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American Horror Stories Reveals Key Art, Release Date For 4-Episode Halloween Event

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 15:52

FX has revealed the key art and release date for the third season of AHS spin-off American Horror Stories, which will premiere on Thursday October 26 exclusively on Hulu. The season will air as a four-episode "Huluween" event.

American Horror Stories is a shorter-form spin-off of Ryan Murphy's popular American Horror Story franchise, where instead of exploring one story per season, there will be a new self-contained story every episode. The spin-off has already aired fifteen episodes across two seasons since it premiered in 2021.

The filming of season 3 was interrupted due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, which may be why this season is being aired as a four-episode special. The new mini-season will premiere on Thursday October 26, right in the middle of Halloween week.

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The Last Of Us Co-Creator Says Show Could Be 3 To 5 Seasons Long

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 15:05

The Last Of Us co-creator and showrunner Craig Mazin has talked about the future of the show in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, confirming there are still multiple seasons left for the Emmy-nominated adaptation. Mazin also hinted that the show has already found its Abby, though casting announcements have been put on hold by the strike.

When asked whether season two will be going back to ten episodes, or following the first season in only having nine, Mazin says "neither," elaborating that: "We've laid out our vision to HBO for how this series should lay out across not one season, but multiple seasons."

Having previously mentioned the idea of a fourth season in passing, Mazin is asked whether four seasons is the current plan for The Last Of Us. "You never know," he answers. "It can end up being three or five. But four seems like a good number. Some seasons, because of the story we’re telling, will need fewer episodes and some will need more."

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Twitch Bans And Blocks Stop People From Watching Your Streams

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 09:47

Twitch has just implemented a new feature that'll make streams unwatchable if a streamer has blocked or banned a user. Only a handful of streamers can currently use it, but it'll be available for everyone in September.

The news comes from Twitch Streamer Lowco Twitter account. The tweet reads:

"HUGE TWITCH UPDATE: When you block or ban someone, they'll no longer be able to view your stream!"

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Starfield Lets You Buy Property And Go To Jail

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 09:05

New information about Starfield has been revealed, including the ability to buy homes in the game and a jail system that will punish you for any space crimes committed. This new information comes from a developer Q&A hosted on Discord (via ResetEra) with lead game designer Emil Pagliarulo and lead quest designer Will Shen.

The first piece of information revealed is that players can buy homes in all majority cities in Starfield and there are even a few homes rewarded for completing quests. For anyone who takes on the Kids Stuff trait--which involves your parents being present in the game--the parents' faces and models will be determined by your own created character.

For players looking to smuggle contraband through space, there are spaceship parts and modules that can be used to conceal contraband from security ships outside major planets. While goods, including illegal ones, have a set price in the universe, there are skills and traits you can acquire to sell items for more than they are worth. Any potential criminals can be forced to pay a fine or go to jail if they are caught breaking laws, although you always have the option to go on the run.

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Minecraft Legends' Biggest Update To Date Finally Lets You Pet Animals

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 08:57

Mojangs biggest update yet for Minecraft Legends improves PvP communication, introduces lobby roles, new experimental modes, and more.

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Baldur's Gate 3 Hotfix 4 Fixes Sleepy Companions

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 08:32

Baldur's Gate 3's latest update, Hotfix 4, has fixed a number of glitches and issues, including some very sleepy companions. This Hotfix comes as a prelude to Baldur's Gate 3's next big update, Patch 1, which is set to include over 1,000 fixes and changes across the entire game.

This hotfix aims to correct a handful of bugs that have caused players to either have faulty encounters or have their progress blocked by bugs. One of the bigger fixes is that players will no longer get stuck during Long-Rest because their companions won't wake up.

Other changes include giving Isobel, an NPC that needs protection during a specific mission, more health so she doesn't die as quickly. Another fix properly restores all resources after players complete Act II. A few multiplayer issues, including character disappearing when players disconnect and reconnect during split-screen play and an issue with multiplayer servers not being visible on GOG, are being fixed as well.

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Excited For Starfield? Get 7 Spacefaring Steam Games For $30

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 06:16

We're mere weeks away from Bethesda's massive space RPG Starfield, but you can indulge your cosmic wanderlust right now with Humble's Spaced Out bundle. The bundle includes some of the best space-based of recent memory--all set on weird alien planets and abandoned space stations--along with a few DLC packs to keep you busy until Starfield drops.

