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Nerdy Bytes: NECA Releasing Leatherface Figure Based on Atari Game

Action figure heavy-hitter NECA has unveiled a Leatherface figure based on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre video game released by Atari back in 1982. The game wasn’t very concerned with detailed appearances, resulting in Leatherface’s green or blue body and tan blockhead that didn’t resemble the classic character.

This color scheme is presented lovingly in this figure, with his chainsaw being like a green extension of his body, although the character is admittedly far less pixelated than his video game counterpart. The 7” figure will be released with a distressed, vintage-looking box that features a picture of an original poster for the 1974 horror movie.

Pre-orders are available at BigBadToyStore .

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New Trailer Surfaces for Transformers: Devastation!

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G1 Transformers fans have a lot of reasons to celebrate this week thanks to some great announcements coming out of SDCC including the news a Transformers: Combiner Wars series from Machinima aimed at an older audience as well as a new trailer for PlatinumGames Inc.’s Transformers: Devastation.

This time we’re treated to a lot more gameplay action and can see how the combat will involve both melee attacks and heavy transformation attacks. Among the transformers we see in action are Autobots Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Wheeljack, and Sideswipe. We get to hear Frank Welker as Megatron, and see Shockwave, some seekers, and a bunch of other Decepticons causing trouble.

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Prepare to Battle Dr. Wily with Official Mega Man Replica Helmet

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Capcom has rolled out a list of new merchandise that will be available at this weekend’s San Diego Comic Con, and while a lot of the offerings are pretty standard – Ryu figurines, Mad Catz arcade sticks and whatnot – one item quite literally sits at the head of the pack. Due to overwhelming popular demand, Capcom is finally rolling out an official Mega Man replica helmet, and it looks just as cool as you always hoped it would when you were seven.

The helmet is made out of high polish ABS plastic with a padded interior and has working LED lights to give the wearer that authentic Mega Man glow. More importantly, it’s also made with a clamshell hinge that allows you to comfortably take the helmet on and off without damaging the plastic or your skull. (I would imagine that was the major design flaw that derailed earlier versions of the helm.) It’s the perfect accessory for your favorite childhood Halloween costume, arriving twenty-five years after it would have been most vital to that purpose.

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Why making Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile-heavy was a bad idea

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Warning: this article contains minor spoilers that you undoubtedly have already heard about if you have even a fleeting interest in the game.

Batman: Arkham Knight was marketed heavily in the year ahead of its release, with material focused almost entirely upon technology – both the futuristic gadgetry you use in the game, and flashy new NVIDIA GameWorks-branded visual effects.

Nearly every trailer on the official YouTube page features the Batmobile. The Batmobile driving through Gotham City. The Batombile transforming into a freaking mobile tank. The Batmobile, in freaking mobile tank mode, blowing up other tanks.

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Say hello to the long-lost ‘Nintendo Play Station’ prototype

The Nintendo Play Station worked with both CD and cartridge games.

The Nintendo Play Station worked with both CD and cartridge games.

Long before the PlayStation brand we know today existed, Nintendo and Sony were actually partners for a brief period of time. Surprisingly, and against all odds, the hybrid Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or SNES) CD console forged out of that brief agreement has finally surfaced approximately 27 years later.

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E3 is all about hype, and I’m okay with that

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It’s common knowledge that E3 is, for the most part, a gigantic marketing machine: a litany of announcements, trailers, and press conferences that dominate our Youtube and Twitch streams for several straight days.

Still, there’s nothing quite like the hype train that is E3, and that can be a good thing.

By most accounts this was one of the better E3s in recent memory. In spite of my ennui about the obnoxiously corporate affair, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and the other companies managed to make their live events more enjoyable than the usual parade of logos and product placements.

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Final Fantasy VI is Still a Masterpiece

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Despite the game being 21-years-old, Final Fantasy VI (AKA Final Fantasy III on the Super Nintendo), even today, remains one of my favorite video games of all time. The game contains everything that defines Final Fantasy as a series: an epic, character driven story, incredible visuals, memorable music, an insane villain (Kefka), and a significant level of player freedom (unlike the recently released disappointing VIII trilogy).

I have a penchant for falling into nostalgic tangents when I talk about fondly-remembered video games from my childhood, but I guarantee the journey of Locke, Terra, and Edgar (as well as the game’s cast of other colorful characters) still holds up today.

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Super Mario Maker Includes 100 Pre-Made Levels

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Super Mario Maker is a new game that asks what the world would look like with an infinite supply of Mario levels. A working Internet connection ensures access to an ever-expanding amount of content as players build, edit, and share new Mario stages with people from around the world.

However, DIY game designers can be sadistic jerks, so Nintendo is not about to leave the community to its own devices. The developer has revealed that the disc will ship with 100 pre-made stages that can be played immediately, no Internet connection required.

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Red Bull drinkers to get early access to new Destiny quest.

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In what sounds like a parody of real life, Red Bull drinkers will be getting a timed exclusive quest in Destiny’s new expansion, The Taken King. Starting this July, gamers can grab specially-marked Destiny Red Bull cans, sold exclusively at 7-Eleven. Each can comes with a code that you can redeem for access to the quest, as well as a one-time consumable that lets you earn 50% more XP for 30 minutes.

So what do you do if you love Destiny but hate Red Bull? Thankfully, the quest is only a timed exclusive, and will be made available to all players January 1st, 2016. In the meantime, make sure to head to your local 7-Eleven, where you can buy bags of Doritos with special codes that you can redeem for an exclusive map in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Also, don’t forget to grab the specially-marked Mountain Dew that gives you early access to the new and improved Warthog in Halo 5: Guardians.

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In defense of the The Order: 1886

theorderlogoI’ve got an unpopular opinion: I loved The Order: 1886.

If you’re one of the uninitiated, The Order: 1886 is a PlayStation 4 exclusive, developed by Ready at Dawn, and released earlier this year. Upon its release, the game was almost universally panned by critics and gamers. It currently sits at a 63 on Metacritic. This may not seem like the worst score in the world, but with the current state of video game review scores, anything less than a 7 is often (and unfairly) viewed as trash. I feel like The Order: 1886 has gotten a bad rap, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about why I feel it’s not as bad as people claim.

Now, I think most people will agree that the gameplay itself is generally solid. It plays like most other cover-based third-person shooters, so if you’ve played one before then you know what to expect. What makes the encounters different in The Order: 1886, are the variety of fun weapons you have at your disposal. For example: one gun allows you to basically shoot lightning bolts at enemies, and another lets you shoot out a cloud of gas which you can then ignite, burning your enemies to death. These weapons are unique, and I enjoyed using them. I guess if I were to put it simply: if you like third-person shooters, you will probably enjoy a majority of the game.

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