THE $1 MILLION ‘THE HOBBIT’- GAME PITCH THAT WAS NEVER MADE

When Warner Bros. announced ‘The Hobbit’-saga to be turned into two movies back in 2008, a team behind som ‘LEGO’- games got the idea to pitch a live-action oriented videogame tie-in with the project to make players feel like if they were experiencing the movies.

Within six months (until February 2009), a demo was made and taken on a 39-hours long trip to New Zealand to be presented to Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro.

(so the people behind the game project decided to use ‘Lord of the Rings’ as a template.

So what these guys did was to use ‘Lord of the Rings’ as a template with key scenes from the trilogy and picture what it could be achieved at that time with the Xbox 360- hardware (and it’s still looks great 11 years later, imho).

They developed four fully playable and polished levels (and five additional tech demos).

The first level was a demostration of free stealth gameplay; Frodo could sneak, hide, throw rocks to distract the Uruk-Hai, climb trees, use his senses to focus on enemies, jump from trees onto foes, and try to fight them directly (against the odds, of course).

The second level was the Isengard fight between Gandalf and Sauron; you could cast spells, deflect attacks, and throw Saruman around the room.

The third level was another stealth based level in the woods, with Frodo trying to avoid the black rider. If he got spotted; he would have to resist the temptation to use the one ring.

The last level was the Gandalf vs The Balrog fight in Khazad-dûm (it looks epic).

The tech demos showcased Aragorn fighting the Uruk-Hai; showing the combat-mechanics, Frodo and Sam at Weathertop trying to avoid the Nazguls and the forementioned using the ring, the prologue Sauron battle (shown at the very beginning of the films) testing how many enemies could be processed, Frodo and Sam in the Shire and in Rivendell; using motion-capture to re-create moments from the film.

Both Jackson and del Toro were positive about the project and wanted to the see it happen. Warner Bros, however, wanted instead a game that wasn’t directly based on the movie but that was set in the same world at the same time, so it was never released.

What do you think?

NEW ‘CYBERPUNK 2077’ GAMEPLAY + TRAILER

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‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is an open-world, action-adventure story supposed to arrive on September 17th but was unfortunately pushed back to November 19th and here’s why.

It’s developed by ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’- makers, CD Projekt Red, and both HYPE and expectations are ROCKETING with every single piece of news or video making its way to the world wide web.

A brand new trailer was released almost a week ago, followed by a 20-minutes long gameplay demo just days later.

The game is set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you.

The new trailer is showcasing the world, characters, story, and action:

The gameplay video is worth checking out, a lot of the things going on here are jaw- dropping:

Coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC November 19th, 2020.

It’s official that if you get the PS4- or the Xbox One- version, you’ll be able to play it on the next-gen consoles on launch day. The plans do not stop there, however. They will “release an upgrade to Cyberpunk 2077, which will take full advantage of the next-gen hardware“, announced “at a later date“.
Source: https://www.cyberpunk.net/en/news/35449/cyberpunk-2077-next-gen-consoles-compatibility

‘TENET’, ‘WONDER WOMAN 1984’, ‘MULAN’, ‘BLACK WIDOW’ AND MORE GET NEW RELEASE DATES

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‘Tenet’ is one of the latest major projects to get pushed back. It will however arrive just two weeks later than planned.

Other big projects pushed back were ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Black Widow’, ‘Mulan’ and ‘New Mutants’. (The following concern US theatrical releases)

THE ‘DESTROY ALL HUMANS!’ REMAKE OFFICIAL TRAILER RELEASED + GAMEPLAY

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The ‘Destroy all Humans!’- franchise started on June 21st, 2005 with the original game’s release on both PS2 and Xbox. It was set during the cold-war era in 1959’s US and parodies that time period. It’s an an open world action-adventure.

In late 2016, Destroy All Humans! and Destroy All Humans! 2 were ported to PlayStation 4 and upscaled to 1080p. In 2018, Destroy All Humans! was ported to Xbox One in their backward compatibility catalog.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destroy_All_Humans!#Destroy_All_Humans!_(2020)

The upcoming remake of ‘Destroy All Humans!’ features upgraded visuals and will feature content that was cut from the original version. PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Google Stadia will get it.

