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The Epic Games Store Is Still Not Profitable After All These Years

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 02:41

The Epic Games Store has not become profitable, even after five years on the market. The company revealed this during the Epic vs Google trial.

According to The Verge, Epic Games general manager and vice president Steve Allison said on the witness stand that the store isn't profitable yet. However, Epic's goal for its PC games storefront is still growth.

Epic launched its online digital storefront for games in December 2018. It was supposed to be a competitor to the near-complete dominance of Valve's Steam storefront. Epic attempted to differentiate itself by offering a better revenue split with game developers, giving an 88% of revenue generated as opposed to Steam's 70%.

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Invincible's First Game Arrives This Month And Prime Gaming Members Can Get It For Free

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 02:39

A second video game set in the universe of Invincible is on the way, and you won't have to wait too long to play it. Invincible Presents: Atom Eve will officially launch on November 14 and chronicles the early days of the matter-manipulating superhero as she explores her powers, meets several of the super-powered inhabitants of the Invincible universe, and fights several supervillains.

The game combines comic book art with a visual-novel style of gameplay, allowing players to shape Atom Eve's journey through several crucial decisions and engage in action-packed sequences. Milk and Bone, a Canadian electro-pop duo, also contributed to the game's soundtrack and some of their work can be heard in the trailer below. Prime Gaming members will have a one-week window to claim the game--November 14-21--as part of that subscription service's lineup of monthly free games.

In addition to Invincible Presents: Atom Eve, Prime Gaming will also be offering nine other games, including Rage 2, Centipede Recharged, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. New members can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime or pay $15 for for a one-month membership, and once claimed, these games they are yours to keep forever.

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How To Play CoD: Modern Warfare 3 Early And Why That Might Not Be Worth Your Time

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 02:05

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III officially launches on November 10, and given that it's one of the most anticipated games of the year, people want to play it as soon as possible. The game unlocks on console based on your region, which means players in New Zealand get a first crack at the game.

It's possible to change your PlayStation or Xbox settings to trick your console into believing you live in New Zealand, but there are some key things to know if you're going to attempt this.

For starters, on Xbox, you have to change your console region to New Zealand and your Call of Duty profile region to New Zealand, according to CharlieIntel. For PlayStation users, the process sounds involved enough to simply not be worth the time, as it reportedly requires creating a New Zealand-specific PSN account and then deleting and re-downloading the game for your actual region later on.

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Marvel And Star Wars Electronic Helmets And Props Get Early Black Friday Discounts

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 02:02

Some of the coolest props from big-budget movies come from the Marvel and Star Wars universes, and if you'd like to own one of them, you're going to need some deep pockets to afford these cinematic treasures when they go up for auction. Alternatively, you can decorate your home with more affordable replicas, officially licensed pieces of memorabilia that hit the sweet spot for quality and price. As part of its Black Friday 2023 sale, Best Buy is offering big discounts on several of these pieces that can be used for excellent decor or inexpensive cosplay.

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First up, there are several items available from Hasbro's Marvel Legends line. The Iron Spider helmet is a great replica of Spider-Man's mask based on his MCU costume worn in Avengers Infinity War and Endgame. It features glowing LED eyes, premium sculpting, and a highly detailed interior that makes it look like it came straight out of a Stark Industries lab. Speaking of Stark, you can get an Iron Man helmet that comes equipped with LED eyes, sound effects, and a face-plate that is attached via magnets, making it easy to remove.

For something more out of this world, there's the iconic helmet worn by Star-Lord in several of his MCU appearances. This one has excellent details etched into it and has a film-accurate design that makes it brilliant for any budding Star-Lord cosplayers on a budget. You can also wield Captain America's shield with this lightweight replica based on the version that was used in Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, Thor's hammer makes for a great display piece that also has several interactive features inside of it, like lights and sounds. Don't worry, you'll definitely be worthy enough to lift this hammer.

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Top 10 Best-Selling Switch Games Revealed, And One Game Is Doing Much Better Than The Rest

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 01:57

As it does every three months when it releases a quarterly sales report, Nintendo has provided new sales numbers for the best-selling Switch games of all time. They're all Nintendo games, and there are pretty much no surprises on the list, which is led by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Nintendo said the April release of The Super Mario Bros. Movie "positively impacted" sales of Mario games, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The game sold an impressive 3.22 million units during the six-month period between April and September, boosting its lifetime haul to 57.01 million copies. This includes copies sold in hardware bundles, but it's an impressive number all the same. For comparison, Red Dead Redemption II and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have sold 50 million copies each.

For the past three months alone, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe saw the biggest quarterly growth in unit sales, rising by 1.55 million from 54.46 million units sold through the end of June 2023. No other game cracked 1 million copies sold in the latest quarter, but The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom got close with 0.99 million copies sold since June 2023, increasing its lifetime tally to 19.5 million.

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Nintendo Switch Continues To Soar, Selling Even Faster Compared To Last Year

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 01:56

The Nintendo Switch has further solidified its position as the second-best-selling Nintendo console of all time, as the company reported that sales of the hybrid gaming system had reached 132.46 million units sold as of September 2023. That makes the Switch the third-best-selling console of all time and it's just 21 million sales shy of toppling the record set by the DS family of handheld consoles. Sony's PlayStation 2 still seems secure in the top spot--for now--as its 155 million lifetime sales record has remained unbroken for many years.

