Cows, farts, yelling, Santa and Benny Hill are all featured on this Around The Net with Michael Kosta and Candace Bailey. So how does it all come together? Watch and learn.
System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian is composing the score for Morning Star, the debut mobile first-person shooter from newcomer studio Industrial Toys. The developer's noteworthy claim to fame for you G4 readers is co-founder Alex Seropian, also the co-founder of Bungie and one of the creators of the Halo franchise.
Seropian and fellow founder Tim Harris, whose former studio Seven Lights is behind a Flash-based online strategy game called The Continuum, are shooting to launch Morning Star as an iOS exclusive in spring 2013. Tankian previously worked on the music for 2007's John Woo-produced third-person shooter, Stranglehold.
Fans of Tankian's music can get a taste of what he's coming up with for Morning Star in the newly released trailer up top.
Want to start your day with a look at the first five minutes of BioShock Infinite? Because that's a thing you can do, thanks to a new video share from Irrational Games and 2K Games. It's the same sequence that members of the media played through during a recent hands-on preview event.
You could be forgiven for mistaking the start of BioShock Infinite for the start of BioShock. Once again, the game opens on a stormy ocean with a lone lighthouse sitting out in the middle of nowhere. Only this time, your journey goes up rather than down, as a rocket sends protagonist Booker DeWitt hurtling into the sky toward Columbia.
In related news, Irrational also announced yesterday that creative director and lead writer Ken Levine will be hosting a Reddit AMA tomorrow, December 20, 2012, at 2pm ET. You can check that out here.
So long, 2012! We're already thinking about what's in store for 2013. Like, what's Apple releasing in the coming months? Are we going to be watching television in the same way we do now next year? Michael Kosta talks to Dan Ackerman, CNET's Senior Editor, on Attack of the Show for all the developments we can expect in 2013...if the world doesn't end on December 21st, that is.
Kingdom Rush, the addictive, fantasy based tower defense game from Armor Games, is available for free on iPhone today (12/18). FREE!! Why are you still reading this? Download it now. You've gotten gifts for everyone else this holiday season, isn't it about time you treated yourself to something?
Need more convincing? Check out X-Play's Kingdom Rush (for iPad) recommendation below:
Seriously? You're still here? Download this game already will ya!?!
Where does Jack Daniels come from? Some say heaven, others are too drunk to answer. Fortunately, Attack of the Show has Weston Scott around to tour the Jack Daniels distillery to learn how their old fashioned Tennessee sour mash whiskey is made.
Total Recall, director Len Wiseman’s 2012 remake of Paul Verhoeven’s memorable (I say classic) 1990 sci-fi actioner, is available on DVD and Blu-ray today. While there was certainly some fan outcry regarding the decision to remake Total Recall, Weisman’s movie turned out to be a fun, polished production that paid homage to the original film while putting a different spin on Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale."
This week we had an opportunity to sit down with Len Wiseman and discuss the daunting task of remaking a popular movie, managing fan expectations, his approach to directing action scenes, and some of the keys to balancing his personal relationship (he’s married to Total Recall star Kate Beckinsale) in a professional environment.
Initially Wiseman wanted no part of remaking Total Recall. “My first response was absolutely not” he said, “because the nostalgia of a movie like that. At a certain point you are remaking nostalgia which is very tough to do. When I read the script and found that the (remake) was not traveling to Mars, I was both shocked and extremely interested because it was going in a direction I couldn’t foresee and that was exciting. I became more aware of (the story) in a different kind of arena. A bit closer to how the original short story alluded to Mars but never went to Mars. That’s what Verhoeven did with his adaptation of it. They took it, set most of it on Mars. So the fact that it was different, that’s what really attracted me. But then you still have the nervousness, whether it goes to Mars or it doesn’t go to Mars; you’re still remaking nostalgia. Which is always nerve racking."
