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’70s Sci-Fi Cinema Drives A New Live-Action Metroid Fan Film

As long as there are video game fan films like this, there’s hope for a proper adaptation. Metroid: The Sky Calls is the latest in impressive fan productions that capture the spirit of their respective origins.

The 11-minute film stars the Nerdist’s Jessica Chobot as Samus Aran and Halo 5 motion capture actor America Young pulling stunt work, as the legendary bounty hunter explores a barren planet emitting a mysterious distress signal. The film is equal parts an eerily nostalgic riff on Ridley Scott’s Alien cinematography and modern CGI-fueled action epic. Rainfall Studios, the team behind the film and previously a popular Wonder Woman short, incorporated techniques like VHS transfers and custom scanned 16mm film stock to give the short a retro vibe.

“Composer Dodson’s original score pays homage to composers Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner, while the sound design was specifically tailored to evoke both sci-fi classics and the video game’s iconic universe,” the studio said in the short’s official post.

Check out the full film below.

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[Source: Rainfall Studios] – The Feed

Sympathy for the dragon drives Kamiya’s development of Scalebound

Gamasutra chats with PlatinumGames’ Hideki Kamiya to learn a bit more about what passions influence his design of Scalebound, and how his long career in the game industry has shaped its development. …

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Grand Theft Auto V drives tidy year-end profits for Take-Two

Take-Two closed the book on its 2015 fiscal year this week with a strong fourth-quarter showing thanks to big revenue generators like the PC version of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V and 2K’s multi-platform shooter Evolve. …

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Don’t Miss: The creative process that drives Valve’s writers

In this classic chat, Valve writing lynchpins Marc Laidlaw and Eric Wolpaw dig into the narrative structure and pithy quips driving critically feted games like Half-Life 2, Portal, and Left 4 Dead 2. …

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Grand Theft Auto drives off with top UK spot for third week

Oh, hey! Ok, so, we know it’s Thursday and all, but there’s a perfectly good reason we’re posting the UK sales data late this week. First off, Grand Theft Auto 5 was top of the pops for the third week in a row. Now, excuses time: Monday, the Chart-Tr…
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Nintendo: Sales tracking below forecasts, weak yen drives profit

Nintendo reduced its annual sales forecast by 6.8 percent today, leading to a 50 percent drop in the projected operating profit for its core business. Nonetheless, the ever-weakening state of the yen is balancing that out by boosting the company’s ov…
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Demand for new consoles drives GameStop earnings growth

The company beat analyst expectations to report significant growth in both sales and profits for its most recent financial quarter, including an upswing in its long-falling sales of new software. …

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Grid Autosport announced, bringing ‘authentic’ drives to PS3, Xbox 360, PC in June

Codemasters whisked off the sheet on Grid Autosport today, a new entry in the racer series that’s swerving onto retail shelves as soon as June 24 in North America and June 27 in Europe. The UK studio unveiled the game for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, which…
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All Gran Turismo 5 DLC drives off into the sunset April 30

Online play for Gran Turismo 5 is set to expire in May, but the company has announced it’s pulling the plug on the game’s DLC early. On April 30, all Gran Turismo 5 DLC will vanish from the PlayStation Store.

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YouTube User Creates Final Fantasy VII Song Using Floppy Disc Drives

Fans might be clamoring for a remake of Final Fantasy VII, but one musical fan has taken the series in the opposite direction. A rendition of the song Those Who Fight Further composed with 16 floppy disc drives has appeared on YouTube. Anand Jain, who goes by MrSolidSnake745, created the video to add to his repertoire in the medium, which includes the Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones themes.

Jain uses the motor found in floppy disc drives to generate different pitches, which are then arranged into a song. He also uses software that was written by fellow YouTuber Sammy1Am to piece it all together. 

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The Nexon Computer Museum in South Korea asked Jain to build them a musical floppy disc drive exhibit, which he states has kept him busy the past few months. While there, he used the museum's setup of 16 drives, as opposed to the 8 of his own he usually uses. 

Jain currently has a 49-track album composed with his floppy discs available on Bandcamp, where customers can name their own price. Check out his YouTube channel if you’re interested in hearing more songs performed on floppy disc drives. – The Feed