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The mysterious blue avenger who became legend to the simple folk of this bus station just got a lot less mysterious thanks to stills from The Tick!

July 25th, 2016

The never-ending battle between good and not-so-good is getting a muscular leg up from a certain big blue bug (played by Peter Serafinowicz) in Amazon’s eponymous reboot of The Tick. And although that news is about as fresh as a tube of toothpaste with the cap left off, what is new is that the multi-hyphenate mega-company has released a banner and two stills from the show, proudly displaying Serafinowicz’s superhero suit as well as a scene which sees Whoopi Goldberg gabbing with a caped crusader. iO9’s got the grabs, and you can see the series for yourself when it streams on Amazon August 19th! Read More

San Diego Comic-Con is this weekend, and GameInformer’s got a list of the 13 coolest exclusive toys for you to drool over!

July 21st, 2016

If you’re just coming out of a coma, hi, welcome back, the year is 2016 and it’s Comic-Con weekend! There’s way too much for you to catch up on, so we’ll put everything else on the back burner and focus on the awesome SDCC-exclusive collectible toys that will be at the show over the next few days. Feast your eyes on 13 of the con’s coolest, as described in GameInformer’s list, which includes pretty pictures of each item if you’re still too groggy to read the details. And no, that’s not what Chewie looks like in the latest movie – it’s just a concept that got canned. You should’ve seen your face! Read More

Disney’s first Latina princess merges music and fantasy in “Elena of Avalor”, premiering this Friday!

July 20th, 2016

Elena of Avalor isn’t just the titular teenager from Disney’s new TV show – she’s also the House of Mouse’s first Latina princess, and a pretty awesome guitar player too! Both of those traits are an important part of the animated series, with an emphasis placed on the princess’ Hispanic heritage and the musical background that comes with the “pan-Latin” culture depicted in the fantastical land of Avalor. Stop by Billboard.com for more on the amazing music featured in the show, and be sure to catch Elena of Avalor when it debuts on the Disney Channel this Friday, July 22nd! Read More

Love carnival games but hate the carnival? Nvidia’s got you covered with their physics-based Funhouse game!

July 18th, 2016

Between the consistent media attention and constant industry chatter, it’s easy to forget that virtual reality is still a largely untapped market whose potential we’re only just beginning to realize. Nvidia has been doing its part to drive this developing technology with their great graphics cards, but in doing so, they stumbled upon an incredibly fun premise for a VR experience and are now releasing it for the HTC Vive. VentureBeat has a sneak peek at VR Funhouse, as well as its implications for the future of physics in VR: Read More

Teaching kids to code isn’t a typical pastime for teenagers, but one wunderkind is starting his third company to do just that!

July 8th, 2016

16-year-old developer Jordan Casey isn’t just some kid who learned a bit of programming and makes his own games for fun. His interest, skill, and investment in programming and the future already spans 7 years and 3 companies, and shows no signs of stopping. Head over to VentureBeat for an interview with the young Irish upstart whose latest project, KidsCode, introduces the ins and outs of programming to a demographic only a few years his junior. Good on you, Jordan! Read More

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Labyrinth with a brand new children’s book, hitting shelves this September!

July 1st, 2016

The movie Labyrinth has been a source of inspiration and influence for kids and adults of all ages since it was first released thirty years ago. Luckily for us, the film’s legacy is continuing on in the form of a beautifully illustrated children’s book, titled Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales. Read all about it in an interview with illustrator and writer Cory Godbey, which includes insight into his process, his reverence for the source material, and his ideal adaptation. Nerdist has the babe – er, the scoop: Read More

The Skylanders universe just got a whole new expansion, in the form of an animated TV show airing on Netflix this fall!

