Mortal Kombat Articles RSS Feed | Mortal Kombat RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network It'll be a While Before We See a Trailer for the Mortal Kombat Movie Wed, 11 Nov 2020 16:27:46 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Mortal Kombat (2021) movie is delayed until further notice, Todd Garner, one of the film's producers, said on Twitter.

COVID-19 interfered with the production team's plans for re-shooting scenes. The original plan was top have work finished by March. Now, though, Garner said it's likely there won't be an anticipated release date for the film or even a trailer until after theaters re-open.

Currently, there's no telling when that might be. Meanwhile, the new Mortal Kombat movie remains suspended in post-production, according to iMDB.

When it does release, the Mortal Kombat movie will feature classic characters from the storied series, including Sub-Zero, Mileena (who also features in the upcoming Ultimate expansion), and Sonya Blade.

Classic Mortal Kombat Characters Fight in Scorpion's Revenge Trailer Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:53:45 -0500 Ty Arthur

Last week, Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon revealed that a new Mortal Kombat animated film is coming. Today, the studio behind the movie debuted the first official trailer on IGN. 

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge is set to release in spring 2020, though it will not release in theaters. Available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital services, the movie features a classic lineup of characters. From what we know, the story seems to loosely follow the original live-action movie released in 1995.

Lord Raiden is once again gathering a coalition of fighters to battle Shang Tsung's evil Outlanders in a tournament to decide Earth's fate. Scorpion's Revenge will feature the following voice acting talents:

  • Artt Butler (Shang Tsung)
  • David B. Mitchell (Raiden)
  • Grey Griffin (Kitana)
  • Ike Amadi (Jax Briggs)
  • Jennifer Carpenter (Sonya Blade)
  • Joel McHale (Johnny Cage)
  • Jordan Rodrigues (Scorpion
  • Kevin Michael Richardson (Goro)
  • Robin Atkin Downes (Kano)
  • Steve Blum (Sub-Zero)

In other series news, a recent PEGI rating has revealed the previously canceled Mortal Kombat Kollection Online may be back in the works. The latest main game in the series, Mortal Kombat 11, is also due to receive new universe crossover DLC fighters in March. The roster has most recently seen the addition of DC villain, the Joker. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Mortal Kombat news as it breaks. 

Mortal Kombat Animated Movie Scorpion's Revenge Announced Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:37:22 -0500 Ty Arthur

We may not see a hard-R live-action Mortal Kombat flick for some time still, but an animated Mortal Kombat movie described as "brutal" is due out by the end of Q2 2020.

The upcoming Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge will feature Joel McHale (Community) voicing Johnny Cage and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) taking the role of Sonya. Patrick Seitz (Shenmue 3, Days Gone) will take up the title character of Scorpion.

Franchise co-creator Ed Boon broke the news via Twitter, and since then, we've learned the animated film will be directed by Ethan Spaulding (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman: Assault on Arkham) and written by Jeremy Adams, who has previously worked on Teen Titans and Supernatural.

A live-action movie is also in development and currently slated for a 2021 launch window.

In gaming news, the series' latest entry, Mortal Combat 11, has seen a slew of crossovers lately, with Terminator and Joker recently appearing as DLC fighters, while Spawn will make an appearance in-game starting in March.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on the Mortal Kombat franchise. 

Mortal Kombat 11 Beta Impressions: Shaping Up to be Another Win Fri, 29 Mar 2019 16:42:07 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

Get over here!

Recently, we got our hands on the Mortal Kombat 11 beta, and this is what we learned about NetherRealm's upcoming fighter. 

MK11 is shaping up to be a pretty good one. The closed beta is only available to those who have already pre-ordered the game, and it will run through the end of this weekend: March 31 at 11:59 PDT.

It has two modes: a very simple single-player mode that is essentially there to let you learn your moves, and a regular old versus mode. It contains five of the characters that will be in the final build of the game as well: Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Skarlet, and Scorpion.

How Does Mortal Kombat 11 Play?

For those of you still on the fence about Mortal Kombat 11, the good news is that it is coming together very nicely. Its animations look good, and its presentation is pretty impressive, especially considering how little is included in the beta.

If you've been keeping up with the direction of the series over the last few iterations, there are some definite changes that affect how it plays.

The biggest noticeable difference is that the drawn-out juggle combo style seems to have taken a bit of a backseat in MK11. It may just be because it's still too early to discover optimal combos, but it seems like NetherRealm has made efforts to cut back on the length and damage of those extended combos.

For many, this should be good news. It means the daunting task of memorizing frame data and attack strings in order to have a shot in online matches or tournaments will be downplayed. It means spectators won't have to sit through boring juggle combos that seem to never end.

For competitive fighters, it means the system will focus more on understanding matchups, spacing, and capabilities of the entire roster in order to be successful.

Obviously, we won't be able to truly break down the fighting system in Mortal Kombat 11 until the entire roster is released; it does seem like there is a bit more of a deliberate pace in MK11 than in the last few entries of the series. Rushing opponents down is going to set you up for brutal combo punishments if you don't know what you're doing  the system rewards you for feeling your opponent out, learning their tendencies, and exploiting them.

Mortal Kombat 11 Still Has a Lot of Style

That isn't to say that MK11 is slow  it still pops along nicely, and plenty of moves feature big impacts and the cringe-worthy animations the series is known for.

There is also a level of customization involved: each fighter features three different styles and, although there isn't much available in the beta, customization options. Different gear can be equipped to fighters, changing their looks and stats. This feature will surely make for all sorts of broken combinations; expect it to sit on the sidelines for competitive matches.

As far as any new systems in place, there are a few alterations to the standard formula. Each fighter has two different meters that gradually refill throughout the match — offensive one and defensive one. The offensive meter is used to amplify special moves, and the defensive one is used to activate a variety of helpful abilities to counter your opponent's attacks. They both add significant new abilities to your arsenal, but neither one are necessary to win, especially in casual matches.

X-Rays and "Fatal Blows"

X-Ray Attacks, the single button, massive-damage combo moves, have seen a bit of a revamp. They have been replaced by the extremely similar "Fatal Blow" command, which can only be used when you are very low on health.

These still unleash a huge, brutal combo with plenty of bone-crunching closeups. These Fatal Blows can be activated again after a short cooldown if they don't land the first time, but each fighter's can only hit once in an entire match. 

X-Ray Attacks also make somewhat of a cameo with the new counter system, which is another element that rewards players for spacing and strategizing rather than blindly rushing down. If you land certain attacks at just the right time  such as ducking beneath a punch and clocking your opponent with an uppercut it will do extra damage, occasionally add a bonus effect (like putting them into a juggle or daze state), and zoom in for a gruesome visual cue.

It's a bonus little hint at how the system works, and provides plenty of good opportunities if you notice certain patterns or flaws in your opponent's offense.

What's the Verdict So Far?

Obviously, Mortal Kombat 11 is still Mortal Kombat. It's over the top, violent, and self aware, but the fighting system does seem like it has gone through quite an overhaul. If you come in expecting the long juggle strings of the last few games in the series, MK11 may leave you hanging. The new system is equal parts simpler and more complex; there's not as much muscle memorization, but there are plenty of rewards for those who want to study the game and maximize their abilities.

For those who like the style of the series, you'll find it back in full force. Attacks are brutal and classic characters abound. Fatalities are the perfect mixture of "Oh my God, did you see that? Gross!" and "Oh my God, did you see that? Ridiculous!"

The full release also promises the return of Mortal Kombat's excellent cinematic story mode, the massive "Krypt" full of unlockables, and many more features.

Essentially, Mortal Kombat 11 is shaping up to be another win for NetherRealm Studios. Pre-order at your own risk but, barring any slip ups on the backend (online fighters can be absolutely killed if there are any connection hiccups, as PC versions of Mortal Kombat have seen in the past), this one seems like a pretty safe bet. 

Mortal Kombat 11 releases on April 23 for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. We will have a full review and plenty of other information once the full version hits retail.

Can Adulting and Video Games Really Go Together? Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:29:47 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Although video games have been around for nearly 60 years, and the average American gamer is 31 years old, many people still believe that video games are just for kids. No responsible adult would waste time playing video games when there are more important things to do, right? It doesn't help that a recent study out of the University of Chicago found that men between the ages of 21 and 30 not only had more leisure time than a decade ago, but are spending more of that time on video games. The authors also claim that young men are dropping out of the labor force because games like World of Warcraft are much more rewarding than jobs.

Sure, the hullabaloo is not the first instance of old timers worried about the youth rotting their brains away with new technology. It's also not the first time non-gamers speculated about society's demise over video games. But as video games (and beloved titles) get older, many gamers don't stop playing video games. Can adulting and video games really go together, or are video games something responsible adults have to give up to be productive in society?

Of course not! Not only can video games and adulting coexist, but video games can contribute to one's growth the same way other leisure activities build character and offer challenging experiences.

What Is Adulting?

Adulting, according to the top definition in Urban Dictionary, is "to carry out one or more of the duties and responsibilities expected of fully developed individuals." Examples of adulting include paying your credit card bill, going to work on time, and choosing not to throw shade on social media. Too bad we can't play video games to pay off our credit card bills, but there are games that can help us remember our daily tasks.

