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Why The Snyder Cut of Justice League Isn’t Widescreen

The Mother of all Boxes. by Matt Fowler, IGN Superhero fans were recently treated to a throwback aspect ratio when WandaVision opened its run with the yesteryear sitcom screen of 4:3 – the glorious black and white square that viewers saw on their sets for decades. But that was semi-expected, given WandaVision’s TV time-hopping gimmick.What people may not have been prepared for was Zack Snyder’s Justice League (a.k.a. The Snyder Cut) being presented in a very similar ratio. The trailers for the film were not in the widescreen format like the theatrical release was. And indeed, Snyder confirmed that – yes – all of the new Justice League, which premieres March 18 on HBO Max, is presented in what was once the standard aspect ratio […]

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Sony PlayStation PS5 restock: Console updates for Amazon, GameStop, Sony, Walmart, Best Buy

Having trouble finding a PS5? Here are all the links to all the stores selling the console. by Dave Johnson, CNET The PS5 is available in two versions: There’s a $500 model with a Blu-ray drive and an otherwise identical $400 digital-only version with no disc slot. At this point, people are happy to get their hands on either one, but if you don’t have a library of optical discs — for Blu-ray movies, used games or old PS4 games — CNET recommends that you go with the $400 version. Remember to check back here for news and updates on new PS5 availability. You can also browse all the major retailers to see their restock status. The list below has links to the PS5 product pages at […]

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Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly due to receive $200m payout

Shareholder Value Creative Incentive clause means publisher boss will earn four years worth of rewards by James Batchelor, GamesIndustry.biz The financial compensations for Bobby Kotick are once again under fire, as the Activision Blizzard CEO stands to earn a payout of up to $200 million. The CtW Investment Group claims Activision’s success over the past year has triggered the Shareholder Value Creative Incentive clause of Kotick’s employment agreement, Kotaku reports. CtW is an investor group that states its mission is to hold companies accountable for “irresponsible and unethical corporate behaviour and excessive executive pay.” Due in large part to the pandemic, and a banner year for Call of Duty, Activision enjoyed a record financial year. Over the course of the last 12 months, […]

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Sony announces new PS5 VR controllers with adaptive triggers

Sony continues to tease its VR plans for PS5 by Tom Warren, The Verge Sony is revealing its new VR controllers for the PS5 today. The orb-shaped controllers look more like typical VR controllers than existing PlayStation Move motion controllers, and they also include the same adaptive trigger technology found on the DualSense PS5 controller. Each controller has tensions in the triggers, and Sony is aiming to use this tech in future VR games. The controllers also have haptic feedback, and finger touch detection that will let them detect fingers without having to press areas where you rest your thumb, index, or middle fingers. “This enables you to make more natural gestures with your hands during gameplay,” says Hideaki Nishino, head […]

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Super Nintendo World opens in Osaka, Japan

by Selina Wang, CNN  Noriko Yoshinaka took the first train from Kyoto Thursday morning in order to be at the park on opening day. “I’m scared when I take off my mask to eat food,” Yoshinaka said. “But the park seems to take safety protocols, cleaning the rides and wiping surfaces every time people touch them, so I feel safe.” Many fans said they are most excited about Koopa’s Challenge: a real-life Mario Kart race through Bowser’s Castle. Riders have to wear augmented-reality headsets to see the projections of other characters and the track as well as to collect coins and to throw items. In addition to conventional rides, the entire Super Nintendo World is an immersive game in which […]

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Alien Star Yaphet Kotto Dead at 81

by Adam Barnhardt, ComicBook.com Alien star Yaphet Kotto has died. A statement shared to his official Facebook page by his wife reveals the actor passed away Sunday night due to unknown causes. Though Kotto was best known for his role as technician Dennis Parker in Alien, the actor appeared in other mainstay hits throughout the 1980s and 1990s, such as NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street, Live and Let Die, and The Running Man. He was 81. “I’m saddened and still in shocked of the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years. He died last night around 10:30pm Philippine time,” the statement reads. “This is a very painful [sic] moment for me to inform you all fans, friends and family of my husband. We still have […]

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Bethesda’s Future Games Will Be “Where Game Pass Exists”

by  Liam Doolan, Nintendolife It’s been a big week in the video game industry, with Microsoft officially finalizing its $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda’s parent company, ZeniMax Media. Microsoft is expected to limit Bethesda’s third-party support at a certain point in the future and in a special roundtable discussion, Xbox head Phil Spencer has now further clarified what fans of Bethesda, Xbox and other platforms can expect. While the company will fulfill contractual obligations and continue to support existing releases and services on other systems, if you want to be part of Bethesda’s future, you’ll need to be “where Game Pass exists”. That’s on Xbox, PC, or a device that supports the service. “So obviously, I can’t sit here and say every […]

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Tom Holland doesn’t sound thrilled with his performance in the Uncharted movie

“It was a mistake and is something that I will probably never do again.” by Wesley Yin-Poole, Eurogamer Tom Holland has spoken about his role as Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted movie – and it doesn’t sound like he’s particularly thrilled with his performance. In a new interview with GQ, the Spider-Man star from South London said playing Drake in the film was sometimes “less about land a mark and go through this scene and more about land a mark, stand like this and see my bulging biceps… “It was a mistake and is something that I will probably never do again.” It’s worth looking in more detail at Holland’s quote here. GQ sets it up by describing the […]

