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Pokemon Go Adds New Gen 5 Pokemon

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 06:18

Some new Pokemon have arrived in Pokemon Go. A handful of monsters originally from the Unova region--the setting of Pokemon Black and White--can now be found in the wild and raids in the hit Pokemon mobile game. On top of that, Niantic has also implemented a new method of evolving certain Pokemon that harkens back to the series' roots.

Pokemon Go players around the world can now encounter the following Pokemon in the wild:

  • Roggenrola
  • Tympole
  • Dwebble
  • Trubbish
  • Karrablast
  • Joltik
  • Shelmet

On top of that, the following Pokemon can now hatch from certain eggs:

  • 2 km eggs: Venipede, Dwebble
  • 5 km eggs: Roggenrola, Tympole, Trubbish, Karrablast, Joltik, Shelment
  • 10 km eggs: Timburr, Tirtouga, Archen, Axew

A handful of new region-exclusive Pokemon have also been added to the game. The following Pokemon can now be encountered in certain parts of the world:

  • North America, South America, Africa: Throh
  • Europe, Asia, Australia: Sawk
  • Southern United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean,South America: Maractus
  • Egypt, Greece: Sigilyph
  • Eastern hemisphere: Red-Striped Form Basculin
  • Western hemisphere: Blue-Striped Form Basculin

Finally, you can now evolve certain Pokemon by trading, just as you can in the mainline series. If you trade Kadabra, Machoke, Graveler, Haunter, and other Pokemon that traditionally evolve through trading, the Candy cost to evolve them in Go will be removed. This also retroactively applies to these Pokemon if you've previously received them through trades.

In other Pokemon Go news, the Legendary Heatran recently returned to five-star Raids. Pokemon Go's January Community Day also takes place this coming Sunday, January 19, and the featured Pokemon this month will be Piplup, the Water-type starter from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.

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The Witcher Timeline Explained With Netflix's Interactive Map

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 05:42

The Witcher was one of Netflix's most popular releases in 2019 even though it was one of the streaming platform's later releases, with its first season debuting on December 20. Based on the sprawling book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, the TV adaptation had a lot of material to work with--an almost unwieldy amount.

Our Witcher experts have tried their hand at explaining The Witcher timeline and even The Witcher book reading order, but now Netflix has stepped in to help newcomers to the series as well with their very own interactive map and timeline of the saga. They even have their own official dedicated page for it.

Netflix's The Witcher interactive map and timeline.

The timeline is split up into different tracks following key characters like Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri as well as a general overview of the history of the series' known universe, starting with the Conjunction of the Spheres, the cataclysmic event that allowed dangerous creatures into the World's dimension. Episodes of the show are also marked, as you can see above.

Clicking around on key points on the timeline narrows into specific locations on the map, providing a brief description of the event and even some neat visual effects like weather. You can also use the search bar in the top left corner to bring up information on key locations, characters, beasts, races, and events in The Witcher universe, which includes their own mini timelines and links to related pages you can browse via the sidebar. The Witcher show has a wealth of Easter eggs and references related to the games and novels, so there's a lot here to dig into if you're a fan, and plenty to learn if you're new to the series.

Season 2 of Netflix's The Witcher premieres in 2021--for what's coming this year, check out what's new on Netflix this week and all the Netflix original movies revealed for 2020 so far.

Massive Buy 2, Get 1 Free Collectibles Sale: Funko Pops, Action Figures, Pokemon Cards, And More

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 05:30

Though GameStop is primarily known as the last remaining chain retailer of video games in the US, it's also become a pretty sweet destination for collectibles of all different varieties. As part of its weekly sale, GameStop is offering a buy two, get one free promotion on a ton of its collectibles through January 18. All of the collectibles in the promotion are on clearance already, so you're getting even more bang for your buck here.

Because the sale focuses on clearance collectibles and not a specific type of product, the items in the promotion are quite random. There are some gems to be found, though. A number of the awesome "Movie Moments" Funko Pops are featured in the sale, including Batman and the Joker's clash int the 1989 film and the banquet room scene from Ghostbusters.

My favorite Funko Pop in the promotion is this extremely cursed Spongebob Squarepants set, which comes with his pineapple house. If Spongebob isn't your thing, here are some of our other favorite Pops in the sale.

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While Funko Pops have a large presence in the sale, they aren't the only collectibles up for grabs. Check out a handful of our favorite collectibles below and browse the entire buy two, get one free collectible sale at GameStop.

