Step into the past – into 1692 to be exact, in Salem Village, Massachusetts, where the infamous witch trials were taking place. Over 200 hundred citizens were accused of being involved with witchcraft, and about ten percent of the accused were executed. We know some history about the earthshaking event, but we don't know it all. What if it went beyond what was written in black and white and stretched into the actual supernatural realm? That's the premise for WGN America's Salem – the cable channel's first original, scripted series, which debuts this Sunday.
The series, created and written by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, focuses on the darker, murkier, and often more intense truth behind the panic and mania. What if witches were real, and what if they were walking among the residents of Salem and acting as puppeteers? What if the edges of reality were blurred and the things that live just beyond the edge of belief were true and terrifying? Those are the type of questions Salem takes on, and it does so with a gripping story, offbeat characters, immersive sets, and memorable costumes.
During the week of January 5th to January 12th, speedrunners at the annual Awesome Games Done Quick event raised over $1,000,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The marathon, streamed live on Twitch and organised by Speed Demos Archive, featured over 500 attendees and participants playing an eclectic selection of over 150 games from several eras, all in a blissful marriage of gaming cred and good cause.
Four savant-level Super Metroid players made a madcap dash to complete the game in a race as tight as Miss Aran's Zero Suit; digital pugilists indulged in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!! blindfolded, and typically life-destroying Bethesda endeavours such as Skyrim saw their campaigns cleared in under an hour.
As you know, NBC announced the return of Heroes this past February - in the form of a 13-episode miniseries featuring new characters called Heroes Reborn.
Now - via EW.com - we've learned that there will also be a online prequel series launched in conjunction with the miniseries. Heroes Reborn: Digital Series, part of the network’s new original online video initiative, will be "promoted across the company’s television networks and will air first on digital platforms including channel websites, Hulu, and video-on-demand."
For as long as Jason Aaron has been a professional comic book writer, he's been involved with the X-Men franchise. He got his start way back in 2002, where he won a fan submission context and had a Wolverine backup story published in the pages of Wolverine Vol. 2 #175. He returned to the Wolverine books several years later, writing various issues of Wolverine Vol. 3 before launching a new series called Wolverine: Weapon X. That was the start of a saga that dovetailed in many directions (Wolverine Vol. 4, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine, X-Men: Schism, Wolverine and the X-Men) and focused on both Wolverine's solo adventures and his unlikely position as headmaster of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.
Did you see that episode of Games of Thrones? Well if you didn't, not to worry, because while Alex, Stu and Chris do discuss some of the most shocking moments in television history, spoilers are kept to a minimum. The week's news is also the target for discussion, as well as round-up up the best games and movies out this week (hint: it's Trials Fusion).
As always, you can watch the podcast in its entirety or listen/download the audio version from the link below. Enjoy!
Amazon has announced that the range of titles accessible via its voice search functionality is widening, with the full catalogues of Showtime Anytime, Hulu Plus, and Crackle joining the line-up.
“We’re excited and energized by the momentum we’re seeing with Fire TV,” said Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Devices. “Customers are telling us they love it, developers are building for it, and we’re working hard to expand existing features and build new ones."
In addition to the new voice-searchable line-up, Amazon reveals that new features are already in the works for the recently released platform, including Amazon FreeTime and Amazon MP3 integration as part of a free software update.
Bungie says its upcoming shooter Destiny is still on track for a September release, despite the recent termination of its composer Martin O'Donnell.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Bungie's chief operating officer Pete Parsons said that O'Donnell's music would remain in Destiny, and that his departure would not negatively impact the remaining development.
"I think the Bungie fanbase is going to look forward to hearing Marty's music, Mike Salvatori's music, C. Paul's music and Paul McCartney's music in the game," Parsons said. "We have a fantastic team. We're pretty close to shipping. There's a lot of polish left to do, lots of tweaking and tuning, but a lot is already complete."
Albert Ransom, the independent developer behind mobile game CandySwipe, says he has come to an agreement with Candy Crush Saga developer King over their highly published legal battle over the trademarking of the word "candy."
"I have amicably resolved my dispute with King over my CandySwipe trademark," Ransom announced on the CandySwipe website. "I am withdrawing my opposition to their mark and they are withdrawing their counterclaim against mine. I have learned that they picked the CANDY CRUSH name before I released my game and that they were never trying to take my game away. Both our games can continue to coexist without confusing players."
Suffice to say, spoilers follow for Game of Thrones up through this past Sunday's episode!
To say the crap hit the fan on the most recent episode of Game of Thrones is an understatement, even though game-changing events are a regular occurrence for this series. Joffrey Baratheon is gone (thank the old and new gods), but another ruler will rise to take his place. Before the Lannisters can figure out how to get Margaery out of the way though, they must determine who murdered the bratty king. Unfortunately, all signs point to Tyrion.
In "Breaker of Chains," Tyrion has to consider his options. Tywin may extend an offer of peace, but it's Tywin - he can't be trusted.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
"One in 8,000" wasn't as strong as the the past two episodes - "Prom" and "Flu Season 2" - but it still somehow managed to throw a twist on top of last week's pregnancy twist. Yes, Leslie's having quadruplets (sorry that was a flick of cream cheese) triplets. An interesting choice for the show given that it has, probably, one final season ahead of it.
And I was already curious about how they were going to handle one baby on the show. Three is a whole different ballgame. And it's not as though they can just have them get born and raised off-screen like Ron's son. The three infants will have to be an integral part of the series. Of course, they could just have Leslie spend all of Season 7 pregnant and avoid the kids all together.
