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“That Dragon, Cancer” Now Live on Kickstarter

“That Dragon, Cancer” Now Live on Kickstarter

You’d be hard pressed to find somebody- anybody- whose family has not been touched, in some way or another, by cancer. My family has been, a few times over; there’s no getting around or ignoring it- it’s a big problem in today’s world. Ryan and Amy Green had a son named Joel who had a terminal form of cancer- while he was ill, his parents decided to start work on That Dragon, Cancer, an adventure game about their son. On March 13, 2014, Joel passed away; he was loved by his parents, who have continued work on their game... Read On

New Game Plus: Episode 22 – Part 2

New Game Plus: Episode 22 – Part 2

Podcast: Play in new window | Download   In this part Justin discusses his time so far with Assassin’s Creed Unity and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, we get into games being released unfinished and what Ubisoft is doing wrong with the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Be sure to check back next Monday for another episode of New Game Plus. Read On

New Game Plus: Episode 22 – Part 1

New Game Plus: Episode 22 – Part 1

Podcast: Play in new window | Download   It’s time once again for another great episode of Blackman N’ Robin’s gaming podcast New Game Plus. This week we talk about Ubisoft failing hard, Playstation looking to beat out cable companies, Nintendo dropping the ball with the Amiibos, and in our second part we go into Justin’s time with Assassin’s Creed Unity and Halo: MCC and why it’s not cool for developers to release unfinished games. You can listen to the second part here. And as always, be sure to come back next week for another episode. Be sure to follow... Read On

New Game Plus: Episode 21

New Game Plus: Episode 21

Podcast: Play in new window | Download We are back! Sorry for skipping a weeks, but we were pretty busy, but not to worry because we are back with another awesome episode for you. This week we catch up on what Justin has been playing as he get’s prepared for Assassin’s Creed Unity and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. We also get into Nintendo’s news and why they are still making mistakes as well as some more news from the past week. Check back every Monday for a new episode of New Game Plus and be sure to visit... Read On

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gets Free DLC

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gets Free DLC

If all the gameplay footage wasn’t enough to get you to buy The Witcher 3 next year then be prepared for this latest announcement. Straight from CD Projekt Red’s mouth when you purchase a copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt you will receive 16, count’em, 16 pieces of DLC for free!. Players will receive said DLC regardless of whether they purchase a physical of digital copy. The plan is to roll out 2 pieces of DLC each week starting February 25th, the day after the game launches. The first pieces of content will be the Temerian Armor Set... Read On

This War of Mine Gets Release Date; Gameplay Trailer

This War of Mine Gets Release Date; Gameplay Trailer

This one almost slipped past me until I got an e-mail about it. Coming from 11 bit studios is a new game called This War of Mine, which looks to give us a new perspective of war. Instead of playing as a soldier or some other typical bad-ass going around shooting people, you’ll be playing as civilians trying to survive a city under siege. That’s an interesting concept given to amount of war time games out there where you play the ultimate bad-ass. Here’s the trailer to give you a glimpse at the gameplay: The game looks pretty intense... Read On

Latest Nintendo Direct Unveils Majora’s Mask and Much More

Latest Nintendo Direct Unveils Majora’s Mask and Much More

In case you’ve not been keeping up with the latest Nintendo news, you might have missed the news last night- Nintendo made some big announcements through a Nintendo Direct, which we’ve embedded below for your viewing pleasure. In case you don’t feel like sitting through the whole thing, here are some of the highlights: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Fans of Majora’s Mask have waited a long time for the game to be revisited. Set in the realm of Termina, Majora’s Mask is a very different take on the Legend of Zelda formula in that it has a much darker tone than the rest... Read On

Nintendo Direct Coming Tomorrow

Nintendo Direct Coming Tomorrow

Nintendo seems to be trying really hard to convince gamers to purchase a Wii U this holiday season. Just the other week Nintendo had a Nintendo Direct focused only on the new Super Smash Bros. If that wasn’t enough, tomorrow there will be another Nintendo Direct which will discuss more Wii U/3DS titles. There is no mention of what titles will be shown. The Nintendo Direct will be online at 2 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. ET and you can watch it here. Super Smash Bros is the only major release for the Wii U this holiday so Nintendo is... Read On

Marvel Event Reveals Phase 3 Movies!

Marvel Event Reveals Phase 3 Movies!