In order to create his own vision of Total Recall, early on Len distanced himself from the original movie. “The script was very different than the film that I remembered as a teenager. I wanted to absorb all that and get my ideas before I went back and watched the movie again. Later into the process I did watch it again and was kind of shocked at certain things I did not (originally) pick up on. I think as a teenager I was just going to watch the next Arnold (Schwarzeneger) movie. I wasn’t looking at it as the Phillip K. Dick story that it was. I wasn’t really looking for the sci-fi theme. It was interesting seeing it as an adult. But I really wanted to stay away. I watched it and then that was it. It wasn’t something that we went back to or that the writer’s went back to."
Check out an exclusive behind the scenes clip from Total Recall after the jump.
Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong make their mark in Hollywood with Revenge of the Nerds, but now they're looking to find the next geek to top 'em all. The two actors joined Michael Kosta on Attack of the Show to discuss their new TBS reality competition show, King of the Nerds, and what nerd culture means today.
Google's Nexus 10 tablet features immersive HD content, a 2560x1600 display, a dual-core ARM Cortex A5 processor and a unique multi-user experience. So how does it compare to the Apple iPad? Matt Mira and Michael Kosta review the $399 device to see how it holds up to today's tablet standards.
Find the full written review from Attack of the Show after the jump.
Michael Kosta and Candace Bailey bring their top five viral videos of the day to Around The Net. How else would you explain a random compilation of spiders, Christmas pageants, Gangnam Style, an awkward music video and an easily scared guy?
The 2 Player Productions documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang makes its world premiere on Xbox Live this Saturday, December 22, 2012. The film will be free to watch for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, France, Finland, and Sweden, according to Major Nelson.
There's no disputing the high-profile nature of premiering on Xbox Live or the relevance of Minecraft there. That said, Mojang's Minecraft was born as a PC game, so it's a little strange that the doc wouldn't make its world premiere on the game's platform of origin. Fortunately, I game in Minecraft on my PC but I also have an Xbox 360, so I'll be tuning in. How about you?
2013 is shaping up to be a big year for gamers, with huge titles like Bioshock Infinite, Dead Space 3, The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto 5 and even The Elder Scrolls Online set to release. It's such an abundance of riches that it might be too much for one gamer to makes sense of.
Luckily, Morgan Webb is here to round up the biggest of the big games set to hit store shelves in 2013.
What games are you definitely playing in 2013?
Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are running a multi-part video series that highlights some of the headline features in Tomb Raider, which is out on March 5, 2013. The game revisits Lara Croft's origins as a treasure hunting survivalist, dropping players into an open environment that offers up an assortment of dangers. Even this early look draws many comparisons with Ubisoft's recently released Far Cry 3, which is hardly a bad thing.
The first video in this survival guide series peeks at the upgrade mechanics in Tomb Raider, accessible from the game's Base Camps. It appears that Lara will make us of a variety of tools as she explores and that each one can be upgraded using a currency called "salvage." Character development also comes into play, with earned experience translating into skill points that can be spent to improve your starting abilities.
Players who spend much of December 2012 soaking in the open world survival of Far Cry 3 will probably see a lot to like in this glimpse at Tomb Raider's gameplay.
The Crysis 3 web series from Electronic Arts and Crytek, titled The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3, is now officially live on the Internet. As we learned last week, the multi-part series is produced and directed by Albert Hughes, one half of the sibling filmmaker duo behind modern classics like Menace II Society and Dead Presidents.
The first episode, One Hell of a Town, sets up the basic story of Crysis 3 in the opening moments before shifting gears to a mixture of HUD-less gameplay and various establishing shots. "Pretty" is the operative word here, with the HD footage no doubt being processed by some monolithic beast of a gaming PC.
It's not clear if this first episode is highlighting the "wonder" of beautiful visuals or multi-faceted combat. Hopefully we'll see more of a common thread emerge as this week's second episode arrives.
The Hobbit is finally in studios! So are you ready to watch this epic movie? Jeff Cannata and Devin Faraci join Alex Albrecht on Attack of the Show to discuss how this film will hold up to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, the 48 fps controversy and more.
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