Ciaran Foy, writer and director of Citadel, has reportedly signed a deal to helm Sinister 2, the sequel to the 2012 horror film starring Ethan Hawke.
According to Deadline, Foy signed the deal to direct Sinister 2 with Blumhouse and Entertainment One, with production slated for June. Scott Derrickson, who directed Sinister, also announced the news on Twitter. "The script, written by me &
, will be directed by the talented Ciaran Foy," Derrickson wrote. "I will produce w/Jason Blum @blumhouse."
Written and directed by John Turturro, Fading Gigolo depicts the unique and unusual friendship between Fioravante (Turturro) and Murray (Woody Allen). It all starts when Murray's gorgeous dermatologist, Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone), mentions to Murray that she and her equally voluptuous friend Selima (Sofia Vergara) are looking for a man to have a threesome with. Realizing a once-in-a-lifetime financial opportunity, Murray runs the idea by Fioravante, who Murray thinks would be the ideal candidate for the menage à trois. After some convincing, Fioravante agrees to Murray's scheme and successfully seduces Dr. Parker. (Naturally, the deal works out for Murray, too, since he takes a cut of Fioravante's profits.)
Tune in for the new episode of the Tech Fetish Podcast with hosts Scott Lowe (@ScottLowe), Justin Davis (@ErrorJustin), and Mark Ryan Sallee (@MRSallee). This week, we discuss Google's modular smartphone, Project Ara, recent comments from Oculus' founder Palmer Luckey regarding the future of VR, total Rift dev kits sold to-date, and the discovery of a new Earth-like exoplanet.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
The Season 5 finale for Community was a bit more outwardly wacky then some episodes, perhaps, but man was it funny, with a ton of memorable moments.
While Community’s been a down to the wire renewal every season except its first, this is actually only the second time (and in back-to-back years too) where we’re watching the season finale – which this year is airing several weeks earlier than is the norm -- still uncertain about the show’s status. Signs are looking good, but you never know, and now it’s pins and needles time for us fans leading up to the network Upfronts next month and the final decisions on what's getting renewed.
Blue Manchu has pulled the veil off the first Card Hunter expansion, Attack of the Artifacts.
The expansion comes loaded with new content including six new campaign adventures divided into two difficulty groups: moderate difficulty for mid-level characters and harder difficulty for the grizzled veterans.
At the end of those adventures are brand new epic items, the eponymous, self-aware artifacts. These new weapons and items carry powerful new abilities, like "punishing" attacks, which deal additional damage for every card in your target's hand.
To really sell the new vibe of the expansion, new character figurines for every race/class combination will be made available sporting a decidedly Aztec-ish aesthetic.
Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel! In this week's podcast, Jim Vejvoda and Eric Goldman are joined by a very special guest: actor Nick Frost!
Frost chats with us about his new comedy Cuban Fury, his past films and future projects. A pop culture fan, Frost shares his thoughts with us about Batman vs. Superman, Captain America 3, Star Wars: Episode VII, Ant-Man, and more.
Last week, Nintendo treated us to loads of information about its plans for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. And it was good.
And just as we were wrapping our brains around what to expect, Nintendo said, "Let there be screenshots." And it too, was good.
Once again, Nintendo has released a staggering number of screenshots from both versions of the feverishly anticipated fighter. We've compiled everything we could get our hands on into easily digestible galleries below for your viewing pleasure.
Our Fix Fan of the Week gets a signed Daily Fix t-shirt! For your own DF t-shirt click right here. In the news, Sony makes waves with the their latest PS4 sales numbers and is The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game cancelled for the Xbox One?
Here are the top stories we covered:
A slew of stats showcasing exactly how well the PS4 is doing.
Firmware update 1.70 brings the new video editor app, SHAREfactory.
Seems every other console is getting it. Could cancelled pre-orders hint at the Xbox One version being cancelled?
Note: Spoilers follow for both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the most recent episodes of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.
With rumors now circulating that ABC may give Agent Carter -- with a pilot written by Captain American: The Winter Soldier scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely -- a straight-to-series order, and possibly use it to fill the primetime void when Marvel's Agents of SHIELD takes a midseason break, we thought it's time to really look at what this show could be. And then get all pre-excited about the everything.
Though we already know Peggy Carter's fate having watched The Winter Soldier, there are still decades of gaps to fill in, and the Agent Carter show would feature Hayley Atwell reprising her role as Peggy and becoming one of the founders of SHIELD - as it's forged in the ashes of World War II and the defeat of both Hitler and HYDRA. And if all the pieces fell into place, Dominic Cooper will probably play Howard Stark in a recurring role.
Today, Microsoft revealed that it has shipped 5 million Xbox One consoles. This number has Xbox One outpacing its predecessor, Xbox 360, by some 60 percent "at the same point in time," according to Microsoft. It's important to note that shipped does not equate to sold to consumer.
Microsoft further notes that Xbox One players "are spending an average of five hours per day on Xbox One and collectively have totaled more than one billion hours of time spent in games and apps on the console."
Xbox One sold 311,000 units in the US in March, putting it behind PlayStation 4. Xbox 360 outsold PlayStation 3, pushing 111,000 units in the same month. Xbox One's attach rate is 2.9 games per console, putting it on par with PlayStation 4's attach rate of 2.93.