Marvel has been tight lipped about their plans for Phase 3 of the MCU, but with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron just around the corner many people speculated as to what would be next. Today, Marvel held an event where they were going to reveal some huge surprises for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And boy were there some big announcements. So let’s get to them shall we. Marvel announced a release date for Doctor Strange to be directed by Scott Derrickson. No official casting announcement was made, but it is still believed that Benedict Cumberbatch is in... Read On

New Game Plus: Episode 20

New Game Plus: Episode 20

Podcast: Play in new window | Download   Monday means another awesome episode of New Game Plus. This week we question Microsoft’s commons sense, Nintendo’s laziness, Justin tries to understand the Amiibos and we learn why you shouldn’t threaten Gabe Newell. Make sure to come back next Monday for another great episode and be sure to check Blackman N’ Robin frequently for more news, reviews and geek related content. Follow Peter Rivera and Justin Eckles on Twitter for more gaming related goodies. Read On

Can Anime be Scary?

Well it’s Halloween, and you know what that means? Christmas!…..No?…you actually want to celebrate Halloween?…okay.   During this time of the year the question that has passed through my mind is, can anime be scary?  Well it depends on what your definition of scary is.  Like comedy, horror and fear are completely subjective where people have their own individual fears and phobias.  People are scared of different things.  So why ask the question if horror is subjective? While people might be scared of different things, different media can scare people just the same.  That’s why we have scary movies,... Read On

This Week in Comics

This Week in Comics

After an unfortunately long amount of time spent waiting for my laptop to be repaired, injuring myself, and losing all track of time; I’m finally writing an actual post! I hope to get on her every week and write a little something about what’s going on in the comic book world, most of which will be personal opinion, so feel free to comment with your own and let me know what else you would like to see covered! Just remember, it’s my first time.. be gentle! For this particular post I’m going to be covering about a months worth... Read On

Pics from the 12 Monkeys NYCC Panel

Pics from the 12 Monkeys NYCC Panel

During NYCC 2014, we went to a very special panel for the upcoming Syfy television series 12 Monkeys. If you’d like to know what we thought about it, check out this article- we also took a ton of pictures- here they are, for the record. Some came out better than others, as you may surmise. If you’d like to use them, please contact Jourdan.Cameron@Blackmannrobin.com or @Jourdan_Cameron on Twitter for details. Enjoy! Want more sci-fi news, reviews, previews and interviews? Be sure to follow @Blackmannrobin on Twitter- and be sure to follow @Jourdan_Cameron for his… Other views. Read On

12 Monkeys at NYCC 2014 – Thoughts on the First Episode

12 Monkeys at NYCC 2014 – Thoughts on the First Episode

I received a bevy of emails in the days leading up to NYCC 2014- I could hardly stay sane trying to sort through them all- but one in particular stood out to me. I was invited to a slightly secret screening of the upcoming Syfy television show 12 Monkeys, which is an adaptation of the film of the same name. The screening was held away from the Javits Center on Friday night- getting there took a bit of effort, and, to be honest, I almost didn’t go- but I’m happy I did. Before I start talking about what I saw, it’s time for... Read On

Cosplay, Panels and More: BNR at NYCC 2014 in Pictures

Cosplay, Panels and More: BNR at NYCC 2014 in Pictures

Unless you’ve been living under a pop culture rock, you’ve probably heard of Comic-Con in its various incarnations- there’s the famous San Diego Comic-Con, the newly minted Comic-Cons in India and Russia, the just-announced Paris Comic-Con, and of course the New York Comic-Con, which is now bigger than SDCC. Well, BNR got to attend NYCC 2014- and we have the photographs to prove it. Here are pictures from the various events we attended and of the cosplayers we captured and of all the fun that was had at the Javits Center that fateful weekend. Enjoy! The Big Hero 6/Tomorrowland... Read On

Tomorrowland, Big Hero 6, and George Clooney- NYCC 2014

Tomorrowland, Big Hero 6, and George Clooney- NYCC 2014

On October 9, 2014, at the New York Comic Con, Disney held a panel for two of their upcoming films, Big Hero 6 and Tomorrowland. For BH6, producer Roy Conli and directors Don Hall and Chris Williams took the stage and discussed their process; how they came to know and love Big Hero 6 from the comic it was born out of, some of the assorted challenges of bringing it to the big screen, etc.- and we, the audience, were treated to some extended previews of the movie, and we got to hear from some of the film’s voice actors as they sat in on... Read On

First Thoughts on ScreenCheat

First Thoughts on ScreenCheat

Being a pretty big gamer myself, I thought I’ve seen everything. I’ve effortlessly guessed which games were going to get sequels, what’s worth buying, I’ve thought I knew everything. But the beauty of video games is that they can come up with surprises. Every now I then I get thrown out of my comfortable but boring routine and I see something new, something that I haven’t experienced before. ScreenCheat just did that. Local gaming with friends is fun, right? Usually they are. But they have some disadvantages. For example, when you’re playing against others, your enemies can look at... Read On