Habitica can be one of those games. It's a productivity app that gamifies your to-do list, so it's not really a video game. However, Habitica helps you turn your life into a game.

Users have three separate lists: habits, dailies, and to-dos. Habits are anything you'd like to build into a habit. You get points for doing your habit, and you lose points and health if you fail to do your habit. Dailies are essentially to-dos on a schedule. For example, some of my dailies are tasks that I need to complete each day at work. Similarly, users get points for completing their dailies and lose points and health if they don't complete their  daily that day. There's no penalty for failing to complete a to-do item. Users level up after hitting a points milestone. Lose all health, however, and users die and go back down one level.

Add "pay credit card bill" as a habit, get it done, get the points, and you're rewarded for adulting! Tools like Habitica show how video games help us to practice and reinforce positive behavior in our lives.

Video Games Encourage Perseverance

Some have pushed back against the word "adulting," arguing that celebrating getting the laundry done on your own minimizes your actual accomplishments. I'd like to add that adulting by itself is often treated as an end goal. You've done your laundry. You've cooked a dinner more healthy and complicated than opening a can of soup. You're adulting now, and you're done. Combine adulting with video games, and people can learn to keep trying, to look for new challenges, and to never settle with current results.

Sure, earning an S rank in every single boss level in Cuphead is way cooler than finishing your laundry, but the achievement isn't nearly as cool as, say, coming up with the creative new ad campaign at work. However, earning an S rank takes a level of perseverance and determination not necessarily needed for laundry. Yes, there's another day to do your laundry or another opportunity to come up with the next best thing. However, there's only one Cuphead. There's only one way to get an S rank. And even the very few who do manage to earn an S rank for every boss level in Cuphead don't just stop there

On the one hand, going for S rank on every single boss level is essentially adulting. It's a very time-consuming accomplishment. It can be very easy to say you'll take a break once you get the S rank on Rumor Honeybottoms. On the other hand, very few people who do earn an S rank for every boss level don't just stop there. They may stop with Cuphead, but they don't stop looking for the next challenge. Even if they do take a break after Rumor Honeybottoms, the quest doesn't necessarily stop there.

Overall, adulting and video games don't operate in silos. One can positively influence the other. If we can put our minds toward crushing Cuphead with perfection, then we're able to accomplish anything.

Video Games Teach Practical Life Skills

Adulting, according to the definition, primarily involves the quotidian, mundane tasks of adulthood. Paying bills, cooking dinner, cleaning up, and going to work are not the most exciting aspects of life. They also aren't the only aspects of adulthood or life. It's easy, and rather lazy, to view video games as irrelevant to real life. The relevance is harder to spot in a game like Mortal Kombat than in a game like Kerbal Space Program.

I'm not necessarily talking about educational games and the benefits of introducing video games into the classroom, although educational games do present opportunities to learn practical skills and knowledge. I mean the less obvious instances of learning, like learning how the scoring works in tennis through any tennis game. Or learning geography and history in Mario is Missing! or Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Or learning about different wildlife and climates in Sim Park. The possibilities are endless.

Muhammad Ali once said, "A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life." Adulting is important, but if all you ever did was adulting, then what have you done to expand your worldview? Video games offer valuable opportunities to expand our worldviews and learn about topics we may not otherwise learn through our careers or everyday lives. Learning about ancient Chinese history through Mario is Missing! is not the same as reading a history book, or visiting China, or talking to a Chinese history scholar. But, the latter three ways aren't the only ways to learn about them. And let's not forget exposure through video games can lead to someone picking up a book or talking to someone they might not have without the initial exposure.

Overall, video games are perceived as a waste of time partially because the player doesn't move. Hobbies like playing basketball or reading books are not viewed with the same denigration. Yet, all three can build character and allow people to grow as human beings. Just because video games aren't "adulting," that doesn't always mean video games are the opposite or that they get in the way of functioning as an individual, responsible person.

AtGames Announces Fall 2017 Lineup of Classic Gaming Hardware Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:07:18 -0400 Angelica Dimson

AtGames® Digital Media Ltd., a leading force in interactive entertainment products, has announced their classic gaming hardware lineup for Fall 2017. In partnership with Activision, the Atari Flashback® 8 Gold, Atari Flashback® 8 Classic Game Console, and the Atari Flashback® Portable Game Player were announced in addition to their other latest classic gaming releases: Sega Genesis Flashback, Classic Game Console, and Ultimate Portable Game Player. 

Each of these consoles and portable systems include a fantastic amount of built-in games and innovative features. Plus, a lot of them share the same games -- the only variance being the amount of games that can be on the consoles.

The Atari consoles are slated for release everywhere September 2017 but can be pre-ordered at select retailers in July 2017. While the Sega classic consoles don't have a set release month, they are expected to be in stores everywhere in Fall 2017 and are available for pre-order at select retailers Summer 2017.

Here's what we know so far about each console.

Atari Flashback® 8 Gold


  • Features 120 built-in favorite classic games, including Centipede™, Missile Command®, and Frogger.
  • Includes two high performance 2.4 ghz wireless controllers that are styled like the Atari 1600 originals and also two legacy controller ports for optional wired controllers.
  • Features 720p HDMI output, scan line filtering, and a save/pause/rewind feature for every game.
Atari Flashback® 8 Classic Game Console

  • Valued priced edition with 105 all time favorites like Space Invaders and Pitfall!
  • Two styled wired controllers made to look like the 2600 originals, and two legacy controller ports for personal wired controllers.
Atari Flashback® Portable Game Player

  • 70 built-in amazing retro games, including PAC-MAN™ and Kaboom!
  • A built-in rechargeable battery for gamers on-the-go.
  • Can add your own games with an optional SD card.
  • Games can be played on the 2.8" high resolution display or on a TV via an optional cable.
Sega Genesis Flashback

  • Features a new design that is inspired by the original Sega Genesis console.
  • Includes 85 built-in games, such the Mortal Kombat™ series and the Sonic™ series and an integrated cartridge port that plays almost all Sega Genesis and Mega Drive original cartridges.
  • Two high performance 2.4 ghz wireless controllers modeled after the Sega Genesis originals are included, in addition to two legacy ports for optional wired gamepads.
  • Has 720p HDMI output, scan line filtering, and a save/pause/ rewind feature for every game.
Sega Classic Game Console

  • Valued price edition of Sega Genesis Flashback with 81 built in games, such as Shining Force™ and Shining Force II™.
  • Includes two wired controllers modeled after the original Sega Genesis and two legacy controller ports.
Ultimate Portable Game Player

  • Contains 85 built-in Sega Genesis and Mega Drive enhanced games like PAC-PANIC™ and Splatterhouse 2™.
  • Ability to add your own games with an SD card.
  • A built in rechargeable battery for portable gameplay on its high resolution 2.8" display, or on a TV via optional cable.

With all these features and classic games built-in, AtGames is delivering a lot of favorite retro content.

What do you think? Are any of these consoles on your wishlist? Comment below.

Crazy Video Game Cameos -- Game Characters Edition Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:00:02 -0400 Ricardo melfi

Whenever you're playing a game and you see a character inside from a different game, it really gets your juices flowing. After noticing how many celebrity cameos have been seen in games over the last 20+ years, we noticed that there are even more cameos from other video game characters. Cue the second part of our issue.

Welcome back to the second part of Crazy Video Game Cameos. Earlier, we covered movies and celebrities which appeared in a multitude of video games. In this issue, we will be taking a look at all the video game characters that have appeared in other video games!

Duke Nukem - Blood & Bulletstorm: Full Clip

The Duke, and his developers 3D Realms, have pulled no punches when they decide to make fun of other video games, so it's only fitting that the Duke cops some insults of his own. Play long enough into 90's shooter, Blood, and you'll find a secret entrance. Continue down this path and there's poor, old Duke. Hanging upside down and horribly mutilated but it's him, no doubt. Hit him enough times and your character will steal Duke's line, "Shake it baby!"

For another (current), weird cameo, the Duke is appearing as a playable character in cult classic, Bulletstorm: Full Clip. Check out the trailer below!

Mega Man- Dead Rising Series

Capcom love to throw characters from other universes in their games. Evident throughout all the Dead Rising games, every protagonist can eventually find Mega Man's outfit and become the titular hero himself. Sure, it may just be a costume that you put on but we still get to act like Mega Man, arm rockets and all. Poor guy... it seems he always finds himself in apocalyptic situations. I'm pretty sure you can find a Blanka outfit too (from the Street Fighter series).

Creepers - Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 is a great game full of inside jokes and some very crude humor. With the success and popularity of Minecraft (even so many years later), the developers must have thought, "Ah, f**k it. Let's throw a creeper in as a bad guy." Either that or they were running out of enemy creation ideas. While making your way through some of the mines in this game, you will eventually come across a few block built, familiar characters. A nice little touch. A least they didn't throw griefers in there...

Jill Valentine & Nemesis- Under the Skin

Body snatching sim, Under the Skin, is a novel little piece to play. Similar to Destroy All Humans, this game has you playing as a blue little alien sent to cause as much chaos on earth as possible. At a certain level, you'll notice that it is called Raccoon City. Well, you get to play as Jill and the Nemesis in this level, set with locales from the first two Resident Evil games. Suffice to say, this was enough to get me to play the game.