For the six months ending on September 30, 2023, Nintendo posted an operating profit of $1.9 billion. Net sales increased 21.2% year-on-year to $5.3 billion, and 78.3% of this figure came from international markets. The OLED Switch continues to be the most popular model (4.69 million units shipped) while the regular model came in second (1.25 million units shipped), and the Switch Lite was in third place (0.90 million units shipped) for a grand total of 6.84 million Switch console sales in the first six months of the 2024 financial year. Compared to the first six months of the 2023 financial year, Switch console sales were up by 2.4%.

Business is looking good for Nintendo.

"For hardware, by continuing to convey the appeal of Nintendo Switch, we try not only to put one system in every home, but several in every home, or even one for every person" Nintendo said in its forecast statement. "Another objective is to continually release new offerings so more consumers keep playing Nintendo Switch even longer and we can maximize hardware sales."

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Marvel's Blade Sounds Like It Might Be Rated R

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 01:42

Hunting vampires isn't for the faint of heart. As such, Marvel's Blade might not be as family friendly as most of the MCU, with director Yann Demange claiming "they gave me the R, which is so important." That seems to indicate the movie starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali could be the second R-rated MCU film after Deadpool 3.

Demange (White Boy Rick, Lovecraft Country) opened up about Blade while talking with Deadline about his personal short film Dammi. It's a project that tackles the filmmaker's upbringing in foster homes and how he felt like an outsider, especially as a kid with Algerian and Muslim roots. This perspective should resonate as he moves on to tackle Blade, which was put on hold because of the Hollywood writers strike.

"I come out of this wanting to be more open, more vulnerable and bring a more personal aspect to my work," Demange said. "But for Blade, we are going to have fun because Mahershala is such a deep actor. I'm excited to show a kind of ruthlessness, a roughness he has, that allows him to walk the earth in a particular way.

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Ridley Scott To TikTok Users Pointing Out Inaccuracies In Napoleon: "Get A Life"

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 01:15

Napoleon Bonaparte is one of history's most controversial figures and has been the focus of several films and television series, having even lampooned in children's cartoons for almost a century. Ridley Scott puts a spotlight on the self-made Emperor with Joaquin Phoenix donning the bicorn hat this time around in his upcoming historical biopic.

Scott has taken liberties before with historical events, going back-to-back with Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, but that doesn't stop him from making his type of movies. The director became interested in Napoleon just over 15 years ago and after the first trailer dropped, was immediately bombarded with experts pointing out the inaccuracies.

TV historian Dan Snow posted a TikTok breakdown of the errors explaining how things happened but also praised Scott's filmmaking. "I love historical epics. I love Ridley Scott," Snow said. "It ain't a documentary, we know that much, but it's going to be a brilliant piece of art."

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Mass Effect's Commander Shepard Lives Again As A Highly Detailed Collectible Statue

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 01:00

Just in time for Mass Effect Day--AKA N7 Day--Gentle Giant Studios and Dark Horse Direct have unveiled their new premium collectible statue based on Commander Shepard. Inspired by her appearance on the cover art for Mass Effect 3 and concept art for the game, Shepard is ready to fight as she wipes the blood from her face and has her Omni-Blade activated.

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This statue, a sixth-scale replica of Shepard that is 12 inches tall, is made of polyresin materials and stands on a 1.5-inch tall, 6.5-inch diameter base. It'll be available for preorder starting today and is priced at $200. As a bonus, anyone who preorders by November 13 will receive a 10% discount, knocking $20 off the price of this statue.

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Stock will be very limited, as only 1,000 pieces will be produced. Dark Horse Direct is including a certificate of authenticity with this collectible, and it's expected to ship to customers between June and August next year. There are several neat details on this statue, as the armor is highly detailed, weathering effects are scattered across Shepard's outfit, and the base also shows signs of wear and tear.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Lego Set Receives Massive Discount At Amazon

Tue, 11/07/2023 - 22:10

One of the best things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that the franchise has given us some terrific spaceships over the years. One of the best? The Benatar from Guardians of the Galaxy, an M-class spaceship with plenty of personality. If you'd like to own a scale-replica that you can build yourself, you can pick up a Lego version of the Guardians spacecraft for $106 at Amazon and Target, a total savings of $54 for this fun kit that's on sale ahead of Black Friday 2023.

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Razer's Premium PS5 Controller Is Available For A Low Price

Tue, 11/07/2023 - 21:49

If you're after a controller for your PS5 or PC that has more customization features than the standard DualSense, you might to check out this deal on the Razer Wolverine V2 Pro. Over at eBay, you can get a refurbished Wolverine V2 Pro for only $159. The Wolverine V2 Pro regularly costs $250, so this is a pretty great deal, especially since the controller has the eBay-certified refurbished stamp of approval and is guaranteed to look and function like a new controller.

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Better yet, the controller comes with a two-year warranty and is sold by a Top Rated Plus seller. If the controller doesn't meet your standards, you can return it for free within 30 days (you also get free shipping).

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