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New Rogue One Stormtrooper, AT-AT Type Revealed

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 14:53

A new type of Stormtrooper was revealed today in the new key art for the upcoming Star Wars Celebration in London. Additionally, a new type of AT-AT, the AT-ACT was also revealed.

Also in the art is a better look at the Deathtroopers seen in the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer.

The AT-ACT is an abbreviation of "all-terrain armored cargo transport." The reveal came as part of the starwars.com weekly Star Wars show.

The Shoretrooper joins a long list of Stormtroopers already in the official Star Wars canon.

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Daily Deals: Overwatch, Quantum Break, Xbox One With Six Games, Witcher 3

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 14:36

Extract Yourself a $24 Copy of Metal Gear Solid V

MGS V: The Phantom Pain was one of last year's very best games (we gave it a rare 10 out of 10), and Amazon currently has used PS4 copies going for only $24. If you must have a new copy, those are only $30 as well, but they are backordered, so you might be waiting a few days for your supply drop.

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Is Far Harbor Better Than Fallout 4?

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 14:03

How does Far Harbor stack up to Fallout 4's main quest? Jared, Miranda, and Brendan talk about the open structure and moral ambiguity of the new DLC, plus fog, monsters, and of course a little Undertale. Enjoy your apocalypse!

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Game of Thrones: Photos Released from Next Episode

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 14:02

The focus is on Braavos and King's Landing in the latest batch of Game of Thrones imagery.

HBO has released six new photos from Season 6, episode 6 "Blood of My Blood." It seems like Margaery Tyrell's trial is imminent, as the High Sparrow brings her out of her dark cell and into the light in front of the Sept of Baelor. Also in the images are stills of Jaime Lannister and Tommen Baratheon.

On the other side of the world, the Girl Formerly Known as Arya Stark seems to be enjoying a performance by the mummers, while viewers get a new photo of Lady Crane. There's also a still of Daenerys Targaryen and Daario Naharis looking pretty pleased together as they seemingly lead the Dothraki to Meereen.

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IGN Presents the History of Awesome: 2009

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:45

Welcome back to IGN's History of Awesome - a year-long look back at all the coolest and most influential games, movies, TV shows, comic books, toys, and tech that have shaped pop culture, and shaped the lives of an entire generation. Up this week is 2009, the year of great video game sequels: Uncharted 2, Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed 2, and Left 4 Dead 2. It was an awesome year for other games, too, like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Minecraft.

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Destiny's Iron Banner Restored After Emergency Patch Issued

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:19

Earlier this week, Bungie issued its latest emergency patch for Destiny, fixing an exploit in which players could receive unlimited heavy weapon ammo.

The developer cancelled its scheduled Trials of Osiris event and put its weekly Iron Banner on hold until the issue could be resolved. With Destiny all patched up, Bungie has granted Lord Saladin clearance in the Tower. Destiny's Iron Banner event is live now and will run until the next weekly reset, which typically happens every Tuesday morning at 2am PT.

Players who participate in the event's playlist—which, this week, is Control—can earn a bunch of new weapons and armor pieces. Gauntlets, chest pieces, sidearms, and fusion rifles are available from Lord Saladin and as post-match drops. Exclusive armor is available for PlayStation 4 users.

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The Americans: Final Two Seasons Announced

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:59

The Americans has been renewed for two final seasons, FX Productions has announced.

The series will receive a 13-episode fifth season next year, which will be followed by a concluding 10-episode sixth season in 2018. In addition, the network has closed new deals with series showrunners and executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields to create their next project.

Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings and Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings in The Americans.

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Beauty and the Beast Teaser Debut Beats Force Awakens

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:52

The teaser trailer for Disney's upcoming Beauty and the Beast live-action adaptation pulled in more views during its first day than any other film.

According to Disney (via The Hollywood Reporter), the teaser pulled in a whopping 91.8 million views during its first 24 hours, eclipsing Star Wars: The Force Awakens' teaser, which was the prior record holder with 88 million views.

Right behind The Force Awakens is the trailer for Marvel Studios' recently released Captain America: Civil War, which now stands in third place with 61 million views. The second Force Awakens teaser is fourth with 55 million views and Avengers: Age of Ultron rounds out the top five with 34 million.