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Bloodborne Hunter statueBloodborne - Hunter Modern Icon Statue | $37.97 See at GameStop

Fallout Nuka Cola USB chargerFallout T-51 Nuka Cola four-port USB charger | $39.97 See at GameStop The Mandalorian IG-88 Black Series Action FigureStar Wars IG-88 The Black Series action figure | $18.97 See at GameStop Kingdom Hearts Mickey and Donald statue

Kingdom Hearts - Mickey and Donalds statue | $24.97 See at GameStop

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Halo TV Show Update Includes First Master Chief Photo (But You Can't See It Yet)

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 05:14

It will still be a while before viewers get to see Showtime's Halo TV series debut, but it's actually, officially happening now. After it was revealed in December that production had begun on the upcoming show, Showtime president of entertainment Gary Levine has shared a quick update.

Appearing at the TCA winter press tour, Levine revealed that he and his fellow president of Entertainment Jana Winograde had recently traveled to the set of the series, noting it is "is currently shooting all over the city of Budapest." Unfortunately, there was no footage from the series to screen, but Levine and Winograde did come with the first photo of Pablo Schreiber in costume as Master Chief.

Unfortunately, the image was for viewing in the room only and will not be released widely at this point. In the photo, Chief is seated on a ship in his full armor--helmet included. According to Levine, it's Schreiber in the costume, which looks like a spot-on recreation of Chief's classic armor.

There's been a lot of discussion over whether Master Chief will unmask at some point, revealing Schreiber's face. Of course, in the games, Chief never removes his helmet. When asked by GameSpot about whether viewers will see Chief's face in 2018, Levine offered, "It is a key question and an important part of our series is all I'll say."

After the success of The Mandalorian, which saw Pedro Pascal remain entirely hidden under a Mandalorian helmet, save for one small scene in the Season 1 finale, it seems entirely possible we will never actually see Chief's face.

Of course, Schreiber isn't the only cast member in the Showtime series. We have a detailed breakdown of the announced cast you can check out. However, the most notable character, after Chief, is Natasha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey/Cortana. The artificial intelligence that guides Chief on his journeys will play a big role in the series.

While there's no release date for Halo announced at this point, it's expected to debut on Showtime in 2021.

GTA 4 Not Available To Buy On Steam Due To Game For Windows Live Issue

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 04:34

Update: Rockstar has clarified why Grand Theft Auto IV is no longer available to purchase on Steam. A spokesperson for the company shared the following statement with GameSpot:

"Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform. With Microsoft no longer supporting Games For Windows Live, it is no longer possible to generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game. We are looking at other options for distributing GTAIV for PC and will share more information as soon as we can."

The original story follows.

For reasons that are not clear, Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV is no longer available to purchase on Steam. A member of the ResertEra forum recently discovered that the Steam page for GTA IV no longer has a purchase button where it once was.

The page does not offer any insight into why this is the case. Rockstar Games could not be reached for comment at press time.

People are speculating that this has something to do with music licensing or how GTA IV still requires a Games For Windows Live account. Others are guessing that Rockstar might be moving GTA IV from Steam to its own Rockstar Launcher. For now, the real reason why GTA IV is no longer available to buy on Steam remains a mystery.

PC Gamer reminds us that Rockstar removed GTA Vice City from Steam for a brief period of time in 2012 due to a copyright claim related to the Michael Jackson song "Wanna Be Startin' Something."

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas remain available for purchase on Steam. It's also worth noting that those who already own GTA IV on Steam can continue to play the title.

Top New Game Releases On Switch, PS4, And Xbox One This Week -- January 12-18, 2020

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 04:20

New Releases is back for another year of video games, and this week in January is all about that anime. This episode features Goku's adventure in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, the match-three action of Puzzle & Dragons Gold, and a revamped Tokyo adventure with Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore. There's also a double dose of indie titles with Red Bow and Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo.

Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo -- January 14

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

Space Blaster is a shoot 'em up with bullet hell elements, which means you'll be dodging all sorts of lasers and bullets as your fly around the exosphere. With 15 different ships and multiple power-ups, there are plenty of ways to lay waste to your space-faring opponents. You can fly with friends in co-op or against others in online multiplayer too.

Red Bow -- January 14

Available on: PS4, Vita, Xbox One, Switch (Jan 14) / PC (Jan 17)

Red Bow is the story of Roh, a young girl trapped in a nightmare. This is a brief, story-driven adventure you can complete in only a few hours. Just be aware that the developer does warn players of Red Bow's exploration of some dark and mature content.