Claire, Leon & Zombie Cop- Trick N' Snowboarder

Yes, another game that sees cameos from one of the biggest franchise of video game history. Look, it was the 90's and Resident Evil was a global smash, with everyone talking about Raccoon City and the T-Virus. It only makes sense that not so great games tried to pick up on their success, by including certain characters as unlockable players. Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy reporting for snowboarding duty, dude. The developers even threw a zombie cop from Resident Evil 2 in there, just for good measure.

Doom Marine - Duke Nukem 3D

One of those moments in a Duke Nukem game where 3D Realms just couldn't help themselves. With Doom being much more successful than Duke Nukem 3D, they decided to take a jab at the shooter that started all shooters. Get far enough into Duke Nukem 3D and you'll come across a hell-like portal, complete with inverted crosses. At the base of this portal, you'll find the torso of a mauled Doom marine. Guess he didn't have the guts...

Chun Li - Breath of Fire

Timeless RPG, Breath of Fire, by Capcom threw in yet another one of their famous characters somewhere they don't belong. During one of your quests, you meet a master who talks about an amazing fighter. Someone who can kick at the speed of light. Sound familiar? If you thought of Street Fighter alumni, Chun-Li then you'd be correct. Sure, you can't play as her and it's only a 10 to 20 second cameo but it still counts!

Lara Croft & TMNT - Shadow Warrior

Doom and Duke Nukem rip-off, Shadow Warrior, is your average cult classic, FPS. Run around, kill some monsters, blow s**t up. Pretty simple, until you come across a cameo from Tomb Raider's very own, Lara Croft. The protagonist actually mentions that, "She won't be raiding anymore tombs." Nice touch but continue further on into the game and you can find another cameo from 90's sensations, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Dead, but still a cameo.

Spider-Man - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series has always had fun with including random cameos in their games but none stands out more than the web-slinging, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Neversoft could have just used a normal character dressed as the titular hero but I love them for going the extra mile. Definitely the best skater in the game, Spider-Man web slings, flips, and does whatever a spider can while racking up hundreds of thousands of points. I might jump back on after writing this article...

Donkey Kong - Wii Punch Out!

 In the Wii remake to Super Nintendo's, Super Punch Out!, there's a new boss character that you have to take on and boy, is he one of the most difficult! In Wii Super Punch Out!, you don't have to take on Mike Tyson anymore. Now you have to take on a 900 pound gorilla with boxing gloves. Don't be fooled as Donkey Kong is the hardest character to fight in the game. Good luck, it was nice knowing you...

Wesker, West, Marcus & Dom - Lost Planet 2

Mega cameos are starring in Capcom's sci-fi, 3rd person action-shooter, Lost Planet 2. An average game when it was released and unfortunately lost the test of time, this entry had a few cool cameos as unlockable players. Up to four different universe characters appeared to play with, being Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago from the Gears of War series, Albert Wesker from the Resident Evil series, and Frank West from the Dead Rising series. The game didn't change much but being one of these bad-asses sure made me think so.

Scorpion, Reptile, Sub-Zero & Raiden - NBA Jam

Not content with throwing in one of the most powerful, political couples of the time (Bill and Hillary Clinton), Midway decided that they wanted to see what b-ball skills some of the Mortal Kombat roster has. Including Raiden, Reptile, Sub-Zero and Scorpion into the fold made for some pretty awesome basketball games. The only problem was arguing with your friends over who would play as Team Netherealm.

Tanner - GTA III

One of the biggest franchises of the time, Grand Theft Auto, decides to take the mickey out of another large franchise of the time. Everyone remembers Driver,  one of the best driving games to ever come out on the original PlayStation. Well so do the developers at Rockstar, when one of your missions has you dealing with a detective who 'runs funny' and also drives a muscle car. Now they don't ever say his name but the running funny and muscle car part? Definitely a rip on Tanner and his later installments when he has the ability to get out of his cars.

Heihachi & Xiaoyu - Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2

Heihachi has appeared numerous times in a number of different games but who knew the billionaire CEO could use a racket? It seems that when he isn't planning on killing his son and ruling the world in Tekken, he's working on his serves. First time cameo for Ling however, which makes me wonder why they included her and not, say, Kazuya or Jin? The Mishimas could put their rivalry to the side for a few doubles games...

Solid Snake - Evolution Skateboarding

One of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater imitation rip-offs, Evolution Skateboarding was pretty much a simple, skateboarding game. Complete with challenges, time limits, decent graphics, and an amalgam of different tricks to pull off, this game wasn't so bad when you got into it. Unfortunately, the THPS franchise completely overshadowed any skateboarding game that tried to release. One way to put your game on the map is to include a cameo as a playable character. None other than 90's stealth-hero, Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid.

Samus & Link - Super Mario RPG

In the 90's, RPG attempt at putting Mario in a genre he definitely didn't belong, Super Mario RPG was a surprisingly great game. Taking on RPG roots, a level-up system, and turn-based battles, this game happened to also include some cameos from other Nintendo icons. In one part of the tavern/inn, Link can be found sleeping in one of the beds. Approach him to try and talk and he will just sing one of the iconic Legend of Zelda songs. Samus from Metroid is also sleeping in a bed but this time it's in the Royal Mushroom Castle, where she lets you know that she is "Resting for Mother Brain." We'll just leave you both there until your game time comes around.

Altair Ibn-La'AHad - The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

You wouldn't expect to see it in a serious RPG like The Witcher 2, but it does give you a small hint in the game's title Assassins of Kings. Approaching one of the destroyed barns in one of the towns will have you come across a broken hale bay cart. You even notice a dead person in a white, hooded outfit, so you move in for a closer look. At this point, it's 100% clear who the developers are trying to mock. It seems Altair (from Assassin's Creed) was attempting to assassinate one of the kings in the game but failed to land one of his famous eagle drops correctly. Oh yeah, you know he's dead.


Proving that video games and cameos are a fantastic mix, even when it doesn't make sense at all, cameos are the stuff of much conversation. I hope you enjoyed and probably even learned about some cameos you didn't know where there. Thanks for reading our latest listicle!

So what did you think? Did I miss any major video game character cameos you think should have been included? Don't forget to leave a comment below!

Street Fighter V's Freebie Beta Test is Basically A Free Demo Sun, 02 Apr 2017 09:00:01 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

I’m not going to mince words here: Street Fighter V was a huge letdown. More importantly, the iconic fighter is no longer the top dog of the fighting scene, either, with many hardcore fighting fans moving over to Mortal Kombat, King of Fighters, and Killer Instinct for their fill.

Luckily, Capcom is aware of the hot mess they have on their hands with the series' fifth entry, and they're staying on top of the damage control efforts with a new Beta version of the Capcom Fighting Network, which that facilitates the operation of SFV.

The effort may be too little too late, though, as Capcom is only now addressing the issues that have been plaguing the fighting game sequel for more than a year. Adding more salt to the wound, the developer is limiting Beta access to PC players only. PS4 owners are still stiffed with the junky build that Capcom sold them -- and that's without any news of an update to the console version in sight.

Now that’s not to say that the game as it is now is unplayable, but it’s definitely a bit rough -- and arguably still incomplete. A lot of the brawler’s flaws stem from the lackluster infrastructure of its network, which did nothing to monitor netcode stability (or player conduct for that matter) if you were even lucky enough to score a connection. That's not to mention the small degree of utility available for the few online competitive modes that Street Fighter V offered.

In my brief time playing around with the CFN Beta, I was able to appreciate the flexibility that Capcom presented as I was given full access to the all of the available characters and stages in SFV while customizing my profile preferences. The good vibes didn’t last, though, as the few matches I did get to play came with the baggage of excessive wait times for matchmaking during peak network hours on a Friday night.

Even after I optimized the game settings to run properly on my hardware, there were still some hints of hitbox clipping and lag that affected the overall quality of the bout, with the connection suddenly dying in between rounds.

With the climate of the Street Fighter V as it is now, Capcom is going to have to go all in with their CFN Beta -- and release it on the PlayStation Store as well. The fact that the Japanese brand has overlooked half of the player base is astonishing when you factor in just how many players are on the PS4.

What baffles me more is that one of the biggest selling points that Street Fighter V had going for it was the cross-platform play that it promised between PlayStation 4 and Windows, which would have significantly expanded the field test that Capcom’s attempting to conduct with the beta. On top of that, it would have also greatly increased the data they hope to collect out of the release.

The CFN Beta is supposed to go on until April 3, which honestly just isn’t enough time to mend any of the fences that the game needs to fix. I’m hedging bets, however, that Capcom will figure this out themselves much sooner than later, especially when they notice the gradually growing wave of negative steam reviews that keep stacking up on the Beta’s store page.

Personally, I hope the Beta sticks around longer and gets the maintenance it needs, then if Capcom can move it over to Sony’s marketplace, the goodwill of the series may have a chance to be fostered again for those who still care.

But only time will tell. 