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Wolverine 3 Villains Rumored

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:51

Hugh Jackman will face off against an original villain played by Boyd Holbrook in his final Wolverine film, but Holbrook's character isn't the only bad guy according to a new report.

Spoiler warning: The following information could reveal plot details for Wolverine 3.

A group of criminal cyborgs called the Reavers will reportedly appear in Wolverine 3, a source close to the film's production has told Nerdist. Assembled under the leadership of major X-Men bad guy Donald Pierce in the comics, the Reavers are programmed to eliminate mutants.

Jekyll and Hyde actor Richard E. Grant is said to be playing a mad scientist in Wolverine 3. His role has mostly been kept secret, but Nerdist is speculating he could be playing Pierce.

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Pokemon GO Battle Mechanics, Gym Details Revealed

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:47

As Pokemon GO's early testing begins in the United States, The Pokemon Company and developer Niantic revealed new information about the upcoming mobile game.

The augmented reality game will allow players to find and capture over 100 different Pokemon. Players use Poke Balls to catch Pokemon; players will throw them at Pokemon, and hope it stays shut. Poke Balls and other "special" items are available at PokeStops—which are located at "interesting" public spots like art installations and historical monuments.

Pokemon GO players can engage in gym battles as part of one of three teams. Gyms, like PokeStops, are located in real-world locations.

Gyms are up for grabs in Pokemon GO. Players use their captured Pokemon to battle with other Pokemon assigned to other's gyms, and have the chance to claim it for their own once the gym's prestige level reaches zero. The claimant must then assign their own Pokemon to the gym and battle others to restore its prestige.

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Disney Considering Live-Action Little Mermaid

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:47

A live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid from Disney may be on the way, as the studio is currently exploring the possibility.

According to Deadline, Disney executives are "in the early stages of reviving" the beloved fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The outlet notes that "initial discussions have also taken place with major producers, including some with a strong connection to the studio."

Disney has been particularly aggressive these past few years in adapting fairy tales for live-action. Most recently, the studio released Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book to much critical acclaim (a sequel to that film is already in development). And earlier this week, the studio also debuted the first teaser trailer for its upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation, which stars Emma Watson as Belle.

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Starz Moving Ash vs Evil Dead, Black Sails, Outlander to Sundays

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:46

Sundays are about to become even busier for TV viewers, as Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz, is moving the network's entire original programming slate from Saturday to Sunday nights.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the likes of Outlander, Black Sails, Ash vs Evil Dead and the remainder of Starz' original series will be moving.

"Saturdays have worked so well that we feel our shows are going to be able to stand up on the most watched night of the week," said Albrecht.

The switch means they'll be going to a particularly busy and talked about night of TV, airing against the likes of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, but THR says Albrecht believes the risk "is worth being part of the Sunday night conversation."

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WWE Smackdown Going Live, Moving Nights

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:46

WWE SmackDown is moving to Tuesday nights starting July 19, and for the first time ever, the show will air live each week. WWE also has revealed that SmackDown will now feature its own distinct cast from WWE RAW, along with "unique storylines, and a dedicated writing team."

This gives USA Network five hours of live WWE programming each week, including RAW. WWE will soon feature a new Superstar draft storyline that will divide the roster between the two shows, harkening back to the old days when the two shows had a much more distinct split and draft scenarios were commonplace.

In recent years, almost all of WWE's notable storyline swerves and big moments occurred on RAW, with SmackDown perceived as a show where little of significance occurred - only amplified due to it taping on Tuesdays and airing on Thursdays, meaning it was easy to read spoilers posted from those who were in attendance in the arenas where it was filmed. Making SmackDown live, with its own group of wrestlers, looks to be pushing the show in a much bigger way again and making it a much more important part of WWE's weekly programming.

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GoT Showrunners Apologize for Unintentional Meme Consequences

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:42

Spoilers for Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, "The Door," continue below. Read on at your own risk.

Game of Thrones' showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss know they've crossed a line that can never be uncrossed. They've done something permanent on their show that is going to be stuck in pop culture forever. If you missed the news, "Hodor" = "Hold The Door."