June 27th, 2016

The toys-to-life landscape is still reeling from the discontinuation of Disney Infinity, but in its wake, the Skylanders franchise is thriving. With well-deserved success in the game sector already under its belt, Activision Blizzard recently announced a partnership with Netflix, which will air Skylanders Academy later this year. An original animated show based on the smash hit games, Skylanders Academy already has a stellar voice cast, so be sure to read all about it over at VentureBeat and catch it on Netflix this fall! Read More

Barbie’s latest look boldly goes where no original Star Trek character has gone before, and the results are fantastic!

June 10th, 2016

It’s a great time to be a geek, and one of our favorite examples of this exciting time in geekery is Barbie’s newest crossover: Star Trek! That’s right, in honor of the original series’ 50th anniversary, Lt. Uhura, Captain Kirk, and Mr. Spock are becoming honorary Barbie & Ken dolls, and we’re tickled green! Although this isn’t Mattel’s first foray into Star Trek Barbies, it is the first time that these three original characters are making the voyage to Barbie World. Nerdist has all the details on your new favorite dolls: Read More

Start your summer right by smashing up exquisite environments and sinking flaming trick shots in Dangerous Golf!

June 6th, 2016

Golf: you either love it or you hate it, or you’re Happy Gilmore. But no matter which of those categories you fit into, Dangerous Golf looks like damn good fun. Featuring fancy foyers, cavernous kitchens, and surprisingly shatterable suits of armor, this exercise in mayhem and felony property damage seems like a great way to blow off steam and live out your wildest revenge-on-a-rich-guy dreams. Developed by Three Fields Entertainment, be sure to see the satisfying trailer for yourself over at GamesRadar Plus and grab your copy for Xbox One, PS4, or PC today! Read More

If the phrase “it’s gonna feel like the inside of a piñata in there” is any indication, The SpongeBob Musical is set to be a whole lot of F.U.N!

June 2nd, 2016

The SpongeBob Musical opens in Chicago on June 7th, and we couldn’t be more excited for Bikini Bottom’s pre-Broadway debut! As the magical day approaches, more details about the amphibious project are being revealed, and Entertainment Weekly wants to tell you all about it. Find out more at link below, which includes a wonderful interview with SpongeBob’s human incarnation, and an exclusive video showing some of the set design, rehearsals, song snippets, and insights from the creative forces behind what might just be the best sponge-based musical ever! Read More

E3 is still weeks away, but you can start planning your online viewing schedule now thanks to Polygon’s new guide!

May 27th, 2016

Even if you’re attending E3 this year, you may not make it to each and everyone one of the events and announcements you’re excited about. With so much crammed into the 3-day expo, and even more included in the pre-show press conferences and proceedings, you’d need an online guide to get all your game coverage. Lucky for you, Polygon has put together just such a program, which is available in addition to their annual live coverage. Be sure to bookmark the link below so you can stay up-to-date on everything E3 before it even starts! Read More

Universal Studios is getting a permanent The Walking Dead attraction, and it opens in just over a month!

May 20th, 2016

This 4th of July, America will be celebrating its independence from the British Empire, and also from zombies. That’s right, Universal Studios’ The Walking Dead attraction is opening year-round starting this summer. With famed FX master Greg Nicotero on board, the attraction even uses many of the molds created for the show to bring its wildest walkers to life in this new setting. TIME has more on this frighteningly awesome attraction: Read More

Activison Blizzard and Facebook are teaming up to take you out to the CoD game, via live eSports streaming!

May 13th, 2016

Everything’s coming up eSports, as powerhouses Activision Blizzard and Facebook team up for a titanic deal that will bring live match coverage to the social network. Starting with June 10th’s MLG Anaheim Open, which will feature a two-day Call of Duty: Black Ops III tournament, Facebook Live will stream content from events as well as shows like the eSports Report. A logical step in Activision Blizzard’s quest to “create the ESPN of eSports”, this exciting development will help bridge the gap between the growing world of competitive gaming and the mass appeal of sports. International Business Times has more: Read More

Beyond Infinity.

