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  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.

Double Fine Set to Publish New Indie Brawler

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:25

Double Fine will be publishing a new indie game called Gang Beasts, the publisher announced on Twitter,

Developed by Boneloaf, Gang Beasts is a multiplayer, physics-based brawler, that will have players battling it out while avoiding the constant moving obstacles and traps found in the arena. Although still in development, information on how to access an early version of the game can be found on the Boneloaf website. No final release date or platforms were mentioned in the Twitter announcement, but the Double Fine website states that the title will be launching on Steam Early Access Aug. 29.

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Spider-Verse Begins and AXIS Continues in November

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:20

Marvel released their full lineup of solicitations for November 2014 today. It's going to be a very busy month, as Spider-Verse begins, the AXIS event shifts into its second phase, and new ongoing books like All-New Captain America and The Superior Iron Man appear on the scene.

New Series

-All-New Captain America #1

-Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1

-Death of Wolverine: Life After Logan #1

-Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #1 & 2

-Marvel Universe: Avengers Assemble Season 2 #1

-Marvel Universe: Ultimate Spider-Man - Web Warriors #1

-Scarlet Spiders #1

-Spider-Verse #1

-Spider-Verse Team-Up #1

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Brute Force Returns in Deadpool Bi-Annual #1

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:00

Deadpool isn't one for playing by the rules, not even his own. That's why he's set to star in his second annual issue of 2014 when Marvel releases the Deadpool Bi-Annual next month. This special is notable for two reasons. First, it resurrects an obscure team of cybernetically enhanced animal warriors called Brute Force. Second, it inducts a new pair of comedians into the Deadpool fold.

Just as Marvel kicked off the current volume of Deadpool by handing the reins to Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, they've tapped comedians/writers/actors Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti to script this bizarre clash between Deadpool and Brute Force. We recently had the chance to chat with Scheer and Giovannetti and find out what makes Wade Wilson so appealing and how writing his misadventures compares to performing standup or writing comedy for television.

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13 Actresses That Could Bring Death to the MCU

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:00

It’s becoming clear that Thanos the Mad Titan is the bullet in the chamber of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, ready to fire at any moment. He’s been lurking in the background since The Avengers, doing his best to acquire the Infinity Stones, and we can only assume that sooner or later he’ll succeed.

If our hunch is correct, it will be up to the combined might of The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and whoever else is in the picture at that point to save the day.

But what’s Thanos’ motivation for all of this? Sure, he wants power. But in the comics, there’s another reason… he’s trying to impress a woman (aren’t we all?). Death is the physical representation of the end of life within the Marvel Universe, and is typically depicted as one of two things: a cloaked bag of bones, or an attractive humanoid female.

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HTC's Flagship Smartphone Gets the Windows Treatment

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:51

HTC's impressive One (M8), which originally launched with Android, is now available as a Windows Phone device.

The hardware for new version of the company's flagship smartphone is built exactly like the Android model, but the software is a different story altogether. Instead of running Google's mobile operating system, the handset runs Windows Phone 8.1 update 1, complete with the Cortana digital assistant.

The phone will also include some software features specific to HTC, like the BlinkFeed news aggregator and compatibility with the company's quirky Dot View case.

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Yoshida Talks About Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:45

Sony's Shuhei Yoshida has revealed he had no idea Rise of the Tomb Raider would be announced as an Xbox exclusive ahead of Microsoft's press conference.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Yoshida also engaged with the prospect of Square Enix's title coming to PS4, explaining that it wasn't really a question he could answer.

"Tomb Raider being exclusive. It's very interesting the way Phil Spencer said, what we are saying is, in holiday 2015 Tomb Raider is exclusive to Xbox. So it's open to interpretation. But still, we didn't anticipate something like this would happen," he explained. "How could we know?... They might have to our third-party relations team, but I didn't know."

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Watch Dogs is Ubisoft's Final 'Mature Game' on Wii U

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:24

Ubisoft won't be publishing any more "mature games" on Nintendo's console after Watch Dogs, according to the company's CEO.

Speaking to Game Informer, Yves Guillemot explained that Wii U game sales only made up three percent of the company's total for the last fiscal year. In contrast, the PS4 and Xbox One made up nine and six percent respectively, despite not even being out for the entire year.

"It’s very simple,” he said. “What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers. What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games. So what we are trying to do is to focus more on the types of games they are interested in.

