The 4th, previously unknown, Mortal Kombat DLC character has been revealed and it is a pretty interesting choice, non other than horror icon Freddy Krueger. Yeah, I’m not kidding here, the master of nightmares is now a playable character in Mortal Kombat. He joins previously released DLC characters Rain, Kenshi, and Skarlet, all of which have appeared in past Mortal Kombat games in some form or another. Krueger has gotten ready for a kombat by adding a second glove with finger knives. I just hope he has the power to summon a giant snake demon to devour your opponents or a phone to lick them through. Freddy will set you back $4.99 when he is released on August 9th.

It looks like the long awaited Dumb & Dumber sequel (we don’t count the horrid prequel) might happen afterall. A few weeks ago it looked like it was dead in the water after Jim Carrey walked away from the project, but that might not be so according to Carrey’s co-star from the original, Jeff Daniels. Daniels spoke during the TCA panel for his HBO show, The Newsroom, saying “Jim wants to do it. I want to do it. The Farrelly’s want to do it… The Farrellys wanted more work done on it so they got working on it and I think last week they decided to push the shooting of it to next year, possibly because I wasn’t going to move [shooting for] The Newsroom.” The Farrelly brothers have been very hit of miss the past few years, so I’m totally cool with them taking the time to do this project right.

America’s Got “Drama”? Reality competition judge Sharon Osbourne has abruptly quit NBC’s America’s Got Talent and has accused NBC of discrimination against her son Jack and firing him from the upcoming reality series Stars Earn Stripes due to him revealing he has MS. The NBC chairman, Robert Greenblatt, has fired back, saying “Although we did not ask Jack to participate in the competition, we were able to offer him two substantial alternative roles on the show, both of which he declined. This network does not discriminate on any basis.” He also said that “Stars Earn Stripes that requires dangerous water stunts, strenuous physical activity and uses live ammunition- we required all potential participants to undergo medical vetting to ensure that they could safely participate.” That sounds pretty reasonable and I think Sharon might just be overreacting. Without America’s Got Talent, what reality series will she scurry off to next?

Today is the magic day. After years of rumors and a never fading hope from fans, Arrested Development is back in production today! The whole cast, including Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat and Tony Hale, are all expected to return along with the “voice” of the series, Ron Howard. Mitch Hurwitz will once again be providing the words for the Bluth family. All 10 new episodes will be released only on Netflix at some point in 2013 and I can not wait. A big screen Bluth adventure is expected to follow the new season.

The Walking Dead is a multi-pronged franchise, the comic book has been breaking new grounds for years and the TV show, whether you like it or hate it, pulls in the ratings. Telltale Games is infamous for its point-and-click adventures, and astounding adaptation IPs, including games based on the illustrious Back to the Future franchise, as well as a game based on the Jurassic Park franchise.

Telltale is also famous for releasing their games in episodic format, with about two hours of content in each new episode’s release, with a full game including about five through six episodes. With The Walking Dead and Telltale teaming up to release The Walking Dead: A New Day, all signs point to showstopper.

In The Walking Dead: A New Day you play as Lee Everett, a man who is on his way to jail at the start of the game. I won’t spoil much more about the game’s plot, but the game gives you a nice little bit of knowledge on Everett himself as it progresses, so that when you make conversational and reactionary choices, they feel more organic.

A New Day is a game that seeks to make you feel like your choices matter, and for the most part, it works. In 90% of the other games that give you choices, the outcome would result in a few different dialogue choices, or maybe a different color suit of armor, but that’s where A New Day changes things up. It’s this change that separates A New Day from the other games in its path, in that it tries its hardest to make choices that aren’t strictly black-and-white, good-and-bad, or righteous-and-evil. A choice to save one person might come back and bite you in the ass when you’re locked in the room with the father of the person you chose not to save.