Puzzle & Dragons Gold -- January 15

Available on: Switch

The fan-favorite puzzle fighter is making its debut on Switch Puzzle & Dragons Gold. For the uninitiated, combat is carried out by matching three orbs of the same color. That sounds simple enough, but when you factor in special abilities and monster lineups, the strategic possibilities really open up.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot -- January 17

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Kakarot is an action-RPG starring more than just Kakarot, aka Goku. You can also play as Piccolo, Gohan, and even fusion forms like Vegito. Series creator Akira Toriyama has also drawn up a new character for the game, a former Ginyu Force member named Bonyu. Kakarot covers that story, the Cell arc, and many other iconic moments from the series.

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore -- January 17

Available on: Switch

The Wii U JRPG is getting a second life on Switch, which includes new story content, music, and party members. If you missed the original adventure, here's the pitch: combat is a combination of the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem series, using both elemental weaknesses and the weapon triangle. Outside of combat, you'll be hopping between real-world Tokyo and an alternate dimension where the evil Mirages have spawned.

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This is only the first episode of New Releases for 2020, and for the month of January. Next week, we'll take a look at another wave of games, including Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD and The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Roadmap Released

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 04:13

Infinity Ward has released a roadmap of its plans for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, with lots of details about upcoming changes. To help fans track the changes more easily, it's also released a simplified schedule for updates, along with an easy-to-access public document for changes.

In a community update, the studio says some planned changes include a Gunfight 3v3 mode, the return of the Gunfight tournament, and more loadouts. It also promises more 2XP, 2X Weapon XP, and 2X Tier events as well. Aside from those added features and improvements, the developer is also working on several fixes. Those include lighting flickering, mission collision on the Cargo map, platinum skins not unlocking, Ground War out of map exploits, and camos glare.

It's a lot to keep track of, so Infinity Ward has also opened a public Trello board that lists current projects, known issues, and helpful links. IW states this is definitely not everything it is working on at any given time, but should give fans a good overview of issues. It has also committed certain days of the week to various update types:

  • Tuesday – Playlist updates
  • Thursday – Developer diary and/or behind the scenes blog
  • Friday – Community Update blog

Modern Warfare has already broken records, and Infinity Ward has been keeping it going with a steady stream of content updates. Activision is also using the game to help raise money for Australian bushfire relief.

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Wait, Is Morbius Connected To The MCU's Spider-Man Movies?

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 04:10

Sony has released the first trailer from Morbius, the upcoming movie starring Jared Leto as the titular Marvel character. Due to Sony owning the rights to various Spider-Man-related characters, this was--like Venom--expected to be another movie starring a Marvel character that is entirely unrelated to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the Morbius trailer suggests some connections to the MCU that we weren't expecting, with appearances of sorts from Spider-Man and Michael Keaton.

Toward the end of the trailer, Leto's character, Dr. Michael Morbius, is seen walking down the street. In the background, we can see an image of Spider-Man with the word "murderer" spray-painted over the top of it. This could be nothing, or it could suggest Morbius will include some kind of continuation from the most recent MCU movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home. In a post-credits scene, Quentin Beck sets up Peter Parker by releasing doctored footage that suggests Parker killed Beck in cold blood--hence the graffiti. (Also of note: the Spider-Man artwork appears to be from Insomniac's Spider-Man PS4 game and feature a suit worn by Spidey in the Sam Raimi films.)

Another possible connection comes at the very end, when a character played by Michael Keaton has a brief interaction with Morbius. Keaton, of course, played Adrian Toomes (AKA Vulture) in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It's impossible to say from this Morbius trailer if he is indeed playing the same character, but we do know he's still kicking around, as the conclusion of Homecoming sees him land in jail.

It's possible that these are minor touches that won't have much bearing on the MCU, but it's still more than we expected to see. Perhaps these connections were part of the deal between Sony and Marvel/Disney that allowed Spider-Man to rejoin the MCU last year, or maybe they were always going to be included. If Keaton is playing Vulture but will go unnamed, and this is all just a cute game Sony's playing, it could lead to some confusion on the part of the audience. Whatever the case, it does raise new questions about just what is and isn't MCU canon.

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Oscar 2020 Snubs: Awkwafina, Lupita Nyong'o, Adam Sandler, And More

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 04:03

The nominations for the 2020 Oscars have been announced, with movies such as Joker, The Irishman, Parasite, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood all securing multiple nominations. There have been a few surprises amongst the 92nd Academy Awards nominees, such as recognition for Parasite outside of the expected International Film category and the cinematography nomination for The Lighthouse. However, even more surprising are some of the omissions.

