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Sony Pictures Announces Ghostbusters Animated TV Series

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 17:43

Sony Pictures Animation will expand the upcoming spectral footprint of the Ghostbusters franchise with a new animated television series called Ghostbusters: Ecto Force.

The "younger-skewing" animated show will take place in 2050 and center on the newest generation of Ghostbusters. Ghostbusters: Ecto Force will travel the world as the team fights ghosts using the latest and greatest "cool gear." Ghostbusters executive producer Ivan Reitman will spearhead the project alongside his production team from Ghost Corps.

Sony Pictures Animation is aiming for an "early 2018" debut for Ghostbusters: Ecto Force.

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Let's Talk About That EPIC Game of Thrones

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 17:09

Warning: Full spoilers for Game of Thrones' ninth Season 6 episode, "Battle of the Bastards," below.

Game of Thrones usually goes big in the ninth episode of each season, but Season 6 was a bit different, with a very quiet, introspective episode that... Oh, wait, no, THE BIGGEST BATTLE EVER happened!

So let's jump into it, as we talk about all of the spectacle in "Battle of the Bastards":

This week's Dragons on the Wall topics include:

-The battle scenes and why they were so thrilling on both a fantasy and war story level

-Sansa's big scenes here and how they showed how she's changed

-The Meereen scenes and Dany rising to power like never before

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9 Craziest E3 Press Conference Moments

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 16:34

Every year at E3 some of the most legendary game makers come together to show us their perfect visions of their upcoming projects, along with perfect playthroughs and presentations calculated to whip us into a frenzy they hope will last until launch day.

And sometimes, well, it doesn't work out that way. Equipment fails, presenters forget their lines, and awkward silences stand in for what should have been rapturous applause.

This is a celebration of 9 of the craziest E3 press conference moments in history.

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Twitch Brings CFAA and Trademark Claim Against Bot Operators

Slashdot.org - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 15:50
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Techdirt: I think most people agree that bots that drive up viewer/follower counts on various social media systems are certainly a nuisance, but are they illegal? Amazon-owned Twitch has decided to find out. On Friday, the company filed a lawsuit against seven individuals/organizations that are in the business of selling bots. Twitch's lawsuit uses a CFAA claim and a trademark claim. The CFAA is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which was put in place in the 1980s in response to the movie War Games and is supposed to be used to punish "hackers" who break into secure computer systems. Techdirt reports: "It's a pretty big stretch to argue that bots accessing your open website that anyone can visit requires some kind of specific "authorization." Yes, cheating bots are annoying. And yes, they can be seen as a problem. But that doesn't mean that Twitch should be trying to expand the definition of the CFAA to include accessing an open website in a way the site doesn't like. The trademark claim is also somewhat troubling, though not as much. No one is visiting the sites of these bot makers and assuming that they're endorsed by Twitch. I mean, they're all pretty clear that their entire purpose is to inflate viewers/followers on Twitch, which is clearly something that Twitch is against. Twitch doesn't need to use either of these claims, and it's disappointing that they and their lawyers have chosen to do so. This is not to say that bots and fake followers are okay. But these kinds of cases can set really bad precedents when a company like Twitch decides to over-claim things in a way that harms the wider tech and internet industry."

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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Returns on Wii U Virtual Console

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 14:44

Those who have a Pokemon itch thanks to the previews for upcoming titles in the series shown at E3 will get a chance to scratch it this week. Three Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games will be added to the Wii U Virtual Console this Thursday, June 23.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, Blue Rescue Team and Explorers of Sky will all be made available for Wii U owners on the Nintendo eShop. At this time, no pricing has been listed for these titles.

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Penny Dreadful Has Come to An End

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 14:36

Showtime has announced that their horror series Penny Dreadful has come to an end. There had been suspiciously little news about a fourth season of the show and when Sunday night's Season 3 finale concluded with the words “The End” on screen, viewers were left uncertain if this meant what it seemed to mean, but now it’s official – the period piece drama won’t be back.

Penny Dreadful creator John Logan released a statement on the show ending - though if you haven’t seen the Season 3 finale, be warned, what he says is somewhat spoilery.

