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Yoko Taro Says New Nier Could Come "Tomorrow" Or "35 Years From Now"

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 02:28

Nier writer-director Yoko Taro isn't shy about offering up puzzles for fans to pore over, and the recent History of Nier video from the Game Maker's Notebook podcast is no different. At the closing of that video, Yoko Taro says that he will do "anything for money" and that the next Nier game could come out tomorrow or perhaps 35 years from now.

Interviewer Shuhei Yoshida later pushes Yoko on the topic, asking him if he's taking a "less hands-on" role in his current projects, as a creative director. The Nier creator replied that he's not personally directing those projects, because he feels that the games might turn out better if "this elderly man was only vaguely, loosely associated with them." Those games include the Voice of Cards series, among others.

As with everything Yoko Taro does, there's definitely an element of creative performance here--you'd expect no less from a man who wears a giant novelty mask in all his public appearances. Still, his persona fits the Nier series, which is well-known for its twisty puzzle-box storylines and plethora of secrets. Back in 2021, prolific game hacker Lance McDonald found a cheat code that allows you to skip to the end of Nier Automata, which had laid hidden for years. Last year, some creative Automata modders managed to convince many fans that a random player had discovered an ultra-hidden secret area in the game by accident.

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The Last Of Us Episode 2 Had Largest Percent Viewership Increase Over Premiere In HBO History

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 02:19

HBO's newest series, The Last of Us, is setting viewership records at the network. This past Sunday's second episode, titled "Infected," reached 5.7 million viewers across linear TV and HBO Max over its first night in the US, which was good for a 22% spike in viewership from the January 15 premiere. This was the highest percentage growth for an original HBO show from its premiere to its second episode in the history of the network, according to Variety.

For comparison, episode two of House of the Dragon reached many millions more viewers--10.2 million--but the percentage growth compared to the premiere was only 2%.

The January 15 series premiere of The Last of Us, meanwhile, has now climbed to 18 million viewers in its first week, which is more than four times the viewership for its premiere of 4.7 million. The debut of The Last of Us on HBO was the network's second-biggest series premiere since 2010, only trailing House of the Dragon.

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Brendan Fraser Crashes The Mummy Screening In London

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 02:09

During a double feature of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns in London, Brendan Fraser decided to surprise the audience before the movies rolled. He even showed up in Rick O'Connell's costume with a leather jacket.

Variety reports Fraser brought up the British connection between these two films and The Prince Charles Cinema audience while speaking before the crowd. "I am proud to stand before you tonight," he said. "This is a film that was made in Britain. You should know that! Even the second one, too. Be proud. Thank you for being here."

Fraser also discussed the unknown nature of what he was working on with the first Mummy back in the late 1990s. "We didn't know if it was a drama or a comedy or an action or a horror picture or a romance... all the above," he said. "We had no idea until it tested in front of British audiences."

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Miyamoto Once Gave Platinum Games' Kamiya A Lecture On Donkey Kong

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 02:07

Hideki Kamiya is a video game legend in his own right, directing classic titles like Resident Evil 2 and the Bayonetta series. However, at one E3, he apparently got lectured by the biggest legend of all--Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario and Zelda.

In a clip posted by game historian Liam Robertson, Kamiya tells the story of how he first met Miyamoto. Kamiya was apparently complaining to some senior Nintendo staff at E3 because they hadn't put the original Donkey Kong on Virtual Console arcade.

Here's the full video (JP Kellams translates for Kamiya in the clip): #GameHistorySecrets

— Liam Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 24, 2023

When the conversation got heated, Miyamoto tapped Kamiya on the shoulder and personally explained face-to-face why the company hadn't done it yet. Kamiya describes the experience as shocking and intimidating because he had never met Miyamoto before. We can only assume that Miyamoto's explanation ended the discussion.

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Honkai: Star Rail Final Beta Begins In February

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 01:59

Genshin Impact studio HoYoverse has announced the dates for the final closed beta of its upcoming sci-fi strategy RPG Honkai: Star Rail. Sign-ups for the closed beta are also now live, and if you're accepted, you'll be able to jump into the latest build from February 10 on PC, iOS, and Android.

The beta will showcase new characters, areas to explore, and several in-game features, with the story kicking off in the Herta space station and expanding out to other locations such as Jarilo-VI and Xianzhou Luofu. These two areas have their distinctive culture and scenery, factions that control them, and plenty of opportunities for you to make a name for yourself out in the wild frontiers of the galaxy.

If you're interested in trying out the game for yourself. you can find the sign-up link right here. Honkai: Star Rail was first announced in 2021 and got a bigger reveal at the 2022 Summer Game Fest. The game features the same anime art style as Hoyoverse's Genshin Impact and the upcoming Zenless Zone Zero, and places players in the boots of an amnesiac character traveling the spaceways.