Perhaps the biggest criticism one could give the game is that it feels too short. Sure, it’s a $5 game, but at times I feel like I’m rushing through it and it saddens me because the plot is comparable to the better parts of the comics. Other than that, the only other thing that really takes me out of the game is the voice-acting which can range from “Large Ham” territory to generally heartwarming.

All that said,  The Walking Dead: A New Day manages to make itself more than worth the $5 price-tag and wait. If you want some great episodic zombie horror, then this is where you should start. But if you want more action than talking, well head back to Day Z or Left 4 Dead, this boat’s made for plot.

Click here to buy The Walking Dead, Episode 1: A New Day

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SimCity Social. Waiting on the edge of your seat for the next SimCity game? Well, February 2013 is still very far away (seven painstaking months!). In the meanwhile we are lucky enough to have SimCity Social from EA. The game is one of those free Facebook apps that lets you interact “socially” with your friends as you play. You build a city from the ground up using your resources, money, and energy to add new buildings (including homes, farms, businesses, factories, and landmarks to name a few). You can invite your friends as neighboring cities and share resources and help each other grow. It lets you become friends or foes with their cities (you can send them gifts like hot air balloons or prank they with a flock of birds pooing all over the city). As your population grows you get more and more advisors that set goal for you to reach, which steers the gameplay in certain directions. Click here to go to the app page for SimCity Social and follow the directions to add the game to your Facebook profile.

A side note on SimCity Social: the game does not tell you which of your Facebook friends are actually playing. Like all of the social app games, it tries to get you to spam your friends list (and your timeline) to ask everyone to join the game. I highly recommend searching your friends pages to find out who is already playing to make sure you only send invites and game items to them. Otherwise you might end up annoying a bunch of friends that have no interest in the game.

Urban Dead. This is one of those addictive multi-player web based games that you sign up for and quickly use all of your action points and then obsessively wait for them to refill so you can continue playing. You start as a survivor in the city of Malton after the zombie apocalypse has begun. There are four classes of character types to choose from including three survivor categories; military (privates, medics, scouts) , science (doctors, lab assistants), and civilian (police officers, firefighters, consumers), or you can choose to be a zombie from the get go. As you travel around the city you find items, earn experience points that let you gain skills, seek out good hiding spots, and look for other survivors and groups to join. Become a zombie hunter or eat as many brains as you can. This is the best online zombie game we’ll have until someone makes a Dead Rising MMO. Click here to sign up for Urban Dead.

Hollywood the Game. One part writing community and one part City simulation turns Hollywood and moviemaking into a game. You write a movie script, pitch it to player run studios, cast it with your favorite actors, design creative including posters and trailers, advertise the movie, release it, and finally watch the box office roll in. What will you do with all of that virtual cash? How about buying a house in HTG Malibu, a fancy car from one of your favorite movies, or how about games and DVDs based on virtual movies released in the game? The more items and awards you gather help your future releases in different ways. And with totally open game play, you can find yourself taking on a number of jobs, from producer or studio head, to a creative company, a casting agent, editor, video maker, or even a real estate agent selling virtual homes and offices. Become a big wig in a completely player run virtual Hollywood (the screen shot above is part of one of the many City maps). Click here to sign up for Hollywood the Game.

With The Avengers movie ruling the box office, it is no surprise that a new video game is on the way from Marvel and Ubisoft for Xbox 360 Kinect and Nintendo’s Wii U. The game, Avengers: Battle for Earth is based on the popular “Secret Invasion” storyline which saw the alien Skrulls invade earth while impersonating various Marvel heroes causing The Avengers to not know who they could trust.

The game will feature more than 20 characters. So far they have announced Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Man, Magneto, Spider-Man, Storm, Thor, Wolverine and Venom being in the mix. Each of the playable heroes and villains are equipped with four unique powers that you use different movements to trigger the attacks. Game modes include campaign, co-op, arcade, challenges, versus, and tournament. As you can see in the picture above, the game is done in a cartoony style inspired b the actual “Secret Invasion” storyline.

