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Posts Tagged ‘Bioshock’

28 Weeks Director to Helm BioShock Film

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Universal Pictures is back on track to make the film adaption of the BioShock videogame. Pirates of the Caribbean director, Gore Verbinski, was originally going to helm the project, but because of the budget exceeding $160 million — Universal was forced to shutdown the film. The company also wanted to rewrite the script and look for alternative filming locations outside the country to reduce costs of the film.

/film is reporting that a BioShock film has once again been green lit by the studio, however, Gore Verbinski has step down as director. Instead 28 Weeks writer/director, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, has been signed on to helm the project. Verbinski will still be attached to the film, but will now take the role of producer instead.

Personally, I find Gore Verbinski leaving the film as director rather disappointing, and hearing Universal finding ways to cut production costs is discouraging news. BioShock is one of the first games I felt had an emotional story, which kinda felt close to a movie. While the narration still didn’t compare to great films — it certainly had potential on being the best videogame-movie adaption. And first hearing Verbinski was heading the film, made me think studios were finally going to use great gaming titles and make some serious films, like they’ve done with comic books in the last ten-years or so.

In my opinion, replacing Verbinski with Fresnadillo along with the other cuts, makes it seem like Universal is going to try and stick with a generic action film, which was inspired by a famous videogame. I’m just hope I’m wrong because we’ve seen to many of those.

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BioShock Creator Loved Zelda More Than His Girlfriend

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BioShocks designer Ken Levine admitted when he was younger, he was a little too obsessed with the Legend of Zelda and it even ended a relationship with an ex-girlfriend. When Levine graduated from college, he moved into an apartment in San Francisco. He then met a girl who was a few years younger, who overtime became his ‘better-half’. Her being younger meant when the summer ended, she would have to move back to school.

When the last day came, Levine started to play the Legend of Zelda and quickly became engrossed in the adventure game. So much, he forgot to pay attention to the girl.

“After I graduated from college, I moved to an apartment San Francisco with first super-serious girlfriend. She was a couple of years younger than me, so at the end of the summer, she was set to go back to school. On our last day together in San Fran, I for some reason picked up The Legend of Zelda. As she stood by waiting for some romantic gesture to happen on our last day living together, she was instead treated to watching me obsessively plow through Hyrule for around 15 hours. By the time the cab showed up to take her to the airport, I realized if I had any hope of keeping her as my girlfriend, it was time to shut off the NES. Needless to say, we didn’t spend the next summer together.”

You know, I completely understand why he chose the game over her. Zelda was and still is badass, plus she was a serious girl from San Francisco. I would pick the game over her any day. And guess what, her heart break is our gain. I’m pretty sure Zelda influenced Mr. Levine in someway.

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BioShock and Oblivion Bundle Together for $39.99

Anyone could argue that BioShock and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion could be two of the best games to come out for the Xbox 360. So what better way to celebrate their greatness than to combine both games to a bundle, and that is exactly what 2K Games and Bethesda are doing.

Both publishers have agreed to package both games and sell it for $39.99 and release the bundle on July 7. There will also be a PC version and it will be ten dollars less at $29.99.

Separately, BioShock retails for $19.99, while Oblivion is currently is $29.99. If you haven’t checked out either game, you should highly consider buying this combination. As of now, BioShock is receiving 96/100 on metacritic and the Elder Scrolls: Oblivion is sitting at a 94/100.

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400-Page BioShock Book Coming This Fall

Hands down, I think one of the best storytelling narratives in any video game, has to be BioShock. It was one of the few games I felt that didn’t force feed me information and characters, which made it seem much less corny than other gaming stories out there. To be honest, I’m not sure if any game has even gotten close to the atmosphere which BioShock delivered so well.

Take-Two has decided the story is indeed good and they have inked a deal with the book publisher Tor, to bring a 400-page hardcover (and soft) book. The listing even mentions that the creator of BioShock Ken Levine, is the author. Sadly, I highly doubt this is the case, and Levine is nothing more than the placeholder of the novel. Although, you never know… but I don’t think we’re going to get that lucky.

The future bestseller* is expected to be released sometime in the fall and probably will coincide with the sequel to the game, BioShock 2.

If you wonder what Tor has brought to the table, they are responsible for several sci-fi books, including the Halo series.

*To be determined.

