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Divergent Star Reacts to Finale Becoming TV Movie

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 18:21

Divergent star Shailene Woodley apparently hadn't heard the rumors that Lionsgate was considering wrapping up the young adult series as a television movie instead of with theatrical release.

News broke yesterday that Lionsgate is in early negotiations on a deal that would have The Divergent Series: Ascendant skip theaters and head straight to television. Woodley, who was on a plane at the time, only found out the news after she touched down. "I'm like 'Whoa, what's going on?" she told Deadline.

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28 Awesome-Looking Star Wars Toys

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 18:17

Comic-Con is way past the point of being exclusively about comics. Whether in New York or San Diego, you can expect to see costumes and collectibles for just about every stripe of pop-culture fandom, and that includes toys.

So behold: 28 pics of some of the best Star Wars toys we've seen so far at SDCC 2016.

If pictures just aren't enough, try a video. It's like millions of pictures being shown to you really fast. Really. Millions.

For more on Comic-Con watch our live stream and our Comic-Con 2016 homepage at http://www.ign.com/events/comic-con.

Vincent Ingenito is IGN's foremost fighting game nerd. Follow him on Twitter and tell him how terrible his Rashid is.

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Watch Our Nerd HQ Stream From SDCC 2016

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 18:16

Nerd HQ is back! IGN is teaming up with The Nerd Machine for their annual Nerd HQ during 2016's San Diego Comic-Con to bring you a great series of panels featuring movie and TV stars like Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Robot Chicken creators, and more! Best part is that proceeds from Nerd HQ benefit Operation Smile.

Join us on July 21-24, 2016 as we live stream the Nerd HQ panels directly from The New Children's Museum in downtown San Diego. You can watch it all in full on IGN.com.

Interesting in what the creators and cast of Gears of War 4 have to say? We have you covered on Friday. What about seeing what the cast of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are up to? This is the place to be this Sunday, because right after that there's a full hour with Josh Whedon.

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Overall Console Sales Were Down for June 2016

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 18:13

According to sales number released by the NPD Group, hardware sales declined by 42% over the same period last year.

In its monthly statement, the NPD Group said "Eighth-generation hardware," meaning Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U, were the "primary driver" of the decline, with sales across the 3 down by 43% over June 2015.

Sales of both hardware and software were down, something the NPD Group attributes to a lack of major title launches such as last year's Batman: Arkham Knight.

Nintendo released a statement saying sales of the 3DS were up 39%, but that increase is month-to-month, rather than year-over-year as is the case with numbers from the NPD Group. Nintendo attributes the increase to the newly discounted 2DS, which can be bought for $80.

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Voltron Legendary Defender Season 2 Announced

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 18:04

Voltron Legendary Defender will return to Netflix, and fans won't have to wait long to see the continued adventures of the streaming service's latest animated series.

DreamWorks' Voltron Legendary Defender will have a second season and it will launch later this year, showrunners Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, as well as head writer Tim Hedrick, announced during the show's San Diego Comic-Con panel.

The rebooted take on the original 1984 animated series premiered on Netflix on June 10 with an 11-episode first season. The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun and Reaper's Tyler Labine were among the voice cast in the show's inaugural season.

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Game of Thrones Actor Says Sam Tarly 'Absolutely Could Be' The Key to Defeating White Walkers

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 17:55

Winter has come, and with it the threat of the White Walkers looms greater than ever on Game of Thrones. So how might that imminent threat be handled? Well, Samwell Tarly could be the show's secret weapon.

Spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6 follow. Turn back if you have yet to finish the season.

"I think he absolutely could be [the key to defeating the White Walkers," Game of Thrones' John Bradley, who plays Sam Tarly, said during IGN's San Diego Comic-Con livestream.

"There's going to be something" that comes of Sam's time in Oldtown, Bradley said. The actor believes he could either discover something in relation to stopping the White Walkers or in regard to Jon Snow's lineage, which played a major role in the season 6 finale. Sam also has his family's sword Heartsbane with him in Oldtown, which is made from Valyrian steel, one of the few known items that can kill White Walkers.

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New Day's Booty-Os is Now a Real Cereal

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 17:42

At Comic-Con today, during the joint WWE/Mattel panel, WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day -- Xavier Woods, Big E. and Kofi Kingston -- officially announced that their fan favorite-though-ficticuous cereal was now a real thing. Yes, you can now order up a box of Booty-Os and eat it to your heart's content. You can start your morning off right with a heaping helping of positivity!

"Booty-Os is now an actual cereal for sale," Kofi said.

