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Vive la Liberté! The French Revolution gets a sci-fi spin in “Steelrising” on Steam PC

Game publisher Nacon has been teasing Spiders’ next game for weeks, and earlier this week they finally revealed Steelrising, an all-new action/RPG set in during the French Revolution with a sci-fi spin. You can watch the Steelrising debut trailer below, followed by the brief story synopsis taken from the game’s Steam page: King Louis XVI’s automata army is terrorising the

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Whirlpool’s “Slobbish Dragon Princess” Coming to Western PCs in 2020

Earlier this week, publisher Sekai Project announced that visual novel Slobbish Dragon Princess will be coming to western PCs via Steam. Slobbish Dragon Princess is a romantic comedy developed by Whirlpool (the creators of the Neko-nin exHeart series). You can read Sekai Project’s full story synopsis below: The main character is a sprightly young NEET who lives in a dilapidated dojo.

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“Sit Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 5 July 2020 edition

On the latest installment of Sit Down Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with both Parnell and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. We discussed the latest drama with Diamond Comic Distributors, Mermaids, Parnell’s future plans for Johnny Phantasm, aliens in

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Chaotic Neutral Comics Taps Japanese Folklore for “Okuri-Inu: the Oni Within”

Chaotic Neutral Comics has recently started teasing its upcoming project Okuri-Inu: the Oni Within, with a crowdfunding campaign expected to launch soon via Indiegogo. Written by Woodrow Lansdale and featuring illustrations by Bruce Patnaude (The Wreck) and colors by Andrew Pate, Okuri-Inu is an all-new graphic novel inspired by Japanese folklore. Here’s the story synopsis taken from the Okuri-Inu Indiegogo

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Mike Baron’s “Florida Man” Fully Funded on Indiegogo After Reddit Bans Book from Discussion Boards

Earlier this week, the crowdfunding campaign for Florida Man hit its initial goal with 40 days remaining in the campaign at the time of this writing. The project got a funding boost after one of the creators and all discussion of the book were banned by Reddit for one of the creators being linked to Bleeding Fool, a website that

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PiXEL Announces Greek Mythology-themed “Wing of the Asteria” for Switch, Steam PC

On a Monday, PiXEL announced Wing of Asteria, a new horizontal shooter inspired by ancient Greek mythology. While not much is known about the game, it will feature character designs and concept art by Shuzilow.HA (known for Gaiapolis and the Twin Bee series) and music by Kawagen of the Bandai Namco Studios Sound Team (Phelios, Burning Force). Here’s a look

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Sony Censors “Aokana” on PS4; Nintendo Switch Version to Remain Uncensored

On Thursday, publisher PQube Asia announced that their upcoming game Aokana: Four Rhythms Across The Blue will be censored when it releases on PS4 in the west. Developed by Sprite and localized by NekoNyan, Aokana is a romance visual novel originally released in 2014, and has since been released uncensored across several platforms. However, due to Sony’s censorship policies put

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Splatto Comics Launches “DO AS YOU’RE TOLD: The Ballad of No” on Indiegogo

On Wednesday, independent comic book creator and Splatto Comics founder Richard C. Meyer launched a crowdfunding campaign for DO AS YOU’RE TOLD: The Ballad of No, a new 26-page book that takes place in the PANdemIC universe. At the time of this writing, the artwork is already complete and the project is 100% funded, so there’s nothing stopping the book

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Retro Review – “Captain America and the Avengers” (SEGA Genesis)

In 1991, Data East released Captain America and The Avengers in arcades. It became a moderate hit, prompting Data East to develop a console version on the Genesis/Mega Drive in 1992. Now, 30 years later, justice has finally been served as Marvel Entertainment has released the MCU Avengers movies, all based on Data East’s arcade classic! Okay, so that last

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Ziggurat Interactive Acquires “BloodRayne”, other IPs from Majesco

Game publisher Ziggurat Interactive has announced that they have acquired the rights to several licenses previously held by Majesco Entertainment, including Advent Rising, Raze’s Hell, Flip’s Twisted World, and BloodRayne. Ziggurat intends to update these games on PC platforms, and have expressed interest in developing the series in the future. Specifically, Ziggurat revealed that they are working with the original

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“Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge” Recreated and Available to Play Now

Long-time fans of The Simpsons likely will recall a classic Christmas episode from the show’s heyday where Bart is caught protesting shoplifting while trying to snag a copy of the latest, hottest video game of the season. Now thanks game creator Aaron Demeter, everyone can get a chance to play Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge in the comfort of your own