Winter Sports Sim SNOW Gets Updated

Winter Sports Sim SNOW Gets Updated

I’ve previously written about SNOW on this site, so I will not go into the base details of the game. What this article is going to concentrate on is the massive update the developers published so far. The new content includes lots of new things, some of them were really starting to become necessary. First of all, the game has sound effects now- earlier on in development, there was no audio in SNOW, this update brings us sound effects of all kinds, starting from the sound of snow crunching under your skis to the sound of the wind rustling... Read On

New Game Plus: Episode 15

New Game Plus: Episode 15

Podcast: Play in new window | Download   Apologies for the delay, but fret not for here is this week’s episode of New Game Plus. This episode still focuses on last week’s news so we get into Microsoft’s purchase of Mojang, AC Unity’s creative director on the lack of French accents, Destiny sets quite a few records and we delve into the big updates on FFXV that came out of Tokyo Game Show. As always be sure to come back Monday for an all new episode and check back on Blackman N’ Robin for more news, reviews and geek... Read On

New Final Fantasy XV Trailer!

New Final Fantasy XV Trailer!

  It’s been a year and a half since we last saw anything new for Square Enix’s long overdue Final Fantasy XV. Think about that for a bit. Seeing as how they have a lot riding on this game, they were smart enough to gives gamers something to feast their eyes upon, especially with TGS this week. So here it is, your new trailer. Enjoy it now, who knows when we might be seeing a new one. The gameplay still looks pretty cool, though the trailer itself wasn’t exactly great. Hopefully we’ll get more news and footage during TGS this... Read On

“Steamworld Heist”, follow-up to “Steamworld Dig”, Announced

“Steamworld Heist”, follow-up to “Steamworld Dig”, Announced

Image & Form, the Swedish studio behind the critically acclaimed Steamworld Dig, has announced that there’s going to be a new game in the universe- Steamworld Heist. It’s not a sequel to the first game, but takes the world in a new direction. Apparently, the Steamworld has gone from a dusty western town to the dark depths of outer space- it’s not a fast-paced metroidvania platformer but a turn-based strategy game. It’s set after some cataclysmic event blew apart the world we came to love in Steamworld Dig, and things are pretty rough- you have a ragtag bunch of robots trying to survive their harsh new... Read On

New Game Plus: Episode 14

New Game Plus: Episode 14

Podcast: Play in new window | Download     It’s that time of the week for yet another awesome episode of New Game Plus. This week we talk about the few news bits to come out of the gaming industry, Troy Baker & Nolan North’s rivalry, Nintendo holding out on a release date for Super Smash Bros Wii U, Justin’s thoughts on Destiny so far and we get into the whole gamer gate debacle that’s taken the internet by storm. Be sure to come back every Monday for an all new episode and check out Blackman N’ Robin frequently... Read On

Interview Preview: Under the Dog with Hiroaki Yura

Interview Preview: Under the Dog with Hiroaki Yura

As of September 7th, 2014 Jiro Ishii’s passion project, 17 years in the making, came true when on Kickstarter he raised $580,000 for “Under the Dog”, a sci-fi anime created by studio Creative Intelligence Art. It was exciting, and pretty nerve racking, to see this project’s number count slowly climb up (and I’m sure it was a million times worse for the development team).  Under the Dog brought together a lot of veterans in the anime industry such as director Masahrio Ando who was the storyboard artist for such hits as “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”, (my... Read On

New Game Plus: Episode 13

New Game Plus: Episode 13

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Here is your weekly does of New Game Plus. This week we bring you some more news coming out of the gaming industry and focus on why Final Fantasy XV could make or break the future of Square Enix as a JRPG developer. Be sure to follow Peter Rivera and Justin Eckles on Twitter for more news, reviews, and awesome geek insight. And as always be sure to come back next Monday for another awesome episode. Read On

New Game Plus: Episode 12

New Game Plus: Episode 12

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s that time again fellow gamers for a brand new awesome episode of New Game Plus! This week we cover some more news from the industry and once again examine Nintendo’s poor decision making in the wake of the announcement for the New Nintendo 3DS. As always be sure to check back every Monday for a brand new episode or if you’re on the go you can find us on iTunes as well. Be sure to follow Peter Rivera and Justin Eckles on Twitter for more news, reviews and geek insight. Read On

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