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Fortnite: Big Bush Bombs And How They Work

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 01:24

If you've been playing Fortnite long enough, you probably remember an old item that allowed you to disguise yourself as a small bush. The controversial pickup eventually became a bit obsolete when larger bushes were added to the map, which allowed players natural spots to hide without the need for an item. But the item concept has returned once more with the brand-new Big Bush Bomb--except this time its name says it all. Read on to find out more.

Where to get Big Bush Bombs in Fortnite and how they work

Big Bush Bombs can be found on the ground, in chests, or from supply drops. Each pickup contains two grenades.

Throwing a Big Bush Bomb results in exactly what you'd probably expect--a large bush appears, which can grant you a bit of cover from incoming fire and a place to hide during times you need to approach situations stealthily. While it may seem a bit basic at first thought, there are a few ways in which the Big Bush Bomb is actually a really great item for Chapter 4 Season 1.

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Destiny 2: Lightfall Is Nerfing Resilience

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 01:20

A huge overhaul of Destiny 2's mod system is coming in next month's Lightfall expansion, and as part of those changes, Resilience will be getting a slight nerf. Essentially an extra layer of armor for your Guardian, enhancing this stat can add an extra 40% of damage reduction to your build. Bungie plans to cap Resilience at 30% from Lightfall, as the studio explained that these changes will see the investment curve adjusted so that they offer great value even at lower levels.

"We’ve tuned the curve a bit. At the top end, tier 10 Resilience will provide 30% damage reduction against combatants, but we’ve also made the progression smoother, so at lower tiers you will get more value from Resilience without feeling like you have to max out at tier 10 to get a benefit," design lead Rodney Thompson explained to PC Gamer.

Resilience is still going to be a valuable stat to consider in Destiny 2 once Lightfall goes live, as 30% damage reduction is still better than no damage reduction. Survivability can also be increased with the right Exotics equipped, and with Lightfall introducing custom loadouts and a redesigned approach to seasonal artifact mods, it won't be too difficult to have the right gear for the right situation.

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Xbox Game Pass Is Losing Four More Games Very Soon

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 01:17

As it does on a regular basis, Microsoft is removing more titles from Xbox Game Pass in the near future. At least four titles are leaving the program on January 31, according to a notification that popped up in the Xbox Game Pass app seen by GameSpot.

The four games leaving on January 31 include Telling Lies, Donut County, Worms W.M.D., and Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master. Microsoft has yet to publish an official post about the newest removals from Game Pass, but news usually breaks first from the app. Keep checking back for more.

As usual, Game Pass subscribers can save 20% on titles when buying them outright, so that's a silver lining should fans want to keep playing after the removal date.

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Forspoken - Best Skills To Unlock First

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 01:17

In Forspoken, Frey Holland starts out with a single skill tree, but that number soon grows as the main storyline progresses. By the end of the game, Frey will have access to over 100 magic spells. Some are given to you after major story beats, but most need to be either bought using Mana or found through exploration, out in the world of Athia. We're here to provide some advice on which skills you should unlock first in Forspoken.

Forspoken Best Skills

Each skill tree in Forspoken is given a name but, in an attempt to avoid spoilers, we'll be referring to them by their designated color. There's Frey's Purple Magic tree, the Red Magic tree, the Blue Magic tree, and the Green Magic tree. These are our recommendations for the best skills to pick first for each of the skill trees once you unlock them. Don't go any further than the first skill tree if you want the others to be a surprise.

Frey's Purple Magic Skill TreeFrey's Purple Magic skill tree

Frey's Purple Magic skill tree is balanced between close-range, long-range, AoE, and defensive options. It's the first tree, so you'll be able to get a feel for the different styles of magic that'll be improved upon later on. These are the spells that you should pay attention to when expanding beyond the base set:

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Oscar Nominations For 2023 Are In, Everything Eerywhere All At Once Leads With 11

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 01:05

The nominees for the 95th Academy Awards were revealed on Tuesday morning with Allison Williams, who most recently starred in the horror hit M3GAN, and past Oscar nominee Riz Ahmed announcing the nominations.

It was a year of big firsts for veterans and up-and-comers alike receiving their first nominations with Brendan Fraser, Michelle Yeoh, Barry Keoghan, Bill Nighy, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Ke Huy Quan all receiving nods this morning for the first time. Some pleasant surprises as well including Ana de Armas for the Marilyn Munroe biopic Blonde and Stephanie Hsu for Everything Everywhere All At Once, with the latter being left out a lot during award season.

Angela Bassett earned her second Oscar nomination, giving Marvel its first acting nod for her reprisal of the role of Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Atlanta and Eternals star Brian Tyree Henry, who had picked up local award nominations as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination, but was left out of the more mainstream awards for his work in Causeway, received his first Oscar nom as well.

