Content about 2012


After a spectacular Big Bang Theory panel, which included the cast singing "Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty" in a round and an actual, honest to goodness trip to space, we caught up with the cast and writers for a few round table chats. Here's our interview with Penny actress, Kalee Cuoco. She shared with us whether Penny is an animal lover, her first thoughts of the HUGE painting from this past season, and what job she thinks Penny should try...


San Diego will be swarming with excited fans as Comic Con once again plays host to the largest gathering of televion shows in the world. Networks from across television, from HBO to ABC, bring their most popular series (and some new ones as well) to the one place where fans can ask actors and creators the important questions- like who's gonna die in Game of Throne (perhaps the easier question is who isn't going to die)and what happens when magic swithes hands on Once Upon Tim. Here's our pick for the top 5 must see television panels of 2012. 


During our time at the Electronic Entertainment Expo a few weeks ago, one game that distinctly stood out from the crowd was Halo 4, Microsoft’s upcoming sequel to the series that will also introduce a new trilogy, with Master Chief facing  a devastating new evil force in the universe.  The game is taking a much different direction than before, with 343 Industries taking over development for the now-departed Bungie.  But fans needn’t worry, as the series is in good hands.


Over the years, we’ve gotten used to understanding what a Fable game is supposed to be like.  Under the guise of Peter Molyneux and his team at Lionhead Studios, we’ve played through three games, all of which featured memorable quests, with different decisions to make and the ability to control your fate however you chose.  By Fable III, however, the formula was getting a little dry, so Microsoft began looking for ideas on how to expand it.  And one of those ideas was the previously announced Fable: The Journey, an exclusive project for Xbox 360’s Kinect device.


It seems that every PAX event has a huge presence from Red 5 and their product Firefall.  Last year at PAX Prime, they had one of the largest booths on the floor, along with plenty of banners and a huge power drill at one of the entrances, which was running every hour on the hour.  The team is obviously thrilled about the game, and it's getting a bigger and bigger community as it goes along.  During PAX East, we stopped by their booth to get the skinny on what's happening with the game.


In what appears to be a decisive turning point, U.S. flat-panel TV shipments are projected to dip for the first time on an annual basis this year, ending an unbroken string of growth since the market began. Shipments in 2012 of flat-panel TVs into the American market are forecast to decline to 37.1 million units, down 5 percent from 39.1 million units in 2011, according to an IHS iSuppli U.S. TV Market Tracker report from information and analytics provider IHS. Only last year, shipments had inched up 1 percent from 38.6 million units in 2010. Some consumer electronics companies continue to do well, like Vizio, which can be seen in the video below showcasing new big screen TVs.


You've seen the Super Bowl ad for the upcoming Battleship movie, right?  And while you may be looking through your classic board game to see where they added metallic robot balls that destroy ships with tentacles (let's save you some time -- they aren't there), the fact is the movie actually looks like decent summer escapism.  And if Liam Neeson says, "You sank my battleship!", consider us SOLD.  That said, Activision is teaming up with the developers at Double Helix on a new game based on the film.


The 2012 gaming season is just about upon us, with sequels to Final Fantasy XIII and SoulCalibur ready to drop at the end of the month and a flood of new games set to follow after that.  So when our EIC asked me to name the five most anticipated games of 2012, I had a mountain-sized task ahead of me.  There's so many great games coming down the pike, paring it down to just ten in itself is ridiculous.  Much less five.  But I've managed to do it, and here now are the five most anticipated games that we can't wait to play.


LAS VEGAS -- Major product launches from more than 3,100 exhibitors and keynotes from the leaders of Qualcomm, Mercedes and Intel launched the 2012 International CES on Tuesday. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), CES 2012, the world's largest tradeshow for consumer technology, runs through Friday, January 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gaming was also prevalent with Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft all showing content. NVIDIA continues to push portable gaming and tablet pricing with Tegra as seen in the video below.


The yearly EVO fighting event has become something of a phenomenon here in the game industry.  Last year, over two million folks tuned in to watch live fights from the Las Vegas tournament, watching the lines of Justin Wong and other elite game players take on each other in epic fashion.  This year looks to be the biggest one to date, as EVO 2012 has been announced, set to take place on July 6-8 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.


