Halo: The Fallen Fan-Film Is $200 Well Spent

Monday, March 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm
If you can do something really, really well, you should probably post a video of yourself in action on the Tubes of You. Take a note from the crew who did HALO: The Fallen. These guys are showcasing their script-writing, technical effects, computer editing, and costumery skills to the world. And they're only using a small amount of money to fund it: around 2 hunnit in cash money.

It is a good display of serious talent. Full-scale battle scenes. Great renderings of headshots, and excellent manipulations of Covenant Elite. I highly suggest you watch this -- even if HALO has been MIA for a little while, the fans of the franchise have been hard at work.

Tags: fan film, Halo

Mass Effect: The Musical

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 10:00 am
My musical theater tolerance isn't all that high, so musical parodies generally aren't for me. That said, I have to give Random Encounters props for this track, which sings the praises of the "Renegade" version of Commander Shepard from the Mass Effect games. Seeing as it's Mass Effect 3 launch day, I thought I'd share.

Enjoy, y'all. 

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Infographic: The Rise of Steam

Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 9:00 am
Courtesy of JD homie Greg Voakes.

Full Steam Ahead
Created by: Video Game Design Schools

Fake Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker Sequel Trailer Waxes Nostalgic

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm

In all likelihood, there will never be an actual sequel to the GameCube's awesome Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. But, in a small one-minute clip, we can see what we could get excited for. And long for. And cry for because we won't see it in reality.

This is a trailer for Legend of Zelda: The Last Oracle. It was created by canuck Joel Furtado, and is 100% original animation. Tell me, tell me, that doesn't look beautiful. I know about 5 million people who would buy that game, including me, James K. Hawkins.


Half-Life 2 And Godspeed You! Black Emperor Are Heavenly

Friday, January 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

 Growing up, I listened to Godspeed You! Black Emperor all the time. I always thought of them as a post-apocalyptic band -- pretty much perfectly used on the 28 Days Later... soundtrack when Jim is walking around London discovering how fucked everything has become. Great music for walking around late at night in the middle of a big city. It is a lot of dynamic variance and a lot of loose structure, oftentimes descending into beautiful, auditory chaos from a quiet few cello notes.

This video is perfect for the music. The track is called The Dead Flag Blues, and it features a great voice actor describing a ruined world over a series of Half-Life 2 visuals. This is pretty atypical of GY!BE, so listen to more if you don't dig into it right away.

Enjoy the next 5 minutes.

Here's A Minecraft Ocarina Of Time, In Full

Monday, January 23, 2012 at 8:00 am


It has been a while since we've posted something like this. And while we've come across some impressive ones in the past, this one is among the best of all time. All of Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time put on the canvas of Minecraft. It is called, cleverly enough, Hyrulecraft.

You'll surely recognize Hyrule, Hylia, and other settings from probably the greatest, most iconic game ever. And the guys who did it aren't finished with their project yet -- allegedly, we will be seeing some challenges in the game itself. But for now, we get to see Hyrule in 1:1. A helluva accomplishment.

Click here to download it yourself (only if you have Minecraft, of course), and enjoy!

The Birds Of Anger Short Film Mashes Hitchcock, Angry Birds

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Angry Birds
inspires a lot of awesome fan art. Which is surprising, considering it is really only about launching birds at pigs. But, I think it is safe to say that it was only a matter of time until someone thought up something like this:

Take Alfred Hitchcock's concept for The Birds and mash it into this whole Rovio Angry Birds craze.

Its simple, brilliant, and expertly handled. Please click the link for the video.

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Fruit Ninja: The Movie

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Now slicing at a theater near you!
Fruit Ninja is one of the most insanely popular games around these days, and we all know what that means: a movie version is on the way!

Okay, not really. But if there was a Fruit Ninja movie in the works, here's what the trailer might look like, courtesy of YouTuber David Jewell, who also produced the Luigi's Mansion movie trailer we shared with you a while back. 

Warning: This video does contain blood. Fruit blood, anyway.

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JD Classic: Mario Brothers Fan Art

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 11:00 am
Every once in a great while, we decide to dig back into the archives and present one of our "greatest hits." Strangely, those greatest hits tend to appear when we're feeling particularly lazy and/or hung over. Coincidence? Probably. Whatever the reason, why not enjoy this lovely piece from JD's past?

Welcome to the first installment of what promises to be a horrifying regular feature here on Joystick Division! Inspired by our much more frequently-updated sister site Topless Robot and its emotionally scarring Fan Fiction Friday column, I bring you Weekly Fan Art! Celebrating the lamest, weirdest and most vomit-inducing video game fan art, I figured I'd start things off with the biggest game mascot of all time: Mario. There are literally thousands of Mario art pieces out there, including some which are truly very cool. These, however, are not cool at all. Hit the jump to revel in the shittiness!

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Gears Of War: Mad World Uprising Is A Cheeky Gears Parody

Monday, October 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm
gears madworld.JPG
Wait, there's ice cream in this game?
​After we posted the "Bricks of War" Gears parody the other day, a group of YouTubers calling themselves sent us their Gears of War parody, which they call "Mad World Uprising." It's a lovingly mocking tribute to the series, set to the tune of of the track from the original game's iconic first trailer

We got a kick out of it. We think you will too.

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