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Star Wars Rebels Premiere Date Revealed

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:59

We had heard that the much-anticipated new animated series Star Wars Rebels would debut in October, but now the official premiere date has been revealed. The special one-hour premiere event, called Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, will first air on Disney Channel on Friday, October 3rd - but fans will actually be able to watch it even earlier if they are a verified user on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app beginning Monday, September 29th.

Regular half hour episodes will then begin airing in the show's regular timeslot on Monday, October 13th at 9:00pm on Disney XD. As Disney and Lucasfilm note, the series will air in 34 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.

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Major Nelson Memes Are The Best Thing You'll See Today

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:53

Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has decided to celebrate the news that the Xbox One's new Reddit app, ReddX, is now live in his own unique way.

As is the case with all Xbox One apps, Achievements can be unlocked, though they're usually accompanied by rather dull pictures or concept art. Not so here, as Hryb has clearly committed to his role and decided to recreate some of the internet's most famous memes, from Socially Awkward Penguin to Good Guy Greg.

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Super Smash Bros. Gives Zero Suit Samus New Outfit

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:33

Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has revealed new outfits for Zero Suit Samus in the upcoming brawler, based on her appearance in Metroid Fusion and Metroid Zero Mission.

The images, which you can see below, come from Miiverse and are definitely skimpier than most of Samus' other get-ups. Speaking about how they made it into the game, Sakurai explained it was very much a last minute move.

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SCEJ President Hiroshi Kawano Retiring

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:07

President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, Hiroshi Kawano, is retiring from his position and the company on August 31, Sony Computer Entertainment announced today.

Since joining Sony in 1985, Kawano oversaw operations of the corporation in various capacities, such as general manager of Sony Europe and senior vice president of Consumer Sales. During his tenure at the company, spanning almost three decades, Kawano was instrumental in the launches and related product announcements of Sony’s latest console offerings, such as the PlayStation Vita and the PlayStation 4.

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Pillars of Eternity Backer Beta Is Live

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:03

The Back Beta for Obsidian Entertainment’s classically-styled role-playing game Pillars of Eternity is now available on Windows PC via Steam for all Kickstarter backers of $110.00 USD or above

According to a post on the Obsidian website, the Backer Beta is spoiler free and has no connection to the final game’s critical path or main story. Stronghold mechanics and content above the eighth level also isn’t included in the Backer Beta.

Players can get an idea of the basic functionality of all 11 classes and will be able to make use of four pre-made “intentionally (extremely) generic party members.” Players are also invited to put the game’s systems through its paces, such as exploration, conversation, combat, loot-grabbing, crafting and enchanting, hiring adventurers as well as camping supplies and inns.

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Gamestop Stocks Refurbished Nintendo GameCube Consoles

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:01

Video game retailer Gamestop is again selling refurbished Nintendo GameCube consoles at $20 USD a piece until stocks last.

The GameCube ships to U.S. addresses with a controller, AC cable and standard AV cable. Colour of the system and style of the controller may vary.Gamestop also offers Gamecube games, GameCube Controller Super Smash Bros. Edition, refurbished official controllers and a variety of GameCube adaptors.

The Nintendo 64 successor was first released September and November 2001 in Japan and North America, respectively, followed by a worldwide release in 2002. The GameCube, ranked 16th in our list of best gaming consoles of all time, ran on the Dolphin OS and was the first Nintendo console to use optical discs for its primary storage medium.

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How Frank Miller Became Hollywood's Dark Knight

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:06

The movies kill Frank Miller. No really. Every time his scrawny frame turns up on the big screen, it winds up on a slab, whether it’s undergoing an unorthodox tracheotomy in Daredevil or giving a fatal confession in Sin City.

Behind the lens, the superstar comic book creator has breathed life into the multiplex, with huge flicks out this year, even as his lofty place in the comic book world – an industry whose horizons he exploded with his seminal ‘80s work – has fallen into disrepute. But there’s a reason that Hollywood now bleeds ink – with comic book movies now regularly among the years biggest grossers – and the rat-faced guy with the goddamn cranky politics is a big part of that.