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The bundle comes in three different price tiers, starting at $10 for the outer space survival sim Breathedge and the humorous exploration-focused shooter Journey to the Savage Planet. This tier also includes a 55%-off coupon code for Journey to the Savage Planet's Hot Garbage DLC.

The middle $15 tier includes the previous items, plus three more games, including Obsidian Entertainment's excellent RPG The Outer Worlds. Of all the games in the bundle, this one is the most likely to scratch your Starfield itch. The $15 tier also includes the oddball adventure game from the creators of Rick and Morty, Trover Saves the Universe, and the highly-rated indie puzzle game The Entropy Center.

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These Two Overlooked Baldur's Gate 3 Spells Are Massively Helpful

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 06:01

Everyone loves cats. And, in Baldur's Gate 3, you can make use of their spectacular abilities to get past tricky situations or to give yourself an advantage in battle. Our guide discusses the Baldur's Gate 3 Minor Illusion and Wild Shape Cat, two spells that ensure you'll have a meow-velous time in Faerun. These cat-based abilities have been a bit overshadowed in the Baldur's gate 3 community so far, but as you'll see below, players are starting to better appreciate how helpful cats can be in the world of Baldur's Gate.

How to use Minor Illusion and Wild Shape Cat in Baldur's Gate 3

The Baldur's Gate 3 Minor Illusion spell is available to most spellcasting classes, such as the Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, and Wizard. It can also be used by certain subclasses, like the Eldritch Knight Fighter and the Way of Shadow Monk. Wild Shape Cat, meanwhile, is available to Druid players.

How to use Minor Illusion

Minor Illusion spawns a magical cat, which disappears after 10 turns (or roughly 10 seconds). Since it's a cantrip, it can be cast repeatedly without expending spell slots (that means you won't need to do a long rest). It's also fairly underutilized, but is extremely powerful in the right situations, as noted by Twitter user @Papapishu.

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Vault Edition, Preorder Bonuses Leak

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 05:13

Data miners uncovered and leaked details on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's release versions and preorder order bonuses ahead of the Modern Warfare 3 reveal stream planned for tomorrow, August 17. While it's wise to take any leaks with a grain of salt, based on the quality of the information and the proximity to the reveal, we have a strong degree of confidence in these preorder details. That means we now have a good idea of what to expect from Modern Warfare 3's various console and PC editions, including the special Vault Edition with a bunch additional content, plus the enticing preorder bonuses Activision plans to reveal tomorrow.

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Note that it's possible some of this information will change once the official announcements are made during tomorrow's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 stream, and that preorder links aren't yet live. Nonetheless, here's everything we know about Call of Duty 3: Modern Warfare preorders.

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Last Of Us Writer Weighs In On Hollywood Strikes, Is Confident Labor Will Prevail

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 05:13

Writer Craig Mazin (Chernobyl, The Last of Us) has shared his thoughts on the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, sharing some strong words and stating his belief that the writers will win. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Mazin said the guilds need to "start over with something new" as opposed to trying to tweak the existing setup.

"We have to make some large, sweeping changes, because everything's broken around us," Mazin said. "And there's nowhere else for us to go. Our backs are against the wall as a labor force. We all know writers who have gazillions of dollars. It's not about them. It's about the 95 percent of the union who are the rank and file."

Mazin went on to say that, for a few months, members of the AMPTP--the group that represents film and TV studios like Disney, Netflix, and Amazon--were being "delusional." The studios believed they could wait out the writers and actors and that would cause them to fight amongst themselves, Mazin said. If that tactic could have worked before, it won't this time, the writer said.

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Stern's Venom Pinball Machine Is The Next Evolution Of Pinball

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 05:01

Pinball has a history that stretches back to France in the 1600s. Over the centuries, the game has certainly evolved, but at the end of the day, the mechanics and gameplay remain largely the same. You hit metal balls around the playfield, bouncing them off of scoring pins and launching them through chutes, in an attempt to reign supreme with the high score. However, leading pinball machine maker Stern is looking to take the game to a new level with its latest title, Marvel's Venom.

The pinball machine, based on the Marvel comics foe, was announced at San Diego Comic-Con, and it plays quite a bit differently than what the average pinball fan expects. With Venom, which includes all the normal pinball bells and whistles, there's more of a goal than landing on the high-score list or winning a free game. Instead, it's a pinball machine with game progression, bosses to beat, a save mechanic, and even unlockable player characters to add more replayability.

