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Talking “Skylanders” and all-ages gaming with Vicarious Visions president Guha Bala

September 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Earlier this month I got an early look at Skylanders: Swap Force, the latest installment of Activision’s ridiculously popular all-ages game franchise. The experience was especially fun because it gave me the chance to tour the studio of game developer Vicarious Visions, which is based close to me here in Albany, NY. I also had […]

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Taking an early peek at “Skylanders: Swap Force”

September 19th, 2013 · 1 Comment

It’s always fun to get an early look at one of the high-profile games hitting shelves in the future, but I was doubly thrilled to get a preview of Activision’s Skylanders: Swap Force this week at the studio of the game’s developer, Vicarious Visions. That’s because the studio is based just a few miles from […]

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That big list of video games being turned into movies…

September 18th, 2013 · No Comments

My optimism regarding the future of video-game movies is well-documented at this point, and over at Digital Trends, I put together a fairly comprehensive list of most of (if not all) of the mainstream movies based on video games that have been optioned or are in some legitimate stage of production. The list also includes […]

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How “Europa Report” puts the science back in science-fiction

August 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Last week, I interviewed the director of “Europa Report,” the new science-fiction film about a team of astronauts on a mission to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, to look for signs of life in the frozen environment there. It’s a fascinating film, not just for the story it tells, but how it tells that story. […]

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On the rise and fall of Napster in Alex Winter’s “Downloaded” doc…

August 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

I had the great pleasure of chatting with actor and filmmaker Alex Winter (known to many as the great Bill S. Preston, Esq.) about his new documentary, “Downloaded,” which chronicles the rise and fall of the file-sharing service that appeared on the scene in the late ’90s and changed everything about the internet and the […]

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My review of R.I.P.D. (in which Green Lantern and The Dude shoot some monsters)

July 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Even after seeing “R.I.P.D.,” I’m still sort of amazed that the film was actually made. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges in a buddy-cop movie that has them chasing undead monsters, based on a comic book that only a dozen people had ever heard of, with a $130 million budget? But the movie does actually exist, […]

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Building a better zombie tsunami in World War Z

June 21st, 2013 · 2 Comments

I enjoyed Marc Forster’s “World War Z” a lot more than I expected to, and much of that enjoyment came from the way it depicted the zombies — both the creatures themselves and the herd-like behavior that made them such a global threat. Last week, I spoke to the film’s visual-effects supervisor, Scott Farrar, an […]

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