Opinion: End of gaming industry in sight?

11:45 am EDT, March 29, 2012

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With the recent rumor about the possible next generation of PlayStation, I have come to the conclusion that if many of the mainstream companies that produce games/systems don’t shape up soon, they should just abandon ship.

Let me start by referencing this rumor. I am a hardcore PlayStation girl, always have been. I owned the original PS1, the PS2, and have played the PS3 multiple times. PS1 was all right, not really good or bad; really sleek, easy controller design, though (which has been a pretty stable point for PlayStation). PS2’s were beautiful, introducing backwards compatibility that everyone came to adore, and allowing for games like Kingdom Hearts (1&2), the Jak series, and Ratchet & Clank to come in and steal our hearts. The original PS3 had so much potential, saving the backwards compatibility while allowing Blu-ray, online play, and all new co-op options. Sure, they overheated sometimes, but nothing a good ventilated area couldn’t handle. But the newer, “better” versions? I just don’t know how to feel. On the one hand, they still have Blu-ray, allow for the free online game play, and the games still have gorgeous graphics (hello, Little Big Planet rocks my world); but no backwards compatibility? Yes, free online gameplay; no one told me free came with so much lag and loading time. Sure, everyone’s experience is different; most of the time it isn’t so bad, but still. Now with this rumor, I just feel sick. Why make the mistake of keeping away one of the main things, again, that many fans loved: backwards compatibility. It just seems wrong. I can’t stress it enough. No used games? Are you kidding me? That is going to kill the gaming industry on its own, especially if others follow. I’m sorry, but I love used games because I personally don’t have $60 I can drop every time a game interests me. It’s just not in my pocketbook’s future.

Second up, Microsoft. Most everyone I meet is pro-Xbox; but the Xbox consoles are not without their own set of flaws. The original Xbox was all right, again not good or bad; clunky design, but it ran well with decent graphics, and it was also the first to have a built-in hard disc drive. Pretty impressive. But the Xbox 360 was just ok for me. Graphics-wise, it’s a pretty gorgeous system. Tomb Raider: Underworld made me feel like I was really underwater or in the tropics, Dead Space 1 & 2 scared the shit out of me because the monsters were just that gruesome (in the dark was way worse). But you have to pay for Xbox Live, which, although offers a more stable internet than PlayStation most of the time, is just another thing to pay for. The controllers pretty much follow the original Xbox and are still just as clunky in my hands. The big one: no backwards compatibility with original Xbox games. And, in general, there aren’t many interesting titles that are exclusively for the Xbox 360. Most games nowadays are made for PlayStation, Microsoft, and even Nintendo. So, I honestly haven’t jumped on board that bandwagon just yet.

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This opinion piece was written by a Hypable user! Learn more and write your own.

With the recent rumor about the possible next generation of PlayStation, I have come to the conclusion that if many of the mainstream companies that produce games/systems don’t shape up soon, they should just abandon ship.

Let me start by referencing this rumor. I am a hardcore PlayStation girl, always have been. I owned the original PS1, the PS2, and have played the PS3 multiple times. PS1 was all right, not really good or bad; really sleek, easy controller design, though (which has been a pretty stable point for PlayStation). PS2’s were beautiful, introducing backwards compatibility that everyone came to adore, and allowing for games like Kingdom Hearts (1&2), the Jak series, and Ratchet & Clank to come in and steal our hearts. The original PS3 had so much potential, saving the backwards compatibility while allowing Blu-ray, online play, and all new co-op options. Sure, they overheated sometimes, but nothing a good ventilated area couldn’t handle. But the newer, “better” versions? I just don’t know how to feel. On the one hand, they still have Blu-ray, allow for the free online game play, and the games still have gorgeous graphics (hello, Little Big Planet rocks my world); but no backwards compatibility? Yes, free online gameplay; no one told me free came with so much lag and loading time. Sure, everyone’s experience is different; most of the time it isn’t so bad, but still. Now with this rumor, I just feel sick. Why make the mistake of keeping away one of the main things, again, that many fans loved: backwards compatibility. It just seems wrong. I can’t stress it enough. No used games? Are you kidding me? That is going to kill the gaming industry on its own, especially if others follow. I’m sorry, but I love used games because I personally don’t have $60 I can drop every time a game interests me. It’s just not in my pocketbook’s future.

Second up, Microsoft. Most everyone I meet is pro-Xbox; but the Xbox consoles are not without their own set of flaws. The original Xbox was all right, again not good or bad; clunky design, but it ran well with decent graphics, and it was also the first to have a built-in hard disc drive. Pretty impressive. But the Xbox 360 was just ok for me. Graphics-wise, it’s a pretty gorgeous system. Tomb Raider: Underworld made me feel like I was really underwater or in the tropics, Dead Space 1 & 2 scared the shit out of me because the monsters were just that gruesome (in the dark was way worse). But you have to pay for Xbox Live, which, although offers a more stable internet than PlayStation most of the time, is just another thing to pay for. The controllers pretty much follow the original Xbox and are still just as clunky in my hands. The big one: no backwards compatibility with original Xbox games. And, in general, there aren’t many interesting titles that are exclusively for the Xbox 360. Most games nowadays are made for PlayStation, Microsoft, and even Nintendo. So, I honestly haven’t jumped on board that bandwagon just yet.

Finally, Nintendo. This is honestly the only company that gives me hope for the future. It has been a stable, consistent system for many generations. Almost everyone I know owned an NES. Legend of Zelda and Metroid are just as popular and well-known now as they were when they came about; and of course, Mario and Donkey Kong (for which there is no need to elaborate). Then the SNES and the N64 came about, continuing the impressive work. Each system gave new, exciting games, good graphics, and very few drawbacks (sure, you had to blow in the cartridges sometimes, but who didn’t?). The Game Cube was also very impressive, but I think it was the first system that had any real problems (discs not spinning, lid not closing), but those mainly came about from poor ownership. While their “floor” systems, I’ll call them, were taking the world by storm, so were their handheld ones. The Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS, DS-light, and finally the 3DS are all still just as popular and used as ever. Sure, PlayStation has tried (and been semi-successful) with handhelds, but no one played a PSP or PS Vita when they were kids. Nintendo has also managed some backwards compatibility in a fair amount of its systems, even allowing for some of its handle held games to be linked to their “floor” consoles. With good graphics and a healthy respect for the fan base, I feel Nintendo is doing really well, and I only hope that PlayStation (aka Sony as I know some of you will point out) and Microsoft will follow its lead.

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017