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Daily Deals: 40% off GTA V, Doom, Overwatch, Xbox One Hard Drive - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 04:30

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GTA V is a Total Steal at £28

If you haven't yet sampled the mayhem of next-gen GTA V, consider scoring the game while console copies have reduced to £27.99. If you're like us and follow the market on these games you'll realise that this is as cheap as GTA ever gets; it is the only game that is notoriously known to hold its value (it's still £44.99 at GAME!). Forget the world-class campaign, £28 for GTA V is worth it just for GTA Online alone.

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Titanfall 2: How Call of Duty's Creators Upped Their Game - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 04:00
The core team at Respawn is the same ex-Infinity Ward crew who built Call of Duty (up through Modern Warfare 2).

Doctor Strange Review - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 02:00

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie (Welcome to MCU: Part 14!), Doctor Strange is a bit of a contradiction, feeling both very familiar yet also very different from what has come before. Structurally, it’s another basic superhero origin story, but on the other hand, it’s going into a trippier, more psychedelic place than any comic book movie has before.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the title character, the brilliant but arrogant surgeon Doctor Stephen Strange. After Strange gets in a car accident, his hands are mangled, putting an end to his career – something he refuses to accept, as he burns through his money trying every experimental surgical technique possible to repair his body. With no medical procedure able to help him, the desperate doctor turns to other avenues and a journey to a place called Kamar-Taj, where he is led to believe he will find a more spiritual manner to restore his life to what it once was.

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Logan Could Be the Perfect End for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 01:00
ICYMI: The final Hugh Jackman Wolverine movie could close the loop on the X-Men character seamlessly.

Star Wars Rebels: "The Last Battle" Review - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 19:59

Obviously, mileage will vary greatly for this episode depending how much you care about or have nostalgia for anything to do with both the prequel era or, of course, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. There was certainly a meta aspect occurring here too and the idea of how the war never ended for some – reflecting how The Clone Wars, the series, never got a proper ending, given it was cancelled before the intended final episodes were completed.

All of which is to say this was a poignant installment that managed to bring in some major Clone Wars elements (most notably, Battle Droids!) while telling a story about two old soldiers – Rex and, interestingly, that Super Tactical Droid – both coming to terms with their past and present.

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The Walking Dead's Top 10 Episodes - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 19:40

Warning: Contains spoilers for all of AMC's The Walking Dead through Season 6

With AMC already green-lighting an eighth season before Season 7 premieres this Sunday, October 23rd, The Walking Dead continues to prove that it is a modern-era TV juggernaut with no end in sight. Plus, with Rick and his crew of hardened survivors going up against their most formidable enemy to date -- Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan -- it's clear that things are more dangerous than ever on the show and viewer anxiety is at an all-time high.

But we're not here to get all caught up in who Negan's going to kill or speculate on who the victim might be. In anticipation of the show's big return, we've updated out list of The Walking Dead's best episodes so far.

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5 Things To Do First in Battlefield 1's Multiplayer - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 18:00
Get set for success in the huge new combat simulator.

New Text Adventures Compete In 22nd 'Interactive Fiction Competition' - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 17:34
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: 58 brand-new text adventures are now available free online for the 22nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition. The public is encouraged to play the games, and on November 16th the contest's organizers will announce which ones received the highest average ratings. After 22 years, the contest is now under "the auspices of the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation, a new, charitable non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting the technologies and services that enable IF creation and play..." according to the contest's organizers. "[T]he competition now runs on servers paid for by the IF-loving public, and for this I feel sincere gratitude."

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Lime Green New 3DS XL Bundle Includes Super Mario World - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 17:28

A new, Amazon-exclusive Lime Green New 3DS XL bundle is now available in the United States.

In addition to the handheld itself, the bundle includes a pre-installed copy of the classic Super Nintendo platformer, Super Mario World. You can purchase the bundle for $200 right now on Amazon.

While Nintendo is launching a brand-new console, dubbed Nintendo Switch, in March 2017, the company plans to support 3DS well into next year with new releases that include Mario Sports Superstars, handheld versions of Yoshi's Wooly World and Super Mario Maker, as well as a side-scrolling Pikmin game.

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AT&T Buying Time Warner - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 17:24

After several days of negotiations, AT&T has reached a deal to acquire Time Warner.

According to The Wall Street Journal (via Variety), the purchase is valued at over $80 billion. Ownership of Time Warner means that AT&T will also be the proud owner of Warner Bros., DC Comics, HBO, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, as well as a number of iconic characters, including Superman, Batman and Mad Max.

While AT&T will also have ownership of the Harry Potter film franchise, the company won't outright own the Harry Potter character.

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'Preacher' Artist Steve Dillon Passes Away at 54 - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 17:15

Comic book artist Steve Dillon has passed away at the age of 54.

Dillon's passing was confirmed this morning by his broth Glynn, who tweeted, "Sad to confirm the death of Steve, my big brother and my hero. He passed away in the city he loved (NYC). He will be sorely missed. Cheers x"

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The Orange Box and More Now Backward Compatible on Xbox - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 16:00
Half-Life 2, Portal, and more join hundreds of Xbox 360 games playable on Xbox One.