4 Highly Problematic Video Games Controversies Between 1976-1997 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Scopersniper

Imagine a world where video games are regulated by the government. Due to these controversies, that almost became a reality. But do not note; this isn't the complete list of controversies from 1976-1997. It's more of a highlight reel, or a lowlight reel if you prefer. If you want a more complete list, check out this timeline for video game controversies.

Before the days of the ESRB, anyone could buy any game they wanted. Children were playing Mortal Kombat and there was nothing anybody except their parents could do about it. This was, of course, going to change. And it took just a few controversies to do it.

Death Race

Way back in 1976, when home consoles were a new and alien concept, a game called Death Race came out. The lo-fi graphics made the game look like a slightly more aggressive version of Pong -- considering the objective of the game was to mow down as many "gremlins" as possible. The thing that got everyone up in arms and the game taken off the market?

"What got everyone upset about Death Race was that you heard this little 'ahhhk' when the person got hit, and a little gravestone came up."

According to video game journalist and historian Steve L. Kent. This was the start of a long line of video game controversies.

Night Trap

In 1993, the game Night Trap was pulled from the shelves of Toys "R" Us and F.A.O. Schwarz in the U.S. in response to a joint Senate Judiciary and Government Affairs Committee hearing on video game violence. Night Trap was cited as "shameful", "ultra-violent", "sick", and "disgusting", encouraging an "effort to trap and kill women." This showed that obviously nobody in the building had played the game, as the whole point of Night Trap is to protect and save the same women the Senate claims you're encouraged to "trap and kill."

Mortal Kombat

Now we get to what any kid growing up in the 90s was waiting for: the 1993 Mortal Kombat Congressional Hearings. These hearings eventually gave birth to the ESRB, A.K.A "the reason parents have to go through an extra step to buy their sons Call Of Duty," in 1994.

Jack Thompson

In 1997, Jack Thompson files the first in what is to be a long line of video game lawsuits. These lawsuits claim video games are directly responsible for violence in teens. This came after the Heath High School shooting in the same year after it was revealed the perpetrator had regularly played games such as Doom and Quake. The suit claims that the producers of the games were "negligent in distributing this material to a minor because it would desensitize him and make him more prone to violence." The suit is dismissed for "failing to present a legally recognizable claim."

Why Does Any of This Matter?

All of these controversies lead up to the formation of the ESRB. Without the formation of the ESRB, games would potentially have been regulated by the government. This would have most likely spelled the end of violent, controversial, and mature franchises like Doom, QUAKE, or Grand Theft Auto. These staples of the game industry would have never revolutionized their respective genres, if their respective genres would even survive. All games would be what we consider today to be "kid-friendly." If the ESRB had not formed, you might not even want to play video games, instead doing something "productive" like reading. But really, where is the fun in that?

The 9 Best Hilarious Video Game Deaths Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:00:01 -0500 Ricardo melfi

Sometimes it's just not enough to see a certain villain or comrade die in (mostly violent) different ways. You may feel the need to see them die in hilarious and outlandish ways because of, you know, entertainment and stuff. There have even been moments where the situation is supposed to be sad or upsetting, yet the way the character dies is just too good not to laugh.

We decided to compile the very best deaths that we considered hilarious (which means they have physically and literally made us LOL). Here are our 9 Best Hilarious Video Game Deaths!

Johnny Cage - Fatality

Mortal Kombat X

Yes, it is a surprise that Mortal Kombat features on list of hilarious video game deaths. But the crew over at MK have never really taken fatalities that seriously, which is perfect for scoring unlimited laughs.

The series veteran, Johnny Cage, is still here carving out fatalities against his unfortunate opponents. His latest one sees Johnny go up behind his beaten foe and literally open them up from the back, peering through the gaping hole in their torso. This isn't what makes it great though, as Johnny pays homage to one of my favorite movies, The Shining, by saying, "heeeeeerrreeee's Johnny!"

Gold... just pure gold.

Spider-Man - QTE Sequence

The Amazing Spider-Man

There's a sequence in The Amazing Spider-Man, by Activision, in which Spider-Man (Peter Parker) has to execute a string of QTEs in order to pass the scene. Not an ultimately difficult sequence to keep up with, as Spider-Man is ever graceful. However, miss just one button and Spider-Man ends up flat on his face, extremities spread out as if he was squashed like a bug.

The above video shows off all of the hilarious death animations, but the first sequence is the most funny, with another having him spread out flat after hitting a wall. Cheap laughs? Absolutely, but still hilarious...

Daedalus & Sons- Hang Glider Plummet

Red Dead Redemption

Everyone loves Red Dead Redemption, as Rockstar absolutely nailed the harsh and untamed world of the Wild West. There are a few zany missions in this gem (that is still played today by the way) but the best one in our opinion is the Daedalus & Sons, hang glider mission. You see, Daedalus is determined to be the first man to fly using a hang glider, and is even willing to risk himself in order to prove it works... by jumping off a very high cliff.

After John has finished amassing the items that Daedalus needs and progressing to the end of the mission, we see him finally take the jump. Unfortunately, his hang glider isn't quite what he expected and he plummets to his impending doom, all the while screaming in true Rockstar fashion.

Horrifying? Maybe. Hilarious? Definitely. Rest in peace friend, the world will never know of your exploits.

Face McShooty - Embracing Euthanasia

Borderlands 2

Usually when someone asks you to shoot them in the face, you consider what that could mean? The person's obviously crazy, right? So what do you do? Well, if you're playing Borderlands 2, you happen to come across Mr. McShooty who basically begs and screams for you to, erm, shoot him in the face. No sooner does he say it that a mission automatically appears instructing you to actually go through with it.

It's got to be a trick, so you wait... and wait. Once he starts to repeat himself, you think, "Why the hell not?" Now the hilarity doesn't actually stem from this moment but with the immediate, "THANK YOU!" he shouts, milliseconds AFTER being shot.... in the face.

Leon Kennedy - Big Fish in a Small Pond

Resident Evil 4

Leon Kennedy has seen some weird shit in his life when it comes to bioweapons (ahem, zombies and mutated monsters). He works hard and barely gets time off. Entering into Resident Evil 4, Leon has his work cut out for him as he has to save the president's daughter. Still, all work and no play makes Leon a dull boy, right?

Thus, we all decided to go lake fishing and started taking pot shots at the fish swimming around. It was kind of relaxing, if we're being honest. However, after taking too many pot shots at the defenseless, small fish in the lake -- found midway through RE4 -- will not end well for Leon. He thinks he can just push those fish around? Well not today!

After too many pot shots, a massive bio-weapon fish launches out and swallows Leon in one go. Yeah, that's what you get for picking on creatures smaller than you.

Carmine - Keep Your Head Down, Stupid             

Gears of War

Carmine, you poor, poor rookie. We understand that you're still working out the kinks in your soldiering but just a little piece of advice for you. When it comes to being in battle zones, don't keep your head up. Stay down, at almost every opportunity, as Carmine finds out the hard way. Kneeling to fix a jam in his gun, he cops a round to the head after not staying behind cover. Tough break, man. Maybe you'll do better next play-through... oh, it's scripted.

Rag-doll Physics - "I'm Faaaaabulouuusss"

Almost every game, ever

Rag doll physics are reason enough for spontaneous laughs almost every time. I'm not sure how these kinds of physics are supposed to make the game seem more realistic, but due to some of the rags we've seen over the decades, rag doll physics still haunt our darkest nightmares. Other times we lose our (collective) shit. You know what we're talking about.

Chained, Whipped, Beaten & Killed

Crash Bandicoot Series

That brilliant bandicoot was the epicenter of my young, gaming life, collecting every damn box, gem, relic and crystal this series had to offer. The first installment became insanely hard the further you progressed, with punishing saves and checkpoints. This meant that you would die, a lot.

Even as a professional Crash player honing my skills over the decades, I still manage to lose a lot of damn lives towards the later half of the game. As one would expect, every one of Crash's hilarious deaths are burned into our memories. Every, single, one.

Pop Culture Resurrections

Sunset Overdrive

Everyone loves pop culture classics like Dracula, The Ring, Back to the Future, all of the Superheroes, Portal, and even Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, so it goes without saying that the (very versatile) re-spawn animations in Sunset Overdrive are a real treat.

The nods to many great films and pop culture appear and yes, we know they aren't technically 'deaths' but you do have to die in order to see them. Check mate?


Proving that not all deaths in video games have to be such serious circumstances and that laughter is good for the soul, even if it is at someone else's expense -- but they aren't real, so it's fine. But for now, that was my 9 Most Hilarious Video Game Deaths!

Did we miss anything obvious or did you find some hilarious game deaths of your own? Leave a comment below and get involved!


Quotes & One-Liners That Will (Definitely) Put A Smirk On Your Face Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Ricardo melfi

Video games (just like movies) tell elaborate stories, build characters and use dynamic effects and shots. It's an immersive medium and before long, you're emotionally invested. You're right there in the game. Dialogue is such an important part of said immersion and (again just like movies) video games have fired off some awesome and memorable one-liners/quotes. Most of the time they're generic action and dramatic one-liners but every now and then, a little piece of gold finds its way out...