"Boxes are available at FYE.com," Big E. added, "and the pre-sale launches today. It's a very real thing. The cereal actually tastes phenomenal. It really does. We just tried it a couple days ago. It's real."

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NPD Numbers Now Include Digital Sales, June Figures Released

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 17:36

Overwatch was the best selling game of June 2016, according to figures released by the NPD Group.

The group, which tracks sales numbers of gaming hardware and software, has previously only included physical sales in its figures. This month marks the first in which both physical and digital sales are factored into the group's sales list.

The inclusion of digital numbers seems to have helped Grand Theft Auto V in its ranking. While the game is a mainstay of the NPD top 10 sellers, it ranks as June's second-best selling game. It's perhaps unsurprising given the fact Grand Theft Auto V has shipped 65 million copies since its release.

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Apple To Make $3 Billion From Pokemon Go

Slashdot.org - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 17:10
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Guardian: We all know what Pokemon Go is, and we all know how successful it is. The Guardian is reporting that Apple will "rake in $3 billion in revenue from Pokemon Go in the next one to two years as gamers buy 'PokeCoins' from its app store, according to analysts." One pack of 100 PokeCoins costs about $1 in Apple's app store, but gamers can purchase as many as 14,500 PokeCoins for about $100. "We believe Apple keeps 30% of Pokemon Go's revenue spent on iOS devices, suggesting upside to earnings," Needham and Co brokerage analyst Laura Martin wrote in a client note on Wednesday. The game, which is also available on Android, had over 21 million active users after only being on the market for less than two weeks. It has also been rolled out in 35 countries since its U.S. debut. "Martin said Pokemon Go's ratio of paid users to total users was 10 times that of Candy Crush, the hit game from King Digital that generated more than $1 billion of revenue in both 2013 and 2014," reports The Guardian. Not only has Apple's stock risen since the launch of Pokemon Go, but Nintendo's stock has more than doubled.

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Overwatch's New Hero Now on PS4

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 17:07

Overwatch's newest hero and the first to be added to the game post-launch is now available on PlayStation 4, just a few days after arriving on PC.

Ana was officially unveiled last week as a support class sniper, who uses her Biotic rifle to heal allies and damage enemies over time.

A sleep dart ability temporarily tranquilizes enemies, while her Biotic grenade heals teammates in range while hurting opponents and temporarily preventing enemy healing. Her ultimate Nano Boost ability supercharges one teammate for a short period of time.

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Pokemon Go 'New Level of Invasion,' Says Snowden Director

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 16:50

During a Comic-Con 2016 panel for his upcoming film Snowden, director Oliver Stone (Platoon, Natural Born Killers) accused the Pokemon Go app of threatening to turn us into a "robot society" that will bring about totalitarianism.

According to Variety, Stone called Pokemon Go "a new level of invasion," stating: "They are data mining every person in this room. It’s what they call surveillance capitalism."

Pokemon Go's app permissions came under fire early on when it was discovered the game granted Niantic Labs full access to your Google account upon installation, which Niantic later claimed was an error.

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Suicide Squad: Get an Extended Look at Jared Leto's Joker

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 16:40

A new trailer for Suicide Squad has been released, offering an extended look at Jared Leto's Joker.

Check out the clip, courtesy of Fandango's Movieclips Trailers, to see Leto, as well as Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and Will Smith's Deadshot stir up all sorts of trouble in Warner Bros.' upcoming villain-focused film.

Suicide Squad opens on August 5 and is projected to have the biggest August debut ever, beating Guardians of the Galaxy's record opening with an expected first weekend haul of around $125 million.

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Prey, Dishonored 2 Headline QuakeCon 2016 Lineup

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 16:23

Bethesda Softworks and id Software have announced the schedule of events for QuakeCon 2016.

QuakeCon 2016 will begin on August 4 at 10 am CT and run through August 7 at 12 pm CT. The event's annual welcome presentation will start at 3pm CT, and feature a "special look" at developer id Software's upcoming Quake Champions, along with an exclusive look at publisher Bethesda Softworks' Prey and Dishonored 2 gameplay.

Arkane Studios will return on August 5 at 2pm with an encore presentation featuring Prey and Dishonored 2.

Additionally, QuakeCon attendees will be able to try out DOOM multiplayer, Fallout Shelter for PC, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and Bethesda VR on the show floor. A full lineup of exhibitors and sponsors — as well as an exhaustive schedule of panels— is available on the QuakeCon 2016 website.

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NES Visual Compendium Returns to Kickstarter

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 16:18

After disappearing from Kickstarter abruptly, Bitmap Books' visual love-letter to the games of the Nintendo Entertainment System and Famicom has returned to the crowd-funding site.