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Freedom Wars' Western Release Date on Vita

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:00

One of the games that stood-out to me most at E3 this past June was Freedom Wars, a PS Vita-exclusive project developed in tandem by Sony-owned Japan Studio, Shift, and Dimps. Indeed, it may just be Vita's most promising upcoming exclusive, and today, IGN can finally confirm for you when it's coming out in the west.

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CounterSpy Review

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:01

It seems strange -- even counter-intuitive -- but as one of my history professors used to say, learning history is five percent memorizing dates, times, and other facts, and 95 percent interpreting what you actually think happened. It's hardly a science. That's why CounterSpy, a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita side-scrolling espionage game from developer Dynamighty hit home with me, at least when it comes to its bold subject matter. It makes no biased judgments, and it chooses no winners and losers. The real threat of nuclear war was perpetually scary, yet CounterSpy makes light of the era in unique ways by focusing on the Cold War's overall absurdity.

CounterSpy may take place during the heart of the Cold War, but unlike most historical fiction written by the victors, it hates both sides equally. It refuses to even call the opposing nations by their actual names. Instead, the Americans are the Imperialists and the Soviets are the Socialists. This is a not-so-subtle ode to the way the two sides thought about one another, and it's an ingenious way to reduce decades-long smoldering into tight caricatures.

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AU: Win Tickets to the Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:51

Hey Aussie Magic: The Gathering fans! We've teamed up with the most excellent folk at Wizards of the Coast to offer you guys the chance to win VIP tickets to this weekend's Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix in Sydney, plus two gorgeous original Magic: The Gathering hand-drawn illustrations on playmats by artists R.K. Post and Steven Belledin.

One grand prize winner will nab two passes to the event (so they can take a friend) plus the artwork, while three runner up winners will win a VIP pass each.

To go into the draw to win simply tell us in 50 words or less what your favourite planeswalker is, and why. Send your entries under the subject line 'Magic Competition' to ozcomps@ign.com. Please include your name, age, phone number, and best postal address to send tickets to. Please note - winners must be able to get to and from the event which will be held at Sydney Olympic Park this weekend.

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Xbox One Reddit App ReddX Rolling Out Now

IGN.com - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:39

A dedicated Reddit app for the Xbox One called ReddX is rolling out now to Xbox Live members in the U.S. and Canada, Microsoft announced today.

ReddX on Xbox One app, which can be Snapped to the side of the screen, allows users to browse, submit and interact with subreddits and a customized main page on their consoles.

Players can view and zoom in on Reddit content such as text, images, videos and GIFs. The app opens the ability to upvote, downvote or comment on a thread using either the Xbox One controller, media remote or Xbox SmartGlass app. Photos can be saved as a users profile, while images can be saved as the ReddX app background.

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Skater Is the First Skateboarding Game to Feature True-to-Life Skate Spots

IGN.com - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:54

Sydney, Australia-based Frosch Media has announced Skater, a realistic skateboarding game headed to iOS later this month.

Skater, which was formerly revealed as Touch Skate in early 2013, differs from other skateboarding video games by featuring accurate, true-to-life locations. Frosch states the first release will focus on iconic US parks like Stoner Park, Woodward Plaza and The Berrics, plus real-life street spots like Carlsbad Gap and Hollywood High.

“As ex-competitive skaters and developers, we wanted to play a better skate game on the current generation of devices,” said director Dain Hedgpeth. “We surveyed tons of skaters, scoured forums from around the world, and found they wanted a skateboarding experience that offered organic gameplay, social engagement and a way to expose and share the best things to do in levels – ones that were based on real world skate parks. So I flew to California to meet with some of the world’s top skaters and together we travelled to some of the most renowned skate parks in the US.”

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Under the Dome: "Awakening" Review

IGN.com - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:19

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...

The Zenith-centered conspiracy storyline is shaky, but it's still a hell of a lot better than anything having to do with Chester's Mill. Not that our heroes don't also act like complete pinheads once they make it outside the dome, but I'd much rather watch Barbie slowly uncover whatever sinister plot is going on with the government and the dome than watch Big Jim track down his stalker. Surprise! It's the guy we know! And not the five other non-characters we don't care about!

Yeah, so basically, in "Awakening," Phil drunkenly snapped again. And got put down again. And was curiously difficult to overcome despite the fact that, just a few days ago, he was shot in the chest and put in the hospital. It was also very nice of Phil to not just go after Big Jim first thing. But instead to leave vandalization clues about his possible identity.

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