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Pirates of the Caribbean Director, Directing the BioShock Movie

Variety is reporting that Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, is ditching the forth installment of the franchise and will take control of the movie adaption of BioShock. Verbinski told producer Jerry Bruckheimer, that he was no longer interested directing the franchise, which domestically has grossed over a billion dollars to date. According to /film, Walt Disney expects Pirates to start production in 2010, while Johnny Depp has already signed on to the project.

“I had a fantastic time bringing ‘Pirates’ to life, and I am eternally grateful to Jerry, Johnny and the rest of the creative and production team,” Verbinski said. “I’m looking forward to all of us crossing paths again in the future.”

Screenwriter John Logan has chalked up the script, and he is best known for creating the stories for; The Last Samurai, Gladiator and Sweeney Todd. The combination of Gore Verbinski directing the film and Logan writing it, means we could actually see for the first time ever, a video game-movie being good. Not only that, the narrative of BioShock could be the best in video game history and translate well into a film.

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IG Fun Hints at a BioShock iPhone Game?

IG Fun CEO Sean Malatesta held a keynote today during GDC in San Francisco, CA. At the end of the session, the audience had an opportunity to participate in a questions & answer discussion. One member from the crowd asked about the possibility of seeing BioShock on the iPhone. Mr. Malatesta said, “Honestly, I can’t comment on BioShock on iPhone right now,” and added “It’s top secret.”

Hmmm, what does that mean? We know, it’s hardly a confirmation that we’ll be touching Big Daddies on Apple’s device anytime soon, but it does seem like something might be in the works. By his statement, it does at the least, sound like we could hear about some announcement concerning a BioShock iPhone game.

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Replica of a ADAM Syringe from Bioshock

If you played Bioshock, than you certainly know about the disturbing ADAM syringe’s the Little Sisters like to stick  dead bodies with around the underwater city Rapture. Artist Harrison Krix, who is best known for making a Portal Gun replica, has decided to create a model that looks like one of those creepy ADAM syringes.

The talented artist used simple items anyone could find around their house or hardware store. The things he used for the replica included a glass bottle and some pipes. Okay, it is a lot more complicated than that, but if you head over to Krix’s website, he goes into fine detail on how he created the imaginative syringe.

It must be good to have a talent like that!

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From Japan: BioShock Commercial

We all know BioShock is easily one of the better games to come for this generation. The game is set to make its mark in “The Land of the Rising Son.” However, 2K has an uphill battle to fight if they wish for the title to become a successful game like it was here in the States. The reason: It’s a first person shooter.

That particular genre just doesn’t do well in Japan so, it’s going to be a tough sell in that market. But that has not stopped both Spike and 2K to at least advertise the game and one way they are doing it is NOT to show any gameplay. Instead, it shows a little girl dropping a fish bowl — yeah, it’s creepy. Check it out up top.

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PS3 Bioshock Patch to Fix Graphical Issue Coming

There has been bunch of complaints concerning 2K’s upcoming PlayStation 3 port, BioShock. A few weeks ago, there were pictures that were leaked which compared the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game. By taking a quick glance at the screens, anyone could clearly see the Xbox 360 was superior in the graphical department.

After the screens were released to the internet hounds, 2K and Take-Two quickly responded and said they were aware of the situation. Today, 2K has announced they are working on a patch and would fix the following problems:

*  Fix for an issue where large blocky pixels would show up whenever viewing the Bouncer and Elite Bouncer variants of the Big Daddy.
* Fix for an issue where white/discolored bars would show up at the right and bottom sides of the screen during the plane crash / water scene at the beginning of the game.

    Although PS3 owners will have the ability to download a patch through PSN, a date has yet to be confirmed. But it was promised we’ll being seeing it soon after the game launches on October 21.

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    Best Big Daddy Costume EVER

    If you want to dress up as a ‘Big Daddy‘ from BioShock for this Halloween, but your to lazy or you have no talent to create a costume, than you might want to check out the video above. The user speederboat70 on youtube made this pretty amazing replica of a ‘Big Daddy.’ It so awesome, he claims that he won a trip to Las Vegas and even $500 for entering into costume contests.

    He is selling it right now for $250 on ebay, so if you also want to win trips, cash and never have a girlfriend — act now and purchase it.

    Here are some of the features listed:

    -The Costume is 6 and half feet high and 4 feet wide when the arms are down. If you extend the arms, the width is over 10 feet.
    -The drill on the arm works but because of safety issues, its made out of styrofoam.
    -Boots are hand-made, while the pants are hand-sewn and fabricated.

      After the jump, check out pictures. (more…)

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