CBS already has one "geek chic" hit in The Big Bang Theory, but now the network is tweaking the formula for a new procedural-drama, Scorpion, debuting Monday. Like Big Bang, Scorpion follows a group of eccentric super-geniuses. However, that's where the similarities end as Scorpion's proverbial nerd squad is tasked by the FBI to solve top-secret, high-tech crimes. The results are a bit of an odd duck, but one that has the potential to soar -- at least in the ratings.
Scorpion's pilot -- directed by The Fast and the Furious helmer Justin Lin -- centers on Walter O'Brien (World War Z's Elyes Gabel), the fourth-smartest man in the world. In the opener, we meet Walter as a young boy, who's snatched up by the authorities after hacking into NASA. Flashforward to present day, and Walter's put together his own team of likeminded, misfit colleagues: Sylvester (Ari Stidham) the human calculator; Happy (Jadyn Wong) the tech expert; and Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas), who's basically Tim Roth's character from Lie to Me. Together, the foursome immediately pops on screen, albeit in a broad and over-the-top way.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
Dr. Narcisse returned this week for "What Jesus Said," though he was only momentarily featured. It appears the good doctor is also going to suffer at the hands of Luciano and Lansky's violent attempt to rule New York - as shown in the end when Siegel and another thug open fired inside one of Narcisse's cathouses, killing everyone in the parlor.
"What Jesus Said" had some great moments with Chalky, and an interesting business courtship between Nucky and Joe Kennedy, but it wasn't as revealing or suspenseful as last week's episode. For example, while Chalky and Milton's (who Chalky sometimes calls "Buck," which is his version of "Bub") home invasion held some great moments, it was almost expected that Chalky would eventually intervene and stop Milton. Things basically just had to last long enough to get, violently out of hand. The end reveal that both Marie and Fern were on their own, having been abandoned by the male head of the house, wasn't too exciting, but I loved Chalky talking about Maybelle. Or, in fact, refusing to talk about her and getting angry about drudging up the past.
Like many of you demos were a big part of my childhood and adolescence. Demos, and terrible, terrible shorts. That was back during the golden age of demo discs, back when they were everywhere – on the front of magazines, included with your new console, or even handed over to you for simply buying a pizza. Memorable demos became rarer over the years but there was still the occasional gem that went the extra mile to make a great impression.
Earlier last month we put together a short ode to some of the greatest game demos ever forged by humans. Metal Gear Solid 2. The Stanley Parable. Skate. Those other ones I mentioned.
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD returns for its second season this coming Tuesday, September 23rd at 9/8c on ABC. And while last year, Marvel crossing its cinematic universe over onto TV seemed like a huge deal, Agents of SHIELD is now returning into a Fall TV season that's crazily crowded with comic book-based TV shows.
At this year's Tokyo Game Show, we saw a ton of fantastic Japanese role-playing games, a handful of surprising new announcements, and IGN's Brian Altano played a shooter using a bicycle as a controller. TGS 2014 -- which was dominated by mobile gaming -- reminded us that Japanese games are a special sort of different, and the variety of games on display at the show has us more excited than ever about playing video games.
Back in the 1980s, a feature kicking off with the Cannon Films logo was a guarantee that you were going to get violence, nudity or bad language, and frequently a combination of all three. Yet while the movies were oftentimes resolutely low-brow, they could also be hugely entertaining – a dark and dirty alternative to the safe and sanitized pictures that Hollywood was churning out.
Electric Boogaloo is a celebration of the company’s output, and the efforts of Cannon bosses (and cousins) Menahem Golan and Yoran Globus to take on the might of the Hollywood machine by making the likes of The Last American Virgin, Hercules, Lifeforce and Superman IV, with varying degrees of success.
The YA sci-fi thriller The Maze Runner debuted atop the North American box office this weekend, beating both the Liam Neeson crime drama A Walk Among The Tombstones and the ensemble comedy This Is Where I Leave You.
The Maze Runner finished in first place with an estimated $32.5 million, while A Walk Among The Tombstones opened in second place with $13.1 million. This Is Where I Leave You bowed in third place with an estimated $11.9 million.
Here are the weekend box office estimates via Rentrak:
1. The Maze Runner $32.5 million
A free DLC update for Ultra Street Fighter IV will add a new mode remixing the move-sets of all 44 characters later this year.
Capcom announced the all-new Omega Mode for the popular 2D fighting game in a blog post. The mode modifies every character’s normal and special attacks to give a refreshing take on the six-year-old fighting game.
“As the primary goal for this mode was fun, we placed more emphasis on making the characters feel new, than on their balance,” Capcom said in the blog post. “This means that strong, fan favorite attacks such as Ken’s Shinppu Jinrai Kyaku and Sagat’s Tiger Raid make their return while other characters such as Zangief gain new abilities, like being able to combo into his command throws.”
THQ closed its doors early last year, and amid the financial ramifications, the publisher's former properties were sold off, on by one. Nordic, the Austria-based publisher, purchased the rights to Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, and Darksiders, and the company's head said it can produce games with less capital up front.
"Darksiders is a top product," Nordic owner Lars Wingefors said in a recent issue of MCV. "THQ spent $50 million making Darksiders 2. We can produce a product of the same quality but for a lower cost. $50 million is ridiculous. I can't afford that."
