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Here's How The Summer Box Office Compares To Pre-Pandemic Numbers

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 17:47

The movie theater business was one of the worst hit when the COVID-19 pandemic shut the world down in 2020, suffering both from lockdowns and ongoing studio delays once theatres were allowed to open again. Based on summer box office numbers, it looks like the industry is recovering well, though it still has a while to go to reach pre-pandemic numbers.

Variety reported the numbers in a feature that also interviewed theater owners for their outlook on the industry. According to Comscore statistics, the total box office take for the summer was $3.027 billion, only 17.5% down on 2019 numbers. The summer earnings showed an improvement of 134.6% compared to the same period last year, and a huge increase on 2020's lockdown-affected summer.

The season's success has been attributed to recent blockbusters like Jurassic World Dominion, Lightyear, Elvis, and Top Gun: Maverick, which recently made its way into the top-ten earning films of all time. Other big earners include Everything Everywhere All At Once, Minions: Rise of Gru, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Jordan Peele's Nope.

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Super Punch-Out's Secret Two-Player Mode Discovered After 28 Years

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 16:37

A new cheat has been discovered for 1994 Super Nintendo game Super Punch-Out, allowing two players to duke it out in PVP mode. Discovered by the Twitter account Unlisted Cheats, which specializes in unearthing previously unknown cheats for classic games, the two-player mode consists of two newly-discovered cheat inputs.

As Unlisted Cheats explains, only two cheats were previously known for the game, a sound test and a mode that allowed Japanese name input. Each cheat requires a combination of just two buttons. The account found a new cheat which would put the player in a "free play" kind of mode, allowing them to select which of the game's rivals they want to face. If this mode is selected, a second combination of buttons would allow the second gamepad to control the rival character normally controlled by the CPU.

While doing some request work, casually found some new cheats in Super Punch-out for SNES. All secret codes in this game uses two-button combinations. Two of them are known: Sound test and Japanese name input. But there are two more. ->

— Unlisted Cheats (@new_cheats_news) August 8, 2022

To enable the cheat, which can be used on an original SNES copy of the game with no modifications, players have to hold Y+R on the second gamepad while on the title screen, then use the first gamepad to press A or Start. This will take them to the character select screen.

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How The Endings Of Journey And Inside Inspired A Late-Game Mechanic In Before Your Eyes

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 09:30

Before Your Eyes is a game about blinking as life flashes, well, before your eyes. You witness a collection of moments from the life of a talented artist, with a few twists along the way, but one of its most effective mechanics comes from outside that core blinking mechanic.

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This is a spoiler for a specific mechanic in Before Your Eyes, so tread lightly, but one of the most effective late-game moments during the extended conclusion of the game are a handful of sequences where you must hold your eyes closed and just listen. The change in gameplay is incredibly effective and forces you to focus wholly on the narrative in a new way. We recently spoke with game director Oliver Lewin and creative director Graham Parkes about brining Before Your Eyes to mobile devices, care of Netflix, and during that conversation we dove deeper into that specific mechanic, how it came about, and why it's a high compliment to be told something you made is sad.

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Halo Infinite Update: Patch Changes How Armor Visors Work And More

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 08:02

343 has released the latest patch, or "drop pod," for Halo Infinite. The newest drop pod introduces several new features that many fans have been asking for and will take 2 GB or less to install. It brings changes to cosmetic items, multiplayer, menus, and more.

Visors are now compatible across all armor cores. This change will apply to all the previously released visors and news ones moving forward. The Mark VII helmet has also been made compatible with several previously unavailable attachments.

In addition, players can now view their challenges in-game. They'll need to pause the game, and the challenges should appear on the right-hand side. Challenge progress won't be visible during games but will be added in a future update.

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President Biden Signs CHIPS And Science Act In Effort To End Semiconductor Shortage

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 07:34

President Joe Biden is signing the CHIPS and Science Act today. This piece of legislation is meant to invest in the manufacturing of semiconductors in the United States, which in turn could alleviate the supply issues with video game consoles.

According to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee's website, the CHIPS and Science Act will increase the production of American-made semiconductors in order to tackle the country's supply chain vulnerabilities.

Today, I sign into law the CHIPS and Science Act. It's a once-in-a-generation law that invests in America by supercharging our efforts to make semiconductors here at home.
Today represents a more secure economy, jobs, and a stronger future for our nation.
America is delivering.

— President Biden (@POTUS) August 9, 2022

"This legislation represents months of bipartisan and bicameral negotiations. The majority of this bill is made up of bipartisan provisions that started in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology—which I am privileged to lead," says Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

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Rainwater Is No Longer Safe To Drink, Scientists Say

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 07:00

Rainwater is no longer safe to drink worldwide thanks to "forever chemicals."

According to Euronews, man-made chemicals such as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, aka PFAS, are known as "forever chemicals" because they don't break down in nature. They're known to have non-stick and stain-repellent elements that can be found in lots of everyday items such as food packaging, electronics, cosmetics, and cookware. Thanks to the University of Stockholm, these items have been found in rainwater throughout the world.

Ian Cousins, the lead author of the study, stated:

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Simpsons Season 34 Will Feature An Anime Parody Of Death Note

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 06:45

Season 34 of The Simpsons will feature an anime parody of the popular anime and manga Death Note. Simpsons showrunner Matt Selman shared this information with Deadline.