It’s set for a July 28, 2020 release.

Full demo gameplay by IGN:

THE PS5 – ‘FUTURE OF GAMING’ REVEAL

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After months fueled by speculations and crazy rumors, the PS5 was FINALLY REVEALED!
Yes, it was finally REVEALED and there must be a few people not knowing this by now, I mean the Internet is going NUTS as we all should.

Sony is raising the bar and setting new standards with GREAT reveals.

We saw a new ‘RATCHET AND CLANK’, a new chapter for ‘SPIDER-MAN’, ‘GRAND TURISMO 7’ was also revealed and the s*it is just getting started! ‘HITMAN 3’,  the conclusion of the assassin-trilogy with the most ambitious setting yet – DUBAI!

If that does not impress you, then how about ‘RESIDENT EVIL VIII: VILLAGE’ or ‘DEMON’S SOUL’s’ Remake? AAAAAAND…. ‘HORIZON II: FORBIDDEN WEST’, which may be THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING EVER!

There is also a new IP from SQUARE ENIX and another published by BETHESDA and lots of fun games; ‘KENA: BIRDGE OF SPIRITS’, ‘LITTLE DEVIL INSIDE’ and MORE.

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The PS5 design was revealed and it’s confirmed there’ll be two versions at launch; the traditional console BUT a DIGITAL VERSION aswell (see picture above). No price or exact release date announced yet, but we’ll get there. Even the UI was teased and I see no point in NOT BRINGING THAT UP, it will turn out fabulous.

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It’s beautiful designed; looks fresh, modern and FUTURISTIC.

Here’s the full reveal stream, you’ll see everything broadcasted last night:

It may take me a couple of days to share all exciting footage and information with you as I want to take my time and write my thoughts on every single one. In the meantime, here’s a playlist that should cover these. Enjoy!

6IX9INE – ‘GOOBA’ – THE YOUTUBE RECORD BREAKING HIPHOP VIDEO

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Estimates point that 6IX9INE’s ‘GOOBA’ – his first music video since released from prison in April – generated aprox. 43 million within the first 24 hours and that makes it a record-breaker.

It became the biggest first day debut for a hip-hop video on the platform. The previous record was held by Eminem’s ‘Killshot’ (released in 2018) – a diss song to Machine Gun Kelly, with 38.1 million views during the same time frame (to be honest, ‘Killshot’ was an audio while ‘Gooba’ is a video).

It’s at above 317 million by now and here it is:

His next project is a new collaboration with Nicki Minaj, named ‘Trollz’ and scheduled to arrive this Friday. Here’s the artwork, taken from his Twitter account.

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Curious for more? While you’re here, why not check out their previous collab?

SONY’S PS5 REVEAL EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED

Sony’s PS5 reveal event was planned for June, 4th and was supposed to focus on the games.

However, due to the world-wide protests, it was postponed without any further notice.

Just hours ago, a new statement on Twitter appeared and the event will go live on Thursday, June 11 at 1:00pm Pacific time (9:00pm BST).

 

NEED A GREAT VR GAME? GET ‘BEAT SABER’!

While I don’t own a VR-set, I’ve seen people on some random online places asking for advice of what to get for their first PSVR, Oculus, HTC Vive and so on.

A couple of months ago, I’ve tried a VR game for the first time and that game was ‘Beat Saber’.

Before I continue, let me tell you this: I have no prior VR gaming experience, and the ONLY prior VR experience was this.

Anyways, at this event, me and a bunch of other people, tried the game. If you remember the ‘Guitar Hero’-games, you may know the mechanics. You hold two controllers that serve as ‘sabers’, and you have to time your hits to the right pace AND from the right angle. It was fun.

‘Beat Saber’ is described as “a virtual reality fitness/rhythm game” and you’ll be amazed!
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_Saber

And seeing the YouTube videos, it seems like it got a big and growing community with lots of new content available for everyone.

Now, it takes time to master the skills but it’s fun and engaging. It should fit the whole family. You’ll face great challenge even after hundreds or thousands of played hours with up to five levels of difficulty, starting from Easy all the way to Expert+.