Said Logan, “I created Penny Dreadful to tell the story of a woman grappling with her faith, and with the demons inside her. For me the character of Vanessa Ives is the heart of this series. From the beginning, I imagined her story would unfold over a three-season arc, ending with Vanessa finally – and triumphantly – finding peace as she returns to her faith. To have had fans that have embraced us so passionately has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my career. This has been a very personal project for me and I will be forever grateful to have worked with the incredible cast led by Eva, Josh and Tim, our amazing Irish crew, and with our wonderful partners at Showtime and Sky.”

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24: Legacy, Prison Break, More 20th Century Fox Series Coming to SDCC 2016

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 14:10

20th Century Fox is bringing 13 new and returning television series to San Diego Comic-Con this year, featuring presentations of new footage, pilot screenings, panels and more highlighting its upcoming TV slate.

Fans can get a first look at two returning Fox properties at SDCC 2016, including a panel for 24: Legacy featuring new stars Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits and producers Howard Gordon, Manny Coto and Evan Katz

The return of Prison Break will also be showcased with new footage from the Fox series' revival, while stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies and Robert Knepper, as well as producer Vaun Wilmott will be on hand to discuss the show.

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Injustice 2 Will Have 'More Aggressive' Approach to DLC

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 14:05

Injustice 2 will feature plenty of additional characters following the game's launch, as NetherRealm creative director Ed Boon has confirmed the studio is taking a "more aggressive" approach when it comes to DLC.

"One of the things we’ve been doing, trying to do more and more with every game… is to support it for a longer period of time," Boon told IGN. "With DLC characters, we’ve had four with Mortal Kombat, six with Injustice, eight with Mortal Kombat X, and with Injustice 2 we plan on continuing that pattern," he added, noting "it will certainly be more aggressive than we’ve been in the past."

Boon also spoke to the game's new gear system—which allows the player to customize their character—suggesting the team is considering a pay-to-unlock model for those who don't have the time to earn all of the rewards by just playing the game.

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GoT: Iwan Rheon on Ramsay's Lasting Impact on Sansa

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 14:01

Full spoilers for Game of Thrones continue below.

The bastard of House Bolton finally met his end in Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, "Battle of the Bastards." Ramsay Bolton, nee Snow, has done many, many terrible things throughout the years, but after mutilating Theon, raping Sansa and killing his own father, he's finally been unseated as the Warden of the North.

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The Flash: Grant Gustin Confirms Season 3 Premiere Title

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 13:00

The premiere episode of The Flash: Season 3 will be titled "Flashpoint," series star Grant Gustin has revealed.

The actor who plays Barry Allen/The Flash on The CW's hit show shared the title in a post on Twitter, after receiving permission from producer Greg Berlanti.

FLASHPOINT. This is not drill. https://t.co/nzq2NJh9pl

— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) June 20, 2016

Flashpoint was the title of an alternate timeline event series published by DC Comics in 2011, which led into DC's New 52 relaunch of its comic book lineup. The event series was previously adapted as an animated movie, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, in 2013.

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Penny Dreadful: Series Finale Review

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:12

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

This is a review of the Season 3 finale, "The Blessed Dark." For my review of the penultimate episode, "Perpetual Night," click here.

So here's some news that might not come as a surprise to those who've watched the Penny Dreadful: Season 3 finale. That was, indeed, the series finale. The absolute end of the show. Showtime just confirmed as such, though it's not like Vanessa being killed off the the words "The End" appearing right at the end as we heard John Clare reading a Wordsworth poem exactly signaled that things were likely to continue.

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Nintendo NX Will Not Be a Digital-Only Console

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:05

The upcoming Nintendo NX will use some form of physical media, according to game retailer GameStop.

In last month's investor earnings call (transcribed by Yahoo and spotted by GamingBolt), GameStop CEO Paul Raines responded to a question about the console's rumored switch from optical discs to cartridges by saying, "It will have physical media, we will play a role in it, our pre-owned business will also play a role. So we're excited about that."

