Comic-Con '09

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Raymond Padilla: I want all of you to know, that I'm writing today's entry for your own good. You see, after reading your replies to Patrick in yesterday's Morning Hangover, I was under the impression that most of you hated Twilight. Yet the live blog for the Summit Entertainment Comic-Con 09 panel -- featuring Twilight -- was immensely popular. I was actually shocked by the numbers it did. While I can't share the exact figures, I assure you that it was huge -- I'm talking as-big-as-some-E3-press-conferences huge! So while I'm sure that some of you truly despite Twilight, I'm betting that some of you pretend to hate it, but secretly enjoy it. Today, I'm asking you to do one of two things. Either describe -- in great detail -- why Twilight disgusts you or come out of your Twilight closet.

(On a related note, yesterday G4tv.com's Billy Berghammer told me that he liked Twilight. Thankfully, I wasn't drinking anything at the time.)

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Yesterday, Sega announced Iron Man 2: The Videogame (and also apologized for the quality of the first game). Well, the game is on the floor at Comic-Con 2009 and we got Kyle Brink, creative director on the project at Sega, to give us a guided walkthrough of this "pre-alpha build".

Most notably, this is a completely new story and not a retelling of the film's plot. Additionally, the game will feature indoor environments and a bigger focus on melee combat. The development team has also streamlined the controls and they will remain the same whether Iron Man is on foot or flying.

Check the vid and pay attention to all the awesome gameplay footage. Watch it in HD! Trust me.

Iron Man 2: The Videogame Comic-Con 09 Gameplay Walkthrough »

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Oh, Gambit. Not only is he so dreamy with a sexy Southern accent, but he's also got some kick-ass mutant skills that you can use to fight villains , as you can see in this trailer for Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2.

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If girls are more of your thing, we've got Jean Grey's trailer from Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 after the jump!

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A secret government experiment can never go right during the Cold War. Enter Singularity, a new game from Raven Studios and Activision, follows a Russian experiment over a time-manipulating element that (of course) goes horribly wrong.

Learn more about the details of Singularity from Activion's Senior Producer, Brian Pass, at Comic-Con 09 who describes how players can use time as a weapon and how the manipulation can affect the game's storyline.

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Naughty Dog Confirms

At Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves panel at Comic-Con 09, creative director Amy Hennig let out a little nugget of information regarding the game's multiplayer beta. During the question-and-answer session she said:

"I hope I'm not speaking out of turn, but there should be a second phase of the beta."

Well sign me up and call me Leahy (not really)! I'm totally down for more Uncharted 2 action before the game comes out. How about you? Are down? What do you expect from phase two of the beta?


Comic-Con 09 Live Blog: Kick-Ass -- The Super-Hero Movie Starring McLovin

G4tv.com's Thursday Comic-Con 09 live blogs wrap up with a panel on Kick-Ass. Based on Mark Millar's excellent comic, the movie stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin from Superbad!). The official description reads:

"World premiere footage from Kick-Ass, based on Mark Millar's bestselling comic series, will be presented by director Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Layercake). Joining him on the panel will Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Clark Duke (Clark and Michael), and comic co-creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. plus a surprise guest."

I'm guessing/hoping the surprise guest will be Nicolas Cage, who plays Damon Macready in the movie. Whether Cage shows up or not, I'm looking forward to this panel and this movie. I'm partial to anything with McLovin in it! Speaking of which, G4tv.com's Dana Vinson will be bringing you the thrills and laughs from this panel, along with her own McLovin.

Click here for G4tv.com's Comic-Con 09 live blog on Kick-Ass.

Ubisoft Says That Gaming And Film Convergence Made Assassin's Creed II A Better Game During Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed II Comic-Con 09 panel, Ubisoft Montreal president Yannis Mallat talked at length about the company’s devotion to establishing a more intimate relationship between film and video games. The clearest example of this convergence lies in the three, 10-15 minute, live-action films that Ubisoft produced, entitled Assassin’s Creed: Lineage, that are scheduled to be released in November.

The three films serve as a prologue to ACII, telling the back-story of Giovanni Auditore da Firenze, the father of ACII’s main character, Ezio. To tell such a crucial part of the AC story, Ubisoft realized it needed to keep its development in-house, to ensure the maximum amount of cross- pollination between the game developers and the films’ creative team. Mallat explains:

"We could have asked another company and outsourced that stuff. But the true convergence I'm talking about, that will make you understand things about the IP, that kind of stuff could not have happened without putting creative people in the same circle…I can tell you that when you play the game and see the film, you will understand, because there's a deeper quality because creative people collaborated at the same table."
Mallat went on to say that one of the long-term benefits of this collaboration is that it has taught Ubisoft developers “how to make better games.” As for the production itself, Mallat said, “This is the biggest undertaking we've invested in the medium. It's the same amount of investment as if we'd shot a feature film.”
Based on everything that has been shown of the game up to this point, I’d say the results of Ubisoft’s commitment to fusing gaming and film in such a substantial way are quite clear. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if it can all come together as harmoniously as Ubisoft believes it will.

Halo Legends Won't Shed Light On Master Chief's Storyline Beyond Halo 3You probably heard already that Microsoft’s 343 Industries is working a series of anime short-films based on the Halo universe, called Halo Legends. However, if you were under the impression that you’d be learning some profound or shocking details about Master Chief’s storyline in the films, you’re about to be disappointed.

