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Kong: Skull Island Director Reveals The Zelda, Metroid References You Might Have Missed

Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts knows his stuff when it comes to gaming. Now, the director has revealed that the movie contains multiple video game references that you may hve missed.

In a series of tweets (via GoNintendo), Vogt-Roberts said things like the soldier’s helmets in the film were inspired by Mega Man, Gundam, and Metroid, while there were also Zelda/Hylian influences. The acclaimed indie game Journey also influenced Vogt-Roberts for Skull Island.

Not all of Vogt-Roberts’ video game tributes made it into Skull Island. He also revealed a really cool-looking tiger-with-antlers creature inspired by Okami, but this was unfortunately cut.

In another tweet, the director said what’s been revealed so far about the Skull Island‘s video game tributes/influences/references is only the “tip of the iceberg.”

Vogt-Roberts is directing the upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie, which appears to be more of an idea than a real thing at this stage. But what’s clear is Vogt-Roberts sounds like the right person for the job.

“I think it’d be a massive film, I think it’d be an incredible film, but it needs to be done in a way that completely honors what Metal Gear is because it’s a classic and it’s a seminal work not just in video games, but in media,” he explained earlier this year.

What video game references did you spot in Skull Island? Let us know in the comments below!

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A New Pokemon Game Is Out Now For Mobile

The Magikarp Pokemon game that was announced earlier this year is out now on iOS and Android.

Magikarp Jump, as it’s called, challenges players to catch the fish Pokemon, level it up, and train it to become the highest jumper in the land. When your Magikarp gets knocked out, or retires at level 20, you start again with a new-generation version of the creature. You don’t lose everything, however, as each new generation of Magikarp gets stronger.

“When you do well in jumping tournaments, you can get commemorative photos of your achievement,” reads a line from the game’s description. “You can share these photos online and with friends to show the world how well you’ve trained your Magikarp.”

Like other free-to-play games, Magikarp Jump features microtransactions for things like items that speed up training, replenish food stock, and customize your Magikarp’s surroundings.

You can download Magikarp Jump right now through the links below.

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MLB Team Plays Mario Kart 8 During Lengthy Rain Delay

If you’re the MLB’s Atlanta Braves and you have a three-hour and 12 minute rain delay, what do you do to pass the time? Play Mario Kart, obviously.

That’s what happened on Tuesday night at SunTrust Part in Atlanta. Players Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Sean Rodriguez, Jim Johnson, and Jace Peterson played multiple races of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the clubhouse. Based on the Atlanta Braves report (via GoNintendo), we don’t know who won, but the team seems to agree that Markakis, who uses Princess Peach, is the most skilled Mario Kart player.

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“The best in the clubhouse is definitely Nick Markakis, as he is phenomenal,” Jackson said. “[Eric] O’Flaherty is pretty good, Ender is good and Sean Rodriguez is an actual solid sleeper pick. But Markakis is probably clubhouse champ.”

For his part, Markakis said playing Mario Kart with his teammates helps build chemistry. The team also plays Mario Kart before their baseball games, and pitcher Sam Freeman said watching his teammates play during the rain delay this week helped him stay calm before getting back to the action.

“You’ve got to have some camaraderie in the clubhouse, and some fun other than baseball,” Markakis said. “We are here for one thing, and we realize that, but when you have down time, you’ve got to have some things to do. It is just one of those things.”

The Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Tuesday night.

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for May 25, 2017 is:

inanition • \in-uh-NISH-un\  • noun

1 : the exhausted condition that results from lack of food and water

2 : the absence or loss of social, moral, or intellectual vitality or vigor


“My friend had no breakfast himself, for it was one of his peculiarities that in his more intense moments he would permit himself no food, and I have known him presume upon his iron strength until he has fainted from pure inanition.” — Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder,” 1903

“Although she remains largely in the background, Mama is the character apparently most energized by the revolution of 2011, the person who has found purpose and focus, eschewing nostalgia even as the men who surround her have lapsed into rueful inanition.” — Claire Messud, The New York Review of Books, 18 Aug. 2016

Did you know?