May 11th, 2016

We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s announcement that the Disney Infinity franchise has been discontinued, and over 300 people have been laid off in Avalanche Software’s resulting closure. Millions of lives around the world as well as the lives of the entire team at Heavy Iron have been touched by the joy of Disney Infinity since it launched in 2013, and the love and dedication that the Avalanche team, along with other development partners including Heavy Iron, poured into every single aspect of these games will be remembered for many years to come. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this difficult news. We love you, Avalanche Software. Read More

Take a trip through Californium, the first game based on Philip K. Dick’s life and work to stand out as a successful tribute!

May 9th, 2016

Even if you don’t recognize the name Philip K. Dick, you’ve definitely read, seen, or at least heard of his work. The influential writer is best known in pop culture for the hit movies and shows based on his work, including Total Recall, Bladerunner, Minority Report, and Man In The High Castle, but the latest entry in his legacy is a video game called Californium. Inspired by the author’s surreal experiences, the game is being heralded as the first worthwhile entry in a string of unsuccessful video game adaptations, succeeding where others have failed. Inverse has details on Californium’s captivating gameplay, as well as a brief history of the Philip K. Dick games that came before it: Read More

Rovio’s rollicking Angry Birds redux gets an all-encompasing campaign including a prequel game, augmented reality features, and more!

May 2nd, 2016

The Angry Birds movie is being flung into theaters in just a few weeks, but the fun is already in full swing with Angry Birds Action. An evolved marketing movement, Action arrives first in the form of a prequel game designed to set up the film and act as a hub for BirdCodes, which can be found throughout the Angry Birds Movie’s merch and promo materials. The codes can be scanned via the Angry Birds Action game, and they unlock everything from AR content to a post-credits scene you won’t want to miss. See the launch trailer for yourself over at Variety, and start snapping up those codes! Read More

Final Fantasy’s most famous artist gives us a glimpse at his process in a new interview with GameInformer.com!

April 29th, 2016

Prolific artist Yoshitaka Amano is probably best known for his at-once epic and familiar Final Fantasy illustrations, which have inspired gamers and artists for almost 30 years. His breathtaking work on the series is instantly recognizable, and the process behind the creation of each game’s logo is as fascinating as the art itself. With Final Fantasy XV launching this fall, Amano recently sat down with GameInformer.com to discuss everything from the first female character to appear in the series’ logo to the advantages of working from textual reference only: Read More

Take a trip down RAM lane with a look back at the life and times of the Xbox 360!

April 22nd, 2016

Mere months after its 10th birthday, the Xbox 360 has officially been discontinued. The revolutionary console led a full and inspiring life, providing endless hours of entertainment and ushering in a new era of media distribution. Survived by its successor Xbox One, the 360 leaves behind a legion of fans who will remember it fondly. To get you through this transition, Gamespot has a reverent retrospective of The Best Games on the Xbox 360, as well as an in-depth article on the device’s decade of success: Read More

CastAR reveals an awesome alternative to full VR with demos of their augmented reality glasses!

April 20th, 2016

Virtual reality has been hogging a lot of attention in the gaming world lately, but CastAR is about to bring some of the focus back to augmented reality with the release of their AR glasses in 2017. Great for tabletop gaming like Battleship and D&D, these glasses merge the real world with holographic content to create a “mixed reality” experience. Get your fix of the next-gen game night staple over at VentureBeat, which includes an insightful interview with CastAR co-founder Rick Johnson: Read More

Zoinks! There’s like, a new Scooby Doo movie and like, it’s kicking off a whole Hanna-Barbera crossover universe!

April 15th, 2016

Scoob and the gang are coming back – or should we say “S.C.O.O.B.”, as the recently-announced animated movie will be called. This isn’t just exciting news for fans of Scooby Doo though; Warner Bros. hopes to bring a heaping helping of Hanna-Barbera crossover content to a new generation with its own universe, à la DC Comics. We can’t wait to see what WB has up their sleeves, and we bet you can’t either, so be sure to hit up Nerdist for news from the big announcement: Read More

Prepare for your heart to be melted by Pixar’s Piper, the animated short set to play before Finding Dory!

