You probably don't remember The Last Starfighter, but it was an awesomely cool sci-fi movie from the 80's about a kid recruited to save the universe by playing a videogame. Well, there are rumors of a sequel, tentatively titled Son of the Starfighter, and those rumors are gaining steam, with a production company putting the film on its slate, and a rumored appearance by Lance Guest, who played the teen in the first movie.

We could not be happier about this development. The first movie was a whole lot of fun, and, with the advances in technical film making prowess since the 80's, a sequel could be really cool. Obviously, we will have more news as it comes, but you should see the original. It's cheesy, but it's awesome.

Cinema Blend.com: Son Of The Last Starfighter!

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On March 8th, at 8PM ET, G4 is bringing you a night of the Women of Ninja Warrior, including an exclusive behind-the-scenes look. Gain entry to course planning, and a VIP pass to a special training camp. The action-packed evening begins with Women of Ninja Warrior: Behind the Scenes, giving viewers a rare opportunity to follow four contestants as they get special one-on-one training with some of the men of Ninja Warrior, view the newly redesigned course and meet some of the previous stars of Women of Ninja Warrior.

Immediately following the special glimpse behind the scaffolding, G4 will premiere the Women of Ninja Warrior tournament comprised of four all-new episodes. Women from all walks of life will compete along-side top Olympians and amateur athletes in an attempt to pass the world’s ultimate test of physical ability. All of this will take place from 8 to 11PM ET on March 8th. Enjoy!

Tags: G4, News, TV

Clearly Namco has never read the Nintendo style guide. If they did, they would know that Nintendo is insistent upon using the word Wii correctly.

The guide reads, in part, "It is simply Wii, not Nintendo Wii... The name works best at the beginning of declarative statements." So why then does Namco declare an all-inclusive trip of winter fun without using Wii? It is a question that may never be answered.

Regardless of Wii or We, We Ski is the newest game from the publisher. It's got the Wiimote and nunchuk support for carving those nice lines in the powdery slopes. It's got Mii support, allowing you to get some air with your own customized avatar. And it's got four-player multiplayer so you can watch as your friends go flying through the fence during the downhill.

Most important, however, is the fact that We Ski will make use of the Wii balance board that comes with Wii Fit, making it one of the first third party games to use the peripheral. Namco promises a large, snowy mountain for players to explore, complete with different skiing disciplines like moguls and slalom.

The game will be out this Spring; just make sure you save some I's and call it by its correct title. Click the banner for more images.

Tags: News, Videogames, Wii

It's a pretty big week in the world of gaming, punctuated by the long-awaited release of God of War: Chains of Olympus, the game that might end up being the killer app for the PSP, and a whole host of baseball-related games, as it's the season for all of that stuff. Check out the list. We think you're going to like it.

  • Legends of Norrath: Inquisitor - PC
  • Rocketmen: Axis of Evil - XBox 360
  • Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery - DS
  • Eco Creatures: Save the Forest - DS 
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus - PSP
  • Ninja Reflex - WII, DS 
  • Chicken Hunter - DS 
  • Pet Shop - DS

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Another week, another version of Fresh Ink Online. This week, Blair Butler sits down with a pile of comics, including Criminal, Sharkman, Almighty, Batman, and the first issue of the provocatively-titled Kick-Ass. So, join her, won't you, as she walks you through all you need to know.

Fresh Ink: Almighty, Criminal, and More! »


Tonight, X-Play is bringing you a special treat from the Game Developers Conference. Tonight's X-Play will be the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards. Which game will take home Best Innovation, Best Game Design, or Game of the Year? Find out Tonight on X-Play at 8PM ET!

Tags: G4, News, TV, Videogames

ABC Might Pick Up 'Scrubs'


Posted February 29, 2008 - By Mike D'Alonzo

It was one of the saddest casualties of the writers strike. The veteran comedy Scrubs, which was in its 7th and final season on NBC, was sort of unceremoniously dealt with, and would never film nor air a final episode, limping off the air after all of this time. However, it looks like Scrubs might have some new life on ABC, who might steal the show from NBC, for an 18-episode commitment next season.

Further making this good news is the fact that all of the stars would be under contract for an 8th season, including indie darling Zach Braff, who signed a pretty hefty contract extension just a year ago. So, there's no official word on Scrubs yet, but ABC might just give it the sendoff that fans would want.