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Delayed 3 Times Already, Lord Of The Rings: Gollum Won't Launch Until April At The Soonest

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 00:36

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, the upcoming video game based on the troubled character from the fantasy series, was delayed to 2023 with no new release date set. It still doesn't have a release date, but fans can expect the game to arrive before the end of September 2023.

In its latest earnings report, publisher Nacon announced that the game will launch in the first half of its fiscal year 2023-24, which means it'll arrive between April and September 2023.

LOTR: Gollum fans have been waiting a long time. The game was originally expected to launch in 2021 before being delayed to 2022 and then to 2023. For its latest delay, developer Daedalic Entertainment thanked fans for their patience and said it needed more time to "deliver the best possible experience."

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Today's Wordle Answer (#584) - January 24, 2023

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 21:00

It's Tuesday, January 24, and we're back with another edition of our Wordle guides. Unlike last week, today's answer is relatively simple and a word that every player has used or heard of. There are really no uncommon letters, which usually results in an easy answer. However, sometimes the easiest words give players the toughest time due to how obvious they can be.

If you haven't started the January 24 Wordle yet, you can check out our list of recommended starting words to give yourself an advantage before you've begun. However, if you're already a few guesses deep and you're on this guide, then you're likely looking for a lifeline so your streak doesn't end. Fortunately, we're here to provide that lifeline and offer some hints that should allow players to easier guess the answer. Below, players will see two hints for today's Wordle in addition to the full answer that's located further down in the guide.

Today's Wordle Answer - January 24, 2023

We'll begin with two hints that directly relate to the Wordle answer but won't immediately give the word away.

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NBA All-World Lets You Build The NBA Team Of Your Dreams

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 20:00

With Ingress celebrating its 10-year milestone and Pokemon Go gearing up for another year of catching 'em all, Niantic developer Niantic has another game in store.

NBA All World assigns those who log in a random current NBA star from a roster of 80 players across the league, then sets them out into the real world to recruit other players, challenge online leaderboards, and build their own dream team. The playable roster includes the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, and the Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, who currently sits as the highest-ranked player in the game.

To find out more about the game, we spoke to Andrew Macintosh, senior product marketing manager at Niantic, about how NBA All World brings the Niantic style of gameplay to the NBA. We spoke about the over 100,000 basketball courts added as in-game locations, the ability to earn specific items from specific locations--in-game money from a bank, for example--and how to use those items to improve your team.

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Fortnite Dead Space Skin Out Now With Isaac Clarke And Exclusive In-Game Challenges

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 11:00

The holidays may be over, but 'tis still the season for new Gaming Legends outfits in Fortnite. Chapter 4 kicked off with the reveal that the Doom Slayer and The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, would be included with the Season 1 battle pass, and now we also have the very traumatized space engineer Isaac Clarke to celebrate this month's remake of the original Dead Space game. Considering what he goes through in those games, a trip to the Fortnite island for Isaac will be like a relaxing vacation from cutting off all those necromorph limbs.

Isaac comes in a bundle that costs real money rather than V-Bucks--it's one of the few collaboration sets like that, and the first Gaming Legends one. But don't worry, the value of this pack is pretty great. For $12, you get the Isaac Clarke skin, two reactive back blings (including his iconic RIG that shows your health meter, and a model of the USG Ishimura), a Plasma Cutter pickaxe, and some V-Bucks for good measure.

Fortnite X Dead Space! #Fortnite

— Ako | Fortnite News (@FNChiefAko) January 23, 2023

The Cutter comes with a nice little convenience feature as well: an emote that you can use to conjure the weapon in the heat of battle even if you have a different pickaxe equipped, akin to the emotes for Doctor Strange's magic sword or Wolverine's claws.

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The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Returns To Netflix Next Month

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 10:25

What is and isn't on Netflix at any given time can be tough to suss out. The Lord of the Rings trilogy hasn't been available on the popular streaming service for a couple of years now, but rejoice, Netflix subscribers, for the return of the king is imminent.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, including The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, returns to Netflix on February 1, the streaming service announced on Twitter today.

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”
Peter Jackson's incredible The Lord of the Rings trilogy comes to Netflix US on February 1!

— Netflix (@netflix) January 23, 2023

All three films have been on Netflix at various times, though reportedly never at the same time. The films have been off the service completely since March 2020--just a couple of months before they appeared on the then-new HBO Max streaming service. Lord of the Rings distributor New Line Cinema is a Warner Bros. Discovery studio, so it made sense that they would want one of their very biggest film series on the service for its debut.