April 11th, 2016

Everyone’s favorite forgetful fish is swimming back to the big screen this summer in Finding Dory, but we’d like to introduce you to someone you’ll also be seeing in the theater: Piper. In the grand tradition of Pixar, Piper is a short that will be shown preceding the full-length film, and it looks far too cute to miss. Read more about how this sweet little sandpiper came to be over at Entertainment Weekly, and see her debut before Finding Dory on June 17th! Read More

No, you haven’t been cracked on the noggin by a bass guitar – FLCL really is getting 2 new seasons on Adult Swim!

April 5th, 2016

Angelic robots, intracranial portals, teenage pyromania, and a pink-haired space investigator are just some of the key elements that comprise the bombastic anime series FLCL. With its colorful characters and convoluted (but curiously cool) plot, it’s hard to believe that the jam-packed original show only had 6 episodes. Fans of the wonderfully frenetic word of Mabase will be thrilled to know that Adult Swim and Production I.G. are bringing two new seasons to the airwaves, and we can’t wait to see what a certain intergalactic troublemaker has been up to! The Verge has more: Read More

World of Warcraft is getting a canonical kids’ book series, so start practicing your answer to “Daddy, where do draenei come from?” now!

April 1st, 2016

Unless you met your spouse in a guild or had pretty open-minded parents, you probably don’t think about World of Warcraft and kids together in the same sentence too often. Soon, though, the “T for Teen”-rated game will get its own children’s book series, courtesy of Scholastic – yes, that Scholastic – the first of which arrives this November. Check out the gorgeous art and additional details on World of Warcraft: Traveler at GameInformer.com: Read More

Bikini Bottom’s most beloved residents are bringing new fun to LittleBigPlanet 3!

March 29th, 2016

When it’s good, DLC adds new experiences to a game. When it’s great, it adds SPONGEBOB! Which is why LittleBigPlanet 3’s just-released expansion pack is so awesome – and by awesome we mean absorbent, yellow, and porous. Polygon has details on the spongy fun, which includes the cutest Sandy Cheeks Sackgirl you could possibly imagine, and lots more SpongeBob SquarePants elements available right now! Read More

Team Heavy Iron is proud to be one of 230 studios creating content for Sony’s PlayStation VR!

March 17th, 2016

Sony’s announcement at GDC this week is getting everyone geared up for PlayStation VR, as they confirmed the headset’s technical specs and pretty reasonable price tag. But what’s even more exciting is that 230 studios are working on content for the consumer virtual reality system – and we’re one of them! Head over to PSGamer for details on the device, and scroll down to see Heavy Iron Studios and all the other devs who are working hard to make your VR dreams come true. Read More

You can’t deny the snazzy of this – The Tick is back, and we’re over the CHA-engraved moon about it!

March 11th, 2016

It’s being reported that the wild blue yonder is about to get a whole lot wilder, bluer, and, uh, yonder-er. That’s because The Tick is returning to the land of live-action television, with the help of Amazon. A pilot has been ordered from the multi-hyphenate mega-company, and a certain mothed hero (and his sister Dot) have already been cast. Although Patrick Warburton is said to be bequeathing his rubber blue tights to someone else, he will executive produce along with The Tick’s creator, Ben Edlund, who is also writing the pilot. Polygon has more on the rebirth of justice’s most misguided insect-inspired ally: Read More

Disney Infinity isn't getting a 4.0 Edition this year, because it's getting a bunch of new goodies for 3.0 instead!

March 4th, 2016

Disney Infinity has been going strong since it launched in August of 2013, with three iterations and more figures than we can count! But after several years of back-to-back releases, Disney has wisely decided to not release a 4.0 Edition this year. That's not to say that Infinity fans will be left hanging, though - there are plenty of fun additions coming your way, without having to buy a new starter pack. In the premiere episode of Disney Infinity Next, John Vignocchi, VP of Production for Disney Infinity, details some of the new figures and playsets that will join the ranks in the 3.0 Edition, and you definitely don't want to miss out! Head over to YouTube for the exciting details: Read More

Select Skylanders figures are getting a major makeover, and it's all for a great cause!