Hollywood Reporter.com: ABC wants 'Scrubs'; NBC irked

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The world needs more Family Guy, or so it has been determined by the powers-that-be, who are readying a spinoff by the name of Cleveland, which would feature wacky neighbor Cleveland Brown who hilariously has bathtub accidents fairly often on the show.

Yes. We need more Family Guy. Just what we need. American culture hasnt quite hit it's low-water mark. Why not add some more Family Guy to the mix? See how well it worked with American Dad? Personally, I would prefer The Sorrow and the Pity: The Series to a Family Guy spinoff, but have at it.

Hollywood Reporter.com: 'Family Guy' spinoff in works

Tags: News, TV

Gamefly's Q Awards Results


Posted February 28, 2008 - By Mike D'Alonzo

Gamefly's Q Awards, in which regular jamokes like you and us get to vote for the games they liked best all year long, awarded Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare with its coveted Game of the Year award, beating out Bioshock and Halo 3 to take home the honor that all games aspire toward.

There were many other awards, including those to honor the best for each major console, in addition to the Game of the Year honors. Check out the entire list of award recipients, followed by the second and third place games in each category, after the jump.

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D3 Publisher of America stopped by the X-Play studios to give us a look at their newest game: Dark Sector. We went hands-on, so be sure to check out tonight's show at 8PM.

In the meantime, you can get a sneak peek at the gameplay and atmosphere in the video above. D3 Senior Marketing Manager Mike Scharnikow gave a very detailed crash course in what you can expect when playing multiplayer in Dark Sector, including throwing a glowing blade of death that can fly around corners. Nifty.

(Anti)Energy Drink


Posted February 28, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

With energy drinks all the rage these days, leave it to the syrup-slurping people of Houston, Texas to come up with the Drank, the anti-energy drink!

There’s no indication on the website as to what goes into the lethargic cocktail (hopefully not the same cough syrup that killed UGK’s Pimp C recently!), but it comes out officially on September 15 and is sure to get you to slooooooow down.

Incidentally, their motto is, “The game has changed, it's time to get low.”

I’m not sure what that means, but I dig it!

(Thanks to nahright for the tip.)

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Of course, Wii Sports had baseball, and it was kind of fun, but 2K has something completely different in mind with their Major League Baseball 2K8 for the Wii. The experience is about to get all kinds of immersive, and baseball fans are going to be spitting their sunflower seeds when they see what's in the hopper here.

What new functionality? Glad you asked, rook. Of course you can pitch and hit the way you'd think, but fielding also gets an upgrade, and there's a thing called "smart throw" technology that allows you to flick the Wiimote to the right base and the throw will get there. Also, you can chug along the basepaths by moving the nunchuck and the remote faster and faster. Sure, you'll be winded, but think of the baserunning!

We can not wait. Bring it on, baseball season!


Tags: News, Videogames, Wii

Eskil Steenberg is a gifted, and, obviously, prodigious programmer and designer of videogames. He's making a game called Love all by himself, and it's something of a mini MMO, combined with an FPS, which has to be a nightmare of a pile of work for one man. However, Steenberg isn't content to make just the rudiments of a game, no. He's got to overachieve and make it look really good.

And, that it does. It's kind of gorgeous, actually. It's sort of impressionist in the way that Okami was for the PlayStation 2, and all of the screens that we've seen are art unto themselves. We can't speak gameplay, because there isn't any of yet, but, it's definitely ambitious, and we home that Steenberg pulls it off.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun: For The Love

Tags: News, Videogames

Videogame Stocks Rise


Posted February 28, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

It's been a good week for videogame company stock: Word of EA's offer for Take Two Interactive has caused a rise in videogame stock across the board.

Here's the breakdown:

  • Take-Two, up $9.53, or 54.9 percent, to $26.89
  • Electronic Arts, down $2.60, or 5.2 percent, to $47.14.
  • THQ Inc., up $1.71, or 9.5 percent, to $19.65.
  • Activision, up 18 cents to $27.38.
  • Midway Games Inc., up 16 cents, or 7.8 percent, to $2.20.
  • Atari Inc., up 18 cents, or 12.6 percent, to $1.61.

CNN: Sector Glance: Video Game Publishers Up

Tags: News, Videogames

Today, Kristin Holt brings you the latest in gaming news, including Metal Gear Online, Take-Two Interactive, and a God of War: Chain of Olympus PSP bundle.

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