Way back when, last summer, Marvel and EA teamed up to develop a fighting game based on the characters in the Marvel universe, in what is the most literal example of a Marvel Team-Up of all time. Well, now, you can ask What If? the game had ever been made, because Marvel and EA are breaking up and not going through with it.

We hear through the grapevine that it was EA what did the dumping, as they just don't see the Marvel game as part of their ongoing business portfolio, and that Marvel will continue to develop the game on their own. "We don't need EA," Marvel as a personified character did not say, "we'll be stronger on our own. Plus, EA was totally cheating on us with Dark Horse, because DC saw them together at the gym, and they were totally dancing together, and Image Comics said they looked like they were kissing, but the light was too dark."

IGN: Marvel, EA Call the Whole Thing Off

Earlier today we posted a story about Hal Halpin addressing the Mass Effect/Fox News situation and his defense of video games, but the drama isn't over.

When asked to apologize for their incorrect portrayal of Mass Effect by EA, Fox simply issued a statement that they have "extended several invitations to EA for a company representative to appear on Live Desk w/ Martha MacCallum to discuss Mass Effect, and the segment which aired on Monday.  We have received no response.”

That's been the official word from the network, but on yesterday's Live Desk w/ Martha MacCallum, Martha herself took some time to acknowledge the statements made by Cooper Lawrence, the guest on the original program who debated with game journalist Geoff Keighley about the supposed pornographic nature of the game.

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Quaid, Tatum in 'G.I. Joe'


Posted January 29, 2008 - By Mike D'Alonzo

You know that there's a G.I. Joe movie coming out, right? You should, because we've talked about it before. Well, there are new cast members on the project, and those cast members are Dennis Quaid and Channing Tatum. Quaid will play General Hawk, the leader of the military unit, and Tatum will play Duke Hauser, the lead soldier of said unit.

The film will begin shooting in Los Angeles next month, and will be released on August 7th, 2009. It will be directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) and will likely get a ton of build-up as the next year progresses. Watch this space for more details.

Variety.com: Quaid, Tatum enlist in Par's 'G.I. Joe'

Tags: Movies, News

Hal Halpin, president of the Entertainment Consumer Association --a consumer advocacy group for computer and video game players-- issued an open statement to Fox News after the network aired a misleading debate segment about the Xbox 360 RPG Mass Effect last week. Both news anchor Teri Van Horn and guest Cooper Lawrence claimed that Mass Effect featured ponographic content and that the game was being marketed towards young boys.

Halpin's full statement on the issue:

"On behalf of the [ECA], the national non-profit organization representing American video game consumers, I urge you to correct and repudiate the misstatements leveled by Fox News’ Live Desk regarding the story and character interactions in Mass Effect.

Your show’s reporting was irresponsible and incorrect.  Your own “expert” Cooper Lawrence has subsequently disclaimed her misstatements… In the future, we ask that you book real gamer and industry experts on your show…

ECA’s members are disturbed by your news organization’s apparent disregard of the truth in this instance.  We represent a diverse group that cuts across all ages, with the weightiest portion in the coveted 18 - 45 age group, and with women accounting for 38% of gamers. Over the past week, our members have mobilized to speak out and set the record straight on Mass Effect, and we ask the same of you."

X-Play contacted Halpin for further comment regarding the controversy.

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Tags: News, Videogames

'Resistance 2' Screenshots


Posted January 29, 2008 - By jfassino

Insomniac is a very appropriate name for a studio that's going on its third game in the last three years.

The studio will be releasing a follow-up to the PS3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man sometime in the near future; so far it's been dubbed Resistance 2. The first batch of screenshots from the game depict the definite fall of man as evidenced by the unhappy looking creatures swarming this aircraft hangar.

For more shots, click the banner.

Tags: News, Videogames

Late last week a Microsoft exec let slip that former EA Chicago studio head Kudo Tsunoda, the man responsible for such hits as Fight Night: Round 3 and such non-hits as Def Jam: Icon, had joined Microsoft Game Studios and took the position of Project Lead on the next Gears of War title.

Today Microsoft issued a statement to X-Play commenting on these rumors:

""Kudo Tsunoda has joined Microsoft Games Studios, reporting to Shane Kim," it said. Seeing as how Shane Kim is the head of MGS, it is indeed true that Tsunoda is in the Xbox 360 sphere of influence; in what capacity is yet to be confirmed. Circulating rumors point to next month's Game Developers Conference as the unveiling of Gears 2, so more information about this story may come to light ni the coming weeks, and we'll definitely have it for you once the situation is sorted out.

Nothing says hardcore like roguelike dungeon crawlers, and Sega is ready to put you to the test with the upcoming DS title Mysterious Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer.

Players will grind their way through multitudes of randomly generated dungeon maps taking on ruthless enemies. Be careful, though, as dying wipes out your progress and you'll be forced to start from the beginning!

