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Van Helsing: Series Premiere Review

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 16:30

Syfy updates the Dracula myth with its new series Van Helsing, coming from The Wicker Man and Hell on Wheels' Neil LaBute. Inspired by Zenescope's Van Helsing graphic novel series, the TV show follows a woman named Vanessa Helsing (True Blood's Kelly Overton) who is the daughter of Dracula's famous foe, Abraham Van Helsing, and seems to be the key to stopping a vampire apocalypse.

Based on the first two episodes, which will air back-to-back when the series premieres on September 23rd, this is a show that sits well alongside the likes of 12 Monkeys, Z Nation and Wynonna Earp, without breaking any new ground. This is much more the apocalypse through the lens of vampires versus vampires set on the background of the apocalypse. Van Helsing picks up in Seattle in 2019, where an unconscious Vanessa is being protected in an abandoned and booby-trapped hospital by a marine named Axel (Jonathan Scarfe). A series of events lead to her resurrection and the reveal that there's something about her that makes her incredibly important to the human vs. vampire war.

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IGN's Tokyo Game Show and Akihabara Adventure

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 16:18

Miranda, MikeMeghan, and James talk about the announcements from Tokyo Game Show, maid cafes, illegal football moves, and the new Ghost in the Shell footage. Plus, Miranda unboxes some of her new collectibles from Japan. Below is a gallery of a few images from the maid cafe James and Miranda visited in Akihabara. Be sure to let us know your maid cafe stories in the comments below!

For our complete coverage from TGS, be sure to check out IGN's Tokyo Game Show 2016 event hub.

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Every Star Wars Opening Crawl in 360 Degrees

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 16:14

You've seen the iconic Star Wars opening crawl countless times, but have you seen them played all at once? What about in virtual reality?

Below, we've synced up the Star Wars opening crawls from Episode I to Episode VI, put them all side-by-side, and made it available in 360 degree video. Experience it below in VR or your browser.

Tip: View this video in a compatible VR headset, the YouTube app on your phone, or your desktop web browser. Be sure to click and drag the video to see everything!

360 degree video allows you to view every angle at one moment, giving you the freedom to watch whichever part of the video you want on your own terms. Along with dragging the desktop player around with your mouse, you can hook your phone up to a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR headset to fully immerse yourself in what you're watching.

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Transformers: Outcry Over Using Churchill Home as Nazi HQ

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:55

Transformers: The Last Knight will not only reportedly include King Arthur and Merlin, but apparently Adolf Hitler as well.

The Michael Bay-directed sequel is currently filming in England where it's sparked outrage over using the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Britain's prime minister during World War II, to stand in for a Nazi headquarters.

According to The Sun, Blenheim Palace was transformed into Hitler's headquarters complete with swastika flags draped over the mansion.

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Street Fighter V Patch Adds Potentially Dangerous Files for PC Players

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:50

The September update that rolled out today for Street Fighter V had some unexpected surprises for PC players.

Reddit users discovered the patch planted a "Capcom.sys" file in the System32 folder. A kernel-level implant like this opens up backdoors within your machine, which could potentially allow any outside user to access and remotely control your machine.

Those who updated to the new patch were reporting the application acquiring elevated privileges, and even a few blue screens of death. The September update was anticipated, adding returning fighter Urien and several long-awaited features to the popular fighting game.

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Insomniac, Polytron React to Oculus Controversy

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:41

In light of recent revelations around Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, several indie developers have spoken out, with some even announcing they will no longer support Oculus Rift.

Insomniac Games, currently working on three games for the Oculus Rift, gave IGN the following statement:

"Insomniac Games condemns all forms of hate speech. While everyone has a right to express his or her political opinion, the behavior and sentiments reported do not reflect the values of our company. We are also confident that this behavior and sentiment does not reflect the values of the many Oculus employees we work with on a daily basis."

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Check Out This Awesome Interactive Tacoma Video

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:00
Swap between three POVs in real-time in this preview of Fullbright's follow-up to Gone Home.

The Best and Worst TV Premieres of Fall 2016

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:00
From Westworld to Luke Cage, here's what you should watch this season, and what you should avoid.

Why Star Wars Fans Are Freaking Out That Grand Admiral Thrawn Is Back

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:00
The galaxy's most brilliant villain is returning to Rebels. Find out why that's a big deal.

Untold Stories Pose a Major Threat to Once Upon a Time

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 14:56

Hyde (Sam Witwer) is bringing the Land of Untold Stories into Storybrooke in this clip from Once Upon a Time's Season 6 premiere, and there's nothing the Savior, the Evil Queen or any of the storybook heroes can do to stop him.

Check out the clip from Sunday's episode below:

The Season 6 premiere picks up in the immediate aftermath of last year's cliffhanger finale, with Emma, Regina, Snow and the rest of the gang facing off against the villainous Mr. Hyde. The people coming into the town from the Land of Untold Stories will be characters who decided to leave their own storylines so as not to follow a pre-determined fate. Season 6 characters will include the likes of the Aladdin, Jafar, Jasmine, the Count of Monte Cristo, Cinderella and her evil stepmother and stepsisters, and Captain Nemo.

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Horror Isn't Dead, But Is the Blair Witch Franchise?

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 13:55

Download Keepin' it Reel, Episode 339!

Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel, the IGN show where Jim VejvodaAhmad Childress and Eric Goldman bring you the latest genre movie news.