With that said, here are some of the funniest one-liners and quotes that are sure to put a smirk on that face of yours!

Duke Nukem Forever

The Duke

*Looks in the mirror*

"DAMNNN, I look good..."

Don't deny it. Whenever any of us played as the Duke, our inner narcissist couldn't be kept down for long and a smile slowly creeped its way across your face. How could it not after hearing that line? Then again, now that I think of it, I laughed at A LOT of his one-liners...


Portal P.A Announcer

"If you need to go to the bathroom after this next series of tests, please let a test associate know because in all likelihood, whatever comes out of you is going to be cold. Only temporary so do not worry. If it persists for a week though, start worrying and come see us because that's not supposed to happen."

Portal is jam-packed with sarcastic and humorous quotes/one-liners. It was hard to narrow it down but the P.A Announcer made me smile first. While GlaDos always holds a place in my heart, she won't be seen on this list.

Assassin's Creed II

Ezio Auditore da Firenze

"Your sister seemed quite satisfied with the 'handling' I gave her earlier."

Ahhh, the good-old mum and sister jokes. For being as old as they are, still pack quite a punch when used. Seriously, it hurts. Just look at how easily the Pazzis are angered when Ezio uses the above line on them! Ubisoft know this too and young Ezio is a typical, "your mum" kinda guy...

Left 4 Dead


"Free copy paper? Sweet!"

What else could put your mind at ease when facing a zombie apocalypse? Guns? Water? Food? Defendable shelter? No! COPY PAPER! Left 4 Dead's Zoe shares STG's enthusiasm for the little things in a zombie apocalypse when she yells out her one-liner, in the copy room. Bless Zoe, you go girl.



"Hey I'm just exercising my second amendment rights here, you fuckin' communist."

This insane game made absolutely no sense but who cares? The violence and gore made sure you never had a chance to think about that. What I did notice, however, was the player's one-liners. Most notably, the above one. My drink nearly came out of my nose when I heard this gem. Yep, apparently shooting and killing people is just exercising your right to... shoot and kill people? Otherwise, you're just a filthy communist aren't you?

South Park: The Stick of Truth 


"If you have a fucking better name for them then fucking say it Clyde!"

There's something about Cartman spitting the dummy at people that's just so damn funny. He's everyone's favourite, evil, little shit. Stick of Truth was (finally) a fantastic South park game and the entire game made us here at STG lose ourselves laughing but when Cartman gets angry and says this to Clyde during the tutorial, it's hard not to laugh let alone smile.

Spec Ops: The Line

Robert Darden (The Radio Man)

"Geez man, where's all this violence coming from? Is it the video games? I bet it's the video games."

Yeah, I'm totally sure it's the video games and not the fact that you play as a highly trained, special forces soldier, trained to kill, dropped into unknown, enemy territory, are constantly attacked and have some tough decisions to make along the road. Definitely the video games...

Brutal Legend

Eddie Riggs

"Oh man... don't tell me I've been slaying hot girls this entire time!"

Eddie Riggs is your average, mediocre roadie who gets transported to a heavy metal dimension. Using his extensive knowledge of 'the metal', Riggs leads the inhabitants of this heavy metal heaven turned hell in a revolution against the dastardly General Lyonwhite. After seeing the face of one of his foes, Eddie immediately pauses mid-fight to ask himself the same question every man would. 

Marvel VS Capcom 3


*Everything he says in this game.*

We couldn't narrow it down with everybody's favourite merc, Deadpool. He's just too damn funny so instead we decided to just tell you to go out and play the game already! The great thing is when he actually talks to the player through the game and mentions the fact he knows he's in a fighting game. Absolute gold...

Sonic Colours

Sonic the Hedgehog

"No copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!"

This one made the list because it was unexpected, yet also feels personal. It transcends the game and touches on a real issue many gaming channels and platforms seem to suffer. You tell em', Sonic...

Uncharted 2

Nathan Drake

"Yeah good luck pal. That's almost impossible to... Oh, you did it... nice."

Nolan North is a great voice actor and the most recognised voice in gaming today. He does a fantastic job as Nathan Drake and can even get his disappointment and envy across the microphone. Being proven wrong is never funny but when you are, at least give the person credit. Real, genuine credit. Don't be like Nate, the jealous douche.

Assassin's Creed II

Mario Auditore

"It's a me, Mario!"

This joke is so old now but it seems to continue to get used. This one-liner was made famous by the super plumber himself and has been seen/heard/used almost everywhere in the world! It comes to no surprise that Ubisoft threw this little piece of chuckler homage in. I feel like I've heard this somewhere before...


Trishka Novak

"Yeah!? Go fuck yourself! You shit piles give chase, I WILL kill your dicks!"

Bulletstorm tough girl Trishka is a Final Echo mixture of sassiness and, well, extreme violence. You meet up with Trishka as she is getting sexually assaulted by one of the planet's denizens. Trishka can definitely take care of herself , as she proved as your companion in Stygia. You get the feeling she's got something to prove though and the one-liner she fires off above tends to prove it. Time to start working on your trash-talk Trish...

Conker's Bad Fur Day

The Great Mighty Poo

"I am the great, mighty, Poo and I'm going to throw my shit at you."

Now the line itself isn't actually that funny, but if you really want laughs then turn to a classic comedy method; turn it to song! The Great Mighty Poo serenades Conker on his Bad Fur Day (see what I did there?) and scored an ashamed little giggle from me. Guys really don't need much for comedy, do we?

Mortal Kombat

Boon & Scorpion



"Get over here!"

The two most iconic one-liners that came from Mortal Kombat way back in the 90s secured their place in pop-culture, still being referenced and used today. These two quotes will ALWAYS wrestle a sub-conscious smirk from your face.

The Wolf Among Us

Bigby Wolf

"Urggh. This shit will kill ya'."

*Takes puff of his cigarette*

Bigby Wolf is the protagonist in Telltale's The Wolf Among Us. He's the tough, emotionally withdrawn, whiskey drinking, cigarette smoking, wise-cracking, bad-ass tasked with solving a series of murders of fairytale characters in 1986 Fabletown. Again, Bigby (short for Big Bad Wolf) has a lot of great one-liners that made us smirk. Soda will kills you but your cigarettes won't, eh Bigby? Classic fairytale irony at its best.

Far Cry: Blood Dragon

Sgt. Colt

"I fucking HATE tutorials and this one is TERRIBLE!"

The 80s have made a comeback everywhere and Far Cry: Blood Dragon is no exception. Blood Dragon is an 80s-induced trip back in time to Hollywood's sci-fi and action films. Sgt. Rex Colt is a cyber commando in the near future of 2007 in which a nuclear war has destroyed the globe. One typical 80s best friend betrayal later and a revenge plot is set in motion. We all dislike most video game tutorials as much as the next guy (or gal) and Colt confirms this notion. You go Rex...

That's it for this listicle! We hope you enjoyed the article and found a few things to entertain you. Please leave a comment with what you think is your favourite quote in video games and don't forget to check out our channel and links!

14 Game-Inspired Halloween Costumes & Accessories You Can Buy Right Now Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:46:12 -0400 Glitchieetv

Halloween is fast approaching. You may have already carved a gamertastic pumpkin, but do you need something last minute for a gaming-themed costume? Decided to create your own but running out of time? The following are some amazing video game inspired creations perfect for any costume, whether it is an accessory or a major piece. 

Costume Accessories

Minecraft Weapon Set

It can take time to create the perfect Minecraft weapon to accompany your costume. Not only can this set of sword and pickaxe be a cosplay prop, it can also be a fun toy for children to play with long after Halloween is over.

Harry Potter Wands

Who doesn't want to be a wizard? Slip on some robes and you are pretty much ready to go. But who will really know you are able to cast spells unless you have your wand? 

Luckily, Etsy has these great replicas available for your next trip to Hogwarts.

Pikachu Ears Headband

Pikachu wouldn't be Pikachu without the ears. Rosy cheeks and yellow attire may make you look more like an overly warm Charlie Brown than the iconic Pokemon without them. So don't forget the ears!

Pokeball: Full Scale Replica

Have a Pokemon Trainer, gijinka, or other related cosplay? Looking to set it apart from every other costume in the neighborhood? A Pokeball is a must to help sell the look. A high quality Pokeball will really reel in the candy -- especially with post-Pokemon Go and pre-Sun & Moon hype going strong. It could even help you win you that costume contest. Whichever you value more.

Three Dogs' Gloves

Three Dog is an iconic figure from Fallout 3. He even makes an appearance in Fallout Shelter. Looking to copy his look but don't have the time to craft his gloves? The above item is perfect for you.


 Joker Costume Onesie

Looking to dress up your baby but not sure where to go for a great costume? This Joker onesie is perfect to dress up your little bundle of joy while keeping them comfortable. Onesies also provide great opportunities to layer. Try layering a Batman outfit on top with a peek of the Joker underneath, representing Batman's transformation into his nemesis in Batman Arkham City

Baby Sushi Costume

Loved the Lickitung sushi game from Pokemon Stadium? Dress your baby up as a piece of sushi and remember the good times you had.

