Guys, I have a problem. I have a legitimate problem. Remember I wrote that article nearly three years ago, called What Sort of Collector Are You? I'm sure you remember. It was only three years ago after all. I wrote about digital creep and the impact that was having on games and game-adjacent merch and consoles. You remember. It was back in 2012. Three years ago is a pretty short time when you consider the groundbreaking importance of such a treatise on video game collecting. You remember it.
Well, I now have a legitimate problem that is kind of connected to that article.
I am moving – from an inner-city apartment, to a newly-built house out in the country (ish). Houses are really expensive (no one tells you that when you're a kid) so the new place is very small. I am reducing my living space from 93sqm to 75sqm. If I was majorly into cat swinging (which I'm not) I would have to seriously reconsider this.
Update: Will Smith has since revealed his full Deadshot costume. Check it out!
Director David Ayer has tweeted out a photo of the assembled Suicide Squad.
The photo depicts (from left to right) Slipknot (?)* (Adam Beach), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). Ayer dropped the photo with the sentence "Task Force X assembled and ready'.
It's as if millions of wallets suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced by pre-orders...
StarWars.com has set an official release date and time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise: September 4, 2015 at 12:01am -- or "#ForceFriday," as they're calling it. That night at midnight, stores around the world will open their doors for a celebration of all things Star Wars.
A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast photo surfaced today, featuring stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), John Boyega (Finn), Daisy Ridley (Rey), as well as Chewbacca and BB-8, chilling on the Millennium Falcon. Check out the preview image below:
The new image (photographed by Annie Leibovitz) will serve as the cover for Vanity Fair's June issue. The site also notes that more photographs, videos and interviews will arrive on Star Wars Day, May the 4th.
Warning: Full spoilers from the episode follow.
One of the great things about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, especially lately, is how it's not afraid of bringing back side characters any time it wants. Despite the recent Mighty Mutanimals arc a few weeks ago, "Clash of the Mutanimals" brought the ragtag foursome back in a big way, as Slash and Dr. Rockwell were kidnapped by Tiger Claw. This episode made major strides in Shredder's mind control scheme, which roped the Turtles into the conflict as well.
Admittedly, TMNT's "brainwash" plot device has gotten pretty old at this point, and given the premise of the episode, it wasn't the least bit surprising that Shredder would want to test out his new serum on a couple of mutants before trying it on Karai. In this case, though, it was at least kind of necessary given we already knew Shredder was planning something like this. Plus, it was a bit of a shakeup having the Mutanimals involved this time.
Although it couldn't meet the fevered expectations that it would open larger than its 2012 predecessor, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron enjoyed the second-biggest opening of all time at the domestic box office this weekend.
Marvel's The Avengers still holds the record with a $207.4 million bow, followed by Age of Ultron with an estimated $187.7 million.
Avengers 2 outperformed Iron Man 3's opening ($174.1 million) to bump that to third place on the list of the biggest opening weekends of all time at the North American box office. Yes, Marvel Studios owns the top three spots on that list (at least until Star Wars: The Force Awakens, another Disney release, undoubtedly knocks one of them out of there come December.)
Like my Season 2 review, I’m going to open up this review with a quick note for those who may not have been watching The Americans yet, which is… Get with it! This is easily one of the best shows on TV and yet it continues to feel criminally overlooked – most certainly among IGN readers. It’s got great characters, cool spy moments, intense action scenes and more. So if you're not watching, go catch up... and then come back and read this review, of course!
Okay, so on to full spoilers for Season 3!
Making the stakes even more personal and intense for the Jennings, Season 3 took Season 2’s big ending and the question of whether Paige (Holly Taylor) would be recruited or not and ran with it. This was not going to be an easy decision and indeed, we saw Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) argue about it intently, both between themselves and their old/new handler, Gabriel (Frank Langella, nailing his character’s paternal nature, mixed in with an underlying intensity).
WB Games has detailed the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass and Batgirl will make her first appearance in the series as a playable character.
In response to a bit of controversy over the pricing and lack of information for the season pass, the developer revealed on the Arkham Knights forums that players will be able to take on Batgirl in an all-new prequel story. The first piece of artwork was also shown, as seen below.
Will Marvel ever make a solo Black Widow movie? It's a question many have asked, and on Saturday Night Live this weekend, we got a look at what such a movie could look like - if it came from the writers of 27 Dresses.
SNL host Scarlett Johansson reprised her role as Black Widow, for a very different look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Yooka-Laylee has become the fastest video game project to hit $1 million USD on Kickstarter.
It took six hours for the Playtonic Games' spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie to accomplish the feat, beating the previous Kickstarter record of seven hours held by Torment: Tides of Numenara, as spotted by a NeoGAF poster.
To date, the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter campaign has earned over $1.3 million USD, with 44 days to go.
By comparison, the Veronica Mars movie raised $1 million in 4 hours and 24 minutes and the Pebble Time hit the same dollar amount in just 30 minutes, according to Statista, an online statistics portal.
Rare is reportedly ready to announce to announce its next game at E3.
A NeoGAF user spotted a conversation on Rare Creative Director Simon Woodroffe’s Twitter feed in which he seems to confirm that Gregg Mayles’ new project will be unveiled at E3. Mayles is a designer at Rare who has worked on the Donkey Kong Country trilogy, Banjo-Tooie, and Viva Pinata over the years.