Perhaps the highest-profile snub is for Adam Sandler and his role in the crime thriller Uncut Gems. Sandler has been highly acclaimed for his performance as New York jeweller Howard Ratner, and many thought he would score his first Oscar nomination for the role. In fact, Sandler himself stated that he would deliberately make a terrible movie if he didn't get a nod. Sadly for him--and possibly us--that nomination didn't happen.

The comedy-drama The Farewell has proved to be one of 2019's biggest independent successes but was entirely absent from the nominations. Star Awkwafina's omission is particularly surprising given she won a Golden Globe for the movie earlier this month, and writer/director Lulu Wang was also snubbed.

Awkwafina is not the only actress to deliver a much-praised performance in 2019 and then be ignored by the Academy. Jennifer Lopez won the best reviews of her acting career for the crime drama Hustlers but has had no awards recognition at all. Similarly, Lupita Nyong'o's astonishing dual role in Jordan Peele's horror hit Us was also snubbed. In an earlier decade, it wouldn't perhaps be surprising that a horror movie is ignored by the Academy, but Peele's Get Out was an Oscar-winner in 2018, and Nyong'o herself won Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave in 2013.

Another high-profile omission was director Greta Gerwig, for her adaptation of Little Women. The movie itself has been nominated five times--including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay--but Gerwig was not recognized as director. This was also the case at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month, leading to criticism about the exclusion of female filmmakers from the Best Director category.

Of course, every year throws up surprises and snubs, and it's worth remembering that the Oscar nominations are voted on by thousands of Academy members. But some of this year's omissions do seems more glaring than in previous years, especially given the number of notable female and non-white contenders that were not on the nominee list. The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 9.

Morbius Trailer Proves Vampires Can Be Scary And Not Sparkly

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 04:00

Sony is pushing forward with its Marvel-character universe that has nothing to do with the MCU. 2018's Venom raked in over $850 million globally. Now, the second installment in Sony's Marvel franchise is Morbius, starring Jared Leto as the titular vampire. We got a look at the character over the weekend through a leaked photo, but now the first trailer has been released.

In the new trailer, which you can check out below, Leto plays Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who learned he had a rare blood disease. He tries to heal himself but ultimately ends up turning him into a vampire, gaining fantastic abilities, at a cost: he has a need to feed on human blood.

The living vampire Morbius made his Marvel Comics debut back in 1971 appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #101. While this isn't a part of the MCU, there are a few moments that have us scratching our heads, like a Spider-Man poster labelled "Murderer" appearing in the background and the inclusion of Michael Keaton, who played Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. There's no way to tell if he's reprising his role from Homecoming in the trailer, but it's interesting nonetheless.

Jared Leto released a photo when production began back in 2019, but there wasn't much going on in it. Morbius will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (Life, Safe House), and joining Leto in the cast is Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Loxias Crown, Adria Arjona (True Detective), Tyrese Gibson (Fast & Furious series) as Simon Stroudm, and Jared Harris (The Terror) in an unnamed role.

Morbius arrives in theaters on July 31, 2020.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Pre-Order Bonuses And Deals For Release Week

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 02:53

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot releases this Friday, January 17 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Kakarot has the potential to appeal to both longtime Dragon Ball Z fans and newcomers, as the open-world action RPG retells the story of Goku and the Z Fighters. If you haven't secured your pre-order just yet, you have a number of enticing options to choose from.

Target has the best Kakarot deal for PS4 and Xbox One. Not only is Target knocking the price down from $60 to $51, but the retailer is also giving away a Banpresto action figure ($10 value) while supplies last. While the $51 price is good both online and in stores, you can only get Banpresto with in-store purchases. Unfortunately, you can't order for online for in-store pickup at this time, so you'll either have to head to your local store to pre-order or simply go on launch day to make your purchase.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot with Banpresto action figure, exclusively at Target

If you don't feel like going to Target or don't care about Banpresto, you can save on your Kakarot pre-order at Amazon and Walmart as well. Both retailers are offering Kakarot for $50 on PS4 and Xbox One.

Best Buy has its own unique pre-order offer for Kakarot. Those who pre-order the PS4 or Xbox One version will receive two months of FunimationNow Premium Plus. Funimation is one of the leading streaming services for anime, and a two-month subscription normally costs $16. While Best Buy is selling the game for $60, there's a good chance you'll be able to take advantage of the retailer's price-match guarantee program to get the price lowered to $50. Best Buy matches local retailer prices (such as Walmart) and big online retailers (like Amazon).

