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Nintendo Adds New Social Features to the Miiverse

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 15:24

Nintendo has updated the Miiverse with a host of new social features.

In an effort to better connect the Wii U and 3DS communities, players can now see what is trending on the Miiverse in real time, share posts and ideas within communities dedicated to specific games, and check in to see how other players are doing in their own games via the Play Journal live feed. Visit the Miiverse website to see all of the changes in action.

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Robert Kirkman Teases Intense The Walking Dead Season

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 15:22

With Season 6 of The Walking Dead set to debut this weekend, creator Robert Kirkman stopped by New York Comic Con to talk up the new season. And talk it up he did, promising “the most intense season so far.” As TWD fans know, that’s saying something.

He said that he's noticed that there are big cliffhangers at the end of every episode he's seen of the new season. “I’m watching cuts like ‘Ahhhhh!’” he laughed.

The S6 debut will have a special premiere at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Friday, October 9. And while Kirkman was light on plot details about the new episodes, he did tease some broad strokes.

Viewers will see more of Rick interacting with “these people who live in this safe place, who have this misconception of how the world works now.” That’s Alexandria, of course, where Rick and his group came in and shook things up last year.

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Netflix Raises Monthly Fee for Its Main Plan

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 15:07

The price of Netflix's most popular plan has been increased from $8.99 to $9.99 a month in the United States.

While the dollar increase won't affect existing customers until October of next year, the new monthly rate is now in effect for everyone else. The company confirmed the change in response to a user on Twitter.

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EA Announces New Plants Vs. Zombies Theme Park Attraction

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:52

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is coming to the big screen...a very, very big screen.

EA announced today they've partnered with the North Carolina-based theme park Carowinds to open a brand new Plants vs. Zombies attraction.

Called an "intra-active" 3D experience, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena places attendees in two teams who compete with each other by shooting at screens with toy blasters in a five-minute backyard battle. The attraction features large screens, motion-based seating, and surround sound.

Concept Image Credit: Carowinds/Electronic Arts.

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Fantastic 4: Producer Discusses What Went Wrong

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:42

Fantastic Four producer Simon Kinberg has come forward to speak about what went wrong with 20th Century Fox's disastrous superhero reboot, while also revealing whether or not he'd work with the film's director ever again.

Addressing the the criticism leveled at him for possibly being spread too thin between his various projects (he's also involved in a Star Wars anthology movie, Deadpool, Logan's Run and X-Men: Apocalypse, among others), Kinberg told THR: "I was there every day on set of Fan Four, as I am on anything that I'm the writer and the producer of. Some movies work out and some don't. In my experience, there's not a direct correlation between the process and the product."

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M&M's Forms Partnership with X-Men: Apocalypse

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:40

The CG-animated M&M's characters are about to become a little more super-powered.

Mars Chocolate has agreed to a cross-promotional sponsorship with 20th Century Fox to help with the marketing efforts for next year's X-Men: Apocalypse.

The deal will include retail displays and special packaging markings, TV and cinema commercials, and social media posts featuring the M&M's characters mixed with elements of the X-Men.

The film centers on the eponymous character Apocalypse, an all-powerful mutant who awakens after a centuries-long rest and vows to start a new world order. Along the way, he amasses an army of mutants to aid him in world domination, including a disillusioned Magneto.

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Robert Kirkman Talks Fear the Walking Dead Season 2

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:35

Creator Robert Kirkman confirmed at New York Comic-Con that Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 will pick up more or less where Season 1 left off.

Spoilers for Fear the Walking Dead Season 1 follow.

Yep, the next season will continue the boat thread that began at the end of the S1 finale, with the cast making their escape from the undead hordes of Los Angeles by sea instead of by land. So will we be seeing zombie mayhem on the water?

“There’s definitely some zombie water action coming up,” Kirkman said, before joking that “maybe you’ll see the Walking Dead cruise come passing by" (which is a real thing happening in January, by the way).