The heavy lifting for these features is done by the Stern Pinball app. In it, users can sign up for an Insider Connected account, which can then be synced to modern Stern machines via a QR code scanner in the machine. This allows access to things like game progress saving and unlockable characters. It also tracks your high scores and will help you locate Stern machines nearby in commercial areas, if you don't have any at home.

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New On Disney Plus In September 2023: Star Wars Ahsoka Season 1, I Am Groot Season 2

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 04:54

As September draws near, Disney+ reveals its collection of TV shows and movies set to arrive on the platform during the upcoming month. From the start of September, viewers can anticipate a lineup of titles throughout the month.

On Wednesdays in September, Star Wars Ahsoka will continue its Season 1 run. The show, a spinoff of The Mandalorian, sees Rosario Dawson reprise her role as Ahsoka Tano. She leads a team from Star Wars Rebels, with Mary Elizabeth Winstead portraying Hera Syndulla, Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren, and Eman Esfandi taking on the character of Ezra Bridger. Together, they embark on a mission against the iconic villain Grand Admiral Thrawn, portrayed by Lars Mikkelsen. Dawson alluded earlier this year to the possibility of a second season, depending on the success of this initial one.

On September 6, I Am Groot Season 2 comes to Disney+. The show follows the mischievous sapling, Baby Groot, as he embarks on various adventures among the stars. Vin Diesel will reprise his role as the voice of Groot, as per the official logline: "Baby Groot finds himself exploring the universe and beyond aboard the Guardians' spaceships, coming face-to-face--or nose-to-nose--with new and colorful creatures and environments."

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Fast X Streaming Release Date Announced, And It's Soon

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 04:38

Fast X will be available to stream at home fairly soon, Universal Pictures has announced. The movie will come to Peacock on September 15, and that streaming home is no surprise. After all, Peacock and Universal are part of the same wider corporate structure under NBC Universal.

Fast X was released on May 19 in the US, so it's coming to Peacock 119 days after it debuted in theaters. Also releasing on Peacock on September 15 are Fast and Furious 6, Fate of the Furious, and the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, according to Deadline. Furious 7, meanwhile, comes to Peacock on October 1.

Cars, explosions, fist fights, high-speed chases, and of course, family. #FastX is streaming exclusively on Peacock Sep 15.

— Peacock (@peacock) August 16, 2023

Fast X has earned more than $700 million at the box office worldwide this year, making it one of the year's most successful films commercially.

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Baldur's Gate 3 PS5 Preload And Early Access Details Announced

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 04:34

Following its massive launch on PC earlier this month, Baldur's Gate 3 is coming to PlayStation 5 in September. Larian Studios has now confirmed that preloading on PS5 begins on August 31 for people who bought the Digital Deluxe edition. Not only that, but Larian has confirmed that there will be an early access period on PS5, just like there was on PC, so console players can jump in ahead of time.

Preloading begins August 31 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET for people who own the Digital Deluxe edition, while the game's standard edition is available to preload on September 4 at the same time. Early access for Digital Deluxe owners starts on September 2 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET. There is no early access for the standard release, so people buying that version can get started on September 6.

The Digital Deluxe edition also comes with a variety of in-game extras like the Divinity Bard song pack, a dice theme, and the Treasures from Rivellon pack, among other items.

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New On Hulu In September 2023: American Horror Story Season 12, Krapopolis

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 04:19

As September draws near, Hulu reveals its collection of TV shows and movies set to arrive on the platform during the upcoming month. From the start of September, viewers can anticipate a diverse lineup of titles throughout the month.

Part 1 of American Horror Story Season 12 will kick off September 21 on Hulu. Season 12 features Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne, and Emma Roberts in starring roles. The next anthology, under the leadership of showrunner Halley Feiffer, will present a contemporary feminist take on the classic horror tale Rosemary's Baby. The narrative is partly drawn from Danielle Valentine’s thriller novel, Delicate Condition, chronicling a woman's escalating certainty that an ominous force seeks to thwart her pregnancy.

