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Fox Airing TV Special Based On Red Dead Redemption

Well, this is a little...unexpected.

If you've been to a GameStop in the past few weeks, you already know how hard Rockstar is pushing their new - and very promising - Western-themed, open-world adventure, Red Dead Redemption. But did you realize they're going beyond simple advertisements and plan to give you a full 30-minute TV show? You probably didn't. But according to The Futon Critic, the Fox network has revealed that a half-hour animated film based on RDR will air at midnight (11:00 p.m. Central) on Saturday, May 15. John Hillcoat ("The Road") is responsible for this special, which releases a mere three days before the game is scheduled to hit store shelves. The standard description there won't come as a surprise to anyone who has been following Rockstar's ambitious project, but a TV special? Really? Will this become a new trend or is this crazy unique? We're also wondering if watching this special will give us any insight into the storyline in the game; is it like a prequel? Should we be watching it if we plan to buy Red Dead Redemption?

I suppose you'll have to tune in to find out. There's no doubt that RDR is one of our most anticipated titles of the year, so anything related to it is automatically very, very interesting.

Related Game(s): Red Dead Redemption

4/22/2010 10:51:35 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (46 posts)

maxpontiac
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 11:33:13 AM
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Nice. Will check this out.

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MyWorstNightmar
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 11:52:01 AM

What, no 27 repeated comments this time?? =)

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MyWorstNightmar
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 11:52:17 AM

What, no 27 repeated comments this time?? =)

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Underdog15
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 12:12:40 PM

lol, nightmare. Did you intend to repeat that? :p

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maxpontiac
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 1:47:06 PM

Yeah, yeah, yeah..

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Alienange
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 3:39:56 PM

MyWorstNightmar - That's either an epic fail or that is a very very funny joke. Either way I lmao.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 5:06:42 PM

poor max, lol

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MyWorstNightmar
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 11:47:54 AM
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"Should we be watching it if we plan to buy Red Dead Redemption?"

Call me crazy, but I think they are hoping you will, what with going to all the trouble and all to put together a cartoon.

Interesting move on their part. Definately thinking outside the box.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 5:07:42 PM

Animated special. Cartoons are for children.

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MyWorstNightmar
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 5:29:19 PM

Beg pardon.

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ValdiPS3
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 11:52:37 AM
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has much hype surrounding this game, well I'll wait to launch, read many reviews, and maybe I'll buy it. I say this because despite not having played I see people saying that GTA 4 is buggy and poorly done.

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MyWorstNightmar
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 12:01:54 PM

Valdi, despite GTA4's flaws, this site gave it a 9.9, a nearly perfect game in their estimation at the time of its release.

If RDR gets that kind of acclaim, then hop on board the bandwagon my friend.

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Jawknee
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 12:44:45 PM

Dude, it will be awesome.

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Alienange
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 3:40:43 PM

GTA4 is a lot of things but one thing it is not, is buggy.

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Jed
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 7:06:13 PM

GTAIV = very not buggy

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___________
Friday, April 23, 2010 @ 2:37:28 AM

except the swings of death ;)

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Imagi
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 12:04:46 PM
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This could be good, a wild west machinima.

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 12:13:55 PM
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I bet that once the game actually comes out they will do a piece about how it is ruining america

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 5:08:49 PM

Thankfully the Fox entertainment network is separate from Fox News insanity.

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Button Masher
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 12:22:37 PM
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I'm guessing FOX has no idea what this game contains and did a market study to try and get to a new, younger audience. Kind of like when Microsoft joined up with Family Guy not knowing the show's satirical style and panicked.

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erislocker
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 2:50:54 PM

they panicked? i saw the episode. (ps3user) and caught on to the "joke" on Microsoft. what i didn't know is that they panicked...
what have they done (reaction to panicking?)

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 3:52:24 PM

microsoft was to be the soul sponsor of one of their shows, and because of this there were some microsoft jokes in the show. Well because of that microsoft decided they were not going to sponsor that episode. And the episode had to be changed slightly so that there was no free microsoft advertising in it.

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bOnEs
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 12:32:31 PM
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leave it R* to try something outside the box...

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kraygen
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 12:38:44 PM
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Not only is this unique for video games, it's unique for cartoons in general.

When's the last time you saw a western cartoon? I gotta see this.

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MyWorstNightmar
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 1:01:46 PM

I liked the Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 5:09:58 PM

*Animated show.

