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Netflix's Vampire Comedy Day Shift Gets August 12 Release Date, New Trailer

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 02:09

During Geeked Week Day 2, Netflix released a new promotional video for Day Shift--a vampire comedy that was first announced way back in 2020. As the film inches closer to its August 12 release, the streaming service has put together a clip giving viewers a taste of the action and stunt work that went into the film.

Per the earlier announcement, Jamie Foxx stars as "a hard-working, blue-collar dad who wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted eight-year-old daughter, but his mundane San Fernando Valley pool-cleaning job is a front for his real source of income--hunting and killing vampires." Or, as Foxx says in this new clip, the movie is packed with "eating popcorn moments" as he plays someone who is "chasing down vampires and getting money for fangs."

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Netflix's The Sea Beast, Starring The Boys' Karl Urban, Gets Geeked Week Trailer

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 02:05

During Geeked Week Day 2, Netflix released a trailer for its upcoming animated feature, The Sea Beast. The film hits the streaming service on July 8.

A synopsis in part reads: "In an era when terrifying beasts roamed the seas, monster hunters were celebrated heroes--and none were more beloved than the great Jacob Holland. But when young Maisie Brumble stows away on his fabled ship, he's saddled with an unexpected ally. Together they embark on an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history."

The film comes from Chris Williams (Moana, Big Hero Six) and has a voice cast that includes Karl Urban (The Boys), Zaris-Angel Hator (Morbius), Jared Harris (Mad Men), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (How to Get Away with Murder), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), and Kathy Burke (Crashing).

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Hulu's Predator Prequel, Prey, Gets First Trailer

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 02:00

20th Century Studios has dropped a poster and a new trailer for the upcoming movie Prey, a prequel continuing the long-running survival-action franchise. The movie comes exclusively to Hulu on August 5.

A synopsis reads: "Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, Prey is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries." In the trailer, we see Naru in her element and among her people--hunting a bear and then, of course, crossing paths with the horrifying Predator with that awful familiar clicking sound.

Indigenous actor Amber Midthunder (Legion) plays Naru. According to Disney, the character wants to "prove her worth as a warrior [and] certainly gets her chance when she comes face-to-face with the most dangerous hunter of all time, the other-worldly predator." Based on the synopsis, it seems that this movie will also document the titular creature's journey to Earth.

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E3 Will Return In 2023 As A Physical And Digital Show

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 01:48

E3 2022 is not happening this year--not as a digital show or an in-person event--but that's set to change next year. The Entertainment Software Association, which organizes E3 each year, has confirmed that E3 will return in 2023 as a digital and physical event.

"We're excited about coming back in 2023 with both a digital and an in-person event," ESA president and CEO Stan Pierre-Louis told The Washington Post. "As much as we love these digital events, and as much as they reach people and we want that global reach, we also know that there's a really strong desire for people to convene--to be able to connect in person and see each other and talk about what makes games great."

E3 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic, while E3 2021 returned as a digital-only event. E3 2022 is not happening in any form, but events like Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest Live and the Microsoft/Bethesda press conference, among others, are filling the traditional E3 space.

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The Pokemon TCG Is Crossing Over For A Pokemon Go Event

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 01:43

Niantic has announced a new event to celebrate the Pokemon TCG: Pokemon Go expansion. You can purchase special Pokemon Go TCG cards by visiting the Pokemon Center website. The celebration will begin on June 16 at 10 AM local time until June 30 at 8 PM. This event will also feature Pokemon debuts, such as Ditto transformations and more.

Listed below are the Pokemon that'll make their Pokemon Go debuts:

  • Wimpod, the Turn Tail Pokemon
  • Pikachu wearing a Pokemon TCG hat

Players who use the Mystery Box during this event will have the opportunity to encounter Meltan. Trainers can obtain Mystery Boxes by sending a Pokemon from Pokemon Go to Pokemon Home or the Nintendo Switch titles Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokemon Let's Go, Eevee! Other Pokemon such as Lunatone and Solrock will appear worldwide, waiting to be caught.

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Dragon Age: Dreadwolf QA Testers Unanimously Vote To Unionize

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 01:43

Quality assurance testers in Edmonton, Canada who have provided support on BioWare games like Mass Effect Legendary Edition and the upcoming Dragon Age: Dreadwolf have formed Canada's first video game labor union.

All 16 contractors, who are employed through a contracting company called Keywords Studios, voted in support of unionizing on June 6. The formation of the union, KWS Edmonton United, came after Keyword Studios stated contractors would be required to return to BioWare's Edmonton office starting on May 9, as well as a response to low pay. Keywords Studios did eventually shelve its back-to-office requirement, but KWS Edmonton United workers are hoping to use the union to increase pay for QA contractors at the company above its current base rate of about $13 an hour.

BREAKING! We’ve received the results of our vote count and we have UNANIMOUSLY voted 16-0 and will be forming a union. More details incoming, so follow for updates. ✊

— KWS Edmonton United (@KWSUnited) June 6, 2022

KWS Edmonton United will now start bargaining with Keywords Studios over benefits and pay. According to an email seen by Kotaku, KWS Edmonton gave thanks to the "brave workers across North America who are fighting for a better workplace," and pledged solidarity with workers looking to unionize.

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Battlefield 2042 Season 1 Hands-on Preview: Focused Fire

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 01:10

Seven months after the initial release of Battlefield 2042, the first content season for the multiplayer-only first-person shooter is finally hitting the game. Season 1: Zero Hour comes alongside a huge number of adjustments and fixes, as well as new content. It gives a sense of how developer DICE is working to change the tenor of the game in some significant ways, from how maps are laid out, to how specialists convey their personalities on post-game victory screens.