RedOctane created quite a rock monster when it first debuted Guitar Hero for the PlayStation 2 a few years ago.  It's since become a hugely popular property for Activision, through the release of successful sequels and various downloadable content packs.  But amidst some sagging sales and legal problems, the company has temporarily shelved the series following the somewhat disappointing Warriors of Rock.  However, it looks like the Hero may be taking the stage again very soon.


Following the release of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil Code: Veronica X in HD for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, Capcom continues to bring their older titles to newer consoles, this time with the Devil May Cry HD Collection. The collection will include Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition.


It was inevitable.  After all, Sega has released a Super Monkey Ball game for every platform under the sun, introducing players to cool ball-rolling techniques, a number of unique mazes, and great modes such as Monkey Billiards.  (Because every system needs a variation of Monkey Billiards.)  Now, just months after releasing a version for 3DS, Sega is rolling forward with a Super Monkey Ball game for Sony's upcoming handheld, the PS Vita.


We already had to wait a painstakingly long time for Sam Fisher's return in last year's mostly impressive Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, but now we're back on the waiting list for the next entry in the series, wondering where it's going to take us next.  Well, according to a foreign website and an unlikely source on the project, it could be coming our way much sooner than expected.


When it hit theaters in 2009, Black Dynamite became a huge cult hit, as audiences ate up the tribute to blaxploitation films quite handily.  It's since gone on to release on DVD and Blu-Ray, but fans just a bit more Dynamite to go around.  Next year, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim division will debut an all new animated series featuring the unstoppable Dynamite, along with his loyal friends, including Bullhorn and Cream Corn.  But you won't have to wait to check it out...the pilot is online now.


If anything is inevitable in the video game industry, it's that if a video game is successful, a sequel -- or maybe more -- will follow.  This has been proven time and time again, and this year alone will bring a series of sequels to the forefront, including Resistance 3, Uncharted 3, Modern Warfare 3, Gears of War 3 and more.  Now rumors are circling that 2K Games' open world shooter Borderlands will be getting a sequel sometime next year.  To which we say, "Um, surprise?  We knew this already."


This summer's still going crazy with comic book movie madness, as Captain America: Super Soldier is set to open this Friday.  However, NEXT summer is going to be even more bonkers, between the third Dark Knight film, The Amazing Spider-Man reboot and, of course, The Avengers.  And speaking of that, a trailer has appeared online, giving comic book fans a glimpse of what to expect from next year's collective opus.


Whether you're into shooters, horror action, or family fare, Sega was the booth that offered up all of that and more in their E3 booth this week.  And regardless of which platform you spend most of your game-playing time on, you were covered there as well: Playstation, Nintendo, Xbox, even PC were almost equally represented.

When Nintendo held their E3 press conference yesterday, they took a lot of time to talk about their newest console, the Wii U. They revealed a lot of details regarding the controller and how it will revolutionize the way we play video games. Nintendo also silenced critics who were concerned with the lack of third-party support as they showed a montage of games set to come out for the console. One thing they didn't mention was any of the specs. While details surrounding the system remain unclear, IBM announced it will be making the microprocessor for the Wii U.
Out of all of the ninjas out there in the world, it's difficult to argue that Ryu Hayabusa from the Ninja Gaiden series isn't the deadliest. With his amazing katana skills and array of spells, he is well equipped to take down some of the most difficult foes. At this year's E3, we finally got to take our first look into just how deadly Ryu will be the third time around, and he surely does impress. Be warned, the violence is quite graphic in the trailer.
When Lara Croft made her debut in the world of video games, she was an absolute stunner. She was a graceful jumper, capable of clearing chasms with ease and avoiding boulders, arrows, and anything else that got in her way. She also was quite the looker. Lara Croft helped pave the way for the sexy video game heroine with her dangerous curves and her trademark half-grin she would wear in the face of danger. However, for the next Tomb Raider game, Crystal Dynamics has a different idea in mind, replacing sexiness with grittiness. A new trailer for the game has been released, giving us an idea of what to expect with the new Lara Croft.

 For those who have played ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, fans of both games have been eagerly waiting for The Last Guardian, Team ICO's third title. The game made it's first appearance at E3 in 2009, leaving a lot of people to wonder just what kind of game this will be. The game was originally slated to come out during the holiday season of this year, but now that will not happen. The Last Guardian will be pushed back to next year, though no timeframe has been given.


This week, EA Sports' Peter Moore revealed that Madden NFL 12 would release August 30th, roughly two weeks past the usual release date for the iconic football franchise. However, some fans may in fact be relieved by this announcment.