Exploring James Bond's Uneven Video Game History

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The James Bond franchise is one of the most famous, most lucrative, and longest-running film series in the world. The franchise has been hugely influential, affecting almost every form of spy fiction written, filmed, or developed since the 1960s in some way. Moreover, the brand has stayed relevant for far longer than most comparable mega-franchises: Marvel's 80-year existence and Disney's seemingly perpetual presence on Earth pre-date Bond's 1953 print debut, and they stand as some of the only similar properties to prevail. Conversely, attempts to reinvigorate big IP such as Back to the Future or The Mummy have not been successful enough for studios to continue making them.

New Animated Marvel Shows Are Coming With Some Lesser-Known Characters

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While the future of Marvel's output on Netflix remains uncertain, the studio is still continuing to form relationships with other streaming services. It has been announced that Marvel Television is teaming up with Hulu to produce four new animated shows, all aimed at an adult audience.

The four upcoming shows are M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler Show, and Howard The Duck, and all arrive with some impressive creative names attached. The character of M.O.D.O.K. dates back to 1967 and is described by Hulu as "an egomaniacal supervillain with a really big head and a really little body, who struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family." That show will be co-written by comedian and actor Patton Oswalt.

Hit-Monkey is written by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, who are best known for directing movies such as Office Christmas Party and Blade of Glory. The character of Hit-Monkey first appeared in a 2010 issue of Deadpool, and is a "wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin."

New To Netflix This Week: Movies, TV Shows, And Original Series

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It's the second week of February, and love is in the air as we approach February 14, aka Valentine's Day. New TV series and movies are being added to Netflix throughout the week--some about love, and others very much not so. So whether you're spending time with that special someone, or opting out of the season this year to spend time with yourself, there's something new to watch.

For Valentine's Day, you can start watching the reality TV series, Dating Around. This Netflix Original fits into the same style of other reality TV dating shows, so if you love (or love to hate) these types of series, you might enjoy Dating Around. The shtick of this particular show is that a young, available bachelor or bachelorette goes on first dates with five different people. After that, the person picks whomever they enjoyed spending time with the most and then they get a second date with that person.

Anthem Project Coming From Ex-Halo Movie Director

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Anthem is coming very soon, and filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has dropped a rather blatant hint that he's going to have something to do with it. In a tweet, Blomkamp said he's "really excited to share" his latest project, and paired it with an #anthemgame hashtag.

In case there was any room left for doubt, the teaser shows off what appears to be a real-life Javelin--the mechanized suit of armor used by player characters. It all looks dusty and dinged, similar to the lived-in style Blomkamp has established in movies like District 9, Elysium, and Chappie. Blomkamp was also attached for a time to a Halo movie adaptation.

That said, he doesn't mention just what this project is. Most likely it's some form of short film, possibly a live-action trailer as we've seen for other triple-A releases in recent years.

Anthem Project Coming From Ex-Halo Film Director

about X hours ago from

Anthem is coming very soon, and filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has dropped a rather blatant hint that he's going to have something to do with it. In a tweet, Blomkamp said he's "really excited to share" his latest project, and paired it with an #anthemgame hashtag.

In case there was any room left for doubt, the teaser shows off what appears to be a real-life Javelin--the mechanized suit of armor used by player characters. It all looks dusty and dinged, similar to the lived-in style Blomkamp has established in movies like District 9, Elysium, and Chappie. Blomkamp was also attached for a time to a Halo movie adaptation.

That said, he doesn't mention just what this project is. Most likely it's some form of short film, possibly a live-action trailer as we've seen for other triple-A releases in recent years.

PlayStation Boss Explains How "The World Changed" And E3 Didn't

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Sony's decision to forgo E3 2019 caused waves, and the statement regarding its rationale revolved mostly around finding "inventive opportunities to engage the community" and plans to "think differently and experiment." SIE Worldwide Studios head Shawn Layden has now explained further--touching not only on what they plan to do differently in the future, but why E3 was no longer as useful.

Layden told CNet that the nature of E3 had been built up around standards that no longer apply, both for retailers and journalists. At its inception, the show had been a place for retailers to plan their stock, and for journalists to plan cover stories for magazines. In the modern era, he says, both of those have shifted.

"Now we have an event in February called Destination PlayStation, where we bring all retailers and third-party partners to come hear the story for the year," he said. "They're making purchasing discussions in February. June, now, is just too late to have a Christmas holiday discussion with retailers. So retail has really dropped off. And journalists now, with the internet and the fact that 24/7 there is game news, it's lost its impact around that.

Battle Royale Game H1Z1 Adds Deathmatch

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H1Z1: Battle Royale on PlayStation 4 is adding a new, non-battle-royale mode and various quality-of-life improvements starting later this month. The theme for the February 21 update is "Beyond Royale," and it's set to add deathmatch, ranked leaderboards, a new Battle Pass, and more.

The new game mode, FFA Deathmatch, places 50 players into a combat zone with instant respawns. The first player to 25 kills before the timer runs out wins. A new Training Mode will let you experiment with your loadouts and weapons before jumping into any of the combat modes.

The battle royale mode will still get some love in the update, though. A new Battle Pass will feature 100 reward tiers featuring 200 cosmetic items, and PlayStation Plus subscribers will get an extra reward track with some exclusive items.