*Caution: Babies are not meant to eat. Costume only. Watch out for spicy sushi.*

Monkey Costume

Monkeys are adorable. They are mischevious. They throw poop at you in Don't Starve. One of the main sources of poop in the Shipwrecked DLC, monkeys are one of the more annoying creatures in the game.

Whether your little creature is annoying, they will most certainly be adorable with this costume. Hopefully poop-throwing does not ensue while the veil is thin. 


Goldeen Freddy Fazbear Costume Set

Five Nights at Freddy's has already spawned many terrified screams. Spread that terror to your friend's party with this Golden Freddy Fazbear costume set. Ears, hat, and a bow tie with collar make up the most important aspects of the costume. Pair that with tan colored clothes and boom -- instant costume!

Scorpion Costume

Always wanted to yell "Get Over Here" at someone to scare them? Now you can be extremely intimidating in a full Scorpion costume from Mortal Kombat. Prepare to fight in Otherworld at the next Mortal Kombat tournament when wearing this realistic costume.

Dark Alice in Wonderland Costume

Have a love for Alice in Wonderland? Like dark things? American McGee's Alice is perfect for you then! Never played it? You need to. But in the meantime, this Alice in Wonderland costume from the game is just waiting there, calling your name. 

Ash Ketchum Trainer Hat and Gloves

You want to be the very best like no one ever was? Grab this set of Ash gloves and hat to become a Pokemon master! Jeans, shirt and vest not included, but can easily be found in your everyday apparel.

Skyrim Master Robes of Destruction

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim contributed quite a lot in the way of costumes. From various legendary armors to regular clothing item, there is a plethora of inspiration to chose from for Halloween apparel. Those seeking to master destruction spells can adorn themselves with these magnificent robes and wow all the neighborhood kids.

Mario Newsboy Hats

Mario and his compatriots have long been staple Halloween costumes. Easy and open to various interpretations (but still instantly recognizable), their hats are what sells the costume. Chose from 5 variations covering Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, and Fire Mario. 

What other awesome gamer gear have you found for this Halloween? Let me know in the comments below!

Attend These Conventions for Cosplay Goodness Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:56:25 -0400 Glitchieetv



Anaheim, CA (November)

BlizzCon -- a convention devoted entirely to Blizzard Entertainment games. Cosplayers with a passion for games such as World of Warcraft, Diablo  or Overwatch show off their love-infused costumes among other fans. Armor, weapons, body paint are all staples here. For the very best of the best, take a gander at the costume contest.


Have you been to any of these events? What conventions would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments! 


San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego, CA (July)

San Diego Comic-Con is another massive convention. Tickets sell out almost as soon as they are available. Cosplayers prep for months, working their costumes to perfection. While the focus is on comics, a plethora of costumes from every corner of geek and nerd culture can be seen in the halls of SDCC.


PAX South, PAX East, PAX West

San Antonio, TX (January); Boston, MA (April); Seattle, WA (September)

In 2004, the Penny Arcade Expo started in Bellevue, Washington. Since that time it has expanded to PAX East in Boston, PAX South in San Antonio, PAX West and PAX Dev in Seattle, and even PAX Aus in Melbourne, Australia.


With massive attendance numbers and a focus on gaming, PAX is one of the largest gaming conventions around. And a large convention means large amounts of cosplayers. From League of Legends champions, to Mortal Kombat, to Pokemon, all manner of costumes can be found at one of the PAX events. Again, tickets sell out quickly -- so get ready to queue as soon as the site goes live. 


New York Comic Con

NYC, NY (October)

New York Comic Con is one of the biggest comic conventions on the East Coast. High-profile celebrities, costume contests, comic artists, and more... NYCC has just about everything a convention goer could ask for.


Except short lines. Those are usually scarce. Tickets sell out quickly, so be prepared to queue the instant they go on sale. 



Atlanta, GA (September)

DragonCon and the DragonCon Parade bring all the fanfare to Atlanta, Georgia. Kicking off the festivities with a giant parade filled with cosplayers, DragonCon is one of the perfect conventions to attend to see a wide variety of costumes. As seen in the photo, you have Waldo, Carmen San Diego and Astrid. That is just one section of the parade!  


Anime Expo

Los Angeles, CA (July)

Anime Expo is one of the premier events when it comes to cosplay. Anime and cosplay seem to go hand in hand these days. Be prepared to see Naruto, Titans, Ryuko Matoi, and Goku, as well as other anime staples throughout the crowd. 


Cosplay has been gathering steam in the past few years as it has become more mainstream. We see it at events, at Halloween, and many other times throughout the year. Male and female, young and old alike are cosplaying characters from all their favorite IPs.


Conventions are one of the best places to go to see a variety of cosplay. Whether it's video games, anime, comics, movies and everything in between, convention goers can see someone wearing a costume from it. Here are 6 of the best conventions in the United States to attend if you want to check out some amazing cosplay.

Director of Fast and Furious 7 Doesn't Want to Rush the Next Mortal Kombat Movie Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:44:47 -0400 David Martinez_1224

James Wan, the film director of multiple hits, including The Conjuring 2, Fast and Furious 7, and the upcoming Aquaman movie, does not want to be hasty with the next possible Mortal Kombat movie. Rumors have been spreading all over the web concerning a possibility of another Mortal Kombat movie, but based on a recent interview with IGN, James Wan is clearly interested in being apart of it.

In Wan's words:

"The key here is to try and do it right. I don’t want to rush into it. So right now, we’re just trying to take our time to make sure it’s heading in the right direction. I think that’s more important than trying to rush through it and pump up something that no one likes."

Based on this statement, Wan is playing it smart. His exact role in the potential movie is not set in stone yet, so he could be the director or the producer for all we know. With the projects he has on his plate at the moment, it's highly debatable what role he could take.

It's been twenty years since we've had a Mortal Kombat movie, and not a very good one, but based on these words of such a promising director, it's possible Mortal Kombat fans may get the film they deserve.

10 Dumbest Lawsuits in Gaming History Sun, 07 Aug 2016 06:30:01 -0400 Donald Strohman


Edge Games Vs Anything 'Edge'


Mirror's Edge, Edge of Nowhere, Edge Magazine. Oh you're all in for it now! How dare you use a word so common as "Edge" in your name, when clearly Edge Games should own 100% of the trademark and profit off it. Meanwhile, Sony should also own "Let's Play" videos, the the Fine Brothers should hold a monopoly over people's reactions to YouTube shorts. 


Sound asinine to you? Well, it apparently didn't for Edge Games, as in 2010 they attempted to sue Electronic Arts for publishing the game Mirror's Edge. Not because they found it disappointing or anything, but because it contained the word "edge," a word they had attempted to trademark. They also tried to make the words "cutting edge", "the edge", and "gamer's edge" a trademark of their company. An entire game titled Edge had to be removed from App stores, as Edge Games founder Tim Langdell had threatened to take legal action against the game's creators, claiming he owned the world trademark for the word "edge." 


Thankfully, this didn't go over so well for Edge Games, as the trademark office eventually threw out all five claims for the phrases. Like Paris Hilton trying to market "That's Hot" or Donald Trump trying to trademark all things moronic in nature, Edge Games eventually faded into obscurity once the lawsuit vanished alongside their reputation.


Have a juicy lawsuit we missed? Did someone sue Geico after contracting salmonella from a gecko? How about someone taking up claims against McDonald's for running out of nuggets? Be sure to comment and let us know what your favorite, completely ridiculous, lawsuit has been over the years, whether it's related to video games or not!


Wilson Vs Midway Games


All kids are bound to do something stupid when they're young. Sometimes they learn it from their parents, other times they learn it from watching television. But whatever small mistake they do make is usually harmless. Something that just warrants a simple life lesson and a slap on the wrist, to ensure they'll never do such a silly imitation ever again. That is unless they decide to murder their friend or something. 


Thirteen year old Noah Wilson was killed by his friend Yancy Salazar, who was also thirteen. As tragic as the event was, and as understandable as it is for parents to be grief-stricken, the Wilson family chose not to put the blame on Salazar, but rather the video game Mortal Kombat he happened to enjoy playing. Andrea Wilson, the victim's mother, claimed that Salazar was so obsessed with the game, his reality was obscured and made him believe he was a Mortal Kombat character and tried to perform a fatality move on his friend. The case was dismissed when Wilson's "complaint failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted." 


I guess you could say the end result of this lawsuit was a FLAWLESS VICTORY for Midways Games. I'm going to hell, aren't I? 


Jack Thompson Vs Bully


So now it's the third time Rockstar Games' controversy has been mentioned in this slideshow. It also marks the second time Jack Thompson has been showcased as the lawsuit aggressor. I'm sensing a pattern here. 


Released in 2006 for the PlayStation 2, Bully was immediately met with a whirlwind of backlash from naysayers. While critics and audiences praised the game for it's anti-bullying message and fun narrative, people who hadn't experienced the title immediately claimed it was a game that rewarded bullies and encouraged children to be aggressive. Jack Thompson, once again, filed a lawsuit against Rockstar Games, wishing for the game to be banned from store shelves. The judge ruled that the game's "vicious" content was nothing that couldn't already be seen on late night television. And seeing as how Thompson is as mature of an adult as can be, he ridiculed the judge for allowing such a "toxic game" to continue being sold. Freedom of speech is a funny thing sometimes. 


