Hyperloop, the high speed transportation system first announced by entrepreneur Elon Musk, is one step closer to becoming a reality.
According to CNBC, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has signed an agreement with a central California developer to build a 5-mile stretch of test track along Interstate 5.
Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of the JumpStartFund, the non-profit that created Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, told CNBC "it's time to take the Hyperloop from concept and design and build the first one."
The project is estimated to run in the neighborhood of $100 million USD-- and that's just the test track. The fully realized Hyperloop will cost between $6 and $7.5 billion.
In yesterday's Catwoman #39, Selina Kyle kissed Eiko Hasigawa, confirming that she is bisexual.
Catwoman series writer Genevieve Valentine took to her blog to say that she had been building to "establishing Selina as canon bisexual" for a while, adding that Selina has "flirted around it – often quite literally – for years now" and "this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation."
With the new James Bond film headed to theaters at the end of the year, we're starting to get some first looks at what we can expect from SPECTRE, including a new behind-the-scenes video blog and images of Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx.
Today, the official 007 website dropped a new video blog with director Sam Mendes, featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, and Ben Whishaw as Q. Check it out:
"The reasons I'm doing a second Bond movie are the reasons I do any movie really, which is all to do with the story. And in this movie, SPECTRE, what you have is a movie entirely driven by Bond," said Mendes, explaining why he returned to the franchise after Skyfall. "It's about whether or not to pursue the life he's always pursued, whether he matters, and is he going to continue or not. You're going to have to come see the movie to find out whether he does."
Square Enix and DeNA have announced that the mobile Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, is coming to North America spring 2015.
Billed as the "ultimate Final Fantasy experience," it spans the entire Final Fantasy universe, letting players relive moments from all previous installments while building a team from a roster of classic characters that includes favorites such as Tidus, Lightning, and Cloud. The gameplay utilizes the Final Fantasy Active Time Battle (ATB) system and takes its players through a series of classic moments presented with an all-new story.
Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is currently in development for iOS and Android, and will be available as a free download in the App Store and Google Play. If interested, fans can pre-register for Record Keeper at its official website.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Secret Origins #10!
There's apparently more than one version of Batgirl running around the New 52 universe these days. This week, DC's Secret Origins #10 examined the origin of Barbara Gordon in the New 52 continuity. It turns out that in addition the regular, flesh and blood Barbara, there's a digitized version of her mind that believes itself to be the one, true Batgirl. And it's determined to get rid of this "impostor" at all costs.
The cool and creepy Penny Dreadful is back soon and IGN has the exclusive debut of two new posters for Season 2.
Check out these new images of Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and his infamous Creature (Rory Kinnear), as more macabre delights await.
In a recent interview, Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Director Hajime Tabata admitted to being surprised by the amount of fan demand for the PSP game to get a western release.
"I was very surprised by the level of demand. In a lot of ways, that's the reason we decided to do this HD remaster and release it outside of Japan," Tabata told Square Enix Community Manager Dan Seto. Tabata went on to explain his feelings on how important the fulfillment of fan demand was, saying he doesn't "think there's been any example where Square Enix has gone out and released a game purely on demand and the calls of the fans of the game. It was a very important thing."
Reddit users will soon be able to get official support for their Xbox troubles without needing to leave reddit. An official account has been set up to provide customer support for Xbox users.
Unlike the seemingly infinite supply of reddit experts who chime in on threads, Xbox_Support is an officially sanctioned account set up to help Xbox users. "They are official MS employees," Rlight added.
Warning: Beware of spoilers for Uncanny Avengers #2!
After revealing that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch aren't the children of Magneto in last year's comic book mini-series Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, writer Rick Remender is now shedding more light on the real origins of these two characters. As revealed in Uncanny Avengers #2 yesterday, it turns out the two heroes are not mutants and were actually created by the Marvel villain known as the High Evolutionary.
Netherrealm has shared what's included in the Kombat Pack, the DLC bundle that comes with the Mortal Kombat X Kollector's Edition.
The Kombat Pack will include four additional fighters who are still in development. It will also include extra skins, though Netherrealm didn't clarify how many.
If you don't purchase the MKX special edition, you can still purchase the Kombat Pack separately. No standalone price was given.
Brutalities are returning to MKX, if pummeling enemies into goo is your thing.
