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10 Coolest Jessica Jones Easter Eggs and References - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 12:55

Marvel’s Jessica Jones has hit Netflix, giving us a story about a PI with superpowers and lot of emotional baggage. So put on your leather jackets and think up some mean one-liners, because we’re going to do a little private investigating of our own to find the 10 coolest Jessica Jones Easter eggs and references.

Jessica Jones begins the same way in the show as it did in the comic book, with an angry client attacking Jessica.

Bad move on his part, as she sends him crashing headfirst through her door, creating an image identical to that page of the comic.

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9 Awesome T-Shirts for Game, Comic, and Movie Fans - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 12:00

T-shirts are wearable expressions of your passions, which is why they make great gifts for just about anyone.

Pretty much every interest, hobby, and pop-culture reference point is on a t-shirt somewhere, and we've put together a list of best t-shirts to give out this holiday season.

Clothe the Metal Gear fan in your life in this Metal Gear Solid Fox Hound tee. The Fox Hound emblem is emblazoned on the front and is just as awesome as the series from which it originated.

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Final Fantasy 6 PC Rated by PEGI - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:49

Final Fantasy VI may be coming to PC after a new rating has appeared on the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) page.

The listing shows the game is suitable for ages 12 and up and, while it shows November 26, 2015 as a release date, that could merely be the date the game was rated by PEGI.

Recently, Square Enix stated that it wished to continue remaking its existing IPs. Earlier this year, Square Enix announced plans to remake Final Fantasy VII for PlayStation 4 and series director Tetsuya Nomura did express an interest in remaking Final Fantasy V and VI.

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New Force Awakens Preview Looks at The Dark Side - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:22

With Thanksgiving here, Lucasfilm have released a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens preview.

The minute-long TV spot, called "All the Way", opens with the iconic Imperial March and gives fans several new moments to salivate over, including more of the First Order assembling and Han Solo and Chewbacca side-by-side in battle. There's also what sounds like a conversation between Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the still unseen Supreme Commander Snoke (Andy Serkis), while the second half features more dialogue from someone offscreen, likely Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o).

Click on the image of Captain Phasma below to see the preview!

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The Weirdest Frankenstein Movie Monsters Ever - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:05

With Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy's Victor Frankenstein debuting this week, we've gotten to thinking once again about the many, many weird takes on the classic monster tale that have hit screens over the years. And so it's time to revisit the weirdest Frankenstein movie monsters ever!

There have been many movie versions of the Frankenstein Monster, owing of course to the fact that Mary Shelley’s original 1818 novel is in the public domain. In other words, anyone and everyone can make a Frankenstein movie if they want to. And pretty much anyone and everyone has.

But in order to find some fresh new way to depict the Monster, filmmakers have often steered very far afield of not just the Shelley concept, but also the (substantially different already and very much not public domain) classic Universal/Boris Karloff version. And things have often gotten weird and freaky along the way. Here are some of the weirdest and freakiest…

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Top Fallout 4 Graphical Enhancement Mods of the Week - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:00

Fallout 4 has only been out for two weeks, but never underestimate the PC gaming community – there are already a ton of awesome mods out there to change up your adventures in the Wasteland.

Last week, we checked out a bunch of awesome, but random Fallout 4 mods to get a feel for the variety modders had to offer so far. This week we decided to focus on graphical/environmental enhancement mods and optimization tweaks that will help you get the beautiful open world of Fallout 4 looking (and performing) just the way you want it.

As a reminder, remember to always exercise caution when downloading files from the internet, even if they are from trusted sources. With that said, let's dive in!

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FTP 'Entry Level' PES 2016 Edition Confirmed, Coming December - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 09:00

As per recent rumours, a free-to-play edition of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 is coming December 8th.

The edition is being described by Konami as 'entry level', and at this stage has only been announced for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It will include an Exhibition Mode with the choice of seven teams - including Bayern Munich, Juventus, AS Roma, Brazil and France - a full training section, and unlimited access to PES' MyClub feature.

Although Konami describes the free-to-play edition of PES 2016 as an "overview of the game’s stunning levels of control", it's also promising it will "be compatible with all future gameplay and content updates throughout the entire PES 2016 season".