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EA Is Putting the Future of its Franchises, Including Titanfall, into its Studios’ Hands

Chief studios officer Laura Miele talks about her role working with EA’s internal studios, and how those studios are looking for more ways to listen and respond to their fans by Rebekah Valentine, IGN Laura Miele loves working with people who make games — a love that began to be cultivated around 25 years ago, when she got her start at former EA subsidiary and Command & Conquer creator Westwood Studios.”Those years working directly with developers forever shaped my understanding of the complexities and sophistication of game development, as well as my appreciation and admiration of game developers,” Miele says.Now, she’s the chief studios officer for EA, where she works with over 6,000 game developers across the company. Miele tells […]

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Anthem 2.0 Has Been Officially Canceled

The troubled history of Anthem is coming to an end, as Bioware reveals that Anthem 2.0 is officially cancelled in favor of focusing on other titles. by Anthony Puleo, Game Rant It’s no secret that Anthem had something of a troubled launch, but fans of the game placed all their hope in the elusive Anthem 2.0. Waiting for any sort of news on this has been an adventure in and of itself, but now the project is officially canceled. This news comes directly from Christian Dailey, the head of the Anthem reboot project, so there’s no denying its legitimacy. In summary, Dailey explains that the team that was working on Anthem will now be dedicating its resources towards other things like Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Star Wars: […]

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Move over, MCU and DCEU, Todd McFarlane reveals his plans for extended ‘Spawn’ universe built around iconic Black hero

by Ethan Alter, Yahoo Entertainment Todd McFarlane remembers the moment he knew he wanted to create a different complexion of superhero. The artist and writer was midway through his groundbreaking Spider-Man run when he found himself alternately intrigued and frustrated by a design limitation of Marvel Comics’s signature wall-crawler. “It always bugged me that I was drawing a character who was covered from head to toe, which meant that nobody knew who was underneath the costume,” McFarlane tells Yahoo Entertainment now. “You didn’t know if they were Asian or Latino or white, and I always had this curiosity about why. I mean, you can see the Flash and Batman from the nose down, so we know who they are. But for any […]

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SUPERMAN ’78 and BATMAN ’89 Are Coming in All-New DC Comics

by Eric Diaz, Nerdist Robert Venditti (Hawkman) and Wilfredo Torres (Batman ’66) will collaborate on Superman ’78 to tell stories set within the world Richard Donner and Christopher Reeves created in Superman: The Movie. In Superman ’78, bystanders are surprised and delighted by Superman’s abilities. And Lois Lane doesn’t (yet!) know that Clark Kent is secretly Superman. Inspired by Donner’s timeless style of superhero storytelling, in Superman ’78 Venditti and Torres will show fans that a man can truly fly. Hopefully this comic will give fans things we never got before in those classic films. Perhaps villains like Bizarro and Brainiac. Continuing the twisted adventures of DC’s Dark Knight from Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies movies, Batman ’89 brings in screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero) to […]

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Game developer hasn’t left home in 10 years

by Emerald Pellot, In The Know Nito Souji is the internet’s favorite hikikomori — the video game developer hasn’t left his apartment in 10 years. In Japan, there are roughly 1 million people who identify as hikikomori, people who isolate at home for at least six consecutive months. Hikikomori don’t travel to school or work or interact with others outside of their family. Souji became a hikikomori in part by circumstance and in part by choice. When Souji couldn’t get a job after college or become a novelist like he had dreamed, he went to his hometown to live alone in his aunt’s apartment. “I had no friends in my hometown and felt rushed to become financially independent as soon as possible, feeling ashamed to go outside. So I […]

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CD Projekt hit by ransomware attack, refuses to pay ransom

by Zack Whittaker, Tech Crunch Polish video game maker CD Projekt, which makes Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher, has confirmed it was hit by a ransomware attack. In a statement posted to its Twitter account, the company said it will “not give in nor negotiate” with the hackers, saying it has backups in place. “We have already secured our IT infrastructure and begun restoring data,” the company said. According to the ransom note, the hackers said they would release the company’s stolen source code and other internal files if it did not pay the ransom, since the company would “most likely recover from backups.” But the company said for now that no personal data was taken. “We are still investigating the incident, […]

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‘Resident Evil’ movie reboot will premiere on Labor Day weekend

by Mariella Moon, Engadget The next Resident Evil film is set to open on September 3rd or this year’s Labor Day weekend, according to Deadline. While it’s still from Constantin Film, the German production company behind Paul W. S. Anderson’s adaptations, it’s not going to follow Milla Jovovich’s Alice anymore. The upcoming film is expected to follow the games closely and will serve as a reboot of the franchise’s movie series. Constantin first revealed its plans to make an origin movie based on the games late last year, with writer/director Johannes Roberts at the helm. At the time, Roberts said he wanted to “go back to the original first two games and recreate the terrifying visceral experience [he] had when [he] first played them” while […]

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Google is shutting down its in-house Stadia game development studios

The company is refocusing its streaming service by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge Google is shutting down its internal Stadia game development division, the company announced today, as it refocuses Stadia to be a home for streaming games from existing developers instead of developing its own games for the service. “Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment, and the cost is going up exponentially,” reads a blog post from Phil Harrison, a vice president at Google and general manager for Stadia. “Given our focus on building on the proven technology of Stadia as well as deepening our business partnerships, we’ve decided that we will not be investing further in bringing exclusive content from our internal development […]