GameStop is giving away an exclusive Goku Figpin--a handcrafted enamel pin--with PS4 and Xbox One pre-orders, both in stores and online. While the Figpin looks cool, GameStop is charging the full $60 retail price for Kakarot.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot pre-order bonuses

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot pre-order bonuses

All Kakarot pre-orders also come with a few in-game pre-order bonuses. Pre-ordering from any of the above retailers will net you an exclusive sub-quest dubbed "A Competitive Party with Friends"; early access to Bonyu's training; and a cooking item that boosts HP and melee attack power.

Pre-order Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot collector's edition

Though there isn't a pre-order promotion for the collector's edition, you can still grab the $200 Kakarot CE. The lavish collector's edition comes with a Dragon Ball Z diorama, hardcover artbook, and collectible steelbook case.

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What's New To Netflix This Week? Movies, TV, And Originals (Jan. 12-18)

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 02:36

Netflix is one of the biggest, most popular streaming services currently available. And every week, new content is released from movies to TV shows to original programming. So what's headed to Netflix this week? Well, there's something new coming out every day for the week of January 12-18, so check out the full list of releases below, along with a few recommendations.

On Sunday, a new documentary about one of America's favorite comedic actors arrives. Betty White: First Lady of Television chronicles the life of White, spending nearly 80 years working as an actor and producer in television. The PBS documentary aired last year, and aside from documenting her rise in the industry, the film also features interviews with Valerie Bertinelli, Georgia Engel, Tina Fey, and Ryan Reynolds.

There are a couple of Netflix originals that may pique your interest coming this week. On Wednesday, Season 6 of Grace and Frankie arrives. The series follows two women who become friends after their husbands leave them, for each other. The show has been nominated for numerous Emmy awards but has yet to win one. Also, Season 4 of Hip-Hop Evolution hits the service on Friday. The series covers the birth and growth of the hip-hop music genre, and it's a more in-depth look than we've ever seen before. This upcoming season explores artists like The Neptunes, T.I., Missy Elliot, Master P, and more.

Finally, if you just want to kick back and watch something you may have seen before, the bizarre kid's comedy Big Fat Liar arrives on Wednesday. The movie stars Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti, and Amanda Bynes. Muniz plays a pathological liar--who is neither big nor fat--whose story is stolen by a sleazy Hollywood producer (Giamatti). It's the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and it couldn't be more apparent, as the character's last names are "Shepard" and "Wolf," and the whole movie is about lying. Bynes plays Kaylee, and her character didn't get a last name. Let's just assume it's "Crier."

Below, you'll find everything coming to Netflix this week, and for more streaming news, check out what's coming to the service for January.

What's new to Netflix this week?Sunday, January 12
  • Betty White: First Lady of Television
Monday, January 13
  • The Healing Powers of Dude
Tuesday, January 14
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
  • The Master
Wednesday, January 15
  • Big Fat Liar
  • Quien a hierro mata
  • Grace and Frankie: Season 6
Thursday, January 16
  • NiNoKuni
  • Steve Jobs
Friday, January 17
  • Ares
  • Hip-Hop Evolution: Season 4
  • Sex Education: Season 2
  • Tiny House Nation: Volume 2
  • Tyler Perry's A Fall from Grace
  • Vivir dos veces
  • Wer kann, der kann! (Germany's Nailed It!)
Saturday, January 18
  • The Bling Ring

Rainbow Six Siege 4.2 Patch Notes Brings Back Previously Game-Breaking Operator

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 02:09

Rainbow Six Siege had a brief downtime on PC to implement a new patch with a number of fixes. The 4.2 update (aka Y4S4.2) is now live on PC, with a PS4 and Xbox One release date to be announced.

The main focus of the patch is the so-called "Clash Exploit," a game-breaking bug that made the shielded operator overpowered. The exploit allowed players to fire her secondary weapon while her shield was still up, which made her almost unstoppable. Ubisoft disabled her temporarily while it worked out a fix, so with this patch live she'll be playable again on all platforms.

The full patch notes also list a number of other fixes, including smaller-scale fixes to various operators, level design, and UI. You can check out the full patch notes below.

Meanwhile, the Siege team is undergoing some significant leadership changes, as game directors Xavier Marquis and Alexandre Remy recently announced they were stepping back to work on other projects. The new game director, Leroy Athanassoff, will be leading the project going forward. We already know Ubisoft plans to bring the game to PS5 and Xbox Series X. A separate team is currently working on the PvE spin-off Rainbow Six Quarantine.