Silicon Knights Vs Epic Games


It's one thing to make a bad game. You just have to pick yourself up, and try something better next time around. It's an entirely different matter, on the other hand, when you blame a developer that had nothing to do with creating the game for your end product being bad.


Too Human turned out to be a pretty big disappointment for Xbox 360 fans. However, instead of developer Silicon Knights admitting fault for their mediocre adventure title, they instead turned around and sued Epic Games for an alleged breach of contract. They even went so far as to claim Epic Games withheld code to intentionally make Too Human doomed from the start. And yet, this lawsuit actually backfired for Silicon Knights, as Epic Games was awarded $4.5 million in damages, all while Silicon Knights was forced to recall unsold copies of Too Human from store shelves. 


Too Human? No, it sounds like Silicon Knights was just being Too Stupid


The Romantics Vs Activision 


I'm sure everyone reading this has picked up a plastic guitar and rocked out to Guitar Hero at one point or another in their lives. And while the games were relevant before their bubble popped, everyone was having a blast with the games. So, of course, plenty of bands and artists wanted their songs to be a part of the games. You would think giving written permission to use your song in a video game would be more than enough of a reminder to not try and sue the developer, but apparently the old grumps formally known as The Romantics had forgotten to take their morning pills. 


In 2007, the rock group The Romantics attempted to sue developer/publisher Activision for including a close cover version of their song "What I Like About You." With the group demanding the song be removed from Guitar Hero titles, a federal judge in Detroit denied the claim, noting that Activision "did exactly what the company was supposed to do" in securing music copyright permission.


Broken and defeated, lead singer Wall Palmar hobbled back home in disgust, where he immediately started planning a new single titled "What I Don't Like about Activision."   


Jack Thompson Vs Manhunt


Hey you, check it out! It's everyone's favorite video game slanderer Jack Thompson! You know who he is, he's the man who continuously tries to ban games he thinks are "too scary" for people, and that parents can't be trusted to decide if their child is mature enough to play a game or not. 


Rockstar Games is no stranger to controversy (please see the first slide if for whatever reason you skipped over that.) However, all that initial controversy seems like nothing compared to the murder of fourteen year old Stefan Pakeerah. When seventeen year old Warren Leblanc was linked to his friend's murder, a copy of Manhunt was found in his possession. So of course, everyone blamed it as the reason Leblanc became a murderer, as it's not like Leblanc should take responsibility  for committing the act or anything. 


Believing Rockstar was wholly to blame, Jack Thompson attempted to have the game banned from American store shelves. Although this lawsuit fell through, it's not like Manhunt 2 fared any better in the wake of controversy. Some feared that the Wii version of Manhunt 2 would have the player simulate stabbing their victims by wielding the controller as a knife. The problem was that said news outlets never realized how inaccurate the Wii motion controls can be. 


It's considered an offense to own a copy of Manhunt in New Zealand. So while everyone else is whining about how Rockstar is trying to corrupt our youth and brainwash them into becoming killers, I'll just go ahead and play my AO rated copy of Manhunt 2 on my laptop, thank you very much. 


No Doubt Vs Activision 


One would think that if you were letting a game studio use your likeness in an upcoming title, you would try to become familiar with said franchise before letting them do so. Said idea must not have crossed No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani's mind, however, as she took offense to her video game character being able to sing in a male's voice (if the in-game song was already sung by a man.)


No Doubt brought up a lawsuit against Activision, and their game Band Hero, just a day after its release. Despite being told from the get-go that in-game avatars would be capable of this after being unlocked, No Doubt still found a problem with Gwen Stefani's image not being restricted to just No Doubt songs. The case was settled out of court with undisclosed terms, and no mention of who was awarded what.


There's No Doubt in my mind that this lawsuit was just plain ridiculous. But Gwen Stefani is "Just a Girl," and must have felt like she was "Trapped in a Box" by her in-game likeness. After all, she didn't want to come off as a "Hollaback Girl" (oh wait, No Doubt didn't make that one, crap...) 


Universal Studios Vs Nintendo


King Kong, Donkey Kong, Konga LinesYou'd think companies would trust us to know the difference, but that's not how Universal Studios saw things.


On June 29, 1982, Universal sued Nintendo over the character of Donkey Kong, claiming it was too close of a resemblance to their King Kong character. And it's not like Donkey Kong was scaling the Empire State Building or anything in Super Mario Bros (unless you happen to look at the photograph and think I'm lying, spoiler alert, that's a joke image,) all you needed to have was a giant gorilla becoming too popular, and Universal was bound to swoop in and take all your money.


What Universal failed to realize was that they had used an argument in a previous court case that could be utilized against them. Universal had stated that the characters and scenarios of King Kong were open to public domain. Meaning, whether Donkey Kong was too close of a resemblance to King Kong or not, it was completely irrelevant as the character couldn't be subject to copyright. Nintendo won the case and was awarded $1.8 million in damages. Universal later tried to appeal the ruling, but the verdict was upheld. 


While it proved to be successful for Nintendo, showcasing to the world they were capable of taking on bigger name companies, this lawsuit just made Universal look like a bunch of baboons. 


The Olsen Twins Vs Acclaim Entertainment 


Every celebrity wants their fifteen minutes of fame. It just so happens that for Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, their fifteen minutes of fame peaked when they were younger than fifteen. Seriously, these two young blondes were everywhere in the 90s'. Television shows, movies, cheap toys made in a Chinese sweatshop, their young adolescent faces were popping up more often than Justin Bieber's mugshot. 


And then their young celebrity bubble popped. So, like the adults they were, they obviously just took note of their failures and tried to take their careers in a new direction, all without blaming anyone else for said shortcomings, right? Well, as it turns out, their line of video games hadn't been doing so well, and they were the first to be blamed for the twins' dwindling fame. 


When Acclaim pulled the plug on the Mary Kate and Ashley series of games, the twins hired a lawyer to sue Acclaim for $180,000 in damages, remarking how the publisher "blatantly abandoned the Mary Kate and Ashley brand and has taken the brand in video games which had flourished and has now run it into the ground." After all, it's not like their acting careers have been driven into the ground since then.


Lindsay Lohan Vs Rockstar Games


Anyone who seems to take pride in their cocaine-ridden public image certainly needs some form of psychiatric help. That, or actress Lindsay Lohan might be desperately trying to raise enough money for Disney to finally make her film memoir Confessions of a Meth Addict Drama Queen.


Grand Theft Auto V was a smash success across the world, receiving praise from critics and gamers alike for its dark humor, open world gameplay, and plethora of missions to take part in. However, Lindsay Lohan, a once fairly prominent actress in her glory days, didn't appear to love it as much as everyone else. That blonde lady on the game's cover art, in-game celebrity Lacey Jonas? Yea, Lohan claims Rockstar Games ripped the character off of her real life, Disney-downfall personality. I don't know what's worse, someone openly admitting that their existence is a close match to a washed up celebrity caricature, or the fact that the lawsuit is still on-going.


There's a reason the Darwin Awards exist; people can be idiots. You know someone, somewhere, at some point in time decided to have a bleach drinking context, because product labels now have to indicate that you totally shouldn't decide to ingest cleaning chemicals. And why did companies decide to start labeling everything as dangerous if not handled properly? Because the same idiots who drank all that bleach decided it was Clorox's fault for not warning them about the satisfying tingling sensation/inner third degree burns that would be laced down their trachea.


Lawsuits are about as common as air molecules Some are genuinely needed by people have been wronged by a party, others are just lawfully invalid and will be thrown out the moment they reach a desk. However, in rarer cases, one lawsuit pops up that is just so laughably insane that every news outlet will be reporting on it. In fact, some of these most ridiculous lawsuits happen to originate from the video game industry itself. So sit back, relax, pour yourself a cup of Clorox, and enjoy learning about ten of the dumbest video game lawsuits that have ever graced the industry. 

The Best of MomoCon 2016 Cosplay: Video Game Edition Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:04:23 -0400 Kat De Shields


One wouldn't think a game about squids, aka Inklings, and colorful paint would be a hit, but this game is definitely a lot of fun. We're just glad the Splatoon cosplayers we came across didn't start a turf war. 




This game took the indie world by storm, so we knew we'd run into some Mettatons and Comic Sans. 



It's all about the ratings, baby. 

Final Fantasy

No convention would be complete without the presence of some Final Fantasy badassery. We also love Princess Peach's unintentional photobomb. 

Dragon Age: Inquisition 

You can never go wrong with cosplaying a knight from this wildly popular fantasy RPG.

Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter 

Kitana, Jade and Scorpion from Mortal Kombat and a guest appearance by Street Fighter's Vega makes for one epic team of ass whoopin'. 

 Dark Souls

We all know that Dark Souls is supposed to be hard AF, and we were excited to see our favorite knight still standing. We must have caught him between boss fights. 



I wonder if he beat the tutorial.

Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill 2's Pyramid Head is symbolic just as much as it is creepy. These Pyramid Head cosplays were on point. (Get it? On point?)



