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  GTA IV to Cut Into Iron Man Profits?
Posted by: Christine on May 1st, 2008 1 Comment »

I’ll start off by saying I’m not excited about either Grand Theft Auto IV or Iron Man. I only like violent video games if you’re killing aliens, zombies, or Nazis. And while Iron Man certainly looks cool, I’m not a fan of Robert Downey Jr. and I’m not familiar with the Iron Man history.

That aside, I think CNN’s assertion that GTA IV will impact Iron Man‘s profits is absurd. They quote all kinds of stats on the video game market being on the upswing and how GTA is expected to make $400 million in the first week. But their only “evidence” that video games have affected movie openings in the past is,

Last year, with $170 million in launch day sales and $300 million in its first week, Halo 3 was blamed by some for the poor box office performance of The Heartbreak Kid, starring Ben Stiller.

Seriously? Halo 3 is the reason why a Ben Stiller movie failed at the box office? How about the fact that he’s not funny and can only play one character?

Any hardcore gamers out there want to back me up? You’d take two hours out of your prostitute-killing and car-stealing spree to go see a big budget superhero movie, right?

  Indiana Jones Lego Game
Posted by: Christine on Feb 12th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

Indiana Jones Lego GameThe Star Wars Lego game is easily the best video game I’ve ever played. It’s easy enough for non-gamers to play, but has enough hidden levels and things to make it a worthwhile game for more advanced players.

I was thrilled to see that the same people are making a Batman game based on The Dark Knight, and now I’m even more thrilled to see that there’s one in the works for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Kotaku has screenshots of the game and the Lego site has a trailer for the game. Lego also has some pretty awesome Indiana Jones Lego playsets too.

  Saw Video Game in the Works
Posted by: Christine on Feb 2nd, 2008 Leave a Comment »

I’m a big fan of the Saw series of films, but news of a video game based on the series is a little bit disturbing. It’s one thing to go watch a scary movie; quite another to pretend to be the killer and slash people up from the comfort of your living room.

Of course, no plot has been revealed and thinks it will probably be a puzzle-solving game, but in order to stay true to the series there’s going to have to be some blood and gore.

While I’ve played my fair share of violent games (I love House of the Dead), just the thought of playing a video game with the level of violence in the Saw films is a little nauseating.

The good news is, the creators of the game are rumored to be working with Leigh Whannell and James Wan, the creators of the original Saw.

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