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  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
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Subscription-Free DVR Coming to Xbox One

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 09:37

During its Xbox briefing at Gamescom today, Microsoft announced that "full-featured DVR recording" is coming to Xbox One.

The functionality will allow users to record shows in the background, even when you aren’t home. All shows recorded on Xbox One can be streamed to any Windows 10 device, or downloaded to it directly.

You'll also be able to schedule recordings remotely.

DVR functionality will be subscription-free and is coming in 2016.

Andrew is IGN's executive editor of news. You can find him rambling about Spelunky and animals on Twitter.

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Scalebound Release Window, 4-Player Co-op Announced

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 09:36

Scalebound will launch exclusively on Xbox One in Holiday 2016.

The news was announced during today's Microsoft Press Conference at Gamescom 2015, along with the news the upcoming title will feature 4-player co-op gameplayer. It wasn't specified whether this would be online-only or if there would be any opportunity for split-screen gameplay.

Other news announced including the main character's name - it's Drew - and that the world in which you're adventuring will be called Draconis, with an opening area taking place somewhere called the Grasslands. With all this in mind, it's hardly surprisingly Platinum is branding it its biggest game to date.

Don't forget we're set to have an extended version of the demo available straight after the conference on IGN, and we'll be covering Scalebound all this month as part of IGN First, so be sure to bookmark our hub for all the latest news as it's announced.

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New Crackdown Game is Officially Crackdown 3

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 09:22

During its Gamescom 2015 press conference, Xbox confirmed that the third Crackdown will indeed be titled Crackdown 3, despite prior information to the contrary.

In a new trailer, Crackdown 3 was dubbed "the ultimate sandbox" and it was revealed that the game will feature transforming vehicles and a "100% destructible" game world. Utilising Microsoft's cloud computing feature, the game will also apparently leverage processing power 20 times more than the capacity of an independent Xbox One console.

Lastly, a multiplayer beta for the game was announced and said to be on the way in 2016.

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Square Enix Releases Final Fantasy 15 Teaser

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 09:19

Square Enix has released a brief teaser for Final Fantasy XV.

The full "Dawn" trailer will release tomorrow at 15.00 in Japan and 23.00 in North America on August 4, and 8.00 CEST on August 5 in Europe.

In other Final Fantasy news, conductor Arnie Roth issued a statement via the Distant Worlds Facebook page yesterday following intense speculation about a Final Fantasy XII HD remake caused by his remarks at a recent concert.

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Quantum Break Release Date Announced

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 09:16

Quantum Break will be released on April 5, 2016, it has been announced.

During the Microsoft Press Conference at Gamescom 2015, creative director Sam Lake announced the date

Shawn Ashmore plays lead character Jack Joyce - the game is about the heroes, the show is about the villains. Other members of the cast include Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings' Merry) and Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones' Littlefinger).

Originally expected to be released in 2015, Microsoft announced in April it'd be moving Quantum Break to 2016 in order to extend its "incredible portfolio into next year with a monster new IP." Until now, all we knew was that the game would be arriving some time between March and May.

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WWE 2K16's Roster is Massive

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 07:01

Last year was challenging for WWE 2K15, as console generation transitions often are for sports sims. On top of the challenges that come with re-building an established franchise to meet the expectations that come with new hardware, Visual Concepts and Yukes opted to radically change the gameplay direction of the long-running wrestling series. It was a lot to handle, and while our WWE 2K15 review gave it a lot of credit for improving the depth and overall pacing of matches, there was a lot of missing meat in terms of the roster and feature set. After sitting down with 2K and Visual Concepts, it's clear that bridging that content gap while continuing to make matches feel more like the real thing is the gameplan for WWE 2K16.

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IGN’s UK Daily Deals: PES 2016 for £18.99

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 04:51

We hand-pick the very best gaming deals for you, every day, so you can get more of the things you want without crippling your bank balance. But don't hang around, because these bargain prices won't last forever...

PES 2016 due for release next month is £18.99 on CDKeys when you Facebook Like for 5% off.

Rare Replay hits the shelves tomorrow and has been given a 9.0 "Amazing" score. Amazon currently have it for £17.86.

