as the PopCap™ studio’s highly-anticipated Plants vs. Zombies™ 2, EA’s Ultima™ Forever, and Fightback,developed by renowned studio Ninja Theory and published by Chillingo, will be held at the JW Marriott by appointment only.

Product information, assets and exclusive EA content will be available throughout the show at www.ea.com/e3. Follow EA on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/ea and on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/ea.

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 285 million registered players and operates in 75 countries.

In fiscal year 2013, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.8 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed™, Battlefield™ and Mass Effect™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.

The Sims, Need for Speed, Mass Effect , Battlefield, Battlefield 4, Ultima and PopCap are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. and its subsidiaries.  UFC, NBA, John Madden, NFL and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission. “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox and Xbox One are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.  Twitter is a registered trademark of Twitter, Inc.

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Man of Steel (2013) Cast To Accept Spike TV’s Most Anticipated Movie Of The Year Award

Spike TV announced that their most anticipated movie of the year is the Man of Steel, and on hand to accept the award will be director Zack Snyder, new Superman Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and Amy Adams.

The “Guys Choice Awards” featuring the Man of Steel cast will air Wednesday, June 12 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike TV. 

See below for more.

Man of Steel opens June 14th in IMAX 3D also starring Michael Shannon as Zod, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Man of Steel movie hub for more news, images and trailers.

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Press Release

Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Director Zack Snyder to Accept Most Manticipated Award For “Man of Steel” in Celebration of 75th Anniversary of Superman at Spike TV’s 2013 “Guys Choice” Awards

 

Jennifer Aniston to Present Jimmy Kimmel with “Funniest M.F.” Award

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 Golden Globe-Winner Burt Reynolds to be Honored

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Additional Presenters Include: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Alba, Buzz Aldrin, Snoop Lion,

and The Heavy as the Featured House Band

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NEW YORK, June 05, 2013 – Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” (#GuysChoice) has added Super Heroes to the already stellar line-up of the globe’s hottest superstars.  The network announced today that this year’s “Guys Choice” will recognize “Man of Steel” with the honor of Most Manticipated Movie of the Year.  The movie hits theaters June 14, during a year-long celebration of Superman’s 75thanniversary.  In attendance for this special moment will be cast members Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe and the film’s director, Zack Snyder.  The network also announced today that it will honor Golden Globe-winning actor and male icon Burt Reynolds.  The 2013 “Guys Choice” Awards tapes Saturday, June 8 at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA, and premieres Wednesday, June 12 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike TV.

The network’s annual flagship event will be distributed globally, in over 100 countries worldwide.

The network has also confirmed that Jennifer Aniston (2011 “Decade of Hotness” honoree) will be on hand to present Jimmy Kimmel with this year’s “Funniest M.F.” award and Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will be presenting Felix Baumgartner with the “Mankind” award.  Additionally, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Alba, Snoop Lion, Randy Couture, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Jon Taffer will be on hand to present at this year’s event.  The Heavy will be the featured house band.

SPIKE additionally announced; that ‘Guys Choice’ will pay tribute to Golden Globe winner and American icon Burt Reynolds. Reynolds, who has commanded audiences and inspired legions of followers for decades with his alpha male persona, will be presented with the centerpiece tribute of the night.

From the pages of DC Comics comes the world’s first Super Hero – Superman has been the living embodiment of strength, responsibility, and hope for the last seventy-five years of storytelling. A timeless inspiration and a multimedia cultural icon, Superman continues to captivate audiences around the globe and remains the greatest and most identifiable Super Hero ever.  This year’s presentation of MOST MANTICIPATED MOVIE and retrospective of the iconic SUPERMAN character will be an extremely special moment at “Guys Choice.”

Previously announced presenters and attendees include Academy Award® and Golden Globe-winning actor Ben Affleck receiving the evening’s highest honor, “Guy of the Year;” along with Jimmy Kimmel receiving the “Funniest M.F.” award; Vince Vaughn being honored with the coveted “Guycon” award; Kevin Hart’s monumental year on stage celebrated with the first ever “Stand-Up of the Year” award; and Felix Baumgartner receiving the “Mankind” award.  Triumph The Insult Comic Dog will once again return to carry on his tradition of roasting the “Douchebags of the Year,” Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Vin Diesel, The Dude himself, Academy Award®-winner Jeff Bridges, Jason Sudeikis, Andrew Luck, Questlove, Jackie Chan, Chrissy Teigen, Katherine Webb, Comedy Central’s “Workaholics” Anders Holm, Blake Anderson and Adam DeVine.  Fans will also be treated to a special performance by the Grammy Award® nominated “The Lonely Island.”

