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E3 2012: 10 upcoming video games that movie fans should check out


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“Star Trek: The Game”

Don’t expect the upcoming “Star Trek” video game from Paramount Pictures, Namco Bandai and Digital Extremes will answer the many, many questions we have about J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming “Star Trek” sequel. The game is a one-off adventure that takes place between the events of “Star Trek” and “Star Trek 2.” But “Star Trek: The Game” will explore one race old school “Trek” fans can’t get enough of: The Gorn.

“When we sat around and looked at all the lore, the Gorn were at the top of the list. They were in one episode 40-something years ago, and it’s shocking that something that’s 45 years ago, people still know what it is,” Paramount game producer Brian Miller told IFC at E3. “For us to be able to show the Gorn and reveal the Gorn but to create an entire class and history for the Gorn is really exciting for us.”

The Gorn were first introduced in the “Arena” episode of “Star Trek.” But the game’s incarnation of the race is a bit more intimidating. At E3, the big draw to the “Star Trek: The Game” booth was a 3D demo of the game that introduced the Gorn. The game takes place after the events of 2009’s “Star Trek” when the planet Vulcan was destroyed. Now the survivors have settled on New Vulcan, but the Starship Enterprise gets a strange distress beacon from the planet.

When Captain Kirk and Spock go down to investigate, they find out that the Gorn, who have infected the Vulcans who were living there, have overrun the planet. These are a more vicious, antagonistic Gorn, and players will learn all about their civilization and struggles. Creative director at Digital Extremes Sheldon Carter explained that this is a direct homage to the “Star Trek” TV series. If you go back to “Arena,” you find out that the conflict between the Gorn and Federation occurred because the Federation had colonized a planet that was in the Gorn solar system.

“We really were inspired by that episode, and we really wanted to bring more to them,” he said.

The other big announcement about the game that occurred around the same time as E3 was the news that Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and the rest of the “Star Trek” cast had lent their voice talents and likenesses to the title.

“For the longest time in development, it was the voices of the guys working on the game, like we’re trying to do our best Spock impressions. It’s pretty lame,” Carter said. “They were just wrapping the film, so it was really hard to get them, but right after they finished they went right to the game and did their characters and all of the sudden the whole demo just lifted up.”

That means that the same chemistry present between Pine and Quinto in the movies is here in the game as well. “Star Trek: The Game” is a cooperative experience, with Kirk and Spock helping one another through the missions with their own special abilities. Kirk can climb and leap places, while Spock can get use mind meld and the Vulcan neck pinch. Miller and Carter knew from the beginning that the third person action adventure game had to be about those two characters working together because that is at the heart of the new “Star Trek” films.

But it also won’t be as action-heavy as the E3 demo may have made attendees think it was. “We still want to have that [diplomatic] interaction, helping alien races, but at the same time have more big action and excitement,” Carter said. “It’s about a fifty/fifty split between narrative and exploration and action.”

In the end, “Star Trek: The Game” is just another episode in Abrams’ “Star Trek” universe.

“We didn’t want the game to feel like a lunch box, like a sort of marketing tool for the movie. It’s meant to be a standalone in the universe, and really kind of give you more information about the characters,” Carter said, adding that his team worked a lot with J.J. Abrams and Roberto Orci. “We hope this is the ‘Trek’ game,” Miller added.

“Star Trek: The Game” is due out in the first quarter of 2013, around the same time “Star Trek 2” will be hitting theaters. It will be 3D compatible on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Select a title:

“Star Wars: 1313”
– “Star Trek: The Game”
“Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition”
“Lollipop Chainsaw”
“The Avengers: Battle for Earth”
“007 Legends”
“The Amazing Spider-Man”
“Transformers: Fall of Cybertron”
“Harry Potter Kinect”
“Guardians of Middle-Earth”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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