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Masterclash Ponders What Video Games Will Be Like in the Future

Technological advancements take place constantly all around us, prompting us to ask things like, How far advanced can we become? What will the future look like? And most importantly, What will video games be like in the future? In the final installment of their discussion on gaming, the Masterclash team grills Joystiq editor Andrew Yoon on the future of this particular corner of the world. Accompanying them once again are Sandeep Parikh and Tony Janning, aka the creators of Legend of Neil . Read more & watch video at the source

Web TV: Television on the Web Is Redefining Must-See Viewing

The boldest move in network TV this fall? "The Big Bang Theory" is moving to Thursday nights. Yawn. But on the Web, new-media networks like Funny or Die and performers such as Felicia Day are producing imaginative shows that redefine must-see viewing -- whether you watch on an iPad or a Web-enabled TV. Sit back, relax, and reprogram your prime time. Read the full article here

Web TV: Atom.com Creates Campy Comedy Web Series

Only in a Web series would inebriation and The Legend of Zelda be a match made in heaven. But ever since a gas-station attendant woke up hungover inside the classic Nintendo game nearly two years ago, Legend of Neil has been one of Atom.com's most successful franchises. The campy live-action series, now in its third and final season, highlights Atom's evolution over the past decade from user-generated indie film shorts to professionally produced comedy series. In 2006, MTV Networks acquired Atom for $200 million, to serve in part as an idea incubator for its cable nets. Recent hit series 5-On, for example, became Comedy Central's Ugly Americans, and Atom has its own popular (for 2:30 a.m.) weekly showcase on the channel. "One of the things that [creators] are hoping to do is catch the networks' eye," says Scott Roesch, Atom's general manager. Atom stockpiles the best of its year-round slate for the fourth quarter, much like a TV network. Yet it retains a Web flavor by sharing ad revenue with its creators and partnering with them in hybrid Web-TV deals. For example, Atom is working with Waverly Films, the trio behind its former Web series Stickman Exodus (stick figures in a kid's notebook go on a freedom quest) to create a series called The Fuzz, a cop show set in a city where humans and puppets coexist. Roesch explains, "We pooled some budget and had them do a Web series instead of going through normal TV development." The Fuzz is expected to air on Atom later this year. Read more at the source