Weekly Video Game News and Game Trailers – 12/22/2012
By Patrick Newman
National Rifle Association Blames Video Games For Sandy Hook Massacre
In a PR move expectedly drowning in hypocrisy, National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre has come down hard against violent films and video games, in response to the Sandy Hook shooting last week. “There exists in this country a callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.” Citing games like Grand Theft Auto and Bulletstorm, as well as films like American Psycho and Natural Born Killers, LaPierre says that the media conglomerates responsible for these violent entertainments are locked in a “race to the bottom,” producing what amounts to “the filthiest form of pornography.” The A.V. Club’s Sean O’Neal put it best after quoting LaPierre himself: “’The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,’ said the man who has very realistic ideas about the problem of gun violence, while condemning dangerously stupid Hollywood fantasies.”
**Everyone at the PunchDrunkGamer family is deeply saddened by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary and our prayers are with those innocent victims and their families.
Dark Souls II Concept Art Arrives
A collection of beautiful concept art has surfaced for the upcoming RPG Dark Souls II. First posted on All Games Beta, the art depicts chariots, crossbows and two-headed skeleton horses – a preview covering some of the locations, creatures and weapons to come. Tomohiro Shibuya, the game’s director, has repeatedly mentioned that the sequel to Dark Souls will be a more accessible experience for gamers than the franchise’s initial outing.
The First Few Minutes of BioShock Infinite *Spoilers*
More BioShock Infinite News
As the sand in the hourglass tips empty so close to BioShock Infinite’s March 26th release, Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine spoke about the inevitability of the FPS genre to tell this particular story. “I love first person because it gets you so close to the detail of the world,” said Levine. “[BioShock Infinite] Wouldn’t work in any other perspective.”
Ubisoft Buying THQ?
Following the bankruptcy of THQ this week, Ubisoft has emerged as one of the top candidates to buying THQ assets that may include characters, stories and environments from Saints Row, Red Faction, Metro, Homefront, and Company of Heroes. According to MCV, Ubisoft has already held meetings with THQ to get the deal done, and is reportedly holding out for a “bargain buy” that will net the French publisher many of these assets in a single stroke.
Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise – DLC Trailer
Details are finally coming to light regarding Disney’s mysterious project Infinity. Polygon, which has seen leaked videos and images from the title, says Infinity will be a multi-platform, open world experience combining characters from Disney and Pixar’s suite of films. The game is currently being developed by Avalanche Software, the studio responsible for the Toy Story 3 and Cars 2 video games. As of press time, Disney was yet to comment on the development.
Godus Reaches Funding Goal
The ever-innovative Peter Molyneux reached the Kickstarter goal for his newest gaming endeavor last evening. Called Godus, the game for PC, Mac and mobile devices is an expansion of Populous, Molyneux’s original God game. Developer 22 Cans has been contacted by Harry Waters, the son of Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, about collaborating on the game’s music, and is currently trying to figure out a way to integrate him in the development process. Godus will likely be hitting the market in September 2013.
Trials Evolution – Riders of Doom Launch Trailer
Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt
Borderlands 2’s third DLC pack has finally been revealed. Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt will take place just after the events of Borderlands 2, introducing a new villain named Professor Nakayama. Available for $10, or with the other DLC’s under a $30 Borderlands 2 Season Pass, the game brings new weapons, loot, creatures and bosses to what is already a jam-packed game.
Star Trek: The Video Game – Details
Star Trek: The Video Game, based on the re-booted story and characters from J.J. Abrams’ hit film, will be coming to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on April 23rd, 2013. The game is in development at Digital Extremes (The Darkness II). All pre-orders for the third-person action game, in which Kirk and Spock are both playable characters, come with an “Elite Officer Pack” featuring exclusive items and uniforms. The game will hit stores three weeks before Star Trek: Into Darkness – the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek – arrives in theaters.
Sleeping Dogs – Zodiac Tournament DLC Trailer
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