Star Wars: Battlefront

Stormtroopers, Shadowtroopers, and Imperial TIE Pilots galore. There's nothing half as satisfying as Star Wars cosplay done right. 



[Ebony and]



[Shadow Troopers look so damn cool]


Though we expected a lot more Overwatch cosplay at MomoCon, we were happy to see Tracer protecting the Mystery Machine. We would have loved to see the infamous butt pose, though. 

Super Mario Bros.

Mario and Luigi are two of the most recognizable video game characters out there. Props to this plumbing duo for putting a steampunk spin on a classic cosplay. 


A fun aspect of cosplay is taking existing characters and adding a new spin to them. These three PacMan ghosts took their fandom to the next level and designed their costumes to mimic astronaut ghosts from a t-shirt design/short story called The Madness of Mission 6. It's a totally worth the three-minute read. The shirt is available for purchase here. 



So much more intimidating than the ghosts in retro PacMan.

 Katamari Damacy

It's always fun to see cosplay for those weird games that become cult classics. The Prince's Cousins, Kuro and Opeo, were in the house at MomoCon representing Katamari Damacy



Kuro (the guy on the left) had all of his poses down pat! 


We were stoked to see Halo represented with this awesome cosplay of Master Chief. 



100% BAMF


Let's all be honest. Apart from amazing panels, celebrity appearances, art and announcements, we also love attending conventions for the cosplay. At MomoCon 2016 in Atlanta, games, movies and animes were well represented by convention goers, and we're here to share some of our favorites. 

Trion Worlds Chooses Alex James Ryan as Winner in AbleGamers Fellowship Fri, 03 Jun 2016 08:56:32 -0400 Joe Passantino

Video game developer Trion Worlds has named Alex James Ryan as its winner of the AbleGamers fellowship, which aims to support students with disabilities in game development. The Trion Worlds website revealed that the studio will grant AJ $10,000 in scholarship funds.

According to the AbleGamers website, AJ was born with Arthrogryposis -- a condition that resulted in weakened or missing muscles and nerves in his body. As a result, he learned to use his feet to play and develop video games, including Street Fighter 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and Mortal Kombat.

Trion Worlds also revealed that AJ recently founded Inclusive Games, a game development studio that, in the fellowship winner's words, "aims to create full experiences everyone can play."

AJ elaborated on the rationale behind his work:

"As someone that’s disabled myself, it’s frustrating to see games ship without options that help me play games. Since I’m studying Computer Science and Media Informatics in my senior year of college, I now have the skills to make games ... And make games I do."

Trion Worlds COO Russ Brown had words of praise for AJ:

"Anyone who cannot use their arms and plays Mortal Kombat with their feet, and is setting up his own game studio is a winner. The world needs more Alex James Ryans."

Interested readers can learn more about AJ on the AbleGamers site, and learn more about the initiative via the Fellowship website.

[Image Source: Trion Worlds]

Mortal Kombat Edition Consoles Announced Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:27:13 -0400 Channler T.

Here is some great news for retro Mortal Kombat and SEGA fans alike! The folks at have just announced that they will be releasing Mortal Kombat editions of the SEGA MegaDrive / Genesis Wireless Consoles and the SEGA MegaDrive Arcade Ultimate Handheld (with SD Card slot) are now available to order at their site.

Both of the consoles are officially licensed and come with 80 games! They include classics such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Alien Storm, Streets of Rage, and of course all three original Mortal Kombat games.

Console specs:

  • 80 built-in games; including fan favorite SEGA titles
  • Two user friendly wireless controllers
  • Compatible with original Mega Drive Controllers
  • Compatible with SEGA Mega Drive cartridges
  • Connects directly to the TV with Included AV Cable

Handheld Features:

  • Now includes SAVE and LOAD ability!
  • 80 classic SEGA MegaDrive games built-in (using the original files for 100% authenticity)
  • SD card slot allows more games to be added (SD card not included)
  • Crisp 3.2” LCD display
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Charged by USB cable (USB cable included)
  • A perfectly slim and compact handheld games console
  • Supports .BIN and SMD files

The console is now in stock and the handheld device will be in stock soon and both can be purchased here.

Are you excited for these editions? Let me know in the comments!


We put 15 of the most iconic game characters through that dumb What-Dog site. You're welcome. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:56:48 -0500 Ty Arthur

The Internet just discovered a whole new way to waste time with Microsoft's What-Dog site, which lets you determine what kind of dog any given person would be just by uploading a photo.

You should have guessed by now we already tried this out with every video game hero and villain we could think of, and it is eerie how spot-on some of these are.

The face recognition sadly isn't perfect, and I was pretty disappointed it couldn't find anything for either Mario (and yeah, I tried the live action version) or Leisure Suit Larry, but then again perhaps that's for the best...

"Soap" Mactavish

Would you send your Labrador Retriever to plant some claymores by the door?


I'm never going to look at that beautiful mane of silver hair the same way again...


Do you think she'd agree with the assessment?


I can't stop laughing at this one!


If only it had said "loves his family."

Lara Croft

The many, many, many mercenaries I killed in the Tomb Raider reboot would likely agree!


I'm now going to always see Link with a dumb grin and his tongue hanging out, but "surprisingly strong body for its size" is so accurate!

Marcus Fenix

Yep, I can see it. He doesn't take kindly to orders either.

The Arbiter

Well, they nailed the neck and body type!


Somehow I feel like this describes Max from Life Is Strange a lot more than Kefka!


Who's a cute little Scorpion? Yes you are, yes you are!

Solid Snake

I lost it entirely at "intense stares."

Tiny Tina

Definitely vocal, energetic, and eager to prey on small animals... or bandits, whatevs.


That description is amazingly accurate for the character, even if the image doesn't quite match.

Captain Price

Could you ask for a better jogging partner through a snowy base in Siberia or a dusty airplane graveyard?

Let us know what hilarious combinations you come up with you give What-Dog a try!

Top 10 video game books Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:49:08 -0500 Zack Thompson

Have you ever finished a game and thought, "wow! I want to know more about this world!" Or have you just wanted to know more about your favorite Hero's adventures? Luckily many Video Games have expanded their universes and lore with books, and out of the many, many that are out I've tried to devour as many as I can. Out of all the ones I've ever read I do have my favorites. This is my totally opinionated top 10 list of Video Game books that I'd recommend anyone.

10. Tomb Raider: The Lost Cult


The Lost Cult is the second Tomb Raider Novel  by E.E. Knight released in 2004. We join the busty heroine Laura Croft as she tries to retrieve a lost Iraqi artifact from a group of Peruvian gangsters in order to clear herself of the Von Troy murder. Though this seems like a lame way to get Laura's new adventure rolling it's a fun read, if only for the same reasons you'd go to a popcorn movie, nothing revolutionary is done with the character but it holds certain nostalgia value.

9. Mortal Kombat

Written in 1995, this prequel book expands the stories of the not yet well known characters, offering some interesting early takes of some of your favorites.

8. Alan Wake

A book based on a game about an author who might be going insane, what’s a better idea than that? The plot itself matches the game, although some details differ from the actual game. Still, if you were a fan of the game and want a novelization of it or, didn’t want to bother with the game but are curious about story, you’re going to win either way.

7. Dragon Age: Asunder

A Dragon Age book that takes place after DA2 and delves deeper into the repercussions of the Kirkwall incident. If you love the DA universe and want to delve deeper into the tension between the Mages and Templars defiantly give this one a look. 

6. Dead Space: Martyr

I love horror books. I love horror video games, so of course I'm going to love a horror book about a horror video game! Acting as a prequel to the Dead Space games, it gives a deep history of the founding on Unitology and the founding of The Marker.

5. Resident Evil: City of the Dead

Again my love of horror comes through with this third book into the Resident Evil universe. This book follows Claire, Leon, Jill, and Chris as they save survivors and get out of Raccoon City. This book takes place during RE 2 but their are some noticeable differences in the story.

4. Halo: The Cole Protocol

The Cole Protocol is the 6th Halo book and one of the best ones. It can’t actually be tied to any sort of timeline within the game's events, but really fleshes out more of the universe.

3. Homefront: The Voice of Freedom

Even though I'm 1 of 12 people who liked this game and the book won’t win any literary awards, this prequel to the game sets the scene and is crammed full of action sequences and a plot that hits very close to home for a lot of Americans. The constant threat of terrorism is really brought home in this book. If you haven’t played the game then this is a great introduction to the world and will help you connect with the in-game characters.

2. Mass Effect: Revelation

The first book in the Mass Effect universe, Revelation sheds some light on the history of David Anderson and Saren, as well as Anderson’s connection with Kahlee Sanders (a side character in Mass Effect 3).  It also details how Saren discovered the Reapers and the reason for Anderson's distrust of him.

1. The Witcher: Time Of Contempt

I kind of cheated with this one since this is a book that inspired the games, but it's my list and I can bend the rules as I see fit. The first few of these books act as short stories, prequels to the games. But the third book in the series is where author Andrzej Sapkowski really starts exploring Geralt as a character more. I recommend reading the other books but this one is by far my favorite of the series so far.

Any books I missed? do you have any recommendations? let me know in the comments below!