Orwellian snoop ’em up Beholder is an uncomfortable game to play, and I feel this official live-action short from Kinodom Films captures some of its uneasy tension. Produced by the same crew that gave us the live-action Papers, Please film, this one goes the near-silent route, steadily escalating music aside. As in the game, a landlord turned snoop spies on his tenants, and tries to decide whether he should use his knowledge to win favour with the government, extort money through blackmail or help his own family directly. Give it a watch, as we’ve handily embedded it below. The Beholder short is an intriguing one. It’s stranger and more high-concept than what Kinodom did with Papers, Please, and I feel it doesn’t entirely stick the landing. Still, credit where due, I admire their attempt to replicate the mostly-monochrome look of the game. What were previously abstract figures with white highlights become starkly silhouetted real people lurking in the … [Read more...] about Beholder becomes a short film from the Papers Please movie crew
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film in a planned, five-part prequel series to the original Harry Potter tales, finds Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander in Paris, colliding with figures from his past as the future of the wizarding world is put in jeopardy. Grindelwald returns. Dumbledore is there. There are callbacks (er, callforwards?) galore. For all the lore in J.K. Rowling’s world, the movie is intent on tracing a line back to Potter’s story. Crimes of Grindelwald makes clear that the pentalogy is not exactly about fantastic beasts and where to find them, but instead a deeper investigation into the state of the Wizarding World before Voldemort came around. That is to say, it’s not exactly what we expected, considering how rich Rowling’s Potter world is with unmined plot points, passing mentions to greater events and minute details that fans go crazy for. If three more Potterverse movies await us in the near future, there are … [Read more...] about 8 Potterverse stories worth adapting for the big screen
You probably started this story to read about a certain fight scene, and we'll get there shortly. But first, we need to talk about behinds. Yes, that kind.In the individual character posters Marvel Studios released in April to promote "Avengers: Infinity War," Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) are each featured looking off into the distance with their backs angled toward the camera. The pose shows off their — ahem — assets, a delightful gender-swapped version of how Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) appeared in artwork for the original "Avengers" film. Hurrah, equality!We can debate whether butt-shot parity is the best way to work toward this goal — we're kidding, it's not — but this just goes to show that Marvel is trying. Really, guys, they are. As proof of the studio beginning to treat its female characters properly, we look to a fight scene toward the end of "Infinity War."As the Avengers fight Thanos (Josh … [Read more...] about This ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ fight scene is a step forward for Marvel’s female characters
Which games would make great movies or TV shows? That's the question we've put to the PC Gamer staff in this week's PCG Q&A, and almost all of us preferred the idea of TV series to films (perhaps because game movies are destined to be dumpster fires forever). Let us know your suggestions in the comments, too! Andy Kelly: a Silent Hill anthology show The cursed town is different for every sinner who's lured to it, and I think that's a perfect setup for a series of standalone horror/mystery stories. The supernatural nature of the setting would allow the writers to come up with some really twisted, mind-bending plotlines, and the town would provide some loose structure, making all the episodes feel like part of a whole: similar to the brilliant Inside No. 9, in which every episode is set in a house or other indoor setting numbered 9. With the success of shows like Black Mirror, Electric Dreams, Inside No. 9, and Room 104, the anthology is making a comeback, and I think I prefer them … [Read more...] about Which game would you like to see made into a film or TV show?
The man who sold his house to finish his game. I’ll admit, Kenny Roy’s situation frustrates me. He told me he could hear it in my voice as we talked. He was calling me from across the globe, after selling his home in LA, and moving his wife and kids in with her parents in New Zealand. He did all this in order to make a game for charity, from which he would never recoup a dime. I’m frustrated because his kids are sleeping on air mattresses. I’m frustrated because I know he did it to make something beautiful – a game designed to help kids deal with cancer and its treatments – but he has built in no provisions to keep going. All the money goes to the GameChanger charity, which tries to brighten the lives of kids with cancer. I know what he is trying to achieve, and how hard he’s trying to achieve it. But this is only the second game he’s ever tried to make. I just hope he gets the chance to do it again. The game is called I, Hope, and … [Read more...] about Meet the dev who sold his house to make a 100% for-charity game