Rainbow Six Siege Y4S4.2 PatchBUGFIXES
  • FIXED - Clash exploit
    The Clash exploit is fixed with this patch and we will be re-enabling her on live for each platform as 4.2 goes out. Thank you for your patience and understanding over the holiday period!
GAMEPLAY
  • FIXED - Hostage can be shot and damaged through both reinforced and unbreakable walls when placed too close to either.
  • FIXED - Some thin fragile map props are not properly destroyed when hit by projectiles and other minor prop destruction issues on maps
  • FIXED - Operator hitboxes can clip through reinforced walls and be shot.
OPERATORS
  • FIXED - Goyo’s Volcán can be destroyed and detonates when a reinforcement destroys it from the other side of the wall.
  • FIXED - Deploying a Mira Black Mirror next to a Volcán Shield placed too close to the wall can trigger the Volcán explosion from the other side of the wall.
  • Now Goyo’s Volcán will just be destroyed without exploding and spreading fire, destruction, and RFF.
  • FIXED - Volcán’s explosive canister and shell will sometimes remain floating after an Ash breaching round or Mira mirror is deployed close to it.
  • FIXED - Jackal can scan footprints from the disruption radius of a Mute Jammer if he begins scanning while outside the jammer area.
  • FIXED - Wamai’s Mag-Net will still draw and catch projectiles even after the destruction of the surface it is on and will detonate them in mid-air even as it is falling.
  • FIXED - Players can sometimes escape Frost traps if Finka’s Adrenaline Surge is used under certain conditions.
  • FIXED - Mira can deploy her Black Mirror through a reinforced wall under certain conditions.
  • FIXED - Clash CCE Shield SFX is sometimes inaudible.
  • FIXED - Prompt to deploy Kapkan’s EDD sometimes displays when running and stopping near doorways.
  • FIXED - Once Lion's scan is finished, Lion's debuff icon sometimes re-appears for a few frames for tagged players.
  • FIXED - Kali’s left-hand pops in first person POV when unequipping her LV lance.
  • FIXED - Caveira's hand clips through her phone when resetting it during a Dokkaebi call.
LEVEL DESIGN
  • FIXED - Various dynamic clipping and general clipping issues across maps.
  • FIXED - Various LOD issues on.
  • FIXED - Players can vault onto the shelves and other un-valuable assets in Day Care on Theme Park.
  • FIXED - Valkyrie's Black Eyes can be deployed inside a helmet on Favela.
  • FIXED - Gap in wall present in 2F Offices of Tower.
  • FIXED - A small gap between two walls in EXT Roof of Theme Park.
  • FIXED - Deployable gadgets float after the monitor they're placed on is destroyed in Border.
  • FIXED - Sticky gadgets remain floating after destroying a vase in 3F Cocktail Lounge in Kafe.
  • FIXED - Light damage projectiles don't destroy the ashtray in 1F Security Room of Coastline.
USER EXPERIENCE
  • FIXED - Various minor cosmetic modelling and shop fixes.
  • FIXED - Various minor menu and HUD visual issues.
  • FIXED - Minor animation clipping issues.
  • FIXED - Ela Elite’s model outline can be seen behind the paint during the Elite Victory Animation at the end of a match.
  • FIXED - Operators’ guns will sometimes briefly display on the screen when picking up Bulletproof Cams, Maestro’s Evil Eye, or Jager’s ADS.
  • FIXED - Snapping arm animation when close to an object while entering ADS.
  • FIXED - Spectators can see Nomad’s ammunition count oscillating between the normal AK-74 ammo and the launchers ammo, when Nomad switches the gadget on and off.

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Oscar Nominees 2020 List: Joker Scores Most Nominations

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 01:10

This year's Oscar nominations have been announced. Joker leads the pack with 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Score. The Irishman, 1917, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood were close behind with 10 nominations each. The Korean sensation Parasite also did very well--as well as the expected Best International Film nomination, it was also recognised for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

There were nine Best Picture nominees this year, and they were Ford V Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Parasite.

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Best Actress nods went to Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Charlize Theron (Bombshell), and Renee Zellwegger (Judy). The Best Actor nominees this year were Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes).

You can see a rundown of categories and nominees below. The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 9.