The parody will appear as one of the long-running show's stories told in this year's "Treehouse of Horror" episode. Speaking with Variety, Selman added that the Death Note parody was animated by "an entirely different studio" and is "incredibly authentic Simpsons anime." Selman added, "I really think people [are] gonna freak out over that. We're not trying to take on every single anime, it's an unbelievably rich and diverse genre within itself.. it's just one beloved thing, this show Death Note."

Selman also says in the upcoming season, The Simpsons will parody Ellen, It, QAnon. Melissa McCarthy will feature as a guest voice actor playing a "rival for Grandpa's love"

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Predator Prequel Prey's Debut Prowls To Become Hulu's No. 1 Premiere

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 06:14

Predator prequel Prey has become the No. 1 premiere on Hulu across all film and TV series debuts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The publication is citing a report from Disney, who, like many streamers, does not disclose total hours viewed in these types of announcements. That said, the movie was reportedly the most watched film premiere on Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ under the Star Banner in all other territories based on the metric of total hours watched in the first three days of its release. The film hit Hulu stateside on August 5, and has apparently enjoyed a strong opening weekend on streaming after the franchise has historically developed a checkered past at the box office.

Set in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, Prey follows Naru, the skilled warrior who fiercely protects her tribe against a highly-evolved alien predator.

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Spider-Man Remastered's PC Unlock Times Revealed

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 05:44

Spider-Man Remastered's PC version will be released on August 12 for most regions (August 13 for others), on Steam and the Epic Games Store. The PC port includes the base game, as well as Marvel's Spider-Man DLC called The City Never Sleeps.

Check out the below regional times for when you can launch the game.

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered PC Unlock Times
  • LA: August 12, 8 AM PT
  • New York: August 12, 11 AM ET
  • London: August 12, 4 PM BST
  • Berin: August 12, 5 PM CEST
  • Dubai: August 12, 7 PM GST
  • Tokyo: August 13, 12 AM JST
  • Sydney: August 13, 1 AM AEST
  • Auckland: August 13, 3AM NZST

Ahead of the launch, Nvidia's latest GeForce Game Ready Drivers can take Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered to the next level on your PC with things like ray-traced reflections, image quality boosts, and higher resolution for shadows and details.

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DC's Strange Adventures Axed At HBO Max

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 05:32

Another one bites the dust over at DC as The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Strange Adventures has indeed ended production and will not be moving forward as the latest Warner Bros. Discovery casualty.

The anthology series from executive producer Greg Berlanti that was to showcase lesser-known characters from the DC Universe, HBO Max confirmed to THR. Filmmaker Kevin Smith, who was set to direct and co-write an episode of the series, said on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast that the show was indeed dead.

Strange Adventures was first published between either August or September 1950, according to the cover date, and published continuously until November 1973. It saw some relaunches in the late 2000s', but had recent success in 2020 with a mini-series from Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Doc Shaner.

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Best Open-World Games On Xbox Game Pass

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 04:32

The Xbox Game Pass library is a massive catalog of content to dive into, but if you're feeling up to the challenge of only focusing on a single game and you're looking to devote dozens of hours to that soulmate of a title, then you can't go wrong with a good ol' open-world sandbox. You can find plenty of them in the Game Pass collection, but which ones are the best? That's tricky, as some people like to explore ancient cities, others prefer a more peaceful approach, and some people would rather break traffic laws with reckless (and wrecked) abandon. We've gathered up a list below of the best open-world games on Game Pass from across a wide variety of genres, studios, and publishers, which should help you pinpoint which game is best for your specific tastes. As a reminder, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs $15 a month and offers access to Xbox-exclusive titles on day one in addition to many third-party games.

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The Xbox Game Pass library gets new games each month, and a handful of titles typically leave the service each month, too. For that reason, our list of the best open-world games on Game Pass will change over time, too. We strongly recommend opting for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, as it gives you access to the most games and ways to play. Ultimate comes with EA Play, access to online multiplayer, and the ability to check out the library on Xbox, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming via other devices such as smartphones. Meanwhile, the regular Xbox Game Pass subscription doesn't include online multiplayer or EA Play. And PC Game Pass, which costs the same as the regular service ($10), only includes the PC library, unsurprisingly.

For more Xbox Game Pass fun, you can check out GameSpot's roundups on the best Xbox Game Pass games, the best Xbox Cloud Streaming games, and a full list of every game on Xbox Game Pass.

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Rumbleverse Will Feature Duos Mode And Playgrounds Mode At Launch

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 04:20

Iron Galaxy has relieved more information about its upcoming free-to-play game Rumbleverse. New modes such as duos and playgrounds will be available for players at launch.

Duos mode will play as it traditionally would in most battle royales, where teamwork and communication are crucial to winning. When players load into a duos match, they'll start with only eight slots for their stats and have reduced health. They also won't have access to the Superstar Comeback system. If their teammate gets eliminated, they'll receive additional health and another stat slot, and if you run out of health in duos, you won't get knocked out immediately.

When your teammate does run out of health, they'll be downed and in need of help. The first time your teammate falls, you'll have 30 seconds to pick them up, but the more they go down, the less time you'll have to get them.

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