@leflus E3 will tell the world what Gregg Mayles new project is about.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Last week's Outlander ended on a cliffhanger and so did this week's. There's a theme. The danger posed to Jamie in the previous episode turned out to be momentary as the guests from the Watch were confused about his identity. Jamie is a wanted man and under constant threat, and the number of close calls he experiences more than gives you a peek into how stressful life his life is. He always has to be on his guard. It's understandable. But to stack the odds against him all episode between the Watch and Horrocks and then wrap up with Jamie being taken by the Redcoats? It's a little tiring.
When people are repeatedly tried and challenged and repeatedly get past it, each instance of hardship carries less weight. Claire and Jamie have found a way out of every potentially lethal situation so far. We don't have any reason to believe they won't escape whatever is before them. That doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. It strengthens the idea that their love can overcome all. And knowing Claire and Jamie will solve any and all problems brings a particular test to the writers: They have to make us believe the peril is real and make sure it has impact. When they survive the impossible over and over again, Claire and Jamie should have the scars to show for it -- physical or emotional ones.
Warning: Full spoilers from the episode follow.
Much like the premiere, this week's Orphan Black was another very dense episode, with a lot of different storylines inching their way forward in the span of an hour. However, I think the elements at play did vibe a little bit better than last week and even offered a good twist near the end to hook us back into the story. This included the start of the episode, which kicked off on a humorous note, as Sarah and Felix didn't know what to do with Seth's bloody corpse. ("Do you want a drink?")
This also brought about a strong storyline for Art and Sarah, as well as Cosima, Scott and Felix. In the second group's case, it was pretty hilarious to see the unlikely trio dive headfirst -- literally -- into Seth's brain. ("Well, I looked. Shouldn't have looked.") These scenes also led to one of the biggest turning points of the episode, the revelation that the Castor and Leda originals were in fact siblings -- dun, dun, DUNNNNN!
Your bathroom might be a swamp already, but if it isn't, and you'd like it to be, ThinkGeek's Dagobah Shower Curtain will do the trick. Featuring all the gloomy charm and sunken X-Wings you'd expect from Yoda's planet of residence. And if you'd like to put an element of romance and screwball banter to left or possibly the right of your sink, look no further than these his and her Han and Leia Hand Towels. Because if someone loves you, the least you can do is say "I know."
Nintendo will be releasing a second run of its Villager amiibo for those in Japan, and the first images of the reprinted figurine have surfaced online.
According to the photos, which first appeared on Reddit and were subsequently discovered by My Amiibo News, this new rendition of the Villager has more rounded, lower-set eyes. You can compare the two (original on the left, reprint on the right) in the side-by-side shot below.
Daenerys Targaryen hasn't had an easy time keeping Meereen under control. The actions of the insurgent group known as Sons of the Harpy have been fighting against her rule, and the actions of one of their members put Dany between a rock and hard place in the second episode of the season. The next episode of Game of Thrones, titled "Sons of the Harpy," will travel back to Meereen to see what Dany's next steps are.
In Westeros, Jaime and Bronn head south towards Dorne to extract Myrcella from the sunny realm. While they get closer, the Sand Snakes -- the bastard daughters of Oberyn Martell -- are planning revenge upon the Lannisters for killing their father. Get a look at the fierce Sand Snakes in the below photo gallery.
Leda and Castor have been fighting against each other from the beginning of the season. The Leda clones don't trust the Castor boys. Now, they're both searching for original clone DNA -- Mark and Gracie even have a lead that gets them closer to finding answers. Art is completely back in the picture though, and he and Sarah team up once again to search for them and stop them.
Elsewhere in clone world, Cosima is researching Castor's biology with Scott and Alison is raking in the dough with her new business idea. A new revelation might stop all of them in their tracks though as a connection between Leda and Castor is uncovered. See a preview of what's ahead in the below gallery.
Project Soul, developers of the Soulcalibur series, wants you to help decide the future of the franchise.
The Soulcalibur Facebook page is currently holding a vote for the community’s favorite characters as preparation for “something huge,” according to the developer.
Soulcalibur: Lost Swords, a free-to-play game without multiplayer, is the most recent entry in the long-running series. In an update post on its Facebook page, Project Soul assures users that the vote is not related to Lost Swords.
“Hello everyone, thank you so much for your interest in this survey! We have 2800 votes so far. I would say that it is a great start! By the way, let me add that this survey is NOT related to SoulCalibur Lost Swords but for the brand in general. Again thanks for your support and have a great weekend!” Project Soul said on Facebook.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Divergence #1, Superman #40, Batman #40 and Justice League #40!
We now have a better idea of how the DC Universe will be changing this summer as the publisher transitions from their Convergence crossover to their upcoming June relaunch. DC's Free Comic Book Day special, Divergence #1, was released today and has revealed the big status quo changes that are happening in the pages of Superman, Batman and Justice League.
Those tuning into HBO this Monday night expecting a "Behind the Music"-style Rockumentary about Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain are in for an unexpected twist/treat. In place of the traditional First This Happened, Then This, Then That account of Cobain's rise to fame and tragic unraveling, viewers will get a unique, intimate, and moving journey inside his swarming hive of a creative mind.
Director Brett Morgen's approach to Cobain is that of immersion. As the first docu-project about Kurt to have the full blessing and involvement of his family, Morgen takes full advantage of the abundance of Super 8 footage of young Kurt's formative years as well as journals, sketchbooks, random audio babble, and demo musings to create a bit of chronological chaos.