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Comics Legend Dennis O’Neil Passes Away at 81

On Thursday, legendary comic book writer Dennis O’Neil passed away from natural causes. O’Neil began his comic book career at Marvel Comics, where he penned Doctor Strange and Strange Tales.  He would later bounce between Charlton Comics, DC Comics, returning to Marvel, and ultimately landing again at DC where he would become the editor of the entire Batman line of

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Crusaders Clash with a Satanic Cult in “Three Knights, Four Days”

Earlier this week, independent comic book creator Micah Curtis launched a crowdfunding campaign for Three Knights, Four Days, a 44-page graphic novel. Written by Curtis (Englewood) and featuring illustrations by Preston Asevedo (aka “Good Preston”), colors by Oliver Lee Arce and lettering by Eric Weathers (Flying Fortress), Three Knights, Four Days is the first part of a gruesome supernatural book

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Issue 2 of Dean Kish’s Fantasy Comic “Tainted” Fully Funded on Indiegogo

On Wednesday, the crowdfunding campaign for Tainted issue #2 ended successfully, raising more than $3 thousand at the time of this writing. Written by Dean Kish and illustrated by Francoise Valmoria, Tainted is a fantasy comic book intended to address teenage mental health problems. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Tainted Indiegogo campaign page: TAINTED tells the story

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Billy Tucci and Dynamite Comics Resurrects Golden Age Heroine “Miss Fury” on Indiegogo

Last week, celebrated comic book creator Billy Tucci partnered with Dynamite Comics to launch a crowdfunding campaign for Miss Fury – Joy Division, a 100-page graphic novel starring one comics’ original superheroines. Written by Tucci (Shi) and featuring illustrations by Maria Laura Sanapo and colors by Ceci de la Cruz (Lady Death), Miss Fury is a revival of the classic

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Joseph King’s “Slaughter Squad” Graphic Novel Fully Funded on Indiegogo

Earlier this week, the crowdfunding campaign for the hyper-violent Slaughter Squad comic book hit its initial funding goal of $2 thousand. This is great news for project creator Joseph King, as Slaughter Squad‘s initial crowdfunding attempt earlier this year was unsuccessful. Written and illustrated by King and colored by Steve Canon, Slaughter Squad is a 48-page graphic novel blending the

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Retro Review: “RoboCop Versus The Terminator” (SEGA Genesis)

Gaming in the 1990s was the historical epicenter of the battle surrounding violence in video games, complete with U.S. Senate hearings, parents forbidding their children from visiting arcades for fear that they may catch a glimpse of a “fatality,” and so on. Yet even amongst all of that controversy, SEGA’s own Videogame Ratings Council (V.R.C.) still rated RoboCop Versus the

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Fantasy Graphic Novel “The Lucent” Fully Funded on Indiegogo; Campaign Extended for Another 30 Days

Over the weekend, the crowdfunding campaign for The Lucent: Waking Dream successfully ended its first 30 days, raising over $13 thousand which is more than 600% beyond its initial funding goal. Written, illustrated, colored and lettered by Australian comic book creator Michael Bancroft, Waking Dream is a 76-page graphic novel intended to be the first installment of The Lucent ongoing fantasy

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Greatest Levels in Gaming: “Kirby’s Adventure” (NES – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re introducing what may become a new feature: Greatest Levels in Gaming, starting with one of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s last, but most cherished games. Before we kick this off, if you have any concerns about spoiling a 30-year old game, then you might want to avoid this retrospective. Then again,

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Announcing The Splintering’s “Monochrome May” Event!

We’ve done theme months for both the Halloween and Christmas seasons (The Festival of Dread & Jolly Jinglings, respectively), but why wait for another major holiday to have a theme event? We couldn’t come up with a good reason, either. That’s why The Splintering has decided to christen this month as Monochrome May, a celebration of black and white games,

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A terrorist leader is the sole survivor of a global plague in “A Life of Terror”

Independent children’s book creator Hanif al-Fadli (Orange and Green, A Scallop‘s Adventure) is preparing to make a second go at crowdfunding his own comic book set to launch on Indiegogo later this year: A Life of Terror. Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world, the whole of humanity has been wiped out by a deadly plague. The only survivor is the

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NetherRealm to retire some “Mortal Kombat” characters due to cultural appropriation concerns

Say your final farewell to those ninjas, fighting game fans… In a recent interview with German outlet Das Voxel, NetherRealm Studios creative directer and Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon suggested that many mainstays of the fighting series’ roster will finally be retired after Mortal Kombat 11. According to Boon: “At the beginning, we just threw whatever we had against the

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