Is “HDification” to Video Games What “Double Dip” Is to DVD?

Is “HDification” to Video Games What “Double Dip” Is to DVD? (photo)

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Have you ever bought the same DVD twice? The Special Edition, Ultimate Edition, Complete Collector’s Edition, Unrated Edition, Director’s Cut, Extended Cut, and Redux have clever disguises used by movie studios to resell customers products they already own. Amongst movie nerds, these “limited releases” are called double dips: a new candy coating around the same old treat. This shrewdly profitable pinching of fans’ pockets has undoubtedly been the envy of the video game market for some time, but has, mostly, been unattainable by the top publishers.

Of course there are exceptions. The “Super Mario” and “Final Fantasy” franchises began capitalizing on the double dip before the double dip had its name. But less popular, smaller games – the “Office Space”s of the medium, if you will – usually see only one box release and thus one chance to be sold to the same consumer.

A rumor is floating around the Internet that popular stealth games “Metal Gear Solid 1-3” will receive a high-definition rerelease on the PlayStation 3. They won’t be the first of their kind. In the past year, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” received a rerelease, its textures upgraded for modern TV sets with higher resolution. The “Sly Cooper” games got the same treatment, along with the addition of 3D graphics. Critic darlings “Ico” and “Shadow of the Colossus” will rerelease in HD later this year. The HD rerelease is becoming a trend I’ll dub HDification.

So far, HDification has been local to high profile and successful games, usually parts of a large, relevant franchise. However next month, “Beyond Good & Evil”, a commercial flop and cult classic, will experience the HD rerelease treatment on Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Arcade download service. “BG&E” isn’t part of an acclaimed series. Its only sequel is, for all we know, suspended in development limbo and has been for years. The decision to rerelease by publisher Ubisoft seems concocted at best to attract a few new fans – and at worst to cash in on the old ones.

The HDification process of replacing old textures with high resolution new ones, while certainly time intensive, is considerably cheaper and easier than creating a new game from the ground up. And with fans less willing to hook old consoles up to their new television, HDification makes old, forgotten favorites originally on the PlayStation 2, Gamecube, Xbox and Dreamcast playable on new formats like PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

HDification might not be the blunt, lazy cash-in that turned off movie buffs to studios that continue to put slightly improved discs in new, expensive boxes. But the basic premise feels the same. Buy the entertainment you love – all over again.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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