Microsoft is sending out emails of appreciation to Xbox One owners to thank participants of the latest Xbox One update preview.
These emails specifically name three Xbox Live Gamertags, and commends the users on their bug findings. Players reported to Microsoft that "when a disc was ejected, the drive tried to pull it back in," "the new SmartGlass update for Android had text too light to see," and "the 50Hz setting wasn’t saved after an update."
Through these reports and others, Microsoft said it was able to fix issues within the newest update before it launched and told email recipients they are signed up for the next system update preview.
The Xbox One April system update improved GameDVR video quality, tuned the motion and voice commands for the Kinect, and allows players to opt in to notifications when their friends sign in to Xbox Live. This week Microsoft revealed it has shipped 5 million Xbox One consoles.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch finally reeled in a PlayStation 4 release date, scuttling onto Sony's next-gen console this coming Tuesday, April 22.
Young Horses' suit-sporting cephalopod will be priced at $15 USD, though PlayStation Plus users can dive into the action during the first week for just $12, netting them a $3 savings.
"We started Octodad as a ragtag group of students, and it’s been a long and crazy ride getting our silly game on the PS4," wrote Kevin Zuhn, creative director of Octodad. "We’ve taken the time to improve it based on feedback from our players."
Steven Spielberg is adding another film to his growing list of prospective projects.
Variety reports that Spielberg has joined The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara as a producer and, possibly, director. Written by Tony Kushner, the scribe behind Spielberg's Munich and Lincoln, the screenplay is based on author David Kertzer's book of the same name. The story tells the true-life account of a young Italian Jew taken from his parents by the Church in 1858 and raised as a Catholic. The seven-year-old Mortara would eventually go on to become a priest in the Augustinian order.
UPDATE: The beta giveaway is now open to all IGN users. Click here to get yours. We still have thousands left so be sure to grab one if you're interested in playing WildStar this weekend.
IGN has teamed up with Carbine Studios for a huge WildStar beta key giveaway for the upcoming April 18-20 weekend. If you want a chance to explore Nexus, read on to find out how.
We'll be giving out 15,000 keys on a first come, first served basis in two waves. For now until Friday April 18, IGN Prime members can easily grab a code over at the IGN Prime Page.
The Magic: The Gathering 2015 deck set to be released July 18 will feature cards created by prominent game developers.
Wizards of the Coast announced that the Magic 2015 Core Set will feature 14 cards from 14 different developers, including Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix designer David Sirlin, Gearbox Software's Mikey Neumann, Guild Wars 2 lead game designer Isaiah Cartwright and Plants vs Zombies designer George Fan.
Magic 2015 will also feature "Waste Not," a card designed through “You Make the Card,” a six-month long event during which the Magic community worked together to design a new card.
Magic: The Gathering is in its 21st year. As of 2011, there are more than 12 million players. Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers was revealed last week.
The modern era has produced a lot of terrible and painfully unfunny spoof movies. 2013's A Haunted House, directed by Michael Tiddes and co-written by Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez, was most definitely one of them. Even though it received some pretty brutal reviews, the movie did well enough at the box office to generate a sequel, and now the same team is back for more. Unfortunately, the follow-up sticks to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach and offers exactly the same kind of humor and gags. Needless to say, that means it's every bit as predictable and terrible as the first.
After surviving the events of the first movie (spoiler alert!), Marlon Wayans' character, Malcom, finds himself in a relationship with Megan (Jamie Pressly) and moves into a new home with her and her two kids. Pressly's role is pretty much limited to being completely oblivious to all of the supernatural activity going on in the house and getting into argument after argument with Malcom. Megan's son, Wyatt (Steele Stebbins), has an "invisible friend" that makes the child say virtually everything a youngling shouldn't say. Megan's daughter, Becky (Ashley Rrickards), finds an old box in the home and what follows is joke after joke inspired by The Possession. Also, seeing as it's referred to as "the box," you can probably guess the obvious jokes they'll make about that one as the movie progresses. There's also quite a few Sinister spoofs after Malcom finds some old footage in the house. This demon, however, is a little less effective at killing the residents.
Sony revealed today a new PlayStation 3 bundle for North America that includes a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game and The Amazing Spider-Man film on Vudu.
Showcased at Walmart, Sony announced the new 500GB PlayStation 3 bundle on Twitter. Retailing for $270 USD, the PlayStation 3 bundle — featuring The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game — doesn't yet have a release date, though Sony told IGN it comes out later this month.
ZeniMax Online Studios has temporarily closed guild banks in The Elder Scrolls Online because of a duping bug.
The announcement happened early this morning, as Gina Bruno, assistant community manager for Elder Scrolls Online, put up a public notice on the MMO's forums. "Guild bank functionality has been temporarily disabled on the North American and European megaservers," Bruno wrote. "We will notify you when it has been turned back on."
The guild bank closings are happening because of a reported widespread duping bug, which purportedly lets users duplicate materials in their bank. According to Reddit user Mistress-Rarity, the bug is so simple that Elder Scrolls Online players could do it accidentally. The bank exploit apparently makes money and items worthless, since anyone could have just replicated them.
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.)