This Week's Wildest Westworld Fan Theories - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 14:36

Welcome back to our weekly round up of the crazy (and not-so-crazy) fan theories on what’s going on in HBO’s latest sci-fi series, Westworld. Episode 3 gave us a little more information on certain members of management’s intentions - I don’t know about you, but I’m developing a real soft spot for Bernard - yet there’s still plenty of mystery to sink our teeth into here. Here’s what the internet is saying this week.

Spoilers ahead for ALL AIRED episodes of Westworld to date. 

Currently information on the identity of Ed Harris’ violent guest is scarce, but The Wrap theorises that Westworld co-creator Arnold is  not dead, as Ford claims, but walking round the park bashing hosts’ heads in. Why? Because Arnold wanted to bring hosts to consciousness - as the Men in Black arguably appears to be - and it’s a sound explanation as to why he’s allowed so much freedom.

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Jessica Jones: Female Directors to Helm All of Season 2 - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 13:45

The directorial lineup for the second season of Marvel's Jessica Jones will be comprised entirely of women.

Melissa Rosenberg, executive producer of the hit Netflix-exclusive series, shared the news during her panel at Transform Hollywood, which was relayed on Twitter by Variety's Mo Ryan (via ScreenRant).

Rosenberg spoke to aiming for a diverse set of perspectives as well when hiring for the show's writing staff, according to Variety, explaining that she looks for those with people who have experiences separate from hers.

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Deadpool 2 Just Lost Its Director - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 13:15

Director Tim Miller has reportedly left Deadpool 2 over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds.

While its unknown what those differences were specifically, Miller's exit was reportedly "amicable," according to Variety. Both Miller and Reynolds were confirmed to be returning for the sequel when it was announced back in April.

The Miller-directed Deadpool hit theaters earlier this year and went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, earning over $780 million USD worldwide. The sequel is set to introduce both Cable and Domino. Kyle Chandler (Bloodline, Friday Night Lights) is reportedly in the running to play Cable, while six actresses, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Lizzy Caplan, are reportedly in contention to play Domino.

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Lord of the Rings Spinoff Beren and Lúthien Coming in 2017 - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 12:59

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings spinoff story about Beren and Lúthien will be published next year.

According to Entertainment Weekly, HarperCollins will release the book sometime in 2017, a full century after Tolkien first wrote the story.

Beren and Lúthien tells the love story of a mortal man named Beren and an elf maiden named Lúthien. In addition to appearing in Tolkien's collection of works The Silmarillion, the pair are mentioned by Aragorn, whose relationship with Arwen in The Lord of the Rings is very similar to that of Beren and Lúthien.

The story was first released in a 12-volume series called The History of Middle-Earth, but will now be available as a standalone book that includes illustrations by Alan Lee and passages from several iterations of Tolkien's work.

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Indie Dev Proposes in Destiny With Help From Bungie - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 12:56

Two independent game developers are celebrating their Destiny-set engagement, thanks to some help from Bungie.

Adriel Wallick, organizer of the annual Train Jam, an event that invites game developers to create a game on the 52-hour train ride from Chicago to San Francisco in the lead up to the Game Developers Conference, proposed to her partner Rami Ismail, one-half of the independent developer Vlambeer, the studio behind Nuclear Throne and Luftrausers.

Using some custom-made Destiny content for the engagement, the team at Bungie delivered the proposal from Wallick as a letter from the Postmaster.

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Super Mario 'Speed Runners' Are Setting New World Records - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 12:34
Virginia software engineer Brad Myers has played Super Mario 22,000 times, and just set a new speed record earlier this month -- 4 minutes and 56.878 seconds. An anonymous Slashdot reader summarizes a new article at FiveThirtyEight: "In this 31-year-old video game, there is a full-on, high-speed assault on Bowser's castle under way right now..." writes Oliver Roeder, describing a collaborative community of both theorists and experimentalists "who test the theories in game after callus-creating game... 'Everything in my run, so many people contributed so much knowledge at various points in the game's history,' Myers told me. 'Now someone can come along and use that as their starting point.'" Online broadcasts form a kind of peer-review system, with an ever-expanding canon of tricks -- for example, intentionally bumping into objects for a slight increase in speed. But the success rate for the maneuver is estimated at 3%, meaning speed runners spend most of their time stating over. "On average, about 1 out of 1,000 times does a record-setting campaign continue beyond its halfway point..."

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X-Men's Blue and Gold Teams Return - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 12:00
Marvel's iconic '90s teams are making a comeback for ResurrXion. Check out the two new teasers.

Assassination Classroom Creator's Thoughts on Spin-offs, Dubbed Anime - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 11:35

A yellow, octopus-like creature that can move at Mach 20 speed is planning on destroying the earth, and the only thing that can stop him is his class of junior high school delinquents armed with an assortment of weird weapons. This is Assassination Classroom, and IGN had the chance to send a few questions to its creator Yusei Matsui during New York Comic Con.

With the wild, heartfelt anime and manga concluded, we asked Matsui (through a translator) about his work experiences, how he came up with a character like Koro-sensei, and briefly discussed what's next for him and the Assassination Classroom kids.

Warning: Mild spoilers for the end of Assassination Classroom follow!

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