March 2nd, 2016

We admire any company that works hard to create quality games and experiences, especially in a genre as difficult to master as toys-to-life. But what really earned our respect this week was Activision's partnership with Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about autism and funding related research. The result of this collaboration is a series of Skylanders limited edition figures in the signature colors of the organization's Light It Up Blue campaign, which are now available in stores. It's great to see a successful franchise working to draw attention to such an important cause, further proving that video games can have a positive influence on the people who play them and beyond. Tech Times has more: Read More

He’s going the distance and so can you, thanks to NextVR & Fox Sports’ live broadcast of the Daytona 500 in virtual reality!

February 19th, 2016

This Sunday, you too can be driving and striving and hugging the turns, and thinking of someone for whom you still – wait, everything except that last part. Yep, NASCAR season starts this weekend, but instead of watching the Daytona 500 on your TV like it’s 2014 – aka, the Stone Age – you can now experience the amazing race in live VR! Thanks to a partnership between NextVR and Fox Sports, the year’s most-watched auto racing event will be available for free to Samsung Gear VR owners, who will practically be able to feel the G-force of each virtual (but also, real) lap. Head over to Variety for more details on how to experience the race, and find out what other VR events Fox Sports has in store for its fans: Read More

What do cartoon insects and The Beatles have in common? A new Netflix kids’ show called Beat Bugs, that’s what!

February 16th, 2016

Despite the 46 years since their last album release as a band, The Beatles’ legacy continues to inspire countless people, musicians, artists, and now, kids. Getting by with a little help from Netflix, filmmaker Josh Wakely is bringing a Beatles revolution to a new generation in the form of an animated children’s show about insects, life, and music. Entitled “Beat Bugs” and featuring covers of the band’s vast catalog by modern-day musicians, the show has been picked up for two seasons of 11-minute episodes. So even if you’re more familiar with Eddie Vedder than Eleanor Rigby, you and your kids can still take the long and winding road through the fab four’s hits eight days a week on the streaming service this August. Polygon has the deails: Read More

Mike Morhaime reflects on 25 years of Blizzard games during an in-depth interview celebrating the company’s milestone anniversary!

February 12th, 2016

It’s hard to imagine what the landscape of the video game industry would look like without Blizzard’s groundbreaking games to help shape it. For some of us, it’s even harder to accept that the studio who brought incredible franchises like Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft to life celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. But whether you just got hooked on Heroes of the Storm or you remember the Amiga days of Rock n’ Roll Racing, there’s no question as to the impact of the company’s commitment to quality and enthusiasm for accessibility. GamesBeat recently sat down with one of Blizzard’s founding members, Mike Morhaime, to discuss those topics and much more in an extensive interview. Read the full interview at the link below, and congratulations Blizzard! Read More

Hang on to your butts, 90’s kids, because a NickToons movie is in the works!

February 8th, 2016

That’s right, Nickelodeon and Paramount are pairing up for a feature-length film that has the internet a-buzz with excitement this week. Following in the footsteps of Napoleon Dynamite, the untitled NickToons adventure will be written by husband-wife duo Jared and Jerusha Hess, with Jared directing. The list of included cartoons hasn’t been confirmed yet, but with so many great properties to pull from, at least one of your favorites is bound to make the cut. Dive headfirst into the nineties nostalgia over at ComingSoon.net: Read More

Yo dawg, we heard you like VR, so we put VR in your VR so you can make VR while you’re in VR!

February 5th, 2016

If you’re at all familiar with how video games are made, you’ve probably heard of the Unreal Engine. Made by Epic and used by everyone from NASA to Namco, the engine is an integral part of creating games for companies all over the world. Which is why this week’s announcement that you can now use the Unreal Editor to make VR games while actually in VR is a very big deal. The Verge has more info on this game-changer, along with a video to help you sort out the whole VR-within-VR thing. Trust us, it’s not as Inception-y as it sounds. Read More

Fat City is now available on Android, and it’s already gotten a great writeup!