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Apple Buys Star Wars Motion-Capture Company Faceshift - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 07:09

Apple has purchased Faceshift, the company responsible for the motion-capture technology used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Faceshift specialises in 3D animation software to copy facial expressions of an actor. While Apple has purchased the company, details regarding how much the deal cost, or what Apple plans to do with Faceshift, have not been disclosed as of writing.

An Apple representative sent the following statement to TechCrunch: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

Faceshift differs from traditional motion-capture technology. Whereas most motion-capture uses markers on a person’s face to track facial movement, Faceshift is possible without markers, and without the heavy costs associated with motion-capture.

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Bethesda Shares Fallout 4's The Mysterious Stranger Ringtones - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 06:11

Bethesda has made three Fallout 4 The Mysterious Stranger audio stingers available as ringtones.

A fan of The Mysterious Stranger - which can be unlocked once you get your Luck up to 4 - Major Nelson contacted Bethesda to request the audio stingers you hear when in combat.

"Like many of you, I’ve been playing a lot of Fallout 4," said Nelson. "One of my favorite perks is The Mysterious Stranger. I contacted my friends at Bethesda and they were kind of enough to send them to me to share. Enjoy."

Visit Major Nelson's blog to preview, and download, the tracks.

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$500 Limited Edition God of War Statue Coming Next Week - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 06:07

Pre-orders are now live for the PlayStation Gear God of War statue.

The Kratos statue retails for $599 - and releases on December 9 - but anyone who pre-orders now gets $100 knocked off the asking price, and a free God of War t-shirt.

The statue’s release marks the 10-year anniversary of the God of War franchise. The 26-inch sculpture has been designed by the God of War team, features hand-finished leather, cloth, and metal, and is limited to 500 pieces.

Kratos’ latest outing was the remastered version of God of War III on PlayStation 4. In our review, which scored ‘8.8’, we said “God of War 3 was an impressive feat for its day, and it still impresses today,” before mentioning “Its beautiful graphics are prettier than ever, and a higher frame rate adds more fluidity to the action.”

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Upcoming History Book Examines The Legend of Zelda's US Localization - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 01:29

The Legend of Zelda's dubious English translation is getting its very own history book this December.

The text comes courtesy of professional and hobbyist translator Clyde "Tomato" Mandelin. His online series, Legends of Localization, examines the cultural and language barriers within localized games.

Legends of Localization Book 1: The Legend of Zelda will delve into altered "graphics, audio, and even secret tricks which were removed from the English version."

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Comic Book Reviews for November 25, 2015 - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 00:05

Just because it's Thanksgiving week in the US doesn't mean comic book publishers took a break. Several big releases hit the stands today, most notably DC's sales juggernaut The Dark Knight Returns III: The Master Race #1. Marvel added several new titles to the growing All-New, All-Different Marvel lineup, including Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Venom: Space Knight and the relaunched Silk. With other big releases like Archie #4 and Ringside #1 rounding things out, it was a pretty eventful week.

Due to the holiday, we're running a lighter load of reviews this week. Hopefully we covered all the biggest releases, and we'll be back in full force next week.


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Classic Team Lotus Cars, Historic Tracks Come to Project CARS - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 23:34

Slightly Mad Studios has delivered its latest batch of DLC for its expanding racing sim Project CARS. The Classic Lotus Track Expansion contains four iconic Team Lotus racing machines, plus three historic racetracks.

The cars include the 1967 Lotus Type 51, the 1965 Lotus Type 40 Ford, the 1966 Lotus Type 38 Ford (the first mid-engined car to win the Indianapolis 500), and the hugely influential 1963 Lotus Type 25 Climax (designed for the 1962 F1 championship and the first ever race car to use a monocoque chassis). The fresh tracks include French circuit Rouen-Les-Essarts (opened in 1950 but closed down in 1994), plus two now-extinct and vastly different configurations for Hockenheim and Silverstone.

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Pokemon Picross Release Date Announced - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 21:46

Pokemon Picross is slated for release on December 3 on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, according to Pokemon's official site.

Pokemon Picross will be available free of charge, but players can purchase (with real money, Nintendo notes) "picrites"—which are described as "rare stones with magical powers." Picrates are used to unlock levels and recover your Pokemon's skills.

Your Pokemon have skills that can help you move through the levels—like Lucario, whose Hyper Scan skill "scans the grid and fixes incorrect squares," or Squirtle's Blue Force, which "changes the color of hint numbers to blue on rows with squares you can definitely fill in." After using a skill, some Pokemon will be unusable for some time, unless you purchase a picrate. Pokemon are collected by solving the puzzle of their likeness.

