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Guillermo del Toro talks about “inSane” game project

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Not much word’s crept out ever since Guillermo Del Toro announced some months back that he’ll be developing a game with American publisher THQ. The “inSane” project’s known to be a horror trilogy with a strong Lovecraftian influence, but the first game in the series was described as being years away. It’s hard to get excited for anything with such scant details, even if it is the guy behind “Pan’s Labryinth” and the “Hellboy” movies behind it.

But, a recent interview with MTV’s Multiplayer video game blog, the horror maestro–who’s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” opens soon–offered up signs of life:

“We’ve been working for a year. We have two or three more years to go. It’s huge. I’m learning a lot. I’m going in with a really, really modest ‘I’m learning’ approach. I’m a huge gamer but going into constructing it, you have to be respectful of the medium. I’m learning a lot. Talking about the storyline for weeks. We’ve been designing the creatures, which are obscenely fun and unique. You haven’t seen them ever.”

Del Toro also makes remarks that make it sound like preliminary work on the gameworld (whatever shape it may take) is well under way. The Volition development studio that made the most recent “Red Faction” games is working with Del Toro and they’ve shown a facility for creating dynamic open world spaces in previous work. But, Del Toro’s blooming relationship with THQ comes as the Hollywood developer’s stumbling from the underwhelming performance of recent big releases. The poor showing by “Red Faction: Underground”–the latest entry in their sci-fi action series–led THQ to quell any further development on the franchise. The “Red Faction” TV movie on SyFy didn’t set the world on fire, either and any hopes for a series to spin out of that seemed to have been dashed. Similarly, the emotion-driven FPS “Homefront” also fell short expectations, despite narrative oversight from director John Milius (“Red Dawn”).

“inSane” might be one of the games that turn THQ’s fortunes around, but it still sounds like it’ll be a while yet before we get a sense of what the open-world horror experience looks and plays like. THQ’s also got other high-profile creators brewing games for them, too, including Tomonobu Itagaki who led development on Tecmo’s “Ninja Gaiden” franchise and Patrice Desilets, one of the primary architects of Ubisoft’s super-successful “Assassin’s Creed” series. While Del Toro will be in good company, there’s probably a few years before his game will hit consoles.

What do you want out of “Insane”? Creepy atmosphere? Innovative monster design? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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