Official description: The Skrulls have landed and now it is up to you to embody your favorite Marvel super heroes and defeat epic enemies during the Secret Invasion. Unleash your inner superhero in Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth!.

You can watch the game’s trailer here.

With hit movies able to surpass the $100 million mark and video games being all the rage, is it any wonder that the two often go together?  Ever since the release of the film adaptations of such games as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, the film world has been searching for that next great franchise.  To help give you a better idea of what’s to come, we have gathered the five video games which were turned into the Top Video Game Movies of all time.

1. Resident Evil
When this horror game about killing your way out of a mansion full of zombies first debuted, no one thought it would be the highest grossing video game franchise of all time.  There are four cinematic film entries starring Milla Jovovich, which have totaled over $500 million in box office sales, and another big screen adventure in the works.  There are also various animated films of the game that are available on DVD.

2. Tomb Raider
Angelina Jolie is perhaps most recognized for her role as Laura Croft from the various Tomb Raider games.  Much like the above, the game often involves fighting your way out of haunted tombs and features a female lead character. The two feature films with Jolie as Croft grossed over $430 million in ticket sales. While they will not be completing a trilogy with Jolie, studios are itching to continue the franchise on the big screen with a new lead actress.

3. Prince of Persia
The old PC game found new life as a movie and in several other gaming platforms.  However, with top notch action producer Jerry Bruckheimer leading the way and Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role, the movie made over $312 million at the box office. This makes it the single highest grossing video game movie of all time.

4. Mortal Kombat
Although the first entry to this film franchise debuted over 15 years ago, it remains one of the top video game films of all time.  The first film made over $122 million at the box office, while the sequel Annihilation made $51 million. This puts its total at over $173 million box office dollars. In addition to the movies, the video game spawned multiple live action series, including a recent web series that starred Jeri Ryan and Michael Jai White.

5. Hitman
While some might guess that big name stars, such as The Rock in 2005’s Doom or Mark Wahlberg as Max Payne, might get the fifth spot, it didn’t happen that way.  This 2007 film starred the lesser known Timothy Olphant as Agent 47, who is an assassin for hire.  The film’s total is just under $99 million and barely beat out 1994’s Street Fighter for the fifth spot.  Hitman has had four video games in its series.


This guest article was written by Sara McDowell. She is an avid Gamer and owns and operates the gaming centric site Video Game Design Schools.

It is a bit too early to start our yearly “Geek Wishlist” for the Holidays, but if I were writing that column then classic arcade machines would definitely be on the list. How would you like to play such classics as Pac-Man, Galaga, Donkey Kong, Centipede, and Space Invaders (among many others) from the comfort of your own home in the style they were meant to be played?

Arcade Classics (can search for them on Google) is a company that has been making coin-operated gaming tables since the eighties and now sells them directly to the general public (and gaming enthusiasts like you and I). Their specialty is the table pictured above, which can usually be found in bars. The piece is made with furniture grade cabinet and a tempered glass top over a 21″ 15kz monitor, with four-way joysticks/buttons. You can get the gaming table as free play or have it so it accepts coins.

There are a bunch of different game options available, including the Namco 20 Year Reunion with Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, and Pac-Man, the Team Play Board with Centipede and Millipede, the Team Play 2005 re-release of Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr and other packages that include such games as Dig Dug, Rally X, Qix, and Space Invaders.

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Have you checked out Hollywood the Game yet? The web’s best Hollywood simulation game…

The game’s official description:

Ever dream of writing your own film, taking it from conception and development to the masses? You’re not alone! In virtual Hollywood the entire entertainment world is at your feet. You can work with the studios and top TV networks to produce the movies you’d want to see and the television shows that deserve to be on the air. You can also become a renowned critic, or a beat reporter for one of our local newspapers. In Hollywood the Game everything is player run, so one day you might run a studio and make all of the big decisions! Interested in playing HTG? Then join our community of like minded individuals now! It’s free!

You can learn more about Hollywood the Game by heading here.

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