The company, known for compendiums of classic systems like the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and the Commodore 64, suffered a setback on the NES/Famicom version of its tried and true formula when Nintendo issued a Digital Millennium Copyright Act take-down.

The DMCA notice against the NES visual compendium boiled down to Nintendo having concerns with a third-party using, and profiting from, its intellectual property.

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Don't Breathe Director Gives Dante's Inferno Movie Update

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 16:02

Fede Alvarez's second feature film, Don't Breathe, is set to scare moviegoers later this summer, but the director updated us on a few of the apocalyptic projects he has in the works.

Alvarez, who also directed the 2013 take on Evil Dead, has been attached to a film adaptation of the EA game Dante's Inferno since 2013, but not much has been said about the project since then. During IGN's San Diego Comic-Con livestream, however, Alvarez said that the project is still in development and that the movie will likely pull more from the original Dante Aligheri poem than the game.

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FIFA 17 Cover Star Announced

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 15:59

Following a two-week long fan vote, EA announced German soccer star Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund will grace the cover of FIFA 17.

Reus beat out three others to earn his spot on the cover: James Rodriguez of Real Madrid C.F., Anthony Martial of Manchester United, and Eden Hazard of Chelsea FC. Over 3 million votes were cast, according to EA.

The Xbox One box art for FIFA 17

The cover for this year's entry in EA's long-running soccer franchise won't feature superstar Lionel Messi for the first time since FIFA 12.

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Luke Cage EP Compares The Defenders to Wu-Tang Clan

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 15:35

 

Though there's still some road left to pave on the way to Netflix/Marvel's The Defenders, viewers can already get some sense of how the four disparate Netflix heroes will come together — and it's thanks to the Wu-Tang Clan.

During IGN's San Diego Comic-Con livestream, Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker compared Marvel's Netflix plans of bringing its various series together to the Wu-Tang Clan — fans can appreciate every individual member for their solo work, but The Defenders is its own unique take on all of these characters.

"Each individual series has its own vibe, but then you come together with The Defenders, it's the supergroup," Coker said. "So if Daredevil is The Genius, and Jessica Jones is Raekwon and we're Ghostface Killah, we're all going to come together with The Defenders as Wu-Tang."

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Juri Joins Street Fighter 5 Later This Month

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 15:07

This week at San Diego Comic-Con, Capcom announced that Juri will be added to Street Fighter V's growing roster of playable fighters next week on July 26.

According to an announcement post on Capcom's official blog, Juri's Story and Premium Battle Costume will also be available to download alongside the character this coming Tuesday.

Juri's V-Trigger is called Feng Shui Engine Type Alpha, which allows her to cancel any of her standard attacks and more easily chain together combos. In addition, the character's V-Skill Kasatsushu gives her the ability to rush at the opposing player and kick them from behind. Juri also has a Critical Art called Sakkai Fuhazan that allows her to hit the opponent multiple times with a slicing blast.

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Ken Jeong and Hannibal Buress Join Justice League Action

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 15:00

Today at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Ken Jeong, Patton Oswalt and Hannibal Buress have joined the cast of Justice League Action.

Oswalt (Ratatouille) is playing Space Cabby, while Jeong (The Hangover, Community) is voicing Toyman and Buress (Neighbors, Daddy's Home) is doing the voice work for Mr. Terrific. It's a busy time for Mr. Terrific, now that Echo Kellum has become a series regular as Curtis Holt (the future Mr. Terrific) on Arrow.

Jeong and Buress join previously announced Justice League Action cast members Kevin Conroy (Batman), Diedrich Bader (Booster Gold), Mark Hamill (Joker) and James Woods (Lex Luthor).

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The Best Batteries for Pokemon Go

IGN.com - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 14:17

Pokemon Go is an absolute blast, but it can drain your phone's battery like a rampaging Electabuzz. If you want to go out on an all-day Poke-venture, you're going to need to keep charged, so we've rounded a bevy of portable smartphone batteries that'll have your phone humming like handful of happy Voltorbs.

Before we dish out the recommendations, here's what you should know about buying a smartphone battery: First, battery capacity is measured in milliampere-hours, or mAh. The iPhone 6s has a 1715 mAh battery, the 6 Plus has 2750, and the Samsung's Galaxy S7 has a 3000 mAh battery. The next stat to worry about is output, which determines how quickly a battery can charge your phone. This is measured in amps; while some batteries are only 1 amp, every battery in this round up is at least 2.1, so they can charge your phone at a reasonable rate, and won't take all day to charge larger devices like tablets.

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