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CH1N00K
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 12:48:50 PM
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If you had of said any other Channel beside, FOX I might have been interested. But the idea of Fox doing something about a Rockstar game? The funny thing is they'll probably air this and then that night on Fox News, there will be a scandal about the game in the headlines...lol

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MyWorstNightmar
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 12:52:38 PM

Their not putting it on FOX news. Family Guy, Simpsons, American Dad sound like ok edgy shows to you? Fox is the perfect home, not ABC, NBC or CBS if you are speaking about the major 4 networks.

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Silent_J
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 1:20:10 PM

Bout to same the thing nightmare ,well almost.I think FOX is the perfect network for it.

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CH1N00K
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 3:06:29 PM

Point taken. Shows that I haven't had Cable in a while..lol. I don't watch enough TV to justify spending the money every month. If I really want to see something I can find it online.

I knew that they weren't putting it on Fox news, but I was just saying that Fox will probably air this, then Fox News will turn around and claim there is some scandal about this game.

I'm looking forward to this game coming out, it will be interesting to see what R* has done with it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 5:13:00 PM

Glenn Beck: "Red Dead Redemption is a commentary on how Obama wants to kill your grandmother and take your guns" ... "What's that? Fox aired it?" "Umm, Red Dead Redemption is a commentary on how we must exercise our second amendment rights..."

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MyWorstNightmar
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 5:33:41 PM

Note to Glenn Beck...Please do not sue World for falsifying statements. Forgive him Glenn, he knows not what he does.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 6:48:27 PM

I knows what I does!

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hadouken
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 1:33:39 PM
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Fox must have learned from Spike tv that people care games just as much as American Idol.

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maxpontiac
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 2:07:12 PM

An excellent point.

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Deleted User
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 2:34:13 PM
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This is my most anticipated game for a long, long time! Can't wait for this!

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erislocker
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 2:53:06 PM
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not a day goes by where i don't think about RDR...
SO. FREAKING. STOKED!

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Alienange
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 3:45:37 PM
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Damn. I came here to get some answers not be left with a bunch of questions! Oh well, can't blame you. Anticipation is building and I'm hoping for a R* homerun.

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booze925
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 4:20:20 PM
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first order of business when i get RDR.
1.) buddies and i steal a carriage.
2.) we go to the woods
3.) find a bear
4.) fistfight or knife the bear by myself while friends watch
sounds like a good plan, huh?

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booze925
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 4:22:02 PM
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5.) IF possible, we lead the bear to the nearest town, and destroy the town with the bear.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 5:14:37 PM
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If I can remember this I'll watch it for sure. I just hope its better than the hackjob the others did with Dead Space and Dante's Inferno.

Ummm, yeah Ben this is Unique, but if it works you can bet Activision will steal the idea.

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tes37
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 6:54:50 PM

Man I was going to say absolutely nothing similar to you except the part about RDR. I'm going to check this out if I remember as well, but there's skunk around.

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Snaaaake
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 7:12:18 PM
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Now I wouldn't be surprised if this were to sell 10 million copies.

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OriginalSin
Friday, April 23, 2010 @ 2:17:23 AM
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Could be interesting.... But if they really want to think outside the "Box" they should return the next GTA to an exclusive for the PS3... Leave that (X)Box behind....

Anyway. I am looking forward to RDR. Just hope they let you customize your character a bit more. Not facial feature and all but more like Clothing, boots, horses and so on... But I am sure they will thou....

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___________
Friday, April 23, 2010 @ 2:40:23 AM
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ah, speak of the devil!

im still on the fence with this.
i really loved red dead revolver and gun, they were 2 of my favorite ps2 games, i love western shooters and i love open world games.
but......................
well its R* and they have done nothing but disappoint me this gen, and all this bitching about red dead redemption, than the complaints of how the staff were treated.
well, yeah that has not exactly stricken confidence in me!
thank god ive got a video store next to me, only problem being they dont get new releases till like 3 weeks after release :(

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Orvisman
Friday, April 23, 2010 @ 8:44:25 AM
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There was an article on RDR in the recent issue of the U.S. edition of OPM about RDR's online lobby and how vast and intricate and very much like a game it is in its own right, especially with the scripted events that play out in the lobby and the gunfights.

It was in the May issue that was on newsstands in April, so I'm not sure if it was an elaborate April Fool's joke; but it sure seems cool. Anyway, I looked online, to no avail, to see if anyone discovered it was a joke. I also can't find the information in that article anywhere else on the web.

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