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Incredibles 2 and Cars 3 Release Dates Revealed

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:34

Disney has announced that Cars 3 will come out June 16, 2017, followed by The Incredibles 2 opening June 21, 2019.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cars 3 has taken over the spot originally reserved for Toy Story 4, with that film now pushed back to June 15, 2018. What's also notable is the fact Incredibles 2 director Brad Bird said last month that his film would come out before Cars 3, but that's obviously not the case.

The Incredibles 2 and Cars 3 were previously announced in March 2014.

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Star Wars Rebels Executive Producer and Cast Tease Season 2

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:30

Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels premiered in June but took an immediate reak. It's almost time for the animated series to return, and executive producer Dave Filoni and cast members Sarah Michelle Gellar (Seventh Sister), Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) joined moderator Pablo Hidalgo at New York Comic Con to discuss what's ahead for Ahsoka, Ezra, and the crew of the Ghost. The answer is mostly more trouble.

Ahsoka is on Darth Vader's list. He's focusing his energy and resources on finding her and using her to find other remaining Jedi. A new Season 2 trailer revealed that the Empire, assisted by Inquisitors such as the Seventh Sister and Fifth Brother is actively searching for Force-sensitive children. Filoni said of Season 1, "The Inquisitor that they

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New Star Wars Rebels: S2 Trailer and Clip Released

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:28

Couldn't make it to today's Star Wars Rebels panel at New York Comic-Con? Don't worry. Now you can see the exclusive sneak peek at the second season that attendees were treated to by watching the official videos below!

First up is the new trailer for Season 2, followed by a new clip of Ezra at the mercy of the Empire’s new Inquisitor, who will stop at nothing until she gets information on Ahsoka Tano’s whereabouts.

On hand at NYCC to promote the Disney XD animated series were Dave Filoni (executive producer), Taylor Gray (“Ezra Bridger”), Ashley Eckstein (“Ahsoka Tano”) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Seventh Sister”).

For all things Star Wars, keep it locked to IGN!

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12 Monkeys: What to Expect in Season 2

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:19

An enthusiastic New York crowd welcomed the cast and creator of the SyFy original series to New York Comic Con 2015. In attendance were Aaron Stanford (James Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Barbara Sukowa (Dr. Jones), Emily Hampshire (Jennifer Goines), Todd Stashwick (Deacon) and creator Terry Matalas.

The charm of the show lies in following the complicated timelines, mysteries and character arcs, and while the panelists didn't offer too many spoilers for Season 2, there were some interesting developments mentioned that should make the new year even more of a wild ride. Attendees were treated to a preview of scenes from the upcoming season that featured plenty of action and tense moments, but the most intriguing aspects were the host of different period costumes and locations crammed into the reel.

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BvS: LexCorp Viral Site Launches With New Video

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:14

The viral marketing for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is officially underway leading up to the DC movie's March 2016 release, and it's being led by the film's villain, Lex Luthor.

Warner Bros. has launched a viral site for LexCorp, which reveals the tech firm's plans for a better tomorrow involves offering consumers a new operating system. Check it out:

Could the operating system be part of Luthor's evil plot in BvS? How very Skynet/Terminator Genisys of him if that's the case!

This launch comes on the heels of LexCorp offering free wi-fi to attendees at this week's New York Comic-Con, as well as Luthor's exclusive interview with Fortune magazine.

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App Store Update: October 8

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:00

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

Dust: An Elysian Tail – ($5.99)

From our Review of the Xbox 360 Version: I've always believed that 2D got pushed aside before its time had truly come. New tech arrived and forced things forward, leaving us to wonder what kinds of two-dimensional games might have been made with more powerful hardware to back them. Dust: An Elysian Tail, is a great example of such a game. Hand-drawn and animated by one lone developer, it's a beautifully penned love letter to fans of the Metroidvania sub-genre. Whether you play for an absorbing story, exciting combat, or the joy of exploration, Dust has you covered.

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Daily Deals: Halo 5 Bundle, Metal Gear Solid V For Xbox One, Mad Men Box Set

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 13:55

Amazon Prime Members Can Get Some Good Halo 5 Deals

The release of Halo 5 approaches, and if you haven't yet taken advantage of a pre-order deal, or bought an Xbox One yet, Amazon has compelling offers for Prime members. And if you don't have Amazon Prime, sign up for a 30-day free trial - you can always cancel after your copy of Halo shows up on the 20th.