Primary development of Persona 4: Dancing All Night has shifted from developer Dingo to Atlus' Persona team.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax director Kazuhisa Wada has assumed the role of director and producer for Persona 4: Dancing All Night, citing the need to address the quality of the game as the reason for the development change in a blog post.
Wada’s statement comes after a Tokyo Game Show trailer revealed the game would be delayed into 2015 in Japan. It remains to be seen if the delay of the Japanese version of the game will affect the western release.
Roberto Orci will no longer be executive producer of Lionsgate and Haim Saban's upcoming Power Rangers movie, reportedly due to conflicts with Star Trek 3's production schedule.
According to Deadline, Orci has left the project, which he was developing with X-Men: First Class screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller. Both Stentz and Miller will continue to work on the film, though it's unclear as to whether or not Orci will still have a story credit on the final film. Saban's Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games) are producing.
Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One has been delayed in China just days before its launch.
“Despite strong and steady progress, we are going to need a bit more time to deliver the best experiences possible for our fans in China,” Microsoft said in a statement. “At Xbox, we pride ourselves on delivering first rate gaming and entertainment experiences and to allow us to deliver on that promise we need to reschedule the launch of Xbox One.”
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To say “The Wedding” was a highly anticipated episode would be an understatement. Readers of the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon have been waiting for this one since the television series was announced. So you know, no pressure.
When the episode opened with a flashback to Frank and Claire's wedding day – which was a nice touch – and then cut to an already wed Jamie and Claire, I was confused. The reverse storytelling wasn't what I expected, but it did serve the purpose of confirming the wedding would indeed happen. Those who haven't read the books didn't know it was certain, and that question is removed from the start. It was a smart move despite being a bit jarring and following a different approach than the series has taken so far. More importantly, it didn't hinder the build-up to uh, making the wedding official.
Oculus and the Rift will now be fully supported by the Unity engine.
The partnership was announced earlier today during the Oculus Connect 2014 conference, along with various details about how the two will work together to improve the development process for VR in Unity.
Through an add-on in Unity, developers will have a wide range of tools at their disposal to hone the more VR-specific elements of a Rift game, including stereo imaging optimization and 3D audio support.
Oculus' hardware will be supported in both the Free and Pro versions of the Unity engine.
Several games on the Oculus have already been developed on the Unity engine, including Superhot, Lucky's Tale, and DarkNet.
Oculus is developing a game for the Samsung mobile Gear VR headset.
Tentatively called VR Quest, the game is a third-person dungeon crawler described by Oculus' John Carmack as "
Zelda-esque," suggesting that it utilizes mechanics similar to Nintendo's classic franchise.
VR Quest is currently its working title and may change over time. Currently, it is unknown when the game is set to ship.
Gear VR is the Oculus-powered mobile headset created by Samsung. No official release date is known, but the headset is expected to release sometime this fall.
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UPDATE: Users are reporting that the game servers are back online. Back to shooting and looting!
See full story below, and make sure to check out IGN's official review.
Reports online suggest that Destiny is down across platforms for a majority of users.
Although some are suggesting it may be the work of hackers, there is no official known cause of the outage and no official statement on the matter has been made at this time.
IGN will update this story with any additional information.
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The secret of any great heist story is a watertight plot.
And for the first time this Who season, 'Time Heist' pretty much delivered on that.
Not only did it stand strong as an example of Who's ever-malleable genre flexibility, but it boasted a unique narrative twist that proved that while it may not have been quite as sexy or big-budget as your numerical Oceans and Impossible: Missions, 'Time Heist' was a darn sight more interesting.
How many times have you seen a bank heist tale in which even the hustlers don't know why or what they're supposed to be hustling?!
It's this conceit – courtesy of some Cronenberg-esque memory-wiping worms – that kickstarts the episode, and propels the Doctor, Clara, and two snazzily augmented accomplices on a pace that never truly lets up.
Warning: Full spoilers from the episode to follow.
In this week's Girl Meets World -- which happened to be directed by Rider Strong (who played Shawn Hunter in the original series) -- the gang took a look back at the 1960s, specifically getting to know their kin around that time. Of course, Boy Meets World was known for period episodes too, including a sendup of the 1950s, where Cory was transported via microwave electric shock, and the 1940s, where alt versions of the cast went to war thanks to a Sabrina the Teenage Witch crossover. (Related: The '90s, man...)
In "Girl Meets 1961," the kids were "transported" back in time through a series of flashbacks, where Riley, Maya, Farkle and Lucas assumed the roles of their great-grandparents. Here, Riley portrayed her Audrey Hepburn-esque great-grandmother, Rosie -- not the one on Cory's side played by Rue McClanahan; rather, Topanga's great-grandma... which I guess would make her the mother of Rhiannon Lawrence played by Marcia Cross? Somehow, I don't think the timing of that quite works out, but anyway...
Persona 4: Dancing All Night has been delayed in Japan, publisher Atlus announced.
A new trailer shown at Tokyo Game Show reveals the PS Vita rhythm/music game is now coming in 2015, replacing its original Fall 2014 release. Atlus previously announced the game would be coming to the West, though it is unclear if the Japanese delay will affect the western launch.