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Love Is In The Air In Harley Quinn's Valentine's Day Special Trailer

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 09:49

We still don't have a release date for Harley Quinn Season 4, but that's okay--HBO Max has something to sate our appetites for a little while, and we have a brand new trailer and a release date. Harley Quinn: A Very Problematic Valentine's Day Special will premiere on HBO Max on February 9.

Harley Quinn Season 3 was all about Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy navigating the early stages of a relationship when both brought so much baggage with them. The two seem more stable now, though, and it's time for them to celebrate Valentine's Day.

"As Harley goes to obsessive lengths to ensure that her first Valentine's Day with Ivy is the best ever, Bane's efforts to impress an unexpected date go horribly awry," reads the official synopsis for the special. "Meanwhile, after an unfortunate online dating encounter, Clayface engages in some self-love."

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Zoe Saldana Becomes First Actor To Star In Four Movies That Have Made $2B Or More

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 09:05

Thanks to Avatar: The Way of Water's box office success, Zoe Saldana has become the first actor to have four movies earn more than $2 billion. People was among the first to report, with Saldana's other films to reach this milestone including 2009's Avatar, 2019's Avengers: Endgame, and 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.

Zoe Saldana, 44, has an impressive resume that spans both Avatar and Marvel universes (where she plays Gamora), plus Star Trek (where she portrays Nyota Uhura in the J.J. Abrams reboots). She plays Neytiri in the Avatar films, which has more sequels on the way after the newest entry in the series has proven to be extremely profitable. (Director James Cameron wasn't sure if it would.) Avatar: The Way of Water just crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office, knocking Spider-Man: No Way Home down to seventh place for the biggest films of all time.

Last year, Saldana told Women's Wear Daily that she's increasingly felt creatively stuck over the last decade due to her various franchise commitments. "I'm very grateful for the opportunities that they provided, from collaborating with amazing directors and getting to meet cast members that I consider friends and getting to play a role that fans, especially children, love," Saldana said. "But it also meant that I felt artistically stuck in my craft of not being able to expand or grow or challenge myself by playing different sorts of genres and different roles."

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Blizzard Might Be Floating A Warcraft 3 Reforged Relaunch

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 08:34

A new survey indicates that Blizzard might be gauging interest for a massive, restructuring update for Warcraft 3 Reforged.

According to a report from Warcraft Tavern, Blizzard put out a survey asking what features players would most like to see in Reforged. The question asks how appealing of each of the listed features are, from a scale of very unappealing to very appealing. Suggested features include global custom games, an art update, UI/UX revamp, a storage size reduction, and an environmental art rework. The survey also asks players whether a "soft relaunch" with many of these features would motivate them to play or purchase.

The survey also asks various other questions about the remake of the classic RTS game. For example, whether they have purchased the game, how much they've played it, and what has held them back from playing the game.

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Violent Night 2 Already In Development - Report

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 08:34

Bloody Santa Claus movie Violent Night already has a sequel in the works. According to The Wrap, Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) is indicating that a follow-up is coming, in development, and is already at the contract phase.

"We're talking about it and we're just making deals and getting everything in order," Wirkola said. "We have time to really crack the script and figure out the story. We have some ideas… we've been talking about where we want to take it and what we want to see."

For example, Wirkola says, the next movie could feature ideas they intentionally "left on the floor" like the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, and elves. The original film, which premiered in theaters on December 2 and came to video-on-demand on December 20, was largely set at a Connecticut mansion. "Story-wise I think we have a really, really cool idea that expands on the world and scope, but still keeping that tone that we love from the first one," Wirkola said.

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Who Is The Kid Laroi? Everything You Need To Know About Fortnite's Newest Icon

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 08:19

Epic Games hosted four Creative concert experiences in Fortnite in 2022, and now we've got our first of 2023. Australian rapper/singer The Kid Laroi will be the artist, and his show is arriving with a full slate of cosmetics, including two new skins, two emotes, and plenty of other fresh cosmetics--some of which will be free.

The Kid Laroi's set of cosmetics is accompanied by two creative experiences as well: The Kid Laroi's Wild Dreams island with an "immersive sonic experience" and the Wild Dreams Afterparty island. These islands will be available for three months, until April 27. And on top of all that you can earn some of the Kid Laroi cosmetics for free in the Kid Laroi Cup on Tuesday, January 24.

But who is The Kid Laroi and what makes him worthy of all this Fortnite love? Born in Sydney as Charlton Howard, The Kid Laroi takes his stage name from the Australian Aboriginal people called the Gamilaraay, or Kamillaroi, from whom he is descended--his grandfather was one of Australia's Stolen Children who were taken from their Aboriginal families by the Australian government a century ago. He didn't have the easiest childhood, growing up in tough conditions--and his uncle, a father figure in place of his often-absent real dad, was murdered in 2015.

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