The game is set for release this spring; check out the screen gallery by clicking on the thumbnail.

Tags: News, Videogames

LEGO Turns 50


Posted January 28, 2008 - By jrmylmb

In about 30 minutes, LEGO turns 50 years old and Gizmodo has made a handy timeline of the milestones leading up to this day for all to see. It’s quite interesting and you should look at it.

Ya know, there are 62 lego bricks for every person on the planet. That’s awesome beyond awesome. Now this doesn’t account for those that have been eaten by dogs, little brothers, or vacuum cleaners, but still, pretty awe-inspiring. We are awed.

TheFeed decrees Happy Birthday, LEGO!
And as the nonlate, nongreat Kenny Rogers would say, “You decorated my heart.”

Gizmodo.com: LEGO Brick Timeline

Tags: News

It seems as if all we ever talk about around here is who is going to be directing The Hobbit films. So, it would fall in line that this is another in the same vein. This time, however, the talk is more than speculation, as it seems that Guillermo Del Toro is actually in negotiations to be the director of the films. Del Toro, the director of Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth, might be just the man to make The Hobbit as Tolkien-rich as fans would like, while keeping a sort of dark edge that would really add to the projects.

Of course, this is all just speculation until he signs the contract. Tomorrow, we could be reporting about how Steven Spielberg has decided to take over the project...or about Justice League, because that's the other thing we talk about around here.

Hollywood Reporter.com: Del Toro doubles up for 'Hobbit'

Tags: Movies, News

When faced with the prospect and proposal of Wii games being used in British schools as a physical education tool, campaigners are saying it’s merely a gimmick. Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education has dismissed a recent proposal, saying,  “It looks like another gimmick. It's pandering to the views of the physically idle."

Well, that’s all well and good, but let’s be honest. No one except the one million folks who bought the Wii Fit in Japan actually think playing the Wii is going to keep you in shape. It’s good for you to be up and moving around, but putting it in schools is a little ridiculous when you’ve got all that room outside and all those red kickballs in the closet.

Channel4.com: Computer games scheme is 'gimmick'

Tags: News, Wii

Need for Speed: Pro Street has not been very quick in finding the offramp for PSP Boulevard, but the game is finally ready to go for the Sony portable, and we've got a few more screenshots of the action.

Click the image to burn rubber while you wait for the game to ship very shortly.

Tags: News, Videogames

Woolworths Drops HD-DVD


Posted January 28, 2008 - By Mike D'Alonzo

Citing the fact that Blu-Ray outperformed HD-DVD at a 10:1 ratio over the holiday season, Woolworths has decided to stop selling HD-DVD products in their stores. Of course, this is in the UK, and none of the major American store conglomerates has decided to stop selling the format yet, but we can only assume it will be a matter of time before HD-DVD goes down in defeat.

In other news, who knew that there was still a Woolworths in the world? We thought that Wal-Mart took care of all of the non-Target superstores a long time ago. Makes us yearn for the days of the five-and-dime, and phosphates with Lana Turner.*

Note: The preceding paragraph was written by Grampa TheFeed.

GamesIndustry.biz: Woolworths drops HD-DVD sales from High Street

Nintendo's stock price is falling, which isn't necessarily good for the company, but it's not bad, either. See, the reason the stocks are falling has nothing to do with the success of Nintendo, or the money they've earned this year, both of which are stellar. Nope, the reason that the stock is falling has everything to do with the fact that the dollar is weakening versus the yen, so the power of the dollar in buying stock isn't what it once was.

So, Nintendo fans and stock investors take solace in the fact that the company is doing just fine, it's just your economy that's in a state of near-collapse. Still, if they could make some more Wiis, that would be nice, since it seems that people still really want to buy them.

Reuters: Nintendo shares tumble despite stellar earnings

Last week, X-Play's Adam Sessler twice addressed the recent controversy with BioWare's space RPG Mass Effect. First, in Sessler's Soapbox, Adam discussed the series of online ravings by a conservative blogger who had never played the game. Then, on Friday, Adam turned his attention to the recent FOX News segment on the game, which incorrectly reported that Mass Effect featured full graphic nudity and sex. Check out the two videos and then let us know where you stand on this issue.

Sessler's Soapbox: Mass Stupidity »

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New Games This Week...


Posted January 27, 2008 - By Yodapollo

It's truly an odd week in gaming when Bomberman can account for 33% of all new games being released this week. Also, it's not such a big week for the 3 consoles, with only one Wii game making it's debut this week. Oh, and guess what? It's a Bomberman game! Will you be picking up any of these titles this week? Leave a comment and let us know what you think of this week's releases.

The Sims: Castaway Stories - PC

Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice - PSP

King's Bounty: The Legend - PC

Bomberman Land - Wii, PSP

Pacific Storm: Allies - PC

Bomberman Land Touch! 2 - DS


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