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Dota 2: Fall Major Championship Set for Europe

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 03:00

Following The International, Valve's seasonal Dota 2 Major Championships will kick off in Europe later this year. Valve's Erik Johnson confirmed the Fall DMC location to IGN at The International 5. Johnson declined to provide a more specific venue or country, as "some things may change."

The first International took place in Cologne, Germany, which is where Gamescom 2015 is taking place this week.

"We’re excited about the Majors because it’ll be a really healthy thing for the competitive scene," Johnson said. That said, Valve "will not be as involved as we are in The International." Valve already announced it would rely on external partners to manage much of the Dota Major Championships, but details on who and how remain to be seen.

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Dota 2: The International 5’s Devastating First Day

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 01:58

The International Dota 2 Championships opened as an orchestra, complete with a choir, welcomed Valve’s Gabe Newell to the stage. Thousands cheered at the mere utterance of their favorite team’s name. Short films explored the personal lives of players, each of whom have a hint of hubris in their inspiring determination — nobody seems willing to settle for anything less than first place.

After one day at The International 5, many have guaranteed they will not reach that goal.

The Main Event opened with boisterous enthusiasm from thousands of attendees live at Key Arena in Seattle, WA, because the stakes were high from moment one. Four teams were eliminated at the end of TI5’s first day, forcing them to settle for just $50,000 of the total $18 million. Others succeeded with such stellar performances that their Championship prize — first place and more than $6 million — seems all but certain.

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Australians Set to Pay up to 100 Percent More for Rock Band 4 Products

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 01:02

Australians will fork up to 100 percent more for Rock Band 4 products compared to consumers in the U.S.

Australian distributor of Mad Catz equipment, Home Entertainment Services, confirmed the pricing with Kotaku Australia today.  Retail pricing differences between U.S. and Australia follows:

Local U.S. pricing

Rock Band 4 game — $59.99

Rock Band 4 Guitar Bundle — $129.99

Rock Band 4 Band-A-Box Bundle (includes guitar, drums and microphone) — $249.99

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Supergirl: Jenna Dewan-Tatum Cast as Lucy Lane

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 23:51

CBS’ Supergirl has cast its Lucy Lane in the upcoming TV series.

Entertainment Weekly reports Jenna Dewan-Tatum (The Witches of East End, American Horror Story) will star in the recurring role, beginning with the third episode.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum (image via IMDB)

The character Lucy Lane first appeared way back in DC’s Silver Age Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen comic book series. She is the younger sister of Lois Lane, and had an on- and off-again romance with Jimmy Olsen.

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Arrow's Stephen Amell Headed to Monday Night RAW

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 22:19

For a few months now, stemming from a WWE RAW altercation back at the end of May, a feud has been brewing between Stardust and Arrow star/wrestling fan, Stephen Amell.

Would these two ever cross paths again? Well, Amell's tweet tonight answered that...

Ok @StardustWWE -- you asked for it. See you next Monday. #AmellGetsRaw pic.twitter.com/A9v9ReZHa5

— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) August 4, 2015

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Dota 2's Championship Team Eliminated From TI5

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 22:10

Newbee, the Champion team from 2014's International Tournament, was eliminated from The International 2015 today. The team fell in a best-of-one lower-bracket battle against MVP Phoenix, and were the first squad knocked out of TI5.

Newbee won The International 4 last year with brutal efficiency, conquering Vici Gaming in last year's Grand Finals. The prize pool total for The International 5 is in excess of $18 million, with the first-place team set to take home more than $6 million.

At The International 5, we went hands-on with the new Dota 2 Secret Shop Vive VR demo - check out our impressions. Starting at 9AM PT from now through August 18, you can watch The International 5 on IGN - and if you don't know how, check out IGN's guide to watching a Dota 2 match.

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Retro Amiibo 3-Pack Coming to GameStop

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 22:06

An Amiibo 3-pack featuring retro Nintendo characters is coming to GameStop.

Nintendo World Report (via Amiibo News) reports GameStop will be holding a “pre-order event” on Saturday, August 8 for the 3-pack which includes R.O.B., Mr. Game & Watch, and Duck Hunt.