With regards to what fans can expect from Legends, 343 Industries’ creative director Frank O’Connor (and former Bungie big brain), confirmed during the Comic-Con 09 Halo panel, “There’s a few nuggets in [Halo Legends] about Master Chief’s future,” however, “We don’t go much further than the end of Halo 3.”

So I guess Halo-philes will have to hold their breath for some future Halo project to find out the ultimate fate of their favorite space Spartan.

Uncharted 2 screenshot

As if you couldn't tell from E3 2009, the G4tv.com crew is incredibly high on Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. It's just excellent on so many levels. At Comic-Con 09, the developers are going to focus on the cinematic elements of the game in a panel called "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves: The First Active Cinematic Videogame". The official description says:

"Creative director Amy Hennig and various cast members of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves discuss how for the first time, through high-quality cinematic presentation of scenes, characters, and dialogue, players become an active participant in the cinematic experience."

G4tv.com's Sterling "Shooter" McGarvey -- a huge Uncharted fan -- will bring you the skinny on this highly anticipated game. Read the "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves: The First Active Cinematic Videogame" live blog here.

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Resident Evil 5

Even though Resident Evil 5 was just released, people always want to know what's next. That's common amongst games writers and even more common amongst the guys and girls who populate Comic-Con. During Capcom's lineup panel this afternoon, a fan asked about the future of Resident Evil.

Unfortunately, Resident Evil 5 producer Jun Takeuchi didn't have much an answer for him because a producer for the next major Resident Evil hasn't been decided.

"As for the future of the main Resident Evil series," said Takeuchi, "right now pretty much every day myself, [Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles producer Masachika Kawata] and another producer at Capcom Japan are playing blackjack to decide who is going to be stuck with the responsibility with making the next episode in the series."

Takeuchi did admit it's looking likely neither himself nor Kawata would be in charge of Resident Evil 6 or whatever the next game is called. Other than that, he said, "can't really say that much at this time."

Who would you want to take over Resident Evil?

See 15 Minutes Of James Cameron's Avatar On IMAX For Free On August 21

If you’re excited about James Cameron’s ambitious tech-fest Avatar, but you don’t feel like waiting until the film hits theaters this December, then listen up.

Cameron confirmed during his Comic-Con 09 Avatar panel that he is planning to “take over as many IMAX theaters” as he can on August 21 in order to give eager moviegoers the chance to see 15 minutes of Avatar absolutely free!

TheFeed’s Stephen Johnson was lucky enough to be among the first to see the a solid chunk of the film in all of its 3D glory, and his mind was apparently thoroughly blown. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait too much longer to have your eyes melted as well.


Comic-Con 09 Live BLog: Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

As a lifelong Monty Python and Terry Gilliam fan, I’m obviously super excited to hear what goes down as the Comic-Con 09 panel, “Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.” From what’s been shown of the film so far it looks like classic Gilliam all the way, and Heath Ledger’s final performance will surely be the topic of many conversations for a long time to come.

And bringing you all that Gilliam goodness pertaining to all this Parnassus is G4tv.com's own Dana Vinson. And if you needed any more incentive to check out the live blog, it also happens to be the 40th anniversary of Comic-Con and Monty Python, so if you feel like being part of Comic-Con history, be sure to tune in.

Check out G4tv.com’s “Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” live blog here.

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Lost Planet 2

Capcom announced a Lost Planet movie at E3 2008 but the company has remained tight lipped about progress on the movie ever since. It's not uncommon for movies to have lavish announcements and later fizzle out, but Capcom said the movie is still be worked on during a question and answer session at their Comic-Con panel.

Resident Evil 5 and Lost Planet 2 producer Jun Takeuchi responded to a fan's question about the movie's status. Takeuchi said the Lost Planet movie "script is being worked on" but other than confirming the movie was still in development, there was "nothing more we can say."

Maybe Sam Raimi wants to direct this one, too!

Halo 3: ODST Available For Preorder

I know there are tons of Halo fans reading TheFeed, so I'm certain that Bungie's 343 Industries' Comic-Con 09 panel will be of great interest to many of you. Details are scarce on "The Halo Franchise: What's Next" panel, but I do know that it's being headed up by franchise development director Frank O'Connor. TheFeed's Patrick Klepek will be on hand to deliver information, insight, and humour (not humor, he's funny like Hugh Grant).

What mysteries will be revealed by Bungie 343 Industries? Read G4tv.com's live blog of "The Halo Franchise: What's Next" to find out! My guess is that the company will use the con to reveal an enormous crossover game with San Rio's Hello Kitty...but that's just conjecture. Before you head on over to the live blog, leave a comment and let me know what you think is next for Halo.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Comic-Con 2009 Interview »

Check out this interview with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 lead writer Evan Skolnick (no relation to Revenge of the Nerds' Louis Skolnick) as he talks about the game's story aspects. Heavily based on Marvel's "Civil War" crossover event, MUA2 deals with a schism among the heroes in the Marvel Universe. Players have to ask themselves, "What side are you on? Is security more important than liberty?" The answer will determine the game's experience, and whether the selected heroes are government agents or outlaws.

Along with the game's core concept, Skolnick discusses the challenges of writing a story for a game with 24 playable characters and working with voice actors to quickly alter the script.

Personally, I don't think there are any heroes or villains. Everyone is a skrull...whether they know it or not.

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