Krapopolis, created by Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty, Community), is set to debut on Hulu on September 25. Harmon is taking viewers back to Ancient Greece, where a blend of humans, gods, and monsters strive to manage "one of the world's first cities without killing each other." The show's cast includes Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), Matt Berry (What We Do in The Shadows), Pam Murphy (Mapleworth Murders), and Duncan Trussell (The Midnight Gospel). The show, long before its debut, was in quick succession renewed for Season 2 in October 22, and then this March got the go-ahead for Season 3.

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Call Of Duty Is Getting A Central Hub For The Franchise Going Forward

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 03:46

Call of Duty will have one central hub going forward, where players will be able to access Modern Warfare II, Warzone, Modern Warfare III, and future Call of Duty content all in the same place.

The central hub for the franchise is called Call of Duty HQ, and as detailed in an official Call of Duty blog post ahead of Modern Warfare III's full reveal on August 17, it will serve as the access point for all future Call of Duty content.

"Starting with Modern Warfare II and Warzone, and now with Modern Warfare III and beyond, players can navigate all their content in one place, we call it Call of Duty HQ--making it easier to select which game and modes you wish to play," the blog post reads.

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Big Sale Has Steelbook Edition Movies And TV Series For Cheap

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 03:08

Steelbook versions of movies and TV shows are fun to collect, but tracking down limited-edition releases can be tedious and expensive. Luckily, online retailer Gruv is holding a limited-time "steelbook steals" sale with dozen of titles available at decent discounts. And you can get an additional 15% off your purchase with coupon code HAPPYANNY15, plus new users can save 20% off their first order when the sign up for a free account.

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Gruv's sale includes over 90 deals on steelbook releases of movies like The Fast and the Furious 20th Anniversary Edition for $10 and F9: The Fast Saga Director's Cut for $15. You can also pick up the Gruv-exclusive 8 Mile - 20th Anniversary Limited Edition for $15, and grab classics like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial for $8 and Scarface for just $6.

If you're looking for TV series, Gruv has several seasons of Game of Thrones on sale for as little as $15, while HBO's Watchmen complete series is $20 and Rick and Morty Season 4 is $15, just to name a few.

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Netflix's Scott Pilgrim Anime Takes Flight In First Trailer

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 03:06

Netflix has unveiled a sneak peek into its upcoming Scott Pilgrim anime series, slated to debut on November 17. Titled Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, the show brings back the original cast from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

The anime adaptation continues the story from the 2010 film, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Michael Cera lends his voice once again to Scott Pilgrim, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead returns as Ramona Flowers. The trailer, which you can watch below, reveals what Bryan Lee O'Malley's signature art style looks like in motion, combined with the fun, hyperactive energy of Edgar Wright's 2010 live-action adaptation movie

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8BitDo's New Nintendo Switch Controller Is Very, Very Small

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 03:03

Gaming controllers come in all shapes and sizes--but you’d be hard-pressed to find one smaller than the new 8BitDo Micro. Clocking in at less than 25 grams (for comparison, the Switch Pro Controller is 246 grams), this gamepad makes for an intriguing travel companion and is a novel option for young kids.

8BitDo Micro Bluetooth Gamepad $25

8BitDo makes some of the best third-party controllers available today, and the Micro is held to the company’s same high standards. Despite its microscopic footprint, the controller still includes 16 buttons, supports button mapping through the 8BitDo Ultimate Software, and also works with Android and Raspberry Pi.

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The 8BitDo Micro isn't the only small gamepad to consider. In fact, this isn’t even the first micro gamepad made by 8BitDo, as the company previously built the Zero 2, which is currently available just $20 and is every bit as tiny as the new Micro. The Zero 2 also has the added benefit of PC and Mac support.

You can also find the 8BitDo Lite, which is slightly larger but better suited for gamers with larger hands and features an additional D-pad. Conversely, you can snag the Lite 2, which comes with analog sticks instead of D-pads for a more traditional experience.

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Campaign Is Playable 7 Days Early If You Preorder

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 02:58

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III's campaign will seemingly be playable a week early, but only if you preorder. A leaked marketing asset has revealed that everyone who preorders the military shooter will receive early access to the game's open beta and a head start on the campaign.

MW3 launches on November 10, so campaign early access should begin around November 3. If this all sounds familiar, it's because 2022's Modern Warfare II also allowed people to play the campaign a week early as a preorder bonus. This appears to be Activision's new strategy.

Modern Warfare III continues the story of Modern Warfare II, with Task Force 141 reuniting as they fight to take down Makarov. Not much else is known about the story as of yet, however.

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