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EPICTOBER 2011

Kart Driver: A Dark Take On Mario Kart -- G4 Films' Epictober Film Festival

"Kart Driver" tells the story of Mario as he searches for his on-and-off again girlfriend, Pauline, but I doubt you've ever seen an imagining of the Super Mario Bros series quite like this. "Kart Driver" was the second film in the G4 Film Festival but we had to show it to you again. It was co-written and directed by Drew Daywalt. His co-writer is none-other than G4's Stephen Johnson.

"Kart Driver" pays homage to Mario's first love, Pauline and first nemesis, Donkey Kong. But don't worry; you'll recognize a few old friends here too.

Director Drew Daywalt knows a thing or two about horror; he directed several episodes of the MTV's new Horror-comedy television series Death Valley, the feature Stark Raving Mad and many horrific short films for the internet.

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Check back tomorrow for another entry, "The Birds of Anger", and don't miss the opening selection, "The Hunt."

Take a look at the trailers and posters for all three films right here.

The Hunt

"The Hunt" is a terrifying tale of horror that mashes up old-school suspense with the Nintendo classic Duck Hunt.

You've probably never considered the horror potential of the NES launch title, but director Sam Balcomb clearly has. In Balcomb's dark vision of "Duck Hunt," three hapless hunters come face to face with a monstrous entity keen on their demise. It's the perfect film to get you ready for Halloween.

Balcomb is the co-founder of Rainfall Films, and has produced content for Britney Spears, Steven Tyler, ABC Studios, IGN.com, Willow Smith, Katy Perry and more. We think you'll really enjoy his movie.

The Hunt - A G4 Films Presentation »


Check back tomorrow for Drew Daywalt's "Kart Driver." And on Wednesday, Gregg Bishop's "The Birds of Anger," a horror take on Angry Birds in which the birds are very, very angry.

Take a look at the trailers and posters for all three films right here.




Enter Our Epic Saints Row: The Third Rim Giveaway

Saints Row: The Third won't be out until mid November but you can bring the video game to life with this set of Saints Row customized Lexani rims! Enter here before it's too late. (And too late is anytime after 3:00PM EST on Wednesday, November 2nd.)




Enter Our Epic LOTR: War In The North Giveaway!

Celebrate Halloween with today's Epic Giveaway for the last day of Epictober. One lucky winner (with even luckier friends) will win our special Lord of the Rings: War in the North prize package. This includes three Snow Troll statues from Sideshow Collectibles, a set of War in the North t-shirts and three custom War in the North canvas art pieces featuring Rivendell, Gundabad and Osgiliath. Create your own Fellowship by sharing the prizes among your friends (but without the whole journeying to Mordor part).

Enter now on our Epictober page!

G4 Films Epictober Film Festival: The Schedule, The Trailers And The Posters

We are very, very proud of the G4 Films Epictober Film Festival we held this week: Three amazing little movies that mash-up video games and horror for the holiday season. In case you missed them, I've curated the deadly trio into this post. Below the break, you'll find the full films of The Hunt, Kart Driver and The Birds of Anger.

Enjoy.

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Enter Our Epic Star Wars Kotobukiya Giveaway!

Meet the new Epic Giveaway from a galaxy far, far away. We've got a prize package of Kotobukiya statues for the Star Wars fanatic, which includes Darth Vader, Commander Cody, Darth Maul and a set of two aewsome R2-D2 and Han Solo ice trays!

Click here to enter on our Epictober page and check out the detalis after the jump.

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What's in store for the future of fighting games? 2011 has been the year fighting fans have been waiting for. Mortal Kombat and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 alone made fans weep with joy, but toss in Super Street Fighter IV 3DS and you’ve got yourself a year like no other. And the best part of it – they’re all so damn good.

This resurgence of great classic games all so bunched together has us wondering, where are fighting games headed? Should we duck and weave as more and more fly our way? The short answer, it seems, is yes. With Soulcaliber V, a couple of Street Fighter/Tekken crossovers and indie game Skullgirls on the way, we can look forward to a few more years of plenty. So buckle up your headgear as we take a look at the future of fighting games.

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Enter Our Epic Home Theater Giveaway

You can't play epic games without having an epic TV set up which is why we're giving away this home theater prize package, including Sceptre's full 1080p 40" LCD HDTV, the Warpia Stream HD adapter, the Elgato HDHomeRun Prime and the Griffin Beacon universal remote.

Enter now on our Epictober page and read the prize details after the jump.

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Handheld Atari 2600 Homebrew: Amazing!

The landscape in video games is always shifting. Generally these shifts are predictable and welcome. However, when we look at handheld video games, the emerging environment is one in which a classic tenant of games is dragging its feet to the guillotine.

Handheld games have never held the main market share in the video game industry, but they have always been too significant to ignore. It’s for this very reason that Sony decided to hop into the handheld game years after they could have or should have. There was a gap to fill that Nintendo—banging their head against Game Freak’s door asking for more Pokémon—wasn’t fulfilling. But now it looks as if Sony will soon be the lone wolf in the handheld sphere, going head to head with the juggernaut that is the iPhone 4S.