Confirmed. GameStop pre-orders for an exclusive amiibo 3 pack on Saturday. No pro membership required. More to come. pic.twitter.com/BPw73SpZjR

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Inside Out Actor on Bing Bong Making Audiences Cry

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 21:01

Note: Some spoilers for Inside Out follow.

Anyone who’s seen Pixar's most recent film, Inside Out – and given its success, many have – know just what an impact Bing Bong made. The pink cotton candy/half cat/half elephant steals the show as we learn his history as the discarded imaginary friend of 11-year old Riley, while we travel through her mind… and see what his fate is.

The voice of Bing Bong, veteran character actor Richard Kind (Spin City, Gotham) was on hand at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today to promote his new Amazon series, Red Oaks, and spoke about the impact the film and Bing Bong has had.

Richard Kind voices Bing Bong (left) in Inside Out.

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Hearthstone: Designing Tavern Brawl’s Interface

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 20:32

Hearthstone's Art Director Ben Thompson visited IGN's Sydney office recently, and while he was here he shared some concept art for Tavern Brawl, showing off some of the stages the team went through as they discussed the look and functionality of the new(ish) mode.

His comments are below each image...

Not a bad first pass.

Ben Thompson: This was

Derek Sakamoto, our user interface designer… We have a user interface in Hearthstone that is very realistic and very physical, it’s not a window through which you view the world, like WoW or a lot of other games, the user interface is the whole game, so because of that, Derek gets involved at a much earlier stage and throughout more of the process than maybe he would on another game.

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Rare Replay Review

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 20:09

Rare Replay has set a new bar for video game compilations. Though they range from all-time greats like Banjo-Kazooie to forgettable missteps, the 30 games included in here tell the story of not only a single studio, but of the past three decades of video game history. From the early days of home console gaming with Jetpac, to the rise of the console shooter in Perfect Dark, all the way to a pair of Xbox 360 launch games, Rare Replay’s breadth and depth is consistently impressive.

From the moment Rare Replay boots up, it’s evident that this isn’t just some haphazard collection of ROMs and emulators. The theatrical presentation, complete with a fantastic musical number and charming transitions, lend a playful sense of place and character to the collection. It’s loaded with awesome extras, ranging from unused music and concept art, to fascinating documentaries on the making of classics like Conker and Killer Instinct, as well as some looks at some of Rare’s unreleased games. There’s a level of detail and quality here that we don’t see often enough in compilations like these.

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Hannibal: Amazon Comments on Passing on Saving Series

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 19:43

After Hannibal was cancelled by NBC, many thought Amazon was the most viable candidate to save the series – especially because the service already had exclusive streaming rights to the show’s first three seasons in the US (which, Hannibal executive producer Bryan Fuller noted, effectively removed Netflix’s interest, since they wouldn't have all the seasons) and are expanding their own original series output.

However, ultimately, a deal with Amazon was not made, and Hannibal’s future remains up in the air, as the cast’s contracts have been let go and it seems like any continuation wouldn’t happen anytime soon.

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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer NFC Bundle Unboxing

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 19:18

With the release of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer in Japan last week, Nintendo set it’s NFC Reader -- a device that will allow existing 3DS owners to use amiibo -- into the wild. The peripheral uses two AA batteries and will be sold for $19.99 USD starting September 25 in North America.

We just couldn’t wait to get our hands on the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer, so we imported a Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle and a pack of amiibo cards. Here’s an unboxing of it in pictures (special thanks to @MrSallee for the photos). A video version will go up later this week.

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Resident Evil 6: Larter Reportedly Back as Claire

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 18:26

A familiar face from both the Resident Evil movies and video games will return for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Deadline reports that Ali Larter is set to reprise her role as Claire Redfield in the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed sequel, which is expected to be the last installment in the Screen Gems-Capcom movie franchise (well, before it's inevitably rebooted anyway).

Larter previously played Claire in Resident Evil: Extinction and Resident Evil: Afterlife.

Ali Larter as Claire Redfield in Resident Evil: Afterlife.

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