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” are AT&T, 5® Gum, GEICO, Axe, BURGER KING®, and Kia Motors America.

Casey Patterson, Carol Donovan and Josh Greenberg will serve as Executive Producers. Mike Simon is Director and Tim Bruno serves as Executive in Charge for SPIKE.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Spike TV 2012 VGA Fallout: The Good & The Bad

2012 Spike TV VGA Fallout

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, what did Spike TV do now? 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4553:]]Last year, my underlings at Cosmic Book News and I discussed several failings regarding the 2011 VGA’s and the kind of improvements that were needed to make this televised event simply better. This year, we prefaced December 7th with a 3 part podcast that raised several concerns regarding the games that were represented, the categories themselves and which games we thought should be recognized as the best.

After watching last night’s show I was left befuddled, in the middle of the arid wasteland, alone with my thoughts, completely convinced that I was living in another world in the year 2012 where I played video games that no one else apparently played and experienced things that no one else did. 

Then I had my moment of clarity and realized that once again, the Spike TV VGA award show reaffirmed its static role in the videogame industry as a dedicated marketing tool and nothing more. As such, the following truths reveal themselves to be self evident and unwavering:

1) The show is barely an awards show and merely a lengthy, cross promotional commercial.

2) The show does not provide an adequate venue for the industry professionals that make games.

3) The show is more interested in looking ahead than appreciating the present.

4) The winners determined have less to do with quality and more to do with economic power plays that fabricate trends and enhance already popular ones.

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Samuel L. Jackson’s return as the host of Spike TV’s VGA award show is most welcome in light of past curiosities such as Zach Levi and Doogie Howser, er . . . Neil Patrick Harris.  The man conveys equal parts confidence and eccentricity and this show needs his type of energy.  I enjoyed his frequent cursing (would have loved to actually hear it).  I enjoyed the fun a 64 year old man clearly demonstrated in being the temporary focal point for an industry he may or may not have genuine interest in.  Either way, he’s an excellent actor and an exceptional host.  Kudos, Samuel L!  The audio clips of your most iconic dialogue in films set the tone for a very entertaining evening and those in attendance were truly privileged.

The Musical Performances

There was a lot to talk about in regards to the music of the 2012 VGA’s.  It all starts with the orchestra that was featured multiple times (as well as that hot, blonde 1st violinist in the leather dress) that played a musical homage to all of the game of the year nominees.  They even had the girl who sang the vocals for the Dishonored theme, which was a neat add-on.  Then there was DJ Wolfgang Gartner who kept the tech, pop, beats pumping throughout the show which was very acceptable, but by no means exceptional.  I enjoyed Gustavo Santaolalla’s live performance presenting another introductory trailer for The Last of Us which is set to be released May 7th 2013.  I also got into Linkin Park’s performance of Castle of Glass, the theme for Medal of Honor: Warfighter.  I honestly don’t care if Linkin Park isn’t what they used to be as a band, but their performance was solid.  Finally, Tenacious D gave the show a nice bookend with their signature 80s rock sound.  I’ve never been the biggest Jack Black fan in the world, but he’s a decent showman.

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Right off the bat we are all greeted by 3 cast members of The Walking Dead TV show: Steven Yeunn (Glenn), Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Danai Gurira (Michonne) make the presentation for the Best Shooter Category.  I didn’t care for Zach Levi and his weird haircut making some color commentary (and promoting his nerd website) with Alison Haislip.  Zach needs to stay away from this show.  Jessica Alba presenting the world premier of Dark Souls 2 was funny due to every male in attendance achieving simultaneous erections, but odd because it had no connection to her little intro story concerning her “love” of Super Mario Bros.  Marlon Wayans shows up to shamelessly promote his dumber than Scary Movie, scary movie who simply presents (Rasta) Snoop Dogg who talks about how much he loves Tekken Tag Tournament and then introduces Assassin’s Creed 3’s Tyranny of King Washington expansion.  Before Tenacious D got to playing music, they presented the first ever Game of the Decade recipient which I completely disagreed with, but we’ll get into that later.  Yet another curious celebrity cameo was Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) presenting Game of the Year (which I also disagreed with) who claimed it took some extra effort for her to be at the awards, but wouldn’t miss it for the world.  Overall, the celebrities seemed out of place and for the awkwardness to end, they’d be better off staying home in the future.