F. Gary Gray Is Directing Fast and Furious 8

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 13:53

Straight Outta Compton filmmaker F. Gary Gray will direct The Fast and The Furious 8.

Gray made the announcement on his Facebook page, after reports surfaced that he was the frontrunner to helm Furious 8. "I could not have asked for better partners than Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz,

the Universal Studios Entertainment family," he said.

"Together we are excited to bring you the next chapter in the Fast & Furious saga. #FastFamily"

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Facebook 'Reactions' Add Emoji Options to the 'Like' Button

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 12:59

Facebook developers have heard the demands of users and are preparing to roll out a new feature to provide more context to the "Like" button.

Called Reactions, this feature adds several emojis to Facebook's iconic thumbs-up symbol that can be used in place of a binary "Like." With six total, these Reactions feature love, laughter, excitement, surprise, sadness, and anger. Any of these six can be used in place of the "Like," expressing different emotions that may be more suited for a particular post than a simple thumbs-up.

Tech Crunch reports Reactions will begin testing in Spain and Ireland, two countries selected as the best forms of a closed test group due to their generally dedicated national base and numbers showing fewer international friends.

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Disney Retires Nearly 100 Mobile Games

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 12:47

Disney has announced that it is retiring nearly a hundred of its games and apps across mobile and PC.

Affected games include Star Wars: Tiny Death Star and Star Wars: Assault Team, whose retirement was discovered this week, as well as other notable titles such as Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: Le Chuck's Revenge for iOS and a number of Marvel titles.

"Although the decision was difficult to make, this will allow us to focus on building new and more engaging games," Disney says on a help page on its website. Many of the retired games are based on older Disney films, so it's likely that Disney may want to shift its focus to more recent properties.

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Jessica Jones Teaser Introduces Purple Man

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 12:31

A new trailer for Marvel's Jessica Jones has just launched, providing a sneak peek at David Tennant as Purple Man.

Give it a look below.

Jessica Jones joins Marvel's Daredevil as the second of four live-action comic book adaptations coming exclusively to Netflix. Two other series are in the works, including one centered around Luke Cage and another on Iron Fist.

Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 1 will hit Netflix on November 20, and stars Krysten Ritter, who plays a former superhero who's traded in her costume to work as a private investigator. For more on the upcoming series, be sure to check out this additional teaser, where Jessica Jones uses her powers to get to work.

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Worlds: League of Legends’ Group Stage Opens With Chaos

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:49

The first week of the League of Legends World Championships have finished up, and hoo-boy were we not prepared for the chaos that ensued. The group stage’s first week was chock-full of upsets, teams playing well beyond their strength, and a slew of moments that left the audience in Paris in shock and awe.

Let’s break down everything that went down.

Coming into the World Championship tournament, Counter Logic Gaming fans were hopeful their team would finally live up to its long-held potential. After the first week of play, it seems that faith wasn’t entirely unfounded. Finishing 2-1, CLG brought down Taiwan’s Flash Wolves and Brazil’s paiN Gaming in intelligently played, controled games. After their first two games of the week, CLG looked like a strong contender for a deep run into the tournament.

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Neverwinter: Strongholds Coming to Xbox One Later This Year

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:00

MMO Neverwinter's Strongholds expansion is coming to Xbox One on November 3, 2015.

The seventh expansion of the free-to-play action MMORPG introduces guild housing, large-scale PvP and the Dragonflight co-op event.

“As in the simulation style of Dungeons & Dragons, Strongholds gives players the chance to grow with their guild and gives members a new home to forge their legend following the Tyranny of Dragons and Elemental Evil,” said Rob Overmeyer, executive producer.

“Strongholds gives our Neverwinter players the ability to take their guild’s story and make it legend while providing an all-new competitive mode where they defend their guild hall from invading threats. Strongholds gives us a great foundation upon which we can tell more Dungeons & Dragons stories in the future.”

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