Season 1 launches for all players on June 9, but GameSpot got a chance to spend a couple of hours playing with some of its new content additions during a preview event this week. That session put us on Exposure, the new map coming to Battlefield 2042 that'll be available to all players. Exposure feels like it sets a different tone from some of BF 2042's other maps, with a host of differing locations and a focus on verticality that goes beyond what we've previously seen in the game.

Exposure is set in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where a landslide has collapsed part of a military facility. Russia-backed forces are invading hoping to uncover whatever secrets are inside, and with portions of the base literally ripped apart by a falling mountain, they have plenty of means to enter.

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New Kojima Horror Game Reportedly Leaked, May Feature Death Stranding's Margaret Qualley

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 00:59

Death Stranding director Hideo Kojima's next game is reportedly a horror title called Overdose that could feature actress Margaret Qualley.

Tom Henderson for Try Hard Guides claims to have seen "early footage" of the new title that appears to show Qualley's Death Stranding character, Mama, in a blue dress. However, this is not Death Stranding 2, according to Henderson, but instead a new title also featuring Qualley. Henderson reported that the footage "seems to show Mama from Death Stranding wearing a blue dress. The game, however, does not appear to be Death Stranding 2..."

Qualley was one of many celebrities who appeared in Death Stranding. She also had a role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and starred on Netflix's drama Maid.

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Berserk Manga To Continue In 2022

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 00:51

The Berserk manga will continue this year, following the death of its creator, Kentaro Miura, last year. Kouji Mori, a close friend of Miura and a published manga creator, will take over the writing duties of the series, while the illustrations will be handled by Miura's art assistants.

"Before his passing, Kentaro Miura spoke to his close friend Kouji Mori about the stories and episodes he had in mind for Berserk," manga publisher Young Animal said in a statement. "He also had similar talks with his studio staff and editor. Since he did not leave behind rough drafts, it is impossible for us to create a manuscript exactly in the way he would have intended. However, we will write the manga so as not to deviate from Mr. Miura's own words."

Berserk will resume in the next issue of Young Animal's magazine, with the next six chapters concluding the Fantasia arc. A new arc will begin afterward, although Young Animal didn't mention how many issues this storyline will run for. "We believe that this policy, although imperfect, is the best way to deliver the Berserk that Mr Miura envisioned to everyone as faithfully as possible," the publisher said.

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Layers Of Fear Dev Teases New Game As Silent Hill Rumors Continue

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 00:09

Layers of Fear developer Bloober Team has released a teaser for a new project, with many understandably believing it to be a new Layers of Fear title. At the same time, the teaser comes amidst ongoing rumors that Bloober Team may also be working on a Silent Hill game in collaboration with Konami.

Bloober Team announced a new Layers of Fear project back in October 2021 with an Unreal Engine 5-powered teaser video that seemed to suggest a connection to the original Layers of Fear game. The new teaser art asks fans to "reach beneath the surface and uncover the source of your fears."

The art shows a shredded painting, which may be yet another callback to the original Layers of fear. Here's the artwork:

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Phil Spencer Played Banjo-Kazooie Recently And Xbox Fans Think It's A Tease

Tue, 06/07/2022 - 23:42

In this season of summer game reveals, every little thing a top executive does will fuel rumors and speculation for what's due to be announced. Xbox head Phil Spencer--no stranger to veiled teases himself--is stirring the pot thanks to his recent gaming history.

Eagle-eyed fans using Xbox activity tracking sites noticed Spencer loaded up the Xbox port of Banjo-Kazooie on June 1, playing for 37 minutes and unlocking one achievement: Get Jiggy, earned by collecting two puzzle pieces. He has not played the game since then, instead playing Elden Ring and Ninja Gaiden Sigma among other games, but the rumor mill has swirled anyhow.

Phil Spencer has teased upcoming projects before, though his teases are usually wardrobe-based.

Speculation has ranged from a brand-new Banjo adventure--the long-awaited Banjo-Threeie mentioned at the end of Banjo-Tooie back in 2000--to a remake of the first game which one Twitter user called Banjo-Redooie, and that name is just *chef's kiss.*

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Deadpool 3 Writers Give An Update And Discuss Disney's Influence

Tue, 06/07/2022 - 23:11

Deadpool 3 remains in development, and now writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have provided a status update on the project, including new commentary regarding Disney's influence. Speaking to The Playlist, Reese said, "We're in the laboratory working on it with Ryan Reynolds all the time, and we're very much entertaining ourselves."

"So, hopefully, that translates and ultimately will entertain the world. But you know, it's a marriage between Fox and Disney and it's two different universes and it's not easy," Reese said. "But it's also a wonderful challenge and, you know, high-class problems to be able to merge those, those worlds. So, we're enjoying it."

One of the sticking points with Deadpool 3 is figuring out the "bureaucracies" of it all from the shift from Fox to Disney as part of Disney's massive acquisition. But Reese sounded confident that things are in order for a smooth transition.

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Snag A Free 128GB MicroSD Card With Nintendo Switch Online Membership

Tue, 06/07/2022 - 22:35

Nintendo Switch Online memberships are cheap compared to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live (sans the Expansion Pack, of course), but a new offer is making the service even more enticing. If you purchase a 12-month Nintendo Switch Online Family Membership through Amazon, you'll get a free 128GB memory card -- which typically carries a price tag of $35.

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Games on Switch don't take up as much space as their cousins on next-gen consoles or PC, so 128GB should be enough storage for most users. The card included in this new deal is an officially licensed Nintendo product that's manufactured by SanDisk, so you can sleep easy knowing it won't fail or corrupt any of your precious saved data.

Switch Online is a great deal on its own, as you'll gain instant access to a gigantic roster of classic NES and SNES titles -- including Metroid, Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. Beyond games, you'll also get to use voice chat for online games, the ability to save data to the cloud, and special offers on Nintendo gear.

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