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Brutalities are coming to Mortal Kombat X, Netherrealm revealed today in a livestream.
In a short demo between fighters Cassie Cage and Quan Chi, Cage pounced on her foe and pounded him senseless before smashing his head into a pile of red goop.
Netherrealm says there are over 100 brutalities in the game. Unlike in previous games, brutalities aren't triggered by long, complicated button presses. They are enabled by certain conditions, such as winning a round with a throw.
Co-creator of Mortal Kombat, Ed Boon, teased brutalities on Twitter a few days ago.
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From Blumhouse Productions -- the micro-budget movie company that brought you Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Purge -- comes The Lazarus Effect, a resurrection horror film directed by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) and starring Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Donald Glover and Sarah Bolger.
The film follows a group of researchers on the brink of creating a serum that will bring the dead back to life and give people "the second chance they deserve," according to the project's leaders Frank (Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Wilde). But after a successful trial on a dead dog, the team's research is confiscated by a generic "evil corporation" led by a smarmy Sam Wise (who is promptly never seen again). Left with no other options, the researchers decide to duplicate the experiment, only this time -- after a devastating mishap -- they use a human subject. As these things go, the results are... undesirable.
Yesterday, Robert Downey Jr. revealed his Iron Man character poster for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. And now Mark Ruffalo has tweeted out his own character poster for Hulk! Check it out:
Here's your first look at the official Hulk poster for @Avengers Age of Ultron! pic.twitter.com/R3UafYJwQa
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 26, 2015
Also check out the full-size poster below. We'll be adding new posters to this slideshow as they debut over the coming days:
Earlier this week, CBS and Warner Bros. announced that Calista Flockhart would play Cat Grant in the upcoming Supergirl TV show. Now, two more classic DC Comics characters have been cast: David Harewood (Homeland, Selfie) will play Hank Henshaw, and Chyler Leigh (Grey's Anatomy, Taxi Brooklyn) will play Alexandra "Alex" Danvers. Both actors will appear in regular roles.
More than 50% of this week's new releases are Donkey Kong games, thanks to Nintendo of America finally releasing Donkey Kong Country 1, 2, and 3 on Wii U Virtual Console and Donkey Kong Land 1, 2, and 3 on 3DS Virtual Console. With the launch of all three DKC games, our long national nightmare is over, as the trilogy were removed from the Wii Virtual Console two years ago. Now, all is right with the ape world as six Donkey Kong games from the '90s are now on Wii U and 3DS. Also, Ironfall Invasion, the interesting third-person shooter that takes advantage of the New 3DS, is out in America this week. It has a free demo that might be worth checking out.
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Some data mining done on a patch for Build 8036 for Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft may have leaked some new forthcoming content.
The alleged information recovered points to an achievement called "brm presale," as well as three card backs for Ragnaros, Molten Core, and Golden Celebration. Hearthstone fansite Hearthhead speculates this could point to a possible upcoming Blackrock Mountain adventure, and posits that the Golden Celebration card backs could be used to celebrate Hearthstone's 1-year anniversary.
Blizzard has not confirmed or even announced anything about a Blackrock Mountain-themed adventure, although another reported leak has claimed that the next expansion for Hearthstone could release in April. Whether or not these two are connected remains unkown. IGN has reached out to Blizzard for comment.
In its weekly update today, Bungie revealed a new type of Crucible game mode coming March 3.
Called "Inferno" playlists, senior designer Leif Johansen revealed that the first mode will be Inferno Control. Johansen said that it will be an experience "that’s more about basic gunplay," and achieving "more with less."
He goes on to explain what he describes as the most important change being made for the new mode: the removal of the tracker.
"We’re hoping this change will provoke players to rely even more on certain skills," he said, skills like map knowledge, teamwork, positioning, flanking maneuvers, setting ambushes, paying closer attention to audio cues, and "using friendly nameplate UI as clues toward enemy position."
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Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to be buried alive?
Probably not, because that's an awful, horrible experience. Still, for the brave and adventurous among you, a new virtual reality game might help you live your deathly fantasies.
It's called Taphobos, which stems from Taphophobia -- the fear of being buried alive. Kill Screen spotted the project, which was the result of a two-day "hackathon" at the University of Nottingham.