Best Picture

  • Ford vs Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Parasite

Directing

  • The Irishman (Martin Scorsese)
  • Joker (Todd Phillips)
  • 1917 (Sam Mendes)
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino)
  • Parasite (Bong Joon Ho)

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
  • Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
  • Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)
  • Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
  • Saorise Ronan (Little Women)
  • Charlize Theron (Bombshell)
  • Renee Zellwegger (Judy)

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood)
  • Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)
  • Al Pacino (The Irishman)
  • Joe Pesci (The Irishman)
  • Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell)
  • Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
  • Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)
  • Florence Pugh (Little Women)
  • Margot Robbie (Bombshell)

Adapted Screenplay

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • The Two Popes

Original Screenplay

  • Knives Out
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Parasite

Costume Design

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Original Score

  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Animated Short Film

  • Dcera
  • Hair Love
  • Kitbull
  • Memorable
  • Sister

Live Action Short Film

  • Brotherhood
  • Nefta Football Club
  • The Neighbours’ Window
  • Saria
  • A Sister

Sound Editing

  • Ford vs Ferrari
  • Joker
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing

  • Ad Astra
  • Ford vs Ferrari
  • Joker
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Film Editing

  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Parasite

Animated Feature Film

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • I Lost My Body
  • Klaus
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4

Cinematography

  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • The Lighthouse
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Documentary Feature

  • American Factory
  • The Cave
  • The Edge of Democracy
  • For Sama
  • Honeyland

Documentary Short Subject

  • In the Absence
  • Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone
  • Life
  • Overtakes Me
  • St Louis Superman
  • Walk Run Cha-Cha

International Feature Film

  • Corpus Christi
  • Honeyland
  • Les Miserables
  • Pain and Glory
  • Parasite

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Bombshell
  • Joker
  • Judy
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • 1917

Visual Effects

  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Irishman
  • The Lion King
  • 1917
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Original Song

  • ‘I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away’ (Toy Story 4)
  • ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (Rocketman)
  • ‘I’m Standing With You’ (Breakthrough)
  • ‘Into the Unknown’ (Frozen 2)
  • ‘Stand Up’ (Harriet)

Production Design

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Parasite

Sprawling Harry Potter World Created By Minecraft Modders

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 01:01

Minecraft has been a fertile playground for ambitious projects, but one recently unveiled mod is particularly magical. The Floo Network modders revealed a trailer for their "Minecraft School of Witchcraft and Wizardry," a massive recreation of Harry Potter landmarks and locales, with activities to match.

The gameplay trailer shows familiar locations like Hogwarts Castle, complete with the Great Hall and twisting staircases, Hagrid's hut, the Quidditch pitch, and Diagon Alley. It even recreates parts of London, including the train station that takes you to Platform 9 3/4. The visuals seem largely based on the settings as presented in the series of films.

But you can actually do more than simply explore the castle grounds. You can also scavenge for magical loot and solve mysteries in the castle, and fight against Death Eaters with wand projectiles. The team is aiming to release the map by the end of January.

The mod gives another layer of adventuring to the core Minecraft game, which has retained its popularity since its official release in 2011. Meanwhile, Mojang is planning a new type of co-op Minecraft adventure with Minecraft Dungeons, which is releasing this April.

Borderlands 3--Takedown At The Maliwan Blacksite Getting Rebalanced For Single Players

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 15:25

Borderlands 3 added a limited-time special event, Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite, towards the end of 2019, but part of the event was delayed. In late December, Gearbox announced that a new version of the event that would scale depending on how many players you had in your party would release, making it easier for players who preferred to play alone to tackle it. This ended up being delayed, but a date for the scaled version of the event has now been set.

In a new post on the Borderlands website, it's been announced that the scaled version of Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite will be available from January 16 to January 30. It'll be slightly easier now for players who are taking it on alone, meaning that if you can't quite crack it right now, it's worth trying during this period.

After January 30, the event will revert to its standard difficulty level, and will once again be tuned for four experienced vault hunters working together--which means that you'll need to be extremely skilled to beat it alone.

Borderlands 3 also received its first piece of major DLC in late December, Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot. The game received an 8/10 in our review, and Jordan Ramée wrote that the game "best excels at continuing what the series has always done: deliver a humorous tall tale of misfits looting and shooting their way to heroism."

What Is The Environmental Impact Of The Gaming Industry? One Researcher Wants To Find Out

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 15:15

A researcher in Australia want to know: What is the environmental impact of the video game industry, and what do game developers themselves think about their carbon footprint?

Researcher Dr. Ben Abraham from the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS) is calling on game developers to weigh in as part of a new research project that aims to "create a snapshot of the energy intensity of contemporary video game development in the workplace where games are actually made."

To do this, Abraham is looking for first-hand information from game development studios regarding their carbon emissions policies and practices.

In addition to that kind of numerical data, the study is looking for respondents to speak about the "attitudes of game developers towards the potential environmental impacts of their work." The survey is asking for developers to discuss their level of interest and concern about climate change and carbon emissions that are created by the game development industry.