February 3rd, 2016

If robbing banks and pulling off heists throughout the five boroughs of NYC to save your sister’s life sounds like your idea of a great mobile game, we have good news for you – Fat City is now available on Android! The brain-teaser/action-puzzler game that pits you against New York’s finest can be found in the Google Play store, and it’s free to play. While you’re waiting for the game to install, check out SuperGamerDroid.com’s rad writeup about Fat City, and get hyped up for your new career as a reluctant (but highly effective) video game criminal! Read More

The next step in virtual reality’s evolution is Project StarCade, a very real VR-cade coming to Los Angeles this year!

February 1st, 2016

Here in Los Angeles, you can find just about any kind of entertainment that exists and is legal – and quite a few that aren’t. But one experience that’s been hard for the average person to come by is the ever-expanding world of virtual reality. A new venture from Swedish-based Starbreeze Studios aims to change that later this year, with the unveiling of a virtual reality arcade in LA called Project StarCade. Exclusively using its StarVR headset, the makers of The Walking Dead VR Experience will bring virtual adventures to the public in what may prove to be the newest trend for local technophiles. VRScout.com has more: Read More

The Marvel Battlegrounds play set for Disney Infinity 3.0 is coming your way in March and features a totally new Captain America figure!

January 22nd, 2016

Much like ours, the Disney Infinity universe is ever-expanding, and the latest addition to the franchise comes in the form of the Marvel Battlegrounds play set. Arriving on March 15th, the superhero set will include a brand new Captain America figure, a four-player brawler game, and an original storyline. But even more exciting than Cap’s stoic makeover is the fact that you can use any of your Marvel figures with the Battleground play set! SuperHeroHype.com has more details: Read More

Remembering David Bowie, alien rock superstar and King of Atlantis.

January 15th, 2016

The sad news of David Bowie’s passing has fully set in, and while those whose lives were deeply affected by the inventive musician/starman continue to grieve, fond memories and fantastic stories are still outpouring. One such remembrance is the time Bikini Bottom was graced with Bowie’s presence in the appropriate form of The King of Atlantis. A role that perfectly merged his flamboyant fashion and underrated comedic chops, Bowie’s “LHR” brought smiles to kids who had never heard of him as well as those who regarded him as a legend (like SpongeBob SquarePants producer Paul Tibbitt). SCPR.org has a look back at this endearing episode, and Paul’s recollection of the wonderful experience: Read More

No need to fire up your learning bed, we’re here to tell you that The Venture Bros Season 6 premieres at the end of this month!

January 8th, 2016

It’s been three long, dark years since the Season 5 finale of The Venture Bros. aired on Adult Swim. However, H.E.L.P.eR. has just informed us that Rusty and the clan are coming back to Cartoon Network with 8 new episodes, which are set to start on Sunday, January 31st. You can read the very Venture announcement over at The AV Club while you practice your best “Go Team Venture!” cheer. Maybe make sure you’re alone first though. Just sayin. Read More

Disney Infinity 3.0 takes the top spot in 2015’s fall toys-to-life franchise sales figures!

January 5th, 2016

Skylanders is a great property in a small but teeming sea of great physical-figure-based games, as evidenced by its impressive sales and popularity amongst consumers. But Disney Infinity has finally unseated the land of Superchargers as the top toys-to-life franchise this past fall, and while there’s plenty of room for everyone in this magical corner of the video game market, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t excited to be part of the current top team. Largely thanks to a sales boost from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney Infinity 3.0 is having its moment in the sun, and we’re proud to count ourselves among the ranks of companies who have contributed to its success. Thank to you every single person who worked on the game, and an even bigger thank you to everyone who has played it – your support means the world to us. IGN has more details: Read More