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Out This Week: Mighty No. 9, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:00

With so many new games and movies coming out, it can be hard to keep up. Lucky for you, IGN is here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest releases each and every week. Check out the latest releases for this week, and be sure to come back next Monday for a new update.

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

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Kojima Productions 'Very Close' to Full Production on Death Stranding

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:31

Once Hideo Kojima's Kojima Productions decides on its game engine, Death Stranding will enter full production.

There are currently two candidates, Kojima told Eurogamer. "We are getting to a very good point about how we are feeling about the visuals so we are very close to making a decision on the game engine," he said. "And once that is decided, we will be in full production."

Death Stranding's E3 teaser trailer was made using one of the two candidates. "For the new game elements I want to try, you always want to make it and then evaluate and iterate—and those we are doing on the other game engine candidate," Kojima added.

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Hasbro Has Made a Chewbacca Mom Action Figure

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:08

Hasbro has immortalized the viral Internet fame of Chewbacca Mom in the form of a specially made action figure.

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner presented Candace Payne (Chewbacca Mom herself) with the custom action figure at Hasbro's HQ last week.

Brian Goldner unveiled Candace Payne’s very own custom #ChewbaccaMom action figure @ Hasbro HQ! #HasbroStarWars pic.twitter.com/aTpQaCp1XW

— Hasbro (@HasbroNews) June 17, 2016

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Another Report Suggests a PS4 Neo Release This Year

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:59

After a previous report suggested PS4 Neo will see a release by September, another source has claimed knowledge of a 2016 launch for Sony's mid-generation upgrade.

Sony decided not to show the console at E3, despite confirming its existence the week before the LA event, which led some to believe it might be further away than previously expected.

However, Eurogamer's Richard Leadbetter has now said that, "several sources have indicated to me that PlayStation Neo launches this year, despite its E3 no-show."

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Daily Deals: Astro Gaming Headsets, Batman: Arkham Knight, Corsair Components

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:29

Astro Gaming Headset Sale

If you're in the market for a high quality, multiplatform gaming headset, the official Astro store has some of its most popular models marked well below MSRP. Use code IGNDEAL to save $50 on any of the headsets below. Also, you should know that each of the A50s will work on all gaming consoles as well as PC and Mac. The Xbox One version just includes a headset adapter for the old Xbox One controller with the proprietary headphone port.

Hacker Taunts Blizzard After Knocking Gamers Offline

Slashdot.org - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:23
Reader itwbennett writes: A person nicknamed AppleJ4ck, who has been previously been linked to Lizard Squad, a group notorious for DDoS attacks against gaming platforms, including the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, has taken credit for server outages affecting gaming giant Blizzard (Alternate source: ZDNet) Monday morning. The outages led to authentication lockouts for gamers attempting to access Overwatch, Hearth Stone, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Heroes of the Stone, and others. During the outage, AppleJ4ck said Monday's problems were just a test, promising more outages in the future.

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A Lot of Halo Merchandise Is Coming

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:06

343 Industries has announced new global licensed partners coming to Halo, and that means a lot of Halo merchandise is coming your way.

Over the coming years, we'll be getting new plush products, comics, toys, and much more.

Here's the full list of new partners from Xbox Wire:

  • AC Worldwide: 30cm tall Bluetooth speakers in the shape of Halo characters (U.S., Canada, Europe).
  • Bensons Trading Company: show bag novelty items including key rings, sippers, balls, inflatables, backpacks, stickers, temporary tattoos, mugs and cups, drink bottles and more (Australia, New Zealand)
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Fallout 4 Is Having Trouble With Mods on PS4

IGN.com - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 09:47

It looks like Bethesda is having some trouble preparing for the upcoming PS4 private mod beta for Fallout 4.

Mods came to the Xbox One version of Fallout 4 last month following the launch of the Far Harbor DLC, and are expected to land on PS4 next month. However Bethesda has outlined three known issues.

"PC textures are used," reads the first. "Memory and performance issues may occur. We are working with Sony on optimal texture exporting support in a future update."

Next, sound files are currently not supported due to Sony using a proprietary sound format. Bethesda and Sony will be working on sound processing support for a future update.

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