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Pokemon Generations: Episode 3 Released

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 13:47

After debuting the first two episodes of Pokemon Generations last week, The Pokemon Company has today released the third installment in its new web-based animated series.

Episode 3, aptly titled "The Challenger," is set in Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow's Kanto region, and centers around the first generation's confident rival, as he battles his way through the Elite Four.

Pokemon Generations will span a total of 18 episodes, with each installment running sometime between three and five minutes, highlighting iconic moments and characters from the first six generations.

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Is the Time Travel on Timeless Believable?

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 13:00

Just how scientifically possible is time travel? That's the question Caltech theoretical physicist Sean Carroll seeks to explore in this new promo for NBC's upcoming drama Timeless, debuting exclusively on IGN.

In the below video, star Abigail Spencer questions out loud whether we're really so far away from coming up with a method to travel through time -- something Carroll seeks to further explore.

"Einstein comes along and says that space and time are flexible, that they can curve," said Carroll. "We can imagine that's really conceivable according to the laws of physics that we currently understand. We don't know how to do it, but a show like Timeless can ask the 'what if' question, 'What if we had actually built a time machine?'"

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New No Man’s Sky Patch Released

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:50

Hello Games has released patch 1.09 for No Man’s Sky on PS4 and PC.

As revealed on the developer’s official site, the patch includes more than 30 bug fixes addressing menu improvements, galaxy generation changes, recovering corrupted save files, and much more.

You can find the full list of patch notes for version 1.09 in our No Man’s Sky wiki.

This follows a series of patches Hello has been working on since the launch of No Man’s Sky. In a development update posted earlier this month, the developer said it’s been “inundated with feedback and discussion” since launch, and has brought on a community/support management team specifically to address issues in order of priority.

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Google, Verizon, Microsoft Want To Buy Twitter

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:44

Some of tech's most recognizable and powerful brands are looking to buy Twitter, according to reports.

CNBC said some of the potential buyers for the microblogging platform include Google, and Salesforce.com, with TechCrunch reporting Microsoft and Verizon are also interested parties.

The rumblings of a potential buyout put Twitter's stock up 20 percent on Friday, but no sale is imminent. However, CNBC said Twitter's board of directors is "largely desirous" of an impending sale.

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How Classic Horror Movies Are Brought to Life

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:42

Halloween Horror Nights 26 kicked off recently at Universal Orlando, as the fan favorite event returned with one of its most impressive lineups yet.

The mazes at this year’s Horror Nights are focused on everything from American Horror Story to Krampus to the ever-popular The Walking Dead. You can get a look at much of what Halloween Horror Nights 26 has to offer in our slideshow below.

Last weekend, as HHN 26 began, I sat down with Michael Aiello (Universal Orlando’s Director of Entertainment - Creative Development) on opening night to discuss some of the big mazes this year – including The Exorcist, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Halloween – along with some of the event’s original concepts, as Halloween Horror Nights goes into its next quarter century…

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Vincent D'Onofrio on Magnificent 7, Death Wish Remakes

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:42

I chatted with actor Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Kingpin on Marvel's Daredevil) earlier this week about his current film, The Magnificent Seven. D'Onofrio plays burly, lethal mountain man Jack Horne in the Antoine Fuqua-directed remake of the 1960 western.

But before we spoke about Magnificent Seven, I had to tell him how he once unintentionally helped catch a criminal ...

IGN: First of all, on a personal note, years ago, I was able to identify the guy who mugged me because as he's mugging me, pulling a knife on me, I was like, wow, he looks just like Vincent D'Onofrio in Full Metal Jacket. And of course, I'm at the station two hours later and ended up talking to the cop about Full Metal Jacket for about 20 twenty minutes.

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How Virtual Reality Will Change the Music Scene

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:42

Most of you have probably noticed just how popular virtual reality is in the world of video games. But the promises posed by the latest wave of VR haven't stopped there.

Live music is now leveraging the medium in order to transport would-be concert goers from the comfort of their homes to the front row of the stalls, and few genres have made such impressive gains as the electronic dance music scene.

YouVisit is a specialist studio that prides itself in merging “technology with creativity,” reaching over six million different users with its broad selection of VR offerings to date. It’s also identified the vast potential VR has in tandem with large festival experiences. At last year’s TomorrowWorld in Georgia, the studio partnered with international superstar DJ Armin Van Buuren to create The Armin Effect.

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Zorn Is Someone You'll Never Want to Play Tetris With

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:30

Sometimes you get an offer that's too good to refuse, like when FOX reaches out to you and asks if you want to interview the animated lead of their new comedy series. After watching the Son of Zorn premiere, I felt like I had a good sense of who Zorn was as a person, but after our interview I soon learned there's plenty about him I never could have imagined.

Here's what we already know about Zorn from the series' pilot: he's a butt-kicking barbarian from Zephyria, he used to be married to a great woman named Edie and they have a teenage son together named Alangulon. He has a penchant for wearing a loincloth and nothing else. He isn't a fan of Edie's new fiance, Craig.

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Sony Santa Monica Supports Girl Scouts Game Design Badge

IGN.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:28

Sony's Santa Monica Studio has teamed up with Women in Games International and Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles to support a new Girl Scouts badge for video game design.

The studio will host a workshop for Girl Scouts in Los Angeles 10am-4pm tomorrow (September 24) and October 1, during which the scouts will have the opportunity to learn "what it’s like to work in the video game industry from a professional, create a physical prototype, digital prototype, test their designs, and more".

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