Giant Overwatch Figures In Boxes Showing Up Around the World
Overwatch, if you didn't know, is that really hyped game that everyone really wants to play. It's at this point usually that I'd make a joke about it probably being really bad, as really hyped things usually are, but the open beta kinda makes that hard to claim. Anyways, as part of the hyping, giant Overwatch figures, still in their boxes, have been appearing around the world. Los Angeles got a giant Tracer, Paris got a giant Genji, and Busan (South Korea) is getting Pharah. Unfortunately, the fine print on the back states that "...there is no physical or legal possibility to 'play' with the giant figures" and that "The figures are priceless, and participation is not possible."
Assassin's Creed Movie Will Be The First Video Game Movie To Be Good, According To Some Ubisoft Guy
Video game movies are bad. Some of them are good-bad, like Super Mario Bros. or Postal. But Azaïzia Aymar, the Head of Assassin's Creed Content at Ubisoft, thinks that the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie will be the first actually good video game movie. His reasoning seems to be "It's got to happen at some point," which isn't exactly a solid prediction. The movie comes out December 21st, meaning that there's still a chance Warcraft will steal the "first not terrible video game movie" crown from them.
Fruit Ninja, Tetris Being Made Into Movies
Remember last week when I said that we can't get "more ridiculous" than movie adaptations of Centipede and Missile Command? I'm not sure a movie adaptation of Fruit Ninja quite reaches that point, but it's close.
But you know what is more ridiculous? The upcoming $80m Tetris The Movie, by the producer of Foodfight! Filming begins in 2017 and it's planned to be a "sci-fi thriller."
Family Guy Used Video Game Footage Without Permission, Then Claimed Copyright on the Original
Do you still watch Family Guy? I'm sorry. But apparently enough people do that they still make episodes. And one of these recent episodes included footage of an NES game called Double Dribble. This footage was taken from a YouTube video by a user named Sw1tched without his permission. After this episode came out, Fox took down the video, claiming copyright on the footage. The video has since been restored, meaning... the system works, I guess?
Google Play Getting Its Own Early Access
Steam Early Access has been a popular—though only somewhat effective—method of getting the money and feedback to continue development while letting people play the game sooner than they'd otherwise be able to. Now Google's getting in on the fun, with the upcoming Google Play Early Access. According to what Google has said, open betas will be "hand-picked" to appear in the Early Access section, where users will then be able to send private feedback to the developers.
Apple Removes Game Set In Gaza Strip For Not Being a Game
Apple's moderation of the App Store isn't without controversy, but this one is even more exciting because a) it involes a video game, so I'm allowed to report on it and b) it involves real-life politics! The game Liyla & The Shadows of War, by the indie developer Rasheed Abueideh, was classified as an adventure game, but Apple doesn't want that. According to Apple, "It would be more appropriate to categorize your app in News or Reference for example." As far as I can tell, it looks like a game to me. Apple has been known to remove games with a political message in the past, which has caused some to point to the Angry Birds clone Israeli Heroes, where you play as an Israeli rocket blowing up the enemy. That's politics-free!