Can the Vita hold its own against something that already resides in so many pockets? Is there a possibility that another company could get into the game? We take a look-see at these and other questions while we analyze the future of handheld games.

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Enter Our Epic Darkness 2 Giveaway

UPDATE: If you missed this, your second shot at redemption is here with our Darkness 2 'Show Your Inner Darkness' Contest!

It may be the last full week of Epictober but that doesn't mean the Epic Giveaways are going away anytime soon. Today's prize is for the ultimate fan of

The Darkness

. One lucky winner will be the proud owner of an Xbox signed by Marc Silvestri,  The Darkness 2 statue, a copy of

The Darkness, The Darkness

comic book and so much more--all in time for the upcoming release of

The Darkness 2!

Click here to enter now on our Epictober page. Check out more details about the prize package after the jump.

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Feedback 101 is now in session! We have a special treat for you this week on Feedback. 343's Frank O'Connor stopped by to chat with us about Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Blair Herter, Jessica Chobot and Casey Schriener rounded out the rest of your expert panel.

The focus of this week's show was Blizzcon 2011. Casey was on the show floor and has the inside scoop on WoW: Mists of Pandaria, Diablo 3 and more. Please turn to page 46 for more on Blizzcon.

But wait, there's more news! The Feedback team also talked about the latest additions to the 3DS and a new survey suggesting more people are buying DLC than last year.

Tune in next week for coverage on both Battlefield 3 and Uncharted 3.

Feedback -- 343's Frank O'Connor Talks Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary And Blizzcon 2011 Coverage »


The AUDIO MP3 of this episode of FEEDBACK is available here: Right-click and Save.

You learned a lot didn't you. Why don't you share your experience with the class in the comment section.

Special shout out to Astro for those swanky headphones.

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The Birds Of Anger: Angry Birds Gets Frightening-- G4 Films' Epictober Film Festival

We wanted to close G4 Films Epictober Film Festival with a truly amazing short film, Gregg Bishop's "The Birds of Anger."

Inspired by the best-selling mobile game, Rovio's Angry Birds, "The Birds of Anger" harkens back to Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic “The Birds,” and gives gamers a glimpse into a world where birds not only target pigs, but people as well.  “The Birds of Anger” is directed by Gregg Bishop, director of the “Dance of the Dead," and stars the great Jaimie Alexander, star of Thor.

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If you missed yesterday's selection, "Kart Driver," check it out here. Monday's film of the day, "The Hunt," is available for viewing as well.

Thanks for attending G4 Films Epictober Film Festival. Please file-out of the theater in an orderly fashion, but keep checking back: G4 Films promises to continue to bring you awe-inspiring visions of the intersection of games and movies in the months and years to come.

Playstation Move vs Microsoft Kinect: The Future of Motion Control

The concept of motion control has been embedded in every gamer’s mind since the first person jerked an NES controller in a desperate bid to keep Mario out of a pit. From there, various companies tried (and failed) to create a viable motion controlled game/system. It wasn’t until Nintendo released the Wii in 2006 that the industry finally realized there was a juicy new opportunity still ripening on the vine.

Only years old, the Wii’s influence has reshaped the face of the industry. What some see as a bubble—a fad at best—still resonates through the daily workings of video games. New motion controlled games promising to push the limits of the medium are announced with regularity. But just how far can it stretch? Will people continue to patronize games that make them get off their couch and dance around or will these games remain party favors?

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Enter Our Epic Gears of War 3 Giveaway!

Today's Epic Giveaway is for the Gears of War 3 fanatic in the crowd, and contains a signed Gold Retro Lancer, signed Gears of War board game, standard edition Gears of War 3 game and a Gears of War 3 poster. 

The signed Gold Retro Lancer was created from the actual 3D data used by Epic Games in the Gears of War 3 video game, is over 3 1/2' long, and has a trigger that activates a machine gun sound effect. Gears of War: The Board Game, designed by Corey Konieczka, is based on the wildly popular third-person shooter by Epic Games. One to four players take on the roles of COG soldiers cooperating to destroy the Locust horde, and must work together to complete missions against an ingeniously challenging and varied game system. In Gears of War: The Board Game, you’ll relive classic moments from Gears of War and Gears of War 2.

The winner will also receive a signed standard edition Gears of War 3 game and a signed Gears of War 3 poster.

Click here to enter on our Epictober page!

The Future of Shooters:

The video game industry is a shooter fan’s world. Shooters are the most visible, profitable and popular of all the genres video games have to offer. For intellectually-minded critics, shooters can be a guilty pleasure. For socially-minded pundits, shooters are dangerous symbols of how violent video games can be. For the core gamers of the PC and console audiences, shooters represent the best that the industry has to offer.

Shooters are often tied to or spawn the hottest, most powerful graphics engines. They form the nucleus of professional gaming circuits. They hosted some of the earliest social networks (Clans) back in the day when “deathmatch” was still a new word. Shooters are an important part of the history of video games, and an integral part of video game culture.

Last year, G4 listed sixteen games in our “Future of Shooters” piece for Epictober. This year, we have even more games to discuss. The future of shooters is bright, and we’re going to give you twenty-one reasons to believe it.

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