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The best thing I saw all night was the world premier of The Phantom Pain by Moby Dick Studios, a Swedish company that no one has apparently ever heard of before.  It featured a haunting trailer of a man attempting to escape a hospital that was besieged by murderous soldiers as well as some supernatural force which had many speculating as to what this game could be.  The internet has recently provided a possible explanation via conspiratorial links to Hideo Kojima and Konami in order to shroud what this game may really be: Metal Gear Solid 5

Possible link #1) Later in the show, cameras cut to Kojima’s table, making note of the 25th anniversary of the Metal Gear franchise.  Link #2) Moby Dick’s CEO is listed as Joakim Mogren“Joakim” is an anagram for “Kojima.”  Link #3) “Mogren” contains the word “ogre” as in Kojima’s secret “Project Ogre” which Kojima himself refutes having anything to do with Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, further suggesting that Project Ogre is, in fact, Metal Gear Solid 5.  Link #4) The main character bears a striking resemblance to Solid/Old Snake or Naked Snake/Big Boss.  Link #5) Several on the internet suggest the man on fire shown in the hallway is Colonel Volgin from MGS3 and Psycho Mantis from MGS1 is seen briefly towards the end of the trailer.  Whatever the rumor and speculation concerning The Phantom Pain suggests, the trailer looked amazing, mysterious, suspenseful and everything gamers want to see in new projects.

Other show highlights involved the video skits that put Samuel L. Jackson’s likeness in various video game videos.  They were all quite funny featuring Sam’s affinity for the F-word, but my favorite was the digital composite of Sammy in The Walking Dead: The Game graphics.  I also enjoyed the overall flow and format of the show despite the fact they make precious few “award presentations.”  I also want to make note of the really cool commercial for the game Metro: Last Light which presented it in a very dramatic fashion, but almost zero game footage to prove it.

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Here’s the short list:

1) Anything that continues to make South Park into a game, 2) Zach Levi’s hair, 3) the world premier of Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 — Castlevania in the world of today? 4) Marlon Wayans, 5) too many Playstation All Stars commercials, 6) the “new” voice of Lara Croft making an appearance without much of an English accent despite her claiming to be very British, and 7) Ken Levine pushing the release of BioShock Infinite (which looks AMAZING!) further into 2013.

The Ugly

The results, ‘nuff said!  And now we roll up the sleeves:

Best Shooter: Borderlands 2?– I never agreed with this game being in this category in the first place.  If Borderlands 2 was subjected to Goldeneye’s award system, it would win the “Where’s the hit detection” award every time it is turned on.  Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed Borderlands 2 and it is worthy of winning Best Multiplayer, but come on!  Shooting needs more precision than that.

Character of the Year: Claptrap?– Ok so I guess this was a bit of a fan favorite and Claptrap is hysterical, but I bring this result up to make a further point regarding Borderlands 2 as a production.  What does it say about your game when none of your main characters get considered for this category and the annoying comic relief gets the victory representing all characters for the year of 2012?

Best Individual Sports Game: SSX?– Do we even need stupid categories like this?

Best PS3 and Xbox Games: Journey and Halo 4? – The biggest “no duh” moments of the evening and totally worth mentioning only in passing.

Best PC Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown? – I’m pretty sure Guild Wars 2 is amazing and XCOM is just pretty fun.  I have no explanation for this.