The game supports most virtual reality headsets, such as PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Quest.

Investing in a VR-set or just got one? Get this, you should. It’s an immersive experience that cannot be described.

NEW PHOTOS OF ‘THE BATMAN”S BATMOBILE

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While we’ve already seen photos of the new designed Batmobile , we finally have a closer and more detailed look.

The project is being directed by Matt Reeves, whose credits includes directing ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ (2014) and my first impression is that we’ll see something simillar to Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’- trilogy; in other words, a closer-to-reality Batman.

That is supported by the fact that Reeves’ is said to have “re-worked the story to focus on a younger Batman, hoping to emphasize the detective aspect of the character to a greater extent than previous films“.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Batman_(film)

The role as the caped crusader at night and billionaire Bruce Wayne in the day will be portrayed by Robert Pattinson, known for his role as vampyre Edward in the ‘Twilight’- saga.

Because of the Co-vid19 pandemic, the project has been postponed since March and the release pushed. It was initially planned for June, 25th 2021, and moved to October 1st, 2021.

The Guardian has reported that high-end movies- and TV- projects are now greenlit to resume production and that includes ‘The Batman’, ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ and the second season of Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’.

Here are the new photos.

NEW EMINEM PRODUCED TRACK: FAMILY BVSINESS – ‘SKIP THIS AD’

Yep, that’s rigt, this is an Eminem beat.

While many know of Eminem as a great lyricist and perfomer, and one of the best (PERIOD), he has produced some great songs throught the years. His own ‘Soldier’, ‘Superman’, ‘Without Me’, ‘Till I Collapse’ (from ‘The Eminem Show’- album), Oscar- winner ‘Lose Yourself’, ‘Mockingbird’ (from ‘Encore’), ‘The Way I Am’ and ‘Stan’ (‘The Marshall Mathers LP’) are his own productions.

He served as a co-producer on his and Dr. Dre’s joint ‘Guilty Conscience’ (‘The Slim Shady LP’) and for the collab with Jay-Z on ‘Renegade’ and with 50 Cent on ‘Patiently Waiting’ from 50’s ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Other works include co-/producing for D12, Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil etc.

Wikipedia has a full list of  Eminem produced beats. HotNewHipHop.com published a list over what they think are his Top 25 Best Beats , in January.

‘Skip This Ad’ is the newest single from Family Bvsiness – a new hip hop group with KXNG Crooked (aka Crooked I), Julius, Demetrius, Kenny and Dice.

It’s not just the beat that’s fire, they are all spittin’ 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Here’s the song with lyrics

LAST YEAR’S TOP INSTAGRAM EARNERS

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(Picture by Cristian Dina from Pexels)

 

Buzz Bingo’s ‘Insta Wealth 2020’- study on top Instagram earners from March 2019 to March 2020 is out now.

The top three spots remain unchanged from the year before. Cristiano Ronaldo is still the best paid influencer on the platform with an Insta income of $50.3 million. The study reveals he posted 43 sponsored posts during the period and that translates to $1,17 million per post. He  has the biggest account with over 226 million followers.

At number two we have another football star: Lionel Messi, with $30,4 million in revenue. It’s a total increase of over $7 million from the 2019- chart and he is also paid better – almost $100k more per ad-post.

Systers Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner claim the following spots.

David Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Neymar, Selena Gomez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gal Gadot, Ronaldinho, Robert Lewandowski, Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith are also on the list.

LOVE BABY YODA? YOU’LL LOVE BABY MAUL!

‘The Mandalorian’ fulfilled ‘Star Wars’-fans’ fantasies by converting elements of the beloved saga into the first ever live-action show based upon the universe created by George Lucas.

Fans and critics LOVED it.

The only thing bigger than the show itself was… Baby Yoda. Well, it’s not a younger version of the legendary Jedi- master Yoda, so it’s not Yoda. Either is Yoda one of the races in the lore, so the name may not be accurate. But IT DOES have his resemblance and that was the name given by fans and it hence to be known by that name.

Are you more into the Dark Side of The Force? Here comes Baby Maul! Or Darth Yoda? Both names fit and he is just ADORABLE!!!