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Harrison Ford Heading to Sydney for Star Wars Fan Event - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 21:22

The Sydney Opera House is hosting a Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan event, and Harrison Ford will be in attendance.

The Optus-presented event will open on Thursday, December 10 at 4pm. The festivities will be family friendly, and feature trivia, music, and "immersive Star Wars experiences."

In addition to the Han Solo actor, the lovable new droid BB-8 will be making an appearance as well. For more details on the "unmissable fan event," head over to The Sydney Opera House's official website.

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Indie Darling Fez Gets a $100 Limited Edition - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 20:34

Fez, the first and very likely only game from Polytron Corporation, is getting a $100 limited edition.

"The Fez Limited Edition features a hardcover notebook bound in red canvas with debossed gold foil inlay presented in a matching slipcase, ready to be filled with details of your journey into the 3rd dimension," the developer's store page reads.

This is the first time that the dimension-bending puzzle-platformer has been released physically. Originally released for the Xbox Live Arcade, Fez is also downloadable on PlayStation platforms, PC, and Mac.

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Uncharted 4 Cast Heading to PlayStation Experience - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 20:02

PlayStation Experience 2015 will be home to a number of developer-centric panels, including one featuring the cast of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

According to Naughty Dog's announcement on PlayStation Blog, the panel will "discuss the process of bringing the characters of Uncharted 4 to life" and showcase "never before seen cinematic clips."

The panel will take place on Saturday, December 5, at 3pm PT. In addition to creative director Neil Druckmann, actors Nolan North, Richard McGonagle, Troy Baker and Laura Bailey will all be in attendance.

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Rocket League's Winter Games Release Date Announced - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 19:01

Snow Day, Rocket League's new hockey-inspired mode will be released December 14. In a post on the Playstation blog, Psyonix announced that Snow Day will replace the Mutator Mashup online playlist. Oh, and it's free.

The Winter Games event will switch things up with a new ice field and massive hockey puck, bringing "an awesome new twist to Rocket League’s classic, football-fueled gameplay."

With Rocket League's Winter Games comes some new seasonal Garage items—the Xmas Rocket Trail, Blitzen Topper, Christmas Tree Topper, Sad Sapling Topper, Santa Topper, Candy Cane Antenna, and Holiday Gift Antenna. You can get these items simply by playing, though Psyonix notes that they'll drop less frequently than a standard item would. These are all yours once you've got them, but come January 4, they'll no longer be available.

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Ranking Pixar's Movies - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 18:28

The Good Dinosaur is the latest Pixar movie heading into the box office, so with several new films from the studio under our belt, we've decided to update our ranking of the films of Pixar Animation. For a studio with such a successful track record, there is great and there is good, but there is very little if any bad. So bear that in mind as you read the following list… Even the worst of Pixar is usually better than the competition's best! Let us know in the comments below how you would rank the Pixar films.

Cars 2 benefits from cherry-picking the best elements of the first movie and switching genres completely by taking Lightning McQueen and Mater out of Radiator Springs and dropping them into the middle of a fast-paced, dynamic spy flick. What's lost here, for the most part, is the warmth and heart that we adore, and expect, from most Pixar offerings. It gets left in the dust.

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 Review - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 18:00

Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur may not rank among Jack Kirby's most famous Marvel creations, but they've certainly endured over the decades. And now this partnership is taking a radically different form as Devil Dinosaur is dragged into the present-day Marvel Universe to form an alliance with a preteen girl named Lunella Lafayette. There's a lot to like in this charming first issue, though the Moon Boy/Devil Dinosaur mythology actually proves to be the weak link.

Lunella is easily the strongest element of this new series. She's cast as a young science whiz/inventor trapped in a precarious position. She's not superhumanly gifted enough to be a worthy candidate for something like the Future Foundation, but far too intelligent and talented to be wasting her days in the public school system. Thus, she taps into that same outsider vibe that so many great Marvel heroes do. She doesn't fit in among her peers. She has ambitious dreams that no one in her life seems very interested in helping her achieve. Even before factoring in elements like her latent Inhuman lineage and her love of tinkering with Kree artifacts, Lunella is already a very compelling lead character. It's a testament to the writing talents of Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare that this new heroine stands out so quickly.

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