Studio of the Year: TellTale Games?– No.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4559:]]Game of the Decade: Half-Life 2?Entertainment Weekly compiled a list of 10 games since 2002 which were deemed worthy of the title “Game of the Decade.”  Unfortunately we don’t exactly know what this means because it clearly doesn’t mean “the best.”  Such a title implies the best incorporation of all elements of a video game that creates a truly seminal work of art.  Wii Sports (2006) was on this list because it sold a hell of a lot of copies considering its simplicity both as individual software and with every Wii bundle that is currently collecting dust in your grandmother’s basement.  Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002) was considered because someone really fell in love with cell-shading Link (FYI, I didn’t).  World of Warcraft (2004) was considered because it is the biggest money making juggernaut (from a purely software perspective) of all time.  Shadow of the Colossus (2005) was on the list for its “alternative art” status.  BioShock (2007) was considered because of its twisted take on art design, its kick-ass gameplay and giving shooters more intelligence.  Batman: Arkham City (2011) was considered for being the best video game adaptation of all time.  Red Dead Redemption (2010) was here simply for being the best offering Rockstar could muster up.  Portal (2007) was here to fill out another “different type of game” slot.  Mass Effect 2 (2010) SHOULD have won because its combination of graphics, gameplay, narrative, characters and scale redefine what it means to be a videogame and is on the short-short list of best games ever. 

But, Half-Life 2 won because a lot of nerds out there sleep next to a blow up doll of Gordon Freeman.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4560:]]Game of the Year: The Walking Dead: The Game?– Thank you Robert Kirkman.; AMC and TellTale Games have relevance thanks to adapting your comic book. And make no mistake! 2012 is the year of TWD; good or bad, right or wrong and it is that shear fact alone that explains how this game took home the title of Game of the Year for 2012.  If you require an explanation, I refer you to my review of TWD’s final chapter and thoughts concerning the game overall right here.  Despite the insane ridicule suffered by Mass Effect 3, it is a superior game in EVERY respect.  Of course, I could say the exact same for Assassin’s Creed III and Dishonored (both of which I am enjoying very much right now).  The only Game of the Year contender I haven’t experienced is Journey, but simple games like that are lucky to have been made, let alone win for GOTY.  This was simply the wrong choice and I loved The Walking Dead: The Game.  But it is an extremely flawed game and to a large extent, doesn’t fully qualify as a game in the first place. 

So who were the losers of the 2012 VGA’s?

Assassin’s Creed III and Ubisoft got absolutely zero love from Spike TV this year. This is quite stunning considering the quality of the game and the dedication of the company, but I somehow feel this is backlash for producing annual titles for a series that I affectionately refer to as suffering “The Madden Effect.”  Madden comes out every year, they charge $60 bucks for it and how much of a “new game” are you really getting for your money? The Madden Effect has already taken a hold of Call of Duty. Apparently Assassin’s Creed needs to go into hibernation for a while to get back some respect.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4562:]]Who were the “winners” of the 2012 VGA’s?

The Walking Dead and TellTale Games are the obvious choices besides winning Game and Studio of the Year they also took home Best Adapted Game, Best Downloadable Game and Best Performance by a Human Female (Melissa Hutchinson as Clementine).  The real winner, however, is Robert Kirkman because his children’s children can easily afford to eat as well as he clearly does without concern for health risks because they are now (or will soon be) super rich thanks to The Walking Dead.  I’m happy for Kirkman because the success of the comic book is warranted.; however, I give one warning to heed in regards to selling his license out as shamelessly as the local hooker.  TWD: The Game is already showing a lesser polish to its product and the more hands that are stretched out, begging for a piece of TWD, the greater the chance for dilution pissing the brand away.  I realize Kirkman’s comic series is soon coming to a close, so I guess it’s cool to take whatever money he can grab now and run, but that doesn’t mean TWD will be truly dead.  If someone pays Kirkman more than enough money, you bet your ass he’d come up with more TWD stories.  The fans love TWD specifically because its tone is the polar opposite of the concept of “selling out.”  Please don’t break our hearts Robert.  It’s ok if you feel the need to kill off Carl.

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Spike TV’s 2011 VGA’s: “PS3 Exclusive You Won’t Believe”

December 10th on Spike TV sees the 2011 Video Game Awards (VGAs), but that’s not all you are going to see.

According to billboards throughout NYC that are advertising the show, Sony will be releasing some exciting news for the Playstation 3 (PS3).

The blurb on the billboard states there will be 13 exclusive world premieres, including a “PS3 exclusive you won’t believe.”

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