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GI Show: The Nintendo 64 Spectacular Featuring Grant Kirkhope And Mega64

Are you an avid gamer in your 20s? Then odds are you
probably grew up playing the Nintendo 64 during its golden years in the late '90s.
On this week's episode of the Game Informer Show podcast, fans of Nintendo's
64-bit console come together to share their fondest memories of this important piece
of Nintendo history. After sharing our personal Top 5 Favorite N64 Games and
answering your N64-related questions, we interview composer Grant Kirkhope
(Goldeneye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee) and the hilarious video game
comedy sketch group Mega 64.

The first half of this retro love-packed show features your
hosts Ben Hanson and Tim Turi, as well as two of GI's biggest N64 nerds: Ben
Reeves and Brian Shea. Listen or watch below to see how well your favorite N64
cartridges match up with ours. Stick around to hear Kirkhope talk about Rare's heyday in the '90s, the powerful impact nostalgia has had on his career, and more. Mega64
wraps up the show by sharing their experiences working with industry luminaries
like Shigeru Miyamoto and Hideo Kojima, as well as the fine art of weirding out
regular people on the streets with video game absurdity.

If you're hungry for discussion on this week's hot releases, like Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Destiny's House of Wolves expansion, we've got you covered. We talked about the game extensively with Kim Wallace on last week's episode of the Game Informer Show podcast, and you can watch us play and dive into House of Wolves on this three-hour archived livestream.

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If you'd like to jump to a particular section of the show, check out the timestamps below. Warning: They might spoil the rankings of our favorite games on the system…

12:39 – Goldeneye 007

17:16 – Super Smash Bros.

22:29 – Starfox 64

24:19 – Pokemon Snap

28:36 – Banjo-Kazooie

32:14 – Super Mario 64

40:37 – Resident Evil 2

42:50 – Perfect Dark

47:45 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

55:46 – Paper Mario

1:01:14 – Listener/Viewer E-Mails

1:29:01 – Rare Composer Grant Kirkhope Interview

2:16:07 – Comedy Video Team Mega64 Interview


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Ninja Theory Preparing To Show More Hellblade In June

Ever since Hellblade was announced, we've only gotten glimpses of the title – but it looks like developer Ninja Theory is gearing up for a more substantial showing. According to the studio's Twitter account, we'll see the game in action on June 10.

We already know that Heavenly Sword's art director is returning for Hellblade, and we've gleaned other info about the game from dev diaries, but hopefully this new look will give us a clearer idea of what to expect from the finished experience.

 

Our Take
June 10 is only about a week before E3, so it looks like Ninja Theory is hoping to get the footage out there early to avoid getting lost in the E3 shuffle. I can't complain; I loved the studio's work on Heavenly Sword and Devil May Cry, so I'm excited to see what's in store.

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Choreographed Destiny Dance Party Comes Complete With Stage Show

It's a fairly well-known fact that you can make your Guardians dance in Destiny, and many take advantage of that ability everywhere from the Tower to the most inappropriate times (see: the middle of a firefight). Destiny dance parties are nothing new, but this crew took things to a whole new level with a stage show, choreography, and some perfectly-synced music.

Using Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" as a backdrop, YouTuber davidsondavidson99 captured five Guardians showing off their dance skills in a way we've never seen before. The result could have been a disaster, but they actually pulled it off and made it look pretty awesome and entertaining. You can check out the show for yourself below. The dance performance starts around the two-minute mark.

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GI Show: The Witcher 3, Project Cars, Back of the Box Trivia

It feels like a big week for underdogs with the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Project Cars. Both games have earned praise for their entries in relatively crowded markets, and you can read our reviews for The Witcher 3 and Project Cars for more information. On this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, Ben Hanson and Tim Turi are joined by the dynamic RPG duo Kimberley Wallace and Joe Juba. In the first segment we drain Kim's mind for her full impressions of The Witcher 3, talk about the joys of racing wheels with Project Cars, discuss the announcement of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and Igarashi's Castlevania-inspired Kickstarter Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The episode also contains some fun questions sent in my listeners to [email protected] before things get heated in a "Back of the Box" trivia round. Enjoy the show!

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Check out the timestamps below to jump to a specific discussion…

2:00 – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

27:30 – Project Cars

35:40 – Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

44:42 – Igarashi's Castlevania-inspired Kickstarter for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

53:20 – Xenoblade Chronicles 3DS

55:52 – Listener e-mails

1:31:03 – Back of the Box Trivia


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Watch The Trailer For The Supergirl TV Show

Between movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron and shows like The Flash and Arrow, superheroes are a big deal right now. CBS is keeping the trend alive with Supergirl, and you can see a lengthy trailer for the show right now.

The show appears to be a drama/action/comedy mix that see the heroine balancing her personal and professional life while keeping the world safe.

As numerous media outlets and various jokers have noted, this reveal bears a surprising resemblance the SNL's recent sketch parodying what a Black Widow movie would look like…and the similarities are admittedly striking. 

So, if you have six minutes to spare, watch the trailer below and judge for yourself! We'll have to wait until the show's fall premiere to see whether everything comes together. 

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Report: Sony Renews TV Show ‘Powers’ For Second Season

Sony has reportedly renewed its comic book-inspired Powers television show for a second season. The series, which stars Sharlto Copley as former superhero Christian Walker, is based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

Hollywood Reporter indicates that the series will be back for another run in 2016. Season one is available now, and PlayStation Plus subscribers can view it as part of the membership.

For more on the first season, you can read our impressions of the first few episodes.