Inanition describes a state of suffering from either a literal emptiness (of sustenance) or a metaphorical emptiness (of interest or energy), so it should come as no surprise that the word ultimately derives from the same idea in Latin. Inanition, which first appeared in Middle English in the 14th century as in-anisioun, can be traced back to the Latin verb inanire, meaning “to make empty,” which in turn comes from inanis (meaning “empty”). Another far more common descendant of inanis is inane. The family resemblance is clear: inane is used describe things lacking significance or substance.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Official Trailer Breakdown
The latest trailer hints where Aria is, where Daenerys will attack, what is happening in Winterfell and much more. Greg Thomas searches through the trailer to find what’s there!

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Free Witcher 2 For People Who Played Gwent’s Closed Beta

Did you play the closed beta for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game? If so, CD Projekt Red has a special gift for you. Everyone who took part in the closed beta is getting a free copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

To claim your free copy of the 2011 role-playing game, all of you need to do is log into with the same account you used for the beta, and then follow the instructions (via Game Informer). You must claim your free copy before 8 AM ET on May 29, so the offer is not available for very long.

In other Gwent news, the game is now available to everyone in a public beta, which CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski called an “important step” towards final launch in a news release.

“I’m extra curious how all of the community feedback we’ve incorporated will resonate with both current players and those who’re just starting,” he added. “Please keep the feedback coming, we’re listening!”

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A cinematic trailer for Gwent has been released to mark the game’s public beta launch; you can watch it through the video embed above. New gameplay instruction videos can be found on YouTube.

Gwent, which is based on the in-game card game of the same name, is free-to-play on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. You can grab it through the links below.

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Pandora – The World of Avatar Dedication Ceremony Highlights

Pandora – The World of Avatar Dedication Ceremony Highlights

Subscribe to me here on Youtube! The ceremony, held under the magnificent floating mountains of Pandora – The World of Avatar, drummers performed traditional Pandoran rhythms and colorfully-dressed performers led a procession full of pageantry and artful banners to celebrate the occasion.

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was joined by AVATAR Creator/Director James (Jim) Cameron and members of the film’s cast and crew (pictured, above) after thanking the visionaries and innovators who collaborated to make Pandora just as great in person as it is on the screen.


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Obi-Wan Actor Almost Could Have Been Joseph Fiennes

Ewan McGregor played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the divisive Star Wars prequels, but who else was considered for the famous role? It’s been revealed that actor Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, The Handmaid’s Tale) was close to getting the role before he was passed over for something of a strange reason.

Joseph Fiennes told TheWrap that, after considering a number of actors, the list of candidates for Obi-Wan was whittled down to himself and one of his Guildhall School of Music and Drama classmates: McGregor. Fiennes auditioned in front of George Lucas and casting director Robin Gurland, and apparently it went well, at least up until that point.

Fiennes in The Handmaid's Tale
Fiennes in The Handmaid’s Tale

After auditioning, Fiennes met with “somebody’s daughter,” the report said, a person who Fiennes said was a “lovely, delightful” child who might have only been five years old. But this young girl didn’t approve of Fiennes, apparently. This person’s daughter said, “‘I don’t like this guy. He’s weird. I don’t like him.’ And that’s how my audition went.”

The Wrap originally reported that it was Lucas’ daughter who said this, but the site has since clarified that it was not her, but instead someone else who has not been named.

Lucasfilm is now making character-specific Star Wars movies, starting with the Han Solo film in 2018. McGregor says Obi-Wan is deserving of his own film–or two–but no announcements have been made.

The next Star Wars movie is this December’s The Last Jedi. Some images of the film’s new characters, played by Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro, have been released–you can see them here.

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Friday the 13th: The Game – Video Review In Progress
Our review for the Friday the 13th game isn’t quite ready yet. But Peter is here to give you is impressions so far until we get more time to prepare for the proper GameSpot review.

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