"We'd like to apologize for Sunday's episode," Weiss said in a pre-taped video on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Benioff added, "Not for killing Hodor -- we kill a lot of main characters ... We're sorry for all the idiots that, from now on, will be shouting 'Hodor!' every time you go through a door."

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Bleszinski Says Epic Thought Gears of War Was a 'Fluke'

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:00

Boss Key Productions co-founder Cliff Bleszinski has shed light on why he left Epic Games, discussing his frustration with the company, as many thought Gears of War was "kind of a fluke."

"It's simple: a big Chinese company comes along and I had a chunk of ownership at Epic and they buy out 40 percent of it without any strings attached," Bleszinski said on the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered when asked why he retired.

"Epic at the time, and I say this very carefully because they've really kind of changed into their own entity.... But at the time there was this whole like 'Gears was kind of a fluke,' you know, and I could pitch any idea to the company and inevitably I'd have somebody in my office going 'I don't buy it.'"

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8 Big Changes From Justice League's Darkseid War Finale

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:00

DC's massive "Darkseid War" storyline wrapped up in the pages of Justice League #50 today, and it was a doozy. This comic introduced a number of big changes to the DCU that will impact both heroes and villains leading into DC Rebirth. We're breaking down the eight key developments below.

Art by Jason Fabok

Beware of spoilers for Justice League #50!

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Smaller Xbox Reportedly Coming in 2016, More Powerful 'Scorpio' in 2017

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:55

Reports say Microsoft is going to be releasing two new Xbox One models over the next two years.

According to Kotaku, three anonymous sources have spoken about a smaller, cheaper Xbox One which will release this year, with one of the sources saying it will contain a larger 2TB hard drive.

Next year, we'll reportedly be getting a more powerful version of the Xbox One, codenamed "Scorpio," with a better GPU that can handle 4K resolutions. Sources say there are no current plans to upgrade the I/O speed of the console in addition to the GPU, which could mean longer load times.

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Major Tragedy Strikes DC's Heroes

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:00

As DC rebirth kicks off this week, DC is bidding farewell to the New 52, and not everyone is making it out unscathed.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Superman #52 and DC Universe Rebirth #1!

Even if you've been avoiding the leaked spoilers for DC Universe Rebirth #1, it shouldn't come as any great shock that Superman #52 features the death of the Man of Steel. After all, it''s the final chapter in a crossover called "The Final Days of Superman," and the conflict has revolved around Superman trying to put his affairs in order before his dying body finally gives out.

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Captain America's New Comic Reveals a Shocking Change

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:00

In today’s Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 by writer Nick Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz, we learned a shocking secret about Captain America Steve Rogers.

Warning: this article contains full spoilers for Captain America: Steve Rogers #1!

While on a mission to stop Baron Zemo, Steve Rogers (once again suited up as Captain America after having his super soldier abilities returned in Avengers Standoff) unexpectedly threw his teammate, Jack Flag, out of a jet, before declaring, “Hail Hydra.”

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine Review

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:00

We're told that The Blood and Wine expansion for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt marks the last great ride of Geralt of Rivia, so far as developer CD Projekt Red is concerned. I like to think there are signs that this isn't the case, as much of its storyline revolves around the return of a friend long thought permanently lost. But even if it is, it's about as good as a sendoff as we could ask for. The sun may shine brighter here than it ever has for the Butcher of Blaviken, and there's a undercurrent of hope that's been lost in the flood of despair in previous entries, but fittingly enough, above all this is a tale of the pain of letting go.

Most of the expansion's strength comes from the way it makes a clean break with the rest of The Witcher 3, shuttling us far from the corpse piles of Velen and the gray gloom of Skellige mere moments after accepting the relevant quest from a message board. The destination is Toussaint, a lovely place of rolling hills carpeted with vineyards and bathed in a warm light that seems to chase away the blues. It's a smart shift, as it avoids any guilt that Geralt should be busying himself with the bigger issues of the region (as was sometimes the case in Hearts of Stone). In sunny Toussaint, Geralt is just a famous witcher with no urgent need to save the world hanging over his head, and in the context of an expansion the tale is all the better for it.

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