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Microsoft And Square Enix Show Off Stunning DirectX 12 Demo

Microsoft invited Square Enix to create a demo for its Build event showing off the power of DirectX 12. The results are impressive, especially when you realize that the video is running in-engine.

Of course, it’s important to remember that “in-engine” isn’t the same as “gameplay.” Still, these are impressive visuals.

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This is a tech demo (and not a real game) titled Witch Chapter 0 [cry]. It’s running on a powerful rig (as you’ll note in the video above), with GeForce GTX cards. Final Fantasy director Hajime Tabata says that this technology will be applied to the development of Final Fantasy XV.

 

Our Take
This is certainly pretty, and I'm impressed that it's real-time and in-engine, but I want to see gameplay running on an affordable rig. It's not hard to trot out a top-of-the-line machine to wow people. It's what the average gamer can expect from a DX12-compatible machine that matters. 

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Eight GTA V Rockstar Editor Videos Show Off The Humor And Drama Of Los Santos

Grand Theft Auto V and the Rockstar Editor have been out on PC for less than a month, but filmmakers are already flexing their creative muscles. We’ve watched a number of movies made with Rockstar’s tools and have selected eight to share with you.

Some of these were edited exclusively with the in-game tools. Others were given some extra care with external editing software.

Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show. You’ll laugh and, if you make it to the last one, you might even cry.

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Wanted – A GTA V Machinima by RisingJake
There are a lot of action movie-style videos being created with the Rockstar Editor, but this one caught our eye. 

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Portal Meets GTA V by Commandoflauge
This documentary-style video explores the life of James Foster, who finds a Portal gun and abuses the heck out of it.

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Trevor Vs. Ape Mutant (Superman Vs. Batman Parody) by Tara Arts Game
Set against the audio of the first Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, Trevor faces off against his ally-turned-nemesis. Will his gadgets be enough to take down the Ape Mutant?

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Harold’s Day Off by Saucy_Wrench
Harold is a 96-year-old school teacher with a mean right hook. Every once in a while he needs a break, so he goes down to Vespucci Beach to start some s***.

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Breaking Bad GTA V Remake Parody by Alby Plays
Breaking Bad might be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t honor the groundbreaking series with homages. 

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Skyfall by xCODFATHER4x
Some creators, like xCODFATHER4x, are using the Rockstar Editor to show off the beauty of the game on PC. Skyfall is a one-take, immersive free fall jump from a helicopter at sunset.

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Street Fighter 2 by Wnfakind Gaming
With the help of some additional editing in Sony Vegas, Wnfakind Gaming recreated one of the SNES’ most iconic games. There aren’t any fireballs, but the effects are pretty slick.

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Erase the Past by Spyloops
We saved the best for last. As people become more versed in using the Rockstar Editor, we’ll likely see better storytelling. This short film tells the story of a man who has lost someone important to him and the effect it has on his life. We’d love to see more like this.

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GI Show 244: Battlefront, Assassin’s Creed, Warren Spector Interview

Last week's episode of the Game Informer Show podcast was the great Matt Helgeson's last time hosting the show. This week marks a new era for The Game Informer Show. The podcast is now co-hosted by Ben Hanson and Tim Turi and will cover more games than ever, a weekly reader/listener feedback section, and a rotating final segment that should pack in plenty of surprises. As you can see below, the biggest change is that The Game Informer Show is now also a video podcast! You can still download and listen to the audio version, but video allows us to show off some gameplay and let you see our dumb faces. Also, despite the timing of this post, we are still planning on releasing new episodes every Thursday at 7pm Central.

On this week's episode we're joined by Jeff Cork and Andrew Reiner as we cover the mixed reaction to Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, share our obligatory update on Bloodborne, learn what it was like to attend this year's exciting Star Wars Celebration convention, and much more. Last but not least, we are joined by legendary game developer Warren Spector (Deus Ex, System Shock, Epic Mickey) who shares details on his game development program at the University of Texas at Austin (which you can learn more about by clicking here), his pitch on making a Command and Conquer RPG back in the day, and news details on Junction Point's unfruitful collaboration with Valve in creating an episode of Half-Life featuring a magnet gun. We hope you enjoy the show, and please send any feedback to [email protected]!

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Our thanks to the talented Super Marcato Bros. for The Game Informer Show's new intro song. You can hear more of their original tunes and awesome video game music podcast at their website.

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GI Show 243: Guitar Hero Returns, Mortal Kombat X, Matt’s Last Show

This week, we talk about the return of Activision's Guitar Hero, Mortal Kombat X, and I say goodbye to the Game Informer Show.

We start off with Brian Shea, Matt Miller, and Andy Reiner, who join me to talk about the return of Guitar Hero. We also handicap the upcoming showdown between GH and Rock Band 4.

In the next segment, Brian and Reiner return, joined by Dan Tack to tackle the excellent (and slightly controversial) Mortal Kombat X.

And, in closing, this is going to be my last show as the host of the Game Informer Show. I will be leaving Game Informer to puruse a new career outside of games. It's a bittersweet time for me. I've truly enjoyed being the host of this podcast since its inception, but I'm going to be passing it off to Ben Hanson and Tim Turi, who are have some great ideas for its future. I have no doubt they are going to go on to create a new show that's better than what came before.

I'd like to personally thank every one of you who's listened to the show, commented on the show, or interacted with me via Twitter or email. The support of our Game Informer community has always meant a great deal to me. It was a pleasure and a privilege to make this show for you. I wish you all the best.

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