"This research is being conducted to find out about the energy use and associated carbon emissions of digital game production both in individual workplaces and across the sector as a whole," reads a line from the survey. "The research aims to find out what game developers are doing to reduce their carbon footprint in order to inform future research and policy decisions that aim to support sustainable game development practices."

Abraham is looking to collect information about the energy usage of a game studio, what workplace policies might be in place regarding carbon emissions, and policies about other environmental issues such as recycling and powering off computers at night.

Abraham said developers can take part in the survey without identifying themselves or their employer if that is of concern, though he added it may not always be possible to protect the identity of participants.

In 2019, the United Nations announced an initiative called "Playing for the Planet," which saw gaming giants like Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, and Niantic announce plans to work together to come up with best practices for reducing the environmental impact of the video game industry. Nintendo is missing from the alliance but the company already operate an Environment Committee at the company's headquarters in Japan, while each of its overseas subsidiaries have their own committees that look into environmental impact in their regions.

Microsoft is producing 825,000 carbon-neutral Xbox game consoles as part of a pilot program that represents the first gaming consoles in history to bear that designation. As for Sony, the company has said the PlayStation 5 will be more environmentally friendly.

In total, the efforts undertaken by the 21 game companies is estimated to result in a "30 million ton reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030." Additionally, "millions" of trees will be planted, while game companies will enact practices to do better in the areas of "energy management, packaging, and device recycling."

Back To The Future Director's Next Project Is A Sci-Fi Thriller Written By Captain Marvel Scribe

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 14:11

The next project from Oscar-winning Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis has been revealed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zemeckis is in "final negotiations" to direct Ares, a sci-fi thriller for Warner Bros.

The movie will be written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who most recently wrote the screenplay for the MCU movie Captain Marvel. She also penned the script for the 2018 Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander.

THR says the story of Ares is "genre-bending," involving an astronaut who crash lands in the African desert. On his journey to find his family, he learns his mission was actually "part of a larger conspiracy and that he may be carrying a secret that could forever change the world."

Ares is the second of Zemeckis' high-profile projects currently in the works, the other being a live-action remake of Pinocchio. THR says it is unknown which project will go ahead first.

Zemeckis is staying with Warner Bros. for Ares, as he is currently in post-production on the Roald Dahl movie Witches movie for the studio starring Anne Hathaway.

Westworld Season 3--Return Date And Cast Announced

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 13:30

Westworld will be back for a third season on March 15, 2020, HBO has announced. The season, which will be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, and HBO On Demand, will chart "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth," according to HBO. The third season will run for eight episodes.

The third season will feature returning cast members Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores,) Thandie Newton (Maeve,) Ed Harris (Man in Black,) Jeffrey Wright (Bernard,) Tessa Thompson (Charlotte,) Luke Hemsworth (Stubbs,) Simon Quarterman (Less Sizemore,) and Rodrigo Santoro (Hector Escaton.)

New cast members include Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad,) Vincent Cassel (Black Swan,) Lena Waithe (Master of None,) Scott Mescudi (better known as the rapper Kid Cudi,) Marshawn Lynch (an NFL player for the Seattle Seahawks,) John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom,) Michael Ealy (Stumptown,) and Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy.)

HBO also released a single image of Evan Rachel Woods' character, Dolores, below.

The season premiere will air on March 15 at 9:00pm PT.

Fear The Walking Dead Season 6 Will See "A Lot Of Time Pass"

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 13:20

Fear the Walking Dead is returning for Season 6 this year (a release date has not been set yet) and will pick up where Season 5 left off. It will feature Dwight, another character who has crossed over from the main series into the spin-off, and will, of course, involve a lot of zombies. According to Scott M. Gimple, the chief content officer of the television franchise, we might see a time jump in this season as well.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Gimple responds to a question about whether or not the show will feature a time jump by saying that "time is actually going to be played around with on this season." Although major chronology jumps and changes are likely to be "way down the line," he says that "we're going to see a lot of time pass" on the next season of the show.

What this means, exactly, isn't clear--fans of The Walking Dead on television, comics, and in Telltale's game series--are used to the franchise playing with time, although huge time jumps are rare.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gimple says that the show's slow fifth season was "about setting up this journey that these characters on on through there to Season 6," and that while they pay attention to fan reactions, it's hard to always follow exactly what they're asking for.

He also says that, structurally, Fear the Walking Dead is "going to change quite a bit" this season, and it'll be "a little less vignette-y" than before, more like "16 little movies."

The Walking Dead has a third unique series coming as well, called Worlds Beyond. It will debut in Spring 2020. The flagship show, The Walking Dead, is currently in its tenth season.

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