The most anticipated video games of 2012


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By Russ Frushtick

The new year is finally upon us and, chances are, you’re probably broke, thanks to one of the best gaming holiday seasons in recent memory. But it’s time to start saving up once more, as 2012 will be a doozie of a gaming year, as well. We’ve collected our list of the most anticipated games coming out this year, presented here in no particular order.

Grand Theft Auto 5

As if there was any doubt we’d be getting another Grand Theft Auto game! Yes, Grand Theft Auto 5 is coming this year and, as with every installment of the franchise, it’s sure to wow fans and horrify old people.

GTA 5 will return to the California-inspired state of San Andreas. The game’s first trailer showed glimpses of the streets of Los Santos (read: Los Angeles) as well as some nature-ridden mountainous areas. It’s hard to imagine that it could match the scope of GTA: San Andreas, which had three cities and seemingly hundreds of miles of explorable terrain, but then again, Rockstar has always been pretty good about meeting and besting expectations.

BioShock Infinite

Ken Levine and his team at Irrational Games are known for brilliant storytelling and unbelievable worlds. BioShock Infinite looks to offer both, abandoning the underwater city of Rapture in favor of Columbia, a city suspended by hot air balloons in the early 1900s.

Levine isn’t spilling any details with regards to how Infinite will relate to the original BioShock (or if there’s even any connection between the two), but Irrational has shown off some remarkable gameplay which sees players using roller coaster-like rails to zoom through the cloud-laden streets of Columbia. We’ll likely be seeing more as the year progresses, but Irrational has always been good about keeping secrets (especially with regards to story twists), so expect them to be mum until the game releases later this year.

Diablo 3

Woo boy, this is a big one. Diablo 2 released way back in 2000 and continues to be one of the top selling PC games, thanks to its spot-on hack-and-slash gameplay and addicting, loot-heavy collection elements. But, come this year (we hope), it’ll be dethroned by Diablo 3.

Diablo 3 brings the series into 3D, with fully modeled characters and environments. Returning classes, like the Barbarian, are joined by new ones like the Monk, known for his fists of fury, and the Witch Doctor, with the ability to raise the dead and shoot nasty poison from a blow gun. The game will also let players trade and purchase items with real-world cash, in case you don’t have 60 hours to run the same dungeon over and over again.

Halo 4

When last we saw Master Chief, at the end of Halo 3, things were not looking very good. His ship had been cut in two and he was left floating in deep space. With no other options, he hopped into his favorite deep freeze machine and went sleepy bye.

The first trailer of Halo 4 sees him waking up as the ship is falling apart. Narrowing escaping disaster, he finds himself floating high above an alien planet. What’s down there? Who knows! But we’re sure to find out this holiday season. In addition to an epic story, Halo 4 will definitely have multiplayer of some sort. Because people like that sort of thing. Beyond that, we’re completely in the dark.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

OK, this game has not officially been announced yet, but I’m willing to bet the contents of my fridge that this year’s installment of Call of Duty will be Black Ops 2. It is, after all, being developed by Treyarch, the company behind the original Black Ops, which ended in a nifty cliffhanger.

Our guess? Black Ops 2 will stick to the same Vietnam-era timeframe, and will focus on conspiracy theories like the assassination of JFK, as well as that supposed “moon landing.” And, seeing as how it’s Treyarch, we’re likely to see the return of everyone’s favorite Zombies mode. Because zombies make everything better.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar


IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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