Good-bye August, it’s like we hardly knew you. I hope you all had sun-filled summers and didn’t spend too much time in your caves knocking off baddies in your preferred first-person shooter. School’s are starting up and it’s time to put the pool toys away. This week features a ton of video game news, perhaps due to PAX. It’s Geeky Weekly time, so let’s get going!
∴ Nintendo has been on the move lately, with mumblings about Nintendo NX topping the list. However, recently Nintendo has been quietly filing away patents for different video game experiences. This list includes in-game chat, courtesy of the Wii U GamePad. Another patent calls for different energy usage modes, such as eco-friendly, power-saving, and a low-power mode that disable network features. There are several other patents as well. Let’s see what Nintendo rolls out with in the coming months.
∴ Whereas comic books have made successful conversions to films for the past several years, doing the same for video games is only picking up steam. Borderlands, a first-person shooter with RPG qualities is in development by Lionsgate to become a movie franchise. Avi Arad, the producer for The Amazing Spider-Man is producing it with his son Ari Arad. Borderlands first arrived to the video game world in 2009 and also has a sequel.
∴ Fear the Walking Dead debuted this week. The Walking Dead spin-off’s viewing number grew to 13.3 million after delayed viewing numbers were added in. This number is a record for the AMC network, however it is not the top viewing number for the network. That title still belongs to The Walking Dead’s season five premiere, which rounded in 22.4 million viewers. These numbers prove zombies aren’t dead, yet.
∴ Get your wallets out, LEGO and BBC’s Doctor Who just signed a multi-million dollar deal. You may remember months ago when Doctor Who fan Andrew Clark made up mock-ups of what a Doctor Who-themed set would look like. That idea took off like wildfire and winding up at the ideas section of the official LEGO website. There is no dates for when the sets will be available, but we’ll snatch up the first Tardis we see.
∴ Guardians of the Galaxy was Marvel’s 2014 runaway. No one knew it would go on to become one of the most beloved films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it came as no surprise when the sequel was ordered. Good news arrived this week, when director James Gunn announced Vol. 2 begins filming in February. Oh, and Vin Diesel will also reprise his role as Groot.
∴ The picture dropped and it broke the internet. The first look at Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed as the new character Callum Lynch promptly ensured everyone would lose their minds. Ubisoft was quick to confirm that the Assassin’s Creed movie takes place in the same universe as the video games. However, we still have a long way until the movie arrives with Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in December 21, 2016.